On Basketball: Kyrie gets a new address, but Cavs win trade

first_imgFILE – In this June 7, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) is guarded by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland. Irving gets his new address and Isaiah Thomas gets to play with LeBron. They both can say they won in this Celtics-Cavs blockbuster deal. But the sum of the parts says Cleveland got the better of Boston in this swap of All-Star point guards. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)MIAMI— It’s not the principals that will define the blockbuster trade between Cleveland and Boston. Great point guard leaves one city for another. That seems fair.All the other parts, they will tell the story.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ Regardless of all these Celtics-Cavaliers fireworks, it’s still Golden State’s world and probably will be for a long time. This deal didn’t change that.The Warriors will still be the favorites to win the last game of next season.The first game of next season, as luck would have it, just happens to be Boston at Cleveland.And just like that, the NBA has drama again. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES LeBron James heads to Manila again on September 2 View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Minnesota never offered Andrew Wiggins. Miami never offered half its roster. Portland wasn’t giving up Damian Lillard. In the end the Cavs still got a star for a star, and since Thomas is only making about $6.3 million next season they got plenty of bonus parts as well to make the trade work.It also solved one big Cleveland problem.James’ only motivation is rings, and this move gives him just that.He will be looking to go to the Finals for the eighth consecutive year. Only three teams in NBA history have been to four straight finals — the Lakers, the Celtics, and the Miami Heat when James was with them. Golden State will be heavy favorites to join that club next June. The Cavaliers won’t surprise many if they join them.James will show up at camp in a couple of months and begin plotting ways to get his team back to the Finals. Had Irving still been there, James surely would have been wondering if they could make it work again. With Thomas, there won’t be a question. James and Thomas already have great respect for one another, and Thomas runs on the same prove-people-wrong gasoline that James uses.Cleveland has been through the free-agency-is-looming dance with James before, of course. If the Cavs want to keep him next summer, they simply have to go all-in to make him as happy as possible. This trade probably wasn’t a bad start on that front.In Boston, the Celtics will look very different this season.Irving and Hayward are in; Thomas, Crowder, Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk and Amir Johnson are out — meaning five of Boston’s seven top scorers from a No. 1 seed now play elsewhere.The Cavs weren’t overhauled; Irving is gone, Thomas, Derrick Rose and Jeff Green arrived.From a continuity standpoint, obvious edge to Cleveland as well. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program There are many ways to claim victory in the deal made Tuesday night. Kyrie Irving wanted his own team and got it, so he wins. Isaiah Thomas gets to play with LeBron James, so he wins. The Cavaliers got rid of a supposedly disgruntled star, so they won. The Celtics now won’t have to decide if Thomas is worth something like a $180 million deal next summer, so they won. It’s all semantics.But look past all that.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the end, Cleveland won. James won, too.Here’s a few reasons why James will be celebrating this deal: He’ll still have a high-octane point guard; he’s getting an absurdly good defender in Jae Crowder (he could have helped the Cavs’ cause against Golden State in The Finals); he won’t be going into the season dealing with drama about Irving’s Cleveland future; this trade might even reap the Cavaliers the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft. Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses All good things, all edge to Cleveland.Give the Celtics credit for being bold. Danny Ainge knew winning the Eastern Conference’s regular-season crown last season was meaningless, so he completely blew up a team that was a No. 1 seed and got hammered by the Cavaliers in the East finals. Sure, the Celtics played most of that series without Thomas, but that wasn’t going to matter. The Cavs weren’t losing that series.So Ainge goes out and gets an All-Star point guard in Irving, after he hauls in Gordon Hayward during free agency and adds probable rookie of the year front-runner Jayson Tatum to the mix in the draft — plus gets another draft pick in either 2018 or 2019 for his trouble.It’s not a bad deal for the Celtics. They get Irving. It’s his team. A storied franchise is in his hands and he will savor that.It’s just a better deal for Cleveland, at least right now.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Israel Folau’s fight for religious freedom leaves behind ugly mess

first_imgShare on Messenger The Israel Folau dispute is set to become a test case for religious freedom in Australia with ramifications that will potentially go way beyond the confines of rugby. Rugby Australia chief-executive Raelene Castle announced Folau’s $4m contract had been terminated after an independent panel found he committed a high-level breach of the code of conduct for posting religiously inspired, anti-gay, comments on social media.Folau has three days to appeal the decision, but there was strong speculation he will by-pass an appeal and take the matter straight to the Supreme Court. He confirmed he was “exploring his options” but there is not much point in Folau appealing. Even if a new three-person panel was appointed to hear an appeal, it is highly unlikely Folau would escape without any sanction at all. Topics Share on Twitter Play Video Rugby Australia terminates Folau’s contract – as it happened Share on Facebook Unlike the US, Australia has no constitutional or statutory bill of rights that protects religious freedom. Section 116 of the Australian Constitution precludes the federal parliament from making laws that prohibit the free exercise of any religion, but does not stop the states from making such laws. But the Federal Fair Work Act prohibits discrimination on the ground of religious belief or activity in employment contexts as do laws in all states except NSW and South Australia. Read more Australia sport Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Israel Folau sacked by Rugby Australia: here’s why – video report Reuse this content RA stated Folau was entitled to his religious beliefs, but had to express them more “respectfully”. If ever laws required clarification, it is those relating to religious freedom in Australia.While Folau fights for the right to religious freedom, what about the state of the game he is leaving behind?RA is not flush with funds. There is a report that RA has already spent more than $350,000 in attempting to sack Folau. Could it afford a protracted and costly legal battle it is not guaranteed to win? Going from a code of conduct hearing to a court-room would be a whole new ballgame.Folau’s controversial social media comments have divided the community and the game. Some of Folau’s former teammates at the Wallabies and the NSW Waratahs have publicly criticised his comments, but many are Pacific Islanders who share his religious beliefs and may feel resentment at the way he has been treated.The Waratahs’ season has been adversely affected by Folau’s absence. They have won only one of four games since he was suspended and will struggle to make the playoffs. And, of course, rugby is now without the services of one of its best players in a World Cup year.There will be a lot of soul-searching about how rugby arrived at this point. Is there anything RA could have done to prevent it? Were there missteps along the way in handling the issue? When Folau posted his first anti-gay comment a year ago, RA simply could have stated that Folau’s views were his own and did not reflect those of the organisation and left it at that.Did Rugby Australia pursue Folau over the matter to uphold its policy of inclusion or was there commercial pressure from sponsors? Or a combination of both? Or was this matter always going to end up in court no matter what RA did or did not do?If Folau takes legal action and is successful, it be a victory for religious freedom across Australia, particularly in workplaces, and if he fails, he will become Australia’s first sporting religious martyr.center_img 1:45 Australia rugby union team Israel Folau sacked over social media posts after panel rules in favour of Rugby Australia Israel Folau Share via Email Read more And given Folau believes he has done nothing wrong, it would be hard to see him accept a suspension or a fine. For Folau it seems the issue is not just about saving a multi-million contract, but a crusade for the right to express his religious beliefs without discrimination. Folau believes he has a “duty to share God’s word.”Folau, 30, has steadfastly rejected overtures to end the dispute, which re-ignited on 10 April when he posted that Hell awaited homosexuals and an array of other sinners if they did not repent.Folau could have saved his career by taking down his offensive posts, but did not do so; he reportedly knocked back an offer of $1m to settle the matter before the code of conduct hearing, but rejected it out of hand. He has dismissed mediation as a possible solution.All of this leads to the conclusion that the matter was always heading to a court of law where it will almost certainly become a test case – a legal action whose purpose is to set a precedent. There has certainly been nothing like the Folau dispute in the history of Australian sport, perhaps even workplace relations in general, where contract law is pitted against freedom of religion. features … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Rugby union Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

25 days agoCleverley calls on fans to ‘stick with’ struggling Watford

first_imgCleverley calls on fans to ‘stick with’ struggling Watfordby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTom Cleverley wants everyone associated with Watford to stay patient as they attempt to climb out of a hole.The Hornets have yet to win a game all season, while they only have two points from their first seven league games.It puts them rock bottom, four points off safety. But Cleverley does not want a knee jerk reaction from players, fans or management.”Stick with us,” he said to reporters when asked what he would like to tell fans.”It’s not a work rate issue, hopefully they can see that. Maybe at times, there’s been a lack of quality and maybe a lack of intensity defensively but stick with us, we’ll keep putting the work in and we’re working for our performances to improve.”As players, we just have to be accountable for our own performances, take responsibility and work as hard as we possibly can until it gets better.”We’re a team with two points out of seven, low on confidence, it’s not clicked. “The new signings have both started today and maybe we need a little bit of time to bed in, but you’ve just got to be accountable for yourself and that’s what I’m going to do until we’re out of this little lull we’re in.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

A rising concern After straws balloons get more scrutiny

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans’ love of balloons be deflated?The joyous celebration of releasing balloons into the air has long bothered environmentalists, who say the pieces that fall back to earth can be deadly to seabirds and turtles that eat them. So as companies vow to banish plastic straws, there are signs balloons will be among the products to get more scrutiny, even though they’re a very small part of environmental pollution.This year, college football powerhouse Clemson University is ending its tradition of releasing 10,000 balloons into the air before games, a move that’s part of its sustainability efforts. In Virginia, a campaign that urges alternatives to balloon releases at weddings is expanding. And a town in Rhode Island outright banned the sale of all balloons earlier this year, citing the harm to marine life.“There are all kinds of alternatives to balloons, a lot of ways to express yourself,” says Kenneth Lacoste, first warden of New Shoreham, Rhode Island, who cites posters, piñatas and decorated paper.Following efforts to limit plastic bags, the push by environmentalists against straws has gained traction in recent months, partly because they’re seen as unnecessary for most. Companies including Starbucks and Disney are promising to phase out plastic straws, which can be difficult to recycle because of their size and often end up as trash in the ocean. A handful of U.S. cities recently passed or are considering bans. And the push may bring attention to other items people may not have considered — like festive balloons.“The issue of straws has really broadened the marine debris issue,” says Emma Tonge of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. People might not realize balloons are a danger, she says, because of their “light and whimsical” image.Balloons are not among the top 10 kinds of debris found in coastal cleanups, but Tongue says they’re common and especially hazardous to marine animals, which can also get entangled in balloon strings.Chelsea Rochman, an assistant professor of ecology at the University of Toronto, says people should think systemically about waste and pollution, but that efforts to bring attention to specific products shouldn’t be dismissed as too minor.“If we said that about everything, we wouldn’t get anything done,” she says.Already, a few states restrict balloon releases to some extent, according to the Balloon Council, which represents the industry and advocates for the responsible handling of its products to “uphold the integrity of the professional balloon community.” That means never releasing them into the air, and ensuring the strings have a weight tied to them so the balloons don’t accidentally float away.Lorna O’Hara, executive director of the Balloon Council, doesn’t dispute that marine creatures might mistake balloons for jellyfish and eat them. But she says that doesn’t mean balloons are necessarily causing their deaths.Clean Virginia Waterways still thinks balloons can be harmful. Included in its report last year: A photo of a soaring bird with a deflated balloon trailing behind it.The report addresses the “rising concern” of balloons, which also often use helium, a non-renewable resource. It notes the difficulty of changing a social norm and that even typing “congrats” in a Facebook post results in an animation of balloons. It even claims the media play a role and that some groups conduct balloon releases “just so reporters will cover the event.”“We don’t want to say don’t use them at all. We’re saying just don’t release them,” says Laura McKay of the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program.Some states such as California ban balloon releases for other reasons. Pacific Gas & Electric, which serves northern and central California, says metallic balloons caused 203 power outages in the first five months of this year, up 22 per cent from a year ago.Lacoste thinks other towns, particularly those along the coasts, will also ban balloons as people become more aware of environmental issues. He notes that plastic bags were once seen as harmless, but many places now ban them.___Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoilast_img read more

Gymnasts losing money to dispose of garbage outside donation bins

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The North Peace Gymnastics Association says it is losing money because it is on the hook today for the disposal of spoiled donations and even garbage that is being dropped off outside the Diabetes Foundation donation bins in the Wal-Mart and Wholesale Club parking lots.Gymnastics Association manager Chantelle Yates explained that the Association is contracted out by the Diabetes Foundation to take care of the bins, since the closest branch is located in Edmonton. Yates said that usually, volunteers with the Association empty the bins between once and twice a week, but have been unable to after snow was hard-pressed against the bin doors.Normally, Yates said the club receives 75 cents from the Diabetes Foundation for every 20 lbs. bag of clothing that is collected and sorted. She explained that clothing that is went is not suitable for donation, and needs to be thrown in the trash. However, even though the bins have been plowed in, Yates said residents are dropping off clothing that is not bagged, broken toys, and even garbage outside the bins. “It’s become a dump,” said Yates. “We loaded up two truckloads, went down to the dump. It’s $25 to dump it. I went to Wal Mart the next day and sure enough there was an entire pickup load full of stuff. We can’t stop people from dumping, but there’s a lot of other organizations that will take it right now.”Yates said that the Association has had to spend nearly $100 in tipping fees in the past several weeks. She explained that even if the Association were to ask the Diabetes Foundation to remove the bins, it wouldn’t be possible to remove them until the snow melts later this Spring.last_img read more

LS polls Vehicles carrying reserved EVMs VVPATs to be fitted with GPS

first_imgNew Delhi: Vehicles carrying reserved EVMs and VVPATs during the seven-phased Lok Sabha polls will be mandatorily equipped with GPS to track their movement, the Election Commission has said. The decision came in the backdrop of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines being found in hotels, roads and even at the residence of an MLA during the assembly elections held in five states late last year. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Instructions have been issued to all state chief electoral officers to carefully monitor ‘end-to-end’ movement of all reserved EVMs and paper trail machines. For the purpose, vehicles of all sector officers carrying reserve machines will mandatorily be fitted with GPS tracking system, it said. When incidents of “missing” EVMs were reported, the poll panel had found that in most of the cases, the polling personnel were careless and did not follow the standard operating procedure. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed The EC will set up nearly 10.35 lakh polling stations in the country, as compared to nearly 9.28 lakh set up during 2014 parliamentary polls. This marks an increase of 10.1 per cent. “The increase is largely due to rationalisation of polling stations, which the commission undertook in the recent years,” the EC said. Nearly 39.6 lakh electronic voting machines and 17.4 lakh paper trail or voter verifiable paper trail machines would be used in these polling stations. These include reserves. One control unit and at least one ballot unit where buttons are placed constitutes EVM. Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and continue for over a month till May 19 in seven phases. The counting of votes will be held on May 23, the Election Commission announced Sunday, kick-starting a mega electoral battle.last_img read more

Choose Jai Bhim followers over those chanting NaMo Maya

first_imgJalaun (UP): BSP president Mayawati on Friday said people are going to bid goodbye to those chanting ‘NaMo, NaMo’ and choose the ones who follow ‘Jai Bhim’ in this Lok Sabha election. Addressing a rally here, the former chief minister said, “This time you all are going to bid goodbye to the NaMo-NaMo people and choose Jai Bhim followers in the elections.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi is often referred to as ‘NaMo’ by his supporters. Mayawati said the BJP will be removed from power at the Centre this time and no amount of “jumlebaazi” or “natakbaazi” was going to help them. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Their new ‘natakbazi of chowkidari’ is also not going to save them,” the BSP supremo added. She alleged that the BJP had made several promises before coming to power but all of those turned out to be hollow. Targeting the Congress, Mayawati said although the party had been in power for most of the time since Independence, its wrong policies and works ultimately led to its ouster. She accused the Congress of ignoring those belonging to the ‘sarv samaj’, especially the weaker sections, the poor and the unemployed, and alleged that the party neglected Bundelkhand and did nothing for poverty alleviation and employment generation in this region. The Congress says it will remove poverty but had they really done anything about it, the party would not have gone out of power, the BSP chief said. “Had they taken care of the ‘sarv samaj’, we would not have felt the need to form the BSP,” she added.last_img read more

Napoli president accuses Juventus boss of being in love with Hamsik

first_imgJuventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is “in love” with Napoli captain Marek Hamsik, says the Naples’ club president Aurelio De LaurentiisIn his 11 years in the Serie A, Hamsik has become one of the most highly-regarded midfielders in Italian football and has attracted interest from rival clubs.One such admirer is allegedly Allegri, who has reportedly attempted to sign the Slovakia international during his time in charge at AC Milan and most recently for Juventus.But De Laurentiis insists that Napoli have always stood their ground against Allegri, while also downplaying Hamsik’s offer to go to China.“In the past, there were offers from Milan, when Allegri was the coach, and Juve, when Allegri was the coach,” said De Laurentiis, as stated on Football-Italia.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“He’s in love with Hamsik. I never believed in his transfer to China, I have [film] units there and I know how the Chinese think.“Many things are said, but it’s a long time before anything happens.”Following their near-miss in landing their first Serie A title in 28 years last season, Napoli have since removed the new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri from his position as head coach and have appointed Carlo Ancelotti as his replacement.Hamsik himself recently revealed that it was Ancelotti who convinced him to remain at Napoli instead of doing a life-changing move to China.last_img read more

Madrid approach former Chelsea manager

first_imgFormer Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been approached by representatives of Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez over his willingness to become the club’s manager.The Italian gaffer is Perez’s first choice to replace current head coach Julen Lopetegui should he get removed from his role as manager at the Bernabeu.Lopetegui who left his role as head coach of the Spanish national team to become manager of Madrid already finds himself under pressure after winning just six of his 13 games in charge of the club.Representatives of the Madrid president have made contact with Conte, who has been away from football since he was sacked by Chelsea in July.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…Sky Sports are reporting that the former Juventus manager rejected the chance to join Real Madrid last summer in order to take a break from football following his departure from Stamford Bridge.However, Conte is understood to be ready to return to management if Los Blancos want him.Madrid director Emilio Butragueno has confirmed Lopetegui will still be in charge for Sunday’s El Clasico game against Real Madrid at the Camp Nou.last_img read more

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough criticizes Hesketh

first_imgBurton Albion manager Nigel Clough has criticized Jake Hesketh following his performance against Shrewsbury Town.Clough was disappointed with the Southampton loanee for his role in their 2-1 win over Shrewsbury during the weekend.Hesketh was substituted off after with 20 minutes and was replaced by Marcus Harness, who played a part in the club’s second goal.Clough said, according to Daily Echo:“I thought our two wide men, Jake Hesketh and Will Miller, got into some great positions in the first half and we didn’t get anything from them, enough quality crosses and things like that.”Jake HeskethMK Dons completes signing of Southampton Jake Hesketh Henry Ikenna Ugwu – January 31, 2019 Milton Keynes (MK) Dons have completed the signing of Southampton midfielder Jake Hesketh for a six-month loan deal.Hesketh spent the first six months of…“That’s our strength, especially against Shrewsbury’s formation.”“We were a bit disappointed in that, and ultimately that’s why they both came off – but the lads who replaced them did well.”Clough still insists that Harness deserved his chance to replace Hesketh during the game against Shrewsbury.Clough added: “Very much so. that’s why he got on.”“We’ve got Devante Cole we could’ve put there, we could put Joe Sbarra out there, and we felt Marcus deserved his chance.”last_img read more

Air quality diminished Acquinas monitoring

first_img No arrests likely for landfill fire, says Minister Related Items:#airqualitylowatAquinasCollege, #magneticmedianews, #NassauDumpFire, #smokecausingpoorairquality Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you We March not going to PMs home Dump fire burning, deliberate act says Minister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 3, 2017 – Nassau – The fire at the New Providence dump also affected students at the Aquinas College in New Providence, Nassau.   A representative from the school reported to Magnetic Media that some students, mainly those who are asthmatic, were absent from school when the fire took place.The large blankets of smoke affected the entire area of New Providence. The Aquinas College has been proactive in cleansing the environment of the school.  An environmental system has been in place for over a year, testing the air in and surrounding the school; making sure that it is conducive to human well-being.#MagneticMediaNews#Nassaudumpfire#smokecausingpoorairquality#airqualitylowatAquinasCollegelast_img read more

Editorial Advertising Censorship a NonIssue for US Magazines

first_imgEditors: Be Aware of ResponsibilitiesHolt says editors should be “fully aware” of their responsibilities to young readers when crafting the content of their magazines. “I know when I was the managing editor of Rolling Stone, I was certainly aware that the magazine was read by teenagers—because I was one of those teenage readers myself once,” he says. “At the same time, most magazines are edited for adults. If I see my daughters reading fashion magazines or celebrity magazines, I know it’s my responsibility and their mother’s to make sure they don’t read anything we consider dangerously age inappropriate.”Issues like racy content and slimming down models seem to be more or less confined to consumer publishers and their advertisers and are nearly non-existent in regional publishing, says James Dowden, executive director of the City and Regional Magazine Association. “City and regional magazines are much closer to the community they serve,” he adds. “Self-censorship to conform to the local mores results in a product that would rarely if ever rise to the attention of public censor advocates.” A pair of U.K. groups are taking issue with consumer magazine content—both visual and written—on their side of the Atlantic. One, the London-based Royal College of Psychiatrists, is calling for the development of a new editorial code to encourage media in the U.K. to stop its “damaging” promotion of unhealthy body images and the “glamorizing” of eating disorders. In its crosshairs are three main areas of concern: visual imagery (the use of pre-teen or underweight models, or manipulating photos to obtain unrealistic body figures), unbalanced articles (magazine stories that offer dieting advice without information about its effectiveness or hazards of extreme dieting, as well as articles that target celebrities for being overweight), and inaccurate portrayal of eating disorders (articles that portray eating disorders as only “mild” problems or personal weaknesses).Separately, England’s Home Office—the country’s lead government agency for immigration and passports, drugs policy, counter terrorism and police—recently commissioned a study examining how “sexualized” images and messages may be “affecting the development of children and young people and influencing cultural norms.” Among the many recommendations within the study are that sales of U.K.’s “lad” magazines be restricted to buyers aged 15 and older, and that a ratings system be created to let readers know to which extent a photograph has been altered.Whether anything will come of either of these initiatives is unclear, but one thing is certain: Pushing the boundaries in terms of visual and written content in magazines is nothing new—in the U.K. or here in the U.S. For instance, Borders and retailers in New York apparently refused to carry the “100 Most Shocking Moments in Music” issue of U.K. music magazine Q that featured pop music sensation Lady Gaga on the cover [pictured] exposing a portion of her lower left breast. Last March, Jo-Ann Fabrics banned an issue of Quilter’s Home for a feature called “Shocking Quilts,” which included images of “fabric phalluses,” “gun-toting Jesuses” and a “newborn peering out from his mother’s lady parts.” Countless magazines have been accused of over-manipulating images of models and celebrities to make them look slimmer.But beyond retailers taking issue with individual magazines, who, if anyone, is to say when “pushing boundaries” in the U.S. goes too far? “The way Britons and Europeans approach these issues is far different from the way Americans think about them,” American Society of Magazine Editors chief executive Sid Holt tells FOLIO:. “Americans have trusted in the marketplace of ideas to address problems like these. And if you compare American newspapers and magazines with those in Britain, it seems to be working—no Page 3 Girls, at least, and our ‘laddie’ magazines have always been tamer and, when necessary, polybagged.”last_img read more

Bangladesh wants Rohingya safe zone in Myanmar

first_imgRohingya refugees carry their child as they walk through water after crossing border by boat through the Naf River in Teknaf, Bangladesh on 7 September 2017. Photo: ReutersBangladesh has made two proposals regarding a resolution to the Rohingya crisis.The first is for Myanmar to create a ‘safe zone’ inside its Rakhine state for the Rohingya people who are facing brutal persecution, and the second is to involve the international community in making Myanmar take back the Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh.The Bangladesh government has already sent letters to several agencies of the United Nations (UN), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in this regard. Two top officials of foreign and home ministries told Prothom Alo that the government has urged the international community in the letters to create a ‘safe zone’ inside Myanmar’s Rakhine state so that the Rohingya people are not repressed.The government has also urged them to take steps to take back the Rohingya people who have taken shelter in Bangladesh.The government says the Rohingya people are the citizens of Myanmar and they have to go back to their country and there is no other alternative.According to latest estimates of UN agencies, is around 175,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed into Bangladesh 25 August this year, and the number is increasing every day, most of whom are women and children.The Rohingya people who have made it to Bangladesh, speak of killings, rape, arson, and planned ethnic cleansing by the Myanmar army.A total of 84,000 Rohingya people took shelter in Bangladesh last year, adding to the existing 400,000.Foreign secretary Shahidul Haque told Prothom Alo, “We want Rohingya refugees to go back to their own country and also the implementation of Kofi Annan report’s proposals.”“The Annan report clearly stated that the identity of the Rohingya refugees have to be confirmed and they must be repatriated,” he added.The foreign secretary also said, “We sent letters not just to international organisations, but to every mission [embassy] as well.” The government has directed law enforcers to be vigilant so that the Rohingya refugees do not get mixed up with the locals.The public security division secretary of the home ministry, Mostafa Kamal Uddin, told Prothom Alo, “We have urged the international community and organisations to take every possible step to push back them [Rohingya refugees].”Professor CR Abrar of the International Relations Department of Dhaka University, however, thinks Bangladesh cannot push the Rohingya people back to Myanmar forcefully.“As per the charter of human rights, the government cannot push them back using force. This is not a new problem. Bangladesh did not raise the issue in any international forum in past 10-15 years,” said CR Abrar.CR Abrar also said, “When Myanmar is conducting genocide in Rakhine state, we are buying rice from the country. Is that ethical? What position has the government taken?”Local district administrations and the Bangladesh Border Guard have been assigned to register the Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar violence to Bangladesh recently.Disaster management and relief secretary Shah Kamal told Prothom Alo, “We’ll arrange food, accommodation, sanitation and more temporarily for the Rohingya refugees after we visit the places.”*The article, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla print edition, has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain.last_img read more

Caller Told FBI Florida Shooting Suspect Going To Explode

first_img Share APFamily member embrace following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Parkland, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)A woman close to the man charged with killing 17 people at a Florida high school warned the FBI in chilling detail that he had a growing collection of guns and a temper so uncontrollable she worried about him “getting into as school and just shooting the place up.”The Associated Press on Friday obtained a transcript of the Jan. 5 tip to the FBI’s call center. The FBI acknowledged it failed to investigate the tip about 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, but the transcript provides the fullest glimpse yet into the seriousness of the woman’s concerns.“I know he’s going to explode,” she told the call-taker.The FBI briefed congressional staff Friday about its failure to act on the alarming tip, as well as why it did not delve into a September 2017 YouTube comment posted by a “Nikolas Cruz” that said, “Im going to be a professional school shooter.” The FBI linked the January call to the report of the YouTube comment, but an FBI intake specialist and a supervisor at the call center took no further action, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s office said Friday.Google, which owns YouTube, also briefed congressional staffers.The tips were among a series of what authorities now describe as the clearest missed warning signs that Cruz, who had a history of disturbing behavior, posed a serious threat. The FBI declined to comment on the transcript, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.During the phone call, which spanned more than 13 minutes, the woman described a teenager prone to anger with the “mental capacity of a 12 to 14 year old” that deteriorated after his mother died last year. She pointed the FBI to several Instagram accounts where Cruz had posted photos of sliced-up animals and rifles and ammunition he apparently purchased with money from his mother’s life insurance policy.“It’s alarming to see these pictures and know what he is capable of doing and what could happen,” the caller said. “He’s thrown out of all these schools because he would pick up a chair and just throw it at somebody, a teacher or a student, because he didn’t like the way they were talking to him.”The woman said she called the local police in Parkland, Florida, after Cruz began posting online that he wanted to kill himself. Then, she said, the threat changed to “I want to kill people.” She said he had killed animals and once held his mother at rifle-point.“I just want to, you know, get it off my chest in case something does happen,” the woman said. “And I do believe something’s going to happen.”The revelation of the FBI’s failure to refer the tip to agents in the field who could have investigated comes as the agency is already facing intense political pressure. Lawmakers, including Grassley, immediately sought more information from FBI Director Chris Wray on what went wrong.Acting Deputy Director David Bowdich told reporters Thursday the bureau is still trying to determine exactly how the tip got botched.As for the YouTube post, Grassley’s office said the FBI opened a counterterrorism lead but closed it less than a month later because agents were unable to identify the person behind it. Google told congressional staff it could have helped, if the FBI had asked last year.last_img read more

Cards Season Included NCAA Tournament Appearance Big Wins

first_imgLouisville is one of four Division I schools in the nation which has won 20 or more games in each of the past 17 seasons. Reaching over 20 victories this season and extending their streaks are Kansas (30), Duke (23), Gonzaga (21) and Louisville (17). (On if he’s learned anything about his job in the last year that he didn’t know when he signed on) “Not really. I think being a head coach for a long time prepares you rather well. I knew that the fan base would be bigger, opinions would be more varied because there are more opinions. There’s a lot of pride in our program, a lot of people that love our program. I don’t think anything came up that surprised me.” Mack guided the Cardinals to a 20-14 record while facing the nation’s third-toughest schedule.  Picked to finish 11th in the ACC, UofL achieved a 10-8 conference record and earned a tie for sixth in the final regular season standings.  The Cardinals beat four Associated Press Top 25 teams and were No. 22 in the nation in the NCAA’s NET rankings. Louisville ranked among the nation’s top 30 teams in both offensive (27th) and defensive efficiency (25th).  Entering the season, the Cardinals returned one starter and about a third of its scoring and rebounding from last year’s team. (On if he’s been to the Kentucky Derby before) “I don’t think I can say I officially went to one because it was a downpour all year last year. It’s maybe the most miserable experience I’ve ever had. Thankfully, (athletic director) Vince (Tyra) got us some tickets that were indoors, so I’ll make it there a second year in hopes that it doesn’t rain harder than it did last year.” (On who he think will win the national title) “I’d love to see a team in our conference, Virginia, win it all. I think what Coach (Tony) Bennett and his program went through, I think the heartache of losing in such a visible manner, and for those guys to have the wherewithal to swallow that for everybody to see, to let them use that as fuel to be in a situation where they’re down three points with five-and-a-half seconds to go at the free throw line, it says a lot about that team’s character and their coach’s character. So, you want to see a conference member do well, and there’s not a person in the country that wouldn’t say Tony Bennett does it the wrong way. He does it the right way, so you root for those type of guys. I’m hoping that our program and our guys can take a page out of their book in going from one year to the next.” Print Friendly Version Louisville defeated the champion of four conferences this season in Lipscomb (Atlantic Sun/tie), Michigan State (Big Ten/tie), North Carolina (ACC/tie), and Vermont (America East).  Louisville also faced four non-conference opponents who finished in the top three of their respective leagues in Tennessee (tied for second in the SEC), Kentucky (tied for second in the SEC), Marquette (second in the Big East) and Kent State (third in the Mid-American Conference East Division). (On the improvements sophomore forward Malik Williams has made over the past year and if he has made a step in the right direction of where he wants him to be as a player) “I thought Malik had as big of an improvement as anyone on our team. When you watch tape of him as a freshman, he just got thrown around and he was effective when he could make a pick-and-pop three. I thought this year, he was a really good defender virtually every game. He affected things at the rim, he’s extremely intelligent, he sees things happening and gets on the floor. Not many guys that play the four or five are willing to put their chest on the floor and dive for a loose ball and come up with things. What he maybe lacks in strength—hopefully he’s going to make up a lot of that ground over the summer—he makes up for in his hustle. I think offensively, he has a long way to go. I asked him the other day, ‘What are you great at? What on offense do you really hang your hat on, or can you hang your hat on?’ He looked at me for a few seconds and said, “I’m not sure.’ I thought that was a great answer because he’s right. He’s got to figure out what his game is on offense. His game is not just floating around shooting threes, and if it was, he’d shoot 45 percent from three and he’d have a green light every time he touched the ball, but he was closer to 30 percent, so he’s got to get a whole lot of reps in there. I referenced Channing Frye with him, who’s about to retire from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Channing Frye is 98th all-time in the history of the NBA in made threes, 98th, and that includes Detlef Schrempf, Larry Bird, Steph Curry, he’s 98th. Do you know how many threes he’s shot in his career at Arizona—which I don’t know how many years he played, two or three, I don’t think he was a one-and-done—he shot 24 threes in his career. So, he’s got to be more than a guy who just makes pick-and-pop threes. I think he took a step forward. He’s still not completely comfortable with his back to the basket, but the improvement he made from last year to this year hopefully lights a fire under him to improve more and more because we’re going to need him to to get better.” (On the workout regimen for incoming players) “I think (strength and conditioning) Coach (Andy) Kettler has an expectation that they’re doing something in the weight room. So much of that is a function of what they have access to, including what they can eat. So often, one of the big differences from high school to college is just the physical difference. It can overwhelm a freshman. If you all of the sudden had to hold your ground in the post versus (junior center) Steven Enoch, that’s different than the 6-4 kid that they called up from the JV right before tournament play that was trying to push you around. I think that’s a big part of it. Until you’re in the gym with the guys, it’s hard to convey the footwork, this is what’s important. I think you really have to be hands-on, at least that’s how I feel. I really want to be hands-on, you just have to be in the gym. I know these guys are workers. I know they’re trying to improve, but we’ll worry about getting our hands on them when they get here and giving them specific information on where they need to get better.” (On if he pays attention to horse racing or if he bets on it) “I don’t pay attention to horse racing, and absolutely, I bet on things that I’m allowed to—blackjack, horses.” Chris Mack Press Conference Louisville and Duke played more NCAA Sweet 16 teams (eight) than any other school in the nation and the Cardinals’ 11 games against those teams was the third-most in the nation prior to the NCAA Tournament.  The Cardinals beat Michigan State, North Carolina and Virginia Tech during the 2018-19 season, and those three victories against the Sweet 16 field were tied for the seventh-most in the nation. Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville men’s basketball team produced a successful season, participating in the Cardinals’ 39th NCAA Tournament in its first year under head coach Chris Mack. (On how the new NCAA recruiting rules will impact Louisville’s recruiting strategy moving forward) “It’s just harder with the limited AAU days to get your eyes on as many kids as you have in years past. We’re still working through that, still trying to figure out who is going to be where, what state associations are going to be doing things, what does the NBA players camp look like in terms of who do we miss, who do we not see? It’s going to be very, very different. For us, we don’t feel like it’s going to be as big of a class as 2019 was, but it’s still going to be every bit as important. What you want to be able to do is continue to stack really good classes together, so it’s huge. You’re at Louisville, we need to get good players.”(On the impact of the KHSAA’s plans for the offseason) “I think it hurts the high school players. I think the Louisville’s of the world will be fine. We’ve got great high school coaches in this state, in this region that will email us, word of mouth. We’ll get to see those kids at some point, but their opportunities get really limited.”(On holding team camps in the summer) “We elected this summer not to have team camps. A year ago, it just wasn’t feasible. Most of the teams that you’d really want to come to your team camps were already committed elsewhere. Then, with the whole commission putting team camps, state associations, really weren’t sure how that was going to look. The last thing we wanted to do was start a team camp and figure that 80 percent of the teams we wanted to get here, we couldn’t. I’ve never been a real big believer in the elite camps.”(On his grade for the season) “Pins and needles. Probably a B, probably a B. Man, it was tough the last 10 games, let’s put it that way. Our effort level was good. The guys came to practice with the right attitude, we just weren’t as effective. We have to get better this offseason.” Mack has built for the future as well, with Louisville’s 2019 signing class ranked second in the nation by ESPN.com and fifth by both Rivals.com and 247sports.com.Mack met with media representatives following the season, with the following a transcript of that news conference.Chris Mack Postseason Press ConferenceApril 3, 2019(On what he has done since the end of the season) “Just end-of-season meetings and laying out our offseason program, both on the court and the weight room, conditioning-wise, putting our calendar together for recruiting, which never really ends. But, with the calendar being changed by the NCAA, and all the opportunities we have, and how much high schools are getting back involved, state associations in June, it changes what we do in the summer months preparing for that.”(On sophomore guard Jo Griffin and freshman guard Wyatt Battaile entering the transfer portal) “Well, all three of the walk-ons put their names in the portal, so I don’t know what those decisions were made personally. Obviously, they were in the computer when they were.” (Follow-up: On discussing their decision with Mack) “Oh yeah, they discussed it. They discussed it.”(On the overall first year at Louisville) “It’s been great. It’s a year of trying to figure out what to expect. You sort of go into this path with eyes wide open. You try to learn new people, get established what you want to get established, establish the environment you want for your players. It’s been great. Really excited about our future and where we go from here. I didn’t know a whole lot a year ago at this time. It was a whirlwind.”(On the importance of staff continuity) “I’m very, very fortunate to have a staff that I really trust and believe in that those guys are, first and foremost, really good people, excellent coaches. They hold the respect of all of our players, and they established relationships with our guys over the last 12 months or so. I’m not naïve enough to think that change doesn’t happen. Change happens with your coaching staff, on your roster. There’s always going to be change, and being able to adjust is important, but I feel like everyone on our staff is going to be back. They have the same mindset as I do. We want to be better. We’re going to be better. We’re going to continue to establish the environment that we have our players in and what’s important in the standards that we hold. And those guys know me, they know what we’re all about. That was a big reason why I hired (assistant coach) Dino (Gaudio) in the beginning because I didn’t want to take several weeks to coach the coach, and I think that really helps with what we do in the offseason when we’re focused on the right thing and that’s our players.”(On what he will remember most about the 2018-19 team) “That we were able to get to the NCAA Tournament in a year that I don’t think many people thought we would, and selfishly, for (graduate forward) Akoy (Agau), (graduate guard) Khwan (Fore), and (graduate guard) CC (Christen Cunningham). Khwan and CC had never been to the tournament, so I really wanted them to experience what it’s like to hear your named called — to be better that people expect, to hold true, not to a promise I gave them, but a belief that I held, that is our team could certainly be a NCAA Tournament team and I would hate to come up short in their one and only chance to go somewhere else and be a part of that. So, that’s probably what I’ll remember most is when they come back, and they’re 30 years old, I’ll see them down the line or they’ll come back in the summer and play pick-up, I don’t think that they’ll ever feel like they were let down by what they were told and what actually transpired.”(On if he anticipates remaining scholarship players to return next season) “It’s 2019. Rosters are fluid, so my job, as I see it, is to be very, very honest with our players and I expect to see the same in return. I want them to be honest with me in terms of what their expectations are, what I thought they did well this past year, what I think they need to work on, and I have to be as honest as a heart attack with them. At times, you are on the complete same page with where we go forward, and sometimes, there’s got to be a lot of thought, both by the coach, by the player. So, to say we sit here and we’re ready to go for 2019-20 in terms of what our roster is going to look like, that would probably be inaccurate because I don’t know. I do know that we’re never settled…we’re always looking to see how we can improve on our team.”(On if the transfer portal bring difficulties as a coach) “It’s part of the job. I don’t know how to answer the question. Everybody has difficulties in their job, and where that ranks, it’s just part of the job. Nobody cares when I played, it’s just sort of you did what the coach told you. Now, it’s a little different, and it’s OK. It’s just who we’re dealing with. It doesn’t make kids any different at heart, but I think you have to have really good relationships with your guys and be honest with them. If this isn’t the place for somebody, you probably want to know sooner or later. Job is always difficult, but it just is what it is.”(On how players will respond to second year under him) “I think, for one, our players have so much better of a feel for expectation standards, the environment that we’ve tried to establish for them, what the expectations are from a work ethic standpoint. You’re trying to establish that from day one. Now, I expect our upperclassmen to have a regenerative leadership type of approach, where the freshmen are learning from guys that have been through it. We didn’t have that luxury this past year because the seniors, who were first-time guys here at Louisville, were looking at me like they had never heard me introduce anything, so I’d like to think that our older guys will be our best leaders—they better be our best leaders. I’m looking forward to having 13 guys on scholarship, as opposed to nine and a 10th one can’t practice every day. Sort of hard to go five-on-five when you have nine guys at times.”(On considering graduate transfers for next season) “We’re always recruiting. We don’t ever stand still. That doesn’t mean, nor should it be taken as I would ever force anybody out or tell them, ‘Hey, you’re not welcome here.’ That’s not how we do things. I’ve never done it that way. Again, rosters are a lot more fluid in this day and age than they were even 10 years ago. Kids want to have immediate impacts. I will tell you, Kent, that I don’t think we’ll add another freshman. I just feel like this isn’t a football team. We have to have balance among the classes, so that limits our options a little bit in the sense that we’re good on incoming freshmen. But, we’ll always to continue to look, whether that’s adding a fifth-year guy, whether that’s adding a sit-out transfer, we’re always to going continue establishing what our roster looks like and how we want it shaped.”(On sophomore forward Jordan Nwora’s improvement during the season) “I think it’s evident that he’s a very talented scorer. I think part of that is that he had a lot more opportunity this year, but that opportunity wasn’t just handed to him—he earned it. He was our best offensive player from day one. He got a lot better defensively. I’ll tell you that he has a long way to go and I think he knows that. Whether you talk offense or you talk defense about Jordan, the great thing about him is he has a lot of room for improvement, a lot of room, and whether that happens here at Louisville or in the NBA, it will be his decision and we’ll get the information over the next month-and-a-half to two months to help him make the best decision that he can. But, he’s got a long way to go in terms of becoming the player that I think he can be.” (On the challenges of not knowing which players will be back yet) “You can’t really fill a spot until one makes that decision, so that’s part of the challenge. It’ll certainly change our look offensively because Steven and Jordan provide some offense, and they do it in different ways than our other guys do. We have a long time in the offseason. That decision needs to be made by May 29, so as long as we don’t start practicing on June 1, that will give us enough time to adjust how we need to play on both ends of the floor. The good thing about Louisville’s academic schedule is, our guys are basically gone the entire month of May, whether you put your name in or you’re just going home for four or five weeks in the summer. So, when guys come back for summer school, like they did a year ago, you’ll know who’s on your team. And, at that point, you won’t have the freshman because they won’t have graduated from their respective high schools. We’ll know a lot more when we’re all reconvened here at the first available time in the summer.”(On strategy in recruitment) “We won’t take the ‘best available player’ approach and then try to fit him into a roster. We’ll certainly hone in on some positions, and again, right now, there are no positions open. We’re always looking.”(On a potential summer trip) “That won’t be for this summer. I think next summer that might be a strong possibility. But, just getting our feet on the ground after the first year, I don’t think that would be in our team’s best interest.”(On when he thought the team fully established itself) “I thought our team, at the beginning of the year, I think, after we played Pitt at Pitt, we were maybe 90th in the country defensively. We had set a goal to be a top-25 defensive team, but we were falling woefully short. I think our players, to a man, even from day one, knew that we weren’t the most talented team in the league. And, if we were going to meet some of our goals, some of which we did and some of which we fell short, some were lofty, some were very specific, then we were going to have to be better on all parts. We were going to have to be a team that could get stops, that believed in our defense. And from that point on, I think today we’re 25th in the country on KenPom. Maybe that shakes out and we’re a spot or two away, who knows. But, in one year to become a top-25 defensive team, with a collection of guys that had never heard of pack-line or understood how it was played, without really any rim protectors and without really great size on the perimeter, I’m really proud of our team to be able to compete the way we did defensively. We came up short in some games. It was a tough last month because we wanted to be better. We felt like we could’ve been better. But, when I look back at this team, I just feel like defensively, we came a long, long way. And it was that belief that we could better than one of the parts that I’ll always remember about this group.”(On opening next season with a conference game) “A big part of the schedule was done before we got here. A lot of the exempt events, they’re planned years in advance. You don’t just say ‘Hey, we want to play in Maui’ or ‘We want to play in the Bahamas,’ it just doesn’t happen. They’ll pencil you in for 2030 and get back to you. From that standpoint, we have a lot of games that were already on the schedule. Moving to 20 conference games makes our schedule even tougher. You’re not going to lose the ACC-Big Ten challenge. You’re always going to play Kentucky. We obviously have a new series starting up with Western Kentucky. Eighty percent, 90 percent of your schedule is already hammered out before you sit down in your chair. We’re always going to have one of the best schedules in the country. I don’t know if it’ll be as challenging as this past year’s, but we’re always going to have one of the best. When you see our partners and who we play, we didn’t have chopped liver either. To answer the first part of the question, ACC game to start the year, I’m not a huge fan, but it is what it is.”(On getting draft information for the players) “Well, it’s the NBA’s job and we sort of pass it along.”(On if he offers an opinion to a player considering the draft) “I absolutely offer my opinion, but that’s what it is. It’s an opinion. I think it’s a valid one, I think it’s an honest one, because I’m with these guys every single day. I know where their strengths lie, I know where their deficiencies lie. Watching guys go through the process year after year after year, you see the guys that have made it. You see the guys that made it for a little bit, see the guys that have lasted, see the guys who never got a shot, the guys who return to school, see the whole gamut. You feel like you have a really good rolodex of information to go back on and say, ‘These are my thoughts.’ Having said that, when a player and their family make the decision, I’m always going to be supportive. It’s not going to be combative. I always want them to feel like they can trust that I’m going to give them my honest opinion.”(On the incoming freshmen class) “That remains to be seen. It’s a huge jump from high school to college. It is a huge jump, and I think because of a variety of reasons, it  seems to look easier because of the Zion’s and the RJ’s. Not necessarily to fans, but to the players themselves. It’s a lot harder than it looks. So much has been made about the teams that are left right now are veteran teams, teams with not a lot of one-and-dones, and I think there’s some truth to that. It’s hard when you’ve never been in situations before. When you haven’t been in tight games. When the guys you’re lining up against have been. When they’ve lost in the NCAA tournament. When they’ve worked an entire offseason with that in their minds. It’s tough. And I think there’s something to be said for experience. Having said that, I think our freshman are extremely talented. I think they all bring different things to the table. There’s going to be an adjustment period, and this summer is going to be huge for them. That’s why we’re going to be counting on our veterans to really help them understand what expectations and standards are in our program. But, each one of them can help our program and are going to help our program next year.”(On the importance of the freshmen coming to the program as soon as possible) “I think it’s important, but what they’re about to experience is the longest commitment to basketball they’ve ever faced. As excited as I am to get them here, I want to make equally sure that we have their attention in February and March down the stretch and not make the season any longer than it needs to be for them, if that makes sense. In terms of getting them bigger and stronger, getting to know their teammates, getting to know their coaching staff, us getting to know how best they respond to coaching, that’s huge. We’ve got enough time to figure that out before we start playing games.”(On the increased expectations for the 2019-20 season) “Absolutely. People ask me all the time, ‘How do you think the first season went?’ and ‘What were your expectations,’ and ‘Did they get mad?’ I just look at is as this is a process. We’re moving our program in a direction to compete for conference titles, tournament titles, and it’s a hard process. That’s a narrow eye-of-the-needle to get through, if you will. But, we are on the right track. I love the guys we have coming in. I think they’re going to add a whole lot. The more expectations, the better. I was disappointed with the last 10 games of the season, not in our players, but that we couldn’t get over the hump in certain games. We’re moving in the right direction. To think of where we were a year ago, when some fifth-year grad transfers wouldn’t answer my phone calls, didn’t want to visit, recruits didn’t really feel Louisville, to be sitting here off an NCAA Tournament appearance with some of the best, high-character guys I’ve ever been around before. Knowing that we have a top-10 class in the country coming in. We’re going to be at 13 scholarships versus 10. We’re really excited about next season.”(On if there was a specific moment that caused recruits to begin committing to Louisville) “I don’t think I could point to one moment and say it changed. I think Christen Cunningham saying, ‘I’m coming to Louisville’ helped. I think (incoming freshman) Josh Nickelberry saying, ‘I’m coming to Louisville’ really helped. Unbeknownst to our coaching staff, every kid always says, ‘Coach, I’m going to recruit these other guys you’re recruiting.’ You always sort of shake your head, ‘Yeah, I appreciate it.’ They generally text a kid, ‘Hey, why don’t you come to Louisville with me’ and that’s it, but I guess Josh really worked those guys and that’s great. I can’t point to one particular moment and say it changed right here. We were always a coaching staff that felt like it was going to change, we just have to keep believing and keep making Louisville cool, and keep doing what we had to do.”last_img read more

Acting up

first_imgComing as one of the biggest treats for the theater lover,  Sparsh Natya Rang presents their theatre festival Hriday Manch – a celebration of colour, warmth, laughter and emotions, where four plays will be staged by various groups in Shri Ram Centre. Kicking off the festival comes Bechara Bhagwaan on 8 August at 7 pm. Written by  Late. Purshottum Laxman Deshpandey, music and direction by Ajit Chowdhury, performed by Sparsh Natya Rang, adaptation by Sudhir Kulkarni. A self-explanatory play, Bechara Bhagwaan is about the typical Indian society and its funny way of expressing their devotion. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’9 August showcases the Urgent Meeting, written by Jaywardhan, directed by J.P.Singh and performed by Rangbhoomi. Urgent Meeting is a satirical piece reflecting upon the ills prevailing in the world of art and culture depicting the interlude of push and pull of internal politics, leg-pulling and nepotism in a very lively way. Mote Ram ka Satyagraha will be staged on 10 August. Written by Munshi Premchand the play has been directed by Arvind Gaur. The adaption has been done by the  Late. Habib Tanvirand Safdar Hashmi and will be performed by the Asmita Theatre group.  The play is a comic-satire with all the elements of a musical. On the surface, the play appears to be a simple story about a Brahmin from Banaras. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix11 August will witness the last play Koi Baat Chale. Directed by Ramji Bali and performed by Theater Wala the story of the play, Koi Baat Chale, revolves around the protagonist, Kanhiya Lal Bansi Prasad. He is a 35 years old school drama teacher and yet unmarried. A romantic comedy, the play shows Bansi seeking help of a marriage bureau to help him find a suitable life partner.In the meantime, Bansi meets the beautiful Supriya. On his search for his soul mate, while going to the marriage bureau, he sees Supriya enter the same bureau. When the owner of the bureau, PyaareLal asks Bansi about his preferences, Bansi mentions the enchanting features of the magnificent Supriya he had earlier met. PyaareLal introduces many girls with a mole on their cheeks to Bansi, except Supriya.last_img read more

This Hotel Entrepreneur Wants to Open a New Location Barely Anyone Can

first_img All new ventures are risky, but Robert Bigelow’s latest ambition is out of this world.Bigelow, the founder and owner of the Budget Suites of America hotel chain, is also the founder of Bigelow Aerospace.Last month, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket was tasked with delivering a cargo spacecraft called Dragon, which contained scientific equipment and supplies and an inflatable habitat from Bigelow Aerospace called BEAM (Bigelow Expandable Activity Module). Today, an attempt was made to attach BEAM to the ISS for a two-year test run. While it wasn’t a succesful attempt, the astronauts on board will try to inflate the strucutre again tomorrow. And Bigelow already has his eye on the company’s next big goal: putting habitable commercial space stations aloft by 2020.Related: Could This Inflatable Habitat Be the Future of Space Tourism?At the 32nd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., Bigelow and Tony Bruno, the president and CEO of United Launch Alliance, announced that the firms are partnering to bring Bigelow’s B330 space habitat into orbit on ULA’s Atlas V rocket. The company says that the B330 is 12,000 cubic feet, can house up to six people and has a lifespan of 20 years.The B330 is meant to be both a hub for research in zero gravity and lodging for both space tourism and possible future missions to the Moon and Mars. It’s likely not outside the realm of possibility that the two companies are envisioning a future that includes a thriving hospitality industry in space.Related: Bezos Praises Third Blue Origin Launch-and-Land Rocket Test as ‘Perfect'”[B330] enables destinations in space for countries, corporations and even individuals far beyond what is available today, effectively democratizing space,” Bruno said in a joint statement. “We can’t begin to imagine the future potential of affordable real estate in space.”But for now, the priority is to keep testing safe ways to get there.In ULA’s 10-year-old history — founded in 2006 by mainstay aerospace and defense firms Boeing and Lockheed Martin — it has had over 100 successful launches, although the company did have to postpone its next mission due to an issue with the rocket’s fuel system.Related: SpaceX Achieves First Successful Rocket Landing at SeaPrivate space travel is inching closer to reality, with SpaceX’s April landing at sea a major milestone for the Elon Musk-led company. Earlier that month, Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin had a third successful launch and landing for its reusable rocket, and is aiming for human test flights as soon as next year.But while Virgin Galactic has rocketed the wealthy into orbit, it has never taken passengers into outer space for an extended stay. So that is to say, Bigelow may build it, but will they come?This story originally published on April 12. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global May 26, 2016center_img 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Related Millions of Brits flying on holiday this w

first_img RelatedMillions of Brits flying on holiday this weekendMillions of Brits flying on holiday this weekendMore Brits prepared to splash out while on holiday this yearOver a third of British holidaymakers travelling on flights abroad this summer intend to spend more money on their break.Could the Slovenian football team reduce the cost of your holiday?Brits booking cheap flights to Slovenia this summer may see their travel plans refunded Tens of millions of Brits are booking cheap flights abroad ahead of their summer holiday this year following the recent spell of cold weather.According to Lloyds TSB, 35.6 million UK holidaymakers will be heading overseas for their main 2010 break, with a third of these citing the cold temperatures as the reason for heading to warmer climes.Despite a third of Brits having already booked their main holiday, almost 60 percent have yet to organise travel insurance.Lloyds TSB’s Andrew Piggot said that many holidaymakers simply forget travel insurance because it is so easy to do so.”With more people travelling abroad this year, holidaymakers really need to make sure they have appropriate travel cover to stop their holiday heaven from turning into a nightmare,” he warned.The bank’s poll also revealed that Brits aren’t quite ready to turn their backs on the UK – around a third are planning to embark on a domestic short break this year.According to VisitBritain, 15 percent fewer Brits travelled abroad for their holiday last year as the ‘staycation’ trend was embraced.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

October 20 2003 ROAD SYNERGY October workshoppe

first_imgOctober 20, 2003ROAD SYNERGY: October workshoppers participate in a special synergy to help maintain the high road that runs from the top of the mesa into camp.[Photo: Siobhan Watts & text: kh] The dirt roads on site require regular maintenance in order to remain passable. Crewmembers from agriculture, landscaping, maintenance, planning and construction join together to accomplish this task.[Photo: Siobhan Watts & text: kh] Placing a pipe under the road will assist in diverting water away from the oxidation pond during heavy rains.[Photo: Siobhan Watts & text: kh] A rock wall is built where the pipe passes through to help deter the water. Preserving the deposited material and preventing erosion will slow deterioration of the road.[Photo: aa & text: kh]last_img

PhonetoTV video streaming service Flipps has sig

first_imgPhone-to-TV video streaming service Flipps has signed a distribution deal with web series studio Vuguru, allowing it to distribute two of the latter’s shows via its platform. Under the deal, Flipps will make Vuguru scripted series Prom Queen and Back on Topps available to stream on smart TVs and web-connected games consoles using Flipps’ iOS or Android app.Formerly known as iMediaShare, Flipps lets users stream online videos from their mobile for free over the same WiFi network – with no remote or dongle required.“Bringing online original programming to the connected home is a natural extension of the Flipps brand and Vuguru is a leader in the space. We’re excited to be the first to bring on-demand Vuguru series to the TV screen – making them available and easily accessible to millions of viewers,” said Flipps CEO, Kosta Jordanov.last_img read more