Antetokounmpo: World Hoop Title Better than NBA MVP

first_imgHe wasn’t able to help the Greek national basketball team even qualify for the 2016 Olympics but now Milwaukee Bucks and NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo wants to bring his country the world title at this month’s tourney so bad he said it’s more important to him than being named the league’s best player over a bevy of Americans.“I would exchange the MVP title for the gold medal in China,” he told FIBA.com, referring to where the Aug. 31-Sept. 16 games are being held this year and he just might have a shot at it with the United States – which has gone 76-0 in world cup and Olympic play since losing to Greece in the 2006 world semi-finals – sending the junior varsity.American superstars, perhaps weary of the tourney or not caring anymore, backed out of being on Team USA, leading coach Greg Popovich, who has the helm for the San Antonio Spurs, left to give Hoosier-like inspirational speeches to what’s left as he picks a 12-man roster from the likes of Mason Plumlee and Thaddeus Young. Who?Greece has lost in the round of 16 at the world title at the last two events after winning the silver in 2006, losing to Spain in the final, unable to make the miracle ending after stunning the American star-studded team, which included LeBron James.Greece has Antetokounmpo and Greek-American Nick Kalathes and a seasoned roster but hasn’t been able to get past Spain and Serbia in European tournaments and in China is in a group with New Zealand, Montenegro, and world power Brazil.Antetokounmpo may have to do it himself after winning three straight All-Star selections and breaking through with his first MVP award this past season, taking the Bucks to the best record in the NBA and the Eastern Conference finals, taking a lead against the Toronto Raptors before Kawhi Leonard shut him down, taking the Canadian team to the title over the Golden State Warriors.Antetokounmpo will have his brothers Thanasis and Kostas on the team, giving Greece three citizens who are native Nigerians and he said he’s ready for the world’s best even after the arduous NBA schedule and his celebrated season. There’s also Greek-American Tyler Dorsey – also African-American, as a primo shooting guard, who played at Oregon and for the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA off the bench.Antetokounmpo said, “I always feel something special when playing for the national team. When you are starting the tournament and listening to the national anthem, the emotions can’t be described. After the first basket, the first plays, it is an amazing experience and every time I feel as proud as the first time. The feeling of winning with the national team is incredible, and I have said before that I will always be part of the team, as long as I am healthy like this summer,” he told the sports site.Whatever happens, you can count on Antetokounmpo giving everything he has for the country he has embraced after it scorned him until he showed he could play basketball and bring some prestige and attention.The Bucks site Fansided said he’s excited and ready to go and advised betting against him. “As it stands, Antetokounmpo’s singular, force of nature talent certainly makes a medal seem realistic for Greece, although if it’s to be gold he’ll likely require his teammates to produce some of the best performances of their lives, their report said.It added: “That group coming together to perform is not beyond the realms of possibility, and as Bucks fans already know, it’s foolish to doubt Giannis Antetokounmpo when he puts his mind to something.” Ask NBA players.TweetPinShare1010 Shareslast_img read more

MS Dhoni bonded with junior cricketers over hookah: George Bailey

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni returned as Team India captain for the 200th time in the 2018 Asia Cup Super Four match against Afghanistan on Tuesday.Dhoni took over the reins of the team after a span of 696 days, as India’s stand-in captain Rohit Sharma decided to take a break from the inconsequential encounter. Dhoni had last captained India in the ODI series against New Zealand.As wishes and congratulatory messages poured in from all corners, Cricket Australia (CA) also posted a video in which former skipper George Bailey disclosed some interesting facts about ‘Mahi’.Bailey, who played under Dhoni in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Chennai Super Kings and the Rising Pune Super Giants, revealed how ‘captain cool’ used to have sheesha sessions to break ice with the young players.READ – MS Dhoni captains India for 200th time in one-day internationals”He likes smoking a bit of the sheesha or the hookah. So, he quite often would set that up in his room, and it was very much open door policy. You would go in and quite often find a lot of younger players there. For India or lot of other cricket teams, it can be hierarchical, but he certainly broke that down,” revealed Bailey.”You just find yourself in his room late at night chatting inevitably about the game or about different facets of the game or about different people and with different people it’s a great way to break down barriers,” he added.READ – MS Dhoni should play domestic cricket: Sunil GavaskaradvertisementBailey also recalled the sense of calm that Dhoni exuded as a captain or even with the bat.”The greatest thing that I took from him was his ability to remain calm to impact the calmness of the team. With the chaos and whatever might be happening on the game on numerous occasions, when you saw him being so calm behind the wickets or with the bat in hand, you firmly believe that he’s got a plan. He’s got something covered here, it’s gonna be ok,” he added.last_img read more

De Laurentiis: Ancelotti not pushy like Conte

first_imgNapoli De Laurentiis: Ancelotti didn’t insist on players like Conte Sacha Pisani 10:33 5/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Antonio Conte Chelsea 2017-18 Getty Images Napoli Carlo Ancelotti Antonio Conte Serie A The Chelsea manager was linked with the Serie A side, however, his demands proved too much for for the club’s boss to deal with Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said he opted for Carlo Ancelotti over Antonio Conte as the former Bayern Munich manager did not push for signings like the Chelsea boss.Ancelotti replaced Maurizio Sarri on a three-year deal last week – the veteran tactician returning to Serie A for the first time since leaving AC Milan in 2009.Conte, who is reportedly set to be replaced by Sarri at Stamford Bridge, was also in talks with De Laurentiis, however, his demands proved too much for the Napoli owner. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Speaking about the arrival of Ancelotti, De Laurentiis said: “I hope he stays with us for another 10 years, but I always have to think about the good of the club.”I’ll always act with objectivity and not allow myself to be taken by enthusiasm. Don’t worry, with Carlo we’ll do what we have to do.”With Carlo, we’ve felt over the years that he’s a man who’s always given us a sense of serenity.”When he asked me for some players and I said ‘no’, he didn’t keep insisting like Conte. He understood and did so with great tenderness.”If he came here, it’s because he likes the club, city and current team. He’s not someone who’ll use Napoli as a stepping stone.Carlo Ancelotti Napoli“I’ll never forget when Conte courted me for [Kalidou] Koulibaly, going up to €58 million with Chelsea. I told him, ‘what can I do with €58m?’. Money is a means, not an end. The end is Koulibaly.”Sarri guided Napoli to two runner-up finishes in three seasons, having almost dethroned reigning champions Juventus this term.The 59-year-old held talks with Napoli over an extension, however, De Laurentiis turned to Ancelotti amid Sarri’s growing links with Chelsea.”There is no background to Sarri’s exit,” De Laurentiis said. “At a certain point I told the press that his time was over.”I am in charge of a business, and I can’t be waiting for others to be available when they should always be available for the club.”De Laurentiis added: “I gave him time, but then the time expired and I moved on by taking Carlo Ancelotti to Napoli.”We started to collaborate together for two days in Rome and then with Ancelotti first in London, then in Canada.”last_img read more

10 months agoKante proves Chelsea matchwinner at Crystal Palace

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kante proves Chelsea matchwinner at Crystal Palaceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveN’Golo Kante proved Chelsea’s matchwinner on Sunday as they moved back into the top four with victory at Crystal Palace.Kante scored the only goal of the game in the 51st minute when he broke forward from midfield to convert David Luiz’s throughball.There were few clear-cut chances as the Blues dominated possession and Palace sat back hoping to catch the opposition on the counter-attack – a tactic which failed to work as Roy Hodgson’s Eagles took 85 minutes to register their first effort at goal.Chelsea’s Willian came close to scoring with a free-kick that struck the post, and Ross Barkley also hit the woodwork with a hooked effort.The Blues have 43 points, one behind City and two behind Spurs. Palace remain in 14th with 19 points. last_img read more

Contract cancellation creates new doubts on Polavaram

first_imgHyderabad: Polavaram and new Andhra Pradesh capital were the two major projects which attracted all the attention in Andhra Pradesh post bifurcation and now with the change of guards, development of Amaravati has hit the pause button while fresh doubts have cropped up about Polavaram. The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) government’s move to exit Navayuga Engineering Company out of Polavaram has triggered apprehensions over the mega irrigation project being built on Godavari river. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The new government three days ago served a notice to Navayuga asking it to exit from the project as it was awarded the contract on a nomination basis by previous Telugu Desam Party (TDP) government. As a sub-contractor, Navayuga was engaged in various works relating to the project including construction of spillway, spillway channel, coffer dam and power project component. The total value of the works being executed by the company were about Rs 3,000 crore. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The government has now decided to call tenders by going for reverse tendering process. The development was not unexpected as soon after assuming the office, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had declared that all the contracts awarded by the previous government on nomination basis would be reviewed and wherever necessary he would go for reverse tendering as this would ensure transparency by allowing participation of largest number of bidders. He believes this would lead to huge saving to public exchequer. The government took the action on the findings of a committee of experts constituted by it to review the works awarded to Navayuga. The move, however, evoked criticism not only from TDP, other opposition parties but also from the Centre, which is funding the project. Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat termed as ‘sad’ the move by the YSRCP government to terminate the contract. He told the Parliament that this would become a new impediment for executing the project and lead to cost escalation. Polavaram, which is estimated to cost Rs 58,000 crore, was declared a national project in 2016 as committed by the Centre at the time of bifurcation of combined Andhra Pradesh in 2014. It is being executed by the state government under the supervision of the Polavaram Project Authority, a central agency. The project designed to bring an area of over seven lakh acres in coastal Andhra under irrigation besides producing 960 Megawatt power, utilising 273 thousand million cubic feet or TMC of water currently going waste into the sea. With floods in Godavari, the project works have come to a halt. Officials say the works could resume after the end of flood season in October. After his first visit to the project site last month, Jagan Mohan Reddy alleged that TDP government resorted to irregularities in the project by awarding contracts on nomination basis to those who were close to it. Alleged corruption in Polavaram was a key issue during the election campaign. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also targeted then chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu for delaying execution of Polavaram and alleged that he is using it as ‘ATM’ leading to cost escalation. The exit notice to Navayuga may not be the last move of Jagan Reddy government as he claimed that several sub-contracts were awarded to those close to the then ruling party and the ministers. The TDP has rubbished the allegations and claimed that utmost transparency was maintained in the process of awarding the works. TDP leader and former irrigation minister D. Uma Maheswara Rao pointed out that the sub-contract to Navayuga was in fact awarded on the suggestion of the Centre so that the works could speed up. “This is one of the several steps taken by Jagan Mohan Reddy government due to political vendetta without bothering about the state’s interests,” he said. Chandrababu Naidu said despite the canard spread by YSRCP all these years, the TDP government completed 70 per cent of the project works. He cautioned that if YSRCP government failed to execute the balance works in a stipulated time, Polavaram will remain a dream. Jagan Reddy recently reiterated that his government will complete the project by June 2021. However, experts say the termination of contracts and calling of fresh tenders may further delay the project and also lead to cost escalation. Conceived in 1941 at just Rs 6.5 crore, Polavaram was marred by delays and controversies over last several decades. Being built at Polavaram in West Godavari district, it is said to be the last irrigation project of this scale in the country and promises to become lifeline of Andhra Pradesh. Despite being mooted before India’s independence, it remained on paper for several decades. Though the foundation stone was laid in 1980, no progress could made be made till 2005 when then chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy launched the work. Most of the works of two canals were completed and majority of the clearances from the Centre were obtained during his time. However, Rajasekhara Reddy’s death in a helicopter crash in 2009 and subsequent political turmoil due to revival of demand for Telangana state once again threw the project in a limbo. The commitment made by the Centre in Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act came as a fresh hope for the project and since then significant progress was made but for people of state it is still a long way to go.last_img read more

A Toronto artist and teacher helps ROM challenge AfricanCanadian stereotypes

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Gordon Shadrach is a Grade 2 teacher and painter, whose work is now featured at the ROM and explores issues of identity within Canada’s black community. The museum advertises the show as a way to “challenge” the stereotypes plaguing Canada’s black community.“Knowing now that there’s going to be little black boys and little black girls looking at my work and giving them something to aspire to, that they can see something I didn’t have the privilege of seeing when I was a kid … it’s amazing to be part of that process,” Shadrach said.“Distilled,” acrylic on wood, 2017. (Courtesy Gordon Shadrach)Shadrach teaches his students and black youth the same theme he explores in his works, which is the under-representation of African-Canadians in our culture.center_img By day, Gordon Shadrach is a Grade 2 teacher at Kew Beach Junior Public School in Toronto’s east-end, but by night, he’s a painter whose work is now being featured in the Royal Ontario Museum’s newest exhibition — something he says is “beyond my wildest dreams.”Shadrach has been featured at venues such as the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and the Queen West Art Crawl. He can now add the ROM’s newest exhibition to that list, which opened last Saturday and will remain open until mid-April.Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art features the work of nine Canadian contemporary artists, who use objects, images and multimedia to challenge preconceived notions of black culture. Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

THE OAK ROOM BLACK FAWN FILMS BEGINS PRODUCTION ON NEW THRILLER

first_img Facebook During a raging snowstorm, a drifter returns home to the blue-collar bar located in the remote Canadian town where he was born. When he offers to settle an old debt with a grizzled bartender by telling him a story, the night’s events quickly spin into a dark tale of mistaken identities, double crosses and shocking violence. You’re not going to believe what happened at The Oak Room…The Oak Room stars Peter Outerbridge, RJ Mitte and Ari MIllen.Black Fawn Films and Breakthrough Entertainment Inc., the filmmaking team behind such genre hits as I’ll Take Your Dead, Let Her Out, Bite and Antisocial have started production on their newest collaboration, The Oak Room. Principal photography is set to commence in Burlington, Ontario this July. The film stars RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad), Peter Outerbridge (Suicide Squad, V-Wars) and Ari Millen (Orphan Black, I’ll Take Your Dead).After taking some time off after his last film, director/producer Cody Calahan teamed up with writer Peter Genoway to adapt Genoway’s stage play The Oak Room into a feature length film. The original stage production took home first place honors at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival in the prestigious New Play Contest category while also being selected as a Patron’s Pick (Theatre Passe Muraille’s top box office earner). The play was also nominated for Best Independent Production by broadway.com. Twitter Prolific filmmaking group Black Fawn Films are entering production once again. Next week, just outside of Toronto, they begin working on their next film, The Oak Room, based off of the Canadian stage play from Peter Genoway. Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Genoway adapted his stageplay for the screen with director Cody Calahan. Genoway’s award winning play was based off of his own experience of being stranded in a snow-covered small town. This is all hilarious if only that Summer has arrived and the Greater Toronto Area is in Broil Mode. That will be the magic of filmmaking.last_img read more

Wind knocks out power in the BC Peace

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over 500 customers in the B.C. Peace are without power.Hydro reports there are several power outages all around the B.C. Peace affecting customers since as early as 4:30 a.m. Sunday.Strong winds in the region have caused the outages.  Overnight wind gusts at the Fort St. John Airport reached 80km/h. The largest outages are in the Charlie Lake area.  Crews are on-site trying to fix the outages, but there is no estimate on when power will be restored.To view a full list of the power outages, visit www.bchydro.com/outageslast_img read more

After Mt Everest police officer set to scale Kanchenjunga

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal police assistant sub inspector Rudra Prasad Halder, who had successfully scaled the Mount Everest in 2016, will soon embark on Kanchenjunga expedition.Halder, who presently works with the wireless department of Bengal police, is a mountaineer with repute and has already successfully made 21 mountain summits, the most notable one was the Mount Everest when he reached its summit on May 21, 2016. Sharing his expedition plan with the Millennium Post, Halder said: ” I will leave for Kathmandu from Kolkata airport on Thursday and will staying there Saturday. The main expedition will start from Taplejung on April 8 and after walking for 11 days we will be reaching the base camp of Kanchenjunga. Then it will take another 40 to 45 days tentatively to climb up to the summit which has a height of 8586 metres.” Mountaineer Biplab Baidya and two other climbers will accompany Halder in the expedition. Kanchenjunga happens to be the third highest mountain peak in the world. ” I am grateful to the Bengal police for funding my expedition. My seniors have always encouraged and supported me. It was Director General (DG) Virendra (Sir) who flagged off my expedition on Tuesday,” Halder said. He recollected the fateful day of May 20, 2014 when mountaineer Chhanda Gayen went missing along with two sherpas in an avalanche while descending the western side of Mount Kanchenjunga in Nepal. Later, it was declared all three of them died in the avalanche. Halder had attempted to scale the Mount Everest in 2015 but had to stall his expedition due to the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Halder was trained at Uttarkashi’s Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. He is associated with a Sonarpur-based trekking club Arohi. It may be mentioned that there are four climbing routes to reach the summit of Kanchenjunga, three of which are in Nepal— from the southwest, northwest and northeast— and one from northeastern Sikkim in India. Till date, the northeastern route from Sikkim has been successfully used only three times. The Indian government has banned expeditions to Kanchenjunga, and therefore this route has been closed since 2000.last_img read more

Storm of hunger threatens lives of 25 million South Sudanese – UN

15 December 2011Damaged crops combined with conflict and insecurity are threatening to leave some 2.5 million people in South Sudan – the world’s newest country – in critical conditions unless food assistance is provided immediately, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today. “A gathering storm of hunger is approaching South Sudan, caused by crop failure and market disruption,” said WFP Director in South Sudan Chris Nikoi. “Food prices have already doubled or tripled in some areas, leaving hundreds of thousands of children vulnerable to malnutrition at a key developmental stage of their young lives.”Recent erratic rains have damaged crops, and border closures between Sudan and South Sudan are disrupting food trade, leading to frequent shortages and high food prices. Conflict and insecurity aggravate the situation. South Sudan has been beset by outbreaks of ethnic violence since it became independent in July from Sudan, and the presence of many armed groups and militias across the country, as well as an increase in refugees add further complications.In a news release issued by the agency, WFP said it would scale up its operation to support 2.7 million hungry and conflict-affected people in 2012. Assistance will include providing highly fortified supplementary foods to more than 500,000 children, pregnant women and nursing mothers.In addition to emergency assistance, WFP will help communities and families become more self-sufficient and productive through food-for-assets activities, while laying the groundwork for other projects to build longer-term resilience.WFP stressed that one of the main upcoming challenges will be making supplies accessible as poor infrastructure combined with conflict and growing insecurity – particularly the use of landmines – hinder distribution capabilities. WFP also stressed that timing will be critical since up to 60 per cent of the country will be cut off once the rainy season starts in March and April next year.The agency estimates it will need emergency funds of about $92 million to address hunger needs in South Sudan in the first four months of next year. read more

Six killed in Rathota following heavy rain

The children and their mother were in the house when the landslide occurred.Separately, also in Rathota, a 50 year old woman died after she was buried by sand. Six people were killed in three separate weather related incidents in Rathota today, the police media unit said.The police said that this morning two children aged 10 and 7 were killed following a landslide. Meanwhile this evening a tree fell on a van in Rathota killing 3 people, the police said.All the victims were from Pollonaruwa.  Six others were injured in the accident. read more

Boston Teamsters members indicted on charges they intimidated Top Chef staff during

BOSTON – Five members of a Teamsters local accused of intimidating the staff and crew of “Top Chef” while it was filmed in Boston last year were indicted Wednesday on federal extortion charges.The indictment says members of Teamsters Local 25 demanded that union members be hired as drivers. When the producer for the reality TV show said they had already hired their employees, the Teamsters warned they would follow the crew and picket, prompting the Omni Parker House in Boston to cancel filming there.The Teamsters also are accused of yelling profanities and racial and homophobic slurs at host Padma Lakshmi and the crew while they filmed at Steel & Rye, a restaurant in the Boston suburb of Milton.The men are charged with conspiracy to extort and attempted extortion in order to obtain no-work jobs for fellow Teamsters.U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said the Teamsters’ actions were “not union organizing, but criminal extortion.”“In the course of this alleged conspiracy, they managed to chase a legitimate business out of the City of Boston and then harassed the cast and crew when they set up shop in Milton,” Ortiz said.The local’s president, Sean O’Brien, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment. O’Brien previously denied that any Teamsters had harassed crew members, calling the accusations “fiction at best.”A lawyer for Mark Harrington, one of the accused Teamsters, said his client denies the allegations.“His only conduct was to exercise his lawful right to protest a company that was not maintaining area standards of wages and benefits,” said attorney Rob Goldstein.Lawyers for the other men didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment. The men are due to appear in U.S. District Court on Wednesday afternoon.Joseph Bonavolonta, the acting special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston division, called the Teamsters’ actions “egregious.”“While unions have the right to advocate on behalf of their members, they do not have the right to use violence and intimidation,” Bonavolonta said.The indictment alleges that beginning June 5, 2014, the men conspired to force the production company to pay Local 25 members for unnecessary work by threatening physical and economic harm.On June 10, 2014, several of the men are accused of showing up at Steel & Rye, walking in lockstep toward the doors, then chest-bumping and stomach-bumping crew members to try to forcibly enter the restaurant. The indictment alleges that the men continued to use and threaten physical violence against the crew and others. They also blocked vehicles from entering the set and tried to prevent people from entering, according to the indictment.The indictment doesn’t specify at whom the men yelled profanities and slurs, but a person close to the investigation said Lakshmi was among those targeted. The person was not authorized to release details of the investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.The indictment said crew members saw the Teamsters standing close to cars belonging to the crew. Nine cars were later found to have had their tires slashed. Boston Teamsters members indicted on charges they intimidated ‘Top Chef’ staff during filming FILE – In a Thursday, May 14, 2015, file photo, television personality Padma Lakshmi attends the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment 2015 Upfront, in New York. On Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, five members of a Teamsters local accused of intimidating the staff and crew of “Top Chef” while it was filmed in Boston last year were indicted on federal extortion charges. The Teamsters also are accused of yelling profanities and racial and homophobic slurs at host Padma Lakshmi and the crew while they filmed at Steel & Rye, a restaurant in the Boston suburb of Milton. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) by Denise Lavoie, The Associated Press Posted Sep 30, 2015 9:58 am MDT Last Updated Sep 30, 2015 at 12:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

SecretaryGeneral establishes eminent panel to review UN peace operations

In a statement issued at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Ban In a statement issued at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Ban announced the establishment of a High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, which will “draw together individuals with a wide range of experience and expertise,” and be chaired by Jose Ramos-Horta of Timor-Leste. The Panel will make a comprehensive assessment of the state of UN peace operations today, and the emerging needs of the future. In addition, this will be the first such panel to examine both peacekeeping operations and special political missions, added the Secretary-General.The participants will consider a broad range of issues facing peace operations, including the changing nature of conflict, evolving mandates, good offices and peacebuilding challenges, managerial and administrative arrangements, planning, partnerships, human rights and protection of civilians, uniformed capabilities for peacekeeping operations and performance. “The last major external review of peace operations was undertaken in 2000 and led by Mr. Lahkdar Brahimi,” said the UN chief, referring to the landmark outcome of an assessment carried out by a similar panel set up to examine the shortcomings of the then existing system and to make specific and realistic recommendations for change. The result of that exercise, what has become informally known as the Brahimi report, called for, among others: renewed political commitment on the part of UN Member States; significant institutional change; and increased financial support.With today’s announcement of a new panel, Mr. Ban explained that as the 15-year anniversary of the Brahimi report approaches, “we must acknowledge that peace operations today are increasingly called on to confront politically complex and challenging conflicts, often in volatile security environments where operations are directly targeted.”“We must take stock of evolving expectations and consider how the Organization can most effectively advance peace, assist countries caught in conflict and ensure that our peacekeeping operations and special political missions remain strong and effective in a changing global context.” The 14-member Panel will work closely with the main UN Departments concerned, as well as with Member States and the UN system as a whole. The Panel’s recommendations will be available for consideration by the General Assembly at its 2015 General Debate, the UN chief added. read more

Ban condemns terrorist attack against Jordanian guard post at Syrian border

“The Secretary-General is particularly concerned that the attack took place opposite an encampment where Syrian asylum seekers await entry into Jordan,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesman in which the UN chief commended Jordan for its continued commitment and efforts to uphold humanitarian principles. Further to the statement, the Secretary-General urged all Governments to strengthen their efforts to combat the scourge of terrorism and violent extremism, and to support the Government of Jordan in this context. read more

Russell Westbrook Is The Greatest TripleDouble Machine In Recorded History

D. Green2016GSW99.619.213.310.4 G. Hill1997DET84.530.913.010.5 D. Cousins201595.435.518.75.215.2 C. Paul200987.832.47.915.715.9 M. Johnson199194.126.69.617.216.4 R. Westbrook201696.834.011.314.917.9 L. Bird1985101.634.312.67.915.1 Data through April 6, 2016.Source: basketball-reference.com L. James2009CLE88.740.810.910.4 J. Kidd2008NJN91.516.011.414.7 O. Robertson1962124.926.710.89.914.2 J. Kidd2006NJN89.819.110.412.1 M. Johnson1982LAL103.122.511.711.6 L. James201291.238.111.18.815.5 M. Johnson1987101.631.18.215.915.9 M. Johnson1983LAL103.821.110.913.2 R. Westbrook2015OKC95.741.110.612.5 L. James201190.936.410.29.615.2 G. McGinnis1975105.133.716.17.115.7 But Westbrook’s triple-double splurge — and the league’s as a whole — is way more impressive than it appears on the surface. That’s because Magic’s “Showtime” Lakers teams from the ’80s played at a much faster pace, giving players more possessions per game to score, assist and rebound. Ditto for Oscar Robertson: The Big O played in the early 1960s, a time of breakneck back-and-forth play that allowed him to pick up a mountain of box score stats.Adjusting for pace shows that Westbrook is in rarefied territory in averaging a triple-double per 100 possessions; and he did it last year, too. It’s an exclusive group: Only eight players have ever done so for a season, and just four of them — Westbrook, LeBron James, Jason Kidd and Magic Johnson — have done it for multiple seasons. Also on this list: Draymond Green this season. What are the greatest points/rebounds/assists seasons? M. Johnson1989100.128.710.116.416.8 PER 100 POSSESIONS Where is Oscar, though? While the Big O’s 1961-62 season remains the only time a player managed to average a triple-double per game for an entire season, he’s not included in this list. His Cincinnati Royals played at an incredible pace: nearly 125 possessions per 48 minutes. And because of that, Robertson fell just short of averaging a pace-adjusted triple-double that vaunted season — his stat line was 26.7 points, 10.8 rebounds and 9.9 assists per 100 possessions. That said, Robertson averaged a ridiculous 30-10-10 per game over his first six seasons.Not all triple-doubles are created equal, though. Westbrook isn’t just barely notching triple-doubles, he’s getting them by huge margins. To better capture a player’s excellence in all three categories — scoring, rebounding and assisting — we can calculate an “impressiveness” score, by taking the geometric mean of the pace-adjusted averages.2In this case, the geometric mean is the cube root of the product of the three categories, per 100 possessions.This way of looking at seasons penalizes players who perform really well in a few categories but poorly in others. So a scoring- and rebounding-heavy forward who doesn’t rack up many assists won’t rank highly. By calculating impressiveness scores for all players, we capture the occasional season — like Michael Jordan’s in 1988-89, for example — that fall short of the arbitrary triple-double threshold but are astounding nonetheless. (Note to the young ’uns: That Jordan season was an absurd 40 points, 9.9 rebounds and 9.9 assists per 100 possessions.)The table belows shows the top 20 player seasons by impressiveness in all three categories, as indicated in the “Weighted Score” column. Also included, for comparison, is the best year for Wilt Chamberlain (his 1963-64 season ranks 47th overall in impressiveness) and Oscar Robertson (his famed triple-double season is 86th). No offense to those all-time greats, but their triple-double abilities aren’t as impressive when pace is factored in. — at least for points-rebounds-assists triple-doubles. Chamberlain was a prolific shot blocker, but we don’t have the stats from that time to track triple-doubles with blocks. L. Bird198798.633.611.09.215.0 PLAYERSEASONPACEPTS.REBOUNDSASSISTSWEIGHTED SCORE PER 100 POSSESSIONS Players who have averaged a pace-adjusted triple-double Russell Westbrook is a force of nature. Westbrook has wreaked havoc on opposing NBA teams, piling up 17 triple-doubles so far this season, which ties Magic Johnson’s 1988-89 season for the most in the last 33 years.1According www.basketball-reference.com, which tracks triple-doubles going back only to the 1983-84 season.Westbrook sucks opposing defenses into the paint before dishing to Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka or a Thunder shooter waiting in the corner. Or he can just score it himself. Westbrook was last season’s scoring leader and is this season’s No. 2 in assists. While averaging 24 and 10, he’s also having one of the greatest rebounding seasons ever for a guard — without the aid of deferential bigs on the team.Westbrook is not alone, though. The NBA is in the middle of a triple-double boom. The 73 triple-doubles posted this year are five shy of the leaguewide regular-season record since 1984. But the league has expanded since then, offering more games and therefore more potential triple-doubles. The rate of triple-doubles per 100 league games is 6.2 this year, the third-highest over that span. Besides Westbrook, Draymond Green has 13 and Rajon Rondo — collecting his stats in a considerably less aboveboard manner than Russ and Dray — has a half-dozen, one shy of his single-season best. L. Bird198897.937.611.67.715.0 M. Johnson199096.330.08.915.416.0 L. James201091.440.09.811.516.5 R. Westbrook201595.741.110.612.517.6 But hot damn, look at Westbrook! His last two seasons are the most impressive scoring-rebounding-assisting seasons in history, when all three are weighed equally. Despite his team’s playing at a slower pace, Westbrook’s last two seasons have managed to surpass Oscar Robertson, Jason Kidd, Magic Johnson — you name it. Russell Westbrook is the greatest triple-double machine on record.Neil Paine contributed research assistance.Check out our latest NBA predictions.CORRECTION (April 11, 5:45 p.m.): An earlier version of the chart in this story had mislabeled y-axis tick marks. The chart has been fixed. R. Westbrook201495.435.79.411.415.6 J. Kidd2005NJN89.121.010.812.1 L. James201390.737.511.210.116.2 K. Garnett200589.131.419.18.016.9 PLAYERSEASONTEAMPACEPOINTSREBOUNDSASSISTS K. Garnett200489.033.219.06.816.3 D. Walker1990WSB99.412.912.010.9 M. Johnson1981LAL102.727.210.910.8 L. James201693.336.110.89.815.6 K. Garnett200391.929.617.37.815.9 K. Love201497.335.517.06.015.4 K. Malone199790.040.014.46.515.6 R. Westbrook2016OKC96.834.011.314.9 L. James200890.239.610.49.515.7 M. Jordan198997.040.09.99.915.8 J. Kidd2007NJN91.418.611.713.2 D. Robinson199490.139.214.16.315.1 G. Hill199784.530.913.010.516.2 M. Johnson1989LAL100.128.710.116.4 L. James200988.740.810.910.416.6 T. Boerwinkle1975CHI99.713.815.611.1 L. James2013MIA90.737.511.210.1 J. Kidd2002NJN91.820.710.213.8 Weighted score is the geometric mean of points, rebounds and assists (per 100 possessions). Data through April 6, 2016.Source: basketball-reference.com W. Chamberlin1964115.133.320.24.614.5 read more

Tiger Woods Used To Be One Of Golfs Longest Hitters — Until

What once was a massive distance advantage that Woods used to rack up a -13 score relative to par on par-5s at the 1997 Masters is now nothing special. These days, just about everyone hits it like Tiger — if not better.So what happened? For one thing, pro golfers took Woods’s lead and became much stronger and more athletic. Although Daly was a freak of nature — he never worked out and bombed drives while chain-smoking and pounding Diet Cokes — today’s top players have a lot more in common with current World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who stands a lean 6-foot-4, hits the ball 305 yards per drive and proudly posts shirtless Instagram photos. As we’ve written before, Woods’s current pursuit of majors has been made more difficult by an influx of younger athletes to the game that he himself helped inspire. And a big part of that younger generation’s success is linked to hitting the ball really far.But another, even bigger factor is a drastic improvement in equipment over the years. Before the 1990s, driver clubheads were significantly smaller, made of heavy material like persimmon (instead of metal) and attached to the ends of shorter, heavier metal shafts (as opposed to graphite). As more and more players began switching to modern clubs — the last major won with a persimmon driver was Bernhard Langer’s victory at the 1993 Masters — the tour began to see a massive increase in driving distance (and, interestingly enough, a decrease in driving accuracy). More than just the introduction of fitter players, established golfers were also hitting the ball harder: The 60 players who qualified for the PGA Tour driving leaderboard in both 1995 and 2005 saw an average increase of 18.6 yards per drive over that span.Simply put, lighter clubs with a longer shaft and larger clubhead surface area generate more power. As a fun exercise last year, YouTuber and PGA club pro Rick Shiels hit 10 drives with both a top-of-the-line club from about 20 years ago (the Ping TiSi Tec) and 2018 (the Ping G400 Max) and measured the results using tracking analytics. On average, Shiels estimated to have hit the ball 16 yards farther in the air (and 19 yards farther in total) with the modern driver, thanks in part to a ball velocity 4 mph faster off the clubhead:Of course, the ball itself has also made it easier to drive for huge distances. The introduction of Titleist’s Pro V1 model in 2000 — which features a “multilayer” design with a solid rubber core and thin polymer casing — instantly revolutionized the way balls were manufactured, optimizing power without sacrificing accuracy. When Shiels ran a similar test between 1998 and 2018 golf balls (using the same club for each), he drove the ball 11 yards farther through the air — and 12 yards farther in total — with the current Pro V1, thanks again to a nearly 3 mph boost in velocity off the face.These clear technological improvements have led to questions over whether such advantages should be dialed back at the pro level to make the game harder again. Although the golf ball debate rages on, many top-tier courses have been remade since the ’90s, “Tiger-proofing” themselves by adding more distance to their layouts. Par-72 major championship courses in the 1990s averaged 7,006.1 yards in total length; by the 2000s, that average became 7,319.3 yards, and this decade it’s 7,456.6 yards — a 6.4 percent increase that mirrors the change in average driving distance since the early 2000s. With Tiger Woods restored to his familiar place among golf’s major winners, it’s tempting to allow the sports nostalgia to seep in. Tiger’s back! It’s just like the 1990s again! But as is the case in every sport, the game that Woods played 20 years ago is very different from today’s version and, if anything, makes his win at the Masters last month all the more impressive.Perhaps the biggest difference involves the sheer power of modern hitters. In 1995, Woods’s last season before turning pro, the average qualified PGA Tour golfer hit the ball 263.6 yards per drive; the leader, John Daly, checked in at 289.0 yards per drive. So far this season, the average is 292.9 yards per drive, and tour leader Cameron Champ checks in at 315.7. That’s right — the average drive distance from 2019 would have led the PGA Tour each season through 1996. Woods’s mark in 19971The first year Tiger played enough as a pro to qualify for the PGA Tour’s leaderboards. of 294.8 ranked second only to Daly’s 302.0. A 294.8-yard average today would rank just 86th of the 214 golfers on tour — tied with the slumping former World No. 1 Jordan Spieth. And just like the existing players increased their power through technology, existing major hosts have added length to offset it. Sixteen courses hosted a major in both the 1990s and 2010s; those courses averaged 7,011.6 yards back then and 7,307.9 yards now — an increase of 296.3 yards on average. Even the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Long Island, which hosts this weekend’s PGA Championship, has increased its length by 222 yards since it hosted Woods’s U.S. Open victory back in 2002.We should note that both the boom in driving distances and the Tiger-proofing craze have largely leveled off since the mid-2000s. The average PGA Tour drive continues to creep up by a couple of yards every few years, but today’s long-drive leaders, such as Champ, Johnson and Rory McIlroy, are mostly hitting it the same distance as Bubba Watson and Robert Garrigus were a decade earlier. In that sense, the game Woods left when his 11-year major drought began in 2008 was actually similar to the one he climbed to the top of again last month.Just the same, when Tiger tees off Thursday at Bethpage in the PGA Championship, the modern sport’s power will be on full display. Woods might still smash it a solid 300 off the tee like he did in the late ’90s, but he won’t be vying for the tour lead in distance; instead, that part of his game makes him just another golfer in the middle of the pack. read more

Sexting allegations made against teenage boy will remain on file until he

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Lawyers for the teenager had argued that the “blanket and indiscriminate approach to recording personal details without regard to the fact that CL was a minor” was unlawful.CL’s barrister Amanda Weston QC said at a hearing last year that the potential impact on the boy of the police retaining the reports was “immense and likely to have a number of consequences for him”. Lord Justice Hickinbottom said that “the three reports (if true) fit a pattern of behaviour in the claimant that, over time, was increasingly serious”, and that “the public interest considerations justify the retention of the personal information of the claimant”.He also found that “each element of recording, retaining and disclosing non-conviction information by the police is the subject of intensive regulation and guidance, which rightly includes a myriad of safeguards”.Those safeguards, the judge added, meant that “the system is not arguably unlawful nor does it constitute a risk of unlawfulness”. Allegations made against a teenage boy that he ‘sexted’ girls at his school could remain on his police file until he is 100 – even though he was never convicted of any offence.The boy, known only as CL, lost a High Court legal bid to force the police to delete the details of the case.The teenager, who was 14 and 15 at the time of the incidents, was never convicted of any crime nor even received a police caution. But the details of the incidents could now be disclosed to potential employers under enhanced criminal record checks  required before being offered a job.Under guidance issued by the College of Policing, crime reports in relation to “public protection matters”, including offences of distributing an indecent image of a child or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, may be retained until the subject reaches the age of 100, with a review of their retention to be carried out every ten years.The High Court refusal to remove the incidents from a file held on CL could affect thousands more children investigated by police for the phenomenon of ‘sexting’.The boy had first sought to have the incidents deleted three years ago but giving judgment in London on Thursday, Lord Justice Hickinbottom said that “the interference with the claimant’s right to privacy is modest” and that “the retention of the information in respect of each incident is well justified”. Enver Solomon, chief executive of Just for Kids Law, a charity which brought the case, said: “We are disappointed with this decision. We are concerned that unproven allegations against children are retained by police and can then be disclosed in later life, potentially damaging future education and employment opportunities.”CL had first been investigated by Greater Manchester Police in February 2015 after swapping sexually explicit images with a girl in his school. A month later, CL was reported to police for swapping mobile phone photographs with a second girl – although it took police six months to record the incident before deciding “it was not in the public interest to pursue”. A year later, a third girl made claims against several boys, including CL, although police concluded her allegation was “very vague” and there was no evidence to support it. Neither CL nor his parents were told of the incident. The girl alleged that CL had threatened to tell people they had slept together if she refused to send indecent pictures of herself. read more

Dimovski Now we are favorites

Just 7 days separate us from the Olympic Qualifications for the OG in London 2012, and all teams are beginning their preparations. Vanco Dimovski, the pivot of the Macedonian national team, in a press-conference for the media said that now “Macedonia are favorites, and no longer outsiders” as it was in the past. “If someone watched the European Championship in Serbia, they should know that we played much better handball than all our rivals in Gothenburg, and for me, it will be just enough to repeat the same performance, and we will be in London” – added Dimovski ← Previous Story Sweden without Kallman and Du Rietz waiting OG qualifications Next Story → Cupic: I refused AGK and Metalurg handballlondon olympicsMacedoniaolympic gamesolympic qualificationsvanco dimovski read more

Take two Aer Lingus flight to try the journey to the US

first_imgIT WILL BE second time lucky for almost 300 Aer Lingus passengers this morning as they make their second attempt to fly to the US.The Boston-bound flight with 280 people on board had to turn back yesterday and return to Dublin Airport after a number of cabin crew members reported feeling unwell.Flight EI139 had left Dublin at 4.23pm yesterday when two hours and fifteen minutes into the flight, the decision was made to return to Dublin.The plane landed at Dublin at 8.40pm and was met by medical officers, which Aer Lingus said is normal procedure.Passengers were put up in a hotel for the flight and are due to be flying to Boston later today.Aer Lingus is investigating the incident.Read: Both sides in Aer Lingus row accept Labour Court plan (… and holidaymakers breathe a sigh of relief) > Read: It’s safe to book a flight with Aer Lingus this summer, says union >last_img read more

WWE issues open letter to NFL player Michael Sam

first_img The following is an open letter by Stephanie McMahon to NFL player Michael Sam concerning WWE’s invitation to Sam to appear on next week’s 9/8 WWE RAW in Baltimore, courtesy of WWE.com:Exhibiting class and dignity rarely shown in professional sports, Michael Sam, WWE invites you to next Monday’s Raw to speak of your struggles to succeed, lessons you have learned along the way, the courage it takes to be yourself and the prospects of your continued journey.You are a role model, who, by example, can encourage everyone to stand up and openly be themselves.Signed,Stephanie McMahonCBO, WWE WWE Hall of Famer “politely refused” invitation to next Monday’s RAW Reunion Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook NFL’s George Kittle on trying to make it to TLC, Watch Baron Corbin get beat up last night Google+ Former NFL star returning for NXT TakeOver pre-show panel, Killain Dain on change in ring attirelast_img read more