Photo from Fiba.comThe Fiba Asia Cup campaign that started in the most promising way for Gilas Pilipinas took another wicked turn for the worse on Saturday after the Filipinos were blown off the floor by host Lebanon, 106-87, at Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in Beirut.Fadi El Khatib, one of the finest scorers the region has produced, torched the dumbfounded Filipinos with 36 points and helped the Lebanese bury the Philippines early in a hole so deep to cruise to the win.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Games Read Next Australia, ranked 10th in the world and a newcomer in the tournament together with New Zealand, advanced to the gold medal game against 2013 champion Iran and Hamed Haddadi on Sunday.Gilas’ next big tournament will be the World Cup Qualifying that starts in November.The Filipinos will play games in Chinese Taipei, Japan and Australia in the first round. The games are scheduled on a home-and-away basis and will be played in November, February and July.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Lebanon thus advanced to a clash with China for fifth place even as the Filipinos dropped into a game versus Jordan for seventh (ongoing at press time), which would mean the worst finish for the country in the last eight years.It was the second blowout loss that the Filipinos took as their bid, which started with a 97-86 upset of the defending champion Chinese, will be remembered more for the ripping they suffered at the hands of old nemesis South Korea in the quarterfinals.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 shutoutTeam Philippines, because of that win over China, swept its preliminary round assignments to top Group B but just couldn’t get anything going when they faced the Koreans in the first round of the knockout stages.The result was a 118-86 bamboozling on Friday as the Koreans drained a total of 16 triples to carve out the victory that added to another of those heart-rending defeats the Philippines has been taking from way back. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC South Korea pulls off twin kill over Gilas View comments SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LATEST STORIES LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games
Algeria’s Djamel Mesbah (right) tackles Russia’s Alexander Kerzhakov during a Group H encounter. Reuters PhotoIn an age of globalisation, national identities, one often hears, are passe: Mass, easy, and constant movement render national definitions dated. This is especially true for me. Born in the USSR, raised largely in England but,Algeria’s Djamel Mesbah (right) tackles Russia’s Alexander Kerzhakov during a Group H encounter. Reuters PhotoIn an age of globalisation, national identities, one often hears, are passe: Mass, easy, and constant movement render national definitions dated. This is especially true for me. Born in the USSR, raised largely in England but also in Germany and Scotland, having worked for over a decade in Prague and Moscow, most of my family is living in the US, while I’m married to a Russian with young children who have more passports than teeth. So when it comes to the World Cup, that great festival of national joy, I feel a little confused. I’m an obsessive football fan. But who am I meant to support?I have spent 65 per cent of my life in England (to be more exact in London -which of course isn’t really England). My heart says ‘support England’, and I know the team inside out. I am English enough to appreciate the masochism of English failure. But I am also English enough to know that it would be utterly un-English for a first generation immigrant to pretend to be truly English, to care too much about the country. You can do that in the US maybe. Here, it would be unseemly. It takes three generations to become English: The first is “from Russia/Poland” etc; the second is “of Russian/Polish, etc origin”; the third is just about English. Tory grandee Norman Tebbit’s famous “cricket question”, whereby an immigrant’s loyalties are checked by whether he supports England at cricket, is actually a trick one: Only a new arrival who hadn’t understood the nature of Englishness would make a show of supporting England.advertisementThey do things differently in Germany- a country where I spent my teenage years. For many decades after the Second World War football was the one place where Germans could be proudly patriotic: I remember my pimply German friends, still feeling somewhat awkward, if not guilty, for their grandparents’ sins in World War II, idolising the shamelessly teutonic 1990 World Cup-winning side, the Aryan pin-ups captained by that man-machine, Lothar Matthaus.The rise of the West German football team came together with the country’s economic success story, peaking in time with the end of the Cold War. In the decades after German reunification the team had a mild nervous breakdown- as if it was ashamed to frighten the world with too much reunified German success. Now, a new team has emerged- full of very un-German types with names such as Ozil, Khedira, Podolski, Gomez, Klose. This team plays attractive, flowing football.They lose games that their efficient forebears would have never lost. This new team allows Germans to revel in a new, acceptable globalised German-ness, and for the country’s new immigrants to feel part of the national story. The paradox of this national team’s new multicultural nature is that generally, Germany has rejected multiculturalism, with even Angela Merkel insisting that immigrants should Germanise. Until 1999, citizenship was based on jus sanguinis- bloodline. In terms of public policy, multicultural England is far more accepting. But when it comes to football, Germany is the more open country. I think the Germans would have welcomed my supporting their team-not that I’d have ever dreamt of doing that.While in Germany I attended something called a ‘European School’, one of a series of special institutions set up by the founding fathers of the EU to create a new type of post-national being. The pupils of the European Schools would, according to the EU’s architect Jean Monnet, “become in mind Europeans, schooled and ready to bring into being a united and thriving Europe”. Many of the pupils were children of EU politicians and bureaucrats, others of journalists like myself. The school was divided into different language sections: English, German, French, Italian, Dutch etc.We learnt the core curriculum in one language-History and Geography in a foreign language. There were good things about this experiment: Everyone in the school was at the very least trilingual. But in terms of identity politics the experiment flopped: Instead of becoming “in mind Europeans”, pupils retreated into caricatures of their countries, so deracinated they hyper-accentuated their national identities to an absurd degree- especially during World Cups. I remember Gustavo, a bloated boy who was so desperate to prove his Italianness he refused to speak other languages.Gustavo had never lived in Italy: He had grown up in Brussels and Frankfurt. But Europe had not given him a functional sense of self-it didn’t for anyone I met at the European School. But retreating to some sort of family-national genesis is difficult for me: I was born in a country that doesn’t exist any more. Bureaucratic forms asking for country of birth always flummox me: I used to write USSR, but you don’t have that option on Internet drop-down lists. So now I put Ukraine: I was born in Kiev. But growing up it never occurred of me to think of myself as Ukrainian.My mother tongue is Russian, as it is for many Kievans; I was teased as ‘the Russian’ in my English school; I would always be called Anglo-Russian at public events. When I wanted to discover my roots I lived in Moscow. I was there when Russian football rose from the ashes: The balmy Euro 2008 where the Arshavin-inspired team played delightful passing football all the way to the semis. The 2008 Euros seemed to be symbolic of many good things for Russia.advertisementIt was during President Dimitry Medvedev’s pro-Western, liberal reforms; for the first time, the Russian team was managed by a foreigner, Guus Hiddink, whose appointment had been met with resistance from nationalists but whose success showed that Russia could thrive doing things the European way. I was happy for my Russian friends who cheered the thrashing of Holland, the gargantuan Stalin avenues blocked by shiny new Russians waving flags and honking their shiny Mercedes through the summer Moscow night. Since then, Vladimir Putin has kidnapped success in sport into his right-nationalist political agenda. Once again, Russia is managed by a foreigner, Fabio Capello, but he is symbolic of the Western toadies prepared to take Kremlin money, moral costs be damned.After Russia annexed Crimea earlier this year and launched its covert war in Ukraine, I felt Ukrainian for the first time. I’d wake up in the middle of the night with the clear realisation that my grandfather was from Odessa, my mother and her family from Kiev, my father from Czernowitz- and that all these places were suddenly under the threat of tanks. Suddenly, it became clear why nationalism, for all the dreams of globalisation, is still important: It is the only framework which protects the freedom to be individualistic. So I would have supported Ukraine at this World Cup. Problem is: They did not qualify. Or maybe it’s a relief, not a problem. With England and Russia out too, I can just enjoy some football.Peter Pomerantsev’s new book, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, is out in November
Patna, Apr 28 (PTI)Thousands of students and their parents have taken a big sigh of relief after CBSE restored affiliation to a prominent school in Patna in the wake of a controversy last year involving a girl student. “We have received a letter from CBSE restoring affiliation to the school,” Principal of DAV BSEB V S Ojha told PTI today. An elated Principal said the restoration letter from CBSE is a welcome step as it saved career of thousands of students studying whose fate was hanging in balance with the CBSE keeping the restoration decision pending. While, DAV BSEB school,known for excellence performance in academics as well as in sports in recent past, has passed a big hurdle it has to deal with a notice of eviction served to it by Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (BPLHCL) which provided the school with the land and the building. “Now that the school has got back its affliation, the Electricity board should reconsider its notice of eviction and run the school under its guidance,” Ojha said making a plea to the BPHCL to keep in mind the future of large number of students including wards of the Board employees. General Manager, Human Resources of BPHCL Rajiv Ranjan said that if the school approaches the Board with reply to queries raised regarding irregularities and future plan “the management of the BPHCL will look into it.” Union minister of State for Human Resources Development Upendra Kushwaha, who hails from Bihar,had earlier promised to intervene in the matter related to de-affiliation of DAV BSEB. The uncertainity of restoration of affiliation to the school had threatened career of students as the CBSE had directed the school not to give registration to the students for class IXth and XIth as it would have made them eligible to appear in the board and XII examinations in 2018.advertisementTrouble had hit the premier school of the city after a +2 student went missing on February 28, 2015. She surfaced three weeks later on March 19 and during questioning by the police, she revealed that she was deliberately failed in Class XI examination.Surprisingly, the school procured from the CBSE her admit card for Class XII examination, but the same could be be delivered to her as she had gone missing. She was allegedly gang-raped while in captivity of two unidentified youths.Police had arrested three teachers of the school in this connection and the school Principal Ramanuj Prasad was suspended by the DAV management.In the wake of the episode,CBSE ordered de-affiliation of the school through a letter on May 19, 2015. PTI SNS MD
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Prepare for some unwholesome car porn in the form of Classic Recreations’ GT500CR 900S, the latest and most powerful creation yet from the tuning shop. Though you may never have heard of CR, you’ve probably been acquainted with their work via previous models like the GT350CR and GT500 CR, both licensed continuation Shelby projects.The 900S iteration takes things to a whole new level with over $25,000 in upgrades to the 1967 GT500 Shelby Mustang, including a 427 cubic-inch Ford Performance engine with a Procharger F1-R supercharger system that in tandem deliver over 800 horsepower. This particular example is headed to one very lucky customer in Germany straight from CR’s factory in Yukon, Oklahoma.The list of parts is extensive, but some of the highlights include a carbon fiber driveshaft, Fast XFI fuel injection system, 18-inch Forgeline Grundge wheels, 275 front and 335 rear BF Goodrich tires, Wilwood six-piston front and six-piston rear brakes, Magnaflow exhaust and a Detroit Speed full suspension system.As a result of all this fine labor and parts, the GT500CR 900S is considerably quicker and easier to handle than its foundational GT500 was. In 1967, the Shelby GT500 made a stout 350 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, which meant 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. At the time, that was basically light speed. Now, a run-of-the-mill Ford Mustang GT can best that figure.The topic of resto-modfication is a contentious one. Some purists say modifying a classic is tarnishing what the vehicle represented while others say bringing modern performance to classic styling is a dream come true. I’d say both camps are right in certain instances, but it’s hard not to love that iconic fastback shape, wider tires than a Belaz 75710 dump truck and smoother looks than an SR-71 Blackbird.Classic Recreations hasn’t said what the GT500CR 900S sold for, but we’d wager at least a handful of Hellcats worth of cash. Escape the City and the Roads with the 2020 Subaru Outback A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing The Fine Art of Restoring a 1974 Range Rover Classic Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy Editors’ Recommendations This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser
VANCOUVER – The head of the national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women says the commission accepts full responsibility for delays and poor communication but more time and money are needed to finish the “tremendous work” that has already been done.Marion Buller responded Friday to concerns outlined in an open letter from more than 30 advocates, aboriginal leaders and family members that the process is in “serious trouble.”The problem is one of communication, Buller told a news conference at the First Nations House of Learning on the campus of the University of British Columbia.“I don’t think it’s a matter of leadership. I don’t think it’s a matter of staff issues. It’s our fault for not communicating the tremendous work we have already accomplished,” Buller said.“The top priority for the national inquiry is to let the whole country know the tremendous work we have already done and the work that we plan to do and how we’re going to carry out that work.”Buller, the first female First Nations judge in B.C., and four other commissioners are overseeing the inquiry, which launched in September and was expected to take two years and cost $53.8 million. Buller said work has begun on a new timeline and budget, but couldn’t say when details would be released.Earlier this week, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett responded to the open letter, saying she shares the concerns of family members who are growing more anxious about the inquiry.The group, which published its comments Monday on the website of Metis artist Christi Belcourt, said it is aware the commission faces a difficult challenge, but it noted immediate action must be taken to shift the current approach and prevent damage.Buller said she understands that some people want the commission to proceed faster and she hears the frustration of those who have waited up to 40 years for answers.But she said there are others who are telling the commission to take its time and be careful and respectful so that it doesn’t cause any more damage or retraumatize people.“I understand where they are coming from too, because they don’t want the hurt to continue,” Buller said.“The commissioners and I share one important concern above all, and that’s our fear of retraumatizing people,” she added. “It’s a concern we live with daily and we take very seriously.”Buller said a lot of work has been done behind the scenes and she still expects to release the commission’s first report in November.“There is still a lot of hope out there,” she said. “We still enjoy the support of many family members across Canada, many survivors across Canada. We continue to receive letters, emails, telephone calls of people saying we support what you are doing. We receive some great comments of what we can do better.”Buller said the commission could have started a courtroom-like inquiry months ago because that has been done many times before, but this inquiry is different.“We want to take a decolonized, indigenous approach to this work that will do no further harm. You can’t roll that out in a couple of months. It takes time to do it right and we intend to do it right. That’s the only way that’s fair, to honour the spirits of the lost women and girls, and to honour the spirits of the survivors.”The commission is set to hold its first public hearing May 29 in Whitehorse in a tent instead of a courtroom.Other community meetings won’t take place until later in the fall at the earliest.— Follow @gwomand on Twitter
Celebrities, corporate leaders, media personalities and more attended this weekend’s Destination Fashion Event, hosted by The Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis.American journalism Icon, Tom Brokaw served as Master of Ceremonies at the event, which paid tribute to The Buoniconti Fund’s notable 2012 Women of Substance & Style. Held at Miami’s famed Bal Harbour Shops, the star-studded dinner raised $31 million. Music and entertainment icon Enrique Iglesias performed a private concert for attendees and honorees at the shops. Guests ended the evening dancing to the musical stylings of DJ Irie and traveled their way through the shops, which were transformed into “The Destinations” of locations from around the world.Other notables in attendance included: True Blood and Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello, Gossip Girl star Matthew Settle, actor Tommy Lee Jones, actor Colin Egglesfield, Emilio Pucci Head Designer Peter Dundas, Music Icon Emilio Estefan, famed singer and entertainer Wayne Newton, and many more.Founded by NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti after his son, Marc, became paralyzed during a college football game, The Buoniconti Fund, is the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center. Since its inception in 1985, the Great Sports Legends Dinner has honored more than 283 sports legends and honorees and has raised $93 million for The Miami Project’s spinal cord injury research programs. Contributions from previous events have funded the first ever human clinical trial, recently approved by the FDA to become the first of its kind.
Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsJudy Maas’ turn arrived again to speak in the final moments of Friday’s national roundtable on murdered and missing Indigenous women and, facing federal cabinet ministers and provincial premiers, she told them they had all “failed miserably.”Maas, whose 35 year-old sister Cynthia Maas was murdered by a serial killer in 2010, was one of four delegates chosen to represent the families of the murdered and the missing around the big table where the premiers of Ontario, Manitoba, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories sat along with the federal Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and the federal Status of Women Minister.“In our opinion you have failed miserably. Canada must address the shame they have created by systematically taking the Indian from the Indian. This policy has put blood on your hands, the blood of innocent women and children who have suffered the greatest insults, the price of their lives,” said Maas, according to a recording of the closed-door meeting obtained by APTN National News. “My baby sister was worth more than the mere pittance of short term funding and solutions.”The room was dead silent while she spoke, but erupted in applause after she ended, according to the recording.Judy MaasProvincial and federal leaders, along with the heads of the major Indigenous organizations across the country, responded by agreeing to meet again next year and begin developing a national approach to dealing with the disproportionate number of Indigenous women and girls who face deadly violence.The historic one-day roundtable held at the Marriott Hotel in Ottawa also produced a finalized framework to guide ongoing work on the issue leading up to next year’s meeting which will be held in Manitoba and focus on policing and justice issues. The meeting’s delegates also agreed to immediately begin developing a pan-Canadian awareness campaign about violence against Indigenous women.“It is a national issue, it is not an issue for one organization or one province, it is a national issue. It is not even just an Aboriginal issue, this is an issue for every single one of us,” said Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. “We are together in this country and if one child is vulnerable and unsafe, then we all are.”NWT Premier Bob McLeod, who chaired the meeting, and Wynne both said there were some issues that the two levels of government couldn’t reach immediate agreement on, but neither would describe them.“(Ottawa) will have to answer the question on their own. The fact is that the provinces and territories and the Aboriginal organizations across the country are working very hard on these issues,” said Wynne. “We are on the same page, we are working to find a partner with the federal government.”Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt both denied there were any disagreements during the roundtable.“Actually, we supported each of the action items that were put forward on the table, whether it be the actual framework or the pan-Canadian action plan that Premier Wynne put forward, those were things we supported,” said Leitch.What Ottawa did disagree with was a request from Wynne that all sides represented at the roundtable hold a joint press conference.According to audio obtained from inside the meeting, Wynne asked the federal representatives to join the rest of the group.“I heard a rumour that Canada was going to be doing a separate press conference. I just hope that’s not the case because I think it would be wonderful for everyone to be together,” she said.Leitch, however, alluded to a possible security issue being the reason behind the decision to hold separate pressers, according to the audio recording.“I’m in the hands of the RCMP, to be frank with you,” said Leitch, according to the audio recording.APTN National News asked an RCMP officer who was part of the security detail at the Marriott Hotel whether security issues were keeping the federal ministers from joining the rest of the delegates at the press conference. The officer said the decision on press conferences was up to the federal politicians.Leitch told reporters at the federal media event, which was held at the Delta Hotel across the road from the Marriott, that the decision was made in the best interest of the family members.“Out of respect to the 20 organizations as well as to the families we felt that they should be able to get their message out,” said Leitch.There was a minor security issue during the roundtable after some family members of murdered and missing Indigenous women, along with a hand-full of demonstrators entered the Marriott’s lower lobby demanding people walk out of the roundtable.RCMP, Ottawa police and hotel security kept a wary eye on the group which was pacified to a degree by Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association President Cheryl Maloney who left the roundtable meeting to stand with the demonstrators and family members.Back inside the roundtable meeting, Maas drew a line from Canada’s colonial history to the government institutions it created and the death of her sister.“Some have enjoyed the benefits taken from our lands, but we, the first peoples, have not enjoyed that, nor have we enjoyed the freedom or the human rights. There are no dollar amounts that can bring back or replace our loss,” said Maas, according to the audio recording of her closing remarks. “Please do not insult my intelligence. I challenge you to take what you heard, to truly understand, to move forward out of the dark ages and create some measurable outcomes…I can take my sister as an example and measure her experience against the system, where it failed, how it failed and why it failed for her. The ministry of children and family was instrumental in putting the final nail on her coffin and her killer, only a means of physical death.”Maas’ sister Cynthia Maas was murdered by serial killer Cody Legebokoff who was sentenced to 25 years in September 2014. Cynthia Maas’ remains were found at a park in Prince George, B.C.“I can tell you that I and others know first-hand the underlying racism and hatred within all systems in Canada,” she said. “You as leaders have a duty and obligation to stand against the wrongdoings, immoral judgments unethical actions of your own.”firstname.lastname@example.org@JorgeBarrera
TORONTO — Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. says a U.S. appeals court has dismissed a class-action suit that claimed the Toronto-based firm engaged it securities fraud.The insurance and financial services company said Friday the United States Court of Appeals approved the plaintiffs’ agreement to voluntarily dismiss the suit with prejudice after first filing an appeal to an earlier lower court ruling.The lawsuit was originally filed by Gilman and Pastor LLP in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of investors who bought shares of the company between May 21, 2003, and March 22, 2006.The lawsuit alleged the company failed to disclose that its revenues and earnings were negatively impacted by increased competition and a number of significant operational problems that existed at the company.[np-related]But Fairfax says the action, was “substantially identical” to a suit filed against it in 2006 by another group of plaintiffs that had already been dismissed with prejudice, which prevents similar claims in the future.The company said neither it, nor any of the other defendants in the claim made any settlement or payment to any of the plaintiffs.In a separate case, a New Jersey court last month dismissed a lawsuit filed by Fairfax that accused a group of hedge funds of conspiring with financial analysts to drive down its share price.Fairfax said it would appeal the decision.The lawsuit was filed in 2006 and alleged a number of U.S. hedge funds participated in a stock market manipulation scheme that “severely harmed” the insurance giant.Fairfax, which is involved in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, investment management and insurance claims management, has operations in the U.S. and Canada.
.@KingJames doesn’t drive — unless he’s got a droptop and a Christmas Day game to get to. #TheShop pic.twitter.com/27n7Tq0WfZ— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) March 6, 2018Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James’ media company just dispatched a letter over to the University of Alabama, claiming copyright infringement.In the document obtained by ESPN, Uninterrupted is alleging the Crimson Tide football team of having a show way too similar to their own.A trailer for Alabama’s new show “Shop Talk” featuring football players Julio Jones, Eddie Jackson, and more getting their haircuts while talking about different topics is extremely similar to “The Shop”.Josh Tarnow, the head of Uninterrupted’s business and legal affairs listed in the letter that “”Shop Talk’” is clearly using the ideas, concepts and format previously created and exploited by Uninterrupted in connection with its program titled “The Shop,” and Uninterrupted believes “Shop Talk” infringes the copyright in “The Shop””.James’ media platform also claims “Shop Talk” “damages” the “commercial prospects” of their own talk show.“Your continued exploitation of “Shop Talk” infringes Uninterrupted’s copyright, trademark rights and other valuable intellectual property rights in “The Shop” and significantly damages Uninterrupted’s commercial prospects for “The Shop,”” the document stated.Tarnow also requested a “conversation” with the school before “getting into a ‘battle of legal letters’ or rushing into legal proceedings.”
LeBron’s GOAT turnGoing into the summer of 2010, James’s future was as uncertain as it would ever be. He had just suffered the most high-profile failure of his career, inexplicably struggling as his Cleveland Cavaliers were bounced from the second round of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics. He faced a looming free-agency “decision” — would he betray his hometown Cavs? — and persistent questions about whether he could lead a championship team. Statistically, James’s career was off to a stellar start, but by the NBA’s ring-obsessed standards, his path toward GOAT status was wobbling.Nearly a decade later, James is still not universally hailed as the greatest ever. (Michael Jordan’s shadow looms large.) But he is generally placed right in the conversation with MJ. He answered postseason critics with eight straight conference titles and three rings, including one that involved: a) one of the greatest NBA Finals comebacks ever; b) upsetting the winningest regular-season team in history; and c) ending Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought. At the same time, James has climbed up the all-time statistical mountain in countless categories, including passing Jordan on points in March. If James isn’t the GOAT, he has at least become the defining player of his generation — and in some ways, he even redefined the role of a superstar and the criteria we use to judge all-time greats.The rise of the WarriorsThe 2009-10 Golden State Warriors won only 26 games and got their coach, Don Nelson, fired. (The team would go through two more coaches before finding current boss Steve Kerr.) Few vestiges of Nelson’s 2006-07 “We Believe” Warriors — the franchise’s high-water mark for postseason success since the early 1990s — were still on the roster anyway. Newcomer Stephen Curry finished second in Rookie of the Year voting but gave scarcely any clues that he’d eventually become a transformational player. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were still 20-year-old college kids. From these not-so-promising beginnings, the single greatest dynasty in basketball history1If not all of sports history, if you compare their run to those of greats from other leagues. would be formed.Every dynasty requires a series of unlikely breaks to fall its way, but it’s difficult to overstate just how surprising it was that Golden State would barge into an NBA championship club that included just eight franchises (the Celtics, Bulls, Pistons, Rockets, Lakers, Heat, 76ers and Spurs) hoarding the 31 titles up for grabs from 1980 through 2010. Before they added Kevin Durant in free agency, the Warriors were a testament to the power of drafting home-grown stars and locking them up on team-friendly contract extensions. After inking Durant, they became the scariest collection of talent ever assembled. And it would all come completely out of the blue, from the perspective of a neutral observer in the summer of 2010.The superteam craze gets crazierIn conjunction with James’s emergence as arguably the best player ever (see above), he also helped usher in an era of star players dictating the direction of the league on their own terms. The Age of the Superteam had already gotten underway with the 2008 Boston Celtics’ title-winning team-up between Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. But James pushed the trend even further when he joined forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to form a trio of prime-age superstars on the 2011 Miami Heat. Ever since, most of the game’s highest-profile moves have been designed to either counterbalance or mimic James’s original flight of fancy made good.The league’s power balance, of course, has almost always been about an ever-escalating arms race between Big Twos and Threes. The difference this decade has been about who gets to choose both how and where those combinations form. Encouraged by a salary structure that prioritizes nonmonetary benefits and empowered by what strange quirks of the system do arise, superstars (and their agents) have become every bit as powerful in team-building as general managers. You can’t fault them for it, either: Rings are how players are judged, and star recruiting is the most sensible path to a title in the NBA. This was bound to happen eventually — and the past decade has only solidified the trend.Pacing and spacingThe Warriors didn’t just break the mold of dynasty-building — they helped redefine how a championship team plays the game. Before Curry and Co., the conventional wisdom was that a team who lives by the 3-pointer would eventually die by it before the playoffs ended. During the 2015 playoffs, former Lakers coach Phil Jackson famously tweeted a critique of jump-shooting teams during the 2015 playoffs; Charles Barkley voiced the same sentiment around the same time. The Warriors’ title that summer felt like a retort, invalidating any preconceived notions about what kind of great team could successfully win a title.Although the rise of the 3-point shot was set in motion long before Golden State formed its dynasty, the Warriors became its symbolic standard-bearer — even after they shifted away from small-ball lineups a bit and were surpassed by many other teams in their actual use of the 3-pointer. Whether influenced by Golden State or not, the league’s obsession with speed, spacing and shooting has intensified greatly over the past decade. Pace factor is up 8 percent since 2010, and 3-pointers per game are up 78 percent. (Huge dinosaurs still roamed the paint back in 2010; today’s game looks very different.) Offenses are the most efficient they’ve ever been, and the range at which players can reliably make threes is expanding constantly. James’s own development even mirrored these changes: Once criticized for a lack of shooting touch, he improved to eventually become one of the game’s best deep 3-point bombers by the end of the decade.The evolution of tankingIn addition to the LeBron-influenced spate of superteams, one of the league’s other primary off-court concerns this decade has been how to prevent teams from tanking — deliberately building bad (and often dirt-cheap) rosters in order to get high picks in that summer’s draft. The tactic is nothing new, but back in 2010, it still hadn’t been fully explored to its cynical conclusion — that wouldn’t truly come until Sam Hinkie took over the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013.2Perhaps the SuperSonics/Thunder of the mid-to-late 2000s could also be seen as a precursor to Hinkie’s Sixers, but even those teams were not as brazen in their tanking efforts as Philadelphia would become.Hinkie’s “Process” — designed specifically to acquire a franchise-altering talent like James — left a controversial legacy. It helped Philly eventually acquire many building blocks for their current contending squad, even after missing on a number of their high picks. It also produced some of the worst basketball ever along the way, and the results underscored the complete lack of certainty inherent in hitching a franchise’s fortunes to a randomized lottery system. Neither of this year’s NBA Finalists were built by tanking — in fact, Toronto methodically built a solid team until a superstar (Kawhi Leonard) fell into its lap. And the league readjusted its lottery odds this year anyway, flattening out the rewards for poor records and further discouraging intentionally bad roster construction. Unlike the dreadful 2002-03 Cavaliers team that drafted James, the next LeBron might not even enter the league with a team that lost on purpose to get him.The end of ‘Lakers exceptionalism’?Perhaps the starkest contrast between 2010 and the present is in the state of James’s current club, the L.A. Lakers. With a core of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Odom and young center Andrew Bynum, coached by Jackson, Los Angeles had just won its second consecutive title — and they appeared poised to contend for even more over the next few seasons. But Jackson retired from coaching in 2011; Bryant and Gasol got older; Bynum couldn’t stay healthy; Odom was traded; and the front office struggled to upgrade the supporting cast.An attempted superteam of Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Bryant and Gasol failed miserably. It also represented the last time the Lakers made the playoffs. Ever since, the team has tried desperately to replenish its once-endless supply of Hall of Famers, whether through the draft or in signing James, the game’s biggest star. But at the same time, L.A. has been hamstrung by ineffectual management, a story that extended to this week’s ESPN report about dysfunction between Magic Johnson, former president of basketball operations; general manager Rob Pelinka; James’s agent, Rich Paul; and the rest of the team and its staff. The Lakers still figure to aim for another huge star acquisition this offseason, but the era of what SB Nation’s Tom Ziller calls “Lakers exceptionalism” — the idea that L.A. is entitled to always dominate the NBA — is over, difficult as that would have been to believe in 2010. In many ways, it’s fitting that these 2019 finals would pit two of James’s longtime foils — the Raptors (who could never beat him in the playoffs) and the Warriors (whom he could seldom beat) — against each other. James’s shadow hangs over the series in absentia, if not simply for what his vacancy signals. He may return to the championship stage again sooner than later, particularly if the Warriors’ hegemony is threatened this summer. But for now, this series marks the end of an era — and the culmination of all the many changes that have remade basketball since the last time we weren’t debating James’s chances of adding another ring to his collection.Check out our latest NBA predictions. When Lamar Odom heaved the ball down-court to drain away what seconds remained between the 2010 Los Angeles Lakers and a championship, few realized that it marked the start of a new era. The period that followed was defined by who wasn’t in L.A. that June night: LeBron James. For each of the next eight seasons, a James-led team would make the NBA Finals — a streak of contesting the championship that won’t technically end until Thursday’s Game 1 between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors.As the confetti filled the Staples Center air, there was little sense of just how profoundly the game was about to change — some changes because of James himself, others just moving on a parallel track to the game’s biggest star. With the benefit of hindsight, then, let’s take a look at exactly how many huge developments have transpired across the league since the last time we had an NBA Finals without LeBron James.From ABC News:
The Australian Federal Government secretariat charged with listening to the concerns of the mining industry to the proposed Resources Super Profits Tax (RSPT) has been criticised as being “too wedded” to the tax, and not adequately empowered to discuss the most problematic features of the proposed reforms. The claim of inadequacy was levelled today by South Australia’s peak mining lobby, the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME).The single day of hearings in Adelaide last Friday by the Secretariat of the Federal Government’s Resource Tax Consultation Panel (RTCP) – not the panel itself – was SACOME says, frustrating for members of the South Australian resource industry who wanted to voice their concerns on the structure of the reforms.The one-day hearing is the only scheduled date for the South Australian resources industry to express its concerns about the reforms – in spite of SA being home to the world-class Olympic Dam mine where a planned A$20 billion expansion is now threatened by the tax.“The so called consultation appeared to be little more than an attempt by Treasury representatives to sell the tax to our industry rather than to try and understand our concerns,” SACOME’s Chief Executive, Jason Kuchel, said. “Of critical concern is the fact the Secretariat showed a lack of understanding of the cyclical nature of the mining industry. Members appeared very much stuck on the theory of their taxation ideals and do not sufficiently grasp the realities of the mining world and the national economic impacts of this proposed impost,” he said.“Their main focus was little more than a sales pitch and was restricted to the implementation of the tax. It became patently clear that Treasury’s desire is to maintain the integrity and purity of the tax as proposed. How can every local, national and international company with an interest in exploration and mining in South Australia, get any comfort that the voice of one of the nation’s prominent mining states is being heard in Canberra?“Issues of greatest importance to our miners, such as flow through share schemes, are not even on the table for consideration. Until the Government drops its inflexible approach to its consultations, it is a waste of time for the industry here or anywhere in Australia to make representations to the Secretariat or Panel.”Kuchel said SACOME would seek a direct meeting with the RSPT Panel members to lobby against the tax in its current form. SACOME said earlier this month that up to A$40 billion worth of mining projects in South Australia could stall because of the proposed RSPT. The Chamber is expected to soon release an independent audit of the impacts of the tax if it were to be imposed across the sector’s current and planned South Australian exploration and mining projects.Queensland’s self-professed ‘favourite sons’ are preparing to strip the state of A$2.5 billion by transferring the proceeds of the proposed resource super tax to other states and territories, Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche said. ‘On State of Origin eve, it’s difficult to imagine an uglier high shot against Queensland than the tax being proposed by Kevin Rudd and Wayne Swan,’ Roche said.Based on federal budget and Grants Commission data, Queensland resource companies are forecast to pay an additional A$4.5 billion to the federal government in the first two years following introduction of the super tax in 2012-13. Over the same period, budget tax concessions and infrastructure spends earmarked for Queensland from the new tax total just A$2 billion. “That means a net loss to Queensland of $2.5 billion, under an Australian Constitution that decrees Queensland’s mineral wealth belongs to Queenslanders, not the entire country.“That’s why Queenslanders benefit directly from minerals and energy royalties paid to the state government, with the contribution next year forecast to be A$3.2 billion and A$13 billion over the next four years.”Why would Queenslanders act against their state of origin? is the question posed by the Queensland Resources Council in newspaper advertisements published June 16 in newspapers across Queensland.“So far, we’ve heard nothing from either the Prime Minister or the Treasurer on this tax rip-off and I know that more and more Queenslanders are getting more and more uncomfortable with the idea of sending the state’s resource wealth south,” Roche said.
NORTHERN IRISH POLICE searching for the remains of a teenage schoolgirl who was murdered 23 years ago have suspended their search, after new information was handed over.PSNI officers had reopened the investigations into Caroline Graham’s death in August, after being given new information and a possible location for her remains.An intensive search had resumed last week – but has this evening been suspended after more new information came to light.The officer in charge, detective chief inspector Gary Crawford, said the information received “will require further assessment and planning before the investigation can continue in its search phase.”He added that the PSNI was “extremely grateful to members of the public who have come forward with information to assist our enquiries”.Police would be returning to the Carlton Street area of Portadown to resume their search activity in the near future, he added.“Even though people have provided information to us as a result of recent appeals I would continue to urge anyone who knows what happened to Caroline to contact Police,” he said.Caroline, originally from Newry but living in Portadown with her boyfriend at the time of her disappearance, was 19 years old when she disappeared and was presumed murdered.Nobody has ever been charged with her disappearance.PSNI said anyone who may be able to help detectives can contact 07585 228283 (or from the Republic, 00 44 7585 228283).Read: Fresh appeal for Caroline Graham who went missing 23 years ago
Innovation isn’t dead among laptops. Check out the Lenovo Power Hub Transformer. It’s a 65-watt transformer for most current ThinkPad laptops. But’s also a 4+1 port USB hub. Four of the USB jacks work like any other USB expansion hub, providing signal and power to devices. The fifth, with white markings on the jack, is always on when the transformer is plugged in, letting you recharge a cellphone or iPod when the laptop itself isn’t on. Brilliant! It’s $75 direct and marginally bulkier and heavier than the standard ThinkPad transformer. To provide the USB signal, the transformer/hub also plugs into an open USB slot on your notebook, so the net gain is plus-three USB jacks, plus that charging jack.
Apple aurait aussi son système de reconnaissance facialeA la manière d’Android 4.0, Apple a déposé un brevet sur un système de reconnaissance faciale sécurisée. La marque voudrait-elle un déverrouillage simplifié comme l’a fait Google?Google a apporté avec sa quatrième version majeure d’Android, baptisée Ice Cream Sandwich, un système de déverrouillage de l’appareil par reconnaissance faciale de l’utilisateur. Plutôt pratique bien qu’encore imparfait. On apprend aujourd’hui, selon Clubic, qu’Apple aurait déposé en juin 2010 un brevet sur un procédé similaire et qu’elle vient de l’obtenir ces jours derniers de l’administration américaine.À lire aussiWireLurker : quand un malware attaque l’iPhoneLa technique utilisée par Apple est décrite dans le document comme un “logiciel capable d’atténuer les conditions lumineuses ainsi que les déformations biométriques tout en proposant un calcul de reconnaissance faciale raisonnablement efficace.” Celui-ci prendrait en compte plusieurs critères comme la pigmentation de la peau ainsi que l’emplacement de la bouche et du nez avant de les comparer à une série de photos de base prises par l’utilisateur au premier lancement de l’appareil.C’est effectivement la même chose que chez Google. Apple pourrait peut-être améliorer la sécurité du système puisque chez Android, le problème que pose la reconnaissance faciale est qu’on peut l’activer avec une simple photo papier. Cela passe sans problème. Néanmoins, aucune information n’est disponible quant à l’intégration prochaine de ce dispositif, dans une mise à jour d’iOS 5 ou plus raisonnablement dans le futur iOS 6 l’année prochaine. Le 30 décembre 2011 à 12:25 • Maxime Lambert
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Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez says that having non-Lionel Messi like players means that he’s had to rotate a lot recently to give the team a physical edgeFollowing a run of just one win in their last six Premier League games, Newcastle find themselves down in 15th-place in the standings in their second season back in the English top-flight.This has led to even more pressure going Benitez’s way with critics hitting out against his management after Newcastle’s 4-0 defeat at Liverpool on Boxing Day.Matters failed to improve for the Spaniard on Saturday when Newcastle were held to a 1-1 draw at home to second division side Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup third round.For the game, Benitez made eight changes to the line-up that had lost 2-0 to Manchester United three days beforehand.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…But the 58-year-old defended his approach by explaining how fatigue means none of his players would be able to perform at their best during this congested run of fixtures.“If you had Lionel Messi – OK, he would have to be there no matter what because he can make the difference,” Benitez told the Chronicle.“But, if you don’t have players like Messi or players of a similar level, you need players who can give you something physically in a third game in a row in a short period of time.”The Magpies will next travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Benitez’s old club Chelsea on Saturday in the Premier League.
The National Weather Service is reporting rising water levels on the Taku River south of Juneau, which may be caused by dammed water being released from the Tulsequah Glacier.This NOAA hydrograph shows observed and forecasted water levels at a specific point in the Taku River.The service reported the possible glacial dam outburst, also known by the Icelandic term jökulhlaup (YO’-cool-loh-eep), in a special weather statement Friday morning.The weather service says the river level has been slowly but steadily rising since Wednesday and is expected to crest Sunday evening below a few feet below flood stage.People along the river should be wary of debris flowing into Taku Inlet and especially cold water temperatures.
Protesters walk in downtown Moscow during an unauthorised rally demanding independent and opposition candidates be allowed to run for office in local election in September, on 27 July, 2019. Photo: AFPPolice arrested more than 500 people as they gathered in Moscow on Saturday to demand fair local elections, the latest in a wave of protests after authorities blocked opposition candidates from the ballot paper.Around 3,500 people took to the streets for the unauthorised rally, according to official figures. Several of the arrests were violent and police used batons against protestors, AFP reporters at the scene saw.The demonstration came a week after the capital’s biggest protest in years, when some 22,000 marchers called on officials to reverse rulings and allow opposition activists to stand for the city council in September.Since then investigators have raided the homes and headquarters of several disqualified candidates, while top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was jailed for 30 days for calling the fresh protest.”Honestly, I’m scared,” 42-year-old IT worker Alexei Sprizhitsky told AFP at the demonstration on Saturday.He said the last time he had seen this level of pressure on activists was in 2012, when president Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin after four years as prime minister sparked popular dissent.Other leading opposition figures and would-be candidates were arrested in the hours leading up to the Saturday’s protest, which comes amid declining living standards and a fall in Putin’s approval ratings.Local polls are a rare opportunity for dissenting voices to participate in political life as anti-Kremlin parties have been squeezed out of parliament over Putin’s two decades in charge.OVD Info, which monitors demonstration, said at least 561 people had been arrested at the rally — more than one in seven of those officially taking part.The organisation reported that arrested protesters suffered from various injuries including a broken nose and head fractures.- ‘We want free elections’ -Security was tight in central Moscow and police shut down the area outside city hall where protesters were planning to gather, forcing participants out onto side streets.”This is our city!”, “Shame!” and “We want free elections,” the crowd chanted as police blocked off the site.Politician and disqualified candidate Dmitry Gudkov was arrested shortly before the march. Earlier he had said the future of the country was at stake.”If we lose now, elections will cease to exist as a political instrument,” he said.”What we’re talking about is whether it’s legal to participate in politics today in Russia, we’re talking about the country we’re going to live in.”While pro-Kremlin candidates enjoy the support of the state, independent candidates say they have been made to jump through countless hoops in order to get on the ballot for the city polls.After activists and ordinary Muscovites staged pickets last week, including outside the local election commission building, investigators said they were launching a criminal probe into obstructing the work of election officials.If found guilty, organisers risk up to five years in prison.- ‘Afraid all my life’ -Navalny ally Ivan Zhdanov said he had been arrested shortly ahead of the demonstration. Barred candidate Ilya Yashin meanwhile announced he was detained in the early hours of Saturday morning following a raid on his home.Would-be candidate Lyubov Sobol, who this week launched a hunger strike, was arrested at the demonstration.Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin called the unauthorised protest a “security threat”, adding that “order will be ensured according to the relevant laws”.Elena Rastovka, a 68-year-old pensioner at the demonstration, told AFP: “I’ve been afraid all my life, but enough is enough. If we stay at home, nothing will change.”Authorities arrest people who want to challenge them. Look at what they’re doing — the authorities do not like the people.”Some said it was the authorities’ heavy response that had turned a local issue into a major protest movement.”Who would have thought it would become important to take part in such a bizarre and boring affair as the Moscow parliament election?” asked Viktoria Popova, a 30-year-old illustrator, ahead of the rally.
Around 500 graphic artists and painters Sunday expressed their thoughts in the form of graffiti and paintings on a kilometre-long wall on Delhi University’s north campus.Delhi Wallbook brought together professional and budding artists on the same platform to create the wall art under the theme ‘Design the Change’.The event was inaugurated by Delhi University Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh. The art enthusiasts included students from various colleges and institutes, professional freelance painters and school teachers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Delhi has the maximum number of unkempt walls that could be used as a readymade surface for artists to come together and showcase their skills, and create an expression for a better tomorrow,’ said Sunil Kutty Menon, founder of the wallbook.‘The wallbook event will soon be made an annual event and will further move to Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Pune and Chennai,’ said Menon.Participants were provided with basic colours to paint and were allocated a section of wall. Artists participated individually or in groups.