Rohit is best oneday player says Virat Kohli

first_imgBirmingham: India skipper Virat Kohli was all praise for Rohit Sharma who scored a brilliant century against Bangladesh and termed him as the “best one-day player”. On Tuesday, Sharma (104) scored his fourth century of the ongoing World Cup, thus helping India post 314/9 which they successfully defended at Edgbaston. The Indian vice-captain became only the second batsman after Kumar Sangakkara to hit four hundreds in a single World Cup and in the process became the leading run-scorer in this edition of the tournament. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherRohit unfurled a flurry of strokes and played with a lot of freedom while sharing a 180-run opening partnership with K.L. Rahul. During his 32-ball inning, Rohit hit five huge sixes and seven boundaries. “I have been watching it for years now, I have been saying it publicly, in my opinion Rohit is the best one-day player. When he plays, we are heading towards a big score and really happy with the way he’s playing,” said Kohli at the post-match presentation ceremony. “When he plays well we know we are heading for a big score. He gives everyone confidence to go out and bat,” he added.last_img read more

Amazons National Landing leads to confusion and jokes

first_imgARLINGTON, Va. — Place names in Arlington County have never been a simple matter. A major fight broke out when National Airport was named for Ronald Reagan in 1998. A fight continues over whether to name a park next to the airport for Nancy Reagan. And in the 1920s, the Postal Service refused to establish a post office in Arlington because the street names were so confusing and haphazard.So it is fitting that as Arlington officials celebrated Amazon’s decision to locate a new headquarters in the area, there was a bit of confusion over the place name.Amazon announced Tuesday that it was coming to National Landing, a place people had not heard of because it doesn’t exist. Economic development officials who were wooing the online retailing giant came up with the name as a way to describe the multiple neighbourhoods that were being offered as a site.Those neighbourhoods — Crystal City and Pentagon City in Arlington County, and Potomac Yard in the city of Alexandria — span multiple jurisdictions, so the name allowed Alexandria and Arlington to work co-operatively without marketing one locality over another.Unfortunately, because the yearlong process of wooing Amazon had been so secretive, the moniker that had become so commonplace in the economic-development discussions had zero recognition among the general public. So Amazon’s use of the name in its big announcement left people scratching their heads.Some people confused it with National Harbor, a new development in Maryland that has attracted one of the biggest casinos on the East Coast. Comedian Remy Munasifi, who made his name poking fun at Arlington in a YouTube rap that has been viewed more than 2 million times, suggested that Arlington National Cemetery would soon be renamed “Kindle Shores.”Rep. Don Beyer, whose congressional district encompasses the neighbourhoods, got in on the act when he suggested that the location of a new $1 billion graduate campus be dubbed “Hokie Landing.” The campus was a key incentive offered to Amazon by Virginia, which promised to double the number of students who graduate each year with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science and related fields.No official steps were ever taken to rename the region, and local officials have made clear they have no intention of trying to rename Crystal City or any other neighbourhood.In a tweet posted by Arlington Economic Development on Thursday, Arlington County Manager Mark Schwartz explained that National Landing was simply “a way to avoid saying, ‘Parts of Arlington, parts of Alexandria.’ “Christina Winn, director of business investment for Arlington Economic Development, said officials never imagined “there would be so much conversation” about the concept. Winn said there’s no intention to supplant or override the name of Crystal City, which draws its name from a big chandelier in one of the first apartment buildings to go up in the area in the 1960s.Still, she said, if Arlington and Alexandria team up on another economic-development pitch in the future, she said that the moniker might be revived.“It worked once,” she said.Matthew Barakat, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Apple Qualcomm bury hatchet in royalties battle royale

first_imgSan Francisco: Apple and American microchip manufacturer Qualcomm said Tuesday they have agreed to “dismiss all litigation” against each other worldwide in what had been a sprawling battle over royalty payments. The last-minute settlement cut short a courtroom clash between the tech giants just as it was getting underway in California. For two years, the companies had fought a multi-front brawl that could have required Qualcomm to pay billions. The news sent Qualcomm’s stock price soaring more than 23 percent on Wall Street, its best one-day performance in nearly 20 years. The deal includes a six-year license agreement with the option to extend for two years, and a payment to Qualcomm from Apple, the companies said. At the heart of the battle were the royalties Qualcomm charges for its patented chips, which enable smartphones to connect to mobile networks. Apple accused Qualcomm, which holds the most patents for chips, of taking advantage of its dominant position to charge exorbitant amounts for its chips or access to its patents. Qualcomm denied the allegations and accused Apple of abusing its position and of taking legal action to negotiate prices down. “I believe both Apple and Qualcomm got deeper into this than they wanted to,” analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy said in a statement. “This settlement should be good for the wireless industry as companies should feel free to invest in research, get paid a fair price for those inventions, and consumers take advantage of those innovations at a very rapid pace.” Several hours after the deal was announced, Intel said it was withdrawing from the 5G smartphone modem business, without indicating whether its decision was a cause or consequence of the agreement its rival signed with Apple.last_img read more

Blue Lagoon

first_imgIngredients Curacao Syrup 50 ml Sprite 250 ml Lemon Juice 2 tsp Sugar Syrup 2 tbsp Mint & Lemon to garnish Ice Cubes as requiredPreparation Add sugar syrup, lemon juice and curacao syrup in a glass and stir with a spoon. Now add sprite and give a quick stir. Quickly add a handful of ice, some mint leaves and lemon slices to garnish. Serve chilled. (Courtesy: Sanjay, Mellow Garden, New Delhi)last_img

Adani to develop container terminal port in Myanmar

first_imgNew Delhi: Adani Group Tuesday said it has received approvals to develop a new container terminal in Myanmar as the diversified conglomerate spreads its port operations beyond Indian shores. This will be Adani’s second international port after Australia. It said the investment does not breach Australian, US, UN or other international sanctions against Myanmar. “Adani rejects insinuations that this investment is unethical or will compromise human rights,” the group said in a statement. “As with all its international investments, the Adani Group has been guided by the Securities and Exchange Board of India and other key international guidelines and will inform the concerned authorities when we firm up the agreements.” Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe land where the port is proposed to be built has been leased from the Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC). “An Adani Group company, the Adani Yangon International Terminal Co Ltd, has received approval from the Myanmar Investment Commission for an investment in a new container port in the Yangon Region,” the company said in a statement without giving investment it is going to make in developing the terminal to receive containers sailing on ships. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysLocal reports put the investment committed by Adani at $290 million. Adani operates five ports in India including Mundra and Hazira in Gujarat and has three terminals at ports in Murmugao, Vishakhapatnam and Tuna-Tekra. It is building a container terminal at Ennore in Tamil Nadu and Vizinjham port in Kerala. It also has a port in Australia. Adani Yangon International Terminal, a company incorporated in Singapore, received approval from the Myanmar Investment Commission on April 26 to develop, operate and maintain the Ahlone International Port Terminal-2 (AIPT-2) under a 50-year Build, Operate and Transfer agreement with the government, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA). AIPT-2 in Ahlone township by the Yangon river will be developed across 50 acres of land owned by Myanmar Economic Corporation, which is currently operating AIPT-1, according to DICA. The company will enjoy income tax incentives for the first three years of operations. Construction of the port, which will be built from scratch, is expected to begin in September. Phase 1 of development will involve enough capacity to handle between 1 lakh and 1.5 lakh twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), or twenty-foot containers, when it is completed within the targeted 12 months. Phase 2, which will take an additional six months to construct, is expected to take the port’s total capacity to a maximum of 8 lakh TEUs. Adani statement said the Myanmar Investment Commission is an entity of the Myanmar government that is governed by senior ministers and public servants including representatives of the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Planning and Finance, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation. The port terminal will be built under the auspices of the Myanmar Port Authority, the Myanmar Ministry of Transport and Communication, it said. “The new container port will enable Myanmar to bring further efficiencies to the nation’s international trade by enabling cost-effective, high-volume imports and exports,” it said. “This will benefit Myanmar’s civil society by contributing to the nation’s economic development and create more than 1,100 local jobs.” Adani said its investment does not breach any international sanctions against Myanmar. “It is important to note that many economic sanctions against Myanmar were lifted in recent years (including by the USA and Australia) following political reforms within the country and the election of a civilian government,” it said. The company added that while some nations, including Australia, have arms embargos and travel restrictions on key members of the military in place, this does not preclude investment in the nation or business dealings with corporations such as MEC. The Group’s vision, it said, is to help build critical infrastructure for nations across key markets and help in propelling economic development and social impacts. AIPT-2 will be part of Yangon Port cluster on Strand Road in downtown Yangon, which includes Asia World Port Terminal and Myanmar Industrial Port. Container traffic in Myanmar is projected to grow to 20 lakh TEUs from current 12 lakh TEUs in the next few years and the new port will handle part of the traffic.last_img read more

US Administration Report Suspects All Sunni Muslims of Being Potential Terrorists

By François KoundounoRabat – Amidst racial profiling and mounting security concerns, being a Sunni Muslim has recently been singled out as the most effective indicator of individuals’ disposition towards violence and terrorism.A late January security report by Department of Homeland Security urged American authorities to have strict immigration policies and a continuous surveillance of individuals suspected to be terrorism or violence-prone. The report, which is a mere four-page document, is filled with suggestions that international terrorism, or individuals who are likely to condone it, are generally not American; the threat is said to come from outside, and it is generally “Sunni Muslim”. The report singled out Sunni Muslims on the grounds that they have “at-risk” demographic profiles. After analyzing 25 terrorist attacks in the US between October 2001 and December 2017, it recommends “continuous surveillance” and a state-sponsored-profiling of “persons of interest”, adding particularly that immigrants in the United States should be tracked and “vetted on a long-term basis”.The report was drafted at the request of Kevin McAleenan, U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner, who said that the purpose of the report was “to inform United States foreign visitor screening, immigrant vetting and on-going evaluations of United States-based individuals who might have higher risk for becoming radicalized and conducting a violent attack.”And among the “risk indicators”, some items, unsurprisingly, made the top of the list: being male and young, having national origins in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. However, the greatest risk-indicator is, according to the report, being a “Sunni Muslim.”CBP, which works conjointly with DHS (Department of Homeland Security) on such matters, said that Sunni Muslims are particularly “vulnerable to terrorist narratives”, explaining that the report’s findings [possibly reflects] the long standing difficulty for some Muslim immigrants to integrate into United States society.”An earlier DHS report on January 16 claimed that 3 out 4 individuals convicted for terrorism or terrorism-related deeds were immigrants, or sympathizers of “radical Sunni Islam militancy.” It also claimed that 73% of convicted terrorists between 9/11 and December 31, 2016 were foreign-born and generally Sunni Muslims.A number of news outlets and commentators have criticized the reports for “cherry-picking” cases and narratives that can help implement Trump’s administration’s hostility towards immigrants, especially from predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa.But despite the criticism, senior officials in the concerned departments speak of “a sobering reality” and the need for the U.S to protect its citizens from “foreign-grown terrorism”.“The information in this report is just the tip of the iceberg… The pillars of President Trump’s immigration policy are to secure our porous borders”, said DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielson. read more

Killing of Nepalese media group head sparks UN alarm

Arun Singhanyia, chairperson of the Janakpur Today Media Group in southern Nepal, was shot dead on 1 March. According to media reports, he was killed as he was traveling home after celebrating the Hindu festival of Holi.His murder comes just one month after the killing of Jamim Shah, head of satellite TV station Channel Nepal and cable TV company Space Time Network, who was shot dead by two men on a motorcycle on a major thoroughfare in Katmandu, the capital. His driver Mathuraman Malakar was seriously injured in the attack.Last year, Uma Singh, a reporter at Radio Today FM and a member of the Women’s Human Rights Defenders in the southern district of Dhanusha, was hacked to death in her own home by men armed with “khukhuris,” curved knives traditional to Nepal.The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) stressed today that threats and violence against the media can jeopardize the right to freedom of expression, and that journalists must be able to carry out their profession safely and have their human rights fully respected.The State must ensure the necessary security and intervene when appropriate for all journalists under threat, it added.“The protection of journalists is of paramount importance in a democratic society and both State and non-State actors must show full respect for press freedom and support a free and independent media,” said Andrew Palmer, Officer-in-Charge of OHCHR-Nepal.A decade-long civil war, claiming some 13,000 lives, ended in 2006 with the signing of a peace accord between the Government and Maoists. After conducting Constituent Assembly elections in May 2008, Nepal abolished its 240-year-old monarchy and declared itself a republic. 3 March 2010The United Nations human rights office in Nepal today expressed its deep concern over the killing of the head of a media group, the latest in a string of murders of journalists in the Asian nation. read more

Law change could boost littleused state crowdfunding laws

In this March 30, 2017 photo, former Green Bay Packers player Darryl Ingram poses in Milwaukee, next to the website for his personal consulting business, Videoscore, which helps high school athletes connect with college teams. Ingram wants to develop an app that matches players with programs and to launch the venture he’s turned to an emerging form of state crowdfunding that lets entrepreneurs sell stock in their startups without going public. (AP Photo/Ivan Moreno) Law change could boost little-used state crowdfunding laws MADISON, Wis. – A former Green Bay Packers player whose consulting business has connected 400 high school athletes with college teams got a lesson in federal securities law when he sought to raise money for a new smartphone app.Videoscore owner Darryl Ingram decided to seek Wisconsin investors through a process called state crowdfunding, a relatively new and underused tool available to small businesses. What he didn’t realize was that the system bans any ad that can be seen by an out-of-state resident, including solicitations through Facebook and Twitter, so his effort to raise $100,000 failed to land a single taker.Modernized federal rules taking effect Thursday lift such restrictions on using social media for state crowdfunding, provided that the states incorporate the changes into their own laws. Ingram says it will make it much easier for small businesses like his to raise money from in-state investors.“If I’m setting up a crowdfunding site, I’d want it to reach as many people as possible,” he said. “That’s hard without social media.”A measure former President Barack Obama signed into law in 2012 laid the groundwork for the new rules. The goal was to help startups raise money quickly when they couldn’t attract attention from traditional investors. But as the Securities and Exchange Commission took three more years to finalize crowdfunding rules, more than 30 states grew impatient and created their own.Under state crowdfunding, small businesses ranging from software companies to yoga studios can sell stock to residents of their own state without having to report the transactions to federal regulators. But if any ad reaches someone outside the state, the company could be found in violation of the arrangement and be forced to register with the SEC — a lengthy process that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars and subjects the company to additional scrutiny.“State crowdfunding laws are the Wild West,” said Mitchell Lindstrom, a Milwaukee attorney who specializes in crowdfunding. He said state crowdfunding is a young enough practice that many of the rules are not only untested but still being worked out.Federal crowdfunding, on the other hand, allows companies to find investors in any state and advertise widely. Both forms of crowdfunding are risky for investors, given that about half of startups fail within the first five years.But supporters of state crowdfunding say it’s easier to undertake and has particular appeal because local investors can help grow local companies. The idea is that investors who help a neighbourhood restaurant get off the ground not only make a small profit but also get the joy of seeing their investments at work.Hatch Oregon, a non-profit state crowdfunding platform based in Portland, calls new offerings on its site “CPOs” — community public offerings — instead of “IPOs.”“It really is community-based,” said Finn Terdal, Hatch’s technology manager. “There’s nothing about federal crowdfunding that ensures it’s your neighbour.” Offerings listed on Hatch’s site have included a baseball bat maker, an artisanal ice cream company and a distillery.Terdal said the biggest hurdle has been reaching both entrepreneurs and investors, which could be improved with the upcoming rule changes and by states marketing the option more widely.Fewer than 200 companies in the country have tried raising capital through state crowdfunding, according to data from the North American Securities Administrators Association. It doesn’t have information on how many of those companies actually raised money, but individual states’ results suggest success has been spotty:— In Texas, 41 companies with in-state offerings raised on average less than a quarter of the money they asked for: just $56,000 of $312,000.— In Oregon, all but six of 26 companies that tried state crowdfunding cancelled their offerings for lack of interest.— In Wisconsin, only three of nine companies that tried it raised any money, and almost all of that was for a single brewery.Abe Chu is a co-founder of NextSeed, a crowdfunding portal based in Houston. Chu said the company started as a state crowdfunding platform in 2015 but late last year retooled itself as a solely federal platform to get better results.But he’s still enthusiastic about state crowdfunding, especially with the upcoming change.“A local restaurant, fitness studio or brew pub can benefit a by having a strong base of local investors who in turn can become advocates and customers,” Chu said.Ingram, the Wisconsin entrepreneur who couldn’t raise a dime for his app via state crowdfunding, says he’s now focusing on face-to-face pitches of potential investors. But he says he might try state crowdfunding again after the change.“I’ll throw a bunch of stuff against the wall and see what sticks,” he said.___Associated Press writer Marcy Gordon contributed to this report from Washington.___Follow Cara Lombardo on Twitter at by Cara Lombardo, The Associated Press Posted Apr 20, 2017 10:13 am MDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2017 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ban urges Israeli Palestinian leaders to stand up to extremists on both

A statement issued by the Office of the United Nations Spokesperson in New York this evening said Mr. Ban today spoke separately by telephone today with Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Mahmoud.According to the readout, the Secretary-General said he was shocked by the deadly attack of 18 November on a synagogue in West Jerusalem and the he was “extremely alarmed by the upsurge of violence in recent weeks.” The attack at the synagogue resulted in the murder of four innocent civilians worshipping there and a police officer, as well as the injury of many more. “The dangerous downward spiral must urgently be reversed,” the UN chief said in his conversations, emphasizing that at this delicate and dangerous juncture, “courage and responsibility were required from both the President and the Prime Minister to take a stand that may be contrary to extremists in their own domestic constituencies.”The readout further notes that the Secretary-General said he hoped the recently announced confidence-building measures and firm commitments made by both sides at the meeting in Amman, Jordan, to maintain the status quo regarding the holy sites would be further translated into a de-escalation of tensions. “Absent this, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may quickly morph into a religious conflict, over which the international community will have limited, if no, leverage,” Mr. Ban warned, according to the readout. read more

The Rockets Love Launching 3s From Way Past The Line

Brooklyn Nets70– The Rockets shoot from (way, way) downtownNBA teams with the most 3-point attempts from 28-35 feet, 2017-18 Golden State Warriors84– Indiana Pacers107– Cleveland Cavaliers93– Portland Trail Blazers108– Detroit Pistons77– Houston Rockets178– DALLAS — The Houston Rockets, who at the moment seem to be the only team worthy of challenging the defending champion Warriors, just might be the NBA’s most unapologetic club.The team set fire to the record books last season by launching more than 40 3-point attempts per night, which shattered their own record from 2014-15 and was over six 3s a night more than the team with the second-most attempts. Yet entering this campaign, reigning Coach of the Year Mike D’Antoni still wanted more, saying that Houston could realistically take 50 per game. Houston may not be quite that extreme so far, but they are on pace to become the first team in history to shoot more 3s than 2s — which is mind-boggling in its own right.Yet for all the attention paid to how many 3s the Rockets are taking, there’s been less attention paid to where, exactly, the club is hoisting them from, and the positive difference it’s making for their offense even if the shots don’t all go in.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Going into their nationally televised matchup Friday night with the Pelicans, the Rockets were spotting up from a different zip code far more than any other team. Houston’s taken a whopping 178 three-point attempts from the 28-to-35 foot range, according to data from James Jackson of ESPN Stats & Information Group. For context, the teams right behind Houston on this list, Portland and Indiana, have taken just 108 and 107 attempts from this distance which is at least 4 feet behind the line. But after those three teams, no one else has even managed to crack 100 so far. This number is unusually high for the 3-point-obsessed Rockets, too: They’ve already taken more 3s from that range in 46 games this season than they took during last year’s entire 82-game slate. Charlotte Hornets78– Boston Celtics93– Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Team3-point Attempts Miami Heat70– Of course, it’s not like Houston — which entered Friday as the No. 2 seed, at 34-12 — is regularly canning these looks. The Rockets are connecting on just under 30 percent of their shots from that deep,1When the Rockets take 3s from above the break, their average shot distance is 25.8 feet from the basket, the second-farthest in the NBA. a far cry from the 36 percent league-average mark from 3-point range in general.Still, there are several reasons that those shots help the team even if they don’t go in, and just about all of those reasons stem from the spacing these long shots create. Chris Paul and James Harden certainly benefit from the extra room, and they already rank among the NBA’s best playmakers, even without the help.Watch this pick-and-roll play against Utah, where Paul comes down and finds big man Clint Capela for a dunk. Jazz swingman Joe Johnson was prepared to help at the rim, but began scrambling back toward sharpshooter Ryan Anderson, even though he was standing nearly 30 feet from the basket. Johnson’s recognition that Anderson can make shots from that distance was enough to send him rushing away from Capela.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Capela, who’s in the middle of his best season and is currently leading the NBA in field-goal percentage, has been perhaps the biggest beneficiary of the additional spacing. Harden and Paul, two of the best no-look passers, have had a field day throwing him lobs (He’s second in the league in dunks). His average shot attempt this season is coming fewer than 2 feet from the basket.“Having all that extra space definitely enhances Clint’s game,” said D’Antoni, who told me he gave a handful of players (namely Anderson, Harden and Eric Gordon) the green light last season to experiment with the longer 3-point tries.The importance of Capela’s vertical floor-spacing role within the offense can’t be overstated. For starters, the Rockets run an NBA-high 62 direct2Meaning an action that led directly to a shot, foul or change of possession. pick-and-rolls per 100 possessions, according to Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats, meaning he’s involved in dozens of scoring opportunities each game, with both Paul and Harden. One thing worth noting about this trio: Paul, Harden and Capela have led the Rockets to a 19-0 mark this season when all three suit up and play. The team is just 15-12 when one or more of them doesn’t play.When I asked Paul what it’s like playing in an offense with so much space, he explained that he’s still learning to adjust to how open some of his teammates are. “My friends joke with me and tell me I’m a new player now, but it’s a cool way to play,” he told me. “Nobody argues about shots or anything. When you see us get frustrated, a lot of the time it’s because we’re not defending. The offense is free-flowing, and guys just let (long shots) go.”Giving players like Paul and Harden more space to work with is almost cruel. A weak-side defender’s inability to help leaves primary stoppers on an island, and the star point guards are happy to take their chances with those matchups. The result so far: The Rockets go 1-on-1 more than any other NBA team and are the league’s most efficient isolation team by a wide margin.3Their current scoring rate is the highest on record in the Synergy Sports database, which goes back 14 years. Similarly, Harden and Paul rank No. 1 and No. 2 in isolation efficiency among those who go 1-on-1 at least three times per contest. (Harden is somehow scoring nearly 53 percent of the time in iso scenarios to this point.)But the isolation plays are just one way the extra spacing has helped Harden this year, after he showed himself to be perhaps the NBA’s best passer last season. The extra room has also enabled him to toy with defenses at times. In this first video of the Rockets playing against Sacramento, Harden draws three defenders at once — two of whom run into each other — and feeds the ball to Capela after the Kings fail to account for him in the paint. Less than two minutes later, knowing that the defense won’t make the same mistake and leave Capela open again, Harden makes it look as if he’s going to throw the ball back to his center but instead swings the ball to a wide-open Anderson, who’s waiting 5 feet above the top of the key.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In just those two plays, the Rockets illustrate how easily they can break a defense. If you pay too much attention to Harden or Paul, they’ll simply go over the top to Capela. Pay too much attention to someone cutting through the paint? There’s a good chance it’s going to cost you 3 points, given the caliber of shooters they have lining the perimeter. And it goes without saying that if you neglect Harden or Paul driving into the paint, Houston will either score or draw a shooting foul, which the Rockets do better than anyone.All of this explains why Anderson likes to stand so far off the line: It forces the defender to make a choice: Am I going to come out and guard him up to 30 feet from the basket and be too far away to provide help on James or Paul, or do I want to be in position to guard against the drive and risk letting Anderson or Gordon get an open 3 from basically another county?“I kind of like shooting it from that deep. Most times, no one wants to come out that far, so it feels kind of like a free throw, where there’s no pressure,” said Anderson, who was prodded by D’Antoni to start taking that shot based on what his coach had seen in shootarounds and practices. “And if they do hug up on me, like Harrison Barnes was doing tonight, all it does is leave room for James and Chris.” (Harden finished Wednesday’s game with 25 points, 13 assists and one turnover.)You might think this sort of dilemma might send a defense scrambling, but opposing teams sometimes treat the court like a minefield: Often they’re a bit too confused about who they should shade toward and wind up unwilling to make a definitive step in any direction. Houston’s opponents move at the league’s seventh-slowest rate on defense, according to Second Spectrum. On the flip side, the Rockets know exactly what they want to do when they have an open look, regardless of how far away they may be from the basket.“They’re really comfortable out there,” D’Antoni said of his players, who get more wide-open 3s per game than any other team. “If it’s just as comfortable [as a shorter 3], why not shoot it? I’m willing to live with that.” read more

NBA Finals 2012 Summer Olympics Euro 2012 among what to watch this

While the summer is a time for jobs, internships and working on tans for many Ohio State students, it is also a great time in the world of sports. The summer of 2012 is no exception, with enough drama and intrigue to keep us glued to our televisions for the entirety of this shortened summer break. Here are a few things to watch for. Euro 2012 (June 8 – July 1) For the reader at home thinking, “There’s no way I’m wasting my time watching soccer,” I implore you to give Euro 2012 a chance. Aside from the World Cup, the UEFA European Football Championship best exemplifies why soccer is considered to be the beautiful game. The best European soccer players come together as 16 European countries compete for the Henri Delaunay Trophy. Spain won the previous tournament in 2008 and also won the World Cup in 2010. They hope to become the first country ever to win three consecutive major tournaments. NBA Finals The Eastern and Western Conference Finals will come to a close this week, with the winners of each moving on to the finals. Regardless of who advances between the Spurs and Thunder and the Celtics and Heat, we are in for an extremely interesting finale to the 2012 NBA season. The Spurs and Celtics are two aging franchises, led by hall-of-fame players past their primes, hoping to capture one final championship ring. The Thunder are the exact opposite, a group of young but talented players trying to begin their own dynasty. And of course there is the Miami Heat led by LeBron James – the team and the player that nearly everyone seems to hate. James is still seeking his first championship after famously predicting that the Heat would win not one, not two, not three, not four… NBA offseason The most exciting action in the NBA this summer might actually take place off the court. Though it is not receiving as much hype as summer 2010, in which James and Chris Bosh signed as free agents with the aforementioned Miami Heat, this NBA offseason is just as compelling. It all begins with the NBA Draft on June 28, where teams will try to turn around their failing franchises by selecting prospects from one of the deepest draft classes in recent memory. The real fun beings on July 11 when teams can start signing free agents. Will Dwight Howard finally be traded from the Orlando Magic? Where will All-Star point guard Deron Williams sign? What will the Lakers do with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum? These are just some of the questions that should be answered this summer. 2012 Summer Olympics (July 27 – August 12) Is there really anything better than the Olympics? For a few weeks the country pulls together to support our nation’s top athletes as they compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Whether you’re watching the men’s basketball team attempt to defend their gold medal or Michael Phelps swim at his final Olympics, the 26 different sports provide something for everyone to enjoy. read more

Hackers could invade NHS systems to fake or hide cancer on scans

Hackers could invade NHS systems and maliciously edit medical scans to “fake” or hide cancer, a new report warns.The study by former health minister Lord Darzi warns that hospitals remain at risk of cyber attacks, because technology has not been properly funded. And it says that a technological revolution taking part in the NHS, which plans wider use of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics – could also expose it to new threats.The study by Imperial College London’s Institute of Global Health Innovation highlights international research which found that hackers could use AI to attack medical scans, and add or remove evidence of lung cancer from scans.Radiologists checking the results could not tell that the images had been edited, the Israeli research found. The report said more funding needs to be pumped into IT security to avoid crippling cyber threats in the aftermath of 2017’s WannaCry attack, which affected 80 trusts across England.The health service was forced to cancel almost 20,000 hospital appointments and operations as a result of the attack – the biggest ransomware offensive in history. 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. Lord Darzi, co-director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation, said: “We are in the midst of a technological revolution that is transforming the way we deliver and receive care. But as we become increasingly reliant on technology in healthcare, we must address the emerging challenges that arise in parallel. “For the safety of patients, it is critical to ensure that the data, devices and systems that uphold our NHS and therefore our nation’s health are secure.“This report highlights weaknesses that compromise patient safety and the integrity of health systems, so we are calling for greater investment in research to learn how we can better mitigate against the looming threats of cyber-attacks.” Researchers said the NHS needed to boost its cyber security, as innovations in AI, cloud computing and connected devices change the way medicine is delivered.  read more

Le Google Nexus Two serait finalement reporté

first_imgLe Google Nexus Two serait finalement reportéLa rumeur persiste concernant l’hypothétique Google Nexus Two, fabriqué par Samsung. Malgré le démenti du groupe sud-coréen, le nouveau smartphone verrait bientôt le jour selon TechCrunch. Un problème matériel serait à l’origine du retard de sa sortie sur le marché.Après l’échec du Nexus One, Google avait sous-entendu qu’il n’y aurait pas de suite. Finalement, la rumeur enfle et pourrait se concrétiser prochainement. Samsung aurait terminé la conception du Nexus Two. Non content de dominer le marché de l’OS mobile avec Android, Google veut relancer sa vision du smartphone en lançant le Nexus Two. Concernant son report, TechCrunch évoque un problème matériel. Mais alors que le fabriquant sud-coréen est sur le point de lancer son smartphone Continuum, il est aussi possible que Samsung ait peur que les commercialisations des deux terminaux se bousculent au niveau du buzz. Ainsi, le Nexus Two pourrait être annoncé jeudi alors que le Continuum serait potentiellement présenté dès aujourd’hui.Le 8 novembre 2010 à 15:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Fire Emblem Heroes is Good Enough

first_img ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Is a Nintendo Switch Exercise RPG Fire Emblem Heroes, Nintendo’s latest mobile game, is finally available for iOS and Android. Since the mobile Animal Crossing game was delayed out of this fiscal year, this is the last Nintendo mobile game for the foreseeable future. And after playing it for a few hours, I think it’s the most mobile game Nintendo has made yet, in that it feels like a mobile game with a Nintendo skin, not a Nintendo game you happen to play on mobile. This is more of a bad thing than a good one, but Fire Emblem Heroes does maintain much of what makes the series appealing. It’s good enough.Fire Emblem Heroes is pretty much the game we’d thought it would be after Nintendo revealed it a few weeks ago. The campaigns boil down the franchise’s complex turn-based strategy battles into fast-paced four-on-four skirmishes. Maps are smaller and more uniform. The only major differences are where obstacles are placed. The Fire Emblem weapon triangle, which dictates what weapons are weak to and strong against, has is also more obvious. Even the art style, a mix of chibi sprites and static illustrations, is pleasant but stripped down.All this combined makes Fire Emblem Heroes a much faster Fire Emblem game where quick tactics, not long-term strategies, are king. And it’s fun. It’s like shooting Fire Emblem directly into your veins. The high quickly fades, and you’re not as satisfied as you’d like to be, but it’s immediate. After playing long enough, I began treating it more like a puzzle game than a strategy game. I entered a Zen state and made moves based on rapid instinct instead of deep thought.In a traditional Fire Emblem, that strategy would be suicide. A hallmark of the Fire Emblem series is when characters die; they stay dead. This penalty is optional in more recent (and more successful) Fire Emblem games, but the games in general, are balanced around players regularly gaining and losing characters at a regular rate. But in Fire Emblem Heroes a slain ally springs back to life once a battle is over good as new.That’s because the way you recruit units in Fire Emblem Heroes is entirely different. Players take on the role of a summoner capable of recruiting Fire Emblem characters from various games in the series to defeat an invading army also comprised of classic blue-haired swordsmen. Your allies even ask you questions about our world and get confused by concepts like skyscrapers in cars. As the summoner, you gather and manage these heroes, deciding which ones to put on your team and taking advantage of their skills as they level up. Instead of worrying about losing characters you have, players are encouraged to gain as many heroes as possible to increase their strategic options.Unfortunately, the fastest way to get those heroes is through in-game currency. You can choose to summon heroes from a specific category like archer or axe-wielder, but the character you get and their strength level is completely random. You may get lucky and snag a five-star Chrom on your first try, or you might waste a bunch of orbs and wind up with no-name weaklings. The only way to increase your odds is to use more orbs during a single summoning session. But of course, that deplete your stock faster forcing you to burn time and stamina in a fight or spend real money.I’ve already written about how I think free-to-play games that allow players to spend an infinite amount money are inherently immoral. But it bears repeating. Fire Emblem Heroes, while not as good as real Fire Emblem, is still fun. Unfortunately, I can’t trust the game to be solely looking out for my best interests as a player because of the free-to-play model. Whatever issues you can have with Super Mario Run, once you pay the $10 you can trust the game is fairly giving you all it can give you. There’s no creeping doubt. This isn’t the case with Fire Emblem Heroes.But to be fair, Nintendo didn’t invent the free-to-play model, and it certainly didn’t cause that model to be the only viable business model for mobile games. With Fire Emblem Heroes the company is simply giving the audience what they want. We’re just fortunate that also happened to include a pretty good casual Fire Emblem. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Cat Gets Stuck in Washing Machine for 35Minute Cycle

first_imgCarroll-Kirchoff was thankful the center’s vets were able to help Felix. As a cat owner for 11 years and passionate animal lover (she works at a pet grooming salon and volunteers at a wildlife rehabilitation center), she’s still very upset about the incident.“I’ve been in shock the last few days,” Carroll-Kirchoff told CNN. “I mean, this is going to haunt me for the rest of my life.”Carroll-Kirchoff’s daughter started a GoFundMe campaign for Felix to help pay for his medical bills, which are already up to $7,000 after the incident. As of Monday morning, Felix’s GoFundMe campaign has surpassed its goal of $10,000.More on ‘Cat-Fox’ Found in French Island Could Be New Species This AI Neural Network Gives Cats Creepy, Cute Names Here’s What Happened When Scientists Strapped Cameras to Cats Stay on target Felix the cat is a champ: The 1-year-old feline from Minnesota is making a full recovery after getting trapped inside a washing machine for a full cycle.Last week, Stefani Carroll-Kirchoff, Felix’s owner, was grabbing more clothes for a load of laundry, shut the door to the washing machine, and set it to an express wash cycle without thinking about anything, CNN reported. Once the 35-minute cycle ended, she noticed that her clothes were still wet and was about to close the door again, when she spotted a single white paw in the wet clothing pile.Felix had somehow made his way into the washing machine and Carroll-Kirchoff was upset, since she almost always checks to make sure none of her three cats climb inside the washer and dryer at her home. After taking Felix out of the washing machine, Carroll-Kirchoff immediately called her dad, who took him to the Animal Emergency and Referral Center of Minnesota for treatment.Even though Felix lost his sight and had pneumonia from staying in the wet environment for too long, he survived the accident and is getting better. Felix is still on oxygen, however, he can see again and he started eating meals.center_img Firefighters Respond to Fire Alarm at Shelter, Discover Cat Triggered ItCommon Household Chemical May Cause Hyperthyroidism in Cats last_img read more

SPOILERS New matches announced for NXT TakeOver Revenge live special on June

first_img NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Nia Jax Facebook Now Playing Up Next Nia Jax Conquers 19 Others at WWE Evolution Nia Jax and Dean Ambrose Match Reportedly Cancelled WWE’s Nia Jax Hopes Her Body Positivity Will Inspire Otherscenter_img The following is set for the NXT TakeOver: Revenge live special on June 8 from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida coming out of last night’s NXT TV tapings:* NXT Championship Steel Cage Match: Samoa Joe (c) vs. Finn Balor* NXT Women’s Championship: Asuka (c) vs. Nia Jax* NXT Tag Team Championships: American Alpha (c’s) vs. The Revival* Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Austin AriesRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipNia Jax Conquers 19 Others at WWE EvolutionVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Captain Marvel: WWEs Nia Jax Challenges Brie Larson To A Match Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Twitter Captain Marvel Star Brie Larson Wants A WWE Matchlast_img read more

Wenger praised Wilsheres leadership

first_imgJack Wilshere has been one of the brightest parts of Arsenal’s ongoing unsuccessful season and Arsene Wenger insisted that he is a “future captain material” despite his new contract still hasn’t been signed.Wilshere’s contract is about to expire at the end of the season but his coach is confident that the Englishman will stay and can become the future captain of the team as he has been there for a long time.The England international was hailed by Wenger as the Frenchman said, according to Metro:“He has a long history with the club, strong link with the club.”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…“Jack Wilshere on the pitch is a big quality.”“Apart from his technical top qualities he has personality and is in the right place on the pitch, and now with the maturity to organise around him.”“That’s why I played him central.”“I just thought the combination of history, the fact that he’s a long-term player for the club, the fact that he has experience and knowledge now, I trust now to make him captain.”last_img read more

Murkowski concerned about Sessions border policy

first_imgAttorney General Jeff Sessions, left. Photo: U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionSen. Lisa Murkowski said Thursday she’s troubled by the Trump administration’s practice of removing children from their parents when a family is caught crossing the border without authorization.Listen now“If we’re talking about young children here, young families and a forced separation for an indefinite period of time, I have concerns about it,” Murkowski told reporters.Murkowski said the separations are especially worrisome when there isn’t a clear process or a focus on the needs of small children.Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month announced a “zero tolerance” policy for illegal crossings at the Southern border. He warned that parents will be jailed and their children detained separately. Sessions defended the policy again today, saying consistent enforcement of the law is good and moral. He said the parents are to blame.“They are the ones who broke the law,” Sessions said, in a speech in Indiana aimed at countering criticism from Christian leaders. “They are the ones who endangered their own children with this trek.”“Normally, the adults are only held in custody for a week or two or three before they would enter a plea of guilty for time served and allowed to go home, with their children,” Sessions said.A spokeswoman for Don Young said the congressman believes detaining people who cross illegally is important to border security but thinks there are solutions that can keep families together. She said he looks forward to considering a bill that allows for family unity.Sen. Dan Sullivan’s office did not respond by our deadline.last_img read more

Teenager beaten to death on suspicion of theft

first_imgNew Delhi : Still in disbelief about what had befallen them, the family of the 16-year-old boy said on Saturday they are not convinced by the claim he was attempting to burgle a house when he was caught and beaten to death allegedly by residents in Adarsh Nagar. His aunt Rekha said he had gone out of the house with his younger brother on Thursday night. “We were sleeping together and we don’t know where and when they went in the middle of the night. Nobody saw them leaving. On Friday morning, there was a huge crowd near the railway tracks and somebody informed us that our kid was lying there,” she said. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor accepts Modi’s language challenge Advertise With Us His younger brother had been missing since Thursday night and was found on Saturday, police said. Rekha said her nephew did not enter the house for burglary. He must have been roaming in the area when the residents caught him and beat him brutally, other family members said. But police said the boy had entered the house to commit burglary and was caught by the residents and neighbours who allegedly thrashed him. He was later taken to a hospital and he succumbed during treatment. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us The boy was the eldest of six siblings and his mother died three years ago. His father, Amjad, used to work as a plumber but had stopped working three years ago due to health issues. His grandmother has a shop in the area and she manages the family expenses. “Had he been a thief, they would have recovered stolen items from him. Had he stolen anything, if yes, then they should have informed us. Why did they kill that innocent boy?” the grandmother said. Advertise With Us His aunt said they know the accused, “as they are our neighbours but there is no friendship, neither we have any grudges with them”. “He was a very good boy. He could not do drugs. He was sweet and innocent and never behaved rudely with anybody,” she said. One of the neighbours said the boy’s father was shocked to see his body. “He was brutally thrashed,” the neighbour said, demanding justice for the boy’s family. “The accused, who have killed the minor boy, must be punished,” he said. However, the residents of the house which the boy entered said he was involved in robberies previously. “The deceased had snatched mobile phone of my son earlier. Early Friday, when he entered our house, my son saw him and tried to catch him. He had gone to the terrace and jumped from there, following which my son followed him and caught him. In the meantime, the neighbours gathered and people started beating him and later informed police,” said Anita, the wife of the house owner.last_img read more

VIDEO Klay Thomspon completely blanking while giving cliche answer to boring question

first_imgThe NBA season is a grind. By the playoffs, NBA players have been asked every cliched question, and given equally as many cliched answers to those questions.Before Game 2 of the Warriors second round series against the Jazz, Thompson was in the middle of giving an innocuous response to some boring question that he’s answered probably 1,000 times this year. Then Thompson’s hard drive crashed and he completely forgot whatever he was talking about. The best part is that Thompson doesn’t try to disguise it, and cops to tuning out.Watch the Klay2000 meltdown. Hey, it’s a long season:last_img