Odisha group starts drive to retrieve discarded flags

first_imgA group of environmental activists of Odisha’s Berhampur are engaged in retrieving national flags made of paper and plastic that have been thrown all around the city after the Republic Day celebrations.They are members of Berhampur Sabuja Bahini. “We were hurt to see our national flag thrown in garbage dumps, drains and on the roadside,” said BSB president Sibaram Panigrahy. “Many people buy paper and polythene flags to express nationalistic fervour on Republic Day. However, after a few hours, they have no hesitation in disposing of these flags in a derogatory manner,” said BSB member P. Aravind Kumar.In its bid to create awareness among the people to respect the Tricolour, the BSB started its drive to salvage the discarded flags on January 27. During the drive, which continued on Monday, the activists told the residents that the national flag is like a picture of deities and it should not be disposed of unceremoniously. The Tricolours salvaged by this group are being cleaned up and stored. “We will reuse them in future events,” said BSB secretary M. Dilip Kumar. The members of the group said they were happy to see that the use of polythene flags had gone down drastically in Berhampur in comparison to the Independence Day celebrations last year.last_img read more

Sharapova determined to prove point on Slam return

first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 27, 2014, file photo, Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns a shot to Alexandra Dulgheru, of Romania, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Sharapova has been granted a wild-card invitation for the U.S. Open’s main draw. Sharapova is among eight women who were given entry into the 128-player field by the U.S. Tennis Association on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, and by far the most noteworthy. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)Former world number one Maria Sharapova makes her first Grand Slam appearance next week since serving a 15-month doping suspension, bringing renewed passion and resolve to the US Open.The 30-year-old Russian was given a wildcard into the tournament by the US Tennis Association (USTA), a move critics complained about earlier in the season but another key step in the road back for the five-time Grand Slam winner.ADVERTISEMENT “When it comes to tennis, good or bad — there’s really only one thing that I know for certain — I’ve missed it,” Sharapova wrote on the Players’ Tribune website.“Though these last two years have been tougher -— so much tougher -— than I ever could have anticipated… my passion for the game has never wavered. If anything, it has only grown stronger.”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 shutoutSharapova was issued a two-year suspension after testing positive for the banned heart and blood boosting drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the ban on appeal.She said that she had taken it for several years and did not know it had been placed on the banned list at the start of 2016. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Sharapova has missed three of the past four US Opens, her last visit ending in the 2014 fourth round.The USTA defended its wildcard offer, saying, “Her suspension under the terms of the tennis anti-doping program was completed and therefore was not one of the factors weighed in our wildcard selection process.”“Consistent with past practice, a wildcard was provided to a past US champion who needed the wildcard for entry into the main draw.”Former world number one Sharapova won the 2006 US Open as well as Wimbledon in 2004, the 2008 Australian Open and the 2012 and 2014 French Opens.“I’m sure this is a great moment for her to have an opportunity to be back to a place where she has done so well,” seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams said.Sharapova plays catch-upSharapova was bolstered by fans with “Welcome back Maria” signs in Germany and cheering support last month in Stanford, her first US match in more than two years.“I feel like I just want to hug everyone and say thank you,” Sharapova said.Sharapova defeated American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in her Stanford opener but suffered a left forearm injury and has not played competitively since.“I feel like I’m playing catch-up against everyone who has had a head start,” she said of being hurt during US Open tuneup events. Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games: ‘Stand-in’ Ferrera nails hammer throw bronze LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:02PNP to prove activists’ link to CPP NPA00:50Trending 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 Sharapova made her return in April at Stuttgart, reaching the semi-finals as a wildcard, but such invitations sparked criticism from some WTA rivals, saying she should have to work her way back without such benefits, some suggesting a life ban.“I’m aware of what many of my peers have said about me and how critical of me some of them have been,” she wrote.“If you’re a human being with a normal, beating heart… I don’t think that sort of thing will ever fully be possible to ignore.”Sharapova was refused a wildcard by French Open organizers and missed Wimbledon with a thigh injury, so the US Open will be her first Grand Slam event since last year’s Australian Open.Shaking off criticism after the French Open snub, Sharapova tweeted, “If this is what it takes to rise up again, then I am in it all the way, everyday. No words, games or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams. And I have many.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View commentslast_img read more

Former Rockets coach Kevin McHale says James Harden ‘is not a leader’

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:20Poe: PH needs ‘better leadership’ in traffic agencies to resolve problem01:37Protesters 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 students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “But James is not a leader,” the Boston Celtics legend said in an appearance on NBA TV. “He tried being a leader last year, tried doing that stuff. I think Chris Paul is going to help him just kind of get back into just being able to hoop and play and stuff like that.”The #OpenCourt guys discuss if @CP3’s arrival will benefit @JHarden13 and the @HoustonRockets. pic.twitter.com/hT2bibHrpSFEATURED 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 shutout— NBA TV (@NBATV) October 6, 2017 BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight South Korea defender scores 2 own goals in loss to Russia LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13). (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)James Harden had pretty successful individual  season last year, averaging career bests in points (29.1), rebounds (8.5) and assists (11.2) while moving to the point guard position for the Houston Rockets.With the five-time NBA All-Star expected to slide back to the shooting guard position due to the arrival of Chris Paul, former Rockets head coach Kevin McHale questioned the crafty lefty’s leadership.ADVERTISEMENT McHale, who mentored Harden for three and a half seasons, said his teammates had a hard time listening to the bearded guard due to his deficiencies on the defensive end of the floor.“Look, if James tells you, ‘Chuck, you got to play better D.’ You listening to him? You got to be kidding me. I lived through it, believe me,” the coach-turned-analyst said. “Everybody in the locker room did this [hand on forehead]. Every time he mentioned defense, everybody would put their head down, like you got to be kidding me.”Still, McHale lauded his former player as “fantastic with the ball and a “great passer.”“The guy’s got phenomenal vision. Talk about vision, James can see all the passes and do everything,” he shared.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Leicester City’s Claude Puel insists priority is winning – not style

first_imgTopics Share via Email Flying start for Michael Appleton as Leicester edge past Swansea Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Read more Claude Puel has rejected concerns about his playing style and declared that winning is more important than entertaining, although he added that he hoped to do both at Leicester City.Speaking at his first press conference since his appointment on Wednesday, the Frenchman defended his record at Southampton, from where he was sacked in June despite leading the club to eighth place and the final of the EFL Cup.Puel maintains that Southampton were not as negative as their goal tally suggested – they failed to score in their final five home matches under him – and he dismissed the comments made this week by the former Southampton player Matt Le Tissier, who claimed Saints were “boring and a little bit dull” last season.“It is not important about this,” Puel said of Le Tissier’s complaint. “Last season for example we developed good football without the clinical edge. We were seventh place for creating chances but 20th for converting. But that is finished. It is important to stay with good focus about Leicester. It is not a priority just to play good football or nice football. The priority is to win, whether at Leicester, Southampton, or Arsenal – all. It is about how can we have good results.” Share on LinkedIncenter_img news The manager confirmed that he would have two assistants, retaining the services of Michael Appleton, who led Leicester to wins in their past two matches, and bringing in Pascal Plancque, who assisted Puel at previous clubs, including Southampton. “I have a good memories of Southampton and I received a lot of messages from people there [after being appointed at Leicester],” Puel said. “It was important for me to have this experience of the Premier League. I know all the different teams, different styles and different players now. It is the best championship in the world. It is almost like playing a Champions League match every week.”Whether deliberately or otherwise, Puel, whose contract runs until 2020, gave a nod to entertainment by channelling Roald Dahl : “I am glad to be a Fox – it is fantastic.” Then he set out the marvellous medicine he intends prescribing at the King Power Stadium. He said the key to ensuring Leicester remain in good health in the Premier League was to make the team more versatile.“Leicester is still a young team in Premier League terms,” he said. “They were only promoted recently and then they won the league and went into the Champions League. They lived fantastic moments for a few years but also some low moments. The important [thing] now is to develop consistency. For example, it’s difficult for Leicester to have been playing for three or four years with a counterattack and just this system.“It’s important to have other answers. It’s difficult to play West Brom, for example, and then against Manchester City three days later. You need to have good solutions against teams with strong defensive units and also against teams who have a lot of possession high up the pitch. My work for the future is to build the players up to have these options and solutions.“My dream is to give the club the possibility to have style of game for all teams: youth teams, under-23s and the first team. It is not just short term, it is long term, to give this club good consistency of results and quality.”Puel took his first training session on Friday and assured the players he wanted to sustain the momentum they have created over the past two games and avoid making too many changes too soon. “It’s not the moment to change a lot of things,” he said. “The focus is on [Sunday’s] match against Everton. That will be a special game because they have new manager, too.” Share on Twitter Southampton Share on Facebook Leicester City Reuse this contentlast_img read more

10 months agoBenitez warns Newcastle: We must buy in January

first_imgBenitez warns Newcastle: We must buy in Januaryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez says it’s critical they have a busy January market.The Magpies are about to narrow down their shortlist and have checked out players like Ritsu Doan of Groningen and Atlanta United star Miguel Almiron ahead of the winter trading period.Benitez said: “They (the current team) are doing well but you can still improve on little things.”Against Huddersfield was very clear, with a couple of little details we would have had more chances.”Credit to the players they are doing a fantastic job.”But still we have to improve and if we can have people coming in even better.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoSamir Nasri pleased with winning West Ham debut

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Samir Nasri pleased with winning West Ham debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSamir Nasri was pleased with his debut for West Ham’s FA Cup win over Birmingham City.Nasri impressed during an hour-long debut.“I’m happy to get my first minutes in the West Ham shirt, but most important was the team performance and winning 2-0, keeping a clean sheet,” he said. “That was the goal today and that’s what we did.“It was important to not let Birmingham get into the game with confidence, so we pushed from the start and scoring the goal that early made everyone more comfortable on the ball and able to play our football. “The coach rotated the squad and had young players in the team, so it was important to score an early goal for everyone to be a little more free on the ball.“It was a tricky game, because they didn’t want to do anything with the ball, but when they had it they played that long ball and tried to catch us on the break.“I felt good, honestly I thought I would struggle a little more with the rhythm as my last game was 13 months ago.“I’m just relieved that everything is now behind me and happy about those first 58 minutes. It was good and I’m just looking forward to the next game.” last_img read more

4 days agoMan Utd chief Woodward comes clean on Fernandes push

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd chief Woodward comes clean on Fernandes pushby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has set the record straight on the club’s pursuit of Bruno Fernandes.The midfielder was linked with United all summer before eventually staying with Sporting Lisbon.And Woodward says the club must be cautious about player’s using them to boost their contract demands.”It hit a peak five seasons ago with 250 players,’ Woodward told United We Stand.”It was 177 two seasons ago. It’s around 200 every year.”We’re usually after three players, so we might be talking to nine in reality.”What you are referring to in the original question does happen, but it’s less likely to happen give our closed-door approach to recruitment targets.”But it does exist and we have to be wary of that [players using the club.”Sometimes, the amount of time a player or his agent invests into discussions, meetings and contracts shows that there is an interest.”If it was only a flippant interest then they could go and put a fake story then go to a club president and go say ‘Look at who is in for me.’ That happens all the time as well.”What sometimes also happens is that we do have a player in an agreed position, but his club refuse to sell and, because the club refuse to sell, the player then uses that to get a new contract”From our perspective, we have to try and see through it and make sure that the club is not being used.”We don’t waste time, we’re more robust.” last_img read more

Renewed efforts to find Montreal boy a year after his disappearance

first_imgMONTREAL — A year after 10-year-old Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou vanished after setting out to visit a friend in north-end Montreal, new efforts are being launched this week to find him.On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Montreal Transit Corp. will display the boy’s photo on electronic screens in all 68 stations of the city’s subway system. His photo will also appear on the CIBC’s monthly billing envelopes for the month of May.The initiatives are promoted in collaboration with the Missing Children’s Network and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.The public is also invited to join Ariel’s family and friends Tuesday evening at Saint-Joseph-de-Bordeaux church, near the riverside park where he was last seen. A mass will be celebrated for the boy.His parents, Fred and Noella Kouakou, thanked Montreal police and the public for the support and “outpouring of love” they have received in the past year.On March 12, 2018, Ariel left home to visit a friend who lived nearby, but there was nobody home. Surveillance cameras captured Ariel entering a park on the banks of the Riviere des Prairies, but he was never seen leaving the park.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Local author hosting launch of new book in Fort St John

first_imgBook signing flyer. Photo by Jenna Morland. “This is where I live, this is where my husband works and it just seems right I guess you could say,” said Morland. “This community, when it comes to supporting the arts, has always been good at that kind of thing. There is a lot of talented people in this town.”Local Author Jenna Morland with her book Empress Unveiled. Photo by Jenna Morland.Morland added that her book was published after she entered a Twitter pitch party. A pitch party is when authors pitch their book to publishers in 150 characters or less, if the publishers like the book, they will pick it up.“The publisher I have now liked the tweet, I sent them all the stuff and then three months later there was an offer for a publishing deal.”The book launch will be from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on September 8th, all residents are welcome to come. Eric Clark will be a special guest performing live music while Morland will be on hand to do a reading. Residents who buy books or t-shirts will be entered into a prize draw for a 30-minute, four-person Highland Helicopters ride.Residents who would like to learn more about “Empress Unveiled” can do so by visiting Morland’s Instagram, Twitter and website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John author Jenna Morland is set to launch her new book next weekend at Brown’s Socialhouse.The book is titled “Empress Unveiled” and is a young adult fantasy. The story is a fantasy romance that follows an ill teenager, her very human best friend and a fae sentenced to death. The main character must battle love, broken hearts, death and the crown.  Morland explained that launching her book in Fort St. John just felt right.last_img read more

Govt curtails sale period of electoral bonds in May to 5 days

first_imgNew Delhi: The government on Wednesday curtailed the time period for sale of electoral bonds by the SBI in the current month to only 5 days from May 6, instead of 10 days as was announced earlier.The government, however, did not give any reason for reducing the time period for sale of electoral bonds. “The Government of India has now decided to restrict the next phase of Electoral Bonds sale to May 6, 2019 to May 10, 2019 (instead of May 6, 2019 to May 15, 2019 scheduled and notified earlier),” a finance ministry statement said. Ahead of the general elections, the government in February had announced that electoral bonds will be sold in three tranches from March 1-15, April 1-20 and May 6-15. The 7-phase general elections, which begun on April 11, will continue till May 19 and counting of vote will take place on May 23. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is hearing a petition by NGO ‘Association of Democratic Reforms’ which had prayed that the issuance of electoral bonds be stayed or the names of donors be made public. The Supreme Court last month had asked political parties to furnish by May 30 all the details of funds received through electoral bonds to the Election Commission in a sealed cover. The government had brought in electoral bond scheme as an alternative to cash donations made to political parties as part of its efforts to bring transparency in political funding. The State Bank of India (SBI) has been authorised to issue and encash electoral bonds through its 29 authorised branches, in cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Chandigarh, Ranchi, and Bengaluru. The electoral bonds will be valid for 15 calendar days from the date of issue and no payment will be made to any payee political party if the bond is deposited after expiry of the validity period. The electoral bond deposited by an eligible political party in its account will be credited on the same day.last_img read more

Iconic noodle factory in Kalimpong goes up in flames

first_imgDarjeeling: Kalimpong lost a slice of history with a noodle factory razed to the ground in a fire on Saturday night. This was no ordinary noodle factory but the factory that had featured in the bestseller book The Noodle Maker Of Kalimpong: the Untold Story of My Struggle for Tibet, an autobiography of Gyalo Thondup, the elder brother of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.Thondup was a known face in Kalimpong but it was only after the year 2009 that people came to know that he was the elder brother of the Dalai Lama. Thondup had crafted the Dalai Lama’s escape from Tibet along with being granted political asylum in India. He occupies an important position in Tibetan history. Thondup was born in 1928 at Amdo in Tibet. He was the Dalai Lama’s special envoy and an interlocutor between Tibet, China and India. Later, he continued the freedom struggle for Tibet on a diplomatic level. In 1999, he retired and settled in Kalimpong looking after his noodle factory. On Saturday night, the noodle factory located on 8th Mile adjacent to St. Philomena School caught fire. “Around 9pm we got information of the fire and rushed to the location. The fire was blazing then. It took 3 fire engines to battle the flames. Around 11 pm the fire was doused. The factory is totally gutted except for some machinery partially damaged. The cause of the fire is not known,” said Mani Tamang, fire officer. However, “Takster House” the house in which Thondup lives in the same compound escaped the flames. “I had bought this 3 acre property in 1962 for Rs 7,200. In 1967 we started the factory,” said the 91-year-old to media persons. The factory had 20 employees. Kalimpong noodles is sold in different parts of the country including Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and even exported to Nepal and Bhutan.last_img read more

Morocco Ranks 93rd in Modern Slavery Global Index

first_imgCasablanca- Slavery still exists in our “modern” times, and it has an index to. Walk Free Foundation (WFF), an NGO supported by Bill Gates and Hilary Clinton, has recently published its first Global Index of modern slavery, in which Morocco ranks 93st, among 162 featured nations, with an estimate of 50 000 slaves. “Today some people are still being born into hereditary slavery, a staggering but harsh reality, particularly in parts of West Africa and South Asia. Other victims are captured or kidnapped before being sold or kept for exploitation, whether through ‘marriage’, unpaid labor on fishing boats, or as domestic workers. Others are tricked and lured into situations they cannot escape, with false promises of a good job or an education,” says the report.The modern slavery report published by Walk Free Foundation, based in Australia, is the first of its kind. Morocco seems to have secured a relatively positive ranking in the report, compared to the top 10 nations with higher numbers of slaves. At the regional level, Tunisia ranked 122nd (9,000 slaves), whilst Algeria ranked 91st (70,000 slaves) and Libya 78 (17,000 slaves). As to Mauritania, where slavery is known to be significantly present, the country ranked first internationally, according to WFF’s modern slavery index. With 150,000 slaves, Mauritania is now deemed the world’s worst place of modern slavery. This high number of slaves becomes more significant when compared to the overall population of the country, which barely reaches 3.5 millions. Mauritania’s capital, Nouakchott, also figures on the black list of cities and nations that do not invest serious efforts in combating this violation of human rights. Morocco, like Egypt and Syria, has adopted laws against the proliferation of slavery. Yet, the Kingdom does not figure on the WFF index’s list of countries where slavery is combated, namely Iceland, Ireland, Grande-Bretagne, New Zealand, Swaziland, Suede, Noriega, Luxembourg, Finland et Denmark.WFF’s report points out that “more than 29 million people across the world live under conditions of modern slavery. Haiti, a Caribbean nation where children enslavement is widespread, ranks second in the index, while Pakistan figures third on the list.”Mauritania, Haiti, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Moldova, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Gabon are considered the worst countries in the index. However, in absolute terms, India, China, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Myanmar and Bangladesh are the countries with the highest number of enslaved people. Walk Free Foundation, backed up by Hilary Clinton, former US Secretary of States, and Bill Gates, Microsoft’s founder, had set criteria based on which the featured nations are analyzed in terms of the existence of modern slavery. The slavery index bases estimates of the prevalence of modern slavery in a nation on three factors: A composite estimate of the number of people in slavery in each country, an estimate of the level of human trafficking  from and  into each country, and an estimate of the level of child and early marriage in each country.In Morocco, children who work as maids many hours a day, and receive meager or no payment for their draining work, are considered one manifestation of modern slavery. According to a report published last June by the High Commission for Planning, 76,533 households, or 1.1% of Moroccan households, hire children as maids.last_img read more

Lakers Metta World Peace Expected to Return Tuesday

Just 12 days after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace is expected to return to the starting lineup Tuesday night when the Lakers take on the New Orleans Hornets.World Peace, who was supposed to be sidelined for at least six weeks, participated in a three-on-three scrimmage at practice Monday and appeared to be healthy.“We’ve got a chance to make a push for this championship,” World Peace told reporters after practice. “We all need it. All the guys under contract, injured or not injured, we need each other to make a run at this thing.”With just five games left to secure the final playoff spot, the Lakers (40-37) trail the Utah Jazz (41-37) for the eighth postseason spot in the Western Conference. Every game is important for the Lakers to win as the Jazz hold the tie breaker.“He’s good,” Lakers coach Mike D’ Antoni said. “It’s probably a game time decision, but he looks good. He’s raring to go. The medical staff will make a decision tomorrow. It’s unbelievable. He’s different. … I’ve never seen this before.”World Peace began his rehabilitation last week, running and shooting with the team Saturday and before Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers. He said he was ready to play last Tuesday against the Dallas Mavericks, but  he was not cleared by team doctors.World Peace injured his knee in the first half of the Lakers’ 109-103 loss to the Golden State Warriors on March 25. This is the first ever knee injury for the Lakers defensive stopper, who tweeted that his recovery time would take a week and half.“Right after the surgery, they were amazed how the swelling didn’t even exist off of meniscus surgery,” World Peace said. “You can play, but the swelling is what keeps you from playing, so when I didn’t have any swelling that’s why I was pushing to play. I wanted to play three games ago. It was good teamwork with doctors and training staff.”With the return of World Peace to the Lakers lineup, the team will still be without point guard Steve Nash. Nash will miss his fourth consecutive game because of a hip injury, but is expected to return to the lineup on Friday when the Lakers play the Warriors. read more

What Its Like To Be A Woman At The Sloan Sports Analytics

Audio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/womenatsloan.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.When FiveThirtyEight offered me the opportunity to attend last week’s MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, I jumped at the chance to geek out on two of my favorite subjects — sports and data.But my heart sank a little when I saw that only one of 30 speakers listed on the preliminary agenda was a woman. (The final speaker count was 22 women and 131 men.) I’ve been to other sausage fests, and they can operate like insular clubs that leave women feeling like outsiders.This year’s conference seemed promising, though. While the honorary executive board was all men, the conference chair was event co-founder Jessica Gelman, a former professional basketball player and the current vice president of customer marketing and strategy at the Kraft Sports Group, owner of the New England Patriots. The other women on the agenda were all-stars, too — like Amy Brooks, executive vice president of the NBA’s team marketing and business operations department; Heidi Pellerano, senior vice president at Wasserman Media Group; Stefanie Francis, co-founder of Navigate Research; and Elyse Guilfoyle, a senior industry analyst at Google.But there weren’t many women on stage or in the crowd. Only one of the 23 people attached to a finalist research paper was a woman, and one of her male colleagues presented the paper. Pellerano and Francis’s presentation on how Hispanic fans consume sports and Guilfoyle’s talk about ticket purchasing analytics were some of the only times that women were in the spotlight.Despite more than 3,000 people at the event, there was never a line at the women’s restroom. Gelman estimates that about 85 percent of attendees were men. That was true of the FiveThirtyEight delegation, too — I was the only woman from our team to attend, and the gender imbalance of our office is something we’ve noticed and that senior members of FiveThirtyEight are working on.When you feel like an outsider, it’s natural to seek out your own, and as I walked through the hallways, I found myself exchanging friendly head nods with the few other women I passed. It reminded me of that little wave that motorcyclists sometimes give each other out on the road, and I started asking these compatriots what they thought of the conference and what it was like to be so outnumbered by men.One of the first women I approached turned out to be Leigh Castergine, who is suing her former employer, Mets co-owner Jeff Wilpon, for gender discrimination (the lawsuit alleges that he fired her for being pregnant out of wedlock). She said she had lots to say but couldn’t talk until the lawsuit was resolved. The Mets deny the allegations.Attendee Valerie Laird, a research assistant at the University of Michigan’s business school, told me that she’d agonized over what to wear. “I want to be taken seriously, but I want to look nice,” she said. Was it better to wear a dress or pants? If she made herself look attractive, would she be taken less seriously, or would she worry that men were approaching her because they wanted her number? Laird’s friend Jessica Edwards told me that considerations about how to dress were part of the ongoing fight for respect. “Guys don’t take you seriously in sports,” she said. “It’s so frustrating because this is what I want to do with my life.”One student who requested anonymity told me that she struggled with what name to put on her conference badge and her résumé. She has always gone by a nickname that’s a diminutive of her already very feminine name. She was there to network, and she worried that hiring managers, who often make quick judgments about candidates, might too easily dismiss or stereotype her based on her nickname.Two other young women who didn’t identify themselves (I’ll call them Jane and Jill) laughed when I asked whether they would mind telling me what it was like to attend Sloan as a woman. “We’ve been talking about this a lot,” Jane said. Like me, they’d noticed that many of the women on stage were there as moderators, rather than speakers. “We would prefer to see more women who are actually talking about their experience as the expert, versus facilitating the conversation,” Jill said.This difference between being the moderator and the expert reminded me of a recent New York Times piece by Sheryl Sandberg that observed that women often do more than their fair share of the unheralded but important tasks around the office — things like organizing and preparing. Moderating is difficult to do well (you have to herd the speakers into serving the audience instead of themselves), but praise about a panel typically focuses on what the speakers said, rather than the moderator’s performance.Yet everyone I spoke to agreed that a session specifically on women’s sports wasn’t the answer. During an informal discussion about women in the industry, Gelman said the decision not to hold such a panel was deliberate.Segregating sports by gender just amplifies inequalities. “We want to integrate and show how women are actively part of the conversation and not just a side part,” Danielle Russell, one of the conference’s student leaders, told me.Jane and Jill, whom I caught coming out of the negotiating panel, had some suggestions on how to achieve that goal. “They could have talked about Brittney Griner’s salary or about deals they’ve done that are related to that,” Jill said, referring to the former Baylor star who now plays for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.It’s not surprising that the conference focused primarily on the NFL, MLB and NBA, considering the amount of money they generate relative to other sports. But these are also sports with large disparities between male and female opportunities, observed Alison Mehlsak and Melissa Jenkins, graduate students at the University of Virginia’s business school. Creating some panels focused on sports that are more accessible to women could help, they told me. “Sports like tennis and golf, and events like the Olympics, offer rich opportunities to include women in the conversation,” Mehlsak said. As my FiveThirtyEight colleague Allison McCann recently pointed out, women’s sports are the next frontier in sports analytics.The lack of women at Sloan isn’t entirely the organizers’ fault. Professional sports is a male-dominated industry — one that ignores women at its own peril. Women now make up nearly half of the Super Bowl audience, and the latest Nielsen stats show that they represent at least a third of the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL audience. The Sloan conference wields a heavy influence, and its organizers have an opportunity to make a difference by seeking out more women’s voices and inviting them into the fold. read more

Defense confident without Coleman

Ohio State’s Big Ten season started favorably with a convincing 30-0 thrashing of Illinois on Saturday. The Buckeyes’ first conference test went smoothly despite unfavorable weather conditions.“I thought our guys did a good job of focusing on the task at hand, the Big Ten beginning,” coach Jim Tressel said at his weekly press conference. “We had a couple mistakes with the football, but for the most part I thought we did a good job of handling a game type that we hadn’t been in in quite some time.”The last time the Illini visited The Horseshoe they played the role of spoiler, as they defeated the then-ranked No. 1 Buckeyes 28-21. However, there would be no upset this season as the Bucks held their opponent scoreless for the second consecutive week, posting back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1996.“Obviously our defense sets the tone,” Tressel said. “Even if the opposing team starts a couple first downs and so forth, they don’t panic. They just keep playing, come up to the play.”The score might have been decisive over Illinois, but Tressel doesn’t believe his team played mistake-free football in its first conference win. Only three players on offense and five on defense were graded as having “winning performances” by the coaching staff.“We enjoyed the decisiveness of the score, and the fact that it was a shutout was something you take tremendous pride in as a defensive football team, but we’ve obviously got a lot of work to do,” Tressel said.Although the Buckeyes (3-1, 1-0) were considered visitors when they traveled to Cleveland to play Toledo, they now prepare for their first real road test against Indiana (3-1, 1-0) Saturday night.Senior safety Kurt Coleman outSenior captain Kurt Coleman has been suspended by the Big Ten for Saturday’s game against Indiana after a late “helmet-to-helmet” hit on Illinois backup quarterback Eddie Mcgee. The suspension was handed down Monday by Big Ten officials. A joint statement was released following the suspension by athletic director Gene Smith and coach Jim Tressel that showed displeasure with the ruling. Losing a three-year starter and captain is never easy, but the Buckeyes will try to move forward despite losing their defensive leader.“Well, you can never look at losing a player as something that stops you in your tracks because guys sprain ankles, they twist knees, they pull hamstrings, they hurt elbows,” Tressel said. “You better have been getting ready the next guy at any position. So do you like losing guys? No. I think we’ve been pretty fortunate.”Tressel said Coleman took the decision like a man and will move forward. Anderson Russell and Jermale Hines will play at the safety spots this week. Sophomore Ohrian Johnson has also seen time at safety and should see more action in Coleman’s absence.Buckeyes’ stout defense vs. Indiana’s high-powered offenseThe Buckeyes’ defense had another strong performance against Illinois, forcing three turnovers and holding the Illini to 170 yards of total offense. After its second shutout, OSU turns its attention to Indiana and a Hoosiers offense that put up 467 yards against Michigan last week. After two solid defensive outings, the Buckeyes are preparing to be tested again.“Obviously they watch TV. They watch the highlights,” Tressel said of his team’s awareness of Indiana’s offense. “They see the facts and figures, and they saw that Indiana had every opportunity to win thier Big Ten opener and put up a lot of yards and made a lot of plays, so our guys went to work on that.”After struggling with Navy the first game of the season, the defense has been the strong point of the team thus far, and their success can be attributed to several factors.“I think it starts with good personnel. There’s no doubt about it,” Tressel said. “We have some veterans who have been there and grown and so forth. We have a little bit of depth, such that we can play 15 or 16 or 17 guys a week, but they prepare awfully hard.”Shotgun offense and running game spell successOSU’s offense looked a little different in the rain on Saturday, as most of its plays were run out of the shotgun. The Buckeyes used more spread formations and a formidable running game to control the clock for the win, despite having no passing yards in the first half. Running back tandem of Daniel “Boom” Herron and Brandon Saine, along with quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s rushing ability, accounted for 236 yards on the ground in what might be the Buckeyes’ new style of offense.“I think if you’re a defense, you’re a little more concerned about the quarterback as a runner when he’s in the shotgun, as opposed to having to go backward to run forward,” Tressel said. “The downside to the shotgun quite obviously is that when I’m under center I can have my eyes on those safeties all the time, and I know how they’re spinning their coverage, and I can get my post-snap reads.” OSU’s success on the ground will also open up its passing game, which has not been up to Tressel’s standards yet.“We haven’t completed as many passes, period, as I’d like to complete,” he said. read more

NFL draft Cameron Johnston signs as undrafted free agent with Philadelphia Eagles

Sophomore punter Cameron Johnston (95) and freshman kicker Sean Nuernberger (96) walk off the field during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State’s former punter Cameron Johnston has signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent, according to a tweet by Johnston.https://twitter.com/Cam_Johnston/status/858461311570673664He was not among the players drafted by a team in the seven-round 2017 NFL draft, but like former teammate Dontre Wilson, was signed to a contract right after the draft.Johnston leaves OSU as the school record-holder for most punts within the 20-yard line over his career (109), as well as the single-season record-holder for punts within the 20-yard line (31 set in 2015). The fifth-year punter averaged 44.9 yards per punt over his career, the second-longest such distance by any punter in Buckeye history, behind only Andy Groom (2001-2002).Considered one of the top punters in the nation, Johnston was named as a Ray Guy finalist — an award given to the NCAA’s best punter — three years in a row from 2014 to 2016. In 2016, he was also named the Eddleman-Fields Big Ten Punter of the Year, and was also named first-team All-Big Ten.Now with the Eagles, Johnston will slot in as the backup punter with Donnie Jones, the Eagles punter since 2013, likely retaining his starting role. read more

Parolee leads police on road chase near San Diego Bay

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom October 2, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: October 2, 2018center_img Parolee leads police on road chase near San Diego Bay SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A parolee who fled a traffic stop on Shelter Island early Tuesday led officers on a pursuit into Barrio Logan, where tire-flattening spike strips forced him to a halt and a pall of police tear gas helped persuade him to surrender, authorities reported.San Diego Harbor Police personnel spotted the man, later identified as 32-year-old Andrew Dwight Sigsbee, driving erratically near America’s Cup Harbor shortly after 5:30 a.m. and tried to pull him over, according to the port law enforcement agency.The driver refused to yield, fleeing to the east past Lindbergh Field and south toward the San Diego Convention Center, officials said.The chase, during which Sigsbee’s car collided a patrol vehicle, ended in the 1200 block of Harbor Drive, near Waterfront Park, after the sedan ran over spike strips laid out in the roadway by San Diego police.Sigsbee initially ignored officers’ commands to surrender, resulting in a brief standoff. After SDPD officers shot pepper-spray projectiles into his disabled sedan, he exited the car and surrendered.Sigsbee was arrested on suspicion of evading arrest, assault with a deadly weapon — his car — and violation of parole. He was being held at San Diego Central Jail on $50,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Thursday afternoon.The harbor police officer involved in the collision with the suspect’s car was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.Traffic lanes in the area where the pursuit ended remained blocked for about an hour, authorities reported. Updated: 1:42 PMlast_img read more

Flood Advisory Issued For Anchor River

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for the Anchor River near Anchor Point. A small ice jam may cause minor flooding on the Anchor River near Anchor Point. The situation may improve once temperatures drop  and precipitation ceases. The Anchor River near Anchor Point is above bankfull due to warm temperatures and precipitation that has caused a possible ice jam. Low lying areas such as the campground may be impacted by conditions about a foot above bankfull. This advisory will remain in effect until January 3.last_img read more

Mike Chenault Awarded KPBSD Golden Apple Award

first_imgGolden Apple nominator Sean Dusek: “It is with great pleasure that I nominate Mike Chenault for a KPBSD Golden Apple Award for his tireless support of public education in Alaska.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Mike Chenault, Alaska House of Representatives, is a graduate of Kenai Central High School in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and now a recipient of a Golden Apple Award through KPBSD. He served on the KPBSD Board of Education before becoming a State Representative. His time in the State House of Representatives culminated in his election as Speaker of the House where he led Alaska in its strong support of public education. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education honored Mike Chenault, Alaska House of Representatives, for his dedication to the students of the school district, past, present, and future at their board meeting on Monday. Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones: “When Mike Chenault was elected to the House of Representatives for the State of Alaska, he took it upon himself to become highly informed and aware of the details involved with funding K-12 schools in Alaska. He learned about the intricacies of SB 36 (K-12 funding formula in place at that time) and the shortcomings and inequities it created.”last_img read more

Recap M6 reopens after fivevehicle accident left motorist seriously injured

first_imgThe M6 motorway has reopened in Cheshire following a five vehicle accident that left one motorist seriously injured. The southbound carriageway was shut between Junction 19 (Knutsford) and Junction 18 (Middlewich/Holmes Chapel) following the ‘serious’ collision just after 2am this morning – with the road remaining closed until around 10.30am. A diversion was in place with Highways England, police and traffic data company Inrix all reporting the road will be closed into the morning rush hour. The collision involved two HGVs, two vans and a car that overturned, according to Highways England. A Cheshire Police spokeswoman said:  “At 2.07am on Friday 29 March emergency services were called to a collision involving several vehicles on the M6 Southbound. “The collision involved two vans, a car and three lorries. The driver of one of the vehicles was taken to Royal Stoke Hospital with serious injuries. “Anyone with information should contact Cheshire Police on101 quoting IML 359640.” Investigation work continued until 8.50am, with recovery and clean-up work now ongoing. Police, firefighters and paramedics from North West Ambulance Service also attended the incident. Read MorePolice appeal after £10,000 of tools stolen from Stoke-on-Trent park   At around 10.40am Highways England spokesman said:  “The M6 in Cheshire has reopened southbound between J19 (A556; Knutsford) and J18 (A54; Middlewich, Holmes Chapel) following a serious traffic collision which occurred earlier this morning. “North West Motorway Police Group investigation was carried out, and recovery/scene clearance work has now been completed.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .10:43Long delays continueLong delays continue 10:34M6 has reopenedNorth West Motorway Police have confirmed the motorway has reopened.A spokesman said: The M6 SB is now fully re-open. Thank you to all those responders involved and to the public for your patience and understanding during this incident.” 10:20One motorist taken to hospital with serious injuriesA Cheshire Police spokeswoman said:At 2.07am on Friday 29 March emergency services were called to a collision involving several vehicles on the M6 Southbound.The collision involved two vans, a car and three lorries. The driver of one of the vehicles was taken to Royal Stoke Hospital with serious injuries.Anyone with information should contact Cheshire Police on101 quoting IML 359640.” 10:08Work underway to lift closureA Highways England spokesman said:Traffic has been stopped on the southbound carriageway prior to junction 19 whilst our maintenance crew start to remove the closure.” 09:46Motorist stopped by police for filming accidentA North West Motorway Police spokesman said: “A driver on the northbound M6 has been stopped and reported after filming the scene of an RTC on the opposite carriageway as they passed. Using a mobile phone at any time when driving is unacceptable and we will always report those who risk it.”09:33Latest from the policeA North West Motorway Police spokesman said:All vehicles involved have been recovered from scene. Highways contractors are on scene treating the carriageway and then we will update with a reopening time. There is still congestion SB from J20.” 09:21Vehicles recoveredA Highways England spokesman said:Further update on the closure of the southbound M6 j19 towards j18. We’re working with police to re-open the junctions very shortly. All vehicles have been recovered, and our contractors are just finishing their work in the carriageway. “09:03Cheshire East Council advise motorists to avoid areaA council spokesman said:Please avoid the area if you can – delays of about an hour are still expected” 08:53Highways England are now reporting delays of around an hour.A Highways England spokesman said:Delays of around an hour above normal travel time on approach to the road closure, on the A556 and M6.”08:51Police asking motorists to avoid the areaCheshire Police are continuing to ask motorists to avoid the area as there are tailbacks.08:47Investigation complete but clean-up continuesA Highways England spokesman said:Southbound remains CLOSED… police have completed accident investigation work, recovery and cleanup is under way. Congestion is currently back to Lymm Interchange.”08:31Police reporting congestion back to junction 20A North West Motorway Police spokesman said:Tailbacks on the M6 SB are now just after J20 and the NB is running freely at this time. We have patrols running along the hard shoulder to check on the welfare of those in the queue.” 08:12Slow traffic continues on Northbound carriagewayVery slow traffic due to people slowing to look at accident on the opposite side on M6 Northbound from J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) to J19 A556 (Knutsford).Social media are reporting a lane closure is in place to assist with the accident on the opposite side, however matrix signs show that only a speed advisory of 40 mph is in place. 08:05What we know so far:The M6 Southbound is shut between junction 19 and junction 18 due to a five-vehicle accident which took place shortly after 2am this morning.The vehicles involved are two HGVs, two vans and a car – with the car overturning during the collisionCollision investigation work continues on the carriageway, which is expected to be closed through the morning rush hourFuel and glass are strewn across the southbound motorway – and an ‘extensive clean-up’ will also be required A diversion is in place but traffic is building on a number of surrounding routes 07:45Traffic continuing to build on surrounding routes The diversion route is struggling through Middlewich, as well as the A50 through Knutsford and Holmes Chapel. Traffic is starting to build around Stretton at the M56 as traffic seeks alternative routes. 07:44Long delays continue at junction 19Traffic is continuing to queue at Junction 19 (Image: Highways England)07:40Another image from the scenePolice at the scene of the collision on the M6 this morning (Image: Reader)07:28Latest from the policeNorth West Motorway Police said:The M6 remains closed southbound between J19-J18 for investigation work following an RTC. Please avoid this area if you can and we will keep you updated as the day goes on.” 07:26Image from the sceneImage from the scene (Image: Reader)07:14Diversion route is ‘struggling’Inrix, the traffic data company, reports the diversion route is struggling through Middlewich, as well as the A50 through Knutsford07:08Slow traffic also reported on northbound carriagewaySlow traffic due to people slowing to look at accident on the opposite side on M6 Northbound from J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) to J19 A556 (Knutsford). 07:04Diversion ‘extremely busy’Highways England say their signposted diversion route is expected to be ‘extremely busy’.07:02″Glass and fuel across carriageway”Highways England say an ‘extensive clean-up’ is required.06:58Accident involved five vehiclesHighways England say the accident involved four vehicles – 2 HGVs, 2 vans and 1 car which overturned. 06:41Queueing trafficQueues on the M6 at junction 19 this morning (Image: Highways England)06:39Highways England describing collision as seriousA Highways England spokesman said;M6 is still CLOSED between J19 and J18 due to a serious collision, and is likely to remain closed for this mornings peak period. Please consider taking an alternative route this morning to avoid disruption. “06:30Slow traffic on A54 due to issues on M6 Very slow traffic due to the problems on the M6 on A54 Middlewich Road Eastbound from B5309 (Salt Cellar roundabout, Middlewich) to M6 J18 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel, Sproston). The affected stretch of the A54 (Image: Inrix)06:05Slow traffic reported in areaWe’re getting reports of slow traffic on surrounding routes.05:45Police confirm M6 will be closed for the next few hoursA North West Motorway Police spokesman said:RTC J19-18 M6 SB will be closed for the next few hours for investigation work following a serious RTC. Please follow diversion sign which is a solid circle.” 05:27Closure remains in placeHighways England report the closure remains in place.A spokesman said: “Road closure btwn J19 Knutsford and J18 Middlewich/Holmes Chapel expected to cause disruption into this morning’s peak period.”last_img read more