Almost a month after setting sail from Kahalgaon in Bihar, two 1,000-tonne barges carrying 1,233 tonnes of bagged fly ash reached western Assam’s Dhubri via Bangladesh on Wednesday morning.The crossing over of the barges into India at Chilmari border in Dhubri district marked the beginning of a new era for inland water transport.Cargo transport on such a scale had never been tried across two of the country’s largest river systems — Ganga and Brahmaputra.2,085-km tripThe barges carrying fly ash from National Thermal Power Corporation’s Kahalgaon power plant were flagged off on August 30. Officials of the Inland Waterways Authority (IWAI) had estimated that the 2,085-km trip to Pandu port at Guwahati would take 20 days.“On the Ganga, the barges exited the country on the West Bengal border on September 11. They took 15 days to travel on the Padma and Jamuna before sailing into the Brahmaputra. The time taken is more than we had estimated, but the good thing is everything has gone smoothly,” said an IWAI officer.The Ganga flows into Bangladesh as the Padma and meets Jamuna, which is the stretch of Brahmaputra in that country.“The barges should take another three days to traverse the 200-km distance from Dhubri to Pandu,” Bharat Bhushan Dev Choudhury, director of Assam’s Inland Water Transport Department, told The Hindu.Better ferriesSmarting from a series of boat mishaps on the Brahmaputra and its tributaries that killed at least six people in September, the Assam government has started work on a ₹10 crore project to improve the river transport infrastructure.“We have received ₹100 crore from the World Bank for improving the inland water transport system with modern ferries that can carry 200 people and eight heavy trucks,” Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary told the Assembly on Wednesday.
Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard, left, holds the ball away from Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler, right, during the second half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Philadelphia. The Raptors won 101-96. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)Denver and Toronto started this second round of the playoffs feeling great about their chances.And then things went bad.ADVERTISEMENT Sunday’s situation was dire for Denver and Toronto: A loss would have meant a 3-1 series deficit, which is almost always a precursor to elimination.The trick now, Nuggets coach Michael Malone said Monday, is to keep that same level of desperation — a lesson his team learned in Round 1.“Well, it is dire,” Malone said. “It’s a best-of-three … and we don’t want to do all that work to allow them to come in and win Game 5 and have a chance to close it out in Game 6 back in Portland. We attacked it the same way in Round 1 in the same scenario. We beat San Antonio down there in Game 4 and we approached Game 5 like it was all or nothing. And we were able to get that win. So, it’s the same thing for us now.”Kawhi Leonard’s numbers have been ridiculous for Toronto so far in this Eastern Conference semifinal series: He’s averaged 38 points, nine rebounds and four assists on 62 percent shooting.He’s scored 152 points in the series. Philadelphia’s top two scorers, Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid, have 163 combined in the four games.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Desiree Cheng bids La Salle goodbye with ‘happy heart, much contentment’ And then they bounced back.So now, going into a pair of big-time swing games on Tuesday night — Denver plays host to Portland, Toronto plays host to Philadelphia — the Nuggets and Raptors can either take a firm grip on their respective series or get themselves into pits of trouble that would be even deeper than the ones they were in a couple of days ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGame 5s await. Blazers-Nuggets, tied 2-2. 76ers-Raptors, tied 2-2. Toronto and Denver both reclaimed home-court advantage with series-tying road wins on Sunday, and the task now is to keep that momentum going with very high stakes.“You win a game, and you’ve got to play another one,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said Monday. “To borrow a phrase that everybody uses, this is a grind. These things are grinders, and being even-keeled, professional, hard-working, tough mentality is what it needs on each game and each possession, really, on both ends.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue KEEP AN EYE ON: Kyle Lowry and Danny Green. Everything is running through Leonard right now, and rightly so, but Toronto has to be thinking that either — or both — of these guys are overdue for a big game.PRESSURE IS ON: Ben Simmons. The Philadelphia guard has 40 points, 37 shot attempts and 19 assists in 153 minutes. Too quiet.TRAIL BLAZERS AT NUGGETSSeries tied 2-2. Game 5, 10:30 p.m. EDT, TNT.NEED TO KNOW: Could this series be more even? No, probably not. Total points, Denver leads 464-462. Field goals, Denver leads 169-168. Both teams have exactly 44 3-pointers. Both teams have exactly 82 free throws made.INJURY WATCH: Portland center Enes Kanter battled through 29 minutes of Game 4 with his ongoing shoulder problem.KEEP AN EYE ON: Portland’s starters. Blazers reserves like Seth Curry, Rodney Hood and Zach Collins were great in Game 4, but the starting five couldn’t generate any real sustained success.PRESSURE IS ON: Denver. Yes, the Nuggets went through a seven-game grind in Round 1. But the Blazers won’t rattle easily and know they can win on the road. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “He’s been really, really, good,” Nurse said of Leonard. “From my vantage point, it’s been really fun to watch. And we’ve needed him to be that good.”Meanwhile, Denver has gotten help from a perhaps surprising source. Will Barton suddenly isn’t an offensive liability anymore.Booed at home while going 1 for 10 from the floor against San Antonio last month and benched for Torrey Craig not long afterward, Barton finally found his shooting touch in Portland. All 22 of his points in the Nuggets’ 140-137 quadruple-overtime Game 3 loss came after the third quarter. And Barton had two crucial 3-pointers in the fourth quarter of Denver’s 116-112 win in Game 4.“I thought those two 3s in that fourth quarter were huge for us,” Malone said. “It’s back and forth, neither team could really get a stop in the fourth quarter. But we kept on answering the bell. We scored enough points and Will’s 3s were a big part of surviving their push at the end of that quarter.“And hopefully that continues into Game 5.”A look at Tuesday’s games:76ERS AT RAPTORSSeries tied 2-2. Game 5, 8 p.m. EDT, TNT.NEED TO KNOW: Not that this technically matters to either team, but history shows how vital Game 5 wins are in a series that is tied at 2-2. Each of the last five times that Toronto has been in a series tied 2-2, the Game 5 winner has ultimately advanced. And in Philadelphia’s case, this is the 25th time in franchise history that it has been in a 2-2 matchup. The Game 5 winner has won 24 of those series.INJURY WATCH: More of a health watch in this case, but Embiid was impeded by illness big-time in Game 4. When he was on the floor, the 76ers controlled play at both ends. When he wasn’t, the 76ers simply could not score — and Toronto took advantage of his absences to win the game. View comments
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Greater Noida: Pardeep Narwal was at his scintillating best for Patna Pirates as his 36-point performance helped the three-time champions thrash semifinal-bound Bengal Warriors 69-41 in their final Pro Kabaddi League match of the season on Sunday.Pardeep Narwal’s 36-point display in front of a packed audience at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex also helped him cross the 300-point mark for the season (302) as Patna Pirates equalled their own record of highest points scored in a match. A total of 110 points, another Pro Kabaddi record, was scored in the free-flowing encounter between two sides who were playing with nothing to lose.Despite starting with a much-changed seven, Bengal Warriors began the match on the front foot with the likes of Rakesh Narwal and Mohammad Taghi impressing in the raids.The Pirates’ poor defending meant they were reduced to two men on the mat around the 10th minute but that is when the revival began for the three-time champions.Vikas Jaglan and Neeraj Kumar produced two Super Tackles for the Pirates to spark a comeback and Pardeep Narwal then inspired a 5-point raid with six minutes remaining to half time to inflict an All-Out on the Warriors and open up a 9-point lead.Pardeep Narwal and the Pirates were playing the last match of the season having failed to qualify for the play-off stages and they looked like a side keen to enjoy their final moments.Pardeep picked up his Super 10 in the dying minutes of the half and ensured there was only one Bengal player left on the mat as the half ended with scores 27-17.The second half started with Patna clinching an All-Out in the first move. There was a brief period of dominance for the Bengal Warriors thanks largely to raiding prowess of Rakesh Narwal who clinched a Super 10.But once again the Warriors failed to inflict an All-Out, with Mohammad Maghsoudlou and Pardeep Narwal producing Super Tackles. The game’s tempo dropped as smiles started appearing at both the camps.Patna were playing for pride while Bengal were just testing their B team as their top side got some rest before the crucial stages of the tournament.Bengal did manage to secure an All-Out with four minutes remaining but Pardeep Narwal then produced a massive 6-point Super Raid (equalling his previous best of 6 points against Haryana Steelers in season five) to inspire another All-Out for Patna with under two minutes remaining.Pardeep was not done as he crossed the 300-point mark for the season (first one to do in season seven) and inflicted another All-Out on the Warriors to clinch a big win. Bengal WarriorsPardeep NarwalPatna Piratespkl First Published: October 6, 2019, 11:14 PM IST
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. India will eye the first win whey they take on Bangladesh in a Group E Asian Qualifiers for FIFA World Cup 2022 on Tuesday (October 15). The FIFA World Cup Qualifier India vs Bangladesh will be played at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, also known as Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata.India, who are currently on the fourth spot in the five-team table, will get into the turf without their defender Sandesh Jhingan. Jhingan suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, which will keep him away from the game for some time. Led by new coach Igor Stimac, India held Qatar to a goalless draw in Doha last month that spoke about their improvement. LIVE Meanwhile, Jamal Bhuyan-led Bangladesh had lost to Qatar in their last qualifying match. Both the sided have met twice in the past. On both occasions, India came out victorious.The FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers between India and Bangladesh is scheduled to start at 5:30 pm.India will be playing their first match in Kolkata for the first time since 2011.What time will FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier India vs Bangladesh will start?India will host Bangladesh in their third 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign qualifier on Tuesday. The FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifier will be held at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan, also known as Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata. The India vs Bangladesh World Cup qualifier match will start at 5:30 pmWhere to watch FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier India vs Bangladesh on TV?Football fans who are eagerly waiting for FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifier between India and Bangladesh can watch it on Star Sports 3.Where to watch FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier India vs Bangladesh on live streaming?The 2022 FIFA World Cup India vs Bangladesh qualifier will be live-streamed on Hotstar and Jio Tv. bangladeshBangladesh national football teamFIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifierfifa world cup qualifier First Published: October 15, 2019, 6:54 PM IST
AC Milan will travel to take on Roma in a battle of fallen giants at the Stadio Olimpico in Roma in Serie A, with the Milan side struggling in 12th and desperate for a first win under new coach Stefano Pioli. The injury-hit Romans were bitter after being held 1-1 by Borussia Monchengladbach’s last-gasp penalty in Europa League on Thursday.”It’s not a great spell for us,” said Roma forward Edin Dzeko, wearing a mask to protect a broken cheekbone. “This was our fourth draw in a row and a win would have been a morale boost.”There’s no point looking back though, only forward. We have a match against AC Milan and we must do everything possible to win it.”Roma have only suffered defeat only once in their last 17 Serie A matches but most of them have ended in draws and are four games in all competitions without a home win.Serie A 2019-20 Roma predicted starting line-up vs AC Milan: Pau Lopez; Spinazzola, Mancini, Smalling, Kolarov; Pastore, Veretout; Florenzi, Zaniolo, Perotti; DzekoSerie A 2019-20 AC Milan predicted starting line-up vs Roma: Donnarumma; Calabria, Musacchio, Romagnoli, Hernandez; Paqueta, Biglia, Kessie; Suso, Rafael Leao, CalhanogluWhat time is kick-off?Roma vs AC Milan in Serie A 2019-20 will kick off at 10.30PM IST on Sunday and will be played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.What TV channel is it on?Sony has the rights to broadcast Serie A in India. Roma vs AC Milan will be LIVE on Sony Ten 2 SD and HD on Sunday.How can I stream it?The Serie A 2019-20 Roma vs AC Milan live stream will be available on Sony LIV app in India for premium users. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. AC MilanEdin Dzekofootballroma First Published: October 27, 2019, 3:18 PM IST
Another day, another round of iPhone 8 rumours. The latest leaks indicate that Apple’s highly touted 10th anniversary iPhone model may come with 3GB of RAM and will not come with a fingerprint sensor embedded underneath the display as previous rumours had claimed but might make do with a far more traditional option instead.Additionally, the leaked image on Weibo gives us an indication of what the iPhone 8 might look like. The image points towards a rear mounted fingerprint sensor, located underneath the Apple logo, a vertically mounted dual camera setup and an all new flat bezel less design.What is interesting to note is that the design denoted in the image has more in common with the flat LG G6 than the curves found on the Samsung Galaxy S8. The schematic also suggests that the iPhone 8 will measure in at 149×72.5×7.1mm – the same thickness as the iPhone 7.Also Read: iPhone 8 rumour roundup: True Tone OLED display, wireless charging and moreWhat gives further credence to the fact that Apple might be opting for a more traditional approach for the fingerprint sensor is a research note by analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company. The note, obtained by Apple Insider claims that Apple might be doing away with embedding the Touch ID underneath the display due to yield issues. The company is apparently facing a lot of issues in ramping up yield rates and because of that it might be forced to abandon the radical approach.Arcuri wrote in the note – “For the 5.8-inch OLED version, the biggest bottleneck remains integrating an under-glass fingerprint sensor into the display – the current yield rate of Apple’s in-house AuthenTec solution remains low and AAPL seems unwilling to use other vendors’ products,”advertisementImage courtesy: WeiboArcuri suggests that in order to combat the solution Apple could wither move the fingerprint sensor to the back of the device or depend exclusively on facial recognition. Another option could be Apple delaying the launch of the iPhone 8 with just an announcement at the iPhone event in October.Another report by Arcuri, obtained by MacRumors gives us some insight on the specifications of the upcoming iPhones. Apple is set to release three new iPhones in 2017 – Updates to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the shape of the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus and also a tenth anniversary model called the iPhone 8/iPhone Edition.The report claims that all three models will come with 3GB of RAM. While the iPhone 7s and 7s will come in three storage configurations – 32GB, 128GB and 256GB, the iPhone 8 will only be offered in 64GB and 256GB. The report also includes a rather radical suggestion that the iPhone 8 will sport two battery backs in order to increase battery life.Past rumours indicate that the iPhone 8 will come with an OLED display, an Iris Scanner like the one found on the Samsung Galaxy S8, IP68 dust and water resistance and 3D cameras.Also Read: LG G6 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: A new era in smartphone design
Chandigarh, Aug 22 (PTI) Para-athletes Amit Saroha and Rinku Hooda were today honoured by Haryana Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Vij here. Saroha won a silver medal in club throw in World Para Athletics Championships held in London from July 14 to 23.Rinku Hooda won a silver in javelin throw in Junior World Para Athletics Championships held in Switzerland from July 31 to August 6. In a statement, Vij said, “Such players are given full opportunity in Haryana to advance ahead. First Paralympics Bhawan of the country is being developed in Faridabad, on which an estimated Rs six crore would be spent.” PTI CHS PDS PDS
Continue Reading Previous ROHM receives certification under ISO26262Next Infineon: PWM controller IC and latest 700 V/800 V CoolMOS P7 MOSFET in a single package System designers looking to create small and highly efficient 40V load dump-tolerant applications can now utilize the ultra-compact, pin-compatible MAX20075 and MAX20076 step-down converters from Maxim Integrated Products. The MAX20075 and MAX20076 step-down converters offer the industry’s lowest quiescent current and comes in an ultra-small size solution with integrated compensation. This enables minimal external components that can lead up to 50% savings in board space making them ideal products for always-on automotive applications.The MAX20075 and MAX20076 in peak current mode draw quiescent current of just 3.5µA in the low power operating mode, which is key to meeting the stringent OEM IQ consumption requirements of 100µA per module. The converters enable low noise operation via pin-controlled spread spectrum and fixed 2.1Mhz operation to meet CISPR 25 Class 5 EMI compliance. Furthermore, added advantage of the 2.1Mhz operation and internal compensation is that it lowers the solution size and the bill of materials compared to a non-synchronous device that operates in the AM band. The MAX20075 and MAX20076 are available with a low minimum on-time mode operation, which allows the converters to support large input-to-output conversion ratios.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
One week after Chris Lacy recorded his first career 100-yard game, the junior receiver bested himself with a four catch, 109-outing in Oklahoma State’s win over TCU on the road.Gundy on Chris Lacy: “He’s become a real weapon for us.”— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) November 19, 2016His mix of strength, athleticism and speed make him a nightmare cover, especially with opposing secondaries so worried about James Washington.The past four weeks have amounted to the best stretch of Lacy’s career at OSU. Against West Virginia he had three catches for 31 yards but had two huge touchdowns that helped the Cowboys get their homecoming win.Against Kansas State he had another efficient three catches for 33 yards on four targets. On one drive in the third quarter, Lacy had an 11-yard play and then a 17-yard play that was immediately followed by Austin Hays’ touchdown catch which pulled the Cowboys to within two points of the Wildcats.Of course, last week Lacy’s four catches for 100 yards led the way for a one-point Cowboy win on senior night. He followed that up with four catches on five targets including that 30-yard acrobatic sideline grab that he followed up with his third touchdown of the year.He was Mason Rudolph’s go-to target on Saturday as he was largely guarded by freshman Jeff Gladney for most of the day. Mike Yurcich and Co. took advantage of the frosh. Rudolph went to him over and over again, and it was clear that was the plan throughout.Lacy had a number of acrobatic catches in the career day and this lone TD (the go-ahead TD, as it turned out) at the end of the first quarter.Then to put his final stamp on the night, Lacy had this 63-yard play where he dragged a defender almost 15 yards toward the end zone.#Big12FB: Mason Rudolph unleashed this deep ball to Chris Lacy, @CowboyFB scores 1 play later to take a 24-6 lead. https://t.co/rfpD6pCUHG— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) November 19, 2016With defenses keying in on James Washington, guys like Chris Lacy, Jalen McCleskey and Jhajuan Seales have become crucial to OSU’s success in the passing attack. Now he and his team will have a week off to prepare for a Bedlam/de facto Big 12 title game in Norman.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
zoomImage Courtesy: Government of Djibouti Djibouti’s recent action to denounce the international Rule of Law is calling into question any investment in the country both now and in the future, Dubai-based port and terminal operator DP World said. Later this week, the government of Djibouti is to take a decision to apply to the country’s high court to rule all previous international adjudications null and void.DP World believes that this is “a complete disregard for and contravention of the global legal system and existing contracts.”Last year, Djibouti terminated the concession contract with DP World for the operation of the Doraleh Container Terminal SA (DCT). DP World controlled 33.34% in DCT and Port de Djibouti S.A., an entity of the Republic of Djibouti, 66.66%.As a result, DP World launched an arbitration case against the country’s government. Although DP World has been successful in previous substantial rulings by the London Court for International Arbitration (LCIA) and the High Court of England and Wales, Djibouti ignored all of them despite the original contract for the concession being written under English law.The most recent decision by the LCIA on March 29 this year found that by developing new container port opportunities with China Merchants Port Holdings, a Hong-Kong based port operator, Djibouti has breached DCT’s rights under its 2006 Concession Agreement to develop a container terminal at Doraleh, specifically, its exclusivity over all container handling facilities in the territory of Djibouti.The tribunal ordered Djibouti to pay DCT USD 385.7 million plus interest for breach of DCT’s exclusivity, with further damages possible if Djibouti develops a planned Doraleh International Container Terminal (DICT) with any other operator without the consent of DP World.The tribunal also ordered Djibouti to pay DCT USD 88 million for historic non-payment of royalties for container traffic not transferred to DCT once it became operational. Djibouti is also ordered to pay DCT’s legal costs.The court recognized that the 2006 concession agreement remains valid and binding.“DCT and DP World continue to seek to uphold their legal rights in a number of legal fora, following Djibouti’s unlawful efforts to expel DP World from Djibouti and transfer the port operation to Chinese interests,” DP World said in a statement, adding that litigation against China Merchants also continues before the Hong Kong courts.
EDMONTON – The federal government is putting more money into a program first tested in eight communities to help reduce homelessness.Edmonton Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault on Friday announced $885,000 to expand a pilot project by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness.“Everyone deserves a safe place to call home. Even one person on the streets in Canada is too many, “Boissonnault said in a release. “Projects like this one … support communities in our mutual goal to reduce chronic homelessness.”The money is to help develop lists of homeless people, including their names and circumstances, and to streamline access to housing and support services.It’s part of a campaign by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, which aims to get 20,000 of the country’s most vulnerable people off the street in 20 communities by July 2020.Tim Richter, president of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, said the “by-name” list allows agencies to track the number of people “coming to homelessness or returning to homelessness.”The project was initially tested in eight communities: Toronto, the Peel Region, Lanark County, Hamilton, Windsor and Waterloo Region in Ontario; Edmonton and Whitehorse, Yukon.The new federal money expands the pilot project to an additional 30 communities.Edmonton officials say the project has helped to prioritize their work.“To solve a problem, you really need to understand it,” said Susan McGee, chief executive officer of Homeward Trust, a community-based organization in the city.“It’s very much focused on who is homeless in your community.”McGee said identifying those people by name helps to understand their housing needs and other services they need.“The whole objective here is about creating urgency and giving communities the tools they need to bend the curve on chronic homelessness,” Richter added.The federal government, as part of its national housing strategy, has announced a total investment of $2.2 billion to fight homelessness over 10 years.
New Delhi: Amidst ongoing crucial fifth phase of Lok Sabha poll, Foreign Secretary Vijay K Gokhle would undertake a quiet visit to neighbouring Bangladesh on May 6 for an official visit.However, the official reason for this visit has not been explained by the External Affairs Ministry, but sources in the government indicated that at the time when the whole political class is busy in election campaigning, the secretary has chosen this time for reviewing the bilateral relationship with several countries and preparing a road map for taking it to the next higher level. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghEven a visit by the newly elected Prime Minister of the country to Dhaka is not ruled out. Foreign Secretary made his maiden Dhaka visit in April last. Though South Block officials are busy with upcoming G-20 Summit to be held from June 22 to 24 in Osaka, Japan, it would be the first official visit of the newly elected PM abroad to a multilateral forum. Foreign Secretary already made a visit to Beijing recently and prepared a groundwork for a sideline meeting with the PM and President Xi Jinping. Most of the countries’ head of the government and state would be travelling there. Meanwhile, a lot of curiosity has been generated for Foreign Secretary’s proposed visit to Dhaka for three days. During the course of election campaigning, top BJP leaders made Bangladesh a huge political issue which has already created ripple among the intelligentsia of Dhaka. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHowever, the Hasina government is deliberately downplaying the high pitch campaign of BJP leaders against so-called Bangladeshi infiltration and the language used during the campaign hurting the sentiments of the people. Sources in the Bangladesh Ministry confirmed that this time they might seek some official clarifications on this issue. They say that India never raised these issues during the official level talks. Rather PM Modi always reiterated for maintaining a good relationship with a most trusted neighbour of India and boasts even in the international platform that India and Bangladesh relation is a model for relationship for all the neighbouring countries of all the countries. Foreign Secretary is not only meeting his counterpart Sahidul Haq, but he would also meet PM Sheikh Hasina during his visit. FS will also have a meeting with the Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momin. Notably, in the year 2020, Bangladesh will be celebrating the centenary year of Father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in a big way. The celebration began this year and former President Pranab Mukherjee was invited for the inaugural function.
Zurich – The Moroccan football team (A) moved nine spots in the world rankings of the International Federation of Football (FIFA) in February and jumped to the 48th place. With 660 additional points, the team now ranks 10th in the African rankings behind Egypt, Senegal, Cameroon, Tunisia, DR Congo, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.The top ranking of the national team was the 10th place in the world rankings in April 1998.
Releasing a report on the Terai protests that took place from 13-29 February, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) said excessive force was sometimes used in policing the demonstrations and the bandhs, or general strikes, which often paralyzed daily life in the region.An investigation of the deaths of six people, five of whom died as a result of police fire, concluded that in all cases the use of lethal force was unjustified, the report noted.International standards state that “when law enforcement officials disperse assemblies that are illegal but not violent, they must avoid using force or, where this is not practicable, must restrict force to the minimum extent necessary.”Firearms should only be used in self-defence or in defence of others against imminent threat of death or serious injury, to prevent crimes posing a grave threat to life or to arrest people who are presenting this kind of threat and resisting efforts to stop the threat. Firearms should also be used only when less extreme means are insufficient.The report calls for standard operating procedures to be set up regarding the use of force by police, for training to be provided in this area for police and for journalists to be allowed to report on protests free of intimidation and violence.Allegations of ill-treatment of civilians in detention or during protests – or of any deaths or serious injuries – should also be promptly investigated.More broadly, OHCHR-Nepal recommended that the Government implement wide-ranging reforms aimed at improving institutional accountability in these areas, making sure that all public security institutions such as the police operate under democratic oversight and within international human rights standards.The authors of the report also call on the organizers of bandhs and protests to fulfil their responsibility to ensure that violence is avoided, the human rights of others are always respected and children are not exposed to potentially violent situations.Richard Bennett, OHCHR’s representative in Nepal, said he recognized that Nepalese authorities, including the police, were making efforts to improve public security and he pledged the support of his office to the Government on the human rights aspects of public security.“This report notes that the performance of police during the Terai protests fell short of international human rights standards. However, it also acknowledges that police were working under difficult conditions, including during incidents when protesters attacked them,” Mr. Bennett said.Meanwhile, the Security Council today welcomed the overall progress being made in Nepal towards the holding of Constituent Assembly elections on 10 April. This followed a briefing on the latest developments from Angela Kane, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.In a statement to the press read out by Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, the members said they looked forward to the polls being conducted in a free and fair manner.They also “urged all Nepalese parties to uphold public security and create an atmosphere that is conducive for a successful forthcoming election.”Once elected, Constituent Assembly members will draft a new constitution for Nepal, where an estimated 13,000 people were killed during the decade-long civil war that ended when the Government and the Maoists signed a peace accord in 2006. The polls were supposed to be held last year but had to be postponed several times because of political violence. 27 March 2008Nepal’s public security institutions such as the police need to show greater respect for human rights if they are to prevent a repeat of the deadly violence that roiled the Terai region of southern Nepal in February, United Nations human rights officials in the South Asian country said today.
Former Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar was given charge of the Indian External Affairs Ministry on Friday, the first career diplomat to handle the key portfolio. “Count on me to support strengthening our relations,” Jaishankar said in his response. New Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar has said that he will support efforts to strengthen ties with Sri Lanka.Jaishankar responded to a tweet by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera who had congratulated him on his appointment. Considered an expert on China and the US, the new External Affairs Minister’s moves will be keenly watched to see whether he brings any changes in India’s approach in dealing with a hostile Pakistan, the Indian media had reported earlier.Jaishankar, who takes charge of the ministry nearly 16 months after he retired as foreign secretary, will also have to deal with overall expectations of expanding India’s global influence and stature, particularly in key multilateral forums like G-20, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and BRICS. (Colombo Gazette)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 2, 2014 10:03 am MDT WASHINGTON – The U.S. Justice Department says authorities in more than 10 countries have disrupted a European-based band of hackers that implanted viruses on computers around the world, allowing them to seized customer bank information and steal more than $100 million from businesses and consumers.Among the participants in the crackdown was the Quebec RCMP Integrated Technological Crime Unit, which announced Monday that it worked with other law enforcement agencies and telecommunications companies to disrupt the 10 different computers servers used by the criminal network, including two servers in Montréal.According to allegations unsealed by the FBI, one scheme infected computers with malicious software that captured bank account numbers and passwords, then used that information to secretly divert millions of dollars from victims’ bank accounts to themselves. In another scheme, victims were locked out of their own computers by the criminal software, which demanded ransom payments of several hundred dollars in order to relinquish control..In Canada, the RCMP estimates there were more than 5,000 victims of the ransomware known as Cryptolocker, with potential losses close to $1.5 million.The FBI called the alleged ringleader, 30-year-old Evgeniy Bogachev, one of the most prolific cyber criminals in the world and issued a “Wanted” poster that lists his online monikers and describes him as a boating enthusiast. He faces criminal charges in Pittsburgh, where he was named in a 14-count indictment, in Nebraska, where a criminal complaint was filed. He was not in custody, but Deputy Attorney General James Cole said U.S. authorities were in contact with Russia about seeking his arrest.The case is unrelated to the recently unsealed cyber-espionage indictment of five Chinese army hackers accused of stealing trade secrets from American firms using another type of software known as BlackShades. The RCMP was also involved in that investigation, announcing May 19 that Canadian police had raided homes in Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec.Though those cyber-attacks relied on similar tactics — including sending emails to unsuspecting victims with links that installed malware — the hackers in the Chinese case, unlike this one, were government officials.Bogachev’s operation, prosecutors say, consisted of criminals in Russia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom who were assigned different roles within the conspiracy. Authorities say the group is responsible for the development of both “Gameover Zeus” — a network of infected computers that intercept bank account numbers and passwords — and “Cryptolocker,” malicious software that hijacks victims’ computers and demands ransom payments.The victims of the schemes include an American Indian tribe in Washington state; an insurance company and a firm that runs assisted living centres in Pennsylvania; a local police department in Massachusetts; a pest control company in North Carolina; and two Florida businesses, a restaurant and a regional bank.The Pittsburgh indictment unsealed Monday accuses Bogachev’s group of trying to siphon hundreds of thousands of dollars from the bank accounts of Haysite Reinforced Plastics of Erie, in northwestern Pennsylvania, on a single day in 2011. According to the indictment, two of the transfers went through — one for about $198,000 and one for about $175,000 — but multiple other attempted transfers did not go through.Officials with Haysite did not immediately return phone calls for comment Monday. The accounts were with Pittsburgh-based PNC Bank, which declined to comment.The Florida bank lost nearly $7 million through an unauthorized wire transfer. The Massachusetts police department, on the other hand, lost $750 when it paid a ransom demanded by the malicious software that infected its computers.Last week, a federal judge in Pittsburgh granted a temporary restraining order against Bogachev and the others, demanding that they cease such activities. That order was unsealed along with the charges Monday.___With reports from The Associated Press and The Canadian Press.. US accuses European hackers of stealing millions of dollars from American bank accounts
OSU junior midfielder John Kelly (10) during a scrimmage against The Hill Academy on Jan. 30. Credit: Kylie Bryant | | For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team might have scored 12 goals in its scrimmage against The Hill Academy on Saturday, but it will still have to adjust to some fresh faces this year after losing one of the country’s top scorers in 2015, Jesse King.One of the biggest question marks facing the No. 12 Buckeyes before the season is who would step up on offense to replace the output provided by King. A three-time All-American at OSU and No. 3 overall pick in the National Lacrosse League’s 2015 draft, he was the focal point of the Buckeyes’ attack last year. King led the team with 42 goals and 35 assists. The Scarlet and Gray will certainly rely on returning players from last year’s team and transfers from other schools to step up on both sides of the ball to try to pick up the slack. The team is also looking at several first-year players to have a significant impact.“I think guys are meshing really well,” redshirt junior midfielder Tyler Pfister said after the exhibition against The Hill. “It’s good to have a few scrimmages like this where they can get the ya-ya’s out and start to get the feel for what college lacrosse is all about.”Without King, OSU coach Nick Myers said the Buckeyes will be looking to spread the ball more and involve many different players on the offensive side of the ball.“Everybody has talked about the ‘King-less’ Buckeyes,” Myers said. “I think that it’s a very unselfish group out on the field, so I’m excited that if we can share (the ball), then any given day could be somebody’s turn.”The team’s offensive strategy certainly worked on Saturday. In their scrimmage, the Scarlet and Gray scored 12 goals. Furthermore, 10 different players managed to score at least one goal, with sophomore midfielder Austin Seiple and junior attacker Eric Fannell scoring multiple times.The dozen goals scored by OSU were the product of a number of factors: The Buckeyes were able to gain a significant advantage in time of possession and the offense patiently waited for an opening to shoot, making it a point to not force anything. The team had very few turnovers, both forced and unforced. This was because of clean, crisp passing between all of the players on the field. The defense was able to force turnovers as well, leading to a good number of fastbreak opportunities for the Buckeyes.Perhaps most importantly, however, was the Buckeyes’ ability to win faceoffs. “That was a point of emphasis coming out of (the first scrimmage against) Navy,” Myers said. “Winning ground balls, and then that translating into extra offensive possessions, was something we did early. It helps our defense and feeds the whole team.”The Buckeyes had a day off on Sunday to rest, but the team will continue with practice this week as it prepares for its first match against Furman this Saturday.“With two scrimmages this week, there are some tired legs, so we want to make sure that we’re fresh going down (to Furman),” Myers said. The team is looking to start the season off right after losing its first game on the road to Detroit University last season. OSU will be in a similar situation, as the team is set to make the long trip to Greenville, South Carolina, to take on the Paladins.“We have a lot of respect for Furman,” Pfister said. “They’re a good team that is really well-coached. Coming off a season like last year, having a good early start for us is huge.”OSU and Furman are set face off at noon on Saturday to kick off the regular season. The Buckeyes’ home opener on Feb. 13 against Detroit is also set for noon.
2000LakersO’Neal10.0Bryant5.0Horry2.5 1987LakersJohnson8.2Abdul-Jabbar2.2Worthy2.0 This makes for a fairly intuitive list. LeBron, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard are the league’s six Alphas. Chris Paul falls just short of the Alpha category; instead, he joins players such as Hayward, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gobert and Anthony Davis on the Beta list. Gammas include players like Isaiah Thomas, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, John Wall, DeAndre Jordan and Paul Millsap.So then all you need is an Alpha, a Beta and a Gamma and — presto! — you win an NBA championship? Actually, your options are more flexible than that. A team with an Alpha and a Beta — say, this year’s Houston Rockets — could probably skip the Gamma if they had a deep rotation. A team with no Alphas but three Betas — say, Jimmy Butler, Antetokounmpo and Kyle Lowry — would more than likely be good enough to contend for a title. A team with a very strong Alpha could go without a Beta and make up for it with two or more Gammas instead — that’s sort of how the current Cavaliers are constructed.To help teams think through these decisions, let’s invent one more statistic, which I’ll call star points. The formula is simple: A team gets three star points for each Alpha on its roster, two for each Beta, and one for each Gamma. Next year’s Warriors project to have 9 star points, for example: three each for Curry and Durant, two for Draymond Green and one for Klay Thompson.Even having that much talent on your roster doesn’t necessarily guarantee a title. But historically, a team’s chances of winning a title are remote if it has four or fewer star points. It has a fighting chance with five or six star points, depending on how the rest of the roster is constructed. And its probability increases rapidly once it acquires seven or more star points. 725832.0– 216721.2– 1992BullsJordan8.7Grant5.7Pippen5.6 1986CelticsBird7.7McHale5.4Parish2.5 Rudy Gobert3.6Kevin Love2.4 2016CavaliersJames8.9Love3.2Irving2.1 2013HeatJames10.6Wade5.8Bosh1.2 1993BullsJordan9.4Pippen3.6Grant2.7 LeBron James7.0G. Antetokounmpo5.2John Wall3.0 114700.0 To no one’s surprise, the best players on title-winning teams are usually extraordinary talents. Among the 33 NBA champions since 1985, the top-rated player on the team, according to CPM, was one of the three best players in the league that season on 23 occasions. And the team’s best player was among the top 10 in the league on all but three occasions. The exceptions were Bill Laimbeer of the 1988-89 and 1989-90 Pistons (CPM, perhaps dubiously, rates Laimbeer ahead of his teammate, the other Isiah Thomas) and Ben Wallace of the 2003-04 Pistons. Pretty much all the other No. 1 players are current or future Hall of Famers, however, with the possible exception of Manu Ginobili, who may be a borderline case.No matter how brightly he shines, however, a superstar usually can’t deliver a title without a good sidekick or two.6Take LeBron James’s 2012-13 season, for example, when he had a CPM of +10.6 and played almost 38 minutes per game — about as good as an NBA player can be under modern conditions. A team with that version of LeBron, plus a roster full of replacement-level players, would still project to go only 41-41, according to our forecasting method. A team with that version of LeBron plus a roster full of league-average players (as opposed to replacement-level players) would project to go 59-23, which is closer to being a title contender. League-average players don’t just grow on trees, however. On average, the second-best player on these championship teams was the 14th-best player in the league, according to CPM. And although not every champ had a classic “Big Three” like LeBron James’s Miami Heat, the third-best player on the championship team rated as the 37th-best player in the league, on average — still very solid.So let’s get back to the idea of Alpha, Beta and Gamma players, which were meant to correspond to a typical championship team’s best, second-best and third-best players. By looking at the historical data, we can define these classifications as follows:An Alpha has a CPM of +6.0 or higher.A Beta has a CPM of between +3.5 and +6.0.And a Gamma has a CPM of between +2.0 and +3.5.I re-ran CARMELO using CPM instead of its usual blend of statistics, and it projected the following players to be Alphas, Betas and Gammas for the upcoming NBA season: 410321.9– 2008CelticsGarnett7.8Pierce4.5Allen2.8 2005SpursDuncan7.5Ginobili7.1Barry1.9 Kawhi Leonard6.8Anthony Davis4.3Paul George2.9 CONSENSUS PLUS-MINUS 2002LakersO’Neal8.4Bryant4.7Horry1.9 ALPHASBETASGAMMAS 1990PistonsLaimbeer3.8Rodman2.6Thomas1.7 STAR POINTSTEAMSCHAMPIONSCHAMPIONSHIP PROBABILITY Victor Oladipo2.1 1996BullsJordan9.4Pippen5.6Kukoc4.6 1997BullsJordan7.7Pippen5.5Kukoc4.1 2006HeatWade8.0O’Neal5.2Mourning2.4 1994RocketsOlajuwon5.8Horry1.9Thorpe1.6 314342.8– Kevin Durant6.7Karl-Anthony Towns4.1Mike Conley2.9 2011MavericksNowitzki4.9Chandler2.8Kidd1.9 2015WarriorsCurry9.9Green4.4Thompson4.3 1989PistonsLaimbeer3.8Rodman3.1Johnson1.3 DeMarcus Cousins4.1Isaiah Thomas2.8 1991BullsJordan10.9Pippen4.9Grant3.6 Draymond Green3.8Kyrie Irving2.8 1985LakersJohnson5.6Abdul-Jabbar5.3Worthy1.6 CPM reflects a combination of Real Plus-Minus, Box Plus/Minus, Win Shares and player efficiency rating.* Player was acquired midseason. His +/- total reflects performance for entire season, and not just for the acquiring club. 642614.3– Star points: 3 points per Alpha player, 2 points per Beta player, and 1 point per Gamma player. Table includes all teams since the 1984-85 season. 2009LakersBryant6.0Gasol3.6Odom3.0 2004PistonsB. Wallace4.3Billups3.8R. Wallace*1.7 How good were the best players on recent NBA champions?Player ratings based on Consensus Plus-Minus (CPM) Blake Griffin3.7Otto Porter Jr.2.5 8 or more13430.8– 2010LakersBryant4.5Gasol3.7Odom2.2 1995RocketsDrexler*6.1Olajuwon5.7Smith1.0 1998BullsJordan6.0Pippen5.0Kukoc2.5 1999SpursRobinson6.9Duncan5.2Elie2.8 YEARTEAMNO. 1 PLAYER+/-NO. 2 PLAYER+/-NO. 3 PLAYER+/- Hassan Whiteside2.0 Kyle Lowry3.7Paul Millsap2.6 James Harden7.4Jimmy Butler5.5Bradley Beal3.2 Gordon Hayward3.8DeAndre Jordan2.7 Who are the NBA’s championship-caliber players?Projections based on Consensus Plus-Minus for 2017-18 57479.5– Klay Thompson2.1 CPM reflects a combination of Real Plus-Minus, Box Plus/Minus, Win Shares and player efficiency rating CJ McCollum2.1 Russell Westbrook8.2Chris Paul5.9Damian Lillard3.3 Average220.127.116.11 2003SpursDuncan7.5Robinson3.8Ginobili1.1 1988LakersJohnson5.2Scott3.1Worthy1.9 Kemba Walker2.2 021600.0% 2017WarriorsDurant8.3Curry6.7Green3.7 2012HeatJames10.8Wade7.5Bosh1.7 2001LakersO’Neal8.9Bryant4.8Fox0.6 2007SpursGinobili7.2Duncan6.6Parker3.4 PLAYER+/-PLAYER+/-PLAYER+/- Stephen Curry7.0Nikola Jokic4.8DeMar DeRozan3.0 2014SpursGinobili4.8Leonard4.8Mills3.2 How much star power does an NBA team need?Probability of team winning a championship based on star points The Boston Celtics, after whiffing on trades for Jimmy Butler and Paul George, finally got some good news this week when Gordon Hayward announced that he was leaving the Utah Jazz to play for the Celtics. Although Isaiah Thomas would have some beef with this assessment, Hayward’s well-rounded combination of skills will probably make him the best player on the Celtics next year. He’s a good fit with the team’s approach.And yet, projection systems (including our own CARMELO) are somewhat skeptical of the Celtics, not expecting them to improve on last year’s 53-29 performance or to seriously challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers for Eastern Conference supremacy. Hayward is also fairly expensive; he’ll cost the Celtics $128 million over four years (the fourth season, 2020-21, is a player option). So let’s ask a tough question of Boston and general manager Danny Ainge: If Hayward is the best player on your team, could that team plausibly be good enough to win a championship?The answer is probably not. Hayward made the All-Star team last season, but he’s a long way from being a superstar. A handful of modern NBA teams — the 1988-89 and 1989-90 Detroit Pistons, the 2003-04 Pistons, and the 2013-14 San Antonio Spurs — won a title with someone about as good as Hayward as their best player. But this is unusual: It requires a team to be constructed almost perfectly, with above-average players at nearly every position, a deep bench, and a cohesive rotation. It sometimes also requires a fair amount of luck.1The “Bad Boys” Pistons peaked just as the 1980s Celtics and Lakers were declining, but before Michael Jordan’s Bulls really took off, for example.But Hayward can be a building block toward a championship. He’s roughly as good as the second-best player on a typical championship team. That might sound like faint praise, but it’s no small achievement.Let’s develop some terminology to describe degrees of the stardom in the NBA. I’ll introduce three types of players: Alphas, Betas and Gammas.An Alpha is a player who’s as good as the best player on a typical championship-winning team. This is an MVP contender — one of the half-dozen best players in the league.A Beta is as good as the second-best player on a typical NBA champion. As I mentioned, Hayward is a good example of a Beta. Betas are usually All-Stars, perhaps even All-Star starters, and they’re among the best players at their position. But they’re not among the very best players in the league.And a Gamma is good as third-best player on a typical championship team. A Gamma might be an All-Star, but he usually won’t make one of the three All-NBA teams. He probably has one or two weaknesses (defense, shooting, etc.) along with his obvious strengths. But he’s still a very good player and might be the best player on a non-contending team. Thomas, although he’s somewhat difficult to evaluate because of his defense — various statistical systems rate it anywhere from mediocre to execrable2There’s a big difference between mediocre and execrable. If Thomas’s defense is merely somewhat below average, as the NBA’s opponents’ shooting data suggests, then his offense more than makes up for it and he’d probably qualify as a Beta. If it’s terrible, as RPM suggests, then Thomas is barely even an above-average player overall. Classifying Thomas as a Gamma, as CPM does, is something of a compromise between these assessments. — is a reasonably good example of a Gamma.At any given time, only a few dozen players in the league will rated as Alphas, Betas or Gammas. (CARMELO projects that there will be 35 of them in 2017-18, for example.) It’s these players who determine who competes for NBA championships. Doesn’t depth matter also? Well, sure. A well-rounded roster is often the difference between winning a title and losing one. But a team needs its share of star-level talent to compete for a championship in the first place. Otherwise, it’ll usually wind up like last year’s Celtics, a well-constructed team that was overmatched in the playoffs.Below, you’ll find a table listing the top three players on NBA championship teams since 1984-85 — the first year the league used a salary cap — as rated by a statistic called Consensus Plus-Minus. Consensus Plus-Minus, or CPM, is a statistic I use when I don’t want to get into arguments about the value of individual players. It reflects a combination of four popular statistics — Real Plus-Minus,3RPM is available from the 2000-01 season onward. For seasons prior to 2000-01, I use BPM twice in the average. Box Plus/Minus, Win Shares and player efficiency rating — equally weighted and translated to the same scale. It also adjusts for the player’s position, which the other metrics do not,4CPM measures a player’s value relative to the positional average, rather than relative to the league average. Right now, there’s an excess of good centers and point guards but less depth among small forwards and shooting guards. This adjustment helps Hayward, who plays both those positions. and it regresses players’ ratings to replacement level if they fall below a certain threshold of playing time.5If the player plays less than 20 minutes per team game — or 1640 minutes over an 82-game season — his actual CPM is blended with a replacement-level CPM of -2 points per 100 possessions. For predictive purposes, we think CPM is liable to be slightly less accurate than the blend of statistics CARMELO uses (a combination of RPM and BPM), but CPM is still a perfectly reasonable stat and much more in line with the consensus view of NBA players. Like BPM and RPM, CPM is expressed in net points added or subtracted per 100 possessions. So a player with a CPM of +2.5, teamed with four average players, would help his team to outscore his opponents by 2.5 points per 100 possessions, for example. This system isn’t perfect, but it lines up intuitively with how we evaluate teams. After the Warriors and their nine projected star points next season, the Cavaliers and Rockets are the closest thing the league has to ready-made title contenders, as they’re tied for second at five star points each. They’re followed by the Thunder, Timberwolves and Pelicans at four each; these four-point teams probably need at least one more thing to click (say, George taking the next step in Oklahoma City) to be title-worthy. The Celtics are one of several teams with three star points.This measure can underrate the importance of team depth; the Spurs, who have only three star points, are rated too low, for instance. The Celtics — although they’re losing a few players to make room for Hayward — are also a deep team, with lots of average or slightly-above-average players and lots of draft picks to keep priming the pump. They could probably compete for a title with five star points, therefore, instead of needing six or seven. Adding another Beta-level player might be enough to do the trick.It’s hard to see where that player comes from, however. The Celtics lost some of their financial flexibility in signing Hayward. And while they could develop a star player rather than acquiring one, giving more playing time to young players such as Jaylen Brown and rookie Jayson Tatum could make them less competitive in the short run.If there’s one Celtics move that looks bad in retrospect, it isn’t necessarily trying and failing to acquire Butler or George, it’s trading the No. 1 draft pick for Philadelphia’s No. 3 pick, with which they chose Tatum. While Tatum has a fairly promising projection, he doesn’t have the upside of No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz, whose comparables include players such as Harden, Westbrook and Wall. The trade might have made sense for a team that already had its stars in place and wanted to develop complementary players around them, but the Celtics have plenty of complementary players and are short on stars.At the same time, it would be easy to underestimate the challenge Ainge faced. The Celtics’ 53-29 record last year was deceptive, in that it came against a weak conference and relied on what were arguably career years from several players, including Thomas.7The Celtics also outperformed their 48-34 Pythagorean record by several games. In many respects, they were a rebuilding team dressed up as a competing team. And precisely because the Celtics weren’t just one player away from contending for a title, Ainge needed to acquire a player like Hayward or Butler without compromising the Celtics’ ability to acquire or develop another such player down the road. Even if the Celtics are still a star away from seriously contending for a title — maybe even a superstar away — that’s closer than they were last week.
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All we are doing is bringing people to the pub, it is an industry in crisis. Where else in the world can you get major international acts to play in your local pub. That’s what it is about, supporting your local pub.Dr Stephen Stewart, a doctor from the liver disease centre in the Mater Hospital said that he has seen a doubling of cirrhosis of the liver over the past few years stating that the pricing, availability and promotion of alcohol is to blame for this.Mr O’Brien said that Arthur’s Day is about the local pub, but added that no one is required to drink anything. “They can just go and enjoy the music,” he said.Dr Stewart said: ”I really have to congratulate Diageo. They have done a great job in drawing people into the pub on Arthur’s Day and increased the problem we have with alcohol.He added: “We are on a really bad road here and it’s going to get worse,” adding the promotion of alcohol needs to be a national discussion.”He argued that the Arthur’s Day is not about music, as Diageo maintains, saying,”this is a festival around drinking, the advert focuses around people raising pints of Guinness – it’s not about music”.Read: Why are people saying ‘Down with Arthur’s Day’?> ARTHUR’S DAY HAS come under fire recently with the Royal College of Physicians calling the day irresponsible and Irish musician Christy Moore penning an anti-Arthur’s Day song.However, Diageo has defended Arthur’s Day, stating it is not a marketing ploy to get people to drink more, but it’s a “music festival and celebration of the pub”.The pubSpeaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland this morning, Peter O’Brien, corporate relations manager for Diageo said Arthur’s Day, which will take place this Thursday, is about celebrating the pub stating the most “responsible place to drink is in the pub”.He said: