Top stories: The quietest places in America, stopping HIV, and the science of pot

first_imgNew map shows America’s quietest placesCraving some silence? Now you know where to go! Based on 1.5 million hours of acoustical monitoring, scientists have created a map of noise levels across the country on an average summer day. Unsurprisingly, national parks like Yellowstone corner the market on quiet, offering a silence likely as deep as that before European colonization.Stopping HIV with an artificial proteinSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)A lab-made molecule that mimics a human antibody may help us beat HIV. In tests, the new molecule kept four monkeys free of HIV infection despite injection of large doses of the virus.Drones and satellites spot lost civilizations in unlikely placesUntil recently, archaeologists would have told you there weren’t any big human settlements in inhospitable environments like the Sahara desert or the Amazon rainforest. But they were wrong! Remote sensing technology like satellites and drones is now revealing past civilizations that have been hiding right under our noses.Everything you wanted to know about medical marijuana, but were too afraid to askHumans have been using pot for more than 5000 years. So why don’t scientists know more about it? Three experts discuss what scientists and doctors know about the drug and what they still need to learn.Human DNA enlarges mouse brainsResearchers have increased the size of mouse brains by giving the rodents a piece of human DNA that controls gene activity. The work provides some of the strongest genetic evidence yet for how the human intellect surpassed those of all other apes.Rapid test for Ebola now availableThe World Health Organization has approved the first rapid diagnostic test for Ebola, a huge help to health workers in remote areas. The test needs no electricity, requires just a few drops of blood from a finger prick, and can return results in 15 minutes.last_img read more

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Family Feud

first_imgAnil Ambani’s Reliance Communications bid for a multi-billion dollar tie-up with South Africa’s MTN is facing a challenge from his older brother Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries, which claims it has the right of first refusal to a controlling stake in Reliance Communications. Reliance Communications is in exclusive talks with MTN for a merger that would create one of the top-10 global telecoms. Reliance Communications denounced Reliance Industries’ claim to first refusal as “legally and factually untenable, baseless and misconceived.”The two brothers, among the world’s richest, have been feuding for years since the death of the family patriarch Dhirubhai Ambani in 2002.   Related Itemslast_img read more

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Road Warriors hold off Batang Pier, bolster Top Four bid

first_imgTristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJuami Tiongson caught fire late while JR Quiñahan did the dirty work as NLEX repulsed GlobalPort, 109-99, Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The pint-sized playmaker dropped 14 points in the payoff period, 12 of which coming from beyond-the-arc, as he triggered the Road Warriors’ early fourth quarter blast.ADVERTISEMENT Tiongson wound up with 21 points on 5-of-7 clip from three and four assists.“Juami Tiongson played really good today. That’s the way we want it, we want players stepping up,” said coach Yeng Guiao. “Kevin Alas did not play bad, but Tiongson was just playing so well that I let him finish the game.”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 shutoutThe burly Quiñahan followed suit, scrapping his way down low to rack up 18 markers and off the bench as he helped NLEX grab a 102-91 lead with 4:03 remaining.Aaron Fuller topscored with 33 points that went with 20 rebounds, three blocks, and two assists as the Road Warriors moved up to 7-2 in the standings with two games remaining in their schedule. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Guiao felt relieved to have survived the Batang Pier, who missed the services of Stanley Pringle.Pringle left for the United States to be with his ailing father.“We’re lucky that Pringle wasn’t there. I was watching the game against TNT and I was already contemplating on how will we stop this guy. But sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good,” said the veteran mentor.NLEX jumped out of the gates firing, establishing control early, 27-9, with 3:00 left in the first quarter before GlobalPort made a huge run that paved way for a nip-and-tuck battle in the middle quarters.But Tiongson was just stellar, holding off the Batang Pier as the Road Warriors inched closer on nabbing a top four seat that comes with a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PVL: FEU tramples San Sebastian in straight sets Read Next “We need eight wins to make the top four. We have two more games, hard games against TNT and Star, so if we luck on one of those, we’ll get what we’re waiting for,” said Guiao.Murphy Holloway paced GlobalPort (3-4) with 29 points, 17 rebounds, six assists, six steals, and three blocks, while Terrence Romeo came off the bench and fired 24 markers, but went 6-of-13 from threes and committed eight turnovers in the loss.The scores:NLEX 109 – Fuller 33, Tiongson 21, Quinahan 18, Alas 12, Baguio 10, Mallari 8, Fonacier 4, Ighalo 3, Al-Hussaini 0, Lastimosa 0, J. Villanueva 0, Soyud 0, Taulava 0.GLOBALPORT 99 – Holloway 29, Romeo 24, Anthony 15, Cortez 9, Arana 9, Guinto 6, Cardona 4, Baracael 3, Mamaril 0, Hubalde 0, Celiz 0.Quarters: 33-22, 56-54, 78-76, 109-99. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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Vanguardia not blaming Wright amid Phoenix’s struggles

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES “Everybody should be accountable for it. We didn’t have the breaks today. NLEX made shots in the fourth quarter that we couldn’t stop, and their veterans were able to execute, unlike us. So we should learn how to close out games,” he said.Phoenix springs back to action on Sunday, August 6, against Blackwater. JESports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresscenter_img View comments DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Vanguardia continued: “Our defense didn’t hold up in the fourth quarter, especially on Lastimosa. It’s a wasted chance for us to move up. We know we got outworked especially in the fourth quarter.”The Fuel Masters lost the rebounding battle to the Road Warriors, 65-46, and their bench unit failed to provide the necessary lift as they could only muster 37 points, compared to NLEX’s 53.Wright, who poured 17 points, five rebounds, and three assists in the losing effort, agreed with his mentor, noting that immaturity got the better of the Fuel Masters in the end game.“We had some poor executions down the stretch. That’s why we lost,” he said.Necessitating responsibility from his lineup top-down, Vanguardia said that this defeat to NLEX should be a building block for Phoenix moving forward.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor coach Ariel Vanguardia, it’s just pure coincidence that Phoenix’s struggles arose when Matthew Wright came back to the roster.“We’re not blaming anyone. We win as a team, we lose as a team,” he said Sunday after the Fuel Masters absorbed a 95-91 loss to NLEX to suffer their second straight loss.ADVERTISEMENT D-League: CEU ‘ready’ for must-win game vs Racal Wright has yet to taste a victory with Phoenix since coming back from his Gilas Pilipinas stint in the 2017 Jones Cup.The Fil-Canadian sniper has been averaging 10.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in the two games he has played in this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut in Vanguardia’s eyes, the Fuel Masters have a bigger problem as a whole rather than individually.“We couldn’t finish the job,” he quipped, as Phoenix squandered a 10-point lead, 78-68 with 8:58 remaining and allowed NLEX to rampage behind Carlo Lastimosa and Alex Mallari.last_img read more

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Columbian boosts playoff bid, beats Rain or Shine again

first_imgMOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netColumbian was the only team Rain or Shine did not beat last season.The Dyip on Wednesday reasserted their mastery over the Elasto Painters after an 85-82 win in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 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 Jackson Corpuz scored six of his 12 points in the fourth period and also had eight rebounds and three blocks while rookie CJ Perez had 11 points, 11 rebounds and two steals. Rashawn McCarthy finished with 22 points to lead Columbian.The Dyip boosted their quarterfinals chances with their fourth win in nine games while also dealing the Painters their second straight loss.Mark Borboran had 21 points while rookie Javee Mocon just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds for Rain or Shine (7-3). James Yap also shot 12 points but missed a potential game-tying triple as time ran out.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crashcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We just had to bounce back after losing to Blackwater. I told my players that loss to Blackwater should be enough,” said Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel in Filipino.Columbian looked like it was on its way to another setback after falling behind by 16 early and blowing a nine-point lead in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFortunately for the Dyip, the Painters couldn’t capitalize on their chances down the stretch when they went scoreless in the last two minutes and six seconds after Gabe Norwood cut the deficit to one, 82-83.“We had a bad start and I told the boys we have to regroup. We started on the defensive end,” Cardel said. “Jack Corpuz had a good game, the rookies responded and they teamed up with the veterans.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Confident’ Rene Catalan vows to beat Yoshitaka Naito P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View commentslast_img read more

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SMB import Chris McCullough reveals crush on actress Maine Mendoza

first_imgCanadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Malaysia biggest threat to Philippines’ bid for overall title in SEA Games View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READcenter_img Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? My crush ❤️ https://t.co/ku43UaZBmU— Chris McCullough (@brisskuno) October 2, 2019MANILA, Philippines—Chris McCullough may be in Korea to continue his basketball career, but he seems to have left his heart in the Philippines.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manSan Miguel’s beloved import during the PBA Commissioner’s Cup took to Twitter to profess his admiration for actress Maine Mendoza.ADVERTISEMENT Someone tell Maine Mendoza im looking for her 😋— Chris McCullough (@brisskuno) October 2, 2019The Commissioner’s Cup champion first tweeted “my crush” on a retweet of one of Mendoza’s fan pages then followed that up with “someone tell Maine Mendoza I’m looking for her” with a kissing emoji.It’s highly likely that McCullough, who helped deliver the Beermen closer to a Grand Slam, will return to the PBA sometime in the future. In fact, he has also volunteered to be the Philippines’ next naturalized player.ADVERTISEMENT McCullough first wooed the Filipinos with his love of Jollibee’s Chickenjoy and this time he seems to be smitten with Mendoza. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli does not rest on his laurels, Team India most important for him: Rohit Sharma to India Today

first_imgThey both have a lot of respect and mutual admiration for each both on and off the field. Whenever Rohit Sharma scored runs, Virat Kohli is probably the first one to applaud him either from the dressing room or from the non-striker’s end and vice-versa.Rohit and Kohli have also been part of numerous match-winning partnerships in the 50-over format in particular. They like batting together and also do not shy away from praising each other whenever given the opportunity.”His performance has been tremendous since he made his debut. He is the most consistent player in world cricket right now. His work ethic, his discipline is what makes him the way he is. He also works on that aspect of his game,” Rohit told India Today’s Consulting Editor Boria Majumdar.WATCH VIDEORohit recently stepped into Kohli’s shoes as he led India to victory in the three-match ODI series and the T20I series against Sri Lanka this month.Rohit made sure India did not miss Kohli’s services scoring 217 runs in three ODIs at 108.50 which was also his third double hundred in the second match at Mohali. The T20I series saw Rohit score his second hundred in the format in the second match and amassed 162 runs in the three matches at 54.00.’Hitman’, as Rohit is know in cricket circuit these days, was the top-scorer in both series as India won 2-1 in the ODIs before sweeping the T20I series 3-0.(Reuters Photo)Kohli, who is on a break from international cricket and recently married Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in Italy, would certainly be proud of his deputy’s performances.advertisementBut it’s been Kohli’s form which has impressed Rohit the most, who feels the Indian captain has taken his game to another level.”He has taken his game to another level and he consistently wants to improve his game. It is not that he is sitting on his laurels. He wants to improve as a cricketer every time he steps on to the field.”The way he has taken his team forward, it is brilliant to see that. He understands that the team is the most important thing and wining is the most important thing.”As a captain he has been brilliant. Tactically he has been brilliant and the bowling changes he does. He thinks about the game a lot. He is not afraid to take bold decisions on the field and the team completely backs him. MS (Dhoni) is there to help him as well in the shortest formats,” Rohit added.One thing which Rohit did regularly during his stint as captain in the T20I series against Sri Lanka was to promote Dhoni up to No. 4 in the batting order.Rohit explained why he chose to do that and also slammed Dhoni’s critics for questioning his place in the Indian team every time the former India captain fails to score runs.”I am shocked that this question is being raised. If you look at the recent performances, I don’t understand why people are still taking about it. It is not about whether he will be part of the 2019 World Cup, his recent form has been good.”It is too far and we should focus on what is happening now. He bats at No. 6 and does not get to play so many balls as some of us at the top of the order.”(Whether he should bat up the order or not) that decision lies with the coach and the captain. I have seen him bat from four to six, and even batted at three in the IPL. That wicket (Rajkot) was tough and we had lost four wickets when he went into bat. People need to look at the game situation before they talk,” Rohit said.last_img read more

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José Mourinho says Paul Pogba will never captain Manchester United again

first_imgPogba was at the match and when Mourinho was asked if he had fallen out with him, the manager said: “The only truth is that I made the decision for Paul – not to be the second captain any more.“It was exactly the same person who decided Paul was the second captain – myself. No fallout at all, just decisions I do not have to explain.”Despite the denial, the move places the midfielder’s future at the club in serious doubt. Pogba was rested from the match-day squad before a defeat that will also place Mourinho under further scrutiny regarding the direction of the side and his own future.The 55-year-old’s decision regarding Pogba and the captaincy is the latest fracture in their relationship. Pogba has previously signalled a wish to leave and he could now be sold in January.Last season, Pep Guardiola revealed that Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, informed the Manchester City manager the player would be interested in departing United for the champions during the winter window.Barcelona also made a £45m offer for Pogba in the summer, a bid that was rejected by United and may have been made due to encouragement from the player’s camp.Pogba had been given the armband by Mourinho for three matches this season in the absence of Antonio Valencia. He has performed erratically and after the 1-1 draw with Wolves at Old Trafford on Saturday seemed to question Mourinho’s tactics, stating that United should “attack, attack, attack” more. Share via Email Read more news Facebook Reuse this content José Mourinho Share on Twitter José Mourinho has told Paul Pogba he will never captain Manchester United again, though the manager denied that there was any issue between him and the Frenchman.Pogba’s demotion emerged before United endured a shock defeat by Derby as they crashed out of the Carabao Cup here on Tuesday night. They lost 8-7 on penalties after a 2-2 draw, with Phil Jones’s kick saved by Scott Carson. Manchester United earn record revenues but still have debt of £487m Paul Pogba Derby knock out Manchester United after Carson saves Phil Jones penalty The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. It followed Pogba saying after the opening-day win against Leicester that he would be fined for saying certain things, having returned a man‑of-the-match display.After Tuesday’s defeat Mourinho again questioned his players’ attitude. He said: “You know it happened that we didn’t score when we could and we could in the first half to kill it. We didn’t.“At half-time I repeated the words I said in the last match. Their dressing room is a dressing room with belief and we need to go and kill the game, which we didn’t.”Goals from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini for United and Derby’s Harry Wilson – on loan from Liverpool, the Premier League leaders – and Jack Marriott had sent the tie to the shootout.center_img Share on Facebook Manchester United Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest José Mourinho and Frank Lampard watch on from the sidelines. Photograph: Robbie Stephenson/JMP/REX/Shutterstock There was further public criticism of his players when admitting concern when Jones stepped up for his penalty. “Going after the sixth and seventh I knew we would be in trouble with Jones and Eric [Bailly, who may have been next],” Mourinho said.“We couldn’t be dominant in the second half and only after their equaliser we get a reaction, which I don’t like. I prefer to go for it but we only go for it after the 1-1. After the red card [shown to goalkeeper Sergio Romero for handball outside the area] we are in difficulty but even after that we have a group that tried until the last second and then the penalties, somebody has to miss.”Mourinho, though, denied any criticism of the team. “You say I criticise, I don’t,” he said. “I don’t think you are correct saying I am criticising the team. You want me to say we play a phenomenal match? The truth is the opponent in the second half started better than us, we responded at 1-1.“I would lie if I said we threw the match away. With a draw in the past you had 30 more minutes to play but without extra time you go straight to penalties and that goes against the team who with 30 extra minutes would win the match.” Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Twitter Share on Messenger Read more Topicslast_img read more

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Former Texas A&M QB Nick Starkel “Looking At” 4 Programs

first_imgTexas A&M quarterback Nick Starkel drops back to pass.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 22: Nick Starkel #17 of the Texas A&M Aggies throws a pass in the fourth quarter during a game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Crimson Tide defeated the Aggies 45-23. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)Late Tuesday night, Texas A&M quarterback Nick Starkel announced his plans to transfer from the Aggies football program for the final two years of his eligibility.“Since I signed my letter of intent I have given my all to my teammates, coaches, and the 12th man – from starting my first college football game under Coach Sumlin and his staff, to winning the Gator Bowl with Coach Fisher and his…I will explore finishing my final two years of eligibility at another program,” Starkel said in a statement.It’s the year of the transfer quarterback and Starkel is just the latest to hit the market. So, where will he go?According to Aggies insider Travis Brown, Starkel is looking at four programs: Duke, Ohio State, SMU and Arizona.Texas A&M QB Nick Starkel will hit the transfer portal any minute now & will not participate in spring practice, he said. Will complete 120 hours before July & should be on new campus July 1. Said he’s looking at Duke, Ohio State, SMU & Arizona (former HC Kevin Sumlin).— ?????? ?. ????? (@Travis_L_Brown) January 23, 2019Starkel plans to graduate from Texas A&M this spring and will be eligible to play immediately for his new program.Arizona could be the school to look out for after Starkel committed to play for Kevin Sumlin when he was the head coach at Texas A&M. With Sumlin now in Arizona, the Wildcats could be the early leader to land the former three-star recruit.Ohio State could use added depth at the position as well.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma batting at a different level, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_img 7.57 6.5 Mid on m ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 India IND Mid on (50.0) 117/2 ( B. Azam 24 Overs) , Pakistan PAK covers (40.0) fine Leg 0 India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 17, 2019UPDATED: June 17, 2019 08:15 IST Rohit Sharma in action on his way to 140 against Pakistan on Sunday (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSSachin Tendulkar said it was a joy to watch Rohit Sharma from the commentary boxTendulkar heaped praise on Rohit after his 140 scripted India’s big win over Pakistan on SundayTendulkar said Rohit Sharma was batting at a different level in the 2019 Cricket World CupSachin Tendulkar said Rohit Sharma was batting at a different level in World Cup 2019 and lauded him for his terrific consistency, Rohit Sharma is the 2nd highest run-scorer in the tournament so far with 319 runs from 3 innings.On Sunday, Rohit Sharma hit 140 against Pakistan at Old Trafford as India won by 89 runs (DLS). This was India’s 7th victory over Pakistan in World Cups and their 3rd of the tournament. India are now 3rd in the points table with 7 points from 4 matches – one match against New Zealand was washed out.Rohit Sharma had led India’s chase with an unbeaten 122 against South Africa before hitting a stylish half-century against Australia at The Oval on June 9. A week later, Rohit looked good for a double hundred before he fell for 140.Speaking to India Today after the match, Tendulkar said he liked the fact that Rohit Sharma played with a great strike rate even without appearing to take too many risks.”Terrific consistency (from Rohit). What I really liked about Rohit was it didn’t appear like he was taking a lot of risks even as he was playing with a phenomenal strike rate.”The thing that was risky was his running between the wickets. he got lucky a couple of times. Otherwise, his batting was at a different level.”I have always felt, when Rohit starts playing close to the body on frontfoot, he is going to hurt the opposition,” Tendulkar said.Tendulkar said Rohit Sharma could have got a 4th double hundred in ODIs had he stayed on a little longer.advertisement”I think I would put Rohit’s performance in this World Cup right up with any other knocks he has played in the past. Had he stayed there any longer, he would got his double hundred. You see his pull of Hassan Ali… When Rohit is in full swing, you don’t want to be bowling short against him. I don’t know where they will bowl, to be honest because Rohit has all the shots. Today (on Sunday), he proved that…. be it a beautiful cut or a flick,” Tendulkar said.Tendulkar also had a special message for Rohit Sharma.”Rohit, continue doing what you’re doing. It’s a joy to watch you bat from the commentary box”.Also Read | India vs Pakistan: I had told Kuldeep ‘don’t worry, ho jaayega,’ says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Things can go haywire if you approach this game too emotionally, Virat KohliFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow World Cup 2019 Point graphs b Vijay Shankar Mid off Mid on 0 R 129/5 ( S. Malik 27 Overs) , 2 Series Status: Player Of The Match: Rohit Sharma Super Over Jasprit Bumrah J. Bumrah 84.21 third Man Point Top Bowlers Top Bowlers Mohammad Amir (PAK) M. Amir (PAK) 3/47 (10) Wahab Riaz W. Riaz 44 B fine Leg All batsmen are considered right handed 0 Pakistan PAK India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma batting at a different level, says Sachin TendulkarIndia vs Pakistan: Sachin Tendulkar said Rohit Sharma’s consistency has been terrific. Rohit has so far scored 319 runs from 3 innings in the 2019 World Cup. On Sunday, his 140 helped India defeat Pakistan at Old Trafford. Point 128.57 0 S/R Mid Wicket 7 Imam-ul-Haq Imam lbw b Vijay Shankar lbw b Vijay Shankar Mid on 30 – 0 not out 8 Point Mid off commentary (40.0) Next 0 0 Toss: PAK elected to field 2 0 e/r 117.94 Scorecard c Yuzvendra Chahal b Kuldeep Yadav 82.66 advertisement third Man 1 Square Leg 9 Mid on 0 w 6s Babar Azam B. Azam b Kuldeep Yadav not out b Kuldeep Yadav Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SL) Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA), Bruce Oxenford (AUS) and Joel Wilson (WI) third Man 1 129/4 ( M. Hafeez 26.5 Overs) , c Vijay Shankar b Hardik Pandya Square Leg Square Leg All batsmen are considered right handed covers 336/5 (40.0) covers 0 2 38.88 Match Ended Fakhar Zaman F. Zaman c Yuzvendra Chahal b Kuldeep Yadav 0 Virat Kohli (IND) V. Kohli (IND) ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 15:00 (Local Time) Mid Wicket third Man Mid Wicket third Man covers (50.0) Yuzvendra Chahal Y. Chahal 0 Sarfaraz Ahmed (c)(wk) S. Ahmed (c)(wk) b Vijay Shankar Bhuvneshwar Kumar B. Kumar Shadab Khan S. Khan not out Mid off 0 Hassan Ali H. Ali 1 All batsmen are considered right handed All batsmen are considered right handed Extras: 8 runs (B: 0, LB: 1, WD: 6, NB: 1, P: 0) Fall of Wicketscenter_img India Point 6 fine Leg 1 Mid Wicket Pakistan Mohammad Hafeez M. Hafeez c Vijay Shankar b Hardik Pandya 0 3 0 77 (65) 0 India beat Pakistan by 89 runs (D/L method) 7 third Man Top Batsmen Top Batsmen Mid on covers 13/1 ( Imam 4.5 Overs) , ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019, Match 22 fine Leg fine Leg 40 0 212/6 fine Leg 75 Square Leg b Hardik Pandya Hardik Pandya H. Pandya 20 14 1 Rohit Sharma (IND) R. Sharma (IND) 142.85 Mid on Shoaib Malik S. Malik b Hardik Pandya Match Ended 336/5 62 32 0 covers wd No data available! India IND India Bowling IND Bowling 2 Mohammad Amir M. Amir Mid off Square Leg 0 Pakistan batting PAK batting 212/6 Mid Wicket 7 53 5.2 o 7 3 1 r third Man 0 3.55 2.4 57 18 Mid Wicket Mid off 1 8 Point Mid off 48 52 165/6 ( S. Ahmed 34.1 Overs) , 8 12 212/6 Square Leg 2/32 (9) 39 Vijay Shankar V. Shankar vs All batsmen are considered right handed 2 view more view less Mid off nb 140 (113) 0 0 Square Leg 22 5.5 Kuldeep Yadav K. Yadav 9 Imad Wasim I. Wasim not out covers All batsmen are considered right handed Kuldeep Yadav (IND) K. Yadav (IND) 0 Mid Wicket 0 fine Leg 0 1 4s 4.12 126/3 ( F. Zaman 25.2 Overs) , Point All batsmen are considered right handed 1 view full scorecard 46 1last_img read more

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How to Buy a Round of Drinks for the Bar

first_img Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About Editors’ Recommendations 7 of the Best Drink References in Music Become a Tiki Garnish Master With These 6 Expert Tips My Kryptonite? I’m a generous drunk. I recently donated $250 to a great cause when I should have donated $50. I’ll usually pick up the tab if you and I are out imbibing late enough. And on more than one occasion, I’ve purchased a round of drinks for everyone in the bar.The problem? I’m not made of money. In fact, I’m a writer —I’m barely made of flesh and bones (though at this point, my blood may be mostly whiskey, which is fine by me).The act of buying a round feels great when you do it right. You’ve planned ahead and laid out a chunk of change to treat perfect strangers, causing everyone raises a glass in camaraderie. A few people saunter over and thank you. Perhaps you make a new drinking buddy for the rest of the evening. But, hoo-boy — when you do it wrong, you wonder why there’s no rent money the next day. That’s when you vow never to drink again.Until the next time it’s time to celebrate a particularly marvelous Wednesday, of course.Buying a round is a “terrifically rare” event, according to Andrew Friedman, founder and former owner of Liberty Bar in Seattle and the director of Industry Spirits, a hospitality consulting service. “It’s for special events, for sure.”I disagree — buying for the house should become much more common, celebrating even life’s smallest victories (we get so few, really). The trick is not getting in over your head (or under the table).Here are some common-sense dos and don’ts based on personal experience and tips from the experts: the bartenders who work to make your grandiose gesture come to life.DoDo assess the room and your wallet. Though I’ve bought rounds in a variety of venues, I prefer dive bars and roadhouses towards the end of the night, when stragglers are playing pool or crowding around the janky karaoke machine. It’s unexpected and affordable. If you’re making this move at a rooftop bar in the cool part of town on a Saturday night, be sure you can cover it.Do restrict your offer to the immediate room. In venues with adjacent spaces, you don’t want to accidentally buy for the 500-capacity nightclub when you’re sitting at the 30-person side bar.Do have a good reason if you’re in a crowded (or pricey) joint. “You’d better have just had a baby,” suggests Friedman. “Or better, twins.” (Though, what you’re doing out on the town instead of helping your significant other is another question). “Or make sure it’s your last day on Earth,” he adds. You’re going to be spending way more money than you think you are, is what he’s saying. Make it count.Do chat with the bartender beforehand. Pamela Wiznitzer, president of the U.S. Bartenders Guild and the beverage director at New York City’s Seamstress Bar, notes it’s a bartender’s obligation to make sure you really are in a state to know what you’re offering. “We have to double and triple ask that that’s what you actually want to do,” she adds. It also gives you the opportunity to discuss price limits and possible bargains, like buying the whole bottle of whiskey rather than individual shots.Do control what’s being poured. Wiznitzer says it’s totally okay to ask the bartender up front to pour from the well (rather than the top shelf). Leaving shot choices up to strangers could end up padding the bar tab significantly. I once opted for a shot of Hakushu 18-year ($50 per pour or so) when someone else was buying. I wasn’t trying to be greedy, it just looked tasty.Do tip your bartender well. If it’s a slow night, tip the usual 15-20 percent of the total bill. “But if the bar is slammed,” says Wiznitzer, “and the bartender is taking the time to accommodate your big order, make sure to compensate them well for quickly helping you out when they’re in the weeds.”Don’tDon’t order Ramos Gin Fizzes for 20 people. “Don’t do something that’s going to be super complicated for the bartender,” says Wiznitzer. Shots of tequila, simple whisky highballs, or vodka sodas are key here. “It’s also fairly easy to batch something like an Old Fashioned,” says Wiznitzer. Stick to a single drink for the entire order (with the exceptions mentioned below).Don’t force anyone to drink, or to drink what they don’t want. If someone is pacing themselves or drinking water, graciously accept that they’re not thirsty for a shot of Fireball. Even better, offer an alternative (soda, sparkling water, low-ABV cocktail, etc.) so they can consensually join in the fun.Don’t expect anything in return from the recipients. It’s your celebration, your gift to the bar. While it’s polite for others to thank you for the gesture (or tip their drink in your direction), no one needs to kiss you, hug you, or offer stock tips in return. Don’t expect to get laid just because you laid out a few Hamiltons.Don’t expect money back if you slap down a hundred, say or tell the bartender to spend up to a certain amount on the card. “If there’s money unspent, of course the bartender will return it to you,” says Friedman. “But that shouldn’t be your expectation.”Don’t expect the bartender will automatically join you. They may not be allowed to drink on the job (or may not be drinking at all). “It’s a courtesy to offer a drink to the bartender,” says Wiznitzer. “If they can’t or won’t drink at the moment, you can ask, ‘Could I buy you a drink you could enjoy at the end of your shift?’”Don’t front. “I remember a guy yelling, ‘Drinks are on me!’ as a joke,” says Friedman. “He wasn’t paying attention as people got their drinks. Luckily for him it was a small bar.”Don’t return. “Never go back to any bar that let you actually do this,” jokes Friedman. “You were probably too drunk to make a good decision.” Thinking back on my house buys … probably yeah. I know at least one place I’ve not been back to. Ah, what the hell. Drinks are on me! 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts How to Drink Absinthe and Live to Tell the Tale last_img read more

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Imran Khan to visit US next month report

first_imgIslamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan is scheduled to visit the US on a maiden trip on July 20 during which he would face-to-face talks with US President Donald Trump, according to a media report. Khan, would have first face-to-face talks with US President Donald Trump, the Express Tribune reported. The prime minister would begin his five-day trip from July 20, official sources confirmed to the paper on Friday. The trip, originally planned in June, was postponed because of the prime minister’s prior domestic engagements, especially due to federal budget 2019. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’ Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday told reporters that a meeting between Prime Minister Khan and Trump was expected soon. He, however, did not share the date of the visit. Qureshi said the prime minister would be visiting Washington on the invitation of President Trump, who wanted to discuss important regional issues. This would be the first high-level engagement between the two countries under the Trump administration’s tenure, and comes at a time when talks between the US and Afghan Taliban are thought to have entered decisive phase. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping Relations between Pakistan and the US have remained tense during the Trump’s tenure. The US president has publically said that Pakistan has given us “nothing but lies and deceit” and also suspended security and other assistance for backing terror groups. The US has repeatedly asked Pakistan to end its support to the militant organisations operating from within its territory against India and Afghanistan. Efforts for arranging the Imran-Trump meeting have been going on for months, the report said. Some officials linked the two leaders’ summit with possible positive outcome of the ongoing efforts seeking peace deal in Afghanistan. Though the bilateral ties have been hit, the US president has expressed his desire to work with the Imran-led government.last_img read more

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At Least 100000 People Attend Muhammed Alis Funeral

By Lee KainoelaniRabat – Boxing legend, Muhammed Ali, has been laid to rest in his hometown in the state of Kentucky, U.S.A., according to Al Jazeera.Ali died last week at the age of 74. The funeral procession followed was attended by tens of thousands of fans. At least 100,000 people lined the streets to say their final goodbyes to Ali, according to the Associated Press. Ali’s private burial ceremony, on Friday at Louisville’s Cave Hill Cemetery, was followed by a memorial. Many world leaders attended the private burial, including former US president Bill Clinton.As the interfaith service went about, a crowd of up to 15,000 people burst into applause, chanting, “Ali! Ali!” when a Muslim religious leader welcomed the audience to “the home of the people’s champ”.In his tribute, Clinton said Ali “is truly a free man of faith”.Lonnie Ali, widow of the legend, said her husband was “proof that adversity can make you stronger”, growing up in a segregated country.Pastor of a Louisville church, Kevin Cosby, said Ali “dared to love America’s most unloved race”, referring to African-Americans.People lined the streets, throwing flowers, and shouting, “Ali! Ali!”, as the hearse carrying his body left the funeral home, while others carried banners and photos of Ali.Lawrence Montgomery, a former neighbor of Ali, said that he has “mixed emotions”, knowing that Ali, who was suffering from the debilitating Parkinson’s disease for decades, is no longer in pain, according to Al Jazeera.“He was a marvelous young man. Very cordial and playful,” Montgomery said, recalling that as a child Ali already wanted to be a boxer.The funeral procession took place on Muhammed Ali Boulevard, and ended with a private burial ceremony before the public memorial service at the KFC Yum! Center, a sports arena in Louisville, Kentucky.Actor Will Smith, who played the three-time heavyweight world champion in the film “Ali”, helped carry the coffin with former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, and family members.US President Barack Obama was not able to attend the memorial service because of his daughter’s high school graduation, but one of his closest aides, Valerie Jarrett, read a letter on his behalf.Many prominent leaders, including King Abdullah II of Jordan, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and International Olympic Committee President, Thomas Bach were expected to be in attendance on Friday. Former Ali opponents George Foreman and Larry Holmes were also expected to be in attendance.A Muslim prayer service in Louisville was held on Thursday, drawing thousands of mourners, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Ali joined the Nation of Islam sect in 1964, changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammed Ali. He later left that sect to practice Sunni Islam. read more

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CAN 2017 Omar El Kadouri Replaces Injured Nordin Amrabat

Rabat – Morocco’s coach Hervé Renard has reportedly invited SSC Napoli’s midfielder, Omar El Kadouri, to replace Morocco’s Nordin Amrabat to participate in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN 2017), which is set to take place from January 14 to February 5 in Gabon, the Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) said on Saturday.This decision follows the injury of 29-year-old Amrabat in the second half of last Sunday’s Watford vs. Tottenham game in the Premier League, which resulted  in a 4-1 score. Following Amrabat’s medical examination, it was decided he would not be able to play in the CAN.Last week, Renard unveiled the name of Amrabat as one of the of 23 players who would play at the CAN. He eventually substituted him with 26-year-old Morocco-Belgian El Kadouri, who made his professional debut with Morocco’s national team in 2013. The Moroccan national team is in the Group C category, which also includes Côte D’Ivoire, Togo and the Democratic Republic of Congo.Morocco’s first scheduled match against the Democratic Republic of Congo will take place on January 16. Its second match will be against Togo on January 20 and its third will be against Côte D’Ivoire on January 24. read more

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US invites UN members to help expand security forces for Iraq

“We must expand international security forces to support the return of United Nations international personnel to Iraq,” the US Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador James Cunningham, told the Security Council in the last periodic briefing on Iraq by the US-led coalition before sovereignty is returned at the end of June.”We are working to establish a unit within the MNF (Multinational Force) under unified command to provide dedicated security for United Nations personnel and facilities in Iraq,” he said. “The ability of the United Nations to continue its vital role in assisting Iraqis to prepare for elections depends on its security. We urge the international community to participate in this important task.”More than 210,000 Iraqis already serve in the Iraqi security force, but their response has been uneven and their quality and leadership are being improved, he said.Meanwhile, “we expect that violent elements will make a concerted effort to disrupt the transition and destabilize Iraq as we approach June 30,” he said. “Faced with the violent elements I have just described, continued MNF operations after June 30 will be necessary to ensure Iraq’s security and progress in its political transition.”The past month has been particularly difficult, Mr. Cunningham said, with the MNF having to go on the offensive against “former regime element and foreign terrorists in Fallujah and Ramadi.”The American justice system was moving swiftly to address the abuses of Iraqis imprisoned in Abu Ghraib that “stain the honour and reputation of the United States,” he said. He noted that President George W. Bush had condemned and apologized for the abuses, two officers had been relieved of command and the first of seven trials of military personnel took place today.The Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom, Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry, said British military personnel operated strictly in accordance with the Geneva Conventions and international law, and any form of abuse was unacceptable. Britain was conducting 33 investigations of the Royal Military Police.Reviewing the practical progress made in Iraq, he told the Council that already 11 government ministries had been restored to Iraqi control.Oil revenues were due to rise to $28 billion next year from $18 billion this year, leading the Ministry of Finance to revise its 2004 budget, Mr. Jones Parry said. Video of Council meeting [32mins] read more

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How Much Is Winning the NBA Draft Lottery Really Worth

The rags-to-riches tale is a cultural archetype, but so is its reverse: the reminder to be careful what you wish for. Social science journals are full of cases of sweepstakes winners who wound up no happier in the end. Sometimes winning the lottery doesn’t work out so well for NBA teams, either.The Portland Trail Blazers weren’t blessed by winning the prize of the first draft pick in 2007 and choosing Greg Oden. The Washington Wizards won the lottery and took Kwame Brown in 2001; had they stayed in their expected position, they might have gotten Pau Gasol instead.1The Wizards had the third-worst record in the league the prior season; Gasol went third in the draft.That’s not to say that the 13 NBA teams2There are 14 picks in the lottery; however, the New York Knicks have traded their pick to the Denver Nuggets, who also have a draft choice of their own. that will vie for the first pick in Tuesday night’s draft lottery would be better off losing out. Drafting in the NBA isn’t quite as unpredictable as it is in the NFL. The first pick, in particular, produces a high rate of return. But the impact of winning the draft lottery is not quite as impressive as you might assume.It’s tempting to go through something like the following thought process: The league’s superstar players, like LeBron James and Kevin Durant, are worth perhaps worth $40 million per season or more. Imagine having the chance to employ the next LeBron for a decade. That’s a $400-million player up for grabs based on the bounce of a few ping-pong balls!Things rarely work out so smoothly, however, and there are three gigantic problems with this analysis. First, drafting is an imperfect science: Durant, for example, was the second pick in 2007, behind Oden.3Obligatory Sam Bowie/Michael Jordan reference. Second, even if a player produces a lot of value, you’re still going to pay him something. Third, the player may not stay around long enough to win his team a title: Instead, teams are guaranteed control of their first-round picks for only five years.The difference between the Milwaukee Bucks winning the lottery Tuesday night (they have the best chance of doing so) and falling to the fourth pick probably amounts to the equivalent of around $11 million in long-term profits.4Throughout this article, I’m using terms like “profit” and “return on investment” in a particular way. They refer to the value that a player’s wins would take to acquire on the free-agent market, which we assume to be $1.75 million per win, inflating at 3.5 percent annually. Does winning an extra game actually produce a gain of $1.75 million in a team’s marginal revenue? Some studies suggest that market value and marginal revenue are fairly close in the NBA — perhaps more so than in other sports, like baseball. It may also depend on whether a team makes the playoffs, or what sort of market it plays in, along with other factors. This is beyond the scope of the analysis. That’s not chump change, but it’s World Series of Poker money — not Powerball dough.The NBA draft lottery was instituted in 1985. I looked up how many wins (as measured by Basketball-Reference.com’s win shares)5Past research using different measures of player value, like that by Arturo Galletti, has come up with similar results each player chosen in the first round since then produced during his first five NBA seasons,6Note that I count the first five NBA seasons whether or not the player participated in them. That means if he missed a year due to injury or other reasons he is counted as producing zero value. based on the slot where he was selected.7Totals for seasons shortened by a labor dispute are prorated to 82 games. The analysis accounts for the fact that the most recent selections, such as the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, have not yet seen five seasons.8I accomplished this by averaging the win shares for all draft picks who’ve seen a given number of seasons since their selection, and then summing the total. For instance, there have been two seasons since Davis was selected No. 1 overall. Thus, the win-shares average for No. 1 picks in their second NBA season includes Davis. But the average for the third season, and years beyond that, does not.The average number of wins produced by draft selections Nos. 1 through 309The NBA draft currently has 30 first-round picks, as there are 30 NBA teams. However, my figures include (for instance) the 30th overall selection for all drafts dating back to 1985, even when that pick occurred in the second round. appears in the graphic below. The pattern is fairly nonlinear: No. 1 overall picks have produced an average of 33.9 wins in the five seasons following their pick, as compared to 22.3 for No. 2 overall selections. It takes a logarithmic curve, with a fairly sharp uptick for the No. 1 overall pick, to do an adequate job of fitting past years’ results.With a bit more work, we can translate wins into dollars. In particular, during the previous NBA regular season, a total of $1.78 billion was paid to players who weren’t still on rookie-scale contracts. Collectively, those players produced just over 1,000 win shares. That implies that the market rate for a win in the NBA is about $1.75 million.The players on rookie-scale contracts were bargains by comparison, coming at a cost of about $900,000 per win last season. (For much more detail on how rookie contracts work, see Larry Coon’s salary cap FAQ.)But how much does the price per win vary based on where a player was chosen in the draft?The next chart compares the market value produced by the player against his rookie-scale contract figures, using the following assumptions. First, the market rate for an NBA player is increasing at 3.5 percent per year.10This is the assumption embedded in the annual growth rate of the NBA rookie salary scale. Second, teams pick up their option for each first-round pick for the player’s third and fourth seasons (this assumption might seem dubious — we’ll test it in a moment), and they make the players a qualifying offer before his fifth seasons, which comes to represent his annual salary during that year.11This would make the player a restricted free agent, with the team that drafts him having the right to match any counteroffer. As my Grantland colleague Zach Lowe has noted, these matching rights are usually enough to deter counteroffers, although often NBA teams and players will seek to agree to long-term contract extensions to avoid the brinksmanship. Another complication, which I’ve ignored for this article, is that players chosen with the 10th pick or higher in the draft are sometimes eligible for larger salary increases if they’ve met certain other criteria. Third, the team is paying the player the maximum amount allowed under the rookie scale in the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement.12The NBA’s rookie salary scale includes a tolerance range: Players may actually sign for anywhere between 80 percent and 120 percent of the recommended figure. In fact, most players sign for the full 120 percent, in part because this still usually represents a bargain for the team compared to what it would take to find a similarly talented player on the open market. Fourth, I’m using smoothed values for the wins produced by each pick based on our previous chart.In this analysis, the first overall pick produces about $63 million worth of market value during the first five NBA seasons after he’s drafted; by comparison, under our assumptions, his team would be obligated to pay him $35 million over five years. That means a discount of about $28 million for the team.The other first-round picks are also bargains by this measure, although the value diminishes the later a player goes in the draft. The fourth overall selection — the worst the Bucks could wind up with tonight — produces a profit of just under $18 million. The 30th and last pick in first round, held this year by the San Antonio Spurs, brings an expected profit of about $4 million.As I mentioned, these figures assume that an NBA team will employ a drafted player for five seasons. However, NBA teams are obligated to keep first-round draft picks for only two years. They have the unilateral option to extend the contract for a third and fourth year, and then to make the player a qualifying offer for his fifth season. This potentially gives the teams some option value in that they can extend their more successful picks on reasonably favorable terms, while cutting bait on the weaker players.To an extent, these options are more appealing in theory than in practice. One problem is that an NBA team must determine whether to offer a player his third- and fourth-year options a year ahead of time, or before he starts his second and third seasons. In practice, it’s quite rare for a team to fail to exercise its third-year option.I attempted to simulate this decision-making process. I assumed that an NBA team made a projection13More precisely, I ran a regression analysis on a player’s third-year win shares based on his first-year win shares and his draft position. of a player’s third-year value based on his win-shares total as a rookie and the draft slot where he was chosen. If the player’s rookie-scale contract salary was at least 20 percent higher14I built in this 20 percent cushion because, by forsaking a player before his third year, a team also forsakes its option value on him in the fourth and subsequent years. If you had a player who you expected to be worth just slightly less than what you were paying him in his third season, but he also had an outside chance of a breakout that could make him very valuable in his fourth and fifth seasons, you’d want to keep him. than his projected value for his third season, I assumed that the team dropped him. However, these conditions only applied to about 2.5 percent of draft picks. (A player basically has to be a complete and utter disaster to get dropped: This algorithm would have the Cleveland Cavaliers failing to pick up their third-year option on Anthony Bennett, the first overall pick in last year’s draft, for instance.)The fourth-year option represents more of a real choice. A team still has to decide on it a year in advance. But it has two years of player performance to evaluate, and not just one. Meanwhile, the player may be improving slowly — if he’s still improving at all15The average first-round pick sees his win shares improve by 68 percent between his first and second seasons, but just 18 percent between his second and third seasons and only 3 percent between his third and fourth seasons. — while he’s due for a hefty raise under the rookie pay scale. I assumed that teams would drop players whose fourth-year salaries were projected to be at least 10 percent higher than their value in that season, and found they would fail to extend 28 percent of players16The 28 percent total is among players who weren’t already dropped before their third season. by these rules.Finally, a team gets to decide after a player’s fourth season whether to make him a qualifying offer for his fifth season. Using a similar method, I found that about 32 percent of players who hadn’t been dropped after their third or fourth seasons would be let go at that point.17I’m no longer including a 10 or 20 percent fudge factor to account for a player’s future option value because a team has no guaranteed way to keep a player after his fifth year.We can now re-run our estimates of the net value of each draft pick excluding both the win shares associated with the dropped players and the cost of their contracts. You’d expect this to increase the profitability associated with the picks, since the teams are dropping precisely those players they expect to produce a negative return on investment. It does increase the profitability, but the difference isn’t all that great — the net value associated with the average first-round draft pick improves by 18 percent. Most of the improvement in profitability comes from selections chosen late in the first round. That’s because they’re due for proportionately larger pay increases under the league’s rookie pay scale and should be dropped more often.My revised estimates of the net profitability associated with each first-round draft pick are in the table below. To be clear, these are general estimates built from how all draft picks have performed since 1985, and don’t say anything in particular about Andrew Wiggins, or other projected top picks this year.18The figures represent a team’s projected net profit from the 2014-15 through the 2018-19 NBA seasons; the values will increase in the future if NBA salaries continue to rise. For readability, figures are rounded to the nearest $50,000 increment.The first overall draft pick is worth about $30 million by this measure, compared to $23.5 million for the second pick, $20.5 million for the third pick and $18.8 million for the fourth pick. The 14th selection — the last lottery pick — is worth about $12 million, while the final overall pick in the first round is worth $7.3 million.But these figures only estimate the profit associated with a player during his first five seasons. What happens after that?Usually teams aim to act proactively before getting to that point, especially for their most talented players. They’ll try to extend those players’ contracts.These options become pretty complex. To go through a full empirical analysis of the profit or loss associated with these extensions and long-term deals would require an article with even more footnotes than this one. That may be a challenge that we’ll undertake in the future.In the meantime, let’s try a slightly gentler approach. I looked up the players whose rookie seasons came 10 years ago (in the 2003-04 NBA season) or later and found who produced the most win shares over their first four NBA seasons. Did they turn out to produce happy endings for the teams who originally drafted them? Here are the top 15, in order:Chris Paul (Hornets): Traded to the Clippers after he made clear to New Orleans that he wouldn’t sign an extension with them.LeBron James (Cavaliers): Took his talents to South Beach.Blake Griffin (Clippers): Signed through 2016-17. This could turn out happily, but it’s too early to say.Dwyane Wade (Heat): This has to be considered a big success based on what he and the Heat have accomplished so far, though going forward Wade may not be worth as much as he’s paid.Dwight Howard (Magic): Forced a trade to the Lakers.Kevin Durant (Sonics/Thunder): Extended through 2015-16. This has to count as a smashing success, even if the Thunder never win a title.Brandon Roy (Trail Blazers): Signed an extension with Portland, but the contract turned into a disaster after injuries robbed Roy of his game. The Blazers eventually used their amnesty provision on him.James Harden (Thunder): Preemptively traded to Houston, in part because the Thunder wanted to avoid a massive luxury tax bill.Al Horford (Hawks): Signed an extension — in what initially looked like a pretty good deal for Atlanta — but he’s since missed most of the 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons with injuries.Chris Bosh (Raptors): Signed one extension and then to South Beach he took his talents.Kevin Love (Timberwolves): One more guaranteed year on his deal and then he reportedly wants out of Minnesota.Andre Iguodala (76ers): Now we’ve begun to reach those players who are fine NBAers, but probably worth something near the maximum NBA salary and not a lot more than that.Marc Gasol (Grizzlies): See above.Derrick Rose (Bulls): Signed an extension, which looked to have plenty of upside for the Bulls — but his injuries mean it could turn into a problem for them instead.Deron Williams (Jazz): Forced a trade out of Utah. His performance has regressed in Brooklyn and the trade is looking like a blessing in disguise for the Jazz.Get the drift? These players produced a ton of surplus value for their teams during their first three or four or five seasons. Those rookie-scale contracts are really favorable to NBA teams.However, we’ve already accounted for the profit a team achieves on a player over his first five seasons. And after that, things get much dicier. The attrition rate is high. Players can leave in free agency, or force a trade, or get hurt, or perform at a perfectly decent level but not necessarily any better than what they’re being paid. And this is a list we’ve formulated with the benefit of hindsight, knowing exactly how valuable the players were during their first four seasons.After winning the draft lottery, a team essentially needs to get lucky three times over in order to have a storybook ending. First, it has to draft the right player. Next, it has to convince him to stay in town. Finally, he has to play up to his new contract. The odds are that something will go wrong. In 1997, the San Antonio Spurs chose Tim Duncan at No. 1 and went on to win four NBA titles with him on the roster. None of the teams to make the first overall pick since has won a championship. read more

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Canadian Shield Energy Solutions merges with Bestech to deliver reduced mine energy

first_imgTwo companies dlivering energy management results for the mining sector; Canadian Shield Energy Solutions will merge with BESTECH, one of Canada’s leading engineering and automation firms specialising in software development and energy management.  CSE President, Dan Dumais commented, “We believe this merger is an excellent opportunity for both companies to deliver high impact energy management solutions to our clients.”  CSE provides energy management consulting for large industrial load clients in North America. It assists its customers in effectively reducing its energy consumption and increasing its energy efficiency. CSE clients include Xstrata Nickel. BESTECH introduced an innovative mine-wide energy management solution to the industrial sector earlier this year, called NRG1-ECO (Energy Consumption Optimisation). Vale’s Coleman and Xstrata’s Fraser mines have recently commissioned the NRG1-ECO’s Ventilation-On-Demand control strategy in Sudbury. NRG1-ECO is a hardware and software solution that significantly reduces energy consumption associated with ventilation, dewatering and compressed air. Dumais will join BESTECH’s team to manage NRG1-ECO project implementations and commissioning. He will also assist BESTECH’s industrial clients in accessing the various energy funding programs and in minimising energy costs by participating in various market programs. Marc Boudreau, BESTECH’s CEO, stated that, “CSE’s merger with BESTECH offers great value to our customers; the combination of BESTECH’s long history of developing innovative energy management solutions and CSE’s ten years of specialized energy consulting will maximise our clients’ energy saving results.”Founded in 1995, BESTECH was created to address the need for system integration and industrial automation. By developing a very specialised skill set, BESTECH quickly gained recognition as a leader in industrial automation, engineering, software development and energy management. With over a decade of sustainable growth, BESTECH developed its strong industry expertise, by responding and developing innovative technologies that help companies in mining enhance their productivity, profitability and safety. CSE Solutions is an energy consulting firm based in Sudbury, Ontario with a focus on helping industrial clients increase energy efficiency reduce energy consumption and minimise energy costs. Its extensive knowledge of the North American natural gas and electricity markets has delivered energy savings for clients in the mining, forestry and cement industries.last_img read more

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Botswana adopts Canadas Towards Sustainable Mining initiative

first_imgThe Botswana Chamber of Mines (BCM) will adopt the Towards Sustainable Mining® (TSM) initiative, a corporate social responsibility program developed by the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) to improve environmental and social practices in the mining industry. This is first time that TSM has been adopted by a mining association in Africa, and the third to do so outside of Canada. FinnMin, the Finnish Mining Association, adopted TSM in November 2015 and the Cámara Argentina de Empresarios Mineros (CAEM), the Argentinean Chamber of Mining Entrepreneurs, adopted the initiative in October 2016. MAC and its members launched TSM in 2004. Implementation of the program is mandatory for all MAC members’ Canadian operations, but many voluntarily apply it to their international sites. MAC freely shares TSM with other countries seeking tools to improve the environmental and social performance of their mining industries, including engagement with civil society and enhanced transparency and accountability. TSM requires mining companies to annually assess their facilities’ performance across six important areas, including tailings management, community outreach, safety and health, biodiversity conservation, crisis management, and energy use and greenhouse gas emissions management. The results are freely available to the public and are externally-verified every three years to ensure what has been reported is accurate. While BCM will tailor its performance areas so that they reflect the unique aspects of its domestic mining sector, they will be at a similar level to those of Canada’s. To ensure TSM reflects the expectations of civil society and industry stakeholders, it was designed and continues to be shaped by an independent, multi-interest advisory panel. As part of its implementation, BCM will implement a similar advisory body to provide this valuable oversight function. “Botswana Chamber of Mines members subscribe to the principles of responsible mining and extraction of minerals from the earth. The adoption of TSM will enable the industry to demonstrate adherence to sound and sustainable minerals development practices and strive towards continual improvement,” said Charles Siwawa, CEO, BCM. “With Botswana’s adoption of Towards Sustainable Mining, the program is now in four countries on four continents, clearly establishing TSM as an emerging global standard. It is our privilege to share our tools and expertise in sustainable and responsible mining practices with a country that is making important strides in sustainable mining development,” said Pierre Gratton, President and CEO, MAC. “Canada is very pleased that the Mining Association of Canada and the Botswana Chamber of Mines are working together on the Towards Sustainable Mining initiative. This initiative reflects Canada’s strong relationship with Botswana and our commitment to support the sustainable development of Botswana’s mining sector,” said His Excellency Kumar Gupta, Ambassador of Canada to Zimbabwe, Botswana and Angola.last_img read more

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Over 18000 jobs created by Enterprise Ireland supported firms in 2013

first_imgCOMPANIES SUPPORTED BY Enterprise Ireland created 18,033 new jobs in 2013, according to its end of year statement, published today.The statement reveals that there was a net increase of 5,442 in the number of people employed by these companies – the highest net gain for Irish firms in the last decade. Enterprise Ireland said this was primarily due to strong export performance.Enterprise Ireland supported companies now, directly and indirectly, account for more than 300,000 jobs in the Irish economy, or 16 per cent of the workforce.Total direct employment in Enterprise Ireland client companies stood at 175,750 in 2013. Of these, 149,718 are full-time jobs, while 26,032 are part-time. The full-time employment levels are the highest since 2007 and total employment is the highest recorded in the last decade.Leaner, stronger and more capable“Throughout the year, Irish exporting companies demonstrated perseverance, patience and determination when facing severe global economic conditions,” Enterprise Ireland said today. “We are now in a position where we have a client base leaner, stronger and more capable than ever before to compete on the global stage.”A key focus has been in supporting companies to increase their export business with a number of minister-led trade missions with the number of these doubling the average during the period 2007-2011.Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton described the figures as “brilliant news” and “a great testament to the hard work and ingenuity if our business-people and workers”.“This is the second year in a row that employment in Irish exporting companies has shown significant growth, after several years in which jobs were shed,” he said. “These results – the latest in a line of positive indicators for the Irish economy – give confidence for the future.”Read: ‘Highest level of job creation’ through IDA in over a decade>Read: Call for lifting of public service hiring embargo to cut JobBridge use>last_img read more

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Man remains critical after shooting in Dublin housing estate

first_img Image: Paul Hosford/TheJournal.ie Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 7:20 AM 17,606 Views Dec 6th 2016, 7:20 AM Share19 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3122078 5 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Michelle Hennessy Image: Paul Hosford/TheJournal.ie A MAN REMAINS in hospital this morning after being shot in a housing estate in west Dublin last night.The shooting occurred just after 8pm at Parslickstown Green, Mulhuddart. The victim, named by sources as Charlie Cooper, was shot at least four times by a gunman.Gardaí said the gunman fired a number of shots through a rear kitchen window, injuring the 38-year-old. The victim fled from the house and was chased down by his attacker and shot again.The gunman is then believed to have left the scene in a car.Cooper was treated at the scene by Dublin Fire Brigade paramedics and taken to James Connolly Hospital where he remains in a critical condition this morning.Local Sinn Féin councillor Paul Donnelly said people in the area were shocked by the incident.“We haven’t had anything like this in Mulhuddart for quite a long time, things had been fairly quiet in the last few years.”Donnelly said there are a lot of young families in the Parslickstown area and a large number of older people living next to the crime scene.“It’s the callousness of this attack, that he was fired on and then they chased him down and fired on him again and I was told they hung around for a few minutes. He didn’t seem to be in any hurry to take off, which is very worrying.”The scene is preserved for a technical examination and gardaí at Blanchardstown are asking witnesses, or anyone with information, to contact them on 01 666 7000.Read: Man shot several times in west Dublin>Read: Three potential shooters being investigated over murder of ‘serial killer’ Mark Desmond> Man remains critical after shooting in Dublin housing estate Charlie Cooper was shot at least four times by a gunman at Parslickstown Green last night. Short URLlast_img read more

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