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‘Cutrone should find a girl so he can rest & make love’

first_imgMilan I hope Cutrone finds a beautiful girlfriend so he can rest and make love – Gattuso Rob Lancaster 00:54 2/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Patrick Cutrone, AC Milan, 17/18 Getty Images Milan Serie A Milan v Sampdoria The in-form AC Milan striker must not get distracted by his achievements so far for the club, according to his coach AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso believes finding a “beautiful girlfriend so he can rest and make love” could be the key to Patrick Cutrone maintaining his hot streak in front of goal.With Nikola Kalinic out injured and Andre Silva struggling for form, the 20-year-old forward has stepped up to lead the line in recent weeks.AdChoices广告Cutrone has scored four goals in his last four outings in a Milan shirt, with his opener in the 3-0 win at Ludogorets in the Europa League on Thursday taking his tally for the season to 13 in all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Gattuso, however, wants to ease the level of expectation surrounding a player who has already drawn comparisons to Rossoneri great Filippo Inzaghi.”We are taking it easy on Cutrone. He must not get distracted by the fact that he is the youngest player in Milan’s history to score that many goals,” he told the media.”He has to work and to rest. I hope he finds a beautiful girlfriend so he can rest and make love.”The in-form Cutrone looks likely to retain his place in Milan’s side for Sunday’s crucial Serie A clash with Sampdoria, who sit three points clear of their opponents in sixth place.The game pits Gattuso up against opposite number Marco Giampaolo – someone he knows well after the pair took their coaching badges at the same time.#Gattuso : “We are taking it easy on #Cutrone . He must not get distracted by the fact that he is the youngest player in #ACMilan ‘s history to score that many goals. He has to work and to rest. I hope he finds a beautiful girlfriend so he can rest and make love” #MilanSampdoria — AC Milan (@acmilan) February 17, 2018 “I won’t lie, I stole a lot of ideas from Giampaolo,” the former Italy international admitted in his pre-match news conference.”I know what a fine coach he is and am very worried, because this is a very difficult game in which we cannot make mistakes. If you make an error, Sampdoria will not let you get away with it.”It’s important we improve our performances and become more consistent. At times we’re too predictable, we lose the ball when dribbling out of defence and don’t develop our play.”Milan will be without Franck Kessie through suspension on Sunday, but Gattuso believes the hosts have adequate cover for the absent midfielder.”Both [Riccardo] Montolivo and [Manuel] Locatelli are good alternatives to Kessie. Montolivo has plenty of experience and quality, while Locatelli gives us freshness and extra depth,” he added.last_img read more

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Silva: Title race not Everton’s fight

first_imgMarco Silva insists he has no interest in the impact Manchester City’s trip to Everton might have upon the Premier League title race.City will replace Everton’s Merseyside rivals Liverpool at the summit on goal difference if they leave Goodison Park with victory on Wednesday.AdChoices广告However, Silva’s own predicament in trying to turn around a slump of three wins and seven defeats over the course of 12 matches in the Premier League since the start of December is at the forefront of his mind. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Speaking at a pre-match news conference, he rejected suggestions that the loyalties of Everton fans might be compromised by their desire to see Liverpool fall short in their quest for glory.”What I want really and what my feeling is, it is not this title race,” Silva said. “It is not for us to look to that fight. We know what is our fight.”For sure, what our fans want tomorrow is our team winning the game. At this moment, not just two teams are fighting – more than two teams are fighting for this title. There are many games to play. Nothing will be decided by this game against City.”Silva’s personal fight would appear to be keeping a job where Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce have all been shown the exit door over recent seasons.Everton’s recent slump moved owner Farhad Moshiri to restate his opinion that the former Olympiacos, Hull City and Watford boss is his man for the long-term and a coach who can develop young talent at the club.”This is something I have felt from the first day since I joined this club,” Silva said of his boss’ support.”When you are winning games the things people say are good. When you are not, it is normal this type of situation.”It is nothing new in our club. If you look at the last three seasons it is maybe every month this type of situation. I am here to talk about the present and nothing more.”You are always in contact [with Moshiri]. I know his feelings and our project.”| The manager confirms @IGanaGueye is available for tomorrow’s game against @mancity – but Yerry Mina, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka will miss out.https://t.co/xkKr74QwhR— Everton (@Everton) February 5, 2019Silva will welcome back Idrissa Gueye after the influential midfielder sat out Everton’s previous two games with a knock – a welcome boost for the challenge of taking on Pep Guardiola’s side.”It will be really tough. In my opinion that team play the best football in the Premier League even if in some away games they didn’t achieve the results,” he added.”They obligate the teams to suffer. They will play with 70 or 80 per cent of the ball. We have to be ready to suffer and be solid in these types of moments.”When we have our moments with the ball we have to be ambitious to try and make some damage on them.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Steve Smith returns to training after elbow surgery, likely to be fit for IPL

first_img India Today Web Desk New DlehiMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 11:11 IST Steve Smith was banned from IPL last year (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith took part in a training session in SydneySmith is currently serving a one-year ban for his role in the ball-tampering rowSmith may play for Rajasthan Royals on March 29Steve Smith returned to training for the first time since undergoing a surgery in January to fix an elbow problem. This can be seen as a good sign for Australia and also the Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals as Smith’s return will be crucial for these teams.Smith, who along with David Warner, was banned for his role in last year’s Cape Town ball-tampering scandal. Steve Smith and David Warner will be eligible for selection from March 29.Smith posted a video on Instagram having a session at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.”Great to have my first hit back. The elbow is feeling good,” Smith posted on Instagram.IPL, earlier this month, announced the schedule for first 17 matches of the 2019 season. Rajasthan Royals will start their campaign against Kings XI Punjab in Jaipur on March 25.If Smith recovers in time, he will make is IPL return for Rajasthan Royals’ second match of the league when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad on March 29 in Hyderabad.Warner, who is also recovering after an elbow surgery, could also make a comeback for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the same match.Meanwhile, Australia’s head coach Justin Langer told Australian media that he expected both players to be fit for the IPL starting March 23.”From all accounts they should both be ready for the IPL, which is really positive,” he said.advertisement”Dave’s probably a little more advanced but my understanding is they’ll be ready to go in the not-too-distant future.”Also Watch:For 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow David WarnerFollow Indian Premier League Steve Smith returns to training after elbow surgery, likely to be fit for IPLSteve Smith and David Warner will be eligible for selection from March 29 after their one-year ball-tampering bans come to an end. Smith and Warner could return for Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals match in the Indian Premier League on March 29.advertisementlast_img read more

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How to Survive a Lightning Storm, Outwit the Gods

first_imgFor eons, lightning has been the bullwhip of human hubris. Despite our advancements, lightning continues to strike our buildings, set our forests ablaze, and send us cowering in fear. If you keep the old gods, you know it as the flash of Zeus’ bolt and the crack of Thor’s hammer. If you keep the new gods (AKA science), you know lightning and thunder as the release of static electricity in the atmosphere and the resulting shockwave. Whichever explanation you accept, it’s lightning and it will destroy you. The best thing you can do is arm yourself with a few lightning safety tips.With warmer weather comes more frequent lightning storms — particularly in the American Southeast. Though it might seem funny and cool and epic to stand in a lightning storm and scream at the gods with your arms outstretched, we urge you to not do this. Instead, we ask you to observe the 15th Annual Lightning Safety Awareness Week by following these lightning safety tips, courtesy of the National Weather Service and the Lightning Protection Institute.1. Get Indoors As Quickly As PossibleYou’ve likely heard a wide range of suggestions for what to do during a lightning storm: Should you step under a tree? No. Should you stand in the middle of a field? No, that can’t be right. Lie down in the middle of a field? Nope. In fact, nowhere outside is safe during a lightning storm. If you can hear thunder, there’s a chance you could get struck. Really. The National Weather Service has a handy rhyme to keep in mind: “When thunder roars, go indoors.”Once you’re inside, stay away from doors, windows, indoor plumbing, and plugged-in electrical appliances (including phones). In fact, you might unplug your appliances to prevent them from suffering damage during an electrical surge. If you have a basement or lower floor of your home, go down there. Wait 30 minutes after you hear the last thunderclap, then resume your normal routine.To pass the time, you and a buddy could turn off all the lights and take turns delivering dramatic, ominous lines in time with the cracks of lightning. Here’s an example: “I’m just a figment of your imagination, Carl.” *thunder crash*Related: Trekking: Stay Connected With Our Favorite Outdoor Apps2. If You Can’t Get Indoors, Get in Your CarBut aren’t cars made of metal? Doesn’t metal conduct electricity? Yes they are, and yes it does — that’s exactly why you want to be in there. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the rubber tires that protect you, but rather the metal exterior, which conducts the electrical current away from you and toward the ground. In this sense, a metal vehicle acts as a sort of “Faraday Cage.” Again, we recommend waiting in your car for 30 minutes after the lightning storm has passed.3. When All Else Fails, Crouch DownYou should NOT seek shelter under a lone tree. Trees, being tall, actually attract lightning, which can either cut through or “bounce” off the tree and end up striking you anyway. You should also refrain from lying down — if the lighting strikes the ground near you, the electrical current may radiate through the ground and into your body. Instead, crouch down with your feet together and your head as close to the ground as possible without actually touching. Short of finding shelter indoors, this is the best way to minimize your risk of shock from above or below.Lightning strikes the Earth an average of 100 times per second. A single strike can pack up to 100 million volts and heat up to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit (5 times hotter than the surface of the sun). So yeah, it’s best to just stay out of the way. For more lightning safety tips and other lightning-related information, head over to this page from the National Weather Service. The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Editors’ Recommendations How to Enjoy Your Campfires Responsibly How to Change a Light Fixture Without Getting Shocked The Complete Guide for Learning How to Mow a Lawn The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure last_img read more

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Methi Malai Cranberry Chicken

first_imgIngredients Chicken (cut into large pieces)250 g Saltto taste Cranberry Puree1 cup Red Chili Powder1 tsp Garam Masala1 tsp Coriander Powder1 tsp Cumin Powder1 tsp Chaat Masala1 tsp Corn Flour1 tsp Dry Fenugreek Leaves1 tbsp Besan1 tbsp Ginger1 tsp Garlic1 tsp Cream1 cup Greek Yogurt or Hung Curd½ cup Butterto brush on top Preparation Blend all ingredients except the chicken and the butter. Marinate the chicken with the blended marinade. Rest for 2 hours. Cook in an oven for 25 minutes or even in a non stick frying pan. Garnish with cranberries and mint yoghurt. (Courtesy: Chef Vicky Ratnani, US Cranberries)last_img

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Mall plotters believed they were reincarnations of Columbine shooters report

first_imgHALIFAX – They weren’t just inspired by the Columbine shooters — two teenage gunmen with a mission to kill students and teachers at a suburban high school in Littleton, Colo.Lindsay Souvannarath and James Gamble thought they were them.Hundreds of messages between the co-conspirators plotting to terrorize a Halifax mall show “they believe they are reincarnations of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold,” the lead investigator of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting says in a newly-released report.Kate Battan was contacted by a senior Crown attorney with Nova Scotia’s public prosecution service last year. She was asked to examine the online conversations between Souvannarath and Gamble to determine if there were similarities between their plan to go on a shooting rampage at the Halifax Shopping Centre with the Columbine massacre.Her report, released this week at Souvannarath’s sentencing hearing, draws dozens of unsettling parallels between the school shooting and the planned Valentine’s Day slaughter at the Halifax mall.The Columbine shooters left behind numerous writings, journals and the “basement videos” — three hours of Harris and Klebold talking about their plan, Battan explains.The materials are widely available in the Internet, despite much of it being sealed and eventually destroyed.“These videos represent a ‘call to arms’ in many respects and encourage others to follow in their footsteps,” she says, adding that the materials provide instructions to successfully carry out a similar violent act.“Harris and Klebold encourage others to follow in their footsteps and provide a blueprint for carrying out mass murder,” Battan says.“The writings of Harris and Klebold provide insight as to why they want to kill, how many they plan to kill and what they hope will be a model for others to follow.”While the conversations between Souvannarath and Gamble make numerous references to the Columbine gunmen, possibly the most disturbing is their belief to that Harris and Klebold have been resurrected.“Souvannarath compares herself to Harris, who was the more outspoken and aggressive of the two,” Battan says in her report. “Gamble compares himself to Klebold, who was more shy and reserved.”The Facebook messages between Souvannarath and Gamble illustrate the extent of the apparent delusion.Souvannarath says, “maybe Eric and Dylan have somehow become us, become part of our minds.”“We both feel like we ‘died’ a long time ago, maybe it’s because we’ve taken on the minds of these actual dead people, and that marks the time we both died.”She adds:”You want to die so badly because you know this isn’t the body you actually belong in — there’s a dissonance between mind and body where you’re Dylan but you’re not Dylan.”Souvannarath says it explains why they both can’t function in the adult world because, “Eric and Dylan died so young after all.”“When Eric and Dylan both died, their mission on Earth wasn’t really finished yet, so they had to take us over,” she says.The Facebook conversation between the so-called Columbiners, which started on Dec. 21, 2014 and ended on Feb. 13, 2015, includes other references to Harris and Klebold.They write a lot about what to wear during the shooting — “death outfits” that appear to be fashioned after the Columbine shooters, Battan says.“Souvannarath and Gamble write about wearing black clothing, black boots and acquiring trench coats,” the Columbine Task Force lead investigator says, noting that the style is similar to what Harris and Klebold wore.The co-conspirators also discussed sawing off their guns and bringing duffel bags and Molotov cocktails, as well as carrying knives and stabbing people at the mall when they run out of bullets — imitating Harris and Klebold’s plans.They also share an interest in the same types of music and writing, wanting to start a revolution and asking people if they believe in God before killing them. Again, Battan points out that these are all similarities they share with the Columbine killers.The planned attack was thwarted by police after an anonymous tip was received by Crime Stoppers, but not before Souvannarath boarded a plane in Chicago, Ill., for Nova Scotia.Gamble killed himself as police surrounded his Halifax-area home, while Souvannarath was arrested at the airport. A third accomplice — a local man described in court as the “cheerleader” of the murderous plot — was sentenced to a decade in jail.Souvannarath, now 26, has been held at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional facility in a Halifax-area industrial park since her arrest three years ago.A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge has reserved his sentencing decision until Friday.The Crown is recommending a sentence of 20 years to life in prison, while the defence says the sentence should be 12 to 14 years, with credit for time served.During her incarceration, a prison guard found a note scrawled on the back of a Sudoku puzzle in Souvannarath’s cell.“I was to be his Eric Harris, and he would be my Dylan Klebold,” Souvannarath wrote, noting that they must have known each other in a past life.“Eventually I realized that we really were Eric and Dylan, their minds having taken refuge in our bodies some time after their demise.”last_img read more

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PM Trudeau agrees to meet with Attawapiskat chief in Ottawa

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has invited Attawapiskat Chief Bruce Shisheesh to meet in Ottawa about the suicide crisis that has gripped his community.“I am deeply concerned with the ongoing situation in your community, and with the urgency and gravity of this in mind, I am unhesitatingly willing to accept your offer to meet,” wrote Trudeau in a letter dated May 5.The prime minister’s letter is in response to one Shisheesh penned on May 3 inviting Trudeau to meet to discuss the suicide crisis that has gripped his community for more than a month.“I am writing to you today on a matter of life and death,” Shisheesh wrote in his letter. “Your intervention is immediately required.”In early April, Shisheesh and the Attawapiskat council declared a state of emergency because of the high number of young people who have either attempted to take their own lives or discussed it.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s letter to Attawapiskat Chief Bruce Shisheesh.Download (PDF, Unknown)The federal government responded by providing mental health workers and Minister of Indigenous Affairs Carolyn Bennett flew to the community to meet with a youth council, elders and leadership.Bennett also promised to fund a youth centre and provide more money for programs.“As Minister of Youth and Prime Minister, I am agonized to see the number of suicide attempts by young people in Attawapiskat, and I wish to express my sincere support for the families and the community members who are affected by this tragic situation,” said Trudeau, in the letter.Pressure to sit down with Shisheesh mounted after Trudeau flew to Shoal Lake 40 last week for a tour of the community. Chief Erwin Redsky told APTN National News  he encouraged the prime minister to meet with Shisheesh to talk about the crisis.According to the letter, no date has been set.“My office will very shortly be in contact with you in order to arrange a meeting in Ottawa at a mutually convenient time.”news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

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Chinas April exports fall amid US tariff war imports rise

BEIJING — China’s April exports fell 2.7% from a year ago amid the country’s tariff war with Washington, while imports rebounded to 4% growth.The data reported Wednesday come ahead of a new round of talks aimed at ending the fight with the Trump administration over Beijing’s technology ambitions.The export figure was a striking decline from March’s 14.2% growth and reflected weakening global demand as well as U.S. tariff hikes on Chinese goods.Imports recovered from the previous month’s 7.6 % decline in a new sign government efforts to reverse an economic downturn might be gaining traction.The Associated Press

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Brock reminding its students to be respectful safe as Halloween approaches

The sombrero is a useful tool to provide shade on the head, neck and shoulders. But it’s also a useful tool to shed light on the idea of cultural appropriation and what’s appropriate for Halloween costumes.With Halloween around the corner, Brock University and the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) are reminding students that turning traditional garments into a costume is never OK.Cultural appropriation takes an item that has symbolic meaning for a particular people and uses it to mock that culture or turn it into a fashion statement.“Such actions remove intentional meaning and often provide another point of pain and discomfort to already marginalized communities,” said Leela MadhavaRau, Director, Human Rights and Equity. “It removes thousands of years of history and culture or religion and uses it in a way that is often inappropriate.”In the leadup to Halloween on Wednesday, Oct. 31, the University is educating its students about making smart decisions both on campus and off. Part of that education is focusing on not wearing inappropriate costumes.“There are many layers to the idea of cultural appropriation,” MadhavaRau said. “Simply saying ‘don’t wear that’ misses the opportunity to explain why that’s the case. It’s not to say that people didn’t talk about it previously, but I think it’s moved into the mainstream as a point of discussion.”To help educate students BUSU, along with the Student Justice Centre (SJC) and the Department of Residences, is continuing its Culture is not a Costume campaign. At BUSU’s Halloween pub night Thursday at Isaac’s, staff were on hand to look for inappropriate costumes that among other things, “reduce cultural differences to jokes, stereotypes or historical and cultural inaccuracies.”Thursday also marked the start of ramped up security, with two dozen security staff on hand at Isaac’s as well as five dedicated Campus Security Services (CSS) staff members and other BUSU and Brock supervisors.In a message to students, BUSU President Aidan Hibma said it’s all about having a fun and safe Halloween.“We all want to participate in and enjoy the Halloween festivities, but it’s important that we don’t put the Bad in Badger,” he said. “Drink responsibly, stay hydrated, ensure your costume adheres to BUSU’s Halloween Protocol, be respectful of your neighbours and don’t drive under the influence.”Throughout this weekend and into next week, Brock is working with the Niagara Regional Police Service to provide extra officers who will patrol off-campus student residential areas in Thorold and St. Catharines from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, Saturday, Oct. 27 and Wednesday, Oct. 31. As part of the Brock Off-Campus Patrol pilot project, two Brock CSS officers will also patrol off-campus neighbourhoods those three nights, allowing Brock CSS to identify any emerging concerns and notify the NRPS.Should any issues arise, Brock’s Off-Campus Living and Neighbourhood Relations department will use its response protocol which was developed alongside the Niagara Regional Police, municipal by-law officers, Campus Security Services, and others to provide a variety of co-ordinated responses, including following up with residents and visiting student properties.Extra security staff and NRPS officers will also be on hand in Brock’s on-campus residences.Brock President Gervan Fearon said the University has taken steps this year to further educate its students.“Together with our local municipalities and the Niagara Regional Police, everyone here at Brock University is committed to ensuring we’re a good community neighbour,” he said. “Brock students have demonstrated they can be outstanding community partners and residents, and they’re reminded that it’s their responsibility, both on and off campus to abide by municipal bylaws and the University’s Student Code of Conduct.”Brock Student Life and Community Experience (SLCE) staff have been promoting the Don’t Put the Bad in Badger campaign through posters and information booths on campus and have also been visiting neighbourhoods in Thorold and St. Catharines.The SLCE team is running its Trick or Eat campaign again this year. Brock Staff and city bylaw officers delivered empty food donation bags to neighbourhoods around the University this week. Brock students in costume will then go door-to-door and pick up the bags up filled with food for Community Care on Halloween.“We know that Halloween is a time for celebration and getting together with friends,” said SLCE Director Bradley Clarke. “But we expect our Brock students to do so safely and respectfully, and we want them to realize that the poor decisions of even a small group can reflect badly on us all.” read more

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Are The Raptors Really Favorites Against The Warriors

How the Warriors have fared with and without KD and CurrySince 2016-17, playoffs and regular season 4June 7Golden State4080Warriors by 3 Curry + KD✓✓111.796.1+15.6 ✓98.498.9-0.5 GameDateLocationDurantCousinsFTE point spread Curry + Klay✓✓109.097.0+12.0 2June 2Toronto1060Raptors by 5 The most obvious conclusion from the lineup data, in fact, is that Curry is a lot better than Durant. With Durant but not Curry playing, the Warriors outscore opponents by a pedestrian 1.7 points per 100 possessions. But that’s not the same as saying they’re better without Durant. That’s especially true on offense, when there don’t appear to be any diminishing returns from having both Durant and Curry in the lineup at once.Dig a little deeper, and you find that while Curry and Durant work just fine as a tandem, there may be some diminishing returns from playing Durant and Thompson together. Lineups with Durant and Klay playing but Curry off the floor have been mediocre, perhaps because Durant doesn’t like to pass and Thompson relies heavily on assisted field goals. Furthermore, lineups with Curry and Durant but without Thompson have been better than lineups with all three together. The Warriors give up a bit of offense in those lineups, but they make up for it with superior defense by having players such as Iguodala on the floor. 5June 10Toronto5090Raptors by 2.5 Durant is out for at least Game 1, with no clear timetable for his return. Cousins is questionable for Game 1, but from the tone of the Warriors’ comments, he looks highly likely to return at some point in the series.You can see the impact of Golden State’s injuries in the evolving point spreads that our model establishes for each game of the series. In Game 1 — with Durant out and Cousins 50 percent likely to play (based on the very rough science of translating the Warriors’ vague injury guidance into probabilities) — the Raptors are 6-point favorites at home, per our model. In the event of a Game 7 in Toronto, by which point we assume that Cousins is definitely back and Durant is 80 percent likely to play — they’d be only 1-point favorites, conversely. Toronto would also be 4.5-point underdogs on the road in Oakland in Game 6. If the Raptors don’t strike early in the series, the odds will shift dramatically against them. 6June 13Golden State70100Warriors by 4.5 7June 16Toronto80100Raptors by 1 If our NBA model could talk, here’s what it might say about the NBA Finals:Bleep, bleep, bloop. Based on their accomplishments over the past few seasons, the Golden State Warriors are better than the Toronto Raptors at full strength. However, the Warriors will start the NBA Finals without Kevin Durant, and possibly also without DeMarcus Cousins. To state the obvious, being without those guys makes them a worse team. Meanwhile, Toronto is also a really good team, and its regular-season record somewhat understates its performance because its current lineup is stronger than it was for most of the season. Plus, the Raptors have home-court advantage. Run the numbers, and the Raptors come out as slight favorites in the series. Bloop, bloop, bleep.Make sense? Well apparently not, at least not to those of you who are wagering your hard-earned income on the series. Betting market prices imply that the Warriors are about 72 percent favorites to win the championship.We think our NBA forecasts, in their current, improved form, are pretty smart, but we also think sports betting markets tend to be really smart. (Note: This isn’t true for political betting markets, which are mostly pretty dumb.) So we wouldn’t suggest that you go out and wager all your loonies on the Raptors to become the first Candian team to win a title in a “Big 4” sport since … to the chagrin of literally every Canadian NHL team … the 1993 Toronto Blue Jays.Still, it’s interesting to see the series through our model’s eyes. So while we also talked about our forecast on this week’s edition of Hot Takedown, I want to go through it in more detail here. Basically, I’m going to work through everything in the italicized paragraph, starting with the least controversial claims and moving to the most contentious ones.“Run the numbers, and the Raptors come out as slight favorites in the series.”OK, so that’s actually the most contentious claim — we’ll loop back to it at the end. But I do want to point out that “slight” really does mean “slight” in this instance. The Raptors are merely 55 percent favorites in the series, at least based on our current understanding (as of early Wednesday morning) of the injury prognosis for Durant and Cousins. In our election forecasts, we’d label a race like that as a “toss-up.”“Plus, the Raptors have home-court advantage.”In a seven-game series between two equal-strength teams, the home team should win about 54 percent of the time, according to our model. So basically, the entirety of the Raptors’ very small edge in the series is because a Game 7 would be played in Toronto. If the Warriors had won two more regular-season games and had home-court advantage instead, they’d be roughly 53 percent favorites to win the series, per our model.And if anything, our model might be understating the impact of home-court advantage in this series. The Warriors are generally regarded as having one of the biggest home-court advantages in the league, and Toronto is 40-11 at home between the regular season and the playoffs.“Based on their accomplishments over the past few seasons, the Golden State Warriors are better than the Toronto Raptors at full strength.”Our NBA team projections are derived from our CARMELO player projections, which use data from the past three seasons plus the current season.That’s a good thing for the Warriors, because if you based the projections based on this season’s data alone, the Raptors would be more substantial favorites. Three of their five starters — Pascal Siakam, Danny Green, Marc Gasol — have significantly outperformed their preseason CARMELO projections. (Reserve swingman Norman Powell has also outperformed them to a lesser extent.) For the Warriors, conversely, Cousins significantly fell short of his preseason projections — no doubt because of his injuries — and his current projection is probably too optimistic. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green also slightly underperformed their projections, although Green has been great in these playoffs. Andre Iguodala and Kevin Looney have outperformed their projections, but overall, the Warriors are helped by the fact that we’re looking at multiple years of data.So even though both teams played about equally well this year — the Raptors went 58-24 to the Warriors’ 57-25, but the Warriors had a slightly better point differential and played a slightly tougher schedule — our model would have the Warriors as 65 percent favorites if each team was at full strength to start the series (or 69 percent if the whole series were played on a neutral court).1The Raptors’ only current injury is to backup swingman OG Anunoby; our model actually thinks they’re slightly better off without Anunoby since it likes the rest of their reserves better, so his injury actually helps their rating slightly. The 65 percent figure refers to the version of the Raptors with Anunoby healthy. This reflects the Warriors’ accomplishments over the past several seasons in addition to having more playoff experience, a factor that our model accounts for — although the Raptors, with former NBA Finals MVP Leonard as well as Green (118 career playoff games), Kyle Lowry (80) and Gasol (77), have plenty of experience of their own.In other words, our model takes some countermeasures to the fact that veteran, championship-driven teams like the Warriors tend to lollygag their way through the regular season. It looks at longer-term performance, and it accounts for playoff experience, as well as the increased playing time that’s given to top players in the playoffs, which helps top-heavy teams like Golden State. Is it doing enough to account for those factors? Maybe not, and our model has had plenty of challenges with teams like the Warriors and LeBron James’s Cavaliers in the past. But it’s at least aware of these issues, and it doesn’t hold the Warriors’ good-but-not-great regular season all that much against them.“Toronto is also a really good team, and its regular-season record somewhat understates its performance because its current lineup is stronger than it was for most of the season.”The Raptors were often without the services of what our model regards as their two best players. They played 22 regular-season games without Leonard, who was frequently rested for “load management,” as well as 17 games without Lowry. In addition, they only acquired Gasol in February, and he’s a significantly better player than the center he replaced, Jonas Valanciunas, according to our model. It also took some time for Toronto to take full advantage of Siakam, who played fewer minutes and took fewer shots early in the season.Thus, the current version of the Raptors is associated with an Elo rating that would peg them not as a 58-win team, but somewhere in the mid-60s instead.Until recently, however, that elite version of the Raptors existed mostly on paper. The Lowry-Green-Leonard-Siakam-Gasol lineup played only 161 regular-season minutes, although it was highly effective when it did play, outscoring opponents by 12.2 points per 100 possessions. That group has now played 314 minutes together in the playoffs, and — somewhat remarkably given that the Raptors have been playing extremely tough competition in the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers — it’s still outscoring opponents by 12.1 points per 100 possessions.So Toronto’s starting lineup has begun to prove itself — you have to be really good to win four straight games against the Bucks, who were the NBA’s best regular-season team. And I should probably mention that our model also had the Raptors slightly favored against Milwaukee2In fact, as 55 percent favorites, the same as it currently has them against Golden State. despite the Bucks having been heavily favored in Las Vegas.“However, the Warriors will start the NBA Finals without Kevin Durant, and possibly also without DeMarcus Cousins. To state the obvious, being without those guys makes them a worse team.” Curry✓108.296.4+11.8 From ABC News: LineupCurryDurantOff. RatingDef. RatingNet Rating KD + Klay✓✓101.2100.6+0.6 KD✓102.3100.6+1.7 Neither You’d think that all of that seems pretty reasonable. Our model is saying that having Durant and Cousins healthy-ish instead of injured-ish is worth about 5 points per game to the Warriors.But that’s not the narrative surrounding the Warriors at the moment. Instead, the stat you’ve probably heard is this one: 31-1. That is, the Warriors are 31-1 in their last 32 games without Durant but with Stephen Curry playing. This has lead to plenty of talk-radio chatter about whether the Warriors are better off without Durant, who has an option to become a free agent at the end of the season.Like most narratives, that one leaves out some of the messy details. Our ESPN colleague Kevin Pelton has a long, detailed breakdown of the Warriors’ play with and without Durant. I’d suggest you read the whole thing. For one thing, that 31-1 record overstates the case somewhat, since it arbitrarily ignores the first six games that the Warriors played without KD (counting those, they’re 34-4) and since their point differential wasn’t quite as strong as their record in those games would suggest. Those games were also played against a fairly easy schedule.Perhaps more importantly, Pelton finds based on game-by-game data that being without Durant lowered the Warriors’ ceiling. With both Durant and Curry in the lineup, the Warriors had so much firepower that they could take possessions off against mediocre teams, especially on the defensive end. In the NBA Finals, however, the Warriors will presumably be playing every possession at close to maximum effort, with or without Durant. So they’re deprived of a top gear they would have had with him healthy.We can also look at the Warriors’ lineup data over the past three seasons (including both the regular season and the playoffs), which accounts for their performance on a possession-by-possession basis with various combinations of players. With both Curry and Durant on the floor, the Warriors outscored opponents by a dominating 15.2 points per 100 possessions. With Curry only, that number falls to 11.8 points per 100 possessions. That’s still a very good number — Curry is impossibly good! — but it’s in the same ballpark as the Raptors’ current starting lineup, and the Raptors have more depth and home-court advantage. Likelihood of playing for Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins reflect our subjective estimates based on news accounts about their conditions. How KD, Curry and Klay play togetherSince 2016-17, playoffs and regular season The Warriors will get tougher to beat as they get healthierFiveThirtyEight point spread for the NBA finals 95.699.6-4.0 LineupCurryDurantThompsonOff RatingDef RatingNet Rating Klay only But the thing is, our projections actually account for all of this on-court/off-court data, at least to some extent. One of the metrics we use to fuel our projections, Real Plus-Minus (RPM), is largely based on the lineup data. So the fact the Warriors have played quite well with Curry but without Durant is accounted for in their respective ratings. Our forecasts think that Curry is quite a bit better than Durant — if Steph were injured instead of KD, it would really have Golden State in trouble.You can also go too far in looking at the on-court, off-court stats. They can be noisy, and there are also a lot of technical complications in evaluating so many five-player lineup combinations together. In fact, we’ve found that RPM (which itself is a blend of box score statistics3e.g. points, rebounds, assists, steals. and lineup data) actually goes slightly too far in using the lineup data, so we hedge against it by blending it with another metric based on box score statistics called Box Plus/Minus or BPM.“Run the numbers, and the Raptors come out as slight favorites in the series.”So do I — Nate as a basketball fan, not as a model co-designer — really buy what our model says?I mostly buy the part about the Raptors being better than they’re given credit for. Their current starting lineup has been very good, and I can imagine the betting public sleeping on it a bit because it’s involved several fairly subtle changes (e.g. upgrading Valanciunas for Gasol, Leonard playing every game, etc.). Nor do I see any obvious flaws with the Raptors, who can work effectively as either an up-tempo team (perhaps with Gasol off the floor) or in the half-court, with Leonard draining midrange jumpers and corner threes.Leonard’s health is a concern, however, particularly insofar as it could affect his ability to effectively defend Curry, a tempting matchup for the Raptors.As for how the model is evaluating the Warriors, I’m less sure. As I mentioned, the metrics behind our model (RPM and BPM) don’t actually like Durant that much; while he was repeatedly going off for massive games against the Clippers and Rockets, a few of us were complaining that the model underrated him. But there are a couple of things that worry me. First, although we have a few tricks to try to account for the Warriors’ variable effort level, their indifference during parts of the past few regular seasons may be contaminating the data to some degree. Second, our model tends to assume that building a lineup is a fairly linear process, when it isn’t. The Warriors are insulated against the loss of Durant to some degree because Thompson functions better as Curry’s Splash Brother sidekick than as a third wheel in Curry-Durant lineups.The handful of minutes each game that the Warriors play without Curry on the floor are liable to be a disaster, however, and if Leonard somehow can bottle up Curry the same way he did Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Warriors are probably toast. And I think our model actually overrates Cousins, who isn’t likely to play up to his projections while recovering from his multiple injuries.Overall, I think our model is mostly right about the Raptors, but more wrong than right about the Warriors. Since it only has the Raptors as extremely narrow favorites, that might be enough to tip the balance slightly in Golden State’s favor. But I find it hard to contemplate how the Warriors can be as heavy as 3-to-1 favorites, as they nearly are in Vegas. There is, if nothing else, a lot of uncertainty about how well the Warriors can play against a top-level team without Durant — I’m sorry if I don’t regard the Portland Trail Blazers as a top-level team — and the Raptors are good enough that the Warriors will probably have to bring their A-game.Bleep, bleep, bloop. None of them 3June 5Golden State3070Warriors by 2.5 Curry + KD✓✓115.099.8+15.2 107.195.7+11.4 Lineups are weighted by minutes playedSource: NBA Curry + KD + Klay✓✓✓115.9100.9+15.0 Check out our latest NBA predictions. 1May 30Toronto0%50%Raptors by 6 91.6100.5-8.9 Likelihood of playing Lineups are weighted by minutes playedSource: NBA KD only✓104.9100.6+4.3 Curry only✓ read more

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Coal and transport – the role of liquid fuels from coal

first_imgThe latest Coal Matters fact sheet from the World Coal Association (WCA) focuses on the role of coal in transportation. Liquid fuels from coal provide a viable alternative to conventional oil products and can be used in the existing supply infrastructure. Several coal-to-liquids (CTL) demonstration plants are being developed in China. CTL currently provides 20% of South Africa’s transport needs including 7.5% of jet fuel.Converting coal to a liquid fuel – a process referred to as coal liquefaction – allows coal to be used as an alternative to oil. There are two different methods for converting coal into liquid fuels:Direct liquefaction works by dissolving the coal in a solvent at high temperature and pressure. This process is highly efficient, but the liquid products require further refining to achieve high grade fuel characteristics.Indirect liquefaction gasifies the coal to form a ‘syngas’ (a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide). The syngas is then condensed over a catalyst – the ‘Fischer-Tropsch’ process – to produce high quality, ultra-clean products.Coal-derived liquid fuels are also sulphur-free, low in particulates, with low levels of oxides of nitrogen, providing local and regional air quality benefits in comparison to oil.last_img read more

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Adobe annonce que les mobiles Android 40 seront les derniers à supporter

first_imgAdobe annonce que les mobiles Android 4.0 seront les derniers à supporter le FlashAdmettant les faiblesses du Flash, son éditeur Adobe a annoncé début novembre qu’il en abandonnera toute version pour smartphone. Ce 16 décembre ils ont toutefois ajouté qu’Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, aurait encore un support complet du Flash. Est-ce la guerre contre Apple qui l’a épuisé ? Steven Sinofsky, président de la division Windows et potentiel remplaçant de Steve à la tête de Microsoft, a donné son avis. Le Flash de sa société est de moins en moins intéressant, car il subit la concurrence de technologie plus récente comme l’HTML5, désormais capable de la même chose plus simplement. Il reconnait que les systèmes libres sont plus performants pour « la batterie, la sécurité, la fiabilité et la vie privée des consommateurs ». 62% des 97 000 sites visités dans une étude de Microsoft basculent en HTML5 si le flash n’est pas géré… « Le web a parcouru un long chemin avec l’arrivée du HTML5. Offrir une compatibilité avec les anciens plug-ins nuirait plus qu’améliorerait l’expérience de navigation »Certes le Flash n’est pas encore abandonné sur ordinateur fixe, et Flash Player 12 est même en préparation, mais c’est un premier pas extrêmement important.L’autre facette de cet abandon du flash, c’est le licenciement de 750 employés d’Adobe, principalement en Amérique du Nord et en Europe. Ce n’est pas qu’Adobe soit en difficulté : leur chiffre d’affaires devrait atteindre un record estimé entre 1,075 milliard et 1,125 milliard de dollars. À lire aussiiPad Air 2 : Keynote confirmée, tout ce que l’on sait sur la future tablette AppleL’entreprise a indiqué que ces coupes avaient pour but de permettre plus d’investissement dans les divisions à fortes croissances, le Digital Media et le Digital Marketing. C’est toute une nouvelle stratégie pour les années à venir, notamment basée sur le HTML5.Est-ce une victoire pour Apple, ou bien une belle façon pour Adobe de savoir évoluer et de ne pas s’enliser dans le passé ? Flash Player 11.1, avec sa compatibilité Android 4.0, sera en tout cas le dernier lecteur flash sur l’Android Market.Le 26 décembre 2011 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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SPOILERS 1215 WWE Main Event tapings from Newark

first_imgFacebook Joey Janela comments on backstage incident with Big Cass at WrestlePro Event Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The following was taped on Tuesday night in Newark, New Jersey.12/15 WWE Main Event tapings:* The Dudley Boyz def. Adam Rose & Heath Slater.* Rusev def. Neville.* Jack Swagger def. Bo Dallas.* The Usos def. The Ascension.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipAt least 17 deaths from Florence: NC governorVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:00/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Roman Reigns is in Remission Former WWE star Big Cass reportedly has incident at WrestlePro Event in New Jersey Could Sebastian Vettel Retire? Google+ At least 17 deaths from Florence: NC governor Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Gospel singer Yolanda Adams to perform “America the Beautiful” at WrestleMania 35 Pinterest Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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DMV to open on Saturdays in response to excessive wait times

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPOWAY (KUSI) – After several weeks of long wait times at several San Diego DMV locations, lines are still long and wait times are still averaging 4-5 hours.Ginger Jeffries was live at the Poway DMV to check out the lines and see what the DMV is doing to improve wait times.Related: Bad to worse: Poway DMV experiencing 5 hour wait timesIf you are like many others and can’t take off work to stand in what seems to be an endless line, then this weekend’s your chance. Several offices around San Diego will be opening up for limited Saturday hours.In San Diego County, the San Marcos, Poway and Chula Vista locations will be open on Saturday, June 16 and June 23.In July, the offices will transition to the first and third Saturday of every month. The offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Behind-the-wheel exams will not be available on Saturdays.Appointments are recommended but not required for Saturday service. Posted: June 22, 2018 June 22, 2018 Ginger Jeffries, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ginger Jeffries DMV to open on Saturdays in response to excessive wait times Updated: 3:23 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsTo schedule a Saturday appointment just go to the DMV website, or call 1-800-777-0133. last_img read more

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New California law could jeopardize Alaskas ivory market

first_imgThe ivory market in America just got a lot smaller, or at least that’s how it seems. A new law goes into effect today in California that bans the sale of all ivory products, including walrus ivory.Download AudioAn ivory walrus on display at Maruskiya’s in Nome. (Photo by Emily Russell, KNOM – Nome).Alaska Natives are protected under a federal law, but confusion and inconsistency between state and federal legislation has many concerned.John Kokuluk, Sr., is sitting at his carving booth at the King Island Native Community building. He’s an ivory carver and has the hands to prove it.“I try to make a little bit of everything—masks, polar bears, wolves. I’ve carved quite a few walrus teeth,” Kokuluk explains.He’s working on one of those teeth today. Dust flies through the air as he drills tiny holes into the two-inch piece of ivory that he’ll later fill in with baleen.John I. Kokuluk drills holes into a walrus tooth at his King Island carving booth. (Photo by Emily Russell, KNOM – Nome)Kokuluk was born and raised in Nome, but his family is from King Island. When members of the Inupiat community were forced to relocate to the mainland in the 1960s, they brought the longstanding tradition of ivory carving with them.“It’s in our culture. It was passed down long before my time,” Kokuluk explains. “I feel fortunate to have this talent.”Just like Kokuluk, Susie Silook has been carving for decades. She’s originally from the St. Lawrence Island community of Gambell.“I love it. I love ivory carving,” Silook said. We get to say whatever we want with our work.”It’s that love of carving that led Silook to start an online petition opposing California’s new law that bans the sale of all ivory.Section 2 of Assembly Bill 96 defines ivory as “a tooth or tusk from a species of elephant, hippopotamus, mammoth, walrus, whale or narwhal.”“So this is creating this confusion out there that all the materials listed in these laws [are] illegal now,” Silook said.But they’re not. The Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 makes the interstate sale of walrus ivory legal through its definition of authentic native handicrafts.Gay Sheffield is a biologist with the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program in Nome.Ivory ring carved and signed by King Island carver John I. Kokuluk. (Photo by Emily Russell, KNOM – Nome)“Authentic native handicrafts are defined as items that are produced, decorated, or fashioned in the exercise of traditional Native handicrafts,” Sheffield explains.Sheffield said the handicraft definition includes, but is not limited to, weaving, carving, stitching, sewing, lacing, beading, drawing, and painting.Sheffield said she understands the effort to protect elephant and other tusked animals in Africa from poachers, but they’re not one and the same with the marine mammals she studies in the Bering Strait region.“The general public thinks ivory, elephant, dead elephant rotting in the sun, beautiful elephant with [a] little baby because it’s always on the TV on the documentaries,” Sheffield said. “What they don’t see is walrus ivory, legal harvest, food on the table, economic benefit to rural Alaskans.”It’s that economic benefit that has many worried.Carver Susie Silook said ivory brings much-needed cash into rural communities like Gambell. She remembers a buyer from Southeast Alaska traveling to the St. Lawrence Island community in the mid-90s.“Within three days, he had purchased $20,000 worth of arts and crafts from the people in just one village, and this is just one buyer,” Silook explains.Ivory carvings and masks on display at Maruskiya’s in Nome. (Photo by Emily Russell, KNOM)But now, buyers are reacting to California’s new legislation. Robert James manages Maruskiya’s, a well-known Native art shop on Nome’s Front Street. He buys from carvers like John Kokuluk, Sr., and sells their crafts in town and on the road.James had planned to stop at this year’s American Indian Art Show outside of San Francisco.“Because of the legislation that passed, I don’t think we’ll ever be back there,” James said. “So, we might have to find a different show.”Back at the King Island carving room, John Kokuluk, Sr., continues to drill tiny holes in the walrus tooth he holds in one hand.He worries about the confusion the new California law will create for buyers, but Kokuluk said that won’t stop him from carrying on the tradition his ancestors have been practicing for centuries.“I feel I’ll be doing this, regardless of what happens, probably till the day I’m gone,” Kokuluk said.last_img read more

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Will Smith was terrified of playing Genie in Aladdin thanks to Robin

first_imgWill Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith at the premiere of AladdinInstagramIt is not surprising that Will Smith was fearful of playing Genie in Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin. Considering how he had to fill the late actor Robin Williams’ shoes, the task was no piece of cake. However, once he started shooting songs for the film, all the childlike silliness flowed through the actor!In an interview with SlashFilms, Smith opened up on dealing with the pressure of playing Genie, which was originally Robin Williams’ jam. He said, “Disney magic is real. This is my first Disney movie, and there’s something that Walt Disney did in the design of these stories and at the core of these stories is something that shocks the inner child within you and forces it to come alive and smile and appreciate the moment. For me, coming into this, first starting with fear – what Robin Williams did with this character was…he didn’t leave a lot of room to add to the Genie – so I started off fearful. But then when I got with the music, it just started waking up that fun, childlike, silly part of me.”Prince Ali songYouTubeHe further continued, “The song that got me over the hump of, ‘Yes, I can play Genie’ was ‘Friend Like Me.’ I went into the studio the first day and I really wanted to play with it to see if I could add something to it. Literally thirty minutes in the studio, starting to play with it, finding that 94-96 bmp (beats per minute) range, we were playing around in there. Ultimately I think it was a little bit faster than that, but that 94-96 bmp range is right old school hip-hop. So I grabbed The Honey Drippers’ ‘Impeach the President,’ which is a really classic old school hip-hop break beat, and I had them throw that break beat under there. I messed with that, and I messed with Eric B. and Rakim’s ‘I Know You Got Soul’ under ‘Friend Like Me,’ and I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m home. I’m home.’ I started playing with the hip-hop flavor and the Genie was really born in my mind from the music.”Another interesting fact that Will Smith revealed during his interview was the truth behind his spotless blue Genie. Turns out the Genie in Aladdin is actually 100 per cent CGI! “A lot of people don’t even recognize this, but the Genie is 100% CGI. People look at it and think it’s my face blue, and it’s my body. The Genie is 100% CGI. There’s none of me in the Genie. It’s like the work was so good, that they don’t even get credit for it…I would just be on set, we’d run the scenes and everything, and I could improv on set because I knew it wouldn’t necessarily be in the movie. Then we’d do the first round of the CGI work and we could go again and work it. Then Guy watched the whole movie, and I had another chance to go back and we could play with lines and make adjustments because [the visual effects people] were going to create it anyway. So for me, there was tons of improv,” said Smith.Recently, a premiere of Aladdin was held where Will Smith’s family appeared. The whole family including Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow, Trey and Jaden were present to support Smith. Aladdin releases today, May 24.last_img read more

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Tripping up Nike ticks 20 staff off its India roster

first_imgREUTERS/Lucy NicholsonIn a major downsizing exercise in India, US sportswear giant Nike Inc has fired 20 percent of its Indian workforce and asked many others to join its operations in South East Asia, the Economic Times (ET) reported on Saturday.Nike entered India in 2005 and soon found it a difficult market to crack. The Times of India had reported earlier that the Oregon-headquartered Nike had closed around 35 percent of its stores in India, the ET report said.The company subsequently closed its cricket bat sponsorship deals to save on costs. Nike currently operates around 200 stores in India.Asked about the ongoing layoffs in India, a Nike India spokesperson told ET, “In June, we announced that as part of Nike’s move to align the company against the Consumer Direct Offence, a strategy that allows us to serve our consumers faster and more personally, there would be workforce reductions, and that has been the case in India.”He said that the company’s head office in India remains in Bengaluru with two other offices out of New Delhi and Mumbai.The layoffs come as part of a global restructuring process at Nike that will see the company focus on 12 key cities, including New York, Shanghai, London, Tokyo, Paris and Mexico City, to achieve 80 percent of its projected growth by 2020, the ET report said. No Indian city features on the list.Nike, which entered India in 2005, saw its sales fall to Rs 764 crore in fiscal 2016 from Rs 803 crore in fiscal 2015, according to data from the Registrar of Companies (RoC). Its losses widened from Rs 101 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 170 crore in 2015-16.In the same period, Nike’s competitors Adidas and Puma have surged ahead with sales of Rs 899 crore and Rs 878 crore. In fiscal 2015, Adidas notched up sales of Rs 805 crore, while Puma, whose year ended in December 2014, showed sales of Rs 769 crore. PixabayBad demand in the Indian market has affected almost all major sports equipment manufacturing companies. In fiscal 2016, according to The Times of India, Adidas closed down some non-performing stores retailing both Adidas and Reebok products, and focused more on its ‘athleisure’ brand Adidas Originals, which the company said had given it very good results.last_img read more

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Will Kashmiris celebrate Eid in Valley amid lockdown

first_img Big Kashmir move? Modi govt proposes to revoke Article 370 Close More than 500 political workers and leaders have been detained across the Kashmir Valley.ReutersKashmir continues to be under a complete security lockdown but the Narendra Modi-led BJP government may give some relaxation to the people residing in the Valley. Ahead of the Eid-ul-Zuha on August 12, Centre may loosen restrictions that were imposed before the government’s move to abrogate provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcation of the state into two union territories.Speaking to the media, an official stated, “I cannot share the details but the government is planning something to provide relief to the people on the occasion of the festival.”More than 500 political workers and leaders have been detained across the Valley. However, it is not yet clear whether arrested leaders, including former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, will be released or not.NSA Ajit Doval dines with KashmirisNational Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval reached Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, August 5, to take stock of security situation in the Valley. Interacting with the residents in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, Doval said, “Everything will be all right. Your safety and security is our responsibility.”Doval also had lunch with the locals. Watch the video here:#WATCH Jammu and Kashmir: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval interacts with locals in Shopian, has lunch with them. pic.twitter.com/zPBNW1ZX9k— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2019 Doval visited Shopian as it is considered the hotbed of militancy. He directed the officials to ensure that common people do not face any hardships in the wake of the recent development pertaining to the state. He also praised the Army, police and paramilitary troops for their contribution and coordination in ensuring peace and law and order in the entire Kashmir valley.J&K Governor allots Rs 1 lakh to migrant Kashmiri students for Eid Governor Satya Pal Malik makes arrangements for migrant Kashmiri students who will not be able to make it to home for Eid this time.ReutersSatya Pal Malik, Jammu and Kashmir Governor, allotted Rs 1 lakh each to designated liaison officers for organising Eid festivities for students from Jammu and Kashmir who are studying in other parts of the country and will not be able to come home due to security clampdown.During a meeting held at the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar, Malik had passed directions for setting up telephone lines in deputy commissioners’ offices for the migrant students to talk to their families back in Kashmir.As there were no untoward incidents reported from the Valley, the Governor has made arrangements for enabling people to perform Friday prayers and for the celebration of Eid-ul-Adha next week.center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:13Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:12?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

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BNP gets conditional permission to hold rally

first_imgFlag of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). File PhotoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Saturday said it got conditional permission from the authorities concerned to hold a public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka on Sunday.Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said they were allowed to stage the rally on 23 conditions, reports UNB.On Friday last, BNP announced to hold the rally at the Suhrawardy Udyan on Wednesday marking what it said the civil-military ‘uprising on 7 November 1975’.Later, the party deferred it to Sunday.last_img

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