Warriors, Draymond Green on a roll, but one question has him scratching his head

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile device Except for his size, his length, his skill, his fast-twitch muscles and his high-octane competitive nature, the Warriors’ Draymond Green is just like the rest of us.“What is life going to be like next year?” Green mused during a recent appearance on the “Pull Up with CJ McCollum” podcast, hosted by the Portland Trail Blazers’ 20-points-per-game guard.“You have Kevin (Durant) and Klay (Thompson), free …last_img read more

Impumelelo rewards upliftment

first_img11 January 2006All over South Africa, people and organisations are working to uplift the poor, save the environment, care for children and develop the country’s economy. These projects make a meaningful difference in the lives of ordinary people, but rarely make headlines.Rewarding these interventions and giving them the attention they deserve is the work of the Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust, which held its 2005 awards ceremony in December. Impumelelo is a Xhosa word meaning “success through working together”. The Impumelelo Innovations Awards Trust was created to reward innovations in government and public-private partnerships that reduce poverty and address key development issues. It is based on a model developed by the Ford Foundation, in partnership with the John F Kennedy School of Government and Harvard University.The trust rewards exceptional projects that involve partnerships with the public sector and enhance the quality of life of poor communities in innovative ways. Some R1-million is distributed every year to the most exceptional projects.The idea is that Impumelelo will become a permanent resource and database of innovations and best practices in the delivery of social services.At the 2005 awards ceremony, four projects received the Impumelelo Platinum Awards and prize money of R50 000 each. Gold Awards, also worth R50 000 each, went to 10 projects, while Silver Awards and R20 000 went to each of 24 projects.PLATINUM AWARDS Working on Fire ProgrammeEvery year, wildfires cost the South African economy millions of rand and cause loss of life and livelihoods. They devastate not only the forestry and farming sectors, but also those least able to afford such losses – the rural poor. Working on Fire was introduced in 2003 as a multidisciplinary government and private sector response, providing support to the National Disaster Management Unit.Four regional cluster offices, 44 fire bases and 46 Hotshot teams are located across the country, providing jobs to 1 120 previously unemployed people. They undergo rigorous training on fire-fighting, fire suppression, manual fire reduction, health and safety, social development and a wide range of life skills.Zion Anti-Rape ProjectSouth Africa has one of the highest rape statistics in the world. In 2004 a partnership between the South African Police Service in Limpopo’s Vhembe district and the Zion Christian Church, one of the biggest churches in SA, set up a joint educational campaign to educate people about rape and abuse, distributing 12 000 pamphlets and t-shirts. Community meetings reached 57 000 people, and reported rapes decreased from 11% to 4%.Local Labour Promotion ProjectTo deliver services and decrease their municipal debt, the Western Cape’s Overstrand municipality introduced a debt-reduction pilot project in Hermanus’s Zwehile township in 2005. Eighteen people whose municipal bill was in arrears built ablution facilities at the local sports field in return for a reduction of debt. It cost the municipality R350 000; with a private company the same building would have cost the municipality about R1-million. The beneficiaries’ accounts were credited with R179 887.Isibindi UmbumbuluIsibindi Umbumbulu – Creating Circles of Care – was initiated in 2001 by the National Association of Child Care Workers in response to the needs of HIV/Aids children and their families in the area surrounding Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. As an alternative to placing children in state residential institutions, 14 child and youth care workers were trained and visited 190 children and 55 families over a nine-month period, with 31 grants processed.All the children attend school – school fees and uniforms have been provided – and their families have been trained in food gardening. Eighteen children are involved in income-generating projects, with 38 youngsters and their siblings having received life skills training. Public-private partnerships have made the project cost effective, with the cost per child some R120 per month, as opposed to R5 000 in state residential facilities.GOLD AWARDS The Learning ChannelTo improve proficiency in maths, science and technology in South African schools, various partnerships were formed to launch the Liberty Life Learning Channel on SABC 3 in 1990, targeting children in grades 10 to 12.It is a live phone-in broadcast where pupils have access to syllabus-specific lessons in maths, science, biology and English. Educational material is also published in newspapers such as the Sunday Times, Sowetan, Daily Despatch, Eastern Province Herald, Argus, Rapport, Die Burger, Beeld and Pretoria News.The project’s success can be seen in the 600 hours of free transmission time the public broadcaster gives it every year, an indication of the channel’s impact and audience rating. This is the only live programme of its kind in the world.HIV/Aids Task TeamIn 2003 the Siyancuma municipality of the Northern Cape introduced an HIV/Aids Task Team to deal with the epidemic in Douglas and surrounding towns. After conducting a baseline survey of the area and setting up partnerships with churches and organisations in the area, the municipality conducted a protracted door-to door awareness campaign, encouraging voluntary counselling and testing.Twelve peer educators were trained, four awareness campaigns were conducted in schools and churches, and condoms were widely distributed. The main objectives have been to change sexual behaviour and destigmatise the disease. Grandmothers Against Poverty & AidsOne impact of HIV/Aids is that grandmothers are increasingly burying their own children and grandchildren. With this in mind, an occupational therapist and grandmothers from Khayelitsha in the Western Cape formed Grandmothers Against Poverty and Aids (Gapa), with the aim of helping grandmothers whose families are affected by HIV/Aids.Over 400 grandmothers attend monthly workshops and address issues such as Aids education, how to access government grants, developing business skills, food gardening, bereavement counselling, child care, nutrition and drawing up a will. Nineteen home support groups cater for 190 grandmothers who look after 350 children. About 70 grandmothers receive preschool bursaries for their grandchildren. Similar groups have been formed in the Eastern Cape.Integrated Serviced Land ProjectThe provision of early childhood development (ECD) services is a problem in poor communities on the Cape Flats in the Western Cape. In 2001 the South African government, in partnership with the ECD Centre, built six centres in Delft, Crossroads, Browns Farm, and Weltevreden Valley.Seventy-six jobs were created, over 120 women were trained in ECD, and 480 children are now given preschool education. In addition, 158 community members were trained in school governance, leadership and financial management, while 1 324 children gained access to the child support grant. Philani OutreachMany township children are malnourished due to the poverty of their mothers. In 2004 a partnership between Philani, the community and the government established an integrated childhood illnesses management programme in Khayelitsha, a poor settlement near Cape Town.The programme takes child health and nutrition beyond clinics into the community, with 65 volunteers in nine informal settlements providing support to women who care for their children at home. Some 2 000 malnourished children have been identified, 62% of whom have regained their age-appropriate weight.One benefit is that the home-based approach costs less than clinic-based health and nutrition rehabilitation programmes. In addition, the children’s mothers have been helped to start their own money-earning activities.18.2 LearnershipsThe Eben Donges Regional Hospital in the Western Cape introduced the 18.2 Learnership project in 1997 to train unemployed women in auxiliary nursing, focusing on anatomy, physiology and basic health care. Since then 90 women have completed their internship and are employed, 40 cleaners have had their skills upgraded to auxiliary nurses, 36 nurses have completed a second year of training and 32 have completed a third. The national drop-out rate for such training is 40%; at Eben Donges it is zero. Cape Flats Nature The Cape Flats is at the heart of the Cape Floristic Region biodiversity hotspot, a world heritage site with over 1 400 indigenous plant species, including 131 rare or endangered species of which 76 are narrow endemics. Cape Flats Nature was set up in 2003 to foster the conservation of fragmented natural habitats in an urban setting where land is scarce and poverty is widespread. Functioning in a relatively poverty-stricken area, it has four pilot sites.To foster a sense of community ownership and to cultivate a conservation ethic, surrounding communities were exposed to environmental education, recreation and job creation activities. Some 200 environment educators were trained, 252 jobs were created and almost 11 000 learners benefited from educational and recreational activities.Go for Gold ProgrammeGo for Gold, established in 1999 as a partnership between the construction sector and the Western Cape Education Department, aims to help disadvantaged students improve their maths and science skills and help them enter the construction industry.The project serves 23 schools on the Cape Flats, providing extra lessons and additional supervision. So far, 75 students have passed Grade 12; they are then placed at a construction site for a year. Some 72% of the project’s beneficiaries are currently employed in the construction sector or undergoing tertiary education. A second office has been opened in Mitchell’s Plain. Operation Thiba Stock theft is a major problem in Limpopo province. Before the South African Police Service launched Operation Thiba in 2004, most farmers did not bother to report stock theft as the recovery rate was below 10%. The operation involved establishing stock theft units in four districts, with small-scale farmers educated about branding and the registration of brand marks. Within two months, There was a 60% drop in stock theft. The operation recovered 949 cattle and 265 sheep, destroyed 12 syndicates, made 189 arrests and secured 89 convictions.Beaufort West HydroponicsThe dry Beaufort West region of the Karoo is characterised by high unemployment and poverty, with drought hitting agriculture hard and making farming by conventional means extremely difficult.A partnership between the CSIR, the municipality and the community led to the establishment of a hydroponics project in 2002, in which various herbs are produced. Hydroponics does not need soil; the nutrients are in the irrigation water and the crop grown inside greenhouses.The project has given jobs to 60 people – the highest employment figure for a single company in the area. Crops grown include coriander, sweet basil, rocket, mint, spinach, lettuce and tomatoes, all of which are sold to Woolworths.SILVER AWARDS iKamva LabantuTshebele Pele (Gauteng)Talking Beads (Gauteng)Men on the Side of the Road Project(W Cape)Food Gardening (Gauteng)Enviro-Permaculture Project (Limpopo)Happy Hours Day Care CentresCustomer Service Project (KwaZulu-Natal)Durban Air Quality Plan (KwaZulu-Natal)Emseni Community Projects (KwaZulu-Natal)Primedia Skills Development (Gauteng)Slang Park Housing Project (Western Cape)Zibambele Road Programme (KwaZulu-Natal)Cape Craft and Design Institute (Western Cape)Perinatal Mental Health Project (Western Cape)Community-Based Seed Production (Limpopo)Ebenhauser Dam (Western Cape)Morning Star Children’s Centre (Free State)Uthango Enterprise Project (Western Cape)Electrification of Ha-Muraga Village (Limpopo)Black Sash (Western Cape)Monash South Africa & the Hothouse Incubator (Gauteng)KZN Music Project (KwaZulu-Natal)Kgalagadi Sanitation Programme (Northern Cape)Ukunakekela Rape Survivors Project (KZN)SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

World Cancer Day marked in SA

first_imgKulula.com’s Mo’ Plane demonstrated the no-frills airline’s support for the Cansa Movember men’s health campaign.(Image: kulula.com) The Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) marked World Cancer Day, 4 February, with the launch of a declaration calling governments to action in stepping up the fight against the disease, thereby reducing the global burden by the target year of 2020. The World Cancer Declaration was first promoted at the 2006 World Cancer Congress in Washington DC and revised in 2008, but 2011 sees it launch in South Africa for the first time. It’s designed to bring the global cancer crisis to the attention of policymakers, and to increase awareness of the disease and ways in which to not only treat it, but prevent it.“Cancer is a non-communicable disease, just like diabetes or heart disease,” said Cansa CEO Sue van Rensburg, herself a cancer survivor, “and currently is responsible for about 40% of all deaths worldwide.”This figure is more than the combined victims of HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis.She added that despite this statistic, just 10% of the global health budget is devoted to research and management of non-communicable diseases. At least 40% of cancers are preventable, and about 90% of them are caused by our environment.“In order to live in a cancer-free world we need the help of leaders, because they make the policies,” she said.The declaration was adopted by all parties at the 2008 World Cancer Congress, held in Geneva.Van Rensburg was the first signatory, followed by Stephen White representing local communications provider Telkom.White took the opportunity to hand over a generous cheque for R80 000 (US$11 000) to Cansa – the money was raised from the 2010 sales of Telkom’s Palmtalk Flip digital cordless phone.For 2011 Telkom has pledged a R10 ($1.4) portion from every sale of two new products, the Big Button Care and Palmtalk Big phones. With 133 Telkom Direct stores around the country, the company is hoping to better its record and raise at least R200 000 ($27 400) for the cause.“We have always striven to balance our responsibility to our shareholders, consumers and the community,” said White, “and we are pleased to be a part of this initiative.”Those interested can read more about the declaration on Cansa’s website. The declaration’s text may be read online, or downloaded (PDF, 61KB).Serving the peopleA volunteer-based and community-driven organisation, the Cancer Association of South Africa celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2011. Established in 1931 by a concerned group of medical professionals, the organisation now operates 45 offices around South Africa, with a permanent staff of 260 and a 12 000-strong volunteer corps.Cansa’s mission is to drive cancer research by funding scientists, to educate citizens about cancer, and to provide support to those who need it.The organisation runs a number of special projects, such as the annual Shavathon, where participants show solidarity with cancer patients by paying a fee to have their heads shaved or spray-painted – the 2010 event raised an impressive R5,8-million ($796 000); the Cuppa for Cansa, which invites workplaces, clubs or individuals to host a tea party and ask guests to make a donation; and the Sanlam Cancer Challenge golf tournament.Cansa also runs the popular Movember initiative, which originated in Australia. Movember encourages South African men to grow a moustache during November while raising awareness and funds for cancer-related men’s health. To show its support for the 2010 campaign, the irreverent kulula.com airline sported a moustache on its famous Flying 101 craft.Cansa is affiliated with the breast cancer support organisation Reach for Recovery.last_img read more

Meet the Dynamic Master Editing Duo Behind Your Favorite Movies

first_imgBy dividing the work and sharing the load, the editing partners behind the films of J.J. Abrams have cut an unconventional path to Hollywood editing success.Top image via LucasfilmMaryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey have been go-to editors for J.J. Abrams since Alias, all the way back in 2001. The long-standing trust built between Abrams, Brandon, and Markey eventually led to an unorthodox and wildly successful collaborative approach to the sometimes tedious process of editing.Working out of the Bad Robot suite (and cutting on Avid Media Composer), Brandon and Markey have co-edited all five of Abrams’s big-screen directorial efforts — Mission: Impossible 3, Star Trek, Super 8, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which garnered them each an Academy Award nomination.While both work on projects independently (for instance, Brandon on the upcoming Passengers and Markey on 2017’s The Great Wall), they still come together as a team whenever a new Abrams project pops up. So what exactly makes these two world-class editors work so well together?Secrets of the Co-Editing ProcessImage via Paramount PicturesIn a recent interview discussing their work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the two editors shed a little light on the overall process of working on a film of such magnitude and talked about how they approach working together and with Abrams.Abrams gives each editor separate sections of the film, letting them operate on their own to cut together scenes in their own way. This trust and freedom is one of the foundations of the duo’s working relationship. Brandon explains:Even when we work as a team, we each have our own sequences. We discuss the film as a whole and get our notes together and then go back to the sequences we have ownership of, and we finesse the sequences and then put it all together as a film. So it’s the same working experience as when we work alone.This decision to have two main editors work on a film is genius for a couple reasons. First, splitting the time up between the two will save money and ease individual frustrations. Secondly, getting two perspectives on characters and scenes is an excellent way to judge how your movie is flowing. This unusual tag-team approach to editing requires constant communication and a deep-seated understanding of the story being told. Markey goes into more detail:We go through the script and, say, if it’s 120 pages, and we know we each take about 60 pages, that maybe I’ll take 30, and then Maryann will take the next 30, and then I’ll take the next 30 and she’ll take the last 30, or something like that. In this case, I took the beginning, Maryann took the long middle, and then I took the end. We used to split it up in smaller chunks, but it just makes it easier for J.J. if we have really big pieces, so that he’s not bouncing back and forth between us as much.Editing for Emotion over EverythingImage via Paramount PicturesWhile Abrams offers vague notes at the start of production, Brandon and Markey both state that one objective is very clear and one goal certain — “making the audience feel a certain emotion.” Regardless of the specifics of the scene or the action taking place, the emotions drawn from the characters and story are top priority.In the excellent hour-long video featured below, Brandon and Markey explain their process, discuss working with Abrams, and expose the challenges that come with editing a major Hollywood production. They even break down a few scenes from their films, detailing what drove them to make the cuts required to build an effective scene.If there’s a lesson to be found in the words of these master editors, it’s that the depth of communication and level of understanding between director and editor can determine how well a story is told.Advice on Working with DirectorsImage via LucasfilmAmong the most challenging aspects of working as an editor are the constant back-and-forth discussions with producers and directors. With Brandon and Markey, the long history they share with Abrams has created a relationship built on trust and honesty. As such, notes and feedback aren’t as big of an issue. That’s not the case for everyone.For most editors, giving notes to the director mid-production can sometimes prove to be a touchy situation. Brandon and Markey urge editors to put their foot down right from the get-go. There’s a fine line between being difficult and being professional. Brandon explains:It’s a very tricky thing to do, because you want to be positive, and you want to also be constructive – and sometimes you have to be destructive to be constructive. Which I guess just means it’s hard work. It means try everything.This method of working (plus a deep understanding of relationships within the context of a film’s production) is what sets this duo apart from other editors. Their track record speaks for itself as proof.Who are some of your favorite film editors? Share in the comments below!last_img read more

Bruges Bounces Out Panathinaikos

first_imgOnce again, Greek soccer power Panathinaikos has had a disastrous exit from European Champions League play, losing to Bruges, 3-0.The win for the Belgian team gave them a 4-2 aggregate total over the Greens, who won the first game, 2-1. European soccer groupings play only two games with the total goals and other tie-breakers determining the victor even if both teams each win a game instead of playing a third game.Playing not to lose instead of trying to win was the killer for the Greek team which was too cautious instead of attacking and putting away the Belgian club.Bruges scored in the 53d minute (soccer doesn’t give exact time goals are scored) and then got a second five minutes later from Spanish midfielder Victor Vazquez, whose free kick bounced off the head of Panathinaikos defender Jens Wemmer into the goal.Nikos Karelis almost got one back in the 62nd minute but hit the post and that was all she wrote for the Greek side. Eight minutes from the end Bruges’ Obbi Oulare put in the dagger.Panathinaikos will now enter the Aug. 7 draw for the losers Europa League playoffs in the hope it will be able to feature in the group stage of UEFA’s second-tier competition.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

20 days agoReally? Barber insists Pogba needs right haircut for Man Utd form

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Really? Barber insists Pogba needs right haircut for Man Utd formby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Pogba’s personal barber has defended the Manchester United midfielder’s form.Pogba has beem criticised for caring more about his haircut than he is about playing football.But Pogba’s barber Ahmed Alsanawi told the Sportsman: “People say ‘What’s the haircut?’“Think about it, they’re always on TV, millions and millions of people are watching them.“What would you rather look like? S***, or good?“People don’t get that and it winds me up sometimes.“Hair is the crown you wear.“If I’m going out, and my hair is messy and my beard is all over the place, my confidence isn’t going to be as good as if I have a proper decent fade and I’m feeling myself.”That’s every aspect of life, anything; if you feel confident in yourself and the haircut makes you feel that way, you’re going to perform better.” last_img read more

How The Raptors Pulled Off A 263 Run — And Sealed Their

With 2:18 left in the third quarter of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova trudged to the free-throw line. After he made his first shot to put the Bucks up 14, Mike Budenholzer subbed Giannis Antetokounmpo out of the game, hoping to grab his superstar a quick breather while the team was sitting on a sizable lead. Ilyasova made the second free throw after Giannis checked out, and at that point, according to Inpredictable, the Bucks had a 92.7 percent chance of pushing the series to Game 7. Alas, that did not happen.Antetokounmpo ended up sitting for only 17 seconds, but those 17 seconds proved costly. Giannis re-entered the game only after Kawhi Leonard secured an and-one on an up-and-under floater. That innocuous floater was the start of a spectacular 26-3 Raptors run that thrust Toronto into position to capture its first NBA Finals bid, further validating both last summer’s trade for Leonard and the years of tinkering Raptors president Masai Ujiri has done with his team.The run spanned seven minutes and 42 seconds of game time and contained a seemingly endless number of thrilling plays. It started with Leonard’s and-one, but there was also Antetokounmpo swatting Pascal Siakam at the rim, only to see Serge Ibaka score on the offensive board; Leonard drawing a three-shot foul, making the first two free throws and missing the last, only to grab his own offensive rebound and head right back to the line; the Raptors running the same Spain pick-and-roll play three times in a row to open the fourth quarter and getting 7 points out of it; Fred VanVleet continuing his white hot post-baby shooting with a stepback three in isolation; and finally, Kyle Lowry picking Khris Middleton’s pocket on the drive, pushing the ball up the floor, and dropping it back to Leonard for a monster left-handed dunk. All told, Toronto went 10 of 14 from the field and 4 of 6 from the line during this stretch. Ibaka and VanVleet combined to shoot 5 of 5 and scored 11 of the team’s 26 points, while Leonard totaled 10 to go with six rebounds. Lowry didn’t shoot even once, but he assisted on four of the seven baskets Toronto scored while he was on the floor, and had the aforementioned crucial steal. Meanwhile, the Raptors’ defense locked down the Bucks in the halfcourt, much as they had for most of the past few games. Milwaukee shot just 1 of 9 from the field and 0 of 6 from three during this stretch.By the time the Raptors were done with their burst, they had raised their win probability from 7.3 percent all the way up to 88.0 percent, per Inpredictable. Curiously, a decent chunk of that win probability was accumulated with Antetokounmpo on the bench. Toronto sliced the aforementioned 3 points off the lead before he checked back in late in the third; but even after they cut the lead to just 5 points by the end of the quarter, Budenholzer elected to have Giannis on the bench again — taking his sixth rest of the game — to open the fourth. Antetokounmpo finished the game plus-3 in 41 minutes, meaning the Bucks were outscored by nine during the seven minutes he was out. Budenholzer stridently maintained during his postgame press conference that playing his star more minutes was not the answer, but I guess we’ll never know.By the time Giannis re-entered a minute and a half into the fourth period, the game was tied. A few minutes later, the Raptors had built an 8-point lead. Milwaukee made a final push and turned it into a back-and-forth, one-possession game for a few minutes, but the Bucks lost Leonard (seriously) on a crucial out of bounds play with around three minutes left, and he nailed a corner three to push the lead to 5 points.Milwaukee, the best defensive rebounding team left in the playoffs, was then let down by one of its strengths at the most important moment of the game.1Milwaukee ranked second in defensive rebound rate during the regular season and was third during the playoffs entering Game 6. The Bucks gave up four backbreaking offensive rebounds in the final 2:12 of the game. Siakam grabbed arguably the two most important ones: He corralled the ball after Giannis made one of the most incredible blocks you’ll ever see on a Leonard drive to the rim and calmly put the ball in the hoop to extend the lead again; and he then grabbed his own rebound off the bottom of the rim with 10 seconds left in the game, robbing Milwaukee of a chance to secure the board and an opportunity to tie it up. Leonard grabbed two off the offensive glass as well, with the second essentially icing the game as he beat several Bucks to the ball off Siakam’s missed free throw with 7.0 seconds left.Turning the Bucks’ strengths into weaknesses was the foundation of Toronto’s four straight wins to capture the series. Antetokounmpo, the likely league MVP, was limited to just 30-of-69 shooting in Games 3 through 6, thanks to the individual exploits of Leonard and the timely help of, well, everyone else. Milwaukee’s vaunted 3-point attack fell by the wayside without as many transition opportunities to fuel it. The Bucks’ elite help defense was neutralized at times as well, both by the Raptors pinging the ball around the perimeter and by their orchestrating switches so that Leonard or Lowry or even VanVleet could isolate against one of Milwaukee’s bigs, who were thus removed from help position.The Raptors will surely probe for weaknesses where they can against the defending champion Warriors in the NBA Finals, but they’ll also have to do an even better job of mitigating their opponent’s strengths. Golden State knows a thing or two about double-digit comebacks in the conference finals, having just completed three in a row to sweep the Blazers, and of course has also won three of the past four titles. We don’t yet know if or when Kevin Durant will return to the floor, but the Warriors have been reminding us for the past couple weeks that they are still pretty damn good without him.Toronto is the best defensive team the Warriors will have had to face during these playoffs, though, and by a not-insignificant margin. The Raptors had the league’s fifth-best defense during the regular season; Golden State’s three prior playoff opponents ranked 19th (Clippers), 18th (Rockets) and 16th (Trail Blazers). The Raptors also have Leonard, who at the peak of his powers is the best perimeter defender on the planet, and who has looked like the best all-around player in the league for much of these past few weeks. It takes more than just a singular star to dethrone the Warriors, but you’ve certainly got a better shot with one of those guys on your side.2Just ask the Cavaliers, who knocked the Raptors out of the conference finals the last time they were there. That’s exactly why the Raptors made the bold push for Leonard in the first place.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Womens basketball out of a slump and on a roll

After a midseason lull that saw the Ohio State women’s basketball team lose nine of 15 games, Jim Foster’s team is back on track. After four consecutive wins, the Buckeyes are once again in the race for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Tonight, OSU (17-9, 8-6 Big Ten) takes on first-place Michigan State (24-3, 12-2 Big Ten) in a game in which the Spartans will seek revenge for the 14-point loss they suffered Jan. 16 in Columbus. After clinching at least a share of the regular season Big Ten title, MSU can secure the title outright with a win. Foster said his team was lacking defensive intensity and attention to detail during a three-game skid from Jan. 27 to Feb. 6. He questioned his team’s mental toughness, but said it’s better now. “If you’re going to be in the NCAA Tournament,” Foster said Wednesday, “you couldn’t ask for a better situation than our schedule was down the stretch for this particular group of players that had that goal in mind.” That stretch included two wins against Purdue (18-10, 8-7 Big Ten) and road wins against Minnesota (11-16, 3-11 Big Ten) and No. 23 Penn State (21-7, 10-4 Big Ten). Foster said his team has been playing in tournament mode for a few weeks now. “These are the teams that are going to be in the tournament,” junior point guard Samantha Prahalis said, noting the importance of finishing the regular season strong. “We got to keep winning to give us a better seed. It’s just important that we win.” Tied for fifth place in conference standings, the Buckeyes look to crack the top five and earn a bye in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. The winner of the conference tournament gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. “You just want to get better,” Foster said. “They’ve won before — they understand winning and the detail things that are necessary.” OSU is tied with Iowa (20-7, 8-6 Big Ten) in the standings. The two split their series, each winning its respective home games against the other. Senior forward Sarah Schulze made her way back to action in the team’s buzzer-beating 76-74 win at Purdue on Sunday after suffering a knee sprain that had kept her out of action since the Jan. 16 win against MSU. Her return has inspired her teammates. “That just shows toughness,” sophomore guard Tayler Hill said. “When we’ve seen her out there, if she can do it, we know that we can play tough too.” The Buckeyes will have to contend with Spartans leading scorer Kalisha Keane. The forward is averaging 16.3 points while shooting nearly 45 percent from beyond the 3-point line. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the Breslin Center. read more

Premier calls urgent press conference

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 30, 2016 – Media assembled at the Office of Premier to no doubt be updated on the major blunder surrounding his shocking election date recall.  The Premier gave this statement on the change of the election date.“I am advised that the Election Day Proclamation that was published in the Gazette on Friday announcing the date of the General Election was in order by being in accordance with the TCI Constitution.  However, there was an issue with the timelines under section 26 of the Election Ordinance and hence the procedures for the appointment of a Nomination Day and Election Day could not have been executed in the minimum time frame provided for by the Constitution.There were several options available to me as Premier to assist in rectifying the situation to permit the Supervisor of Elections to carry out the procedures required under the Election Ordinance.  I exercised the option of recommending to His Excellency the Governor to change the date of the election to a date of my choosing which is December 15, 2016.  The Governor having consulted with me on this date will now issue an amendment to that Proclamation published on Friday October 28, 2016.Contrary to the opinion touted by persons from other political camps, the decision to exercise the option to change the date of election was made after much consultation and consideration with executives and several legal minds of the Progressive National Party who advised and supported my decision to recommend a change to the Election Date.” Related Items:last_img read more

Toure believes Pep Guardiola is targeting quadruple

first_imgFormer Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure believes the club’s manager Guardiola is targeting the quadruple this season.City are still in the hunt for the Premier League title, the UEFA Champions crown, the FA Cup and have already won the first leg of their EFL Cup semifinal clash against Burton Albion 9-0.“To be honest, I think he’s going to try it.” Toure said, according to Manchester Evening News.“Because I think now the big question is if City are going to go for the Premier League or the Champions League or the League Cup or the FA Cup? I don’t think so, I think he’s going to go for all of them, you know. Because the squad they have, they’re young players. My point is they’re going to go for all of them.” Asked if the club had to focus on one trophy, which would it be. Toure replied, saying: “Yeah, I think the Champions League is the big, big one. To be honest, the cups – the League Cup and the FA Cup – can become a distraction. Why? Because the Champions League and the Premier League is the big, big target for Man City.” Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…last_img read more