Blackwater junks KIA

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Read Next Profitable, yes; never again, please! Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC But the old reliables were there for Isaac, with import Henry Walker shooting 25 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and issuing seven assists in just over 36 minutes as Isaac found the luxury of giving the NBA veteran some rest with the lopsided outcome.JP Erram had 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Mike DiGregorio started out at the point to finish with 16 after making all of his five attempts from beyond trifectaville.KIA, meanwhile, all but bowed out after taking its eighth straight loss even after parading a new import in Geron Marquis Johnson, who scored 28 points but had nine of the Picanto’s 19 turnovers.Meanwhile, San Miguel Beer parades new import Terik Bridgeman against slumping Alaska in a Petron Saturday Special Game at 5 p.m. at AUF Sports Arena and Cultural Center in Angeles City. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Elite established franchise marks in points scored in a quarter, 40 to open up against the Picanto, and 70 in a half, for a 39-point lead going into the third as Blackwater rebounded from a 117-96 loss to TNT KaTropa to rise to a level 4-4 card and stay in the playoff hunt.“We are very positive of our playoff chances,” Isaac said. “We will face whatever challenges are in front of us in our last three games. The team is ready.”Chris Ellis and Dave Marcelo, Blackwater’s new acquisitions from Barangay Ginebra in a trade completed on Thursday, did not see action yet.Isaac said that he asked Ellis and Marcelo to report for practice on Monday and the duo, who enjoyed respectable playing time while with defending champion Barangay Ginebra, will have to earn their minutes with the team.Ellis and Marcelo will have some form of motivation with the Elite’s next game slated against the Gin Kings on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief ANTIPOLO—Coach Leo Isaac was looking for a bounce-back from his Blackwater crew and got something he didn’t really expect.Two days after losing horribly, and a day after making a blockbuster trade, the Elite flaunted their best form yet and dealt KIA Picanto an ugly beating, 118-97, Friday night that enhanced their playoff chances in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT “I expected a bounce-back, but not like this. I am mildly surprised,” Isaac said after the rout. “While reviewing the tape [of our last game], I noticed that we lacked the energy and I asked the players to play with energy tonight.“I got that from them from both ends of the floor,” he went on. “I told them after the game that if we play with the same kind of energy, who knows how far that will take us in our last three games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGlobalPort snapped TNT KaTropa’s two-game winning streak with a 119-112 victory later in the night, climbing to a level 3-3 card in the process.Stanley Pringle scored 30 points and had eight rebounds and import Murphey Holloway had 24 and 17 as the Batang Pier dealt the Texters their third loss in seven games. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Cone looking for replacement for injured Castro

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—National team coach Tim Cone is open to the possibility of bringing in four more players on the pool after losing Jayson Castro to an injury.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES This jewelry designer is also an architect But that’s if the Grand Slam mentor would still be allowed to add names to the initial 15-man pool already submitted by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to the Southeast Asian Games organizing committee.“We’re not sure yet, we’re still finding out whether we can get anybody. We’re not even sure if they can allow us. That’s being checked on by the SBP. We’re waiting for word if we can add someone to our 15-man pool,” Cone said Monday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“I’m not sure if we can add somebody, but that’s the reason why we got 15, in case we did have an injury,” he added. “If we can, we will probably replace. If we can, we have a couple of guys in mind. I don’t wanna say it because I don’t wanna get their hopes up, but we have I would say, four players in mind. From the PBA, definitely from the PBA.”The pool is down to 14 players with Castro ruled out after the star guard went down with a soleus muscle strain in his right ankle early into TNT’s 126-113 loss to NLEX in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday night. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? 2 women who flashed breasts at World Series banned by MLB Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Cone said he just learned from physician Raul Canlas that the 33-year-old Castro, who was supposed to make his national team comeback in the SEA Games later this year, will likely be out for five to six weeks.“Losing Jayson is such a huge blow. I mean I don’t know how we’re gonna recover. Obviously, we have to move on,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: PV Sindhu to battle for badminton gold vs world No.1 Tai Tzu

first_imgPV Sindhu reached her maiden Asian Games final as she beat world No.2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 in 66 minutes in the women’s singles semi-final in Jakarta on Monday.With the win, Sindhu became India’s first-ever silver-medallist at the multi-sport event. Earlier in the day, Saina Nehwal settled for a bronze after a 17-21, 18-21 loss to world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan in her women’s singles semi-final.In the 1982 Asian Games, Syed Modi had bagged a bronze medal in the men’s singles event.Unlike Saina, Sindhu looked in complete control of the game today and her net strokes and smashing were absolutely on point. Contrarily, Akane Yamaguchi’s movement was not at her best. She even had strapping on her arms.Milestone achieved!@Pvsindhu1 becomes the first woman to secure a at the Asiad. A confident and boisterous display to seal the SF tie 21-17, 15-21, 21-10 against ‘ s Yamaguchi in a thriller of a fixture. #GoForGold #IndiaontheRise #AsianGames2018 Media (@BAI_Media) August 27, 2018Before this match, Sindhu has also defeated Yamaguchi during the Team event at Asian Games 2018 when India took on Japan. Sindhu had also reached the final of Badminton World Championships 2018 with a semi-final win over Yamaguchi.Also read – Saina Nehwal settles for bronze after losing semi-finalSindhu started off the match extremely confidently taking the attack at Yamaguchi due to which the diminutive Japanese struggled to get her rhythm going.Throughout the first game, Sindhu made the best of her height and played some exquisite net strokes and smashed at every opportunity presented to peg Yamaguchi back.advertisementDespite a late fightback from Yamaguchi, Sindhu kept her calm and stuck to her game plan to take the first game 21-17 in 22 minutes.The second game began pretty much the same and even though the two stayed equal at 5-5, Yamaguchi’s shoulder kept drooping with every error she made. Yamaguchi was very uncharacteristic in her errors today, throwing the shuttles out and not being able to reach for strokes completely.However, the Japanese did not give up and kept at it to snatch Sindhu’s 10-6 lead to make it 10-10. With five points on the trot, Yamaguchi went into the break with a slender 11-10 lead.Yamaguchi produced inspiring badminton after the break, going for every single shuttle that was thrown at her by Sindhu to take the game 21-15.In the decider, Sindhu switched her body language back to her attacking self and that yielded results. Sindhu got back to smashing and placing, stretching Yamaguchi all over the court.Sindhu went into the break with an 11-7 lead and never let up even after that.Sindhu completely attacked Yamaguchi making her fall all over the court and romped off to the massive victory.last_img read more

Video: Mike Thomas Danced, Did “O-H” On Field As Clock Wound Down In Win Over Michigan

first_imgMike Thomas dances on the field against Michigan.Twitter/@JENNeraly_crazyLocker room dances after big college football wins have become quite ubiquitous. On-field dances while you watch the clock run out on an arch-rival? Now that’s next level. With just six second left in regulation, Ohio State wide receiver Mike Thomas stood on the field and danced, eventually morphing his moves into the beginning of an “O-H-I-O.” We’re sure plenty of Buckeyes at home were ready to finish it, as the door slammed on the Wolverines.Mike Thomas. Lol #GoBucks @Cantguardmike #shhhh— Lindsey (@lindzlou01) November 28, 2015LOL This man @Cantguardmike is a FOOL!! #Zone6— Zach S ith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) November 28, 2015Ohio State has been up-and-down this season, but it picked a perfect spot for its best game of the year. Now, they need to root for Penn State to pull off a big upset.last_img read more

Asian Airgun Championship: Bhaker, Saurabh win 10m air pistol mixed team gold

first_img Press Trust of India Taoyuan CityMarch 27, 2019UPDATED: March 27, 2019 13:18 IST Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary smashed the qualification world record and then went on to win mixed team gold at Asian Airgun Championship. (@India_All Sports Photo)HIGHLIGHTSManu Bhaker-Saurabh Chaudhary won the mixed team gold at Asian Airgun ChampionshipBhaker and Saurabh set a qualification world record at the eventThe two had won gold in the event in the New Delhi Shooting World Cup as well last monthTeenage Indian shooting stars Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary smashed the qualification world record before clinching the 10m air pistol mixed team gold in the 12th Asian Airgun Championship in Taoyuan, Taipei on Wednesday.Their feat came exactly a month after they won the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup stage gold in the same event in Delhi.The 17-year-old Manu and 16-year-old Saurabh shot a combined score of 784 in the qualification round, breaking the record set by Russians Vitalina Batsarashkina and Artem Chernousov at the European Championships five days ago.The Indians then went on to win the five-team final with a score of 484.8.Hwang Seongeun and Kim Mose of Korea won the silver with a score of 481.1 while Wu Chia Ying and Kou Kuan-Ting claimed the bronze for the host country with a score of 413.3.A second Indian team comprising of Anuradha and Abhishek Verma also reached the finals and finished fourth with a score of 372.1, the National Rifle association of India (NRAI) said in a statement here.Also Read | ISSF World Cup in New Delhi: Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary win gold in 10m Air Pistol Mixed TeamFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Tags :Follow Asian Airgun ChampionshipFollow Manu BhakerFollow Saurabh Chaudhary Next Asian Airgun Championship: Bhaker, Saurabh win 10m air pistol mixed team goldAsian Airgun Championship: Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary smashed the qualification world record before they won the gold medal in 10m air pistol mixed team event.advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Memes go viral after Sarfaraz Ahmed’s diving effort

first_img graphs view more view less India Today Web Desk BirminghamJune 26, 2019UPDATED: June 26, 2019 19:09 IST Sarfaraz Ahmed took a brilliant catch to dismiss Ross Taylor for 3 during the World Cup match between Pakistan and New Zealand. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSarfaraz Ahmed dismissed Ross Taylor with his flying catch behind the wicketsPakistan are facing New Zealand in Birmingham to stay alive in contention for the semi-finals spotPakistan are currently placed 7th on the World Cup points tableSo far in the World Cup 2019, sloppy ground fielding, dropped catches and missed run-outs have been the highlighting features of the Pakistan team.Before facing New Zealand at Edgbaston on Wednesday, Pakistan had dropped 13 catches in the tournament. Against South Africa alone at Lord’s, they had dropped 6 of them. When they faced Australia, Asif Ali first dropped Aaron Finch at slips and later also popped out a sitter at the third man providing David Warner with an opportunity to score a century.Having said all this, it would not be wrong to quote Ramiz Raza here, that Pakistan’s fielding has been “rubbish” in this World Cup.For their poor show on the field, Pakistan have become the favourite subject to the meme game on the internet. From the skipper Sarfarz Ahmed’s yawning on the field to his team’s burger party ahead of the India clash, Pakistan have found themselves at the recieving end of flak from their fans.Recently, a video had also surfaced where skipper Sarfaraz was seen walking in a mall in England with his son when a fan stopped him and asked why he was fat like a pig.However, it looks like, Sarfaraz Ahmed has finally silent the crictics after taking a magnificent catch during their match against New Zealand in Birmingham where the Asian giants are fighting to stay in contention for a semi-final spot.During the 9th over of the match, Sarfaraz Ahmed pulled off a Jhonty Rhodes behind the wicket to dismiss Ross Taylor for 3. When Taylor got a thick edge of Shaheen Shah Afridi’s full length delivery, Sarfaraz Ahmed threw himself full-length to his right, flying like superman and plucked the ball to give Afridi his second wicket.advertisementAs Sarfaraz took the brilliant catch, the internet was once again flooded with memes, some praising his efforts while others taking a dig at his yawn during India’s match.Sarfaraz ne catch nahi match pakra hai…Time pe soney ke faidey!#PakvNZ diya (@pukhtana_tweets) June 26, 20191. how others see the ball2. how sarfaraz see the ball #NZvsPAK singh (@__ayyushi) June 26, 2019The Sarfaraz The SarfarazNZ expected NZ got (@Nishkarsh1108) June 26, 2019#NZvPAK #PAKvNZ #CWC19*Pakistan Team Taking two early wickets*Me : Okay !!*Pakistani players giving their 100 percent effort in fielding*Me : okay !!*Sarfaraz takes the catch which was almost in the first slip*Me (@ubaidiqbalkhan) June 26, 2019Sarfaraz To Shoaib Akhtar : Ab bol na Unfit Sarfu you beautyWhat a catch #CWC19 #pakvnz #NZvPAK #pakvsNZ #NZvsPAK (@batballlover) June 26, 2019*Sarfaraz CatchReminds: (@HaffiSpeaks) June 26, 2019Shoaib Akhter after watching SArfaraz’s catch Akram (@QariaAkram) June 26, 2019Sarfaraz later also caught skipper Kane Williamson behind the wickets as New Zealand lost their 5th wicket for 84 runs.Also See For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Sarfaraz AhmedFollow New Zealand vs Pakistan scorecard commentary World Cup 2019: Memes go viral after Sarfaraz Ahmed’s diving effortWorld Cup 2019: Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed took a brilliant catch behind the wickets to dismiss Ross Taylor in their must-win game to to stay in contention for a spot in the semi-finals. advertisement Next No data available!last_img read more

Justice Facilities to Be Upgraded

first_imgStory Highlights A number of justice facilities across the island are to be expanded and rehabilitated in the new fiscal year at a cost of more than $1.3 billion.The Government has provided $954 million in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure to retrofit an existing building to accommodate a family court in Spanish Town, St. Catherine; establish four justice centres islandwide; and rehabilitate and upgrade Public Building West (Offices of the Director of Public Prosecution and the Court of Appeal).The work will be done under the Justice Sector Reform Programme in the National Security Ministry.Meanwhile, $267 million has been allocated towards the construction and improvement under the courthouses project.The initiative seeks to provide improved court facilities, which are conducive to the delivery of the services being provided by the justice sector.Under this initiative, the Government aims to continue the rehabilitation and upgrading of Public East Building.In addition, some $99.6 million has been set aside in the budget to facilitate the procurement of eight vehicles for judges and two mobile witness rooms. Meanwhile, $267 million has been allocated towards the construction and improvement under the courthouses project. A number of justice facilities across the island are to be expanded and rehabilitated in the new fiscal year at a cost of more than $1.3 billion. The Government has provided $954 million in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure to retrofit an existing building to accommodate a family court in Spanish Town, St. Catherine; establish four justice centres islandwide; and rehabilitate and upgrade Public Building West (Offices of the Director of Public Prosecution and the Court of Appeal).last_img read more

Gotland Back for One More LNG Ro/Pax

first_imgzoom Sweden’s ferry operator Rederi AB Gotland has exercised an option for an additional Ro/Pax ferry at Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) in China.Identical to its sister ship ordered back in November 2014, the newly ordered 1,650 passenger Ro/Pax ferry will also be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).The ferries are scheduled for delivery in 2017 and 2018. They will be the first Swedish-flagged LNG-powered ferries.Rederi AB Gotland has had a successful relationship with GSI Shipyard since 1999, when the contract was signed for M/S Visby and M/S Gotland, which were delivered in 2003. In the years 2006 to 2012 the yard delivered a total of six product tankers to Gotland.Gotland says that it worked together with GSI on the design of the new ferry to create optimal hull lines for reducing energy consumption and environmental impact. The concept of the ship is a further development of the existing SF1500 ship design.With a price tag of around SEK 2 billion (USD 242.7m), the ferries are the single largest investment in the company’s 150-year history.last_img read more


first_img Twitter Login/Register With: Hollywood Sign Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A California lawmaker reportedly introduced a bill Monday that would give tax breaks to production studios that leave states with restrictive abortion bans.Assembly Bill 1442 would allow an additional tax credit starting in January 2020 for qualified productions that decide not to film in states that have “pending legislation or existing law that prohibits access to, criminalizes the provision of, or otherwise restricts a woman’s access to abortion services after 6 weeks from the beginning of the pregnancy or earlier.”The proposal comes a week after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed legislation criminalizing nearly all abortions, with no exceptions for rape and incest. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Spectra announces naming rights partner of Mercer Hall

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Mercer Hall, a 5,500-square foot multipurpose space in the Encana Events Centre will now be known as Co-op Mercer Hall.A multi-year agreement was signed by Spectra, who manages the Encana Events Centre, in conjunction with the City of Dawson Creek and Dawson Co-op have become the naming rights partner of the Hall, which is partly named after Dawson Creek namesake George Mercer Dawson. The facility has hosted 17 events to date including the Dawson Creek Pride Society’s Dragapalooza, a dinner banquet for Hockey Canada, an All Candidates Forum. The Hall can facilitate smaller events that are not a fit for the arena such as meetings, conventions, wedding receptions and parties. “Co-op Mercer Hall gives us yet another community space to hold events that enhance our sense of local pride and togetherness,” Rod Hillary, General Manager of Dawson Co-op, a local retailer of petroleum, home and building supplies, food and agricultural products, said. “The Dawson Co-op has always been a proud supporter of community events, so this partnership with the Encana Events Centre is a great fit.”“We have a long history of working with the Dawson Co-op on events and community initiatives,” Ryan MacIvor, Spectra’s General Manager of the Encana Events Centre, said. “We are excited to welcome them on board to launch the new Co-op Mercer Hall, which provides a new space and opportunity for more events and activities for our Dawson Creek neighbours.”THE MENTALISTS will be hosted Co-op Mercer Hall, an evening of mind-bending fun. Sponsored by the Dawson Co-op, Magician and Mind Reader Edward Stone and Comedian and Hypnotist Ray Anderson will entertain audiences on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Tickets will be on sale Friday, January 25 at the Tiger Box Office plus or“Spectra’s partnerships division was pleased to be able to facilitate a naming rights partnership that will be collectively meaningful to the Encana Events Centre, Dawson Co-op and the City of Dawson Creek,” Liam Weseloh, Vice President of Spectra’s Partnerships Division, said. “It’s clear by the volume and variety of events already booked in the new space that this partnership will prove beneficial to all partners, as well the community.”Dawson Co-op will also become the title sponsor of the Health, Wellness and Lifestyle Expo, which will showcase former Canadian Football League defensive back, personal trainer and fitness coach Tommy Europe. He currently stars in the Slice reality show “The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp” and “Bulging Brides” and is also a stunt performer who has appeared in movies and tv series such as Deadpool, Arrow and The Flash.  Tommy will give two keynote speeches during the event on Saturday, February 16 at the Encana Events Centre.  Tickets will be on sale Wednesday, January 23.last_img read more

Mawazine 2018 What is Happening Tuesday June 26

By Intissar FaouziRabat- In its 17th festival, Mawazine boasts a mix of international stars as well as a selection of the best Moroccan talents at the six venues of the festival.From the beginning of the concert four days ago, many artists from across the world enticed festival-goers to dance and sing along. Many artists interacted with their fans from the stage, including Martin Garrix, Kadim Al Sahir, Ebo Taylor, Ara Malikian, French Montana, Melhem Zein, Jamiroquai, Niska, Damaso, and Hamaki. Today’s concerts will bring together a variety of music rhythms.Fans of the Chainsmokers will enjoy an entertaining concert today on the OLM Souissi stage at 10 p.m., while oriental lovers will have a rendezvous with Arab stars Wael Jassar and Amir Dandan at the Nahda stage at 10 p.m.The Salé stage will experience traditional Moroccan chaabi music by Hajib, Mehdi weld Hajib and Khadija Atlas at 9:30 p.m.The Mohamed V National Theatre will welcome the London Community Gospel Choir with beautiful melodies.Indian songs will hit the Bouregreg Stage with the presence of trio Andaaz at 5 p.m., not to mention other street shows performed by the Timing Boys and Group Soleil.Mawazine offers a diversified program where international stars from the five continents transform the cities of Rabat and Salé into a stage for the world’s music. read more

LeBron James Shouldnt Stay in Miami Or Go to Cleveland

Once we allocate a team’s minutes, we can estimate its projected scoring margin by summing each player’s SPM projection. The Lakers, for instance — even with James — would be projected to outscore their opponents by only 0.5 points per game. That translates to a 42-40 record, using a Pythagorean projection.Once we project a team’s win total, we can allocate its wins back to individual players: For instance, James is worth about 21 wins to the Lakers. There are a couple of highly technical points about this process, which I’ve reserved for the footnotes,10The allocation works by calculating a player’s wins above average based on his SPM projection and the Pythagorean formula, assuming that he was added to a league-average team. Since an average team would win 41 games, I also add 8.2 wins (41 wins divided by five positions) per 48 minutes played to each player so that the sum of player win totals roughly matches the team’s win projection.This produces a number that can be compared to win shares or other NBA metrics that denominate a player’s value in wins. However, the statistic should not be thought of as “wins above replacement.” Instead, it represents wins as compared to a really, really bad player who is even worse than replacement level — you might call it WAABAAB, Wins Above Anthony Bennett And Andrea Bargnani.Another complication is that the wins estimates for individual players will not exactly match the team total. This is principally because of diminishing returns for very good or very bad teams (a team can’t win more than 82 games or fewer than zero). In my system, the team win total has priority: Player win totals are adjusted to match the team figure rather than the other way around. This only has a material impact for extraordinarily strong or poor teams, however. but note that a player’s win allocation can vary slightly from team to team. (The issue is diminishing returns — a team’s win total eventually maxes out at 82 wins in the regular season. Otherwise, you’d run into problems like the 2012 U.S. Olympic roster projecting to 110 wins and negative 28 losses.)Here are some benchmarks to keep in mind: A team that played James 35 minutes a game and filled out the rest of the roster with replacement-level players would have a projected record of 33-49. And a team that had James plus 11 league-average players would have a record of 56-26.That’s why James wouldn’t give up much if he left Miami, which won 54 games last season. The rest of the Heat’s players have regressed to the point where they’re league-average without James, or perhaps slightly below average — and they probably aren’t going to get any better.Instead, the Heat project to a record of 52-30 if they re-sign James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. The projection ought to be intuitive. Miami’s record last season wasn’t all that good, and that probably wasn’t an accident: The Heat’s players were aging, and the team was a man or two short of a full rotation. Adding Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger might help a little, but will probably only offset further age-related reversion from the rest of the roster. (PSPS has a rather nice-looking projection for McRoberts, which makes up for its very pessimistic one for Bosh.)The other challenge is that the Heat have so many free agents that it’s hard to know who will remain with the club. I’m assuming that Allen, Chris Andersen, Greg Oden, Udonis Haslem and Michael Beasley will return if the Big Three do, while the other players will not. (Shane Battier is retiring, for instance.)The controversial case is point guard Mario Chalmers, whom I’ve left off the roster. Chalmers played poorly in the playoffs and the Heat would have very limited money to offer him after stretching as much as it can to re-sign the Big Three. But SPM hates the alternative point guard, Norris Cole, and it’s inherently pessimistic about what any rookie (Shabazz Napier included) will do in his first season. If you replaced Cole’s minutes with Chalmers’s, the Heat’s projection would improve to 56 wins. Still, Miami would be somewhere in the vicinity of where it was last season.What the Heat really needed was to add another star talent, especially to address its deficiency at the point. For instance, if Miami had snagged Kyle Lowry — and somehow also re-signed the Big Three — it would project to 60-plus wins.The wild-card scenario would involve the Heat retaining James but parting ways with Bosh or Wade. There are some theoretically intriguing possibilities that build a team around James, Carmelo Anthony, a league-average point guard and some complementary role players.But ultimately James would maximize his championship potential by surrounding himself with players who are underpaid relative to the basketball value they produce. Might he find them in Cleveland?Perhaps, but the Cavs’ projection is the same as the Heat’s: 52-30. The Cavaliers won only 33 games last season, so a 19-win improvement is sizable. A little bit of that comes from projected improvement from young players like Kyrie Irving — although the Cavs also have a few subtractions, like Jarrett Jack and Luol Deng.At least in Cleveland it’s possible to conjure any number of upside scenarios. Reports have linked Minnesota’s Kevin Love to the Cavs, for instance. With a number of caveats,11Metrics derived from “box score” stats may be too much in love with Love; it’s not clear whether the salaries would work out; the Cavaliers would lack a true center if they tried this. trading Andrew Wiggins and Anderson Varejao (and some draft picks) for Love would make the Cavs a 60-plus-win team with James on the roster. Or the Cavs could wait for Wiggins, Irving and Tristan Thompson to develop further.But James has a number of alternatives that could get him on a championship-caliber roster right away — and with fewer contingencies. One possibility is Dallas:The Mavs have probably gotten over James, having made an offer to Chandler Parsons instead (Parsons is a restricted free agent, so the Rockets will have the right to match). And our projections aren’t all that optimistic about them. Dirk Nowitzki is finally due for some age-reversion. Monta Ellis has never been an advanced-stats poster boy. The Mavericks might get poor point-guard play from Ray Felton, and I’m assuming the team would have to salary-dump Brendan Wright, and give up on re-signing Vince Carter and Shawn Marion, in order to clear room for James. With all those issues, they’d still project to a 55-27 record next season with James.The Knicks rate similarly:This is almost certainly not going to happen. The Knicks would have to find takers for Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani. Even under this miracle scenario, I’m assuming that they’d lose Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway, Jr., in order to facilitate salary-dump deals. I have them relying on a lot of playing time from second-round draft picks and other dubious alternatives like Lamar Odom.Even so, the Knicks project to a 56-26 record with an Anthony/James pairing and an otherwise spartan roster. Don’t take this as an indication of how awesome the Knicks are, but instead as a benchmark for how little of a draw Miami’s incumbent status really is for James. As I mentioned earlier, a team of league-average players plus James would project to a 56-26 record; Miami is about a league-average team without James, but so are the Knicks. It’s not a high bar to clear.For some further indication of this, we can look at the next three teams in lightning-round fashion; all project to a 59-23 record with James on the roster. First up, one of Grantland basketball writer Zach Lowe’s dark-horse candidates, the Phoenix Suns:Jeff Hornacek somehow got 48 wins out of a roster that was expected to lose enough to be granted a lottery pick. There’s the potential for some mean-reversion in Phoenix, but that’s much less of a concern for a young club. The Suns have a lot of underpaid players and could potentially add another piece next year in addition to James. As Lowe wrote, if James were making a decision strictly on the basis of getting the max salary on a title contender, the Suns would be an excellent option.So might another Z-Lowe favorite, the Atlanta Hawks:The starting five would be very good, depending on Al Horford’s health. There isn’t a lot of depth in Atlanta, but Miami and Cleveland don’t have much depth either.A sexier alternative would be the Chicago Bulls:It might seem surprising that the Bulls project no better than the Suns or the Hawks — not that 59 wins is anything to sneeze at. But I’m assuming that to sign James, the Bulls would have to amnesty Carlos Boozer and find a taker for Mike Dunleavy.Granted, Boozer and Dunleavy are not better than league-average players at this point in their careers. But they also aren’t total zeroes; they combined for 10 win shares last season. The win-shares baseline is too generous; but when James gets added to an already talented roster, he’s taking playing time from some semi-respectable alternatives instead of some Bargnanis.The other issue is Derrick Rose, who projects as only a league-average player. The problem is not just that Rose has played only 10 games in the past two seasons — he stunk when he did play last year. Still (since we’re indulging in so many hypotheticals) the Bulls would project to a 65-17 record if they both signed James and Rose performed at his 2011-12 level.James’s final alternative would be to create a sequel to the Big Three with either the Clippers or the Rockets. They’re terrific options if the cap mechanics work. A LeBronful Clips team projects at 66-16 — and the Rockets are even better, at 69-13. The Clippers’ Big Three might be slightly better than the Rockets’, but the Clips would have to gut their roster to keep all three players on board — dumping DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford, and perhaps others. Still, the top-level talent might overwhelm everything else, in the fashion of the 2007-08 Celtics.The talent in Houston would run six players deep, with Chandler Parsons, Patrick Beverley and Terrence Jones aiding and abetting James, James Harden and Dwight Howard. After that, there would be almost no one on the roster — the Rockets would have to dump Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin to make room for James.There’s room for concern about how well James, Harden and Howard would mesh together — something that statistics like SPM may not capture well. But this would be a really, really good problem for Houston General Manager Daryl Morey to have. Even if the Rockets lost Parsons to Dallas as collateral damage and gave his minutes to veteran-minimum players instead, they’d project to 65 wins. Even if you subtracted five more wins for lack of team cohesion, they’d still be better positioned to win a championship than the Heat.But incumbency is a powerful advantage. James may stay in Miami or go back to Cleveland — even if some alternatives might give him a better chance of keeping up with Michael Jordan. The conventional wisdom is that LeBron James will remain in Miami or return home to Cleveland. Neither would maximize his chances of winning a championship — but Cleveland, at least, is on an upward trajectory.In Miami, James runs the risk of staying too long with a team in decline. The Heat won 54 games last year in a historically soft Eastern Conference and were dismantled by San Antonio in the NBA Finals. As if the Spurs left any doubt, a team with 54-win talent is rarely good enough to win a championship. Since the introduction of the three-point shot in 1979-80,1I exclude lockout-shortened seasons from these tallies. just one of 22 teams to finish with 54 regular-season wins has won the championship that season.I’m not cherry-picking data to make the Heat’s case look bad. We can expand the sample to include all teams that won between 52 and 56 regular-season games. There have been 102 such teams — and only three of them won the NBA title.Instead, a team’s title chances increase rapidly once it gets its win total into the high 50s — or better yet, somewhere in the 60s. A team with 55 regular-season wins will win the title about 5 percent of the time; with 60 wins, it will about 20 percent of the time, and with 65 wins, about 60 percent of the time.2These estimates are based on a logistic regression analysis.If James really wants to get to that 60-win threshold, he’d be better off exploring teams aside from his reported favorites, such as the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. When I placed James on the roster and ran projections for those teams, all but one finished ahead of both Miami and Cleveland.To make the projections, I used a metric called Statistical Plus/Minus (SPM), which was originally developed by my colleague Neil Paine. (SPM is not quite the same thing as NBA Real Plus Minus, though the systems are related.) SPM measures a player’s value in points per game (more precisely, points per 100 possessions3There are about 100 possessions per team in a typical NBA game, so points per 100 possessions is roughly equivalent to points per game.) relative to the league average. For instance, a player with an SPM of +4 (like the Bulls’ Joakim Noah) produces a net of four extra points for his team per 100 possessions. James is in the range of +8. Negative SPMs indicate below-average players.SPM has a good track record when it comes to predicting how teams will be affected by roster changes. But I’m hoping not to get sidetracked into a debate about which is the best “all-in-one” NBA metric.4A couple of us at FiveThirtyEight are agnostic enough about the alternatives that we’re thinking about publishing a consensus metric that averages the different rating systems. In this case my choice is pragmatic: Whereas some metrics like win shares value the very best NBA players as worth 15 to 20 wins per season, others like PER estimate that they’re worth 25 to 30 wins per season. SPM, which can also be translated into win totals, comes down somewhere in the middle, and puts James in the low 20s.We also need some way to project a player’s SPM for next season, so I’m using a variant on another Neil Paine invention, the Simple Projection System. Like Neil’s system, my version uses data from the past three NBA seasons. The only variables it looks at are SPM and minutes played. But it includes a slightly more sophisticated handling of mean-reversion5Simple Projection System reverts players to the league average, whereas my variant reverts players to below the league average and is more suspicious of players who post strong SPMs in limited minutes. and player aging.6Simple Projection System is probably too conservative about adjusting for a player’s age. There’s also a separate routine to handle rookies, whom I’ve projected on the basis of their draft position and age.7Holding draft position constant, older players are more “NBA-ready” (better) in their rookie seasons, though the trend reverses itself after a few seasons. You might call my variant the Pretty Simple Projection System (PSPS).Let’s put some of that methodology to use. I’ve projected seasons for the 10 teams that, at one point or another, were rumored to have a chance at landing James. We’ll start with the worst and move toward the best. Ranking at the bottom are the Los Angeles Lakers.The system projects that the Lakers would win only 42 games even with James on the roster. The problem is that between age and injuries, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol may be no better than average NBA players — and any scenario that would allow the Lakers to sign James would require them to absolutely gut their depth.Importantly, I’m making a few assumptions in constructing the Lakers’ hypothetical roster — and in constructing the rosters for all the teams James may join:James is the only top-tier free agent the team signs this summer, other than its own free agents. So the Lakers can re-sign Pau Gasol, for instance, if the salary numbers are at all realistic. But they can’t also sign Carmelo Anthony or someone to pair with James.Rosters must be at least vaguely plausible under the salary cap and other contractual rules. Some cases will be bigger stretches than others. (For the Lakers, both James and Gasol would probably have to accept less than they might make elsewhere.) But they’re reasonable best-case scenarios or slightly better than that. In some cases, I’ll specify players who I assume will have to be traded to clear cap room for James.James and his teammates stay in reasonably good health, but there are no medical miracles. For instance: Kobe Bryant may be relatively healthy, but he doesn’t go back to playing 40 minutes a game, 82 times a year.8The minutes-per-game figures in this article represent the total number of minutes on a player’s season divided by 82 games — as opposed to the average number of minutes in games that a player participates in. For instance, if Samuel Dalembert averages 30 minutes per game in his first 41 games with the Knicks, then sits out the remaining 41 games due to injury, his minutes would be listed at 15 per game, not 30. This is why the minutes-played figures may look conservative — I’m building in some buffer for injury. (He played in just six games last season.)Every team that gets James also gets Ray Allen for “free.” That is to say, it signs Allen for the minimum salary or in some other way that doesn’t require it to sacrifice its options. There are reports that Allen will follow James wherever he goes. Like a lot of reports in the NBA’s silly season, they may turn out to be false. But even if Allen doesn’t follow James, another veteran like Mike Miller might. Allen represents a team’s “LeBron Dividend” — the one or two championship-seeking veterans who might join James for slightly below their market rate in order to have a shot at a ring.After Allen, I assume that a team signs generic replacement-level players if it doesn’t have enough minutes to fill out its roster. This is pertinent in the case of the Lakers. Even after some heroic assumptions — Steve Nash stays healthy enough to play half the Lakers’ minutes at point guard, they give playing time to second-round pick Jordan Clarkson — the Lakers will almost certainly need to sign a number of scrappy veterans at the minimum salary. Players signed to league-minimum contracts in 2013-14 averaged about -2 points per 100 possessions. Opponents of a roster full of such players would outscore it by 10 points per game, leaving the league-minimum team with a record of 16-66.9That uses a Pythagorean projection; I use 14 as the pythagorean exponent, as does. This implies, incidentally, that replacement level in the NBA is not zero wins, as some other systems have it, but somewhere in the range of last year’s Philadelphia 76ers instead. read more

Forget Starting Pitchers Its Bullpen Season

Bullpenning might be an even more powerful force in the National League playoffs. Wild-card rosters can be manipulated to carry more position players. By pinch-hitting for the pitcher spot regularly in a game, an NL-bullpenning team can add a de facto designated hitter to its lineup.The Brewers’ bullpen enters the postseason on a tear. After winning a tiebreaker game Monday against the Cubs to avoid the NL wild-card game, Milwaukee will likely rely heavily on its bullpen in the NL Division Series round. The Brewers employed a “bullpen day” recently and have the NL’s most valuable reliever per WAR in Josh Hader (2.9), who entered Monday second to the Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman in the majors in strikeouts per nine innings with 15.9.Nearly every team in the postseason has placed a premium on bullpen help with an eye on regular and postseason play. Never have teams more valued relief pitchers — the position group was one of the few player demographics unaffected by last offseason’s ice cold free agent market. The Rockies committed $106 million to free agent relievers last winter — and that was before Adam Ottavino became one of the best relievers in baseball this season, remaking himself in a vacant Manhattan storefront. The Indians gave up their best prospect, Francisco Mejia, in a deadline deal with San Diego to acquire relievers Brad Hand and Adam Cimber. The defending champion Astros trail only the Yankees and San Diego Padres in relief WAR (8.2) and posted the lowest bullpen ERA (3.03) in baseball this season. Yankees GM Brian Cashman built a super bullpen before the 2017 trade deadline and added Baltimore relief ace Zach Britton prior to this deadline.Relievers could throw as many or more innings as starters in the postseason this fall. While there are still 27 outs necessary to record a win, the way to optimize run prevention has been turned upside down.Check out our latest MLB predictions. With the game turning more to bullpens, no situation calls for consideration of a bullpen-style approach more than the urgency-filled wild-card games this week. The New York Yankees and Oakland A’s are built to pitch largely from their bullpens when they begin the American League playoffs Wednesday, as the teams respectively rank first and fifth in the majors in relief wins above replacement. The Yankees set an MLB record for strikeout rate by a bullpen last season and shattered their own mark this season, becoming the first relief corps to strike out more than 11 batters per nine innings for a season. Their 9.7 WAR total is also an MLB record. The Yankees and A’s are each considering “bullpenning” the game, a strategy in which a traditional starting pitcher does not go deep into a game, or even start the game, and the majority of innings are absorbed by relievers or starters in brief appearances.While the Yankees have an ace in Luis Severino, another penalty for not winning a division is that teams are often faced with expending their best starting pitcher in the wild-card game. But allowing a No. 1 starter to work the majority of a wild-card game limits his total impact in the following series, should the team advance. Bullpenning the wild-card game allows for a team to rest its best starting pitcher or use him in limited fashion.Nearly a year to the day after former Yankee manager Joe Girardi said he was uncomfortable with bullpenning a playoff game (Severino’s struggles prompted an early call to the bullpen anyway), first-year Yankee manager Aaron Boone said last week that he will “absolutely” consider a bullpen-heavy approach.“We’ll be rested and lined up,” Boone said on 98.7 ESPN NY, “so I can see getting two, three, four or five innings from (the starter) and then roll it out.”The A’s almost have to get the majority of their innings from their bullpen Wednesday. Oakland has the thinnest starting staff of any team in the postseason, a group decimated by injuries. Ace Sean Manaea is on the disabled list, as are starting pitchers Jharel Cotton, Daniel Gossett and Kendall Graveman. Oakland’s best remaining starters are Trevor Cahill, Mike Fiers and Edwin Jackson. But the A’s do have one of the most dominant relievers in the game in Blake Treinen, who has a 0.78 ERA, and they strengthened their bullpen at the trade deadline with the acquisitions of Jeurys Familia and Fernando Rodney. Only the Tampa Bay Rays, who routinely started games with relievers — or “openers” — saw their starters average fewer pitches per start (63) than Oakland (81) this season.“We’ve basically built the whole season back to front, so I don’t know why we would change now,” A’s general manager David Forst said of the team’s wild card pitching plans. “The year that Blake has had makes him probably the most important guy on that pitching staff. … We will start our planning with him and then similarly Familia, Rodney and [Lou] Trivino have been so good. We’ll probably figure it out that way.”Teams are less and less likely to allow their starting pitchers to make a third trip through an opponent’s batting order. MLB starting pitchers faced 26,022 opponents for a third time or more through a batting this season compared with 35,545 such plate appearances in 2008 and 41,211 in 1998. Data shows that pitchers generally lose effectiveness each time they work through a batting order. While an elite ace might be a club’s best option for a third or fourth time through, more often a bullpen arm is the better way to go. The Dodgers demonstrated that last season, during their run to the World Series, when they at times limited their starters’ exposure to opposing lineups — though pitchers like Rich Hill were not always pleased with the quick hookOf the AL playoff teams, the relievers of the Astros, Yankees, Red Sox and A’s — all but the Indians — limited opponents to a lower on-base percentage plus slugging in their first plate appearance in a game than starters did to opponents in their second plate appearance. In the NL, the Brewers and Cubs also might want to think about going to their bullpen before some of their starting pitchers face an opposing lineup a second time. This Major League Baseball postseason, and in particular this wild-card round, might represent a tipping point in pitching strategy.Relievers accounted for a record 17,415⅓ innings this season, topping the record set last year of 16,469⅔ innings. Major league relievers accounted for 40.1 percent of total innings thrown this season, a record share of workload. And bullpens have taken on an even greater share of work in recent postseasons. Relievers threw a then-record 38.1 percent of regular-season innings last season, but in the postseason, that share of work jumped to 46.5 percent of innings. For comparison, bullpens in 2010 accounted for 32.9 of regular-season innings and 32.3 percent of postseason innings. The end game — the bullpen, the relief corps — is increasingly front-and-center in baseball, particularly in the postseason. read more

Exciting investment prospects in Guyana at the moment …President tells UK

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUpdate: President Granger meets Queen Elizabeth, pushes ‘green agenda’April 27, 2017In “latest news”‘Guyana becoming the land of opportunities’ -Swiss AmbassadorMay 9, 2018In “latest news”TOTAL executives call on President GrangerFebruary 9, 2018In “latest news” President David Granger said that Guyana, for long term development, has the most exciting investments prospects in the Caribbean and added that the country holds an enviable and strategic position as the link between the South American continent, the Caribbean region and the rest of the world.Investors queued up to speak one on one with President David Granger, following the formal presentations. Here the Head of State is pictured in discussion with Director at ION Geophysical, Mr. Folarin Lajumoke.According to a statement by the Ministry of the Presidency, the President’s remarks, which were made at an investment seminar, organised by the Caribbean Council in London, today, were supported by Mr. Gil Holzman, President and Chief Exective Officer of ECO Atlantic Oil and Gas, which has a stake in oil and gas exploration in Guyana.He said, “With everything combined together under the management of the President and his administration, I think the next two to five to ten years will be very transformational and again, from my personal perspective, this is probably the best investment destination in the world at the moment.”Mr. Andy Thorne, Group Chairman of the Kestrel Group makes a point as British High Commissioner to Guyana, Mr. Greg Quinn and Mr. Gil Holzman, President and Chief Executive Officer of ECO Atlantic Oil and Gas listen attentively.President Granger and Mr. Holzman were part of a panel, which included Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl Greenidge, British High Commissioner to Guyana, Mr. Greg Quinn and Mr. Andy Thorne, Group Chairman of the Kestrel Group, which is involved in the shipping industry in Guyana.The session was facilitated by British Member of Parliament, Lord Bruce of Bennachie and in the audience were business executives from infrastructure, port development, oil and gas, tourism and hospitality and shipping, who are already operating in the Caribbean and Guyana or are interested in doing so, along with Members of the diplomatic community.The Guyanese Head of State sold Guyana as an exciting investment destination with several advantages and opportunities. “We have the land, we have an intelligent English-speaking population, we have the resources, and I think people who are looking for something different; something unique, will come to Guyana. I am not suggesting that you leave Belize or Antigua or Barbados but I am suggesting for long-term development, Guyana is the best prospect for investment,” he said.According to the Ministry of the Presidency, President Granger painted a picture of Guyana’s potential and the ‘green’ State development policy, which would see it taking advantage of its eco-tourism product, preserving its environment, pursuing ‘green’ energy development while taking advantage of coming oil and gas revenues to accomplish these goals, declaring that even as the country transitions, it has to ‘walk on two legs’.“Oil and gas is a very attractive prospect… We probably wouldn’t start to produce oil and gas till maybe 2020… We will continue to develop our sources of renewable energy and at the same time use the revenues from the petroleum industry to funnel our development of infrastructure and education in particular, and ensure that other industries could be diversified away from what we call our six sisters; sugar, rice, bauxite, timber and gold and diamonds. Oil and gas is not going to distract us. We are going to ensure that the revenues… go into our Sovereign Wealth Fund, but we will also ensure that we continue to become a ‘green’ state by developing our sustainable energy resources,” President Granger said.With the need for cheaper energy to boost the manufacturing sector, the Head of State outlined Guyana’s energy generation potential and called for investments in solar and wind energy, biomass and hydropower. (Photos by MotP) read more

Caretaker gets 18 years for raping girl 15

The caretaker who was found guilty by a 12-member jury earlier this month for raping a 15-year-old girl, was on Wednesday sentenced to spend the next 18 years in prison by Justice JoAnn Barlow at the High Court.Dhanraj Persaud38-year-old, Dhanraj Persaud had the custodial sentence handed down to him following the reading of a probation report.In that report, the accused claimed that he and the victim were involved in a relationship. He was however unaware of the young woman’s true age as he was told by her that she was 17.Contrary to his claims, the victim told the Court in a statement before Persaud was sentenced that she lives in a waking nightmare as a result of what happened to her.She further stated that her pains have also contributed to her having frequent suicidal thoughts and as such asked that Persaud be punished for his crimes.Following her statement, Persaud was handed the 18 years sentence and further ordered to utilize programs available in prison for sexual offenders.The case for the State was presented by Prosecutors Tiffini Lyken, Seeta Bishundial and Abigail Gibbs while Persaud was represented by Attorney-at-Law Maxwell McKay.The charge initially brought against him alleged that on October 23, 2013, in the county of Demerara, he engaged in sexual penetration with the minor. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related4 years jail for teen who killed trio in accidentJuly 9, 2015In “Crime””Devoted Catholic” sentenced to life in prison for raping childDecember 21, 2017In “Court”17 years jail for former T&T police prosecutor who raped child at stationJune 29, 2017In “latest news” read more

Weba Chute Systems highlights maintenance issues

first_imgThe mining sector worldwide remains under pressure to reduce operating costs and this has seen a number of plants cutting back on essential maintenance in an effort to decrease what is perceived to be unnecessary expenditure. This stance is cause for concern as cutting back on maintenance will increase long term operational costs on a plant.Mark Baller, Managing Director of Weba Chute Systems, says this is particularly true when taking short cuts in maintaining material transfer chutes and systems.He explains that when cutting back on maintenance activities on transfer points the focus is almost always on reducing the cost of individual parts, components or tasks and not on the total cost of ownership. This can result in cutbacks in inappropriate areas leading to subsequent future additional costs.“While we understand this is a tough time for the mining sector, and operations are under extreme cost pressure, the sourcing of cheaper alternatives will not save costs over the medium to long term for the plant,” Baller says.He points to actual instances where damage caused through the installation of inferior components manifested itself within the first months of such a decision, and led to substantial unplanned expenditure, both in terms of production and repair to the transfer point.An example would be where an existing chute is modified to accommodate cheaper wearing parts.Weba Chute Systems are specifically engineered to control the direction, flow and velocity of material being transferred, and through this these transfer chutes and systems are able to achieve equipment plant availability as high as 90 to 95%.Modifying an existing engineered chute system will adversely affect the dynamics of material transfer which, in turn, affects the performance of the chute leading to issues such as increased friction, blockages, spillage, higher rates of wear and inevitably unplanned downtime.“It is in the difficult times that OEM suppliers and customers must work hand-in-hand to ensure the sustainability of the operation, and we would urge customers to communicate with us as it is through this approach that maintenance programmes can be tailored to suit individual customer needs and budgets, and assist in ensuring that equipment is kept in optimal running condition.”Close collaboration is critical between both parties to ensure that the solution is beneficial to the customer while allowing the vendor to provide ongoing support services with the objective of doing so cost effectively without sacrificing on quality or productivity.Baller says that customers invest in Weba Chute Systems technology because of the inherent advantages offered to the operation and especially that of the bottom line long term. “It therefore makes no sense for plants to risk the performance advantages that the Weba Chute offers by using an inferior maintenance system,” he concludes.last_img read more

Minemax offering subscription option for mining software

first_imgThe significant initial payment associated with traditional mine planning software purchases can be a real hurdle for mining companies in today’s market. This is why mining software group Minemax says it is rolling out a new subscription option for Minemax planning and scheduling software starting from US$720 per month.“With Minemax subscriptions, you can have access to industry-recognised, best-of-breed mine planning and schedule optimisation software without worrying about how you’re going to get budget approval for a capital item. Subscriptions usually come under your company’s operating budget and are far easier on your cash flow. Subscription sits squarely in between the traditional perpetual licence purchase and short-term rentals. It’s a cost effective option if you know you need mine planning and scheduling software for more than a month or so, but would have trouble getting approval for the outright purchase of a perpetual licence.”According to CEO Jim Butler, “Our customers and other friends in the industry have asked for something that bridges the gap between a perpetual licence and short-term rentals and we’re pleased to meet that request now with our subscription service. Subscribers will have access to the same fast and easy-to-use software, together with our responsive service, while maintaining a smooth cash flow.” Minemax will continue to provide perpetual licence options and short term rentals for those customers who prefer these optionslast_img read more

NASA invites Twitter followers to last Space Shuttle launch

first_imgNASA is hosting a little party for the final launch of the Space Shuttle (STS-135) planned for July 8th at 11:26am EDT. The launch of Atlantis will mark the final chapter of NASA’s Space Shuttle program which began operational test flights in 1982 and will end with 135 launches of the spacecraft. The Space Shuttle fleet included the Enterprise, which was used just for terrestrial test flights, and five fully operational orbiters. Near the end of the program, only three operational orbiters remained as a result of the Challenger spacecraft being lost during takeoff in January 1986 and Columbia disintegrating during re-entry in February 2003 as a result of wing damage the spacecraft experienced during take-offTo ensure the program goes out in style, NASA has invited 150 followers of the space agency’s Twitter account to the final launch. The followers were randomly selected from a pool of more than 5,500 online registrants during a 24-hour period between June 1st and June 2nd. They have been invited to the Kennedy Space Station in Florida where they will get a visit to the launch pad and even an opportunity to wave to crew members of Atlantis on their way to the spacecraft.AdChoices广告On the morning of July 7th, the group will have an opportunity to speak with Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations, astronaut Mike Massimino and Angie Brewer, space shuttle Atlantis’ flow director, in a Tweetup which will be broadcast via UStream. A special guest joining the group will be Elmo from Sesame Street who is being filmed for an upcoming segment on the children’s show in which he learns about space exploration at NASA.Members of the Tweetup are being encouraged to share experiences through their Twitter accounts which are expected to reach more than 1.5 million combined followers. Those interested will be able to follow Tweetup participants through the #NASATweetup hashtags and through the STS-135 Twitter page. This Tweetup marks the fifth time the space agency has invited Twitter followers to experience a space shuttle launch.Read more at NASAlast_img read more

Free Mobile tarif préférentiel mais provisoire

first_imgFree Mobile : tarif préférentiel mais provisoireFree s’est vu accorder le droit d’utiliser les terminaisons d’appel à un tarif préférentiel. Mais cette possibilité ne devrait pas s’inscrire dans la durée.Le lancement de Free Mobile, prévu pour fin 2011 ou début 2012, s’est vu donner un joli coup de pouce de la part de l’Autorité de la concurrence. a en effet annoncé que Free pourrait disposer d’un tarif préférentiel provisoire des prix de gros des terminaisons d’appel. “La fixation – à titre provisoire – d’une terminaison d’appel asymétrique en faveur de Free Mobile pourrait permettre de corriger les distorsions de concurrence induites par les niveaux encore élevés de terminaison d’appel “, explique ainsi l’Autorité dans un communiqué.Un bon coup de main qui dervait permettre à Free d’aligner des tarifs tout à fait intéressants pour sa future clientèle. Xavier Niel, le PDG d’Illiad, la société-mère de Free, avait ainsi promis que les offres seraient comprises entre 5,90 euros et 27 euros par mois, des tarifs très agressifs par rapport à la concurrence des trois oéprateurs historiques. Le 12 décembre 2011 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Southampton agree £18m deal for Jannik Vestergaard

first_imgBorussia Monchengladbach defender Jannik Vestergaard appears set to join Southampton after a £18m fee was agreed on between the clubs, reports Sky SportsThe Denmark international will partake in a medical examination later this week ahead of his move to the Premier League this summer.The transfer to Southampton will mark the first time that Vestergaard has played outside of Germany after previous stints with Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…The 25-year-old will becomes Mark Hughes’ third signing of the summer transfer window with the Saints’ boss having already acquired Mohamed Elyounoussi and Stuart Armstrong from Swiss side FC Basel and SPL champions Celtic respectively.Southampton will undoubtedly hope that the arrival of Vestergaard will strengthen their defensive options for next term after narrowly avoiding relegation from the Premier League last season.Vestergaard may get his first taste of English football on August 12, when Southampton host Burnley at St Mary’s for their opening league game of the season.last_img read more