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LeBron not OK with Magic’s ‘weird’ departure from Lakers

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte It was Johnson who played a key role in convincing James to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers last year to come to the Lakers with hopes of leading them back to glory days such as eras with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal or the “Showtime” era featuring Johnson.“I came here to be a part of the Lakers organization, having a conversation with Magic and really kind of breaking it down and saying how we was going to make this ‘Showtime’ again, and I wanted to be part of that process,” James said during the episode.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“So it was just weird for him to just be like ‘I’m out of here’ and not even have no like, ‘Hey ‘Bron, kiss my ass. I’m out of here.’“I would’ve been OK with that. ‘Hey ‘Bron, it’s Magic. Kiss my ass. I’m gone.’ Not even that.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers waits to enter the game during a 123-120 win over the LA Clippers at Staples Center on January 31, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. AFP FILELOS ANGELES, United States – LeBron James indicated he was shocked and upset by Magic Johnson’s surprise abrupt decision to quit as the president of basketball operations for the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers last month.James made comments in the latest episode of his HBO television show “The Shop” that features him sitting in a barbershop chair and talking informally with friends. The episode aired on Saturday but was taped on April 11, two days after retired Lakers playing legend Johnson’s sudden exit.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Dictating the pace Johnson announced his choice in an impromptu news conference without first telling many in the Lakers organization, including owner Jeanie Buss, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and James.The Lakers have dropped coach Luke Walton and are reportedly looking to hire Tyronn Lue, who had been coach of the Cavaliers when James led them to an NBA title in 2016. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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Rafa: Newcastle fans ‘thinking of Europe’

first_imgRafael Benítez Benitez urges calm as Newcastle fans ‘think about Europe’ after strong start Omnisport Last updated 2 years ago 04:32 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Rafael Benitez - cropped Getty Images Newcastle United Newcastle United v Stoke City Stoke City Premier League The Magpies’ form might have fans dreaming of a return to the glory days, but the Spaniard will not be getting ahead of himself Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez is not getting carried away by a run of three straight victories even if the club’s supporters are already “thinking about Europe”.The Magpies saw off Stoke City 2-1 on Saturday to improve their Premier League points tally to nine points from five games, a tally they last managed to reach this early in the season when they finished fifth in the top flight under Alan Pardew in 2012.Newcastle 6/1 to beat Brighton 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing But Benitez, who returned to the touchline following hernia surgery, is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.”The fans, when you win so many games in a row, they are excited and thinking about Europe. For me it is one game at a time,” the former Real Madrid manager told the BBC.”It is a very competitive league and we are learning from that.”This group of players works very hard. Sometimes we have some problems, but with the chances we can create we know they can give us the points.” MATCH PIC: @Lascelles16 towers above the Stoke defence to power Newcastle United back in front. #NUFC pic.twitter.com/egEVKcb4y9— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 16, 2017After Xherdan Shaqiri cancelled out Christian Atsu’s opener, it was left to defender Lascelles to again prove the match-winner for Newcastle.The captain headed in a Matt Ritchie corner for the second straight match following last weekend’s carbon-copy act against Swansea City.”We had a lot of chances and it was a great intensity from the boys from the start,” Lascelles told Sky Sports.”Ultimately it is three wins and we are really pleased, but today it could have been three, four, five goals.”We will not get too complacent.”last_img read more

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14 days agoMan Utd medics fear heavy Pogba injury blow

first_imgMan Utd medics fear heavy Pogba injury blowby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is set to miss next Sunday’s crunch clash against Liverpool.Indeed, United medics fear he could be sidelined until at least the end of October, says the Daily Mail.The France midfielder is in Dubai to complete a warm weather rehabilitation programme at the state-of-the-art Transform Altitude Performance Center in hope of accelerating his recovery from a foot injury.Pogba, though, is almost sure of missing the visit of league leaders Liverpool in a game that could have a significant bearing on United boss Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer’s future.He will report back to the club’s Carrington HQ next week where United medics will have a clearer idea of the Pogba may be able to return. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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We can’t win all the time: Pep Guardiola after Manchester City’s shock loss to Norwich

first_img Reuters LondonSeptember 15, 2019UPDATED: September 15, 2019 13:28 IST Reuters PhotoHIGHLIGHTSNorwich City stunned Manchester City 3-2 in their Premier League encounter at Carrow RoadHolders City trail Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool by five points after 5 games this seasonGuardiola’s team beat Liverpool to the title by a solitary point last seasonManchester City manager Pep Guardiola shrugged off his team’s shock 3-2 defeat by newly-promoted Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday saying his team simply cannot be expected to win every week.Guardiola’s team beat Liverpool to the title by a solitary point last season after winning their last 14 games.But after five games of this season they already trail Juergen Klopp’s side by five points.”The people cannot expect us to win or pick up 100 points all the time. We’re going to recover now and come back,” said Guardiola after the loss at Carrow Road.City won 32 of 38 games last season, losing only twice and they had not suffered a league defeat since their 2-1 reverse to Newcastle United on January 29.The prior season, City achieved a record 100 points, losing just two matches in the entire campaign and finishing 19 points clear at the top.”Sometimes games like this happen we had our chances to score but didn’t, so congratulations to Norwich,” said the Spaniard, who felt the scoreline didn’t reflect the balance of the game.City, as usual, dominated possession with 69% of the ball and they had eight shots on target while Norwich scored from all three of their efforts on goal.”It is football we had many opportunities today, they had three or four and scored three goals,” he added.”The first one was a set-piece we didn’t defend, the second we were caught on the counter-attack and the third came from a mistake, but we know what we are as a team, we know what we have done and we know what we are going to do.”advertisementNorwich’s crucial third goal came after defender Nicolas Otamendi was caught in possession in his own penalty area allowing Emiliano Buendia to square to Teemu Pukki.In the absence of injured French defender Aymeric Laporte, who could be sidelined for six months with a knee injury, City featured John Stones and Argentine Otamendi in the centre of defence and they rarely looked solid on Saturday.With Vincent Kompany having left the club and not been replaced during the transfer window, City have few options at the back but Guardiola said he had confidence in Stones and Otamendi.”John and Nico have played together many times and been a huge part of what we have done, but Kompany is now in Belgium, Laporte is injured and these are the defenders we have at this moment,” he said.City’s Spanish international midfielder Rodri said not too much should be read into the loss.”That’s football. It wasn’t a normal game, but we have to look forward. The season is very long, you’re going to have matches like this at least two or three,” he said.”We’re not a 10 as a team. We’re not perfect. The only positive thing we can say is that it’s early in the season. We’re five points behind the leaders, but we need to keep going.”Also Read | Premier League: Liverpool register 5th successive win, Manchester United beat LeicesterFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Premier leagueFollow Manchester CityFollow Norwich CityFollow Pep Guardiola We can’t win all the time: Pep Guardiola after Manchester City’s shock loss to NorwichManchester City won 32 of 38 games last season, losing only twice and they had not suffered a league defeat since their 2-1 reverse to Newcastle United on January 29.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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PHOTOS: USF Church Service

first_imgMinister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams (left), greets Pastor of Fellowship Tabernacle, Rev. Al Miller (right), at the Universal Service Fund’s 14th anniversary church service, held at Fellowship Tabernacle, 2 Fairfield Avenue, Kingston, on May 19. Looking on is USF Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Dawes.last_img

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Marenave Could Sell Entire Fleet to Repay Loans

first_imgzoom Hamburg-based shipping trust Marenave Schiffahrts said that it received a letter of intent from its lenders stating that its entire fleet should be sold in an effort to repay the company’s ship financing loans.The letter of intent, which was sent in the course of the ongoing discussions with the banks financing the Marenave-fleet, remains subject to approval by the banks’ respective bodies.Furthermore, the banks said that they are willing to release the company from any liability, under certain prerequisites.“The release from liability is an essential requirement for the entry of a potential investor,” Marenave said, adding that the company’s Management Board will now examine the proposal.In February 2016, Marenave Schiffahrts reached an agreement with the bank consortium financing eight of its product tanker and container shipping companies to extend its restructured debt.The initial agreement, reached in April 2013, was supposed to cover the company’s businesses until the end of 2015, but has been extended to June 30, 2016.With this agreement, the repayment obligations of the shipping companies for the first half of 2016 were reduced by some USD 10.3 million.last_img read more

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Carnival Eyes Canaveral as Homeport for New Ship

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Cruise Line has reached an agreement in principle with the Canaveral Port Authority on a new terminal able to accommodate its new 180,000-ton ship set to debut in 2020.The terms of the agreement are expected to be included on the agenda of the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners’ meeting on August 29, 2018.If approved, the agreement will clear the way for Carnival Cruise Line’s plans to homeport the as-yet-unnamed 5,286-lower berth ship at Port Canaveral.“We are very excited about the prospects of homeporting our largest ship at Port Canaveral, a valued business partner for more than 25 years,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.The vessel, the largest ever constructed for the line, will be the first North American-based cruise ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), part of Carnival Corporation’s “green cruising” design platform.Construction of the 180,000-ton cruise ship is scheduled to begin in November 2018 with the official steel-cutting ceremony at the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Turku, Finland.The line currently has three year-round ships based in Port Canaveral carrying upwards of 650,000 passengers a year. In October, Carnival Cruise Line will also reposition the newer Carnival Breeze to homeport at Port Canaveral.last_img read more

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HADESTOWN LEADS TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS WITH 14 NODS

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twittercenter_img This image released by DKC O&M Co. shows the cast during a performance of “Hadestown,” directed by Rachel Chavkin. (Matthew Murphy/DKC O&M Co. via AP) Advertisement “I’m trying not to swear, but I am so proud of the 14 nominations. There is just not a weak spot on the team. There is no place where we haven’t all been working our asses off to make this show feel as ancient and as ‘now’ as possible, simultaneously,” she said by phone.The best-play nominees are the Northern Irish drama “The Ferryman,” from Jez Butterworth; James Graham’s “Ink,” about Rupert Murdoch; Taylor Mac’s Broadway debut, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”; Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “Choir Boy”; and Heidi Schreck’s “What the Constitution Means to Me,” a personal tour of the landmark document at the heart of so many American divisions. NEW YORK — “Hadestown,” singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell’s Broadway debut, earned a leading 14 Tony Award nominations Tuesday, followed by the jukebox musical “Ain’t Too Proud,” built around songs by the Temptations, which received a dozen nominations.The musical “Hadestown,” which intertwines the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice and Hades and Persephone, bested more familiar names, including stage adaptations of the hit movies “Tootsie” and “Beetlejuice,” which both also got best musical nods. The giddy, heartwarming “The Prom” rounds out the best new musical category.“Hadestown” also was the only new musical on Broadway directed by a woman, Tony Award nominee Rachel Chavkin, who earned another one Tuesday.last_img read more

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Ban welcomes summit between leaders of DR Congo and Rwanda

DRC President Joseph Kabila and Rwandan President Paul Kagame met in the city of Goma, in eastern DRC, in their first direct talks since 1996. “The Secretary-General commends both leaders’ commitment to promote peace and stability in the Great Lakes region,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson. He also praised the joint military offensive launched early this year against the “destabilizing and threatening presence” in eastern DRC of the notorious ethnic Hutu militia known as the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR), which continues to perpetrate widespread killings and rapes of Congolese civilians. In today’s statement, Mr. Ban said he is encouraged by the two presidents’ pledge to consolidate their relationship’s renewal through future meetings in the capitals of their respective countries. “Security and development go hand in hand, and the Secretary-General hopes that the normalization of the relations between the DRC and Rwanda will contribute to the well-being of the people of both countries.” Civilians are bearing the brunt of attempts to dismantle armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with the rebels carrying out vicious reprisals and some Government soldiers committing serious human rights abuses, the senior United Nations official to the country told the Security Council last month. “We take these concerns very seriously and have addressed them with the Government at various levels,” said Alan Doss, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN mission in the DRC (MONUC). He told the Council of the deployment of more MONUC resources and personnel to the affected provinces, such as North Kivu, continuing efforts to combat sexual and gender-based violence, and increased pressure on the Government to take action against undisciplined soldiers. MONUC has set up nearly three dozen military bases in the embattled North Kivu province, many in remote areas where operations are ongoing against the FDLR. “These bases have allowed for close monitoring of the operations and rapid intervention in a number of instances.” But Mr. Doss warned that the Mission’s resources are being stretched thin as it waits for reinforcements to arrive following the Security Council’s recent authorization of additional troops to deal with the strife in the DRC’s east. The FDLR has been retaliating against civilians and attacking villages in North Kivu, committing rape and other human rights abuses which have forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, according to reports from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The group has been operating in eastern DRC since the end of the 1994 Rwandan genocide that left around 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus dead. 7 August 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed yesterday’s summit between the leaders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda, the first official bilateral meeting since the neighbouring African nations broke off official ties more than one decade ago. read more

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President holds Security Council meeting

Meanwhile the Police said that the IGP has instructed all senior Police officers to ensure law and order is maintained in their respective division. President Maithripala Sirisena held a Security Council meeting today after the Supreme Court issued a stay order on the President’s decision to dissolve Parliament.The Defence Secretary, commanders of the Security Forces and Chief of Defence Staff and the Foreign Secretary attended the meeting. The President’s office said that President Sirisena instructed the Police to ensure law and order in maintained and that the peaceful environment continues. On Sunday President Maithripala Sirisena had said that a threat of violence on November 14th (tomorrow) was one of the reasons for his decision to dissolve Parliament. (Colombo Gazette)

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NEB delaying review of Kinder Morgans pipeline expansion project

NEB delaying review of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion project by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 25, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Sep 25, 2015 at 2:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – The National Energy Board says it needs more information before proceeding with a review of Kinder Morgan Canada’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.The board says in a news release that it is going to implement an “excluded period” for the review, beginning last week and lasting until Jan. 8, 2016.Its recommendations were to have been handed down on Jan. 26 but the delay means a new deadline of May 20 next year.The board did not specify what additional information it was seeking.The NEB notes it is the second excluded period for the Trans Mountain project — the first came from July 2014 to early February this year to allow the company to file additional studies related to a new preferred corridor through Burnaby Mountain.In late August, Kinder Morgan said it would take less than a month to replace evidence that was struck from the NEB review, saying it would file amendments by Friday to two reports that relied on the evidence.The board struck from the record all evidence prepared by Steven Kelly, a consultant who will soon work for the regulator.At the time, Kinder Morgan asked the board to expedite the conclusion of the review, saying it was not responsible for the delay and was only refiling evidence related to a “narrow” issue.The proposed project would expand the existing Trans Mountain pipeline system between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C., adding nearly 1,000 kilometres of new pipeline. read more

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The Bucks Need To Solve Their HalfCourt Offense And Quickly

The Bucks Need To Solve Their HalfCourt Offense And Quickly

In many ways, Thursday’s pivotal Game 5 between the Raptors and Bucks embodied the topsy-turvy nature of this Eastern Conference finals series as a whole. Milwaukee, the winner of the first two games, dominated the early portion of the contest, only for Toronto, which took Games 3 and 4, to come storming back.But down the stretch, three things broke what had been a stalemate in both the series and the game: the Raptors’ ability, once again, to grind Milwaukee’s fast-paced offense to a halt in the half-court; Leonard’s playmaking reaching new, impressive heights; and Toronto’s knack for repeatedly winning a handful of key 50-50 plays during the final five minutes. Those factors lifted Toronto to a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series as things head north for Game 6 on Saturday.Early on Thursday, it looked like the Bucks might run Toronto out of the gym, with Milwaukee taking an 18-4 advantage before closing the first quarter with a 10-point lead.But even in winning that quarter, the reality was that the Bucks still hadn’t solved their biggest issue. While Milwaukee generally scored at will when it managed to get out in transition — where Giannis could have his way, Eurostepping around people like a Lamborghini making aggressive lane changes — the club still wasn’t productive enough when forced to run its half-court offense.According to advanced stats site Inpredictable, Milwaukee’s offense is scoring a dismal 96 points per 100 possessions when forced to take the ball out after a basket in this series — way worse than the 114 points per 100 plays the Bucks get following a defensive board, and way way worse than the 132 points per 100 plays they score after forcing a Toronto turnover.The Bucks can score in the half-court much of the time, but it has been far more of an uphill climb when Toronto throws down its trump card by deploying neutralizer Kawhi Leonard on Giannis. The Bucks have been almost 29 points less efficient per 100 possessions this series1From 114.4 points per 100 possessions to 85.6 points per 100 possessions. when Antetokounmpo is guarded by Kawhi, according to data from Second Spectrum. (There were hints in the regular season that Leonard — a break-in-case-of-emergency defensive option because of all the offensive weight he shoulders for the Raptors — could limit the Greek Freak. According to the NBA’s matchup data, the likely MVP took just three shot attempts in the 31 regular-season possessions Leonard guarded him.)Milwaukee again got nothing out of Nikola Mirotic, who’s been ice cold this series at just 19 percent (6-for-31) from deep and is a -37 through five games. (The Bucks are +37 in the series with Mirotic on the bench.) It also didn’t help to get a bad shooting night from Khris Middleton, who finished with 10 rebounds and 10 assists but had just 6 points after scoring 30 in Game 4.By contrast, the Raptors got another great performance from reserve Fred VanVleet, perhaps feeling less burdened now after the birth of his child; VanVleet hit seven triples, all uncontested.If Toronto comes back from its 2-0 hole to win this series — something that’s only happened five times in 72 tries since the conference finals moved to a best-of-seven format — VanVleet will have played a huge role in the feat. In the last two games alone, he’s hit more threes than he did over his first 15 games of this postseason. And after shooting just 28.6 percent from deep in last year’s playoffs, and 20 percent from three over the first two rounds of this year’s playoff run, he’s hitting better than 52 percent of his attempts (12 of 23) in the Eastern Conference finals.Speaking of 3-pointers, Kawhi hit five Thursday night, including a couple late, where he punished the Bucks for switching (something they don’t often do) center Brook Lopez onto him at the top of the key.More noteworthy than Leonard’s triples, though, were the career-high nine assists he logged — every single one of which led to a Raptors’ 3-pointer. (Toronto finished with a franchise playoff record 18 threes on the night.) Those nine threes he assisted are tied for the most by a single player in a playoff game over the last 20 years, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.2With Steve Nash, Rajon Rondo, Deron Williams and Blake Griffin.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/KAWHI-2.mp400:0000:0002:17Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.On some level, that assist total — along with VanVleet’s scoring — is perhaps the toughest box-score stat for Milwaukee to swallow, given that Leonard’s play-making for others was the one area that seemed safest to test. He also finished with 35 points of his own, making him just the sixth player in NBA postseason history to log seven 35-point games before the NBA Finals.Despite all this, though, the Bucks still had a chance at the end. But Toronto seemingly made every big play down the stretch. Over the last five minutes alone:The Raptors nabbed two offensive rebounds before capitalizing on the extra chances with a Marc Gasol triple, which put Toronto up by 7 points, 92-85, with 4:54 left.VanVleet hit a wide-open 3-pointer that Middleton couldn’t contest because of a great back-screen Gasol set on him during a kick-out pass from Kawhi. The shot broke a tie game with 2:21 left.Kawhi missed a three but then raced in to get his own board while Gasol was grappling with Antetokounmpo. The play resulted in Kawhi getting fouled and getting two free throws out of it.Confusion between Lopez and Malcolm Brogdon on who had VanVleet in the corner. Middleton, guarding Kawhi in a 1-on-1 scenario, pushed Leonard to his left, thinking he had sufficient help behind him at the rim. But because Lopez had moved toward the corner to cover VanVleet, the help wasn’t there, and Leonard got to the line again, where he made one of two.Kawhi missed an end-of-clock jumper, which glanced off the rim and somehow ended up in the hands of Gasol, who was subsequently fouled by Lopez with about 35 seconds left in the game. (It’s worth mentioning here that the Raptors were elite at coming up with loose balls all season.)Down by 3 points, the Bucks blew their last opportunity to tie things up when Brogdon dribbled the ball off his leg, and out of bounds, with just under 27 seconds left.The result, of course, was the 60-win Bucks — who hadn’t had a three-game losing streak all year, and entered Thursday 33-0 when leading going into the fourth quarter — snapping both those streaks at the worst possible time. Now they’ll head north, with their backs against the wall, while the Raptors seek to make history by clinching a spot in the NBA Finals on their home floor.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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WGC significant untapped growth potential exists in the Chinese gold market

first_imgChinese demand for gold is set to double in tonnage terms within just ten years according to the latest World Gold Council (WGC) publication, Gold in the Year of the Tiger. Chinese gold consumption was worth more than $14 billion in 2009 – equivalent to 11% of global demand. The report shows that over the past five years, demand for the metal has increased at an average rate of 13%/y in China.WGC’s key findings were:Chinese consumption intensity lags other major markets substantially. If gold were consumed in China at the same per capita rate as in India, Hong Kong or Saudi Arabia, annual Chinese demand could increase by 100 to 4,000 t in the jewellery sector aloneTotal gold investment demand in China has grown in line with the country’s GDP and population during this period and WGC expects this trend to continue going forwardWhile China is the world’s sixth largest official holder of gold, its gold reserves currently account for less than 2% of total reserves and, therefore, remain low by international standards. Even adding 10% from its current level would translate to an additional 100 t of gold offtakeWhile gold demand is accelerating, WGC expects Chinese supply growth to be challenging in the medium to long term; and is likely to decline in the futureDuring the last decade, Chinese gold mining producers have stepped up gold production by 84%, however its known reserves account for just 4% of total known global reserves. Assuming these figures are correct, WGC estimates suggest that China could exhaust its known gold mining reserves in six years from nowThis supply trend is only likely to reverse if China, which is still relatively undiscovered in terms of global exploration budgets, were to attract significant capital investment for exploration.Marcus Grubb, Managing Director, Investment at WGC: “The excitement generated by the Chinese economic growth story is not new. However, clarifying the impact of China’s GDP growth trajectory on the outlook for the Chinese gold market has been elusive – until today.“Now one of the world’s largest economies, China has already rapidly become a prominent gold market. However, our analysis confirms that significant untapped growth potential exists in the Chinese gold market. In China, if gold demand continues to accelerate and becomes more comparable with other major markets, WGC expects it to double in tonnage terms within the next decade, which would represent annual gold demand of approximately $29 billion at year end 2009 average prices.”Eily Ong, Investment Research Manager at WGC and author of the report, said: “Our analysis confirms the potential for an increasing imbalance in supply and demand in China. Gold demand has already outpaced Chinese production growth since 1992, even before the deregulation of private ownership a decade later. However, our analysis shows that if gold demand were to continue to increase so markedly, domestic supply would be unable to keep pace. Whatever the outcome, China’s outlook will almost certainly have implications for the global gold market.”The report provides an outlook for all aspects of gold’s supply and demand fundamentals in China. For a copy follow this link: www.mediacentre.gold.org For a summary of the report please contact: gold@capitalmsl.comlast_img read more

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What do you have faith in If you dont believe in God

first_img Apr 6th 2019, 10:00 AM 96 Comments ‘What do you have faith in? If you don’t believe in God or the universe, do you even believe in yourself?’ Gerry Hussey on the mindset of elite athletes, mastering flow state and why ego hinders performance. Subscribe Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article But he’s not thinking about it. So in pressure situations, the pressure really is only inside your head if you’re overly dependent on the outcome. When you can become more attached to the process and winning the moment in front of you and not being defined by the moment, you’re not afraid to fail, you’re not afraid to make a mistake. “And if you do, you can respond really quickly. With athletes I work with, we have a process we call WIN – What’s Important Now. If you’re in round one you’re focused on what’s important now, if you’re playing in Croke Park and ten minutes are gone and it’s just not going well, you focus on what’s important now.“That’s the difference. Some athletes and people get far too attached to the outcome and then they get the process wrong. Whereas real quality athletes actually love their ability to show their skill, their understanding and knowledge of the game, their game craft. And they’re so absorbed in the moment that the outcome just takes care of itself.”Many athletes who’ve reached the top are naturally gifted at getting themselves into the right headspace to achieve peak performance under pressure, but it’s a skill that can be learned too.  Hussey is one of the lead ambassadors of the upcoming WellGood programme.Hussey helps players train the brain to think calmly under pressure by using techniques that quieten the mind during competition.“Your subconscious mind is designed to keep you safe and keep you away from anything that’s perceived as a threat or dangerous situation,” he explains.“So let’s say in a game with five minutes to go, your body language is tight and you’re breathing heavy – your mind is beginning to panic. Everything there is signalling to your subconscious mind that you are in threat.”It engages the ‘flight or flight’ response in the brain’s stress centre, which shuts down the prefrontal cortex – the place that controls decision making and spatial awareness.When sportspeople are perceived to be ‘choking’, science tells us they’re simply operating from the wrong part of the brain.“In that moment, the athletes I work with would have very simple but effective reset triggers,” he says. “They involve breathing and body language, a reset. When we play games, it’s very hard to focus and concentrate for the full thing.“What we do is we break that down into microgames. So every two minutes is a game and we’re resetting after every two minutes. When you then develop that mindset, you’re controlling your breathing and body language all the way through the game – you’re resetting it all the time.“Even though there might be five or ten minutes to go, the more you control your breathing and body language at that stage your subconscious mind doesn’t actually know it’s the last play of the game. Because your subconscious mind isn’t looking at the clock, it has no concept of time.“The only tools it has is, ‘What’s my breathing like? What’s my body language like? What are my thoughts like?’ The more we can control that, it doesn’t actually matter if it’s the first five minutes or the last ten minutes.“When some people underperform we get so close to the finish line that we try to rush it. We abandon the process – we abandon controlling our breathing, our body language or our thoughts. They’re the building blocks of how everything is built.”You often hear athletes reference getting into the ‘flow state’, whether it’s a golf tournament, marathon or GAA match. In 2017, Dublin footballer Paul Flynn divulged his mental routine to The42, one he rolls out for every championship game. “You don’t always get into the flow-state but you’re trying to get there,” he said. “I kind of feel I’ve got my preparation in order that I’m able to get into itFlynn added: “Sports psychologists will always talk about when you’re in the flow state, you’re in the present. You’re playing in the present. You’re not thinking about anything at all.” Paul Flynn ahead of last year’s All-Ireland final. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOFlow is usually described as the art of not thinking – what’s commonly referred to as mindfulness.It centres around the connection between the mind and body. By quietening thoughts – or stopping the chatter in your mind – athletes can get out of their own way and just let the body perform. Let it flow. With average attention spans dropping due to the prevalence of smartphones in society, it can be more difficult for modern players to achieve a state of flow. Hussey advises his athletes to practice regular meditation which helps strengthen their ability to concentrate.“People think flow state is a state, flow state is actually nothing,” says Hussey. “It’s pure consciousness. That’s why I’m not actually thinking I’m just free. In order to get that I need to take away everything that’s stopping me.“So you take away distraction. A lot of us nowadays are not trained in distraction control. I walk around and I see people constantly distracted by phones, emails, multitasking.“Very few people have the ability to be present. So what we need to do is redevelop and restrengthen our concentration muscle which is the ability to be in the moment.“If you go and jump into the sea, in that first 15 or 20 seconds there’s nothing to distract you because something has captured your thoughts and your emotions. It’s a multisensory feeling.“You’re using the senses to bring in that flow state. Flow state is simply the absence of distraction. But in order to be able to achieve that on a big day you have to practice anti-distraction regularly.“And that is around turning your phone off, it’s around meditation, visualisation. Your brain’s neuroplasticity means your brain can build new neurological pathways all the time. If you’re willing to practice repetitions of mindfulness, repetitions of visualisation, you’re building that concentration muscle.“Concentration is flow state and just being in the moment. I’m not actually thinking about anything. Most people think then that there’s a process for getting into flow state, there’s not. Hussey and members of the Irish camp at the 2012 AIBA European Olympic Qualifying Event. Source: Cathal Noonan“There’s simply a process of getting rid of distractions. If you try to chase flow state, you’re not going to find it. So you need to identify what are the distractions externally and internally going on right now and how do I surrender those distractions out of my mind? Then when there’s nothing left, that’s flow state.”Another interesting aspect of sports psychology is the relationship between ego and greatness. There’s a school of thought that some form of ego is necessary to drive athletes to the top of their sport, but Hussey disagrees.To explain his point, he uses the example of sports stars who thank God in the aftermath of their biggest victories. There’s often a collective-eye rolling at Katie Taylor’s tendency to reference her faith following her wins in the boxing ring.Indeed, her Twitter bio includes a line from the bible: “The Lord is my Strength and my Shield.”But there’s something bigger at play when athletes display their heavenly gratitude. Strong faith indicates, according to Hussey, an absence of ego which can help alleviate pressure and bring out peak performance. “Ego is a sense of separateness,” he says. “It’s where I think I control everything and that puts massive pressure on people. We have to develop an understanding of connection. We’re connected to something bigger.“So it’s not actually about me, it’s about the team. If I make a mistake, I know the team will back me up. If I scored the goal, it’s only because I’m part of this team. Then you move beyond that and ask, ‘What in this universe has given me the skill and talent in the first place? Something somewhere must want me to play football. So it’s not about me.’“Ego is where we develop a sense of separateness. I am me and I determine my life and I am responsible for everything in my life. What a horrendous way to live. When you look at the great athletes and that idea of faith, ego is edging God out.“You look at some of the athletes who have a profound faith whether it’s a profound faith in God or a profound faith in their team, or a profound faith in the universe.“‘It’s not all about me. I will do my best and if this is meant to be, it’s meant to be. But I will trust in the people around me and I will trust in this universe.’“It takes a huge amount of pressure off people. Ego, people who are very egocentric, are people that are very individualistic and they seem to lack faith. Katie Taylor often references her strong faith in post-fight interviews. Source: Tom Hogan/INPHO“That’s why they’re so anxious. The less spiritual faith we have in the world, no wonder we have a world full of anxieties. Because what do you have faith in? If you don’t believe in God and you don’t believe in the universe, do you even believe in yourself?“Ego is a sense of separateness where I think I’m separate to my team, I’m separate to this universe and I control things, I make things happen. That’s a very lonely and a very hard place to live I think.”The conversation moves on to the role of performance coaches in inter-county set-ups.A number of high-profile additions have been made to hurling backroom teams in recent months including Kieran Donaghy in Galway, Dessie Farrell with Dublin and Dougie Howlett in Cork. From Hussey’s experience, performance coaches work with individuals and help remove distractions. They can range from stress at an upcoming exam to dealing with a gambling addiction.“Behind every county footballer or hurler is a human being. In my role, I was always getting to know the human being. What’s going on in their world? How can I create more space so they can concentrate more fully on what they do? It’s not about adding more stuff in it’s actually about taking stuff out.” Hussey, Roz Purcell, Philly McMahon and Lee Tracey are all involved in the WellGood programme.“Because every county has strength and conditioning coaches, football coaches, analysts. But none of those do anything for the humanity of the guy in front of them.“For me that was always my role, to help bring a sense of focus and calmness but take the distraction out of the dressing room. To take the distraction out of the mind of the player so he can be committed and present. When he’s training, he’s training.“That sense of presence that’s developed in his everyday life becomes his secret weapon on the pitch, he’s totally present. “It’s amazing with county players now, the one thing they’ll all say is they’re so busy. They’re running and racing all the time. And it’s no wonder when they go out on the pitch they can’t be present and they’re making mistakes.“So you’ve got to look at that whole lifestyle approach to life. How I think, how I speak, how I handle myself as a human being – that has to come first. Then that will transfer into how I will perform as a player.”**********************KBC is back as presenting partner of WellFest for 2019. Taking place May 11th-12th in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin WellFest will be offering an experience like no other with the biggest and best line-up yet. Sign up to the KBC WellGood Challenge. WellGood is a completely free 21-day plan, featuring tips on healthy food, mindset, exercise and more from Roz Purcell, Gerry Hussey, Philly McMahon, Lee Tracey and Orla Walsh. Visit www.kbc.ie and www.wellfest.ie for more information.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: By Kevin O’Brien WHY DO SOME sportspeople thrive in high-pressure situations and others don’t? Kyle Hayes looking composed during last year’s All-Ireland hurling final. Source: James Crombie/INPHOIn last year’s All-Ireland hurling final for instance, Limerick’s 19-year-old Kyle Hayes saved his best performance of the season for the biggest stage of all.In front of 82,300 spectators, the centre-forward clipped over four points from play and provided the assist for Graeme Mulcahy’s crucial first-half goal. Hayes put himself about the field, hungry to get on the ball and unafraid to make mistakes. Man-of-the-match honours followed for the teenager and Limerick ended their 45-year wait without the Liam MacCarthy Cup. The week after the final, he gave a little insight into the Limerick approach that was reinforced by the management team in simple terms at half-time: “Stick to the process, keep going, keep hurling.”His undoubted ability aside, what was it about Hayes’s mental approach that allowed him pull off a clutch performance in the white-heat of his first senior All-Ireland final? Are some players more capable of being clutch than others?“It’s interesting,” renowned performance psychology coach Gerry Hussey tells The42.“If we knew it and could bottle it we’d all be happy people. For me, it’s just your mindset. We become overly emotionally attached to outcomes – and that can be a sportsperson or someone in a job, with a promotion or interview.  “What happens is we build up everything about us, the successor identity gets attached to that outcome. We carry a lot of pressure and stress into the game, interview or exam. And that over-focus on the outcome takes us away from the process.” Ray Moylette relaxes in the dressing room with Gerry Hussey during the 2011 IABA European Boxing Championships. Source: Conor McCarthy/INPHOHussey played a key role in Irish boxing for years, while he’s also worked with a host of Olympians, rugby players, golfers and various inter-county sides – including the Tipperary hurlers for their All-Ireland success 2016.“What I find with a lot of athletes is they actually love what they do and they’re intrigued by it,” he says. “They have a fascination about the game. For a boxer, he loves being in the ring. He loves trying to outthink the opponent in front of him.“He’s engaged in the process and he’s not actually overly attached to the outcome. What he knows is the better he gets the process, the more he performs in the moment. So the more he performs in round one the more likely he is to win round 12. Share40 Tweet Email17 Saturday 6 Apr 2019, 10:00 AM 27,254 Views Short URL https://the42.ie/4578438 last_img read more

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Man in his 70s dies after jeep collides with car in Galway

first_imgMan in his 70s dies after jeep collides with car in Galway Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to come forward. Sep 6th 2019, 11:31 PM File photo Image: Shutterstock/abd 19,522 Views A MAN IN his 70s has died in a two-vehicle collision in Co Galway.A jeep and a car collided at approximately 5pm on the N63 at Rooaunmore, Claregalway.The man was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Galway where he was later pronounced dead. A post-mortem is due to take place at a later date. No further injuries were reported.Forensic collision investigators attended the scene and the road has since re-opened.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses, particularly motorists travelling on the N63 at Rooaunmore at around 5pm who may have dashcam footage, to contact Galway Garda Station on 091 538 000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111. Short URL File photo 7 Comments center_img Share5 Tweet Email Friday 6 Sep 2019, 11:31 PM Image: Shutterstock/abd https://jrnl.ie/4799657 By Órla Ryan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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What Can a Snail Tell Us About Human Memory

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target At first glance, the great pond snail seems like just another slimy mollusk.But researchers have been cutting into the Lymnaea stagnalis for decades in an attempt to understand human behaviors.Memory, specifically, has long alluded neuroscientists. A recent discovery, however, suggests cognizance is—at least at a molecular level—similar across organisms.AdChoices广告“People have built on this work, and it’s turned out to be very relevant,” David Glanzman, a neurobiology professor at UCLA’s Brain Research Institute, told National Geographic.“The whole goal of this line of research is to reduce memory to its simplest possible instance,” he continued. “The neurons in these snails are very large, and they’re great for electrophysiological recording.”Electrophysiology is the study of electrical properties of biological cells and tissues, and it can help scientists explore memory and its formation.Which is exactly what analysts at the University of Sussex are doing.A new study, published recently in the journal Scientific Reports, focuses on how trauma is remembered and how memories can be manipulated—based on L. stagnalis.It’s not exactly ethical—or legal, for that matter—to dissect living people’s brains for research purposes. No one is too bothered, though, about snails.“To a certain extent, [snails] can be used to investigate mechanisms which are involved in such bright memories [in humans],” Sergei Korneev, co-author on the new paper, said in a statement to NatGeo.With a team of researchers, Korneev trained snails to perform certain activities … then extracted their brains during various stages of memory formation.The breakthrough came when they identified a molecule called microRNA-137—one of a series of very short RNA constructions that don’t code proteins, but are necessary to form long-term memories.“If we block the activity of 137, then long-term memory formation will be significantly impaired,” Korneev explained.What exactly does this gobbledygook mean for actual people?By learning to control levels of these proteins, researchers can develop medication for folks with memory issues. As NatGeo pointed out, they may be able to relieve the block on forming new memories in dementia patients, and repress painful flashbacks in those suffering post-traumatic stress disorder.“There’s no question in my mind that this kind of work is going to be relevant in Alzheimer’s disease,” Glanzman, who is not involved in the study, said.“Even though [studying snail memory] seems odd, there’s a long history of this, and it’s turned out to provide us with key insights into memory in mammals and humans,” he added. “It seems obscure, but it’s actually not.”Research involving L. stagnalis actually dates back to the early 1980s; subsequent experiments have focused on various aspects of feeding, withdrawal, and aerial respiratory behaviors in the snails.center_img Nostalgia Is the Enemy on a Comedic X-FilesMorty’s Mind Blowers Is What Rick and Morty’s Third Season is All About last_img read more

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Can Crowdsourced Exercise Plans Replace Personal Trainers

first_imgStay on target ‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Is a Nintendo Switch Exercise RPGGeek Pick: JBL Endurance Peak Are Excellent Exercise Headphones At the start of each year, once the hangover subsides, and the daily grind starts anew, people flock to the local health club with the self-affirming promise to “get in shape” and lose that holiday weight.But a monthly gym fee or weekly personal training schedule can be expensive. And free exercise apps don’t adapt to your individual needs. So researchers at the University of Washington and Seattle University created a happy medium.Enter CrowdFit, a platform for exercise planning that relies on crowdsourcing from non-experts to create workout regimens guided by national exercise recommendations and tailored around user schedules and interests.In early tests, the program proved superior to professional plans, offering more appropriate levels of exercise, a better progression of activities, applicable strengthening routines, and improved compositions.The researchers presented a paper on CrowdFit last month at the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Montreal.“Most apps available to the public offer limited ability to customize an exercise plan—criteria like goals, age, and weight,” lead author Elena Agapie, a UW doctoral student, said in a statement.“With CrowdFit,” she continued, “we designed greater flexibility to customize exercise plans to a user’s schedule, constraints, and nuanced preferences.”Still, in the prototype phase, the app allows anyone to create a personal profile, listing information like daily work schedule, interests, and exercise preferences.A non-expert (volunteers who lack the formal education and expertise of a personal trainer) mold that profile—along with exercise and health guidelines provided by CrowdFit—to create a made-to-order week-long plan for the user.A detailed road map is displayed in the app, alongside scheduling advice, justifications, and other information to encourage the user. At the end of the week, you provide feedback to help steer the coach.“We previously saw that people can craft plans for others that are challenging and interesting, but also had shortcomings with respect to exercise science,” UW assistant professor and senior author Sean Munson explained.The study saw 46 subjects divided into three groups, each following a customized exercise plan based on their CrowdFit profile. Group one received non-expert plans via the application; itineraries for the second and third factions were delivered via Google Docs by a personal trainer or volunteer, respectively. Folks followed their customized plans for one to two weeks.“Our study has demonstrated that non-experts can be guided through designing an exercise plan that is consistent with national recommendations,” according to Molly Welsh, an assistant professor at Seattle University.“There may not yet be a substitute for a trainer prompting a person through a routine on the gym floor,” she added. “But the role of the expert is expanding to become more collaborative with the tech industry in guiding future design choices of apps.”CrowdFit proved a success—on par with, if not better than, plans crafted by professional trainers. But there is still room for improvement, including more exercises to improve flexibility and encouraging warm-ups and cool-downs.There is no word on when CrowdFit will be available to the unfit masses.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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