Real Madrid have confirmed Alvaro Odriozola has a minor groin injury, likely ruling the new signing out of the UEFA Super Cup.Los Blancos take on city rivals Atletico Madrid in Tallinn on Wednesday in Julen Lopetegui’s first competitive game in charge, but the former Spain coach is expected to be without right-back Odriozola.The 22-year-old, who has joined from Real Sociedad, has been “diagnosed with a grade one injury in the abductor of the right leg” according to a Madrid statement. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Atletico’s squad for the Super Cup was named on Monday, with new signings Thomas Lemar, Rodrigo, Nikola Kalinic, Gelson Martins and Santiago Arias all included.Real are the current holders of the title, having beaten Manchester United 2-1 back in the 2017 edition of the competition.Casemiro and Isco were on target in that game in Skopje, with Romelu Lukaku grabbing United’s only goal of the game.Lopetegui’s side warmed up for the meeting with Atletico with a 3-1 win over AC Milan at the Bernabeu, a game that saw Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Borja Mayoral on the scoresheet.
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Magic’s season abruptly changed direction last week with the firing of former coach Jacque Vaughn.There is still much to figure out before the end of the season, but they’re hoping heading into the All-Star break on a winning note will be a good start.Nik Vucevic had 28 points and 18 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic held off the New York Knicks 89-83 on Feb. 11.“I think it was important for us mentally to go into the break with a win,” Vucevic said. “Everybody has a better feel now after the tough loss to Chicago and the tough loss to Washington.“I think we played well defensively. That’s what got us the win.”The victory stopped a two-game skid by the Magic. It also improved interim coach James Borrego’s record to 2-2 since taking over for Vaughn.Victor Oladipo added 19 points and Willie Green 13 off the bench. Reserve Dewyane Dedmon also made a big contribution, blocking a career-high six shots in his 20 minutes of action. He fouled out, but it was the overall toughness Dedmon brought that Borrego said he hopes will carry over.“We’re OK with him getting six fouls,” Borrego said. “It’s that energy, he’s flying around. … We don’t want him to get into foul trouble every night, but Dewayne is making it hard for us not too play him.”It all helped offset a third-quarter injury to starting forward Channing Frye, who left with a dislocated left index finger.Jason Smith led the Knicks with 25 points.New York struggled offensively throughout, scoring just 36 points in the second half.The Knicks played without forward Carmelo Anthony, who sat out their final game before the All-Star break with of a sore left knee.Following a string of 14 straight games in which Magic foes scored 100 or more points, Feb. 11 marked the fourth consecutive outing that Orlando has held an opponent under 100.It was more impressive considering that Orlando entered the night already short a starter with Tobias Harris sidelined for the second consecutive game with a sore right knee.But they made do without him, and took a four-point lead into the fourth quarter.The lead stayed in that range for most of the quarter until the Magic used an 8-0 run to push it up to 83-75 on a jumper by Vucevic with less than 3 minutes to play.Following a pair of free throws by New York’s Langston Galloway, Vucevic then scored four straight points to give the Magic a 10-point cushion with 1:04 remaining.Knicks coach Derek Fisher acknowledged the Magic made more plays down the stretch, but also took issue with some calls during the pivotal Orlando spurt.“It was 75-75 … and the referees missed some calls sometimes, but that definitely changed the momentum, I think, in my opinion,” Fisher said. “We didn’t have our closer out there, and some guys that weren’t comfortable trying to squeeze that one out for us.”(KYLE HIGHTOWER)TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS (AP) — AEK Athens beat 10-man Larissa 4-0 on Sunday to join Olympiakos and Panionios at the top of the Greek league.Larissa played almost the whole of the second half a man down. Adnan Aganovic, a substitute who came on for the start of the second half, was dismissed after just four minutes for elbowing an opponent in the face.AEK dominated the game throughout and led in the fourth minute when Petros Mantalos scored with a bicycle kick.Victor Klonaridis made it 2-0 in the 34th with a tap-in, before substitutes Tassos Bakasetas and Sergio Araujo rounded off the scoring late in the second half.Panionios missed a chance to go clear at the top of the standings after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Panetolikos.Also, Platanias drew 1-1 at Levadiakos and Kerkyra beat last-place Panathinaikos 1-0.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Just after South Africa succumbed to their 3rd straight defeat at the World Cup 2019, reports started to come in that the legendary batsman AB de Villiers had offered to play for the Proteas at the world event only to have his offer declined by Cricket South Africa (CSA).While public opinion remains divided on whether the decision to not pick the maverick batsman for a trophy that has eluded South African hands since its inception, AB himself has tried to douse the flames which seem to have gained a new life by the team’s disappointing results at the World Cup.AB took to Twitter on Thursday appealing the fans to support the Proteas at the World Cup and that he believes, despite the results so far, that South Africa can still win the tournament.”All that’s important is that we should all focus on supporting the team at the World Cup. There is a long way to go and I believe the boys can still go all the way #ProteaFire”: AB wrote on Twitter.All that’s important is that we should all focus on supporting the team at the World Cup. There is a long way to go and I believe the boys can still go all the way #ProteaFireAB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) June 6, 2019Earlier, clarifying on turning down de Villiers’ services for the showpiece event, CSA’s selection panel convener, Linda Zondi issued a statement saying the board had ‘no regret’ in rejecting de Villiers comeback offer.advertisement”For Faf du Plessis and Ottis Gibson to share AB’s desire to be included in the squad on the day, we announced our World Cup squad on April 18th was a shock to all of us.””AB left a big vacuum when he retired, we had a year to find players at franchise level to fill the gap. We had players who put in the hard work, who put up their hands and deserved to be given the opportunity to go to the World Cup.””At no point in the year that he (AB) had retired did he make himself available for selection. It was no option when I received the news on the day of the squad announcement, our squad was finalized and confirmed. AB is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world but above all else, we have to stay true to our morals and principles; there is no regret in the decision.”Also Read | No regrets: Cricket South Africa on turning down AB de Villiers’ comeback offerAlso Read | South Africa rejected AB de Villiers’ offer to come out of retirement for World Cup swansong
India skipper Virat Kohli has retained his number one position in the latest ICC Test batsmen’s rankings.Kohli, who last featured in India’s 2-1 Test series win over Australia, is sitting on 922 points. New Zealand’s Kane Williamson (913) is second and Cheteshwar Pujara (881) third in the rankings released on Monday.In the team rankings, India remains in the first place followed by New Zealand (2) and South Africa (3) with England (4) and Australia (5) rounding up the top five.In the bowlers’ list, two Indians feature in the top 10 with Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin holding the sixth and 10th spot respectively.England pace spearhead James Anderson has been ruled out of the four-day Test against Ireland starting on Wednesday due to a right calf injury. Had the 36-year-old played the one-off Test, the second-placed bowler would have got a chance to bridge the 16-point gap to Australia’s Pat Cummins.Anderson was overtaken by South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada (ranked third) in November last year and subsequently by current No 1 Cummins.In the all-rounders’ list, Jadeja is the best-ranked Indian at the third spot. The left-arm spinner sits behind West Indies’ Jason Holder and Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh.Also See:
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This could be because it launched early, our rights have expired, there was a legal issue, or for another reason. Her 6-2, 6-2 win over Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina, the world No 120 and a fellow mother, was clean and clinical, with 30 winners and 11 unforced errors.But Williams, as she admits, is a perfectionist and if she is to win the title again, at the age of 36, there is still work to be done. “There’s a lot to improve on,” she said. “This is only my fourth tournament back. I would hope there’s a lot to continue to improve on. There is. I feel like I’m getting to where I want to be.“There’s so much farther I want to go to get back where I was and go beyond that. I’m always striving for perfection.“There’s a lot of things that I don’t know if you can tell, but I really need to work on. Hopefully I can get there. So hopefully I’ll start feeling better as well as I am on the court.”Williams dropped three points as she raced to a 3-0 lead before Rodina got on the board. The Russian had beaten the 10th seed, Madison Keys, in the previous round but never looked likely to trouble the American, who will now play Camila Giorgi for a place in the semi-finals. Giorgi, the world No 52 whose form can fluctuate between wild and brilliant, showed more of the latter as she beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-4 to reach her first grand slam quarter-final.The 26-year-old Italian then caused a few raised eyebrows when she was asked what she had learned by watching Williams over the years, she claimed that she “doesn’t follow women’s tennis” or tennis in general.Williams, though, knows all about her. “I played her a couple of times,” she said.“She has a very powerful game. To be so small, she brings so much power and energy on the court. She’s very aggressive.“She does well on grass. It’s good to know someone. A lot of the players I’ve played this tournament, I don’t think I’ve played them before. But it will be good. I know her game. Look forward to it.”Bertens has always had her suspicions of grass, much preferring the clay, a surface on which she reached the semi-finals at the French Open two years ago. But her big game has been coming good this fortnight and when Pliskova threatened a fightback in the second set, coming from 4-1 down to 4-4, she held her nerve and took the tiebreak 7-1. Share on Twitter US sports “I like the clay courts more, everyone knows that,” said Bertens, who will now play the 13th seed, Julia Görges, a 6-3, 6-2 winner over the unseeded Donna Vekic of Croatia.“But this year we try to play a little bit more aggressive, like on the hard courts and on the grass as well. The last few weeks was going well, but I didn’t win the matches. This week it’s all coming together. Playing some great tennis. I’m still here, so it’s going really well.”Angelique Kerber, at No 11, is the highest seed remaining. The German, the runner-up here in 2016 and twice a grand slam champion, saw off Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-3, 7-6 (5). She will play Daria Kasatkina, the No 14 seed from Russia, who beat unseeded Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck 6-7, 6-3, 6-2. Tennis Topics Reuse this content Share on Facebook Seven of the remaining eight women who have made it through to the quarter-finals here will be dreaming big, wondering if it will be their name engraved on the trophy on Saturday afternoon for the first time. Unfortunately for them, the other member of the eight is Serena Williams. She has been here before.The defeat of seventh seed Karolina Pliskova on Monday, beaten 6-3, 7-6(1) by Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, means that for the first time since Wimbledon introduced seedings in 1927, none of the top eight are in the quarter-finals.Williams, who was seeded 25th on her return, nine months after having her first child, is now an even more overwhelming favourite to win the title for an eighth time and with each match she is getting closer and closer to her best.
Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 23, 2019UPDATED: July 23, 2019 17:09 IST Morgan poses with the family after playing cricket with them (Twitter: @eoin16)HIGHLIGHTSEoin Morgan recently lead England to the World Cup 2019 title winMorgan played cricket with an Afghan family and posted the picture on social mediaAfghanistan captain Rashid Khan welcomed the gesture by calling Morgan a legendEngland limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan has been the talk of the town ever since he led the Three Lions to their first-ever men’s World Cup title.Morgan, who played a pivotal role as England defeated New Zealand in a thrilling final at Lord’s on July 14, showed his spirit and sportsmanship during the course of the showpiece event which was lauded by cricket fans all across the globe.Recently, Morgan showed great spirit and play cricket with an Afghan family. On Monday, the Irishman took to Twitter and revealed that while he was walking back home after dinner, an Afghan family asked him to play a game, to which he obliged.On the walk home from dinner this evening I was asked to play a game with this lovely Afghan family.. #ThePowerofsport pic.twitter.com/GKqy7OGgibEoin Morgan (@Eoin16) July 22, 2019The 32-year-old also posted a picture of his meeting, in which, the Afghan family can be seen all smiles. “On the walk home from dinner this evening I was asked to play a game with this lovely Afghan family#ThePowerofsport,” tweeted Morgan.Afghanistan’s newly appointed captain Rashid Khan was the one among many to reply on his tweet and called him a “legend”.LegendRashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) July 22, 2019Morgan will next be seen playing for Dublin Chiefs in the inaugural Euro T20 Slam tournament beginning August 30.Also Read | My vote goes to Kane Williamson: Ben Stokes responds to New Zealander of the Year nominationAlso Read | In a 1st in Test cricket, Ashes jerseys to have players’ names and numbersadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Eoin MorganFollow Rashid KhanFollow England Cricket Rashid Khan calls Eoin Morgan ‘legend’ after England captain plays cricket with Afghan familyEngland World Cup-winning captain recently posted a picture of himself with an Afghan family after having played cricket with them on his way home prompting a shower of praise from the sports fraternity across the world.advertisement
Five year old Murtaza Ahmadi, an Afghan boy whose photo went viral after he was pictured wearing an Argentine National Team soccer jersey made from a plastic bag with ‘Messi’ and the number ‘10’ penned on the back, has received a special package sent by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lionel Messi.Murtaza proudly shows off his new signed jerseys and a football he received from UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Leo MessiCredit/Copyright: UNICEF Afghanistan/2016/Mahdy MehraeenThe package, given to Murtaza at the UNICEF Afghanistan Office in Kabul, contained two of Messi’s teams’ soccer jerseys – the Argentine National Team and FC Barcelona – and a ball, to symbolise a child’s right to play. The items were signed by Messi himself.
BANGKOK — Trade tensions between China and the United States are putting a drag on economies in the region, with growth likely to continue to slow in the coming two years, the Asian Development Bank says in a report released Wednesday.The Manila, Philippines-based regional lender’s latest economic outlook forecasts that growth in developing Asia will slow slightly to 5.7% this year and 5.6% in 2020. In 2017 growth was at 6.2%.“The main risk to the outlook is still the ongoing trade conflict, as heightened trade policy uncertainty can negatively affect investment and manufacturing activity,” it said. “A sharper slowdown in the advanced economies or the PRC (People’s Republic of China) is another risk.”The annual update comes as China and the U.S. prepare for another round of talks, this week in Washington, aimed at resolving their dispute over China’s industrial policies and acquisition of technology.After the dispute escalated in mid-2018, with both sides imposing billions of dollars’ worth of tariffs on each other’s products, world trade weakened, contracting nearly 2% in January from a year earlier, the report shows.It said the solid growth momentum in the first nine months of the year began to fade in the last quarter. Growth in industrial production also showed signs of weakness, the ADB report said.This is an added burden as the business cycle for major economies heads into a “negative trend,” said the ADB’s chief economist, Yasuyuki Sawada.“This global business cycle seems to create some impact on Asian economies,” he said in an interview. “It’s not only trade tensions.”Other reports show similar sluggishness in the region, which remains the main driver for world economic growth.The latest set of purchasing manager indexes showed slight improvements in exports in March from January-February for Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Taiwan as well as China.“But other data suggest that growth in China could well weaken again in the near term,” Capital Economics said in a report. “As such, we think it is too soon to predict a turn in fortunes for the region’s manufacturing sectors.”The Asian Development Bank forecasts that growth in major economies will slip to 1.9% in 2019 and 1.6% in 2020 from 2.2% last year. The U.S. economy is forecast to expand at a 2.4% annual rate this year, slowing from 2.9% in 2018, and to decelerate to 1.9% growth in 2020. Japan’s growth will remain flat at 0.8% this year, it estimates, and fall to 0.6% next year.The bank expects growth in the area using the euro to fall to 1.5% in 2019 and 2020 from 1.8% in 2018.On the positive side, inflation should remain manageable and domestic demand in many economies in Southeast and South Asia is vibrant, the Asian Development Bank said.That’s less true of East Asia, where consumers have grown more cautious about spending: auto sales in China, for example, have plunged in recent months in one of the biggest reversals of sentiment.Developing countries in Asia are seeing an uptick in investment from many parts of the world, especially China, it noted. China’s foreign direct investment in new projects such as renewable energy, textile factories and property in the region nearly tripled, while investment by the U.S. jumped by nearly three-quarters.While much of the ADB’s report focused on trade and investment, the bank urged governments across the region to devote more resources to cultivating resilience and taking measures to help prevent or mitigate natural disasters.The report noted that 84% of the 206 million people affected by natural disasters each year in 2000-2018 lived in developing Asian economies. More than half of the 60,000 deaths from such catastrophes each year were in this region, which suffers a large share of extreme weather events and earthquakes.The report says that a large share of the $1.7 trillion in annual investments in infrastructure needed over the coming decade should go to reducing risks from such disasters.One area of concern is insurance.“Almost all direct damage is not covered by insurance,” Sawada said.Another area that could yield strong results is in weather forecasting and warnings in the Asia-Pacific, home to four of every five people affected by storms and other disasters.While earthquakes and tsunamis are virtually impossible to predict, when it comes to extreme weather, “there is room for constructing mechanisms and building up early warning systems,” Sawada said. “There is huge potential.”Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press
Rio Tinto, Turquose Hill get green light to expand Mongolian copper-gold mine by The Canadian Press Posted May 6, 2016 5:06 am MDT Last Updated May 6, 2016 at 5:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BEIJING, China – Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto and a Canadian affiliate announced Friday that they’ve given a green light to the launch of the next stage of a multibillion-dollar gold and copper mine in Mongolia, following delays and political tension over revenue sharing and the foreign role in resource industries.The underground portion of the Oyu Tolgoi mine will go ahead after Rio Tinto, Vancouver-based Turquoise Hill Resources and the Mongolian government agreed on a US$5.3 billion investment plan.Construction will begin in mid-2016 and production should begin in 2020 or 2021.“Today is a historic milestone and a significant achievement toward realizing Oyu Tolgoi’s full value,” Turquoise Hill chief executive Jeff Tygesen said in a statement from Vancouver.He added that underground production is expected to begin about the time of a projected global deficit in supplies of copper — an important metal used for a variety of consumer, construction and industrial purposes.Oyu Tolgoi became a symbol of tense relations between Mongolia and foreign investors. Expansion plans were delayed by disagreements over how to share revenue in the impoverished but resource-rich country between China and Russia.Critics of government agreements with mining companies complain too little of Mongolia’s mineral wealth benefits the general public.Early stages of the massive project were begun by Turquoise Hill, then called Ivanhoe Mines, which later partnered with Rio Tinto — one of the world’s biggest mining companies. The Mongolian government currently owns 34 per cent of the complex and Turquoise Hill (TSX:TRQ) owns 66 per cent. Rio Tinto owns about 50.8 per cent of the Canadian company.An open pit mine at Oyu Tolgoi opened in 2013 with an investment of $6.4 billion and employs some 3,000 people.The latest agreement “is a clear demonstration that the country is back to business,” said the Mongolian prime minister, Chimediin Saikhanbileg, in a statement issued by Rio Tinto. He said the project will be “a catalyst for further investments that will strengthen Mongolia’s economy.”Minerals make up 94 per cent of Mongolia’s exports. With demand from China weakening as its economy cools, Mongolia’s own growth is forecast to fall below one per cent this year.In March, some 2,000 protesters who criticized foreign mining concessions gathered in the central square in the capital, UlaanBaatar, to demand parliament be dissolved and a new government formed.The investment “will transform Oyu Tolgoi into one of the most significant copper mines globally,” said Rio Tinto’s deputy chief executive, Jean-Sebastien Jacques, in a statement. “This is a long-term partnership, built to create mutual benefit.”— With files from Associated Press writer Joe McDonald
MILPHO+0.0 NOPMIA, OKC, PHO-0.1 DETBOS, OKC+1.4 BOSDET+2.1 SACWAS+1.8 OKCNOP, UTA-0.7 TEAMTRADED WITHNET WAR MINBRK-0.2 PHIDEN, HOU, MIL-0.1 DENPHI, POR+0.7 UTAOKC+0.2 WASSAC-0.9 NYKHOU-0.5 After a week’s hiatus because of the All-Star break, we’re back with FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings.There are more than a few trade deadline-related changes to the rankings this week, but before I get to those, a quick explanation of how these numbers work: Teams are ranked according to a projection of their strength over the upcoming week using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For more details on these numbers, see our introductory rankings post.In many ways, ranking the league after a reshuffling of players — like Thursday’s trade deadline — is precisely what power ratings such as these are intended to do. Because they’re based on the underlying talent of the players on each team’s roster, they ought to be able to account for player movement more quickly than ratings that require the new-look teams to play together a bunch of times.So, how much did the deadline really shake up the league? Here’s a look at the statistical effect of deadline trades on each team, in terms of the RPM wins above replacement (WAR) they are projected to gain or lose over the remainder of the 2014-15 schedule: HOUNYK, PHI+0.3 (Note that all of these gains and losses are for 2014-15 only — they don’t take into account draft picks exchanged or even the future implications of picking up a player and his contract.)As SB Nation’s Paul Flannery noted, this trade deadline didn’t really make much difference despite all the chaos in the final hectic minutes.Sure, the top team, Miami, added about 2.4 wins over the rest of the season, and Phoenix brought up the rear with a loss of more than 3 WAR when the dust settled. The moves may have kept the Heat afloat for the playoffs (especially in light of the subsequent news that Chris Bosh would be lost for the season with blood clots) and signaled the death knell for the Suns’ postseason chances.But the rest of the biggest movers and shakers on deadline day either had already locked up a playoff slot (Washington and Oklahoma City took steps back but are near 100 percent playoff probability by our projections anyway) or didn’t have a prayer no matter what they did (the Celtics, for all their improvements on deadline day, are still staring at a mere 12.1 percent chance of making the playoffs).The exception to this might be the Detroit Pistons. Two weeks ago, the Pistons clung to a meager 9.9 percent probability of making the playoffs, according to our model. Now they have a 47.8 percent chance of making the postseason and have jumped from 21st to 16th in the power rankings — some of that thanks to the 1.4-WAR boost they picked up at the trade deadline with Reggie Jackson (an upgrade made doubly positive by the discarding of sub-replacement level guard D.J. Augustin).Aside from the Pistons, however, it seems as though few of Thursday’s moves will upend the playoff picture in either conference.At any rate, many of the trades yielded positive WAR simply by jettisoning a poor player from the roster. Take, for instance, Sacramento’s trade of Ramon Sessions to Washington. It netted a solid player in return — Andre Miller is expected to generate 0.8 WAR for the Kings over the rest of the season — but removing Sessions was the bigger windfall in terms of 2014-15 WAR. Sessions’ -5.1 predictive RPM combined with an expectation of 17 minutes per game to potentially deliver -1.0 WAR to Sacramento before it traded him away.As for the rankings themselves, the New Orleans Pelicans were the biggest movers since two Mondays ago — and in a very bad way. They lost all-everything forward Anthony Davis to a shoulder sprain that will cost him several weeks of action, which coupled with an ongoing injury to Jrue Holiday — and the addition of RPM disaster Norris Cole — to drop the Pelicans 11 ranking slots. RPM says their depleted roster projects to be the fourth-worst in basketball over the next week.The Dallas Mavericks dropped eight slots in this edition of the rankings. Adding Amar’e Stoudemire didn’t help, but the biggest changes were an injury to Chandler Parsons and the return of statistical enigma Rajon Rondo to their lineup. Rondo’s having a subpar season by the numbers, and short-term RPM gives him a rating near the replacement level. But at least Dallas is still 99.5 percent likely to make the playoffs, according to our simulations.Looking for good news? The Los Angeles Clippers rose six spots in the rankings from two weeks ago. Usually changes to the power ratings are due to player movement, injuries or other reallocations of minutes, but in the case of the Clippers, the improved play of Jamal Crawford has also played a role. Crawford still carries a negative RPM rating, but he’s averaging 22.8 points per game over his last four outings and has been present for some of the Clippers’ best basketball — they’ve averaged a +17.5 scoring margin per game with him on the floor over the past two weeks.Finally, let’s give a hand to the New York Knicks. While they’ve been a fun punchline all season, they’ve been in a dogfight with the Philadelphia 76ers for last place in our rankings all season. But after a season-ending injury to Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks have separated themselves from the pack, easily ranking as the least-talented team in the NBA this week. With the likes of RPM ne’er-do-wells Jose Calderon, Jason Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. projected to soak up huge minutes for the rest of the season, Jim Dolan’s team is truly a fitting “Hope Diamond in his loser’s tiara.” PORDEN+0.4 MIANOP, PHO+2.4 PHODET, MIA, MIL-3.2 BRKMIN+0.4
In 1975 Hese started developing and manufacturing TT- drives for west German coal mines. At first their advantages were applied to lengthening the belt conveyor systems in the coal haulage roadways out from the longwall face. In the middle of the 1980s large conveyors began also to be equipped with TTdrives.The advantages, Hese reports were the connection of a couple of short plants to one single belt conveyor unit, the use of smaller pulley sizes, drives and engines in spread over larger axis-centre distance, “the use of belts with lower stability and continuous belt conveyor units without intermediate transfers.“Since the beginning of the 90s all underground large belt conveyors have been equipped with TT-drives. Furthermore, the opportunity was used to improve the capacity of old, conventional plants by implementing TT-drives without changing the existing drive and without replacing the belts.”
Komatsu Ltd today announced the company is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the commercial deployment of its Autonomous Haulage System (AHS). Today, more than 100 AHS trucks operate in Australia, North and South America. Based on the 10-year proven record of safety, productivity, environmental resistance and system flexibility in an array of mining environments, Komatsu plans to accelerate the pace of AHS deployment.In 2005, Komatsu began an AHS trial at Codelco’s Radomiro Tomic copper mine in Chile and succeeded in achieving the world’s first commercial AHS deployment with Codelco at the Gaby mine in January 2008. A second successful deployment followed in late 2008 at Rio Tinto’s iron ore mine in Australia and Rio Tinto currently operates AHS trucks in four mines in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The entire AHS operation is controlled remotely and efficiently from Rio Tinto’s operations center in Perth, roughly 1,500 km from the mines. Following those successes of AHS deployments, Komatsu supported Suncor’s pilot of AHS in a section of their oil sands mine in Canada in 2013.Today, the AHS operates around the clock, hauling three different commodities, in six mines across three continents. By the end of 2017, the AHS recorded a world-leading, cumulative total of 1.5 billion short tons of hauled materials. In the area of safety, AHS is significantly safer than in conventional mining environments where even a small truck driving error could cause a serious accident. AHS enabled customer productivity has improved, reducing load and haul unit costs by more than 15%, compared to conventional haulage methods. In addition, the optimised automatic controls of the AHS reduce sudden acceleration and abrupt steering resulting in 40% improvement in tyre life compared to conventional operations and the various benefits of AHS deployment also show the great contribution to reducing the environmental impact.To extend the proven AHS benefits to operations with manned haul fleets, Komatsu conducted and successfully completed trials of its AHS retrofit kit at Rio Tinto’s existing mine in September 2017. The retrofit kit, mounted on a Komatsu electric drive standard truck 830E (nominal payload: 220 short tons), enabled the truck to operate in autonomous mode. As a result, Komatsu recently received an order from Rio Tinto for 29 AHS retrofit kits, to be installed on 830E standard trucks currently operating at Rio Tinto’s Brockman 4 mine.In addition to expanding the AHS retrofit kit to include other main models of Komatsu electric drive standard trucks, Komatsu is planning to enhance the AHS’s mixed-operation functions. The planned enhancements will enable manned haul trucks of any make to safely interoperate with Komatsu AHS trucks in a blended fleet operation. Under this initiative, Komatsu has committed to provide mining customers with AHS solutions that meet the growing demand for gradual transition from existing to fully automated mine.
There was a time when people thought that the Earth was at the center of our solar system. We know today that it isn’t, but the first man to realize and document this discovery was the astronomer and mathematician Nicolaus Copernicus.Today would have been his 540th birthday, and Google is celebrating it with an animated Google Doodle on its homepage. The Doodle is of Copernicus’ heliocentric model, which shows the planets orbiting around the Sun.Copernicus began working on his heliocentric theory at some point between 1503-1510 when working as his uncle’s secretary in Poland. He finished the first 40-page draft, entitled Commentariolus, in 1514. He then continued to work on it making revisions up until 1532 when the theory was effectively completed and named De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium, or On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres.Such a theory was sure to be controversial at the time, and so Copernicus delayed its printing. In the meantime, word of it spread to both educated people across Europe and the Pope, all of whom wanted to know more and for him to print his work. But it wasn’t until 1542, after pressure from his then pupil Rheticus, that he agreed to let it be published.Before the year was over Copernicus became very ill and died, but apparently not before being handed an advanced copy of the Revolutions book. Little did he know he would be added to the history books as helping to further our knowledge of the solar system and Earth’s place within it.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A bomb exploded outside the offices of a Greek business federation in central Athens early on Tuesday, police officials said, smashing windows but causing no injuries.Attacks against banks, politicians, journalists and businesspeople are not uncommon in Greece, which has a long history of political violence and has been mired in its worst economic crisis in decades.Tuesday’s blast, which police believe was carried out by domestic guerrilla groups, is the first such attack since leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras came to power in January.The device, triggered by a timer and placed in a backpack near the entrance of the Hellenic Business Federation offices, went off around 3:30 a.m. (0830 ET). An anonymous caller warned a newspaper some 30 minutes earlier, a police official said on condition of anonymity.Witnesses saw glass from smashed windows strewn across the streets in one of the busiest parts of central Athens, a stone’s throw from parliament in Syntagma Square that is lined with cafes, banks and shops.Police cordoned off a two-block area surrounding the building and bomb disposal squads were examining the scene.Makeshift bomb and arson attacks have escalated in Greece since 2010, when it first adopted unpopular austerity measures such as tax rises, wage and pension cuts in exchange for multi-billion euro bailouts by the European Union and the IMF.In July, Athens agreed to further rounds of austerity under its third bailout.Source: Reuters/ Editing by Paul Tait
A California energy company is exploring establishing a liquified natural gas plant at Port MacKenzie to supply gas to interior Alaska and the railbelt. WesPac representatives outlined the plan to the Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly last week.Download AudioWesPac, with offices in Fresno and Oakland California, and in Reno, Nevada, plans to spend about $600 million on LNG infrastructure at Port MacKenzie, according to company Vice President Brad Barnds [BARNS], who made the pitch to the Borough Assembly in late August.“Our objectives in Alaska are to build, own and operate new, scalable midstream LNG facilities in Cook Inlet, to establish and LNG alternative for Fairbanks and the Interior markets. To create new markets for natural gas in rural and coastal Alaska by displacing high cost diesel. We believe that we also by putting in a new facility at Port MacKenzie we’ll be in a position to offer peaking gas to the greater Railbelt communities, by putting gas into the pipeline system to meet peak day requirements. ”Barnds says the company is working on an agreement with at least one Cook Inlet producer to supply the gas. He highlighted the projects’ 11 megawatt power plant and the gas pipelines that would accompany the LNG processing facility.He said WesPac became interested in Cook Inlet gas some years ago, when it seemed like the Inlet’s natural gas supplies were running low. Since a resurgence of natural gas development in the Inlet, WesPac wants to jump on board the rush to get cheap fuel to Alaska’s Interior villages.“The integration would be the proven reserves plus the energy facility plus the rail and marine infrastructure necessary to move LNG by railcar, or truck or vessel to rural Alaska. The site that we’re intending is one hundred acres at Port MacKenzie. The facility itself would be on par with the current facility contemplated for the North Slope to Fairbanks on the order of two hundred fifty thousand gallons of LNG per day. We’d connect to the existing Enstar pipeline, which is approximately fifteen miles away.”Barnds said WesPac is working with the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and with the Department of Natural Resources on the proposed project, although he said it would be privately financed. He said the project could provide 350 jobs during the construction phase, and about 30 permanent ones.WesPac is in the process of information gathering and will be ready to make a firm proposal in about three months.Karston Rodvik, spokesman for AIDEA, says WesPac representatives have met with the state agency although there is no firm plan on the table yet.“Well, we are certainly aware of the WesPac idea, but I am not aware yet of any formal business proposal that has come to us. If one does come through the door, it will of course go through the same kind of rigorous due diligence process that any proposed or potential project goes through when we look at it. ”AIDEA is a billion dollar public corporation of the state, which is self – funded and does not depend on legislative appropriations. It returns an annual dividend to the state which goes into the state’s General Fund.WesPac specializes in gas storage, pipelines and fuel depots. The company operates facilities on the East Coast, and is working with TOTE Ocean Marine on designing a LNG bunkering operation in the US, using container vessels to deliver LNG from Florida to Puerto Rico.Barnds told the Borough Assembly on August 26 that“We have actually obtained five expressions of interest form various producers in the Cook Inlet who have made commitments to us or indications to us that they have a lot of natural gas that can be produced to meet our supply requirements. We are actually in active detailed discussions with one particular producer to actually acquire those reserves. ”He did not name which of the Cook Inlet producers are interested in WedPac’s Port MacKenzie project.
NEW DELHI: Pakistan is planning to push 100 hardcore terrorists from Afghanistan into Kashmir to carry out attacks as part of its “larger design” to create unrest in the Valley, security sources said on Thursday. In addition, around 15 Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists are already waiting at the terror launch-pads in Lipa valley along the Line of Control on the Pakistani side to infiltrate in Kashmir, they said, citing reports by intelligence agencies. Also Read – In his first after abrogation of Art 370, Army chief to visit Srinagar today Advertise With Us According to intelligence inputs, Pakistan-based terror groups may target vital installations in several key Indian cities in the next few weeks, sources said. Pakistan’s plan is to trigger series of terror attacks in Kashmir to project to the international community that situation in the Valley is fast deteriorating following India’s decision to withdraw special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the state into two union territories, they said. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “We have credible intelligence that Pakistan is bringing over 100 hardcore terrorists from Afghanistan and they will be pushed into Kashmir in the next few weeks,” said a military source. Mufti Rauf Asghar, brother of JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar, held meetings with top commanders of the terror outfit at its Bahawalpur headquarters on August 19 and 20 with a primary agenda of pushing hardcore terrorists into Kashmir, sources claimed. Advertise With Us Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been making provocative statements targeting India following its decisions on Kashmir and even suggested recently that a Pulwama-like terror attack may take place again. According to Pakistan’s assessment, the local terrorists in Kashmir are not properly trained, have low shelf-life and there was a leadership crisis among them in the Valley because of vigorous anti-terror operations, the sources said. “That is why Pakistan is bringing battle-hardened terrorists from Afghanistan”, they added. Sources claimed Pakistan has set up Kashmir desks at all its foreign missions to carry out anti-India propaganda in the wake of India’s decisions on J&K.
Seine-Maritime assembly thrown into spotlight on gay adoption treatment.The region’s president has now ordered an urgent inquiry into how the adoption agency in the Seine-Maritime region of northern France is managed.Pascale Lemare was head of the adoption service in the Seine-Maritime region of Normandy, in northern France. She made the shocking comments during an interview with French radio station France Bleu.Twitter reaction: One follower posted photo of Lemare.Lemare said that same-sex couples were more likely to be offered children who had health, mental or physical issues, including disabilities.‘Children that no one wants. There are people who don’t want to adopt children who are too damaged, too psychologically damaged, too big, or handicapped,’ she said during the interview.‘There are parents who correspond better to the required criteria,’ she said.‘Not a gay couple, then?’ asked the interviewer.‘Well, no,’ Lemare said, adding that same-sex couples were ‘a little atypical, you might say, with regard to social norms and biological norms’.Same-sex adoption was legalised in France in 2013, the same year the same-sex marriage was also legalised in the EU country. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… An adoption agency official in France has been suspended for suggesting gay people were given the most difficult children when applying to adopt. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Gay couples will have a hard time adopting in Georgia if this bill passesGeorgia could face Hollywood backlash over anti-gay adoption billThis gay Israeli is protesting the government’s regressive adoption lawsRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/french-adoption-agency-official-suspended-after-gay-comments/ Seine-Maritime adoption head said gays were lower in pecking order. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) President orders urgent enquiryPascal Martin, president of the Seine-Maritime region, said Lemare’s comments were completely out of step with the values of the regional assembly, which is based in Rouen.Regional president Pascal Martin ordered enquiry.‘I requested that an external audit of the service concerned be undertaken to verify its operating procedures which, until now and to my knowledge, have never been in default.‘At the same time, as a precautionary measure, I decided to relieve the head of the department from today, Wednesday, June 20th.‘I hope this will shed some light on the reasons that led her to make such comments.’Lemare’s comments prompted furious reactions from French gay rights activists.‘We are extremely shocked by these comments,’ said Alexandre Urwicz, head of the Same-Sex Parents’ Association (ADFH). News24 reported the group had filed a complaint over the comments.Geraldine Chambon, a gay rights activist living in Normandy, said she was ‘scandalised’ and similarly considering a lawsuit.‘We had heard things about the region’s adoption policy, but it was just rumours,’ she said.See also:Bill making it legal to ban LGBTI people from adopting passes in Oklahoma GAYSTARNEWS-
4 sleep positions for men and what they mean ISTANBUL (AP) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that Iran must be ready to take concrete action when it discusses its nuclear program with world powers in Moscow later this month.Clinton said one of the main concerns is Iran’s 20 percent enriched uranium, which the West and others say is close to being weapons-grade material, and that the goal of the June 18-19 talks is to begin the work necessary for a diplomatic solution. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments Share Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements The vital role family plays in society Sponsored Stories (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Top Stories Previous talks have yielded few tangible results. Iran insists it has no intention of making nuclear arms and that its reactors are only for medical and energy purposes.“We want them to come prepared to take concrete steps,” Clinton said of Iran at a news conference.She was in Turkey for a counterterrorism forum and also held discussions with Western and Arab allies on efforts to pressure Syrian President Bashar Assad to stop his crackdown on a national uprising and leave power.Clinton said the six-nation bloc negotiating with Iran _ the five permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany _ has a unified position and is prepared to take steps of its own in response to Iranian steps. Iran wants the West to roll back sanctions targeting Iran’s critical oil exports and transactions with international banking networks.Clinton said the two-track policy of pressure and diplomacy has yielded results because Iran has been left with no option but to negotiate or face isolation compounded by serious economic penalties.“I am convinced that one of the reasons that Iran came back to the negotiating table was because of the success of our pressure strategy,” she said. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family
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