Kemar Roach proud of his 5-wicket haul vs England: Just tried to make them uncomfortable

first_imgBrief scores – West Indies (289 & 127/6) lead England (77) by 339 runs. Dowrich (27*), Holder (7*); Moeen (3/41). Full ScorecardEngland all-rounder Moeen Ali complimented the West Indies bowling attack after the visitors were skittled for 77 on the second day of the first Test in Barbados on Thursday.Ali was caught on the fine leg boundary for golden duck, one of Kemar Roach’s five victims on a day when the four-pronged Windies bowling attack produced a brilliant display.Roach did most of the damage, taking five wickets for 17 runs as he wiped out Rory Burns, Jonny Bairstow, Stokes, Jos Buttler and Moeen in a glorious spell after lunch. All of his wickets were concentrated in the space of 27 deliveries.”They bowled fantastically well with good pace,” Moeen told reporters in Bridgetown.The England batting line-up has quality all the way down to number 10, so even after slumping to 44 for three it was reasonable to believe the visitors would still eke out a respectable reply to the hosts’ first innings of 289.But when captain Joe Root was trapped lbw for four by West Indies counterpart Jason Holder, the writing was on the wall.England crumbled to be dismissed for the lowest total in a Test at Kensington Oval, leaving them with a first-innings deficit of 212 runs.Roach’s five wickets for 17 runs off 11 fiery overs came less than seven months after he returned 5-8 against Bangladesh.His fifth wicket was probably the best, Jos Buttler forced on to the back foot by a brutish steepler and feathering behind.advertisement”Today is one of those great days against a top side, so I’m proud of my achievement,” the 30-year-old said, his achievement made all the more sweeter by playing on his home ground.”I want to do that as much as possible for as long as possible for West Indies. It was a special, special feeling.”We just tried to make them uncomfortable. You never expect these days but they do happen. It’s all about doing it again in the final innings.”West Indies finished the day 339 runs ahead on 127-6 in its second innings after Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali led a spirited but seemingly hopeless fightback with the ball.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Mohammad Hafeez says entire team responsible for Pakistan’s downfall

first_imgVeteran Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez feels the inability of the team to come out with a collective performance has been the main reason for their dismal show so far in the ongoing World Cup in England.Pakistan have just managed to win one of their five games and are almost out of the contention of making it to the semi-finals. The team has come under sharp criticism from all quarters following their embarrassing 89-run defeat against arch-rivals India on June 16.”We failed collectively as a team. We could not produce a team effort and individual brilliance did not help us either. In cricket these days, you need team performance… inputs from everyone,” Hafeez was quoted as saying by Pakistan’s Geo TV following team’s practice session at the Lord’s on Thursday.”We can’t blame any single person, everyone is responsible for failing to deliver,” he added.The team, especially skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, has been drawing a lot of flak for its decision to bowl against India. They conceded a total of 336 and failed to chase down the total at the Old Trafford.Hafeez defended the decision to send India in to bat after winning the toss, despite advice from Prime Minister Imran Khan, who led Pakistan to their 1992 World Cup win, to do the opposite.”It was a team decision and that cannot be made on what someone has tweeted. It was the team’s decision. We didn’t bowl well and that’s why we lost that game,” he said.Pakistan need to win all four of their remaining games and hope other results go in their favour, with four teams qualifying from the round-robin phase.advertisement”All is not finished for us. We are focused on our next game and we are eager to win that match. We got ample time after the India game to regroup for a new beginning,” Hafeez said.They will next face South Africa on Sunday, following which they will play New Zealand (June 26), Afghanistan (June 29) and Bangladesh (July 5).last_img read more

Van Nistelrooy hails Lukaku’s early form

first_imgManchester United Ruud van Nistelrooy impressed by Lukaku’s early form at Man Utd Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 07:10 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United Romelu Lukaku Premier League The Belgian striker has been endorsed by a former Manchester United great after a promising start to life at Old Trafford Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy is impressed with Romelu Lukaku’s start to life at Old Trafford.Van Nistelrooy, a striking great for United between 2001 and 2006, has been an interested observer of Lukaku since he signed for an initial fee of around £75million from Everton in July.Stoke 6/1 to beat Man Utd Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘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 The Belgium international has scored three times in as many games as Jose Mourinho’s side have made a perfect start to the new Premier League season, while also netting in the UEFA Super Cup loss to Real Madrid.Lukaku still has a long way to go to reach the 150 strikes Van Nistelrooy netted for United, but the Dutchman likes what he sees.”He’s done great,” Van Nistelrooy, 41, told Sky Sports of Lukaku after scoring a penalty for United in a legends match against Barcelona at Old Trafford .”To score in your first games here after you have been transferred for a lot of money, it is nice to get that pressure out of the way and get your first goals in.”He has done well. Not only scoring but also providing, making his runs and doing his work. So it looks good for the season.”Van Nistelrooy is well aware of the scrutiny Lukaku will come under this year and beyond.”There’s always pressure to score here – but that also makes it interesting, dealing with that,” he said.”The goals are expected and if you don’t score there is a lot of talk about you not scoring. Then there’s pressure on the next game.”Great to be back at Old Trafford and score this penalty. Thanks for Ruuuuuuuuuuding.. Kids loved it and are doing it all the time now. pic.twitter.com/Xxh7KhZZpx — Ruud van Nistelrooy (@RvN1776) September 2, 2017 Van Nistelrooy is optimistic that United will be competing to win the top competitions under Mourinho this season, after finishing sixth along with EFL Cup and Europa League silverware in 2016-17.”They had a great pre-season and continued that at the start of the league,” he said.”The only team with nine points, 10 goals and none against. They have had a wonderful start. “The Champions League will start now so I’m very excited to see how they will do there. They look impressive at the moment and they can challenge this season for the big ones.”Ruuuuuud! #LegendsAreBack pic.twitter.com/iPekpPTcXx — Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 2, 2017last_img read more

Former 4-Star DT Josh Belk Reportedly No Longer Part Of South Carolina Program

first_imgFootball's with South Carolina's logo on them.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the top recruits from the 2018 class has reportedly left his college football program. According to a report from Mike Uva of Columbia’s Fox affiliate, defensive tackle Josh Belk is no longer a part of the South Carolina football program.Rumors of his decision to leave South Carolina leaked earlier this week, though details of the decision remain mum. According to the report from Uva, Belk was allegedly having a difficult time getting along with his teammates, leading to his decision to leave the team.Belk had initially committed to and enrolled at Clemson before he decided to transfer from the Tigers. He was ruled eligible to play the 2018 college football season after transferring to South Carolina.Now it looks like he’s leaving yet another program.Just In: @wachfox has confirmed that Josh Belk is no longer with Gamecock football— Mike Uva (@Mike_Uva) February 13, 2019Belk was one of the top recruits from the 2018 class. According to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, Belk was a four-star recruit and the No. 7 defensive tackle in the nation.He made seven total tackles for the Gamecocks this season – registering stats in four games for the team. The former top recruit made headlines in the team’s bowl game thanks to his name.South Carolina played against Virginia in the Belk Bowl, where Belk made three tackles in the Gamecocks’ 28-0 loss.last_img read more

SikhAmerican airman allowed to keep turban beard on active duty

first_imgWashington DC: A Sikh airman has been allowed by the United States Air Force to serve with a beard, turban and unshorn hair, making him the first active-duty airman to be granted such a religious accommodation. Airman Harpreetinder Singh Bajwa, who joined the Air Force in 2017, was unable to follow the practice due to the military branch’s grooming and dress codes. The Air Force granted him an accommodation after Bajwa gained representation from the Sikh American Veterans Alliance, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), NBC news reported. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Bajwa, a crew chief at McChord Air Force Base, Washington, is now the first active airman who has been authorised to adhere to Sikh religious grooming and dress principles while serving in the Air Force. “I’m overjoyed that the Air Force has granted my religious accommodation, said Bajwa. “Today, I feel that my country has embraced my Sikh heritage, and I will be forever grateful for this opportunity,” he said. Bajwa says be initially asked if he could request a waiver during tech training a year ago in Charleston, South Carolina, and said he was never told “no” by leadership. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China”I’m extremely happy I can practice my faith and serve my country,” said Bajwa. A first-generation American, Bajwa was born to an immigrant family. In 2016, Captain Simratpal Singh, a decorated Sikh-American officer and combat veteran, received a long-term religious accommodation from the US Army to serve with long hair, a beard, and turban. The Army updated its regulations the following year directing commanders to allow accommodations for observant Sikhs. Heather L Weaver, a senior staff attorney for the ACLU, praised the Air Force’s decision. “No one should have to choose between following their faith or serving their country,” Weaver said. “We’re pleased that the Air Force granted our client’s request, and we hope that all branches of the military come to recognize the importance of religious inclusion and diversity.”last_img read more

Sixyearold girl lured from playground sexually assaulted Vancouver police

first_imgVancouver police say a man lured a six-year-old girl from an elementary school playground and sexually assaulted her.Police say it happened on Dec. 5 when the girl was at the playground outside Sexsmith Elementary School in south Vancouver.Police say the man took her to a nearby location where he assaulted her before walking her back to the school.The suspect is described as a darker-skinned man, about 30 years old, with brown or grey hair and wearing grey pants.The department’s sex crimes unit is looking for dash-cam footage from anyone who may have been driving in the area between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.Const. Jason Doucette says in a release the department’s top priority is public safety, especially a child’s well-being.“Our detectives have now had an opportunity to speak with the victim and follow up on leads and are using the information to ask for the public’s help. We want to hear from anyone who could have seen something or may have dash-cam footage,” he says.  The Canadian Presslast_img read more

FSJ Loves Family week starts today with event at Home Hardware

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over thirty family-friendly events will be happening around the Energetic City starting Saturday, as the Family Friendly Coalition hosts FSJ Loves Families Week.The coalition, which is comprised of Success by 6, the Children First Initiative, and others are organizing the event, which goes from October 6th to 13th. The week will kick-off today in coordination with the Fort St. John Fire Department’s fire safety week.The Fort St. John Fire Department will host their event Saturday at Home Hardware that will include a smokehouse, bouncy slide, BBQ and fire trucks. For the rest of FSJ Loves Families week, all of the events are either completely free or incredibly low priced. A full list of events can be found here:last_img read more

UN refugee agency restores dozens of schools across northern Uganda

UNHCR said some of the restored schools have been rebuilt at their old sites while others have been moved to new sites as peace gradually returns to the north after a series of agreements between the Government and the LRA to end conflict that began in the mid-1980s.Hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) have been returning home across northern Uganda since the peace talks began two years ago, and now only a final, wide-ranging accord remains to be signed by the two sides.The UN envoy on the issue, the former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano, told the Security Council last week that frustration is growing among many Central African countries that the LRA leadership has not been willing to sign the final accord and that the rebels continue to commit some atrocities.But the violence and unrest has largely subsided in the region, allowing the large-scale return of civilians and a desire to rebuild basic services.Sisse Kristensen, a community services officer for UNHCR in Uganda, said many local communities had approached the agency for help as they did not have the resources themselves to rebuild or restore the schools.“When we realized that there were many such requests from the community, we sat down with the district to develop a strategy on how this could be done,” she said. 23 June 2008The United Nations refugee agency has restored 134 primary schools in northern Uganda, allowing thousands of children to return to classes, after the damage and destruction caused by two decades of conflict between Government forces and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). read more

UN expert urges Maldives to tackle displacement caused by climate change

21 July 2011An independent United Nations human rights expert has urged Maldives to put in place measures to handle internal displacement caused by climate change and natural disasters – an issue the Indian Ocean nation is all too familiar with having experienced the 2004 tsunami. “Climate change is very real in the Maldives and its effects on rights, including the right to housing, safe water and livelihoods, are being felt on many islands,” said Chaloka Beyani, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs).“The suffering caused by coastal erosion, salination, rising sea levels, and more frequent storms and flooding is all too obvious to be ignored,” he said after a six-day mission to the country. “It is also essential to put in place climate change induced displacement preparedness measures applying a human rights-based approach, and mechanisms for the participation of affected communities,” he added.The expert said that addressing the “real and clearly visible” impacts of climate change on the ordinary lives of the people of the Maldives through mitigation and adaptation measures is “necessary and urgent,” and will require partnerships with the international community.Mr. Beyani also highlighted the need for a law on disaster risk reduction to ensure the implementation of the Strategic National Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation 2010-2020. He also called on the Maldivian Parliament to enact the law on disaster management that has been pending for some time.At the same time, the law professor and Zambian national stressed that legislation and policy should address internal displacement, including that resulting from climate change. In the event of internal displacement, affected persons will need protection and assistance in finding “durable” solutions, said Mr. Beyani. These could include a return to an affected island if it is still habitable, local integration in the location where they sought refuge or resettlement in another part of the country.These decisions must be voluntary and informed, and affected communities must be consulted and have the opportunity for meaningful participation in all decisions affecting them.Mr. Beyani said the lessons learned from the internal displacement caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami should inform and be integrated into future legislation and policies. He also stressed that urgent attention be given to the situation of tsunami victims, 1,600 of whom were still living in very difficult conditions in temporary shelters. The expert carries out his activities in an independent and unpaid capacity and reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council. His full report on the visit to the Maldives will be presented in March 2012. read more

Teachers protest blocking road opposite UNP headquarters

Teachers staged a protest blocking the road opposite the United National Party (UNP) headquarters ‘Sirikotha’ in Pitakotte today.The Police were forced to urge motorists to use alternate routes as a result of the protest.

The top 10 books on Apple BooksUS

Apple Book charts for week ending August 11, 2019: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher)1. A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais – 9780525535713 – (Penguin Publishing Group)2. Outfox by Sandra Brown – 9781455572175 – (Grand Central Publishing)3. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – 9780735219113 – (Penguin Publishing Group)4. The Inn by Candice Fox & James Patterson – 9780316528429 – (Little, Brown and Company)5. Year One by Nora Roberts – 9781250122988 – (St. Martin’s Publishing Group)6. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware – 9781501188794 – (GalleryScout Press)7. The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda – 9781501165399 – (Simon & Schuster)8. One Good Deed by David Baldacci – 9781538750551 – (Grand Central Publishing)9. The New Girl by Daniel Silva – 9780062834898 – (Harper)10. One Year Home by Marie Force – 9781950654376 – (HTJB, Inc.)____The Associated Press read more

Palestinian students in UN relief agency schools meet with success in face

The report, Learning in the Face of Adversity: The UNRWA Education Program for Palestine Refugees, highlights how a resilience approach that includes effective classroom practices of teachers, strong school leadership, assessments and shared accountability for learning can support adaptability and performance in high-risk contexts.“UNRWA schools have created a distinguished learning community centred on the student,” said Harry Patrinos, World Bank Group Education Practice Manager for the Middle East and North Africa, in a press release today.“UNRWA students perform better than their peers in public schools despite their socio-economic disadvantages and parents’ education, which seems to be compensated by students’ self-confidence, parental support and involvement in school activities,” he added.The report, which focuses on the West Bank, Gaza and Jordan, cites high job satisfaction among teachers as a strong factor associated with student performance.At UNRWA schools, 75 per cent of teachers are either satisfied or highly satisfied with their jobs, according to surveys organized by the research team led by Husein Abdul-Hamid, World Bank Group Senior Education Specialist and one of the co-authors of the study.Specifically, the report found that UNRWA selects, prepares and supports its education staff to pursue high learning outcomes, and that the proportion of time spent on learning activities in UNRWA schools compares favourably with successful systems in developed countries. In addition, UNRWA evaluation systems include classroom observations and other rigorous and frequent criteria. Moreover, the report concluded that the sense of community in UNRWA schools appears to be strengthened by the fact that UNRWA teachers originate from the same at-risk population. Teachers are therefore accessible role models for their students, providing them with socio-emotional support in addition to academic guidance.The World Bank noted that the conclusions of the report are aligned its understanding of resilience not as an outcome in itself but as a process in contexts of adversity. The report suggests that the UNRWA system is gauging and promoting a set of opportunities that support its students in dealing with the adversities they face.“UNRWA welcomes the findings of the World Bank study and its acknowledgement of the strengths of the UNESCO [UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization] supported UNRWA education system,” said Caroline Pontefract, UNRWA Director of Education. “It is the Palestinian refugees themselves, from the student to the Chief of Education in each Field, who are the UNRWA strengths and resilience factors and our ongoing reform is working to realize their potential.”UNRWA manages nearly 700 schools and educates more than 500,000 refugee students each year. The agency operates in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. read more

Senior experts on South American markets share key business insights

For the very first time, SMMT will run a live video link to Brazil from its London office as part of its latest International Business Group meeting focusing on market entry and trade issues in Brazil and the US.The event is open to all and will be held at SMMT’s London office – 71 Great Peter Street – on Tuesday 13 March at 13:30.Key highlights for the session include:Live VOIP link with Erika Azevedo, Sector Manager for Advanced Engineering, UK Trade and Investment Brazil, British Consulate General.Brazil market entry, Diego Chaves, Senior Manager, PwC.Doing business in Brazil, Dr Vitoria Nabas, Senior Partner, Nabas Legal InternationaNorth American Light Vehicle Production Landscape. (Stewart Pedder, Managing Director, (IHS Supplier Business)Successful formulas for doing business in the US: a lawyer’s Perspective. (Tom Thorelli, Partner, Thorelli & Associates)2020 Vision of Global Automotive Industry (Pietro Boggia, Principal, Frost & Sullivan)To register and confirm your attendance at this free event, please contact Pat Shaw: pshaw@smmt.co.uk (0207 344 9260).Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State football reloads for matchup with Virginia Tech Hokies

From left: Curtis Samuel, Curtis Grant, Tyvis Powell, J.T. Barrett and Jalin MarshallCredit: Photo illustration by Mark Batke / Photo editorFresh off a season-opening win against Navy, the Ohio State football team is set to reshuffle the game plan for a matchup with Virginia Tech.After taking on the Midshipmen — who run an unusual triple-option offense — the Buckeyes were tasked with turning around and devising a completely new game plan for the Hokies. Especially when it comes to the team’s defensive staff, coach Urban Meyer said there could be more opportune situations for back-to-back games to start a season.“Our defensive coaches were saying it’s hard enough to play Navy,” Meyer said Wednesday. “And then a week after, you wish you had an easier team than this.”Meyer went on to call the Hokies “extremely talented” and said they are one of the top 10 programs in the history of college football.OSU is scheduled to play Virginia Tech under brand-new permanent lighting at Ohio Stadium on Saturday at 8 p.m.The third-year OSU coach said playing a night game at the Horseshoe in front of a national audience is important when it comes to recruiting potential future Buckeyes. He added that similar games have sparked a special atmosphere in Columbus in years past.“Night games Buckeye style, and that stadium’s awesome,” he said. “We’ve had some great games there the last two years.”Junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker is also looking forward to playing under the lights, saying that there is nothing like night games at Ohio Stadium.“The stadium is going to be packed, it’s going to be loud,” Decker said. “Fireworks, lights, it’s just an awesome environment and if you can’t get amped up for that, I don’t know what can excite you for a game.”Decker — who is the only returning starter along the OSU offensive front — is part of the position unit Meyer called “concern No. 1” during a Monday press conference. Regardless of his concern with the group, though, the coach said his offensive line has already improved — even since the beginning of the Navy game.“O-line is much better, they settled down in the second half (against Navy),” Meyer said Wednesday. “They’re no longer rookies, they’re veteran players now.”Even though he addressed improvement along the offensive line, Meyer said that side of the ball still has some issues heading into Saturday’s game.“I have not spent a lot of time watching (Virginia Tech’s) offense, we have enough issues on the other side,” Meyer said.Issues and all, the OSU offense still posted 27 points against the Midshipmen, while redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee returned a fumble for a touchdown to account for the Buckeyes’ other touchdown. That offensive performance sparked a comeback that gave OSU its national-best 25th consecutive regular-season win.That’s 25 straight regular season wins against all opponents, but it doesn’t include a matchup with the Hokies. OSU and Virginia Tech — despite being two of the 25-winningest programs in college football history — have never played each other.Despite having never played, there will still be some familiarity between the two sidelines.Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler coached with Meyer at Florida during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Meyer was the top dog for the Gators, but Loeffler helped the team to a 21-6 record as Florida’s quarterbacks coach.Meyer called Loeffler a “fine coach,” but said he’s not sure how much their past history will help the Buckeyes on Saturday.Loeffler won’t be the only coach Meyer has a history with roaming the Hokies’ sideline, though. The Buckeyes’ coach said he’s known Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer for years, and even turned him onto one of OSU’s keys to win.“Back in 1998 maybe was the first time I became engrossed in the kicking game, it was because of coach Beamer,” Meyer said Wednesday.Meyer went on to say he’s happy with his own kicking units, especially after a strong performance last weekend.In the Buckeyes’ team meeting room, there is a sign hanging on the wall that lists OSU’s plan to win a game. One of the four keys listed is to “win the kicking game,” along with winning the turnover battle, scoring in the red zone and playing great defense.While playing great defense is part of OSU’s game plan, it’s something Decker said he expects from Virginia Tech as well — especially from the Hokie defensive line.“First and foremost, they are really talented, they’ve got some good players,” Decker said on Monday. “And when they go, they’re really good so you’ve got to be on your game and you’ve got to be prepared for that.”That same talented Virginia Tech defense is set to play in front of what could be the largest crowd in Ohio Stadium history, as well as the largest crowd the Hokies have played in front of at any venue.A multi-million dollar offseason renovation project saw the university add 2,600 new seats to the stadium, bringing the capacity up to 104,944 at the Horseshoe. A university release stated as many as 108,000 attendees are expected at Saturday’s matchup.The game is set to be the first time Meyer’s team plays in front of the larger crowd, on the stadium’s new turf field and comes out of a brand-new team entrance tunnel. Regardless of any potential excitement surrounding the team when they come out of the tunnel for the first time, Meyer said he wants just one thing to be on the his players’ minds.“I want them to play really hard,” he said.The matchup with the Hokies is set to be the first of three consecutive home games for the Buckeyes before the start of their Big Ten season. OSU is scheduled to play Kent State at noon on Sept. 13 before taking on Cincinnati at 6 p.m. on Sept. 27.The Buckeyes’ first conference game of the season is slated for Oct. 4 against Maryland in College Park, Md. read more

The Warriors Were Ready For LeBron

For now, the chatter around Christmas Day game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors is about its lousy ending, thanks to lousy instant replay rules. The Cavaliers held a lead early, coughed it up in the third quarter, and hung around for what should have been a stirring finish before two no-calls on LeBron James drives derailed the game. Our loss. (Cleveland’s, too.) But underneath the dramatics was a game plan that saw the Warriors’ defense negate the Cavs’ best asset: LeBron’s driving and dishing.The Cavs were 6-for-21 with a 38.1 effective field goal percentage off of passes from James on Monday, according to data from Second Spectrum. On James’s 21 drives, he shot 4-for-6 but generated just one assist against three turnovers. Those numbers are uncharacteristically bad for one of the most effective driving facilitators in the game. Because the Golden State defense could switch so effectively — trading Kevin Durant for Draymond Green or Klay Thompson doesn’t exactly give LeBron the mismatch it does against other defenses — and could recover to shooters so well, the drive-and-kick game got itself into trouble.Sometimes, this led to turnovers by James when he was trapped or by his teammates when they received a pass under tighter coverage than they’re used to (one bad turnover by Kevin Love on the right wing comes to mind). Other times, passes from James were a little farther off-target than usual, requiring a shooter to gather and reset before firing, or they sailed out of bounds entirely. (LeBron is usually so precise that he can focus on whether teammates want seams or no seams when they receive a pass — high, low or midsection.) And even when things went to plan, the open shot at the end of a kick-swing-swing sequence sometimes fell to a non-shooter like Dwyane Wade. Often, the Warriors’ defense discouraged the drive altogether — a large chunk of James’s passes to shooters came above the free-throw line, to a shooter who’d flared on a pick-and-pop or a simple screen, far from the deadly help-defense-obliterating machine that usually powers the Cavalier offense.Here are all 21 shots created directly by James’s passes:James hasn’t always struggled to generate offense against this Warriors team. Even in a one-sided series like last season’s NBA Finals, the Cavs tended to shoot much better when James was passing to them than otherwise. But on Monday, they were miserable on plays LeBron set up and only very slightly less miserable on the ones that he didn’t.Maybe the Cavaliers can make enough gimmes to get back to their game in future matchups — they did miss a lot of open shots, too. And perhaps Patrick McCaw, a strong defender who is getting extra minutes while Stephen Curry is out with an ankle injury, changed things up a bit — McCaw probably won’t play quite the same role down the road. But those late-game no-calls aside, Durant’s defense on LeBron (and backup point guard Shaun Livingston’s on Wade) fundamentally changed the way the Cavs offense usually works.It was just one game, and the personnel should look vastly different when they play again just a few weeks from now with the returns of Curry and Cleveland guard Isaiah Thomas, who was in uniform Monday but glued to the bench. But what happened on Christmas in Oakland didn’t look like a one-off: It looked like a plan.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Iraqi PM urges residents of Fallujah to expel militants to avoid major

first_imgIRAQI PRIME MINISTER Nuri al-Maliki has called for residents of Fallujah to expel “terrorists” holding the city to avoid an assault by security forces.Iraq is preparing a “major attack” to retake Fallujah, which has been outside government control for days, while parts of the Anbar provincial capital Ramadi are also held by Al-Qaeda-linked fighters.It is the first time militants have exercised such open control in major cities since the height of the insurgency that followed the US-led invasion of 2003.Maliki called on “the people of Fallujah and its tribes to expel the terrorists” so “their areas are not subjected to the danger of armed clashes,” state television reported.Maliki also ordered security forces “not to strike residential areas in Fallujah”, it said.Meanwhile, continuous fighting between security forces and militants took place in north, northeast and south Ramadi from early Monday, a police major said, while a captain reported clashes east of Fallujah.A senior official told AFP on Sunday that “Iraqi forces are preparing for a major attack in Fallujah”.And ground forces commander Staff General Ali Ghaidan Majeed said the city should “wait for what is coming”, a reference to the impending assault.US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that Washington would provide assistance to Iraqi forces in their battle against the militants, but that it was “their fight” and Washington had no plans to send ground troops.Iran’s deputy chief of staff General Mohammad Hejazi also offered “equipment and advice” to Iraq.Fighting in Anbar has reportedly killed more than 200 people in just three days, making it the deadliest violence to hit the province in years.Gunmen overlook a b urned army truck on top of a hill during clashes with Iraqi security forces on the outskirts of Fallujah. (Image Credit: Uncredited/AP/Press Association Images)Both Ramadi and Fallujah were insurgent strongholds in the years after 2003, and Fallujah was the target of two major assaults in which US forces saw some of their heaviest fighting since the Vietnam War.American troops eventually wrested back control of Anbar from militants, with the support of Sunni Arab tribesmen of the Sahwa militia, who joined forces with the US from late 2006.American forces suffered almost one-third of their Iraq dead in Anbar, according to independent website icasualties.org.But two years after US forces withdrew, the power of militants in Anbar is increasing.Basra riot police unit convoy returns to its headquarters following clashes between Iraqi army and al-Qaeda fighters in Anbar province, in Basra, Iraq’s second-largest city (Image Credit: Nabil al-Jurani/AP/Press Association Images)Fighting erupted in the Ramadi area on December 30, when security forces cleared a year-old protest camp where Sunni Arabs had been demonstrating against what they see as the marginalisation and targeting of their minority community by the Shiite-led government.The violence then spread to Fallujah, and the subsequent withdrawal of security forces from parts of both cities cleared the way for Al-Qaeda-linked militants to seize control.Violence in Iraq last year reached a level not seen since 2008, when the country was just emerging from a brutal period of sectarian killings.More than 250 people have been killed in the first five days of this month, exceeding the toll for the whole of January last year.- © AFP, 2014Read: Iraq’s Fallujah falls to Al-Qaeda militants as 55 are killed >last_img read more

Man 20s killed in singlevehicle crash in Wexford

first_img Share87 Tweet Email 1 Comment Sunday 15 Sep 2019, 8:52 AM 26,322 Views 12 hours ago GARDAÍ IN WEXFORD are investigating after a man in his late 20s was killed in a single vehicle crash.The incident occurred in the early hours of the morning at Clonattin Lower, the Arklow Road in Gorey.The man was seriously injured when the van he was driving veered off the road and struck a tree.He was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin where he was pronounced dead.The man was the sole occupant of the van.The scene is currently being examined by garda forensic teams, and the road is currently closed with local diversions in place.The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) has been informed of the road crash and is conducting its own examination. Gardaí are appealing for anyone who travelled the road in the early hours this morning, particularly those who may have dash cam footage, to contact Gorey Garda Station on 053 943 0690, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.  Man (20s) killed in single-vehicle crash in Wexford Gsoc has been informed of the crash and are examining the circumstances. Image: Google Street Viewcenter_img The crash occurred at Clonattin Lower on the Arklow Road near Gorey. Image: Google Street View By Sean Murray https://jrnl.ie/4810373 Short URL The crash occurred at Clonattin Lower on the Arklow Road near Gorey. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Mobile Netflix Gets Cinematic With HDR and Dolby 51 on Razer Phone

first_imgStay on target These Razer Cases Will Keep Your iPhone 11 Cool While GamingFinally, Razer Is Making a Gamer Toaster These days you’ll hear a lot of classic directors lamenting the death of film. Christopher Nolan goes through all this trouble to film his sprawling war epic Dunkirk on 70mm film, only to watch folks squint at it on mobile screens instead of the big screen. And he’s not wrong to be mad. Movies should ideally be enjoyed in their best possible quality.But mobile screens are also an ever-present fact of life now. Of course, we want to enjoy content, movies and games and shows and music, on the screens we carry with us all the time. Fortunately, those screens are improving, and while they may not reach IMAX camera levels of quality, they are getting to the point where hopefully Christopher Nolan won’t be ashamed to watch Batman on them.At CES 2018 Razer and Netflix announced that now you can enjoy the streaming TV service in beautiful HDR video and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 sound on the new Razer Phone.If you want to know more about Razer Phone check out our hands-on with the device back from its announcement late last year. In short, it’s a high-end smartphone with specs and features more in line with what Razer’s gamer customers are accustomed to. It wants to deliver high-quality media experiences.It makes sense then that Razer Phone’s focus on quality has extended to streaming media. “Razer Phone now stands as the first smartphone to support both premium audio and video formats for Netflix” both companies said in a statement.HDR, or High-Dynamic Range, allows for a broader and deeper spectrum of lights and colors within the video and images. Dolby 5.1, meanwhile, expands on surround sound for immersive, theater-like audio. We already praised Razer Phone for its impressive speakers so the jump to 5.1 isn’t too surprising.To enjoy mobile Netflix HDR and 5.1 you’ll need 1. a Razer Phone and 2. a premium Netflix subscription. Only select content supports the premium formats but that includes most Netflix original programming like Stranger Things and the lusty Marvel Netflix universe.Nothing beats seeing a great movie in a great theater, but if the viewing experience on mobile keeps getting better that’s great, too. With HDR and 5.1, it looks and sounds like Netflix on Razer Phone is your next great mobile viewing experience.For more CES coverage visit our sister site PC Mag.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Two robbed at gunpoint after responding to online ad for a phone

first_imgTwo people were robbed at gunpoint Saturday after responding to an online advertisement for a cell phone, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.The two met the seller at a Hazel Dell sports complex in response to an ad posted on OfferUp.com.After they met, the would-be seller displayed a pistol and demanded money from the victims, the sheriff’s office said. During the encounter, one of the victims snapped a photo that included the suspect. The sheriff’s office shared a cropped version of the photo.The suspect was described as a 20- to 30-year-old black man who was about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 160 pounds.The sheriff’s office asked anyone with information on the suspect to call Detective Drew Kennison at 360-989-7803.Both the sheriff’s office and Vancouver Police Department offer some of their parking lots as “safe exchange zones,” where strangers can meet to hand off purchases made online with the assurance police are nearby.The hand-off parking areas are available at Vancouver police administration, West Precinct and East Precinct buildings, and at the West Precinct sheriff office.last_img read more

BNCP Angry At Election Sabotage

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#bncpangryoversabotage, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 28, 2017 – Nassau – Members of the Bahamas National Coalition Party said they were “shocked” to learn of “glaring” errors in the listing of symbols and party affiliations published by Parliamentary Registration Department yesterday.BNCP Leader Wesley Campbell said he believed there was an attempt underway to “sabotage” his fledgling party’s campaign as eight of its 15 candidates were listed as Independent and three others listed as part of the “BNCC” and not BNCP. He said that the errors have already impacted his party’s run for office, as supporters are now uncertain of the political persuasion of BNCP candidates.Mr Campbell said officials at the department assured him that the errors will be corrected, but Parliamentary Commissioner Sherlyn Hall explained that the candidates were listed as Independent because the BNCP had failed to submit the needed documents for its members. Mr Campbell denied this. BNCP National Chairman Andrew Stewart added that the issues were unacceptable.“I never received their letters before today,” Mr Hall said, “and that’s the bottom line and some of their candidates were listed as Independent because we never received the letters that they purported to deliver to my office. We have no record of the letter. That’s all I can say.”#magneticMediaNews#BNCPAngryOverSabotagelast_img read more