Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will soon address a press conference to clear the air over the ongoing mining impasse, the Deputy Speaker of Assembly Michael Lobo said on Monday. “He is the right person because he is the Minister of Mines as well,” Mr. Lobo said,adding, “in the next two to three days he will address a press conference and tell whether it (mining) is going to happen or not.” Mr. Parrikar, who has advanced pancreatic cancer, has not made an official public appearance for more than two months. He has also not moved out of his private residence except for a brief visit to the Goa Medical College Hospital since October 14, his return from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Reports from New Delhi indicate that the Mines and Minerals (Regulation and Development) Act, which mandates auctioning as the only route for allotment of iron ore mining leases, cannot be amended — as requested by the Goa government — to facilitate renewal of leases to existing holders. This has made the agitating mining dependents restless. Top Goa BJP leaders as well as some central leaders of the party have repeatedly assured the agitating mining dependent lobby in Goa, as also the mine owners, that the Central government would be amending the MMRD Act in the coming winter session of Parliament. Mr. Lobo who has been active on this front, also said it was necessary for Mr. Parrikar to communicate to the people of Goa about when and how he planned to resume mining.The Congress has beenattacking the government and accusing Mr. Parrikar as well as the BJP of trying to hide the fact that the Union Government had already rejected Mr. Parrikar’s request for amendment of MMRD Act. Mining in Goa was banned in February this year by the Supreme Court quashing second renewals of 88 mining leases, while also directing the State government to allot the leases afresh as per appropriate laws.
LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Out for more than six months because of a hip injury, Pingris practiced for the first time on Monday as the Hotshots were preparing to slug it out with Phoenix Petroleum in two days, seeking to keep their immaculate elimination round slate intact.But coach Chito Victolero is not about to rush his ace power forward back into action.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He needs to get his timing back,” Victolero said.“Relatively, he played well (in practice), but we will not rush him. He needs to get his rhythm back and hopefully, he can rejoin us soon.” Pingris went to the United States for rehab and therapy and will definitely be of big use to the Hotshots, who were ousted in painful manners in the Philippine Cup and the Commissioner’s Cup.Star has the tools to go all the way and has been in all pre-conference hypes because of a solid roster that could rival San Miguel, which claimed the Hotshots’ scalps in the Commissioner’s Cup Final Four before winning the championship over TNT KaTropa.With a 3-0 record, Star is the only unbeaten team in the ongoing season-closing conference.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Busmen seek repeat over Tajik club Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief PBA IMAGESStar, the team tipped to give Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer a run for its money in the PBA Governors’ Cup, is about to get a much-needed boost.Marc Pingris, the hard-nosed anchor of the Hotshots’ defense, is set to make a return to active play within the next two games at the soonest as Star tries to crack a championship series for the first time this season.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments
Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics reacts to the referees during the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 6, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPATLANTA — Kyrie Irving took charge in a fashion only he can.Dribbling and weaving through the lane and around the perimeter, Irving scored from all over and kept his teammates involved all night.ADVERTISEMENT “It would’ve been sweet to win two in a row against those kinds of teams,” Schroder said. “But we ended upshort.”Boston improved to 9-2, best in the NBA, and has its longest winning streak in seven years.Al Horford had 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in his best game against the Hawks. Horford spent his first nine seasons in Atlanta before leaving as a free agent ahead of last season and had totals of 20 points and 17 rebounds in three games against his former team.Irving had his first 30-point game as a Celtic on a night packed with highlights. He dribbled between his legs and behind his back before hitting a floater off the glass from the left baseline to put Boston up 46-44. He had two impressive assists late in the third with long, one-handed passes that led to 3s by Marcus Smart and Tatum, the latter giving Boston a 72-71 lead.Irving either scored or assisted on every basket of a 16-2 run in the third that put the Celtics up by seven. He finished with seven assists.ADVERTISEMENT “He’s just very unique,” Horford said. “He has a good sense of how teams are playing him.”The Celtics started to pull away and took their biggest lead at 10 on Semi Ojeleye’s 3 early in the fourth, but the Hawks came back to take a few brief leads in the final period.“To compete the way we did and give ourselves a chance to win, we got better tonight and we can learn from it,” Atlanta coach Mike Budenhozler said.THAT’S A DRAGBoston coach Brad Stevens wasn’t pleased with the ball movement or defense early in the third, storming the floor to call timeout after Atlanta’s Luke Babbit hit a 3 to put the Hawks up 57-54.“You could just tell mentally and physically we were dragging a little bit,” Irving said. “That’s going to happen sometimes considering how hard we play, but we don’t want to make that a habit for us. No excuse.”RAINING DOWNBudenholzer joked before the game that he regretted having his assistants work with the 6-foot-10 Horford a couple of years ago to develop a strong presence beyond the perimeter. Horford, who went just 1 for 5 on 3s, entered the game shooting nearly 52 percent on 33 attempts from the arc.“I think there was just a real push from us and a credit to him that he could do it,” Budenholzer said.“It’s part of the way the game is, and his passing just opens up the court even more for him to drive and attack. He’s such a good player, such a smart player.”TIP-INSCeltics: Irving has scored more points — 245 — than any player in his first 11 games with Boston. … With Marcus Morris getting the night off to rest his sore left knee, Aron Baynes started at center and finished with just two points and three rebounds in 15 minutes. 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Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kevin Durant, Warriors overcome shooting woes to beat Heat MOST READ “It’s a beautiful game when it’s played the right way,” the four-time All-Star said. “It’s not going to look good every possession, but you’ve got to be able to move onto the next play. I understand that better than most.”Irving scored 35 points, Jayson Tatum added 21 and the Boston Celtics held off the Atlanta Hawks 110-107 Monday night for their ninth straight victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIrving’s 3 from the right wing put the Celtics up 104-103 — the game’s 25th lead change — with 1:37 remaining, and Boston led the rest of the way.Dennis Schroder had 23 points for the rebuilding Hawks, who dropped to 2-9 a night after a surprising two-point win at Cleveland. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Hawks: Malcolm Delaney returned after missing two games with a sprained right ankle and had 13 points. Marco Belinelli scored 19 despite a sore left Achilles.UP NEXTCeltics: Host the Lakers on Wednesday night.Hawks: Off until they visit Detroit on Friday night. 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A number of BCCI officials have expressed surprise and anger over Dhoni’s support for FletcherIndian skipper MS Dhoni can rest easy. And that’s not just because his batsmen are back on the front foot in their one day jersey. Also because the story about BCCI being unhappy about him calling Duncan Fletcher the ‘boss’ may be dying a premature death.BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel speaking to India Today.in says, “The question of discussing Dhoni’s comments in the working committee does not arise. It may be his personal opinion and what he has said is a fact. Fletcher’s contract runs till the World Cup.”He would not elaborate why Dhoni was so confident that Fletcher would be the man who would coach India in the World Cup. But the idea of interpreting the skipper’s statement as mere reiteration of the factual position considering the coach’s original tenure, is a line even the BCCI interim President Shivlal Yadav has taken earlier.A number of BCCI officials in various positions have expressed surprise and anger over Dhoni’s support for Fletcher at a time when the Board had appointed Ravi Shastri as a Team Director over him and his subordinate support staff was replaced in the aftermath of the test defeat. But with the two leading officials that are running the show in the absence of N.Srinivasan, Secretary and Interim President not in a mood to come hard on Dhoni, this issue is unlikely to create a storm in the working committee, even if it is raised by some officials.advertisementPatel did however say any further decision on the support staff would be taken after receiving Ravi Shastri’s inputs following the one day series in England.The much delayed working committee itself will not be held before the Supreme Court hearing resumes in the first week of September over Mudgal committee findings. Sources confirm if the Mudgal committee seeks more time for submission of it’s report, the current BCCI dispensation may seek from the Apex court postponement of the AGM to protect the right of Srinivasan to fight the next BCCI election for the top post.
Italy coach Mancini delighted to have booked place at Euro 2020by Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveItaly coach Roberto Mancini is delighted to have booked their place at Euro 2020.Mancini praised Italy for showing “patience” to beat Greece 2-0.The Azzurri have won all seven games in Group J and qualified for Euro 2020 with three matches to spare, something the Nazionale have never previously achieved.Jorginho converted a penalty and Federico Bernardeschi’s shot was deflected to secure the victory.Mancini said, “The lads did really well. First of all, I want to thank the fans at the Olimpico for coming out and supporting us, even if the first half when we were a bit tense, perhaps nervous at being back in Rome.“We wanted to dedicate the win to the kids at the children’s hospital,” the Coach told Rai Sport, referring to this week’s team visit.Greece put up a brick wall for an hour, but were eventually broken down by a penalty.“We’ll meet teams who sit back and defend. We were too frenetic in the first half, but should’ve patiently moved the ball around to open up spaces. Instead, we started long balls and that’s no good.“It was a much more relaxed second half, we kept focused and achieved our objective.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Teen Line, the ground-breaking teen-to-teen support hotline, will honor the Sarah Shindler family with the Family Advocacy Award at the Food for Thought Luncheon, Thursday, May 25, 2017, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills.Actress Katie Lowes of ABC’s hit show Scandal, will host.Teen Line volunteer Sarah Shindler and her parents will be honored with the 2017 Family Advocacy Award. Sarah joined Teen Line in the 10th grade and will be graduating this year. She has been accepted to George Washington University and will begin in the fall. She credits her parents for their support and dedication to the Teen Line program. “I know even as I go to college and my parents have an empty nest, Teen Line will always be a part of our family, no matter where we are and what we are doing,” Shindler said.Also being honored at the luncheon: Naomi Perez will receive the Teen Hero Award; Dylan Brenner and Natalie Musicant will receive Outstanding Listener Awards; Elliot Snow will receive the Advocacy Award; Tommy Attwood, Eshanika Chaudhary and Joy Flournoy will receive Teen Voice Awards; Molly Cody, Audrey Kotick, Laura Lopez, Claudia Montaner, Alexa Nourafchan, Max Kopelow, Seungil Lee and Isabella Sarnoff will receive Distinguished Service Awards.“This year’s honorees exemplify the very best of our dedicated supporters who know firsthand how crucial an organization like Teen Line can be in furthering the well-being of our youth,” said Michelle Carlson, Teen Line Executive Director. “Each has made a personal commitment to strengthening the message that we strive to deliver and in so doing, bring hope and reassurance to some of our most vulnerable young people.”Teen Line receives more than 15,000 calls, texts and emails each year, providing a safety net for teenagers dealing with troubled relationships; verbal, emotional or physical abuse; substance abuse; suicide; peer pressure; cyber bullying and other challenges. In addition, more than 25,000 participants annually attend Teen Line events at schools and community forums.Prior to the luncheon, a boutique will showcase fashionable items for purchase, with a portion of proceeds benefitting Teen Line.Sponsorships begin at $1,000; individual tickets, $150. For more information, email email@example.com or visit www.teenlineonline.org.
About InfluicityFounded in 2012, Influicity is the leading platform for businesses to manage and scale their influencer operations. The suite of products includes influencer search, insights & analytics, campaign management, reporting, social listening, and more. Because Influicity does not operate a limited network of influencers, it can provide global brands with access to any and all social talent, along with the most advanced data analysis on the audiences they reach. The company has offices in Toronto and LA. Influicity indexes over a billion influencers from across the social media spectrum, regardless of their network or affiliation. Through the platform, Bell Media can cultivate and curate the ideal talent rosters based on advertisers’ needs. In addition to offering global scale, Influicity provides access, simple searchability, project management¸ communications services, and analytics tools that show reach and value.“The full suite of features on Influicity ensures that Bell Media can serve its clients with unparalleled levels of service,” says Jonathan Davids, Founder & CEO of Influicity. “We’re excited to partner with Bell Media as they continue to break new ground with the next generation of talent.” Login/Register With: Twitter TORONTO (March 13, 2017) – Bell Media announced today a new partnership with Influicity, the world’s leading influencer marketplace and campaign management platform. As the exclusive Canadian broadcaster with access to the platform, Bell Media can now provide its clients with unparalleled access to the universe of social influencers. Bell Media also delivers discoverability of the perfect influencer from a centralized marketplace to develop impactful marketing campaigns.Bell Media is already an expert in the field of cultivating and reaching the top influencers through its discovery and development of in-house talent and via its stable of influencers at Much Digital Studios.“Given our success with Much Digital Studios, we were looking to expand our footprint in the social influencer world to include our other brands,” said Alyson Walker, Vice-President, Brand Partnerships. “The Influicity platform offers the most benefits for our advertisers by giving them the ability to connect, measure, and collaborate with 100% of social influencers globally.” About Bell MediaBell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada’s most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement
WASHINGTON – U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic than they have in nearly two decades.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday rose five points to 74 this month. That’s the highest reading since July of 1999, more than 18 years ago.Readings above 50 indicate more builders see sales conditions as good rather than poor. The index has remained above 60 since September of 2016.The index exceeded the expectations of analysts surveyed by FactSet, who expected a reading of 70.All three components of the index rose in December. The reading gauging builders’ view of single-family home sales rose four points to 81, while the outlook for sales over the next six months ticked up three points to 79. The measure of traffic by prospective buyers jumped eight points to 58.The Commerce Department reported late last month that Americans bought new homes in October at the fastest pace in a decade — a 6.2 per cent monthly increase — reflecting a strong economy but also a worsening shortage of existing homes for sale.New home sales last month rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 685,000, the third straight monthly gain and the best sales clip since October 2007.Many buyers are turning to new construction due to an ongoing dearth of existing homes for sale. However, new construction has been unable to keep up with demand.Potential buyers are searching for homes amid a healthy job market with a 4.1 per cent unemployment rate and attractive 30-year mortgage rates that are averaging less than 4 per cent.
OTTAWA – The overall annual pace of inflation slowed to 1.9 per cent in December as gains in the price of gasoline eased up, Statistics Canada said Friday.But economists said the economic strength last year is pushing underlying prices higher.TD Bank senior economist Brian DePratto noted that two of the Bank of Canada’s three preferred measures of core inflation, designed to look through the noise of more-volatile items like gasoline, ticked higher last month.“Looking past the energy-led deceleration in inflation, hot growth of the Canadian economy in 2017 now appears [to be] turning into somewhat hotter price growth,” DePratto wrote in brief note to clients.CPI-trim — which helps filter out extreme price changes — rose to 1.9 per cent from 1.8 per cent in November, while CPI-common — which filters out prices that changed due to extraordinary circumstances — climbed to 1.6 per cent from 1.5 per cent. CPI-median was unchanged compared with November at 1.9 per cent.“It provides a little more confirmation that the interest rate hike earlier this month was justified from an economic fundamentals point of view,” DePratto said of the move higher in core inflation.“That core mandate of the bank is to control inflation and this speaks to the need for further hikes.”The Bank of Canada aims to keep inflation at two per cent, the midpoint of a target range of one- to three-per cent over the medium term.In raising its trendsetting rate to 1.25 per cent last week, the Bank of Canada pointed to unexpectedly solid economic data as key drivers behind the decision.CIBC economist Nick Exarhos also noted that underlying inflation trends appear to be firming.“Core inflation metrics are trending in the right direction, something that supports the Bank of Canada’s decision to hike rates at the start of 2018,” he said.“We could see some deflationary pressure from the stronger Canadian dollar, but given minimum wage hikes, a closed output gap, and what is likely to be stronger average pricing for energy over the balance of this year compared to 2017, inflation is likely to accelerate.”Overall, Statistics Canada said Friday that the consumer price index for the final month of 2017 was up 1.9 per cent compared with the same month a year earlier. That compared with a reading of 2.1 per cent in November.Excluding gasoline, prices were up 1.5 per cent year on an annual basis in December, matching the increase in November.Prices were up in seven of the eight major categories as the transportation index, which includes gasoline, and the shelter group led the way.Transportation prices were up 4.9 per cent from a year ago compared with a 5.9 per cent increase in November. Gasoline, a key component of the group, climbed 12.2 per cent compared with a year earlier following a 19.6 per cent increase in November.The shelter index climbed 1.4 per cent compared with a year ago as natural gas prices rose 6.2 per cent following a 3.1 per cent increase in November.Meanwhile, the household operations, furnishings and equipment index fell 0.3 per cent compared with a year ago as the cost of telephone services slipped five per cent as the country’s big wireless companies battled for market share in December with deeply discounted offers.
TORONTO – Analysts said Thursday that Shaw Communications Inc. was the big winner from Ottawa’s decision to set aside 43 per cent of the next spectrum auction for regional wireless carriers and potential new rivals, but stock markets didn’t react.“Given well-established network partnerships . . . and consolidation over the years, we believe none of the key wireless players in Canada are really starved for spectrum,” telecom analyst Phillip Huang wrote for Barclays Capital.“Having said that, Shaw still has the smallest spectrum portfolio compared to its peers, and we believe the 600MHz auction is most important to Shaw.”However, Huang and other analysts said the government’s position had been well-telegraphed and they didn’t expect much impact on share prices.At the end of trading Thursday, none of the five publicly traded companies with wireless operations was up or down even a full percentage point and the only decline was Shaw, down five cents to $24.82 — about 0.2 per cent.The Calgary-based cable, internet and satellite company is relatively new to the wireless industry which it hadn’t pursued aggressively until it bought Wind Mobile two years ago and rebranded it as Freedom Mobile in late 2016.Canaccord Genuity analyst Aravinda Galappatthige agreed that Shaw, as well as Quebecor’s Videotron cable division, would be able to enhance their spectrum position at a relatively low cost.“Recall the incumbents had argued against set-asides for Shaw and Quebecor, highlighting that these are well-established cable companies and that their wireless operations can no longer be deemed ‘new entrants’, ” he wrote.Nevertheless, he added, it’s apparent the government “is keen to move ahead with its initiatives to improve wireless affordability in Canada and believes that this framework would further encourage greater competition.”Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said as much in an interview Thursday.“Canadians pay some of the highest cell phone prices in the G7 (industrialized countries) and we, as a government, want to see the prices to go down for Canadian consumers,” said Bains, who is the minister responsible for telecom.“By putting aside 43 per cent of the spectrum, for regional competitors and potential new market entrants, we believe this will increase competition, this will promote better quality services and — more importantly — this will provide affordable prices for Canadians.”However, Bell Canada — which has the country’s largest telecommunications and media business — issued a statement Thursday re-iterating its opposition to giving Shaw and Quebecor such a financial advantage.“Even prior to this decision, the federal government had handed out $4 billion in wireless spectrum subsidies to cable companies over the last 10 years,” Bell said.“In terms of new entrants, we expected some level of spectrum set asides but 43 per cent is far too generous considering the level of subsidies they’ve already received over the years and their slow pace of service rollouts.”Rogers Communications Inc. was also critical of the government’s spectrum decision that was largely in line with its position going into a consultation process that began last year.“The wireless market is fiercely competitive with four facilities-based service providers with multiple brands in virtually every market competing to win the hearts and minds of Canadians, and the startups of a decade ago are now well-capitalized regional players who do not require government assistance,” said David Watt, Rogers senior vice-president for regulatory affairs.“Going forward, we hope the government recognizes this and adopts more balanced auction rules as the country gets ready for 5G.”Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI-B)(TSX:BCE)(TSX:SJR.B)
VANCOUVER, B.C. – The provincial government announced today that it will be reducing the maximum allowable rental rate increase, after announcing earlier this month that rents would have been permitted to increase by up to 4.5 percent next year.Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson said that her Ministry will be taking action on a recommendation from B.C.’s Rental Housing Task Force by cutting the annual allowable rent increase by two percent, limiting it to inflation.The previous formula, which dates back to 2004, allowed annual rent increases of two percent plus inflation. That means that effective January 1, 2019, the annual allowable rent increase will be 2.5 percent.“It’s simply not sustainable for renters, many of whom are on fixed incomes, to see their rent increase by more than inflation each and every year,” said Premier John Horgan. “We have to eliminate the risk of such huge increases for renters. Our new approach strikes a balance between giving relief to renters while encouraging people to maintain their rental properties.”As a result of eliminating the additional two percent increase, renters paying $1,200 per month will save up to $288 next year over what they could have paid under the old formula.“We recognize supply is key to bringing down rental costs in the long term, but renters have told us they are hurting and need help today,” said Robinson. “That’s why we are taking careful steps to address the housing crisis and ease the pressure on renters, while also making sure that landlords have the tools they need to continue to invest in their rental properties.”The Residential Tenancy Branch will work closely with landlord advocacy groups on expanded circumstances under which landlords could apply for an additional rent increase to reflect the costs of maintaining their rental properties.
Washington: The US Supreme Court has stayed the execution of a Buddhist inmate in Texas whose request that his spiritual adviser be present in the execution chamber was denied. In a brief, unsigned order, the court on Thursday said that Texas may not execute the inmate, Patrick H. Murphy, “unless the state permits Murphy’s Buddhist spiritual adviser or another Buddhist reverend of the state’s choosing to accompany Murphy in the execution chamber during the execution”, The New York Times reported. Murphy was sentenced to death for the 2000 murder of a police officer, Aubrey Hawkins. He has been a Buddhist for about a decade, according to court papers. Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil M. Gorsuch said they would have allowed the execution to proceed. In a concurring opinion, Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh wrote that the state’s policy of allowing only Christian and Muslim chaplains to attend executions amounted to unconstitutional religious discrimination. “The government may not discriminate against religion generally or against particular religious denominations,” Kavanaugh wrote. “In this case,” he wrote, “the relevant Texas policy allows a Christian or Muslim inmate to have a state-employed Christian or Muslim religious adviser present either in the execution room or in the adjacent viewing room. “But inmates of other religious denominations who want their religious adviser to be present can have the religious adviser present only in the viewing room and not in the execution room itself for their executions.” Murphy’s case was similar to one in February in which the court, by a 5-to-4 vote, allowed the execution of a Muslim inmate in Alabama who had asked that his Imam be present. In Alabama, only a Christian chaplain employed by the prison was allowed in the execution chamber.
Panaji: No one can dare to overthrow the BJP-led coalition government in Goa, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Tuesday. Sawant, while inaugurating the election campaign of Sidharth Kuncalienkar, BJP’s candidate for the May 19 by-election for Panaji, also said that the BJP would win the prestigious Assembly seat which has been held by the party for 25 years, during which it was largely represented by late Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. “I am saying this on purpose. I am certain that this government will complete the remaining three years. Our alliance partners, Vijai Sardesai or independent MLAs, are with us. We will complete three years in power. No one has the daring to overthrow this government,” Sawant said even as political experts insist that the future of the BJP-led coalition government in Goa depends on the results of the four by-elections in the state. Three Assembly by-elections for Shiroda, Mapusa and Mandrem have been held on April 23 while the bypoll in Panaji constituency, necessitated by the death of Manohar Parrikar, is scheduled for May 19. Both BJP and the Congress are currently tied at 14 MLAs each in the Assembly which is currently reduced to 36 MLAs and the BJP-led coalition government is currently hinged on a wafer thin majority. Sawant was appointed Chief Minister in March soon after the death of Parrikar. BJP’s Sidharth Kuncalienkar takes on Atanasio Monserrate of the Congress, Subhash Velingkar of the Goa Suraksha Manch and Valmiki Naik of the Aam Aadmi Party.
LONDON – Largest university in London obtains injunction against student protests.The University of London has obtained a court order banning student protests on its campuses for the next six months after a demonstration against how the university is run resulted in 38 arrests last week.“This is a regrettable but necessary step that we have taken in order to prevent the type of violent and intimidating behaviour that we have seen by protesters at Senate House recently,” said Chris Cobb, Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary, regarding the injunction. Police were brought in to break up a sit-in on Wednesday after which students accused the police of assaulting students.The students’ demands include a halt to privatisation, fair pay for workers and a halt to a controversial plan to close the student union. They are protesting against the way higher education as a whole is controlled they say.The union outlined their stance, “Occupations are a legitimate form of dissent. When our university exploits our staff, shuts down our student union, and are utterly unaccountable to the students and staff that give it life and make it function, students have no choice but to gain leverage in whatever way they can.”Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Michael Chessum, president of the University of London Student union said, “I have myself been thrown to the ground and I’ve witnessed widespread violence form the police, including crutches being kicked away from under someone, a lot of swinging punches, and people being beaten to near unconsciousness during their arrest.”Some 135,090 students (approximately 5% of all UK students) attend one of the University of London’s affiliated schools.
Toronto’s made jumpers throughout the playoffs have been by far the most suspenseful of those of any of the final eight teams, taking an average of 0.117 seconds to fall into the basket. That hang time was 44 percent longer than the average of the other seven clubs. And looking at a larger sample size doesn’t change much about the result: At an average of 0.108 seconds, the Raptors’ successful regular-season jumpers at Scotiabank Arena took longer to fall through the basket than any other team’s makes on their home courts, too, according to the SportVU analysis. You might remember that Leonard hit a game-winner in March against Portland — a fadeaway from Scotiabank’s right baseline, with the shooter’s bounce and all — that looked almost identical to the one he would eventually make against Philadelphia.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/KawhiBLAZERS.mp400:0000:0000:12Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.To be clear, even though the Raptors have the longest hang time at home, their numbers are far from an outlier in the data set. The arena did have an odd rim-related issue last season, when officials had to delay a game because one of the rims was slightly crooked and required an adjustment. But no one could look at the numbers presented here and realistically suggest that anything about them is crooked, or that the arena’s rims are fundamentally different from others in the NBA.Still, there’s no doubting the fact that Toronto has gotten a couple of very friendly bounces over the course of the playoffs — not just from Leonard, but also from Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet, who told me somewhat candidly, “I hate our rims.” (While that might sound odd, given his incredible hot streak lately, VanVleet had struggled mightily the last two postseasons from the perimeter.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/BOUNCES.mp400:0000:0002:21Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.There are a number of potential factors to consider with unusual data like this. One counterintuitive example: A team with dead-eye shooters, for instance, often won’t get opportunities for much hang time on the rim because their jumpers will swish through the net, registering a minuscule amount of time around the basket as a result. At the same time, though, players and teams who use considerable arc might be better positioned to get a beneficial bounce or roll, regardless of how soft or tight the rims are.2Midrange shots usually require less arc than 3-pointers, so a team taking more triples — like the Raptors, who have taken more than 40 percent of their shot attempts from that distance this postseason — might ultimately get more soft bounces. And no team has put more air under its 3-pointers this postseason than Golden State.In fact, while the Raptors’ shots have had the most hang time on the rim during home games, the Warriors have seen the league’s biggest home-road disparity in terms of how much longer the ball has teetered on the basket while playing in familiar confines. Golden State’s jumpers have stayed in the vicinity of the rim 0.02 seconds longer at Oracle Arena this postseason than on the road, by far the biggest gap of any playoff club. By contrast, Toronto’s shots actually hang near the rim slightly longer on the road than they do at home, so it’s hard to claim a soft-rim advantage at home for the Raptors. Trail Blazers-0.001 76ers0.216 Raptors0.224s Raptors-0.008 On jump shots of 10 feet or more, among teams that advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs.Sources: STATS SportVU, SECOND SPECTRUM Celtics-0.004 The notion of shot arc is where Leonard’s series-ending jumper comes into play. While Kawhi generally doesn’t put much arc on his shots at all, he had to loft the one against Philly over the outstretched hand of 7-footer Joel Embiid to avoid having it blocked. Leonard’s shot reached a peak height of 18.2 feet before bouncing on the rim — a night-and-day difference from the league-average peak height of just 15.1 feet. The extra height almost certainly gave the shot a greater chance of going in from a physics standpoint.And that shot is the first thing that comes to mind now whenever the Raptors benefit from seemingly lucky bounces. VanVleet, even with his expressed hate for the Toronto rims, has fully leaned into the idea that something magical — with the baskets or otherwise — is happening here.“I think we’ve got a special thing going. Just kind of the aura, and the magic in the air, you can feel it a little bit,” VanVleet told me. “We have a lot to do with that, our fans have a lot to do with that, and things are just going the right way for us.”Check out our latest NBA predictions. Bucks0.206 Celtics0.210 Are the Raptors getting lucky rolls on their home rims?How long shots hang on the rim by team in home games, 2019 playoffs TEAMADDED HANGTIME AT HOME On jump shots of 10 feet or more, among teams that advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs.Sources: STATS SportVU, SECOND SPECTRUM The Warriors’ shots survive on the rim longer at Oracle ArenaHow long shots hang on the rim at home vs. on the road by team, 2019 playoffs Warriors+0.020s Trail Blazers0.220 Rockets+0.006 Bucks0.000 Rockets0.181 TEAMBALL IN VICINITY OF RIM 76ers-0.006 Nuggets0.208 Warriors0.214 Nuggets-0.014 Kawhi Leonard’s rainbow arc game-winner in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals over Philadelphia — a buzzer-beating miracle that bounced on the rim four separate times, for 1.8 seconds, before falling through — was historic the second it went down. And that shot will arguably become even more iconic if and when the Toronto Raptors dethrone the Golden State Warriors’ dynasty in the coming days. Few shots have provided that sort of drama while also indirectly ushering in what figures to be a changing of the guard in the sport as we know it.Because of that shot, it’s been hard not to notice the others that have all but taken up residence on the cylinder at Scotiabank Arena. “Those rims are really soft,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said.But do shots really hang on the rims more in Toronto? Will the Raptors have some hidden advantage when they take their home court and try to close out the NBA Finals in Game 5? As it turns out, yes, the Raptors’ jump shots do roll on and around the rim longer in Toronto than other teams’ jumpers do in their respective arenas. But no, that isn’t somehow evidence of anything underhanded at play.In an analysis of Second Spectrum shot-tracking data run by Matt Scott of STATS SportVU, we looked at all jumpers of 10 feet or greater, both in the regular season and the playoffs, and pulled the time measured between when the ball hit the rim and when it left the vicinity of the cylinder for a miss or went through the net for a make. The Raptors’ jump-shot attempts at home this postseason have bounced on or around the rim for an average of 0.224 seconds, the longest of any team to advance beyond the first round.1Even if you exclude Leonard’s wild shot against the Sixers from the data set, the Raptors’ jump-shot attempts have still hung on or around the rim longer, on average, than any other team that made it to the second round.
UPDATE (Feb. 25, 4:58 p.m.): Since publication of this post, the Last Man organizers have acknowledged that their database did not include one contestant who was still viable in the competition. She has since been eliminated, but the numbers in this post would be slightly different if the database had been correct at the time of publication. Eighty-five percent of participants have already been felled by what competitors call “The Knowledge,”2Not to be confused with “The Knowledge.” according to the Last Man website. Sixteen percent of all players had, despite their best efforts, learned who won the Super Bowl by midnight on the night of the game (Feb. 7).3I wasn’t a declared player, but I made it only to 9:17 a.m. the day after the game, by which point 27 percent of players had learned the result, too. By the end of the next day, more than half of the competitors had lost their blissful ignorance. The more time that passes, the safer the players are; only about a quarter of competitors who made it through the first post-Super Bowl week perished in the second. Now, as you can see in the chart above, the survivor curve is more like a plateau.But that’s no reason for the survivors to let down their guard. They could still be taken out by the kind of thing that has felled other competitors — phone calls, cupcakes, baby photos, the usual. And it’s not always just the Last Manners who suffer when they lose: One competitor learned the Super Bowl winner via “email from treacherous husband I thought I could trust.” And that husband may find that the guilt of being the spoiler weighs on him for longer than The Knowledge haunts his spouse. It’s been more than two weeks since the Super Bowl, and there are still at least 29 people1As of Sunday, when the data was last updated. who don’t know who won. Those 29 are the recorded survivors of the Last Man challenge, a war-of-attrition, just-for-glory competition to be the last person in the U.S. (or at least in the challenge’s database) unaware of who won Super Bowl 50. (For all of you who still don’t know who won, this post is a safe space.)
The Ohio State’s men’s basketball team reeled in its first recruit of the 2018 recruiting class when four-star shooting guard Torrence Watson announced his commitment to play for the Buckeyes Monday evening on Twitter.https://twitter.com/TorrenceWatson/status/884605146130501632The Saint Louis, Missouri, native is the No. 100 overall prospect and the 23rd-best shooting guard in the country, according to 247Sports composite rankings.Though Watson is the first player in his class to commit to Ohio State, he is the third to join the Buckeyes since Chris Holtmann was hired. Four-star forwards Kyle Young and Musa Jallow – each in the 2017 recruiting class – committed to Ohio State on June 26 and July 7, respectively.Three four-star players in the 2018 class – forwards Darius Bazley and Justin Ahrens and guard Dane Goodwin – have decommitted from Ohio State’s 2018 class.
Former Chelsea captain John Terry is unsure if he will be continuing with his career at the end of the season with current club Aston Villa keen to retain his services for next seasonThe former England captain left his beloved Chelsea, last season, after falling down the pecking order under new manager Antonio Conte and, after refusing offers from other Premier League sides, Terry signed for Aston Villa in the Championsip.Terry has promptly named the new captain of Steve Bruce’s side and has become an integral part at Aston Villa with the club currently aiming to return to the Premier League this season.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.But despite Villa’s intentions to keep him for another season, Terry (who turned 37 in December) is unsure whether he will continue playing for another season and has told Bruce that he will make a final decision in May.Daily Star has reported that Terry is concerned that he may no longer have enough stamina to endure a another season of top-flight football and finds the prospect of facing Chelsea to be unappealing.At the end of last season, Terry turned down Swansea City due to not wanting to line-up against his former club and it is believed that the defender may be looking at a prospective move to either America or China at the end of the season.
The 2018 World Cup is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010.Serbia has announced their 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup, including several Serie A star such as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to Football Italia.Coach Mladen Krstajic has named the group that will follow him to Russia for the tournament which kicks off in 13 days.Those on the list are Roma full-back Aleksandar Kolarov, Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, Lazio midfielder Milinkovic-Savic and Torino talent Adem Ljajic.Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group B George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group B sees Portugal and Serbia play catch up with Ukraine.While Cristiano Ronaldo broke records and his Portugal side ran out…Marija Nastasic was ruled out because of injury, with Mijat Gacinovic, Nemanja Maksimovic and Aleksandar Jovanovic cut from the long-list while Vladimir Stojkovic, Predrag Rajkovic, Marko Dmitrovic are goalkeepers.For defenders, Aleksandar Kolarov, Antonio Rukavina, Milan Rodic, Branislav Ivanovic, Uros Spajic, Milos Veljkovic, Dusko Tosic, Nikola Milenkovic will lead the team, while midfielders are Nemanja Matic, Luka Milivojevic, Marko Grujic, Dusan Tadic, Andrija Zivkovic, Filip Kostic, Nemanja Radonjic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Adem LjajicForwards are Aleksandar Mitrovic, Aleksandar Prijovic, Luka JovicThe 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA.
The French Bayern Munich footballer feels his manager has the personality to coach a big team like the German giantsFrench midfielder Franck Ribery believes Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has the personality to coach a team like the German Bundesliga club.And in an interview with the league’s official website, he was full of praise for the Croatian.“Things are great with [him],” said Ribery.“He takes me to one side and explains the situation. I’ve got no problem with it at all. He knows exactly how much game time to give me.”Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“When I get along with someone, then they can count on me,” Ribery continued.“For me, communication is the most important thing. There are things you have to talk about.”“Niko’s got the personality to coach a big team,” he added.“He’s got great qualities. You can see that in the way he leads us and talks to us. He’s analyzed all the players’ personalities in the team, knows how they tick and how he can get through to them. That’s priceless.”