Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions The Lakers’ return to greatness – or, at least, goodness – continues, wobbly as it is.The team went six games over .500 last week for the first time in six seasons. Not that it was met by rejoicing.In keeping with the ongoing transition from last season’s team of young prospects to next season’s with multiple superstars (they hope), there was more finger-pointing, er, focus, on which Lakers might not fit with LeBron James.Lonzo Ball? How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Unfortunately, when Johnson upbraids his coach and it gets out in decibel-by-decibel detail – and then says Luke “will finish the season” in the closest he comes to reassuring anyone – the press will assume Magic will blame Luke for anything else that goes wrong and “Walton Under Pressure” headlines will bloom like spring flowers.Internet pundits who have never been to a Lakers game will say Luke has “lost the team”– Gee, I had it here a minute ago – a cliche that’s meaningless with players continually sniffing the air to see who management is and isn’t backing, but suggests inner-circle intimacy.Good luck, Lakers. You’re all going to need it. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBrandon Ingram?Surely not the recent arrivals, Make ’Em Dance Lance Stephenson, No More Travail JaVale McGee or Ragin’ Rajon Rondo?None of them?Chaotic as it seems with saturation coverage of LeBron teams, the Lakers have to do this, in the rare and thrilling position of reinventing themselves as in days of yore.Lakers management is definitely excited about something. In-the-loop Kobe Bryant used his appearance at last week’s all-access event to taunt two-time defending champion Golden State (“We’ll be champions before you know it and then we’ll just be laughing at all the Warrior fans, who all of the sudden came out of nowhere.”) The dumb part, of course, would be thinking you can arrive at any conclusions about who fits with LeBron at this point.There’s an intelligent answer to all the questions now posed daily: “We’ll see.”Young players run hot and cold, especially in the all-important 3-point shooting that decides who fits with whom.These decisions are hard. The Lakers had Julius Randle for three full seasons (and a fourth in which he played one game) before letting him walk last summer, thinking he would be a bad fit with James (which, I should note, I agreed with).That left them with nothing to show for their 2014 lottery pick and four-year investment, and they can now see Julius tearing it up in New Orleans, even if he still doesn’t go right or make 3-pointers.There’s an important lesson that no one is in a hurry to tell you:It’s really easy to be wrong about this stuff.Before writing off anyone else for failing the LeBron test, let’s take a closer look at some old faves now under the gun:Brandon IngramNo, really.At last season’s end, the Lakers considered him their best, hardest-working, most grown-up young player.If it was true then, it should be true now, but doubt entered in as soon as he leveled off, early as it is, with arch-supportive Coach Luke Walton acknowledging, “We need him to get better, he knows that.”Since Magic Johnson called Luke out even earlier – the seven-game mark – you begin to see the pressure they feel, from Magic down.Ingram’s drop from 16 points per game to 15 is no biggie with the arrival of a 25-point-per-game scorer. On the other hand, Ingram’s 3-point shooting, which zoomed from 29 percent to 39 percent last season, has wilted to 32 percent.With James, a ball dominator but willing passer who draws defenses, nothing is handier than teammates who make open shots.(Of course, that’s the approach the Lakers resisted to build a better defense – an ongoing challenge as suggested by Friday’s 133-120 loss in San Antonio – and had better rethink.)Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.In LeBron Team style, the questions about Ingram became a media pile-on that included an esoteric NBA.com stat measuring the effectiveness of two-man combinations.With James and Ingram, the Lakers’ offensive rating is a mere 0.4 points per possession higher than their defensive rating.This dovetailed with an unnamed scout telling ESPN that James and Ingram were “not working.”On the other hand, there’s a question of how well any of the Lakers’ top prospects work with James.Going into the weekend, the LeBron-Kyle Kuzma tandem had a mere plus-2.4 net.LeBron and Ball had a 2.7.The best rating for any young Laker with James was 9.4 for LeBron and darkhorse Josh Hart.The Lakers’ three highest net ratings were all with 36-year-old Tyson Chandler, alongside Hart (18.8), Kuzma (17.7) and James (15.6).If you can see why Chandler has taken minutes from McGee, you wouldn’t want the Lakers to bring in a lot more 36-year-olds.Personally, I prefer less-esoteric, more meaningful Old School stats like shooting percentage. Believe this: LeBron and Ingram will work a lot better if Brandon goes back to knocking down 3-pointers.Brandon’s track record suggests he will, but time will tell in 100 percent of cases.Lonzo BallIf it was Ingram’s turn in the barrel last week, it was Lonzo’s the week before.Lakerdom has seen Ball sparkle when he makes 3-pointers and takes the ball to the hoop … and disappear when he’s too deferential.Unfortunately for Lonzo, he has to do this the hard way – amid expectations, sharing his job with Rondo, when healthy, and sharing his playmaker role with James.Insiders say LeBron understands this is a transition, but the expectations pressing so heavily on them all press first and foremost on him. Last week, James told Yahoo’s Chris Haynes he had almost “cracked” under the pressure.James responded by taking over, averaging 32.5 points during the recent four-game winning streak.However, that comes at the expense of Ball’s opportunities, with Lonzo scoring 2-10-7-14 during the streak with assist totals of 4-4-4-9, while going 4 for 16 on 3-point attempts.Luke WaltonI thought pulling last season’s young team out of an 11-27 start to finish 23-20, with ownership doting on him, would earn him a full season of support in this rolling experiment, no matter how bumpy it got.I was wrong. Johnson went off on him after a 2-5 start. Of course, they’re 13-4 since.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers
Sidney Crosby, right, is congratulated by teammate Patric Hornqvist after scoring against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)TORONTO (AP) – Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh Penguins made fast work of the Toronto Maple Leafs.Crosby had a goal and two assists, all on the power play, for his second straight three-point game and the Penguins beat the Maple Leafs 5-2 on Saturday night.“(We) had a long summer, had a lot of time to think about last year,” Crosby said. “We’re all pretty excited to get started. I think everybody’s excited to get started, but it’s nice to see it translate into a couple wins.”Patric Hornqvist, Chris Kunitz, Evgeni Malkin and Brandon Sutter also scored for Pittsburgh, which got a solid showing in goal from Marc-Andre Fleury. Malkin also had a three-point night, with a pair of assists.The line of Crosby, Hornqvist and Kunitz finished with six points and the Penguins went 3-for-5 on the power play. Crosby had two goals and an assist in the Penguins’ season-opening win over Anaheim.Hornqvist was acquired, along with Nick Spaling, from the Nashville Predators for James Neal in June.“(Hornqvist) competes hard, goes to the net hard,” Crosby said. “He’s got a great shot so I think between the three of us we try to dig loose pucks out, go to the net and generate chances.”Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs lost their home opener 4-3 to Montreal on a late goal Wednesday night.“We have to find our game,” Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf said. “The bottom line is we have to be a lot better. Tonight, we got beat in all aspects of the game. They were harder on pucks, they were better in their special teams than we were.Toronto’s James Van Riemsdyk and Pittsburgh’s Simon Despres had a brief fight with 33 seconds remaining.Pittsburgh, which led 3-0 after the first period, outshot Toronto 41-25.Leafs scoring star Phil Kessel’s sluggish start continued with three trips to the penalty box, although one was a bench minor for too many men on the ice.Hornqvist opened the scoring at 6:44 on Pittsburgh’s second shot, pouncing on Christian Ehrhoff’s shot from the point that bounced back off the end boards and firing a shot through Jonathan Bernier’s legs.There was more of the same at 7:44, 14 seconds into Kessel’s hooking penalty. Kris Letang’s shot from the point flew just wide of the left post and bounced off the boards behind the goal back out past the right post where a cruising Crosby beat Stephane Robidas to the puck and slapped it in.Kunitz, camped in front of goal with two Leafs in the box, made it 3-0 at 17:46 when he redirected a Crosby’s feed from near the side boards.NOTES: The game was first of 18 sets of back-to-back games for the Leafs. They play Sunday in New York against the Rangers. Toronto was 13-18-1 in back-to-back games last season … Pittsburgh defenseman Scott Harrington did not play after being recalled Friday from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.
On the floor of the legislature this week the NDP picked up the case of the Northeast BC Resource Municipalities Coalition, and opposition leader John Horgan challenged the government’s initiative to end the current 15 year agreement it negotiated in 2005.The current funding formula, which grows at the rate of the oil and gas industry, is viewed by the province as no longer affordable, but Mr. Horgan suggested the move to scrap the existing deal is another example of a government which refuses to cooperate with anybody but itself.Both Peace Region coalition members – Fort St. John and Taylor – continue to argue the Liberal’s initiative would result in a significant claw back of their funding in the last five years of the deal, and a local delegation led by Mayor Lori Ackerman was in Victoria this week for further discussions on their position.- Advertisement -However, other local area jurisdictions in the South Peace have indicated they’re prepared to at least consider the government proposal and have responded by putting forward a counter-proposal.The Vancouver Sun is now reporting Premier Christy Clark is confident her government can get a new deal – even making reference to the previous negotiation reached with the Teachers’ Union.“The thing is we’re in the process of negotiations,” Clark’s quoted by the Sun. “Like the teachers agreement, there’ll be lots of people saying we can’t come to an agreement, and then at the end of the day we do. So I think we will.”Advertisement An new agreement requires the signatures of all the participatory local area communities.Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm shares the Premier’s view but concedes they’re not there yet.“The discussions are ongoing, and I am certainly optimistic that we can reach an agreement that will work for everybody,” says MLA Pimm. “I will continue to remain hopeful. I know the agreement very well; I’ve worked on it for 12 years while I was on City Council and now I get to work on it from the provincial side.MLA Pimm adds, “So I guess my challenge is that I have to hopefully educate the decision-makers in government as to what some of the challenges are within our communities, and hopefully we can get that discussion to the proper levels.”Advertisement
The Fall Classic knoweth no fury like a (splash) brother scorned.Right this moment, the Warriors’ Klay Thompson is wishing the worst for the Dodgers in the World Series.On the surface, it seems a curious affectation. Thompson was born in Los Angeles. His dad Mychal played for the L.A. Lakers. He still hangs in SoCal, and it’s where he staged his basketball camp in August.So why root, root, root for the Red Sox? For the best reason of all: Family. “Klay hates the Dodgers,” …
(Visited 236 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Opinions are swirling about an amazing piece of amber with enclosed feathers. Let’s look at what is known so far.For years we have reported exaggerated claims about feathered dinosaurs, usually fossils with imaginary feathers (e.g., 2/08/2006, 6/13/07, 7/09/08, 3/19/14). Now, there is another case of real feathers on an imaginary dinosaur (7/24/14)—at least, depending on one’s interpretation of what kind of creature bore a feathered tail less than an inch-and-a-half long that got trapped in amber. When the embargo lifted on the open-access paper by Lida Xing et al. in Current Biology, all the news media—as usual—were fully prepared with their flashy headlines and artwork, each absolutely certain this was a 1.3″ tail of a dinosaur that lived 99 million years ago.Amber specimen offers rare glimpse of feathered dinosaur tail (Science Daily)Feathered Dinosaur Lost Its Tail in Sticky Trap 99 Million Years Ago (Live Science)First Dinosaur Tail Found Preserved in Amber (National Geographic)‘Beautiful’ dinosaur tail found preserved in amber (BBC News)Feathered dinosaur tail fragment trapped in amber amazes scientists (Fox News)T. rex cousin’s 99-million-year old tail feathers found in amber (New Scientist)The first thing to notice is that they found a tail, not a dinosaur, and only part of a tail at that (8 vertebrae out of suspected 15-25 vertebrae, only 2 of which are clearly delineated). Much of the interpretation, therefore, revolves around what this tail was attached to. The authors suggest that it was a coelurosaur, which evolutionists say are related to theropods. Since T. rex and Velociraptor are classed with theropods, that’s why New Scientist calls the itty bitty critter a “T. rex cousin” despite the monstrous size difference.The discoverers call it a “a putative juvenile coelurosaur,” putative being essentially synonymous with imaginary. And although they talk much about other feathered dinosaurs, they can’t clearly identify this specimen with any of them: “This suggests either a greater diversity of tail plumage in coelurosaurians than previously suspected or a simplified form of more-derived pennaceous feathers in DIP-V-15103″ [the specimen ID]. Again, “The weakly developed rachis and contiguous barbule branching in DIP-V-15103 represents a novel combination among theropods.” Any one-off specimen is going to raise a lot of questions about what it is they’ve got in their hands.The feathers, by contrast, are very clear and beautiful, with barbs and barbules. Being symmetric, they were probably not flight feathers—but that’s equivocal for tail feathers. They look more like downy feathers or could have been for decoration. The researchers argue that the vertebrae do not represent part of a pygostyle, a rigid tail as seen in modern birds. In another part of the paper about the feathers, though, the authors note “structural similarities to the distal components of contour feathers in certain Anseriformes,” an order of birds that includes ducks and geese. They continue,The paired feather arrangement is similar to rectrices in modern birds, suggesting that tracts had become established in basal tail plumage before pygostyle development, with tail plumage becoming more specialized over time. If the entire tail bore plumage similar to that trapped in DIP-V-15103, the feather bearer would likely have been incapable of flight.Another similarity with modern birds contradicts an evolutionary prediction. “DIP-V-15103 suggests that non-avialan theropods had a greater variety of feather forms than predicted from developmental phenotypes in modern feathers,” they say. Also, “Keratin [protein] sheets are visible within the feather layer, displaying the distinctive, porous, laminar structure also observed in modern avian barbules under SEM,” they say. So what happened over 99 million years? At least some of the soft tissues appear carbonized: i.e., degraded.Soft tissues—presumably muscles, ligaments, and skin—are visible sporadically through the plumage, clinging to the bones in a manner suggestive of the desiccation common to other vertebrate remains in amber. These tissues have largely been reduced to a carbon film, retaining only traces of their original chemical composition.One interesting phenomenon comes from the initial reactions of Darwin skeptics. Unexpectedly, it’s the intelligent-design community saying hold your horses (or dinosaurs) while some young-earth creationists are welcoming feathered dinosaurs into God’s creation. An anonymous author at Evolution News & Views (published by the ID think tank Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture) says, “Feathers on a Bird or Dinosaur Tail? The Media Are Certain; the Scientific Evidence Less So.” Taking issue with the extrapolation from 2 visible vertebrae to 25, the author thinks it “still could be a bird.” PhD creationists Todd Wodd (Core Academy of Science) and Marcus Ross (Liberty University), on the other hand, have no problem with feathered dinosaurs and say praise the Lord. On the other hand, Answers in Genesis is initially saying It’s a bird, it’s plain, promising a more detailed analysis on Monday. There’s enough ambiguity in this small but “astonishing fossil” to provoke a variety of strong opinions.Update 12/12/16: Here is ICR’s opinion by Frank Sherwin. Here is AiG’s opinion by David Menton. Marcus Ross still thinks a type of dinosaur is the best explanation.We’ve said before there is no problem with feathers on dinosaurs if the proof is in. The problem has usually been that the hype far exceeds the actual evidence. Evolutionists take any scrap of data they can to feed their dinosaurs-to-birds narrative, even imagining feathers that aren’t there, or transmogrifying birds into transitional forms. Our wait-and-see attitude has served well when confronted with spectacular claims about partial evidence, so we will withhold an opinion till more is known and just call it a “feather bearer” like the authors do. The discoverer, Lida Xing, believes it is possible actual dinosaurs will be found in amber now that the political situation in Myanmar (Burma) is calming down, allowing more access into one of the world’s finest amber deposits. Just for the record, we note that the present fossil was not found in situ, but was bought from a market, and had been modified before Xing et al. got ahold of it, although we do not think it’s a fraud based on the details analyzed in the paper and the other biological specimens, like ants, found inside the amber.Even if paleontologists prove that dinosaurs have feathers, they’ve got a problem with this fossil and others. The soft tissue and melanosomes being found in these fossils cannot last for a million years, let alone 99 million years. Evolutionists only say they can because they have to. Nobody has experienced a million years. Recorded human history doesn’t go back more than several thousand. Reasonable inferences from known decay rates of proteins, blood vessels and other original soft tissue indicates that dinosaur soft tissue being increasingly reported in the science journals are young. And if they are young, this ceases to be a question of whether dinosaurs ‘evolved’ into birds, and more a question of the amount of diversity in God’s creation before the Flood.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jakob Wilson from JCW Farms in Madison County took time to visit with The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about this year’s early harvest, what caught his eye at Farm Science Review and how he is a Top 4 Finalist in the American Star Ag Placement category at The National FFA Convention later this year.
Related Items:BBB+, financial, rating, standard & Poor’s Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 01 Jul 2015 – Global ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has maintained its BBB+ rating with a stable outlook for the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) it announced Tuesday, 30th June 2015.This strong grading follows TCI’s first sovereign rating in 2014 which provided global recognition of its financial reforms and fiscal success.A team from S&P visited the islands in May and met with a range of politicians, officials and business leaders as part of the annual review process.“This is further expert recognition of our tremendous progress in making the TCI one of the fastest recovering economies in the Caribbean,” said Minister of Finance, Washington Misick.“S&P has recognized our ongoing success in consolidating public financial management reform and improving our fiscal resilience. BBB+ means that we are more highly rated than many countries in the Caribbean.”S&P again made clear that TCI’s close relationship with the UK, as an Overseas Territory, was a key factor in its rating calculation.One of the benefits of maintaining a BBB+ rating is in strengthening the TCI’s negotiating position as it holds discussions with financial institutions ahead of refinancing its UK-guaranteed $170m bond, when it matures in February 2016.The TCI plans to issue invitations to tender for its refinancing requirement in September 2015. It is TCI’s intention to use $110m already held in a sinking fund, plus an additional contribution from the first half of financial year 2015-16 to repay most of the bond, with the balance being covered by new bank debt. The BBB+ rating is a strong factor in attracting foreign direct investment to TCI and building confidence amongst its existing business community. The TCI economy grew by an estimated 4.6% in 2014 and is forecast to grow an average of 2-3% per annum over the next three years.The TCI government generated a US$77.3m operating surplus and a 16% increase in recurrent revenue to $246.5m for the financial year ending March 2015.The surplus further consolidates the Islands’ position as one of the strongest economies in the Caribbean region. In March 2015 the TCI government’s net debt to GDP ratio was approximately 24%, while its revenue to GDP is 30%. S&P Reaffirms FortisTCI Rating of ‘BBB’ Outlook: Stable FOURTH QUARTER FINANCIAL REPORT 2015/2016 Government surplus $60M, slammed by PDM Party
Dear Wilmington Residents,Upon entering Wilmington High School, people are welcomed to the sight of a quote hanging above the school library’s entrance that reads: “The essence of Wilmington is captured in the spirit of its people.” As a lifelong Wilmington resident, that message speaks volumes to me. I can vividly remember sitting in the old high school’s cafeteria during my senior banquet. Several students were selected to read aloud the “The Class of 2006 Prophecy.” Some graduates were predicted to go on to professional athletic careers, as others were chosen to become Valedictorian four years later as they graduated college. I’ll never forget my prophecy: “10 years from now Brian Caira is… still in Wilmington.” It’s one of the few that came true, but I’m so happy that it did. I loved growing up here, playing ball here, graduating from here, teaching here, and buying a home here. Wilmington is a wonderful place to live, and the perfect place to raise a family.One of the biggest reasons why Wilmington is such a desirable place to live is because of the volunteers that have devoted their time and energy to making sure Wilmington is the best town it can possibly be. Two of those people are Kevin Caira and Greg Bendel. These are two men who are consummate professionals, exhibit impeccable character and have both run clean, positive campaigns to earn your vote at April 27’s Town Election. They have been ridiculed, slandered and unjustly criticized for months by the supporters of their opponents, some of whom have decided to hide behind aliases or fake accounts on social media platforms.I urge you all to do your homework. Take the time to read their endorsement letters. I’m confident you’ll find a consistently positive tone in all of the letters written on their behalf, much different than many of those written for other individuals in the race. Take the time to re-watch the debate on WCTV. Kevin and Greg are the only two people at that table that respond to every question with sincerity, always answer honestly, articulate knowledge on every topic and never once slouch in their chair or appear uninterested in answering a certain question. Read their campaign statements. It will not take long for you to learn about all of the amazing accomplishments that both Kevin and Greg have had a hand in not only as Selectmen, but as volunteers in town prior to earning a seat on the Board. Never once, will you find either man blindly make a false promise to our town’s residents without understanding the ramifications of said promise.Again, “The essence of Wilmington is captured in the spirit of its people.” On April 27th, we as residents, will be given the opportunity to decide which candidates’ spirit best represent our town. In my opinion, that’s one thing that shouldn’t be up for debate. Please join me in casting a vote for Kevin Caira and Greg Bendel at this year’s town election.Thank You,Brian CairaLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email [email protected] this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Greg BendelIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Former Selectman Mike Champoux Endorses Greg Bendel & Kevin CairaIn “Government”
ReutersIndia’s largest telecom network provider Bharti Airtel slipped over 6.7 percent intraday on National Stock Exchange (NSE) on Wednesday, as a Qatar-based investor plans to sell 5 percent of its stake whose valuation is almost Rs 9,500 crore ($1.46 billion).Three Pillars Pte, a subsidiary of the Qatar Foundation, sold 199.9 million Bharti Airtel shares through stock market transactions. The shares are sold at price range of Rs 473-490 apiece, shows the deal term sheet, reported Mint.The price band for the deal is discounted at 4.7—8 percent on Tuesday’s closing price. Back in 2013, the firm, however, bought Bharti Airtel shares at Rs340 apiece.The stake sale comes at a time when, most Qatari firms, including its sovereign wealth fund, are winding up their foreign portfolios by selling their stakes in foreign companies, reported Mint.Qatari companies are cutting stakes in foreign companies in a move to tackle the pressure their country is facing, because of the economic sanctions imposed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt since early June.Major Gulf nations have cut diplomatic and transport relations with Qatar accusing it of backing terrorism. Recently, Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund pumped in billions of dollars into their domestic banks in a move to shore up the deposits, the business daily reported.Indian telecom stocks, including Bharti Airtel, have also gained on signs of an end to a bruising price war and hopes that industry consolidation will benefit established players.Earlier in October, Bharti Airtel, reported a 63 percent fall in net profit for the September quarter on year-on-year (YoY) basis. The company net profit declined to Rs 586.1 crore from Rs 1,615.10 crore profit in the corresponding quarter last year.However, just like shares of other telecom companies, Bharti Airtel stocks have rallied 22-23 percent over the last week. With the shares in an upward spiral, telecom companies have gained Rs 40,300 crore in combined market value.On November 3, Bharti Telecom increased its stake in Bharti Airtel to 50.10 percent by acquiring 4.62 percent stake from Indian Continent Investment.At 2 .30 pm, shares of Airtel is trading at Rs 493.0, down 4.15 percent on NSE.