first_imgBell, a 32-year-old veteran with 14 total … Ahead of his fourth professional fight, Cass Bell is as calm as they come.His fellow Institute of Combat fighter Tyson Miller, who is set to engage in his first pro bout on Saturday, is just plain ready.Bell, undefeated as a professional at 3-0-0, will take on Isaiah Rocha in the 135-pound division Saturday at Bellator 226 at the SAP Center in San Jose.Miller, in his first professional fight, will take on Albert Gonzales at 175 pounds.last_img


first_imgHere’s what … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors opened Chase Center with a dud on Saturday.Their 123-101 loss to the Lakers featured a few moments of solid basketball, but on the whole, it was an unimpressive performance in a game that doesn’t matter.And while we’re not interested in turning molehills into mountains — unlike the Lakers — there were still lessons to be learned from the first contest of the year.last_img


first_imgLocal playwright Ashraf Johaardien, seenhere on stage in his one man playSalaam, is one of the brains behindthe new programme.(Image: Ashraf Johaardien)The cast of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, staged at the Wits Theatre in 2006. (Image: Wits Theatre)MEDIA CONTACTS • Ashraf JohaardienWits Theatre GM+27 11 717 1372RELATED ARTICLES• Avalon Theatre rises from the ashes• Soweto’s state-of-the-art theatre• Using theatre to educate• New Fugard play takes to stage• Godot a hit with SA audiencesShamin ChibbaIf you find yourself looking to take in the latest act at London’s West End, don’t be surprised to find a poster of a South African production staring at you.This is because the Wits Theatre, along with the national Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) and the British Council and Sustained Theatre UK has launched the SA New Plays Writing Programme.A number of dignitaries, including arts and culture Minister Paul Mashatile, attended the launch, which took place at the Wits Theatre towards the end of January 2011.Addressing the audience, Mashatile was optimistic about the success stories that would come out of the programme.“We hope to discover new talent and open doors for many aspiring playwrights,” he said.“The programme will provide our playwrights with skills that will allow them to build sustainable livelihoods for themselves. It will equip a new generation of South African playwrights with essential tools, to develop works of theatre that reflect the kind of society we are and the kind of society we seek to build.”Mashatile also announced that DAC is planning to enhance the arts, culture and heritage sector’s contribution to economic growth and job creation this year.The programme is the brainchild of Wits Theatre GM and stage veteran Ashraf Johaardien and Pervaiz Khan of Sustained Theatre and will comprise a number of writing workshops that will take place in Johannesburg and Cape Town.According to a report by Jade Bowers of the Wits Theatre, the programme will allow writers in South Africa and the UK to share existing and new scripts as well as develop a process for the exchange of dramaturgical support.“In collaboration with theatres and higher education institutions, the programme will also seek opportunities for sharing and co-production with a view to touring work, staging readings, showcases and creating opportunities for exchange,” said Bowers.Investing in local talentSiphiwo Mahala, director of books and publishing at DAC, believes the workshops would provide writers with the opportunity to develop new works and encourage them to pursue a career in play writing.“We have a long history of theatre in South Africa but in terms of development of writing skills there has not been much investment.”Mahala said that candidates will learn to write plays that could be staged in South Africa and then toured abroad.“By collaborating with the UK, they would be able to take the plays there.”Mahala added that the programme is not the first collaborative effort between DAC and the British Council, as there was an exchange programme for poets that took place in 2009.Candidates were chosen by the Arts and Culture Trust last year, based on their writing potential and their interest in theatre. “Wits have the resources and saw the gap and thought they could provide the opportunity for these individuals.”A total of 20 writers made it to the final selection, 10 in Johannesburg and 10 in Cape Town. They’ve already taken part in workshops in both cities under the tutelage of experienced South African and UK playwrights.The successful Johannesburg candidates are Molefe Lebone; Napo Masheane; Omphile Molusi; Ntando Gerald Moyo; Sandi Mtati; Brandon Oelofse; Robyn Porteous; Nakedi Ribane; Hanneke Schutte; and Renos Spaoudes.The 10 Cape Town writers are Suzy Bell; Julian De Wette; Siki Dlanga; Rozanne Engel; Genna Gardini; Wendy Goddard; Tasha Melissa Govender; Tristan Jacobs; Chantal Snyman; and Mfundo Zono.last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are watching our cold front move off to the east this morning, and watching a big transition over the Eastern Corn Belt. A dramatic change in temperatures is afoot with Mother Nature finally breaking out of her identity crisis and admitting it is autumn after all Temperatures today will be a good 15 degrees cooler (at least) than yesterday and nearly 20-25 degrees cooler than some of our warmest temperature readings over the weekend. We will also soon be done with rain here as the front exits eastern ohio and should see sunshine take control later this afternoon ahead of sunset. Tomorrow will be mostly dry too, at least through the daytime hours.A minor batch of moisture moves across the state tomorrow night into early Saturday morning. We expect no more than .25” of action over 70% of the state. Moisture totals are unchanged from yesterday, but we are expanding our coverage a little bit. Everything is still done by mid morning Saturday, and we have a dry rest of the weekend on the way. Moisture returns Monday afternoon and ramps up for the evening and overnight hours. We will put rain totals at .1” to .5” with coverage at 80% of the state. These rains break out statewide, and should be relatively gentle, but steady once they start. Rain will be basically over by sunrise Tuesday, although we may end up dealing with a few lingering showers in far eastern Ohio and southeast parts of the state. Dry weather then settles in for the rest of the 10-day window, and it extends through most of the extended 11-16 day period too. We are tweaking the forecast just a bit this morning and are projecting a 10-day dry stretch starting next Tuesday and going through the following Thursday. Clouds may pop up from time to time, but we do not see any significant frontal boundaries or systems crossing the state. This period should see good evaporation and good drying, meaning we should have an excellent harvest window opening up. Rain is back in the forecast for Friday the 26th. We are expecting .25”-.75” rains with coverage at 75% of the state. Temps are much cooler today as we noted above. However, after the Sunday night-Monday system, we make another leg down in temps, and will see our coldest air in here next Tuesday morning with good hard frost potential. The map at right shows potential morning lows next Tuesday.  There can also be some patchy frost this weekend, particularly in northern parts of the state, although it will not be even close to a killing frost. The rest of next week and the extended period will feature temps normal to slightly below normal across the region, meaning our Indian summer is gone, and fall is here.last_img read more


first_imgBournemouth boss Howe admits injury crisis likely to lead to new signingsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits he could be forced into the January market for a new defensive signing.Bournemouth may need to make transfer window moves if Nathan Ake’s injury is a problem.The Dutch defender suffered a hamstring issue at Old Trafford and was withdrawn during the 4-1 defeat.Out of form Bournemouth are already without Simon Francis, Lewis Cook, Dan Gosling and Adam Smith due to knee problems.“I need to speak to Nathan and the medical team but it looked like a hamstring concern,” said Howe. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img


first_imgzoom Sweden-based shipowner Furetank Rederi AB and its compatriot Rederi AB Älvtank have contracted two additional product/chemical tankers with LNG propulsion at China’s Avic Dingheng Shipyard.The vessels, of which Furetank and Älvtank will own one each, will be delivered during 2018 and 2019.Featuring a dual fuel/LNG propulsion, the vessels will be built to a design developed by FKAB together with Furetank with special focus on minimal impact on the environment, with close to 50% reduction of CO2 emissions, according to Gothia Tanker Alliance.Additionally, the tankers will fulfill the Tier III rules and have LNG for Inert gas production, power production with floating frequency, battery backup (UPS) for all vital functions to minimize use of auxiliary engines, installed ballast water cleaning system, ice class 1A and Alternative Propulsion System.As part of the Gothia Tanker Alliance, the companies, along with their partner Thun Tankers BV, already have four LNG-fuelled tankers under construction at the same yard. The previous vessels were ordered by the alliance in 2015.From the six tanker vessels on order, three will be owned by Furetank, two by Älvtank, while Thun Tankers is the owner of the remaining vessel.The vessels will be commercially managed by Furetank Chartering in the Gothia Tanker Alliance.last_img read more


first_imgPatna: At a time when the trades of chaiwallas and chowkidars have become part of the political discourse, a humble street hawker in Patna is diligently working to raise awareness about voting and asking the electorate to vote on the basis of a candidate’s merit to build a strong democracy.Through his ‘Cycle Jagrukta Yatra’, Lal Mani Das travels across the Bihar capital and also tells people to not give in to temptation of money or other material gains offered by others to sway their votes. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Das, 50, is a ‘bhunjawallah’ — street snack seller — and puts up his cart near the Bazaar Samiti, city’s huge vegetable and fruits market, but now only hawks the famous snack in the evening, spending early part of the day on his campaign. Wearing a shirt and a trouser, a pair of slippers, and sporting a cap bearing the Election Commission logo and a slogan, he paddles around in Patna on his bicycle, and distributes pamphlets to people, carrying an appeal to vote wisely. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn front of his bicycle, he has put up a banner that enumerates the qualities a candidate should have, which every voter should keep in mind. Das, himself wears a big, two-sided banner carrying a message — ‘Respect rights of a citizen. Cast your vote’ — over his shirt to spread the message. “Voting is very essential part of ensuring a strong democracy. My first target is to reach out to as many people so that more and more numbers come out and vote on the polling day. Also, I am appealing to them to vote for candidates who have character and those who respect the rule of law,” Das told PTI. On the banner mounted in front of his bicycle, a slogan on the top reads in Hindi — ‘Will respect rights of a citizen, will vote’. “In this banner I have mentioned 10 points for voters to keep in mind, whether first-timers or old-aged ones. So, first one says, we will elect those people who spend less money during election. And, those who respect the rule of law. “Also, among those seeking re-election, we should vote for a candidate, who does not create ruckus in Parliament, has an attendance of at least 75 per cent, participates in House debates and who is committed,” he said. Voters should prefer NOTA (none of the above) option if they have to choose among those candidates who often break laws, Das said. A father of four — one daughter and three sons, Das who originally hails from neighbouring Begusarai district, says, he moved to Patna 15 years ago, in search of livelihood, and lives with his wife and children in a small house near Bazaar Samiti. Asked, how much he earns from selling ‘bhunja’, he said, “I make around Rs 500 to Rs 600 on an average. But, as I am giving more time to my campaign, I am making some losses, but I have no regret.” Das admits that his wife, a homemaker, was against this idea of awareness drive, and still wants him to quit and go back to regular selling job. “She is upset, and my children also are also half-supportive of this campaign, but, I feel that as a citizen, we must each do something towards strengthening our democracy. This is my humble contribution to that larger vision of building a great nation,” he said. Das, in a profound message printed on the pamphlet he hands out, quotes writers, poets and revolutionaries to inspire people to vote with discretion. “…It is not as to who will solve the problem in the system, it is about who will take the first step towards it,” he said, quoting the lines in Hindi from the pamphlet. “If we have to save democracy, we will have to elect candidates with character, otherwise sacrifices made by the freedom fighters will go waste,” he said. The 2019 Lok Sabha polls will be held in a seven phases from April 11 to May 19. In Bihar too, which has 40 Lok Sabha seats, the elections would be held in seven phases. As part of the first phase, four constituencies in the state — Gaya, Nawada, Aurangabad and Jamui will go to polls on April 11.last_img read more


first_imgLondon: Facebook has chosen London as the centre for the global roll-out of WhatsApp pay, before the social media giant launches its digital payments service on the mobile messaging platform in India, according to a media report. WhatsApp, which has1.5 billion users globally, would hire nearly 100 people in London to focus on the digital payments service and additional operations staff would be hired in Dublin, the Financial Times reported. Facebook said it chose the UK, where WhatsApp is far more popular than the US, because it attracts a multicultural workforce from many of the countries where WhatsApp is widely used, such as India, the report said. Out of WhatsApp user base of 1.5 billion people, more than 200 million people are in India — the single largest market for the popular American messaging platform. “WhatsApp is a truly global service and these teams will help us provide WhatsApp payments and other great features for our users everywhere,” Matthew Idema, WhatsApp’s Chief Operating Officer, was quoted as saying. WhatsApp has nearly 400 employees globally. While its most popular markets are India, Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico, it has not established a local office anywhere until late last year, when it hired an India head in time for the country’s elections. Last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company is actively working on to launch WhatsApp Pay in India. “We have a test that is running in India for WhatsApp now, we’re hoping to launch in several other countries at some point, but I don’t want to put a timeframe on that here, but it’s something that we’re actively working on,” he said during an earnings call with analysts. Almost one million people tested WhatsApp Pay in India to send money to each other in a simple and secure way. In April, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) came out with a circular regarding data localisation policy for payment system providers. Generally, data localisation refers to storing data within India. The company on May 3 told the Supreme Court that it would comply with the Reserve Bank of India’s data localisation norms before launching the full payments service in the country.last_img read more


first_imgRabat – The Moroccan government has ratified a law allowing the building of two hospitals funded by the United Arab Emirates in Casablanca and Rabat.The Moroccan government has approved a law pertaining to two projects funded by UAE to build the Shaikh Zayed Hospital in Rabat and the Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Hospital in Casablanca.Mustafa Al Khalfi, Minister of Communications and spokesperson for the Moroccan government, said during a governmental meeting: “the two projects are aimed at enhancing the healthcare services and medical education in Morocco, as well as providing free treatment to the poor.” Mustapha Al Khalfi added that the two projects aim at the development of higher education and scientific research in the field of health sciences. The two hospitals will establish higher education institutions and vocational training centers in order to encourage researches in the medical sphere.According to the Emirate News Agency, UAE President Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has offered “a grant of $100 million (MAD 367 million) in order to build the Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Hospital in Casablanca.”last_img read more


If you want to talk about the really good guy who’s not in the tournamentMarkelle FultzFreshman PG, 6-foot-4, WashingtonFultz’s Huskies won’t be in the tournament, but he may come up in draft conversations just the same. Like Ball, Fultz is a stand-out point guard prospect. But while Ball’s offense comes from all over, Fultz was at his best in pick-and-roll, where he has scored 101 points per 100 plays — among the best in the nation for that play type, according to Synergy. He’s especially good at turning the corner quickly and finishing at the rim, but he can also curl around the screen and fire a pull-up three — a shot that’s growing in popularity (and effectiveness) in the NBA. Otherwise, Fultz gets most of his offense by getting out in transition and getting set up for spot-up jumpers, where he’s good but doesn’t stand out as much as he does in the pick-and-roll.If you’re looking for wingsJosh JacksonFreshman SF, 6-foot-8, KansasJackson is a defensive standout and one of the best point-forward prospects in the class. While his defensive numbers (via Synergy) are good but not great (he’s holding his marks to 81 points per 100 plays overall), he can straight-up stick his man and chase him off of shots he’d otherwise take. In fact, his overall numbers are pulled down a bit by his role: Despite spending most of his time as a stretch-4, almost 60 percent of his defensive plays come against spot-up shooters and in isolation, which are play types where the offense believes it has an advantage. Yet Jackson is still holding his own.Jackson is a natural and willing passer who finds runners on the break and in semi-transition, often on clever back-door cuts, and sucks defenders in on drives before dishing to a teammate for an easy dumpoff and dunk. Kansas also puts Jackson in a lot of 4-5 pick-and-rolls, where he can throw lobs to center Landen Lucas. A lot of times, prospects can put up impressive passing numbers simply by using a lot of possessions (Jackson’s assist percentage is 18.9 — very good for a non-point guard), but in this case, the eye test matches the numbers. Jackson is the truth.The one question with Jackson’s game is whether his jump shot is real. Jackson began the season shooting miserably from long range, going 23.7 percent on 2.1 3-point attempts per game in his first 18 games. But since late January, he’s been on a tear. In 13 games since Jan. 21, Jackson is shooting 51.3 percent on three 3-point attempts per game. That evens out to 38 percent on the season, but that kind of extreme swing is worth keeping in mind. As with any one-and-done prospect, we’re dealing in small sample sizes. But for Jackson, there’s at least some explanation for the inconsistency: His coaches aren’t touching his jump shot this season.“Now can he tighten it up and do some things differently? Absolutely,” Kansas coach Bill Self said in December. “But that will probably be on somebody else’s watch. That won’t be on our watch as much. I don’t see a reason why when you have a young man for a very brief period of time why you want to totally cloud his brain with something other than very, very few, simple things.”So the state of Jackson’s jumper over the next few weeks may not be the most important thing to focus on. But how able he is to adjust once he’s in the NBA will be crucial, as the difference between a wing prospect who can do it all and one who can do it all minus a jumper is the difference between an All-NBA-level talent and a useful role player.Jayson TatumFreshman F, 6-foot-8, DukeTatum is a down-the-middle wing prospect. He’s a good defender (allowing 73 points per 100 plays), a pretty good defensive rebounder (19.7 percent defensive rebound rate), a pretty good spot-up jump shooter (89 points per 100 plays, according to Synergy, although 12 of his 37 made threes for the year came during a three-game stretch in February), and a pretty good passer. But his underlying metrics don’t match up with his more obvious talents, such as when he broke out and averaged 22 points per game through the ACC tournament. The natural comparison for Tatum is Justise Winslow, another Duke swingman/small-ball 4 with obvious talents that can go unrecognized by college stats.If you are Vivek RanadiveMalik MonkFreshman PG, 6-foot-3, KentuckyOver the last several seasons, we’ve gotten a pretty clear idea of the tastes of Sacramento Kings owner Ranadive, as well as the forcefulness of his pursuit of those tastes. The Ranadive type is a guard in the mold of Ben McLemore, Nik Stauskas or Buddy Hield, a gunslinger who can shoot a team into the Final Four all on his own. This season, no player captures that type better than Kentucky’s Malik Monk. No offense to Monk.Monk is a shooter, and almost singlehandedly shoulders the load of 3-point shooting for Kentucky. This makes him a somewhat unique Kentucky guard, as he’s averaging nearly seven 3-point attempts per game and hitting 40 percent of them, which is impressive on its own, but more so when you consider that he’s doing it while dealing with extra defenders cheating off of backcourt mates De’Aaron Fox (24.2 percent from three) and Isaiah Briscoe (27.3 percent). For many NBA fans, March Madness is the embarrassing time of year when they realize that while they can recite, say, the Milwaukee Bucks’ bench rotation or the draft implications of a Sacramento Kings win, they can’t name more than a handful of college players. The tournament is the first time such fans will be seeing many of the players whom they’ll then discuss at length leading up to the NBA draft. So if you’re starting from zero, or are just looking for a quick refresher on a few prospects, here’s a viewing guide to the top lottery prospects in the tournament.If you’re looking for point guardsLonzo BallFreshman PG, 6-foot-6, UCLAChances are that most NBA fans have heard a little bit about Lonzo Ball. But much of the talk has been about his father, his brothers or his draft stock, rather than just how outstanding Ball has been on the court.First off, Ball is one of the most efficient scorers in the college game. His top-line analytics are staggering: Ball has a 66.7 true shooting percentage and scores 108 points per 100 plays; 56.3 percent of his field goal attempts are threes (he hits 41 percent of those). The overall efficiency is propped up a little because 31 percent of his plays (a massive chunk) have come in transition, where he scores 112 points per 100. Getting out and running is an effective strategy, and a big reason why the Bruins lead the NCAA with 90.4 points per game, but it’s not quite as telling for what Ball will be able to do in the NBA. For that, catch him spotting up for that broken-looking jumper of his — he scores 125 points per 100 plays on spot-ups, which is just as impressive as it sounds.Where Ball isn’t as polished is on the pick-and-roll — a play type that fellow top prospect Markelle Fultz of Washington excels at. Ball scores a more mediocre 78 points per 100 pick-and-roll plays. He’s also just a so-so rebounder for his size, with a 9.4 total rebound rate and 14.4 defensive rebound rate, neither of which is overly impressive for a 6-foot-6 superathlete.But those are all just individual stats. What makes Ball so special is that he can do all those things while also operating as a true point guard. Combine Ball’s individual stats with his passing numbers and the numbers begin to get silly. According to Synergy Sports Technology, he has an absurd 156 points per 100 plays on all plays he finishes — so when he shoots or draws a foul or commits a turnover — plus plays on which he records an assist. A little reference, since this isn’t the most common stat around: These plays + assist numbers tend to look a little inflated compared to what you usually see for players, because adding assists includes only made shots. This isn’t ideal, but it does give a good sense of the total contribution of a player, since adding more assists will nudge the number upward. Here are the numbers for some other top players: Fultz and Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox are at 127p+a/100; Malik Monk of Kentucky is at 119; Josh Jackson of Kansas is at 116. Those are very good numbers, but Ball’s still stand out when compared apples-to-apples.De’Arron FoxFreshman PG, 6-foot-3, KentuckyThe line on Fox has been that he’s a jump shot away from being a top-five pick. So it’s telling that he’s still projected to be a late-lottery pick. On the year, Fox is scoring just 79 points per 100 plays on spot-up jumpers, according to Synergy, which is not very good at all. That’s not a great sign for a perimeter prospect, but Fox has one big thing working in his favor: speed.Fox is a burner, one of the fastest guards in the country, and puts that speed to material use in his game. He and backcourt mate Malik Monk are both in the top 15 of transition plays per game (5.6 per game for Fox, 5.7 for Monk). And once Fox is out in the open court, he can get to the rim at will. His penetration also carries him on isolation plays, where he’s strong (97 points per 100 plays). The question is whether Fox can combine those individual skills into an all-around game. He’s sitting on an assist percentage1The percentage of teammate field goals assisted by a player while he’s on the court. of 30, which is solid, but he doesn’t have the best passing instincts out on the break and can force things at the rim.VIDEO: Our picks for bracket success This perimeter workload has weighed down other parts of Monk’s game. As a prospect, he was known for killer athleticism, but he hasn’t gotten to the basket the way Fox has for the Wildcats: 80 percent of his shots in the halfcourt offense have been jumpers, according to Synergy. He’s scored an excellent 111 points per 100 plays on those jumpers, so it’s working out. But he’s even more efficient when he gets to the rim, either in half court or in transition.If you’re looking for big menLauri MarkkanenFreshman PF/C, 7-foot, ArizonaMarkkanen is a 7-foot freshman center out of Finland who lacks a true comparison in the modern game because I’ll be struck down by the Almighty if I invoke Arvydas Sabonis.Markkanen is sitting on a 63.3 true shooting percentage; 44.4 percent of his field goal attempts are threes, and he hits 43.2 percent of them. He isn’t just a jump shooter, though — Synergy has him averaging 125 points per 100 plays as the roll man in pick-and-roll and 102 points per 100 plays posting up — both excellent numbers. He is a bigger body than recent rangy big-man prospects like Nikola Mirotic but has more bounce than guys his size. This allows him to be a strong rebounder (17.7 defensive rebound rate) but also a live body filling the lane in transition or cutting off the ball. While Markkanen’s stats are impressive enough, he’s one of the guys in the tournament who are especially eye-opening in live action since a not-that-scrawny 7-footer moving around the court and doing the things he can do is a rare sight, even in the NBA.Check out our March Madness predictions. read more