first_imgTOKYO—The winners of this year’s Japan Prizes are grateful for the awards, but also hope the recognition will further their scientific objectives in improving treatments for genetic disorders and reducing the toll from flood disasters.  Theodore Friedmann of the University of California, San Diego, and Alain Fischer of the Imagine Institute in Paris and of the Collège de France will share the prize for “Medical Science and Medicinal Science.” Their winning work involved gene therapy, an experimental technique in which genes are inserted into patients to replace mutated genes that are causing disease. Friedmann is credited with originating the concept in the 1970s and furthering basic research. Fischer, in 2000, reported demonstrating the clinical efficacy of gene therapy for the first time, using blood stem cells to treat a fatal genetic disorder called X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency. “Gene therapy has become a reality in recent years with many cases of successful treatments; the field is flourishing,” said Hiroshi Komiyama, a chemical engineer and former president of the University of Tokyo who chaired the selection committee.Yutaka Takahasi, a professor emeritus of civil engineering at the University of Tokyo, convinced engineers and policymakers to look holistically at entire river basins and the hydrological cycle when attempting to control flooding, rather than simply building more dams and higher embankments, Komiyama explained. 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But they all also expressed hope that the awards will highlight ongoing challenges in their respective fields. For gene therapy, “the path from concept to reality has not been straightforward and easy,” Friedmann said.The setbacks have included poor results from initial trials in the 1990s. And in 1999, a patient enrolled in a gene therapy trial in the United States died. It took several years for researchers in the field to address resulting safety and ethical questions. Fischer also suspended his gene therapy trials to solve safety issues. Research picked up again in the later 2000s, particularly with the use of new techniques for safely introducing the genes into the human body.At today’s press conference, both Friedmann and Fischer expressed confidence that their approach is on the cusp of mainstream clinical use. Recent advances “give us reasonable hope that gene therapy will enter the armamentarium” to treat genetic blood disorders, some cancers, and inherited diseases, Fischer said, adding: “We might be very close to approval by regulatory authorities.” He cautioned that the field still needs to prove itself. “The number of patients treated is limited and the follow-up short,” he said. Friedmann said he hopes the Japan Prize will “lead to greater awareness of the field.”As for his specialty, Takahasi said that although many lessons have been learned in watershed management, new challenges are emerging as global warming leads to changing rainfall patterns, more powerful typhoons, and other weather anomalies. He said he hopes Japan Prize recognition will get Japan and the world “to recognize the serious threat and come to grips with the new challenges.”The laureates will return to Tokyo in April for the ceremony. at which they will receive a certificate of recognition and a commemorative gold medal. Each prize category carries a cash award of approximately $420,000.Japan Prize topics are selected annually from within a range of disciplines gathered under two broad areas: physics, chemistry, and engineering; and life science, agriculture, and medicine. The categories for the 2016 prizes are “Materials and Production” and “Biological Production and Biological Environment.” The prize is intended to recognize individuals for scientific achievements that also promote peace and prosperity.last_img read more


first_imgWhile the BJP national executive meet was held amid the scorching humidity of Allahabad, a city known as the holy Hindu land of sangam as much as its relationship to the Mughals, something hotter was the speculation whether Rajnath Singh would be made the face of the party in the crucial UP polls.WHO WILL BE BJP’s FACE?The fire was further fuelled by the number of hoardings and billboards lining up the streets leading to the venue, KP College grounds, the largest ground of Allahabad, known for Jawaharlal Nehru’s massive public speeches. All the displays had Singh along with party chief Amit Shah and PM Modi.The speculation was fired due to conflicting occurrences: the main backdrop of the meet only sported Shah and Modi, also former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani but not Singh.However, the booklet which the party distributed yet again showed Modi and Singh in arms but on the last page.Once again, inside the meeting, which was closed to the media apart from a short photo opportunity, Singh was not called on the dais while Finance minister Arun Jaitley was up there with the Prime Minister.However, senior party leader and Telecommunications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tried to parry questions from journalists regarding this issue. “These posters and banners mean nothing and not much should be read into them. People and supporters do put up these, but it must stop at that. President Amit Shah has decided that BJP must and will form a government in UP; who will be the face of the party in the state will be decided by the parliamentary committee. Such decisions are not taken here.”advertisementVARUN GANDHI VS RAJNATH SINGHAnother political figure who added to the confusion was BJP’s very own Gandhi scion Varun Gandhi.While speculation had been rife for some time that he could also be in the race to lead the party in UP, if politics of posters is anything to go by, Gandhi remained only second to Singh in terms of numbers.Prasad, who held a press meet at the end of the event, said BJP had taken crucial decisions on the programmes and agenda of the party for the next three months. While Shah inaugurated the event, Modi still remained the centre of attention.The telecommunications minister, who presented excerpts from the presidential speech, said the party was confident of making the next government in the state.”The president said we have achieved two milestones – completed two years in office and made a spectacular show in recent polls. We have captured Assam, the gateway of the Northeast and increased vote share in Kerala and West Bengal.”PRASAD DIVERTS ATTENTIONPrasad said the Modi government had put paid to the policy paralysis that afflicted the UPA and there had been no instance of corruption.He added that in the meet Shah underlined that Modi government had resolved crucial dilemmas of the previous dispensation: “between urban and rural; reform and public welfare; bureaucracy and government; and defence policy and foreign policy.”The high-profile meet in Allahabad also lauded the government over its achievements in bumping up the gap in India’s growth rate, decreasing fiscal deficit as well as current account deficit.”Our achievements in foreign policy can be gauged from the fact that two Muslim nations, Iran and Afghanistan, conferred their highest civilian awards on the PM.”ALSO READ:  BJP leaders miffed as Varun Gandhi’s posters dot Allahabadlast_img read more


first_imgVirat Kohli scored arguably the best hundred of his career in the most dramatic circumstances on the second day of the first Test against England at Edgbaston. The captain single-handedly brought India right back into the Test match even as none of the other batsmen stood around him.Kohli carved his way to a maiden Test hundred in England in only his first Test series as captain there, and in 64.5 overs, he sent a Ben Stokes delivery to the boundary and reached his century in 172 balls. And his actor-wife Anushka Sharma was there to witness the big moment for her husband.Kohli celebrated his hundred first with a loud ‘come on’ and then he held out his wedding ring that hung around his neck, showed it to the world and kissed it to show his delight.It were the horrors of 2014 that he left behind and it was evident in the way he played after scoring that hundred. In the next 53 deliveries he played, he smashed 48 runs, including eight boundaries and one six.Also read – India vs England 1st Test: Virat Kohli’s 149 leaves series opener wide openIt was after that in the last delivery of the 76th over that Adil Rashid got his wicket with Stuart Broad taking a catch at backward point.As Virat Kohli walked out of the ground showing his bat around acknowledging the applause he received, Anushka Sharma stood in the Indian box clapping and cheering for her husband with the look of sheer proud.advertisement@AnushkaSharma encouraging King @imVkohli for 149 .#couplesgoals pic.twitter.com/RUSlG7fdodRaaj STR (@rajstr686) August 2, 2018Kohli then looked towards her, smiled and showed his bat again to celebrate his epic knock.Also read – Best batsman on planet: Cricket world pays tribute to Virat KohliEarly on Day 2, Mohammed Shami removed Sam Curran to end the England innings at 287 runs. India started their reply on a strong note with Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan adding a 50-run partnership for the opening wicket. However, things soon started to fall apart as Sam Curran and Ben Stokes ripped through the middle order.Vijay, Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane and Dinesh Karthik all returned to the pavilion under 30 runs but Kohli stood at one side, waiting to get a partner to stitch an innings.Also read – Virat Kohli slams 1st Test hundred in England, dedicates it to Anushka SharmaHe found that partner in Hardik Pandya, who he added 48 runs with for the sixth wicket. Pandya then departed with the scoreboard reading 148/6 in 45.6 overs and Kohli was at 47 runs then.After Pandya’s departure till Kohli’s dismissal, 126 runs were added to the Indian scoreboard. Ravichandran Ashwin (10), Mohammed Shami (2), Ishant Sharma (5) and Umesh Yadav (1) scored a total of 18 runs. It was Virat Kohli who added 102 runs to scoreboard with the tailenders assisting their captain by just trying to stay at the crease.Indian innings ended at 274 runs, trailing by just 13 runs and Kohli had score 54.38 per cent of the Indian runs.England then came back to bat and at the stroke of stumps, Ashwin bowled out Alastair Cook in a similar manner as the first innings and England ended the day at 9/1 in 3.4 overs.last_img read more


first_imgTransfers AC Milan and Lazio to rival Cardiff for Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author Liverpool Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 14:00 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) HD Marko Grujic Getty Transfers Cardiff City Serbia Liverpool World Cup UEFA Champions League Premier League Milan Lazio The Serbia midfielder is likely to leave Anfield on loan next season – but the Italian giants would like a permanent deal Cardiff City are leading the race to sign Marko Grujic on loan, but Goal understands they face competition from Italian giants AC Milan and Lazio for the Liverpool midfielder.The Reds want the Serbia international to gain first-team experience next season and have received interest from a host of clubs across Europe.Cardiff are in pole position, with Grujic having spent the second half of last season on loan with the Welsh outfit, helping Neil Warnock’s side earn automatic promotion to the Premier League. The 22-year-old made 14 appearances, though he was left out of the side towards the back end of the campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Warnock is a fan, however, and was impressed by the way he handled his first extended run of games in English football. Liverpool are keen for Grujic to work on his defensive awareness, decision-making and discipline, and would ideally like him to remain in the Premier League in order to do so. Talks have already taken place with Cardiff but both Milan and Lazio have registered their interest in a permanent deal. Another Serie A side, Atalanta, are interested in a potential loan move, while Fulham have asked to be kept informed of developments. The Londoners would consider Grujic if they were to lose their captain, Tom Cairney. Grujic was signed by Liverpool in January 2016 from Red Star Belgrade, and is highly thought of by Klopp due to his physical and technical attributes. He has made 14 senior appearances for the Reds, though he is yet to start a Premier League game. Liverpool paid a little over £5 million to sign him, and would be unlikely to consider a sale for anything less than double that.In any case, his future is unlikely to be finalised until after the World Cup, where he was an unused substitute for Serbia’s opening game against Costa Rica in Samara on Monday.Liverpool are seeking loans for a number of other young talents, with Ryan Kent and Sheyi Ojo both set to depart in this window. Kent has interest from numerous clubs, chief among them Leeds and Rangers, while Ojo is wanted by Stoke, Aston Villa, Birmingham and Derby.Allan Rodrigues de Souza and striker Taiwo Awoniyi, both of whom are yet to secure UK work permits, will also be sent out, as will midfielder Pedro Chirivella.Allan, who is hoping to return from a shoulder injury next month, has interest from clubs in the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal and France, while Awoniyi is set to remain in Belgium, where he spent last season with Royal Mouscron. Anderlecht and Club Brugge are leading the chase for the Nigerian. Awoniyi, 20, scored 10 goals in the Jupiler League with Mouscron and will be handed a new contract by Liverpool before heading out on loan once more.Daniel Sturridge LiverpoolDaniel Sturridge, meanwhile, will be sold if a suitable offer is received. Fenerbahce and Sevilla are understood to be keen on the striker, who made little impact during a loan spell at West Brom last season, making just six appearances due to injury.Sturridge’s wages, however, could prove a stumbling block. He is entering the final year of his contract, which is understood to be worth around £120,000 a week. Liverpool’s asking price is understood to be around £15 million ($20m). Inter and Newcastle were interested in the 28-year-old in January but are unlikely to return to the table this summer.Elsewhere, Liverpool will appoint Barry Lewtas as their new U18s coach.Lewtas has previously been in charge of the Reds’ U15 and U16 sides, but will now step up following Steven Gerrard’s departure. Neil Critchley will remain as U23s manager, but assistant Mike Garrity will leave the club this summer as the Academy looks to streamline staff numbers.last_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Bournemouth boss Howe has no regrets over Defoe signingby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEddie Howe does not regret signing Jermain Defoe.The former England international is heading to Rangers on an 18-month loan deal, per Sky Sports News.And despite the fact he had a limited impact in his stay at the Cherries, Howe does not feel the transfer was a mistake.”The deal (signing Defoe) has been a good one from our perspective, I would do it again in a heartbeat,” he said in his press conference.”He scored some massive goals for us last year, I don’t think anyone should forget that.”Then you add the other value that he brings in the changing room and on the training pitch. He’s definitely been a role model for a lot of our younger players. As I say it’s something I would do again and again if given the same circumstances.” last_img read more


first_imgThe Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is to benefit from the provision of 16 computers, a smart board and other computer related equipment valued at $2.5 million from the Universal Service Fund (USF).The computers were officially handed over on Tuesday, April 2, to the Police National Computer Centre (PNCC), during a ceremony held at the Police Commissioner’s Office, Old Hope Road.In his remarks, Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, explained that the computer centre will be used as a hub to facilitate the training of police officers in information technology (IT), as well as issuing relevant information to stations across the island.“One of the things we hope to achieve is to cut significantly our consumption of paper and fuel. As a simple example, every week on a Friday morning there are police vehicles from all the divisions assembled here at the police registry to collect copies of the Force Orders to be distributed to every police station and formation. As of last weekend that would no longer be the case,” Mr. Ellington said.He informed that a gap analysis was conducted by the PNCC to determine the levels of training required for members of the police force. “They have scheduled all of that training,” the Commissioner noted.Mr. Ellington said the provision of the 16 computers will ensure that police men and women have access to the necessary IT equipment and facilities needed to undertake their jobs.“It is for this reason that I would like to single out the Universal Service Fund for coming to our assistance to purchase the equipment and to outfit the training room,” the Commissioner said.“We are ensuring that every police station is equipped with a computer and with connectivity, so that our members can have access to the internet and whatever is being published,” he said.For his part, Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, expressed his appreciation to the Universal Service Fund for the provision of the computers.“We have ongoing projects which we are putting to the Fund, and one such has to do with updating and extending the automated palm and fingerprint identification system. They have already made a substantial commitment of US$360,000 and there is an indication of more to come,” Mr. Bunting said.He pointed out that since the introduction of the automated palm and fingerprint identification system the police have been able to improve its service to the public, adding that the additional funding will facilitate expansion of the capabilities of the system.Meanwhile, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, said that the donation will be the first in a series of interventions by the Fund.“We regard Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as the basis on which every aspect of our existence will be affected positively, whether in health care or education. We see ICT as playing a leading role in relation to the work that you do here and so we are committed to do more,” the Minister told the police officers. The USF, generated from incoming telephone calls, is used to accelerate the deployment of broadband services islandwide, in keeping with Government’s effort to enable more Jamaicans to access ICT. This includes the creation of an ICT platform in secondary schools, libraries, post offices, and at community access points.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more


first_imgWhen redesigning a well-loved playground on the Halifax waterfront, who better to ask than children? Waterfront Development Corporation Limited is hosting a fun, interactive design consultation session for children ages four to ten on Saturday, Feb. 27. “This is a wonderful opportunity to combine the important elements of project consultation with the energy and ideas of children,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO, Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. About 25 spaces are available and children from all communities are encouraged to attend. Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. is working with community partners, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Halifax Regional Municipality on the project. It will be overseen by local company Outside Planning and Design Studio. The playground, about 25 years old, is located near the museum. The project is part of the corporation’s ongoing commitment to revitalize and reinvest in the waterfront. Construction is expected to begin in June after design plans, including children’s feedback, are finalized. The playground will be wooden in structure incorporating a nautical theme. The session will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., starting with an interactive tour of the museum. After the tour, participants will gather in small, facilitated groups to colour, mold and create their vision of the perfect waterfront playground from ships to marine life. There is no fee to sign up, but parents must register their child before Friday, Feb. 19. Space is limited. For more information or to register, call 902-422-6591 or e-mail cgilbert@wdcl.ca . Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. is a provincial Crown corporation that manages the provincially owned land along the waterfronts from Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Lunenburg. The corporation hosted Tall Ships Nova Scotia 2009 that brought in $32.8 million to the province, and is the presenter of Waterfront Winterfest, Feb. 26-28.last_img read more


first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley wants everyone to mark her words: the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will go ahead to deliver her province’s oil to the West Coast and jobs to British Columbia.Notley says she doesn’t believe it makes much difference who is running B.C., because the federal government has already approved the Kinder Morgan (TSX:KML) project.She says the pipeline is in the best interests of Albertans and all Canadians — but adds it’s especially important to B.C. because the province’s growth can’t just be fuelled by rising house prices in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.She says B.C. needs stronger economic growth and the jobs that the pipeline will bring to the province’s interior.The pipeline’s future has been questioned given an agreement between B.C.’s New Democrats and Greens, which could lead to an NDP minority government.Both parties have voiced opposition to the project.Notley says governments that care about working people put good jobs front and centre.last_img read more


Rabat – The Arabic language daily Al Ahdath Al Maghribiya reported that they found the word “Daesh,” the Arabic term for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams, written on the wall by the entrance to their regional office in Fez.According to the daily, a secretary working in the regional office in Fez was shocked when she saw the word “Daech” in red on the entrance on Thursday evening..The same source added that the daily informed the authorities Friday morning. Officials opened an investigation in the incident with the help of experts from the scientific police. Mokhtar Larhzioui, the editor of the daily Al Ahdath Al Maghribiya, said that the office of his newspaper was also targeted three days go.“The expression of “Allah Akbar” (God is great) was painted on the door next to our office three days ago,” Larhzioui said. read more


LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer isn’t embracing a Republican-passed plan to cut high auto insurance premiums, saying it falls short and that her first priority is passing a budget that fixes the state’s roads.The Democrat’s spokeswoman, Tiffany Brown, issued a statement following the passage of legislation during a state House session that stretched into Thursday. The state Senate also approved a car insurance overhaul this week.Both bills would no longer require drivers to buy unlimited medical coverage for injuries, if people have other health insurance. The House plan would require insurers to reduce a portion of premiums.Brown says Whitmer is only interested in signing insurance legislation that’s “reasonable, fair and provides strong consumer protections and immediate financial relief,” and neither bill meets that standard.Republicans counter that residents are demanding lower premiums.The Associated Press read more


AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Mar 25, 2015 11:49 am MDT Conference Board of Canada: no quick bounce back from crude downturn this time The Conference Board of Canada has some bad news for those hoping the crude oil downturn will be short-lived.In its latest report, the Ottawa-based think tank says the industry is unlikely to bounce back as quickly this time as it did after the last major drop in 2008 and 2009.Crude prices saw a much more drastic drop the last time around _ touching records above US$140 a barrel and lows around US$33 in a half-year span _ but by 2011, were back above US$100.This time, the board says prices aren’t likely to climb above US$80 a barrel in the foreseeable future _ thanks to drilling technology that has unlocked huge volumes from U.S. tight oil formations.The outlook through 2019 is about US$30 below what the board had forecast during the first quarter of 2014.The Conference Board predicts revenues will drop by 38 per cent between last year and this year and the $56 billion invested in 2014 is likely to be the high water mark for oil spending in Canada. read more


In layman’s terms, the Nets have essentially adopted the same offensive principles as the analytically friendly Houston Rockets, coached by Atkinson mentor Mike D’Antoni. (Fitting that these clubs combined for an NBA-record 106 3-point attempts in a game last week.) Russell, who leads starting ball-handlers with 61.5 pick and rolls per 100 plays, will run you around screens all day, and he and his Brooklyn teammates generally avoid midrange shots, instead probing for much higher-percentage looks. No NBA team has driven to the basket more than the Nets, and this would mark the third consecutive season that Brooklyn ranks in the top 10 in free-throw rate.Defensively, the story is much the same. The Nets have excelled at forcing opponents to walk the analytics plank, ranking among the top five in 2016-17, 2017-18 and again this season in terms of how often they coax teams into longer midrange 2-pointers. When teams are fortunate enough to get to the basket, they’re often met by 20-year-old Jarrett Allen, a big man who has erased some of the game’s biggest names at the rim while sometimes playing a one-man zone. The Nets also rank near the top of the NBA in boxing out, to finish those defensive possessions.That combination — continuing to take the most efficient shots possible on offense while taking those same shots away on the other end — has been the NBA equivalent of Andy Dufresne’s rock hammer in “The Shawshank Redemption.” The team’s strategy and talent, combined with its newfound maturation in the clutch, have finally set it free.Brooklyn basically looked shackled at the ends of games last year and at the start of this season. Whether it was inexperience, consistently bad whistles or a combination of the two, the Nets were managing to find new, devastating ways to lose close contests each night.But even that’s changed of late. The Nets, who were a dismal 4-10 in clutch situations as of Dec. 1, have since gone 11-4 in those same scenarios.One noteworthy shift there is rooted in Russell and Dinwiddie’s ability to coexist during the hot streak — something that had consistently backfired from a net-rating standpoint over the past two seasons. (Their ability to play together, or lack thereof, will be worth watching because of the decision the Nets have to make about the future of Russell, who’s a restricted free agent this summer. Yet it looks like Russell will have the show to himself, as Dinwiddie, who just signed a three-year, $34 million extension, could miss considerable time with a torn ligament in his thumb.) But other elements also stand out. Joe Harris is one of the NBA’s best perimeter shooters. Latvian forward Rodions Kurucs was a great find and is a fluid scorer at 6-foot-9.While the Nets are clearly ascending, they still have their issues, too.Brooklyn has one of the highest turnover rates in the league. The Nets can occasionally find themselves with matchup problems against teams with floor-spacing bigs because of how Allen anchors himself to the paint on defense. The lack of pressure on pick-and-roll ball-handlers hurts their ability to force turnovers. For how well the team gets to the stripe, Russell, its leading scorer, takes fewer free throws than any other volume shooter in the NBA.1This includes any player taking at least 15 field-goal attempts per game. Injuries have nagged Brooklyn all year, and while it’s fair to expect a boost from players if and when they return — especially from LeVert — key players’ roles may have to shrink to accommodate everyone once they’re back. And the Nets, who have enjoyed one of the easiest slates so far, will be thoroughly tested by their upcoming schedule — especially from mid-March to the end of the season.There’s a reason we hear so much about the Nets eventually landing a player like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard or Jimmy Butler. Aside from the fact that they’re one of few big-market teams that seemingly has a direction, a blank-enough canvas (in terms of not having a star) and cap space to make something happen, they also would become an instant contender by adding someone of that caliber. Again, the decision on Russell could complicate that. Yet the reality is that getting past the second round likely requires more than this current cast, even at full strength.For the time being, though, it has been eye-opening to watch the 22-year-old Russell play this well since the turn of the new year, a span in which he’s averaged 24 points and nearly eight assists on 49 percent shooting from the floor, along with his rainbow-arc triples falling at a 44 percent clip.While he’ll never possess the sort of bounce that some of his counterparts have, the former No. 2 overall pick has leveraged the threat of his pull-up jumper into being able to beat defenders to certain spots. When he senses defenders on his hip, he’ll often make use of ball fakes to buy himself more space before shooting.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Russell.mp400:0000:0001:22Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.He’s been more consistent with the ball during that window, too, passing teammates open while logging a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in 2019 — up from 2-to-1 earlier this season and much better than his career ratio of 1.5-to-1 coming into the 2018-19 campaign.Certain elements of Russell’s offensive run lately, much like the team’s overall, are going to come back down to earth at some point. But with how hellish things have been in Brooklyn for much of the past five years, and with how sound the team’s strategy has been in digging out of that trench, Russell, the Nets and their fans all have ample reason to be enjoying this — even if they aren’t exactly sure what comes next.Check out our latest NBA predictions. For more than four years, the Brooklyn Nets had been more or less irrelevant on a national scale. Whenever the team came up in a larger conversation, it was usually to discuss how one of its first-round picks — dealt in that infamous trade for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce — was benefiting another franchise that got to reap the draft payoff. You have to go back to 2013-14, a full season after the Nets left New Jersey for Brooklyn, to find the last time they finished .500.All of which makes the Nets — winners of five straight and co-owners of the NBA’s best record over the past month and a half — so compelling. At 26-23, the team is currently holding a playoff position in sixth place in the East. Coach Kenny Atkinson, again, is finding enormous success with his point guards, including D’Angelo Russell, who’s in contention for an All-Star spot. And the club, which in early December was mired in an eight-game skid and couldn’t hold late-game leads, is all of a sudden unbeatable in the clutch. And this is after Brooklyn lost perhaps its best all-around player, Caris LeVert, to a brutal long-term injury.But underneath all that past losing — and there was a lot of it, given that this team has had three consecutive seasons with fewer than 30 wins — there were several road signs that the Nets were tapping into an array of good strategies to begin a turnaround.Much of that was rooted in ideology and experimentation, necessities because of how bare the draft-pick cupboard was for a while. The team had to take some creative steps (read: accept salary dumps) in a bid to get some talent on its roster. And the club’s front office, led by Sean Marks, had to identify talent that was being ignored or undervalued, like guard Spencer Dinwiddie, and trust its own ability to help develop players like him into everyday rotation pieces.The hiring of Atkinson, a longtime NBA assistant, was a key catalyst. Well before the wins started outnumbering the losses, and before there was enough talent to expect playoff berths, the 51-year-old quickly began changing the team’s shot profile on both ends of the floor.During the 2015-16 campaign, a year before he came on, the Nets ranked 26th out of 30 in quantified Shot Quality, which measures the likelihood of shots going in, if taken by an average NBA player, according to stat database Second Spectrum. The club completely overhauled that at the start of Atkinson’s tenure, though, as Brooklyn finished fifth and fourth in 2016-17 and 2017-18, respectively. And this season, the Nets rank ninth in the metric. read more


Coach Thad Matta’s starting five, laden with incumbent veterans and arguably the best freshman in the nation, doesn’t have room for Aaron Craft — a point guard who arguably could start for any other team in the country. That doesn’t mean the smallest player in the seven-man rotation doesn’t get his playtime. Averaging 28 minutes per game, Craft is fifth on the team, ahead of starting forward Dallas Lauderdale. Only the other four usual starters, junior guard William Buford, freshman forward Jared Sullinger, senior forward David Lighty and senior guard Jon Diebler play more than the freshman. He is the rotation’s only true point guard — so, what’s keeping him from starting? Barring injury, it doesn’t look like he will be slotted into the starting lineup anytime soon. Combined, the team’s four veteran starters have played 485 games, starting in 390 of them. It’s that experience which contributes largely to Matta’s thinking when deciding whom to start each game. “With who we’re starting, I love the experience that we have,” Matta said. “You’ve got four guys out there that have started a lot of games in the scarlet and gray. You’ve got a pretty good freshman in Jared, and I’ve been pretty pleased with how we’ve started a majority of our games this season.” Though he averages a pedestrian 6.8 points per game, Craft leads the team in assists, averaging 4.8, and is the team’s second most efficient offensive perimeter player. Only Diebler’s 49.5 percent from the field is better than Craft’s 49 percent. Craft also leads the team in turnovers. His 50 on the season are 10 more than Buford’s 40 while averaging 2.3 per game. Despite those giveaways, the team’s veterans consider Craft an asset. “He’s a perfect fit for us,” Lighty said. “He comes in and runs the offense and runs the team, and plays defense at the highest level I’ve seen for a freshman in college basketball.” But Craft deflects the individual praise to his team’s defense as a whole. “We’ll have times when some people play great individual defense, but at the same time it’s five guys out there. We, all five, need to be connected, and when one person doesn’t do the thing they’re supposed to, then the whole defense breaks down,” Craft said. “It doesn’t matter how great of defense you play as an individual.” Craft is a victim of circumstance when it comes to starting for this version of the Buckeyes. If he were to replace Lauderdale in the starting lineup, that would leave Sullinger as the only capable big man on the floor. It’s unlikely he would replace Diebler or Lighty either, simply because Diebler is the team’s best shooter and Matta regards Lighty as the nation’s top defender. That would leave Buford as the lone candidate to take a seat to Craft, but the junior is the team’s second-leading scorer, averaging 13.5 points per game. One thing is certain: Starting or not, Craft is gaining valuable experience in his first year as a Buckeye. “Aaron’s so unique that he would learn if he was starting (or) if he was coming off the bench, and it’s just sort of who he is,” Matta said. “I haven’t coached a lot of guys like him that think at the level that he thinks, especially at his age, and (he) really wants to understand and know everything that’s going to happen or could happen.” read more


first_imgA MUCH-HYPED protest for the right to go topless on Rio de Janeiro’s beaches fell flat yesterday when only a handful of women bared their chests for the movement.More than 100 photojournalists stampeded across the golden sands of Ipanema beach when the first woman took off her bikini top to flout Brazilian law. Just three or four other women joined in.“A breast isn’t dangerous!” said Olga Salon, a 73-year-old Rio native, as she stripped off her black tank top. “It’s a false-Puritanism and indicative of our macho culture that we have a law forbidding that a woman can go topless.”Internationally, Brazil has a reputation as a nation of liberal sexual mores, where nudity is not only tolerated but enthusiastically embraced during Carnival parades.The hundreds of thousands of foreigners who’ll descend on Brazil for next year’s World Cup and the Olympics two years later will indeed see the famed “dental floss” bikinis that expose the wearer’s rear end.But under Brazil’s penal code, which dates back to the 1940s, female toplessness is an “obscene act,” punishable by three months to a year in prison, or fines. Even the law’s critics admit few are prosecuted.Quick responseWomen going topless on any of the city’s beaches are almost guaranteed to a quick response, both from the patrolling municipal guards and fellow beachgoers.Yesterday’s protest is the latest chapter in a debate over just how much skin is too much on Rio’s beaches.Protest organisers told media they were responding to a November incident in which actress Cristina Flores was set upon by municipal guards after she removed her shirt during a photo shoot on Ipanema beach.“They came at me immediately and there were three of them, more than one per breast,” the 37-year-old Flores told The Associated Press with a laugh earlier this week. “They were shouting, ‘put your shirt on, put your shirt on’ as if a bomb were going off if I didn’t.”Flores immediately complied but said she was shocked by the violent reaction and threat of jail time.“I didn’t even know it was illegal when I did it,” she said. “But if the Brazilian constitution guarantees gender equality, why should men be able to walk around without a shirt, while when we do it it’s seen as an act of provocation?”Read: Dog survives 90km ride stuck in bumper after being hit by carlast_img read more


first_imgIn the world of online shopping everyone is trying to compete with Amazon, including retailers who have in the past relied on the presence of physical shops for their sales. The first assault on Amazon and other online retailer’s growing market share was to match online pricing in-store. Both Target and Best Buy attempted this last year with varying degrees of success.Wal-Mart is taking a different approach and has started offering same day deliveries using its own delivery trucks at some locations. But now it’s considering another, more radical online order delivery system–it wants in-store customers to deliver packages to online customers.The system would work by giving customers the option to sign up as a mini delivery service for Wal-Mart. They would agree to take packages to people in the area where they lived in return for a discount on their shopping. That discount would cover the cost of the gas they used to make the deliveries, and therefore to travel home, effectively making their shopping trip cheaper.Implementing such a service does mean a number of hurdles need to be overcome, though. Wal-Mart would need to fulfill online orders directly from stores, meaning keeping more stock at each location to meet demand–something it currently only does at around 25 stores (there are over 4,000 in total).There’s also the issue of privacy and trust to overcome. Will customers appreciate another customer delivering their package? How do you assess whether a customer can be trusted to deliver the packages they are given? And what happens if a package is damaged when it arrives?If it worked as a system, customer deliveries would allow Wal-Mart to drastically increase the number of same day deliveries it carries out, while at the same time cutting out the need to run its own vehicles and drivers. It’s therefore potentially a major cost saver as well as a new way to compete with online retailers.last_img read more


first_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 3 Mar 2019, 4:00 PM Opinion: How to deal with your child’s fear of the monsters under the bed Philippa Perry writes about how not to shut children down, which might only encourage them not to talk to you about big and small things. By Philippa Perry Share2 Tweet Email12 12,889 Views center_img https://jrnl.ie/4519745 PSYCHOTHERAPIST PHILIPPA PERRY has written a new book about parenting – called The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read. In it, she explores how to parent well and give your children a healthy upbringing – while not being too hard on yourself. Here are her practical thoughts on ‘the monster under the bed’.When they are very small, children may talk of ghosts or monsters under the bed. Rather than paying attention to the story or the reason they give, pay attention to the feeling they are expressing.Instead of dismissing the idea that there are monsters under the bed out of hand, name the feeling the monsters seem to be representing. “You sound scared, can you tell me a bit more?” Or, “Let’s make up a story about these monsters. What are their names?”If you do this, you may be able to vanquish the monsters. Do whatever fits your natural style; it isn’t so much the words we use, it’s staying with our children until they feel soothed rather than dismissing them as silly.For all you know, those monsters may be representing your impatience at bedtime or something else complicated that your child can’t articulate.Even when it’s impossible to trace the source of every feeling, that doesn’t mean the feeling isn’t real. It still needs validating. And making your child feel silly with a “don’t be silly – you know monsters are made up” is unlikely to soothe them.What’s important is to keep the lines of communication open.If you dismiss your child by telling them they’re being silly, they learn not only to clam up on the ‘silly’ communications but also those you wouldn’t consider silly. The distinction between ‘silly’ and ‘not silly’ is so clear to us we might assume it is to a child as well. But nobody can help feeling what they feel, even if other people would feel differently in the same situation, even if other people think it is silly.You want to be the person your child can talk to. If you tell them they are being silly to complain when Granny made them a nice lentil stew, they may feel they can’t tell you when the creepy piano teacher puts his hand on their leg.The difference between those two things is loud and clear to us but to a child they are both filed under “something icky”. And if some icky things are dismissed as irrelevant by you, your child is likely to feel it is not worth the humiliation of sharing any more of them.You may think this is an extreme example because Granny’s stew and a piano teacher touching a child’s leg are so very different. But your child has not been in the world as long as you have, has not had all your experience, has not read everything you have read, has not yet understood sexuality.Your child may not have learned to register alarm at being touched inappropriately in the same way as they feel alarmed about eating something they don’t like.To them, both are an assault on their senses. Telling a child they are being silly about anything will close down communications from them to you, and that might be a dangerous thing to do.Taken from The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will be Glad That You Did) by Philippa Perry, published by Penguin Life, priced €14.99. Author photo by Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment. Philippa Perry 21 Comments Mar 3rd 2019, 4:01 PM last_img read more


first_imgDes piles à combustibles dans les prochains smartphones?Les batteries Lithium ont depuis quelques temps montré leurs limites dans des appareils comme les téléphones ou tablettes. La pile à combustible pourrait être la source d’énergie de demain.Tous nos équipements mobiles sont aujourd’hui équipés de batteries Lithium, une technologie qui a montré au fil des années sa fiabilité et sa robustesse. Seulement, avec l’arrivée des smartphones ou des tablettes tactiles, la petite batterie a rapidement montré ses limites. Ces appareils, munis d’écrans tactiles ou de processeurs toujours plus performants sont on ne peut plus gourmands en énergie et là où un téléphone d’il y a 10 ans pouvait tenir deux semaines sans problème, il est inconcevable de tenir plus de deux jours avec son smartphone dernier cri.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Un vrai casse-tête pour l’industrie qui pourrait arriver à son terme. En effet, selon le site SmartPlanet, le Lithium pourrait être rapidement remplacé par les piles à combustibles. Cette technologie, principalement utilisée actuellement dans les domaines militaires, pourrait s’intégrer à nos appareils nomades dans les dix prochaines années. En tout cas, l’industrie regarde ce marché avec un très grand intérêt. Toshiba ou encore Hitachi, parmi les constructeurs de ces piles, ont dévoilé des modèles miniaturisés, en tout cas assez pour entrer dans un appareil de petite taille comme un téléphone. Le cabinet d’analystes Pike Research estime qu’en 2017, 4,5 millions de ces modèles compacts seront commercialisés sous la forme de chargeurs, avec une croissance annuelle de 237% sur les six années suivants. Bref, selon les experts, cette technologie pourrait d’ici à peine 15 ans devenir viable dans nos besoins mobiles quotidiens avec pourquoi pas des batteries solaires, elles aussi sérieusement à l’étude.Le 6 novembre 2011 à 12:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgNASA : un étonnant rover piloté à distance par une console de jeux vidéoLa NASA a développé un tout nouveau rover capable de se déplacer facilement sur tous types de terrain en étant commandé seulement par un système Kinect ou par une console Wii. Le nouveau rover tout-terrain de la NASA n’a pas fini de nous surprendre ! Cet engin semblable à une énorme araignée mécanique se déplace avec une dextérité remarquable. Il marche, il monte, il descend, il saute et parfois même il danse… Mais mieux encore : tous ses mouvements peuvent être contrôlés par l’intermédiaire d’un système Kinect de Xbox ou d’une console Wii de Nintendo.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreL’énorme robot, en cours de développement, est constitué de six pattes articulées montées sur roues. Cet agencement permet de le déplacer librement sur tout type de sols y compris rocheux. Ses roues peuvent par ailleurs être bloquées de manière efficace afin qu’elles se transforment en pieds. Haut de 4 mètres, l’engin pèse près de 2 tonnes et est capable de transporter une charge utile de plus de 14 tonnes. Le dispositif a été étudié par l’agence spatiale pour l’exploration de milieux hostiles comme Mars, la Lune et même des astéroïdes. Selon les ingénieurs en charge du projet, ce genre de contrôle à distance pourrait permettra à la NASA de planifier des missions beaucoup plus efficacement sans avoir recours à une lourde formation de son personnel pour l’usage du rover.Découvrez la chorégraphie du rover de la NASA en vidéo sur MaxisciencesLe 2 février 2012 à 15:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgJust over half (54%) of employer respondents believe that having a good work-life balance makes workers feel more engaged, according to research by global computer technology corporation Oracle.The Oracle simply talent research, which surveyed 250 Western European HR decision makers, also found that 93% of respondents say that employee engagement is strategically important to their organisation. Just under two-thirds (65%) say that it positively impacts collaboration between teams, while 61% believe that engagement helps to boost business performance and 60% that it contributes to improved customer service.However, just under a third (31%) of respondents believe it is difficult to measure the impact of return on investment (ROI) of staff engagement on the organisation. In order to do so, 68% rely on standard staff surveys to measure engagement levels, while 37% use advanced analytics.The research also found:30% said it is difficult for boardroom decision-makers to understand the impact of employee engagement on the wider business.45% believe that flexible working hours can improve employee performance.58% cited that recognising the excellence of individual employees has a strong positive impact on engagement.When asked who in the business has the greatest impact on employee engagement, just 10% of employer respondents said line managers, compared with 34% who cited line managers and 28% who said that the senior leadership team had the greatest impact.Loïc Le Guisquet, president for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific at Oracle, said: “Being able to understand and, more importantly, improve employee engagement [is] a priority for any of today’s successful leaders.“A more rigorous engagement strategy has become indispensable, and HR has a vital role to play in helping organisations make the transition. Modern HR teams have access to databased tools allowing them to effectively measure employee engagement, and just as crucially to quantify its impact on the business for the decision-makers in the boardroom. In this way HR will find itself at the centre of the business, driving engagement strategies that best serve the organisation’s growth ambitions.”Andy Campbell, director of human capital management strategy at Oracle, added: “The latest digital, mobile, and collaboration tools play an integral role in helping businesses support initiatives and strategies that make employees feel more engaged. However, these technologies don’t drive engagement on their own.“To be effective they need to be seamlessly embedded in business processes so that line managers and employees use them as part of their normal work, be that a performance review, a recruitment process, sharing some social learning or using mobile to enter timecards.”last_img read more