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COVID-19: Over 100 early released prisoners have reoffended, police say

first_imgIn total, 106 repeat offenders have been reported.The crimes committed by the convicts mostly consisted of robbery, vehicle theft, drug abuse and child sexual abuse.As of Sunday, the Law and Human Rights Ministry has released more than 37,014 convicts and 2,259 child detainees under the COVID-19 assimilation and integration program, with the government planning to release a total of 50,000 prisoners.Law and Human Rights Ministry’s corrections directorate general Reinhard Silitonga said on Monday that the program has been successful in reducing overcrowding and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in correctional facilities, noting that only one confirmed COVID-19 case in prison had been recorded so far.Topics : More than 100 convicts who were released early in an effort to prevent the further transmission of COVID-19 in prisons are back to committing crimes, according to the National Police. National Police spokesperson Ahmad Ramadhan said there had been reports of recidivism in several regions, including Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, Yogyakarta, Banten, West Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, North Kalimantan, South Kalimantan and North Sumatra.“There were 13 cases of recidivism each in Central Java and North Sumatra and 11 in West Java,” Ahmad said at a press conference on Tuesday. “Those three provinces recorded the highest number of repeat offenses from released prisoners.”last_img read more

‘Super cyclone’ bears down on Bangladesh, India

Bangladeshi forecasters said it would hit around 6:00 pm (1200 GMT), with a potential storm surge up to five meters.The storm could “cause large-scale and extensive damage”, said the head of India’s weather office Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, with a surge of several meters.Storm surges can force a wall of water to cascade several kilometers inland, and are often the biggest killers in any cyclone, typhoon or hurricane.Sanjib Banerjee from West Bengal weather office said that parts of Kolkata could see “severe damage”. Early Wednesday the sky there was ominously grey. At the coast it was raining and the sea rough.”We have mobilized more than 20,000 policemen, emergency workers and volunteers, boats and buses to evacuate around 300,000 people from coastal villages,” state premier Mamata Banerjee said. “It’s a very difficult task when the state is combating the coronavirus pandemic,” she said. Regular victims Bangladesh’s low-lying coast, home to 30 million people, and India’s east are regularly battered by cyclones that have claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in recent decades.The eastern Indian state of Odisha was hit by a super cyclone that left nearly 10,000 dead in 1999, eight years after a typhoon, tornadoes and flooding killed 139,000 in Bangladesh. In 1970 Cyclone Bhola killed half a million.While the storms’ frequency and intensity have increased — a phenomenon blamed partly on climate change — deaths have fallen thanks to faster evacuations, better technology and more shelters.But Bangladesh authorities still fear that Amphan will be the most powerful storm front since Cyclone Sidr devastated the country in 2007, killing about 3,500 people and causing billions of dollars in damage.The country has been feverishly working to bring 2.2 million people to safety, while West Bengal was relocating 300,000 others.The Catholic Relief Services (CRS) aid group said people faced “an impossible choice” of braving the cyclone by staying put, or risking coronavirus infection in a shelter.Authorities in both countries said that they were using extra shelter space to reduce crowding, while also making face masks compulsory and providing extra soap and sanitizer.”We are also keeping separate isolation rooms in the shelters for any infected patients,” Bangladesh’s junior disaster management minister Enamur Rahman told AFP. “At least 50 people took shelter in my concrete-built house. They came last evening. We gave them food,” Abdur Rahim, a Bangladeshi shrimp farmer on the edge of the Sundarbans mangrove forest told AFP.”There is panic. The women are worried… A few months ago Cyclone Bulbul smashed our village, destroying at least 100 homes. We hope Allah will save us this time.”Early Wednesday the vast weather system — visible from space — was 125 kilometers offshore with gusts up to 200 kilometers per hour, the equivalent of a category three hurricane, the Indian Meteorological Department said.It was expected to ease slightly but still pack a ferocious punch when it crosses the coasts of West Bengal state and neighboring Bangladesh on Wednesday “afternoon to evening” with gusts up to 185 kph.  Several million people were taking shelter and praying for the best on Wednesday as the Bay of Bengal’s fiercest cyclone in decades roared towards Bangladesh and eastern India, with forecasts of a potentially devastating and deadly storm surge.Authorities have scrambled to evacuate low lying areas in the path of Amphan, which is only the second “super cyclone” to form in the northeastern Indian Ocean since records began.But their efforts have been hampered by the need to follow strict precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, with infection numbers still soaring in both countries. Rohingya refugees Although outside the predicted direct path of the storm, there are fears for the safety of almost a million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in southeastern Bangladesh — most living in vast camps and housed in flimsy and makeshift shacks.The first coronavirus cases were reported there last week, and by Tuesday there were six confirmed infections.The UN said emergency items such as food, tarpaulins and water purification tablets had been stockpiled, while authorities said the refugees would be moved to sturdier buildings like schools.”Heavy rains, flooding [and] the destruction of homes and farmland, will increase the likelihood of the virus spreading, particularly in densely populated areas like the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar,” ActionAid said.”It will also undoubtedly increase the number of lives and livelihoods already lost to this pandemic.” Topics : read more

AutoNaut Presents Its Next Generation USV

first_imgAutoNaut, developer of autonomous wave propelled vessels, has rolled out the new generation of 5-metre AutoNaut unmanned surface vessel (USV) with several new and upgraded features.The latest wave foil technology enables speeds of 1-3 knots to be consistently maintained, with no need for fuel and for long endurance missions. The vessel has been ruggedised throughout and features improvements in the deployment system – for launch/recovery from ship or direct from slipway, the company explains.An enhanced rudder system makes the USV even more manoeuvrable – able to keep station within a 25 metre radius. Finally, the 5-metre has additional space and power to allow for multiple sensor, including: MetOcean, ADCP, Passive Acoustic Monitoring, Surveillance and as a Communications Gateway.Pete Bromley, technical manager at AutoNaut, says: “We’re really proud of the improvements made in this boat – we’ve learned a lot from all the missions conducted in the last year or so and the growing team we have here have brought some great ideas to the development.”“The versatility of the 5-metre is key,” says Phil Johnston, business development. “With so many options for the sensor payload it’s a game-changer in terms of how we can provide solutions for clients, whether in oil and gas, defence or marine science”.last_img read more

Pope praises Jordan as tour begins

first_img 77 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring! FaithLifestyle Pope praises Jordan as tour begins by: – May 24, 2014center_img Share Share The Pope greets reporters on his plane to the Middle East, including the BBC’s Jeremy BowenPope Francis has praised Jordan for its “generous welcome” to Syrian refugees at the start of a three-day visit to the Middle East.The Pope was welcomed by King Abdullah II and in a speech at the royal palace, he stressed the need for an “urgent” solution to the Syrian conflict.He went on to celebrate Mass at a stadium in the capital Amman and will later meet Syrian refugees.The tour’s official purpose is to improve ties with the Orthodox Church.However, correspondents say many will expect Pope Francis to use his influence to try to ease tensions in the Middle East.In his speech, he also called for more respect for religious freedom, calling it “a fundamental human right”.“I cannot fail to express my hope that it will be upheld throughout the Middle East and the entire world,” he said. Christian minorities have been subject to increasing attacks in some parts of the Middle East in recent years.He thanked Jordan for its “efforts to seek lasting peace for the entire region” and said this would also require a “just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”.On Sunday he is to begin two days in the West Bank and Israel.He told journalists that the trip would be “challenging” but rewarding, AP reports.Restraining ordersThe Pope will be accompanied by a rabbi and an imam – friends from his native Argentina – and hopes to improve relations between Christians, Muslims and Jews in the Holy Land.His journey comes only a few weeks after the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed.Israel has issued restraining orders against several Jewish right-wing activists this week over concerns that they could try to disrupt the visit.Police said offensive “anti-Christian graffiti” was discovered on the wall of a church in the southern city of Beersheba on Friday.A general view of Manger Square as workers prepare for the visit of Pope Francis to the West Bank town of Bethlehem on 23 May 2014Preparations were well under way at Manger Square in Bethlehem ahead of the Pope’s visitThe Pope’s journey marks the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and the head of the Orthodox Church, Patriarch Athenagoras.The meeting ended 900 years of separation and enduring antagonism between the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity.On Sunday, Pope Francis will travel to Bethlehem in the West Bank and preside over Mass in Manger Square, near the site where Jesus is believed to have been born.He will also meet the current Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch, Bartholomew, and they will sign a declaration of friendship.His schedule on Monday is set to include a visit to the al-Aqsa mosque complex in Jerusalem’s Old City followed by the Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall.Pope Francis will be the fourth leader of the Roman Catholic Church to visit Jerusalem, after Popes Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, who went there in 2009.BBC Newslast_img read more

Cricket News IND V AUS: 2nd ODI HIGHLIGHTS: India beat Australia by 8 runs to take 2-0 lead in the series

first_imgNew Delhi: It has been a typical Nagpur wicket and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the runs have been hard to come by. On this wicket, Aaron Finch asked the opposition to have a bat first and in the first over itself, India lost their vice-captain. Post this, the wicket continued to tumble at regular intervals but Virat Kohli stood tall and registered his 40th ODI ton. His ton along with a few cameos from Shankar and Shikhar helped India to finish at 250. However, India couldn’t play their quota of 50 overs. This remains to be seen how Australia responds and chase this target.  (LIVE SCORECARD)   20:22 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 18:21 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WHAT A GAME! India beat Australia by 8 runs to take 2-0 lead in the series. 21:25 (IST) Yes, it happened. Jadeja comes into the attack.  Australia loses their EIGHTH wicket. India is now just two wickets away.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 17:44 (IST) 20:17 (IST) 21:29 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 16:00 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 16:56 (IST) Rayudu pounces on a full toss from Zampa and carts it over deep midwicket for a boundary. 18:42 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:22 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 15:35 (IST) 17:40 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 13:53 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 18:27 (IST) Stoinis and Carey are not able to get bat on the ball, which eventually is building pressure on Australians. With eight overs still to go, Australia needs to press the accelerate button.  After introducing Zampa and Lyon into the attack, Finch has brought Maxwell into the scheme of things. He dismissed Dhawan at the start and has produced a very economical over, giving just 5 runs. After 35 overs, it’s 181/6.  Four from Stoinis’ bat. Pin drop silence in Nagpur.  Shikhar Dhawan gets going with a boundary off Nathan Coulter-Nile as he flicks a full ball to the deep square leg. 15:32 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In With no wicket in the first five overs, Virat Kohli employs one at short mid-wicket, and one slip gives hint that a wicket is coming real soon.  18:48 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21 needed off the last three overs. Stoinis is the only hope for Australia at the moment.  15:16 (IST) Interesting facts: This is the first time Rohit Sharma has been dismissed for a duck in a home ODI. Just when India was looking under control, the team lost Shankar. With this, Jadhav come ahead of MS Dhoni as India see themselves at 166/4 after 31 overs.  One run and couple of wickets in the 46th over.  21:41 (IST) Nine runs off Jadeja’s second over. Virat Kohli may introduce Kuldeep Yadav from that end. After 9 overs, it’s 47/0. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 18:25 (IST) WICKET: Seventh down for Australia. Nathan Coulter-Nile BOWLED. 21:01 (IST) 6 DOT balls by Kedar Jadhav. Pressure builds on Australia.  Suddenly the run-rate goes over 5, as Vijay Shankar starts to deal in boundaries. First four and then SIX. Shankar reaches 40; just 5 away from his highest ODI score. After 27 overs, it’s 127/3. 16:35 (IST) WICKET: Virat Kohli out after a memorable inning of 116 runs. Cummins pick his second. Team India has been able to slow things down here. The bowlers have just given 11 runs in last 4.3 overs. Slowing runs per over means, a wicket is on its way. After 28 overs, Australia is 132/3.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 13:09 (IST) In no time, Vijay Shankar and Virat Kohli bring 50 runs partnership. After 25.2, it’s 125/2.  14:08 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 12:50 (IST) 115 runs required off 120 deliveries. With Stoinis and Handscomb still out in the middle, Australia will be favouring their chances.  15:12 (IST) Time for DRINKS.   Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:07 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 14:30 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Alex Carey joins Stoinis into the middle. With 12 overs still remaining, probably this is last partnership for Australia which can shape things in their favour. As of now, it’s 175/5.  13:48 (IST) 20:00 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In So, in addition to Shaun Marsh, Nathan Lyon is the other change in the Australian team. Aaron Finch’s side are playing two spinners and Ashton Turner, who made a solid start in Hyderbad, misses out. Jason Behrendorff is also out.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Here are the playing XIs for both the teamsIndia: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit BumrahAustralia: Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch(c), Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Jadeja looks for the big one but finds the fielder running back from mid-off. After 45.5 overs, it’s 238/7. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Cummins back into the attack.  Ravindra Jadeja and Virat Kohli are playing sensibly as the total goes up to 200. With another 11 overs to go, this remains to be seen if the duo can add another 70-80 runs. After 39 overs, it’s 201/6.  21:13 (IST) While India have all their departments sorted, Australia has a massive problem and it begins right at the top. Aaron Finch has not led from the front and in 17 innings so far, he averages a miserable 9.59. In the previous match, only Usman Khawaja reached 50 and that has been Australia’s problem, no major contributions. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Kohli smashes a tossed up delivery back to the bowler as Adam Zampa gets his finger to the ball. Vijay Shankar, unfortunately, was out of the crease and had to take a long walk back to the pavilion. Got to feel for Shankar. OUT for 46.  15:28 (IST) 16:18 (IST) For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. 19:35 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 12:56 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Just three of the 40th over. Ravindra Jadeja is struggling to rotate the strike. He has scored just 9 runs off 23 balls. With last 10 overs to start, India will be hoping him to go big. 17:58 (IST) 21:20 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:16 (IST) 14:38 (IST) 14:57 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Shaun Marsh tried to guide the ball through the fine-leg region, but one will have to say that Dhoni did what he has known for – caught a widish delivery with ease. OUT for 16. 12:42 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Vijay Shankar will bowl the final over.  ALERT: Stoinis brings up his sixth ODI fifty. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Pat Cummins bowls a very tight third over. Just one run off it with five dot bowls. He is looking in a very good rhythm. With one run down to the mid-wicket, Virat Kohli is now just 8 runs away from reaching his 40th ODI ton. After 41.2 overs, it’s 210/6.  What are Australia’s odds of winning the Jamtha ODI? Well, very difficult. MS Dhoni and the baggage of history weigh heavily on Australia. Here are some of the stats associated with Australia’s pain.  13:03 (IST) 15:14 (IST) 17:43 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Shami back into the attack as India looks for the third.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:32 (IST) 13:35 (IST) 18:52 (IST) 20:13 (IST) 17:51 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Unbelievable scenes at Nagpur stadium. The crowd is literally on its feet as India is on the verge of creating history.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 18:09 (IST) 19:39 (IST) After losing Kedar for 11, India lost their wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni for a golden duck. Statistically, this is his second golden duck against Australia; first came at Vizag in 2010.  18:40 (IST) 19:26 (IST) Stoinis replaces Maxwell in the middle.  18:36 (IST) 19:18 (IST) Less than 170 needed now, and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Australia is chasing this target with ease. Kohli tried Jadeja from Kuldeep Yadav’s end but didn’t do any good to team India. After 14 overs, it’s 82/0.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In India is right on top. For Australia, Marcus Stoinis is probably their last hope. After 45.2 overs, it’s 223/7. WICKET: What a superb piece of work by RAVINDRA JADEJA. Handscomb departs after well-made 48. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Aaron Finch welcomes Kuldeep Yadav with a huge six over mid-wicket region. Off she goes.  13:41 (IST) The last five overs have been quite for the Australians. Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb are content with singles and doubles and do not want to take any risks as of now. The partnership is 38 off 45 balls. After 23 overs, it’s 121/2. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In BIG over for Australia. 15 off Kuldeep Yadav’s over.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 18:20 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 13:12 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Here comes Australia’s man in form – Glen Maxwell. Seeing their pacers on receiving end, Australia introduce spin early. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 18:08 (IST) Kohli holds the key for India now and he is looking in great touch. Australia need to maintain the intensity. Adam Zampa, who has dismissed Kohli four times, is into the attack now. So far, so good for Australia. Finch has looked more confident with his forward defence while Khawaja is playing anchor’s role. This has been a watchful and steady start from Australia. Will India introduce spin early, just like the Australians did? After 6 overs, it’s 32 for no loss.  18:05 (IST) 16:03 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Edges. Glorious shots – doesn’t matter. Till now runs are flowing for Australia, the team would be happy. After the first four overs, it’s 25/0. WICKET: What a delivery by Shankar. Right in front. Stoinis OUT. Time for DRINKS.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Australia will be happy with this start. They have seen Bumrah and Shami for an over each, and haven’t lost a wicket. After the first two overs, it’s 13 for no loss.  12:12 (IST) It’s 189/5 and 62 runs more required to square the series.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In In last 4.2 overs, Australia has been able to score just 20 runs, but what’s important – they haven’t lost a wicket.  20:57 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Jadhav comes ahead of MS Dhoni.  14:37 (IST) 12:19 (IST) WICKET: It’s Kuldeep Yadav who helps India to get Australia’s first wicket. Aaron Finch tried to play a sweep shot to Yadav, but completely missed the ball and was judged leg before the wicket OUT.  15:54 (IST) 16:48 (IST) WICKET: Knocked him over. Kuldeep OUT for 3 runs. Cummins picks his fourth.  14:07 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Superb bowling by Kuldeep, just a single of his seventh over. India has been able to build pressure.  12:08 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:19 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Carey BOWLED. Kuldeep picks his third. 16:41 (IST) India had promoted Vijay Shankar ahead of MS Dhoni in this game, and till now he hasn’t disappointed the team management at all. Till now, he has paced his innings perfectly, having scored 25 off 24deliveries. The partnership between two is now 40 as India’s total notches up to 119 for 3 after 24.1 overs.  After losing Rayudu for 18, both Virat Kohli and Vijay Shankar are playing positively and have registered a partnership of 20 in no time. In this rebuilding phase, it’s important for the skipper to play the anchor’s role and let Shankar express himself. After 20 overs, it’s 97 for 3.  13:46 (IST) MILESTONE ALERT: 2000 runs for Ravindra Jadeja in one-day Internationals. India lost two wickets in quick succession, which eventually pushed down their overall run-rate. With Virat Kohli still at the crease, India will be hoping to finish between 250-260. As of now, it’s 190/6 after 37 overs.  16:19 (IST) That’s it from us. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. We will be back for the third ODI on March 8.  17:49 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 13:59 (IST) FOUR! Kohli hits a stunning boundary off Nathan Coulter-Nile as he gently pushed it through mid on. A difficult on drive but Kohli played that effortlessly.  Ambati Rayudu replaces Dhawan. After 10 overs – India are 39/2. Rayudu 1(9), Kohli 16(16) With Virat still at the crease, 270 runs are looking within the range for team India. However, this remains to be seen if Jadeja can play a few aerial shots. After 45 overs, India is 233/6. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 16:06 (IST) Back to back boundary for the Indian skipper, comes into 40s. Can he get to his 50th ODI fifty?  16:51 (IST) 16:30 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Finch and Khawaja will start the proceedings for Australia. Virat Kohli, on the other hand, starts with his favourite aide Mohammad Shami. And Action of the second inning begins. 21:07 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:45 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In As in the last game, Virat has trusted Jadhav more than Shankar as the fifth bowler. Stoinis and Handscomb are taking a lot of time settle, eventually putting pressure on Australia. After the end of 33 overs, it’s 145/4.  Superb display by Bumrah. Just one run off the 48th over.  19:38 (IST) Two wickets falling in quick time, and suddenly the crowd is alive. With both the openers back to the pavilion, Australia will have to rebuild their innings otherwise 250 will look far away. After 17 overs, Australia is 92/2. Ravindra Jadeja SURVIVES. Just a part of a foot behind, but even then, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that India is under pressure.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Adam Zampa comes back into the attack, and Vijay Shankar welcomes him with a delightful boundary. Comes onto 46 now; which is his highest Individual ODI Score.  Jasprit Bumrah comes back, maybe a two-over spell for him here.  India is badly in a need of a wicket now. Bumrah has bowled four overs, Shami dome with three, Jadeja has also bowled one. But wicket is nowhere to be seen. After 8 overs, Australia is 38/0.  19:01 (IST) First boundary for Australia. Off and running! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:42 (IST) 21:17 (IST) The bowling started off well but it lacked intensity as the game wore on. When the chips are down, it has been observed that Kedar Jadhav plays aggressively and it pays off.  15:52 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In There are less than 90 days to go for the ICC Cricket World Cup. India have four more games remaining to lock in on their ideal team combination. They arrive in Jamtha high on confidence in all departments while Australia’s nightmare in ODIs is all set to be prolonged at a venue where they have never had too much success. Hello and a warm welcome to the second ODI between India and Australia from the VCA stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:12 (IST) 15:25 (IST) 21:23 (IST) India is currently dealing in boundaries. After Shankar, Virat ticks one down to the third man region and off she goes – FOUR! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In This is the first time Rohit Sharma has been dismissed for a 0 in a home ODI. Finch’s first boundary of the series. It was a juicy half-volley from Shami as he drives to the cover for four runs.  12:34 (IST) 16:22 (IST) 21:03 (IST) MILESTONE ALERT: Virat Kohli punches one down the off region to bring up his 50th ODI fifty.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:49 (IST) WICKET! Rohit Sharma falls for 0. Pat Cummins strikes in his first over. Rohit upper-cut the short ball and Adam Zampa takes the catch at third man. Kedar Jadhav replaces Ravindra Jadeja into the attack, who had given 19 runs in his first two overs.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 15:40 (IST) 14:51 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:51 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In A very good start for Maxwell. Just three off his first over. And now comes Adam Zampa. So spin from both ends.  WICKET! Super stuff from Nathan Lyon. He floats a flatter delivery from round the wicket and it skids on, Rayudu plays down the wrong line and gets hit on the back pad, the umpire raises the finger and Rayudu reviews. Replays show that the ball pitched in line and was hitting middle of middle stump. India are 75/3 18:14 (IST) 19:12 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 16 runs required off last 8 balls.  Less than 100 needed now for Australia. 18:33 (IST) The way Australia is playing, can we say it’s a good wicket to bat on? 14:11 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Loud appeal for LBW… Maxwell is excited so is captain Finch but the umpire said no. Australia takes first review. And it looks out. Three reds and Dhawan has to go. A good review by Australia. India lose second. Dhawan departs for 21 off 29. India lost four wickets in quick succession, and this has been the story for the team. They lost wickets in pair which eventually build the pressure on them. With this, India all out for 250, and couldn’t play their quota of 50 overs.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Virat Kohli is just 24 runs away from his 40th ODI ton. Can he reach that milestone today? Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Glenn Maxwell out in the middle.  20:33 (IST) 100 up for Australia. Just 151 more needed. Can they square the series 1-1? Jasprit Bumrah, from the other end, starts off with a WIDE.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:19 (IST) Runs are flowing for Australia, and with ease for men-in-yellow. They haven’t had any problem in playing spin yet. However, in no time we will see Kuldeep Yadav into the attack. 11 overs gone, it’s 69 for no wicket.  FOUR! Dhawan joins the party and he decided to take on Pat Cummins. He banged it short but Dhawan picked it early and pulled away over mid-wicket for a boundary. 13:57 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Stoinis on-strike, here comes Shankar. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 13:50 (IST) 14:45 (IST) ALERT: 50 run partnership between Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja.   14:05 (IST) FOUR More! It looks that the skipper came all set from the dressing room. Nathan Coulter-Nile bowled it full Kohli just flicked it with soft hands through mid-wicket. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 15:23 (IST) 11 NEEDED OFF THE LAST OVER. 19:06 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In CENTURY ALERT: Another day, Another century. Virat Kohli once again proves he his from different class. One of the best ODI ton, spectators would have ever witnessed. This is also the first century of this series. Makes his mark, every time he steps on the field.  20:42 (IST) WICKET: Huge moment in the game. Glenn Maxwell tried to pull one down to the mid-wicket region but misses totally. Kuldeep Strikes! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:57 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Runs have been hard to come by after Shaun Marsh was OUT. Glenn Maxwell, who has been in prime form hasn’t been able to find the gaps. With this, Australia is 127/3 after 26 overs.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 16:05 (IST) 16:14 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Australia has chosen to bowl against India in Nagpur. Virat Kohli’s side are unchanged while Shaun Marsh returns for Aaron Finch’s side. 20:04 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Just in for the Australian team – Shaun Marsh is back and he will be a welcome addition to the batting. Marsh was the standout performer in the previous ODI series Down Under.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Its raining boundaries in Nagpur…. He stands tall and guided it towards the backward point…. Fine timing, good placement. Score after 5 overs: IND 24-1 India keeping it really tight. Marcus Stoinis struggling to find the gaps.  21:06 (IST) 20:56 (IST) India are blessed with a problem of plenty, so much so that Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are the top spinners in the Indian team in such a short time, displacing Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. In fact, Jadeja is in the current squad only because Hardik Pandya was injured. However, Jadeja’s chances in the world Cup appear slim.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The spinners are crewing down pressure on the Aussies. Kedar is more effective than one can even think of. After 37 overs, it’s 167/4.  The major issue confronting Australia will be MS Dhoni. He has a century against them which he smashed in 2009 and his average at this venue is a staggering 134. Expect more fireworks from MS at his favourite venue. WICKET: Both the openers back to the pavilion now. India’s golden arm sends Khawaja back.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Sensible cricket from Australia. They lost their openers together, but post that, both Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb haven’t given anything to India. After 21 overs, it’s 113/2.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 18:57 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:02 (IST) 12:24 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The history of Jamtha suggests that it is a batting paradise which will assist the spinners as the game progresses. However, dew could play a factor with temperatures in the day time hovering near 35 while in the night, it dips to 17 degrees. Bat first could be the mantra. 21:09 (IST)last_img read more

Pele Alumni FC Youth development Programme

first_imgEd Caesar urges athletes to strive for a sound educational backgroundFORMER Chief Education Officer (CEO) of the Ministry of Education, Ed Caesar, is of the firm belief that successful and progressive athletes in any discipline are those who are academically qualified.This statement was made yesterday when the Pele Football Club Alumni Corporation launched its inaugural Youth Development Programme at the Carifesta Sports Complex, Carifesta Avenue, Georgetown.Caesar, who opened the floor with a presentation on `Importance of Academics as a Sportsman/Woman, told the over 50 youths present that without a proper education, an athlete, regardless of his/her skill level, will one day have to find another source of income, especially in their later years, hence it is important that they strive hard to have a sound educational background.Caesar pointed out that while serving as the CEO with the ministry and even now while being an external examiner for Physical Education in Guyana not many secondary schools are placing much emphasis on sports education. He however noted that all secondary schools in Region 6 have a physical education programme.According to Caesar, many secondary school heads do not understand or refuse to understand the importance of physical education which is now a CXC subject.“There are people in our country who do not understand the importance of sports and academics,” the former CEO lamented and went on relate that studies have shown that when an individual participates in sports and that individual is academically qualified, that person will be more focused and better able to make decisions under pressure. “You cannot do this if your academic is not on par,” Caesar lamented.Caesar pointed out that as an athlete, a time will come and they will get old and their skill level will drop, “so what are you going to turn back to?” Caesar questioned.Caesar is of the view that Guyana does not have coaches who sit with their charges and stress the need for them to become academically qualified. All they (coaches) are interested in is for the team to win matches or individual honours, but they are not instilling the need to be academically qualified,” Caesar stated.Caesar reminisced on his youthful days when he attended a university in Canada and was a member of the university’s track and field team. Caesar said each weekend, the team’s coach will sit with the team members and the coach will find out from each athlete, how their academic programme is going. This does not happen in Guyana,” the former CEO lamented, adding, “This is what needs to be done.”Meanwhile, yesterday’s sessions also included Personal Hygiene, Proper Decision-Making, Sports Clinic – Physiotherapy, Public Speaking and Benefits of Athletics presentations.Today, the participants will go on two field trips; the first will be one to the Eugene F. Correia International Airport and the other to Banks DIH Limited, Thirst Part.Tomorrow, participants will learn about Understanding the Role of Computers, compliments of Computer World and Life Style/Etiquette, compliments of the Carnegie School of Home Economics.Tomorrow also, from noon to 15:00hrs, there will be a luncheon and presentation of awards, while from 15:00hrs there will be a summary of the programme.last_img

Point counterpoint: Koenig or Jackson at point guard for Wisconsin basketball team?

first_imgThe No. 5 Wisconsin men’s basketball team lost one of its most valued starters on Jan. 11 at Rutgers when Traevon Jackson went down with a fractured foot. Promising sophomore guard Bronson Koenig took over for Jackson and the Badgers haven’t missed a beat since.But Jackson said he’s hoping to return Sunday against Michigan State, and while he hasn’t been medically cleared to play yet, his return is imminent.With a Big Ten regular season title in its hands along with postseason play just around the corner, Wisconsin will have a decision to make at point guard once Jackson returns to the court.The Badger Herald men’s basketball beat writers, Nick Brazzoni and Eric Kohlbeck, stake their claim on who they think should take over the reigns of the Wisconsin basketball team.The case for Traevon JacksonTraevon Jackson deserves his starting spot back from Bronson Koenig once he is healthy and returns to the Wisconsin rotation.That doesn’t mean Jackson is better than Koenig. It just means, with how this Wisconsin team is put together right now, Jackson is better served to start and Koenig is better served to provide a spark off the bench.Koenig has been phenomenal in place of Jackson. His three-point shooting has been stellar, his confidence has grown astronomically and he has scored in double figures in nine of the 11 games he started for Jackson.Koenig is a better pure scorer than Jackson, so let’s take those scoring capabilities and use them to provide a spark off the bench.Since Jackson went down, UW’s bench has given no offensive production whatsoever. Zak Showalter and Vitto Brown are still too raw to contribute much and Duje Dukan’s jumper has disappeared. Wisconsin needs a scorer off the bench and Koenig fits into that role perfectly.Jackson isn’t much of a scorer. He can score, but he’s not a scorer. So bringing him off the bench wouldn’t provide much of an offensive spark. Having Jackson, a senior, start the game, run the offense with all of Wisconsin’s best offensive players and get the Badgers off to a good start, it gives Bronson a prime opportunity to keep any offensive momentum going for UW when their better scorers take a breather.How Wisconsin finishes the game rotation-wise is up to head coach Bo Ryan and will largely be based on the flow of the game, but while I think it is clear Bronson deserves a starter’s load of minutes, he does not need to be the starter to get those minutes.Above all, there is a common rule of thumb in sports that one cannot lose their starting spot to injury, and I think that rule applies nicely here. Jackson returning to full health just means that the Badgers have even more firepower coming off the bench in a more confident Koenig.If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.– Nick BrazzoniThe case for Bronson KoenigIf it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.If you’re going to use that logic, Bronson Koenig is who should start at point guard for the Badgers, regardless of a healthy Traevon Jackson.Wisconsin has not taken a step back with Koenig running the point, winning 10 of its 11 games with eight of those wins coming by double digits. Why mess with that?The Badgers undoubtedly need Jackson back on the court. The bench has been essentially nonexistent, and consistently playing all the starters more than 35 minutes per game is going to wear them down, which will likely hurt Wisconsin in their pursuit of a second-straight Final Four. But Jackson, and the rest of the Badgers, will be best served with the senior guard coming off the bench.Jackson hasn’t played a game in over 45 days and for him to come right back and start at point guard could very easily throw off Wisconsin’s mojo in the defining stretch of the season.Plus, it would be hard for Jackson to top Koenig’s numbers at point guard, not just scoring wise (he’s averaging 12 points a game in his 12 starts), but doing what point guards do best – facilitating the ball while not turning it over.In his 12 starts, Koenig has 27 assists and only 12 turnovers while his 3.6 assist-to-turnover ratio for the whole season is third in the entire nation.With three capable scoring threats in the front court (Nigel Hayes, Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky), the Badgers need a point guard that can get them the basketball and that’s Koenig. The added scoring from the sophomore guard is simply a bonus.When Jackson went down against Rutgers, I was firmly in the category of he should get his job back when he returns regardless of how Koenig performed.But after Koenig had four assists and no turnovers against Illinois a few weeks ago, even Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan had to pause after seeing that on the stat sheet which he followed with, “I’m just glad he’s here.”That’s all I needed to hear. The future is now and it’s in Koenig’s hands.– Eric KohlbeckWho do you think should start at point guard for the Badgers once Jackson returns? Agree/disagree with Nick and Eric? Let ’em know on Twitter at @NickBrazzoni and @eric_kohlbeck or on the Badger Herald Sports account at @BHeraldSports.last_img read more

Argentina to Assist Guyana with Visual Art Restoration

first_imgExploratory mission“This visit is essentially an exploratory mission in which the Argentine team will be conducting a first assessment of the damaged works of art, most of them oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, canvas boards, tentest and tentest lined with fabric. After the assessment, a proposal will be put in place on the way forward to implement the project” according to the statement.In 2014, Guyana’s National Gallery of Art, Castellani House, discovered a number of its prized paintings and works from its Repository of the National Collection had deteriorated.The TAREA-IIPC UNSAM experts will create and install capabilities and create a pool of human resources that will receive further training in the next stages of the project,” the statement noted. Collaborative effort between governments  The statement noted that the visit results from a collaborative effort between the two governments “involving the restoration and conservation, over a period of time, of a number of works of art.“The project will be implemented by the “TALLER TAREA” of the Cultural Heritage Research Institute (TAREA-IIPC) at the National University of San Martín (UNSAM) located in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The project will be conducted in coordination and collaboration between the National Gallery of Art of Guyana and the experts of TAREA-IIPC UNSAM. Argentina is assisting Guyana in the restoration and conservation of several works of visual art belonging to the National Collection of Art housed at the National Gallery of Art.A joint statement issued by the Ministry of Education and the Argentine Embassy said two internationally recognized experts will be visiting Guyana between September 2-8 to help in the restoration.The visit is being financed by the Fund for South-South Cooperation administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina.last_img read more

2019-20 NBA Western Conference preview capsules

first_imgTeam-by-team preview capsules for the NBA’s Western Conference, in predicted order of regular-season finish:1. CLIPPERSLAST SEASON: 48-34, lost 4-2 to Golden State in first round of playoffsCOACH: Doc Rivers (seventh season with Clippers, 307-185; 21st season overall, 894-658)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: F Kawhi Leonard (30.5 ppg with Toronto), F Paul George (23.7 with Oklahoma City), G Patrick Beverley (7.6), G Landry Shamet (9.1), C Ivica Zubac (8.9) KEY LOSSES: G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, F Danilo Gallinari, F Wilson Chandler, G-F Garrett Temple, G Sindarius Thornwell, G Tyrone WallaceKEY ADDITIONS: Leonard, GeorgePLAYERS TO WATCH: It’s all about newcomers Leonard and George. They’ll be the top two options on offense. Leonard is coming off a season in which he led Toronto to its first NBA championship (and earned his second ring). Leonard returning home was contingent upon pairing with George, also an L.A. area native. George, who finished third in league MVP voting last season, can guard nearly any position while being a huge scoring threat. Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, the NBA’s top bench-scoring duo last season, will get starter-level minutes again.OUTLOOK: No more watching other teams go deep in the playoffs. The NBA’s balance of power has shifted to the Clippers, who have never advanced beyond the second round let alone won a championship. All that’s expected to change behind Leonard and George, both regarded as two of the best two-way players in the league. The Clippers had to give up talented veteran Gallinari and star-in-the-making Gilgeous-Alexander, but they kept Harrell, Williams and re-signed Beverley, whose sole job will be using his tenacious defense to keep others from scoring. The Clippers are favorites to win it all, a stunning shift for a franchise that has spent much of its existence as a punch line.2. DENVER NUGGETSLAST SEASON: 54-28, lost 4-3 to Portland in conference semifinals Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img COACH: Michael Malone (fifth season with Nuggets, 173-155; seventh season overall, 212-222)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Jamal Murray (18.2 ppg), G Gary Harris (12.9), F Paul Millsap (12.6), C Nikola Jokic (20.1), G Will Barton (11.5)KEY LOSSES: G Isaiah Thomas, F Trey Lyles, C Thomas WelshKEY ADDITIONS: F Jerami Grant, C Bol Bol, F Michael Porter Jr.PLAYERS TO WATCH: Porter was the 14th overall pick in 2018 and missed all of last season as he recovered from back surgery. He skipped the Summer League in Las Vegas due to a balky knee. Now, he’s healthy and ready to contribute. A healthy Porter gives the Nuggets another dimension on the perimeter, and another piece to add to the core of Murray, Harris, Jokic and Millsap.OUTLOOK: The Nuggets have improved every season since Malone took over, going from 33 wins his first season to 40, 46 and 54 last season when they earned the No. 2 seed in the West. They didn’t make any splashy moves in the offseason although they did bring back Millsap, picking up his $30 million option and agreed on a $170 million extension for Murray. Behind MVP-candidate Jokic, the Nuggets are a legit title contender.3. LAKERSLAST SEASON: 37-45, missed the playoffs (10th in conference)COACH: Frank Vogel (first season with Lakers; ninth season overall, 304-291)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Rajon Rondo (9.2 ppg), G Danny Green (10.3 with Toronto), F LeBron James (27.4), F Anthony Davis (25.9 with New Orleans), C JaVale McGee (12.0)KEY LOSSES: F Brandon Ingram, G Lonzo Ball, G Josh Hart, G Lance StephensonKEY ADDITIONS: Davis, Green, C Dwight Howard, G Avery Bradley, F Jared Dudley, G Quinn CookPLAYERS TO WATCH: The evolving chemistry between James and Davis will be at the forefront, but the Lakers’ success in creating an immediate title contender could hinge on the supporting cast. Green must keep the outside shooting proficiency he demonstrated last season for Toronto, while Kyle Kuzma must find a role on a reconfigured roster. The Lakers’ biggest early-season subplot of all might be around Howard, whose return to L.A. after six seasons away could be greeted by boos or cheers.OUTLOOK: An aspiring super-team takes shape around James and Davis, who joined forces to do a whole lot more than end the Lakers’ franchise-record playoff drought at six years. The Lakers expect to be a title contender with two of the NBA’s best players anchoring a lineup featuring perimeter shooting from Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, fast-break proficiency from Alex Caruso and Kuzma, and sturdy defense from Bradley, Howard and McGee. Vogel’s ability to fold this talent into a cohesive unit over the next few months will determine whether the Lakers can do something special in the spring.4. UTAH JAZZLAST SEASON: 50-32, lost 4-1 to Houston in the first round of the playoffsCOACH: Quin Snyder (sixth season, 227-183)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Mike Conley (21.1 ppg), G Donovan Mitchell (23.8), F Bojan Bogdanovic. (18.0), F Joe Ingles (12.1), C Rudy Gobert (15.9)KEY LOSSES: F/C Derrick Favors, G Ricky Rubio, F Jae Crowder, G Kyle KorverKEY ADDITIONS: Conley, Bogdanovic, F Jeff Green, C Ed Davis, G Emmanuel MudiayPLAYERS TO WATCH: All eyes will be on Mitchell to see if he can emerge as a true All-Star this season. The third-year guard, who averaged at least 20 points in each of his first two seasons, won’t have to shoulder as big of a load in creating the offense with Conley now sharing the backcourt. Gobert is a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and will anchor one of the league’s best defenses again. He posted career-highs in points (15.9) and rebounds (12.9) per game a year ago. Bogdanovic adds a valuable shooter on the wing with Ingles that should give the Jazz an improved outside scoring punch. He shot a career-high 42.5 percent from 3-point range last season.OUTLOOK: The Jazz are well-positioned to take a step forward and become a Western Conference title contender. Conley gives Utah a veteran point guard who is a legit scoring threat in addition to a strong passer. Bogdanovic and Green will also shore up shooting and help Conley take away some of the pressure from Ingles and Mitchell to get it all done on offense. Utah’s fortunes, ultimately, will rise and fall on the continued progression of the central star duo of Mitchell and Gobert. If the Jazz offense can catch up to the team’s elite defense this season, few teams will be able hang with Utah as the season progresses.5. HOUSTON ROCKETSLAST SEASON: 53-29, lost 4-2 to Golden State in the conference semifinalsCOACH: Mike D’Antoni (fourth season with Rockets, 173-73; 16th season overall, 628-499)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Russell Westbrook (22.9 ppg with Oklahoma City), G James Harden (36.1), F Eric Gordon (16.2), F P.J. Tucker (7.3), C Clint Capela (12.0)KEY LOSSES: G Chris Paul, G Iman Shumpert, C Kenneth FariedKEY ADDITIONS: Westbrook, C Tyson Chandler, F Thabo Sefolosha, F Ryan Anderson, F Ben McLemorePLAYERS TO WATCH: All eyes will be on Westbrook and Harden as the Rockets try to prove that these two ball-dominant guards can coexist after Houston sent Paul to Oklahoma City in exchange for Westbrook. Harden and Westbrook are longtime friends and played together in Oklahoma City at the beginning of Harden’s career when he was the sixth man for the Thunder and insist that things will work out because they want them to. But things have changed a lot since their Oklahoma City days and it will be interesting to see how Westbrook will adjust to playing a supporting role to Harden after being the face of the Thunder for years.OUTLOOK: The addition of Westbrook to this team starring Harden gives the Rockets two of the league’s most dynamic scorers and playmakers a year after Houston lost to Golden State in the Western Conference semifinals. If the pairing of is successful it could help the Rockets become an offensive juggernaut in the stacked Western Conference. While Harden and Westbrook will drive Houston’s success, players like Eric Gordon and center Clint Capela will have to continue to improve if the Rockets hope to finally get over the hump and compete for their first title since winning back-to-back championships in 1994-95.6. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERSLAST SEASON: 53-29, lost 4-0 to Golden State in the conference finalsCOACH: Terry Stotts (eighth season with Trail Blazers, 325-249; 12th season overall, 440-417)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Damian Lillard (25.8 ppg), G CJ McCollum (21.0), F Rodney Hood (11.2), F Zach Collins (8.6), C Hassan Whiteside (12.3 with Miami)KEY LOSSES: F Al-Farouq Aminu, F Evan Turner, F Maurice Harkless, C Meyers LeonardKEY ADDITIONS: Whiteside, C Pau Gasol, F Anthony Tolliver, G Kent BazemorePLAYERS TO WATCH: The Blazers will count on Whiteside at center while Jusuf Nurkic recovers from a broken leg he suffered during a game in March. Nurkic probably won’t return until January, at the earliest. The Blazers added some insurance at the position by signing Pau Gasol, who is also making his way back from surgery. Portland will look to Zach Collins to take the next step in his third season in the league. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum form one of the best backcourt duos in the league.OUTLOOK: In the loaded Western Conference, the revamped Trail Blazers, with a total of seven new players, will have to come together sooner rather than later. A key will be how Whiteside gels with the rest of the team. The 7-footer was acquired in a trade with Miami, where his production fell off last season after three strong seasons. The Blazers will again emphasize defensive improvement going into the season, something Stotts has routinely preached each fall camp. Lillard signed a supermax extension in the offseason and appears to be a Blazer for the long haul. Expectations are high for Portland after making the Western Conference finals last season, and players say they’re not going to be satisfied with simply making the playoffs, the goal now is to go deep into the postseason.7. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORSLAST SEASON: 57-25, lost 4-2 to Toronto in the NBA FinalsCOACH: Steve Kerr (sixth season, 322-88)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Stephen Curry (27.3 ppg), G D’Angelo Russell (21.1 with Brooklyn), F Draymond Green (7.4), F Alfonzo McKinnie (4.7), C Kevon Looney (6.3)KEY LOSSES: G/F Kevin Durant, G Shaun Livingston, G Andre Iguodala, C DeMarcus Cousins, G Quinn CookKEY ADDITIONS: G Russell, C Willie-Cauley Stein, F Robinson IIIPLAYERS TO WATCH: All-Star guards Curry and Russell getting in sync with their communication on the court, which might be a work in progress but they seem to be having fun as they shoot together at practice the way Curry and Durant used to do with good-natured competitions. Curry is the oldest player on the team at 31.OUTLOOK: The new-look Warriors lost two-time NBA Finals MVP Durant to Brooklyn. After five consecutive trips to the Finals, they will look to find their way in the sparkling new Chase Center with the leadership of returning veterans Curry and Green. Klay Thompson is working his way back from left knee surgery after he tore his ACL in a Game 6 Finals loss to the Raptors, but Coach Steve Kerr said on Tuesday that Thompson is likely to miss the entire season, a bad break for a roster that already lacks depth.8. SAN ANTONIO SPURSLAST SEASON: 48-34, lost 4-3 to Denver in the first round of the playoffsCOACH: Gregg Popovich (24th season, 1245-575)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Dejounte Murray (missed last season with knee injury), G Bryn Forbes (11.8 ppg), G DeMar DeRozan (21.2), F LaMarcus Aldridge (21.3), C Jakob Poeltl (5.5)KEY LOSSES: NoneKEY ADDITIONS: F DeMarre Carroll, F Trey Lyles, G/F Keldon Johnson, F Luka SamanicPLAYERS TO WATCH: DeRozan spent most of last season processing a trade that unexpectedly sent him to the Spurs and away from the Toronto Raptors, the franchise he pledged his devotion to – then watched them win a title. Murray’s injury also forced DeRozan to become the team’s main distributor for the first time in his career. DeRozan set a career-high with 6.2 assists per game but also had his second-lowest scoring average in six seasons. Murray is back and spent the offseason sending video of specific plays to show the 30-year-old guard how he could help him score more easily.OUTLOOK: The Spurs continue to get younger and faster while trying to maintain their veteran presence and corporate knowledge. The latter received a huge boost with the addition of Hall of Famer Tim Duncan as an assistant coach. Duncan’s knowledge of the Spurs’ system, work ethic and camaraderie should help the team’s development as it attempts to establish an identity separate from but similar to the Big Three era spearheaded by Duncan that resulted in five NBA championships. Murray’s return along with the return of White, expected emergence of Lonnie Walker IV and addition of Carroll should make the Spurs among the best wing defenses in the league.9. DALLAS MAVERICKSLAST SEASON: 33-49, missed playoffs (12th in the conference)COACH: Rick Carlisle (12th season with Mavericks, 470-416; 18th season overall, 751-627)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Luka Doncic (21.2 ppg), G Delon Wright (12.2 with Memphis), G-F Justin Jackson (8.2), F Kristaps Porzingis (sidelined by knee injury), C Dwight Powell (10.6)KEY LOSSES: F Dirk Nowitzki, G Devin Harris, C Salah MejriKEY ADDITIONS: Wright, G Seth Curry, F Isaiah RobyPLAYERS TO WATCH: The world will be watching the Euro pair of Doncic and Porzingis, literally. The Mavericks are headliners internationally now that the 20-year-old Rookie of the Year from Slovenia and the 7-foot-3 Latvian are finally getting to play together. Dallas held Porzingis out for the last two months last season after the blockbuster trade that brought him from New York, even though he could have played. Their debut together is even more intriguing since it’s Dallas’ first season without Nowitzki, the German superstar who retired after setting an NBA record by playing all 21 seasons with the same franchise. The biggest question is who among the role players will emerge. Keep an eye on Wright. The Mavericks liked him in the 2015 draft.OUTLOOK: The Mavericks wanted to sign a significant piece in free agency after the trading-deadline addition of Porzingis, who had just been named a 2018 All-Star before the knee injury that sidelined him for 20 months. They had to settle on Wright as a restricted free agent in a sign-and-trade with Memphis, so Dallas will lean heavily on Doncic and Porzingis while trying to get back to the playoffs after missing three straight seasons. It’s the longest stretch without the postseason for the franchise since it was among the worst in sports coming out of the 1990s. It won’t be easy in the West. The Mavericks will exceed expectations if they contend for a playoff spot and could find their way in if any of the perceived contenders run into injury issues.10. NEW ORLEANS PELICANSLAST SEASON: 33-49, missed playoffs (tied for 12th in conference)COACH: Alvin Gentry (fifth season with Pelicans, 145-183; 17th season overall, 480-553)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Lonzo Ball (9.9 ppg), G Jrue Holiday (21.2), F Brandon Ingram (18.3), F Zion Williamson (rookie), C Derrick Favors (11.8)KEY LOSSES: F Anthony Davis, F Julius Randle, G Elfrid PaytonKEY ADDITIONS: F Williamson, F Ingram, G Ball, C Favors, G J.J. Redick, G Nickeil Alexander-Walker, C Jaxson HayesPLAYERS TO WATCH: Williamson was the No. 1 overall pick in last summer’s NBA draft, was a highlight machine at Duke and has looked fearless in his first NBA preseason – taking the ball to the hoop against the best interior defenders in the league and scoring more than 20 points in multiple games. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound rookie is a social media phenomenon and should fill arenas everywhere he goes once he returns from knee surgery that will sideline him for the first 6-8 weeks of the season. The additions of Ball and Redick will be important to New Orleans as well.OUTLOOK: Of the Pelicans’ four new starters brought in by Griffin, one was picked No. 1 overall this summer and two (Ingram and Ball) were picked second overall within the previous three years by the Lakers before being packaged with Josh Hart and draft picks in a trade sending Davis to L.A. Combined with savvy veterans like Holiday and Favors, not to mention Redick off the bench, there are high hopes in New Orleans that the Pelicans are trending upward and might even contend for a playoff spot this season. The Pelicans also expect 2019 first-round picks Alexander-Walker and Hayes to contribute this season.11. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDERLAST SEASON: 49-33, lost 4-1 to Portland in the first round of the playoffsCOACH: Billy Donovan (fifth season, 199-129)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Chris Paul (15.6 ppg with Houston), G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (10.8 with Los Angeles Clippers), F Danilo Gallinari (19.8 with Clippers), F Andre Roberson (5.0), C Steven Adams (13.9)KEY LOSSES: G Russell Westbrook, F Paul George, G Jerami Grant, F Markieff Morris, F Patrick PattersonKEY ADDITIONS: Paul, Gilgeous-Alexander, Gallinari, Darius Bazley, Justin Patton, Mike MuscalaPLAYERS TO WATCH: Even though the Thunder will be widely expected to struggle this season, the backcourt of Paul and Gilgeous-Alexander – assuming health – is certainly good enough to help Oklahoma City contend for a postseason berth. It’ll be interesting to see if Paul is energized by the trade. Gilgeous-Alexander is a budding young talent and Gallinari (coming off his best scoring season) is a veteran presence who fits very nicely into today’s perimeter-based NBA game.OUTLOOK: The Thunder went all-in on title-chasing in recent years, and now they’re all-in on a reset after trading away Westbrook and George. But this isn’t anywhere near a tank; there are plenty of good players on the Thunder roster, and GM Sam Presti has accumulated more than a dozen first-round picks over the next seven years to play with if he’s inclined to make a big move. If they can trade Paul, which might still be an option despite the veteran’s massive $44 million player option for the 2021-22 season, that would only add more pieces to Presti’s plan for an OKC reload.12. SACRAMENTO KINGSLAST SEASON: 39-43, missed playoffs (9th in conference)COACH: Luke Walton (first season with Kings, fourth season overall, 98-148)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G De’Aaron Fox (17.3 ppg), G Buddy Hield (20.7), F Harrison Barnes (14.3), F Marvin Bagley III (14.9), C Dewayne Dedmon (10.8)KEY LOSSES: C Willie Cauley-Stein, F Corey BrewerKEY ADDITIONS: Dedmon, F Trevor Ariza, G Cory Joseph, F Richaun HolmesPLAYERS TO WATCH: The Kings are building around emerging stars Fox and Bagley. Fox took a major step in his second season to become one of the most complete point guards in the NBA. His speed fuels Sacramento’s up-tempo attack and Walton hopes to get improved defense and 3-point shooting this season out of Fox to make him a more complete player. Bagley started only a handful of games as a rookie but took big strides in the second half when he showed the ability to be a top scorer. He increased his scoring average more than five points per game after the All-Star break to 18.5 and the Kings hope he builds on that this season. Hield, coming off his best NBA season (20.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 43 percent from 3-point range), was rewarded with a four-year, $94 million contract extension on Monday.OUTLOOK: The Kings extended the longest active playoff drought in the NBA last season when they missed the postseason for the 13th consecutive season. But they won their most games of any season during that stretch and finished ninth in the conference. The players view getting into the playoffs as a benchmark for a successful season but that will be hard in a deep Western Conference that only got stronger with moves this offseason.13. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVESLAST SEASON: 36-46, missed playoffs (11th in conference)COACH: Ryan Saunders (second season, 17-25 as interim coach last season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Jeff Teague (12.1 ppg), G Andrew Wiggins (18.1), F Jake Layman (7.6), F Robert Covington (14.5), C Karl-Anthony Towns (24.4)KEY LOSSES: G Derrick Rose, G Tyus Jones, F Taj Gibson, F Dario Saric, F Anthony Tolliver, G Jerryd Bayless, F Luol DengKEY ADDITIONS: Layman, G Jarrett Culver, G Shabazz Napier, G/F Treveon Graham, F Noah Vonleh, F Jordan Bell, G Jaylen Nowell, C Naz ReidPLAYERS TO WATCH: Towns is as versatile of a big man as there is in the league, but he can’t carry the scoring load alone so the pressure will be on Wiggins to take a step forward under Saunders in the second year of his max contract extension carrying a $27 million salary cap hit. Having a healthy Covington, the team’s best defender who arrived in the Jimmy Butler trade from the Sixers last season but missed the last 45 games because of a bone bruise on his knee, will be a critical factor. Culver, the sixth overall pick in the draft out of NCAA runner-up Texas Tech, ought to provide more of that valuable perimeter defense along with Josh Okogie off the bench. Either of them could crack the starting lineup at some point, too.OUTLOOK: The Timberwolves have started fresh, yet again, with Saunders, the youngest coach in the league, beneath an overhauled front office headed by new president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas. With Towns and Wiggins, they have a pair of under-25 standouts locked in, and a quiet offseason relative to the rest of the NBA yielded some useful role players in Layman, Vonleh, Bell, Napier and Graham. The first steps are to establish themselves as a far more consistent and efficient team on defense and shooting from the outside. With the Western Conference even more loaded than before, though, it will be tough to measure progress in the standings. Increasing their win total will be a tall order.14. PHOENIX SUNSLAST SEASON: 19-63, missed playoffs (15th in conference)COACH: Monty Williams (first season with Suns, sixth season overall, 173-221)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: G Ricky Rubio (12.7 ppg), G Devin Booker (26.6), F Kelly Oubre Jr. (15.2), F Dario Saric (10.6), C Deandre Ayton (16.3)KEY LOSSES: F T.J. Warren, G/F Josh JacksonKEY ADDITIONS: Rubio, Saric, G/F Cameron Johnson, F Frank Kaminsky III, F Cheick Diallo, G Ty JeromePLAYERS TO WATCH: The Suns are trying to build a winning team around the core of Ayton and Booker, who are both still young and put up big numbers last season. The 7-foot-1 Ayton averaged a double-double in his rookie season while shooting nearly 59 percent from the field. Booker averaged 26.6 points per game and nearly seven assists. Oubre was a pleasant surprise after joining the team midway through last season, scoring nearly 17 points per game after the trade and playing good defense. Rubio gives the Suns an experienced point guard who should help Ayton, Booker and Oubre get better scoring chances. Rubio’s presence also allows Booker to play off the ball and focus on scoring.OUTLOOK: The Suns should be much better than the 19-win version of a year ago. Rubio’s presence along with the input first-year coach Monty Williams should give the starting lineup some discipline and structure. Phoenix’s ceiling depends on the development of Ayton and Booker. If the two can develop into All-Star caliber players than there might be something brewing in the desert. The major problem is the Western Conference is still stacked with good teams, so a move into the playoffs feels a little far-fetched this season.15. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIESLAST SEASON: 33-49, missed playoffs (12th in conference)COACH: Taylor Jenkins (first season)PROJECTED STARTING FIVE: F/C Jaren Jackson Jr. (13.8 ppg), G Ja Morant (rookie), C Jonas Valanciunas (15.6), G/F Dillon Brooks (7.5), F Jae Crowder (11.9)KEY LOSSES: G Mike Conley, G Jevon Carter, G Delon WrightKEY ADDITIONS: Morant, G Grayson Allen, F Brandon Clarke, Crowder, G Marko Guduric, F Solomon Hill, G Tyus Jones, G/F Jon Konchar, G De’Anthony Melton, C Miles PlumleePLAYERS TO WATCH: Jackson is fully recovered from the bruised right quadriceps muscle that limited his rookie season to 58 games, and the No. 4 pick overall in 2018 has even grown a little bit. Morant played his way into the No. 2 draft pick overall in June, and now the 6-3 guard will get to showcase his speed, passing skills and court vision surrounded by players closer to his talent level than he did in college at Murray State. Valanciunas earned an extension from Memphis and now must prove he can keep producing double-doubles regularly.OUTLOOK: Marc Gasol and Conley are gone, and it’s up to Jackson and Morant to lead this rebuilding process for Memphis after the Grizzlies revamped the roster as much as possible in one offseason. This season might not be pretty at times, but at least the Grizzlies have hope for the future based on a duo they hope will become big stars. The franchise just may have to wait a couple seasons or more for a return to the postseason.For a look at the Eastern Conference capsules, click here.last_img read more

Westport Winery TASTING @ Cannon Beach Coming Soon

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport Winery Garden ResortWestport Winery’s Roberts family has again forged new ground, this time by announcing a second tasting room in Oregon. This new facet of their business will be called Westport Winery TASTING @ Cannon Beach. They signed the lease on their new location on May 25.Winery co-founder, Blain Roberts said, “We are a coastal winery and a water sports family. When we began the search for a second tasting room, we knew we wanted to be near the sea. Over the past two years there has been an ongoing campaign from leaders in the region to get us to come this way.” Cannon Beach is just two hours south of Westport Winery Garden Resort.Westport Winer founders, Blain and Kim Roberts. Photo Credit Marianne PenceHis wife and business partner, Kim Roberts said, “Personally, we have a strong history with the coastal Oregon community. When our family moved to the mainland from Maui in 1993, Cannon Beach was on the top of our list of places to relocate. Over 20 years is a long time to wait for a dream to come true, but it has been worth the wait.” Kim, whose background is in architecture serves as the winery’s creative director. She said it will take her about six months to open the new location.In addition to offering their complete array of 38 award-winning wines and hard ciders, the new tasting room will offer cheese, chocolate and charcuterie tasting. Director of Winemaking Dana Roberts said, “Our premise has always been that wine tasting is a fun experience. When you add the sensory evaluation of great food pairings you simply take it up a notch.” Dana will be bringing some of his wine production capability to this new location including their popular Float wine, bottled in a replica of a Japanese fishing float.The Roberts Family (from left, Carrie, Blain, Kim and Dana) celebrate a new partnership at Westport Winery Garden Resort.Dana and his sister Carrie became partners in their parents business in March of this year.Carrie, the winery’s CFO, is equal with her brother and parents in her enthusiasm for this expansion. “Although my first vote was to add a tasting room in the building we own in downtown Lahaina, I just love Cannon Beach!” She and Dana, both born on Maui, may someday achieve this dream, once the Oregon expansion is complete.The new tasting room will be located next door to Cannon Beach Distillery in The Village, located in the downtown district of Oregon’s most popular coastal community. Distillery owner, Mike Selberg said, “It will be great for the town and great for us to have a parallel industry next door.”The project was shepherded by Karen La Bonte, the former owner and winemaker from Trio Vintners in Walla Walla. La Bonte and her husband, now residents of Cannon Beach, used their network to acquire the best location in a very competitive real estate market. She said, “The synergy between the winery, the distillery, and the neighboring Seasons restaurant will enhance the inviting, year around experience for both locals and visitors to our wonderful town.”Photo Credit: Blackstone Edge StudioWestport Winery was named 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest. They have been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine for six of the past eight years. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012 and received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. At the Washington tasting room they donate a portion of the proceeds of each of their wines to different local charities having contributed over $300,000 since they were founded in 2008. A similar program is anticipated in their new location.What the family has started to call “The Mother Ship”, Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The winery (including the restaurant, bakery, nursery and gardens) is open daily and offers lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. “Garden Resort” was added to the business title in 2015 when they decided they wanted to be the Butchart Gardens of Washington State.last_img read more