Best Video Drones Under $1000

first_imgRemovable gimbalHandheld stabilizerDJI Phantom 3 ($499 Standard, $799 Advanced, $999 Professional)Just because the Phantom 4 ($1199) is out doesn’t mean the DJI Phantom 3 is outdated by any means. From the 2.7K capabilities of the Standard, to the 4K capture of the Professional — the Phantom 3 line is bound to have everything you need.Here is a look at some Phantom 3 Professional 4K footage from Ronne VinkxThe DJI Phantom 3 specs range a bit based on the model of your choosing, but DJI offers a great comparison tool to help you find the right Phantom for you.Got your eye on a drone? Which one? Share your thoughts in the comments below. Video Recording ModesC4K: 4096×2160 24fps4K: 3840×2160 24/25/30fps2.7K: 2704×1520 24/25/30fpsFHD: 1920×1080 24/25/30/48/50/60/96fpsHD: 1280×720 24/25/30/48/50/60/120fps Removable gimbalHandheld stabilizerBackpack case with stabilizer attachment UPDATE: GoPro recalled to Karma drone for power failure during operation. The drone has been pulled from Best Buy shelves and the GoPro store.The GoPro Karma is great for shooters that already have a GoPro Hero4, since they can save on the initial costs. The drone is also compatible with the new Hero5 and Hero5 Session. It’s built for athletes and travelers, coming with a backpack the also doubles as a mount. The camera gimbal is removable, so you can attach it to the included handheld stabilizer. You can read much more about our thoughts on the GoPro Karma here.Here is a look at some GoPro Karma test footage from Brent Rose.GoPro Karma Specs: Max flight time ~ 20 minutesMax speed – 35 mphMax distance – 1.86 miles (3 km)Weight – 2.22 lbs (1006 g)Auto shot pathsCameraRequires GoPro Hero4, GoPro Hero5, or GoPro Hero5 Session Here are some of the best drones that can capture amazing footage without breaking the bank.Top image via ShutterstockFrom capturing over-the-head aerials, amazing dolly shots, or even some traditional camera moves, these drones offer great video options with prices that won’t bust your budget. All of the drones on this list have a price tag under $1000.DJI Mavic ($749 drone only, $999 with controller)The DJI Mavic is the newest drone on this list. The Mavic was so popular on launch, there are currently shipping delays — but everything should arrive in time for the holidays, if you’re looking to treat yourself. The drone is exciting because it collapses into a small and easy-to-carry mode. This is the first true drone for those shooters on the go. It can be controlled by a smart phone and hand gestures or with a dedicated controller. You can read more about the Mavic’s release here.Here is a look at DJI Mavic footage from Bokeh DigitalRev TVDJI Mavic Specs: Max flight time – 27 minutesMax speed – 40 mph (65 kph) in Sport modeMax distance – 8 miles (13 km, 0 wind)Weight – 1.62 lbs (734 g)Forward and downward vision systemsIntelligent flight modesCamera1/2.3” CMOS sensorFOV 78.8° 28 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.2 lensISO 100-3200 (video)Micro SD (max capacity of 64 GB)center_img Yuneec Typhoon 4K ($697, $899 with SteadyGrip)If the appeal of GoPro’s Karma system is the included handheld stabilizer, consider the Yuneec Typhoon 4K. The drone has a package that includes a SteadyGrip that works with the drone’s built-in camera and gimbal. Even with the camera, the Typhoon comes in cheaper than buying a GoPro Karma and Hero4 bundle.Here’s is a look at some Yuneec Typhoon 4K sample footage from Digital Trends.Yuneec Typhoon 4K Specs: Max flight time ~ 25 minutesMax speed – 17.9 mph (8m/s)Max distance – 0.5 miles (800m)Weight – 3.74 lbs (1700 g)Smart flight modesCamera1/2.3” CMOS sensorMicro SD (up to 128 GB) GoPro Karma ($799 without camera,  $999 with Hero4 Black) Video Recording ModesUHD 4K at 30fps2.7K at 30fps2.5K at 30fps1080p at 24/25/30/48/50/60/120fpslast_img read more

Sena attacks Maharashtra govt for farm distress

first_imgExpressing distress over the falling prices of onions in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena on Friday asked why farmers cannot be given their due if the state government can implement the 7th Pay Commission. The Sena, in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana, pointed out that onion farmers in Aurangabad’s Vaijapur Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) were getting as little as 20 paise per kg for their produce.“These onions could become bombs and explode,” the Sena editorial warned. It said the true picture of the condition of farmers cultivating onions, cotton and tomatoes was yet to come before the government, adding that the government would not have “thrown assurances” at them if it knew their plight. The Sena said all that the farmers were demanding was money to cover the cost of production.“But the government distances itself from the demands citing lack of funds and other technical problems. The government borrows Rs 500 crore from Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust in Shirdi for its pending projects. It also can spare two to five hundred crore for the bullet train project,” it said.last_img read more

IPL 2011: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings- KKR win by 10 runs (D/L method)

first_imgKolkata beat Chennai by 10 runs (D/L method) in a rain-affected IPL match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday. Score | PhotosThe match started an hour late and then came to a halt post the 10th over of the second innings. The Kolkata total at the juncture was 61/2 in reply to Chennai’s 114 with Jacques Kallis and Manoj Tiwary at the crease.The Duckworth Lewis method governing all rain-truncated matches came into the picture. And when the match was called off Kolkata were ahead of the D/L cut-off by 10 runs.Chasing a target of 115, Kolkata lost their opener fall early. In the second over, an R Ashwin ball took the inside edge of Eoin Morgan and crashed into his stumps when the team total was 9.Then Ashwin came around to dismiss Kolkata captain Gautam Gambhir on the last ball of the sixth over on 16 when the Kolkata total was 33. Kolkata were 61/2 in 10 overs with Jacques Kallis (21 n.o.) and Manoj Tiwary (15 n.o.) at the crease when match was stopped for the second and the final time due to rain.And Kolkata won the match by 10 runs (D/L method).Chennai inningsSubramaniam Badrinath and Albie Morkel staged a late revival as Chennai posted 114/4 against Kolkata. Chennai captain MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat in the 48th IPL match of the season after the match was delayed by an hour on account of rains. A surprising decision considering that the conditions benefited the bowlers. Maybe Dhoni wanted to stay clear of the Duckworth Lewis method governing rain-reduced matches.advertisementBut the decision didn’t work in Dhoni’s favour as Chennai lost their opener Murali Vijay early in the innings with Iqbal Abdulla sending him back caught and bowled on five in the fifth ball of the fourth over. Chennai were 8/1 post Vijay’s fall.Suresh Raina too did not stay at the crease for long and was packed off by Yusuf Pathan in the sixth over. Yusuf angled the ball into the batsman and it took an edge of Raina’s bat and Jacques Kallis did the rest at mid-wicket. He fell for four and Chennai lost their second wicket on 15.The Chennai batsmen were finding it hard to hit boundaries as the wet outfield was slowing down the ball. And that was keeping the run rate exceeding low. In fact, there were no boundaries till the 10th over. Finally S Badrinath hit a six off Pathan on the fifth ball of the 11th over.However, the next over saw Chennai’s in-form batsman Michael Hussey depart. A short ball from L Balaji was pulled by Hussey, but not all pulls manage to cross the boundary. This was one of them as Eoin Morgan took a clean catch at mid-wicket. He fell for 15 and Chennai were down to 49/3.Finally, Badrinath and Albie Morkel staged a revival. The outfield had dried a little and the two batsmen gradually upped the tempo with a few boundaries coming their way.The two put on 65 runs for the fourth wicket helping Chennai score 114. Badrinath got run out on the last ball of the innings scoring a dogged 54, hitting three fours and two over the fence shots. Morkel remained unbeaten on 30.last_img read more

SPORT-AICS 2 LAST

first_imgSports Authority of India Director General Injeti Sports Authority of India Director General Injeti Srinivas gave a detailed report on the preparation of the Indian contingent for Rio Olympic Games. “Altogether 75 sportspersons in 8 disciplines have qualified for Rio Olympics. DG SAI mentioned that many more are likely to qualify and the total number may reach upto 110. “Shri Rajeev Yadav, Secretary, Sports mentioned that International Olympic Committee has been successfully persuaded to provide Indian Cuisine in the Games Village for the first time,” the release said. The members also appealed to Malhotra to take up with DoPT to amend the guidelines so as to provide a minimum of 5% posts reserved for sportspersons instead of upto 5% which has resulted in not making it mandatory to keep the vacancies reserved for sportspersons. It has also been decided to take up with appropriate Ministries for simplification of Custom Duty Tariff Rules in respect of those imported sports equipment and sports goods which have no recycling or re-sale value like javelin, pole vault pole, archery equipment, etc. AICS was constituted last year by the government as an advisory body to the Sports Ministry on the matters related to the promotion and development of sports in the country. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

Euro 2016 Overview- Euro Cup Latest Story Coverage For Every Matches By India Today

first_imgSpain were knocked out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil in the first round but it will be wrong to write them off at the European Championship. The two-time defending champions will look to clinch their fourth title. Will they become the first team to make it three in-a-row?However, there are no clear favourites in the 15th edition of the championship. In the same way, there are dark horses too – England and Belgium among them.One of the world’s biggest sporting events, the European Championship, will celebrate the beginning of its 15th edition when the event kick-offs on June 10 in France.FORMATThe tournament dates back to 1960 with USSR becoming its first champion in France after beating Yugoslavia 2-1 in the final. The tournament started with 16 teams and it it remained the same way for the first 14 editions. However, this time eight more teams have been added, making it a 24-team tournament. The teams will compete across 10 venues in nine French cities.Northern Ireland, Albania and Iceland are taking part for the first time while Wales and Hungary return after decades of hiatus.The 24 teams have been divided into six groups of four teams each. The top two and the four best third-placed teams advance to the round of 16 when the tournament enters its knockout phase.The tournament is divided into five stages – group, round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.The second phase starts on June 25, the quarter-finals will be played from June 30, the semi-finals are scheduled on July 6 and 7, while the final is on July 10.MOST CHAMPIONSHIPSadvertisementGermany (1972, 1980, 1996) and Spain (1964, 2008, 2012) jointly hold the record for winning the championship three times each. France (1984, 2000) have won it twice while its one apiece for Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, USSR and Czechoslovakia.MOST GOALS Former France international and UEFA chief Michel Platini has scored nine goals, the most by any player in the tournament’s history. Former England star-striker Alan Shearer is placed second with seven goals.Six players share the third spot with six goals each to their name — Thierry Henry (France), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden), Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands), Nuno Gomes (Portugal), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands)MOST APPEARANCES AND DEBUTANTSGermany have participated in every tournament since 1972 and have played 43 matches, the most by any teamGermany have also played the most number of finals – six. Russia have never gone the past semi-finals, having appeared in the last-four six times.Four teams won the championship on their debut – Soviet Union (1960), Spain (1964), Italy (1968), West Germany (1972).PAST FOUR CHAMPIONS2012 – Spain beat Italy in the final to become the first country to defend their title. Spain outclassed Italy 4-0 in the summit clash.2008 – Spain edged out Germany 1-0 in the final to to end their 44-year wait for a major title. During their successful campaign, Spain also introduced the Tiki-Taka style of football to the world.2004 – Greece came in as underdogs and went home with a silverware. They had battled hard to qualify for the tournament. But having reached the final for the first time, Greece stunned Portugal 1-0.2000 – France became the first reigning world champions to win the European title. France defeated Italy in the final on Golden Goal 2-1last_img read more

Born again Christian

first_imgChristian Standhardinger. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChristian Standhardinger, the much-ballyhooed top Draft pick of a year ago, faces his former team for the first time Wednesday as the new face of NorthPort.And while the pressure on him to play as the messiah for the struggling Batang Pier is there, coach Pido Jarencio just wants him to do one thing: Enjoy the ride.ADVERTISEMENT Batting for a Gilas national baseball program It is a trade seen by many as one that would benefit both squads—and Jarencio put it that way: “Win-win.”But Standhardinger comes to a NorthPort crew that is in dire need of a solid true center who can finish around the rim and complement a solid backcourt made up of rookie Robert Bolick and the veteran Sean Anthony.“We have five games left (in the eliminations), and I told him that we need to win at least four of those,” Jarencio said. “The whole team knows it, and we start that task against San Miguel.”Michael Qualls will also debut as the new NorthPort import in the 7 p.m. clash with the Beermen, who squeaked past Columbian Sunday in their first game with Tautuaa aboard.Meanwhile, Blackwater and Rain or Shine, sides that are in the bottom half of the draw, slug it out in the 4:30 p.m. curtain raiser as both try to touch off winning streaks that would enable them to make the playoffs without complications.ADVERTISEMENT Qualls takes over from Mychal Ammons, who helped the Batang Pier to a 2-4 record.“We need offense from our import,” Jarencio said. “And judging from what I’ve seen from him (Qualls in practice), it seems that we have what we need.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ “I had a heart-to-heart talk with the kid,” Jarencio told the Inquirer over the phone Tuesday, a few minutes after final preparations for their PBA Governors’ Cup with San Miguel Beer wound up at Greenmeadows gym. “He’ll definitely see a lot of action for us, and I told him to just have fun.”“And he seems to like the idea,” Jarencio added. “And that’s a good start as far as I am concerned.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceIndeed, it’s easy to expect the national standout to play like a man reborn after finally getting out of the shadow of San Miguel’s reigning five-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo.Standhardinger was one half of the celebrated trade just two weeks back that sent Mo Tautuaa, another No. 1 pick, to San Miguel.center_img DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers View comments LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Gatchalian: INC endorsement key factor in Senate race PLAY LIST 01:49Gatchalian: INC endorsement key factor in Senate race00:50Trending Articles02:28Groups urge swift passage of bill on higher tax on e-cigs, liquor02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicslast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo accepts fine and suspended jail term for tax fraud

first_imgPortuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo accepted a fine and suspended jail term for tax fraud in Spain on Tuesday, signing a deal to settle a case which will cost him a total of 18.8 million euros ($21.4 million).Ronaldo, the Juventus forward, is unlikely to serve any time in jail as the sentence was expected to be within a two-year threshold that can be served on probation as a first offence under Spanish law.Earlier, Ronaldo’s former teammate at Real Madrid, Xabi Alonso, walked in to face own case of tax fraud with his hands deep in his suit pockets. “Yes, all good,” was his only response to journalists’ questions.Ronaldo was forced to enter the courtroom through the front door after his request for special security measures to avoid the spotlight was denied on Monday.In 2017, Ronaldo denied the accusation that he knowingly used a business structure to hide income that his image rights generated in Spain between 2011 and 2014.After reaching the deal, he paid a fine of 5.7 million euros, plus interest of about 1 million euros, in July 2018, the prosecutor’s office said last week.last_img read more

Premier Applauds Healthy Kids

first_imgChildren at 12 schools in the Annapolis Valley are on a healthytrack for life thanks to a comprehensive healthy living programfunded by the Office of Health Promotion. A study conducted in Nova Scotia was published in the AmericanJournal of Public Health today, Feb. 22. The Children’s Lifestyleand School-Performance Study recognized the success of theprogram offered in the 12 Valley schools, citing lower obesityrates among Grade 5 students at those facilities compared toother schools. “I’m very pleased that, when students are given a choice, theywill make the healthy choice,” said Premier John Hamm. “Icongratulate the students, the school board, the schools and allthe community partners who worked so hard in putting this programinto action.” The Valley schools made it easy for their students to choosehealthy food and regular activity. The study shows four per centof Grade 5 students at these schools were obese compared to 10per cent of Grade 5 students in schools with a less comprehensivehealthy living program, or no program. Premier Hamm said the schools have set an example the governmentcan use provincewide and that plans are being made to implementsimilar programs in other schools. The Office of Health Promotion provided $100,000 for the project.Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald said the Office willcontinue the good work started by these schools. “This program has made a real difference to these children, nowand for the rest of their lives,” said Mr. MacDonald. “With goodhabits established early in life, they are reducing their riskfor disease when they’re older. That is a key objective of HealthPromotion.” The schools involved in the program include Cambridge andDistrict Elementary; Central Kings Rural High; ChamplainElementary; Clark Rutherford Memorial; Coldbrook and District;Dr. Arthur Hines Elementary; Evangeline Middle School; LE ShawElementary; New Minas Elementary; Port Williams Elementary;Somerset and District Elementary; and Wolfville School. The study was conducted in 2003 and surveyed 5,200 fifth-gradestudents in Nova Scotia schools. It was funded by the CanadianInstitute for Health Information. Over the past two decades, rates of overweight and obese childrenhave tripled nationally. Atlantic Canadian children are atgreater risk for these conditions than children in the rest ofthe country. Reducing these rates in Nova Scotia is a priorityfor the Office of Health Promotion. Physical activity and healthy eating were two of many topics alsodiscussed by 600 partners at an Education Partners’ Forum heldFeb. 18-19. All agreed that student health is a priority. TheOffice of Health Promotion and Department of Education willcontinue to work with schools and other partners to ensurestudents across the province lead healthy lifestyles.last_img read more

Film Nova Scotia Announces Chair Appointment

first_imgCheryl Hodder, partner and Nova Scotia regional manager of McInnes Cooper, has been appointed chair of the Film Nova Scotia board of directors. Taking over from Bonnie Kirby, Ms. Hodder brings a wealth of arts and economic development experience to the board. Ms. Hodder practices administrative law, education law, and corporate governance. As an avid community volunteer, she serves on the nominating committee of the Nova Scotia Community College, is the program chair of the Atlantic Chapter of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors and is the director and treasurer of Lex Mundi. “Having been involved with the board for four years, Ms. Hodder is a perfect person to take over the chair responsibilities,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “The legal and business experience that she will bring to the position will be invaluable to board operations.” Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. The corporation provides a wide range of programs and services to support the province’s audiovisual industry. With an industry that employs almost 3,000 and contributes upwards of $100 million to the economy annually, Nova Scotia is among the largest production centres in Canada.last_img read more

New Charles P Allen High School and Community Centre Construction Officially Begins

first_imgFamilies in the Bedford and Hammonds Plains area are another step closer to an exciting new high school and community centre that will benefit students and the community for years to come. Ministerial assistant for Youth Mat Whynott, on behalf of Education Minister Ramona Jennex, and Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Peter Kelly, were joined by students and representatives from the Halifax Regional School Board at the sod turning ceremony to officially begin construction of the new Charles P. Allen High School and the Bedford/Hammonds Plains Community Centre in Bedford today, Nov. 18. “Putting kids and learning first means providing students with learning opportunities so they can be prepared for what they will encounter in today’s world,” said Mr. Whynott. “Thanks to a strong partnership with the municipality, students and families from Bedford and Hammonds Plains will have a great place to meet and participate in a variety of activities.” The Halifax Regional Municipality will build an adjoining 37,000-square-foot community centre which will include a second gymnasium and community space for a variety of programs catering to all ages. In addition, an artificial-turf football-size sports field, similar to Mainland Common, will be built. HRM will also contribute to the enhancement of the cafetorium to provide a community performance space. “The new $10.7-million complex will be a welcome addition to this community and surrounding areas, and will address a long-time need for sport, leisure, cultural and recreational space in this growing area,” said Mayor Kelly. “The state-of-the-art community gathering place will become a great source of regional pride for generations to come.” The new 142,000-square-foot school is designed to support student learning for the 21st century. The leading-edge design concept is meant to help students develop vital skills for their future, including innovation, information, career, media, technology and life skills. The school will have a mix of traditional classrooms and open learning spaces for students to work on projects collaboratively. The building will target Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification. The building’s design uses lots of natural light and there will be a green roof above the cafetorium. The province contributed $37.5 million for the school, with an additional $10.7 million from HRM. The project is expected to be completed in 2013.last_img read more

Court order against man who vomited on BC firefighter offering overdose help

first_imgNANAIMO, B.C. – A British Columbia law designed to protect emergency responders and Good Samaritans has been used for what’s believed to be the first time against a man who vomited on a firefighter’s face.Provincial court Judge Brian Harvey issued an order for the man to be tested after he overdosed on a street in the Vancouver Island community of Nanaimo in early August.The five-year-old Emergency Intervention Disclosure Act allows a judge to order a blood sample from a person if there’s a chance disease could spread to a first responder or someone offering emergency care.“It’s a landmark decision for us, it’s the first time it’s been tested in a court of law,” Nanaimo Fire Rescue chief Karen Fry said of the legislation. “It’s going to give us the peace of mind, that we know this individual will now be required to be tested.”The man, who Fry said was “brought back to life,” has seven days from when he is served to get a blood test or face fines, according to lawyer Sean Smith, who is representing the firefighter.Fry said the man being sought for a blood sample refused medical attention and left a hospital before a doctor could see him.Firefighters wear protective gear, including gloves and goggles, during medical aid calls, but there’s always a risk of transmitting disease, she said.The firefighter remains on duty and has undergone a series of blood tests, Fry said. Results are not yet known.Smith said the legislation allows testing for hepatitis B and C, as well as HIV. He said blood tests on the firefighter in this case can’t solely be relied upon because diseases can take time to manifest.“It’s a legislation that was never intended to be regularly used,” he said, adding it provides first responders with a “security blanket” to seek a court order. (Nanaimo News Now)last_img read more

Former senior Rwandan politician sentenced to life in jail by UN genocide

14 July 2009A former governor of the Rwandan capital will spend the rest of his life in prison after the United Nations tribunal set up in the wake of the 1994 genocide today convicted him of his role in the mass killings that engulfed the country. A former governor of the Rwandan capital will spend the rest of his life in prison after the United Nations tribunal set up in the wake of the 1994 genocide today convicted him of his role in the mass killings that engulfed the country.A three-judge panel at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) found Tharcisse Renzaho, the former prefect of Kigali-Ville, guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. He was acquitted of the charge of complicity to commit genocide.The ICTR found that Mr. Renzaho ordered the establishment of roadblocks and then supported the killings of Tutsis at those roadblocks. He also supervised a selection process at a refugee site where about 40 Tutsis were abducted and killed.Mr. Renzaho – who also served as a colonel in the Rwandan military at the time – participated in a particularly notorious attack at the Sainte Famille church in central Kigali, where more than 100 Tutsis were slaughtered and numerous women were raped. He made remarks encouraging the sexual abuse and was found to be criminally liable for the rape that followed.The Security Council set up the ICTR, which is based in Arusha, Tanzania, in 1994 following the genocide, during which an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed, often by machete, in little more than three months. read more

Haiti says it wants UN peacekeeping force to stay on as it

23 September 2011Haitian President Michel Martelly said today he does not want the United Nations peacekeeping mission to leave but to stay on to assist the impoverished country as his Government seeks to tackle the problems of education, jobs, the environment and the rule of law. “Welcomed in the early days with relief these missions later run out of breath,” he told the General Assembly. “Why? Because, among other things, the expectations of host countries on the one hand are overblown and, on the other, these missions are unable to evolve, frozen as they are in inflexible mandates.“And that’s a pity because nothing is more irresponsible and dangerous than to let these missions leave without an effective national alternative.” The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), first dispatched as a peacekeeping force in mid-2004 after then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide went into exile amid violent unrest, had an authorized strength of over 9,000 uniformed personnel, but this was increased to more than 13,000 in January 2010 to help the country recover from a devastating earthquake that killed over 200,000 people, displaced 2.3 million others, and caused enormous material damage.“In Haiti’s case what would have been the point of this mission if today, without striking a blow, without warning, it would withdraw,” Mr. Martelly said.“Clearly I am aware of that unacceptable mistakes have stained the mission’s prestige but the trees should not hide the forest. And I rightly think that political stabilization passes through several stages.“It cannot be reduced to a simple intervention force or one that that plays the more or less neutral role of observers,” he added, outlining the vital place that education and jobs have in consolidating peace. Just months after the January 2010 quake a cholera epidemic broke out in the country following a hurricane and flooding and it has so far killed more than 6,000 people and infected nearly 400,000 others.The UN reported today that new cases declined by over 50 per cent within the last two months. Citing Haitian data, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said there were 20,093 new cholera cases in August, compared to 40,873 in July.The number of deaths also decreased significantly from 376 in July to 298 in August. Mortality rates are steadily abating in all 10 departments.According to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) there are still 4.5 million Haitians, nearly half the total, who do not have sufficient quantities of nutritious food on a regular basis. read more

Toronto falls on materials and financials Wall Street remains modest

Gold miners and large financial services companies dragged down Canada’s main stock index Friday as trading on Wall Street remained modest.On Bay Street, the S&P/TSX composite index dropped 71.92 points to 15,490.49 with the materials sector being the biggest decliner on the commodity-heavy index.In New York, markets were mixed. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 19.93 points to 20,914.62, while the S&P 500 index inched down 3.13 points to 2,378.25. The Nasdaq composite index was barely changed from Thursday’s close, up 0.24 of a point to 5,901.00.Portfolio manager Kash Pashootan said the markets are in a wait-and-see mode after a predictable week in which the U.S. Federal Reserve hiked its key short-term rate by a quarter-point to a range of 0.75 to one per cent on Wednesday.The widely expected move was prompted by solid signs of a strengthening U.S. economy, as gauges on job growth, retail sales, consumer prices and housing builds have all come in higher than analysts had been expecting.“If there’s one thing the market does not like, it’s surprise, and we haven’t had many surprises yet,” said Pashootan from First Avenue Advisory, a Raymond James company. “We have clear direction, all else being equal, of where the Fed is going with rates.”Range-bound crude prices have also become surprisingly stable, he said. “We don’t have oil prices in free fall compared to what we’ve seen in the last couple of years.”The more heavily traded May crude contract up seven cents at $49.31 per barrel.Investors are turning their attention to the next potential flashpoints for markets, including whether U.S. President Donald Trump will be able to deliver on promises to cut taxes and boost infrastructure spending.“If he waits to unveil everything at once, six or eight months from now, you may see markets run out of patience and demonstrate volatility beforehand,” Pashootan said.“But if he’s able to give a small nugget here and there, it will provide hydration for the markets to continue to drive forward and he will buy time.”In the meantime, investors will continue to grapple with shifting sentiments of optimism and concern over a market that has steadily increased with very little existence of volatility, he said.“Equity markets are not behaving like equity markets,” Pashootan said. “They have very little overall volatility compared to what one should expect and the appreciation we’ve seen has been well above what we should expect.“The significant risk that comes out of that is investors start to believe that they’re more comfortable with risk then they really are, because the only side of risk we’ve seen for the last several months has been the reward. In fact, it’s been rewards on steroids.”In currencies, the Canadian dollar sat just below the 75-cent mark, up 0.06 of a cent at 74.98 cents US.On the commodity markets, the May crude oil contract added seven cents at $49.31 per barrel and the April natural gas contract rose five cents at US$2.95 per mmBTU.The April gold contract added $3.10 at US$1,230.20 an ounce and May copper gained a cent to US$2.69 a pound. read more

Go back to your country Man charged in alleged racist assault at

Sanober Faruqi witnessed the attack on Hedayat Ullah, a Bangladeshi gas station worker, who was assaulted at his on Sunday in what he describes as a hate crime. A 45-year old man is charged with mischief and assault after what onlookers allege was a racist assault on a gas station employee on Sunday.Hedayat Ullah, who manages a Shell station in the north end of Saskatoon, said a random passerby suddenly punched him in the chest when he was at work, yelling “Go back to your country” and telling him he did “not deserve to be here.”“Honestly, I was scared,” Ullah said. The man continued to yell at him and a Filipino customer, Ullah said. He backed away from the scene and into the gas station to call police. CCTV footage shows the man pursued Ullah into the station.Ullah said he told the man he is in fact a Canadian citizen. Footage then shows the man knocking over displays of chocolate bars and reaching over the till, possibly trying to punch Ullah again. He then grabbed and ripped out the drawers from both cash registers before leaving the station.He was later arrested and appeared in provincial court on Monday morning.Sanober Faruqi, a regular customer who witnessed the incident, immigrated to Canada from Pakistan 12 years ago. She said she was shocked by the scene, but it’s not unfamiliar to members of her community. Matt Smith / Saskatoon StarPhoenix “I was shivering,” she said. “I’ve heard different stories in my community about racist incidents, but I didn’t believe it because it never happened in front of my eyes.”The rate of hate crimes reported to police in Saskatoon has fluctuated in recent years but peaked last year at 11, a five-year record for the city. Experts warn those figures understate the extent of the problem because they depend on whether the crime is ever reported to police, which victims of hate crimes are sometimes afraid or unable to do.A survey conducted by Statistics Canada in 2014 found 17 per cent of immigrants to Canada said they had experienced discrimination.The incident left staff feeling afraid and unsafe.Harjit Singh is a 20-year-old student from India who arrived in Saskatoon three weeks ago. Sunday was his first day on the job at the station. Now, he’s afraid to go back, he said.“I don’t want to go back there anymore. I don’t think I can work there.”Ullah said the alleged attack also left him on edge.“Honestly, I’m not feeling safe right now in my workplace,” Ullah said. “Because I’m thinking, when will he come back and attack me?”Ullah said he hopes the man is explicitly charged with a hate-motivated assault.In Canada, criminal charges of inciting hatred are rare, brought in cases where the accused advocates genocide, publishes hate propaganda or calls for violence against a group of people.“Hate-motivated” crimes are more common, but are still difficult to prove in a court setting.Dr. Barbara Perry, director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism at the Ontario Institute of Technology, said in a June interview with Postmedia that the “founded” rate for hate-motivated crimes is largely unknown, although experts and observers believe it to be quite low.“We really don’t have any way of telling how often that section is used. It’s not tracked at all,” Perry said.The man is scheduled to return to court on Wednesday. The officer who filed the case requested that a mental health assessment be conducted.In the meantime, Ullah said he hopes speaking out about the incident will send a message.“If this thing happened in Canada, I’m worried about security for my kids. My daughter, she’s in Grade 10. If she faces this, what will happen?” he said. “Canada is not for this. Canada is for everybody.”zvescera@postmedia.comtwitter.com/zakvesceraRelated Sask. among provinces with the lowest reported hate crimes ‘Words matter’: Following New Zealand shootings, Sask. human rights commissioner urges hate-speech provisions Victim of alleged gay bashing calls for education, not violence Saskatoon police remind public which crimes to report online read more

UNs top human rights official welcomes deferment of execution in Philippines

High Commissioner Mary Robinson acknowledged the seriousness of the crime which Rolando Pagdayawon was convicted of committing and voiced “the deepest sympathy for the victim” in a statement released in Geneva.The 1987 Philippines Constitution abolished the death penalty, but it was restored in 1994 for “heinous crimes.” President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo suspended the death penalty after taking office in January 2001, and although the moratorium was lifted last October, there have been no executions since then.Mrs. Robinson added her voice to those calling on the Government of the Philippines to continue its moratorium and eventually abolish the death penalty. She reiterated her opposition to executions, and recalled that the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights says the abolition of the death penalty “contributes to enhancement of human dignity and progressive development of human rights.” read more

The 53 Best Franchise Players In The NBA

35. Greg Monroe (24.4)Monroe, the newly signed Buck, is “an offensive-minded center who can average a double-double [and] score inside and from the perimeter,” as Ohm Youngmisuk wrote. His skilled footwork in the post makes the Al Jefferson comp perfect. Still, Monroe didn’t improve his productivity between his age-22 season in 2012-13 to his age-24 season last year. He could be a WYSIWYG player: someone whose current skill set provides plenty of value to an NBA lineup, but who isn’t a great bet to develop further. 24. Eric Bledsoe (30.4)Bledsoe is a long way from being “mini LeBron,” but he has a lot going for him: strength like Kyle Lowry’s alongside the speed of Ty Lawson. What he lacks is a consistent outside shot: His .324 3-point percentage last year ranked just 69th out of 76 players who took at least 250 3-point shots. He turns 26 this season and has passed the point where he can necessarily expect rapid improvement; he might be better off mothballing his 3-pointer and concentrating on the rest of his otherwise well-rounded game. 52. Cody Zeller (20.0)CARMELO’s best guess is that Zeller will produce like a solid starter over the next handful of seasons. But remember, that’s just the mean forecast. The variance is wide because Zeller’s closest historical comparables are all over the place. Maybe he’ll develop into a star, like No. 1 comp Jack Sikma,3Yes, Jack Sikma! Check the numbers if you don’t remember how good he was. Al Horford (No. 3) or Rasheed Wallace (No. 9). Then again, maybe not — Zeller’s comp list is also littered with names like Kwame Brown, Tyrus Thomas and Stromile Swift. 16. Draymond Green (36.4)Arguably the breakout star of last season, Draymond Green is a defense-first bulldog with versatile offensive skills. A Dan Majerle comp beside a Robert Horry one? Yeah, it’s a strange pairing — but Green is an unusual player. The only caveat was that Green improved so much last year that he could be due for a pinch of reversion to the mean. Even so, CARMELO projects that he’ll produce $130 million worth of value to the Warriors over the next five seasons, a great return on his $85 million contract. 25. D’Angelo Russell (29.6)CARMELO would have taken D’Angelo Russell ahead of Towns for the No. 1 pick, however. With good size and strength to round out a nice shot and excellent passing, Russell draws comparisons to other scoring point guards/combo guards such as Derrick Rose and James Harden. Don’t expect much efficiency this year: As Baxter Holmes wrote, the rookie “will probably pile up some head-shaking turnovers” for a Lakers team with miserable discipline. But Russell has superstar upside. 39. Marc Gasol (23.3)The big Spaniard (and Conley’s fellow Grizzly) was once again one of the league’s best centers last year, and he’s definitely inherited comp Vlade Divac’s gene for great post passing. But at 31 years old, Gasol has only so many years left. Big men tend not to age as well as wings and point guards, and the Grizz should worry about a decline to Brad Miller levels of production. 44. Nikola Mirotic (21.2)Mirotic finished second in Rookie of the Year voting, behind Wiggins, and is now a huge building block for the Bulls. The Detlef Schrempf comp is just too perfect: a tall, international forward with an excellent 3-point shot. Now all that’s left is for Mirotic to guest star on the 2040 equivalent of “Parks and Recreation.” 30. Ricky Rubio (26.5)Can Rubio, an exceptionally gifted passer and ball thief, ever develop a jump shot like comparable Jason Kidd did in his later years? CARMELO, seeing how Rubio is just 25, is optimistic, projecting him to improve his offensive efficiency to career-high levels. But if not, the shadow of his Brevin Knight comp looms over him. 13. Marcus Smart (38.2)Given how much CARMELO likes Payton, it’s not surprising that it likes Smart also. He fits a broadly similar profile: His shooting just isn’t there yet, but most of his other skills were already league-average or above last season, when he was just 20. The thing about players like these is that they can be superstars if their scoring develops (Smart’s No. 1 comp is James Harden, for instance) but reasonably valuable all-around players even if it doesn’t. 51. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (20.1)Kidd-Gilchrist, like Embiid, will miss the 2015-16 season. The injury could preclude the Hornets from what might otherwise have been a breakout season. It will also preclude Kidd-Gilchrist from gaining a year of experience he needs to round out his offensive game. So far, he has neither been adept at creating good looks for himself nor shooting the ball well when he has. Nonetheless, Kidd-Gilchrist has precocious defensive abilities and will be just 23 when he returns to competition next season. Health willing, he could develop into a Matrix-like player. 27. Jusuf Nurkic (27.2)The big Bosnian defies every outmoded stereotype of “soft” European players. Instead he has a mean streak as a bruising defender and talented young rebounder. Aside from Shawn Kemp, the top comps may not wow you, but if Nurkic’s shooting efficiency improves, the Nuggets have landed their franchise center. 43. Jared Sullinger (21.2)With a bevy of crafty post moves, the undersized Sullinger has made an old-school playing style work for him. Although he sometimes struggles to score around the basket, the development of his outside shot keeps the Celtics happy and is one of several reasons CARMELO expects the Celts to have a breakout season. The throwback comp to Lonnie Shelton is dead on, though Sullinger has to do some work to move past where Shelton was at the same age. 42. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (21.2)Caldwell-Pope is young and athletic and has a silky-smooth jumper. The problem is that these skills offset weaknesses elsewhere: His shot selection, playmaking and rebounding all need work. As we wrote in our Pistons preview: A “second coming of Ray Allen (Caldwell-Pope’s sixth-closest comp) would be a bonanza, but don’t bank on it.” Still, players as young as Caldwell-Pope have lots of opportunities to defy the odds. 34. Serge Ibaka (25.0)As Royce Young observed: “Ibaka isn’t quite ‘big’ enough to help form a Thunder big three, but he’s without question integral to the team’s success.” But is there any chance Ibaka could develop into more than that: an All-Star talent alongside Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook? Just maybe. Kevin McHale, Ibaka’s No. 1 comp, is a favorable precedent: He had his best seasons in his late 20s and early 30s as he developed more of an outside shooting stroke. Ibaka, likewise, has improved his outside shooting almost every season and shot .376 from 3-point range last year. 40. Mike Conley (22.5)The Isiah Thomas comp provides a vision of Conley at his best: a gritty, undersized point guard with a great passing instinct and solid jumper. But as Carl Bialik notes, “his defense has dropped off in recent years,” so there is reason to worry he’ll be a worse-shooting Jason Terry in his later career. 31. Klay Thompson (26.2)Thompson’s No. 31 slot on CARMELO’s list might seem disappointing; by contrast, he slots in at No. 16 in #NBARank. His scoring is superlative, of course; Thompson is not only one of the best shooters in the game but also has the size and quickness to get to the rim. However, his defense and rebounding are below average. You can be an All-Star on the basis of scoring alone, but probably not a superstar. 41. Chandler Parsons (21.8)Parsons is a lanky wing defender with an efficient outside shot. He’s a blend of Tayshaun Prince on defense and Rashard Lewis on offense — and his skill set could become even more diverse if, as Tim MacMahon writes, the Mavs have him play more point-forward. The question is whether, at age 27 this season, Parsons can develop a signature skill that transforms him from a well-rounded, above-average player into a star. 15. Blake Griffin (36.5)Griffin would have ranked higher on this list a year ago. There are a few mildly troubling signs in his stats, particularly a decline in his rebound rate last season. Furthermore, a number of his comparables (such as Terry Cummings and Derrick Coleman) had fairly early career peaks. But let’s not get carried away. Although his fame may stem from his ferocious dunks, Griffin has evolved into a great all-around player whom every NBA team would love to have. He’s increasingly stretching opposing defenses with his outside shot, and he’s an underrated passer and defender. 36. Danny Green (24.3)Green already has overshot low expectations since he was chosen with the 46th pick in 2009. Green is a 3-point threat — comps to Brent Barry and Dan Majerle show that. But he’s also a great wing defender, like Bryon Russell. The only catch is that players who overachieve as much as Green don’t necessarily have much room to get better as they enter their late 20s. CARMELO gives Green only about a 15 percent chance of bettering his career-high 9.2 WAR from last season. 4. LeBron James (59.9)LeBron is a multipositional freak of nature, as his Larry Bird-Magic Johnson-Charles Barkley comps demonstrate. (What about Michael Jordan? He’d rank high on LeBron’s list too if he hadn’t spent his age-30 season playing minor league baseball.) Even on the downward slope of his career, the King is still the King and projects to have several good years left. We know that some of you will object to any list that doesn’t have LeBron at No. 1, but consider the following: The only other 31-or-older player to make our long-term value list is Marc Gasol, and LeBron projects to have almost as much career value remaining as three Gasols put together. 48. Jahlil Okafor (20.7)Okafor is a great prospect, though possibly also a guy who will look better in the box score than on the court. His lack of elite athleticism and sketchy defensive potential could make him something like Kevin Love without the outside shooting (hence the comp to bust Derrick Williams). But he’s also a great rebounder with nifty post moves, a classic combination for any aspiring big man. And if he does develop like top comp Derrick Favors on defense, the sky could be the limit. 11. Kyrie Irving (40.6)The upside is obvious: Irving has the killer first step and tight handle of Stephon Marbury. And while he’s not an all-time great passer like Isiah Thomas, he’s every bit as good a shooter. Plus, he’s just 23 years old this season. Advanced stats still don’t like his defense, however, and while Irving became a much more efficient offensive player last season, there’s some question about how much of that can be attributed to playing with LeBron and Love. Still, we have to give Kyrie the benefit of our doubt. More than a year ago, back in our unenlightened, pre-CARMELO days, we wrote that Irving probably wasn’t worth his $90 million extension. Now it looks like a good deal for the Cavs. 50. Victor Oladipo (20.3)Although CARMELO loves the other young Magic point guard (Elfrid Payton) even more, Oladipo’s projection isn’t too shabby. But of course, there’s still some uncertainty about what Oladipo can become: “His first two seasons have been so hard to get a bead on that you can peg him for just about any future you want,” we wrote. Whether Oladipo turns into Ray Allen or Ben Gordon will depend largely on whether he can develop a more consistent shooting stroke. 21. Kevin Love (31.3)If everyone was a bit too optimistic about what the addition of Love might mean for the Cavs last season, he may be underrated now. Sure, Love had trouble integrating into Cleveland’s system last year and experienced a major decline in the number of shots he generated near the rim, which also had some knock-off effects on his other statistics (for instance, he drew fewer fouls and grabbed fewer offensive rebounds). But as was the case for Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, he may be better in his second year playing with LeBron, and he still projects to be a valuable rebounding hawk/stretch power forward. 14. Elfrid Payton (38.0)So we have bona fide stars like Jimmy Butler, Draymond Green, Blake Griffin … and then we have Elfrid Payton?!? Is this CARMELO’s version of PECOTA’s infamous Wily Mo Pena projection? Time will tell, but Payton logged almost 2,500 minutes as a 20-year-old rookie last year while flashing excellent passing and defensive skills. He can’t shoot at all yet, but one thing we’ve learned from CARMELO is that shooting skills sometimes take a few years to develop. If Payton develops some shooting touch, he could be the next Isiah Thomas; if he doesn’t, then for better or worse, he could be Ricky Rubio or Rajon Rondo. 17. Jimmy Butler (35.4)Bulls fans won’t be happy with the omission of Derrick Rose from our list (Rose ranks just 165th after three injury-filled seasons). But that’s OK: The Bulls have a new star in Jimmy Butler, an athletic wing defender with a growing arsenal of offensive moves. If Butler’s comps seem a little underwhelming, that’s partly because, consistent with the Bulls’ team-oriented philosophy, some of his contributions are subtle and unselfish. He’s outstanding at drawing fouls and avoiding turnovers, for example. 7. Kevin Durant (48.9)The 2014 MVP winner was out with injuries most of last season. But even with the typical reduction in long-term value for a player who suffers a severe injury, Durant still ranks seventh on our list. At age 27, he remains a scoring monster — a lankier Bernard King, with Ray Allen’s shot. Royce Young said it best: “Not only does he want to re-establish his rightful place among the game’s most elite, but also this could possibly, maybe, potentially be his last chance at a title in Oklahoma City.” 3. James Harden (64.8)Harden’s stats were nearly as ridiculous as Westbrook’s last season. Compared with Westbrook, however, it’s not as clear how Harden can improve. He’s already an incredibly efficient offensive player. He can’t stay much healthier, having led the NBA in minutes played last year. So Harden might have to settle for 2014-15 as his career year unless … he keeps working on his defense, which while better than past seasons still rates as league average. 29. Derrick Favors (26.6)Why are we optimistic about the Utah Jazz? Because Favors ranks among the top 30 long-term NBA players — and yet, he ranks only third on the list among members of the Jazz frontcourt. Coming off his best year yet, Favors is, as Ian Levy writes, “already one of the better defensive bigs in the game,” with an improving offensive skill set. The Jazz hope he blossoms into the next Reignman. 47. Nicolas Batum (20.7)Batum’s shooting regressed last season in Portland, but the newly signed Hornet still provides stellar perimeter defense. Hence the two types of comps: shooters such as Robert Horry and Dorell Wright, and defenders such as Tayshaun Prince. Players who combine both of those elements — i.e., the 3-and-D player — are all the rage in today’s NBA, but unlike many of his peers in that category, Batum also adds a playmaking dimension to his team’s offense. 45. Paul George (21.0)George’s future was in jeopardy after he suffered a catastrophic leg injury in the summer of 2014. So his playing at all last season (he came off the bench in six games late in the year) was a moral victory. There’s some further good news: Seriously injured NBA players like George have a better track record of recovery than their counterparts in other sports. Nonetheless, the Clark Kellogg comp is scary; a fellow Pacer, he started his career with great promise, only to be rendered a shell of his former self after a series of knee injuries. 23. Rudy Gobert (30.7)The second member of the Jazz frontcourt to make the top 30, Gobert went from an afterthought in his rookie season to a guy who leads his draft class in WAR. Ian Levy summed up the Stifle Tower nicely: “an elite rebounder and shot-blocker and an efficient finisher around the rim.” He also lacks much in the way of a jump shot, having shot under 22 percent last season on shots more than 3 feet from the basket. But if Gobert proves to be the next DeAndre Jordan or Tyson Chandler, Jazz fans won’t have much basis to complain. 2. Stephen Curry (65.4)Shocker: The 27-year-old reigning MVP has a bright future. An ultra-efficient shooter and a high-usage passing talent, Curry is a legitimate fusion of Ray Allen and Chris Paul — and is one of the few players to draw Michael Jordan as a top five comparable. But let’s pose the same question that we did for Westbrook and Harden: What might Curry do to become even better? The answer is probably to shoot a bit more. His usage rate is a couple of ticks behind Harden’s and well behind Westbrook’s and Jordan’s. 53. Joel Embiid (Upside WAR projection through 2020-21: 19.9)Embiid sneaks onto our list at No. 53. (Where would he rank if he hadn’t been hurt for the past two seasons? A lot higher — probably about where Karl-Anthony Towns does at No. 26.) CARMELO still harbors dreams about how Embiid’s shot-blocking could make him the next Joakim Noah. But given Embiid’s injury history, the Greg Oden comp looks increasingly scary. 20. Bradley Beal (31.5)Beal, the Wiz’s 22-year-old shooting guard, doesn’t have any stunning comps among his top five. But look down to No. 10 and you’ll find … Kobe Bryant. Guys who log so much playing time at such a young age can sometimes see radical improvements in their shooting efficiency, and if that happens, Beal will be an All-Star-caliber player. Below is a sortable table for all 572 players in our database, as of Oct. 27. 33. Jrue Holiday (25.0)Holiday has loads of talent and even made an All-Star team a few years back, but injuries have plagued his development. They’ve also concealed improvement in Holiday’s efficiency, however. When he played last season, Holiday shot the ball better and turned it over less often than during his All-Star campaign in 2012-13. The Pelicans will limit Holiday’s playing time at the start of the season, perhaps recognizing that all that may stand between Holiday and a breakout is being healthy enough to play in 82 games. 22. Gordon Hayward (31.2)The third jewel in the Jazz’s frontcourt crown, Hayward has come an awfully long way for a guy who — we mean this as a compliment — once came across as a bit of a nerd. The question is not whether he’s a legit NBA player (Hayward was already playing at a borderline All-Star level last season), but which path his future might take. His comparables include a mix of versatile, jack-of-all-trades players such as Andre Iguodala and hard-edged scorers such as Chris Mullin. The Mullin comp is particularly interesting given that Mullin (like Hayward) struggled with 3-point shooting consistency early in his career. 9. DeMarcus Cousins (42.6)Speaking of high upside: Wow. Hakeem, Garnett, Duncan — those are some awfully exciting comps for Cousins. We even have a Shaquille O’Neal sighting on Boogie’s list (Shaq, who rarely appears as a CARMELO comparable because he was such an outlier, is Cousins’s No. 10 comp). But Cousins has never quite gelled into a superstar, as factors ranging from injuries to his frustration with Kings management have gotten in the way of his success. He can’t rest on his laurels because so far he’s just an average finisher around the rim, where he’ll need to improve before the Hakeem and Shaq comparisons bear out. 28. Andre Drummond (26.7)Drummond is a “100th-percentile rebounder and elite rim protector,” as we wrote in our Pistons preview. That’s nice, but it can also be a recipe for being too one-dimensional, and Drummond’s dreadful free-throw shooting limits his value on the offensive end. At age 22, he has reasonable odds of making a leap forward at some point, but he’s an oddball player with comps ranging from Andris Biedrins to Moses Malone. 18. DeAndre Jordan (35.1)You know what you’re getting here. Jordan’s skills are either elite (rebounding, shot-blocking) or cringe-worthy (shooting, passing). But as we wrote in our Clippers preview, “dunk-and-defense” guys like Jordan, Dale Davis and Tyson Chandler can be cogs in championship-caliber teams. 12. Damian Lillard (40.5)Lillard is now the face of the franchise in Portland. Although he has the complete package on offense as a high-volume, efficient scorer and excellent passer, he’s a middling defender. Since high-usage point guards like Lillard want the ball in their hands as much as possible, the question is whether they’re good enough that you can build a championship-caliber roster around them. The results in Lillard’s case are mixed on that question, according to CARMELO. Lillard draws Steph Curry as a comp, but also Steve Francis and Gilbert Arenas. 19. Giannis Antetokounmpo (34.2)The sky’s the limit for the Greek Freak. Antetokounmpo has an unusually well-rounded skill set for someone who’s about to turn 21 years old, including certain skills (he’s already a good defender and excellent at drawing fouls) that are usually associated with more mature players. He’s still working out what sort of player he wants to be on the offensive end — he dramatically cut down on his 3-point shot last year (but, oddly enough, took a lot of long twos). All of this leads to an eclectic set of comparables that includes superstars like Kevin Garnett and Tracy McGrady — along with busts like Darius Miles and Marvin Williams. 32. Khris Middleton (25.3)Middleton is a Swiss army knife. As Ohm Youngmisuk writes, Middleton’s comps indicate that his game is old-school: “Middleton may not be flashy, but he plays hard, and his throwback game is a nice complement to his flashier and younger teammates.” He has one decidedly new-school skill, however: Middleton is a career .403 shooter from 3-point range. There’s a universe where Middleton develops into Peja Stojakovic (his No. 10 comparable) but with much better defense. 10. John Wall (41.1)We wrote about Wall extensively in our introduction to CARMELO. Coming off his best season ever, and second All-Star nod, he’s entering what should be his peak. But the variance on his projection is high, with outcomes ranging from future MVP to overrated ball-hog. 26. Karl-Anthony Towns (27.4)As we pointed out in our Timberwolves preview, Karl-Anthony Towns has some discouraging comps. If the No. 1 pick in last year’s draft flames out like Anthony Bennett or Greg Oden, that’s a disaster for Minnesota. But CARMELO projections are based on dozens or hundreds of comparables for each player and not just two — and there are plenty of more optimistic names (such as Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins) farther down Towns’s list. 37. Kyle Lowry (24.0)Lowry is a stout and tough point guard, so his comps to Rod Strickland and John Starks are spot on — and both players aged relatively gracefully. But if he can expect a gentle decline, a breakout season is probably not in the cards. “Many of the guards CARMELO sees as most similar to Lowry had already peaked by his age,” Carl Bialik noticed. In other words, at 29 years old, Lowry’s probably not getting any better. NBA player rankings, from ESPN’s #NBARank to Bill Simmons’s annual trade value column, are like the honey butter chips of sportswriting: just way too hard to resist. So — with the regular season starting today — here’s our special recipe, fueled by CARMELO, our new NBA player projection system.What makes our version a little different is that we’re focused on the long term and not just this season. Specifically, we’ve projected the next six seasons of wins above replacement (WAR) for all 572 players in our database. Then we added the cumulative WAR totals over six seasons, with a slight tweak to reflect upside potential.1In calculating this version of our ratings, comparable players who project to have a negative WAR are zeroed out instead. The thinking here is that, while some players are projected to have negative WAR totals, it’s hard for a player like Zach LaVine to have negative long-term value when his teams could always bench him if he’s not playing well. This has little effect on players in the top 53, however. You can check out all the rankings in the sortable table (way, way down) below, but we also wanted to count down the top 50 players — well, make that the top 53 players2Why 53? Because, ya know, it’s in our name. — first.Two things we can’t stress enough: First, these ratings are purely statistical; there’s no manual tweaking involved. And second, focusing on the long term makes a lot of difference. Tim Duncan doesn’t appear in the top 53, but Jusuf Nurkic does.A few more notes: Player ages are as of Feb. 1, 2016. And because we’re trying to forecast what the NBA will look like a few years out, these WAR projections do not account for injuries or minutes limitations — with the exceptions of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Joel Embiid, who are out for the season and whose WAR figures we’ve zeroed for this year. These upside WAR totals will not necessarily match the raw six-year WAR totals in the player cards. 6. Kawhi Leonard (53)We might call Leonard a sleeper — except that the rest of the basketball analysis community has woken up to his talents as the best lock-down wing in the game. Leonard won the Defensive Player of the Year award last season, and ESPN’s #NBARank list places him among the top 10 overall players in the game. Leonard’s offensive game has also developed, and, as Michael Wright notes, he could see fewer double-teams with LaMarcus Aldridge on the Spurs’ roster, leading to even better production. All of this is why Leonard is one of just eight players CARMELO labels as MVP candidates. 5. Russell Westbrook (54.9)What is there to say? Westbrook averaged a triple-double per 100 possessions last season. And yet CARMELO gives him about a 40 percent chance of being even more valuable this year. His path to achieving that is obvious enough: by improving on his wildly entertaining (but often just plain wild) shot selection, which can sometimes overshadow the ridiculous box-score stats. 46. Andrew Wiggins (20.8)Wiggins’s top CARMELO comp is … well, Carmelo (Anthony). As we wrote, the NBA’s reigning Rookie of the Year could be “very good, but between mediocre defense and average efficiency, not quite as good as his box-score stats suggest.” Wiggins’s upside and versatility are apparent in his comp list, though — witness the presence of Derrick Rose (No. 5) and Chris Bosh (No. 8), two stylistically different players who were bona fide superstars at their peaks. 49. Paul Millsap (20.6)Last year Millsap had a banner season, making his second All-Star team. It came because of all-around excellence: Millsap is a solid defender, like top comp Gerald Wallace, and well-rounded on offense (even if the Julius Erving parallel is a bit much). But as we’ve pointed out, Millsap is projected to regress a lot this season; more often than not, a career-best season at age 29 proves to be a career year. 38. Nerlens Noel (23.9)Noel’s defense was a bright spot among the garbage heap that was the Sixers. As Ian Levy wrote, Noel ranked “among the top 5 percent of all players in steal rate, block rate and overall defensive plus-minus.” That’s awfully impressive for a guy who was just 20 years old. But with no discernable offensive skills — his 49 percent true shooting percentage was abominable for a guy who spends so much time around the rim — he gets stuck with a Stromile Swift comp along with more optimistic options like Nene. 1. Anthony Davis (73.8)The Brow combines Kevin Garnett’s ferociousness in rebounding and on defense with the stretch shooting ability of Chris Bosh. But even those names might understate his upside: There’s never been a player quite like him. (Garnett and Bosh, Davis’s top comparables, have just medium-high similarity scores when compared with him.) In other words, Davis will be terrorizing teams on both ends of the court for the foreseeable future: We’re just not quite sure how. The one thing to watch out for is injuries, which shorten big men’s careers more often than those of guards. 8. Chris Paul (46.3)Paul is one of just two players in his 30s to make the top 10 (you’ll have no trouble guessing the other). The precedents are reasonably favorable here: Point guards tend to age well compared with players at other positions, and well-rounded players like Paul tend to age better than one-dimensional ones. Given his reputation for postseason struggles, however, we couldn’t help but notice that none of Paul’s top five comps (Mark Price, John Stockton, Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, Terrell Brandon) won an NBA title in his prime.4The “in his prime” qualifier is important. Kidd won a title as a 37-year-old with the 2010-11 Dallas Mavericks, and Payton did so at the same age with the 2005-06 Miami Heat. read more

Ohio State retail jerseys will be limited to a pair of numbers

A rack of OSU jerseys is seen at Barnes & Noble at 1598 N. High St. For the 2015 season, stores such as Barnes and Noble will now only be allowed to sell Nos. 1 and 15 jerseys. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi / Lantern reporterFans looking to purchase new Ohio State football jerseys for the upcoming season will have two jersey options to choose from at Nike apparel-approved retailers: No. 1 and No. 15. Rick Van Brimmer, assistant vice president for Affinity Trademark Management, said that it is merely a coincidence that two team standouts in redshirt senior quarterback/H-back Braxton Miller (1) and junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) sport the two number choices that are represented.According to Van Brimmer, the decision to make those two numbers available to fans is because annually No. 1 is the most popular jersey number and No. 15 represents the upcoming 2015 football season.Van Brimmer said the decision came about after an internal meeting from peer institutions.“Given the current climate around use of players’ names and likeness, this seemed to fit philosophically with where we want to be,” Van Brimmer said. “Fans can still get any number they choose through our custom jersey program at the stadium and online at our official team shop, as long as they include their (own) name on the jersey.”Carter Marsch, a second-year in communication, said he approves of the decision to represent the year and the potential national championship awaiting the team at the end of the season, but he also realizes the problem with teams using players’ jersey numbers for profit.“There’s always been problems with representing students and making money off of them, and what the football team can bring in, compared to what the students make,” Marsch said. “I think that this is a good way to kind of cancel that out, almost.”Van Brimmer said some stores may have carryover stock from last year still available for a limited time.Kathy Smith, general manager at the Barnes & Noble in the South Campus Gateway, said her store was already clearing out last year’s inventory before the announcement came out.Smith said her store still has some of last year’s No. 5 jerseys — the number formerly worn by Miller — on clearance right now.“If (customers) are looking for any other numbers besides 1 and 15, then they can come in and look at what we have on clearance,” Smith said.Smith mentioned that a rivalry game jersey will be made available later this year as well, but she could not provide the details on those yet, as they have not been officially released.The new OSU jerseys are available in two styles, game and limited, and range from $90 to $135 on the Nike website. read more

Britain and Germany to sign new defence pact after Theresa May triggers

first_imgThe US president took to Twitter to demand that Germany “pay more” to the United States for its defense, only hours after meeting with the German chancellor.Mrs Merkel told the president she believed Germany must work to pay its fair share to be in the Nato alliance – a key demand by Mr Trump, who has repeatedly said he believes America is bearing the brunt of the costs. The Royal Navy’s newest helicopter, the Wildcat, will also operate from a German frigate and take part in operations in the Mediterranean next year.News of a stronger German- British alliance comes after Donald Trump accused Germany of not spending enough on defence after he sat down with Angela Merkel for the first time on Friday.  Exercise Griffin Strike, a joint military exercise between English and French forces, watched by the respective Defence Ministers of both countries British Army’s 5 Rifles Regiment, The Royal Logistics Corps, Royal Artillery and Royal Millitary PoliceCredit:Estonian Defence Ministry Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, with his French counterpart Jean Yves Le Drian, oversees Griffin Strike, a joint military exercise between the two countriesCredit:David Rose Britain and Germany are poised to sign a new defence pact as Theresa May signals her intention to play a significant role in European security after Brexit.The Prime Minister is seeking to reassure European Union leaders that Britain will continue to cooperate on training, cyber security and maritime patrols.The UK defence ministry said it was working with Germany “on a joint vision statement on future co-operation”.center_img The Government is keen to emphasise that Britain is committed to Nato and European security. A new deal with Germany is expected after Mrs May triggers Article 50 later this monthIt comes after British troops began a long-term deployment to Estonia on Saturday, where the UK is playing a leading role in the Nato mission. The deployment is part of what Nato is calling an “enhanced forward presence”, designed to reassure eastern allies and deter potential Russian aggression.   The German defence ministry confirmed to the Financial Times that it was working on joint projects.It said: “Independent of the effects of Brexit, Great Britain remains a strong partner and ally in Nato and also bilaterally.” Sir Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, is understood to have spoken to a number of EU countries about building up military links.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. British Army's 5 Rifles Regiment, The Royal Logistics Corps, Royal Artillery and Royal Millitary Policelast_img read more

Strike still a possibility for hospital doctors

first_imgHOSPITAL DOCTORS SAY industrial action remains a possibility as talks continue between the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) and the Health Service Executive (HSE).The two groups met at the Labour Relations Commission today but the union says that while some progress was made, there remains a number of unresolved issues.The HSE says it will revert to the IMO tomorrow with proposals to address concerns.In a statement, the union said that a strike remains a possibility and the matter will be discussed by the NCHD committee when it reconvenes to consider the HSE proposals.Junior doctors agreed to postpone the planned strike so discussions could continue on how to end shifts that last longer than 24 hours.The IMO claims its members are working illegal hours, urging the HSE to come up with a plan to implement an EU directive on working hours by the end of next year.Earlier today, Minister James Reilly said he was keen to resolve the issue, noting the wanted to see Irish doctors have a life, a career and a hobby.Read: Doctors’ strike now suspended indefinitely as IMO seeks clarificationEarlier: Minister does not want legal firms to benefit from symphysiotomy settlementlast_img read more