Braving the barrier of age and ailment, the first CD containing folk songs by 83-year-old Anubha Ganguly will be released on June 7, in Kolkata by Governor KN Tripathi.At the age when most people complaint of ill health and loneliness, Ganguly’s amazing energy and undaunted courage stand as a source of great inspiration to the singers and musicians, who are much junior to her in age. The CD contains 10 popular folk songs including ‘Longor Chariya Naoer’, ‘Ki Ajob Karigor’, ‘Prem Janena Roshik Kalachand’, ‘Hosti Konya Hosti Konya’, ‘Kanai oo Kanai’, ‘Kunchboron shundor konya’, ‘O amar dorodi’, ‘Loke Bole Bolbe’, ‘Emon Premer Nodite Soigo’, ‘Ore Ore sundoira naoer majhi’. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveGanguly joined Gananatya Sangha, where she came in contact with the king of folk songs – Nirmalendu Chowdhury and became his first student. Her husband Gokulchand and brother –in- law also joined the choir. She took part in many shows and enthralled the audience. Undoubtedly, music was Anubha’s, first love. Though born in a well-settled family, Anubha being daughter of a cook, took her intial lessons in music from Krishna Chandra Dey – popularly known as KC Dey – who happened to be the uncle of Manna Dey. Dey had a baritone voice was a great exponent of Kirtan. Later, she learned music under the mentorship of renowned music teacher Yamini Gangopadhyay. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back painAnubha’s son actor-singer Arindam Ganguly said that despite being the mother of three children, which kept her busy looking after the day to day duties, she kept pursuing music and balancing her personal and professional life quite well. “This CD is my tribute to her,” he said. It was Biswa Roy, Head of Bhavna Cassettes and Records, who mooted the idea of making a CD of folk songs by an octogenarian vocalist, that will stand as an inspiration to the present day folk artists. Ganguly did not turn down Roy’s proposal, and yet has presented to us a unique CD with the inimitable style of singing.
New Delhi: There was no discussion on Kashmir in the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Japan recently and there is no question of any mediation on the issue, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.Amid a walkout of proceedings by the opposition which has been demanding a statement from the prime minister since Tuesday, Singh said in the House that mediation on the Kashmir issue is also ruled out as it is a question of national pride for India. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”There was no discussion on Kashmir during the meeting between the Prime Minister and US President Trump in June. There is no question of any mediation on Kashmir issue,” he said. Singh also asserted that when India talks to Pakistan, it will not be limited to the issue of Kashmir, but also include Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). US President Trump had on Monday claimed that Prime Minister Modi had asked him to play the role of a mediator on Kashmir. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe defence minister said External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was present at the Trump-Modi meeting held on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Osaka and his statement is the “most authentic” on the issue. The external affairs minister had already made a statement in both houses of Parliament on Tuesday, making it clear that the prime minister had made no such request to the US President. Earlier, during Question Hour, the Congress, DMK and a few other parties came to the well demanding presence of Modi in the House and a statement from him. They were continuously engaged in sloganeering, trying to disrupt the proceeding of the House. When the Zero Hour began, Speaker Om Birla allowed Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to speak and also asked him to stay put in the House when the government will reply to his statement. Chowdhury said the entire country was confused following the statement of President Trump and it would be appropriate to hear from the “horse’s mouth”, the prime minister, to make the issue clear as it was a matter between him (Modi) and Trump. “What is wrong if we are seeking a statement from the horse’s mouth. The prime minister must come to the House and make a statement,” he said. However, when deputy leader of Lok Sabha and the defence minister rose to make a statement, the Congress, DMK and other members staged a walk out in protest. Singh said the opposition had promised to listen to the government, but by walking out, they have “broken their promise”. Earlier during Question Hour, as the uproar continued, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that while no doubt about the issue is left since the External Affairs Minister has already given a statement, the defence minister would respond during Zero Hour as the Opposition has again raised the matter. However, protesting members were not convinced and continued with their sloganeering. They were heard shouting slogans like ‘Prime Minister jawab do jawab do’ (Prime Minister should answer). On Tuesday also, the Opposition had sought a response from the prime minister on the issue.
Kolkata: An undertrial prisoner, identified as Raju Mondal alias Golam Hussain Mondal, escaped from R G Kar Medical College and Hospital on Monday night.Later on wee hours of Tuesday, police nabbed him from under the Western slope of Belgachia flyover. According to sources, Mondal, an accused of a rape case, was lodged at Ashokenagar police station. He was in judicial custody at Dum Dum Correctional Home since last one year. Due to some health problems, he was recently admitted to R G Kar Hospital. Two guard Jail Warders were posted at the hospital to keep an eye on Mondal. On Monday night around 11pm, Mondal went to bathroom. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter several minutes when he did not come out, Jail Warders broke open the door and found that Mondal has escaped through the broken window.An alarm was sounded and Tala police station was also informed. After chief controller, Dum Dum Correctional Home lodged a complaint, police started search operation in and around the hospital. Around 3:50 am, on Tuesday, police and staff of Dum Dum Correctional Home spotted Mondal under the Belgachia flyover. Seeing the police he tried to flee but failed to escape from the police.
Los Angeles: Actors Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are returning for the fourth installment of the Matrix franchise, which will be helmed by Lana Wachowski. Wachowski is set to write and direct a fourth science fiction film set in the world of The Matrix, with Reeves and Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively, reports variety.com. Production company Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and globally distribute the film. Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement recently. According to sources, the film is expected to begin production in the beginning of 2020.
BRENTWOOD BAY, B.C. – Donna Otto hasn’t decided on wearing a fascinator or a new hat on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day, but she knows where she’ll be at 4 a.m. on Saturday when the royal couple say their ‘I dos.’Otto, like most Canadians is thousands of kilometres and many time zones away from the ceremony at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, but she says she’ll be up early in Victoria to toast the newlyweds.Theatres, cathedrals, libraries, hotels and banquet halls across Canada are booked for morning wedding celebration parties, with the hearty souls on the West Coast rising before dawn for the noon-hour ceremony in Great Britain.“I’m going to enjoy every bit of it,” says Otto, a member of the Royal Commonwealth Society’s Vancouver Island branch. “Embrace it. My dress is a work in progress. I’m sure I’ll have either a fascinator or I’m seriously thinking of getting a brand new hat.”The Royal Commonwealth Society and the Victoria chapter of the Monarchist League of Canada have teamed up to host a royal wedding breakfast buffet bash a the city’s 139-year-old Union Club.Guests are invited to arrive at 3 a.m. They should be dressed in appropriate wedding attire, where they’ll watch a live television broadcast of the wedding.“I call it fun, frivolous and foolish,” says Otto. “Why not? Sometimes life is too serious and we just need to … interject something that’s really fun to do. It’s an opportunity to focus on something very positive and that part of it is wonderful because there is such negative news in the world all the time.”Wendy Hart says she’s excited about the wedding, but staging a viewing party at 6 a.m. in Winnipeg wasn’t generating much buzz.Instead, the Manitoba wings of the Monarchist League, United Empire Loyalists and Royal Commonwealth Society will gather at noon Central time for a champagne luncheon to view the wedding on tape delay at the castle-like University of Winnipeg Club, she says.“People were not that keen to get up that early in the morning,” says Hart. “It’s going to be so pleasant to watch it at a reasonable time of day.”She says Prince Harry and Meghan have captivated millions around the world with their love story and the bonds they created.“It’s not just a royal wedding,” Hart says. “It’s a union involving North America and the United Kingdom. We’re crossing the ocean on this one.”In Toronto, where Harry and Meghan’s romance blossomed, a 7 a.m. viewing party is being held at the Duke of Cornwall pub, which has room for about 160 people. Participants will watch the ceremony on television, feast on English-style breakfasts and participate in a royal trivia quiz.U.K. expat Paulo Antunes, who operates the Toronto online site Typically British, says he expects long-time royal enthusiasts and younger Harry and Meghan fans to gather for the celebration.“Our event is a mixed bag,” he says. “We’re getting older people who have been following all the major royal events for years and there’s these young people who are excited for Harry and they’re excited for Meghan who lived 20 minutes down the street.”Markle resided in Toronto for several years while filming the television series “Suits.”Antunes says the pub will serve royal-flavoured non-alcoholic drinks, including Ginger and Tonic, Long Island High Tea, Harry Wallbanger and Bloody Meghan.David Spence, a retired United Church minister, says he’s going to be wearing his McDuff tartan kilt to the breakfast wedding ceremony at Victoria’s Union Club.At his Brentwood Bay home, just 20 kilometres northwest of Victoria, Spence, who performed the wedding ceremony for Paralympian and activist Rick Hansen and Amanda Reid, says he’s become enamoured with Harry and Meghan and what they represent to the world.“People are infatuated with a young couple who reflects the diversity of what the modern Commonwealth is all about,” says Spence, who is the Vancouver Island president of the Royal Commonwealth Society.“They have an energy level they are sharing with the world. They’ve gone through some difficult parts of their lives in order to reach this level of identity with people.”—With files from Cassandra Szklarski
OTTAWA — Academics and civil liberties advocates are telling senators the Liberal government’s sweeping national-security bill doesn’t go far enough to protect the rights of people ensnared by Canada’s no-fly list.The bill takes aim at the recurring problem of mistaken no-fly list name matches involving youngsters.Several witnesses are urging a Senate committee to bolster the no-fly appeal process by assigning a special legal advocate, one allowed to see secret evidence, to assist people barred from getting on planes. The bill would also limit — but not eliminate — powers that allow the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to actively disrupt terror plots.It opens the door to new paths for security services in data-crunching and cyberwarfare, and enhances accountability and review through creation of a super-watchdog.The legislation would also tighten provisions on information-sharing among federal agencies, redefine terrorist propaganda and narrow a general prohibition against promoting terrorism offences to the crime of counselling someone to commit a terrorist offence.The Canadian Press
VICTORIA — British Columbia’s minority New Democrat government is embarking on a social spending program in a budget update that includes hiring 3,500 teachers, and building 1,700 affordable rental units and 2,000 homes for the homeless.Finance Minister Carole James says her government’s budget aims to make life more affordable for residents while setting the course for a strong economy that works for all and not just the few.The budget update forecasts a surplus of $246 million this year and economic growth of 2.9 per cent, up from the 2.1 per cent projected in last February’s budget.James says the housing initiatives in the update, including $208 million for affordable rental spaces and $291 million for the homes for the homeless, are the first steps in a long-term housing plan that will be detailed in the February budget.The minister says the budget includes tax measures that lowers corporate income tax rate for small business to two per cent from 2.5 per cent, but increases the general corporate tax rate to 12 per cent from 11 per cent.James says the government is making good on its election promises to cut medical services plan premiums by 50 per cent on Jan. 1 and increase income and disability rates by $100 a month.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, at his meeting with President Sirisena on Saturday (Sep. 26) stated that President Maithripala Sirisena has won the grace of world leaders today because he is leading the country towards a correct path. He wished well for President Sirisena programs for that.A meeting between President Sirisena and the President of South Korea Park Chung-hee was also held during the session. They discussed on the well-being of the Sri Lankan workers in South Korea. The South Korean President gave her highly positive response to the request made by President Sirisena for more employment opportunities to Sri Lankans. She also affirmed the assistance to seek solutions for the garbage problem in Sri Lanka.President Sirisena also met the President of New Zealand John Key. The New Zealand President said more investors will be encouraged to invest in Sri Lanka. They also discussed the ways to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. (Colombo Gazette) The President’s media division said that Obama made these remarks at a meeting with President Sirisena while participating in the 70th session of the UNGA. United States President Barack Obama has praised President Maithripala Sirisena’s commitment and actions taken for strengthening of democracy and good governance in Sri Lanka. President Obama expressed his appreciation about the changes which have occurred in Sri Lanka under the new government. In response, President Sirisena said his determination is to build the reconciliation in the country in future. “I strongly believe the reconciliation should be established in the country after bringing an end to the war”, he said.When President Sirisena requested the assistance for the alleviation of poverty, the US President stated his government will fully help Sri Lanka on that regard.
The suspects were arrested and placed in remand following the violence in Kandy targeting Muslims. (Colombo Gazette) The leader of the Mahasohon Balakaya, Amith Weerasinghe and several others were today ordered to be further remanded over the violence in Digana, Kandy.Weerasinghe and 33 others were order by court to be further remanded until June 11th when they were presented before court today.
A global payment company will give members of Canada’s largest small- and medium-business association lower rates on American Express transactions.Chase Merchant Services will charge a new lower rate to Canadian Federation of Independent Business members that process less than $500,000 in Amex transactions.CFIB says the deal aims to make it easier for small businesses to accept Chase payment cards.CFIB president Dan Kelly says the partnership means many of the federation’s members could see significant savings thanks to the offer, with some members potentially seeing fees reduced by almost 50 per cent.“This new deal is a big step forward for small business and recognizes their importance to the Canadian economy,” Kelly said. “Many of our members could see significant savings with the new offer. This will benefit CFIB members by lowering the cost of offering Amex as a payment option, while ultimately providing value to consumers with greater access and payment choice.”Retailers pay fees each time consumers use a credit card. The fees differ based on type of credit card, business and other considerations.As well, Amex transactions delivered through Chase will be processed quickly, give merchants next-day payment in most cases, and administration time will be cut by having one statement only, covering both Amex and Chase transactions.The retail industry has been advocating for lower fees, arguing that Canadian businesses pay some of the highest fees worldwide.CFIB’s 110,000 members collectively process more than $12 billion in electronic payments through Chase every year.More information on the agreement can be found here. — with files from Financial Post staff
TORONTO – A loophole in Ontario’s law requiring disclosure of all public sector salaries over $100,000 may have allowed hundreds of people to hide their true pay levels, the opposition parties said Friday.The Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act was introduced by the Mike Harris Conservative government in 1996, but it turns out per diem income reported on T4-A slips was not being disclosed by everyone.“I am absolutely concerned because I would bet almost anything that there are dozens, maybe hundreds of people who are being shielded and hidden from the sunshine list,” said NDP finance critic Michael Prue.The Liberal government vowed to move quickly to tighten the rules around salary disclosure to include per diems, and said it did not expect “a significant number” of public servants failed to disclose how much they were paid.The Progressive Conservatives complained Ontario’s public sector has grown “big time” under the Liberals and said the government should have closed the salary disclosure loophole sooner.“Itâ€™s something we support and itâ€™s something that should have been done long ago,” said Opposition critic Monte McNaughton.“Dalton McGuinty has completely ignored this, and itâ€™s his approach to government and to this whole public sector bloating. These people getting paid on a per diem basis should be on the sunshine list.”The problem came to light after McGuinty recently nominated Progressive Conservative Elizabeth Witmer as chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board at a salary of $188,000.The outgoing chairman, Steve Mahoney, made $129,000 last year, but he wasn’t on the sunshine list.The WSIB said his income wasn’t disclosed because Mahoney, who was paid $550 a day, was a part-time chairman. The position has been made a full-time job for Witmer, who will not be paid a per diem on top of her salary.The government came under fire when the 2011 list was released in March because it did not include the sky-high salaries of former top executives at the troubled Ornge air ambulance service, including the $1.4 million paid to ousted chief executive Chris Mazza.“We know that Mazza was hidden from the sunshine list, we know people at Ornge were hidden (and) we now find out that Steve Mahoney was hidden,” said Prue. “Thereâ€™s going to be a lot of them.”There were 78,910 names on the sunshine list for 2011, up 10 per cent or 7,432 workers, from 2010. The NDP predicted that number will grow even higher once all public sector income is reported.“I for one think that when they get the rules in order and do it right, youâ€™re going to see a whole lot more there than whatâ€™s been there in the past,” said Prue.Not everyone paid by taxpayers on a per diem basis failed to report on the sunshine list. Janet Robinson, who was paid $627 dollars a day as the part-time chair of the Ontario Film Review Board, reported she made just under $103,000 in 2011.The Liberals say it was the Tories who left income reported on T4-A slips out of the original 1996 legislation.“The way the law was written encapsulates T4s only. We’ll have to figure out how to amend the law so that it also captures T4-A’s,” said Finance Ministry spokesman Darcy McNeill. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted May 11, 2012 1:22 pm MDT NDP, Tories say hundreds of Ontario public servants may be hiding their salaries
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Practice makes perfect, and in an era defined by a glut of incredible point guards, Paul still stands out as one of the best of the best. His basketball portfolio is incredibly diversified; he’s an incredible passer, a creative genius, one of the game’s best midrange shooters, and he’s one of the most consistently great defenders at his position too. Still, any discussion of Paul in 2015 must address the elephant-sized trophy not in the room: As great as he and his numbers have been, he’s never played in the conference finals, and his last two playoff exits have been brutal. It weighs on him, and he doesn’t want to go down as some “statistically great” point guard who never won. “All that’s good and well, but it doesn’t matter unless it translates to wins,” Paul said.A few weeks into this new season, Paul and the Clippers remain a threat to win it all. With a reloaded roster and one of the most talented teams in the league, they have the potential for greatness. And Paul is hopeful that he and his teammates can turn their recent frustrations into motivation to finally get over the hump. “We got a lot guys with something to prove, a lot of guys that got a chip on their shoulder,” Paul said. “I think with that combination, we can make something special.”That obviously remains to be seen. But Thursday night, the Clippers host their bitter rivals from Oakland, who are led by their own superstar point guard and just happen to be the hottest basketball team on the planet right now. Paul and the new-look Clippers have an early chance to prove something. Last season, Paul assisted on 231 threes, and 98 of those went to Redick, making Paul-to-Redick the most prolific 3-point partnership in the entire league.1The top 3 partnerships: 1) Chris Paul to J.J. Redick for 98 3-pointers; 2) Stephen Curry to Klay Thompson for 88 3-pointers; 3) James Harden to Trevor Ariza for 80 3-pointers.As you can see below, Paul helped set Redick up all over the place, but those triples are clearly the pair’s signature collaboration. Paul has a bit of a reputation for getting mad at his teammates, but according to him, the only time he gets angry with Griffin is when Griffin is too passive with that improved jumper. “I’m probably harder on Blake than anybody about taking his shot,” Paul said. “I told him, the only time you’ll see me get mad if I pass it to someone is when they don’t shoot it.”Griffin’s jumper has come so far so fast that Paul seems more confident in it than Griffin does. “I think it’s going in every time,” Paul said. “And that’s a tribute to all the work he’s put in.”You don’t become the most efficient offense in the NBA without versatility, but the NBA is still a pick-and-roll league. Griffin’s emergence as one of the game’s most versatile bigs has enabled Paul to attack defenses in multiple ways. After all, it’s still Paul at the controls, and it’s his ability as a catalyst that has enabled the team to coalesce into something more than the sum of a bunch of NBA parts.While we all know that Paul is among the best distributors in the world, his ability to generate his own shots remains arguably the most unheralded section of his game. He’s one of the best unassisted scorers in the world. It’s that particular skill that lends the Clippers offense one of its most lethal — and most primitive — options. Not every possession will end with a tidy catch-and-shoot sequence, and when defenses disrupt the Clippers’ pre-orchestrated plans, they still have to deal with Paul, one of the most effective off-the-dribble scorers in the league.It’s no secret that point guards, as the chief ball-handlers of NBA offenses, dribble the ball more than any other position. In turn, they are much more likely to shoot in unassisted off-the-dribble situations, shots that we’re beginning to understand are statistically much more difficult on average. It’s not rocket science, but generally speaking, catch-and-shoot jumpers are much more likely to go in than their unassisted, off-the-dribble counterparts.League-wide, just about half of all field goal attempts qualify as unassisted. Many times, as possessions unravel over time, some offensive player will have to “create his own shot,” and any players who can do that reliably and efficiently present their teams with a huge offensive stopgap. When Paul needs to, he can create a decently efficient scoring chance at-will, meaning that when he is on the floor, the Clippers’ “last resort” is a pretty efficient option.Paul has been one of the league’s top point guards for years now. But he hasn’t been the same player the whole time. Back in his days in New Orleans, he relied more on his speed and less on his smarts. “Once upon a time, I was all downhill, you know, obsessed with getting to the basket — like Dame [Lillard] and stuff like that — but then I realized in New Orleans I need to get this midrange down,” Paul said.There’s that perfectionism again. The way he describes it, you might think he was terrible. As a rookie, Paul already had a reliable elbow jumper and hit that key shot at rates that would make players like Russell Westbrook or John Wall envious. That 3-pointer that helped beat Memphis earlier this month provides a great example. Despite the fact that Paul was careening through the paint at breakneck speed among a trio of elite defenders, he still managed to deliver Redick a perfect pass. But Paul self-identifies as a “perfectionist,” and according to Redick, it tears him up on the rare occasions when his dishes are dirty: “It’s just so precise what he does. He throws me perfect, on-time, on-target passes at all times. I joke about this with him all the time, but once every 150th pass or so, it’ll be off-target, and he’ll get so upset with himself. And I’m like, ‘Bubs, I could never get mad at you for that.’”I could never get mad at you for that? The two bitter ACC rivals have morphed into an old married couple … an old married couple that represents one of the most lethal catch-and shoot threats on planet Earth. Still, as marvelous as that is, a quick look at the league’s most dangerous duos from last season reveals that while Paul-to-Redick was the most prolific 3-point pairing in the entire league, it wasn’t even the most prolific point-scoring duo on the Clippers.Most Prolific Assister-Scorer Duos, 2014-15 Regular SeasonChris Paul to Blake Griffin: 527 pointsChris Paul to J.J. Redick: 524 pointsStephen Curry to Klay Thompson: 426 pointsIn a league with dozens of point guards, Paul was the distributor in the two highest-scoring pairings. That’s incredible. And while the Splash Brothers deserve limitless praise for what they accomplished last season, Paul’s abilities as a facilitator remain second to none, and nobody knows that better than Blake Griffin, the Clippers’ top scorer.Last season, Griffin ranked eighth in the league in scoring, averaging 22 points per contest. He was and is the Clippers’ most dangerous scorer. Still, even the league’s best scorers rely on assists on a regular basis, and last season, 67 percent of Griffin’s buckets were assisted, and 45 percent of his field goals came off assists by Paul. In other words, almost half of Griffin’s buckets are directly downstream from Paul’s passes.Griffin has come a long way since entering the NBA as a rookie in 2010; the player we’re seeing now can do a lot more than the phenom who jumped out of the gym five years ago. Griffin had all the athletic ability in the world coming out of college, but it takes more than raw athletic ability to be an NBA superstar these days, especially at the power forward position, which increasingly is becoming one of the most demanding jobs in the game. Players like Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, Chris Bosh, Serge Ibaka and Kevin Love have changed the job description by using their reliable jump shots to open up the floor for their playmaking teammates. When Griffin landed in the NBA, he could jump over Kias, but he couldn’t shoot like those players.But Griffin is no fool, and he knew that to become great at his position, and prolong his career, he needed to develop his jumper. Griffin has worked endlessly with Bob Thate, the Clippers’ shooting guru, and all that work has paid off. As a rookie, only 15 percent of Griffin’s shots came from between 16-feet and the 3-point line; he made just 34 percent of them. So far this season, 37 percent of Griffin’s shots are coming in this zone, and he’s converted 48 percent of them. For context, the league as a whole makes 40 percent of its shots from this area. Griffin’s improvement has improved the entire Clippers offense — just ask Paul. “Blake having that shot now makes defenses worry about one more thing,” Paul told me. “You gotta worry about his roll to the basket, his passing, and now that shot. Now it’s like, ‘What can’t he do?’” Earlier this month at Staples Center, the Memphis Grizzlies were leading the Los Angeles Clippers by two points with a minute remaining in the game. The Clippers had the ball and needed a bucket. Chris Paul dribbled quickly past a DeAndre Jordan screen at the top of the arc before he turned the corner and attacked the right side of the paint. As Paul raced toward the rim, he was dogged by Tony Allen and Mike Conley, two terrific defenders creating a situation that would overwhelm most NBA point guards. But Paul isn’t most NBA point guards.As Paul reached the right block, he was met by Marc Gasol, the 2012-13 NBA defensive player of the year. Unfazed, Paul spun in the air and somehow hurled the ball 20 feet backward, all the way back to the top of the arc, which was solely occupied by an unattended J.J. Redick, one of the most reliable catch-and-shoot guys on the planet. The rest was merely a formality.You’re not supposed to get wide-open shots like that against the Grizzlies, especially in such a key late-game situation. Memphis has been one of the best defensive groups in the NBA for years. But sometimes great offense beats great defense, especially when Chris Paul is running an offense; his team almost always gets good looks. He’s led the league in assists two years in a row, and the Clippers were the most efficient offensive team in the league last season. But those simple numerical accolades fail to adequately reveal just how great Paul has been.As NBA analyses evolve, we have new means to understand how great point guards like Paul change the game. Assists are one thing. But they account only for the shots that teammates make, and that’s only part of the playmaking story. Thanks to the league’s player tracking system, we can now analyze the origin of every shot in every game. Upon closer inspection, when Paul is creating shots — either for his teammates or for himself — he blends volume and effectiveness as well as anyone in the NBA.Most NBA fans are aware that Paul is great at sharing the ball, but few know that all those assists led to 24 points per game last season. Anthony Davis tallied that exact number as a scorer — and that made him fourth in the league in scoring. In other words, not only did Paul manage to score 19 points per game himself, but as a distributor, he also created another Davis-sized contribution as well.The chart below shows the shooting efficiencies of Paul’s Clipper teammates last season immediately after they received a pass from him. As you can see, good things happen on the business end of a Chris Paul dime. The NBA is a league increasingly obsessed with creating more threes on offense, which also makes it a league increasingly obsessed with stopping them on defense. And if you’re guarding Redick these days, you know perfectly well that he is perpetually seeking out clean catch-and-shoot looks beyond the arc. You also know that it’s Paul who’s likely to deliver him the ball. But Redick is quick to point out that Paul can outwit almost any defensive approach thrown his way. “Chris is incredibly intelligent,” Redick told me. “So, a lot of times, if a defending point guard knows we’re running catch and shoot, they’ll try to shade one side (especially the left side, because I always come off the left side). But Chris is so good at keeping guys guessing, and if his man cheats, he’ll go to the basket on him. He always makes people pay if they try and cheat.” During Paul’s rookie year, just 9 percent of his shots came between 10 and 16 feet; he converted only 33 percent of them. Last year, 23 percent of his shots came from this area, and he sunk an incredible 53 percent of them.Paul is arguably the best midrange shooter on the planet right now. And, yes, that planet also includes Nowitzki and Curry. And while that may seem like hyperbole, the numbers back up the idea that nobody can blend volume and efficiency in the midrange as well as Paul can, especially when you consider that most of his attempts in that area are those unassisted, higher-level-of-difficulty shots.But Paul makes those shots look easy on a regular basis. Not only did he lead the league in unassisted midrange field goals last season, but out of 61 players who attempted at least 200 of those shots, he ranked first in field goal percentage, by a country mile. The following scatterplot leaves little doubt just how extraordinary Paul’s midrange prowess has become: A quick comparison of Paul’s rookie shot chart with last season’s reveals that the biggest upticks in his game have come from downtown. As a rookie, only 19 percent of his shots came from beyond the arc, and he converted a ghastly 28 percent of them. Last season, those numbers ballooned to 30 percent and 40 percent, respectively.
Editor’s note: This article is adapted from previous articles about how our March Madness predictions work.We’ve been issuing probabilistic March Madness forecasts in some form since 2011, when FiveThirtyEight was just a couple of people writing for The New York Times. Initially, we focused on the men’s NCAA Tournament, publishing a table that gave each team’s probability of advancing deep (or not-so-deep) into the tournament. Over the years, we expanded to forecasting the women’s tournament as well. And since 2016, our forecasts have updated live, as games are played. Below are the details on each step that we take — including calculating power ratings for teams, win probabilities for each game and the chance that each remaining team will make it to any given stage of the bracket. Men’s team ratings March Madness Predictions: FiveThirtyEight’s men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament forecasting models calculate the chance of each team reaching each round. See our predictions for 2018 » Our men’s model is principally based on a composite of six computer power ratings:Ken Pomeroy’s ratingsJeff Sagarin’s “predictor” ratingsSonny Moore’s ratingsJoel Sokol’s LRMC ratingsESPN’s Basketball Power IndexFiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings (described below)Each of these ratings has a strong track record in picking tournament games. We shouldn’t make too much of the differences among them: They are all based on the same basic information — wins and losses, strength of schedule, margin of victory — computed in slightly different ways. We use six systems instead of one, however, because each system has different features and bugs, and blending them helps to smooth out any rough edges. (Those rough edges matter because even small differences can compound over the course of a single-elimination tournament that requires six or seven games to win.)To produce a pre-tournament rating for each team, we combine those computer ratings with a couple of human rankings:The NCAA selection committee’s 68-team “S-curve”Preseason rankings from The Associated Press and the coachesThese rankings have some predictive power — if used in moderation. They make up one-fourth of the rating for each team; the computer systems are three-fourths.It’s not a typo, by the way, to say that we look at preseason rankings. The reason is that a 30- to 35-game regular season isn’t all that large a sample. Preseason rankings provide some estimate of each team’s underlying player and coaching talent. It’s a subjective estimate, but it nevertheless adds some value, based on our research. If a team wasn’t ranked in either the Associated Press or Coaches polls, we estimate its strength using the previous season’s final Sagarin rating, reverted to the mean.To arrive at our FiveThirtyEight power ratings, which are a measure of teams’ current strength on a neutral court and are displayed on our March Madness predictions interactive graphic, we make two adjustments to our pre-tournament ratings.The first is for injuries and player suspensions. We review injury reports and deduct points from teams that have key players out of the lineup. This process might sound arbitrary, but it isn’t: The adjustment is based on Sports-Reference.com’s Win Shares, which estimates the contribution of each player to his team’s record while also adjusting for a team’s strength of schedule. So our program won’t assume a player was a monster just because he was scoring 20 points a game against the likes of Abilene Christian and Austin Peay. The injury adjustment also works in reverse: We review each team to see which are healthier going into the tournament than they were during the regular season.The second adjustment takes place only once the tournament is underway. The FiveThirtyEight model gives a bonus to teams’ ratings as they win games, based on the score of each game and the quality of their opponent. A No. 12 seed that waltzes through its play-in game and then crushes a No. 5 seed may be much more dangerous than it initially appeared; our model accounts for this. On the flip side, a highly rated team that wins but looks wobbly against a lower seed often struggles in the next round, we’ve found.When we forecast individual games, we apply a third and final adjustment to our ratings, for travel distance. Are you not at your best when you fly in from LAX to take an 8 a.m. meeting in Boston? The same is true of college basketball players. In extreme cases (a team playing very near its campus or traveling across the country to play a game), the effect of travel can be tantamount to playing a home or road game, despite being on an ostensibly neutral court. This final adjustment gives us a team’s travel-adjusted power rating, which is then used to calculate their chance of winning that game.Women’s team ratings We calculate power ratings for the women’s tournament in much the same way as we do for the men’s. However, because of the relative lack of data for women’s college basketball — a persistent problem when it comes to women’s sports — the process has a few differences:Three of the six power ratings that we use for the men’s tournament aren’t available for women. Fortunately, that means three of them are: Sagarin’s “predictor” ratings, Sokol’s LRMC ratings and Moore’s ratings. We also use a fourth system, the Massey Ratings.The NCAA doesn’t publish the 68-team S-curve data for the women. So we use the teams’ seeds instead, with the exception of the four No. 1 seeds, which the selection committee does list in order.For the women’s tournament, there isn’t much in the way of injury reports or advanced individual statistics, so we don’t include injury adjustments.Turning power ratings into a forecastOnce we have power ratings for every team, we need to turn them into a forecast — that is, the chance of every team reaching any round of the tournament.Most of our sports forecasts rely on Monte Carlo simulations, but March Madness is different; because the structure of the tournament is a single-elimination bracket, we’re able to directly calculate the chance of teams advancing to a given round.We calculate the chance of any team beating another with the following Elo-derived formula, which is based on the difference between the two teams’ travel-adjusted power ratings:1.01.0+10−travel_adjusted_power_rating_diff∗30.464/4001.01.0+10−travel_adjusted_power_rating_diff∗30.464/400Because a team needs to win only a single game to advance, this formula gives us the chance of a team reaching the next round in the bracket. The probability of a team reaching a future round in the bracket is based on a system of conditional probabilities. In other words, the chance of a team reaching a given round is the chance they reach the previous round, multiplied by their chance of beating any possible opponent in the previous round, weighted by their likelihood of meeting each of those opponents.Live win probabilitiesWhile games are being played, our interactive graphic displays a box for each one that shows updating win probabilities for both teams, as well as the score and the time remaining. These probabilities are derived using logistic regression analysis, which lets us plug the current state of a game into a model to produce the probability that either team will win the game. Specifically, we used play-by-play data from the past five seasons of Division I NCAA basketball to fit a model that incorporates:Time remaining in the gameScore differencePregame win probabilitiesWhich team has possession, with a special adjustment if the team is shooting free throwsThe model doesn’t account for everything, however. If a key player has fouled out of a game, for example, the model doesn’t know, and his or her team’s win probability is probably a bit lower than what we have listed. There are also a few places where the model experiences momentary uncertainty: In the handful of seconds between the moment when a player is fouled and the free throws that follow, for example, we use the team’s average free-throw percentage to adjust its win probability. Still, these probabilities ought to do a reasonably good job of showing which games are competitive and which are essentially over.Also displayed in the box for each game is our “excitement index” (check out the lower-right corner) — that number also updates throughout a game and can give you a sense of when it’ll be most fun to tune in. Loosely based on Brian Burke’s NFL work, the index is a measure of how much each team’s chances of winning have changed over the course of the game.The calculation behind this feature is the average change in win probability per basket scored, weighted by the amount of time remaining in the game. This means that a basket made late in the game has more influence on a game’s excitement index than a basket made near the start of the game. We give additional weight to changes in win probability in overtime. Values range from 0 to 10, although they can exceed 10 in extreme cases.FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratingsIf you’ve been a FiveThirtyEight reader for really any length of time, you probably know that we’re big fans of Elo ratings. We’ve introduced versions for the NBA and the NFL, among other sports. Using game data from ESPN, Sports-Reference.com and other sources, we’ve also calculated Elo ratings for men’s college basketball teams dating back to the 1950s. Our Elo ratings are one of the six computer rating systems used in each team’s pre-tournament rating.Our methodology for calculating these Elo ratings is very similar to the one we use for the NBA. Elo is a measure of a team’s strength that is based on game-by-game results. The information that Elo relies on to adjust a team’s rating after every game is relatively simple — including the final score and the location of the game. (As we noted earlier, college basketball teams perform significantly worse when they travel a long distance to play a game.)It also takes into account whether the game was played in the NCAA Tournament. We’ve found that historically, there are actually fewer upsets in the tournament than you’d expect from the difference in teams’ Elo ratings, perhaps because the games are played under better and fairer conditions in the tournament than in the regular season. Our Elo ratings account for this and weight tournament games slightly higher than regular-season ones.Because Elo is a running assessment of a team’s talent, at the beginning of each season, a team gets to keep its rating from the end of the previous one, except that we also revert it to the mean. The wrinkle here, compared with our NFL Elo ratings, is that we revert college basketball team ratings to the mean of the conference.And that’s about it! (Congratulations if you made it this far.) While we make no guarantee that you’ll win your pool if you use our system, we think it’s done a pretty good job over the years. Hopefully, you’ll have fun using it to make your picks, and it will add to your enjoyment of both NCAA tournaments.
He was remanded in custody to appear at Woolwich Crown Court on December 20.Police want to speak to anyone who may have seen the alleged incident and will be at the park in Catford on Sunday in an effort to find witnesses.Detective Chief Inspector Tony Lynes said: “We are appealing to find any witnesses who were in, or near to, Mountsfield Park, Catford between approximately 5.15pm and 6.45pm on Sunday 20 November and are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard anything regarding an incident involving a man in the company of a child.”On Sunday 27 November, officers will be conducting ‘one week on’ appeals in Mountsfield Park.Anyone with information should call police on 0208 721 4868 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. A murder investigation is under way after the death of a five-year-old boy.The youngster was taken to hospital with critical head injuries, hours after an alleged incident involving a man at a park in south-east London on Sunday, but he died on Tuesday.Marvin Iheanacho, 38, from Wesley Avenue, Hounslow, was arrested on Monday and appeared at Bromley Magistrates Court the following day charged with grievous bodily harm with intent. 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.
Credit:Metropolitan police He is seen escaping from the group but falls to the floor moments later after being struck by one of the vehicles. The man was able to crawl away from his attackers, who rode off empty-handed, but he required treatment for a broken leg, Scotland Yard said.Moped robberies have become a frequent concurrence in the capital. Figures from the end of last year found crime involving the vehicles had risen by 600 per cent over two years. The men on mopeds were caught on cameraCredit:Metropolitan Police Criminals often steal mopeds and use them to target tourists and unsuspecting pedestrians carrying mobile phones. Police are appealing for information about the attack which happened at 3.10am on April 30. Detective Constable Richard Kidd said: “This happened just after 3am when a group of four or possibly more mopeds riding together would have been conspicuous.”I want to hear from anyone who recalls seeing such a group or who may have seen the mopeds being abandoned – or perhaps being stored in a lock-up or similar location – in the early hours of April 30. A moped-riding gang has broken a tourist’s leg in the latest attempted robbery to target one of London’s most exclusive areas.A group of eight people on mopeds ploughed down the man in an attempt to steal his watch on upmarket Park Lane in Westminster.The victim, in his 30s, was on holiday in London when he was pursued by the group, the Metropolitan Police said. CCTV footage shows the man running away after he was surrounded by eight suspects on four mopeds – three of which mount the pavement as they pursue him. “One of the mopeds would have sustained damage to its left side.” Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously. The tourist’s leg was broken in the incident Credit:Metropolitan Police 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.
Not long after announcing its intentions to make more electric vehicles, Honda has revealed an EV version of its popular Fit passenger car.Unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show, the new Fit features a range of around 100 miles and a top speed of 90 miles per hour. As for charge times, using a 120 volt outlet you’ll have a fully charged Fit in around 12 hours, while a 240v one will take just six. Compared to the regular gas Fit, the EV features a similar exterior and identical interior.But what it will include is multiple ways to keep track of the vehicle’s charging situation. Owners will be able to do so via the web, an upcoming phone application, as well as a remote that comes with the car. Though the car on display in LA is just a concept, Honda says the real version of the Fit EV should go into production in 2012.AdChoices广告Via CNET
Windows Live Messenger disponible sur iPhoneÉtats-Unis – Très attendue, l’application de Windows Live Messenger est désormais disponible sur l’App Store. A la grande joie des utilisateurs d’iPhone et d’iPod touch. Microsoft fait son apparition sur l’App Store. L’éditeur de logiciels a décidé de rendre disponible l’un de ses programmes les plus utilisés aux utilisateurs d’iPhone et d’iPod Touch. Windows Live Messenger sera en plus gratuit sur la plate-forme de la firme à la pomme. Il sera possible de consulter des photos, et des liens vers les réseaux sociaux sont aussi intégrés. Enfin, l’utilisateur pourra accéder directement à son compte Hotmail. Coïncidence ou non, Apple prévoit de sortir son système d’exploitation IOS 4 ainsi que l’iPhone 4 ces jours-ci. Le 21 juin 2010 à 13:03 • Emmanuel Perrin
Le Sénégal souhaite étendre l’irrigation au goutte-à-goutteAidé par Israël, le Sénégal veut étendre la technique d’irrigation au goutte-à-goutte afin d’”optimiser” la production agricole du pays et lutter contre la pauvreté.Le ministre sénégalais de l’Agriculture, Khadim Gueye, et l’ambassadeur israélien à Dakar, Eli Ben-Tura, ont annoncé vouloir étendre l’irrigation au goutte-à-goutte dans tout le pays. Aidé par Israël, qui emploie déjà cette technique, le Sénégal espère ainsi lutter contre la pauvreté en optimisant sa production agricole.À lire aussiDes scientifiques chinois développent un nouveau riz qui pourrait nourrir 200 millions de personnesComme l’a déclaré M. Gueye l’irrigation au goutte-à-goutte “est une innovation qui optimise la production agricole et contribue à l’amélioration qualitative de l’alimentation”, rapporte TV5monde. M. Ben-Tura a quant à lui affirmé que cette technique était particulièrement bien adaptée au climat semi-aride du Sénégal. Elle devrait permettre d’aider à “combattre le chômage, réduire la pauvreté pour parvenir à l’autosuffisance alimentaire”.La technique qui a été développé par Israël dans son programme baptisé “Innovation technico-agricole de lutte contre la pauvreté” (Tipa), prévoit de regrouper des paysans sur cinq hectares. Concrètement, il permet d’arroser la plante (et non la terre) à des débits fréquents, l’eau allant directement aux racines. Selon Alioune Diouf, l’agronome sénégalais qui collabore au programme Tipa, cette technologie “a une efficience de 95 à 100% avec une économie d’eau de 50%”.Une prochaine extension Chaque agriculteur dispose d’une parcelle de 500 mètres carrés sur laquelle il utilise le goutte-à-goutte. L’avantage de ce système d’irrigation est de pouvoir assurer la continuité de la production de fruits et légumes en dehors de la saison des pluies, de juin à octobre. Au Sénégal, 14 sites fonctionnent déjà selon ce principe et Dakar envisage de l’étendre dans les trois années à venir sur 400 hectares, respectivement 40 fermes de cinq hectares et dix fermes de 20 hectares. Le 23 septembre 2011 à 20:24 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target Resident Evil is a series best known for having zombies and other grotesque monsters. So far, all of the trailers for Resident Evil 7 have featured nothing but deranged hillbillies. These enemies are disturbing to be sure, but they are decidedly realistic. However, this is still a Resident Evil game so it shouldn’t be too surprising to find out that there will be non-human enemies to face. A newly released trailer gives us a small glimpse of a, particularly nasty looking monster.The enemy seen in the “Shadow” trailer looks an awful lot like the Regenerator from Resident Evil 4. It is hard to make out any solid details because of the heavy shadows, but everything from the creature’s stance to the way it walks is extremely reminiscent of the Regenerator foes. Though Resident Evil 7 is tonally different from other games in the series, it is still set within the same established canon from the past. It wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibility if this new creature was related to previous monsters in some way.The other thing that is noteworthy about this short trailer is the use of firearms. Most videos or demos for the game have featured an unarmed and helpless protagonist. We were told that the game would have firearms, but it is good to actually see them in action. Not that having a gun seems to do the person in the above video any good, but it is still nice to know we can shoot monsters in the face — even if we end up dying regardless.Resident Evil 7 will be released on January 24, 2017, for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The entire game can be played on PlayStation VR, though as I warned in my hands-on preview, you may want to play the game while wearing diapers since it is extremely scary in virtual reality. Sony Patents New PSVR Motion ControllerHands-On: Firewall: Zero Hour is the Best VR Game I’ve Ever Played