Organic gardening requires more effort

first_imgHome gardeners who want to try their hand at growing organic vegetables should lower their expectations just a little and be prepared to put in more “sweat equity.”Plan aheadGrowing organic vegetables takes extra planning. If you use organic fertilizer sources or organic soil amendments, these need to be tilled into the garden well in advance to be effective. (Ideally, this process should begin in the fall prior to spring planting.) Organic amendments don’t provide nutrients as quickly as synthetic fertilizers. So, if you want to gain the benefits of organic fertilizers, give them plenty of time to decompose. Soil microbes have to convert them into a form that plant roots can absorb. An added benefit of organic amendments is that they can act as a slow-release fertilizer throughout the season. This improves soil structure.Less pesticides, more weedingGrowing organic vegetables takes extra work. Since you won’t have the option to “shoot first and ask questions later” with herbicides and insecticides, you will need to spend extra time and energy in your garden. Weeds must be pulled or hoed. Mulch must be applied to prevent weeds. Disease or insect damage must be pruned away from plants. The key is to catch all of these problems as early as possible to prevent them from becoming bigger problems and spreading throughout the garden. Organic gardening requires homework. You must become familiar with common garden problems and be able to tell the “good bugs” from the “bad bugs.” The last thing you want to do is get rid of beneficial bugs like lady beetles that actually help control aphids, mites and other insects.Veggies don’t have to look beautifulGrowing organic vegetables requires the gardener to lower his expectations. To understand my point, go to the produce section at your local grocery store and watch customers pick through a pile of tomatoes or apples in search of that one spotless specimen.Unfortunately, I think we are all habitually programmed to do this. When growing organically, you can’t be that picky. Small spots and blemishes can be easily cut off of fruits or vegetables. Appearances don’t affect taste, especially if the produce is headed for a casserole dish.Tips to followHere are a few more tips for the novice organic gardener: • Get your soil tested by taking a sample to the local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office. This is the most important thing to do first.• Start small and increase garden size each year as you become more comfortable with organic techniques.• Use basic cultural control options like mulching, pruning, proper spacing, crop rotation, using resistant varieties and planting at the proper times.• Clean equipment periodically. A 10-percent bleach solution used on pruners and other tools after cutting away diseased plant material will minimize the spread of diseases.• Water plants as needed and only in the early morning. This helps prevent diseases and develops strong, deep root systems.When you have gardening questions, call your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 and ask to speak to a certified Master Gardener. These volunteers are trained to help you solve gardening problems.For more information, see UGA Extension publication B1011, “Growing Vegetables Organically,” and other gardening factsheets at www.ugaextension.com.last_img read more

Breakdancing makes next move to Olympic status at Paris 2024

first_imgThe International Olympic Committee’s executive board on Wednesday, March 27 recommended adding breakdancing, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing to the Paris program when the full membership meets in June. Combined Korean teams in women’s basketball, women’s field hockey, mixed team judo, and men’s and women’s rowing are preparing to enter qualification this year to compete in Tokyo.If a Korean bid emerges for the 2032 Olympics, it could compete with candidates from Australia, India, Indonesia, and Russia which have expressed early interest.Asked if plans to simplify Olympic bidding could see the IOC approach a favored city, Bach said it was “not our goal.” “The Olympic Games are too big and too important that you could have an arrangement with a city,” he said.The new panel of five IOC members, chaired by John Coates of Australia, aims to suggest ideas for the candidate process by the June 24-26 meeting of the full membership in Lausanne Associated Press Television News With those 2032 Olympics and the 2030 Winter Games in mind, a panel has been asked to look at ways of making an often expensive and politically unpopular candidate process “more flexible and more targeted.”  FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE COMMENT LIVE TV First Published: 28th March, 2019 09:18 IST Last Updated: 28th March, 2019 16:11 IST Breakdancing Makes Next Move To Olympic Status At Paris 2024 Breakdancing and three other sports have made the next move toward becoming medal events at the 2024 Paris Olympics A final decision must be made by the board in December 2020 after further monitoring of the four.center_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Duration 0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackQuality LevelsFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is restricted from playing on your current domain Error Code: PLAYER_ERR_DOMAIN_RESTRICTED Written By “We will try to continue our efforts there with a view to helping and assisting the athletes and the (national Olympic committees),” Bach said. READ: ‘Too Much Gold In One Picture’: Twitterati Reacts On Seeing Olympic Legend Michael Phelps At Feroz Shah KotlaAlso on Wednesday, March 27, the IOC board agreed to continue helping North and South Korean athletes and officials work together despite diplomatic setbacks between the neighboring governments in recent days.Joint Korean teams are being prepared in four sports to try to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and a co-hosting bid for the 2032 Summer Games is a possible aim. SUBSCRIBE TO US Session ID: 2020-09-09:2527a7857eb25b2d31b44f7a Player Element ID: video_player_5f586082f2682 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Making the Olympic Games more affordable and responsive has been a key aim for Bach. He praised the four likely additions to the Paris medal program as “more gender balanced, more youthful and more urban” “These four sports also offer the opportunity to connect with the young generation,” he said.Though breakdancing would be new in the Summer Games, the other three are already confirmed for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics lineup.All four sports will be assessed for how they are managed, and the integrity of competitions and judging, before being finalized for Paris.The IOC hosted a meeting of the Korean government and sports officials in February, one year after the neighbors fielded a combined team’s women’s ice hockey at the Pyeongchang Olympics hosted south of the border. “The IOC may approach a city or a region and tell them, ‘Listen, isn’t it not a time for you now?'” IOC President Thomas Bach said at a news conference after the second of three days of board meetings. Breakdancing and three other sports have made the next move toward becoming medal events at the 2024 Paris Olympics.last_img read more

USWNT draw for FIFA Women’s World Cup tougher than it looks at first glance

first_imgThe U.S. played its first two matches ever against Chile in late summer, a two-game friendly series in California in which the Americans won both by a combined 7-0 score.The game against Sweden, of course, is tricky. The Americans have dominated the series against the Swedes, winning 21, losing 11 and drawing six. Oddly, this is the fifth consecutive time the U.S. has been drawn into the same World Cup group as Sweden. They played to a 0-0 draw in Canada in 2015.The most recent of their losses against Sweden cost the U.S. a chance to win a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal. Sweden, coached by former U.S. boss Pia Sundhage, played a stifling style that limited the Americans’ scoring opportunities. After a 1-1 draw in their quarterfinal game, Sweden advanced on penalty kicks and the U.S. left Rio without a medal. It may expose the arrogance of a champion to admit it, but the revelation of the United States team’s draw for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France is not merely about the three squads the Americans will oppose in pool play.To judge whether the draw is easy or difficult, whether it is ideal in promoting the possibility of the Americans successfully defending the world championship they claimed in 2015, it is necessary to look beyond the group to their potential opponents in the knockout portion of the competition. As it happens, the draw could be tougher than it looks.23 TICKETS TO FRANCE: Projecting the USWNT’s World Cup rosterThe instinct is to look only at the group, but glancing beyond that you see it’s very possible the U.S. could play two-time world champion Germany in the quarterfinals.Placed into Group F during Saturday’s draw in Paris, which featured former national team striker Cindy Parlow Cone as one of those helping to transact the random selections, the USWNT will play against Thailand, Chile and Sweden, the team that eliminated them from the 2016 Olympic Games.Being placed in the same group with Sweden is not ideal, but if the Americans can prevail in the group their road to deep advancement is less daunting than it might have been.If the U.S. wins its group, its opponent in the round of 16 would be the second-place team from Group E, which contains favorite Canada along with Cameroon, New Zealand and the Netherlands. The Netherlands is No. 7 in the world, New Zealand is No. 19 and Cameroon is No. 46. In their most recent game against the Netherlands, in September 2016, the Americans were 3-1 winners.If the USWNT reached the quarterfinals from that route, the opponent might be the Group B winner. Germany is the favorite among China, Spain and South Africa.MORE: USWNT’s full 2019 schedule leading to Women’s World CupThe opening game for the U.S. will be June 11 in Reins against Thailand. They played Thailand in a 2016 friendly in Columbus, winning 9-0 in the final game for long-time star Heather O’Reilly.last_img read more

A Tale of Two Falsifications of Evolution

first_imgIn diatribes against creationists, evolutionists have long pointed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria as examples of evolution in action.  Since antibiotics were unknown before the 1920s, debaters have taunted their creationist opponents with the claim that evolution is such an observable fact, we’re watching it happen right before our very eyes. The force of that argument has been undermined with a new discovery this week that pushes the “evolution” of such resistance way back before human civilization arrived.  Another article is claiming that human brain chemistry existed way, way back, “long before animals, brains and even nerve cells existed.” Antibiotic resistance:  An article on Science Daily began, “Scientists were surprised at how fast bacteria developed resistance to the miracle antibiotic drugs when they were developed less than a century ago. Now scientists at McMaster University have found that resistance has been around for at least 30,000 years.”  Gerry Wright and other McMaster scientists analyzed DNA from Arctic permafrost and found the genes for resistance there, including a gene for vancomycin resistance that was thought to have evolved in the 1980s. “We then recreated the gene product in the lab, purified its protein and showed that it had the same activity and structure then as it does now.”  (They noted that this is only the second time a protein has been reconstituted from ancient DNA.) Wright pondered the quandary raised by this find: “Antibiotic resistance is seen as a current problem and the fact that antibiotics are becoming less effective because of resistance spreading in hospitals is a known fact.  The big question is where does all of this resistance come from?”  It can no longer be seen as a recently-evolved trait in bacteria.  In fact, the McMaster team expects to find these genes in samples going back a million years, according to evolutionary dating. This requires a significant alteration of the evolutionary story.  “Antibiotics are part of the natural ecology of the planet so when we think that we have developed some drug that won’t be susceptible to resistance or some new thing to use in medicine, we are completely kidding ourselves. These things are part of our natural world and therefore we need to be incredibly careful in how we use them,” Wright said.  To rescue evolution, he turned to the personification fallacy:  “Microorganisms have figured out a way of how to get around them well before we even figured out how to use them.”  Lacking a brain, no microorganism has the power to figure out anything. Microbe brains:  In New Scientist, Michael Marshall titled a story, “Your brain chemistry existed before animals did.”  Dirk Fasshauer and team at the University of Lausanne found “a pair of essential neural proteins called Munc18/syntaxin1” in choanoflagellates – single-celled organisms from early life history in the evolutionary timeline.  “The finding is intriguing on its own, but much more significant when combined with a growing body of evidence that essential brain components evolved in choanoflagellates before multicellular life appeared.”  The proteins exhibit the three main functions of neurons: “carrying electrical signals along their bodies, signalling to their neighbours with neurotransmitters, and receiving those signals.”  This means that these proteins could not have emerged under some evolutionary pressure to invent brains or even central nervous systems.  To rescue evolution from this new finding, the article had to revise the story: “The choanoflagellates have a lot of precursors for things we thought were only present in animals,” says Fasshauer.  Today, says [Harold] Zakon [University of Texas at Austin], the nervous system seems “unbelievably complex”, but evidence from these tiny organisms suggests it was built up from several simple systems, which evolved separately for different reasons.  For instance, Fasshauer suspects M. brevicollis uses Munc18/syntaxin1 to secrete chemicals, much like neurons use it to release neurotransmitters. The very idea of a “precursor,” however, runs contrary to Darwinian theory.  Evolution, being blind and without foresight, cannot create a precursor to anything that might be useful in the future.  Nor can evolution evolve anything for “different reasons,” since there were no reasons, nor reasoning, for anything in the brainless age of choanoflagellates.  Darwinian theory was intended to rid science of teleonomic explanations (i.e., that organisms use proteins to secrete chemicals or neurons use proteins to release neurotransmitters).  Once again, the escape route taken by these researchers to save evolution was the personification fallacy, ascribing reasoning and planning to single-celled organisms. To repeat a principle that bears repeating in these commentaries, it’s not that evolutionists are unable to concoct a story to explain surprises in the data.  They are, after all, gifted storytellers.  It’s that the data require a story to maintain a belief – and to evade falsification.(Visited 115 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

University extends reach across Africa

first_img25 August 2014The University of Cape Town (UCT) has launched a suite of online postgraduate programmes as part of a strategic initiative that will enable students across Africa to study with high-touch interactive support.UCT’s Faculty of Commerce‚ in partnership with online education company GetSmarter‚ is now offering three postgraduate qualifications online‚ in “blended learning” mode, as part of the Across Africa initiative. Blended learning combines the use of a flexible and cutting-edge interactive online education platform with face-to-face learning.The Postgraduate Diploma in Management in Marketing and the Advanced Diploma in Business Project Management will start in February 2015, with applications currently exceeding 145 and 111 respectively. The UCT Board Course will also be available via online format.“With an interactive high-touch design, our Across Africa programmes encourage styles of learning and engagement that go well beyond what can be implemented in the traditional lecture hall,” Don Ross, dean of UCT’s Faculty of Commerce, said at the media launch of the Across Africa educational initiative last week.“Rich, real-time student communication with lecturers, tutors and one another during all stages of learning is now possible.”The Across Africa learning model combines the use of a cutting-edge interactive online platform with a high-touch support model, which provides learners with direct access not only to their fellow students, but also a dedicated course coach (an academic) and a course instructor (an industry expert).Across Africa MD Jacques Rousseau commented: “Having road-tested the Across Africa online education platform myself in teaching a class of 1 500 students, it is clear that students appreciate – and greatly benefit from – the opportunity to work on their own schedules, as well as to receive peer and instructor support virtually on-demand.”The launch of the programmes has the potential to exponentially increase access to education. Currently, UCT is limited by its face-to-face intake. Diploma programmes in the commerce faculty are currently limited to about 80 students, whereas in the Across Africa format there is scope for class sizes in the hundreds.The Centre for Higher Education Transformation, which lists South African public higher education key data, indicates that there are over 2.7-million school leavers who have not undertaken education or training, or who are unemployed.“The provision of online education in South Africa allows universities such as UCT to expand the access of high-quality education beyond campus borders in an attempt to lessen these figures and to provide continuing education for graduates,” the university said in a statement.“UCT moved swiftly since the government granted it the right to offer distance learning qualifications last year. This was partly thanks to the university’s preparation to move in that direction through the presentation of short courses in partnership with GetSmarter.”GetSmarter CEO Sam Paddock said the cutting-edge delivery mode of UCT’s industry-aligned programmes gave working professionals the opportunity to retain full-time employment and advance a career in their chosen field, while formalising their skills with a top-tier tertiary qualification.“It is a privilege to partner with such a forward-thinking university to deliver these esteemed postgraduate diploma programmes to learners across Africa,” Paddock said. “We look forward to opening the doors of opportunity for those seeking to advance their learning through part-time, distance education.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

LeBron James to sit out last 6 games of Lakers’ season

first_imgLos Angeles is 34-42 after beating Charlotte 129-115 on Friday night, with James scoring 27 points in what turned out to be his final appearance.The Lakers have won three of four since being eliminated from playoff contention last week with a loss to Brooklyn, their 10th in 11 games and their 28th in 42 games since Christmas.Los Angeles entered Saturday’s games with the NBA’s 10th-worst record. While a strong finish to the season could be a boost for the future, it could also damage the Lakers’ hopes of landing an elite talent in the draft.“We picked a hell of a time to have a great rhythm,” James said after the Lakers beat the Hornets. “We’re having fun. We’re playing the way we wanted to play all year, but obviously because of injuries, multiple lineup changes and things of that nature, that would affect it. But we’ve kind of known who’s going to be in the lineup over these last few games, and it’s allowed us to have our rotations down, and guys have been playing well.”Although James’ first season with Los Angeles was a failure, it showed promise before injuries changed everything.ADVERTISEMENT The Lakers were 20-14 and in fourth place in the Western Conference when James strained his groin during a stunning 26-point road victory over Golden State on Christmas. He sat out their next 17 games in the longest injury absence of his career.James returned to the lineup for good in early February, but the injury-plagued Lakers were unable to recover and make the playoffs.Along with James, the Lakers are finishing the season without three key players in their young core. Brandon Ingram has been out since March 2 due to a blood clotting issue, while Lonzo Ball hasn’t played since Jan. 19 because of an ankle injury, and Josh Hart was ruled out for the season this week with a knee injury.“I haven’t been a part of a season with this ton of injuries to all our key guys, to big, big key guys,” James said earlier this month. “It’s just the way the season has been. We’ve had guys step up … but for us, we prided ourselves on our depth to start the season, and obviously our depth has dwindled.”Earlier this season, the 34-year-old James expressed ambivalence about the possibility of shutting himself down early, saying such a decision would clash with his natural competitiveness. He also said he felt fresh after the least-busy season of his adult life.But Johnson and Pelinka apparently persuaded James of the wisdom of an early wrap to a lost year, followed by a fresh start in the fall.Overall, the Lakers went 28-27 with James in their lineup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director “After consulting with our team doctors and medical staff, we have decided to hold LeBron out of games for the remainder of the season,” the statement said. “This decision will allow his groin to fully heal, and is best for the future success of both LeBron and the Lakers.”James is the NBA’s fifth-leading scorer at 27.4 points per game, and he averaged 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists in his first season on the West Coast. He will accompany the Lakers on their upcoming trip to New Orleans and Oklahoma City, but the 16-year NBA veteran won’t play again in his first non-playoff season since 2005, his second year in the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJames appeared in the past eight NBA Finals with Miami and Cleveland, but he will finish this year playing in a career-low 55 games and a career-low 35.2 minutes per game for the Lakers. Despite James’ ballyhooed arrival along with Rajon Rondo and JaVale McGee to lead the Lakers’ talented young core, Los Angeles failed to overcome several major injuries and a midseason crisis of team confidence when the Lakers attempted to land superstar Anthony Davis in a multi-player trade.“It’s challenging, but I kind of knew what I was getting myself into,” James said earlier this month. Explosive win from Yoon Chang Min kicks off ONE: New Era Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James laughs as he waits to check in to the team’s NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half Friday, March 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 129-115. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — LeBron James’ first season with the Los Angeles Lakers is over.James will sit out the final six games of the Lakers’ sixth consecutive losing season, the team announced Saturday. In a statement, President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka claimed the decision will provide James with a head start on offseason healing for a three-month-old groin strain, the first significant injury of his career.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Twenty Five Schools to Receive Hurdles – Grange

first_imgStory Highlights The plan includes the provision of hurdles equipment to schools in a bid to increase participation in hurdling events and build proficiency in the discipline. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced a major initiative to improve Jamaica’s performance in the hurdles. Today, Minister Grange announced that the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport will be providing hurdles equipment to 25 schools in the first pilot phase of the initiative being funded by the Sports Development Foundation at a cost of $12.6M. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced a major initiative to improve Jamaica’s performance in the hurdles.The plan includes the provision of hurdles equipment to schools in a bid to increase participation in hurdling events and build proficiency in the discipline.Today, Minister Grange announced that the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport will be providing hurdles equipment to 25 schools in the first pilot phase of the initiative being funded by the Sports Development Foundation at a cost of $12.6M.The Minister credited the Board of Directors at the Sport Development Foundation for coming up with the idea.“The Board of the SDF in preparing its development plan identified a problem – the performance of our athletes in the hurdles is outstanding but participation is not widespread – Jamaica is excelling in the hurdles at the international level, yet only a minority of our schools participate in the discipline at Champs. The conclusion was that if the pool were wider then we could be even more dominant,” Minister Grange said.Each school will receive 20 hurdles. The schools include:Mount Alvernia High SchoolMerlene Ottey High SchoolEwarton High SchoolGreen Island High SchoolClaude McKay High SchoolConvent of Mercy Academy AlphaChristiana High SchoolRhodes Hall High SchoolGaynstead High SchoolHerbert Morrison Tech. High Sch.Edith Dalton James High SchoolSpalding High SchoolSt. Andrew Technical High SchoolPetersfield High SchoolSt. James High SchoolImmaculate Conception High SchoolMerl Grove High SchoolBuff Bay High SchoolMona High SchoolMorant Bay High SchoolCharlemont High SchoolHolmwood Technical High SchoolWaterford High SchoolJonathan Grant High SchoolNew Forest High SchoolMinister Grange made the announcement at a ceremony to reopen the Stadium East Track at Independence Park Complex today.Minister Grange said she was “extremely proud” that work on the Stadium East Track was completed ahead of the start of the Boys and Girls Champs which begin tomorrow at the National Stadium.last_img read more

Holland America Line Waving Goodbye to Prinsendam

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Holland America Line, a part of Carnival Corporation, has sold the 835-guest cruise vessel Prinsendam to the German cruise company Phoenix Reisen.The company informed that the 37,983-ton cruise ship is scheduled to leave its fleet on July 1, 2019 and transfer to the new owner.Following the sale, Prinsendam is being chartered back to Holland America Line to continue sailing its planned voyages through July 1.Prinsendam’s itineraries from July 1, 2019, onward are scheduled to be assimilated by Rotterdam, Volendam and Veendam. Holland America Line is reaching out to booked guests and their travel professionals to re-accommodate guests on these cruises.Prinsendam was built in 1988 as Royal Viking Sun for Royal Viking Line. The ship was operated by Cunard Line from 1994 through 1998 and then transferred to Seabourn Cruise Line, where it became Seabourn Sun in 1999. In 2002 the ship joined the Holland America Line fleet and was renamed Prinsendam.last_img read more

Man held with pistol, 4 live rounds at Saket metro

first_imgNew Delhi: A 45-year-old man was apprehended at a Delhi Metro station for allegedly carrying a country-made pistol in his bag along with four live rounds, officials said on Tuesday.CISF personnel apprehended Munim Alisa Azad, a resident of Nangla, Distt- Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, at the Saket Metro station at 8:50 pm , “who observed a suspicious person lying along-with a bag in front of lift near gate no 2 (unpaid area) of Saket metro station,” official said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOver suspicion, a search was carried out of the said person and his belonging. On checking, a country-made pistol and four live rounds were recovered from his bag. The man was handed over to the local police by the CISF personnel for further investigation, official added. “He was trying to hide his bag. Over suspicion, a search was carried out of the said person and his belongings. On checking, a country made pistol (Desi Katta) and four (04) live rounds were recovered from his bag. The matter was informed to the Senior Officers of CISF and Station Controller. Delhi Metro Rail Police (DMRP) was also informed. Carrying arms and ammunition in the Delhi Metro is banned by law.last_img read more

The Knicks Would Be Crazy To Trade Kristaps Porzingis

DEFENDEREXPECTEDACTUALDIFF.DIFF. PER GAME Hassan Whiteside885764-121-1.57 Gilbert ArenasRonnie Brewer Elton BrandRasheed Wallace Chris WebberMike Miller POINTS AGAINST DEFENDER Since 1980, all players who were traded in the first three years of their career, younger than 23, and ranked in the top 100 of Win Shares through their first two seasons. Kristaps Porzingis812691-121-1.84 Giannis Antetokounmpo811706-105-1.32 Regular season 2016-17. “Expected” value is what a shooter would make against an average defender.Source: NBA Andre Roberson871758-113-1.43 New York is not a place where hope lives long.On the eve of the 2017 NBA Draft, Knicks president Phil Jackson appeared on the team’s MSG Network to explain why the team was entertaining trade offers for Kristaps Porzingis, the best young prospect the franchise has seen since Patrick Ewing. Not that there are many contenders for that particular throne. And while Knicks fans understandably don’t extend much benefit of the doubt to Jackson and the front office, trading a player like Porzingis is practically unheard of, especially for the reasons that the Knicks are considering trading him.Tension between Porzingis and the Knicks rose following a missed exit interview following the season; Porzingis’s brother has acted as an intermediary since. But the rift goes all the way back to the 2015 draft, when Jackson reportedly preferred Duke center Jahlil Okafor for, let’s say unconventional reasons. Following the season, Jackson expressed concerns about Porzingis’s ability to stand up to a full season’s schedule, and bizarrely complimented him for going a full game without taking a 3-pointer. Jackson has openly antagonized star Carmelo Anthony for months, which frustrated Porzingis, who sees Anthony as a mentor. And with the team president in open war with his two best players, the Knicks have held pre-draft workouts accentuating the Triangle offense — a system neither quite fits, and which likely precludes the Knicks’ selecting top prospects such as De’Aaron Fox.According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the Knicks, who currently hold the No. 8 pick, have been in touch with every team that has a top-5 pick, and are looking for one of those picks in addition to a talented young star. For instance, Ian Begley reports that potential Phoenix deals include Dragan Bender or Marquese Chriss along with the No. 4 pick. But even in the best case scenario, the sort of young player the Knicks could get from the teams in the top five accentuates the trouble with trading a player like Porzingis.Prospects like Chriss or Julius Randle of the Lakers or even Jaylen Brown on the Celtics all have potential, but it’s uncertain whether they’ll fulfill it and become playoff-caliber starters. And that uncertainty goes double for whomever the Knicks draft, whether it’s Jackson’s reported favorite, Kansas’s Josh Jackson, or the big man the team has reportedly eyed as a Porzingis replacement, Arizona’s Lauri Markkanen. Porzingis has room to improve as well, but fulfilling potential is much less in doubt — he’s already incredibly valuable on the floor. Rudy Gobert1078903-175-2.16 Draymond Green1066866-200-2.64 Anthony Davis839700-139-1.86 LaMarcus Aldridge706596-110-1.53 Dealing a young player who has made an immediate impact is exceedingly rare. Next to this paragraph is a list of every player since 1980 who was traded in the first three years of his career, despite being 22 or younger (Porzingis is 21) and ranked in the top 100 of Win Shares through his first two seasons.Win Shares aren’t an absolute measure of a player’s worth — Porzingis trails the marks set by fringe NBA players such as Josh Childress and Nenad Kristic through two years — but they’re good enough to give us a broad peer group. For the most part, a team only parts with a promising young player when its hand is forced either by the salary cap or by the player himself.Webber, for instance, had negotiated an opt-out into his rookie deal, and forced a trade due to disagreement with coach Don Nelson. Elton Brand, traded after his second season, was a flight risk at a time before restricted free agency gave home teams an advantage in retaining players. As one of the most valuable rookies ever drafted, Kevin Johnson was traded by the Cavaliers — the worst franchise of the decade — as part of a lopsided deal for Larry Nance and Mike Sanders. Arenas was a second-round pick and restricted free agent. He flipped a coin to decide where to sign; the coin came up Washington and spawned a new rule. You know about James Harden.Under slightly different circumstances, Jackson would have the right idea. The Knicks have needs at virtually every position; talent-poor teams are supposed to roll large assets into smaller ones in the hopes of turning one potential star into two or three starters. But Porzingis isn’t just a prospect. He’s the sort of concrete asset that teams like the Knicks should be turning their organization inside-out to make happy.Porzingis’s offensive numbers flattened out in his sophomore season, which may seem like reason for concern. But underneath modest gains to his overall shooting percentage, Porzingis made improvements in key areas. He scored much better around the rim, improving from 57.6 to 70.1 percent on shots from 0 to 3 feet, and from midrange, improving from 40.5 to 48.2 percent from 10 to 16 feet. This was offset by a nosedive on his percentage on long 2s, but he also took fewer of those shots in his second season in favor of more 3-pointers as he adjusted to the NBA 3-point line. Still, he was a good but not exceptional offensive player in a year when fellow young, big stars Karl-Anthony Towns and (especially) Nikola Jokic had breakout seasons.But while Porzingis has untapped potential on offense, he’s already one of the best defensive players in the league. Here’s a chart showing the defenders who affected opponents’ shot value the most in the regular season1These values are based on the NBA’s player-tracking data, which covers shot location, defender location and other variables. The “expected” value is what a shooter would make against an average defender given shot distance and the time on the shot clock, and the actual value is the result that the listed defender allowed.: Brevin KnightKevin Johnson Hedo TurkogluStephon Marbury Alonzo MourningJoe Smith Jason KiddWayman Tisdale James HardenTerry Cummings Though he isn’t as well known for his defense as peers on this list, his production stands alongside that of some of the best defensive players in the league. Meanwhile, Towns was ranked 79th, and Jokic was 479th out of 485. In an environment where teams are increasingly packing a few specialized skills into their big men, Porzingis’s ability to protect the rim, score inside and stretch the floor make him ready to contribute to a contending team right now, today, even if he isn’t quite ready to carry an offense.In sum, Porzingis’s production outpaces his hype. That makes his place on the trading block something familiar to Knicks fans: a reality even more nightmarish than advertised.VIDEO: Why the No. 1 pick is such a valuable crapshoot The small list of young, good players who were traded Which defenders hampered opponents’ shooting the most? Carlos BoozerMichael Beasley Myles Turner1014890-124-1.53 read more