Ayodhya’s Korean connection to be showcased this Diwali

first_imgThe Korean connection of Ayodhya will once again come under focus this Diwali.The First Lady of South Korea, Kim Jung-sook, will be the chief guest at the Deepotsav event being organised in the temple town by the BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government on November 6.New memorialShe will also be present at the ground-breaking ceremony of a new memorial being constructed by the government dedicated to the legendary Queen Suriratna (Heo Hwang-ok).The Yogi Adityanath Cabinet on Tuesday approved the project and alloted funds of ₹24.66 crores for its construction near the Saryu River.As per Korean folklore, Queen Suriratna was a princess in ancient Ayodhya who travelled to Korea 2,000 years ago and married a king of the Kim community.“Kim people of Korea believe that around 2,000 years ago, a princess of Ayodhya had gone to South Korea, where she got married to a King Kim Suro,” a State government spokesperson said.According to the Ministry of External Affairs, princess Suriratna travelled to Korea in 48 CE, proving Ayodhya and Korea had “a deep historical connection.”“The First Lady’s participation in the festivities in Ayodhya will showcase our close links as well as the ongoing deepening engagement between our two countries,” the MEA said in a statement.The new memorial would come up near a park built in memory of Suriratna by members of the Krak Clan. Bouyed by this connection, in 2000, the Mayor of Kim-Hae city in South Korea even invited Ayodhya to sign a sister-city bond. This led to many research projects to substantiate the link between Ayodhya and Korea.Every year, Koreans in large numbers visit the park built in the name of the princess.last_img read more

Teng shares credit for astounding numbers to entire Thunder

first_imgJeron Teng. PBA IMAGESDespite his eye-popping as his numbers, Jeron Teng’s ultimate goal with Flying V remains the same: to help the Thunder reach greatness in their maiden season in the PBA D-League.“We really want to maximize our remaining elimination games as much as we can,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Foton looking to recruit Gervacio Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ But along the way, the pacesetter for the 2017 Foundation Cup Most Valuable Player award has stumbled on records only a few have achieved, and that was the case again on Tuesday when he tallied his second triple-double in the Flying’s V 97-59 conquest of Zark’s Burgers.Teng recorded 20 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists in the rout to become only the second player to record multiple triple-doubles in a conference, following the footsteps of Phoenix’s Mike Tolomia back in the 2016 Aspirants’ Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsCoach Eric Altamirano is proud of what his star swingman has accomplished throughout their partnership in Flying V this conference where he has helped Teng  become a more well-rounded player in preparation for the big leagues.“I think he’s really working on it, on making his game complete and finding the other dimensions of his game. I think it will really help him and also it will help the team,” he said.center_img El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Teng, though, has refused to hog the spotlight, sharing the glory with the whole team.“I have to give credit to my teammates because no matter how good my passes are, if they can’t make it, I can’t get that triple-double. But I think we’re a talented team and anyone can have a breakout game any given day,” he said.With Flying V already locked in the top seed that comes with the outright semifinals berth, Teng is hopeful that his team won’t be content as they try to nab the title in only their first season.“It’s a challenge for us to push ourselves to the limit and prove ourselves more in the playoffs,” he said.The Thunder eye to become only the fourth team in league history to complete an eliminations sweep as they gun for their 10th straight victory against Batangas on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View commentslast_img read more

Big money bets roll in late on Floyd Mayweather

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo There were a handful of million-dollar bets on Mayweather, with three coming in just hours before the fight. The biggest reported bet on McGregor is $100,000.Bookmakers say they still will post a big loss should McGregor beat Mayweather, especially if he stops him early. If Mayweather wins, though, it will be a big score by the sports books.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMayweather was minus 600 at William Hill, down from 11-1 when the fight was announced.The fight is shaping up to be the biggest bet fight ever, breaking the mark of about $50 million set in Mayweather’s win over Manny Pacquiao in 2015. CBB Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor face off during a weigh-in Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. APLAS VEGAS, United States — The big money continued rolling in just before fight time at this city’s sports books, with several million-dollar bets on Floyd Mayweather Jr. to beat Conor McGregor.Bookies had faced taking a big loss because McGregor tickets outnumbered Mayweather tickets by as much as 18-1 at some books. But the big bets started coming in Thursday on Mayweather and at the William Hill chain of sports books 74 percent of the money on straight bets was on Mayweather.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadal, Federer warn against change despite injury toll Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Steps taken to prevent dengue outbreak at CWG venues: Reddy

first_imgAs CWG approaches, hygiene is uppermost on the mind of some.Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy on Saturday said steps were being taken to prevent the outbreak of dengue at the Commonwealth Games venue.”It (dengue) is a seasonal outbreak. Fumigation and other steps required to tackle it are being taken,” he told reporters after reviewing the Games Village and other facilities in New Delhi.Commenting on facilities at the Village and flats meant for athletes, Reddy said, “It is the best ever in the history of Commonwealth Games. It is world class…can be compared with the best of Olympic villages in the world.”Reddy, who visited the dining hall, practicising venues, swimming poll and other facilities, said it is for the first time that practicing venues are near to the Games Village.”However, facilities like dining hall is temporary in nature but other sports facilities will stay as a permanent legacy for Delhiites…we are quite proud that we have done it,” he said.The dining hall has a capacity to serve 3,000 people at a time. 2,500 people have been deployed to prepare 150 dishes during the games.Asked whether Games projects were still behind the schedule, Reddy said, “There was some initial delay but it was compounded by rains. But now, we are on the track.”He said all venues will be handed over to the security agencies by Monday.Hygiene at CWG Village bigger concern: Oz coachAustralia’s swimming coach Leigh Nugent says hygiene at the Commonwealth Games Village in Delhi is a bigger concern for him than the terror threats to the October 3 to 14 event.advertisement”You can go to a Western-style country and still get sick, but on the subcontinent they have bugs we have no resistance to,” Nugent was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph, a Melbourne report said.”Things like vomiting and diarrhoea can run rampant through a team, wreaking havoc on months of preparation and destroying medal chances.”So you have to be extra vigilant and make sure you have as many preventative measures in place as you can.”Nugent said all the Australian swimmers have been given hand-sanitising gel, probiotics to boost immunity and long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and bug repellent plus mosquito zappers to guard against diseases such as dengue and malaria.Roy raps govt for “splurging” tax payers’ money in CWGMagsaysay awardee and member of powerful National Advisory Council Aruna Roy on Saturday lambasted the government for “splurging” tax payers’ money in the name of Commonwealth Games.Addressing a public meeting on India’s performance in meeting UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Roy said although the government always has resources for such events, it often cites fund crunch for social welfare schemes.”Huge sums of money are being spent for Commonwealth Games. There is no shortage of resources. But, when it comes to improving the plight of the poor, there is always a fund crunch,” Roy, member of the Sonia Gandhi-led NAC said.She also slammed the government for failing to distribute food items when millions of tonnes of food grain are rotting in warehouses.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro with 2600mAh battery, S bike mode now available on Flipkart at Rs 7,990

first_imgSamsung’s entry-level smartphone Galaxy J3 Pro is now available on e-retail website Flipkart. The smartphone is priced at Rs 7,990 and is available for buy starting today.To recall, Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro was launched in India in April this year at Rs 8,490. The smartphone was initially announced in China last year at 990 Yuan.The Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro is a new addition to Samsung’s affordable J series of smartphones. The dual SIM J3 Pro is fueled by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor coupled with Adreno 306 GPU and 2GB RAM.  The smartphone also houses 16GB internal memory which can further be extended up to 128 GB via microSD card.The new Galaxy J3 Pro sports  a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display with a 1280 x720 pixels resolution and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop-based TouchWiz UI. The smartphone is backed by a removable 2,600mAh battery and is available in three colour options of gold, black, and white.About the camera, the Galaxy J3 Pro comes with an 8 MP rear-camera and 5MP camera on the front with additional features like Auto, Beauty Face, Continuous Shot, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Pro, Selfie, Sports, Sound & Shot.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Feel with 3GB RAM, 4.7-inch AMOLED display launchedThe device also features Samsung’s Make for India characteristics features such as Ultra Data Saving (UDS) mode and S bike mode. The UDS helps consumers save up to 50 per cent mobile data cost, while S bike mode encourages responsible riding, claims Samsung. The connectivity options include BT 4.0, USB 2.0, GPS, Glonass, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct.advertisement”The Galaxy J3 Pro delivers powerful performance, outstanding display and also packs in consumer centric features developed at our R&D centers in India. This launch will give Flipkart consumers the opportunity to buy ‘Galaxy J Series’ which is the largest selling range in India”, said Sandeep Singh Arora, VP, Online Business, Samsung India.Priced at Rs 7,990, the Galaxy J3 Pro will potentially compete against the likes of Asus ZenFone Go, Panasonic Eluga Ray and Asus ZenFone Live in India.last_img read more

Mercedes launches AMG GLC 43 Coupe in India at Rs 74.8 lakh

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 21(PTI) German luxury carmaker Mercedes- Benz today launched AMG GLC 43 Coupe in India priced at Rs 74.8 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).”This new SUV Coupe is going to be a key addition to our 43 AMG line and will be instrumental in further popularising the 43 AMG range to a new customer base,” Mercedes-Benz India Managing Director and CEO Roland Folger told reporters here.The model combines elegance of a coupe with dynamics of a sports car and versatility of the Mercedes-Benz GLC, he added.”We are confident that this brand will be well received by our elite Indian customers,” Folger said.The petrol powered vehicle produces 367 HP and can sprint from 0-100 km/h in mere 4.9 seconds.The new model is the 8th product launch by the company in India during the year.The vehicle comes with various features including all wheel drive, electric sunroof and LED light system.Commenting on the sales performance during the current year, Folger said: “It has turned out to be a golden year for us”.In the first half of the year, the automaker has sold 7,171 units in India, its best performance till date.”We are confident that we will lead the luxury car segment this year as well,” Folger said.In order to further push AMG brand in India, the company plans to add two new AMG performance centres at Chennai and Kochi, he added.The company currently has AMG performance centres at Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad. PTI MSS BALlast_img read more

Jerome Valcke says reputation destroyed as he appears before tribunal

first_imgFormer FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said his reputation had been destroyed by his 10-year ban from football as he appeared before a hearing to overturn the punishment at sport’s highest appeal court on Wednesday.The Frenchman, whose job was to ensure the smooth running of FIFA, and in particular the World Cup, was right-hand man to now banned president Sepp Blatter before both were embroiled in a corruption scandal which swept soccer’s governing body in 2015 and led to a significant change in leadership.Valcke was found guilty by FIFA’s former ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert of misconduct over the sale of World Cup tickets, abuse of travel expenses, attempting to sell TV rights below their market value and destruction of evidence.After being sacked from his post in January 2016, he was initially banned for 12 years, which was reduced to 10 by FIFA’s own appeal committee last June. He has denied wrongdoing and is now appealing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).last_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez: Even if we buy in January it’ll be miracle if we stay up

first_imgNewcastle boss Benitez: Even if we buy in January it’ll be miracle if we stay upby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez admits he fears for their survival chances ahead of the January market.The Magpies boss has let owner Mike Ashley know his side are struggling for inspiration and in danger of going down.The Spaniard said: “Even if we strengthen in January it will be a miracle if we stay up. I think everyone knows what we have to do.“Does Mike Ashley know? I hope so. We are doing what we have to do and now we wait to see what will happen.“We have the targets, the names, so we have to do what we have to do.“I am trying to tell everyone, realise where we are. Realise what we have to do and if we do well, fine we can finish 10th or whatever.”In a reference to big spending rivals Fulham and Wolves, Benitez said: “If we think we can beat these teams that have spent £100 million, every one of them, every game, there is no chance. We are wrong, 100 per cent.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Raise Hell with this Maserati-Powered, 470 HP, 4-Wheel Motorcycle

first_imgThe most powerful production motorcycle you can buy today is the Kawasaki H2, with 210 horsepower and a top speed of 200 mph (or 310 horsepower in track-only H2R spec). With the average motorcycle churning up less than half those amounts of grunt, you’d be nothing short of a mentally unstable individual to call such a bike “tame.”And yet here we are, looking at what Worthly calls, “the craziest motorcycle out there.” I’d have to agree, and here’s why. The Ludovic Lazareth LM847 forgoes the one-, two-, three-, or four-cylinder motors commonly found in motor bikes and jumps straight to a Maserati-sourced 4.7-liter V8.Now if that setup and indeed its four-wheeled look strikes you as familiar, you’re most likely recalling Dodge’s Tomahawk, a V10-powered creation of similarly ludicrous origins.In the case of the LM847, there’s 470 horsepower at the operator’s disposal, and a completely carbon-fiber, aluminum, and glass body to wield that output. Thanks to the quad-wheel design, the LM847 can lean into turns up to 30 degrees, completely changing a standard motorcycle’s handling characteristics.You might imagine the Fresh bespoke motorcycle manufacturer created such a thing for its performance potential, but in fact, Lazareth says it chose the Maserati engine simply because it looks cool. I suppose if you owned your own coach-building enterprise, your inspiration could come from anywhere, with no one to stop you.Beyond the ludicrous motor, the LM847 forgoes a standard transmission in lieu of a single-speed chain gearbox, which means all you really have to do is hold on. Top speed hasn’t been announced but if the Tomahawk’s 200-plus-mph figure is any indicator, the LM847 should be in the same ballpark.Lazareth will build you a tailor-made LM847 for $217,000, which, unless you’re Bruce Wayne, might be a financial stretch. If speed is your goal, the $25,000 Kawasaki H2 might be a better bet. Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Get? A Comprehensive Guide to Motorcycle Types 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing last_img read more

No enhanced surcharge on FPIs for capital gains in equities derivatives

first_imgNew Delhi: The government on Saturday clarified that enhanced surcharge has been withdrawn for foreign portfolio investors on capital gains in both the equity and derivatives segments. The Centre on Friday had announced a slew of measures to boost the economy, including rollback of enhanced super-rich tax on foreign and domestic equity investors imposed in the Budget. The derivatives (futures and options) are not treated as capital asset and the income arising from the transfer of the derivatives is treated as business income and liable for normal rate of tax for domestic investors, an official statement said on Saturday, clarifying the stand of tax authorities on gains made from derivatives trading. However, in the case of foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), derivatives are treated as capital assets and the gains arising from the transfer of the same is treated as capital gains and subjected to a special rate of tax as per the provisions of the Income Tax Act. “Therefore, it is also decided that the tax payable on gains arising from the transfer of derivatives (Future & options) by FPI which are liable to special rate of tax under section 115AD of the (Income Tax) Act shall also be exempted from the levy of the enhanced surcharge,” it said. However, the tax payable at normal rate on business income arising from the transfer of derivatives to a person other than FPI shall be liable for the enhanced surcharge, it added. In the 2019-20 Budget, the government had increased surcharge from 15 per cent to 25 per cent on taxable income between Rs 2 crore and Rs 5 crore, and from 15 per cent to 37 per cent for income above Rs 5 crore. Following the increase in surcharge, the effective income tax rate for individuals with taxable income of Rs 2-5 crore has gone up to 39 per cent from 35.88 per cent and for those above Rs 5 crore to 42.7 per cent. The government on Friday had announced a raft of measures to revive growth momentum, including exemption of startups from ‘angel tax’, a package to address distress in the auto sector and upfront infusion of Rs 70,000 crore to public sector banks. Meanwhile, Vedanta Resources Ltd Executive Chairman Anil Agarwal said these comprehensive measures will ensure adequate liquidity, sufficient demand creation and cheaper loans. “The goverment has taken care of sectors ranging from MSMEs to auto and from NBFCs to banks, thereby ensuring adequate liquidity, sufficient demand creation and cheaper loans,” he said.last_img read more

China pledges support to Lankas development

President Rajapaksa, who is currently on a four-day state visit to China, expressed gratitude for the assistance rendered by the Bank for several development projects in Sri Lanka and pointed out that through those projects, improved infrastructure facilities in the country have enhanced the living standards of the people. The President further said that his government hopes that the Bank will continue to support Sri Lanka’s future development initiatives. Exim Bank Chairman said he is satisfied with the progress made in the development cooperation with Sri Lanka and assured the Bank’s continued support, particularly in the areas of road development, the construction of highways and water supply projects.The Bank has provided financial assistance to 37 development projects in the country during the past seven years, including the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port and the Southern Expressway. Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of China (China Exim Bank), Li Ruogu, called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the China World Hotel this morning.Headquartered in Beijing, the Export-Import Bank of China is a state bank solely owned by the Chinese government and provides overseas development funds to promote international economic and trade cooperation. “We have suffered from terrorism for 30 years,” President Rajapaksa said. “Now there is peace in the country. The main priority of the government today is economic and social development.”“My government has deviated from the city-centered development strategy and embarked on the development of rural areas by enhancing infrastructure facilities,” President Rajapaksa further said. “We have completely changed the development pattern inherited from Colonial rule, and our people are reaping the benefits of it.”President Rajapaksa invited Mr. Ruogu to visit Sri Lanka. Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga and Secretary to the Ministry of Finance Dr. P. B. Jayasundara joined the meeting. read more

Central Africans flee to Chad to escape violent attacks UN refugee agency

About 200 CAR refugees are arriving each day and most cross into Bekoninga, a Chadian village of some 600 inhabitants about 500 metres from the CAR border, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said. That number is up from the previous estimate of 100 arrivals each day and has pushed the total number of CAR refugees in southern Chad to more than 43,000.The northern party of the republic is becoming increasingly volatile and refugees report they are being attacked by bandits, government forces who suspect they are supporting rebel groups and rebel groups who raid their villages for food and cattle and recruit young men.Tomorrow, UNHCR plans to move 300 new arrivals from the border to the Gondje refugee camp, about 12 kilometres north of Gore, southern Chad’s main town. The Gondje refugee camp was opened in December to ease conditions at the overcrowded Amboko camp nearby and shelter some of the 15,000 refugees who arrived in southern Chad during the summer of 2005.UNHCR and Chadian officials are considering whether to open a third refugee site near Gore to handle the continuing influx of homeless people.At least 43,000 CAR refugees live in three camps in southern Chad – Yaroungou, Amboko and Gondje. UNHCR is also caring for more than 200,000 refugees from Darfur in 12 UN agency camps in eastern Chad. read more

At Least Phil Jackson Didnt Leave The Knicks In Ruins

Naturally, that surplus is made possible by the nature of the rookie scale, which artificially depresses pay for young players, but even going only by the real and projected value, this group of young players has been and will be worth far more than the veterans Jackson acquired. And the value isn’t all tied up in Porzingis, either — Hernangomez and Ntilikina both project to produce at a high level.With Jackson on the way out, the expectation is that coach Jeff Hornacek will have the freedom to move away from Jackson’s much derided triangle offense. Dolan is teasing the idea of chasing former Denver Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri, who helped pants New York in the ill-advised trade for Anthony, and then again in the even more lopsided Andrea Bargnani deal a few seasons later when Ujiri was working for the Toronto Raptors. (Somewhat infamously, Ujiri nearly traded Toronto’s star point guard Kyle Lowry to New York before Dolan, hesitant to be humiliated by Ujiri once again, called off the trade at the 11th hour.)The Knicks, who were 80-166 under Jackson, 29.5 games under their preseason Vegas win totals, are in possession of all of their future first-round draft picks for the first time in a decade.2Hell, the last time the Knicks’ draft outlook was promising for consecutive years was 2005 and 2006, when they had back-to-back seasons with multiple first-rounders. In 2005 they drafted Channing Frye and David Lee, and traded Kurt Thomas for Quentin Richardson and the draft rights to Nate Robinson. The following season, the team drafted Renaldo Balkman and Mardy Collins. Things are looking up.And so the Knicks move on to the next stage of their development, better off than they were three seasons ago. Phil Jackson did a good job — except for the parts where he didn’t. Or perhaps he did a world-historically bad job, except for a few draft picks that went his way. It was a mixed bag, full of drama and triangles, and maybe the best thing to be said about Jackson’s Knicks is that they never managed to completely bungle the future. But in this town, that’s not nothing. It’s borderline groundbreaking. Stick around long enough and even the New York Knicks might have a bright future to sell you.VIDEO: Phil Jackson’s legacy with the Knicks isn’t all bad In just three full seasons, Phil Jackson inflicted as much psychic distress on the New York Knicks fanbase as any executive in New York’s recent, storied, terrible history. Jackson signed with the Knicks on March 18, 2014. News broke on Wednesday morning that he’s leaving.Yet the fans’ discomfort was only possible, in large part, because Jackson’s front office drafted well and unearthed talented young players. Jackson built the team of the future, and then set about imperiling it.Jackson’s exit ends several weeks of turmoil which saw him feud openly with Carmelo Anthony over his no-trade clause (which Jackson himself negotiated) and entertain trade possibilities for Kristaps Porzingis, either in earnest or to send the young star a message to fall in line. It was a messy end, but then, things have been a mess for a while now.In Jackson’s first offseason, he made the biggest decision of his tenure: re-signing Anthony to a 5-year, $124 million contract, which included a no-trade clause. He also traded Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton for then-33-year-old Jose Calderon, a handful of cap filler and a pair of second round picks. Not quite an earth-moving rebuild, but not terrible.The following season, the Knicks made a three-team deal that sent J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to Cleveland (and three straight Finals appearances), but returned three marginal players and a 2019 second-round pick. That offseason, the team drafted Porzingis with the No. 4 overall pick, and signed Robin Lopez to a 4-year, $55 million deal. The roster rounded out with peripheral free agents Arron Afflalo and Derrick Williams and a trade for Kyle O’Quinn. Then the real trouble began.In the summer of 2016, Jackson signed Joakim Noah to a 4-year, $72 million contract, and traded Lopez (and his favorable contract), rookie Jerian Grant and Calderon to the Chicago Bulls for Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and a second round pick. Rose remained a ghost of his former self; Noah was injured, ineffective and more expensive than Lopez.Going by FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection system,1CARMELO has been updated to once again use Real Plus-Minus, though it’s now blended with Box Plus-Minus. We’ll have more details in a few days, but for now, these numbers won’t match the ones in the interactive. we can see just how badly Jackson overshot on the veterans he acquired. The seven most significant players he brought in or re-signed — Anthony, Rose, Noah, Afflalo, Courtney Lee, Lopez and Calderon — made or will make a combined $253 million from the 2014-15 season to the end of the 2019-20 season from the Knicks. Over that same time, they will have produced $134 million of value. The Knicks overpaid by half. The rookies were a different story. Jackson famously preferred Jahlil Okafor to Porzingis, but should be credited for taking a talented but risky prospect. The same goes for trading second-round pick swaps for Willy Hernangomez, a viable center of the future, provided we live long enough to see a future without Joakim Noah on the books, and signing Mindaugas Kuzminskas. And last week’s draft selection, 18-year-old Frank Ntilikina, is a risky, home-run type pick at a draft position in which Jackson could have taken safer players with lower ceilings.Using the same CARMELO method as we did for the veterans, the key Knicks rookies look far better. They project to produce $203 million by 2020, but will have been paid just shy of $43 million. read more

Liza Phase 1 on track for first oil in 2020 as

…says second PGS vessel released following Venezuela incidentStabroek Block: The fields explored by Exxon and its partners in the Stabroek BlockHess Corporation said on Monday that drilling has begun on the Haimara-1 exploration well offshore Guyana, the first of two planned exploration wells in January.The company in a statement said that the Stena Carron drillship is drilling the Haimara-1 well, located 19 miles (31 kilometers) east of the Pluma-1 discovery in the southeastern part of the Stabroek Block.It was also outlined that another drillship, the Noble Tom Madden will drill the second well, Tilapia-1, located three miles (five kilometers) west of the Longtail-1 discovery. The Tilapia-1 well is located in the growing Turbot area.Moreover, it was explained that ExxonMobil is progressing the Liza Phase 1 development, which has moved into its peak execution phase ahead of expected startup in early 2020.“Drilling of development wells in the Liza field is continuing using the Noble Bob Douglas drillship, subsea equipment is being prepared for installation, and the topside facilities modules are being installed on the Liza Destiny floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel in Singapore” the statement said.Preparations are underway for the commencement of pipe-laying activities in the Liza field in the spring.According to Hess, “The Liza Destiny FPSO is expected to sail from Singapore to arrive offshore Guyana in the third quarter of 2019. The growing resource base on the Stabroek Block underpins the potential for at least five FPSOs producing more than 750,000 barrels of oil per day by 2025. Liza Phase 2 is expected to start up by mid 2022. Pending government and regulatory approvals, project sanction is expected in first quarter 2019 and will use a second FPSO designed to produce up to 220,000 barrels per day. Sanctioning of a third development, Payara, is also expected in 2019 with start up as early as 2023.”Furthermore, the company said that ExxonMobil plans to deploy a seismic vessel operated by Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) to the Turbot area to acquire 4-D seismic data similar to a 4-D campaign conducted in the Liza area in 2017.Hess explained that “A second PGS vessel has been released after seismic acquisition activities were suspended on Dec. 22 when vessels were approached by the Venezuelan navy in the northwest portion of the Stabroek Block.”It said that drilling and development operations offshore Guyana are unaffected by the incident, which occurred more than 110 kilometers northwest of the Ranger discovery.Following the incident, Government with the support of the Opposition called on Venezuela to cease its intimidatory tactics and respect Guyana’s territory.It was revealed that the Venezuelan Navy on the day of the attack attempted to land a helicopter on the Ramform Tethys (ship).The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres.Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is operator and holds a 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds a 30 per cent interest and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 per cent interest. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBREAKING: ExxonMobil announces 13th discovery offshore GuyanaApril 18, 2019In “Business”9th oil discovery announced as Hess hits Hammerhead-1 wellAugust 30, 2018In “Business”ExxonMobil’s Liza Phase 2 to produce over 200,000 barrels of oil per dayMay 3, 2019In “Business” read more

Worlds Oldest Whisky Still Discovered in Scotland

first_imgStay on target Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in MaineNew Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By Scientists Ron Swanson may have to make another stop on his next trip to Scotland. Archaeologists have discovered what they believe is the world’s oldest whisky still on the site of an abbey in Fife.Lindores Abbey itself dates to 1191, when construction began on land in Newburgh that was granted by King William the First to his brother. The distillery was a much later addition.Whisky was mentioned in King James IV’s Exchequer Rolls of 1494. That year, Friar John Cor was commissioned by the king himself to produce a large quantity of aquavitae. How much? The Manual did a bit of math and came up with a figure of about 790 gallons.Based on the new evidence found among the Abey’s ruins, it’s now known that the spirit Friar John distilled was indeed whisky.Image: Lindores Abbey DistilleryThe remains of a kiln were unearthed and the design lines up with others constructed during the Medieval period. The archaeological team also found traces of charcoal, barley, oats and wheat as well as Medieval pottery shards.The small structure in the background of the photo was the Abbey’s grain store. Its proximity to the kiln reinforces the importance of distilling at the site.Fittingly, there’s a modern distillery operating on the site of the old Abbey. The new Lindores Abbey Distillery opened its doors last year and “spirit started flowing once again from copper stills… after a break of 523 years.”Founder Drew McKenzie Smith is understandably excited about the team’s findings. “Lindores Abbey has long been considered the spiritual home of Scotch whisky, and this discovery underlines the historical importance of this site.”If you’re a whisky aficionado and you’re looking for a place to soak up some history (and some fine, fine whisky), you’ll want to seriously consider catching a plane to Edinburgh and heading north to Newburgh.More on Geek.com:Eight Ancient Painted Mummies Discovered in EgyptChocolate is 1,500 Years Older Than We ThoughtHidden Treasures Uncovered in Hungary as Danube Dries Uplast_img read more

Evergreen talks end for day strike continues

first_imgSchool has been canceled Tuesday in the Evergreen School District as negotiations continue with the district and the Evergreen Education Association.“We have been negotiating all weekend and have spent countless hours working together in an effort to reach an agreement that would allow us to begin school as soon as possible. We are continuing at the bargaining table today with sincere hopes of reaching an agreement,” the two sides said in a joint statement released Monday afternoon.“Given the fact that it is Monday afternoon, we want to update you that we are continuing to work towards reaching an agreement, but under the best of circumstances, would not be able to logistically start school Tuesday,” the statement said. “Thank you for your patience.”The conciliatory tone took a harsher edge at about 7:30 p.m. when the union posted a statement on Facebook saying the talks had ended for the day.“It is with great disappointment we announce that bargaining is done already,” the statement said. “At around 6:45 p.m., the district e-mailed the EEA bargaining team their only proposal for the day and packed up and went home without explaining the proposal.”“We will remain on strike Tuesday,” the statement continued. “Please contact John Steach and the school board and demand the district return to the table and work toward settlement!”last_img read more

Police search for Miami driveby shooter

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for a gunman in Miami, Friday morning.A shooting broke out near Northwest 70th Street and Eighth Avenue, Thursday night.According to officials, two men in their 30s were walking down the street when someone in a car drove by and opened fire.One person died on the scene and another was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital.The shots were fired from a gray or silver Chevrolet, said police.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Man caught on camera swiping book bag with iPad at Miami McDonalds

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a man who, they said, snatched a book bag containing an iPad at a McDonald’s in Miami.Surveillance cameras captured the Feb. 3 theft at the fast food restaurant, located along Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast 82nd Street.The footage shows the thief slowly picking up the bag, which the victim had left at his booth when he went to place his order.The thief is then seen speaking to four people sitting at the next booth for a few seconds before he walks out of the restaurant with the bag.Detectives said the subject is between 25 and 30 years old, stands between 5 feet 3 inches and 5 feet 5 inches tall, and weighs between 150 and 160 pounds.He was last seen wearing a dark colored baseball cap with yellow wording, a gray T-shirt with white wording, gray cargo shorts and dark colored shoes.If you have any information on this theft, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Governor Declares War On Criminals

first_imgScotty and Aaliyah Barr receive a standing ovation during Governor Dunleavy’s State of the State Address. Dunleavy: “Tonight, I’d like to recognize two Alaskan families that know firsthand the personal devastation that comes from violent crime. Edie and Ben Grunwald from Palmer, who lost their son David; and Scotty and Aaliyah Barr from Kotzebue, who lost a daughter and a sister, Ashley.Unfortunately, we all know their tragic stories too well — two beautiful young Alaskans taken from their families by individuals who have no regard for human life.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享“To the criminals, and to the rapists and molesters who see women and children as nothing more than opportunities, I say this to you: We will do everything in our power to stop you, apprehend you, and put you in prison for a very long time,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy in his State of the State address on Tuesday. Dunleavy promised that a wide range of proposals would be announced in the upcoming days. Including initiatives that were introduced during a press conference on Wednesday that will roll back Senate Bill 91, the 2016 law that overhauled criminal justice in the state. Scotty and Aaliyah Barr of Kotzebue are the father and sister of 10-year-old Kotzebue girl Ashley Johnson-Barr, who was tragically murdered in September 2018. Governor Dunleavy: “I say to you, and to everyone, today begins a new day in our state. From this day forward, we will not cater to the criminals and ignore the victims. We will not make excuses and turn a blind eye.”  Dunleavy: “To law-abiding Alaskans, I say this to you: I care if your house is burglarized; I care if your car is stolen; and I care if your loved ones are threatened.” Read and watch Governor Dunleavy’s full State of the State Address here. Dunleavy announced the following public safety actions that he has planned:We will expend the necessary resources for additional State Troopers, provide more local control, and more prosecutors.We will ensure that our courts will remain open five full days a week in order to hear cases.We will provide the focus and the resources necessary to combat the scourge of opiates and other illicit drugs driving up our crime rates and ruining lives.And we will repeal and replace SB 91.last_img read more