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Warriors report: Kevin Durant says he will remain a Washington fan even if they pass on Colin Kaepernick

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first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book.MILWAUKEE – Lots of Warriors news to digest.Draymond Green might play tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks after missing 13 of the past 15 games because of a sprained right toe in his right foot. DeMarcus Cousins plans to practice with the Warriors’ G-League team in Santa Cruz as part of his rehab on a torn left Achilles tendon. And Damian Jones is expected to sit out the …last_img

Developments from Brics summit

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first_imgSouth Africa is the smallest of the group in a number of ways, but still brings valuable assets to the Brics table.(Image: Brics summit)MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122 MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterThe dust has settled after the fifth Brics summit, and Durban has returned to its sub-tropical easy living.Yet the discussions at the event, and the decisions taken by the world and business leaders, will have far-reaching implications for South Africa, its Brics partners, and by extension sub-Saharan Africa.The historyThe Bric concept was coined by Jim O’Neill of global investment bank Goldman Sachs in 2003 to identify countries that had the fastest growing economies, with bulging middle classes and promising markets, and that were likely to overtake the G7 (the US, the UK, France, Italy, Canada, Germany and Japan) as best performing economies by 2040.Foreign ministers of the initial Bric states (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) met in New York City in September 2006; a full-scale diplomatic meeting was held in Yekaterinburg, Russia, on 16 May 2008.Bric’s first formal summit in Yekaterinburg started on 16 June 2009. It focused on ways to improve the global economic situation and reform financial institutions. Involvement of developing countries in the running of the world and inter-country co-operation were also on the table.In 2010, South Africa began efforts to join Bric, and it officially became a member nation on December 24 that year. With that, the group was renamed Brics. South Africa holds the chair at present.What is Brics?Brics is an association of emerging nation economies, all of which are developing or newly industrialised countries, except perhaps Russia. They are distinguished by their large, fast-growing economies and influence on regional and global affairs. By 2013, the five Brics countries contained almost three-billion people, with a combined nominal GDP of US$14.9-trillion, and an estimated $4-trillion in combined foreign reserves.In 2012, Hu Jintao, as the president of China at the time, described the Brics countries as defenders and promoters of developing countries and a force for world peace. But there are tensions: India and China have territorial issues, growth rates are slowing generally, and the members have different views on reform in the UN Security Council.Yet even with these tensions, the Brics Forum was created in 2011. It is an independent organisation set up to encourage commercial, political and cultural co-operation between the members. The global economy is at the heart of Brics, which has questioned the dominance of the West and has called for changes to the rules of international lending, among other issues. And in June 2012, Brics nations pledged $75-billion to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), on condition the fund reform its voting processes.In the latest developments, at the fifth Brics Summit in Durban on 26 and 27 March, the members agreed to establish a global financial institution to rival the western-dominated IMF.Other summit decisionsSouthAfrica.info reported that the Brics development bank would help to finance infrastructure programmes and sustainable development in Brics countries and other developing nations, President Jacob Zuma said at the conclusion of the summit.“The initial capital contribution to the bank should be substantial and sufficient for the bank to be effective in financing infrastructure,” Zuma said. Before the summit, officials had said Brics was considering injecting an initial $50-billion into the bank, with each nation contributing $10-billion.While the bank has been agreed upon in principle, there are still issues to be cleared up. The bank’s location, initial start-up funds and voting rights have to be worked out. Russian President Vladimir Putin has also proposed the establishment of a permanent secretariat to lead the group’s day-to-day operations.Also coming out of the fifth summit, the leaders endorsed the idea of creating a financial safety net in the form of a contingent reserve arrangement (CRA). Zuma said they had concluded that the establishment of a self-managed CRA would have a positive precautionary effect. It would help Brics countries forestall short-term liquidity pressures, provide mutual support and further strengthen financial stability. In layman’s terms, it will help Brics countries stay afloat in times of economic trouble.“It would also contribute to strengthening the global financial safety net and complement existing international arrangements as an additional line of defence,” Zuma said. The CRA would have an initial size of $100-billion.The Brics Think Tanks Council was set up to help members with innovation, and the hosting of the fifth Brics Academic Forum aimed at helping to tackle skills shortages and unemployment, and promoting a knowledge economy. The Brics Business Council was formally established to act as a platform for the formation of more considered and coherent intra-Brics business linkages.The full eThekwini Declaration signed at the end of the summit is available online.The S in BricsEconomically, South Africa is the smallest player in Brics. Its nominal GDP, for example, is just $390-billion, compared to $2.4-trillion in Brazil, $1.9-trillion in Russia, $1.9-trillion in India and $8.2-trillion in China. Its population is also a fraction of its partners at just below 52-million, compared to about 1.3-billion in China and 1.2-billion in India, 143-million in Russia and 194-million in Brazil. Yet the country punches above its weight internationally.South Africa’s advantage, according to the Brics website, lies in its considerable non-energy in situ mineral wealth. In a report commissioned by the Citigroup bank, for example, South Africa was ranked as the world’s richest country in terms of its mineral reserves, worth an estimated $2.5-trillion. Along with the country’s mining-related professional services, this wealth contributes a whole lot to the Brics resource pool.The country is also investing $35.6-billion into expanding and improving its railways, ports and fuel pipelines – which will help unlock its mineral wealth, and potential markets further north. The African continent, arguably one of the world’s largest unexplored resource basins, has an abundance of riches, including 10% of the world’s oil reserves, 40% of its gold ore and 95% of platinum. Together, this makes South Africa a key player in the Brics narrative, particular to the resource-hungry China.Then there’s South Africa’s financial markets, which are highly sophisticated. The World Economic Forum’s 2011/12 Global Competitiveness Index ranked it in fourth place globally. The regulation of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange was ranked number one, as was the strength of South Africa’s auditing and reporting standards. And the country is ranked second for the soundness of banks and the efficacy of corporate boards.“Our country, as a member of the Brics bloc, is playing an important role towards the shifting and distribution of power internationally. This shift is expected to give rise to a multi-polar world order, said Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the minister of international relations and co-operation, reported SouthAfrica.info in January. “South Africa’s membership of Brics contributes to further leveraging economic opportunities for our own development agenda as well as that of the continent.”The minister quoted Jim O’Neill of Goldman Sachs Asset Management. In his article “South Africa’s Brics score: not all doom and gloom” published in March 2012, O’Neill said that South Africa could more than justify its presence in Brics if it helped Africa to fulfill its remarkable potential by exploring cross-border expansion in trade and infrastructure, as well as improvements in domestic productivity.Brics members now constitute Africa’s largest trading partners and the largest new – not total – investors. “In 2010, Standard Bank economists predicted that Brics-Africa trade would see an additional increase in the velocity of Bric-Africa engagements, with trade and investment spearheading the commercial charge. According to Standard Bank, Brics-Africa trade will increase threefold, from $150-billion in 2010 to $530-billion in 2015.”The Brics economies, Nkoana-Mashabane said, which already constituted between 20% and 25% of global GDP, would link a large part of Africa with the fastest growing economies in the world.”Facts and figuresBrics collectively represents one-fifth of the global GDP, estimated at $13.7-trillion, as well as combined foreign reserves estimated at $4.4-trillionIn 2012, emerging markets’ collective GDP increased by 7.4%, amounting to $29-trillion. Total G7 output was $33-trillion.By 2012, South Africa’s exports to emerging markets had grown by almost 50% over 10 years. South African trade with Brazil, Russia, India and China surged more than ten-fold from about $3.2-billion to $37-billion.South Africa’s trade with the rest of Africa was $35-billion in 2012, almost half of which comprised value-added capital goods such as machinery, vehicles and electronic equipment.South Africa’s export trade with Brics partners grew from 6.2% of the total in 2005 to 16.8% in 2011.Imports from Brics partners represented 13.6% of total imports in 2005 and 20% in 2011.In 2011 alone, trade between South Africa and Brics countries grew by 29%.In 2012, Brics accounted for about 11% of global annual foreign direct investment flows ($465-billion) and 17% of world trade.As of 2013, the five Brics countries represent almost three-billion people, or 43% of the world’s population.Other groupsAs well as its Brics membership, South Africa has a constructive role in global governance structures, and is part of organisations of the political and geographical South, notably the African Union (AU), the Group of G77 (G77) and China, and NAM, the Non-Aligned Movement. South Africa is also the only African country represented in the Group of 20 (G20), which focuses on the reform of the financial and economic global governance architecture.last_img read more

Noteworthy rule changes for showing livestock in 2016

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Unfortunately there were five Ohio Department of Agriculture investigations regarding livestock exhibition in 2015, up from three in 2014. In response to these types of problems, it seems that rulebooks get a bit thicker every year with regard to showing livestock and this year there will be some notable changes.State Veterinarian Tony Forshey recently talked about some rule changes for showing livestock at 2016 fairs.“The Livestock Exhibition Committee met in late October and we discussed several things. One of them was drenching. We have had a lot of complaints asking why drenching is only applicable to lambs. We passed a new rule and now drenching is not allowed with any livestock unless directed by a veterinarian,” Forshey said. “Drenching applies to any substance applied in any way. It will prohibit bottle-feeding of lambs. That is crucial. These lambs really shouldn’t be on bottles at that age and weight anyway.”There were statewide rule changes for tagging in livestock as well.“We now also allow a family animal to be tagged in. In case one of the animals comes up lame or dies, the exhibitor can then choose from one of the family animals,” he said. “It can be tagged to the family at the exhibitor’s household address.”There was also clarification in the rules about the use of adhesives.“You are allowed to use hairspray because it doesn’t change the conformation in any way, it just makes the animals look better. Most of the hairspray for livestock is called adhesive. Adhesive to me is attaching something to that animal, which is not allowed, but the adhesive hairspray is allowed,” Forshey said. “Those are three of the main things we got done. These rules will be in effect in Mid-March before any of the fairs start.”Lucinda Miller, Extension specialist for the 4-H Youth Development Companion and Small Animal Programs, said some of the details of these rule changes are already the subject of significant discussion.“The hairspray is fine, but pigmented hairspray is not because you are altering the color. There is no coloring, whether it is hoof polish or anything,” Miller said. “Prohibited grooming practices 901-19-33 say that you cannot use any substance to enhance or change the color of the livestock, including the livestock’s hide or hooves in junior market livestock shows.”The new drenching rules (901-19-01) are also a hot topic. By definition, drenching is the act of using an instrument (including a bottle, syringe, scoop, or your hand) placed in the animal’s mouth to orally administer a liquid, food, or any other substance.“For 2016, fairs have the option of how ‘hard’ they enforce this mandatory rule and they need to use common sense, but fairs must completely enforce the rule in 2017. So, hopefully fair boards will be very explicit about their wording in their enforcement policy for this year,” Miller said. “We are trying to teach proper nutrition. From our standpoint, that is what we are trying to do and not allow anything unethical. I have not heard negative feedback about the rule, only positive comments from people thinking it was about time this was done. The bottom line is that people are going to find ways around this and that is what people are discussing now. Now there is concern about how it is going to be enforced. The biggest question I get from exhibitors is, ‘What do we do if we see something?’ They don’t want to tattle, but what do you do when you see someone breaking a rule?”The answer is a pretty clear one according to John Grimes, Ohio State University Extension beef coordinator. Grimes spent much of his life around the show ring and has seen many rule changes through the years.“I am fully vested in this and I feel like if somebody does something wrong and you see it, it is not just affecting you. It affects the whole barn. It is your responsibility as an ethical exhibitor to report that kind of stuff. You need to talk to the superintendent of the show or the veterinarian,” Grimes said. “If you see something that is legitimately breaking the rules, it is your responsibility to notify the authorities, but I don’t want to hear about something after the show. I don’t want to hear about something unless you have proof or if you didn’t care enough to do something about it when it was happening.”When it comes to following (or enforcing) the rules, start with common sense, Grimes said.“If you have to drench something, it should be under a vet’s supervision for a medical situation. I agree with the new rules. I don’t think a liquid diet should be a routine part of managing the weight. To me, that is the dividing line. Every county fair has a vet. You shouldn’t make your own judgments; talk to the veterinarian. That way, nobody is in trouble,” he said. “If you go to a show, the animals can get dehydrated and stressed out and sometimes they need attention. I just ran into a guy out in Denver with an Angus bull in the sale that was dehydrated and he wouldn’t eat or drink. They ended up putting some electrolytes down him, but that was under veterinary supervision and I am OK with that. If you pump them at a show to get them to look fuller, though, that’s wrong.”Rule changes can be frustrating, but are an unfortunate necessity.“I hate that we have to get into splitting hairs like this. If there is any question, just don’t it. To me, this is a commentary on us as parents and society. It is not just livestock shows, this happens in sports and everything else. Competition is great, but when it gets to the point that you are bending or breaking rules, then it has gotten misguided. There are always rules and people will always be trying to beat the system. Unfortunately this involves youth and that is where things can get cringe-worthy,” Grimes said. “I don’t think it’s the kids thinking these things up — it is the parents or the people selling these show animals and there is plenty of blame to go around. As I whole I do not think it is rampant or terrible, but it is out there. It is sad that we have to make these rules and do these tests and it bothers me that the priorities can get out of whack with this. What are we teaching our kids? Are we teaching them about true production livestock or what it takes to win a show?“These animals are part of the food supply and we need to remember the bigger picture. If the only goal is to win, maybe it is time to re-check your priorities. Maybe the best way to judge whether you should or shouldn’t be doing something is to imagine if you were to explain it to a person who is not from a farm. If you are embarrassed to explain what you are doing, then maybe you’ve gone too far.”Complete rules on livestock tampering can be found at: http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/901-19. For more information on the rules or exhibition information or questions visit agri.ohio.gov.last_img read more

Maharashtra cabinet: Bhujbal gets tourism with public works

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first_imgNationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader R.R. Patil retained the crucial home portfolio while Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan kept the Urban Development and Housing departments with him as new portfolios were allocated after expansion of the Maharashtra cabinet.Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar got Finance and Planning in addition to the Energy portfolio which he held in the erstwhile Ashok Chavan ministry.Chhagan Bhujbal, who had to make way for Pawar as deputy chief minister, was given Tourism in addition to the Public Works (excluding Public Undertakings) which he held earlier.Prithviraj Chavan expanded his eight-day-old cabinet inducting 29 new ministers, which includes six new faces, taking the total strength of the council of ministers to 40.Chavan effected a reshuffle in portfolios of Congress ministers.Narayan Rane was shifted from Revenue to Industries, Ports and Employment and Self-Employment. Balasaheb Thorat who held Agriculture in the Ashok Chavan ministry was given Revenue and Khar Lands. Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil has been entrusted with the Agriculture and Marketing departments.Rajendra Darda who earlier held Industries has been given School Education.Patangrao Kadam retained Forests and got an additional department of Rehabilitation and Relief works, Earthquake rehabilitation. Shivajirao Moghe retained Social Justice, Welfare of Nomadic, de-notified tribes and other backward classes and de-addiction activities.Mohammed Arif Naseem Khan retained Textiles, Minorities Development and Aukaf. Harshvardhan Patil got Co-operation and Parliamentary Affairs.Suresh Shetty retained Public Health and Family welfare and Protocol while the Environment Ministry held by him earlier was given to newcomer Sanjay Deotale along with Cultural Affairs.advertisementVarsha Gaikwad, who was promoted to cabinet rank, has been given women and child development while another Congressman, who got elevated to cabinet rank Padmakar Valvi has been given Sports and Youth Welfare.Deputy Speaker in the Legislative Assembly Madhukarrao Chavan is the new cabinet minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries.Nitin Raut has been given the portfolio of Employment Guarantee Scheme and Water conservation.NCP’s Jayant Patil has kept Rural Development while Ganesh Naik has retained state Excise and Non-Conventional Energy.Laxman Dhoble retains Water supply and Sanitation, Jaidutt Kshirsagar gets his old Public Works (Public Undertakings), Manohar Naik retained Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Vijaykumar Gavit kept Medical Education and Horticulture, Sunil Tatkare who held Finance in the last cabinet got Water Resources (Excluding Krishna Valley Irrigation Corporation), Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar retained Water Resources (Krishna Valley Irrigation Corporation).Babanrao Pachpute will continue as Tribal Development minister and Rajesh Tope will keep Higher and Technical Education portfolio.Hassan Mushrif retained Labour and got the additional department of Special Assistance.Anil Deshmukh has retained his cabinet portfolio of Food and Civil Supplies.Newly inducted minister of state Satej Patil, who is the Congress legislator from Kolhapur, will be R R Patil’s deputy as Minister of State for Home (Urban) and Home (Rural).Besides, he will also handle Rural Development and Food and Drugs Administration as minister of state.Rajendra Mulak, another new face in the ministry will be the Minister of State for Finance, Energy, Planning, Water Resources, Parliamentary Affairs and State Excise. Rajendra Gavit will be Minister of state for Tribal Development, Labour, Command Area Development and Horticulture.Dattatreya Sawant will be Minister of state for Medical Education, Higher and Technical education, Special Assistance and Non-Conventional Energy.Minister of State Ranjit Kamble was given Water Supply and Sanitation, Food and Civil Supplies, Consumer Protection, Tourism and Public Works, Bhaskar Jadhav has retained Urban Development,Forests, Ports, Khar Lands, Parliamentary Affairs, Sports and Youth Welfare, Ex-Servicemen’s welfare as well in addition to the law and judiciary department.Sachin Ahir has retained Housing, Slum Improvement, House repairs and reconstruction, urban land ceiling, Urban land ceiling, Industries, Mines, Social Justice, de-addiction activities, Environment, Welfare of nomadic, de-notified tribes and other backward classes.Prakash Solanke keeps Revenue, Rehabilitation and Relief work, Earthquake rehabilitation, co-operation, marketing and textiles. Fouziya Khan retained General Administration, Information and Public Relations, Protocol, School Education, Women and Child development, Public health, Minority development, cultural affairs.The chief minister has also kept General Administration, Information and Public Relations, Slum Improvement, House repairs and reconstruction, Urban Land Ceiling, Transport, Mines, Marathi Language, Law and Judiciary, Ex-servicemen’s Welfare.last_img read more

India beat Leicestershire in T20 match

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first_imgSeamer R Vinay Kumar returned with a three-wicket haul as India recorded yet another victory in a practice match, inflicting a narrow 15-run defeat on Leicestershire in a Twenty20 fixture at Grace Road here Monday. Earlier they had defeated Sussex and Kent in one-day games.The visitors rattled up 161 for five after being put in to bat and bowled with discipline to restrict the domestic T20 champions to 146 for seven in the stipulated 20 overs.This is India’s third successive win in practice games, before heading to a one-off Twenty20 and five one-day internationals from here on.Vinay Kumar was the hero of India’s win, bowling his four overs for only 29 runs and picking up three smart wickets to bog down the local team.Indians made their runs collectively with openers Parthiv Patel (40) and Ajinkya Rahane (19) giving a good start of 52 runs from 5.4 overs and later Rohit Sharma (29) and Suresh Raina (21) providing a good flourish in the end.In between Rahul Dravid contributed 29 but his attempts at slogging didn’t go with his elegant batting style.Leicestershire lost an early wicket to Praveen Kumar but then Andrew McDonald (44) and Will Jefferson (20) appeared threatening for a while.However Vinay Kumar bowled an excellent spell in middle overs and two spinners, Amit Mishra and Ravichandran Ashwin, were excellent foils as Indians tightened the screws.Brief score: India 161-5 (20 overs) beat Leicestershire 146-7 (20 overs) by 15 runslast_img read more

Happy birthday, King! Greetings pour in for LeBron James as he turns 34

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first_imgNBA superstar LeBron James turned 34 just before the world ushers in the new year and there was no shortage of love for one of the world’s most popular athletes on his birthday.READ: LeBron James’ consecutive games streak ends at 156 ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion CJ McCollum breaks out of slump as Blazers dump 76ers Here are other well-wishes from his former teammates, NBA greats and one David Beckham.Happy birthday King!🎂 @KingJames— Cedi Osman (@cediosman) December 30, 2018 #HappyBirthday @KingJames enjoy! @Lakers @NBAonTNT @NBA pic.twitter.com/iJmPMggAzc— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) December 31, 2018 BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Friends, former and current teammates, NBA greats and stars from other sports all extended their greetings for James, remembering his legacy in basketball and the friendship they have built.READ: Without LeBron James, Lakers rally in 4th quarter to beat KingsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionJames’ missed his first birthday game since joining the NBA, sitting out against the Sacramento with a groin injury on Sunday. But the Lakers gave him a 121-114 victory as a perfect gift. MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting James’ “banana boat” buddies Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade waxed a little sentimental as LeBron turned another year older, with the Rockets point guard even poking fun at his hairline. Happy birthday to the 🐐 , @KingJames. #LeBronJames #Lakers pic.twitter.com/vvYVnJZbea— MayweatherPromotions (@MayweatherPromo) December 30, 2018 Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win01:26Mass food poisoning at imelda Marcos’ b’day event01:58With new role in drug war, Robredo might ‘baby’ the drug lords – Bong Go02:42PH 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 Happy birthday, @KingJames. I know you’ll be back in no time. #lifeisaworkout pic.twitter.com/s29ZyUkL86— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) December 30, 2018 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more

25 days ago​Proposed Liverpool kit deal with Nike worth less than current sponsors New Balance

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first_img​Proposed Liverpool kit deal with Nike worth less than current sponsors New Balanceby Ian Ferris25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool’s proposed new kit deal with US sportswear giant Nike is only worth a guaranteed UK£30 million (US$37 million) per year, according to High Court papers seen by the Times, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The figure is in stark contrast to the previously reported UK£70 million (US$86 million) per year figure for the Nike deal. Instead, this reported base figure is less than Liverpool’s existing UK£45 million (US$55 million) annual deal with New Balance, which is taking the club to court claiming a contract clause means it can match Nike’s terms.It is also less than the minimum UK£50 million (US$61 million) per year deals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have with Nike, as well as the UK£71 million per year agreement the brand struck with French champions PSG in June.However, Liverpool apparently believe Nike can deliver far greater total revenue for the club than has been generated by their deal with New Balance. This is reflected by a commitment from Nike in the proposed deal to pay the club a 20 per cent royalty on net sales of Liverpool products. It would also promote the club through other influential athletes, such as Serena Williams and LeBron James, and popular musicians associated with the company, including rapper Drake.In addition, the report says Nike will distribute a new kit through ‘6,000 global doors’, compared to New Balance’s 3,000.In response, New Balance believes it can meet demand for Liverpool kit, having delivered tow of the biggest selling home kits for fans. A three-day trial to settle the legal dispute has been listed from 18th October. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Cabinet Approves Pilot for Some JUTC Buses to Use LNG

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first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says Cabinet has approved the pilot project to retrofit some Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses to use liquefied natural gas (LNG).The pilot is expected to begin in the first quarter of next year and will see five new LNG buses in operation.Mr. Holness pointed out that this is part of serious efforts by the Government to achieve energy efficiency, and by extension energy diversification, which will result in sustainable economic growth.He was addressing the launch of Red Stripe’s new production line, dubbed ‘line 8’ and LNG plant at its Spanish Town Road facility on December 19.“The right fuel mix fuels efficiency and the economy. From the micro entrepreneur to the large manufacturer, energy is a critical input. We must ensure that the thrust towards the provision of clean and affordable energy is given priority,” Mr. Holness said.The Prime Minister added that the Government has carefully examined a tax structure to incentivise the use of LNG.He noted that currently, 18 per cent of the country’s energy production is based on renewable energy, and he would like to see that figure climb to 50 per cent in short order.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness, in lauding the latest development at Red Stripe, emphasised the role of Government in supporting the private sector to achieve greater investments in a seamless manner.“The Government stands side by side in support of, and behind the private sector to drive growth,” he emphasised.“We are here to support, to create the facilitating, enabling and seamless environment, so that you can engage in products that can repatriate your production capacity, substitute local raw materials and make long-term investments to renew capital equipment,” he added.State Minister in the Finance and the Public Service Ministry, Hon. Fayval Williams, while on a tour of the facility told JIS News that she is impressed with the production facility and the LNG plant.With introduction of the close to US$18-million production line, Red Stripe, which is a part of the Heineken Company, will be able to further expand its export capabilities to produce 40,000 bottles per hour and 26,000 cases of beer per day exclusively for its growing global markets.The new line now means the brewery can produce up to one million bottles of the Jamaican beer for the domestic and international markets.The brewer will also become the first commercial company in Jamaica to be fully LNG-powered, through a project in partnership with US-based supplier New Fortress Energy.This means there will be a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 6,000 tonnes per annum.Managing Director of Red Stripe, Ricardo Nuncio, said the aim is to make the signature beer a truly global brand.He noted that Red Stripe established for itself three imperative actions and has successfully completed them.They include repatriation of the beer volumes from the US, accelerate domestic growth and accelerate Project Growth, an ambitious project to replace imported raw material with locally grown cassava. Mr. Holness pointed out that this is part of serious efforts by the Government to achieve energy efficiency, and by extension energy diversification, which will result in sustainable economic growth. Story Highlights “The right fuel mix fuels efficiency and the economy. From the micro entrepreneur to the large manufacturer, energy is a critical input. We must ensure that the thrust towards the provision of clean and affordable energy is given priority,” Mr. Holness said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says Cabinet has approved the pilot project to retrofit some Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses to use liquefied natural gas (LNG). last_img read more

Injured Again Derrick Rose Is In Uncharted Territory

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Mark Jackson28.012.0-16.049.9 Landry Fields11.3-0.4-11.7Active Tyrus Thomas8.7-1.5-10.2Active Eddie Griffin10.9-0.3-11.20.0 Derrick Rose25.90.9-25.0Active LaPhonso Ellis19.83.8-16.13.3 Chris Paul54.537.3-17.1Active Darius Miles10.7-1.4-12.10.1 Sam Bowie21.02.7-18.311.2 Jay Vincent14.34.0-10.2-2.3 Andris Biedrins12.82.8-10.0-0.2 John Long6.6-3.0-9.6-1.1 Shaquille O’Neal46.034.8-11.2106.3 Phil Ford14.3-0.3-14.60.0 Kerry Kittles21.15.6-15.517.5 Norm Nixon20.98.0-12.83.4 David Thompson26.810.0-16.82.5 Ron Brewer10.4-1.6-12.0-4.8 Willie Anderson17.15.7-11.53.7 Dudley Bradley12.01.1-10.97.0 WAR, AGES 24-26WAR, AGE 27+ Reggie King16.76.4-10.3-0.7 Eric Money8.2-1.9-10.10.0 Clark Kellogg20.91.1-19.80.0 Tyrone Nesby15.71.0-14.70.0 Bill Garnett11.20.9-10.30.0 Rajon Rondo25.415.1-10.3Active Rik Smits12.71.9-10.823.9 PLAYERPREDICTEDACTUALDIFF Brevin Knight19.14.8-14.310.2 Back in March 2011, I wrote a column for The New York Times about how, statistically speaking, Derrick Rose didn’t deserve to win the NBA’s MVP award over Chris Paul (and others).The reaction from Chicago Bulls fans was — how can I put this? — not positive. But in the process of researching Rose and watching him closely, I grew to appreciate him more and more as a player, to the point that he became one of my favorite players to watch in all of basketball.1I even had a framed photograph of him on the wall of my old office at Sports Reference. In other words, sometimes contemptuous feedback breeds familiarity with — and even fondness for — a player. (I confess that a similar phenomenon is taking place for me now, with Andrew Wiggins.)That’s why it was so disheartening to see Rose suffer yet another devastating injury Tuesday night, this time a torn meniscus in the same knee that he injured early in the 2013-14 season. While the severity is still unknown, as is the course of action that Rose’s doctors will pursue, this latest setback could be Rose’s fourth season-ending injury in as many seasons. It’s a string of bad breaks that shouldn’t befall any athlete, much less one who ranked among his sport’s most exciting before injuries struck.Purely from a basketball perspective, the Bulls are probably more equipped to handle Rose’s absence now than at any point in the past four years. While Rose’s season started with promise, his play has largely been uneven; for the year, he ranks 33rd among point guards in Real Plus-Minus and 165th overall.2He ranked 20th overall during his best season, 2011-12.The bigger question concerns whether Rose can overcome another misfortune to contribute meaningfully in the future. And in that regard, he’s in uncharted territory by the standards of NBA history.Through age 233For all ages in this post, I’m referring to Basketball-Reference.com’s convention of listing a player’s age on Feb. 1 of the season in question. (for Rose, the 2011-12 season), the Bulls guard had generated 26.1 wins above replacement (WAR), a total that ranks 32nd among all NBA players since the 1977 ABA-NBA merger. For comparison’s sake, LeBron James is the 23-and-under leader over that span, with 82.2 WAR. But plenty of great players — from Adrian Dantley to Shawn Kemp and Shareef Abdur-Rahim — also had fewer WAR than Rose through the same age.Based on his average yearly performance through age 23,4Adjusted for aging effects. it would have been fair to expect about 26 more WAR from Rose between the ages of 24 and 26.5Using a historical regression between average age-adjusted WAR per year through age 23 and total WAR between the ages of 24 and 26. However, Rose produced just 0.9 WAR between his lost 2012-13 and the current 2014-15 season. Through no fault of Rose’s own, that 25 WAR shortfall was the largest of any player in the sample I examined, a tangible measure of just how much was lost over the past three years. Eric Gordon11.72.0-9.7Active And Rose’s peers at the top of the shortfall list show what uncharted comeback territory he’s in. Big man Sam Bowie, now known mostly for being drafted one pick ahead of Michael Jordan, returned to post 11.2 WAR after missing his entire age-26 season with a stress fracture but wasn’t anywhere near as effective as he’d been in his first two seasons. And Bowie is the success story of the group.Clark Kellogg undershot his projected age 24-26 WAR by 19.8, retiring four games into his age-25 season after a trio of knee surgeries. David Thompson’s issues with injuries and substance abuse caused him to undershoot his expected age 24-26 WAR by 16.8 and then generate only 2.5 WAR from age 27 onward. John “Hot Plate” Williams succumbed to injuries and struggled to control his weight, producing -0.8 WAR after age 26. And LaPhonso Ellis was never the same player following a knee injury suffered early in his age-24 season.Most of these cautionary tales are at most only tangentially similar to Rose’s injury travails, but they do underscore just how rare it is for a player to return to productivity after a spell of lost prime seasons, even if — like Rose — they’d shown tremendous promise as young players. John Williams18.31.8-16.4-0.8 read more

With success in Big Ten Tournament Buckeyes could be No 1 seed

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Now that the regular-season conference title is out of the way, the Buckeyes are squared on winning this weekend’s Big Ten Tournament, which could garner them March Madness’ top overall seed. But a lot can happen during the intense championship week when teams across the country make their final case to hear their names called on Selection Sunday. Ohio State won’t have to worry about whether its name will be called, but when. Jerry Palm of CollegeRPI.com told The Lantern the NCAA Tournament’s No. 1 overall seed is the Buckeyes’ to lose, and other teams in contention will need improbable help in the form of an OSU loss. “Anyone else who thinks they can (get the No. 1 overall seed),” Palm said, “is going to have to wait until somebody beats Ohio State.” OSU coach Thad Matta said he enjoys this time of year because he’s been able to learn so much about his team during the conference tournament. He mentioned that having recent Sunday games followed by quick turnarounds early in the next week has helped the Buckeyes prepare for the NCAA Tournament. “We (coaches) talk about it, not with the guys,” Matta said. “We haven’t discussed the NCAA Tournament with them, but I’m sure they watched TV.” Fifth-year senior forward David Lighty is no stranger to basketball in March and is looking for a repeat performance of last year’s Big Ten Tournament, where he earned All-Tournament honors and helped the Buckeyes win the conference title. “I think if we play like we’ve been playing the last five or six games it’s going to be pretty hard to beat us,” Lighty said. “Like coach said, just going in there and being focused, having our minds right to go in there and attack.” read more