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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

Piney Paradise: A family activity

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseThe holiday season means many different things to many different people — faith, family, tradition, gatherings, and decorations. For the Bauer family in Huron County, these important holiday staples remain a focus all year on their Piney Paradise Christmas Tree Farm as they prepare for the holiday sales season.In the early 1970s Gary Bauer served as an FFA advisor at Big Walnut in central Ohio. During that time he became familiar with Wade and Gatton Nurseries. He also worked with the FFA selling Christmas trees as a fundraiser. This led to an initial effort to plant Christmas trees on a few acres in the Sunbury area. In the late 70s, though, career changes took the Bauer family to where Gary grew up in Huron County. He took a different job teaching ag, and later moved into an Extension role as an ag educator in the diverse, horticulture-heavy Erie County. His wife Mary took a job in the medical field and they took their interest in Christmas trees with them. They started planting Christmas trees in Huron County in 1978.“It all started to pay for the college tuition for our kids. When we started back in the 70s there, the whole idea was to supplement the cost for our three children to go to college, and it did,” Gary said. “Now we have 20,000 Christmas trees on 20 acres. We are selling around 900 or so a year.”Gary retired from Ohio State University Extension and then served as county commissioner, planting and caring for trees with his family all the while. The Bauer children are grown, with families of their own, and most of the family members are still working with Christmas trees. Scott Bauer and his wife, Jill, Robyn [Bauer] Rogers and her husband, Eric, and their children are all involved. Wendy [Bauer] Reeves and her daughters help during the sales season with wreaths, swags and other decorative items as well.The operation has expanded to a second farm with three generations of Bauers now working together year-round to prepare for the holiday sales season. Most of the trees are started, often as plugs, in a nursery area.“We can simply rototill deep, take a shovel handle and punch a hole and put the plug in the hole in the nursery,” Gary said.They are grown there for a year in the partial shade provided by mature trees along a fencerow where they can be easily watered with a tractor with a water tank. After a year in the nursery, the trees are planted in the field using a laser level for straight rows. The holes are hand dug with a shovel to make sure there is plenty of room for the abundant roots that come out of the trees that have been growing in the nursery. The biggest planting to date was 4,000 trees in 2015. With some hired help, the family planted the 4,000 trees in one day using shovels and plenty of hand labor.The shearing for the trees is done in the summer months with the second and third generation of the family taking on the labor-intensive duties. In addition, there is almost a constant need for mowing to control vegetation, scouting for insect and disease issues and spraying to treat those issues accordingly.The sales season kicks off the day after Thanksgiving each year, with retail sales at two different farms — the original home farm and the more recently added expansion farm for the operation. The different locations have different hours, but both include a retail shop.“We have wreathes and pine roping and a variety of table items at both sites and complimentary hot chocolate and cookies at both sites,” said Mary Bauer. “We price by the variety, not by the size. All of our Scotch pine and white pine are one price. All of our short needle trees are another price, so that eliminates measuring. We tell that to our customers when they come in and normally we show them a sample of the different needle types that we have available. We tell them where they are located in the field, supply them with a handsaw, and we have wagons that they can take with them. And normally, our customers are very congenial about waiting until they need a wagon, they either wait or they go out in the field and look for somebody that is either still looking or has finished their shopping and get a cart that way when they need it. They bring it back to the sales building after they’ve cut it and our hired help will shake it and bale it. We handle the receipts in the sales building.”The ultimate goal for the Bauers is to provide other families with an enjoyable experience on the farm.“We market it as a family activity and a lot of times we’ll have three generations, you know, grandpa and grandma, mom and dad and the kids all come the same time and make a real outing,” Mary said. “We have customers who have videotaped with their cell phones the whole process right from the get-go of starting to hunt for the tree to getting it decorated in their house to post it on Facebook. Social media has been a real boon in the last number of years. Our youngest daughter basically handles all of that and keeping the website updated. That’s her department. And we always appreciate when they’re giving favorable feedback that way. We have been blessed so far with a lot of good feedback from customers.”After the sales season, tree stumps are removed to get ready for planting the next crop. The labor on the farm is mostly handled by family-members, though FFA connections have paid off with finding hired help. Scott Bauer is the Monroeville FFA adviser, which helps address the challenge of finding reliable seasonal labor.“It is getting harder to find youth who want to work. Being an ag teacher and involved with these kids and knowing what they do allows us to get some pretty good help, whereas sometimes you’re not able to do that,” Scott said. “During the sales season they help shake, bale and load Christmas trees. Some students who have been around a little longer introduce customers to the farm and talk about the kinds of trees we have. Then I usually have three or four working for me pulling stumps. In the spring when we plant we usually have two or three come help plant.”The Bauer family gets good help out of the arrangement and the students make some money and get hours for their Supervised Agricultural Experience.“The students who work for me use it as part of their SAE program. They get dollars and hours towards their State or American degree, whatever they are working on. Most of the students move on after high school when they go on to college. We find the kids and train them and then they move on, but that is the nature of the beast,” Scott said. “It is easier to find good workers in the FFA. I get the chance to screen the candidates before we bring them on. My sister is also a teacher and she finds some really good kids too. Kids with farm backgrounds are predisposed to work well for you.”The work ethic and family values the FFA students get to learn while working on the farm are at the core of the business for the Bauer family. Whether Bauer family members are working side-by-side beneath the hot summer sun, or bundled up during the winter harvest, they are carrying on a family tradition that allows for traditions of other families to start and grow through generations.“It has been a family activity for all of us. Now it will help with college for the grandchildren,” Gary said. “You normally don’t have bad people show up to buy trees. If someone’s going to drag their body out to a farm cut their own tree, they’ve got to have some kind of a positive attitude about things. So if you’re going to be in retail — and we all agree around here, retail for five weeks is enough — we really enjoy seeing the families on the farm.”The Bauer family works year-round to create a fun holiday family experience for their Christmas tree customers. Photo provided by the Bauer family.last_img read more

Tips for Being an Awesome Production Coordinator

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first_imgTo succeed as a production coordinator, you need the patience of a director, the organizational skills of an assistant director, and the knowledge of a producer. No problem, right?Thriving under pressure, being able to multi-task, and playing well with others are just a few of the necessary skills that you need to succeed as a production coordinator. It’s a demanding job and certainly not a perfect fit for everyone, but for those that work well in this type of environment and are heavily self-motivated, working as a production coordinator can be an excellent career move.It’s the natural progression away from PAing and into ADing, and eventually producing. If you’re considering a career move and think you’re up for the challenge (or already work in this demanding position), these tips will make your life easier both on set and off.1. Communicate Impeccably and Lead Your TeamImage from ShutterstockCommunication and the ability to take charge and lead are two of the most critical qualities for you to have as a PC. Throughout every phase of the filmmaking process (and especially during pre-production and production), you are the point of contact for most (or all) of the crew – and that is a massive responsibility to have.Having likely come from a PA background, you may be accustomed to feeling like you should simply do your job, stay quiet, and get out of the way. But this mentality needs to change drastically as you step into this new position, as your role is now more in line with that of a producer than it is a production assistant. And just like a great producer – communication and leadership are key.2. Stay Organized and Stay AheadImage from Together for SustainabilityYour ability to organize and stay a step ahead of things is what you were hired for above all else, so make sure to prioritize these aspects of your job. It’s often assumed that producers do most of the dirty work on and off set, but in reality it’s often the production coordinators doing a lot of the heavy lifting – even if they aren’t getting credit for it.The bottom line: Organization is key. Even the slightest organizational misstep can lead to disaster during production. Take a look at this call sheet. See all those blank fields? If you’re the production coordinator, it’s up to you to fill them in accurately. A single typo that places a talent’s call time later than it should be could ruin an entire day on set and cost the production thousands of dollars in overtime and/or reshooting expenses.There are an infinite amount of issues that could arise as a result of poor organizational skills, so always be sure to stay detail oriented and triple check everything you do before sending it out to the team – otherwise you could be out of a job.3. Know your RoleImage from New Mexico State Film OfficeA production team is naturally set up as a hierarchy, and it’s crucial that you know exactly where you stand in the chain of command. Although I mentioned earlier that being a production coordinator in many ways is like being a producer, you still need to make sure those lines aren’t blurred. Many production coordinators make the mistake of overstepping their boundaries during production as they grow to realize their importance on set.As production coordinator, you report directly to the production manager, while also taking the lead on overseeing the production assistants and assistant production coordinators. For those of you that have already worked in this capacity, you understand that there’s a lot of juggling involved to do this well, and you are often required to wear many hats.There are times when you need to take on roles that are outside of your usual production coordinator responsibilities, and that is perfectly okay as long as you are being guided to do so. In other words, if you need to handle something that the production manager is passing off to you, that’s great – just don’t overstep your boundaries and do it before it’s asked of you or it will reflect very poorly on your set etiquette.Final ThoughtsImage from ShutterstockNot everyone is cut out for the role of production coordinator. It is a demanding, high-pressure job that requires a very particular set of skills, namely the ability to execute tasks with just the right balance of patience and tenacity. Over and above a concrete knowledge of film production from A to Z, you must be a great communicator and leader, remain ahead of schedule and completely organized at all times, and understand the boundaries of the role in which you work. This can sound like a difficult position to fill, and truthfully it is a big challenge for many. But if you’re willing to stick with it and make yourself a productive member of the team, things start getting easier very quickly.If you want more production coordinator insight, Courtney Hicks over at How To Film School has compiled a pretty exhaustive list of the skills required to execute the position. It’s definitely worth a read. You can check it out here.Have any other tips for aspiring production coordinators? Do you have any on-set production coordinator experiences to share? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more

Austria says ‘racial slur’ provoked Ross; Guiao denies using N-word

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first_img“No, I did not say the N-word. I don’t know if anyone heard, but I didn’t,” he said.The fiery mentor admitted, though, that he gave Ross the middle finger as a part of his “psychological warfare,” but there’s nothing more to it.“He likes to mock, not just against us, everytime there are skirmishes like that. He also knows what he’s capable of,” said Guiao. MOST READ “I confronted Chris Ross because he’s one of the most important players in my team, especially in the endgame. According to Chris, he was called a n****r,” said the Beermen mentor. “That’s a word that he doesn’t want to hear from any people and that flared him up.”READ: PBA: RoS coach Guiao fined P20K for actions towards SMB’s RossGuiao, meanwhile, said that he just gave in to what Ross, who was talking trash him in front of the Road Warriors bench, wanted.“He was there in front of us and he wouldn’t stop trash talking. For me, you should be respectful at that point and be the one to distance yourself given that you’re already winning. The game was a foregone conclusion at that time, so maybe he should have been more respectful. He should just shut up,” he said. “I didn’t understand what he was saying and what he was talking about so I trash-talked him too.”Guiao, however, denied that he dropped the racial slur on Ross.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIf there’s one thing that San Miguel guard Chris Ross and NLEX coach Yeng Guiao have in common, it’s that both of them don’t want to lose.But the similarities end there as both figures  find themselves always at war, much like on Friday when Guiao and Ross butt heads anew late in San Miguel’s 109-98 win over NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ravena says staredown not intended to shame Pessumal LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Things came to head with 1:46 mark of the fourth quarter and the game already decided. While Kevin Alas was at the charity stripe, Guiao and Ross traded barbs that triggered a commotion among the players as they tried to come between the two.READ: SMB stays unscathed, escapes NLEX FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRoss was ejected after he was attested with his second technical foul and refused to entertain questions from the media after the game.Coach Leo Austria shed light on the exchange between Ross and Guiao, as relayed to him by the Defensive Player of the Year. View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:32Austria: Ginebra is playing like a ‘well-oiled machine’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Steve Kerr rips Warriors after Game 5 loss: ‘We seemed to take it for granted’

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first_imgGolden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr wipes his face during the first half in Game 3 of the team’s first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr accused his team of taking victory for granted on Wednesday as the NBA champions slumped to an upset 129-121 playoff defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers.The Warriors had looked set to advance into a Western Conference semi-final showdown with Houston, needing only a victory on home turf against the eighth-seeded Clippers to complete a 4-1 series victory.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess  Team effort“We’re not getting ahead of ourselves. They’re up 3-2 still,” Rivers said. “But I just loved how we played. I thought tonight was more like us, throughout. We kept attacking, we kept running. That was our team out there today.”As well as Williams and Beverley, three other players made double figures for the Clippers, notably Danilo Gallinari. The Italian veteran finished with 26 points and seven rebounds.“To beat this team in a game, you need everybody,” Rivers said. “Everybody did their job. Each guy was a star in their role and that’s why we won the game.”READ: Warriors blow 31-point lead, Clippers tie series at 1-1While the Warriors now face at least one more game in their series, Houston will benefit from extra rest after wrapping up a 4-1 series win over the Utah Jazz in Wednesday’s other playoff game.James Harden led the scoring with 26 points as the Rockets overcame an improved Utah defensive effort to seal a 100-93 victory at Houston’s Toyota Center.The Rockets were made to work hard for the win however, and had pulled to within four points at 86-90 with 4min 30sec remaining.But Utah’s Ricky Rubio missed a golden chance to put the Jazz ahead, squandering a wide open three-pointer from the corner to leave Houston 94-93 in front.The momentum shifted after that error, PJ Tucker adding two free throws to make it 96-93 to Houston. Harden then made a superb steal and drew a foul to earn two free throws that put the Rockets up by five with 38 seconds remaining. LATEST STORIES “But it’s the NBA playoffs. It’s a seven-game series and you’ve got to play, and defend with some urgency. We gave up 129 points on our home floor. We weren’t right from the very beginning.READ: Warriors beat Clippers, head back to Bay Area with 3-1 lead “Everything we did in LA, we didn’t do tonight. We seemed to take it for granted that we were going to be okay. But I said it before the game — this Clipper team has been scrapping and clawing all year.“I knew they weren’t going to go down without a fight. Patrick Beverley came in and kicked our butts.”While Kerr and the Warriors reflected on a chastening loss, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers waved off suggestions that his team could go on to eliminate the Warriors, who are chasing a fourth title in five seasons.ADVERTISEMENT But a 45-point display from Kevin Durant could not mask a shoddy Warriors defensive performance which the Clippers exploited to claw the series back to 3-2 as the teams head to Los Angeles for game six.READ: Clippers force game 6 vs Warriors after big road winFEATURED 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, logisticsLou Williams delivered 33 points off the bench for the Clippers while Patrick Beverley hauled down 14 rebounds to craft an upset which left Kerr bemoaning a lacklustre showing from his team.“It’s been a year where things haven’t gone exactly smoothly all the time so I’m not surprised by anything, but I expected us to come out and play better and win the game,” Kerr told reporters afterwards. Chris Paul added two late free throws to make the game safe. Paul finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists.Royce O’Neale led the Utah scoring, finishing with 18 off the bench.“You’ve got to give them credit for the entire series,” Harden said. “Every game they found a way to compete, especially tonight. They just didn’t let up.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ PBA D-League: RK Ilagan sizzles as Valencia-San Sebastian routs Perpetual DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

Premiers forge ahead with Indigenous meeting despite boycott by three groups

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first_imgEDMONTON – Canada’s premiers met with a reduced group of Indigenous leaders Monday after three national bodies — including the Assembly of First Nations — boycotted the event.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said work was done discussing issues such as the socioeconomic challenges for Indigenous women and the state of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.“I think we reached agreement and a fairly shared common purpose on these issues, and I think we’ll see some good work coming out of it,” Notley told reporters.She and the leaders of Canada’s provinces and territories met with National Chief Robert Bertrand of Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, and Francyne Joe, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.Referring to the absentees, Notley said, “Although we regret that they were not here today, we are fully committed to engaging with these leaders face-to-face around a common table.“We are also steadfast in our resolve to making progress on issues that are critically important to Indigenous people.”Earlier Monday, the heads of the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Metis National Council announced in Toronto they were boycotting the meeting to draw attention to their bid for “full and meaningful inclusion” in the larger annual gathering of provincial and territorial leaders known as the Council of the Federation.Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said Canada’s Indigenous Peoples are not just another special interest group and won’t stand to be treated as such.“We’re not ethnic minorities. We are Indigenous Peoples with the right to self-determination, because we have our own lands, we have our own laws, we have our own languages, we have our own identifiable peoples and we have our identifiable forms of government,” he said.Though the groups have met with the premiers in the past, they said long-standing issues have come to a head in the last year, particularly when contrasted with the federal government’s more inclusive approach.“Unless we start taking a stand, they’re not going to really listen to us,” said Clement Chartier, president of the Metis National Council.Back in Edmonton, Bertrand declined to say what he thought of the boycott decision, but said it’s in the best interests of the people he represents to meet the premiers face-to-face.“It was well worth our while to have been present here,” said Bertrand.“Mainly for having made connections with all the premiers of the provinces. This way if in the future there are any problems, you can pick up the phone and discuss it with either the premier or with another person who will be able to help us.”Joe echoed those remarks: “My membership expects me to do whatever I can to discuss the issues that are affecting our women.“We hope that the others will join us at some point so that we can work together to address these issues.”New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant said it’s unfortunate that the process of how best to meet detracts from a focus on improving the lives of aboriginal people.“Process can be very important, but at the end of the day it’s only important because we’re all trying to achieve results that will improve the quality of life of Indigenous people,” said Gallant.The premiers meet Tuesday and Wednesday in the Alberta capital for the summer meeting of the Council of the Federation.B.C. premier-designate John Horgan is being sworn in Tuesday and therefore is not attending.— With files from Paola Loriggio in Torontolast_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

Ohio State mens basketball loses 2nd straight 8274 to Louisiana Tech

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OSU frehsman JaQuan Lyle (13) surveys the court during a game against UT Arlington on Nov. 20 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. OSU lost 73-68. Credit: Hannah Roth |Lantern PhotographerFor the second straight game, the Ohio State men’s basketball team (2-2) was drubbed by a mid-major program.After falling to Louisiana Tech (4-0) 82-74 at the Schottenstein Center on Tuesday night, coach Thad Matta’s squad is left searching for answers.“I think this team has to find itself,” Matta said. “I think that we have to look at our weaknesses, admit that we have them and find ways to correct them.”Those weaknesses, unmasked within minutes of the tipoff, have hindered this unripe, youthful team.Its first few offensive possessions, predictably, ended in a turnover and a missed free throw.“We’ve got to stop trying to make the big play and just make the right play,” sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate said. “That’s where a lot of turnovers come from. We’ve just got to play a smarter game. Free throws are all mental. We’ve got to get up there and think we’re going to make it, and we’ll make it. We work too hard on our free throws to miss like that.”Meanwhile, Louisiana Tech went on a 7-0 run to open the game and never looked back. It never trailed throughout the course of 40 minutes.The Bulldogs, led by senior guard Alex Hamilton — who scored a team-high 24 points — found their stroke from behind the arc, and it started early on.Spacing the floor, knocking down threes and beating the Buckeyes to loose balls, Louisiana Tech outpaced OSU.This time around, a lack of energy or toughness wasn’t the issue; offensive consistency was.“We can’t relax,” Tate, who registered a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, said. “It felt like we relaxed when we tied it up. We just have to learn for the remainder of the year to keep the foot on the pedal. We have to keep those runs going and at the defensive end dig even deeper.”Newly minted starting center, freshman Daniel Giddens, contributed eight rebounds and four blocks, while freshman guard Austin Grandstaff added nine points, shooting 60 percent from the 3-point line. The duo helped the Buckeyes surge right before the half to cut Louisiana Tech’s lead to 42-38.“I thought Daniel was pretty good tonight,” Matta said. “He’s one guy that you can look out there on the floor and you know who he’s playing for. You know how important (the game is to him) — the passion.”The game’s defining moment came with 11:26 left in the second half.Down 55-54, Marc Loving – who scored a game-high 25 points – went to the free throw line with a chance to give OSU its first lead of the night. The junior forward missed one, then Louisiana Tech pushed the ball, hit a corner three and took the energy right out of the area.It was a common occurrence.Every time OSU gained momentum, the Bulldogs killed it with a timely three or galvanizing slam dunk.“It definitely gets us down when we try to work on it,” sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop said. “We’ve got to get down on turnovers and make more free throws.”As a team, OSU missed 10 free throws, turned the ball over 14 times and a seasoned, well-balanced and aggressive Louisiana Tech team made it pay for every mental mistake it made. Following the loss, OSU is scheduled to face Memphis on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Miami. Matta, however, is not looking ahead to the Tigers. “I need to worry about us,” he said, “more than I need to worry about them.” read more

Mens hockey ready to drop puck for 2014 season

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Loose pucksOSU junior defenseman Craig Dalrymple is injured and will not play this weekend, Rohlik said.OSU is 2-1-0 all-time vs. ProvidenceThis weekend’s games are part of the Hockey East/Big Ten challenge that awards a trophy to the conference with the most points in inter-conference play. OSU players are introduced into a game against Guelph on Oct. 4 at Value City Arena. OSU won, 7-1.Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerWhen the puck drops in Columbus this weekend, the Ohio State men’s hockey team’s coming-out party will be officially over. The Buckeyes won’t be surprising anyone this year, including themselves.OSU’s regular-season opener against No. 4 Providence will mark the beginning of a season where expectations are clearer than they’ve been in the past, Buckeye junior defenseman Sam Jardine said.Goals to win the Big Ten title and reach the NCAA tournament are built upon the OSU’s loss in the conference championship last year, Jardine said.“It’s been fresh in our memory all summer,” he said. “(We are) very bitter about it, but very motivated, very empowered to get back to that spot where we were last year.”The Buckeyes return 19 players after going 18-14-5 last season. Back for another run at the postseason, a roster that lost Max McCormick and Ryan Dzingel to the NHL is eager to show it can compete without its high-profile forwards.“I think we’ve got a group that wants to prove to people that we have what it takes,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said.That group is one making an offensive transition. This season, the Buckeyes will become a four-line team that relies less upon its top-six forwards, Rohlik said.OSU’s balance was exemplified last weekend when 13 players registered at least one point in the team’s 7-1 exhibition win against the University of Guelph. Forwards Matt Weis and Luke Stork earned points for the Buckeyes’ freshman class.In their first week of official practice, OSU’s eight newcomers have quickly adjusted to practice and game-speed, senior forward Tanner Fritz said.For Fritz, the loss of former linemates Alex Szczechura and McCormick has forced him to make an adjustment of his own. OSU’s top returning scorer has been paired with junior forward Anthony Greco and senior forward Darik Angeli in practice.“Those are guys that bring a ton of speed to the game, so it’s just kind of me keeping up with them,” Fritz said.But while the Buckeyes’ offense is changing, its goaltending is not. Sophomore goalies Matt Tomkins and Christian Frey, who combined for a 2.53 goals against average last season, will each play this season, Rohlik said.Rohlik did not reveal this weekend’s starter, but said he was comfortable with either player between the pipes.In front of the goalies, the defensive keys will be to avoid odd-man rushes and keep the Friars to the perimeter of the offensive zone, Jardine said.“We know with the guys that we have behind us that if we give outside shots they’re going to take care of those,” Jardine said.This weekend against Providence might prove to be a goaltending showdown.The Friars’ junior goalie Jon Gillies has a career 2.12 GAA and .931 save percentage, while his backup, sophomore Nick Ellis, posted a 2.35 GAA and .904 save percentage last season.Gillies and Ellis propelled the Friars to a 22-11-6 record and NCAA tournament berth last season. The Friars, like the Buckeyes, also have high expectations with 19 returnees.“If there’s a year for Providence, this is probably their year,” Rohlik said. “We’re playing a very good hockey team and we have to be ready.”OSU’s preparations for Providence were made easier by the teams’ agreement to trade game film. Rohlik said the Friars initiated the offer to swap tape from last season, an exchange the OSU coach had not made in the past.Despite having film to analyze, Rohlik said he understands his team won’t be mistake-free on Friday. He said his hope is for his team’s effort and accountability to compensate for its mistakes.For a team eager to start the season, it’s just the first of many expectations.The Buckeyes are set to open their season on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more