first_imgA last-minute injunction paused the removal of Nadesalingam and Priya, and their two Australian-born daughters.Their Queensland hometown of Biloela had been campaigning for their return ever since they were removed from their home early one morning.The family of four remain in detention, pending a hearing in early May.Read it at BBC Related Itemslast_img

first_imgLovebirds Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are at the grand premiere of cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar’s biodrama, Sachin: A Billion Dreams. Virat and Anushka, along with the entire Indian cricket team, joined Sachin and Anjali Tendulkar to cheer him as he unveils his film.Sachin Tendulkar, along with the entire Indian cricket team, poses for a photoOver the last few weeks, Sachin Tendulkar has gone all out with the promotions of the film, leaving no stone unturned. Film and cricket stars from all over the country voiced their support for A Billion Dreams.Sachin Tendulkar and Anjali TendulkarFrom stars like Aamir Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan to Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra, all took to social media to share their excitement about Sachin: A Billion Dreams.Ranveer Singh, in the Indian team’s jersey, shared a video asking people to witness the journey of Sachin and be inspired by him, once again. He also chanted “Sachin, Sachin” in the video, which is also a song in the movie.Theatres turning into stadiums! #sachinabilliondreams #3daystosachin @sachin_rt Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) May 23, 2017It’s the sheer pride you’ve filled me up with that’s manifesting, Sir! ??????? can’t wait to see the film ! ????? Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) May 24, 2017Priyanka Chopra, on her part, associated Sachin to the emotions of celebration, jubilation and happiness. She also shared that no other individual had the immense capability to reunite the entire nation the way Sachin did. The global star termed Sachin Tendulkar ‘India’s pride’ and also expressed her gratitude to have known the legend.advertisementWhat are you waiting for? Book your tickets now #2DaysToGo #SachinABillionDreams @sachin_rt PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) May 24, 2017Sachin: A Billion Dreams, hits the screens in India on May 26.Sachin: A Billion Dreams will bring to life the memories that the entire nation witnessed during the course of Sachin’s career. It will also help fans know the sports star as an individual, as the film showcases insights from his personal life too.(Photos: Yogen Shah)ALSO READ: Team India to watch Sachin: A Billion Dreams togetherALSO WATCH: Acting was more challenging than playing cricket, says Sachin Tendulkarlast_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous HEITEC: subrack elements enable cost-effective, easier designsNext Würth Elektronik eiSos presents new catalog of electromechanical components Panasonic Industry Europe has recently launched a fully embedded stand-alone Wi-Fi module for highly integrated and cost-effective applications. The PAN9420 device is a 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n fully embedded Wi-Fi Module with integrated stack and API that minimizes firmware development and includes a full security suite.Featuring a fully shielded case, integrated crystal oscillators and a chip antenna, the PAN9420 module combines a high-performance CPU, high-sensitivity wireless radio, baseband processor, medium access controller, encryption unit, boot ROM with patching capability, internal SRAM and in-system programmable flash memory. The integrated memory enables storing web content such as HTML pages or image data. The parallel support of access point and infrastructure mode allows easy setup of simultaneous Wi-Fi connections from the PAN9420 to smart devices and home network routers. The pre-programmed Wi-Fi SoC firmware enables Ad-hoc mode (Wi-Fi Direct) applications. With the transparent mode, raw data can be sent from the UART to the air interface to smart devices, web servers or PC applications.Also now available is a PAN9420 Evaluation Kit containing a motherboard with PAN9420 daughter board (PAN9420 FCC version module) which easily connects to any PC using the USB-cable included. The motherboard comes with two USB to UART converters allowing for hardware access to the two UART module interfaces (command and binary interface). The PAN9420 FCC version module comes pre-loaded with a firmware for IoT applications and a Panasonic Web content example. After a few simple steps the kit is ready to use.The PAN9420 module is available in two version: FCC/IC (P/N: ENW49C01A3KF) and CE RED (P/N: ENW49C02A3KF) pre-certified.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

first_imgBen Stokes was on Tuesday found not guilty on charges of affray, after saying during his trial he was acting in self-defence when he knocked out two men in a street fight.At Bristol Crown Court, Stokes closed his eyes and then looked up at the conclusion of the case that cost him his role as vice captain of England’s national cricket team.Former England captain Michael Vaughan also tweeted in support of the 27-year-old New Zealand-born star, saying that Stokes had been punished enough over the last 11 months.”I think the fact he missed the whole of the Winter in Australia is punishment enough for Ben Stokes,” tweeted Vaughan.”I personally think now he has been proven to be not guilty, he should be allowed to play.”I think the fact he missed the whole of the Winter in Australia is punishment enough for Ben Stokes .. I personally think now he has been proven to be Not Guilty he should be allowed to play ..Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 14, 2018READ – Stokes cleared of affray charges, to join squad for 3rd Test vs IndiaDuring a night out with England teammates after a match against the West Indies last September, Stokes had at least 10 drinks in the hours before the fight unfolded.Prosecutors wanted to charge Stokes with two counts of assault over the fracas near a nightclub last year in the southwest English city. But the judge would only allow him to stand trial on another charge which meant the jury had to be satisfied Stokes’s fight with two men endangered people nearby. Stokes was cleared in a unanimous verdict.advertisementREAD – Stokes not picked for third Test as England name unchanged squadJonny Bairstow, Stokes’s England teammate and who was also present with him that evening, said that it was great news for the all-rounder on both a personal and sporting front.”I am really happy,” Bairstow told a English news channel.”It has been a long 10 months for him and his family.””Hopefully we will see him back in an England shirt soon as we saw the impact he had at Edgbaston,” said Bairstow.READ- Stokes had at least 7 vodka drinks and 3 beers before Bristol pub brawlStokes had changed the game in the first Test with the ball as England won by 31 runs. Stokes took four wickets in India’s second innings, including the prized wicket of Virat Kohli.Stokes was released from the England squad for the second Test, which the hosts won by an innings and 159 runs, to attend his hearing. Ben Stokes missed the second Test against India at Lord’s due to the trail (Reuters Photo)On Tuesday, after having been proven not guilty, Stokes was added in the England squad for the third Test to held in Trent Bridge from Saturday.”Now that the legal proceedings have concluded, the disciplinary process for Ben Stokes and Alex Hales can be scheduled by the Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC),” the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a the statement.”Considerable detail has been heard in this week-long court case and, in due course, there will be a range of matters for the Board to fully consider.”The gay couple, Kai Barry and William O’Connor, who said that Stokes had stood up to defend them from homophobic abuse outside the club, told a British news channel that Stokes had earned their undying gratitude, though they did not testify in court.READ – Ben Stokes ‘mocked gay men’ before Bristol pub brawl: Prosecutor”When I realised who he was fair play because obviously he (Stokes) put his career on the line for someone he never knew.”I’d say thank you definitely thank you for being there sorry for all the drama we landed you in but a lot of appreciation,” Barry said.Stokes was with fellow England international Alex Hales, then got into a fight with Ali and Hale, but he can expect support from the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA).”As with any of our members who face difficult situations we provide the appropriate assistance,” PCA said in a statement.”We have been working with Ben and his legal team over the last 10 months and have provided our support throughout.”The PCA will continue to provide that support to Ben and Alex Hales including during the disciplinary proceedings.”last_img read more

first_imgArsenal v Tottenham Hotspur WATCH: Can Tottenham cement new-found dominance over Arsenal? Goal 18:29 11/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Harry Kane Premier League Arsenal v Tottenham 06116 Getty Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Videos There has been a shift of power in the North London derby and Spurs will be hoping Harry Kane can continue his remarkable record versus the Gunners The Premier League returns this weekend with one of the most anticipated clashes of the season when Arsenal host Tottenham in the North London derby.The Gunners have lost only two of their last 32 home league games against Spurs, but the landscape in the capital has changed over recent years.The form team in the country over the past two years, Tottenham are no longer left trailing in the wake of their more successful neighbours. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs revival has left them unbeaten in their previous six North London derbies – their longest ever winless run against their rivals in league competition.Third-placed Tottenham sit three places and four points ahead of their local rivals coming into the weekend and have won six of their last eight in the league.Arsenal, meanwhile, arrive on the back of a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City and will be desperate for some inspiration from Alexis Sanchez, who has scored or assisted four goals in his last five Premier League appearances at the Emirates.And the Chilean should find himself some goalscoring opportunities – Mesut Ozil has created no less than 30 of them in the PL this season, behind only Kevin De Bruyne and Cesc FabregasTalisman Harry Kane has scored in all five Premier League games he’s played against Arsenal. Only Emmanuel Adebayor (8) and Robert Pires (7) have scored more goals in this fixture in the Premier League.Who will handle the pressure?The Goal Pressure Index is presented by Sure, Official Partner of Chelsea FC, Everton FC and Southampton FC. Join the conversation on Twitter @Sure.last_img read more

first_imgKirby Smart reacting to a play in a Georgia football game.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 10: Head Coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs explains a play during the game against the Nicholls Colonels at Sanford Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Georgia football had Alabama on the ropes once again, and the script was eerily similar to last year’s national championship game. After the game, Kirby Smart isn’t giving up on his team’s College Football Playoff hopes though.The Dawgs did a pretty good job of showing that they are close to the top team in the country. If the selection committee truly chooses the “best four teams” above all else, Georgia has an argument.If it comes down to paper resume, though…Oklahoma feels most likely to get the spot.After the game, Kirby Smart has delivered a fiery press conference, arguing that Georgia football is the team that Alabama doesn’t want to see in a month.Via Dan Wolken:Kirby Smart: “We most definitely have one of the best four teams in the country.”— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 2, 2018Kirby getting passionate about his playoff case: “It boils down to one thing. Do you want the four best teams or not? Give the coach on the other sideline a vote for who he doesn’t want to play. I promise you it starts with us.”— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 2, 2018It is a compelling argument, but it is a bit hard to see it being enough.Oklahoma just avenged its only loss of the year—a three-point game in the Red River Rivalry—by beating Texas 39-27 and capturing the Big 12 title. The Sooners have been derided for their shotty defense all season as well, but put together one of their stronger defensive efforts today.This wasn’t Georgia’s first loss. The Bulldogs lost by 20 at LSU earlier in the year. Death Valley is one of the hardest places to play in the country, but Alabama blanked the Tigers there, 29-0.We’ll find out if Smart gets his wish tomorrow. The College Football Playoff unveiling is on ESPN at noon.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Israeli police have arrested 17 employees of an unnamed international company operating at the Ashdod Port, suspected of embezzling millions of dollars through tax evasion, The Times of Israel reports.Over 200 police officers stormed the storehouses at the port early Monday morning, and arrested the workers who allegedly embezzled over USD 7.5 million by lowering the real value of alcoholic beverages to decrease the import tax.Later on, the suspected smuggling ring managed to bypass port authorities completely and not pay any taxes on the imported alcohol.During the raid the police confiscated bank accounts, computers, merchandise and various documents.The police says that the group is not directly connected to the port or the port’s employees.The court hearing is set for next Monday, when the police will ask for the arrested to remain under lock and key.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Ashdod Portlast_img read more

first_imgLa Nouvelle-Écosse présentera une partie de la culture et de son patrimoine au monde entier ce samedi 16 juillet alors que des milliers de visiteurs se réuniront pour célébrer le 400e anniversaire de l’établissement de Port-Royal. Le ministère du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Patrimoine a appuyé la planification des célébrations de cet anniversaire, qui durent toute l’année, et a contribué plus de 225 000 $ au développement, au marketing et à la promotion de l’événement. « Port-Royal représente un chapitre important dans l’histoire de notre province, » a déclaré Rodney MacDonald, ministre du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. « De nombreux Néo-Écossais d’origine autochtone, française, britannique et écossaise peuvent retracer leurs ancêtres jusqu’à cette région de la province il y a 400 ans. Cette célébration nous offre la chance d’explorer notre passé et de célébrer notre diversité culturelle. » Port-Royal, le berceau de l’Acadie, marque l’exploration, la colonisation et l’établissement des Français en Nouvelle-Écosse. Il s’agit du premier établissement européen permanent au Canada, et du deuxième établissement européen en Amérique du Nord. En reconnaissance de la signification de Port-Royal, la Province a déclaré que cet anniversaire est un « événement-vedette » pour l’année 2005. Il est présenté sur la page couverture de la publication Festivals and Events Guide et il occupe une place importante dans les campagnes de marketing touristique locales, nationales et internationales de la Nouvelle-Écosse. L’événement qui a lieu cette fin de semaine fait partie des célébrations qui durent toute l’année et qui incluent des événements quotidiens au cours des mois de juillet et août. Pour obtenir des renseignements supplémentaires sur ces célébrations, veuillez consulter le site Web .last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Naskapi First Nations family from a community near the Quebec-Labrador border is frantically raising money so it can stay in Montreal for the holidays and into the new year.That’s because a member of the family was nearly killed when a balcony collapsed.Allan Nabinacaboo suffered serious injuries.And his family is hoping to stay by his side while he heals.APTN’s Tom Fennario reports.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

During the meeting with the TNA today Jaishankar was briefed on moves to create a new constitution, the military presence in the North and the need for a political solution for the Tamils. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to be briefed on the concerns of the Tamils in the North.Visiting Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar gave this assurance when he met the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in Colombo today. Jaishankar had told the TNA, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be briefed on the concerns of the Tamils. (Colombo Gazette) Jaishankar is in the country for brief talks with the Sri Lankan Government and also to set the groundwork for a visit to Sri Lanka next month by Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. read more

Outlaw biker gangs and their merchandise are no longer welcome at Friday the 13th motorcycle rallies in Port Dover.Norfolk council approved a ban on vendor’s permits for motorcycle clubs with a criminal history Tuesday night.This means Hells Angels are no longer able to sell hats, T-shirts and other items in Port Dover promoting “the Big Red Machine.”Council acted after an extensive in-camera consultation with senior OPP officials.Police shared a long list of concerns Tuesday about the evolution of Friday the 13th and its implications for public safety.A presentation to council ended with Insp. Joe Varga, head of the Norfolk OPP, asking council to consider moving the rally to private property with a private security detail.The primary concern is gang rivalries flaring up in the crowded core of Port Dover.An OPP tactical unit was stationed beside the Hells Angels display on Main Street during the well-attended rally last July.Police confirmed this week they had received reports of a possible incident occurring in Port Dover involving the Hells Angels and a rival gang. Nothing happened but police aren’t sure how long they can keep the peace.“Tensions are rising between motorcycle gangs,” Varga said after council voted. “These tensions are spilling over to the Friday the 13th event.”Varga shared a number of other concerns with council.In the name of tourism, Varga said the county has promoted Friday the 13th “to the point that the event has become dangerous in regards to public safety.”Friday the 13th had humble beginnings in 1981 as a one-night party at the former Commercial Hotel. Varga said it has since sprawled into a three- or four-day event requiring hundreds of police officers.He noted that the front-line complement at the Norfolk detachment totals 96 officers.Meanwhile – at last July’s event – a total of 450 officers were required from across Ontario. Nearly 200,000 people were in Port Dover July 13 along with more than 15,000 motorcycles.“The actions of Norfolk County over the years have sanctioned the growth of the event and have attracted known criminal organizations such as the Hells Angels,” Varga said.“By promoting the event and attracting these criminal organizations, Norfolk County has increased the risk to an unacceptable level to both attendees and county residents, as evidenced by documented events which took place at the July 13 event.“Norfolk County sells vendor permits for street booths to allow vendors to sell goods and earns income from these sales. The fact some of these vendors are known criminal organizations – Hells Angels – means Norfolk County is essentially supporting these criminal organizations and enabling them to fund criminal activity.”Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus, chair of Tuesday’s meeting, is also a member of Norfolk’s Police Services Board. He told council the OPP’s concerns are not new. Columbus said the PSB has frequently discussed the criminal element in association with Friday the 13th.“They are very concerned about public safety and liability to Norfolk County and its taxpayers,” Columbus said.Varga also told council that the presence of motorcycles on congested streets is a disaster waiting to happen. He said police, fire officials and paramedics agree the lack of access and egress due to the huge crowds is a serious threat to public safety.“Norfolk County is putting these police officers, general public and the motoring public at physical risk by continuing to promote an event that is essentially causing traffic chaos,” Varga said.“At a very minimum, the OPP would like to see the event moved onto a private-property venue and utilize licensed private security for some duties and paid-duty officers for required policing duties.”Council acknowledges the OPP’s concerns. But Mayor Kristal Chopp wonders how exactly the county would prevent motorcycle riders from showing up in downtown Port Dover on Friday the 13th.“As to Mr. Varga’s suggestion, it has merit but I don’t believe there is any way to stop enthusiasts from coming to Port Dover at this point,” Chopp said Wednesday in an email. “It’s a non-starter for this year. They are coming whether we like it or not and we need to be ready.“That said, we will certainly take the suggestion under advisement and the PSB and council will meet to discuss public safety and other issues for future events.”The next rally in September has the potential to be as large as the rally last July. If the weather is good, demand for a run to Port Dover will be high due to the 14-month interval between read more

In a statement issued in Beirut, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Personal Representative in Southern Lebanon noted with concern that six Israeli air violations, consisting of a total of nine aircraft, took place across the withdrawal line – known as the Blue Line – on Sunday. “Such repetitive violations of the Blue Line and Lebanese airspace potentially aggravate an already tense situation,” said Staffan de Mistura, reiterating his call to the Israeli authorities “to cease these violations and fully respect the Blue Line.” The UN has drawn attention to air violations by Israeli military aircraft across the Blue Line on various occasions, including in recent reports to the Security Council. read more

In a late night statement yesterday from his spokesperson, Mr. Ban called on the political parties “to abide by the constitutional timeline that governs the nomination of the Prime Minister.” He also called for “reason and wisdom to prevail” and urged all leaders in Iraq to form “a broad-based government that is acceptable to all components of Iraqi society.”Such a government should be able to mobilize the nation to confront the threat from IS in a way that will bring security and stability to the whole country, Mr. Ban added.Iraqi politicians on 15 July chose Salim al-Jubour as the new Speaker of the Council of Representatives, and Fuad Ma’soum as the new President on 24 July. Per the Iraqi Constitution, the political leaders have until the end of today to nominate a Prime Minister, who would then form a new Government. In his statement, Mr. Ban noted that as the Organization and the international community are closely following the political developments in Iraq, he also remains “deeply concerned” about the evolving humanitarian and security situation in the country.The situation remains particularly dire on Jebel Sinjar, or Sinjar Mountain, where an estimated 50,000 people, many of them women, children and the elderly, are believed to be trapped since IS displaced them from their homes one week ago. Aid workers are particularly concerned about high temperatures in the northern area. Those can reach 50 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit) at this time of year. read more

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Conley scored 22 points, JaMychal Green had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies held the Los Angeles Clippers to a season scoring low in a 96-86 victory Wednesday night.Memphis held Los Angeles to 34 per cent shooting and forced 19 turnovers. Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with 13 points for Memphis, which pulled away in the fourth quarter.Boban Marjanovic led the Clippers with a season-high 19 points and had eight rebounds, while Danilo Gallinari added 17 points. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Lou Williams contributed 12 points apiece, with Williams hit 2 of 8 shots.The Clippers were within 75-74 with just under nine minutes left, but the Grizzlies rattled off eight straight points for an 83-74 lead.Los Angeles struggled in the first half but snapped back early in the third quarter with 11 straight points to take its first lead at 53-51. The Clippers defence was much more active than in the first half. The game settled into an exchange of leads and ties, including 69-all at the end of the third.The Clippers endured terrible first-half shooting, converting only 27 per cent from the field, including 3 of 12 from outside the arc. That allowed Memphis to lead by as many as 15 in the second quarter.Marjanovic provided a spark for Los Angeles, preventing Memphis from stretching its lead. Marjanovic was perfect in the first half, converting all three of his shots from the floor and six free throws for 12 points.Conley had 17 points, including a 33-footer at the end of the half for a 51-42 lead.TIP-INSClippers: Tobias Harris missed all 10 of his shots through three quarters before connecting on a 3-pointer early in the fourth. … Galinari, among the league-leaders in free throws, missed consecutive foul shots in the third and missed four over the game. … Montrezl Harrell had eight points, ending his streak of 13 straight games scoring at least 14 points off the bench.Grizzlies: Conley or Marc Gasol have led the Grizzlies in scoring in 12 of the last 13 games. … C Joakim Noah, signed by the Grizzlies on Tuesday, made his first appearance to start the second quarter. He played 13 minutes and scored four points. … Conley had seven rebounds.UP NEXTClippers: Host Miami on Saturday.Grizzlies: Play at New Orleans on Friday.___More AP NBA: and Bailey, The Associated Press read more

Last week, my colleague Neil Paine wrote about the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, who is probably the favorite to win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year but who has so far been among the least efficient players in the league according to a variety of advanced statistics. The article triggered a lot of objections on Twitter and in the comments section. Many readers thought it was ridiculous to assess any player, especially a 19-year-old rookie, after just a couple dozen NBA games. Others were skeptical of the array of advanced statistics that Neil cited.So let’s look at Wiggins’s case through the lens of traditional statistics instead. And let’s measure him directly against his peers. Wiggins played in his 30th NBA game on Tuesday night; we can compare his performance so far against other 19-year-old rookies through their first 30 games. I ran a search on for players who:Were age 19 or younger in their rookie season (based on their age as of Feb. 1 of their rookie year);And who averaged at least 24 minutes per game (i.e. played at least half their teams’ minutes) during their first 30 NBA games.Since 1985-86 there have been only 15 such players (counting Wiggins). The list puts Wiggins in pretty good company. It includes a number of superstars and All-Stars, among them LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, Tony Parker and Chris Bosh. There are only one or two total busts, most notably Dajuan Wagner. The rest of the list includes players, such as Luol Deng, who turned into good NBA regulars, and others like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist about whom it’s too early to make an assessment.But in other respects the data is less favorable for Wiggins. When comparing his first 30 games against the first 30 games of those other players, he’s been among the least effective. In the chart below, I’ve listed each player’s statistics per 36 minutes played in the 10 categories that are most commonly used in rotisserie basketball leagues: points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, turnovers, personal fouls, 3-pointers made, field goal percentage and free-throw percentage. (For personal fouls and turnovers, fewer is better.) Then, again in the fashion of a rotisserie basketball league, I’ve ranked the players from No. 1 to 15 in each category and added up the rankings to produce an overall score.As a reminder, these stats reflect each player’s performance through the first 30 games of his rookie season only. On this basis, Wiggins ranks about average in points scored, steals, 3-pointers made, turnovers and fouls committed. He’s been somewhat below average in rebounds and blocks — two categories where his athleticism has not yet translated into good numbers. He’s also been a below-average shooter, and his assist rate — 1.6 assists per 36 minutes — has been poor.By the fantasy basketball scoring method, Wiggins ranks 13th out of the 15 players. It’s tough to be a rookie in the NBA, but some of the rookies who came before Wiggins showed more early on. James ranks ahead of him in nine of 10 categories; Durant and Davis rank ahead of him in eight. Even Luol Deng, a player with whom Wiggins is sometimes compared, ranks ahead of him in eight of 10.On the other hand, some rookies who weren’t much better than Wiggins in their first 30 games turned out to have nice NBA careers. Parker and Bosh, in particular, weren’t very productive early on. Overall, a player’s performance through his first 30 games does seem to tell us something — you’d rather take the players from the top half of the rotisserie-style rankings than those from the bottom. But it’s a fairly noisy list.So Wiggins might have lost some value based on his performance so far this year, but he hasn’t crashed. (This conclusion is pretty similar to Neil’s.)What about those advanced stats showing Wiggins to be awful (instead of just mediocre)? They’re probably not the thing for him to worry about right now. Most of those stats will punish players who shoot relatively often but relatively poorly, as Wiggins has so far. But the 5-25 Timberwolves don’t have a lot of better options, and Wiggins has shown some development this year, like shooting well from 3-point range. (And keep in mind that James shot just .417 through his first 30 games.) The bigger concerns are Wiggins’s low rates of rebounds, assists and blocks, deficits that show up in advanced and traditional statistics alike. read more

Breaking balls typically have greater whiff rates than fastballs, and breaking balls are being thrown more frequently.On sliders, pitchers are often looking for more horizontal break — and less vertical movement — than on a curveball. They’re getting both this season: Velocity is still certainly at play in these nastier breaking balls: Increased velocity generally leads to an increase in spin rate. (The average curveball spin rate this year is 2,536 rpms, up from 2,315 rpms in 2015). More spin (specifically, transverse spin) creates more of the phenomenon known as Magnus Effect, which plays a key role in determining a pitch’s movement.But velocity hasn’t surged as dramatically as pitch movement has in recent seasons. And it isn’t just that fresh faces with killer breaking balls have replaced older, craftier pitchers: 86 pitchers who threw at least 50 curves in 2017 and 2019 averaged an increase of 1.4 inches of greater vertical break, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis. Something else must be at work.One possibility is that new methods of training, and new technologies, are playing a role in creating better breaking balls. For example, when Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer revamped his slider in the 2017-18 offseason, he wanted a pitch with zero inches of vertical movement and an elite level of horizontal movement. At Driveline Baseball, a data-based training center, he used new pitch-tracking technology, allowing for improved feedback of the pitch-in-progress. Specifically, he wanted to create a certain spin axis, which determines the direction the ball moves, while spin rate determines how much the pitch can move. Detroit Tigers starter Matt Boyd, who also designed a slider at Driveline, has quietly become one of the top pitchers in baseball. His slider ranks as the game’s seventh best since 2018, in terms of runs saved compared to the major league average per pitch type. “I’ve worked on it at Driveline a ton in recent years,” Boyd told FanGraphs. “At Driveline, we were on the Rapsodo [pitch-tracking tech] and the Edgertronic [high-speed camera] a lot. … Again, we were working that thing, working that thing.” The technology allowed him to monitor the spin rate and spin axis of the pitch. High-speed cameras showed him how his grip was imparting spin on the ball. The work paid off: In 2017, Bauer saw just 2.83 inches of horizontal movement on his slider, which ranked him 131st in baseball. But this season, he’s up to 11.1 inches, putting him third. Major League Baseball seems to be on an unstoppable pathway to more and more strikeouts. After a record share of plate appearances ended in a strikeout last season (22.3 percent), this season is winding up to set another record: If the to-date strikeout rate of 23 percent holds or increases over the season, it would mark the 12th straight year of a record set for strikeout rate.Fastball velocity is often cited as the source of the strikeout surge, along with hitters willing to trade contact for power. The constantly increasing fastball velocities of recent years are such a concern that MLB is partnering with the independent Atlantic League next year to move the mound back by 2 feet — to 62 feet, 6 inches from home plate. Still, there may be another culprit behind all of the K’s: Breaking balls have never moved more. According to a FiveThirtyEight analysis of PITCHf/x and Statcast data at Baseball Prospectus, sliders and curveballs this season are darting away from bats at their greatest levels in the pitch-tracking era (since 2008). White Sox left-handed reliever Aaron Bummer became yet another pitcher to look into designing a pitch this winter. In a Driveline-like facility called Dynamic Velocity in Omaha, Nebraska, he created a cut fastball to better combat right-handed hitters. After righties hit .338 against him last year, they are batting .095 this season. Bummer has allowed only one earned run in his first 11⅓ innings this season. His cutter and fastball rank among the best in the game.“It’s actual proof that your ball is moving, not someone sitting behind you and saying, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s a great pitch. That looks really good,’” Bummer said of the tech-aided pitch development. “You have instant feedback that tells you, ‘Did that pitch do what it’s supposed to do?’ To me that was a huge deal. The belief behind it.”While the effort to create better pitches began with curious (and/or motivated) players going outside the game to independent facilities, teams are hiring more and more outsiders to pitch-design roles within their organizations. Over the offseason, the San Francisco Giants hired former Driveline pitch-design guru Matt Daniels, and the Philadelphia Phillies hired another design specialist in Eric Jagers. The industry is so interested in pitch design that the Edgertronic SC1, the most common high-speed camera, is selling more quickly than Sanstreak can produce it. This year, the Edgetronic and Rapsodo devices were seen in spring training bullpen mounds all over Arizona and Florida. The Orioles held “mandatory group spin axis seminars” this spring.Pitchers’ pitches will likely keep getting better, moving faster and with more movement. There is seemingly no end to the increasing frequency of strikeouts. While the home run surge has masked other areas of offensive decline, technology and training is giving pitchers a new edge.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

first_img“A person may have the expectation of becoming a better person through meditating, and may believe that to be the case – but in fact this has not been proven.” Initial analysis carried out indicated that positive effects were seen by making people feel moderately more compassionate or empathetic, compared to if they had done no other new emotionally-engaging activity.However further analysis revealed it played no significant role in reducing aggression or prejudice or improving how socially-connected someone was. The research reviewed more than 20 studies that investigated the effect of various types of meditation, such as mindfulnessCredit:Andrew Crowley If you want to be more compassionate go and volunteer at a charityDr Miguel Farias Meditation does not make you a better person according to a new study despite widespread claims that meditation can make you calmer and more compassionate towards other people.Researchers have found that despite popular beliefs that meditation can make people more compassionate and less aggressive the evidence for this is limited. The research by scientists at Coventry University in the UK, Massey University in New Zealand, and Radboud University in the Netherlands, reviewed 22 studies involving 1685 people to investigate the effect of various types of meditation.The practice, incorporating a range of spiritual or religious beliefs in a bid to boost the mind, body and spirit, has been touted as being able to make the world a better place.Initially research found that meditation did have an overall positive impact, however further analysis revealed a core methodological flaw that greater levels of compassion only increased if the meditation teacher was also the author of the study, suggesting bias.  Unexpectedly the study, published in Scientific Reports, also revealed that the more positive results found for compassion had important methodological flaws.Namely compassion levels in some studies only increased if the meditation teacher was also an author of the published report.Overall the results suggested the moderate improvements reported by psychologists in previous studies may be the result of methodological weaknesses and biases.Dr Farias added: “When we first looked at the data set together we had what looked like positive effects. However, it appeared that people only became more compassionate when there was bias in the data set. “None of this, of course, invalidates Buddhism or other religions’ claims about the moral value and eventually life changing potential of its beliefs and practices. The lack of a positive change in compassion he said was not surprising as in most instances to improve compassion or empathy this would involve spending more time interacting with others.“Why would people get compassion from meditating alone. There is a belief that Buddhists meditate for 12 hours a day, but this is not true. They spend a large amount of time interacting with one another,” he said.“If you want to meditate because you want some quiet time and time to relax, I see no issues, but the benefits it can have on a person’s character are limited, if you want to be more compassionate go and volunteer at a charity.” Meditation has been touted as being able to make the world a better placecenter_img “But our research findings are a far cry from many popular claims made by meditators and some psychologists.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Meditation has been touted as being able to make the world a better placeCredit: ImagesBazaar Dr Miguel Farias, from Coventry University’s Centre for Advances in Behavioural Science, said: “The popularisation of meditation techniques, like mindfulness, despite being taught without religious beliefs, still seem to offer the hope of a better self and a better world to many.”We did not find that meditation had any negative effects, however the good impacts can be compared to a placebo effect. The research reviewed more than 20 studies that investigated the effect of various types of meditation, such as mindfulnesslast_img read more