“They’re both great team players,” Hornacek said. “They just do whatever it takes for the team to win.”He said itApparently, the Houston Rockets had no interest in retaining Metta World Peace in 2009 for something that had nothing to do with basketball. The former Ron Artest blamed it on arriving to the team bus in his underwear before the Rockets’ Game 7 loss to the Lakers in the 2009 Western Conference semifinals. The following summer, World Peace signed with the Lakers to a five-year, $33 million deal.“I wanted to stay in Houston. I didn’t want to join the best team (the Lakers). I wanted to play against the best team,” World Peace said. “Houston didn’t offer me a contract. I heard it was because I came on the bus in my underwear. If that’s the story, that’s why, OK.” New environmentThe Lakers assigned rookie forward/guard Anthony Brown to their Development League affiliate, the D-Fenders. Brown, whom the Lakers drafted 34th overall, played sparingly in only three regular-season games. As he played with a nose he believes is broken, Lakers center Roy Hibbert occasionally tugged at his plastic mask to find a comfortable fit. Before shooting a pair of free throws, he even tossed the mask to the sideline.But that wasn’t the only thing that left Hibbert frustrated during the Lakers’ 120-101 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Monday. The Suns outrebounded the Lakers 50-37, including an 18-7 advantage on the offensive glass.Despite posting 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and a team-leading seven rebounds, Hibbert largely faulted himself.“I have to do a better job of boxing out” Hibbert told Los Angeles News Group. “I need to pursue and keep my guy off the board and go to help out the other guys pursuing the rebound.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers have not blamed Hibbert. They have appreciated his defensive hustle and leadership. But with the Lakers (2-9) tied for last in the NBA in rebounding differential (-5.8), Lakers coach Byron Scott said he will implement box-out drills in practice.The Lakers did not practice on Tuesday after playing back-to-back games. But they will have practices on Wednesday and Thursday before hosting the Toronto Raptors on Friday at Staples Center. “Hopefully if he has box-out drills,” Hibbert said, “we’ll box out.”Unselfish relativesIt appears Lakers rookie forward Larry Nance. Jr has taken after his old man. Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek played with the elder Larry Nance with Phoenix in the 1980s.
Happy St Patricks day everyone.Everything and everywhere is going green to honour the patron Saint of Ireland and today’s article is doing the same.I am giving you three green-themed drinks that you can use and they all taste great. These are all non-alcoholic as most of you will be having enough of that over the next few days.Have a great day and don’t over-do the festivities!ST PATRICK’S DAY SMOOTHIEServes 1INGREDIENTS 1 Kiwi, peeled1 Avocado, flesh only1 tbsp Pumpkin Seeds25g Spinach200ml Almond Milk 2-3 Ice CubesMETHODPlace all the ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth.Serve and enjoy.GREENS ‘WAKE UP’ BREAKFAST SMOOTHIEServes 1 INGREDIENTS100ml Coconut Water1 shot Espresso2 handfuls of Spinach½ Lemon½ Avocado1 tsp Flax Seeds1 scoop Protein Powder2-3 ice cubesMETHODPlace all the ingredients into highpowered blender & blend until smooth.Serve immediately and enjoy.CUCUMBER, ORANGE & MINT SMOOTHIEServes 1INGREDIENTS1 small Apple, roughlychopped½ Cucumber, roughlychopped1 Orange, flesh onlyfew Mint Leaves100ml Water2-3 Ice CubesMETHODPlace all the ingredients in a blender &blend until smooth.Serve immediately and enjoy.There you have it.3 green drinks where you can get your vitamins and minerals in, in a delicious smoothie.This is especially good for people who struggle to eat fruit and veg.Give them a go and let me know what you think of them.#leanin2019If you would like more recipes like these, we give our members weekly recipes in our LEAN IN 2019 program.We had numerous members lose over three stone in the past few years and they now know how to keep it off.Our next program starts on April 1st and you can sign up now through the link below.https://www.rushefitness.ie/class/lean-in-2019-gym-plan/DD Fitness: Paddy’s Day drinks was last modified: March 16th, 2019 by Emmet RusheShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:dd fitnessemmet rushe
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A report on intellectual property issued last week by the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office (USTR) outlined the Trump Administration’s continuing commitment to curtailing the damaging abuses of geographical indications (GIs) — particularly by the European Union (EU).The report highlighted ongoing threats to U.S. companies that legally use common food names both within the United States and in global trade. USTR’s annual Special 301 Report outlined extensive efforts that the administration is making in numerous countries to stem the EU’s efforts to use GIs to erect barriers to U.S. exports.The U.S. dairy industry joined the Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN) in hailing the report for sending a strong, positive signal on how the new administration plans to tackle these types of trade and intellectual property issues to preserve jobs and safeguard global opportunities for U.S. companies.“Many countries protect legitimate GIs, including the United States,” said Jaime Castaneda, executive director for CCFN, an international alliance dedicated to preserving rights to use common food names. “When properly targeted to protect unique regional products, GIs can be a useful intellectual property tool for some producers. But the EU’s approach is far from properly targeted. Rather, it is a system designed to steal commonly used names from those who built markets for those products and monopolize use of those terms in foreign and domestic markets.”Abuse of GIs could impact a variety of sectors, from dairy, wine and meat to horticulture and rice. The U.S. dairy organizations, CCFN, and wine and grocery industry groups all filed comments to USTR earlier this year expressing concern with the growing threat to U.S. manufacturers of foods with common names. Among the specific requests to the USTR: hold trading partners accountable for their commitments, preserve market access negotiated through earlier trade agreements and prevent competitors from monopolizing widely used generic terms like feta and prosciutto.“We appreciate the many positive actions of USTR on this important issue. As trade policy strategy is developed this year, we urge the administration to build further upon the U.S. government’s past successes in pushing back against the EU’s global GI agenda,” said Tom Vilsack, president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. “This work should continue to include both bilateral engagement with our trading partners and incorporation into any trade agreement discussions.”
The North East Rural Livelihood Project (NERLP) has empowered the poor and improved lives of people in about 300,000 rural households in Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim, an official statement said. Under this project, 10,462 boys and girls have been trained in various job skills and 5,494 of them are employed today, it said.Launched in 2012, the NERLP is a World Bank aided, multi-state ₹683 crore project under the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER). Implemented in 11 districts of Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim, the project aims “to improve rural livelihoods especially that of women, unemployed youth and the most disadvantaged, in four North Eastern States“.The NERLP has empowered rural poor and improved livelihoods in about 300,000 rural households in 1,645 villages under 58 development blocks across the 11 districts of four states of Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim, the statement said. The project has focussed on five development strategies — social empowerment, economic empowerment, partnership development, project management and livelihood and value chain developments, it said. It has impacted the lives of about 18,00,000 people with the creation of common economic assets worth around ₹136 crore, it said. These include community projects executed by 1,114 Community Development Groups with the total outlay of ₹105 crore and 176 rural infrastructure projects under the Model Livelihood Cluster and Value Chain Development with a total investment of ₹31 crore, the statement said. Community Development Group (CDG) comprises three members of every family with the major role to develop Community Development Plan (CDP) with project funding of up to ₹10 lakh, it said. The activities under CDP include reclamation of wasteland, construction of check-dams, plantation, horticulture projects, provision of village electrification through hydrogen, provision of solar lighting, spring water harvest to mitigating water needs for homestead farming, animal rearing, health and sanitation, it said.“The CDPs are impacting the villages in big ways since village communities – members of the CDGs – have selected what is most pertinent for their own progress and development,” the statement said. Across the project districts, livelihood activities pursued by Self Help Group (SHG) members have increased considerably, thus increasing family incomes, it said. Women have become more knowledgeable and expressive, and they display better leadership qualities, it said. The NERLP intervention has brought many positive changes as one SHG leader has become a Cabinet minister in the state legislature in Tripura, and many SHG leaders are panchayat leaders today, the statement added.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Yankees’ heralded bullpen depth could be tested early.Andrew Miller broke his non-pitching wrist when struck on the right arm by a line drive in the seventh inning of New York’s 2-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on March 30.The left-hander threw his glove and walked into the Yankees’ dugout after pinch-hitter Willians Astudillo’s comebacker went off his arm, just above the wrist. X-rays were negative, but a CT scan revealed a chip fracture.“He will see a hand specialist, who will determine the next course of action,” New York said in a statement.Miller was the Yankees’ closer last year and was slated to fill that role while Aroldis Chapman serves a 30-game suspension under baseball’s new domestic abuse policy. If Miller is sidelined, Dellin Betances would open the season as closer.Competing for the fifth spot in New York’s rotation, Ivan Nova pitched six innings of two-hit ball. He struck out two and walked one.“I did my part and they’re going to make the decision,” Nova said. “Remember, I’m not fighting against a guy with one year or two years. CC Sabathia has a lot of history. He’s not an easy fight, but I did my part and hopefully I won the spot.”Julio Teheran, Atlanta’s scheduled opening-day starter April 4 against Washington, allowed four hits in five scoreless innings. The right-hander struck out two and walked none.“I feel good about my whole spring. This was my last start and I feel ready for the season,” Teheran said. “Everything is working now. I’m just trying to pitch like it’s a regular game.”Back-to-back triples by Dustin Fowler and Billy Fleming and a single by Austin Romine off Alexi Ogando accounted for the Yankees’ runs in the eighth.Aaron Hicks had three of New York’s 10 hits.TweetPinShare0 Shares
EDMONTON – Research suggests Tyrannosaurus rex and some of its close relatives were covered in tiny scales and not feathers as many scientists previously thought.An international team of researchers, including University of Alberta paleontologists, studied fossilized skin from massive carnivorous lizards known as tyrannosaurids.Their ancestors, which were about the size of wolves or leopards, were coated in feathery fuzz, but somewhere along the way their descendants seem to have lost that attribute, said paleontologist Scott Persons, who contributed to the study.“What we see here is actually evidence of feathers evolving and then being lost — or at least greatly reduced in terms of their number — in this one lineage of dinosaurs, which is strange,” he said.A completely separate branch of the dinosaur family tree included an uninterrupted line of feathered carnivores, including the Velociraptor, that are related to today’s birds.Persons’ interest was piqued when his U of A colleague and mentor, renowned paleontologist Philip Currie, showed him a skin sample from a specimen found in Alberta.A team of U of A researchers got to work, but soon got wind of another group studying a different skin fossil.“Rather than competing with each other in a rush to see who could be the first to publish on it, we all pooled our resources and, as a result, we have a really cool study that talks about skin in multiple species of tyrannosaurids, which is pretty gosh darn cool.”The combined team included researchers from Canada, the United States and Australia.It’s rare to find fossilized dinosaur skin, but advances in preparation techniques are making discoveries more common. Often, a researcher won’t even know there is skin attached to a fossil until after it’s taken back to the lab.The scientists can’t say for certain why feathers went by the wayside in tyrannosaurids, but Persons said he suspects it has to do with the animals’ size, as the bigger you are, the harder it is to stay cool.He notes elephants and rhinos today have little in the way of hair.“You’re better off not being out in the savannah in the hot sun while wearing a down jacket.”Because the skin specimens were relatively small, it’s impossible to say whether the dinosaurs were entirely featherless, or if they had isolated patches on their bodies, such as a crest atop their heads.To know for sure, Persons said paleontologists would need to find a tyrannosaurid that had been completely mummified.“They’re probably buried somewhere out there and it’s really just a matter of time before we get lucky enough and uncover one.”The paper is to be published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters this month.— By Lauren Krugel in Calgary
Hot Takedown If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Several months ago, Hot Takedown crowdsourced ideas from listeners about how to change the draft to stop teams from tanking. After we sent him the winning idea, Silver wrote that there is a “growing consensus that we should reform the draft lottery.” But on this week’s Hot Takedown he said that after team owners voted down a proposal for change last year, the league has decided to “park the issue” for the foreseeable future.Silver argued that the marketplace is providing the biggest pressure on teams like Philadelphia, which he said are realizing that “losing comes at an enormous cost.” Silver sees a “resetting of sorts” with the team. And he denied that he intervened and asked the Sixers to install Jerry Colangelo as special advisor.Watch a video excerpt and stream the full audio of the interview above. We’ve also provided a lightly edited transcription of the highlights below. This interview was conducted Friday, Dec. 18.Silver not a fan of Sixers strategyNeil Paine: Are you personally, as the commissioner, OK with the way that the 76ers have run their franchise the past three seasons?Adam Silver: I don’t want to answer that directly. As I said, there’s a marketplace of ideas and approaches that go into managing a franchise.Am I fan of that strategy? Put it this way: No. But does that mean that it’s not acceptable under the league rules? It doesn’t. The Sixers are a mess, and Adam Silver is not happy. The NBA commissioner joined our sports podcast, Hot Takedown, for a conversation about the structure of the draft, the perverse incentives that it creates and how his office can try to “cajole” teams like the Philadelphia 76ers into being more competitive. But he admitted that ultimately, he may not be able to reset the competitive balance of the league by tweaking the draft rules. Truth to rumors that he intervened with Sixers?Chadwick Matlin: Anonymous reports suggested that [you stepped in and pushed for the hiring of Jerry Colangelo] due to owners who wanted the situation in Philadelphia changed. Are those reports correct?Adam Silver: Those reports are not correct. Josh Harris, who’s the principal owner of the 76ers, decided on his own that he needed to change course. He and I had many conversations along the way about the utility of the strategy that he was following. And he came to the conclusion once this season began, and he saw how his team was performing on the floor, that he needed to change his strategy.Other owners were not pressuring him at all. In fact, it’s a weird dynamic in the league that while all the owners would like to see teams well operated, other owners just want to win (laughter). And so nobody was calling me and saying go call the 76ers and tell them how to beat us. The Sixers are “resetting”Adam Silver: There’s a resetting of sorts going on with the 76ers right now. And I think that ultimately may speak louder in the marketplace of teams than any tinkering we do to the draft lottery.Is it time to step in and stop tanking?Chadwick Matlin: I’m interested about when you do step in as a commissioner. You’re basically the CEO of a big multibillion-dollar corporation. At what point is it your responsibility to intervene if one of your franchises is not performing in a way that represents the league?Adam Silver: Well, I would say that there’s lots of different ways of so-called “stepping in.” There’s also cajoling and ongoing conversations that I have with owners, with team presidents, with general managers, where I’m expressing my opinion.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Hampton, Va., home of Langley AFB and the former Fort Monroe, is on the front lines of the battle against rising sea levels. Water levels in the Hampton Roads region are expected to rise by up to five feet, while the land sinks up to 7.5 inches, by 2100, a net rise which tops the rate of any place on the East Coast. But the city has taken multiple steps to prepare for one of the most conspicuous effects of climate change, reports the Washington Post.Hampton now requires first floors of new buildings to be three feet higher than the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requirement. Officials also are considering installing pervious pavement for sidewalks and parking lots, which will allow standing water to drain into the ground slowly. The city purchased and demolished 18 frequently flooded homes before converting the tract into a large drainage area that also provides a marsh habitat for wildlife and native plants. A plan to elevate more than 35 homes, partially supported by FEMA, is under way as well. And over the next five years, the city is investing $26 million in water quality projects to slow erosion and reduce tidal surges.Next month, Hampton will release a plan for adding more resilient infrastructure to a waterway which leads from the James River to Langley AFB, in an effort to mitigate the impact of flooding throughout the city’s core.Washington Post photo by Vicki Cronis-Nohe
Emdadul Haque is helping a farmer to wear Mathal and mask at Kaliganj of Jhenaidah. Photo: Prothom AloNannu Mia was tending to his vegetable field, sweating under the scorching sun. There was no tree or any sort of shade for a moment of respite.Suddenly a man appeared with a ‘mathal’, the traditional wide straw hat worn by farmers. He handed it to over to Nannu Mia so the farmer could shade himself from the relentless rays of the sun.Again, whenever a farmer sprays his field with pesticide, this man rushes forward with a mask. He helps the farmer wear the mask to avoid inhaling the toxic chemical fumes.This person also provides soap to the farmers so that they can bathe properly at the end of the day when they return home after toiling in the fields. He also gives them mosquito nets to ensure they have a sound sleep.This is Kazi Emdadul Haque. In his locality, he is known as a friend of the farmers.He has established a night school so the illiterate farmers may get a basic education. Around 500 farmers have received literacy lessons at these schools so far. He advises farmers and trains them in making earthworm fertiliser to lessen the use of chemicals in the soil.Emdadul, a resident of Daulatpur of Kaliganj, Jhenaidah, also ensures that the farmers record their blood groups.He has been working for the farmers over a decade.Emdad teaches at a local madrasa free of cost. He runs his family on fees he earns from private tuition at home and also from farming. He saves money and spends it on the welfare of the farmers.His father Kazi Abdul Wahed, now deceased, was involved in social welfare besides farming. People in the locality still remember him.Emdad, inspired by his father’s social welfare activities, also decided to do something for the people. In 2006 he consulted a few of his neighbours at his home in 2006 and started holding regular meetings at night in his village. He would teach at the meetings and help the farmers with their various problems.In the beginning he made a list of farmers of 11 villages in his union, Kola. He made a list of the farmers who did not have ‘mathals’ to protect them from the sun and who did not wear masks while spraying pesticide and supplied them with the hats and masks. He has provided over a thousand of these straw hats over a thousand masks so far.Mominur Rahman, a resident of Kamalhat village, said, “When Emdad Bhai sees a farmer without a ‘mathal’, he rushes to him with a hat.”Night school and other activitiesEmdad noticed that illiteracy was an obstacle for the farmers. It was hard for them to carry out the instructions of the agriculture department as they could not take down written notes. So he established night schools in his locality. He made over 500 farmers literate by establishing 13 night schools in eight villages. He has used government primary schools for the purpose.Emdadul said many farmers do not bathe properly after returning home from the field. They also do not use mosquito nets at night. He distributed soap and mosquito nets among farmers and made them aware of the importance of using these.Emdadul Haque received training on earthworm fertiliser from a local voluntary organisation. Now he provides this training to the villagers. He also distributes earthworms to the farmers. Many farmers of Kola union now make and use earthworm fertiliser and sell it too. Their crops are now free of toxic chemicals and the fertility of the land is increasing.Kaliganj upazila agriculture officer Zahidul Karim said the local agriculture department is happy with Emdadul’s work and has established an agriculture library at his home.Farmer Azizur Rahman said he can now read and write after attending the school set up by Emdad.Emdad has two daughters and a son. He earns Tk 10,000 per month on private tuition. He spends Tk 6,000 for his family and the rest for the farmers.Emdad said he has engaged more people to assist the farmers. He has established an institution in his father’s name, the Kazi Abdul Wahed Memorial Foundation. He is the president of this foundation.Kola union parishad chairman Ayub Hossain said the people’s representatives could not do what Emdad has done for the welfare of the people.Kaliganj upazila nirbahi officer Subarna Rani Saha highly appreciated Emdadul Haque.“We have many people who are working to change the society. They are very good. Kazi Emdadul Haque is one of them,” said Subarna Rani Saha.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.
[PEOPLE] Exodus Travels appoints industry veteran as new BDM, Eastern USA/Canada Tags: Exodus Travels, People Travelweek Group Thursday, March 30, 2017 TORONTO — Travel industry veteran Tony Perdomo, formerly of Tucan Travel, has been named the new Business Development Manager, Eastern USA/Canada at Exodus Travels.In his new role, Perdomo will develop communications and build strong relationships with travel agents, agencies and the tourism industry at large across North America.“I’m thrilled to join Exodus’ growing agent team,” says Perdomo. “My goal is to collaborate with valued travel agents and their clients to bring them Exodus’ affordable small group and self-guided Hiking, Cycling, Cultural and Responsible Wildlife tours across 100+ countries. Exodus has 43 years of experience as the UK’s leading adventure travel company, and I couldn’t be more excited to present their innovative portfolio to Canadians. Travel agents will always play an integral and irreplaceable role in the consumer booking process in North America.”Prior to joining Exodus, Perdomo was the BDM for Tucan Travel. He began his career in the travel industry as a tour guide in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>