Wouldn’t you know it, the Clippers’ first game action this season comes against the purple and gold.No, not that purple and gold — the Kings. And, no, not those Kings.They’ll face the Sydney Kings, though that matters little. The main purpose of Sunday’s game at the University of Hawaii, which is the first of five exhibitions entering the 2018-19 season, will be self-reflection, an opportunity for the Clippers to step back and evaluate the Clippers.“It’s a work in progress obviously,” Coach Doc Rivers told reporters after practice Friday. “Overall, I’ve liked the way we played. I love our energy; we just need more game minutes. “Oh yeah, we have a huge fan base here, so we know that the gym is going to be packed for us,” said Gallinari, who was proud to report that he and rookie Jerome Robinson were the winners of the Clippers’ outrigger canoe-race Thursday, one of the team bonding activities the team has enjoyed. “So we want to give them a good show.”GALLO POWERS UPGallinari is expected to start at power forward this season, with Tobias Harris playing small forward, the 6-foot-10 Italian confirmed.Although he’s spent most of his NBA career playing small forward, Gallinari said he’s fine with filling the 4 spot.“I’ve been playing 3 my whole career, but with the team we’ve got, we’re gonna need for me to play the 4 and I’m OK with that,” he said, adding that he thinks he and Harris will prove effective together. “We have very good chemistry going on already, we talk a lot on the court, we know what we want and where we want to be on the court, so I like to play with him.”KINGS OF SYDNEYThe Kings are led by 7-footer Andrew Bogut, a former No. 1 draft pick who signed with the Kings in April, opting to finish his professional career in his homeland. American basketball fans will remember that Bogut was a key cog on the Golden State Warriors during their breakthrough championship season in 2015.The Kings are one of five teams representing Australia and New Zealand’s National Basketball League that will play seven preseason games against NBA teams this year. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Today we scrimmaged a lot, and you can see they need to play a lot more basketball just to get the timing, to get the timing of each other. Games get competitive, and your execution breaks down a little bit, but overall I like what I see.”Forward Danilo Gallinari said by phone Friday that he was eager to see how a week of practices translated when the Clippers team up and try to execute against another opponent.“We have a lot of work to do,” said Gallinari, who said he’s healthy after missing all but 21 games last season with hand and glute injuries. “And we’ve been doing a great job in practice. I’m really looking forward to seeing the results, and the improvement we’ve been making, in the first game.”As promised, defense has been a focus in training camp for the Clippers. They’re also working to implement a “read-react” type of offense while integrating their young talents with their established veterans (several of whom, such as Gallinari, hardly played last season on account of injuries).Whatever that looks like on the court Sunday, Gallinari expects the Honolulu crowd to be behind the Clippers, who are holding training camp in Hawaii for the second consecutive year.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., has drafted a resolution calling on the U.S. to “permanently withhold payments on debts owed to the People’s Republic of China in amounts equal to the public costs incurred” as a result of the coronavirus.Congressman Mast joined the South Florida Morning show and commented on his desire to hold China accountable for COVID-19.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Rep-Brian-Mast-China.mp3The resolution cites China’s slow response to combat the virus in the city of Wuhan, where the outbreak originated.“China’s total lack of transparency and mishandling of the coronavirus outbreak has cost tens of thousands of lives, millions of jobs and left untold economic destruction,” Mast said in a statement. “Congress must hold China accountable for their cover-up and force them to pay back the taxpayer dollars that have been spent as a result.”Mast previously co-sponsored a bill that would force China to reimburse the U.S. His press secretary, Kyle VonEnde, told WPTV NewsChannel 5 that Mast’s measure would empower the U.S. to withhold funds owed to China.A class-action lawsuit filed in Miami federal court last month seeks billions of dollars in damages from the Chinese government. Listen to the full interview with Rep. Brian Mast here. He addresses the sluggish unemployment reimbursements to Floridians, the PPP and other coronavirus issues.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Brian-Mast-4-29-20-China-interview-1.mp3
In this Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, file photo, Duke coach David Cutcliffe chats with players as they stretch during an NCAA college football practice in Durham, N.C. A growing number of college coaches are watching the social media behavior of student athletes, including Cutcliffe. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)At St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama, the high school that produced Crimson Tide quarterbacks AJ McCarron and Jake Coker, there’s a new preseason ritual for football players: the social media talk.It’s about more than minding their manners. Coach Steve Mask warns players not to post about injuries, which can scare away recruiters. Committing on Twitter to a school is also discouraged — one recent former player tweeted commitments to four different schools without informing any coaches.“He came across as being not reliable,” Mask said. “He gets a little joy out of the attention, but it’s not worth it.”This season, Mask is taking his players’ online personas so seriously that he’s assigning an assistant to monitor their accounts. As college programs increasingly use Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts to evaluate a player’s character, one wrong comment can cost a scholarship offer.That was the case recently at Penn State for offensive line coach Herb Hand, who took to Twitter recently to vent his frustration with a recruit gone bad online.“Dropped another prospect this AM due to his social media presence … Actually glad I got to see the ‘real’ person before we offered him,” Hand tweeted.At Penn State media day last week in State College, Pennsylvania, Hand said that his wife scolded him for the tone of the tweet. Cruel, maybe, but fair.“You want to recruit guys with strong character,” he said. “Somebody messaged me, ‘Sometimes kids are worried more about being a character than having character.’”Yes, teens do tweet the darndest things, but Hand and other coaches say it’s usually fairly easy to differentiate between a cringe-inducing post and one that raises a serious red flag on a prospect.“There’s a difference though when you’re talking about information that may be degrading to women, referencing drug use, and anything that has to do with cyberbullying and stuff like that. There’s certain things you don’t want to be part of your program,” Hand said.Hand, who is one of the most active and engaging college coaches you’ll find on Twitter, is not alone in cutting off a recruit because of the player’s use of social media.“It’s happened this year and this recruiting class,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. “It’s just insane what some of them think’s OK. When I know it’s them and I read it and I see some of the things out there, if I’m on the road, I’ll call a coach — let his high school coach know we’re no longer interested. And I’ll call back to (Duke director of football relations) Kent McLeod or the people in the office and say I want him dropped off the database. No more mail. Nothing.”NCAA rules regarding contact between recruits and football coaches have become more restrictive in recent years. Coaches can’t text recruits and opportunities to meet face-to-face have decreased. As social media has become more ubiquitous, it has helped coaches fill the information gap in recruiting.Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said social media is now part of his standard checklist for recruits.“He’s got to have a GPA that I can relate to, an ACT or SAT score or a pre-ACT score, and the third box is for social media,” Bielema.“I distinctly remember a player last year who signed, was a big-time kid, had an interest in us, and his Twitter handle was something that I can’t repeat in here. I just kind of said, what are we doing here? This is about as obvious as it gets about what kind of thing we’re dealing with here, so we backed out altogether.”Hand said he tries to educate high school coaches who might be behind the curve in online communication. And he often tries to educate players he’s recruiting about how to avoid social media missteps.“If you talk to a guy and he doesn’t adjust things, that’s another red flag for you,” he said. “If they’re not going to take coaching on this, what are they going to do on third-and-short when you need them to make a block and they kind of do their own deal?”Bruce Rollinson, who is starting his 26th season as coach of southern California powerhouse Mater Dei High School, said he added the social media talk to his routine about three years ago, borrowing some of the dos and don’ts USC gives its athletes.“Don’t harass anybody,” Rollinson said, focusing mostly on the don’ts. “Don’t bring up race, religion, sexual orientation and physical conditions.”South Carolina freshman defensive back Chris Lammons said he got the message in high school and cleaned up his Twitter act, despite what his friends were doing.“In the transition from being a little kid to a man, that’s the thing you have to do, because when you’re growing up, you probably want to get a big time job somewhere and they look back at your Twitter account and they see the things you’re putting out,” Lammons said.___AP sports writers Kurt Voigt in Fayetteville, Arkansas; Joedy McCreary in Durham, North Carolina; and Pete Iacobelli in Columbia, South Carolina, contributed to this report.
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Leafs rolled the dice Saturday night against the Castlegar Rebels, believing the Heritage City squad could play undisciplined hockey and still win.However, the defending Kootenay Conference Champs didn’t get to the KIJHL final last season by fluke.The Rebels looked to be in mid-season form, making the Leafs pay for their mistakes by scoring four times on the power play en route to a 6-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League drubbing of Nelson at the NDCC Arena.The win by the Sunflower City squad avenged a 3-0 loss Friday in Castlegar.“I thought we controlled the play for a good portion of the game but penalties just killed us really in the (third period),” said Leaf defenceman Tyler Parfeniuk, wearing the captain’s “C” for the game.“I thought we were playing well except for a 10-minute span in the third period.”The Kelowna native was correct in his assessment of the game.The Leafs displayed flashes of brilliance before a somewhat controversial goal eight minutes into the third period by Aaron Brewer appeared to turn the tide in the favour of the Rebels.Brewer sped into the Leaf end and dribbled a shot past Leaf goalie Patrick Defoe.The Leafs protested the net was already dislodged from the goal line before players colliding with Defoe completely removed the goal.However, two consecutive power play goals by Tyler Robinson and Erik Alden, the latter coming less than two minutes after Brewer’s game winner, was more than enough to erase any controversy and give Castlegar its first win of the season.“I’m obviously happy . . . happy with the win,” said Rebel head coach Steve Junker. “It’s nice to get that first one out of the way.”“We took a step in the right direction tonight,” Junker added. “I don’t think we had a very good start . . . it was pretty sloppy on both sides. But we were able to find a way to win and obviously finding the back of the net helps with confidence. Hopefully we can build off of that.”Nelson held leads of 1-0 thanks to a shorthanded marker by Patrick Martens and 3-2-advantage after two second period goals by James Sorriey and Max Mois erased a 2-1 Castlegar lead.But Anthony Delong tied the game at 3-3 with a marker late in the middle frame on a delayed penalty.And the Rebels made the Leafs pay for their undisciplined ways with three goals in the third.Delong and Alden each finished the game with two goals and an assist for three points.Tyler Robinson scored the other Castlegar marker.Alex Ross was solid in goal, especially in the second period when Nelson peppered the Montrose native with 14 shots. Ross finished the game stopping 24 of 27 pucks.Defoe, who started training camp in Castlegar, took the loss.Both coaches are eager to get some practice time after a month of finding the right players to fill out the respective rosters.The Leafs next game is Friday when the Green and White host Kelowna Chiefs while the Rebels travel to Grand Forks to meet the Border Bruins.ICE CHIPS: Prior to the start of Saturday’s game the Leafs paid tribute to four people who played major roles in Nelson hockey. Two devoted fans, Nina Arabia and Harold Epp, died during the off season as well as former senior Leaf goalie Gerry Koehle and longtime scorekeeper Jim Kienholz. The bearded scorekeeper was killed in a plane crash over the summer. . . .Leaf defenceman Walker Sidoni tried to fire up his teammates after going toe-to-toe with Anthony Delong in a third-period tilt. Sidoni, however, was whistled for the extra two-minutes for instigating allowing the Rebels to score its fifth goal of the game on the power play. . . .Nelson lost its second defenceman of the night minutes later when Riley Henderson was hit with a checking-from-behind penalty, which carries an automatic game [email protected]
Comments Michael Wokorach will skipper the side in Hong Kong (Agency Photos)KAMPALA – Uganda Rugby Cranes Sevens head coach, Tolbert Onyango has named a squad of 12 players for the upcoming 2019 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series qualifiers.The qualifiers that are slated for 5th to 7th of April will take place in Hong Kong.Heathens winger Paul Masendi who integral for the league champions has been included in the team for the first time.The other new face on the team that featured in the Africa Sevens last year is Kobs full-back Joseph Aredo.Aredo was slated to take part in Africa’s showpiece last year but was dropped.Pius Ogena who was feared to be injured also recovered from the ankle injury just in time to make the squad.The team will be captained by Michael Wokorach.Usual suspects Philip Wokorach, Aaron Ofoyrwoth, Adrian Kasito, Desire Ayera, and Timothy Kisiga, as well as Byron Oketayot, Ian Munyani and Isaac Massa, complete the team.Pillip Wokorach is also part of the team, as usualThe Rugby Cranes are pooled alongside Germany, Chile and Cook Islands.Tolbert Onyango’s men will play two games on opening day against Germany and Chile before taking on Cook Islands on April 6 at the Hong Kong Stadium.The 12 man Team–Pius Ogeno-Desire Ayera-Michael Wokorach-Isaac Massa-Ian Munyani-Byron Oketayot-Paul Masendi-Aron Ofoirwoth-Adrian Kasito-Philip Wokorach-Kisiga Timothy-Joseph Aredo Tags: HSBC World Rugby Sevens SeriesRugby Cranes SevensTolbert Onyango
Join us for live news and analysis Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. when the Warriors take on the New Orleans Pelicans in what should be an entertaining game at Oracle.For Warriors fans, they’d like to see something resembling Monday night’s game in Chicago when Klay Thompson set a new single-game 3-point record by hitting 14 in a 149-124 rout of the Bulls.The Warriors (7-1) are seeking their sixth straight win and are facing one of their stiffest challenges of the young season as All-Star …
What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#BlackBerry#BlackBerry 10#HTC#Microsoft#Nokia#Windows Phone For the time being BlackBerry is winning the Battle for Number 3. That may be a little misleading though as BlackBerry’s U.S. market share came from its long tail legacy BlackBerry products, not the new BlackBerry 10 operating system that completely splits from its older products. That also only includes the United States. The U.S. is often indicative of trends in the global smartphone industry but not the tell-all for overall market trends. For instance, Apple’s iPhone dominates in the U.S. but Android claims the No. 1 global operating system with strong growth overseas.That brings us to more substantive numbers: actual smartphones shipped. In the last quarter of 2012, Samsung shipped 63.7 million smartphones. Apple shipped 47.8 million iPhones. The next three spots on the list all come from Android manufacturers with China-based Huawei in the third spot, Sony fourth and ZTE fifth, according to a January report from research firm IDC. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts BlackBerry appears to be back on track. It has stopped losing money like a Hollywood starlet with a crack addiction, finally has new products on the market and a roadmap to grow in 2013 and beyond. Thorsten Heins and company appear poised to stake a claim for what has become the most important spot in the Smartphone Wars.The Battle for Number 3 Two different aspects define the Battle for Number 3: platform and product. For platform, Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS are the top two mobile operating systems on the market. When it comes to product, the Apple/Samsung duopoly dominate the shipments of smartphones. Then there are the challengers. In one corner we have BlackBerry, the erstwhile Canadian smartphone manufacturer formerly known as Research In Motion. Conveniently, its platform and product go by basically the same name. In the other corner we have Windows Phone from Microsoft with smartphones built by the likes of Nokia, HTC and Samsung. Waiting in the wings for their shot at the Battle for Number 3 are upstarts like Firefox OS from Mozilla, Tizen from the Linux Foundation and Ubuntu from Canonical. Considering that none of those would-be competitors actually have a product on the market, we can safely call this a two-horse race between BlackBerry and Windows Phone. In the United States, BlackBerry has 5.9% of the platform market share, according to a January report from analytics firm comScore. Microsoft’s Windows Phone has 3.1%. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The goal for BlackBerry and Nokia then is to climb the ladder with their own operating systems to dislodge the Android Army (which also includes the likes of LG, Motorola, Kyocera and several smaller manufacturers). If we look at all of 2012, The Battle for Number 3 comes very close with Nokia, HTC and BlackBerry all within a couple million shipments of one another (Nokia’s strength comes on the tail of its dying Symbian platform). Basically, it is wide open. Thorsten Heins and BlackBerry may have steadied the ship, but it still has a lot of work to do to solidify No. 3 in both platform and product. Who will emerge as the winner? That is the topic of this week’s ReadWrite Mobile poll. Vote below and let us know who you think will win (and why) in the comments.
One of the shrewdest politicians Maharashtra has ever seen, Vilasrao Deshmukh enjoyed the distinction of being the Maharashtra Chief Minister for the second longest term of seven years after Vasantrao Naik’s tenure of 11 years. Born on May 26, 1945, to a rich farmer Dagdojirao at Babhalgaon in Latur district, Deshmukh’s political journey was full of ups and downs.Deshmukh graduated with a degree in Science from M.E.S Abasaheb Garware College in Pune and later studied law at the I.L.S. Law College. Senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde was his colleague in the law college. Deshmukh chose to work for drought relief in his early political days. First, he became sarpanch of Babhalgaon on a Congress ticket in 1974 and then was elected as director of Osmanabad District Central Cooperative Bank and Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank in 1979. He was a member of Osmanabad Zilha Parishad and Deputy Chairman of Latur Taluka Panchayat Samiti from 1974 to 1980. In 1980, Deshmukh entered Assembly for the first time. He was inducted in the state cabinet in 1982. Since then, he handled various portfolios of Home, General Administration, Cooperation, Public Works, Transport, Legislative Affairs, Tourism, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development Fisheries, Industry, Rural Development, Education, Technical Education, Sports and Youth Welfare.A rebel by nature, Deshmukh didn’t get along very well with then Chief Minister Sharad Pawar. He, along with Sushilkumar Shinde, tried time and again to topple Pawar’s government but every time the party high command managed to pacify him. “When I was Industries minister I got the CM in trouble on a number of occasions. Now, you learn a lesson and keep a watch on your Industries Minister,” Deshmukh once famously told former CM Ashok Chavan. Narayan Rane, who defected Shiv Sena to join Congress in 2005, was the Industries Minister in Chavan’s government.advertisementThe lowest point in Deshmukh’s political career came in 1995 when he lost the Assembly election from his home town Latur to independent candidate Janardan Waghmare. Deshmukh suspected that his bte noire Sharad Pawar was instrumental in his defeat. The next year, Deshmukh rebelled and contested the legislative council election as an independent. However, luck didn’t favour him and he lost the election. Following the rebellion, he was suspended from the Congress for six years. Suspended, Deshmukh focused on his educational trust Manjra Educational Trust and Manjra Cooperative Sugar Factory. In 1999, Congress gave him a ticket and he won the Assembly election from Latur with a margin of 91,000 votes. When the Congress and NCP combine was set to form the government Deshmukh became the first choice for the post of chief minister as the Congress wanted a staunch opponent of Pawar in the chair. Interestingly, Deshmukh was technically still suspended from Congress at that time.He took oath as CM on October 18, 1999, and served till January 17, 2003, when he was forced to resign in light of a controversy over the promotion of his actor son Retiesh’s first film Tujhe Meri Kasam. Deshmukh had asked the state’s publicity department to organise a campaign for Riteish’s film. Deshmukh was re-elected in 2004 and again became CM after the Congress preferred him over his best friend Shinde. He was sworn in as chief minister a second time on November 1, 2004. His second tenure also ended before his tenure after the infamous November 26, 2008, terror attacks. This time, too, the reason was Riteish. Deshmukh had taken Riteish and film producer Ram Gopal Verma to inspect the damaged Hotel Taj Mahal after the attack. The Congress rehabilitated him by making him a Rajya Sabha member in 2010 and subsequently minister in the Union Cabinet for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises first, then for Rural Development and recently for Science and Technology.Deshmukh was also one of the most controversial personalities in the state politics. His name came up in the Adarsh Housing Society scam in which he allegedly approved many irregularities regarding reduction of road width to granting extra FSI to the society. His proximity to film producer Subhash Ghai landed him in trouble. Deshmukh had allotted land for Ghai’s film institute Whistling Woods International for Rs 30 crore whereas its actual market price was Rs 300 crore. The Supreme Court also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on Deshmukh for shielding a money lender Congress MLA Dilip Sananda from police action.Deshmukh enjoyed personal and political friendship with political opponents like Gopinath Munde, Manohar Joshi and the late Pramod Mahajan. However, his political ambitions took him away from close friends like Sushilkumar Shinde and Ashok Chavan. When Deshmukh was made CM in 2004, Shinde had remarked, “I failed to recognise a green snake in the grass.”advertisement
Minister of Science, Technology and Commerce, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says Government will be calling on local technology experts to provide content for the Schools Tablet Computer Programme.He noted that most of the material can be developed here in Jamaica and it will provide an opportunity for small software developers and applications (apps) programmers to participate “in what will be a massive project”.Minister Paulwell, who was speaking to JIS News following a post-Budget press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister on May 3, said the move, which is supported by the Opposition, is in keeping with Government’s mandate to enable Jamaican businesses to migrate to the upper end of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) spectrum.“We have been pretty much performing in the mid-range with the call centre operations, but we need to get more of our programmers, software developers gainfully involved, and I think it can start with this project that we are about to roll out,” Minister Paulwell said.He also informed that the Government will be pursuing the proposal for a fund to be established to assist small and medium-sized businesses in this area as well, and is looking at the Universal Service Fund (USF) to provide support.During his 2013/14 Budget Debate Presentation in the House of Representatives on April 24, Minister Paulwell provided details of the programme, under which some 20,000 computer tablets will be provided to students and teachers at 30 schools free of cost. These comprise five early childhood institutions, 10 primary, five junior high, and 10 high schools.Minister Paulwell also informed then that the tablets would be Wi-Fi and 3G enabled, and would come pre-loaded with approved age-appropriate games and apps, Ministry of Education prescribed texts, and all the software required for students up to Grade 12 to complete their School Based Assessments (SBAs).The pilot for the Schools Tablet Computer Programme is set to start in September with the training of teachers and proper orientation of the students. The Minister estimates however, that it will take approximately two months to go through the orientation, before the tablets are distributed to students.“We are going to meet with the parents as part of the preparatory work to ensure that these tablets are properly cared for,” Minister Paulwell told JIS News.He noted, too, that the USF and E-learning project will be responsible for the initial maintenance of the tablets under arrangements with the providers.Minister Paulwell informed further that the Ministry will be seeking to have the tablets built to specifications so that they will be damage and theft-proof. “The tablets are going to have special features and the criminals will find out very soon that if you steal one, you are going to be caught. We are going to be able to track you down. We are going to be able to disable the machine so you won’t be able to use it but very importantly, we are going to know exactly where you are and we are going to make an example of anyone, who tries to steal the tablet,” he warned.He informed that a major public education campaign will be launched on the issue of security of the tablets.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporter