NBA trade rumors: Wizards still not planning to deal star Bradley Beal

first_imgWashington owner Ted Leonsis said in late January the team was “not trading” Porter, Beal or point guard John Wall. But, Wall ruptured his left Achilles tendon earlier this week while recovering from a December heel surgery. He’s expected to be out for most of next season. The Wizards reportedly sent forward Otto Porter Jr. to the Bulls and Markieff Morris to the Pelicans in separate trades Wednesday.Sources: The Wizards have moved off Otto Porter and Markieff Morris tonight to go under luxury tax threshold — but have no plans to move All-Star Bradley Beal before the deadlne.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 7, 2019Beal is averaging a career-high 24.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 37 minutes per game this season. He’s shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from 3-point range. Related News NBA trade deadline: Wizards send Otto Porter Jr. to Bulls in exchange for Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis NBA trade deadline: Pelicans release Markieff Morris after acquiring him from Wizards, report sayscenter_img The Wizards have made multiple roster moves. But, they’re still planning to hold on to their star.Washington is not expected to deal guard Bradley Beal before Thursday’s trade deadline, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources. Trevor Ariza also appears like he’ll be remaining in Washington. The Lakers are interested in trading for the forward, but he wants to stay with the Wizards, according to ESPN.Lakers are interested, but Trevor Ariza and Washington Wizards remain in each’s future plans, league sources tell ESPN. Ariza is enthusiastic about re-signing with Washington. Wizards’ trades creating financial flexibility that’ll make it easier to bring Ariza back on new deal— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019The Wizards dropped to 22-32 this season with a loss to the Bucks on Wednesday. They’re four games behind the Heat for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.last_img read more

Knights tame Coyotes 4-0 to advance to play Rebels in KIJHL Final

first_imgThe Castlegar Rebels finally have an opponent to play for all the marbles in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.After watching the Osoyoos Coyotes storm back to even the Okanagan Conference Final, the North Okanagan Knights scored three times in the opening period en route to a convincing 4-0 victory in Game seven of the beste-of-seven Conference Final Sunday in Armstrong.The Knights win the series 4-3 and now advance to meet Kootenay Conference Champion Castlegar in the KIJHL Championship. Game one of the best-of-seven final goes Tuesday in Castlegar.Mat Lambert and Derek Andrews scored one minute apart in the first period to give North Okanagan goalie Dustin Nikkel all the support he would need to backstop the Knights to victory.Colton Thibault also scored in the first period.Andrews, shorthanded in the third, completed the scoring.Nikkel stopped all 33 shots by the Coyotes.last_img read more

Harwell doesn’t want to redshirt

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I’m graduating, and I’d like to go out with my senior class,” Harwell . “I want to try to help my team this year.” That’s good news for UCLA, since it’s sustained several injuries to the defensive line. Yet the happiness is tempered because there’s no timetable for Harwell’s return. Harwell tore the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during the BYU game and has missed the last six games. “I’m just trying to take it week by week,” Harwell said. “I’m doing drills, and I still have a ways to go. I get the weekend off and those two days have helped.” In the injury sense, they’ve helped, but watching UCLA games from the couch is another story. He’s had to watch a few ugly losses, including the debacle at Washington State. “I’m not even going to say what I did in my apartment,” Harwell said. “I just want to come back this year. It’s frustrating. This team means so much to me.” Patrick Cowan should be a more mobile quarterback than he was against Washington State last week, and that would be a big thing for the Bruins. “I think he’s getting in better shape,” Coach Karl Dorrell said. “The more he’s practicing, the more comfortable he’s getting wearing that brace. He’s getting in shape. I think the knee is getting stronger. It’s good – a good sign.” said He won’t play Saturday at Arizona. More mobility Linebacker John Hale has a slight hamstring pull, according to Dorrell. Hale injured it at the beginning of Tuesday’s practice and didn’t practice on Wednesday. Asked if he would need to practice today in order to play on Saturday, Dorrell said: “We’ll see.” … Defensive end Jeff Miller has a sports hernia and is expected to have surgery. Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter threw the ball for the first time since he sprained the thumb on his throwing hand Saturday. Carpenter is expected to play when the sixth-ranked Sun Devils (8-0) visit No. 4 Oregon. “I thought he threw it real well,” Coach Dennis Erickson said. UCLA injury report Carpenter throws well Around the nation LSU: Linebacker Derrick Odom was charged with a misdemeanor, accused of smashing a car window after a brawl at a nightclub last week. Odom faces one count of simple criminal damage to property, according to Baton Rouge police. Soon after the report, Odom was kicked off the team, Coach Les Miles said. Tennessee: Tailback LaMarcus Coker and defensive tackle Demonte Bolden will miss the game against Louisiana-Lafayette because of a violation of team rules. Bolden is a starter on the defensive line while Coker returns kicks and plays behind starter Arian Foster. Tulane: Conference USA officials said referees in the Tulane-Memphis game got the call right when they kept the clock running after the Green Wave completed a pass along the sidelines late in a 28-27 loss to Memphis on Saturday. The league announced its findings a day after Tulane coach Bob Toledo said he had sent video of the play to conference headquarters as part of a formal complaint. The Associated Press contributed to this report.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Jill Painter Staff Writer Brigham Harwell wants to play for UCLA again – this year. Harwell has returned to limited practice and is doing drills with the defense. He said he doesn’t plan to redshirt. last_img read more

123rd IOC Session opens in Durban

first_img6 July 2011The International Olympic Committee (IOC) opened its 123rd Session in Durban with a vibrant ceremony at the city’s Playhouse on Tuesday night, with South African President Jacob Zuma in attendance.During the ceremony, Zuma awarded one of its highest national decorations, the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo, to IOC head Jacques Rogge.Zuma told the high-profile gathering that the award was made to demonstrate gratitude to the IOC for their solidarity and commitment to human rights in South Africa.“This historic session presents an opportunity for us to recognise the outstanding contribution of the IOC, and of Dr Rogge in particular, to the struggle against apartheid and racial oppression.“The IOC General Assembly has not met in Africa since the last gathering in Cairo 86 years ago,” Zuma said. That was a much different Africa, which was still battling the yoke of colonialism.“The choice of venue is therefore timely and important, given also that Africa is a continent where the Olympic movement has unearthed exceptional individual talents over many years.”2018 Winter Games hostOn Wednesday, the IOC Session will elect the host city for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Munich (Germany), Annecy (France) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea) are the three candidates.Representatives of the three bidders, including German President Christian Wulff, French Prime Minister François Fillon, Republic of Korea President Lee Myung-bak, were present at Tuesday night’s ceremony.“As a country that has gone through numerous bids, we fully understand the pressure and the anxiety,” Zuma said. “We wish the three cities well with their final presentations.”Zuma thanked the IOC for supporting South Africa in hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup.“We are proud to reflect on the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup as a successful event that brought lasting social and economic benefits to our country and continent … Sport is a powerful instrument of promoting peace, friendship, unity and tolerance within nation states and the peoples of the world.”Zuma welcomed Princess Charlene of Monaco, a former South African Olympic swimmer who continues to be an ambassador for the country, and her husband Prince Albert.“We wish them a long life and many years of happiness and success together,” said Zuma.Meanwhile, Rogge appealed to governments to help the sports world get rid of doping, cheating and illegal betting.“Protecting the integrity of sport is a priority for the IOC and there is no room for complacency against performance-enhancing drugs, judging and refereeing scandals,” Rogge said.On the bidding process, Rogge said: “I cannot predict the outcome of the vote, but I can say with confidence that the city selected to host the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will have the capacity to deliver outstanding results.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Making the Most of Your Startup’s Beta Testing Process

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#How To#start A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… It’s a familiar story: a startup launches their beta. The tech blogosphere writes up the news: “Sign up now!” Droves of people rush to do so (well, hopefully). There’s a spike in traffic and solid number of names and email addresses of interested people. But then what?Do you have the right people in your beta? Are you going to get the right feedback?These sorts of questions are particularly important if your target users are from a specific group – a specific age, perhaps, or job-title. Such is the case with the new educational app ShowMe, which just posted on its blog detailing its strategies for running its beta.ShowMe is an iPad app that lets educators record their lessons for students – think Khan Academy, but for any teacher.The Viral Launch PageOf course, getting any users – whether they’re specifically teachers or not – to find out and sign up can be a challenge. And like many other startups, Easel implemented the viral sign-up page – something popularized by LaunchRock. In other words, when people sign up for the beta, they’re encouraged to share the information via Twitter and Facebook, helping spread awareness of the app and the beta.Finding the Right UsersSo clearly, Easel Learning, the makers of ShowMe, wanted to make sure the early testers were educators and students – in other words, the app’s actual users. So Easel Learning added a text box into the beta signup form, asking for interested people to tell a little bit about themselves. According to founder San Kim, “We were able to find out a lot about each of our users that way, and find some amazing educators who were super enthusiastic.”Having more background information on users also made the follow-up and feedback process easier. Kim describes that process as “old school” – the startup conducted phone-based interviews with beta testers. But by having more information about users “just made things run a lot smoother.” That decision to have conversations, rather than send surveys is an interesting one. it’s a lot more work, Kim admits, but he contends it’s a lot more effective. As the startup is interested in building an app that its users will be able to easily use – something particularly important when building an ed-tech tool – being able to listen to users this was important.Planning the TimingAs Easel Learning notes in its blog post, it carefully planned the whole beta process to coincide with what it knew would be significant press coverage. The company knew it would be getting some attention based on Princeton Review’s licensing of its technology. So it wanted to make sure everything was in place to take full advantage of the spotlight.And it has. The startup has had over a thousand signups for its beta – and most of them are, indeed, educators. The company is planning on launching in mid-to-late May, and if you’re interested, you can still join the beta. Invitations are going out in waves, but as Kim insists, “we’re looking for as much feedback as possible from educators. Do sign up for the beta, but also email us at info@showmeapp.com with any thoughts you might have – positive or negative.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watterslast_img read more

So, You Would Do Anything?

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now So, you say you would do anything to succeed, anything to have that level of success? But would you really do anything?Would you set your alarm clock to wake you an hour and half earlier each morning and rise without hitting the snooze button? Does your mission motivate you to start?Would you turn off the television and the radio? Maybe you would. But would you close the browser for 4-hour blocks at a time? Would you set down the smart phone? Would you disconnect?Would you use that time to work on the biggest projects in your life, the ones that will bring you the results you say want?Would you set down the self-limiting beliefs that you’ve carried around like so much old, beat up luggage? Would you drop the scarcity mindset that makes you fearful? Would you stop believing that you are in any way a victim and instead take 100% responsibility for your life and your results? Would you kill the inner critic?You say you would do anything, but would you really do the work? Would you grind away morning, noon, and night? Would you trade your favorite past time for the grind? Would you give yourself over to the work?Would you keep at it when any progress you made was imperceptible to the human eye—even yours? Would you keep at even when you’re failing? Would you continue on when your friends and family tell your crazy for doing so?Would you make the calls? Would you make the ask? Would you push publish?Would you pay the price?Everything has its price. It’s likely you know what that price is. The people who get what they want, those who succeed, would do anything.last_img read more

Arsenic contamination in paddy is rising in Bengal, says study

first_imgA recent publication by researchers at the School of Environmental Studies (SOES), Jadavpur University, reveals not only rise in arsenic contamination of paddy plants from ground water in West Bengal, but also that concentration of ‘arsenic accumulation’ depends on the variety of paddy and its stage in the crop cycle. The study titled ‘Arsenic accumulation in paddy plants at different phases of pre-monsoon cultivation’, published earlier this year in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Chemosphere, highlights the processes and dependencies of arsenic trans-location in rice from contaminated irrigation water. Samples for the study were taken from the Deganga block in the State’s North 24 Parganas district, an area that’s worst affected by ground water arsenic contamination. The study found that arsenic contamination in paddy was higher than in previous studies.The study shows that arsenic uptake in the paddy plant reduces from root to grain, and that its concentration is related to the variety of the rice cultivated. The study was carried out on two commonly consumed rice varieties — Minikit and Jaya — and the latter was found to be more resistant to arsenic.“The highest concentration was observed in the initial or vegetative state in the first 28 days. It reduced during the reproductive stage (29-56 days) and again increased in the ripening stage,” Tarit Roychowdhury, Director, SOES, and corresponding author of the publication told The Hindu. Professor Roychowdhury said the uptake of arsenic is faster in young roots in a vegetative state than in older tissues with a higher concentrations of iron in root soil in the reproductive phase. The authors have also raised concerns over the disposal of the contaminated rice straw which is used as animal fodder or burnt or sometimes left in the field itself to serve as fertiliser.last_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid defender Varane: How can I complain about my Ballon d’Or place?

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid defender Varane: How can I complain about my Ballon d’Or place?by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid defender Raphael Varane had no problem with his placing in the Ballon d’Or vote.Varane finished seventh in this year’s running.He said, “It’s (Luka) Modric, a friend, who won. So I can only be very happy for him. “There are only great players in the race. If I had been told a few years ago that I would be disappointed if I did not have the Ballon d’Or, I’d have signed for that right away (laughs). “No, frankly, I cannot be disappointed because my year for 2018 was fantastic. And for me, the most beautiful reward, it is the comments of some people in the world of football which were expressed.” last_img read more

18 days agoLucas Vazquez confident Real Madrid fans behind him

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lucas Vazquez confident Real Madrid fans behind himby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLucas Vazquez is confident Real Madrid fans are behind him.The midfielder has been jeered by the home support this season.”I have always felt the support of the Bernabeu during these five seasons,” Vazquez intimated in an interview with MARCA.”I always notice when the crowd shows me affection, I’m very happy with that.”We know that we’re at Real Madrid and that we are exposed to people’s opinions, you have to be calm.” last_img

16 days agoCasper exclusive: Man Utd must follow Man City with sporting director hire

first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your say Casper exclusive: Man Utd must follow Man City with sporting director hireby Andrew Maclean16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveClass of 92′ graduate Chris Casper says Manchester United should follow in the footsteps of their rivals by hiring a sporting director.The Red Devils have gone from perennial champions under Sir Alex Ferguson to floating in the Premier League abyss six years after the great Scot’s departure. David Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have been and gone, and current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be next with his team sitting 12th on the table.Every United fan and their dog have had an opinion on where the club’s gone wrong, with recruitment the term heard frequently amongst pub banter and social media threads.United are looking for a sporting director to rectify the problem, with a range of names thrown around from RB Leipzig mastermind Paul Mitchell to ex-United leader Rio Ferdinand.But news of an appointment has dried up and recruitment has faltered as a result, as Solskjaer’s sudden shortage of attacking options can attest.United are undoubtedly leaps and bounds behind league leaders Manchester City and Liverpool, and Salford City sporting director Casper thinks filling the new position will allow for maximum efficiency throughout the club.Asked if it would be smart move, Casper told TribalFootball.com: “Yeah I think so. Especially when you look at Txiki Begiristain with Man City and Michael Edwards at Liverpool as their sporting directors. “I think it’s just about having that link with the manager, I think it’s really important. The strategic plan and the plan the owners are looking to achieve, I think that’s got to be clear in how you want to achieve it and you need to someone who is going to help co-ordinate that. “You can lack support for all the different departments, and especially for the manager on the side of recruiting staff, recruiting players and take away a lot of the nonsense that managers in the past have had to deal with, speaking to agents and trying to deal with players and things like that. “The head coaches that Man City and Liverpool have got are unbelievable coaches and they can focus on what they do best and that’s working with players on the training and getting the best out of them. And it’s clearly working for them because they are the best two teams in the league.”Solskjaer has intimated United would be targeting young and hungry British players in their recruitment drive this past summer.Signings Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James all meet those requirements, which Casper thinks is a wise idea for the future.He added: “It’s sensible. It’s got to be a long-term strategic plan. “It can’t be short-term, over one year or 18 months. It has to be a five, ten-year plan of what they’re going to do. You look at Manchester City, obviously not with British players, but they have a certain identity of a player that they want to bring in and they’ve been doing it for the last eight to ten years. “That’s a long-term strategy and plan that’s flourishing. That’s what Man Utd has to look towards now and hopefully this is the start of young players being given an opportunity. “It’s the biggest club in the world and they’ve got to get back to hopefully where they were seven or eight years ago, regularly challenging for the Premier League and Champions League.” last_img read more