5 Cloud Startups to Watch in 2011 # 3: Loggly

first_imgAs 2010 draws to a close we’re taking a look at a few cloud startups that show promise and that we haven’t covered on ReadWriteCloud.Loggly is a cloud-based log management service for system administrators, application developers and data analysts. Loggly can collect logs from multiple servers and aggregate them into one searchable location. The San Francisco based company was founded in 2009 and is funded by Trinity Ventures and True Ventures. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#saas Related Posts Like Netuitive, which we profiled yesterday, Loggly is using the cloud to simplify IT management. Most large IT environments have reached the point that monitoring all necessary logs isn’t humanly possible, making solutions like Loggly and Netuitive are extremely useful.Logs are transmitted to Loggly through an HTTPS connection and stored on Loggly’s servers. According to Green Data Center Blog Loggly uses Hadoop and Amazon Web Services to power its service. It’s free while in beta, but will have pricing starting at $99 a month when it graduates from beta.Logs can also be accessed through an API so enterprises can create custom uses for the service or conduct backups. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… klint finley 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

In Defense of Inconvenient Truths about Vinyl Siding

first_imgA recent blog of mine, “The Counterintuitive Cladding,” discussed the “green” bona fides of vinyl siding. The blog struck a variety of nerves, including from those who mistook an obvious opinion piece for a poorly written scientific paper.That said, my blog was not based on fantasy. It was based on decades of home construction experience as well as science, which defines what we believe today as much as religion did in the past. Unfortunately, science does not always confirm what we want to believe, and is not so easily interpreted to suit our biases. Just ask climate change deniers.I’ve had to vigorously defend my projects from criticism before – not just for vinyl siding, but for other green technologies such as advanced framing and frost-protected shallow foundations. In the process, I learned a lot about these technologies and I am a much better builder for it, so I welcome the opportunity to engage in rigorous debate. I know that many of the vinyl siding critics won’t be swayed, but for those with open minds and an interest in facts, please consider the facts that follow. Getting credit for using vinyl sidingThe most popular rating systems in the residential market are LEED and the ICC 700. Both give credit for the use of EPDs (or LCA information).In addition, the ICC 700 gives credit for products that do not require on-site finishing, recycled content, termite resistance — meaning they both give credits for vinyl siding. I know this because I have taken advantage of it. Information from USGBCSeveral readers cited LEED to confirm their negative attitude toward vinyl siding. The USGBC’s “Assessment of Technical Basis for a PVC-Related Materials Credit in LEED” report was broad and made many claims. Overall, the report embraced the Life Cycle Assessment approach.According to life cycle models, such as BEES (Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability, which was developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology as a way to compare building products from a life-cycle perspective), vinyl siding proved to have a lower environmental impact than most other claddings except wood. But to have a lower impact, wood must remain unfinished. That means no stain and no paint, which is hardly realistic.On pages 58-59, the USGBC report makes the following claims about vinyl siding: “In terms of the relative performance of the different material options, the following general conclusions can be drawn. First, wood siding performs quite well; its maximum values are typically below the maxima for all other material options for most impact categories, and the midrange of its values is often the lowest of the four materials’ midrange values. Note that an important caveat is our assumption of no painting to the wood siding.“Another general conclusion is that fiber cement tends to perform the worst among the options, for most impact categories; the maximum value of its range tends to be at or among the highest within each impact category. The value ranges for fiber cement tend to be higher than those for PVC for most impact categories. For human health impacts of fiber cement, the highest values are based on the BEES data that assume the Portland cement content by 90%. Although other data sources such as MSDS do not specify Portland cement for the content, those high values have been kept since use of Portland cement for fiber cement siding can be reasonably assumed.”Note that the BEES analysis cited in my report was based on publicly available data submitted by individual companies; however, the fiber cement industry did not cooperate, hence the need for assumptions. I like fiber cement for certain applications and have used it, but it’s not a better environmental option than vinyl siding. Science says so.In the report’s Conclusions and Recommendations (page 98), the USGBC writers state: “Therefore, the current body of knowledge as analyzed in this report in Section 3 as it relates to the Task Group’s charge from TSAC does not support a credit in the LEED rating system for eliminating PVC or any particular material. Further, with respect to a PVC-related credit, the available evidence indicates that for some product categories, such a simple credit could steer designers to use materials which performed worse over their life cycles with respect to the bulk of the impact categories” — such as fiber cement. My reference to “Blue Velvet”All right, touché: The David Lynch movie “Blue Velvet” has nothing to do with vinyl siding.But “Blue Vinyl,” the Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand movie on the manufacture of vinyl siding and one woman’s search for an alternative, was responsible in part for today’s prejudice against the product. In any event, I’m not sure of the validity of comic documentary as a basis for choosing building materials. Consider the facts noted above from the EPA about dioxin reduction in the U.S., and that while the overall use of products made from of vinyl has gone up dramatically, dioxin release has also gone down dramatically. Let’s give credit when it’s due.While I hope I’ve soothed some of the nerves jangled by my previous post by presenting additional facts and citations, I know that misperceptions run deep and minds are frustratingly hard to change. I imagine that’s why Mark Twain said, “Never let facts get in the way of a good story.” RELATED ARTICLES What about smoke?Vinyl siding opponents often claim that the siding will smoke when burning and that the vapors are highly toxic. Even if you have a fire lapping at the siding at the nearly 700°F you would need for vinyl to burn, the toxic potency of vinyl would not be considered to be any different from that of wood when burning, since all burning materials release highly toxic smoke.The most important toxic product in any fire is carbon monoxide (CO), which is produced by all organic compounds as they burn. Vinyl releases less CO than most wood products, and as such its contribution to overall toxicity in a house fire is negligible (according to NIST Radiant Toxicity Test Results).Of course, all of this only matters if you install vinyl siding on interior walls. On exterior walls the net toxicity of vinyl siding in a fire is virtually zero. To get into the science, I refer you to a commonly referenced authoritative document on the subject, Casarett & Doull’s “Toxicology – The Basic Science of Poisons.” The Counterintuitive CladdingVinyl Windows and Vinyl SidingVinyl is LethalVinyl Is GreenRecycling Vinyl SidingJob-Site Recycling: PVCGBA Encyclopedia: Vinyl SidingLife-Cycle Assessment is a Tool, Not a Silver Bullet Is vinyl siding green? Fire dangerHere again, intuition is a poor substitute for knowledge. It would seem that vinyl siding would be highly flammable, but in fact it’s not.Composed mainly of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), vinyl siding’s chlorine base makes it harder to ignite and easier to extinguish. PVC won’t ignite, even from another flame, until it reaches about 730°F (387°C), and won’t self-ignite until about 850°F (454°C). Those ignition temperatures are significantly higher than common framing lumber, which ignites from a flame at 500°F (260°C) and self-ignites at 770°F (410°C). This, in part, explains why most vinyl siding can meet the stringent flame requirements for fire safety required by the International Building Code (which is adopted by every state). In addition, some vinyl siding is allowed to be used on ASTM E119 fire rated assemblies, because it does not contribute to the growth of the fire. Living Building ChallengeOn the other hand, the Living Building Challenge created a red list against PVC (which the USGBC recommended not doing in their report).Overall, the concepts of the Living Building Challenge are beautiful, and I have written very positively about the program, but it is not among the most influential rating systems, was not developed under any type of consensus or ANSI process, and, as far as I know, it is the only one with a proscription against the use of vinyl siding. The vinyl siding manufacturing processA few readers referred to manufacturing impacts, specifically referring to dioxin. I wonder if any of you have been to a vinyl plant. I have, and also to paper mills, brick factories and lumber mills. The vinyl plants are much cleaner, and have no perceptible impact on the surrounding environment or residential community. By comparison to brick factories, lumber mills and I am told fiber cement plants, vinyl is a clean technology.But I cite the Environmental Protection Administration’s words in support of my experience:“Dioxin levels in the environment have declined significantly since the 1970s, following EPA regulatory controls and industry actions. EPA’s best estimates of emissions from sources that can be reasonably quantified indicate that dioxin emissions in the United States decreased by about 80 percent between 1987 and 1995, primarily due to reductions in air emissions from municipal and medical waste incinerators, and substantial further declines continue to be documented.” (“Dioxin: Summary of the Dioxin Reassessment Science,” Information Sheet 1, U.S. EPA, June 12, 2000.)“As a result of EPA’s efforts, along with efforts by state government and private industry, known industrial emissions in the United States will be reduced by more than 90 percent from 1980 levels within the next year or so.” (“Questions and Answers about Dioxin,” Interagency Working Group on Dioxin, July 2000).The warnings on phthalates were rebutted by other readers, but it pays to reiterate that vinyl siding is rigid PVC, which does not contain phthalates. Fernando Pagés Ruiz is a builder and author. He has developed, built, and remodeled homes in California, Nebraska, and Wyoming, and has won a number of awards, including recognition from the National Association of Home Builders.last_img read more

Punjab govt. seeks hike in MSP of crops

first_imgIn a bid to alleviate the woes of the State’s distressed farmers, the Punjab government has sought a hike in the Minimum Support Price of various crops for the 2019-20 rabi season from the Central government.The State agriculture department has come out with a detailed proposal for hike in the MSP of wheat crop from ₹1,840 per quintal in 2018-19 to ₹2,710 in 2019-20, and barley from ₹1,440 to ₹1,974 per quintal.Gram, mustard prices“The proposal, submitted to the Commission for Agriculture Costs and Prices, also seeks a hike in the MSP of gram from the earlier ₹4,620 to ₹5,631 per quintal, and of rapeseed and mustard from ₹4,200 to ₹5,384 per quintal,” an official statement said on Wednesday.Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said the hike was necessary for promoting crops like barley, gram, rapeseed and mustard in the State, to give the much-needed push for crop diversification that would help arrest the deleting groundwater table in Punjab.“While the State government had taken all possible steps to ease the problems of farmers, including farm debt waiver, the Centre’s intervention was needed to support these measures, especially in the matter of MSP which was under its control,” he said.Swaminathan reportThe Chief Minister also reiterated his demand for full implementation of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission report to ensure the much-needed improvement in the agriculture system and better remuneration for the farmers.last_img read more

Pistons stay unbeaten with Griffin, rout Blazers

first_imgView comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Nets trade Zeller to Bucks for Vaughn, 2nd-round pick Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Read Next Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) reaches in on Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Detroit. APDETROIT — Andre Drummond had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Portland Trail Blazers 111-91 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.Detroit has won three in a row with Blake Griffin in the lineup after acquiring him in a trade last week. The victory on Monday pulled the Pistons back to .500 and even with Philadelphia for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Griffin had 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and did a good bit of his offensive damage from the perimeter, making three 3-pointers. Anthony Tolliver added 15 points for Detroit, and Reggie Bullock and Langston Galloway contributed 13 apiece.Damian Lillard scored 20 points and C.J. McCollum added 14 for the Blazers, who lost again after falling at the buzzer at Boston on Sunday. Portland was without Evan Turner on Monday because of a left calf injury. /kgaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutlast_img read more

Bollywood stars tackle pain, but in style

first_imgBollywood star Hrithik Roshan,38, struggled with chronic pain for 27 years. He is free of it now, thanks to cutting-edge treatments that spell new hope for managing suffering.Look at the irony of it. I have a broken back, broken knees, I have torn my shoulders six or seven times and,Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan,38, struggled with chronic pain for 27 years. He is free of it now, thanks to cutting-edge treatments that spell new hope for managing suffering.Look at the irony of it. I have a broken back, broken knees, I have torn my shoulders six or seven times and I’m playing a superhero.” That’s 38-year-old actor Hrithik Roshan’s way of poking fun at his intimate enemy of 27 years: Constant and relentless pain. “I don’t remember those days when I did not have any pain.” He was just 11, when his knees hurt and a “strange, shooting pain” often hit him like a knife up the spine. At 19, he ended up with a herniated disc, excruciating pain and a long list of can’ts and don’ts. That was also the first time he heard the words: “You should not be an actor.” He proved his doctors wrong. But at 33, when he was put on crutches for six months for arthritis on his right knee, he despaired. “The pain was unbearable. There was hardly any cartilage left. That’s when fear set in and made me imagine the worst.”Click here to EnlargeHis journey captures the story of seven million Indians, who live, work and fight with debilitating pain every year. Modern medicine has conquered many diseases and halted others, but attitude towards patients in pain-even the terminally ill-has largely remained primitive. Roshan, however, is free of pain now. He happens to be a beneficiary of the new emerging science of pain. After decades of slow progress, an explosion of new research, treatments and therapeutics is changing the way pain is understood and managed. There is new hope in what scientists have learned about how pain works: That it’s not the reality of your injury or illness, pain is how unwell your brain thinks you are.advertisementClick here to EnlargeIs a pain-free future on the horizon? Roshan, for one, certainly thinks so. He has gone through cutting-edge treatments-from functional manual therapy to myofascial tissue massage-that would have been impossible even a few years ago. Now Indian scientists have come up with a new drug that can target cells at the level of molecules and stop the brain from responding ’emotionally’ to what it perceives to be damage to the body-or pain. Now waiting for global patent, it is the only reported such pain molecule in the world to have gone through clinical trials.Pain hit the headlines this year with a vengeance, as Bollywood’s glamorous stars went in and out of hospitals. Amitabh Bachchan blogged in April about his “horrendous pain” that made it difficult for him to “walk, stand, sit or lie down”. Shah Rukh Khan wrote on Facebook in January about pain in his ribs: “Hurts only when I laugh or breathe.” Salman Khan complained of “unbearable pain” in his jaws and cheeks, a recurring issue. Roshan went public about his condition after completing 85 days of “non-stop, hardcore action” for his forthcoming science fiction film, Krrish 3: “Hanging from a harness 100 feet off the ground is probably the worst thing for any spine.”Click here to EnlargeIt hasn’t quite made the headlines but the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is organising lectures on pain management for MBBS students this year-the first such in India. “For years, chronic pain has been neglected by doctors,” says Dr Sushma Bhatnagar, anaesthesiologist with the cancer centre at AIIMS. “Most treat it as a symptom of other diseases and not as a disorder that should be targeted in itself for relief.” The Medical Council of India recognised it as an MD specialisation in 2011, after global NGO Human Rights Watch revealed in its report the lack of basic knowledge among Indian doctors about pain management.The God is in biology. Way back in the 1990s, when behavioural neurologist V.S. Ramachandran experimented with mirrors on a patient tortured by “phantom pain” in an amputated arm, it led to the most exciting story in all of pain science: That chronic pain has more to do with the way the brain rewires itself after mining all its data-thoughts, feelings, beliefs, expectations, memories and genetics.”It was a radical shift in opinion,” says Ramachandran, now the director of Center for Brain and Cognition at University of California, San Diego, US. “We have been urging the new view that something like chronic pain is caused by a shift in equilibrium in the brain. Often, you just need a reset button to shift it back with very simple procedures.” A decade-and-a-half of brain imaging has proved that.advertisementImagine this: You get hurt. Your cells start oozing enzymes, signalling white blood cells to come over and heal. The heat produced in the rush upsets little ‘molecular thermometers’ located on the pain receptors of your skin. They communicate electrical impulses about what is happening in your body’s environment through the spinal cord to your brain. The brain immediately sends it to various units to interpret the signal: Where does the pain came from? What is it like? How does it compare with other pain it knows? The emotional hub, the limbic system, is the final interpreter. Depending on how it decides to ‘feel’ the pain, you yell, cry, break out in sweat, or your heart starts racing. All within a fraction of a second.Click here to EnlargeWhat if there is a drug that can stop the little ‘thermometers’ from communicating with the brain? That’s exactly what a team of 60 scientists is trying to do at the sprawling Novel Chemical Entities lab of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd at Mahape in Navi Mumbai. A world of biotech is gathering momentum here since 2007 on pain therapeutics. Scientists are designing novel molecule structures and making new compounds. “The new science shows unique pain pathways,” says chief scientist Neelima Joshi. The molecule they have discovered, GRC 15300, can act on one such pathway, ‘molecular thermometer’ TRPV3, and block it from transmitting signals to the brain. “No pharma company in the world has been able to discover and develop a TRPV3 molecule and take it to clinics,” she adds. “There has been little breakthrough in pain therapeutics in the last 80-100 years,” says Glenn Saldanha, Chairman and MD of Glenmark. “Old pain-relieving options like opioids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) have limited impact, addiction potential and safety issues.” But the market for painkillers is going up by 16-20 per cent a year, as chronic pain-lower-back pain, arthritis and headaches top the list-keeps 30 per cent of Indians from enjoying life, according to data compiled by the Delhi Pain Clinic. Moreover, with few or no drugs available for excruciating pain linked to cancer, osteoarthritis or neuropathies, there is a large unmet need for pain as an area of treatment.So what goes wrong in chronic pain? Shouldn’t the pain stop after an injury or damage heals? “In chronic pain, the body’s alarm system breaks down,” says orthopaedic surgeon Dr Rajesh Malhotra of AIIMS. “There is no threat to the body, yet nerves continue to fire pain messages to the brain and that becomes the pattern.” But why do some patients develop chronic pain while others don’t? The answer is likely to be genetic, he says.That raises another sticky issue: Is it possible to measure pain? “Most physicians work largely in the dark,” says neurologist Dr Sumit Singh of Medanta-The Medicity in Gurgaon, “relying on patient narrative and the four vital signs: Temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure.” But new ways of rating pain, allowing patients to choose their pain level, are being devised: From verbal to numerical, facial expression to visual analogue scales.advertisementNew treatment approaches are pouring out of clinics and hospitals. Hip-replacement surgeries are often being substituted by a newer alternative, visco-supplementation, a relatively painless procedure where a liquid is pumped into the joint for temporary relief for arthritic pain. Skin patches that deliver painkiller drugs are also being used to treat back-neck-shoulder pain due to a sedentary lifestyle, or chronic arthritis and muscle pain. Botulinum toxin A, a wrinkle-fighter, is gaining currency as a tool for fighting headaches. Botox blocks a neurotransmitter that sends messages from brain to muscles to clench.The new approach to pain management is making seasoned hospital entrepreneurs to look for an edge in marketing healthcare in a new avatar: The pain clinic. Dr Gerd Mueller’s brand new pain boutique, ActivOrtho, in Vasant Vihar, Delhi, is one such. An orthopaedic surgeon and expert in pain and sports medicine, Mueller has been running centres in Germany. But the continuous flow of patients from India led him to the idea of creating a broader pain management clinic in Delhi.”We are bringing in the idea of European Rehabilitation focused on a multidisciplinary approach towards chronic pain,” says Mueller. That means addressing all the dimensions of a person’s life to treat pain: Structural issues (is there any problem with the spine or bones?); functional (are the muscles in order?), social (what sort of lifestyle and social support does the patient have?) and psychological (is the patient suffering from anxiety and depression?).Clinics like Mueller’s show how quickly pain treatment is changing. As a student in the 1970s, Dr Rajesh Malhotra remembers how little was understood about the processes behind pain. “Most of the neurotransmitters were not known,” he says. Can pain be conquered? “I certainly think so,” he says with infectious optimism.Roshan still gives himself an hour a day to stay out of pain, but that old fear of mortality is gone. He can play with his children, act and lead an active life again. And he certainly does not have to say goodbye to dance or to his movies. “If I believed what was told to me by my doctors, I would have given up very early in life,” he says. “But I’ve always believed that nothing is impossible. And here I am.”-With Shilpa Mehta.last_img read more

Lamborghini rolls out Huracan priced at Rs 3.43 crore

first_imgAutomobili Lamborghini South East Asia and Pacific head Sebastien Henry poses with the Huracan LP 610-4 during its launch in Mumbai.Luxury super-sports carmaker Automobili Lamborghini rolled out Huracan LP610-4, priced at Rs 3.43 crore (ex-showroom price in Delhi) in Mumbai on Monday. Delivery is scheduled to begin next month.’Today, we are very proud to officially launch the new Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 here in India.Automobili Lamborghini continues to set new benchmarks in the luxury supersports car industry and, we expect the Huracan to be well received in this country,’ Automobili Lamborghini’s South East Asia head Sebastian Henry said.With its name inspired by the Spanish sport of bullfighting, the Huracan is designed to be bold and edgy while its exterior incorporates LED-lighting technology.last_img read more

Odd-even: Spl drive to check cars sporting CNG stickers

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 23 (PTI) Delhi government will conduct a day-long special drive across the national capital on Tuesday to check cars sporting CNG stickers, after it received several complaints that fake markers were being used by commuters.The second phase of the odd-even scheme began on April 15 and CNG-run vehicles are exempt from the odd-even rules of the car-rationing scheme.The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Transport Minister Gopal Rai at his official residence in Civil Lines area today.”Government has decided to run a special drive across the capital on Tuesday to check cars bearing CNG stickers and take strict action against those found using fake stickers,” Rai told reporters.The transport minister said such offenders will be booked under Section 420 of IPC and a penalty of Rs 2,000 be imposed under the odd-even scheme.The government will distribute 1,000 monitoring kits and randomly check cars, he said, adding, they have appointed a nodal officer in this regard, who is an official of Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL).Indraprastha Gas Limited had issued CNG stickers to 3.90 lakh vehicles during the first phase of the scheme and 20,000 have been given the stickers during its second phase so far.Meanwhile, owing to numerous break-down of DTC buses, the government has decided to review terms and condition agreement with bus-manufactures companies- Tata and Ashok Leyland – which sell their buses to the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).”Once the odd-even scheme is wrapped up, we will review terms and condition agreement with Tata and Ashok Leyland as there is a lot of complaints against increasing numbers of break-down of buses. As per the agreement, both companies do the maintenance works of DTC buses,” Rai said.advertisementReiterating his allegations that “conspiracy” is being hatched to “sabotage” the second phase of the scheme, the minister said he has “proof” that bus break-downs are a “deliberate attempt” to derail the scheme.At a press conference here, the minister also said that DTC has ordered a departmental inquiry against a driver who allegedly “demanded” bribe for halting the bus to make it look like a break-down.Rai today also produced a person who claimed that he had on April 16 heard the driver demanding Rs 10,000 for halting the vehicle.The man also claimed that after hearing the driver, he had called up AAP MLA Somnath Bharti and narrated to him the entire episode. PTI BUN KND RT KNDlast_img read more

No grand reception, only gifts for Dipa Karmakar

first_imgTrinamool Congress, the principal Opposition party in Tripura, wanted to throw a grand reception to felicitate Dipa Karmakar for her Olympic feat, but the gymnast refused to attend any such program.Dipa is an employee of the CPI-M in Tripura. She was recently promoted to the post of an assistant director of the sports department. She made it clear to the Trinamool Congress leaders that she cannot attend a programme under the banner of any political party.So the TMC did not insist much and decided to send local leaders to her house bearing gifts – a crown of gold, a katha stitch saree, shawl and sweets.TMC was criticised by the residents of Tripura for not welcoming Dipa after her return from Rio. Except for a job promotion, there was no significant gift from chief minister Manik Sarkar. People were talking about as to how the government had appeared to be tight fisted in terms of acknowledging Dipa’s achievement in the Olympics. When other governments were showering lavish gifts and money for PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, Tripura came across as a typically communist state, living on frugal means.West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had initially planned to fly heavyweight party leaders such as MP Mukul Roy and Moon Moon Sen to Tripura for the felicitation ceremony, but now that there will be no official programme, there will be galore of gifts.last_img read more

CBSE extends deadline for private schools to update key information on website

first_imgFollowing the direction issued by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) a couple of months ago making every affiliated schools to update key information relating to developmental, infrastructure, facilities, policy among other details, on its official website, 25 per cent of schools are yet to update the mandated details.The CBSE has extended its deadline, which actually was November 30, to December 15, 2016 for private affiliated schools.According to official report, there are over 18,000 CBSE affiliated schools across the country and out of which, over 13,500 schools have disclosed and updated their information in due time.There are over 4,500 schools which are yet to disclose their details on their designated websites.What prompted the move?The move was enthused by the CBSE to bring transparency in the functioning and also to provide necessary information so that stakeholders and parents could choose ideal schools for their children. “All the affiliated schools are requested to furnish the information at the earliest so that advanced, efficient and timely planning regarding activities mentioned above may be done by the Board. It will also ensure transparency for parents to choose the school while taking admission for their wards,” the CBSE said, as reported in The Indian Express.The CBSE also reiterated that all the schools are advised to host all the relevant information useful for children, parents and general public on their websites.Other basic information to be updated:Schools are directed to provided all basic information on schools buildings and infrastructure facilities such as transport, classrooms, location, besides videos and photograph of the schools, management details, recognition and affiliation status, pass percentage of last three years, academic calendar etc.advertisementRead: SC to monitor setting up of International University in Odisha Read: No subsidy for foreign students in IIT Click here for more education related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

IPL 2017 GL vs RCB, Highlights: Brendon McCullum’s 44-ball 72 not enough after Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle onslaught

first_imgAnother match which went down to wire but Banaglore held their nerves and registered the second win of the season. The 122-run opening stand between Gayle and Kohli set the tone for the visitors and set a target of 213 in front of Gujarat. They started off brilliantly with the ball too, seeing the back of Smith and Raina before the end of Powerplay. (SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE)HIGHLIGHTS:GUJARAT LIONS INNINGS:23.32 IST: This is it! BANGALORE WIN BY 21 RUNS! A nasty way to end the match though. Milne bangs this short, Thampi tries to get out of its way but gets hit on the grill of the helmet. Milne goes towards Thampi to ask him whether he is fine. Thampi nods in approval.Finch departs but McCullum’s fifty leads Gujarat’s chase of 214The match has come to an end. #RCB win #GLvRCB by 21 runs! #PlayBold #VIVOIPL ?????º?????º???- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 18, 201723.33 IST: OUT! The cameo from the youngster comes to an end! Milne bowls a length ball and Kishan tries to go over long off, however he miscues it. The ball lobs high up in the air. Yuzvendra Chahal calmly gets under the ball at covers and pouches it. GL 191/7 from 19.4 overs. Need 23 runs to win.23.31 IST: Milne to bowl the last one.23.28 IST: 19 overs gone. GL 188/6. Need 26 runs to win from the last over. Kishan 39*, Tye 2*23.29 IST: SIX! Ishan Kishan is certainly not letting this game away! Aravind bowls a back of a length ball, Kishan goes back and pulls it in front of square on the leg side for half a dozen.advertisement23.29 IST: SIX! Is the game alive? Aravind tries to bowl a yorker but it ends up being a full toss, Kishan smacks it over mid-wicket for a biggie.23.26 IST: FOUR! Kishan is on a roll! Aravind bowls a back of a length delivery, outside off, Kishan sends the ball over point for a boundary.23.24 IST: FOUR! Kohli puts down chances on back-to-back deliveries! Aravind bowls it short and Kishan tries to go over long on with a pull. However he mistimes it. The ball goes high up in the air as Kohli positions himself under it to catch it. But the Bangalore skipper puts it down and to add to his agony the ball rolls towards the fence for a boundary.23.23 IST: 18 overs gone. GL 167/6. Kishan 19*, Tye 2*23.22 IST: OUT! What has happened here? Bizarre running! Head tosses it up around leg, Jadeja pulls it through mid-wicket and starts running. He looked happy with a single but Ishan Kishan left for the second. As he ran back towards the non-striker’s end the throw came at the keeper’s end who whipped the bails off. Now the trickier part is who is out? Jadeja or Kishan? Because Jadeja was near his crease when Kishan crossed over. The umpires go upstairs and the replays suggest that Kishan had landed his bat down before Jadeja. The senior southpaw is angry with Kishan but he has to depart. GL 165/6 from 17.4 overs. Still need 49 runs to win. Kishan 19*23.20 IST: SIX! Second maximum for the youngster. Floated delivery, around off, Kishan gets low and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a maximum.23.19 IST: Head to continue.23.18 IST: SIX! Much needed! Back of a length ball, around off, Kishan goes back and pulls it over mid-wicket for a biggie. GL 156/5 from 17 overs. Still need 58 runs to win. Jadeja 21*, Kishan 12*23.18 IST: 150 up for Gujarat.23.15 IST: Aravind back on for Bangalore.23.12 IST: 16 gone. Time for the strategic time-out. GL 146/5. Still need 68 runs to win. Jadeja 20*, Kishan 3*23.11 IST: Travis Head into the attack.23.10 IST: 15 gone. GL139/5. Still need 75 runs to win. Jadeja 16*, Kishan 1*23.08 IST: Ishan Kishan walks out to bat.23.06 IST: OUT! In the air… and gone! That’s a huge wicket for Bangalore and Chahal completes his 3-fer. Tosses it up around leg, McCullum looks to go big. Clears his front leg and goes through with his slog. Gets a top edge and the ball travels high in the air. Milne in the deep, places himself underneath it and takes it calmly with a reverse cup. That’s end of a superb innings from Brendon McCullum. He is disappointed as he wanted to take his team across the finish line. Nevertheless, well played Baz! Gujarat now have 5 wickets in hand.  GL 137/5 from 14.4 overs. Still need 77 runs to win. Jadeja 14*YUZI!! If anyone could, it had to be @yuzi_chahal. Danger man McCullum(72) is out! #GL is 137/5 after 14.4 overs. #GLvRCB #VIVOIPL #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/Z5g2Xh1uXZ- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 18, 201723.05 IST: Chahal back on for RCB.advertisement23.01 IST: 14 overs gone. GL 134/4. Still need 80 runs to win. McCullum 71*, Jadeja 12*23.00 IST: SIX! Smashed it! Length delivery outside off, McCullum gets across and heaves it over sqaure leg. Gets it off the middle and the ball travels all the distance for a maximum.22.59 IST: FOUR! Short and angling away, Jadeja waits for it and pulls it with authority over mid-wicket for a boundary. Jadeja is into the act now.22.58 IST: Watson back on.22.56 IST: SIX! Into the sight screen! Full outside off, McCullum clears his front leg and bunts it flat over long off for half a dozen. McCullum moves to 64!  GL 121/4 after 13 overs. Still need 93 runs to win. McCullum 64*, Jadeja 6*SIX. Wickets are falling at the other end. That hasn’t deterred #BrendonMcCullum 93 needed in 42 balls. #GameMaariChhe #GLvRCB- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 18, 201722.52 IST: FOUR! Jadeja guides it for a boundary.22.53 IST: Milne back on.22.52 IST: 12 overs gone. GL 107/4. Still need 107 runs. McCullum 56*, Jadeja 0*22.48 IST: OUT! Karthik holes out! On a length outside off, Karthik goes after Aravind. Looks to tonk him over long on but fails to get the timing on it. Mistimes it high in the air towards Kohli at long on, who pouches it safely. The required run rate is continuously climbing up and Karthik had to no option but take the risk. Unluckily for him, it didn’t pay off.108 runs needed off 54 balls now! GL 106/4 in 11 overs, chasing 214. Ravindra Jadeja strolls out in the middle.Aravind!!! Get’s the wicket!! Karthik(1) is out! #GL is 106/4 after 11 overs. #PlayBold #GLvRCB #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/WCDWfruPUp- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 18, 201722.41 IST: 10 overs gone. GL 103/3. Still need 111 runs to win. McCullum 53*, Karthik 0* 22.40 IST: Dinesh Karthik comes out to bat.22.38 IST: OUT! A peach from Negi! Tosses it up around off, gets the ball to grip and turn away from Finch, who has given the charge. But, gets beaten by the sharp away turn. Jadhav behind the stumps collects it calmly, takes his time and whips off the bails. Finch was way too ahead and had no chance of coming back. Third wicket for a spinner. Finch departs for 19. GL 103/3 from 9.4 overs. Still need 111 runs to win. McCullum 53*22.37 IST: SIX! Flat maximum! Short and sliding in, McCullum goes back and pulls it over sqaure leg. Hits it flat but very powerfully. The ball travels over the fence. That’s something special! McCullum gets to his half-century in style. His 13th in IPL.#BrendonMcCullum doing it again for the Lions. An enterprising half century from him. #LikeABaz #GameMaariChhe #GLvRCB pic.twitter.com/F6fwlZ87If- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 18, 201722.37 IST: Negi back on.22.36 IST: FOUR! Slightly shorter outside off, Finch cuts it through backward point. Virat Kohli there makes a half stop and the ball races away to the fence behind. 19 runs off the over. GL. 95/2 from nine overs. Still need 119 runs to win. McCullum 46*, Finch 19*22.33 IST: McCullum on fire.22.33 IST: SIX! Over the fence! Banged in short at 121 kph. McCullum picked that slower one, waited for the ball and then slapped it over covers for a maximum. The senior is winning the battle of Kiwis!advertisement22.32 IST: FOUR! Poor delivery, punished! That’s really poor from Milne. He should bowl to his field. The mid off was up and the Kiwi slipped out a full toss outside off. McCullum mistimed it but had enough on it to clear the ring and run to the fence behind.22.30 IST: Eight overs gone. GL 78/2. Still need 136 runs to win. McCullum 35*, Finch 15*22.29 IST: SIX! Power Hit! Full outside off, McCullum makes room and hammers it straight down the ground. The long off fielder is a mere spectator as he watches the ball sail over the fence.22.28 IST: Shane Watson into the attack.22.25 IST: Seven overs gone. GL 67/2. McCullum 27*, Finch 12*. Still need 147 runs to win. 22.24 IST: FOUR! Back of a length slower one outside off, angling in, Finch drags it through backward sqaure leg. Gets his placement to perfection for a boundary. Great shot there!22.20 IST: Adam Milne into the attack.22.17 IST: End of the powerplay and it’s time for the strategic time-out. RCB 57/2 from six overs. Still need 155 runs to win. McCullum 25*, Finch 7*At the end of the powerplay overs, the Lions are 57/2. #BrendonMcCullum and @AaronFinch5 out in the middle. #GameMaariChhe #GLvRCB- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 18, 201722.15 IST: SIX! Flights this delivery around off, Finch gets in his position and bludgeons it towards mid-wicket. There was a fielder there exactly for that shot but it sails over him for a biggie. Kohli has his hands on his shoulder because his tactic almost pulled off.22.12 IST: 11 runs from the over. RCB 48/2 from five overs. Still need 166 runs to win.McCullum 23*, Finch 0*22.11 IST: FOUR! You can’t bowl short to McCullum, Pawan Negi! Short and around off, Brendon McCullum goes on his back foot and pulls it through mid-wicket for another boundary. Don’t bother chasing that.22.11 IST: SIX! The fall of wickets don’t bother Brendon McCullum, do they? Negi tosses it up around off, McCullum just sweeps it through fine leg for a boundary.22.11 IST: Pawan Negi back on.22.10 IST: Aaron Finch walks out into the middle.10.07 IST: OUT! Chahal gets his man, though on a poor delivery. He loops it around leg, Raina comes down the track looking to put it away but miscues it straight to Shane Watson at short fine leg. The Gujarat captain was playing a blinder but a false shot has led to his demise. The umpires go upstairs to check the no-ball but its fine! Chahal gets his second. GL 37/2 from four overs, still need 177 runs to win. McCullum 12*Yuzi stops the firing Raina(23)! #watto takes the catch! #GL is 37/2 after 4 overs. #PlayBold #GLvRCB #VIVOIPL ??º??º pic.twitter.com/x1zT8kZZA5- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 18, 201722.06 IST: FOUR! Raina gets into the attack. 22.04 IST: SIX! Now Baz gets into the groove! Chahal flights this delivery around off, McCullum kneels and slogs it over mid-wicket for half a dozen. Runs are coming quickly for Gujarat after the first two barren overs.22.04 IST: Chahal continues.22.03 IST: FOUR! Smart trigger movement this by Raina! Raina comes down the track, Aravind sees it and follows him but the southpaw adjusts well and whips it over mid-wicket for a boundary. 19 off the over. GL 23/1. Raina 18*, McCullum 4*22.01 IST: SIX! Back-to-back sixes! Fuller delivery, outside off, Raina walks across, gets under the ball and sends it over the bowler’s head for a maximum. Brilliant timing on this one too.21.59 IST: SIX! Whattay shot! Aravind serves a length ball around middle, Raina moves a bit and flicks it nonchalantly over fine leg for a biggie. Outstanding placement!21.57 IST: OUT! Chahal removes Smith for 1. The ploy to start with spinners has worked for Bangalore. First Negi exerted the pressure on the openers and Chahal got the advantage of it. Chahal bowls it short and around off, Smith looks to pull it but doesn’t quite time it. The ball lobs in the air and goes towards Mandeep Singh, in front of square on the leg side, who pouches it safely. Kohli is absolutely thrilled! GL 1/1 in 1.2 overs, chasing 214 21.52 IST: In the air……. but lands safe. Negi bowls it slower through the air and in the line of the stumps, Smith tries to go downtown but miscues it. The ball goes high up in the air but falls short of the chasing long on fielder. Single taken.21.50 IST: The players are out for chase. Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum to open for Gujarat. They will need to get off to a great start to chase this huge total. Bangalore to start off with the spin as Pawan Negi has been handed the ball first up. Here we go…21.42 IST: Bangalore have managed to register the highest score of this year’s Indian T20 League, courtesy some shoddy bowling and splendid batting. It was the Chris Gayle show at Rajkot as he slammed and whacked everything that was in his arc in his innings of 77. It seemed like Gujarat might just concede 225, but Basil Thampi got rid of the big man to give his side some respite. At the other end it was Virat Kohli who complemented Gayle amazingly well and tried to accelerate after his wicket.21.39 IST: Work cut out for Gujarat in their chase of 214.21.36 IST: RCB finish on 213/2 from their 20 overs. Jadhav 38*, Head 30* 21.36 IST: FOUR! 21.34 IST: SIX! Jadhav is making batting look so easy.21.34 IST: FOUR! Darted full outside off, Jadhav makes room and slices it over cover-point for a boundary. Jadhav is striking the ball really well! And 200 up for RCB. First time a team has scored 200 in Rajkot.21.33 IST: Jaddu to bowl the last over.21.31 IST: 19 overs gone. RCB 196/2. Head 27*, Jadhav 24*21.30 IST: FOUR! Short delivery, angling in, Jadhav pulls it in front of sqaure on the leg side. Isn’t in control of the shot but still manages to hit in the gap and for another boundary.21.28 IST: FOUR! Jadhav in his elements! Back of a length delivery outside off, Jadhav makes room and lofts it over covers. Finds the gap there and gets a boundary.21.28 IST: SIX! Nailed it! Knuckle ball outside off, Jadhav picked it and got to the pitch of the ball and tonked it over long on for a maximum.21.28 IST: Tye to continue.21.27 IST: 18 overs gone. RCB 178/2. Head 27*, Jadhav 6*21.24 IST: FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Very full outside off, Head makes room slightly and goes inside out over covers. Once again finds the gap and gets another boundary to his name.21.23 IST: FOUR! Slower one on a length outside off, angling in, Head picks the slower one and pulls it through front of sqaure on the leg side. Finds the gap to perfection and the ball races to the fence.21.23 IST: Thampi back on for his last over.21.20 IST:  17 overs gone. RCB 166/2. Head 16*, Jadhav 6*21.20 IST: FOUR! Superb placement! Full outside off, Jadhav squeezes it through the gap between backward point and short third man for a boundary. Clever stuff from Jadhav!21.19 IST: Tye back on for Gujarat.21.18 IST: Kedar Jadhav comes out.21:15 IST: Time for the strategic time-out. RCB 159/2 from 15.5 overs. Head 14*21.14 IST: OUT! Massive blow for Bangalore! The skipper departs! Back of a length slower one at 105 kph, Kohli stays in his crease and pulls it over mid-wicket. Doesn’t time it well and it goes straight to Dwayne Smith in the deep, who pouches it calmly.WICKET. Kohli departs. Dwayne Smith takes the catch in the deep. @dhawal_kulkarni gets his 1st wicket. #RCB 159/2 in 15.5. #GLvRCB pic.twitter.com/x0aSwhY1mr- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 18, 201721.13 IST: Some more Gayle stats.Chris Gayle: 10,000 T20 runs. An immense achievement by a colossus of a cricketer. 44.16% have come in sixes; 30.56% in fours. #IPL- Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) April 18, 201721.12 IST: Dhawal Kulkarni back on.21.10 IST: SIX! Head gets into the act now! Served fuller around off, Head kneels down and slogs sweeps it over mid-wicket for a biggie. 18 runs from the over! RCB 153/1 after 15 overs. Kohli 59*, Head 13*. @travishead34 comes in and smashes one into the crowd. #RCB is 153/1 after 15 overs. #PlayBold #GLvRCB #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/FTGSfWdCAL- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 18, 201721.09 IST: SIX! Just a flick of the wrist and it’s a maximum. Just Kohli things.21.07 IST: 28th IPL fifty for Kohli.BCCI PhotoRunning away from the 50 towards the 100. #Viratkohli (52 from 44b) #PlayBold #GLvRCB #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/GcAZ58MpwS- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 18, 201721.05 IST: 14 overs gone. RCB 135/1. Kohli 49*, Head 6*21.05 IST: FOUR! Driven by Kohli for a four.21.04 IST: Jadeja comes back on.21.03 IST: 13 overs gone. RCB 125/1. Kohli 42*, Head 3*21.02 IST: Travis Head comes out to bat.21.00 IST: OUT! Excellent delivery! Bowls a superb yorker angling into the boots. Gayle who backs away to make room but Thampi follows him. Gayle looks to dig it out but the ball is too good for him and goes through his legs to the keeper. Nearly had him there! Thampi gets Gayle for 77. RCB 122/1 from 12.4 overs. Kohli 42*21.00 IST: Some fair play.BCCI Photo20.58 IST: Thampi comes back on for Gujarat.20.56 IST: 12 overs gone. RCB 119/0. Gayle 75*, Kohli 41*20.55 IST: FOUR! Very full outside off, Gayle just squeezes it through point. His placement is so well that it beats the man in the deep. Gayle moves onto 75 off just 34 balls.20.54 IST: FOUR! Streaky runs! Cutter around off, Gayle looks to punch it on the off side but gets a thick outside edge. The ball flies past Kishan at short third man to the fence behind. Fortune favours the brave!20.52 IST: Kulkarni back on.20.51 IST: 11 overs gone. RCB 109/0. Gayle 67*, Kohli 40* 20.51 IST: SIX! Stand and deliver! A touch ahead of a length around off, angling across, Gayle once again stays in his crease and hammers it over long on for another biggie. Gayle on fire!20.50 IST: SIX! That’s brutal. Back of a length delivery, angling away, Gayle stands tall and flat-bats it over long on for a maximum. No stopping Gayle tonight!20.48 IST: Dwayne Smith into the attack.20.46 IST: Half-way through the innings. RCB 92/0 from 10 overs. Gayle 53*, Kohli 38*20.44 IST: SIX! Kaushik bowls it full and around off, Gayle gets under the white object and goes downtown. The ball goes out of the ground and I reckon they will have to change the ball. And that’s fifty for Gayle. His 21st in IPL.#chrisgayle half century! 52 off 23b. #RCB is 91/0 after 9.3 overs . #PlayBold #VIVOIPL #GLvRCB pic.twitter.com/O8TJMzsGcv- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 18, 201720.43 IST: Kohli overtakes Raina as the highest run-scorer in IPL.20.41 IST: Nine overs gone. RCB 83/0. Gayle 45*, Kohli 37*20.42 IST: FOUR! These last ball boundaries spoil the effort of the first five deliveries, don’t they? Tye bowls it short and around leg, Kohli swivels across and pulls it to the vacant fine leg region for a boundary.20.39 IST: Andrew Tye comes on for Gujarat.20.38 IST: Gayle survives to improve on these.10000 T20 runs for Chris Gayle…. first to do so in this format!Scored most runs for….3283* RCB1519 WI1452 Jamaica Tallawahs#GLvRCB- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 18, 201720.36 IST: And it’s time for the strategic time-out.20.35 IST: NOT OUT AND SIX! This is one of the most bizarre things I have ever seen in cricket. Jadeja, goes around the wicket, and bowls a full toss outside off, Gayle swings at it. The connection wasn’t neat though. Brendon McCullum hares across from long off, dives and grabs the ball. He starts celebrating and Jadeja is ecstatic to get his man. Gayle starts walking but is asked to stop by the umpires. They don’t want to take any chances and go upstairs to check whether its a clean catch. Replays show that while Brendon McCullum did catch it but his floppy hat was in contact with the ropes at the same time. Gayle gets a reprieve after the third umpire sees enough replays to overturn the on-field decision. Eight overs gone. RCB 75/0. Gayle 44*, Kohli 31*20.31 IST: SIX! That’s out of the ground! Jadeja floats this one around off, Gayle kneels and slogs it over mid-wicket for a maximum. The big man in the mood. He is absolutely clobbering Ravindra Jadeja here!20.31 IST: FOUR! And another! Tossed up delivery, outside off, Gayle drives it over covers for a boundary. Jadeja in a bit of bother here!20.30 IST: FOUR! Cracking shot! Jadeja keeps it full again and outside off, Gayle slams it down the ground. Long off and Long on fielders are futile when Gayle hits them so hard.20.28 IST: Nine runs off it. RCB 54/0 from 7 overs. Kohli 30*, Gayle 24*20.28 IST: SIX! Sheer power! Kaushik bowls it full and outside off, in simpler words, it is in Gayle’s arc. He slams the ball over long off for a biggie.20.25 IST: Shivil Kaushik introduced into the attack.20.24 IST: End of the powerplay. Bangalore off to a strong start. RCB 45/0 from six overs. Kohli 28*, Gayle 17*20.23 IST: FOUR! Hit me delivery! Short and outside off, Gayle goes on his back foot and punches it hard. Andrew Tye at mid off dives to his right to stop it but fails.20.21 IST: Ravindra Jadeja into the attack.20.20 IST: Five overs gone. RCB 36/0. Kohli 27*, Gayle 10*20:16 IST: SIX! Was that the moment Gayle was waiting for? He reaches the 10000-run landmark and goes BOOM! That was a massive shot and RCB are up and away. At the end of 4 overs, they are 33/0.20.15 IST: Chris Gayle brings up 10000 T20 runs – he’s the first man in the world to do that. Meanwhile, Kohli is looking dangerous once again tonight. Ominous signs for the Lions.The #UniverseBoss doesn’t stop breaking records! #chrisgayle is the first man to score 10,000 runs in T20 cricket! #Legend #PlayBold #GLvRCB pic.twitter.com/IveVzxwx2O- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 18, 201720.12 IST: 12 runs from the over. RCB 25/0 from three overs. Kohli 23*, Gayle 2*20.11 IST: FOUR! Best of the lot! Kulkarni pitches it full and in the line of the fourth stump, Kohli strides forward and sends the ball past the bowler and diving mid off for a boundary.20.11 IST: FOUR! Consecutive boundaries! This time Kulkarni bowls a help yourself ball. Length and around leg, all Kohli had to do was get some wood on it and he does. He nurdles it past the short fine leg fielder, who gives it a chase only to come second.20.10 IST: FOUR! Beautifully placed! Kulkarni serves a length ball around leg, Kohli steps out a bit and whips it through mid-wicket for a boundary. He will feel good about that shot.20.09 IST: Look who’s supporting the Royal Challengers.all am going to say lets do this @RCBTweets i know the boys got this @henrygayle captain @imVkohli hmmmm #IPL2017 pic.twitter.com/BY4KOMarab- Yohan Blake (@YohanBlake) April 18, 2017 20.08 IST: A very good over from Thampi. RCB 13/0 from two overs. Kohli 11*, Gayle 2*20.06 IST: FOUR! Fortunate runs! Thampi’s tournament so far has been very unlucky. He bowls a back of a length delivery around off, Kohli tries to pull it away but top edges it over the short fine leg fielder for a boundary. Virat Kohli has so far looked tentative at the crease, maybe he should take his time before he starts going for his shots.20.05 IST: Basil Thampi to share the new ball with Kulkarni.20.03 IST: End of the first over. A steady start from Bangalore. RCB 8/0. Kohli 6*, Gayle 2*20.03 IST: FOUR! Deft touch! Fuller length ball, outside off, Kohli opens the face of the bat and places it past the keeper for a boundary. It was very intentional and he gets the desired result.20.00 IST: Gayle takes a quick single off the first ball, two runs away from 10,000 runs in T20 cricket.19.59 IST: Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli to open the batting for Bangalore while Dhawal Kulkarni  will open the bowling for Gujarat.19.43 IST: FORM GUIDE: RCB – L L L W L | GL – L W L L L19.38 IST: RCB all set to rock Rajkot.The #RoyalChallengers are on the move to tame the lions. Watch it here #PlayBold #GLvRCB #RCB pic.twitter.com/ayxF4xV7Ac- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 18, 201719.34 IST: The playing XIs:Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli(c), Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Travis Head, Kedar Jadhav(w), Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Adam Milne, Sreenath Aravind, Yuzvendra ChahalHere’s our line up for #GLvRCB. @henrygayle & @travishead34 get into the squad to replace @ABdeVilliers17 & @qmanbad. #VIVOIPL #PlayBold pic.twitter.com/sBJjEuNvcW- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 18, 2017Gujarat Lions: Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina(c), Aaron Finch, Ishan Kishan, Dinesh Karthik(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Andrew Tye, Dhawal Kulkarni, Basil Thampi, Shivil KoushikHere’s our Playing XI for tonight’s game. Come on, Lions! #GameMaariChhe #GLvRCB pic.twitter.com/KP2NOwneSX- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 18, 201719.34 IST: RCB get ready without AB..@TheGujaratLions @RCBTweets #IPL Match 20 – @RCBTweets are missing @ABdeVilliers17 & @qmanbad for #GLvRCB game pic.twitter.com/CA8OiKZDj3- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 18, 201719.33 IST: Gujarat include Finch and bowl, Gayle back for Bangalore. The Lions have won the toss & they have decided to bowl first. #GameMaariChhe #RoarOnceMore #GLvRCB pic.twitter.com/M91YsX9a1Q- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 18, 201719.25 IST: Some interesting battles to look forward to.Its a match up that we’ve all been waiting for.But which battle within this battle are you most eagerly waiting for?#GameMaariChhe #GLvRCB- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 18, 201719.22 IST: Chris Gayle will again have the chance today to complete 10,000 runs in T20 cricket if he makes the playing XI.BCCI PhotoClick here to Enlarge19.12 IST: RCB have been dealt with a major blow as their star batsman AB de Villiers has been rulded out due to an injury, the South African confirmed through his Twitter page. 19.10 IST: The Gujarat team are on their way to revive their tournament.The Lions are off to the den for our all important clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore! Let’s ROAR! #GameMaariChhe #GLvRCB pic.twitter.com/scGfhTx2Cv- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) April 18, 201719.08 IST: Meanwhile, let’s wish Lokesh Rahul a very happy birthday. Here are 10 unknown things about Lokesh. 10 things you didn’t know about our Birthday boy, the 25 year old @klrahul11. Read it here https://t.co/UBJiLECpNV #PlayBold #RCB- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 18, 201719.06 IST: RCB coach Daniel Vettori believes RCB will recover from their bad patch and will get back to winning ways. We have done it before, we can do it again! Dan has faith that we can bounce back. Watch the video now: https://t.co/rKdHACKT2S#PlayBold- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 18, 2017Brief Preview: Gujarat Lions bowlers will face litmus test when they take on star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) batting line-up in an Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Tuesday.Gujarat, led by Suresh Raina, had a dream debut last edition by finishing third on table but they are at seventh place in the ongoing 10th edition of the cash-rich Twenty20 cricket league. (AB de Villiers ruled out vs Gujarat Lions)Apart from one match against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), where their bowling department did a fantastic job, Gujarat’s bowlers have struggled to find the rhythm.A recent six-wicket defeat against Mumbai Indians also raised many questions over Gujarat’s bowling unit, which lacked some quality bowlers. But the inclusion of Andrew Tye has added a spark to the bowling attack as he scalped five wickets, including a hat-trick.With three losses in four matches so far in the tournament, Gujarat will now look to better their overall record against bottom-placed RCB. (Read Full Preview)last_img read more

Ducati Multistrada 950: Everything you need to know

first_imgWe had earlier reported that Ducati will launch a new adventure bike in India on June 14, the Multistrada 950. The company will also launch the new Monster 797 along with the Multistrada 950 on the same date. You can read everything about the Monster 797 here.Here, we give you all the dope on the latest Ducati Multistrada 950 and what it means for the Indian market.Price:We expect the Ducati Multistrada 950 to come for a price of Rs 11.5 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 13 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).Ducati Multistrada 950Engine:The Multistrada 950 is powered by the already renowned twin cylinder 937cc, Testastretta, liquid cooling engine with a maximum of power of 113 hp and maximum torque of 96.2 NM, mated to six-speed gearbox.Design:The new Multistrada 950 combines comfort, style and superior performance. The Multistrada 950 combines Multistrada 1200 and Multistrada 1200 Enduro design features to perfection, taking the “lightest” elements from both. The front-on view, with the distinctive headlight, ‘beak’, adjustable screen, two ‘wings’ and tank come from the Multistrada 1200.Ducati Multistrada 950The rider’s seat with narrow mid-section, the passenger seat, rear grab rail, the design of the exhaust and swingarm and the wheel sizes were, instead, taken from the Multistrada 1200 Enduro. This mix has produced a bike with classic Multistrada lines that’s also compact, and not just visually.Feature:The Multistrada 950 instrument panel consists of a large easy-to-see LCD that provides the rider with primary and secondary information, four Riding Modes (Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro), DSP (Ducati Safety Pack) that includes ABS and Ducati Traction Control,advertisementDucati Multistrada 950At the rear there is a LED tail light. A hazard warning lights function is also available on the Multistrada 950.Color:The Multistrada 950 is available in two colours; classic Ducati Red and stylish Star White Silk. Both colour schemes feature matt grey frame and wheels.Ducati Multistrada 950Competition: The Ducati Multistrada 950 competes against the Honda Africa Twin in India.last_img read more

FIFA Judgment for Blatter, Platini

first_imgGENEVA — Judgment day for Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini dawns Dec. 21 when FIFA’s ethics court is expected to ban the scandal-scarred soccer body’s most powerful leaders.The FIFA President and his one-time intended successor face being kicked out of the world’s favorite sport for at least several years over a $2 million payment Blatter approved for Platini in 2011.Both deny wrongdoing yet a conflict of interest in managing FIFA money — by agreeing the payment without telling executive committee colleagues — is a likely basis for guilty verdicts in rulings due to be published at 0900 GMT.Bans of around 10 years are possible, judging by recent FIFA ethics committee sanctions in cases not involving financial misconduct.Blatter and Platini, through his lawyers, already promised appeals that would need to be processed urgently ahead of FIFA’s presidential election on Feb. 26. Both are expected to be defiant if found guilty.Blatter has called an 11 a.m. (1000 GMT) news conference Dec. 21 at the former FIFA offices in Zurich, near the current headquarters where he spent eight hours at an ethics hearing Dec. 18.Platini refused to attend his 10-hour hearing on Dec. 18, and gave his lawyers a statement to read to the four ethics judges.“I am already judged, I am already condemned,” Platini’s statement said, complaining at public comments from officials close to the ethics process since the allegation emerged three months ago.Blatter and Platini have strong motivation to fight a ban.Blatter, who turns 80 in March, wants a FIFA swansong by hosting the election congress in Zurich and being made honorary president by the 209 member federations.The 60-year-old Platini wants to clear his name, pass a FIFA integrity check and be declared an official candidate in the election he was previously favored to win.His campaign stalled since being quizzed on Sept. 25 in a Swiss federal investigation of suspected criminal mismanagement at FIFA.The case centers on Platini, as UEFA President and a FIFA Vice President in 2011, getting about $2 million as uncontracted salary for working as Blatter’s adviser in 1999-2002.The agreement was “a classic conflict of interest” between two executive committee members, FIFA audit panel chairman Domenico Scala said in October.In media interviews, Platini and Blatter said the former France captain asked for a salary of 1 million Swiss francs. He had a contract for 300,000 Swiss francs, in line with FIFA’s then-wage structure, plus a “gentleman’s agreement” to get the rest later. Swiss law obliged FIFA only to pay the deferred money within five years.Platini was paid in February 2011, just before Blatter began campaigning for re-election against Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar. Platini’s UEFA urged its members weeks before the June 2011 poll to back Blatter, who was elected unopposed when Bin Hammam was implicated in bribery.Few FIFA officials knew of the Platini payment which emerged during a wider Swiss probe of the governing body’s business affairs, including suspected money laundering in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests.Switzerland’s attorney general opened criminal proceedings against Blatter for the suspected “disloyal payment” of FIFA money to Platini and selling undervalued World Cup TV rights for the Caribbean.Platini’s status in the criminal case is “between a witness and an accused person,” attorney general Michael Lauber said in October.On Dec. 21, Blatter could get a longer ban than Platini if his case involves falsifying FIFA accounts. The debt to Platini was not booked in financial reports from 2002-10.In recent ethics cases where financial misconduct was not proven, judges imposed a six-year ban on FIFA Honorary Vice President Chung Mong-joon of South Korea and seven years for Harold Mayne-Nicholls of Chile, who led FIFA’s technical inspections of the 2018-2022 bids.Any sanctions imposed can be challenged at the FIFA appeals committee and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. FIFA rules state a list of candidates must be finalized one month before the election in Zurich.Blatter has suggested he could pursue a lengthier appeal to Switzerland’s highest court, the Federal Tribunal, which can intervene if legal process was abused.(GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

PSAC rejects government offer to compensate public servants for Phoenix pay fiasco

first_imgOTTAWA — The union that represents the majority of federal employees has rejected the government’s “meagre” offer to compensate public servants who’ve fallen victim to the Phoenix pay system fiasco.The Public Service Alliance of Canada says the government is offering general compensation of just 1.25 days of paid leave per year, for four years.“PSAC could not agree to this meagre proposal,” union president Chris Aylward said in a statement Friday.“Our union will not trade in four years of our members’ pain and suffering for a settlement that does not adequately compensate for the terrible toll Phoenix has had on their lives and that of their families.”PSAC represents some 180,000 workers.The union says more than 270,000 workers have been affected by the disastrous adoption of the Phoenix pay system, which left them underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.According to PSAC, the fiasco forced many public servants to “delay career advancement, cancel parental leave, experience high levels of anxiety, reduce their support of family members and delay retirement — to name but a few of the serious adverse effects.”The union says a backlog of 240,000 cases is still not resolved and more than 100,000 workers are still waiting to have their last collective agreements implemented.Aylward said PSAC also found other elements of the government’s compensation proposal to be unacceptable, such as imposing a $1,500 threshold before some compensation claims can be made and preventing members from taking cash in lieu of the proposed paid leave. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Rwanda UN tribunal opens two new information centres

They join ten other similar sites set up by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania.The centres, located throughout the country, seek to provide genocide-related information to promote peace and security in the region.Beginning in April 1994 in Rwanda, more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutu moderates were massacred, mostly by machete, during a period of less than 100 days.At the launch of the very first site last November, the ICTR Registrar, Adarna Dieng, said that “we have a strong hope that the knowledge base of lawyers in provincial courts will be expanded and strengthened through their easy access to and use of the tools and technologies they are presented with, and for which they have been effectively trained to ensure their efficient use.” 23 February 2009The United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the mass killings that engulfed Rwanda in 1994 inaugurated two new information centres in the south of the small African Great Lakes nation. read more

International law increasingly vital says head of UN World Court

26 October 2011It is vital that international law underpin developments on the global stage, especially in an ever increasingly globalized and interconnected world, the head of the United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) said today. “It is no exaggeration to say that all regions of the world have become closely intertwined,” Judge Hisashi Owada, President of the ICJ, the principal judicial organ of the UN, said as he reported to the General Assembly on the court’s activities over the past year. “In this 21st century, international politics are undeniably interconnected; a truly global economy has emerged; and our natural environment and global climate change have created new challenges,” he noted.“In these times of unprecedented interconnection between States and peoples, it is my sincere belief that a firm reliance on international law must underpin any and all future developments on the global stage.”Established in 1945 under the UN Charter, the ICJ – sometimes referred to as the World Court – settles legal disputes between States and gives advisory opinions on legal questions that have been referred to it by authorized UN organs or specialized agencies.Judge Owada noted the trust that the international community continues to place in the Court to handle a wide variety of legal disputes.“States from all corners of world, faithful to their attachment to international law, continue to have recourse to the Court in order to find a judicial settlement to their disputes,” he stated. Since last October, the Court has rendered four judgments and three orders on cases involving countries from all regions of the world and raising a broad range of legal questions, from border and maritime disputes to compensation for injury and racial discrimination. Given a “remarkable” increase in the number of cases on the docket, the President said the Court is now opining on more than a few cases on a parallel basis, thus making its best endeavours to eliminate a backlog on judicial work. “It is my hope that Member States will continue to rely on the International Court of Justice to assist them in the pacific settlement of their disputes and that more States will accept the Court’s jurisdiction.”The Court’s current docket stands at 15 cases, most of which are still at the stage of being in the hands of the parties who are presenting their written proceedings in advance of the oral hearings. The two most recent cases that have been filed concern a border dispute between Costa Rica and Nicaragua as well as the row between Cambodia and Thailand over the Preah Vihear temple. read more

UN official urges top priority for fighting hunger other than highprofile disasters

“During the course of this hearing several hundred people will die from hunger,” World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director James Morris told the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington yesterday. “Most of the victims will be malnourished young children too weak to fight off the disease. Their deaths will occur quietly in dusty villages in Malawi, the slums of Mumbai, the highlands of Peru. These deaths will not make the news,” he testified. With more than 40 million people infected with HIV, some two-thirds of them living in conditions of severe poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, Mr. Morris highlighted the critical role food aid plays in helping people living with HIV/AIDS fight the disease. “Ending AIDS is not a battle we will win with medicine alone – we need proper nutrition, education and clean water,” he said. “The AIDS coverage in the media focuses heavily on the demand for anti-retroviral drugs, but if you were to go out and talk to families in southern Africa, the hardest hit region, you would get a very different picture. These people talk about food.” People need good nutrition to fight infection, regain strength and live productively. Malnutrition breaks down people’s immune systems and makes them more prone to disease, including AIDS, he added. He urged Congress to provide more food aid to AIDS orphans, expected to rise to 20 million children by 2010, and increase school feeding programs. WFP provides nutritious school meals to children in 69 countries to attract them to school, increase retention rates and improve learning ability. The US Government has been the top donor to WFP since its inception in 1963 and continues to be the agency’s most generous contributor. Last year it donated nearly $1.5 billion for feeding programmes in countries ranging from Afghanistan to Zambia. Currently, more than 800 million people are chronically hungry, a figure which increased by 18 million in the second half of the 1990s. One in four of the world’s children under five years old is underweight – 168 million all told. At the same time, WFP is facing a shortfall in 2004 of 1.8 million tons of food, or $1 billion, for critical operations in 2004. read more

A look at what minimumwage workers get paid across Canada

A look at what minimum-wage workers get paid across Canada by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 28, 2017 2:57 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 28, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Manitoba government is set to announce a new minimum wage after a labour-management committee failed to reach a consensus on what should happen to the $11 hourly rate. Here’s a look at what minimum-wage workers are paid across the country:Alberta — $12.20 an hour, rising to $13.60 this year and reaching $15 an hour on Oct. 1, 2018.British Columbia — $10.85. It’s expected to rise to at least $11.25 this year.Manitoba — $11.New Brunswick — $11. Adjusted annually relative to the consumer price index.Newfoundland & Labrador — $10.75 rising to $11 on Oct. 1, 2017Northwest Territories — $12.50Nova Scotia — $10.85. Adjusted annually April 1 based on the consumer price index.Nunavut — $13. Adjusted annually April 1.Ontario — $11.40. Rising to $11.60 Oct. 1.Prince Edward Island — $11.25.Quebec — $10.75, rising to $11.25 per hour May 1.Saskatchewan — $10.72. Adjusted annually Oct. 1 relative to the consumer price index and average hourly wage.Yukon — $11.32. Adjusted annually April 1 based on the consumer price index.Source: The Canadian Press, Retail Council of Canada read more

Cavaliers fall to Wizards put on show for Columbus fans

Cavaliers’ Point Guard Kyrie Irving (2) tries to get through Wizards’ guard Trey Burke (33) during their preseason game at the Schottenstein Center on Oct. 18. The Cavs lost 96-91. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe Cleveland Cavaliers received a welcome fit for champions in the Schottenstein Center on Tuesday night. In a preseason matchup against the Washington Wizards, the Cavaliers trotted onto the court in front of a crowd of both Cavalier and Buckeye fans to show off the unit they would be presenting to defend their 2016 NBA championship.Cleveland started the All-Star filled cast of small forward LeBron James, power forward Kevin Love, point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard J.R. Smith and center Tristan Thompson. The Wine and Gold could not keep pace, and dropped the contest 96-91 to the Washington Wizards in a game highlighted by big time dunks and contested three-pointers.Ending warmups with a dunk fest by all team members, the Cavaliers were welcomed to Columbus with screams of excitement from fans of all ages. Smith, after knocking down a half court three-point bomb while warming up, quickly ran to the sideline to autograph some young fans’ memorabilia.Led by 15 first-quarter points by Love, Cleveland showed exactly why the team was able to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals last season. The team owned a 10-point lead by the end of the first.After the game, Love said the Schottenstein Center made for a memorable backdrop for the final preseason game of the year for Cleveland.“It was great. It’s always fun playing in a college town,” Love said. “LeBron has told us a lot about this place. Naturally, throughout the years there’s been a lot of winning here. Great atmosphere because of that. It was great to play in front of the fans here in Columbus for sure.”During the second half, Irving left the court and jogged into the team tunnel. According to a Cavaliers spokesperson, he was feeling some tightness in his calf, and would not return to the game.Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said the small issue with Irving is nothing to worry about, and the team is now ready to move ahead into the regular season.“Everyone came out injury-free,” Lue said about the preseason. “(Irving) got a little, but it’s nothing serious. The whole group that we have, just get them out, injury-free. Now we’re ready to start the regular season.”Although the final score read 96-91 in favor of Washington, the Cavaliers have multiple reasons to be pleased with the team moving past the preseason. The largest reason being the starting core of players for Cleveland looks ready for whatever challenges lay ahead.James poured in 18 points along with four rebounds and four steals. His lone block of the night, on Washington small forward Kelly Oubre Jr., was eerily similar to his chasedown block of Golden State point guard Steph Curry in the NBA finals of last year.“We just want to continue to hone in on our game both offensively and defensively,” James said. “We got a week to get ready for Game One, but we’re going to learn throughout the whole season. It’s not going to come together in six days before opening day, it’s a process for us and we understand that and if we follow that we’ll be fine.”James shared the sentiments of Love, and said coming to a place to play that is so close to his home and Quicken Loans Arena made for a boisterous crowd. Love and Thompson provided a dynamic duo of big men, as Love dropped in a trio of three pointers, while Thompson was perfect from the floor on six attempts. Thompson picked up 14 points total to go along with 10 rebounds, earning a double-double.Guard Jordan McRae led the Cavaliers bench with 7 points. Although the team did not have a star coming off the bench against Washington, Cleveland showed depth at nearly every position.In the offseason, the Cavaliers acquired veteran Mike Dunleavy, who is listed as both a guard and forward, and power forward Chris Andersen. Both have been around the NBA for more than 10 years, and bring experience to the team that was occasionally lacking from the reserves last season.On the other end of the spectrum, rookie guard Kay Felder saw the court for nine minutes on Tuesday. Listed at just 5-foot-9, Felder is expected to contribute a fair portion of playing time after Matthew Dellavedova’s offer sheet from the Milwaukee Bucks was not matched by Cleveland in the offseason. The Cavaliers move into the regular season with a target on their backs after last season’s historic NBA Finals victory. The team has a new look with new players and the arrival of newly resigned Smith, and Lue said the team is still in the feeling out phase.“Like I said before the game, it’s going to be a work in progress,” Lue said. “Just keep mixing different lineups up until we find what works for us. We have a different team with the backup point guard situation. Just keep mixing and matching until we find the right combination.”Cleveland opens the the regular season at home against the New York Knicks on Tuesday at 8 p.m. on TNT. read more

The Eastern Conference Battle Just Escalated Quickly

Not everybody has been bought out yet. But there are a few key ones, Tony. Among them: Robin Lopez, who’s thought to be headed to the Warriors. Wesley Matthews, who sounds set on Indiana.natesilver: What if Houston traded Chris Paul for the Lakers’ young guys this summer?Not that crazy if AD goes elsewhere, right?chris.herring: I don’t think the young Lakers shoot well enough to put them around Harden.But that idea is still kind of fascinating. I don’t trust CP3 health-wise beyond this year — especially not with that money he’s making. So they would be smart to get something for him if someone is willing to give them a king’s ransom.natesilver: The 76ers really need a buyout guy. The drop-off from their starting five to their bench is about as steep as you’ll ever see.tchow: Scouring on NBA Twitter right now, and Wayne Ellington (Tar Heel!!) is another name that is being mentioned a lot.chris.herring: Yeah. Ellington def isn’t playing with Phoenix, so he’s another — maybe to the Rockets, even. He waived a no-trade clause to leave Miami, so he’d probably only join a contender.natesilver: Speaking of Philly, the Fultz move actually opens up some cap space, so they could decide to keep Harris and target another max guy if Jimmy Butler leaves.chris.herring: That Harris deal was such a big, interesting move for them.Being able to keep him as insurance depending on what happens with Butler — who isn’t my favorite long-term max option anyway — is huge. Harris is also a lot younger than people realize because Philadelphia is already his fifth team at age 26.tchow: He’s only 26???natesilver: I like it more for the Sixers than a lot of people do, in part because it gives them several different options going forward.chris.herring: Yep.natesilver: Also, if Ben Simmons is your point guard, you need forwards who can make a 3.chris.herring: I was tough on them last year, but can we circle back to the Pistons right quick? Because they are seemingly punting on this season. They gave up Stanley Johnson for Thon Maker, which I don’t mind on its own. Thon could be good. But they dealt away a very decent/good player in Reggie Bullock to the Lakers.neil: And according to our projections, Detroit has a 56 percent chance of making the playoffs!chris.herring: THAT’S WHAT I’M NOT UNDERSTANDINGneil: Same.chris.herring: Like, there’s a possibility they could be trading themselves out of the playoffs.Now, maybe that risk isn’t terrible — especially now, with what happened with the Wizards.neil: Making the playoffs is a pretty low bar, especially in the East. But Detroit has only done it once since 2009.natesilver: Top to bottom, Detroit has to be in one of the worst situations in the league. They’re stuck in that in-between zone, but without very many young assets to pull them out of it.chris.herring: As it stands, they still wouldn’t be in. And I feel like they hurt their chances, if anythingtchow: Yea, I was about to say. Detroit making the playoffs might be surprising, but if you look at the East, who else would be the 7 or 8 seed that seems more probable? 56 percent seems about right to me.neil: The Wizards basically blew everything up. (Although I was a little surprised Bradley Beal wasn’t on the move.)chris.herring: Miami. I trust Erik Spoelstra and that group more than Blake Griffin and the Blakettes.natesilver: If the Pistons decide they want to blow things up, then I wonder if they’d consider moving Blake this summer.chris.herring: I guess they probably want to build around him going forward. But yeah, Blake probably should be moved. He could make several teams really interesting.tchow: Man, I feel so bad for Wizards fans.chris.herring: Yeah. Speaking of the Wizards, I liked the Bulls jumping in on the Otto Porter situation. Some Bulls’ fans didn’t like it. But Chicago has done literally nothing to make itself more appealing to free agents this summer. So they sacrifice that space by getting Porter, who’s young. But they at least have a young vet who is decent on both ends to put around that young core.natesilver: There are so many teams with max cap slots open that some of these “bad” contracts, e.g. Blake or CP3 or maybe Kevin Love, could start to look like assets.All of those guys can still play obviously, but they get very expensive in the back half of their contracts.tchow: Aren’t all those teams waiting for the summer though, Nate?natesilver: Yeah, I think the summer is going to be totally wild. Dallas also cleared a max slot, or close to it.chris.herring: Yeah! The Dallas situation was big. Last week, when we discussed them, we talked about how they didn’t have space. By moving Barnes now, they do. Accelerates the timeline quite a bit, which you obviously want to do now that you have Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis together.chris.herring: LOL neil: I didn’t realize FuckJerry was referring to Jerry Buss.Loltchow: LOLnatesilver: But maybe the Lakers deserve some blame for that. The chemistry around the team is really weird and there are a lot of mixed messages about what their objectives are.chris.herring: Completely. I don’t think it was ever fair to assume they could get the deal done. But I do understand L.A.’s frustration if, as reported, they weren’t even getting counteroffers back from the Pelicans.natesilver: A lot of the better deals of the past few years, like Paul George or Kawhi Leonard or on a smaller scale Mirotic today, are just about teams being opportunistic.Instead of trying to call their shots.chris.herring: Yeah. It would’ve been something had Milwaukee or Toronto been able to land Davis. Probably too big of a gamble for Toronto, and maybe Milwaukee didn’t have enough outside of Giannis.But the gamble for PG paid off; especially considering OKC generally isn’t in play for the biggest free agents because of location.natesilver: It was sorta funny that AD’s list included the Lakers plus three teams that didn’t really have pieces that fit.neil: Yeah, there was another conspiracy theory floating around that that was to provide cover when eventually talks circled “back” to the Lakers.chris.herring: Yeah. It was Lakers or bust this whole time.natesilver: If the Knicks get the No. 1 pick, what are the odds they flip it for Davis? Gotta be at least 50/50, no? It just feels like a very clean transaction.chris.herring: Nate, I think the Knicks would be very well-positioned if they win the lottery. They would have the No. 1 pick (Zion Williamson), two recent lottery guys — in Frank Ntilikina and Kevin Knox — AND the future first-round picks they just got from Dallas.I don’t think too many teams can touch that. Not a whole lot in the way of players who can make a big, immediate impact. But Zion alone is something you can sell to your fans, as well as a boatload of future picks. And now that the Davis saga is being pushed out to the offseason — and with Boston perhaps being put in a weakened situation, given the lack of clarity around Kyrie — the team that wins the lotto could be best position to make NOLA an offer.tchow: Circling back to things that did happen, outside of the AD saga, the story of these trades seems to be about the moves the top Eastern Conference teams made. FWIW, this is how the top of the East looked a week ago, compared to now: neil: I love the East horse race this season! I think the favorite changed hands, like, three times in the last few days. Everyone is making their move now that LeBron is out of the picture.chris.herring: As they should!tchow: The King is gone — the throne is wide-open. It’s like “Game of Thrones” in the Eastern Conference.chris.herring: I really do like the Mirotic trade for Milwaukee. When I tweeted about it, someone said, “Yeah, but how does he help them against Golden State?” Milwaukee hasn’t gotten out of the first round since 2000. They have a real chance to make the finals now, with an elite player, offense and defense and an explosive scheme that allows them to rain threes.tchow: So. Many. Shooters.neil: Right, Ray Allen and Sam Cassell were Bucks the last time they were in a spot like this.chris.herring: Mirotic isn’t perfect. But he really helped AD and the Pelicans down the stretch last year. Can certainly help Milwaukee.tchow: All right, enough about the trade deadline. Who’s ready for the All-Star draft?Check out our latest NBA predictions. chris.herring (Chris Herring, senior sportswriter): While there wasn’t the blockbuster deal that some thought might come at Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, there were plenty of moves — and non-moves — that affected each of the top teams in the East and will factor heavily in the playoff race from here on out.And on the flipside, there are a handful of teams that aren’t in contention that made trades I liked for their future. (And one that did almost nothing, which confuses me.)This is insane, by the way: The way the Pelicans handled this whole scenario is ridiculous.neil: So petty.tchow: The NBA is the pettiest league. But that’s also what makes it the best league.chris.herring: Although the Lakers’ core wouldn’t have had me excited to make a deal, either.neil: No, and I think part of it was New Orleans feeling like planting a flag for the small-market teams of the league. The Lakers can’t just have anyone they want whenever they want.natesilver: If Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram had played, like, 20 percent better this season, everything would be so much easier.neil: That’s definitely true.chris.herring: I think the Pelicans’ social media team just called the Lakers’ offer the equivalent of the Fyre Festival. neil: Hard as it is to believe a LeBron James team misses the playoffs.chris.herring: The Clippers are interesting because even after dealing Harris, they aren’t by any means in a bad spot.natesilver: Yeah, the Clippers have a lot of guys on expiring contracts, so they have incentive to play hard.In the abstract, the Kings are not tanking, but our numbers hate Harrison Barnes, so that trade didn’t help their chances at all.chris.herring: I didn’t like that deal for the Kings.I like that they’re going for it. But I didn’t love trading Justin Jackson.The Bulls’ deal for Otto Porter was better, IMO.neil: But it also felt like the Lakers and AD overplayed their hand a little here. It felt like an orchestrated effort to bully the Pelicans into trading a generational player for less than attractive prospects. And the Pelicans didn’t blink.To hear some tell it, out of spite.chris.herring: There were a handful of things that played out today that I didn’t understand.tchow: Fellow Justin Jackson fan here, checking in.chris.herring: Toronto’s deal for Marc Gasol was interesting. He’s a former defensive player of the year but has slowed down. You deal Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles and a second-rounder for him. I don’t know how much better that makes the Raptors. Maybe Gasol is less of a defensive liability, but Valanciunas could beat up on second-string bigs pretty well. And I like Wright’s versatility at times.What did our projections have on that one? The way the Raps handled deadline was interesting. You kept hearing Lowry’s name floated around, etc.neil: Our projections still like Gasol quite a bit. Mainly for his defense.chris.herring: Also, to Nate and Neil’s question about the Lakers, at this point, I’m more interested in how the youngsters play from now on. Many of them had never been through this, with it being public that they’re all for sale. How they respond, how hard LeBron pushes himself and how much the Lakers push him will say a lot about whether they’re in the playoffs. It may not be totally worth it for LeBron to push himself to the limit, given how old he is and how slim a chance they have of taking out the West’s contenders.natesilver: I think literally every player on the roster other than LeBron was rumored to be going to New Orleans at some point, which can’t have helped with morale.chris.herring: Exactly.neil: Probably no coincidence they lost by 40+ on Tuesday.chris.herring: YUP.natesilver: Plus, the Lakers’ plan B isn’t that bad. Sign Klay Thompson or something this summer, give the young guys more chance to develop, and be opportunistic; there are still several ways you could end up with AD, and if you do, you’re going to have a lot more assets to surround him and LBJ with.chris.herring: Some teams surprised me by not making a deal today. I thought Atlanta — with guys like Kent Bazemore, Jeremy Lin — could have dealt away a vet to get something in return. Utah seemed to want Mike Conley, yet Memphis decided not to trade him just yet.But I love Orlando getting Markelle Fultz. They badly need someone at point guard. So I like the first-round pick as a gamble there.tchow: But our projections HATE Fultz, Chris.chris.herring: Of course. He hasn’t been good yet!neil: I don’t think anybody’s projections know what to do with Fultz.natesilver: Fultz isn’t a guy that projection systems are set up to deal with.neil: Right.chris.herring: One team that continues to confuse me some is Houston. They kind of cheaped out. Moved James Ennis for very little. Picked up Iman Shumpert, but also dealt away Nik Stauskas right after landing him in a trade. All seemingly to stay beneath the luxury tax. Those guys could’ve been useful. Maybe not great, but useful. On a team with a ton of injuries and little depth.It would be interesting to know how James Harden views that sort of thing as he’s doing everything by himself, damn-near.natesilver: Shumpert with good coaching/management could be an interesting fit. But yeah, Daryl Morey is sort of a home run hitter, and this felt like him fouling off a few pitches instead.chris.herring: True. They’ve always been bold, when it comes to certain things, that boldness pays off. They washed their hands of Carmelo Anthony a lot earlier than some would have, but they turned things around shortly after. Now the Lakers are interested in picking Melo up off the waiver wire, apparently.tchow: Speaking of Melo, Chris, in the beginning of the chat, you mentioned something about buyouts, and I keep hearing NBA circles talking about a robust or much coveted buyout market this time around. Who are some of the players that are being circled right now? I have no idea why it’s “robust.”chris.herring: neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): Chris, this has to be up there with the most active deadlines ever.chris.herring: So what stood out to you all as the deadline came and went? The trades themselves are over, but a number of teams seem likely to keep an eye on the waiver wire for big names that could become available via buyout.I have to be honest: I loved Milwaukee’s trade for Nikola Mirotic.neil: Yes, a week ago, the Bucks were third-best in the East in our ratings. Now they are No. 1. (At least, in terms of full-strength rating.)chris.herring: They took four second-rounders and the spare parts they got in deals from the past couple of days to get a stretch big who fits their offense perfectly.Tobias Harris is a more complete player than Mirotic, but the fact that they could get the deal done without giving up much on the personnel side was really impressive.natesilver (Nate Silver, editor in chief): What stood out to me is that the biggest losers of the whole trade deadline period were the Lakers and the Celtics, even though they didn’t make any moves. (Well, the Lakers traded for Mike Muscala, but I’m not sure that counts.)tchow (Tony Chow, video producer): It doesn’t.chris.herring: The Sixers could have benefited from a deal like Milwaukee’s.neil: Yes, the Sixers gave up a ton in that Harris deal.tchow: The thing that stood out to me is it seemed like Toronto, Milwaukee AND Philadelphia all made moves with the assumption that their time is NOW. They all seem to believe they can win, if not the NBA Finals, then at least the East. Now, obviously, all three of them (four if you include Boston) can’t make it out on top, so it’ll be interesting to see who, if any, regrets these moves at the end of the season.natesilver: The Celtics were the biggest losers because all three of the other Eastern contenders made trades that make them much tougher outs. Obviously Philly gave up a lot more to do it than Toronto or Milwaukee did, and I agree that the Mirotic trade is the best of the three.chris.herring: That’s interesting, Nate.natesilver: The opportunity cost of not making a move is pretty high if you’re Boston.Especially if they’re now underdogs to make it out of the second round, which won’t help their case for keeping Kyrie Irving.chris.herring: I actually didn’t feel like Boston was a massive loser here. On the one hand, yeah, they didn’t change the roster. But they also seem to have played a role in Anthony Davis not being moved, which is a win in some ways, no? I guess it depends on whether you’re looking at short-term (which you probably have to, since the Celtics are a contender) vs. long-term/summer.neil: Certainly Davis staying in play for the summer is a win for Boston, although Davis’s agent and his father have said he’s not interested in signing long-term in Boston.natesilver: My thing is like: Kyrie has very openly flirted with the idea of leaving. And both the Knicks and the Clippers, two of the most attractive destinations, have totally cleared their books in way that make them very plausible fits for him.chris.herring: That’s certainly truenatesilver: The Celtics have to fade a lot of risks: AD openly griping about going there, Kyrie not leaving, the Knicks getting the No. 1 (or maybe the No. 2?) pick — in which case their offer for AD could be pretty darn attractive — and maybe none of the Lakers players having a breakout in the playoffs, which would make them more attractive trade assets, too.chris.herring: All completely fair.tchow: Yea, if the Celtics get knocked out in the first round or even the second round of the playoffs this year, I feel like they’re going to really regret not making any moves before this deadline.natesilver: Like, what if the Celtics had traded for Tobias Harris as a rental?chris.herring: Maybe I’m just of the opinion that the Celtics doing nothing AND watching AD get dealt to the Lakers would’ve been worse for them.natesilver: The weird thing about Boston is that they don’t have any obvious weaknesses, so they’re a little hard to improve unless you’re actually getting a star. But still…chris.herring: I don’t know if I would have liked them dealing for Harris, who is kind of a taller Jayson Tatum with less upside, given their difference in age.neil: Are the Lakers even going to MAKE the playoffs?tchow: Maybe? Right now, we project them to be a 9 seed.chris.herring: That’s a good question, Neil.natesilver: We have them as 2-to-1 underdogs, although they’re going to benefit from the Clippers semi-tanking. And maybe our numbers don’t account for motivation, as much.tchow: read more