Tour de France: Peters wins Stage 8 in Pyrenees

first_img WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 5th September, 2020 22:21 IST Tour De France: Peters Wins Stage 8 In Pyrenees  On a day of mixed feelings for the home nation, Nans Peters won the eighth stage of the Tour de France following a long breakaway in the Pyrenees, while fellow Frenchman Thibaut Pinot saw his hopes of winning the race vanish. LIVE TV  On a day of mixed feelings for the home nation, Nans Peters won the eighth stage of the Tour de France following a long breakaway in the Pyrenees, while fellow Frenchman Thibaut Pinot saw his hopes of winning the race vanish.Peters was part of a group of 13 riders who broke away Saturday in the early stages of the punishing 141-kilometer (87.5-mile) stage to the town of Loudenvielle.Peters and Ilnur Zakarin moved away from their breakaway companions in the grueling Port de Bales climb. Peters then dropped his Russian rival in the descent and never looked back.Yellow jersey holder Adam Yates and other Tour contenders, including defending champion Egan Bernal and favorite Primoz Roglic, rode some seven minutes further back.Featuring three punishing ascents, the stage destroyed Pinot, who cracked in the Port de Bales.Riding at the back with other contenders, Pinot, who crashed last week at the end of Stage 1 and did not fully recover, was dropped in the day’s second ascent. He was accompanied by three teammates who gently patted him on the shoulders and tried to spur him on with kind words. Touching his lower back, Pinot could not react and his Tour hopes are effectively over — a year after he was forced to withdraw with a left leg injury.The Tour, which was postponed from its usual July slot due to the coronavirus, ends in Paris on Sept. 20 Written Bycenter_img First Published: 5th September, 2020 22:21 IST COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Lakers fans keeping the faith despite worst season in franchise history

first_imgRight to the bitter end, Desseri Engle stood outside the driveway outside the players’ parking lot at Staples Center hoping to get one more glimpse, offer one more word of support and say one last goodbye to the 2015 Los Angeles Lakers before Wednesday’s season finale.“That’s my team, my heart,” said Engle, a 47-year-old fan from Los Angeles.Like the thousands of other Lakers fans outside Staples Center, Wednesday was a chance for Engle to bid farewell to a season from hell in which the Lakers finished with a franchise-worst 21-61 record.It was a year in which so many un-Lakers things happened. It was impossible sometimes to wonder if what we were watching was really happening. • VIDEO: Lakers fans will continue to support team, despite poor seasonPrized rookie Julius Randle went down for the season on opening night. Kobe Bryant barely made it through the early part of the season before getting injured after just 35 games.Steve Nash was nowhere to be found. Nick Young went all Hollywood on us, but forgot to bring his on-court game to back up all the off-court fun he was having.Jeremy Lin never fit in, and in a league in which big stars drive the market, the Lakers were a faceless, nameless, starless team for most of the year.Meanwhile, when the losses began piling up, Lakers fans were torn between rooting for the team they love but hoping they lost enough games to secure their first-round pick, which is guaranteed only within the first five picks of June’s draft. They literally had no choice but to hope the Lakers won, lest they lose a valuable asset in the upcoming rebuilding project.“That’s a sticky situation for me,” said Ferggie Corado. “You always want them to win. But …”How about Edward Sochia, a 26-year-old fan from Los Angeles who bet a buddy $1,000 before the season started the Lakers would win 25 games.• PHOTOS: Predicting Lakers’ roster: who stays, who goes?Only to eventually root for them to start losing in order to help preserve their lottery chances.Even if it meant forking over $1,000.“We need that lottery pick,” Sochia said.It was that kind of season.Not just for the Lakers.But also their legion of devoted fans.Yet, while there were a million other things Engle and others could have been doing that didn’t involve showing one last bit of love to rag-tag collection of players who will end up a dubious footnote to an otherwise proud franchise, there she was along with so many others Wednesday.True fans to the very last game.“I’m still here,” Engle said. “And I always will be.”A devoted, lifelong fan and who celebrated a Lakers championship-clinching victory alongside her heroes in Orlando back in 2008, warned fans in Boston not to get too excited when the Celtics took a 3-2 in the 2009 finals, then snickered back at them 3,000 miles away in Los Angeles when the Lakers came roaring back to clinch a back-to-back title at Staples Center a few days later, Engle has had an intimate view from which to enjoy some of the most glorious Lakers moments of all time.So, while enduring the worst season in franchise history was cause for disappointment, reflection and frustration, Engle didn’t lose even an ounce of faith.And don’t even bring up the possibility of jumping ship now that the dark clouds hover above.“That’s like asking me to let go of my heart, to just throw it in the garbage,” Engle said dismissively. “After one bad season? Think about all the winning we’ve done. No way. I have too much invested to walk away. That is not going to happen.”Surprisingly, Engle was hardly alone in keeping the faith. Everywhere you turned Wednesday, the support was steadfast and unquestioned.“If you can’t support them when they’re down, why support them when they’re up?” Corado said.“I ride with the Lakers, thick or thin,” Sochia echoed.“We’ll be back,” promised Neil Randolph, a Lakers fan from Ireland.And what made him so sure?“We’ve done it in our past. We’ve done it all throughout our history,” Randolph said. “We always come back.”Yes, Wednesday’s loss to the Sacramento Kings was one final kick to the gut in a season in which an avalanche of misery caved in on fans.But they seemed far more inclined to look forward rather than dwell in the misery.“In a way, the real season starts today,” Sochia said. “We have a ton of draft picks, money to spend. Kobe will be back. It looks bad right now. But the chance to get better is there.”Frustration ran deep.No doubt, the season took a mighty toll.“This one was rough, I’m not going to lie,” Engle said.And yes, there is concern whether Lakers president Jim Buss will ever rise to the level of his late father and restore order in Lakers Nation.“I’m a little bit worried about that,” said James Kennedy, a 65-year-old fan from Oak Park. “I really wish he and his sister Jeanie would switch places for a little while.”“I want him to prove himself,” Corado said of Jim Buss.But by and large, there was far more hope than despair among fans as the end of a long, sad season drew to a close.“I have faith that Mich and the front office are going to pull a rabbit out of the hat,” Corado said. A good chunk of that hope rests in the return of Bryant, the surprising development of second-round pick Jordan Clarkson, the potential of a top-five lottery pick and enough payroll flexibility to lure a top free agent to Los Angeles.“We got more money to spend, there are good free agents out there,” said Lee Monegan, a fan from Pomona.For the Lakers and their fans, Wednesday seemed more like a beginning than an end.“I want us to get something out of the picks we have,” Corado said. “I just want a playoff-contending team. I’m not saying we have to shoot for the stars or a championship, although obviously I want us to be there. But if we can just get in the playoffs, let’s work on that.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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How Warriors plan to help DeMarcus Cousins adapt to their pace

first_imgSubscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book.OAKLAND – The Warriors’ newest star player has yelled at officials over calls, teammates for not passing the ball and coaches for not featuring him correctly. But with DeMarcus Cousins finishing the final stages of his rehab of his left Achilles tendon, the Warriors do not sound worried one bit on how they will manage Cousin’s emotional outbursts.“DeMarcus is a great guy. …last_img read more

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Survey Exposes Liberal Bias Among Psychologists

first_img(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Everybody except liberals knows they are intolerant of conservatives, but now a new survey won’t let them deny they have a real bias problem.Conservatives in academia have long been aware that for their own protection they need to keep their views quiet.  Liberals, however, walk around thinking of themselves as the most tolerant people in the world.  An anonymous online survey of 800 social psychologists, about to be published by Yoel Inbar and Joris Lammers this month in Perspectives on Psychological Science (a journal of the Association for Psychological Science), caught social psychologists with their tolerant pants down, Science Daily just reported.  Here are some of the most revealing excerpts:Every ten years or so, someone will make the observation that there is a lack of political diversity among psychological scientists and a discussion about what ought to be done ensues.  The notion that the field discriminates against and is skewed toward a liberal political perspective is worthy of concern; scholars, both within and outside the field, have offered various solutions to this diversity problem.Their findings confirm the field’s liberal bias, but they reveal some surprises as well…. Inbar and Lammers found an overwhelming liberal majority when it concerned social issues, but greater diversity on economic and foreign policy issues.It seems that conservative social psychologists hide their views because they perceive the field as hostile to their values. The more conservative respondents were, the more likely they were to report that they had experienced an intellectually unfriendly climate. Importantly, self-defined liberals did not seem to have the same perceptions of hostility.Furthermore, liberal respondents were more likely to say that they would discriminate against psychologists who displayed clear conservative views in the context of a paper or grant review, a symposium invitation, and in faculty hiring.Social tolerance and fairness are important values for many psychological scientists, so it’s surprising to find intolerance of a different kind in the field. And despite the fact that psychological scientists are well aware of the potentially harmful effects of cognitive biases, they are clearly not immune to such biases themselves.Several of the commentaries raise serious questions about how ideology might be shaping the issues and questions that social psychologists systematically choose — and do not choose — to explore.It may be the case that the field attracts a certain kind of inquiring and open mind that tends to embrace liberal values, and that conservatives self-select out of the field.  But this, most of the commentators agree, does not change the fact that pervasive liberal bias is unhealthy for intellectual inquiry.The article ends with Inbar and Lammers declaring the “time is ripe for self-examination in the field.”The time is ripe for housecleaning, not just navel-gazing.  Nothing will change until parity is achieved.  These people lack self-awareness of their intolerance because the only ones they hang out with are people like themselves.  They have no idea about how they stifle true diversity and open debate by their cluelessness, engendered by self-fulfilling prophecies and group reinforcement. Watch the documentary Indoctrinate U – it’s about campus leftist idealogues so pathetically unself-aware, they are downright funny.Don’t fall for the baloney that conservatives self-select out of the field because they lack an “inquiring and open mind.”  That’s leftist hot air.  Notice, instead, that the leftist bias actually influences the very scientific questions they find worthy to explore!  That’s why you so often find social psychologists analyzing religious people instead of conservative psychologists analyzing leftists.  We need more studies on leftism as a mental disorder that produces delusions of tolerance.Notice that some of the social psychos in the survey even admitted they would discriminate against conservatives!  They would prevent them from getting hired or getting grants or tenure.  Well, duh!  No wonder they’re all leftists.Since social psychologists are overwhelmingly Darwinians, this undoubtedly includes Darwin skeptics, who have felt their wrath and found themselves among the ranks of The Expelled.  Ironically, you can bet on it that their universities or institutions have a written policy on “diversity and inclusion” – about as worthless as a UN committee on anti-terrorism run by jihadis.  Your commentator had to take a campus-wide quiz on “diversity and inclusion” at a scientific institution, only to find himself expelled a few years later by the organization’s intolerance of intelligent design.Someone show this article to radio talk show host Dennis Prager, who has often beat the drum about the blindness of leftists in academia (he prefers calling them “leftists” instead of “liberal”–a good word misused).  Prager recently stated wisely that leftists are incapable of love, because they are not intolerant of evil.  It takes intolerance of evil to produce true love.  Celebrate “tolerance” without a hatred for evil, and the hate gets directed at those who don’t buy into the groupthink.For an explanation of why tolerance is impossible as a universal standard of virtue, see the Baloney Detector on “Self-Refuting Fallacy.“last_img read more

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Not energy independent, yet

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Fossil fuel boosters love to say that energy independence is nearly a reality, thanks to a massive expansion of fracking. As often as not, the claim is used to justify some attack on the need for alternative energy sources. It’s a compelling claim, both because good news is hard to come by, and because fuel prices haven’t yet rebounded from a sharp decline in late 2014. But it’s 100%, categorically false.A fresh report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), part of the Department of Energy, paints a far less rosy picture. U.S. oil production declined in 2016. Imports are up, primarily from Nigeria, Iraq and other members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Worse, our dependence on imported oil is projected to continue growing in 2017.Meanwhile, in a separate report, federal analysts announced that oil and natural gas firms in Russia are doubling down on investments in new wells, helping “push production to record post-Soviet levels.” At the same time, thousands of U.S. workers in the oil and gas sector have lost their jobs.In truth, when it comes to energy security, there is good news to be found, but not at the bottom of a well. The real U.S. energy boom is happening among renewables. EIA data show that U.S. carbon dioxide emissions are at their lowest since 1991, driven by a combination of factors, including the rapid growth of domestically produced renewable energy, especially wind and biofuels.In particular, ethanol production continues to grow year-after-year, thanks to rising efficiency by U.S. farmers who are producing record crops on less land than was cultivated in previous decades. As an added bonus, that rise in efficiency has also contributed to the “longest stretch of falling food prices in more than 50 years,” according to the Wall Street Journal, discrediting the naysayers who argued that food and biofuel production would compete rather than complement one another, as the numbers prove.Biofuels like ethanol provide a vital, low-cost alternative to imported energy, and they remain the single most effective tool for protecting consumers against the next spike in oil prices. Thanks to the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires fuel refiners to offer a growing share of renewable options, estimates show that drivers saved $.50 to $1.50 per gallon when crude was trading for over $110 per barrel just a few years ago. Even at today’s prices, ethanol blends – from the standard 10 percent blend to the more affordable E15 and E85 – all save drivers money at the pump.Savings at the pump are important, because they drive consumer behavior and provide the real momentum for U.S. adoption of domestic, renewable energy. As a result, biofuels displaced 527 million barrels of oil in 2015 alone. Environmental and economic benefits aside, that’s the kind of progress we need to achieve real and lasting energy security.OPEC recently announced an agreement to cut oil production and drive prices back up. A meeting is scheduled for November to hammer out the details, but nearly every analyst agrees that oil prices are poised to climb.U.S. consumers and, by extension, U.S. diplomats, will continue to be the target of this kind of manipulation until we stop relying on oil for nearly all our liquid fuel needs. It’s time to get serious about energy security by enforcing the strongest possible renewable fuel targets and accelerating the deployment of cleaner, homegrown options at the pump.last_img read more

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Let’s talk about geocache quality

first_imgToday, we’re inviting you to join a community conversation about geocache quality. You have the opportunity to share thoughts about how you define geocache quality and what you think the community or Geocaching HQ can do to improve it. But before we get into specifics, let’s talk about why we think this conversation is necessary.Cache quality has always been an important topic. In order for geocaching to continue to thrive, people have to enjoy what they’re finding. Here at Geocaching HQ, we’ve taken steps in recent years to bring cache quality into greater focus, including: the Geocache Health Score, the introduction of Virtual Rewards, recognition of great cache hiders in the Geocaching Blog, and more. If we’re going to do more, we’d like to first give geocachers a place to make their voices heard and see how others in the community feel about cache quality.We have opened a new thread in our User Insights Forum. (We’re also opening dedicated threads for German and French speakers. For all other languages, please answer in the English thread and we’ll translate when compiling the feedback.)There are four questions to answer:In your mind, what is a high quality geocache?In your mind, what is a low quality geocache?What steps can the community take to improve geocache quality?What steps can Geocaching HQ take to improve geocache quality?The threads are open for three weeks. After compiling the feedback, we expect to follow up with a survey to gather more information.Geocaching is played by a vibrant community of millions of people across the world. We hope this conversation will help identify common themes and possible next steps as we continue to build tools and services for the game.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedLet’s talk some more about geocache qualityDecember 4, 2018In “Community”Results of 2018 Cache Quality SurveyMay 14, 2019In “News”Introducing Virtual Rewards!August 24, 2017In “Community”last_img read more

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McGregor vows Mayweather knockout as moment of truth nears

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “Weight doesn’t win fights, fighting wins fights,” Mayweather said. “It won’t go the distance. Mark my words — I’m not worried about the scales.”McGregor meanwhile basked in the adulation of his Irish fans who have poured into the Nevada desert gambling capital this week.“You can’t beat us — we’ve already taken over,” McGregor bellowed. “Las Vegas is Ireland now.”An army of Irish fans poured out onto the Las Vegas strip following the weigh-in, dancing and singing in blazing hot sunshine.Saturday’s bout has appalled boxing traditionalists, who have rubbished the event as a meaningless, money-grabbing, mismatch which owes more to the pantomime traditions of WWE wrestling than the noble art.Boxing pundits, coaches and fighters have lined up to dismiss McGregor’s hopes of succeeding where 49 others in Mayweather’s 21-year career have failed.“Would a ping-pong player have a chance of scoring a point against Roger Federer?” was the withering verdict of veteran trainer Teddy Atlas. “It’s going to be like walking through a really bad neighborhood late at night. McGregor’s going to get mugged.”Safety fearsThe hard-nosed heavy-hitters of the gambling world agree.Saturday’s fight is set to smash records as the most bet-upon bout in Las Vegas history. McGregor, who has never fought in a professional boxing contest, is a massive underdog for a fight, which is expected to beamed live to around 200 countries and territories across the globe.But the former apprentice plumber from Dublin, who was unemployed four years ago, defiantly predicted he was ready to spring a monumental upset on the skillful Mayweather, one of the finest boxers in history who boasts a perfect 49-0 record.“That’s the worst shape I’ve ever seen him,” McGregor said of Mayweather. “I’m going to breeze through him, trust me on that.”‘Fighting wins fights’A nonplussed Mayweather shrugged off his weight disadvantage and once again vowed to stop McGregor inside the distance.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Griffin grabs bronze for PH in wakeboarding Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games But while McGregor, a long-odds underdog, has attracted most wagers, the majority of the money is on Mayweather.William Hill US reported that several large bets had been placed on Mayweather for what is expected to be a straightforward assignment.One punter placed a $1.2 million cash bet on Mayweather, which will earn around $240,000.Yet the mere fact that McGregor will carry at least a puncher’s chance into the contest has been enough to sustain the excitement.Stephen Espinoza, the head of cable network Showtime Sports which is selling the fight on pay-per-view in the US, said surveys had shown that fans were not deterred by predictions of a mismatch.“The casual fans were absolutely adamant,” Espinoza said.“Their response almost universally was ‘We don’t care if it’s a mismatch … if there’s a .01 chance that something incredible could happen, we need to watch it.’“And that’s why they’re going to watch it.”Others however have sounded a note of caution, citing potential safety risks to McGregor given the chasm of experience between the Irishman and Mayweather.British former light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan expressed fears Friday McGregor could be seriously injured. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next View comments “It’s like a tennis player trying to play badminton,” Khan said.“(McGregor) needs to think about himself in this fight, because if he gets seriously injured, he might not ever be the same fighter or he might not even fight again.” MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding With waves of green-shirted fans in a crowd of around 6,000 roaring their support for the Irish superstar, McGregor tipped the scales at 153 pounds, well inside the 154-pound limit.Former welterweight champion Mayweather, 40, who has emerged from a two-year retirement to take on MMA star McGregor, weighed in at 149.5 pounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe naturally bigger McGregor — who screamed into Mayweather’s face as the two men went nose-to-nose — said he expects to enter the ring at closer to 170 pounds.Saturday’s one-off bout is projected to be the richest fight in history, with Mayweather poised to earn as much as $200 million and McGregor potentially pocketing around $100 million. Floyd Mayweather Jr., center left, and Conor McGregor face off during a weigh-in Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor vowed to knock out boxer Floyd Mayweather on Friday as a horde of Irish fans descended on Las Vegas for the trash-talking rivals’ cross-combat super-fight.McGregor, 29, will carry a substantial weight advantage into Saturday’s 12-round boxing contest at the T-Mobile Arena after a raucous weigh-in that saw him face-off with Mayweather for the final time before fight-night.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Curry on mouthpiece-tossing incident: ‘I’ve got to be better than that’

first_imgGolden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry dribbles during an NBA basketball practice on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, California.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Apart from being the most electrifying shooter in the NBA today, Stephen Curry is considered one of the sports’ best ambassadors for his supposedly “good boy” image.This is why fans were left baffled by the two-time NBA MVP’s “out of character” action during the Golden State Warriors’ 111-101 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies over the weekend, as Curry got thrown out of the game for throwing his mouthpiece toward an official.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Still, the 29-year-old sniper acknowledged his mistake and vowed never to do it again.“It was embarrassing, and I know that,” he admitted, per Haynes. “I can’t do that. I know the league wants to crack down on that type of behavior and I understand why. I’ve got to be better than that.”Although he was fined for his infraction, Curry escaped suspension after the league reportedly couldn’t prove that he intended to throw the mouthpiece at the referee.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Steph Curry’s used mouthguard valued at $5k in auctionADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Griffin, Beverley lead Clippers past Jazz MOST READ Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP READ: Stephen Curry fined $50,000 for tossing mouthguard at officialAfter paying a hefty $50,000 fine for his outburst, Curry addressed the incident to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s an expensive mouthpiece toss,” he told the veteran sports writer on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).  “At the end of the day, it’s not about the money, it’s about me not doing stupid stuff and losing my cool like that. It’s obviously a tough blow, but it’s more so about me recognizing how to handle myself on the court.”Curry’s mouthpiece has become sort of his trademark on the court, but he’s also been known to throw it on the floor when he becomes frustrated. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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IPL 2011: Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals- RR win by 8 wkts

first_imgJohan Botha and Ross Taylor put an unbeaten 58 runs for the third wicket as Rajasthan beat Hyderabad by 8 wickets in the second match of the Indian Premier League at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad, on Saturday. ScoreChasing 138 for victory, Rajasthan openers Rahul Dravid and Amit Paunikar got off to a fine start putting 29 runs in five overs. But, opposition paceman Dale Steyn decided to cut down their partnership and his away moving took a thick edge of Paunikar’s bat to land in skipper Kumar Sangakkara’s gloves behind the stumps. He fell for 20 in the sixth over and Rajasthan lost their first wicket on 31.Rahul Dravid was still at the crease and he was in no mood to give the bowlers an easy go. He batted on playing judiciously with South African Johan Botha by his side. The two were having a good innings when another South African, Dale Steyn decided otherwise. And was his slower ball that did the trick and Dravid was walking back on 28 with his off stump uprooted. Rajasthan were 83/2 at the stage.Post that wicket Johan Botha (67) and Kiwi Ross Taylor (21) batted on putting together an unbeaten 58 for the third wicket to help their team win by eight wickets.Hyderabad inningsEarlier, Rajasthan bowlers struck thick and fast to restrict Hyderabad to 137/7 in 20 overs.Rajasthan captain Shane Warne won the toss and decided to bowl and his team got an early breakthrough scalping opener Shikhar Dhawan in the fifth over of the innings. A slower ball from Rajasthan paceman Amit Singh took the edge of Dhawan’s bat and Abhishek Raut took a good catch at deep mid-wicket. He fell for 24 and Deccan lost their first wicket on 40/1.advertisementThe next wicket was a prized one for Rajasthan. A Siddharth Trivedi ball saw opposition captain Kumar Sangakkara walk back on a duck and Deccan fell to 40/2 in 5.3 overs. But that wasn’t all as Trivedi came around to despatch Bharat Chipili in his next over to reduce Hyderabad to 53/4 in 7.5 overs.Opener Ishank Jaggi, who was batting with gusto this far too could not carry on further as Rajasthan blowers went for the kill right away. He fell to opposition skipper Shane Warne on 25 when the team total was 69.Hyderabad, who were relying on their South African import JP Duminy to deliver failed to read Warne’s turn and fell. He had scored 14 when Johan Botha took a fine catch off his bat at long off and Hyderabad were down to 77/5.Then local boy D Ravi Teja and Daniel Christian decided to bail their team out by forging a partnership. The duo had put 37 runs for the sixth wicket with Trivedi scalped Christian and Hyderabad were again pushed on the backfoot with the score reading 114/6 in 17.3 overs.D Ravi Teja got out in the last over on 28 while trying to increase the run rate. But his efforts came a cropper as Hyderabad put 137/8 on board in their allotted 20 overs.last_img read more

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How to seed smart cities

first_imgIn his Budget speech, Arun Jaitley reiterated the NDA Government’s plan to build a hundred ‘smart cities’, presumably by upgrading and expanding existing towns and raising a few new urban centres. The finance minister also announced five new IITs, as many IIMs and four AIIMS-pattern institutions. Fine proposals except these,In his Budget speech, Arun Jaitley reiterated the NDA Government’s plan to build a hundred ‘smart cities’, presumably by upgrading and expanding existing towns and raising a few new urban centres. The finance minister also announced five new IITs, as many IIMs and four AIIMS-pattern institutions. Fine proposals except these will be seen as separate, mutually exclusive projects during implementation. That would be a pity, for these are inextricably linked.Universities, for instance, are critical to making cities successful. It is almost impossible to imagine Boston, US, without Harvard, MIT and other institutions clustered in and around the Boston-Cambridge area. In Britain, Oxford and Cambridge are vibrant towns largely because they host the two famous universities. Indeed, many global cities such as London and New York would be much diminished without LSE, LBS, Columbia University, NYU. Rather than being walled off from the rest of the two cities, these institutions are an integral part of their urban ecosystems.Newly successful cities such as Singapore too have invested heavily in universities, think tanks and research institutes, not just as centres for intellectual activity but as part of the wider urban ecosystem. Indeed, when the country’s government planned the Singapore Management University, it set it up in the middle of the city. The city benefits from the “urban buzz” brought by young people while the university profits from being close to state and corporate institutions.Contrast this with Indian planners’ idea of academic institutions: merely places for teaching students that have little direct link with the daily functioning of the city. This is so because they see town projects as mechanical silos and do not think in terms of organic ecosystems. Thus, universities built after Independence were housed in sealed-off campuses, often in remote places, that discourage interaction with the city. Modelled on a socialist-era factory township, their walls continue to isolate them socially and intellectually even where the cities have expanded to surround them. This is why Kanpur and Kharagpur benefit little from being home to a prestigious institution like an IIT. Even in Delhi and Mumbai, IITs are closed worlds. Before Independence, on the other hand, universities were seen as part of the urban fabric. The colleges of Bombay and Calcutta were built into the city much like those of London. Allahabad and Aligarh were driven largely by their vibrant universities, much like Oxford and Cambridge.advertisementWhenever I ask Indian officials and planners about ‘smart cities’, I get a laundry list of hardware infrastructure that is needed: state-of-the-art public transportation, smart power grids and so on. This is indeed important, but it overlooks the fact that cities are ultimately about people, not buildings. Successful cities are those that can cluster human capital and encourage innovation, creativity and exchange of ideas. To be ‘smart’, therefore, cities need both hardware and software. Universities are an essential part of this software. This is why great cities of the past-Athens, Florence, Constantinople, Rome, Alexandria, Ujjain, Varanasi-were almost always also great intellectual centres. They attracted talent, encouraged the churn of ideas and triggered innovation. Translated in modern terms, universities do not just attract young people to cities but provide venues for conferences, seminars, cultural and sporting events enabling human interaction that makes for lively urban clusters.Now that the Government has announced its intention to build new academic institutes, the focus will likely be on getting large tracts of land and constructing standalone buildings. If anything, success will be measured by how much land has been acquired. This is wasteful, and not just at one level.First, this approach requires unnecessary acquisition of productive farm and forest land. Why do we need hundreds of acres to educate a few thousand students? As Jaitley would know, his alma mater, Shri Ram College of Commerce, runs one of India’s top colleges on just 17 acres. There are many top-notch institutions around the world that operate from much less. Second, a standalone institute requires the creation of expensive infrastructure in isolated locations, including staff housing, convocation halls, seminar rooms and so on. But, how often will the convocation hall be used? In a city location, these facilities would have added to the overall urban infrastructure. Moreover, such remote campuses are inconsiderate of the social and career needs of the families of the faculty and staff, a major constraint to finding good faculty. We can’t envision universities as industrial-era factory townships where wives stay at home and children study in the company school. Finally, and most damagingly from an urban perspective, these isolated campuses are unable to add to the ecosystem. Students come and they leave, so human capital does not accumulate in the host city.advertisementThe Government should, therefore, consider using new institutions to seed the ‘smart cities’. This would mean weaving new IITs, IIMs and AIIMSs into the surrounding urban fabric. This may look messy on a master plan drawing board but, on the ground, it would create cities that are vibrant and, indeed, smart.Sanjeev Sanyal is an economist, writer and urban theoristlast_img read more

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