TD Mac LOCHLAINN IN BLISTERING ATTACK ON TV3 OVER ‘BLINKERED’ DOCUMENTARY

first_imgPadraig Mac LochlainnDONEGAL TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn has launched a blistering attack on a TV3 documentary on his party.The station broadcast the second in a two-part documentary on Monday night.The show, seen as naive at times, was roundly criticised for its simplicity by TV reviewers. Inishowen politican Mac Lochlainn didn’t hold back on his view.“Did Pádraig Pearse have a mandate? Did James Connolly? Sheer hypocrisy on the TV3 documentary from those who abandoned hundreds of thousands to an apartheid state,” said the Donegal Deputy.“The Republican Movement from the 1918 to 1921 period emerged undefeated from a two year war and tragically were split down the middle over the peace settlement.“The modern Republican Movement emerged undefeated from a 25 year war with overwhelming support in their ranks for the peace settlement. Both wars were profound tragedies. “But for those who are where they are today thanks to the period of conflict from 1916 to 1921 to attempt to demonise and criminalise those caught up in the most recent conflict takes some brass neck. Of course, it’s nothing to do with the growing strength of my party….” added Mac Lochlainn in a sarcastic end to a post on Facebook. TD Mac LOCHLAINN IN BLISTERING ATTACK ON TV3 OVER ‘BLINKERED’ DOCUMENTARY was last modified: December 3rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:PADRAIG MACLOCHLAINNlast_img read more

Gardaí dismiss claims of fake garda cars in Inishowen

first_imgGardaí have confirmed they have not received any reports of a fake garda car in Inishowen. Reports have been circulating on social media in recent days about a mysterious car with flashing lights following people close to the Donegal-Derry border.It is understood that the reported car is also cream in colour and has a Cork registration. Gardaí in Buncrana said they had received no reports of a fake garda car operating on the peninsula and urged anyone to report it to their local garda station if they see such a vehicle.Gardaí dismiss claims of fake garda cars in Inishowen was last modified: July 31st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Minister of Sport & Recreation Ms Tokozile Xasa (MP) speaks on the matter of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Hyperandrogenism regulations

first_imgThe Deputy Minister of Sport & Recreation: Mr Gert OosthuizenThe Director General of Sport & Recreation: Alec MoemiLeaders of Federations who have joined usMembers of the MediaLadies & Gentlemen On the 18 of February 2019 the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CSA) will hear the matter between International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Athletics South Africa and Caster Semenya. Our history as a nation was in the main based on the defence of our people against their human rights violation, a right to belong, that all humans are created equal. Therefore as South African government we have a direct interest in the proceedings and outcome of this case. This interest is informed by our historical stance as a nation towards human rights and also if the proposed regulations go unchallenged will have a negative impact to our Golden Girl, Caster Semenya. What’s at stake here is far more than the right to participate in a sport. Women’s bodies, their wellbeing, their ability to earn a livelihood, their very identity, their privacy and sense of safety and belonging in the world, are being questioned. This is a gross violation of internationally accepted standards of human rights law.The IAAF introduced rules and regulations governing eligibility for females with hyperandrogenism to compete in women competition for the first time in 2011.The purpose of these Regulations was to determine Eligibility classification of female athletes with the hyperandrogenism to participate in the female athletics categories and the conditions under which they would be allowed to compete.The adverse effects of these Regulations were seen in 2014 when Duntee Chand, a sprinter from India was suspended from participating in international competition after hormone testing reportedly revealed that her body produced excessive natural levels of testosterone.She challenged these Regulations at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CSA) arguing that they are unlawfully discriminating against some female athletes on the basis of a natural characteristic of unusual natural genetic trait, even if that trait confers an advantage over fellow female athletes who do not have a trait.Subsequently the Regulations were suspended by CSA and Ms. Chand was allowed to compete again, while the IAAF was instructed to produce a scientific evidence that will support their thesis of causality between female testosterone levels and their performance, and report back in two years, and that was 2017.Instead of bringing compelling evidence as per the directive of the Court, the IAAF instead introduced new Hyperandrogenism Regulations in 2018, which amplified the previous 2011 Regulations.In terms of this new Regulations a female with hyperandrogenism who is recognised as a female in law shall be eligible to compete in women competitions in athletics provided that she has androgen level below that of a male, specifically their natural levels of testosterone must be below 5 Nanomoles Per Litre.Moreover, the new Regulations are only applicable to 400m to mile, including 400m, hurdle races, 800m and 1500m, the categories wherein coincidentally Caster Semenya participate and generally dominates. The logic as to why Regulations were restricted to these categories is still unclear, thus compelling us, as a country, to suspect they are targeted to our very own daughter of the soil, who is the reigning world champion in the 400m and 800m track.These Regulations have drawn criticism from organizations and eminent individuals in various sectors including human rights, medical science, sport and sports law both here at home and abroad. The critics have elevated a point that the Regulations are discriminatory and violates fundamental and international human rights, including a right to physical and bodily integrity, the right to freedom from torture, and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and harmful practices.As a South African government, we have added our voice in condemnation of these Regulations mainly as a matter of principle as a country that respect and promote human rights and also in support of an application lodged by Athletic South Africa (ASA) at CAS challenging these regulations because they appear to be specifically targeting Caster Semenya.Through our department of Sport and Recreation we have established a high-level panel consisting of the Medical and Legal work-streams respectively. This panel consists of experts in both medical and legal fraternities who constitute the respective work streams. There is a third work stream constituted by the departmental personnel and its mandate is to raise public awareness and mobilise public support on the discriminatory nature of these regulations.Work in all the streams has commenced and the high-level panel have prepared a formidable case based on legal and medical data collected, and the Legal Team will appear before CAS to present the case in support of the case lodged by both Athletic South Africa (ASA) and Ms. Caster Mokgadi Semenya. The third government stream has also started with its work, which primarily focus on mobilization of public and international support for the ASA and Caster Semenya cases, and condemnation of the Regulations, both their letter and spirit.Ladies and gentlemen – our media colleagues, sporting fraternity, international human rights platforms and human rights advocates – it is important to take a moment to reflect on what these regulations truly mean for the little girl growing up in an African village with dreams of becoming a top sports woman. These regulations have the potential to deprive the world from seeing and experiencing the natural superiority of future athletes to come from our African soils. Ms. Semenya put it so well when she said and I quote: “It’s not about me anymore. It’s about the African girls who come from the rural areas who do not believe that they can do this…”It is for this reason that we honour AND declare the GREATNESS OF CASTER SEMENYA!I must thank the sporting community who have raised their hands in support, this includes our Federations.As government we urge you media- as voice of the people to partner with us in this campaign of declaring that #NaturallySuperior. The campaign will target various sectors of local and global community and through proper channels engage Human Rights organizations and eminent persons locally and internationally in an effort to ensure that the whole world condemn these Regulations as a gross violation human right. The World once declared Apartheid as a crime against human right, we once more call people of the World to stand with us as we fight what we believe is a gross violation of human right.As a girl from Rural Limpopo Caster continue teaching us that we can overcome adversity, that role models can come in the least expected places, that through resilience you can be a beacon of hope. I want to borrow the words of another great athletes who has faced similar challenges in her career, Ms Serena Williams “Think of all the girls who could become top athletes but quit sports because they’re afraid of having too many defined muscles and being made fun of or called unattractive.” We therefore encourage every individual, organization and sector intolerant of discrimination, violation of human rights, particularly of women, and injustice to join and add their voice to this movement that condemn these discriminatory IAAF Regulations which in their nature seek to unfairly exclude other sections of society from competing in sport.To Caster, please remember Tata Mandela when he said, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” We have no doubt that in no time Caster will be rising our flag in glory as she do what she does best, collecting medals.With this mobilisation campaign of NaturallySuperior – we honour  AND declare the GREATNESS OF WOMEN – We pronounce thatLet women have the freedom to be women IN OUR SPORTING SOCIETY,Let women have the right to participate in this society’s sporting platforms which does NOT judge their genderLet women’s sporting performance and resultant greatness not be questioned NOR doubted.last_img read more

USDA to open signup for Conservation Reserve Program on Dec. 9

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is opening signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) on Dec. 9, 2019. The deadline for agricultural producers to sign up for general CRP is Feb. 28, 2020, while signup for continuous CRP is ongoing.Farmers and ranchers who enroll in CRP receive a yearly rental payment for voluntarily establishing long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees (known as “covers”) to control soil erosion, improve water quality and develop wildlife habitat on marginally productive agricultural lands.“The Conservation Reserve Program is one of our nation’s largest conservation endeavors and a critical tool to help producers better manage their operations while conserving natural resources,” Secretary Perdue said. “The program marks its 35-year anniversary in 2020, and we’re hoping to see one of our largest signups in many years.”CRP has 22 million acres enrolled, but the 2018 Farm Bill lifted the cap to 27 million acres. This means farmers and ranchers have a chance to enroll in CRP for the first time or continue their participation for another term.Signed into law in 1985, CRP is one of the largest private-lands conservation programs in the U.S. The program was originally primarily intended to control soil erosion and potentially stabilize commodity prices by taking marginal lands out of production. This Farm Bill program has evolved over the years, providing a variety of conservation and economic benefits from coast to coast. CRP has:Prevented more than 9 billion tons of soil from eroding, enough soil to fill 600 million dump trucks;Reduced nitrogen and phosphorous runoff relative to annually tilled cropland by 95 and 85 percent respectively;Sequestered an annual average of 49 million tons of greenhouse gases, equal to taking 9 million cars off the road;Created more than 3 million acres of restored wetlands while protecting more than 175,000 stream miles with riparian forest and grass buffers, enough to go around the world 7 times; andBenefited bees and other pollinators and increased populations of ducks, pheasants, turkey, bobwhite quail, prairie chickens, grasshopper sparrows and many other birdsBy enrolling in CRP, producers are improving water quality, reducing soil erosion, and restoring habitat for wildlife. This in turn spurs hunting, fishing, recreation, tourism, and other economic development across rural America. CRP enrollment optionsGeneral SignupCRP general signup will be held annually. The competitive general signup will now include increased opportunities for enrollment of wildlife habitat through the State Acres For Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) initiative.Continuous SignupWhile some practices under SAFE will remain available through continuous signup, CRP continuous signup will focus primarily on water quality within the Clean Lakes, Estuaries, and Rivers (CLEAR) Initiative. The 2018 Farm Bill prioritizes water quality practices such as contour grass strips, filter strips, riparian buffers, wetlands and a new prairie strip.USDA will also be working with Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) partners to relaunch CREP continuous options in each state under new statutory provisions. CREP will continue to target high-priority local, state or regional conservation concerns.Grasslands SignupsCRP Grasslands signup helps landowners and operators protect grassland, including rangeland, and pastureland and certain other lands while maintaining the areas as grazing lands. A separate CRP Grasslands signup will be offered each year following general signup. The sign-up period for CRP Grasslands in 2020 runs from March 16, 2020 to May 15, 2020.Pilot ProgramsLater in 2020, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will roll out pilot programs within CRP: CLEAR 30, which allows contracts expiring with CLEAR practices to be reenrolled in 30-year contracts and in the Soil Health and Income Protection Program (SHIPP) in the prairie pothole region. More information on these programs will be announced in the new year.Land TransitionThe CRP Transition Incentives Program (TIP) is an option for producers interested in transitioning land to a beginning farmer or rancher or a member of a socially disadvantaged group to return land to production for sustainable grazing or crop production. CRP contract holders no longer need to be a retired or retiring owner or operator to transition their land. TIP participants may have a lease less than five years with an option to purchase, and they have two years before the end of the CRP contract to make conservation and land improvements. Previously expired landLand enrolled in CRP under a 15-year contract that expired in September 2017, 2018 or 2019, may be eligible for enrollment if there was no opportunity for re-enrollment and the practice under the expired contract has been maintained. CRP rates and paymentsFSA recently posted updated soil rental rates for CRP. County average rates are posted on the CRP Statistics webpage. Soil rental rates are statutorily prorated at 90 percent for continuous signup and 85 percent for general signup. The rental rates will be reviewed annually. Under continuous signup, producers also receive incentives, including a signup incentive payment and a practice incentive payment. More informationCRP marks its 35-year anniversary in 2020, and FSA will continue to highlight the impacts of the program that was created in 1985 and the many stewardship-minded farmers, ranchers and landowners who have participated over the years. Learn more.To enroll in CRP, contact your local FSA county office or visit fsa.usda.gov/crp. To locate your local FSA office, visit farmers.gov/service-locator.last_img read more

Aldridge, Spurs hand Suns their most one-sided loss ever

first_imgMOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum San Antonio Spurs guards Tony Parker (9) and Patty Mills (8) high-five after a scoring run forcd the Phoenix Suns to take a timeout during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX — The San Antonio Spurs opened their long, annual “rodeo road trip” with one of the biggest routs in the team’s history.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points in 28 minutes and the San Antonio Spurs demolished Phoenix 129-81 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting 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 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Big shot: LeBron’s jumper at buzzer lifts Cavs past Wolves Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “We are, I think, obviously undermanned and they just walked all over us,” Phoenix interim coach Jay Triano said. “They’re a veteran team, they play well and we had no answer.”The Spurs never trailed against a Suns team that has lost four straight and nine of 10. Phoenix’s 38 losses are the most in the NBA.San Antonio dominated from the opening tip and led 69-31 at the half. The 38-point margin was the largest halftime lead for the Spurs against a team in their history. Phoenix never got any closer than 36 points in the second half and trailed by as many as 53 in the fourth quarter.The Suns averted a 50-point loss with Danuel House’s dunk on a fastbreak lob pass with six seconds to play.“Guys made shots, the ball moved and guys competed on defense,” Aldridge said, “so hopefully it will carry over.”The level of competition will go up in a hurry. The Spurs play at Golden State Saturday night.TIP-INSSpurs: The “rodeo road trip” occurs when the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo takes over the AT&T Center. … San Antonio swept the season series with Phoenix 4-0 and has won 13 of the last 14 meetings. … Spurs won’t play at home again until Feb. 28 (against New Orleans). … The center Bertans got his fifth start of the season, replacing Pao Gasol. … San Antonio will travel 6,546 miles on their annual “rodeo trip.” Spurs have been taking the trip every year since 2003.Suns: In the 49 seasons before this one, the Suns’ biggest loss was by 44 points. … Phoenix started a lineup with the ages 24, 21, 20, 21 and 22. … Suns are 3-9 without Booker this season. … With Booker and Ulis hurt, Josh Gray — called up last week from the G-League’s Northern Arizona Suns — was the team’s’ lone healthy point guard.UP NEXTSpurs: at Golden State Warriors Saturday night.Suns: host Denver Nuggets Saturday night. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Alex Len scored 14 for the Suns, who shot 34 percent from the field and were 3-of-32 on 3-pointers.“I think it was an embarrassment for all of us out here tonight,” veteran Jared Dudley said. “I think the fans definitely earned an apology for the display. It’s definitely unexcusable.”But Popovich thought the Suns did have some mitigating factors.“Suns’ didn’t have all their bodies,” he said. “You got to have your bodies at this level or it is tough. To have the guys that they have out really hurts.”Phoenix was without leading scorer Devin Booker for the second game in a row due to a hip pointer. Center Tyson Chandler missed the game with a sore neck and Tyler Ulis left with back spasms in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT The 48-point blowout matched the most one-sided loss in Suns history — set against Portland in this season’s opener — and was the third-largest margin of victory for San Antonio.Only a 51-point Spurs win at Philadelphia on Dec. 7, 2015, and a 49-point blowout of Vancouver on Nov. 5, 1995 were bigger.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We made shots,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “You make shots, things get easy.”Patty Mills added 18 points and Danny Green 17 for the Spurs. Dejounte Murray scored 14 before leaving with a sprained ankle in the second quarter.last_img read more

Rockets beat Nuggets for 12th straight win

first_imgRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READ His step-back jumper with 46 seconds left clinched it for Houston.   /kgacenter_img Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) goes up to shoot against Denver Nuggets center Mason Plumlee (24) and Malik Beasley (25) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, February 25, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)DENVER — James Harden had 41 points and eight rebounds, Chris Paul scored 23 points; and the Houston Rockets beat the Denver Nuggets 119-114 on Sunday night for their 12th straight victory.Harden had 27 in the first half and seven in the fourth quarter, when the Rockets held off a late Denver rally. Harden has scored 40 or more points nine times this season. He finished with seven assists.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Greek match postponed after coach injured by toilet roll John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Nikola Jokic had 21 points and 14 rebounds for Denver, which had its four-game winning streak snapped. Will Barton added 25 points.The Rockets are 21-4 since December 29 and own the best record (46-13) in the NBA. They are outscoring teams by an average of 12.5 points during the 12-game winning streak. The five-point win Sunday was their closest game during the streak.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHarden scored 14 points in the last 2:47 of the first quarter and assisted on Houston’s other two baskets to end the period when the Rockets extended the lead from five to 13.Houston led by as many as 18 but Denver rallied in the fourth. Jokic’s tip with 2:12 left made it 110-106 and after Joe Johnson missed from the corner, Gary Harris had a chance to cut it to a point with a 3-pointer. But the Nuggets’ leading scorer, who finished with six points on 2-of-12 shooting, misfired and Harden hit two more free throws to make it 112-106 with 1:17 left. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuslast_img read more

22 days ago​Newcastle defender Dummett: Bruce not to blame for Leicester

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Newcastle defender Dummett: Bruce not to blame for Leicesterby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United defender Paul Dummett is standing by manager Steve Bruce.Many fans and pundits are laying into Bruce after his side capitulated against Leicester City in the Premier League at the weekend.While Dummett understands the anger, he does not believe the result and manner of the team’s performance were down to the manager.He told the club’s official website: “In the second half we collapsed, and that’s one thing as a team with the players we have, we’ve never really done that in the past few seasons.”We’ve never collapsed and given away the goals we gave away. That’s one thing the manager wanted to address, and I think as a team we knew it wasn’t acceptable.”That’s one thing that can’t happen again. This team has been successful on working hard as a team and sticking together to get results.”Obviously the manager has changed, but we all still know what we have to do on the pitch. We train every day with the manager on different ideas but we all know exactly what our jobs are on the pitch.”The performance against Leicester wasn’t that we didn’t know our jobs. We didn’t put the performance in and collapsed – like the manager said we surrendered.” last_img read more

Kawhi Leonard Is The Most WellRounded Elite Shooter Since Larry Bird

Among Kawhi Leonard’s many, varied talents is something relatively new this season: Without much warning, and in addition to his stellar defense and rebounding, the Spurs forward has become one of the most devastating 3-point shooters in the league.Leonard currently ranks second among qualified players in 3-point accuracy, having knocked down a ridiculous 48.4 percent of his threes. Before this season, his career high had been 37.9 percent (on 2.8 threes per game) and his high for attempts per game was 3.0; this year, he’s taking 3.8 per game and shattering his career numbers. Merely putting a shooting threat of that magnitude on the floor can dramatically grease the wheels of offensive efficiency: Since 1997-98,1The year the league moved the 3-point line back to its current distance of 23 feet, 9 inches. teams whose regular lineups featured a guy hitting at least 45 percent of his threes scored 2.7 more points per 100 possessions than their peers. But Leonard is more than just a long-distance sniper.On top of his range, he also rates among the league’s best defenders (his +3.4 defensive Box Plus/Minus is in the 97th percentile of NBA players) and scorers (95th percentile in points per 36 minutes), with above-average rebounding (69th percentile in rebound rate) and passing (57th percentile in assist rate) thrown in for good measure. Leonard’s all-around excellence this season has placed him squarely in the mix with Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James for the mantle of NBA’s Best Player™.As my colleague Ben Morris wrote last month, Curry has emerged as the face of the 3-point revolution sweeping across the league in recent seasons. Along those lines, you might also expect that Leonard is ushering in a new era of great shooters who also excel in other facets of the game — a sort of apex predator among the 3-and-D genus. But Leonard doesn’t symbolize some broader trend threatening to transform basketball, primarily because he’s far too unusual for anyone in today’s NBA to measure up.The typical sharpshooter at the level of Leonard this season is, and always has been, limited in other areas. Going back to ’97-98 again, the average top-five-ranked shooter by 3-point percentage profiles as follows: a highly efficient scorer2Practically by definition, given the shooting percentage required. and solid passer who’s also in the bottom half of NBA players in usage rate, the bottom third in defensive BPM and close to the bottom quarter in rebound rate. So, by and large, these are not all-around dynamos — they’re in the game to shoot the lights out, and maybe do a little ball handling. Anything else is gravy, but outside the job description. We should note that this profile isn’t really trending in a different direction over time. Leonard’s compatriots atop the 3-point percentage leaderboard this season are J.J. Redick, Omri Casspi and Jared Dudley — a trio not exactly known for superb all-around skills. Even Curry, who ranks fifth (absurdly, on more than twice as many 3-point attempts as anyone else in the same neighborhood accuracy-wise) is merely an OK rebounder and defender relative to the league. That Leonard rates so well in non-shooting categories is basically unheard of for a marksman of his caliber.Well, unless you consider Larry Bird. In 1984-85, Bird hit 42.7 percent of his treys (good for second in basketball — and remember, the league shot 28.2 percent back then) while ranking in the 87th percentile in scoring efficiency, the 96th percentile in usage, the 87th percentile in assist rate, the 83rd percentile in rebound rate and the 94th percentile in defensive BPM. Maybe that defensive number is a bit of a stretch, the residue of estimated statistics in a pre-SportVU era, but Bird was also better defensively than he sometimes gets credit for. In any case, among top-five-ranked 3-point shooters in a season, Bird’s 1979-80, ’84-85 and ’85-86 seasons are the only ones remotely comparable to Leonard’s 2015-16 in terms of all-around versatility. Nobody else comes close.That doesn’t mean Leonard is a perfect analogue for Bird, but it does underscore the rarity of his talent and the infrequency with which a world-class shooting stroke is packaged alongside other elite basketball skills. Perhaps most tantalizing of all, Leonard is only 24; he still has time to get even better.Read more: The Spurs’ Bench Could Probably Make The Playoffs On Its Own read more

Promoting Caribbean Tourism on a Global Market

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 15, 2016 – Dr Lisa Indar, Head, Tourism and Health Programme at CARPHA, met with the Secretary General and executive members of the United Nation World Tourism Organization at the World Travel Market on Wednesday 9 November in London.  At the meeting, Dr Indar presented the concept and objectives of the Tourism and Health Programme to this international body, taking the opportunity to bring global recognition to the programme and advocate for assistance and collaboration.  She also met with officials of Public Health England (PHE) to discuss strengthening collaboration for improving the detection and response to travel related public health events, thereby contributing to enhancing global security.The World Travel Market is one of the largest gathering of global tourism stakeholders for the promotion of tourism, as the Caribbean is touted as the most tourism-dependent region in the world, this was an excellent opportunity to meet stakeholders and raise the profile of the Region as a premier tourist destination.With the Caribbean facing Health, Safety and Environmental Sanitation (HSE) threats, including disease outbreaks, resulting in declined tourism arrivals, safety and health are key aspect to tourism growth and sustainability.  Representation at this event also allowed for meeting with global health and travel and migrant health officers of Public Health England and the promotion and strengthening of collaboration with respect to the Caribbean Travel and Health Network (CATHNet), which aids in early reporting and response to illnesses among visitors from the United Kingdom.The CARPHA Tourism and Health Programme is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and highlighting the positive impact of the Tourism Health Project as a vehicle for an enhanced safer and healthier Tourism product can help to give the Caribbean a marketing edge over other countries and regions.last_img read more