Man seeks protection to cremate parents

first_imgA man on Tuesday sought police protection for performing the last rites of his parents, who were lynched by fellow villagers in connection with an alleged witch-hunt incident in Odisha’s Balangir district.Chintamani Bariha, 55, and his wife Rukmuni Bariha, 50, were beaten to death in Chitakamal village on Monday. The police had recovered their bodies packed in sacks from a hill, about 3 km from the village.The villagers had accused the couple of practising black magic after they discovered flower, vermilion and other worship items near a burial place where 18-month-old infant was buried.The bodies of the couple are lying in a hospital.last_img

Officials in blame game after OP Jaisha reveals horror tale from Rio 2016

first_imgFrom Sports Minister to the Athletics Federation, officials indulge in blame game after marathon runner OP Jaisha revealed that there was no official to provide her with water during the grueling 42km long marathon at the Olympics. The national record holder fainted after completing the marathon due to severe dehydration. Now, having returned from the Games, Jaisha shockingly revealed that while athletes of other countries were being provided refreshments at regular intervals by their officials, Indian runners were left to refresh themselves at the Rio water stations provided by organisers at every 8km. Speaking to India Today an emotional Jaisha revealed, “Indian officials were not there nor was any refreshment or water kept at the Indian counters while other countries had water and refreshment in their counters. We got water only after every 8km where organisers had kept water, but that was not enough. Our body is not used to this temperature. It was 42 degree and it was not possible to run without water” (Also read: Rio 2016: No water served to India’s thirsty women marathoners)When India Today confronted the Sports Minister Vijay Goel, he simply passed the blame to the Athletics Federation of India. Goel told India Today “Whenever such small incidents happen we always investigate. It was the responsibility of the Athletics Federation of India to take care of the athletes and I am being told that Jaisha has complained to them. The federations should take care and they do, but if there has been a mistake then it should be looked into”. advertisementWhen we contacted the Athletics Federation of India, they blamed the athlete & her coach. AFI secretary CK Valson told India Today, “It is the responsibility of the athlete & her coach to ask us to provide refreshments. We cannot feed the athlete anything from our side. We had provisions but neither Jaisha nor her coach asked us that they would be needing them. Moreover there were water stations along the marathon route in Rio. It is wrong for the athlete to blame AFI after the incident.”Valson also said that the athletes were asked if the needed any personal refreshments and they said no.”Jaisha was asked if she needs any personal refreshment during the marathon but she said she doesn’t need it.”In the normal circumstances, if the athlete has to be given a personal refreshment or a drink then only the officials from the NOC can stand there with accredited passes. For water, there are volunteers at designated refreshment desks,” Valson added. India’s long distance coach Nikolai Snesarev, who also trains the likes of Lalita Babar & Sudha Singh, was detained in Rio after he confronted a lady doctor for not letting him meet Jaisha after she had fainted. The Belarusian was only released after the intervention of the Indian embassy in Brazil. (Also read: Rio 2016: Only Indian counter didn’t have water or refreshments, says OP Jaisha)Jaisha could not register her personal best & finished in 89th place.Valson also said that he was present at the marathon with other officials. While India’s other participant Kavita Raut said she had already refused the offer of any special drinks. (With inputs from Rahul Rawat)last_img read more

Kostas Antetokounmpo is Mr. Irrelevant in NBA Draft 2018

first_imgNEW YORK – Kostas Antetokounmpo, younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks NBA All-Star Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo, is Mr. Irrelevant in this year’s NBA Draft. The name “Mr. Irrelevant” refers to being chosen last in the draft which took place on June 21 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Dayton forward was almost not drafted at all, CBS Sports reported, noting that Giannis was the number 15 overall pick in his draft year, 2013. Kostas Antetokounmpo “was selected by the 76ers, but that pick was traded to the Mavericks in a deal for their No. 54 overall pick. So Kostas will be playing in Dallas,” CBS Sports reported.Being chosen last at the NBA Draft is not as bad as it sounds. Among the top NBA players to have shared the Mr. Irrelevant title is Isaiah Thomas, the former Boston Celtics two-time NBA All-Star who played most recently for the Los Angeles Lakers and is now a free agent. Thomas “worked hard and eventually went from a sixth man on the bench to the best player on an Eastern Conference finals team,” CBS Sports reported. Named after the Hall of Fame Detroit Piston’s point guard Isiah Thomas, but no relation, the younger Thomas offered his advice to this year’s Mr. Irrelevant on Twitter, “Whoever is drafted 60th tonight call me right after LOL. I’ll give you the formula to get right!”There was no indication at press time that Kostas had contacted Thomas, but he already has his brother Giannis’ big footsteps to follow. The first step will be making it onto the Mavericks’ roster and next, making a name for himself on his own terms.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Georgia Quarterback Announces Transfer Destination

first_imgFans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Mississippi Rebels at Sanford Stadium on September 29, 2007 in Athens, Georgia. Georgia won 45 – 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Stetson Bennett transfer update: the highly touted former Georgia walk-on has a new home. Bennett announced that he would leave the Bulldogs a week ago. The move leaves a pretty big hole in Georgia’s depth chart.Bennett was praised for his work on the scout team last season. After spring football, he was third on the depth chart at quarterback, behind starter Jake Fromm and five-star freshman Justin Fields.A few days before Bennett made the decision to leave, head coach Kirby Smart acknowledged the possibility. Smart didn’t want to lose the quarterback, but assisted him in finding an appropriate landing spot. From DawgNation:“It was really nice,” Bennett said. “That just showed me more of what I already knew about Coach Smart. That showed me even if I wasn’t going to be here that he still cares about me and whatever I’m going to turn out to be.”Now, we know where Stetson Bennett will transfer.Bennett will head to the junior college ranks in order to gain some exposure. Rivals writer Anthony Dasher reports that he will play at Jones County Junior College.Stetson Bennett has decided on a new college home – Jones County Junior College in Miss.— Anthony Dasher (@AnthonyDasher1) June 2, 2018As a recruit, Bennett was lightly recruited by some FBS schools, including Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss. He also got a number of FCS looks, including Ivy League options.After deciding to leave Georgia, something he called the “hardest decision of his life,” Bennett opened up about the decision. He wants the chance to play, and with the QBs ahead of him, UGA was not going to present the best opportunity:“The dream is to play,” Bennett said. “It was cool being at Georgia. I loved sharing those moments at Georgia last year but the dream is to play. It just wasn’t the same growing up a boy who wanted to play at Georgia if you are not out there. That’s the thing. It was cool. I would love to be the starting quarterback at the University of Georgia. But just being there and being on the team. That’s not good enough for me.”“I’m going to go play somewhere,” Bennett said. “I think that’s evolved to more of the dream than just being somewhere at a place because you grew up loving it. I think now the dream is to go play and go win championships somewhere. That’s what I feel like. I am going to go chase that dream now.”Hopefully Stetson Bennett finds that opportunity soon.last_img read more

Finalists Announced For the 2017 Edition Of From Set to Screen

first_imgAdvertisement Angry Black WomenDahéli Hall and HaJ (the “h” is silent) are the co-creators of Angry Black Women, a half-hour comedy series that premiered at the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) and which now makes its way to Just For Laughs. Co-creator Dahéli Hall is best known as a cast member and writer on the Emmy Award-winning sketch comedy show, MADtv (Fox). HaJ is an Emmy Award-nominated and award-winning writer, performer and producer and the Creator & Founder of Tickles.TV. Angry Black Women boldly spoofs its derogatory title through the humorous, hyper-realistic tales of two Black females: an actress and a writer striving against all odds in Hollywood. This is the first Stand Up & Pitch appearance for Dahéli and HaJ.Doug and DeviCreated by Courtney Karwal and Natalie Young, Doug and Devi is an animated series centred around an unlikely partnership between two monstrous lovers: Devi, a Yeti, and Doug, a Sasquatch. Courtney Karwal is a stand-up comedian, writer and actress. She’s a product of the LA stand-up scene, and studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Courtney’s written for Comedy Central, and is the co-creator of a web series produced by Funny or Die called Check Your Surroundings. Natalie Young is a character designer and animator based in Los Angeles. Natalie attended the University of the Arts London where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Animation. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has spent her time working on productions such as Bojack Horseman, Lucas Bros., Mr. Pickels, Axe Cop and Major Lazer. This is the duo’s first Stand Up & Pitch appearance.GamersGamers is a project from Cary Bickley and Melanie Backer about the games people play to make it in business and in love. Writer/creator Cary Bickley has written feature films both on her own and with a partner including The Gun In Betty Lou’s Handbag (Penelope Ann Miller and Julianne Moore), High Crimes (Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman and Adam Scott) and Spinning Boris (Liev Schreiber, Jeff Goldblum and Anthony LaPaglia). Producer Melanie Backer developed the screenplay St. Vincent (Bill Murray) with writer/director, Ted Melfi, and developed and produced the feature films, Swimmers (Cherry Jones and Sarah Paulson), The Amati Girls (Anne De Salvo, Cloris Leachman, and Mark Harmon), and Pumpkin starring Christina Ricci. This is the first appearance by Cary and Melanie at Stand Up & Pitch.Mrs. FootballAfter making a successful appearance at the 2014 edition of From Set to Screen (their project The Uncomfort Zone was sold to Big Beach Films), Kyle Radke and Matt Kelly return with Mrs. Football, a relationship comedy masquerading as a sports fantasy. Winner of the 2005 Just For Laughs Homegrown Comedy Competition, Kyle Radke has since performed at every major comedy festival in Canada and in his very own 30-minute comedy special Kyle Radke Live. A writer for CBC’s Still Standing, Kyle performs nationwide as host of the Investor’s Group Comedy Tour. Matt Kelly created and produced Hookin’ Up, a successful television series for WFN that aired four seasons across North America. Matt also wrote and produced a companion web series called the 5cast that aired over 100 episodes. Last year, Matt was a finalist in Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network Pitch Panel where his series, Inhuman Resources, was picked-up for development by Kevin Hart, himself.The RemovalistsThe Removalists is a fresh, warm and very funny take on the home-focused reality TV show model: three stand-up comics help people move out of their home and then set-up a comedy club in the living room as a cool way of saying goodbye. The pitch will be led by Jacques Barrett, a regular on the Australian club and festival circuit. Jacques’ credits include producer and co-host of 2Day FM’s late night comedy show The Wagon.The Judging PanelSitting on this year’s judging panel, we have comedy heavy weights:Bill Lundy. Bill Lundy is Production Executive: Comedy for Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company. Lundy develops and produces comedic material for Bell Media’s broadcast and specialty channels such as CTV, The Comedy Network, HBO Canada, and CraveTV. Bill is currently production executive on Letterkenny, CraveTV’s smash hit original series. Lundy also execs The Comedy Network’s flagship original stand-up series Just For Laughs: All Access as well as news satire series The Beaverton. Other series Lundy has worked on include Funny as Hell, Match Game, Spun Out, and the award-winning digital series Space Riders: Division Earth.Colin Davis. Colin Davis is the Senior Director of Original Programming for TBS. He creatively manages five primetime original series, a late night comedy block, multiple pitch-to-screen scripted development projects, and an adult prime animation pipeline. At TBS, Davis has helped usher in their first wave of new series, all of which were renewed: Search Party, Wrecked, People of Earth, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Detour, and Angie Tribeca.Kate Lambert. As Senior Vice President, Series Development and Animation for FX Networks, Kate Lambert oversees the development of drama and comedy live-action, as well as animated and short-form, original scripted series for FX Networks. In this role, she has formed relationships with some of the most sought-after producers, writers and talent in the industry today. She was involved in developing pilots for numerous hit series, including Sons of Anarchy, The Strain, Justified, The Americans, American Horror Story, The League and Louie. Kate developed and oversees the Emmy Award®-winning animated series Archer. Most recently, she was instrumental in the development and production of the new comedy series Atlanta, named the best comedy series of the year by the Golden Globe® Awards, WGA Awards, PGA Awards, and Critics’ Choice Television Awards.Monika Zielinska. Monika Zielinska is Comedy Central’s Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development, West Coast. She has served as the Comedy Central Executive in Charge of Production for several hit series including Another Period, Idiotsitter, and the animated mind-bending TripTank. Zielinska’s work in programming, development, and production also includes serving as one of the Comedy Central Executives in Charge of Production on Reno 911! and the first two seasons of Key & Peele. She has also been key to the development and production of shows like Legends of Chamberlain Heights, Jeff & Some Aliens, Problematic with Moshe Kasher, and Detroiters.Rob Gati. Rob Gati is a comedy executive in Hulu’s Original Programming department. He has been the executive in charge of series such as Casual, Difficult People, Deadbeat, Dimension 404, and the upcoming Seth Rogen/Evan Goldberg series Future Man, amongst others. Rob also launched Hulu’s original documentary slate, including the films Batman & Bill, Becoming Bond, Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine, and the upcoming Too Funny To Fail and Obey Giant.Moderator for this year’s From Set to Screen pitch program is Andrew Barnsley, President and Executive Producer at Project 10 Productions where he is currently the Executive Producer on Schitt’s Creek. His 2017 development and production slate includes series with CTV, CBC, Family Channel, Premo and 20th Century Fox. Opening remarks by Terence Gray, Founder/Executive Director, NYTVF.The winner of the From Set to Screen competition will be invited to participate as an “Official Artist” at the 2017 New York Television Festival and enjoy exclusive benefits extended only through NYTVF Connect.Mark your Calendar, Please!From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More takes place on Friday, July 28 at 10:30 am in the Inspiration Room, Hyatt Regency Montreal, and is presented by Project 10 Productions, an award-winning production company with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. All Stand Up & Pitch events are included with your ComedyPRO pass. Regular price now in effect. To purchase your pass, please visit Eventbrite. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement The finalists have been announced for the 2017 edition of From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More, our long-form single or multi-camera series format pitch program, presented by Project 10 Productions in conjunction with the New York Television Festival (NYTVF). Our finalists are:* Dahéli Hall and HaJ, Angry Black Women* Courtney Karwal and Natalie Rose Young, Doug and Devi* Melanie Backer and Cary Bickley, Gamers* Kyle Radke and Matt Kelly, Mrs. Football* Jacques Barrett, The RemovalistsAbout the Teams: Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

Polisario Threatens to Return to War Against Morocco

Rabat-The Polisario Front has threatened it described as a new armed ‘struggle’ against Morocco in response to the speech delivered by King Mohammed VI last week on the 39th anniversary of the Green March. In the speech, the monarch emphasized that the Sahara would remain under Moroccan sovereignty until the end of time.In a statement he issued from Algeria, Mohamed Salem Ouled Salek, Minister of Foreign Affairs in the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, said that the Sahrawi people “will have no choice but to return to armed struggle due to international inertia and Morocco’s lack of respect for international law.”The Moroccan monarch confirmed last week that the Sahara will remain part of Morocco “until God inherits the earth and everything with it”, adding that “the autonomy plan is the most that Moroccan can provide” in order to reach a political and mutually acceptable solution. Morocco accused Algeria of being the main obstacle hindering the process of finding an ever-lasting solution to the ‘Western Sahara’ conflict.“Unless Algeria – the main party in this conflict – is held accountable, there will be no solution. Moreover, without a responsible approach to the tense security situation in the region, there will be no stability,” the King said.In a statement at the United Nations last July, Omar Hilale, the Moroccan Ambassador to the United Nations said that any breakthrough in negotiations over the Moroccan Sahara issue requires a “sincere and good faith” commitment by all parties, especially by Algeria. This country, in particular, must show the necessary political will to break the deadlock over the process.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Government will not comment on alleged UN document

The UN says most of those civilians died in government shelling as they were crammed into ever-diminishing “No Fire Zones” – though the Tamil Tigers are also alleged to have committed grave abuses including suicide bombings and the use of human shields.Channel 4 News said the document appears to be have been created by the UN in conjunction with the Sri Lankan government, and outlines plans to set up a purely domestic inquiry into human rights violations – with technical support from the UN. The Government today refused to comment on a document a British television station claims could undermine international investigations into the war.Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Colonne said the Government was aware of the British ‘Channel 4’ news report on the document but will not comment on such media reports. Channel 4 News reported this week that it has been supplied with the leaked UN document which it claim could pre-empt and undermine September’s Human Rights Council discussion on a UN’s long-awaited investigation into crimes committed at the end of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war. He added that despite the fact that under the scheme the council stood to receive half a million dollars in funding, he was minded to reject it. (Colombo Gazette) Most human rights groups regard plans for an internal judicial process as unacceptable and many warn it would inevitably be seen as a “victor’s court”.The leaked UN plan claims that the “implementing partners” for the scheme would include, along with the Sri Lankan government, the Tamil-dominated Northern Provincial Council, widely seen as representing the popular voice of the Tamils.But that council’s chief minister, former Sri Lankan Supreme Court Judge CV Wigneswaran, told Channel 4 News that the UN had not even consulted them on the plan. According to the UN tens of thousands of Tamil civilians died in the closing stages of the Sri Lankan military’s war against the LTTE, also known as the Tamil Tigers. read more

Busy July for Brocks community engagement teams

With summer in Niagara comes plenty of festivals, family activities and sporting events.That means a great opportunity for Brock University community engagement, which will see the Brock brand represented at 10 events over the next nine weeks.This Saturday, July 7, Brock will be at Ridgeway Summer Festival, and then on Sunday, the University will be at Welland’s popular Floatfest on the Recreational Canal. On July 13 and 14, Brock will be at the Welland Concert Series with performances by U2 and Taylor Swift tribute bands, respectively.July 21 will mark the annual Pelham Summerfest in downtown Fonthill, and then on July 30 it’s the opening ceremonies for the World Canoe Polo Championships in Welland.August will see Brock represented at St. Catharines Rotary Ribfest (Aug. 3 to 6), Moonlight Flicks in Port Dalhousie (Aug. 16), the TriKids Triathlon in Port Colborne (Aug. 19), the Charles Daley Park Sunset Concert Series (Aug. 21) and finally Fan Expo in Toronto Aug. 30 until Sept. 2. read more

The DAntoni Basketball Revolution Goes To College

Marshall basketball coach Dan D’Antoni was angry. His team had been down 20 points at halftime during a late December non-conference game against Pittsburgh (“We looked like we were running in mud,” he said), had exploded in the second half, scoring 1.45 points per possession on a variety of back-breaking 3-pointers and half-court cuts that led to easy layups, and still lost. Any team that can drop 68 points in 20 minutes should win the game, but the final score was 112-106 in favor of Pittsburgh. “We booted it,” he said. When a reporter questioned whether the team’s high number of 3-point attempts might explain the loss, he got testy.Decked out in his customary Marshall basketball t-shirt and a dark blazer, D’Antoni unspooled what he referred to as his “daggone analytics story”: “The last two championships have been Cleveland and Golden State,” he said, talking about the NBA. “What did they do? You don’t see anybody post up. They just spread that thing out and go.”D’Antoni became an overnight exemplar of analytics. But can an NBA blueprint remake a mid-major team with subpar talent in the NCAA?When I asked D’Antoni about his quote, he said that he didn’t mean to embarrass the reporter but, “I could’ve said, ‘Of all those five players on the floor, how many of them do you think we had rated higher for college play than [Pittsburgh] had?’ And we’re within a few points of them. That’s like going to the playground and giving the other team the first five picks, saying, ‘Let’s play,’ and then when they win, saying they outcoached us. Give me a break.”This is D’Antoni’s third season at Marshall, after roughly a decade as an NBA assistant, where he coached alongside his younger brother, Mike, in Phoenix, New York and Los Angeles. Thus far, his tenure has mostly been a success. Before he arrived in Huntington, Marshall had been known more as a stepping stone for rising coaches, such as Billy Donovan and Donnie Jones, than for any on-court successes: the team had finished under .500 nine times since 2001-02. The Herd won 17 games in 2016 (the record marked Marshall’s fifth-highest win total in the 2000s) and quickly notched 14 wins this season before a three-game losing streak the past two weeks sapped some of the squad’s momentum. Now tied for fifth in Conference USA, the Herd have an uphill climb to make it to the NCAA tournament. They face arguably the conference’s toughest February slate — UAB, Old Dominion, and Middle Tennessee all loom during this next week; they’ll likely need a run through the CUSA tournament to make it to the dance.D’Antoni isn’t your usual coach. As I prepped for our interview, I read an article about D’Antoni that mentioned he once said he hugged a tree in his front yard each morning. When I asked D’Antoni about it, he said, “I believe there is a connection between here and somewhere else, and since the tree is a living thing, I connect through it and thank it for everything I have been fortunate to have.” But perhaps even more compelling is his attempt to transform Marshall, a team composed of borderline DI players, a walk-on, and an ex-DII player, into one of the nation’s most analytically efficient offenses.“If you do just the ordinary, you’ll lose, so you have to do something unusual to beat people more athletically gifted than you,” D’Antoni said.For the Marshall coach, that means streamlining an offense so that his players are executing each possession with the intent of taking the most efficient shot possible. And D’Antoni knows all of the percentages. “I’ve told our players the numbers forever,” D’Antoni said. “When you look at offense, it’s not about the overall scheme — it’s about the actions within an offense, and you have to know the best odds for scoring.” Using data culled from the NBA, which D’Antoni contended still applies to the college game, a corner 3, which is worth 1.27 points per shot, is the best shot in basketball. The next best shot? “Any other three,” he said. A lay-up — “a clean lay-up,” D’Antoni stresses — is even better: 1.8 points per shot.1According to the NBA’s most recent data, a shot in the restricted area is worth 1.21 points per shot, while a 3-pointer above the break — that is, an attempt either atop the perimeter or on the wing — is 1.06 points and a corner 3 is 1.21 points.Which is why Marshall never stops shooting. Roughly 43 percent of the team’s attempts are from beyond the arc, squaring Marshall within Division I’s top 50 (per Ken Pomeroy), and according to Synergy Sports, Marshall scores 1.08 points per spot up (1.17 points per catch and shoot), which is bested by only 23 other DI squads. “I don’t know if there is another team in the country that does as many shooting drills as we do,” said Austin Loop, a junior guard with the third-best overall offensive rating in Division I and who has converted 49 percent of his 3’s. Perhaps not coincidentally, Marshall scores at one of the country’s most efficient clips, dropping 1.11 points per possession, which is the highest ever for a D’Antoni-coached team (and good for the top 60 nationally).“We go over every stat that the coaches keep,” Ryan Taylor, Marshall’s senior stretch-4, said. That includes game-by-game plus/minus reports, which are presented to the Herd via a white board in their locker room, as well as intensive film sessions and Synergy analysis (provided by D’Antoni and the rest of the coaching staff). “Coach D’Antoni wants us to make at least 36 percent of our 3’s, which equates to 52 percent on 2’s,” Taylor elaborated.2If Marshall were to connect on 36 percent from deep, it would actually equate to 54 percent of their 2’s. “Taking 3’s is easier for us — since it is farther away from the basket, it isn’t contested, and then it opens up our offense even more.”D’Antoni didn’t naturally warm to this style of play. During his initial years as a high school coach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, he coached conservatively: “My teams were constantly posting up and taking contested 2’s, which are essentially worthless. Those shots only count for .78 points and are the worst shot in basketball.”His thinking didn’t change until a late-1980s conversation with Mike, then playing in Europe, who relayed the revolutionary impact of the 3-point shot overseas. Dan began to eliminate post ups and mid-range jumpers, and he emphasized 3-point attempts and pick-and-rolls. He continued to fine-tune his offensive approach after he ditched the high school ranks and followed his brother to Phoenix as an assistant, where the two coined the phrase “athletic ball,” a concept D’Antoni brought with him to Marshall: “Instead of a player creating a scoring opportunity, you move the ball quickly so that the ball creates the opportunity. That way, a player who isn’t as athletic but is skilled can play against anybody. As long as the ball is free flowing, it’ll get to the place where that guy is capable of making that shot.”As Mike explains, “Something has to be athletic enough on the floor if your players aren’t, and the ball zipping around accomplishes that.”That’s being put to the test at Marshall. D’Antoni arrived at the college game at a fitting moment. Since 2002, DI’s 3-point field goal attempts rate — the percentage of shots taken beyond the arc — has jumped from 32.1 to 36.2 percent, the highest it has ever been. What works for Cleveland, Golden State and the majority of the NBA — spacing the floor through the 3-pointer — has finally begun to saturate the DI level, and thanks to the years D’Antoni spent on the NBA sidelines, Marshall has been a leader in this strategic shift (the Herd’s 3-point attempts rate jumped from 34 to 42 percent in his first season).As the team’s 14-11 record makes clear, though, change takes time. What D’Antoni is preaching clearly works at the NBA level, but his players are not of that caliber, and the learning curve — even 90 games into his tenure — is still much steeper.During Marshall’s recent losing streak, the Herd made just 30 percent of its 3’s and scored an anemic 1 point per possession. D’Antoni spends each practice teaching his players what constitutes a good shot from a bad shot in his free-flowing and fast-paced offense, but the line separating the two is still very much open for interpretation when the players take the court.“If you watch us play, we still take a lot of bad shots,” said former assistant coach Chris Duhon, who spoke with FiveThirtyEight before he resigned in January after an arrest for driving with a license revoked stemming from a DUI. “We haven’t mastered that process yet.”“Obviously they take some bad 3’s, but heck, if I coached any other way, they’d take some bad 2’s,” D’Antoni said. “But I don’t want players looking over their shoulders to see what is a good shot or not. Our offense gives them a freedom to play the game and use their own smarts to create good shots. Let them choose.”This is the only way D’Antoni knows how to coach, and as a self-described “gunslinger,” the only way he believes Marshall will succeed is through what he calls his ‘organized chaos’ offense. “There is more to it than just saying, ‘Here’s an analytic game plan, let’s do it,’” he said. “I may have opened up how the game is played, but I never want to stand pat.”He continued, “I am a big believer in risk. You have to know how to bet, know the odds, and have a feel for everything. How far along I am with my coaching and whether it’ll work, I don’t know. I tried to figure out the odds, and I just know what I’m coaching at Marshall presents us the best odds for winning.” read more

WCh 2013 – Group D Easy victories for Hungary and Croatia

← Previous Story WCh 2013 Group C: Serbia and Slovenia with +10 wins Next Story → Group A (Granollers): Argentina beat Montenegro – France breaks Tunisia in last five minutes! After Spain, two other European teams, Hungary and Croatia took first points. Hungarians beat Egypt 32:23 (17:9) without problems. Csaszar scored 8, Harsanyi 7 goals against Egypt who came to Spain after fantastic win over Serbia last week – 34:18.STATISTICSCroatia had only easy training against Australia 37:14. STATISTICS

WORLD HANDBALL COACH 2014 – Ljubomir Vranješ

← Previous Story Experts and over 7.000 fans united Next Story → WORLD HANDBALL COACH 2014 – Ljubomir Vranješ: Award makes me hungry for more Ljubomir Vranješ is the WORLD HANDBALL COACH 2014! Amazing achievement of SG Flensburg is praised by the Jury consisted from the 24 handball journalists all over the world and handball fans (over 7.000) who were the last member. After only four years of his coaching career, Ljubomir Vranješ won the VELUX EHF Champions League, with the team, who was a clear outsider at the EHF CL F4 in Cologne last May and earned sympathy all around the handball globe.A 41-years-old Swedish coach with Serbian roots broke the dominance of the Icelandic coaches, who were the winners of the Contest in the last three years.The winner in 2011 was Dagur Sigurdsson (Fuchse Berlin), while last two years Alfred Gislason was a choice of international Jury.RESULTSVOTING PROCESSHandball-Planet team want to thank all media, teams, TOP players, coaches and handball fans worldwide for making our project so big this year! According to fantastic experience in the last three weeks, HP will soon announce the nominations for the World FEMALE HANDBALL PLAYER 2014. read more

EFF speaks out DNS blacklisting just the tip of the SOPA iceberg

first_imgThe backlash against SOPA and its Senate counterpart, PIPA, isn’t going unnoticed. Not only have several companies — most prominently, GoDaddy — reversed their positions on the fear of a customer exodus, but politicians are even starting to recognize that it’s becoming a toxic issue. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is still insisting that DNS blacklisting is the best way, but is willing to give it further examination before moving ahead. Now the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has weighed in on the latest development.The digital rights advocacy group appreciates every step in the direction of electronic freedom, but sees Leahy’s move as minor progress at best. In a statement made to, EFF Intellectual Property Attorney Corynne McSherry said:We are glad to see Sen. Leahy is recognizing, at last, some of the serious problems with this legislation. But a half-hearted promise to investigate the consequence of some of the provisions (which should have happened before this bill was even proposed) falls far short of what is needed. And, of course, the DNS filtering provisions represent only some of the fundamental flaws in PIPA. This bill, and its House counterpart, cannot be fixed — they must be killed. While DNS blacklisting is probably the most frightening part of the bill (it’s the same method used by the Great Firewall of China), SOPA and PIPA are filled with provisions that would fundamentally alter the landscape of the internet. Even without DNS blocking, the legislation would still allow the US Department of Justice to cut off US-based payment processing and advertising from any site that it labels as infringing on copyright. The bills don’t provide any system of checks & balances; the DOJ — acting on behalf of copyright industries — would act as judge, jury, and executioner. SOPA and PIPA would give these private businesses powers to essentially act as a government-sanctioned police force.Though Senator Leahy’s slight movement on the issue could be seen as an acknowledgment of the bill’s dangers, it’s more likely a simple political move. As the vocal opposition to SOPA and PIPA grows, there may be a push in congress to move towards rival bills, like the OPEN Act proposed by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). Leahy is still serving his backers in the copyright industry, but he’d rather surrender ground on one element of his bill than to have it pushed aside entirely in favor of a rival piece of legislation.last_img read more

Rare Star Trek edition Acer Aspire R7 being auctioned for charity

first_imgYou may remember the unique Acer Aspire R7 hybrid from its Star Trek: Into Darkness promo. Now you can get your hands on a very limited Star Trek edition R7 if you’re willing to part with some extra cash — but don’t worry, it’ll go to a good cause.Acer and Paramount Pictures have teamed up to raise money for The Mission Continues (which connects U.S. veterans with local charities) and Save the Children. While Acer has produced 25 of the Into Darkness laptops, only one is being auctioned off.The special edition R7 has been sandblasted and given a custom finish, and the Star Trek emblem adorns its unique Ezel hinge. A zippered Star Trek sleeve is also included, and of course the packaging has been given a Trekky makeover.The winning bidder will also receive an Into Darkness movie posted signed by the cast and director J.J. Abrams.At the time of writing, the high bid was already over $6000. Acer and Paramount are hoping that number will climb significantly higher, what with all the high-profile Star Trek fans out there. A press release for the auction namedrops Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, and Richard Branson, so it may be tough to compete if the bidding gets intense.If  $6000 is already too rich for your blood, you could always opt to bid on a signed poster instead. Two more are being offered, and bidding has yet to break the thousand-dollar mark. You could always try to snipe one of them and then head over to Best Buy where you can pick up the vanilla R7 for $999.Or you could always donate whatever you can to The Mission Continues or Save the Children on your own. You don’t have to participate in a themed auction to help out deserving charities.last_img read more

Les nuits courtes chroniques dangereuses pour le coeur

first_imgLes nuits courtes chroniques dangereuses pour le coeurSelon une étude anglaise de grande envergure, un manque de sommeil prolongé augmenterait le risque de développer des problèmes cardiaques, voire de mourir prématurément.Dormir moins de six heures par nuit serait une “bombe à retardement” pour notre santé. C’est ce qu’ont découvert des chercheurs de l’Université de Warwick à l’issue d’une étude de grande envergure et publiée dans la revue European Heart Journal. Pendant plusieurs années, ceux-ci ont analysé des données recueillies sur plus de 470.000 individus de huit pays différents. Et si ce n’est pas la première fois que des scientifiques étudient les dangers du manque de sommeil sur notre organisme, les résultats sont ici assez probants.À lire aussi10 choses à ne pas faire si vous voulez bien dormir”Si vous dormez moins de six heures par nuit et que vous avez le sommeil perturbé, vous augmentez de 48% votre risque de développer ou de mourir d’une maladie cardiaque, et de 15% votre risque d’attaque cardiaque”, indique le Pr Francesco Cappuccio, l’un des auteurs de l’étude. Les couchers tardifs et les levers tôt conduiraient en fait notre organisme à produire des hormones et des substances dont l’effet deviendrait à la longue, néfaste pour notre santé. Outre les maladies cardiaques, celles-ci favoriseraient également une hausse de la pression artérielle, du cholestérol ou l’apparition de maladies telles que le diabète et l’obésité. Pour l’instant, le mécanisme exact de cette association reste encore flou mais les scientifiques ont tenu à rappeler l’importance trop souvent négligée d’une bonne nuit de sommeil. De même, dormir plus de neuf heures aurait aussi des conséquences sur notre santé et serait parfois un symptôme de maladies. Ainsi, d’après le Pr Francesco Cappuccio : “En s’assurant d’avoir des nuits d’environ sept heures, on protège sa santé et on réduit son risque de développer des maladies chroniques. Un lien qu’ont clairement établi nos recherches : dormir selon ses besoins permet de rester en bonne santé et de vivre plus longtemps”.Le 9 février 2011 à 16:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

ACLU 911 children split at border since 2018 court order

first_img AP AP, ACLU: 911 children split at border since 2018 court order July 30, 2019 SAN DIEGO (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union says more than 900 children have been separated from their families at the border since a judge ordered last year that the practice be sharply curtailed.The group said in a court filing Tuesday in San Diego that 911 children had been separated from their families since the court order. They include 678 whose parents faced allegations of criminal conduct. Other reasons include alleged gang affiliation, unfitness or child safety concerns, “unverified familial relationship,” or parent illness.The ACLU says about one of every five children separated is under 5 years old.In June 2018, the judge ordered that the practice of splitting families at the border be halted except in limited circumstances, like a parent’s criminal history or concerns about a child’s safety. Posted: July 30, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

PenAir requests subsidy to sustain market in Pribilof Islands

first_img(Pipa Escalante/KUCB)The only air carrier for the Pribilof Islands is asking for financial support to keep its remote market afloat.Listen nowPenAir has requested the U.S. Department of Transportation subsidize flights to St. Paul and St. George Islands, which are guaranteed Essential Air Service.Spokesperson Missy Roberts said PenAir wants to continue serving the Pribilofs, which it’s done for almost 60 years. But she said the company needs help after filing for bankruptcy protection earlier this month.If the DOT subsidizes the routes, other airlines will be allowed to bid on them. Roberts said PenAir officials hope to win the contract with community support.While that process plays out, service to St. Paul and St. George will continue as usual. Customers can still book flights, and existing reservations will not be affected.PenAir has made the same subsidy request for its McGrath route.last_img read more

More drama less love this Valentine

first_imgCome and witness the two plays called The Plaza Suite and Ek The Bhoot. Two different genres which vouch to take you on an emotional rush ride. Produced by Curtain Call productions, The Plaza Suite is directed by Vishesh Dhuria and Ek The Bhoot by Manil Mayank Mishra.Categorised as a Rom-Com, The Plaza Suite is composed of three acts, each involving different characters but all set in Suite 719 of New York city’s Plaza hotel. ‘It’s a tribute to Valentine’s day from my end. I am hugely inspired by Neil Simons stories. This story is also written by him. It further portrays all sorts of emotions involved in relationships. The story follows how three couples undergoing different conflicts meet on a common ground in the suite and how they find a vent to their personal issues,’ says Vishesh. The second play, Ek Tha Bhoot is a satire with a message on how God is is both the creator and the caretaker of the universe, but that doesn’t mean that human beings should just leave everything in his hands. They too have to do their part because in the end, God looks after the ones who look after themselves. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘The play is adapted from Vijay Tendulkar’s Vitthala. We have taken the entire ideology and contemporarised it for the viability of the audience’s understanding. Though the morality bent and lesson remains the same. The major highlight being the dichotomy between the existence of god and ghosts good vs evil debate is seen in a new light. Finally I have tried to re-root and reinvent the conceptual understanding of the existing good and bad in the  society which would take a space in people’s hearts,’ says Manil.When: 14 FebruaryWhere: Akshara Theatrelast_img read more

The secret gay history of Russia

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Russia used to be one of the best places in the world to be gay.Once slammed as the ‘land of sodomy’ by its western European neighbors, there have been many years in its tumultuous history when many LGBTI people could live freely. In the 1920s, Russia even became the first country in the world to consider same-sex marriage.So how did Russia become the largely homophobic nation we know today?Gay sex as a ‘crime’ in RussiaLesbian sex has never been a crime in any part of Russia or the Soviet Union. Sex between men, on the other hand, has faced more persecution.Under the Orthodox Church in the 15th and 16th centuries, sex between men was considered a sin. But even then, believers could use confession and were rarely disciplined.There was no state law against sodomy until 1716, when Peter the Great decided to westernize the empire. He included a clause against ‘men lying with men’ in his Military Articles, so it only applied to the army and navy. Consensual gay sex led to flogging, while male rape could bring death or life in prison.In 1832, a sodomy law was enacted punishing civilians with ‘birching’ or deportation to Siberia for four to five years to work in the internment camps.This was still less strict than many western neighbors. In comparison, England hanged 55 men for gay sex between 1805 and 1835.After a reform of the penal code in 1903, this was drastically reduced to three months imprisonment. Prosecutions became rare, and a gay subculture developed.Exceptions made for ‘gay heroes’During this time, the country’s greatest composer Tchaikovsky was under threat to be jailed for the ‘crime’ of being gay. But because of his cache, it was unthinkable to arrest the cultural hero. After his death, acknowledgment of his homosexuality was suppressed.Tchaikovsky’s secret gay history that Russia doesn’t want you to knowNadezhda Drova, a person assigned female at birth, cross-dressed to fight against the Napoleonic invasion in 1807. When they were found out, the generals gave their blessing to allow them to serve in the army. It was seen as a victory for ‘patriotic duty’.The first gay novel with a happy ending written in any European language came out in 1906, called Wings.‘People generally thought within the educated middle class, as it was in Russia, homosexuality was not a big thing. It was tolerable,’ Dan Healey, a professor in modern Russian history at the University of Oxford, told Gay Star News.‘When you move into the revolution, the socialists that came to power had inherited ideas from European socialism – among those were removing the laws against homosexuality.’Progressive lawsIn 1917, all laws against sodomy were abolished as well as with the rest of the Tsarist penal code.Intersex people, unusually in the 1920s and 30s, were possibly treated as humanely as they could be in any country in the world. Doctors would trust the intersex patient to make their own medical judgment and help them realize the identified gender.‘Soviets were progressive about this…and quite relaxed about the sexuality side of it,’ Healey added, ‘Western Europe was anti-surgical adjustments for intersex people.’It wasn’t as free in Moscow and St Petersburg, as, say, Weimar Berlin during the 20s.Healey said: ‘Moscow didn’t have the same exuberance. There’s less private enterprise and the regime is ambivalent about sexual minorities.‘It doesn’t want the law against sodomy, but it doesn’t embrace sexual emancipation either. Gay people understand they have to keep their heads down.’Queer women, and the idea of two women marrying, flourishedQueer women could fly beneath the radar including legendary poets like Sophia Parnok.Many of her female lovers were masculine presenting. But, actually, this was an accepted way for a woman to dress in the 20s and 30s.‘If you were an emancipated Soviet women you dressed more like a man. There was a way of conforming to the expectations of the revolutionary sect by dressing like a butch lesbian. They had that advantage,’ Healey said.Parnok’s poetry was not political. At the beginning of the 30s, big publishers were shut down and you could only get printed if you went through the state. This meant much closer censorship.A meeting in September 1929 was held among public health officials, psychiatrists and doctors to discuss homosexuality.‘They wrote to propose that a woman who dressed masculine or similar to a man should be able to marry their female partner,’ Healey said.‘They were, in a sense, proposing a form of same-sex marriage. It shows the kind of imagination that the Revolution had stimulated.’ Stalin brings back homophobiaBut the onslaught of homophobia was coming with the rise of dictator Joseph Stalin.Healey noted: ‘In 1933, there was a conversation among the top of the Soviet regime, led by Stalin, who was consolidating his power as a dictator. There’s a crisis in the cities, as there isn’t enough houses or food and they’re trying to sort out who belongs in each city and who doesn’t.‘Soviet leaders claimed there were wads of gay men who appeared to be conspiring in groups together, and they recommended a law against sodomy so they could put these people in prison.‘Stalin enthusiastically agrees. They begin the crackdown on minority groups in an attempt to control the chaos they had created with their economic policies.’There was backlash to this.Harry Whyte, a communist party member and journalist originally from Scotland, had formed a relationship in Moscow with a man who was arrested by the police during the first wave of arrests in the winter of 1933. He wrote to Stalin and complained about the new law.‘His letter is 4000 words long and is a discussion how Stalin is wrong in Marxist terms and arguing how gay people deserve protection in a socialist system. It’s a learned and passionate argument,’ the professor added.‘Stalin didn’t respond directly. He did, however, write on top of the letter “An idiot and a degenerate”.’The dictator had Whyte removed from the Soviet Union. The journalist returned to Scotland and campaigned there on leftist causes.Misery in the GulagThousands of LGBTI people during this time were sent to the Gulag, the Siberian internment labor camps where most froze or starved to death.The queer men and women were very visible there. Survivors wrote how women often toughened up and became ‘butch’ as a way to survive. Effeminate men would play the ‘partner’ to a tougher and more masculine man.Vadim Kozim was a Soviet pop star who made 17 hit records in the late 1930s and early 1940s. He was a romantic tenor singer in a very political musical landscape.One of his queer hits involved lyrics about the ‘importance of male friendship’. Marc Almond, of Soft Cell, did a cover version in 2009. Kozim was arrested and sent to the Gulag.After Stalin had died, Kozim attempted to restart his career.‘He could do some tours but was rearrested on homosexual offenses in 1969,’ Healey said.‘He lived until about 1994 in a remote town he was exiled to by the Gulag.’Sergei Parajanov, the bisexual film director, irritated leaders because of his extravagant and camp art films. One, The Color of Pomegranates, is still famous.The director was arrested twice on homosexual offenses in the 70s.The 80s, 90s and modern RussiaTilda Swinton stands in solidarity with the LGBTI community in RussiaLike around the world, the LGBTI movement exploded in Russia in the 1980s. With the wake of democratic reform, Russians were making their voices heard.Gay and lesbian newspapers were produced, especially in the 1990s, including in some tiny far away places in Siberia. At the time, it felt like Russia would be like many other countries and give more rights and recognition to the LGBTI community.And they did, to a point. Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1993.But then the Putin era stifled progress. Queer newspapers disappeared and homophobia got stronger. Censorship grew, ultimately leading to the enactment of the ‘gay propaganda’ ban in 2013.LGBTI people have long been a part of Russian history and form an integral part of Russian culture.‘Tchaikovsky was gay. Sophia Parnok was gay or bisexual. There are lots of examples from culture, literature and other parts of history,’ Healey said.‘It’s why the Russian internet regular has made LGBTI groups take lists of famous historical LGBTI icons of their websites, because it shows to young people who reads them it’s possible live a gay and successful life as a Russian.’And Healey has a strong message.‘Russia will never suppress homosexuality and gender variance. These things will always emerge one way or another.’Professor Dan Healey is the author of books such as Russian Homophobia from Stalin to Sochi and Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Correa taxes bank profits to help poor

first_imgCorrea’s populist stand has won supporters such as Gilberto Albornoz, a 43-year-old Quito attorney.“It’s good that the bankers help the poorest,” he said. “They turn themselves into millionaires with the money of the people and they should contribute to the country and the poorest.”But Carolina Holguin, a 32-year-old insurance company worker, said she worries the taxes will wind up hurting consumers.“The money in the banks doesn’t belong to the bankers. It belongs to us, the depositors, simple people, small, medium and big companies. Now we’re going to have to think a lot before putting our savings in banks because the government is desperate to get more financial resources to spend.”___Associated Press writer Frank Bajak in Lima, Peru, contributed to this report.Gonzalo Solano on Twitter: Bajak on Twitter: Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Correa, who was first elected in 2006, has built a solid base of support through populist programs that have widened the social safety net and broadened investment in education.He has doubled public spending, and Ecuador now devotes a greater share of its economy, 10 percent of gross domestic product, to public investment in infrastructure, education and other purposes than any other nation in Latin America and the Caribbean.A similar formula helped Correa’s ally in Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez, win re-election on Oct. 7, though Correa has not moved to nationalize the private sector as Chavez has.Instead, Correa has restricted the ability of businesses to expand into other industrial sectors and, in the case of banks, he’s promoted consumer-protection measures, including a law that prevents banks from penalizing first-time home buyers of modest means if they default on mortgages.Correa hasn’t announced his candidacy for re-election, but the latest poll by the firm Cedatos gives him 55 percent support against 23 percent for Lasso, with other candidates dividing the rest. It surveyed 2,320 people in 15 cities and had an error margin of 3.5 percentage points. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 0 Comments   Share   “My duty is to the poor,” Correa said Saturday in his weekly TV and radio show, which pre-empts all other programming. The self-described 21st-century socialist, who says his politics are guided by the teachings of Christ, even went so far as to call out well-known Ecuadoran banking families that would be hit, “the Pachanos, the Egas and the Lassos.”Lasso, said he’s pleased his idea of boosting monthly aid payments to the poor has been embraced. But along with the rest of the banking industry, he says Correa will be weighing it down with an unfair tax burden.“It’s not the way to go, because it only creates more obstacles for entrepreneurs, for those who create jobs,” Lasso told reporters after Correa announced the bill on Friday.Produbanco’s president, Abelardo Pachano, told the newspaper El Comercio that the proposed tax would “destabilize the banking industry, weaken it and clip its wings.” The victims would be Ecuador’s 7 million depositors, he said, who account for nearly half the small South American nation’s 15 million people.Lasso, 57, remains the chief stockholder in Guayaquil Bank and has not formally announced his candidacy. “Those who are earning too much will be giving more to the poorest of this country,” the charismatic leftist said in a weekend address. “The time has arrived to redistribute those profits.”Under his plan, taxes would go up on bank holdings abroad and an excise tax on financial services would increase, with the proceeds used to increase lump-sum payments for single mothers, the elderly poor and other needy Ecuadoreans.Correa said the move would raise $200 million to $300 million a year, money that would not just help pay for the increased monthly subsidies but also would finance “other wealth redistribution activities.”The increase was first suggested by the very man who is likely to be Correa’s top challenger in February elections. Guillermo Lasso said that if he were elected, he would boost the monthly aid payments that 1.2 million Ecuadoreans receive to $50 from the current $35.But Lasso, former director of Guayaquil Bank, did not intend to underwrite the increase by raising taxes on banks already heavily regulated by Correa, who has a doctorate in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.The proposal is virtually guaranteed to take effect because Correa introduced it as an emergency measure, which automatically becomes law if Congress doesn’t reject it within 30 days. Correa’s opponents don’t have enough votes to knock it down. Associated PressQUITO, Ecuador (AP) – President Rafael Correa has long used his bully pulpit to bash bankers as profit-mongers who brought Ecuador and the rest of the world to the edge of financial collapse. Now, he says he’ll give a bigger share of those profits to the country’s poor.Less than four months before presidential elections, Correa has announced the sort of bold measure that would delight anti-Wall Street protesters in the United States who blame unchecked financial-sector greed for the economic downturn. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Political scientist Jorge Leon of the Ecuador campus of FLACSO university called Correa’s move a political masterstroke “because it puts the bankers in a terrible situation,” making them scapegoats.Correa, whose only previous job in government was as finance minister, has alienated bankers before, both at home and abroad. Under his watch in 2009, Ecuador defaulted on nearly $3.9 billion in external debt.He has long blamed bankers for a financial crisis at the end of the 1990s that provoked a bloodless 2000 coup. The country was nearly at the point of hyperinflation and half of the country’s 42 banks collapsed amid accusations of malfeasance.The industry’s profits have climbed steadily since Correa won election, from $239 million in 2006 to $393 million last year, even as banks were forced to reduce fees for credit cards, repatriate funds held abroad and purchase public debt.Ecuador’s private bankers association complains that it already pays the state about $309 million annually in taxes and other fees that eat up nearly 80 percent of its profits.The director of the national revenue service, Carlos Marx Carrasco, contested that figure, claiming the banks only paid $170 million in taxes. 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New Home Sales Recover From July Plunge

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing New Home Sales Recover From July Plunge Builders lowered prices and buyers responded in August, pushing new home sales up 7.9 percent to an annual pace of 421,000 and reversing almost half of July’s 64,000 drop in sales, the “”Census Bureau and HUD””: reported Wednesday. [IMAGE]Economists surveyed by _Bloomberg_ expected June sales to rise to 425,000 from July’s originally reported 394,000. July sales were revised to 390,000.The median price of a new home, according to the Census/HUD report, slipped 0.7 percent–$1,700–in August to $254,600. July’s median price was revised to $256,300 from the originally reported $257,200. The number of new homes for sale rose to 175,000 in August–the highest level since March 2011–but the months’ supply fell to 5.0 from 5.2 in July.The sales pace for May, June, and July were revised down an average of 5,000 per month, exaggerating August├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós 31,000 improvement. The month-over-month increase in the sales rate was the largest since January, when the sales pace rose 62,000.The report came on the heels of a report last week by the National Association of Home Builders that builder confidence was flat in September–the first time in five months the Housing Market Index, which measures confidence, has not increased. [COLUMN_BREAK]Confidence stalled largely on a drop in the outlook for sales six months out; buyer traffic to model homes increased. The index had improved 32 percent from April through August, registering above 50 (on a 100 point scale), which is considered a positive reading. The index had been below 50 for 85 straight months–more than seven years–from April 2006 until this May.The median price of a new single family home, according to the Census/HUD report, has fallen for four straight months since peaking at $279,300 in April. The average price increased for the second month in a row, up $400 in August to $318,900 after jumping $18,000 in July.The report for August showed a slight shift away from higher-priced homes as houses priced at $500,000 or more accounted for 9 percent of August sales, down from 12 percent in July. Homes priced at $300,000 or less represented 63 percent of all August sales, unchanged from July.The new home sales report tracks contracts for sale–not closings–and as such is comparable to the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) compiled by the National Association of Realtors. NAR will release its August PHSI Thursday.According to a separate Census/HUD report, builders completed new homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 573,000 in August, 152,000 higher than the sales rate, adding to inventories.Regionally, sales fell month-over-month in three of the four Census regions in August, dropping only in the West to a rate of 82,000 from 96,000 in July.The sales pace rose to 241,000 in the South in August from 209,000 in July. In the Midwest the sales rate was 61,000 in August, up from 51,000 in July, and in the Northeast, the sales pace was 37,000 in August compared with 34,000 in July._Hear Mark Lieberman every Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:20 a.m. Eastern and follow him on Twitter at @foxeconomics._ Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Census Bureau Home Prices Home Sales Homebuilders Housing Supply HUD Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman National Association of Home Builders National Association of Realtors Pending-Home Sales Processing Residential Construction Service Providers 2013-09-25 Mark Liebermancenter_img Share September 25, 2013 405 Views last_img read more