Israel targets flights, religious scofflaws, as virus rages

first_imgJERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel will be closing its international airport to nearly all flights as the government races to bring a raging coronavirus outbreak under control. The entry of highly contagious variants of the coronavirus, coupled with poor enforcement of safety rules in ultra-Orthodox communities, has contributed to one of the world’s highest rates of infections. It also has threatened to undercut Israel’s highly successful campaign to vaccinate its population against the virus. On Sunday, police clashed with ultra-Orthodox protesters in several cities where residents have resisted lockdown orders.last_img read more

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The new product race: Rewards, incentives, and relationship-based pricing

first_imgYou may not want to hear it, but credit unions face a new race. Your typical free checking and modest, interest checking products are tired, boring, and about as compelling as cold oatmeal. There, I said it.Simply put, the product landscape is transforming. Your older members (Boomers and Gen-X) have emerged from the last 8 years with battle scars and open eyes. The younger generations (Millennials and Gen-Z) were essentially forged in the financial fires that burned all around us. Everyone thinks differently now. Everyone.So, why are you still offering the same old products? With all of the options available from traditional and non-traditional players, your members are asking a simple but significant question: What is their return on loyalty?The new product race has begunAs is often the case, the “big guys” have already left the gate at full sprint. They understand that the only way to prevent attrition, attract new consumers, and grow wallet-share is to incorporate relationship-based pricing programs for their deposit accounts.In other words, they are systematically converting their deposit accounts into revenue-generating machines while rewarding their consumers for loyalty and incenting them towards more profitable behaviors. Have you seen Bank of America’s new Premier Rewards program or Wells Fargo’s fee-based checking accounts that waive maintenance fees based on debit card usage? What about PNC’s online tool that recommends a product based on certain criteria, including incentives selected by the consumer?None of these financial institutions offer the classic “free checking with no minimum balance requirements.” Instead, they offer rewards, discounts, interest rate boosts, and no maintenance fees in exchange for having multiple products, keeping higher aggregate balances, using low-cost channels, and providing increased interchange revenue. That almost sounds like (dare I say it?) a win-win relationship.Many credit unions took some early steps in the race by offering high-interest checking accounts (with the promise of low, cost-of-funds discount margins) or participated in a network that rewards members for shopping at certain retailers that participate.These credit unions should be commended for recognizing the early changes in member expectations and for trying something new. Unfortunately, they are now finding that these cookie-cutter programs lack flexibility and are not nimble enough to navigate around their competition.In fact, the same third party programs have been deployed into literally hundreds of community institutions with the exact same branding. That is exactly the opposite of differentiation. Credit unions using these programs may be in the race, but they are finding themselves hindered by the potato sack.“From that day on, if I was going somewhere, I was running!” – Forrest GumpIf credit unions want to be in this race, and really go for it, they are going to need to invest in some new running shoes. In an industry where we pride ourselves in high-touch, superior levels of service, you must commit the resources necessary to create automated, yet flexible, behavior-based pricing programs that actually resonate with your members. You must be willing and able to analyze these programs, understand their true cost and potential revenue based on measurable criteria, and determine your success using your own distinctive and clearly defined ROI model.At this point, it’s time to retool and start, again. And that’s where the fun begins.If you have a program designed to attract the youth and you find that it gained traction with all market segments then congratulations…you failed.Ok, not really. You actually succeeded in learning something new about your entire membership base and that’s invaluable. However, your original goal to reach younger members is still out there and you need the flexibility to try a new approach.If you want to challenge your competition in the new race you must be enthusiastic about changing current programs and creating new ones. As a credit union, you should be energized by the opportunity to differentiate yourself with new promotional campaigns that are truly unique for your membership.In this race, only the credit unions that work to empower themselves with real-time, speed-to-market strategies will have any chance of competing.Remember, in our industry, the goal isn’t to win the race. The goal is to stay in it. 108SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Damien Hayes Damien Hayes is the Senior Revenue Consultant at Saylent Technologies,Inc. with over 15 years of experience working with banks and credit unions. Today, Damien puts his energy into working … Web: www.saylent.com Detailslast_img read more

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This Week’s Favorite Features – Adam Adrian, Washington State Track, And…

first_imgI have writer’s block.  I’ve been staring at a blank screen for 36 minutes.  I shift gears and work on something else but I’m still stuck on what to write about.  So, I’ll write about nothing.  It’s really not my words that are interesting to you, reader.  What you really want is the quick summary of our favorite stories.  Let’s skip the pretense this week and just get to it.Adam Adrian Serves Olympia Restaurant DinersOur writers enjoy profiling local business owners.  This story features Adam Adrian, the chef behind popular local restaurants, Mercatos, i.Talia Pizzeria, Ramblin’ Jacks, and the Rib Eye.Olympia Area Athletes Participate In Washington State Track MeetKids from around Thurston County took home medals in the Washington State Track meet.  The event occurred over Memorial Day weekend and featured track and field athletes from Tumwater, Capital, and River Ridge High Schools.  A great summary of photos can be found here.  Brooke Feldmeier continued her quest for a heptathlon championship this weekend.Devlin Boats Built Locally, Sailed GloballyI am predicting that many Devlin Boat owners are thrilled with the return of the sun in the forecast.  Sam Devlin has garnered an almost cult-like following for his unique boat design.  Learn more about the Olympia boat builder.ThurstonTalk is continuing to grow.  Join our team as an Associate Editor.  Read more here.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a story, send us a note at [email protected]  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Commissioners Approve Big Changes to 2017 Gopher Review Process

first_imgFacebook100Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of CommissionersLast week, Thurston County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the 2017 gopher review process for permit applicants. This year’s process is different from previous years in several significant ways. In order to meet Federal Requirements associated with the Endangered Species Act, this process is the result of a collaborative effort between the Commissioners and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), with the objective of benefiting Thurston County residents by streamlining the review process.These significant updates include:Reducing the maximum number of on-property visits from three to two. In past years, projects on habitat more likely to sustain gophers were subject to three visits.Adding more flexibility to the timing of visits. In previous years, final visits were required in September or October. This year, the final visit can occur as early as August, and in some cases even sooner.Expanding the list of project types and site conditions that may no longer be subject to multiple site visits. The County considers these conditions to be less likely to impact gopher habitat.Adding more biologists to conduct on-site reviews. USFWS agreed to send more of their biologists to help the County keep up with demand and reduce the backlog.Eliminating the third site-visit. Instead, if there is no evidence of gophers, applicants on more-preferred soils will be asked to sign an affidavit before the County issues an approval. Landowners will also be responsible for informing USFWS if they find the federally protected species prior to or during project construction. This will be required because the County’s site review process has changed but federal Endangered Species Act regulations have not.Other changes include prioritizing project-related permit applications over non-project reviews when scheduling site visits. In 2015, the County began offering low-cost gopher-only reviews of full properties to curious land owners, even if they did not apply for a building permit. The County will no longer offer that option, but County officials say anyone with a non-project application already in the queue can convert to a project application by Friday, June 30, 2017.County officials also noted that land-owners who want to know if they have gophers on their property can hire private biologists for a review. However, reviews by private consultants do not meet USFWS requirements.The rest of the 2017 process is similar to last year’s with site visits from County staff and USFWS biologists between June 1 and October 31. The County is asking permit applicants scheduled for gopher reviews to mow Scotch broom and heavy grasses right away, or immediately after they submit an application that is flagged for gopher review. Overgrowth slows review teams and creates a need for additional visits.The Gopher Review Process is only for those who submit an application to Thurston County’s Permit Assistance Center (PAC). The County does not perform gopher reviews on properties that do not have an active application or that are not on mapped gopher habitat.The purpose of County gopher reviewThe County conducts on-site reviews of properties before issuing building permits to help residents comply with state and federal endangered species laws, and to protect the County and its permit holders from liability under those laws. The Mazama pocket gopher – a species found in parts of Thurston County, was listed under the federal Endangered Species Act in 2014.Only about 10 percent of permit applicants get gopher reviewsGopher reviews are only required for projects proposed within mapped gopher soils. That means the County only reviews a fraction of the roughly 4,000 construction permit applications received in a typical year. Most applications for projects like interior remodels and projects outside of the mapped gopher soil areas do not require review. You can check your Thurston County property on a County soils map online to see if your property is within mapped gopher soils.Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)County officials say the seasonal gopher review could be a thing of the past if the County adopts a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that would lead to an Incidental Take Permit from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. With an HCP, the County could issue permits year round without requiring gopher reviews. Implementing such a plan could speed up the permit process and help permit applicants comply with state and federal species protection laws.The plan isn’t final yet, but County Commissioners are working closely with federal officials to negotiate the best options for the community. A draft of the plan could be available for public review early next year.To learn more, visit the Thurston County website and select ‘Gopher Review Process, ’Habitat Conservation Plan’, or subscribe to the County’s Long Range Planning department email list.last_img read more

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Chelsea Ladies star relishing Japan trip

first_imgStriker Eniola Aluko believes Chelsea Ladies’ trip to Japan for the International Women’s Club Championship will ensure the team are ready to hit the ground running when the Women’s Super League returns next summer.Aluko and co finished seventh last term but have moved quickly to ensure they are a force to be reckoned with in the 2014 season, with England international forward Rachel Williams joining Emma Hayes’ squad.The signing of Williams will add some much-needed steel to the Chelsea side, who now possess a strikeforce to rival any in the country with Aluko and world player of the year nominee Yuki Ogimi already on the books.But before the trio take to the field domestically there is the small matter of the IWCC later this month and next with Chelsea locking horns with teams from Japan, Australia and South America in the Mobcast Cup.And England regular Aluko, whose brother Sone plays for Hull City, can’t wait to take to the field in Japan as Chelsea Ladies represent Europe in the now annual competition.Williams could be key player for Chelsea“It will be a great test, especially against the Japanese teams.  Their retention of the ball and their ability to keep the ball is impressive,” she said.“They play the game in the way it should be played, the Barca-style ‘tiki-taka’ which everybody is trying to emulate.“It’ll be interesting to play against those kinds of teams. Emma Hayes is a big proponent of that style of play so it’ll be interesting to match ourselves against them.“We’ve come off the back of what was a really poor season. We didn’t reach the expectations we needed to.“We lost far too many games. I think we need to really quickly put it behind us and remember what it felt like.“The last thing you can do when you have a bad season is dwell on it. You can only change it and that’s what the coaching staff have done.“They’ve recognised what we needed and what we were missing and they’ve added to it.“I’m really encouraged. I’m going to use the bad experiences and turn it into good energy and do well next season.’Aluko has been a mainstay of the England team since making her debut at the tender age of 17, while she also represented Team GB at the London Olympics last summer.The 26-year-old recently scored in the 4-0 win in Turkey, which leaves England top of their 2015 World Cup qualifying group with four wins from four under the stewardship of caretaker boss Brent Hills.And after a disappointing European Championships in 2013, that saw manager Hope Powell lose her job, Aluko is confident England are back on track and is looking forward to the challenges ahead.“It’s been good for the last three months to look back on wins and put the Euros behind us,” she added.“It’ll be good now to hear who the new manager is going to be so we can crack on.“It’s not really new but it’s certainly a different style. He’s a lot more relaxed, well, it’s a different person.“He has a lot of focus the tempo and energy of play. He’s played some of the younger players in the games and they’ve done well“I’ve got four in four since the Euros and six in eight for England this year. I think I’ve had a strong year, probably the strongest that I’ve had for a long time and my performances have been pretty consistent.”See also:Chelsea Ladies sign Brazilian midfield starChelsea Ladies sign Japan World Cup starChelsea Ladies star sees bright future for women’s football in EnglandChelsea Ladies star shortlisted by Fifa’Excited’ Williams joins Chelsea LadiesChelsea Ladies to head to Japan for Women’s Club ChampionshipChelsea Ladies sign another England 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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News About Bird Evolution

first_img(Visited 56 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 We’ve just heard about some amazing birds.  Now, what to secular scientists say about how they evolved?Secular scientists are chained to the idea that birds evolved from dinosaurs.  Many say that birds are dinosaurs.  Under that conviction, they cannot, and will not, consider any alternative, no matter how surprising the observation.  Here are some examples of paradigm-driven explanation.Survival of the shrinkest A press release from Oxford announces confidently, “Shrinking helped dinosaurs and birds to keep evolving.”  We are told:A study that has ‘weighed’ hundreds of dinosaurs suggests that shrinking their bodies may have helped the group that became birds to continue exploiting new ecological niches throughout their evolution, and become hugely successful today.The question is: did the birds decide to shrink, or did nature do it to them?  If the latter (as it must be in neo-Darwinism), why didn’t the same rule apply to mammals?  Evolutionists believe the first mammals were small, shrew-like creatures, long before they evolved into giraffes and elephants.  Weren’t they under the same selective pressure to succeed at the same time, and in the same circumstances, in which birds were shrinking?The Oxford experts tell us that the birds didn’t decide to shrink.  It was their lineage that decided that for them:The evolutionary line leading to birds kept experimenting with different, often radically smaller, body sizes – enabling new body ‘designs’ and adaptations to arise more rapidly than among larger dinosaurs. Other dinosaur groups failed to do this, got locked in to narrow ecological niches, and ultimately went extinct.This is very odd reasoning; inconsistent, too.  First, it personifies an “evolutionary line,” turning it into an experimenter.  But then it attributes the success of birds to downsizing.  Surely the successful diversity of large dinosaurs never put a premium on smallness.  It wasn’t for evolutionary reasons the big dinosaurs went extinct.  According to the most favored theory for the extinction, they got hit with a happenstance meteor strike.A Smithsonian expert likes the new idea, but confessed that “we’ve understood very little about how size was related to their overall evolutionary history.”  It’s not apparent by what quantum his understanding has been increased with this new idea.The Early Burst Gets the EvolutionIn a review of the paper in PLoS Biology referenced by the Oxford press release, Daniel Moen and Helene Morlon think they have the idea figured out:In this issue, Benson et al. test the idea of a “deep-time” adaptive radiation in dinosaurs, compiling and using one of the most comprehensive phylogenetic and body-size datasets for fossils. Using recent phylogenetic statistical methods, they find that in most clades of dinosaurs there is a strong signal of an “early burst” in body-size evolution, a predicted pattern of adaptive radiation in which rapid trait evolution happens early in a group’s history and then slows down. They also find that body-size evolution did not slow down in the lineage leading to birds, hinting at why birds survived to the present day and diversified. This paper represents one of the most convincing attempts at understanding deep-time adaptive radiations.But merely stating that a lineage did not slow down does not explain why it did not slow down.  A similar fallacy in another subject was discussed in The Conversation by two lecturers, who pointed out that merely observing differences does not explain the differences.  Moen and Morlon give a cameo appearance to Darwin’s finches in their review, as they mumble over why the “early burst” pattern is so rare in phylogenetic trees.  In those discussions, “poorly understood” and “little explored” provide context for their praise of Benson’s paper that at last provides “one of the most convincing attempts at understanding” the subject.  Clearly, this paper had an easy contest among weak contenders.They point to the key insight that Benson et al. made explains why the bird lineage succeeded where the other dinosaur lineages failed:Benson et al. suggest that this last result connects deep-time adaptive radiation in the dinosaurs, which quickly exhausted the possibility of phenotypic space, with the current radiation in extant birds, which survived to the present day because their constant, high rate of evolution meant that they were constantly undergoing ecological innovation. This gives a glimpse into why modern birds have so many species (an order of magnitude higher than the nonavian dinosaurs) and so much ecological diversity.Once again, this is an observation masquerading as an explanation.  It begs the question why the bird lineage, and not the other lineages, kept exploring phenotypic space with their innovations.  Worse, the language employs design language to refute design: birds innovate while dinosaurs get exhausted.   Ironically, Moen and Morlon end by saying that Benson et al. give a “new spin” on a mystery posed by George Gaylord Simpson 60 years ago: the causes of early-burst adaptive radiation.What to Benson et al. themselves have to say about it?  In the PLoS Biology paper‘s abstract is this conundrum:This raises the possibility that the uneven distribution of biodiversity results not just from large-scale extrapolation of the process of adaptive radiation in a few extant clades, but also from the maintenance of evolvability on vast time scales across the history of life, in key lineages.Questions pour forth from this sentence.  Is this just a possibility, or a scientific theory?  Is it a law of nature?  Is it descriptive or normative?  Are they saying that adaptive radiation occurs by the process of adaptive radiation, and that it happens except when it doesn’t?  Is this a reformulation of the Stuff Happens Law?  What is a “key lineage” compared to a non-key one?  What makes a lineage maintain its evolvability?  Did birds maintain theirs on purpose?  There is no explanation here.  There is only technical verbiage masquerading as explanation, concocted out of phylogenetic trees they created, that assume evolution to explain evolution.  Future philosophers unchained to this paradigm could have a lot of fun with this “explanation.”Experts Weigh InFortunately, we have the experts at the American Association for the Advancement of Science to come in, like cops, and arrest the pretenders.  In a piece in Science Magazine called “How Birds Survived the Dinosaur Apocalypse,” they will surely set the record straight on why dinosaurs went extinct, but birds survived:When nearly every dinosaur went extinct 66 million years ago, the only ones that survived were those that had shrunk—that is, the birds. Today, there are 10,000 species of these feathered fliers, making them the most diverse of all the four-limbed animals. A new study reveals why this lineage has been so successful: Birds started downsizing well before the rest of the dinosaurs disappeared.“This is a very impressive piece of work and by far the most comprehensive analysis of dinosaur body size that has been conducted,” says Stephen Brusatte, a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, who was not involved in the research.This means trouble.  The cops have joined the orgy.Evolution of FlightThe Science Magazine piece adds a toast the the ideas of a California museum curator.  He not only likes the vacuous explanation by Benson et al.; he expounds on it, describing what happened next in the Survival of the Shrinkest saga:This size reduction was essential for the evolution of flight, says Luis Chiappe, a paleontologist at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in California, who was not involved in the study. “Flight is easier for smaller animals” because it is “a lot less energetically demanding,” he says. And during all those millions of years when maniraptorans were changing body size more quickly than other dinos, Chiappe says, “they were experimenting with various degrees of birdness.”Velociraptor Chicken FeedRemember the big claws on those velociraptors in Jurassic Park?  Some of the dinosaurs that sported those mean, sickle-shaped claws may have used them for sap, not blood.  Live Science aired the new idea that some dinosaurs, like the enigmatic therizinosaurs, were vegetarian, despite sporting huge claws:However, despite gigantic claws that might seem like ideal weapons for killing prey, therizinosaurs were herbivores. To understand how these plant eaters might have used their claws, Lautenschlager digitally scanned the claws of 65 theropod species and generated computer models to simulate how the dinosaurs might have used such talons. He also compared those reptile talons with claws from 40 mammal species, which scientists know the function of.Lautenschlager discovered therizinosaurs may have used their giant claws for digging, grasping or piercing.“The grasping function can roughly be compared with a rake or grappling hook,” Lautenschlager said. “These claws were probably used to grasp a branch and pull it closer to the animal to reach parts of the vegetation otherwise out of reach.” The dinosaurs may have used digging claws to unearth tasty roots.It would be like future archaeologists looking at a man-made grappling hook and assuming it was used as a weapon of war.  Even with this reinterpretation, the evolutionists maintained their confidence that birds are evolved dinosaurs.  “These findings might shed light on the evolution of modern birds from ancient theropods.”Readers can decide whether laughing or puking are appropriate responses to the above links.  (If you answer both, perform them sequentially, not simultaneously, for your own safety.)  The number of fallacies is astounding.  If future philosophers of science are not appalled about what passed for science in 2014, it will be a sad commentary on the human race.  Perhaps it could also be considered prima facie evidence for human devolution.For your own sanity, follow this up with another viewing of Flight: The Genius of Birds.last_img read more

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Crowdfunding Your Startup with MicroVentures

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#tips 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Crowdfunding has become a popular way to fund a variety of projects, from small-scale endeavors to large-scale, literally earth-shaping efforts.It’s still not the accepted or the obvious choice for funding your startup, however. But news that the Austin, Texas-based MicroVentures has successfully raised its first $150,000 for three startups via its crowdfunding platform suggests that these alternatives might be viable after all. MicroVentures is an online investment service that uses peer-to-peer fundraising. The service is meant to help investors from all over the country – both accredited investors and what the company calls “sophisticated investors” – gain access to deal that they wouldn’t ordinarily see. It also allows them to invest smaller amounts. MicroVentures isn’t disclosing a lot of details about the first three deals that it’s funded, but it says that these ranged from $2000 to $25,000 increments, with the average investment roughly $5000.MicroVentures does the due diligence for investors, running a variety of checks on financials, forecasts, use of funds, burn rate and so on. Everything is disclosed fully to potential investors, who make their investments in exchange for equity in the companies.MicroVentures says it makes the process of fundraising easier for entrepreneurs too. According to company CEO Bill Clark, “The lure of our site is that we do all the work while the entrepreneur can go back to building their product and gaining customers. It can take months to raise money and that means a lot of calls, follow-ups and paperwork. We have over 500 investors that have over $25 million in liquid net worth, and our process is automated online so we minimize all of the paperwork and handle most of the investor calls.”As this is an online process, it also helps open investments beyond a certain region.Typically, the sign-up process for startups costs $100, but those interested in trying MicroVenture can can submit their ideas for free using the code RWW.last_img read more

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76ers unleash 81-point first half to rout Timberwolves

first_imgMOST READ Butler scored 19 points in the first meeting with Minnesota since the trade, and the 76ers scored 83 points in the first half in a 149-107 rout on Tuesday night.“I do want to beat those guys,” Butler said, “but I want to beat every team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Golden State Warriors were the only team to score more first-half points in a game this season when they dropped 92 on the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 29. The Sixers hit a team-record 21 3-pointers and reached their highest point total in the 22-year history of the Wells Fargo Center.Joel Embiid had 31 points and 13 rebounds in a final tuneup before the Sixers hit a pivotal stretch of the season. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion ZOO HOURSThe 76ers honored broadcaster Marc Zumoff for 25 years as the team broadcaster.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Host San Antonio on Friday.76ers: Play Thursday at Indiana.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Simmons, who had 20 points and 11 rebounds, flexed and Embiid waved his arms to an adoring crowd after big baskets.Butler took a backseat in his first game since the Timberwolves sent him to the 76ers in a package deal that brought forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric in return.“It was everything that I thought it would be,” Butler said. “Seeing some old faces. Not too much trash talking, though, I don’t think anybody’s talking like that. I like the fact that we beat them.”Covington and Saric were popular core pieces of Philadelphia’s Trust the Process rebuild and both received massive ovations from an appreciative crowd in tribute videos.“It means they really appreciate what I did the last three years here,” Saric said. “I’m thankful for that. They really respect me.”The Sixers found thumping the Timberwolves a breeze. They’re having a tougher time molding the Butler-Simmons-Embiid combination into a dominant Big 3 instead of a big mystery. The Sixers have a thin bench and are experimenting with rotations to find the right ones that can make them evolve into the Eastern Conference favorites they expected to become this season.Sixers rookie general manager Elton Brand hits the Feb. 7 trade deadline with a major mission: strengthen the reserves. Former Sixers Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova steadied the Sixers last season as midseason pickups and Brown needs more of that punch for a deep run in the East this season.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Derrick Rose led the Timberwolves with 15 points and Saric had 11 in his return. Covington sat out with a knee injury. Tyus Jones left with a sprained left ankle.“We’ll look at the film and work on moving forward,” coach Ryan Saunders said. “Our communication was not up to our standards.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES 76ers: Signed G Corey Brewer to a 10-day contract. He has career averages of 8.9 points and 2.8 rebounds in 783 games.WHAT A HALFThe team record for points in a first half is 86. The Sixers shot 66 percent (31 of 47) and had 21 assists on 31 baskets.JIMMY JAMButler had voiced his frustration with the state of the Timberwolves and was soon traded to the Sixers. The Sixers need more big games from him to contend.“There are times that I wished he’d shoot more 3s. There are times I wished he’d put this thumbprint deeper into the game,” Brown said. “But he plays the game the right way.”SIR CHARLESSir Charles is ready for his close up.Charles Barkley, the 76ers great whose retired No. 34 hangs in the rafters, is set to play a substitute gym teacher in Wednesday’s episode of “The Goldbergs.”“In my gym, we’ve got two rules. Number one, we NEVER give up. Number two, aliens are real and they walk among us,” he says in the episode. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “We’ve got some heavyweights coming in but so be it,” coach Brett Brown said.The Sixers needed the breather against Minnesota. They play their next 12 games against teams with winning records and the Sixers are not quite where Brown wants them as they go toe-to-toe with those NBA heavyweights.“Not to the level that I wished it was,” Brown said. “It’s not anything that I’m panicking about.”They never had reason to worry about Minnesota.The Sixers stuffed a season’s worth of highlights into the first half. They cut to the hoop with ease for layups and big Ben Simmons dunks. They buried mostly uncontested 3-pointers — 10 of 20 in the half — and even made all 11 free throws.ADVERTISEMENT Warriors score NBA-record 51 in 1st quarter to crush Nuggets View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, center, hangs on the rim after a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA— Jimmy Butler’s final miserable months in Minnesota were blighted by trash talk toward his teammates and a sour demeanor that forced the Timberwolves to trade him.At home in Philadelphia, Butler is still working out the kinks with his new star teammates. But Butler had one final parting gift for his old team: a complete thrashing that left the Timberwolves in tatters.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Rafael Nadal criticises Wimbledon’s 25-second shot clock plan

first_imgWorld number one Rafael Nadal took a swipe at plans to introduce a shot clock at Wimbledon next year after speedily moving past Israels Dudi Sela in the first round.The U.S. Open is set to introduce a shot clock this year so that the 25 seconds allowed between points is strictly enforced and Wimbledon is likely to follow suit.Nadal, who has often fallen foul of the slow-play rule during his career, said he could not support the move.”I’m 32. I dont know for how long Im going to play. Hopefully for a long time. But is something that is not bothering me,” the Spaniard said when asked for his opinion in his news conference after a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win on Tuesday which took less than two hours on Centre Court.Also read – Wimbledon: Thiem, Goffin depart while Nadal, Djokovic advance”In terms of the sport, depends. If you want to see a quick game without thinking, well done.””If you want to keep playing in a sport that you need to think, you need to play with more tactics, you want to have long and good rallies, then of course you are going the wrong way.””But seems like sometimes is only about the business, so… I cant support this, no. Because I dont feel the matches that stay for the history of our sport went that quick.”Also Read – Wimbledon: Halep, defending champion Muguruza advance, Kvitova outNadal pointed to his epic four hour 48 minute Wimbledon final against Roger Federer in 2008 a match widely considered the best final ever played at the All England Club.advertisementHe said speeding up tennis could water down the drama, although in fact Grand Slams now allow 25 seconds between points rather than the 20 seconds of 10 years ago.”I don’t remember an emotional match that the total time of the match has been two hours,” Nadal said.”All the matches that have been important in the history of our sport have been four hours, five hours.””To play these kind of matches you need time between points because you cannot play points in a row with long rallies, with emotional points, having only 25 seconds between points.”last_img read more

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