Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant to start in All-Star game

first_imgWASHINGTON D.C. — Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant will start in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, the NBA announced during TNT’s ‘NBA Tip-Off ‘ Thursday evening.Curry, who will make his sixth all-star appearance in his native Charlotte, is joined by Oklahoma City Thunder guard Paul George, Durant, Houston Rockets guard James Harden, and Los Angeles Lakers forward – and team captain – LeBron James in the Western Conference. The Eastern Conference starters will comprise of Philadelphia …last_img read more

Warriors mailbag: Analyzing the Dubs’ post All-Star slump

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — The Warriors’ stars are laughing at the absurdity of it all.Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins all sounded amused over inquiries on whether they felt worried with the Warriors losing three of their past five games since the NBA All-Star break. And why would they be? It is late February and early March. Not April, May or June.It appears Warriors fans are just as calm, at least the ones that sent questions to latest mailbag. But they still wonder what’s going on …last_img read more

National Science Standards Squelch Freedom of Inquiry

first_imgIf federal science standards are approved by the states, students will lose freedom to question controversial subjects like evolution and global warming.Science thrives on open inquiry: the ability to ask questions.  But for certain subjects, notably evolution and global warming, the scientific “consensus” (loosely defined as the majority with power) wants to shut down inquiry and indoctrinate students to accept the consensus as the only acceptable position.  The latest attempt at indoctrination, revealed in an article by Daniel James Devine in World Magazine, (“Change in the Weather,” Aug. 25, p. 64) is to push for national science standards:As kindergartners and high-school students return to public schools this fall, a team of 41 writers will be busy editing national curriculum standards that, as early as next year, could change how science teachers instruct their classes. The so-called “Next Generation Science Standards,” which all 50 states will have the option of adopting or not, are intended to provide a universal framework for science education. They explicitly emphasize Darwinism and climate change.Environmentalism and Darwinism are heavily promoted in the standards that are being recommended by the National Academy of Science based on consensus (majority) views.Controversies on global warming:  As for global warming, students in states that adopt the standards will be taught that man is at fault for the current warming and needs to fix it. If only one side is taught in schools, the USA may soon resemble Canada, where only 2% deny anthropogenic global warming, according to a new poll reported by PhysOrg.  The science behind it, though, continues to be ambiguous.  The controversy is not limited to skeptics.  Should students be prevented from hearing about the following three examples found in the mainstream journals?(1) A striking paper in Nature this week (Simpson et al., “Long-term decline of global atmospheric ethane concentrations and implications for methane,” Nature 488, 23 August 2012, pp. 490–494, doi:10.1038/nature11342) finds good and bad in human climatic activity: methane is a greenhouse gas emitted substantially by flaring of natural gas vents, but so is ethane – a precursor of atmospheric ozone.  The decrease in ethane due to reductions in flaring is reducing ozone that protects humans from UV light, while the methane from flaring adds to warming.  Which is worse?(2) In the journal Science this week, Luke Skinner urged “A Long View on Climate Change” (Science, 24 August 2012: Vol. 337 no. 6097 pp. 917-919, DOI: 10.1126/science.1224011).  He cautioned about the political ramifications of short-term graphs (those looking back a century or less).  He noted several major climate swings over long periods before humans appeared in the standard geological timeline.  He further questioned scientists’ ability to understand all the forcing and feedback mechanisms and the uncertainties in proxy estimates; for instance, what factors are nonlinear?  How resilient is the earth to particular forcing factors?  “If the goal of climate science is not just to predict the next 50 to 100 years of climate change, but also ‘to tackle the more general question of climate maintenance and sensitivity’, then arguably we must do so within a conceptual framework that augments the notion of climate sensitivity as a straightforward linear calibration of climate gain, with the possibility of nonlinear feedbacks and irreversible transitions in the climate system,” he explained.  “An exclusive consideration of the highest (e.g., decadal) register of climate variability might be adequate for most political time frames and may suit the urgency of immediate mitigation and adaptation challenges,” he ended. “However, it falls short of the wider scientific challenge that faces humanity, as well as a moral horizon that extends much farther into the future.”(3) In a published comment to Nature this week (Turnhout et al., “Listen to the Voices of Experience,” Nature 488, 23 August 2012, pp. 454–455, doi:10.1038/488454a), five scientists had nothing good to say about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – the forger of the climate consensus.  They criticized the IPCC’s top-down authority, its narrow focus on one parameter (global temperature), and its obsession with peer review with no regard for the stakeholders in policies derived from its pronouncements.  The five even questioned the IPCC’s epistemology: “This IPCC-like focus might be attractive to ‘elite actors’, from natural scientists to national governments, but it omits many other important stakeholders and knowledge-holders, including indigenous people, businesses, farmers, community partnerships and fishers,” they said.  “What counts as legitimate knowledge, and how it is generated, influences its practical effectiveness.”Controversies over evolution:  Problems with Darwinism are routinely discussed in the pages of Creation-Evolution Headines (recent example, 8/20/2012), usually expressed by evolutionists themselves in leading journals.  But if the proposed “Next Generation Science Standards” become universal, students will not hear about them.  “High-school students will be taught that fossil and DNA discoveries support common ancestry, and that one species can evolve into two” (readers are welcome to search on those keywords for controversies about each of them).  Adoption of the standards will leave teachers in a hopeless bind.  “A 2008 poll found that only a quarter of public high-school biology teachers claim to be strong advocates of Darwinism,” Devine said, ” and in an online poll last year, half of science teachers said they faced skepticism about climate change teaching from parents.”In the U.S., 26 states have representatives on the “Next Generation Science Standards” writing team, Devine reported.  “These states and others are likely to replace their own science standards with the national ones—leaving teachers and parents with little room to be skeptical.”  This is ironic, considering that the Skeptics Society and prominent “debunkers” like magician The Amazing Randi constantly urge a skeptical attitude about everything (but science), and urge critical thinking about claims presented as fact (by everyone except scientists).  How can students learn critical thinking, if “science” is immune from it?Philosophy, Too:  In the same issue of World Magazine, Janie B. Cheaney expressed concern that the American Philosophical Society (APA) – a body whose highest virtue is to question things – is enforcing consensus opinions on tolerance, refusing to publish ads in its journal from any institution that fails to adhere to its politically-correct views on homosexuality.  Obviously this targets Christian colleges.  The logical contradiction between the APA’s anti-discrimination policy and its own intolerance of traditional views has not been lost on luminaries such as Alvin Plantinga, Robert George, and Roger Scruton, but since the majority accepted the new policy, the illogic has been locked in.  “…open inquiry about ultimate questions is what philosophy is all about,” Cheaney concluded.  “If open inquiry is throttled in its own house, Socratic discussion will have no place to go.”Bitter fruit of consensus enforcement:  Two more articles in the same issue of World Magazine illustrate the fallout when consensus trumps freedom of inquiry.  In “Good Deeds Punished,” (World, Aug 25, 2012, p. 12) Warren Cole Smith retold the tribulations of renegade sociologist Mark Regnerus at the University of Texas who dared publish the politically-incorrect finding, based on the largest sample ever conducted, that children don’t fare as well under homosexual pairs (see 6/10/2012 and 7/26/2012 entries).  Regnerus survived the backlash because he had tenure, but Bob Woodberry, in the same UT sociology department, did not.  Despite his impeccable credentials and experience, he was denied tenure, and thereafter effectively blacklisted from American universities because of politically incorrect views, Marvin Olasky wrote (World, August 25, 2012, page 76).  With American doors closed to him, Woodberry had to seek employment where he could find it, in a country more tolerant of dissent.  “To get a job, Bob Woodberry last month moved nearly 10,000 miles,” Olasky concluded after his parody of the tenure board at UT.  “The National University of Singapore is giving him a 50 percent increase in salary, free housing for up to nine years, the first semester off, and $85,000 for his research.”Centralization of education at the national level is disastrous; education belongs at the local level.  The proposed national standards reflect another volley by leftist elitists to squelch independent thinking and force the unwashed masses into uncritical acceptance of the dictates of the oligarchy.  States that refuse to adopt the standards will likely be subjected to threats from universities not to accept their students.  Totalitarianism, anyone?World Magazine (“Today’s News, Christian Views”) is a great resource, highly recommended!  Subscribers to the bi-weekly paper magazine also get online access, email newsletters in advance of print, and video summaries of upcoming issues (watch the current one).  World covers many subjects: politics, education, science, culture, music, movies, books and much more.  Readers will find many in depth reporting on many subjects the secular press ignores, such as persecution of Christians around the world and controversies over scientific ethics.  When it comes to evolution, the magazine is favorable to Darwin skeptics in an informed way.  This is one magazine you will read cover to cover.  The reporting is well-written and informative, and the editorials are timely and thought-provoking.  Get it today– right now, while they are running a free, no-obligation three-month trial subscription at GetWorldNow.com; use “video” as the promo code.(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

e’Lollipop sequel soon for South Africa

first_imgWandile Molebatsi, who plays Muntu Ndebele in A Million Colours: e’Lollipop II and the real Ndebele. Jason Hartman, who plays Norman Knox,on set at the Hector Pieterson Memorial in Orlando East, Soweto. (Images: A Million Colours: Facebook) The young Ndebele and Knox portrayedon the poster for the original e’Lollipop. (Image: e’Lollipop) MEDIA CONTACTS • Bronwyn Williams  Ma-Afrika Films  +27 21 887 6894 RELATED ARTICLES • New Afrikaans film a hit • SA actresses make it big in Hollywood • SA film wins at Tribeca • SA film lauded at Canadian OscarsRay MaotaThe film A Million Colours: e’Lollipop II, depicting the lives of child actors Muntu Ndebele and Norman Knox during the years following the success of their iconic 1975 South African box office hit e’Lollipop, will be released locally in April.The two child stars of e’Lollipop, which movingly portrayed the friendship between a white and a black boy during the height of apartheid, led vastly different lives after the movie’s success.Ndebele descended into violence, crime and debauchery as he struggled with life after the movie, while Knox, conscripted into the army, refused to fight for the apartheid government and tried to spread the notion that all races can live happily together.Wandile Molebatsi and Jason Hartman star as Ndebele and Knox respectively in A Million Colours, while Masello Motana plays Ndebele’s love interest.Molebatsi said: “Muntu went through some hard times, which I shared in my own experiences. Some of the scenes were very emotionally charged and they took their toll on me, but the crew and actors were so professional.”“It’s a huge step forward for the local film industry,” said Hartman. “This film is on another level and can stand up to any production, locally and internationally.”A Million Colours was filmed on location in and around Johannesburg and in Kwazulu-Natal.According to the film’s Facebook page, it is “an inspiring true story of danger, adventure, romance, betrayal and redemption…set against the turbulent background of a nation in crisis.”It opens locally on 26 April 2012 at Nu Metro, Ster-Kinekor and selected independent cinemas countrywide.Second chancesThe film is a South African/Canadian co-production involving original e’Lollipop producer André Pieterse of Ma-Afrika Films, and Michael Mosca from Equinoxe Films, distributors of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, as the South African and Canadian producers respectively.Peter Bishai, the Canadian director of the movie, said: “The script came through Muntu’s experiences as he walked me through his life and the the places which had impacted on him the most.“He’s a natural story-teller and the movie has every ingredient for success – romance, intrigue, suspense and more.”Ndebele said that he was in trouble throughout much of his life and asked God for a second chance, which he has received as a reformed addict.Turning a wasted life aroundIt all started when Pieterse decided to contact Ndebele and Knox as he wanted to turn e’Lollipop into a DVD.He was able to find Knox but their search for Ndebele led them to a derelict Hillbrow flat where they found a drug riddled, sick man of 43kg.This meeting between Knox and Ndebele after so many years inspired Ndebele to kick the drug habit at last.His healing process involved contributions by both to a journal that documented everything Ndebele went through since they last met as children.This journal is what spawned A Million Colours.Following years of a healthy diet, regular gym, encouragement and discipline, Ndebele has made a full recovery.He said: “Now that I’ve reconnected with Norman that lost part of me is returning. It was never a ‘made’ friendship, it was a natural bond which transcended racial boundaries. God has used him to save me just as I in e’Lollipop saved him.”Ndebele is now a sought-after motivational speaker. His audiences include IBM; Deloitte and Touche; The British International College; Metro Evangelical Services; Robben Island Primary School; and British American Tobacco.Grabbing attention worldwideThe movie is yet to be released in Ndebele’s home country but has made waves overseas and enjoyed attention at multiple prestigious festivals.In 2011 it opened the Hollywood Black Film Festival and was showcased at the Montreal World Film Festival and Atlantic Film Festival.It was also selected for the Pan African Film Festival that took place in Los Angeles in the US from 9 – 20 February 2012.last_img read more

Students of Assam varsity demand V-C

first_imgLess than a fortnight after students of the North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology in Arunachal Pradesh agitated for appointment of a regular Director, their counterparts at Assam Women’s University (AWU) are on strike, demanding the appointment of a Vice-Chancellor and adequate teachers to run the university.The students are also against the State government’s reported move to downgrade the university to a technical institute. The only-for-women university is at Jorhat, 305 km east of Guwahati, and was started in September 2014. On Thursday, students’ unions, adhering to divergent political ideologies, joined the agitation launched by the AWU students more than a week ago. These unions include the All Assam Students’ Union, the Satra Mukti Sangram Samiti, the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and the All India Democratic Women’s Association. “We want Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to sit down with the students to sort out the issues,” SFI secretary Nirankush Nath said. AWU, whose goal is to “produce 21st century think tanks to effectively carry forward women-centric opportunities,” has 700 students in 15 departments, including health science, business management and tourism.last_img read more

Romeo confident ‘hardworking’ Gilas young guys will perform well

first_imgRio’s Olympics 1 year later: The good, the bad and the ugly Jio Jalalon, Matthew Wright, and Roger Pogoy, all of whom were part of the 2017 Seaba Championship squad, were retained for the Asian championships.Also tabbe d in the roster were hardworking forward Carl Bryan Cruz and Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger, who will replace Andray Blatche as the team’s naturalized player for the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWith Gilas resuming practice on Thursday at Upper Deck Gym in Pasig, Romeo could only heap praises with the effort he saw from the young guns.“They are all hardworking and are focused on what they are doing. I can see that they can play good in this Fiba Asia,” he said. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ At 25, though, Romeo, isn’t really that old compared to these guys and he relishes the chance to represent the country in what would be his second straight appearance in the continental tournament.“I’m happy. We’ll have another chance to represent the country so we’re thankful to coach Chot (Reyes) for the trust, as well as the management,” he said. “We vow to give our best and I can promise that I’ll do everything I could to help the team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTerrence Romeo believes that 2017 Jones Cup experience will be a huge asset for the cadets as they join the veterans in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup this August.“The experience is already there for them and I’m sure that they can perform well in this coming tournament,” he said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more

Games contracts to media houses arbitrary and biased: CAG

first_imgThe CAG has questioned the deals between the CWG and certain media houses as the organising committee (OC) apparently resorted to pick-and-choose policy in the award of contracts worth over Rs 6.73 crore. The CAG, in its report, tabled in Parliament last week, has dubbed the process arbitrary and biased.The CAG is more severe in its observations on the contract for creating a Games Time website, meant to put out real time information on sporting events, given to HT-Hungama – a consortium comprising Hindustan Times and Hungama. It has lambasted the process of awarding the contract to the consortium and said their work was deficient.The website lacked speed and was not really updated with the latest information, the auditors said.The website named Korea, Japan, Philippines and the US among the nations participating in the Games – but none of them did – and Commonwealth Games Federation head Mike Fennell went on record, saying “there is certainly a big problem with the official Games Time website”. A benevolent OC overlooked the non-performance and did not encash the performance guarantee of Rs 0.29 crore. A contract tweaked in favour of HT-Hungama had no other provisions for penalties case of non-performance, the CAG said.It said the bidding process was squeezed and completed within two months, leading to several irregularities. Among the three bidders, HT-Hungama’s documentation was deficient but ignored by the technical committee. It led the CAG to conclude that the process was tailored in HT-Hungama’s favour.The contract for production and broadcasting of commercials was given to two news channels, CNN-IBN and NDTV. The CAG said the OC followed an arbitrary approach with no planning for specific channels, time slots and cost benefit analysis.advertisementThe OC considered proposals in an adhoc manner and as and when they were received.last_img read more

Is It A Clown Question To Ask Why Bryce Harpers Stats Are

Historical playersYearsAgesPosYear 1Year 2Year 3 current playersYearsAgesPosYear 1Year 2Year 3 Andre Ethier2007-0925-27RF+4-11-11 Fielding Runs vs. Avg Matt Kemp2009-1124-26CF0-31-6 Jeff Francoeur2007-0923-25RF+20-3+4 Luis Matos2003-0524-26CF+9-8-2 Fielding Runs vs. Avg When Bryce Harper was introduced by the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Clearwater, Florida, and slipped on a red pinstriped No. 3 jersey, the amount of fanfare that greeted him hadn’t been seen since the team traded for Roy Halladay in 2009. The club reportedly sold 100,000 tickets to regular-season games within hours of Harper’s signing. The Phillies hope it ushers in an era of sustained competitive baseball with Harper as a $330 million keystone. After all, what made Harper so promising was not only his talent but also his relative youth, as a 26-year-old free agent.Harper should still be productive in the near term and deliver important wins for the Phillies (after the signing, FiveThirtyEight’s projections for the 2019 season bumped the Phillies up to 84 wins, from 82, although other sites have been more bullish). But as we wrote last week, Harper’s consistency is a concern. Historical comps for a player with Harper’s unusual and volatile career to date suggest that he might have already peaked and that star-level players, in general, have reached their peaks by age 26. Since we are already in the habit of raining on the parade in Philadelphia, let’s look under the hood at Harper’s underlying stats and see where the specific problems may reside.For starters, Harper’s defensive metrics fell off a cliff last season.According to an average of Defensive Runs Saved (which Baseball-Reference.com uses for its defensive WAR) and Ultimate Zone Rating (FanGraphs’s metric of choice), Harper was the second-worst right fielder in the game (-12 runs saved compared with average) and the fourth-worst center fielder (-9 runs saved). Harper played 860 innings in right and 477 innings in center last season. And if Harper becomes more and more a one-dimensional player, in an era in which his power hitting stands out less, he loses relative value.But perhaps those concerns are a little overblown. Although baseball’s defensive metrics are getting better all the time, they are still prone to big swings between seasons. In 2017, before the big decline last season, Harper was actually 3 runs better than an average right fielder. His 24-run drop ranks second-worst among outfielders under age 271As of June 30 of the season in question. who played the same position for the same team in back-to-back years between 20022The first season of granular, pitch-level data at FanGraphs. and 2018, trailing only Matt Kemp (who fell from being exactly average in 2009 to 31 runs below average in 2010). In the season after that, Kemp still wasn’t good — he was -6 relative to an average CF — but he at least reclaimed some of the ground he’d lost in his annus horribilis.As it turns out, that’s a pretty common story if we look at the rest of the outfielders who met our qualifications from above and dropped off by at least 15 runs in a season since 2002: Jay Bruce2010-1223-25RF+180-3 Mike Trout2012-1420-22CF+15-5-9 The fates of outfielders with Harper-esque defensive dropsPlayers who had a decline of at least 15 defensive runs* relative to average in a season since 2002, were younger than 27 and played in the same position for the same team Nick Markakis2008-1024-26RF+17-5-8 Odubel Herrera2017-1925-27CF+6-11? There were some other players who experienced the same kinds of defensive declines and responded by changing positions entirely. (Such as Mark Teahen, Adam Eaton and Marlon Byrd.) But among those who stayed at the same position, they averaged to be about half as bad (relative to average) in the following season as they’d been in the decline year, regaining about 20 percent of their previous form.In the end, though, the Phillies are paying Harper to produce runs and hit homers. So perhaps the more troubling trend of Harper’s for the Phillies is his failure to address holes in his swing.Harper’s ability to make contact has been in decline. Last season, his rate of contact on pitches in the strike zone was the fourth-lowest among qualified hitters, dropping from 84 percent in 2017 to 78 percent in 2018. His strikeout rate rose by 4.2 percentage points, the 24th-greatest increase in the majors. Since 2015, his 15-game rolling average regarding contact ability (on all pitches) has been volatile but gradually declining.According to Statcast data from Baseball Savant, Harper’s whiff rate against fastballs3Four-seam fastballs, two-seam fastballs and sinkers. increased from 15.2 percent in 2016, to 20.2 percent in 2017 to 26.4 percent last season (ranking as the 36th-highest whiff rate in 2018 among 352 batters to offer against at least 200 fastballs). Against fastballs 95 mph and faster, Harper’s whiff rate increased from 18.8 percent in 2016 to 22.0 percent in 2017 to 31.5 percent in 2018.Harper has always had a weakness against up-and-away fastballs. Since 2015, he has swung and missed at a 40.7 percent rate when offering at up-and-away four-seam fastballs.Last season, Harper swung at 111 four-seam fastballs in those zones and whiffed 52 times, a 46.8 percent rate.While defensive metrics can still be somewhat volatile from year to year,4Even among players who stayed at the same position in back-to-back years, the correlation between a player’s percentile rank at his position in defensive runs per inning from year to year is 0.36 since 2002. a player’s contact rate is much “stickier”5The same correlation for a batter’s strikeout rate in back-to-back seasons is 0.79. — suggesting that big changes in the ability to make contact are more likely to represent a real change in skills and not just random variance.It’s not all bad news at the plate, however: Against fastballs,6Again, four-seam fastballs, two-seam fastballs and sinkers. Harper hit .306, with a .651 slugging percentage, according to Baseball Savant data.Because Harper was effective when making contact against fastballs, perhaps he was trading the ability to make contact for more power. What he has not done is change his swing plane, according to launch angle data. His average launch angle was 14.5 degrees in 2015, 14.6 in 2016, 13.6 in 2017 and 13.9 in 2018. His pull rate did spike, jumping from 35.5 percent in 2017 to 42.3 percent in 2018.Harper has elite plate discipline. He has elite power. But not every player who has made power gains in recent years — see Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor, Justin Turner and Jose Ramirez — has had to sacrifice contact. And the best, most efficient offensive performers typically do not trade contact for power.What’s concerning is that even though some traits age well, like plate discipline, power generally does not. So if Harper’s defense continues to decline and he’s limited to a corner outfield position and continues to lose contact ability — if he becomes a Three True Outcomes hitter — he probably won’t age as the Phillies would like. He would likely morph from a highly sought-after asset, a 26-year-old star free agent, to the type of player easily found (a Three True Outcomes corner outfielder).Because Harper was a prodigy in part as a result of relentless work and practice at a young age, he may have fulfilled his potential soon after his arrival in the majors. But he doesn’t have to be Trout-like to justify his contract. At $25.4 million per year, the Phillies are not paying him as an elite superstar. And if Harper helps Philadelphia add another World Series banner to Citizens Bank Park in the not-too-distant future, then it will likely be $330 million well spent regardless of how well he ages. * According to an average of the defensive metrics found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.Minimum 700 innings in all years. Ages are as of June 30 of the season in question.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraph Bryce Harper2017-1924-26RF+3-20? From ABC News: read more

Huawei exceeds 200 million smartphone shipments setting company record

first_img $399 Huawei P20 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Now playing: Watch this: Tags The best Android phone around? Meet the Huawei Mate 20… Share your voice Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Review • Huawei P20: A killer low-light camera you can actually afford Apple Phones Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Phones like the Huawei Honor 10 have helped the phone maker set a new shipment record for itself. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Huawei has set a record for itself by shipping more than 200 million smartphones in 2018, the company said in a statement Sunday.The Chinese phone maker said the numbers were largely driven by the success of products like its P20, Honor 10 and Mate 20 series. Huawei’s smartphone shipments have grown from 3 million units in 2010, it added. Last year, it said it sold 153 million units. The company overtook Apple in the second quarter of 2018 to become the world’s second largest phone vendor, according to researcher Canalys.”In the global smartphone market, Huawei has gone from being dismissed as a statistical ‘other’ to ranking among the Top 3 players in the world,” Huawei said in its statement. See it 3 Mentioned Above Huawei P20 (black) reading • Huawei exceeds 200 million smartphone shipments, setting company record • See All Despite its successes this year, Huawei has still faced some challenges, particularly with the US government. In February, US intelligence officials advised Americans not to purchase Huawei products out of fear they’re being used to spy for the Chinese government. In January, AT&T pulled out of a deal to sell the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and Verizon reportedly followed suit.Still, Huawei is popular in places like China and Europe. More than 500 million people in over 170 countries use Huawei phones, according to the company. In August, the company raised its shipment forecast for 2018 from 180 million to 200 million, and said it aims to become the world’s largest phone vendor by the end of 2019.Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: An elite phone with the looks to match.Huawei overtakes Apple: It becomes the No. 2 phone seller in the world. 2:21 Huawei Applelast_img read more

Cartoonist and food blogger Nikhil Pai commits suicide

first_imgNikhil PaifacebookA 28-year-old cartoonist and food blogger committed suicide by consuming poison at his residence in Mangaluru on Saturday (April 14).Nikhil Pai, a popular food blogger and one of the founders of Three Hungry Men, a food blog, ended his life at his house in Malemar-Derebail area in Mangaluru.The reason behind him talking this extreme step is yet to be ascertained. Although, it is alleged that some personal issues had taken a toll on him and this triggered him to end his life.His mortal remains were taken to AJ Hospital in Mangaluru for the autopsy. The Kavoor police have registered a case on his death. He is survived by his wife, mother and sister. His father died two years back.An amateur cartoonist, Nikhil rose to fame after the initiation of his food blog along with his friends Rajat Rao and Colin Vernon D’Souza. The trio used to hold several food-related events and used to review restaurants all around the nation. They were quite famous among the youths in Mangaluru.Nikhil had taken over the family business after the death of his father. He was managing the petrol bunk owned by his father at Baikampady.last_img read more