first_img Naomi OsakaPatrick MouratoglouSerenaserena williams First Published: September 2, 2019, 7:34 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New York: Patrick Mouratoglou, the coach at the centre of Serena Williams’ infamous US Open final meltdown last year, said he “would do it again tomorrow” in reference to his hand signals that sparked the controversy.Williams was warned for coaching during her loss in the final to Japan’s Naomi Osaka when Mouratoglou was spotted making signals from the players box. Williams then carried out a running verbal battle with umpire Carlos Ramos, who eventually penalized her a game. The American described Ramos as a “liar and a thief” before crashing to defeat at a shell-shocked Flushing Meadows.”Do I regret? No, I felt like she was lost at that moment and I tried to help her doing something that everybody does,” Mouratoglou said Sunday.”I would do the same tomorrow. Really. 100 percent. And if I’m penalized again, I think it’s unfair the same way. If I’m penalized, then everyone should be penalized every day. And nobody is. Nobody.” Mouratoglou insists that all players are coached from the sidelines and it is hypocrisy to deny it exists.At the moment, on-court coaching is only allowed in WTA events but not on the men’s ATP Tour or at the four Grand Slams.”Do I regret? Not at all. Not at all. For me, I didn’t do anything bad. I just did what all the coaches do,” he said.”As I said, and I say it again, I usually never do it. So that was extremely unfair, because he penalized somebody — he knows I’m not doing it. I did it once. “Nobody gives a warning for the first time. They just tell you, Be careful. Actually tell you to be careful usually after four or five times. Anyway, so I think it was completely unfair.”The Frenchman cited the inconsistency with which certain rules are applied, noting that warnings for racquet abuse were administered with regularity — unlike the case with on-court coaching.”When you smash the racquet, you always have a warning. This is really the rule and the use. So this is something nobody complains about because we know that,” he said.”I think it’s the most stupid rule. I don’t think we should get penalized for that. That’s how it is. This is fine. “But when you never, and nobody is penalized or almost never (for coaching), I don’t think it’s fair. So do I regret? No. Would I do it again tomorrow if it’s necessary? Yes.” last_img read more

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first_imgChandigarh, Mar 11 (PTI) Former Punjab Congress chiefs Partap Singh Bajwa and Shamsher Singh Dullo and BJP candidate Shwet Malik today filed their nomination papers for three of the five Rajya Sabha seats from the state.They filed their papers before the Returning Officer here, a Punjab Vidhan Sabha spokesman said.Earlier on March 9, sitting Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) members Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Naresh Gujral had filed their nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha seats from Punjab, the election for which is slated for March 21.Dhindsa and Gujral, who is the son of former prime minister I K Gujral, are senior leaders of SAD and have been re-nominated.Term of office of five members of Rajya Sabha elected from Punjab will expire in April.The MPs whose terms are expiring are Ashwani Kumar (Cong), Avinash Rai Khanna (BJP), Sukhdev Singh (Akali Dal), Manohar Singh Gill (Cong) and Naresh Gujral (Akali Dal).Today was the last date of filing of nominations. The scrutiny of nominations will take place on March 12 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is March 14.The hours of poll will be 9 AM to 4 PM.Congress yesterday decided not to re-nominate former union ministers Kumar and Gill and named Bajwa and Dullo as its candidates.Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh was present when Bajwa and Dullo filed their nominations.BJP nominated former Amritsar mayor Malik as the party nominee for Rajya Sabha, as the term of Avinash Rai Khanna is coming to an end. PTI VJ ABH ZMN ABHadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgWasim Akram and Mohammad Azharuddin were baffled by India’s team selection against Hong Kong in their Asia Cup opener on Tuesday. The world’s number one ODI team and two-time world champions India survived a mighty scare against Hong Kong who came close to a historic victory in Dubai.Chasing 286, Hong Kong made 259 thanks to a record opening partnership. It took sterling efforts from debutant pacer Khaleel Ahmed and chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav to help India fight back and save them the blushes.Akram and Azharuddin, speaking exclusively to India Today ahead of the high-octane India-Pakistan clash on Wednesday, said they could not understand why key players like Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya were rested against Hong Kong.India had left Pandya, Bumrah and KL Rahul out in oppressively hot conditions so they could be well rested for the match against Pakistan.INDIA VS PAKISTAN ASIA CUP 2018, LIVE SCOREHowever, the two legends felt that was a bad move and it could have cost India dearly.”Hong Kong played brilliantly.. Let’s not take that away from them. But I am baffled – how come India rested Pandya and Bumrah?,” Akram told India Today. “Why call these players professionals? It’s not a mohalle ka match. They are playing for their country. These are your main players. Had they played against Hong Kong, they would have got acclimatised to the conditions.”WATCHAkram also said no player wanted to rest during his time as a professional cricketer and it was important to play as many games as possible to get used to conditions.advertisementMeanwhile, former India captain Azharuddin, said it was a scary match against Hong Kong in the absence of key players.Also read – India-Pakistan cricket rivalry resumes at Asia Cup 2018″These are young players… We never wanted any rest when we were young. Pandya did not play the last Test match and he could have played on Tuesday. It was a very scary game.. we could have lost it but luckily we won.Both Akram and Azhar agreed Pandya and Bumrah needed to play against Pakistan on Wednesday.”Bumrah and Pandya have to play today.. there’s no other option. If the management wants you to rest, you have to say you want to play to get into rhythm.”Also read – Before India-Pakistan clash, Sania Mirza decides to sign out of social mediaAkram , meanwhile, refused to pick a favourite ahead of the much-hyped game. However, he said Kudeep could be a very important factor in the match as Pakistan do not have any chiman bowler in their domestic circuit.”Kuldeep is very, very important – Pakistan have to have a plan. They should not throw wickets away to him.. Pakistan need to milk him. We do not have a chinaman bowler in our domestic cricket.”Azhar said the key for India would be to bat well. India’s middle-order has been a cause for concern with the bulk of the runs coming from Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli at the top of the order.Also read – India have slight edge over Pakistan because of MS Dhoni: MuralitharanKohli is not playing the Asia Cup – against Hong Kong, Dhawan scored a fine hundred while Ambati Rayudu scored a composed half-century. However, the middle order could not press the accelerator in time and India were restricted below 300. At the end, it just about proved to be enough.Azhar said it was important for set players to continue and score big.”We struggle from 30 to 35 overs. The problem is when a player is set, he should not get out. IN the last five overs, our tailenders bat, how can they score? If a player is set, he has to continue playing – if he gets out, there’s a problem.”last_img read more

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first_img Twitter Football Costa doesn’t prefer to laugh, though. He takes the Jack Dee route to provoking mirth, through the vehicles of preposterous fury and senseless indignation. Among the best of his hilarious new routines, freshly revealed to a Brazilian journalist, is one where, having grown furious with the team he no longer wants to play for, he also becomes furious with the one he does want to play for, thus entering a state of wild vexation with all employers both actual and potential.“I’ve demonstrated I care for Atlético and have interest in playing for them,” he joked at one point. “But if Atlético and Chelsea don’t come to an agreement and Atlético don’t make a big effort, I can’t keep on wanting to play for a club that isn’t going to make a bigger effort to try and sign me.”In other words, having assimilated all the available information, Costa is becoming so peeved with the club that apparently wants to sign him that he might sign instead for a club that apparently doesn’t want to sign him, on the grounds that the club that doesn’t want to sign him wants to sign him more than the club that does want to sign him. Really, this is situational comedy at its very finest.Some of Costa’s routine was more gently light-hearted than outright hilarious. “Chelsea offered me to several clubs but I was very clear with them,” he continued. “I said that if I’m not part of the manager’s plans, I would like to choose my destination.” This is a subtle parody, intended to contrast with the high-profile cases of Philippe Coutinho, Virgil van Dijk and Gylfi Sigurdsson, all of whom were in their managers’ plans but also wanted to choose their destinations. If Costa genuinely believed what he was saying, the result would appear to be everyone being able to go wherever they want whenever they want to, and the entire sporting world being thrown into chaos and turmoil.“It’s not my fault that I’m not at the club. If it was down to me I’d be playing,” added Costa, who a club spokesman confirmed today has been told he “should return to Chelsea” but has so far refused. “It’s already been a month. Holidays are good but it gets tiresome.”As a daily teatimely email published year-round the Fiver has little experience of holidays, though we did have a day off just last Easter. However we have a finely tuned sense of what gets tiresome, and it looks very much like it’s one we share with Antonio Conte.QUOTE OF THE DAY“Danny Welbeck wouldn’t believe that I could sing Drake songs off by heart. I’ll have a laugh with things that not many people would do at the age of 32. They’re like: ‘We’re the younger generation, you’re the older generation, you listen to Phil Collins and don’t understand what we’re talking about.’ Sometimes you have to understand the young generation in terms of what they do, what they feel, and you have to do it as well to keep up. So this is a guy that keeps up on and off the pitch and is not always having a go at you, he’s mixing it up” – Per Mertesacker, almost as entertaining in interview with Stuart James as he is on the dance floor. features Share on Pinterest BLUE MURDERAnd so to the former footballer turned sit-down comedian Diego Costa, who has been unable to play, train or even communicate with Chelsea this summer because of his participation in the Edinburgh Fringe. Slots at the comedy festival’s town-centre venues having been taken, he found himself forced to identify a new and very extreme definition of the word “fringe” and playing to packed-out audiences of local hangers-on some 5,000 miles away in his Brazilian hometown, Lagarto. Like so many Scottish-based low-rent gag-fountains, however, it appears his August is very much accounted for.Importantly, he’s got the jokes. So much so that when asked about Costa’s latest routine at his press conference on Friday the Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, dissolved into uncontrollable laughter. “It’s great, it’s great,” he giggled. “I prefer to laugh. It’s funny, this interview.” Twitter Topics SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism – the stuff not normally found in this email, obviously – is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us by making a one-off or recurring contribution.FIVER LETTERS“Might I respectfully suggest that Michael Hitchen’s punning headline (Fiver letters, yesterday) would have been improved if he’d written it as ‘Kyle Walker-Peters In As Memory of Kyle Walker Peters Out’. Or was such an example of slapdash, hastily-written, needing-just-a-bit-more-work wordplay his pitch for a job at Fiver Towers?” – Barrie Francis.“With an Ostralian doffed Akubra to Michael Hitchen, Bill Fleming and 1057 other pedants, surely it would be ‘Kyle Walker-Peters In As Memory of Kyle Walker Peters Out’?” – Brad (flamin’) Fry.“Torquay United sacks its player-manager just 12 days into the season? That was too quick; surely the door marked ‘Do One’ had yet to be installed” – JJ Zucal.Send your letters to the.boss@theguardian.com. And if you’ve nothing better to do you can also tweet The Fiver. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is Barrie Francis.BITS AND BOBSTottenham look like actually doing a signing! They have agreed a deal for the 21-year-old Colombian centre-back Davinson Sánchez – a club record, indeed, at £42m – and are said to be thrashing out terms.This time yesterday, the Fiver told you the FA was under pressure to explain itself over the rather curious Eni Aluko case. They now have explained what went on. Mostly. Fifa have only gone and announced a load of shortlists for awards! On the blokes side, unsurprisingly two fellas called Messi and Ronaldo head up a very long shortlist (24 men!). Harry Kane’s on it. They also released their 10-strong shortlist for their 2017 women’s player of the year award and England’s Lucy Bronze and Jodie Taylor, and Australia’s Sam Kerr, are on it.Lokomotiv Moscow legend Garry O’Connor’s been sharing old yarns about how Berti Vogts used to let the lads drink the night before Scotland games. Each player, O’Connor explained, had a personal limit, but the gaffer encouraged them to have at least a couple to level those nerves. “Bertie was a character. He was funny,” snorted O’Connor. “Before every national game, the night before we allowed to have three or four beers, or two whiskies or two vodka and cokes. That was the German mentality. It gives them a good sleep … We’re just looking at each other thinking, ‘are we gonna get p****d here?’ After your third beer you’re feeling tipsy, and you’re thinking what the hell is going on here? We’ve got a game tomorrow!” What japes! Facebook Pinterest Facebook Share on LinkedIn THE RECAPSign up and receive the best of Big Website’s coverage, every Friday, it says here. Seems to be a curious lack of mentions for The Fiver …STILL WANT MORE?Now Neymar’s ran off to Paris, Real Madrid really are in the La Liga driving seat, so-says Sid Lowe in his season preview.Plus, here Paolo Bandini previews Serie A, and Andy Brassell takes a look at the Bundesliga.Tottenham had better impress on the Wembley turf, otherwise there will be more hoodoo talk, warns Paul MacInnes. And the pod talk look back at the midweek Big Cup games and forward to another blockbuster weekend in … Football Weekly Extra.Eric Bailly gets his chat on with Jamie Jackson about his Abidjan roots and Manchester United being world class. Fed up with all the to-ing and fro-ing, will Diego Costa just rock up at Everton instead? That and more in today’s Rumour Mill. Who on earth is Pep Guardiola supposed to leave on the bench, Alberto Moreno should be dropped, and eight more things to get excited about this weekend. Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!IS THIS WHAT £36M BUYS YOU?center_img Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Diego Costa is in Chelsea’s past and I wouldn’t pick him, says Antonio Conte Share via Email Per Mertesacker chillaxes. Photograph: Alicia Canter/The Guardian Berti Vogts, still Scotland’s No1. Photograph: Ian Hodgson/REUTERS Share on Twitter Read more Pinterest Share on Messenger The Fiver Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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first_imgzoom Teekay LNG Partners has entered into an agreement with Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) for the construction of one additional 173,400 cbm MEGI LNG carrier newbuilding, Teekay said in its quarterly results.The vessel is worth approximately USD 220 million. Under the contract, Teekay LNG has options to order up to four more vessels.The company said it intends to secure long-term contract employment for the ordered vessel prior to its scheduled delivery in the fourth quarter of 2018.The contract comes in the wake of Teekay LNG’s previously ordered four LNG carrier newbuilds at DSME, worth $630 million.In early-December 2014, Teekay LNG secured time-charter contracts with a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) for five newbuilding LNG carriers.Upon delivery of the vessels between the second half of 2017 into 2018, the vessels will operate as part of Shell’s global LNG fleet under time-charters ranging in duration from six to eight years, plus extension options.Teekay Corporation recorded a total cash flow from vessel operations of $308.2 million in fourth quarter of 2014, an increase of 25 percent from the same period of the preceding year. The corporation’s total consolidated cash flow from vessel operations  in 2014 was over $1 billion.Fourth quarter 2014 adjusted net income attributable to stockholders of Teekay was $30.7 million. Teekay’s adjusted net income for 2014 fiscal year attributable to stockholders reached USD 1.5 million.Teekay’s total consolidated liquidity totaled in approximately $1.4 billion as at December 31, 2014.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday reviewed ongoing operations against Naxals and development initiatives being undertaken in Left Wing Extremism affected areas, officials said. chief ministers Nitish Kumar (Bihar), Naveen Patnaik (Odisha), Yogi Adityanath (Uttar Pradesh), Kamal Nath (Madhya Pradesh), Raghubar Das (Jharkhand), Bhupesh Baghel (Chhattisgarh) besides top police and civil officials of 10 Naxal affected states attended the meeting. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The home minister reviewed ongoing operations against Naxals and the development activities undertaken in Naxal affected areas,” a home ministry official said. Top officials of paramilitary forces and the home ministry also attended the meeting, first of its kind after Shah assumed charge as home minister about three months ago. The 10 Maoists-hit states are Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday According to Home Ministry statistics, 8,782 cases of Naxal violence were reported during 2009-13 as against 4,969 during 2014-18, a reduction of 43.4 per cent. As many as 3,326 people, including security force personnel, lost their lives in 2009-13 as against 1,321 in 2014-18, a reduction of 60.4 per cent, the ministry said. 1,400 Naxals were killed during 2009-2018. As many as 310 incidents of Naxal violence have been reported in the first five months of this year across the country in which 88 people were killed. Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy had said last month that steadfast government policy has resulted in consistent decline in violence and shrinkage in geographical spread of Left Wing Extremism (LWE). LWE-related violence was reported in only 60 districts in 2018. “Of these, only 10 districts account for 2/3rd of LWE violence. The LWE-related incidents of violence between April 2014 to May 2019 have been 43 per cent lesser when comparing with the preceding five-year period,” he said. The National Policy and Action Plan, approved in 2015 to address LWE, envisages a multi-pronged strategy involving security-related measures, development interventions, ensuring rights and entitlements of local communities. The government is also implementing a special central assistance for most LWE-affected districts with an annual outlay of Rs 1,000 crore to fill critical gaps in public infrastructure and services.last_img read more

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first_imgHALIFAX – A newly elected Nova Scotia politician is tapping into personal grief and frustration when he takes on his new role.Tim Halman won the Dartmouth East riding for the Progressive Conservatives in Tuesday’s election which returned Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil to power with a second straight majority.But for Halman, the bittersweet victory came just weeks after his wife — the mother of his two young children — died from breast cancer.Halman told Global News his wife had been in remission following a diagnosis three years ago but that the disease returned in October as he was being nominated as a Tory candidate.He says he decided to carry on with the campaign to show his kids the importance of working for something they feel strongly about, adding that he was inspired to “be a strong voice on education matters in the House of Assembly.”The Dartmouth high school teacher says he became interested in politics when the McNeil government scrapped the film tax credit and then imposed a contract on the province’s teachers.Halman said health care will be his number 1 priority once he’s sworn-in as an MLA, but labour relations will also be high on the priority list.“In order to deal with some of the trauma you might be going through, you got to keep busy. You got to work,” he said. “It dawned on me that I could either go back to the classroom, or try to fix the classroom and certainly that’s what I’m attempting to do and I intend to be a strong voice on education matters in the House of Assembly.”(Global News)last_img read more

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first_imgThe TJ Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research has announced that legendary recording artists and songwriters Crosby & Nash will take the stage at the 37th Annual Honors Gala on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at the legendary Cipriani on 42nd St in New York.David Crosby and Graham Nash, best known as the harmony vocalists for folk rock supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY) are noted for their intricate harmonies and lasting influence on American music and culture. Both Crosby and Nash have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum twice as part of CSNY and have made an indelible mark on American music history.Over $1.1 million has been raised to date for the T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala and is supported by generous partners American Airlines, the official airline of T.J. Martell Foundation, Greenberg Traurig LLP, BMI, Universal Music Group and Tom Corson, President of SONY Music.Crosby & Nash join a long list of celebrity performers, presenters and honorees scheduled for this year’s highly anticipated Honors Gala including Little Big Town, Grace Potter, Regis Philbin, Susan Lucci, Wendy Dio, Motown’s Barry Gordy, Joel Katz, Dr. Margaret Cuomo, Sandra Lee, Tony Martell and honorees Russell Simmons, Del Bryant, Edward Walson and Randy Jackson.The T.J. Martell Foundation’s gala has long been a who’s who amongst celebrities and musical performers. The special evening includes a star-studded red carpet, musical performances by some of today’s greatest performers and attendance by celebrity friends and families. The night also includes a fantastic cocktail reception, dinner, awards presentation and world-class silent auction to raise funds for cancer and AIDS research. Tickets and tables are available for purchase by calling the T.J. Martell Foundation at (646) 841-1394 or at www.tjmartellfoundation.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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first_imgMeridian Health is pleased to present “Little Things: An Evening with Giuliana and Bill Rancic” at the Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan on May 4, 2013 as part of Paint the Town Pink, a month-long event designed to raise awareness of the importance of annual mammography.Little Things: An Evening with Giuliana and Bill RancicAt this signature event, presented by Meridian Cancer Care, the couple will share how a mammogram forever changed their lives. A mammogram may seem like a little thing but it can be a life-saver. It was for Giuliana, which is why she and Bill have become tireless advocates for annual mammography and supporters of the mission of Paint the Town Pink.Together, the couple has coauthored I Do! Now What? and currently appear in Style’s Giuliana & Bill. Donald Trump ’s original Apprentice, Bill Rancic is an entrepreneur and international speaker. As anchor and managing editor of E! News, Giuliana reports on celebrity news and has hosted many red carpet events.The evening will begin with a pre-event cocktail party, featuring a PINK carpet at Firefly, 152 Main Street in Manasquan, at 7 p.m. As guests walk the pink carpet, they can tell Giuliana who they are wearing, and have a photo opportunity with the couple. Tickets for this exclusive Pink Carpet Event, which includes VIP seating at the show, are $125.Doors open at the Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street in Manasquan, at 8:00 p.m., and show time is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $50 and Premium Seating tickets are $75. Tickets are available by calling 855-PINK411.For more information about Paint the Town Pink, visit www.PaintTheTownPink.com. Be sure to follow Paint the Town Pink on Facebook to see highlights of this year’s campaign and for a complete list of Pink towns, events and activities.last_img read more

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first_img Twitter Advertisement Two high-profile films of inter-racial love – Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike and Jeff Nichols’ Loving, starringJoel Edgerton and Ruth Negga – are also on the TIFF roster, the former a world premiere and the latter an arrival by way of Cannes. Nate Parker’s slave uprising chronicle The Birth of a Nation, set in a pre-Civil War Virginia and starring writer/director/actor Parker as a galvanizing black preacher, will have its hot-ticket international premiere at the fest, in advance of its Oct. 7 general theatrical release. Nate Parker’s slave uprising chronicle The Birth of a Nation, set in a pre-Civil War Virginia and starring writer/director/actor Parker as a galvanizing black preacher, will have its hot-ticket international premiere at the fest, in advance of its Oct. 7 general theatrical release.This searing fact-based drama won two top prizes at Sundance, where its January premiere also commanded a record $17.5-million (U.S.) distribution sale and sparked buzz of likely Best Picture contention at the Oscars. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Racially charged dramas of love and rebellion – including Sundance hit The Birth of a Nation – are coming to the 2016 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival.Unveiling dozens of selections Tuesday for the gala and special presentation programs at its Sept. 8-18 celebration of cinema, TIFF is demonstrating how movies reflect and respond to turbulent times of social disharmony. Jeff Nichols’ Loving, starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga is one of two high-profile films of inter-racial love on the TIFF 2016 roster.Oyelowo also stars in Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe, the fact-based story of a chess prodigy played by newcomer Madina Nalwanga. The film co-stars Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar winner for 12 Years a Slave.Strength through diversity, identity and family is the theme of writer/director/actor Noel Clarke’s BrOTHERHOOD, completing his urban violence “Hood Trilogy” that began with KiDULTHOOD in 2006 followed by AdULTHOOD in 2008.The festival also announced its opening and closing night galas. The Sept. 8 kickoff offers genre action: Antoine Fuqua’s remake of iconic 1960 ensemble western The Magnificent Seven, featuring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and… Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

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first_imgHUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. — The Hudson’s Hope RCMP say they responded to approximately 25 calls for service over the last four weeks. During the month of March, the Hudson’s Hope RCMP issued 33 Motor Vehicle Act Warnings and Violation Tickets. Three impaired drivers were stopped and charged during this period.   The Hudson’s Hope RCMP is still investigating the incident of slashed tires of one of the police vehicles that occurred at an RCMP residence. This act of mischief put residents at risk by delaying any emergency police response that would have been needed during that night and next morning. Any residents with information can call the local detachment or Crime Stoppers to report anonymously.   Anyone with information regarding current or past investigations can contact the Hudson’s Hope RCMP directly at 250-783-5241 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Visit http://crimestoppersnebc.ca/  for advice on submitting tips online and to browse the area’s “most wanted” page. The Hudson’s Hope RCMP is still investigating the attempted theft of ATM machine from the local Credit Union.  Anyone with information regarding this incident can call the local detachment or Crime Stoppers to report anonymously.  On March 17th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP responded to a complaint of an erratic driver on Hwy 29 heading toward Hudson’s Hope.  The vehicle was located and the driver was arrested for a warrant and for being impaired by drug. Suspected drugs were located in the vehicle.  Charges are pending.On March 17th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP stopped a vehicle for speeding at 153 Km/hr in the 90 Km/hr zone. The vehicle plate was not associated to the vehicle and several violation tickets were issued to the driver.  On March 23rd, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP responded to two reports of the same tractor trailer spun out on two different hills along Hwy 29.  The driver was issued a Notice and Order to repair or replace his tire chains as they were in poor condition causing the vehicle to spin out and block traffic on two occasions.  The chains were replaced the following day. On March 24th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP observed a snowmobile travelling on local streets.  The snowmobile took off but was eventually located at a local residence thanks to a tip from a citizen. The owner of the snowmobile was issued written warnings for no insurance and non-registered off road vehicle on public road.  On March 31st, 2018, a vehicle was stopped for speeding and the driver was issued a 3 day immediate roadside driving prohibition after providing a breath sample.  center_img On April 8th, 2018, a driver was stopped on Beattie Drive for speeding.  The driver was found to not have a driver license and failed two road side breath tests.  The driver was issued a 90 day immediate road side driving prohibition, a violation ticket for no driver license, and the vehicle was impounded for 30 days.  On April 15th, 2018, Hudson’s Hope RCMP responded to a local property to assist BC Conservation office with a complaint of dogs attacking a small deer.  The investigation revealed that a resident had fired a firearm from a vehicle while close to a residence. A charge for careless use of firearm is being investigated and charges are pending.  As the weather improves, many people will be heading out to enjoy the local trails and rivers. The RCMP would like to remind everyone to conduct themselves in a safe manner while obeying the rules and regulations pertaining to proper and safe operation of off road and marine vehicles.  Know the requirements prior to heading out.  Leave a travel plan with someone who will know where you are going and when you will be expected to return. Hudson’s Hope RCMP will be conducting ORV and Marine patrols throughout the area and operators may be issued tickets for non-compliance. last_img read more

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first_imgOUARZAZATE, Morocco – Ouarzazate in southern Morocco was once dubbed the “Mecca” of the film industry for its studio facilities and the stark beauty of its locations, with many Hollywood blockbusters shot there.“Laurence of Arabia” (1962, Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif), “The Sheltering Sky” (1990, Debra Winger, John Malkovich), “Kundun” (1997, Martin Scorcese),  “Gladiator” (1999, Russell Crowe, Oliver Reed) and “Babel” (2006, Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett)…All of them feature scenes shot at Ouarzazate, which lies at the foot of the scenic High Atlas Mountains. But that was then and this is now. Its film industry is in the doldrums, needing fresh winds to get it moving again. The famous town lost its appeal to international film-makers as economic crisis and the turmoil of the Arab Spring swept across the region.As the North African winter ends, and some snow still graces the mountain peaks, a small group of people attends a casting call at Studio Atlas, one of the town’s largest. Ouarzazate’s lengthy affair with showbiz has life in it yet. “I began going to the cinema in 1967,” says Larbi Agrou, who was in “Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra” in 2000.“For the past three or four years there’s no longer been a rush by producers to get their films shot. “Most people who work in films here also have other trades to keep them going- farmers, blacksmiths, carpenters. But without tourism and the cinema, Ouarzazate would be dead,” he says.‘More crows than film-makers’Agrou says the first encouraging signs of a revival appeared last year, and that 2014 “is starting rather well”. Ouarzazate is known for attracting big-budget historic epics with large casts, and already Nicole Kidman and Tom Hanks have visited since the beginning of the year.“Let’s hope it lasts,” says Aziz, another hopeful at the casting call, rubbing his hands. “There are already four films in production here.” And that means work for hundreds of people in Ouarzazate.In 2005 alone, mega-productions such as “Indigenes” (Days of Glory) by  Rachid Bouchareb, and Robert Dornhelm’s “The Ten Commandments” were filmed there.Fast forward to 2010, the year the Arab Spring broke out with an uprising  to oust a dictator in Tunisia, and nothing on a similar scale was shot at  Ouarzazate between then and last year.A major factor behind that, according to Moroccan film critic Adil Semmar,  was the rising insurance costs caused by security problems in the region, notably after the Arab Spring uprisings.“It has made the cost of filming in Morocco more expensive for big companies, so some films were shot in places like Israel and Spain instead,”  Semmar said.In an almost lunar landscape dotted with small oases, the imposing Tifoutout Studio, built by Italians in 1994, “is now a ruin,” says resident Said Soussou.Robert M Young’s 1995 film “Solomon and Sheba” starring Halle Berry and Jimmy Smits was shot there, but the Italians then “sold it to our tribe when they left in 1997.Because of the crisis of recent years, some parts are dilapidated,” says another commentator, Mohamed Hbibi.“There are more crows here now than film-makers.” With a decrepit wall as a backdrop, Soussou looks up at the ceiling of a half-destroyed dome that was used for David Betty’s TV movie “The Bible Project” in 2009.“Tifoutout can look like the architecture of ancient Jerusalem,” he says.”But there is little value in that anymore.”Diversity of locations“Even when a film-making company does arrive, it fixes the bit it’s interested in, gives the tribe five or six hundred euros and then leaves again,” he says. Most of the movie income has gone on “building a mosque and irrigationditches.”Ouarzazate’s fortunes contrast with the boom Morocco’s own, heavily state-funded movie industry is enjoying, with 22 feature films made in the past year, compared with around five a decade ago.Celebrated recent productions include “God’s Horses” by the French director  of Moroccan origin Nabil Ayouch, which won a prize at Cannes in 2012.Another was “They are the Dogs” by director Hicham Lasri, which won a special jury prize for Arab features at the Dubai International Film Festival  in December.Like most Moroccan films, however, these are low-budget movies about the gritty realities of life in the North African country, with little need for expensive desert studios, says Semmar, the film critic.Abderrahman Drissi, deputy president of the Ouarzazate Film Commission,  grouping representatives of the Moroccan Cinema Centre and the tourism ministry, believes the authorities have a responsibility “to save this  beautiful plateau.”But he also remains optimistic about the future. “The diversity of locations means it’s easy to sell to major producers,” he says.Photo by: Douglas Pearson/Getty Imageslast_img read more

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Rabat – Expectations are high for Morocco’s attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal. The 24-year old doesn’t seem to be worried about facing the 2018 World Cup future opponents.The footballer, who is currently playing for English club Southampton, said in an interview with BBC that “the most important thing now is to have a good World Cup.” For Boufal, all that the Atlas Lions have to do is to “play without pressure.” “We have nothing to lose.” The youngster expressed his will to do well with his Premier League club in order to enhance the possibility of being part of the World Cup selection.“I want to have a good session and help my club (Southampton)  to be in better position and also have a good season to be part of the World Cup team.”Boufal has scored twice during his 18 appearances with Southampton. The English club signed Boufal in August 2016 on a five-year contract for a GBP 16 million from French team, Lille.The French-born player did not make his debut with the English club until October due to his knee injury.“I passed the difficult moment and all is behind me now. I want to focus on the future now that I am feeling better,” Boufal told BBC.Boufal added that he feels fit, expressing his hope to continue to progress. “But the most important thing is the team.”The footballer made his debut with the Moroccan national team in March 2016 in a 1-O African Cup of Nations qualification victory against Cape Verde. He also made two appearances with the Moroccan team in 2017 in two friendly matches against Tunisia and Burkina Faso.Before World Cup qualifier game against Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco’s football team manager, Herve Renard called up the youngster to serve his national duty.Boufal is expected to take part in the world tournaments’ next phase, which is scheduled to take place in Russia next summer.  Morocco was placed in Group B along with Spain, Portugal and Iran. International football figures have called this pot “the deadly group.”Moroccan footballers and their coach, however, are determined to make greater achievements during the next phase of the tournaments. Renard said after the World Cup final draw, which took place in Moscow on December 1, that although the Atlas Lions are going to play against “monsters,” his team needs to beat the best in order to grow up.” read more

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LONDON — With Brexit just 47 days away, the British government is asking lawmakers to give Prime Minister Theresa May more time to rework her divorce deal with the European Union.Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said Sunday that Parliament would get to pass judgment on May’s Brexit plan “by no later than Feb. 27.”The promise is a bid to avert a showdown on Thursday, when Parliament is set to vote on the next moves in the Brexit process. Some lawmakers want to try to steer the country toward a softer exit from the bloc.Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29 but Parliament has rejected May’s divorce deal, leaving the prime minister to seek changes from a resistant EU.The impasse risks a chaotic “no deal” departure for Britain.The Associated Press read more

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Some 1,000 troops were participating in an operation code-named “Iron Fist,” which complemented the South Kivu Brigade’s “Operation Falcon Sweep,” Stéphane Dujarric told journalists at the daily briefing.Falcon Sweep started on Monday, aiming to extend the UN’s security perimeter in the Walungu Territory, south-east of Bukavu, and to enhance the confidence of the local population in the peacekeepers, he said. “This is the largest operation ever organized by the Pakistani Blue Helmets of the South Kivu Brigade, supported by Guatemalan Special Forces and Congolese troops.”The peacekeepers of the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) were deploying by road, in vehicles and on foot, with the Indian contingent’s helicopters for close air support, into territories occupied by the Rwandan Hutu fighters to the north and south-east of Bukavu in Walungu and Kabare, Mr. Dujarric said. Meanwhile, MONUC spokesman Kemal Saiki said the mission expected to have registered 1 million voters by the end of this week. read more

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by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 14, 2014 6:47 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollars (loonies) are pictured in Vancouver, Sept. 22, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was lower Friday with markets cautious ahead of a weekend referendum in Ukraine’s Crimea region.The loonie fell 0.34 of a cent to 90.13 cents US.Investors looked to a referendum being held in Crimea on Sunday where residents will vote on whether they want to join Russia. The vote is being held two weeks after Russian troops initially moved into Crimea, where it has a key naval base and many of the people are Russian speaking.The West has urged Moscow to pull back its troops in Crimea and is also preparing to impose harsh sanctions on Russia if that country moves to annex the territory. Russia has warned again that it reserves the right to intervene in defence of ethnic Russians it says are under threat in eastern Ukraine.Commodity prices were higher Friday after backing off this week amid concerns about China’s growth prospects.Also, China’s premier, Li Keqiang, said that his country will keep this year’s economic expansion strong enough to create new jobs but will emphasize market-opening reform and the environment over hitting its official growth target of 7.5 per cent.Copper, viewed as an economic proxy, has dropped almost 10 per cent over the last five sessions. Copper is also used for financing in China and last week’s first-ever corporate default raised worries that other failed companies could dump large quantities of the metal on markets, further depressing prices.April crude in New York was up 69 cents to US$98.89 a barrel.Nervous traders sent gold higher for a fifth session with April bullion up $6.60 to US$1,379 an ounce after closing Thursday at its highest close since September while May copper rose three cents to US$2.95 an ounce.Markets also looked ahead to next week’s interest rate meeting by the U.S. Federal Reserve, the first to be led by new central bank chair Janet Yellen.Traders will be looking for any change in a gauge the Fed is using for interest rate guidance — the jobless rate. Generally, markets aren’t expecting a rate hike from the Fed until the middle of next year at the earliest. Canadian dollar moves lower, markets nervous ahead of Crimea referendum read more

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by The Associated Press Posted Dec 4, 2014 1:58 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hershey’s candy bars Take 5, PayDay, Almond Joy and a York Peppermint Patty, examples of products that use corn syrup, are displayed for a photo in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Will Papa, chief research and development officer at The Hershey Co., told The Associated Press the company uses a mix of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup in its products but that it is “moving more toward sugar.” (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Correction: Hershey-Sweetener story NEW YORK, N.Y. – In a story Dec. 2 about The Hershey Co. exploring the replacement of high-fructose corn syrup with sugar, The Associated Press, relying on information from a company spokesman, erroneously named several products the changes could affect. Some Hershey products that include high-fructose corn syrup are Hershey’s syrups, Rolo, Reese’s Nutrageous, Take 5 and certain Hershey boxed chocolates.The story also misstated a finding by the American Medical Association. The story should have stated that the association has said there’s not enough evidence to specifically restrict the use of high-fructose corn syrup, not regular corn syrup.A corrected version of the story is below:Hershey explores removing high-fructose corn syrupHershey explores removal of high-fructose corn syrup in favour of sugarBy CANDICE CHOIAP Food Industry WriterHershey is looking at replacing the high-fructose corn syrup in some of its products with sugar.Will Papa, chief research and development officer at The Hershey Co., told The Associated Press the company uses a mix of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup in its products but that it is “moving more toward sugar.”“We take into account what consumers want. And consumers are telling us between the two, they prefer sugar,” Papa said.A switch to sugar would make Hershey a high-profile example of the move away from high-fructose corn syrup in the food industry. Many people say they avoid it because it has gained a bad reputation for fueling weight gain and diabetes, though health experts says there’s not enough evidence to conclude it’s any worse than regular sugar.In an emailed statement, Hershey said its work on “exploring” the replacement of high-fructose corn syrup “is just underway” and that it did not have a timeframe on when it might be complete.The company said products that have high-fructose corn syrup include Hershey’s syrups, Rolo, Reese’s Nutrageous, Take 5 and certain Hershey boxed chocolates.“Our aim is to be transparent with our consumers about the ingredients we use in our products. Once we have more information to share, we will be back in touch,” Hershey said in its statement.Other products that have changed from high-fructose corn syrup to sugar include Gatorade drinks and Yoplait yogurt.As for health, the American Medical Association has said there’s not enough evidence to specifically restrict the use of high-fructose corn syrup. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, which advocates for food safety, has also said that there’s no evidence that the sweetener is any worse nutritionally than sugar.The Corn Refiners Association, an industry group, has been pushing back at the negative perceptions about high-fructose corn syrup, which is generally cheaper than sugar. In 2010, the association submitted an application to the Food and Drug Administration to have its sweetener renamed “corn sugar” on nutrition labels. The request was denied.The association said it has also commissioned market-research firms Mintel and Nielsen to study perceptions of sweeteners and shared the results online. For instance, the group notes in media materials that “67% of consumers agree that moderation is more important than specific sweetener types.”John Bode, president of the Corn Refiners Association, said in an interview that the number of companies changing from corn syrup to sugar has slowed. Still, he said consumption of high-fructose corn syrup has declined more than other sugars.Part of the reason is that people are cutting back on soda, which he said accounts for a majority of the market for high-fructose corn syrup.In some cases, he noted that companies have switched back from sugar to high-fructose corn syrup after failing to see a notable sales spike. Hunt’s Tomato Ketchup switched to sugar in 2010, but then switched back to high-fructose corn syrup in 2012. Lanie Friedman, a spokeswoman for ConAgra Foods, said demand for the version without high-fructose corn syrup wasn’t “as strong as expected.”She noted the company still offers a 100% Natural line that uses sugar.Among the members of the Corn Refiners Association are agribusiness companies Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill and Tate & Lyle.___Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoi read more

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Polls in Anbar and Ninewa, set to have taken place along with other provincial elections on 20 April, were pushed back until 4 July. While regretting the delay, Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, said in a news release that “I welcome the fact that the Iraqi Government is willing to review its decision, should the security situation in both provinces improve.”Provincial elections across the country began over the weekend, with a large turnout welcomed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. According to official estimates, at least 15.5 million Iraqis are eligible to vote. Some 8,000 candidates are reportedly vying for 378 seats on provincial councils, the elected bodies responsible for nominating governors who take charge of the provinces’ administration, finances and reconstruction projects. The months leading up to the vote were marred by episodic violence and targeted bombings stirring some concerns that security surrounding the elections would be affected.In a statement released by his spokesperson on Monday, Mr. Ban applauded the “courage and determination” of the Iraqi electorate “which thwarted attempts to disrupt the electoral process through a vicious campaign of assassinations of candidates, threats to electoral staff and terrorist attacks.” read more

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During a special ceremony at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the documentary Rebuilding Sichuan recived the inagural award, besting competition that included films on topics that ranged from floods in Pakistan and Great Britain to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the communities in Japan’s northeast region in 2011.Producer Sen Zhang collected the award for the film, broadcast on Discovery Channel. In one scene, a resolute official is featured pledging “the earthquake resistance of the buildings must be strengthened” before a huge redevelopment model.“I knew there are three nominated films. I admire them, but hoped we would eventually win the award. I was confident and full of expectation. We finally won. I am excited, very excited,” Mr. Zhang told UN Radio after reciving the honour.The awards aim to honor those filmmakers, producers and broadcasters that are working to make documentaries that can help to protect vulnerable communities from the risks posed by future disasters.This is has been a recurring theme at the Conference, which has been running in Sendai, Japan, since Saturday and wraps up Wednesday 18 March, with delegations expected to adopt a new international framework for managing disaster risk which will reduce mortality and curb economic losses.The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), together with its partners, the Asia Broadcasting Union (ABU) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) chose the winners from among nearly 100 films that have been broadcast on television since 2005. Natalia Ilieva, from the ABU, said UNISDR should be congratulated for initiating this first international competition for documentaries on reducing disaster risks. “Among all the nominated films there is a great wealth of stories…Hopefully these new awards will inspire even more producers to tell these difficult stories so we can try to make disaster risk reduction education a part of everyday programming,” she added.Ms Leoni said: “The selection process was very difficult. We received many excellent documentaries. Making a film about such a serious issue like disaster risk is not easy and requires a mix of technical skill and compassion to tell these stories in a compelling way.”The Kamaishi Miracle, by NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), won the Best Human Story Category. It recounted how 184 students from a school survived the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Senior Producer Ms Kazuyo Fukuda said: “It is a great privilege to be here and to share this great honour with the students and teachers of the school.”It’s Time by GMA Network Philippines won Best Investigative Story. The film profiles the frenetic pace of modern life and asks ‘could nature itself be up against a deadline’ to highlight the over-consumption of the planet’s natural resources.Executive Producer Richelle Figueroa said: “These awards should set the agenda and highlight the importance of disaster risk reduction for vulnerable countries around the world such as the Philippines.”Vets in the Disaster Zone by Dragonfly Film and Television Productions won the Most Innovative Documentary category. In one scene from the film, Philippines farmers corral pigs – using plastic sheeting in an innovative technique which moves the animals’ pen along with them, keeping them calm and stress free – as the narrator intones: “Moving animals quickly and calmly in a disaster is vital if you want them to survive.”World Animal Protection was a partner in the film. Director of Disaster Management James Sawyer picked up the award. “The people and animals of the Philippines showed great resilience to come back after the disaster. It shows that resilience really is a state of mind,” he said.Host of the ceremony, international broadcaster Veronica Pedrosa, said: “This year’s awards reveal a truly global picture of disaster reduction efforts – from flooding in Pakistan and Great Britain to the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the communities in Japan in 2011.” read more

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The NBA regular season ends Wednesday, and the playoffs begin Saturday. And with that in mind, we’re going to shake things up a bit with regard to FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings.Until now, we’ve ranked every team according to a projection of its true talent over the upcoming week — and the upcoming week only — using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. (For more details on the original methodology, see our introductory rankings post.)But this week, with many teams resting key players in preparation for the playoffs, we’re ranking every team according to its projected playoff power rating. This means we’re projecting every team to be at “full strength” in terms of minutes given to players who will be available for the postseason, instead of only projecting for the next week. Playoff probabilities and expected end-of-season wins are still driven by projected minute distributions over the next few days, but the power ratings themselves have been geared to capture the talent that each team is bringing into the playoffs.With the playoffs being emphasized more in our ratings, it’s fitting that the San Antonio Spurs rank in the top two for the first time since early February. They’ve won 11 straight games, a run backed up by the underlying talent of one of the league’s best teams.The Atlanta Hawks also benefit from our switch to “playoff power” — while Thabo Sefolosha’s bizarre season-ending injury hurts their chances of winning the championship, we’ve boosted the playing time for many of their good players who have consistently been listed as day-to-day in the injury report in recent weeks.As for teams on the fringe of the playoffs, we noted last week that the Boston Celtics were basically a coin flip to make the playoffs, battling it out with the Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers for one of the two remaining postseason slots in the Eastern Conference. A week later, the Celtics have all but completely claimed their spot; our model now gives them a 98.9 percent probability of making the playoffs.By the same token, the Heat have almost completely dropped out of the race, with just a 2.4 percent chance of qualifying for the postseason. That leaves the Nets and Pacers to fight over one spot with two games left per team. Our calculations give Brooklyn the inside track largely because of the team’s possession of the tiebreaker over Indiana, in addition to an easier remaining schedule (the Nets face the No. 9 Chicago Bulls and No. 23 Orlando Magic; Indiana faces No. 7 Memphis and No. 15 Washington).Out West, the race for the No. 8 seed is between the New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Pelicans have the edge in our simulations. Oklahoma City is marginally more talented, according to RPM, and is even projected to win fractionally more games on average, but New Orleans holds the tiebreaker over the Thunder.In no small part because of those tiebreakers, there’s a 45 percent probability that the Nets and Pelicans will be the final two teams to slip into the playoffs when the season ends Wednesday. read more

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