Best of the NBA’s West: LeBron’s Lakers, Kawhi’s Clippers … and what about Steph’s Warriors?

first_imgThe NBA’s Western Conference contains an otherworldly concoction of star players, fundamentally-sound teams sprinkled with a crop of potential generational talents.How the teams match up and how high the individual players ascend will be must-watch TV.With so many legit contenders, ranking teams individually seems futile. So instead we offer up a handy dandy Western Conference tier system:Elite teams, potential injury woeLos Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers ‘What’s in the brief, Willie Cauley-Stein?’ New Warrior out to prove he’s all business Why the Warriors want to keep Damion Lee beyond this season Kerr promises Smailagic ‘will 100%’ leave Santa Cruz for Warriors this year Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon Looney isn’t ready, and other thoughts from loss to Trail Blazers Steph Curry attends Kanye West’s Sunday Service As we’ve witnessed through LA Groundhog Day, this might not be a great year for the continued rekindling of a Bay/LA rivalry.The Clippers, just last year a playoff darling after barely getting in, are favored to claim the Larry O’ Brien Trophy in 2020. FiveThirtyEight.com projects the Clippers to go 52-30 with a 90 percent chance of making the playoffs, a 24 percent chance of making the Finals with a 16 percent chance of winning it all.Kawhi Leonard and Paul George — two of the best players in the game — join an already strong playoff team that features Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverly.The Swipe ➡️ The Slam@patbev21 ➡️ @MONSTATREZZ pic.twitter.com/TtgPPYkyJS— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) October 13, 2019 But health is already a major question.George had surgeries on both of his shoulders and is projected to miss at least the first 10 games of the season. Fear of re-aggravating a quadriceps injury incurred during his final year with the Spurs could put Leonard into frequent load management zone for the second year in a row.Related Articles The Clippers at least have the right kind of depth behind the two new, big-name hires to keep this team well within the hunt throughout a treacherous regular season.Depth behind its stars differentiates the Clippers from its arena-mate Lakers. The Warriors got to know LA’s killer LeBron James/Anthony Davis pick n’ roll all too well in the three preseason matchups they partook in.The Lakers are slightly lacking in impactful perimeter players, but that shouldn’t be too much of an issue if James and Davis stay healthy. That tandem can put away games in three quarters, which might be key.Keep your eye on Draymond Green here. Draymond claps his hands in frustration even before AD passes the ball to McGee. The play is over then. Without help defense, AD is scoring. With the help, Bradley and McGee are both wide open. The LeBron-Davis pick-and-roll will be lethal. pic.twitter.com/gJZ5vmILfT— Kevin O’Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) October 17, 2019If the injury bug bites the stars, the Lakers could be in a bit of trouble. FiveThirthyEight.com projects the Lakers to win 47 games with a 7 percent chance of making the finals and 4 percent chance of winning it all.Complete teams light on star powerDenver Nuggets, Utah JazzThe Jazz and Nuggets might be under-the-radar picks for deep playoff runs. Both are complete teams.Utah’s dynamic Donovan Mitchell may find it easier to fulfill his potential next to newly acquired veteran Mike Conley. Along with Bojan Bogdanovic, Rudy Gobert’s elite rim protection and Joe Ingles, the Jazz could be a low-key powerhouse. ESPN’s Zach Lowe projects the Jazz to be legitimate title contenders.But, without the proven difference-maker, can it all add up to a deep playoff run? The Jazz are projected to win 51 games with a 5 percent chance of making the Finals, 3 percent chance of winning it.The Nuggets may be more equipped for a Finals run. Nikola Jokic is a throwback type of star that pioneers an offense trend pre-Warriors revolution. and Jamal Murray is one step closer to being the type of difference-maker Denver will need against the big boys.FiveThirtyEight.com projects the Nuggets to win 53 games, one more than the Clippers, with a 9 percent chance of making the Finals and 6 percent chance of winning it all. Lowe is predicting the Nuggets earn the No 1 seed.Can these upstarts get their games to a Finals-worthy level?Much to like, but noticeable gapsHouston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio SpursThe Rockets are projected to be a regular-season force. The team possesses an analytical edge — in other words, the most prolific scorer in the game, James Harden.Add Russell Westbrook’s uncanny athleticism and this team could be scary; FiveThirthyEight.com has them with the No. 1 overall seed, winning 57 games with a 36 percent chance of making the finals and 26 percent chance of winning it all. Lowe puts them among the top title contenders, saying that swapping Westbrook for Chris Paul makes them essentially the same type of team as their 2018-19 playoff-caliber one.Can the Rockets’ system translate into the playoffs this year? Can Harden’s slow pace match up well with Westbrook’s zip in transition?The Warriors are in strange territory, retooling suddenly after a dynastic run. Not two seasons ago, Golden State was fielding perhaps the greatest team of all time — that 2017 team was straight-up unstoppable.It’ll be hard to move on from that high, but here we are. Luckily, key elements are still present. Steph Curry is the most impactful player in the NBA. Draymond Green can still be the most impactful defender and playmaker, too.D’Angelo Russell is proving to be a strong ball-handler, good passer and nifty scorer — he can take loads of pressure off Curry. His strengths depend on dribble-heavy possessions, so it’ll be interesting to see how he functions within the Warriors’ quick, off-ball offense.rang3⃣ pic.twitter.com/dFeGZE2vw5— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) October 17, 2019But the Warriors lack depth beyond their star power. With Klay Thompson out until at least the All-Star break with a torn ACL, this gap runs deep. We have yet to see how the team works together with a full arsenal of legitimate centers, too.Despite the depleted firepower, the Warriors could still use the Steph factor and a winning culture to their advantage while waiting to see if a healthy Thompson returns in the nick of time. But many experts like Lowe aren’t sold: He believes it’s a pick-em whether the Warriors or Spurs miss the playoffs. “Multiple team executives have told me these Warriors are one of the most volatile teams they can recall. They could miss the playoffs or win the championship.”FiveThirtyEight.com is a bit more optimistic and has them winning 48 games with an 11 percent chance of making the Finals, a 7 percent chance of winning it all.The Spurs remain the league’s cultural bellwether. A Hall of Fame coach, strong player development and steadfast dedication to the merits of a good ol’ mid-range shot. They have DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge along with young talents like Dejounte Murray and Derrick White that could keep them relevant and give the heavyweights a challenge.Dejounte Murray clamps James Harden and then blows past him on the next play 🔥 pic.twitter.com/b3TNnGxOhR— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) October 17, 2019But is culture enough without major star power? Can they keep up without shooting the 3 as much?FiveThirtyEight.com has the Spurs winning 37 games.Like the three teams above, the Blazers have a strong culture led by Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum — a backcourt that can potentially lead the Blazers back to the playoffs with a new cast in Kent Bazemore, Rodney Hood and Hassan Whiteside adding length beside them.But will lack of defense — especially on the perimeter — catch up to them again?FiveThirtyEight.com has the Blazers winning 41 games, which wasn’t enough a year ago (the Clippers totaled 42 wins as the 10th seed).Young talents on the rise Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans PelicansAll three teams have young players worth watching. And put any of these teams in the East and they’re all firmly in the playoff mix.But they’re in the West, so they’re just trying to figure out how to develop their future stars and build a winning culture.Zion Williamson 🔥26 PTS (9-12 FG, 1-1 3PT)Over the last 2 games: 55 PTS in 50 MINS21-25 FG (84%) pic.twitter.com/4lFiVUWviB— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) October 12, 2019De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Marvin Bagley III, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Harry Giles make the Kings a fun group to watch.Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis make the Mavs entertaining.The Zion Williamson and Lonzo Ball tandem should be must-watch television if Williamson can stay healthy (he sat out the Pelicans’ last preseason game with an injured knee).The rebuilders, retoolersMemphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves.You’ll watch these teams for the sneaky potential that lurks. The Grizzlies have spry and swift Ja Morant, their second overall pick in 2019’s NBA draft.Ja Morant getting fancy with the handles 😮 pic.twitter.com/kYKHl14mtW— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 15, 2019Suns guard Devin Booker still remains an elite shooter in a ‘meh’ organization.And the Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander — acquired in the Clippers’ trade to the Thunder for George — is a young talent to watch.The Timberwolves have arguably the most talented big in the NBA in Karl-Anthony Towns.last_img read more

Environmental and economic rewards of Genome Project still emerging 20 years later

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two decades ago, the corn plant got a huge boost with the announcement of the National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI). The historic research effort to map the corn genome has resulted in significant economic and environmental dividends for farmers and society at large.The gene mapping effort, which ran parallel to the mapping of the human genome, opened up a new frontier for corn that is still being explored today, according to Pam Johnson, a Floyd, Iowa farmer who served as the Chairperson of NCGA’s Research and Business Development Action Team and later as NCGA president.“The NPGI didn’t just build a bridge between scientific discovery and real-world solutions for corn, it laid the groundwork for a new interstate highway of discovery,” Johnson said. “Corn continues to be one of the most important crops for our nation and this will likely continue given the vision of early NCGA leaders and the large coalition they helped forge.”NPGI has funded more than $1.5 billion of genomic research to date and the undertaking continues to send ripples through the scientific community and agriculture.“Corn became the primary focus of the broader plant genomics project because of its economic significance and because of its complexity. The theory is if we could crack the secrets of corn, the knowledge gained could be applied to many other plants,” said Rodney Williamson, director of research and development for Iowa Corn Growers Association. “The idea of sequencing the corn genome was considered an immense and daunting task because it has one of the of the most complex genomes of any known organism. But we continue to see the payoff.”At 2.5 billion base pairs covering 10 chromosomes, this genome’s size is comparable to that of the human genome which explains why the data generated from the gene mapping will keep scientists sorting and exploring for decades to come, says Williamson, who was part of the group in 1997 that threw down the gauntlet challenging the scientific community.The new, emerging picture of corn helps researchers better understand its evolution and history. The crop was domesticated from a Central American grass called teosinte some 10,000 years ago. Much of the genetic diversity of maize, however, reaches nearly five million years back.“Today we are still investigating what each of the genes does with a new initiative called Genomes to Fields. It’s a big puzzle that we don’t have a complete map for yet, but the potential benefits and advances are mind-boggling,” Johnson said. “The data we have contains answers like the best way to adapt corn to different climates, develop more efficient corn plants, use less energy growing it, sequester more carbon and increase the supply of food and feed.”Williamson says the people in the nondescript hotel meeting room in 1997 contended the completion of the maize genome sequence would change agriculture and it has. Things such as increased breeding efficiency, streamlined delivery of new traits, discovering enhancements of properties such as drought tolerance, and a better overall understanding of the crop has enhanced corn’s position as the ideal crop for food, feed, fuel and industrial uses.According to the USDA, corn production in the U.S. has grown from roughly 9 billion bushels in 1997 when NPGI began to more than 15 billion bushels today. At the same time, the value of the U.S. crop has grown from $25 billion to more than $51 billion.last_img read more

Convert Visitors to Users With A Unique Sign Up Button

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts In any relationship, business or personal, first impressions are critical to getting off on the right foot. For startups, if a user gets a bad first impression of your website, that same sentiment will carry through to their opinion of your service. A few weeks ago we told you about some pointers to make sure your site’s registration process isn’t scaring away users. A recent post on web development blog Six Revisions focuses in on this issue by providing some techniques and best practices for creating and designing the perfect registration button.Besides being aesthetically pleasing, the design of the registration button can benefit from the following three suggestions, according to Six Revisions’ Dibakar Jana. First, the registration button needs to be above the fold and preferably in close proximity to a description of the main features of the site or product. There’s nothing worse than visiting a site you find intriguing only to waste precious time searching high and low for a poorly placed “register here” button. Don’t get caught up by placing too much information on your site’s landing page. Sometimes less is more. Secondly, an appealing registration button can go beyond being near the main features of the site by actually including those features in the button itself. By this, Jana means that buttons which say “Try now with a $2.00 credit” or “Buy Your Tickets Today” (examples Jana provides from InstantLoop and Vegas Uncork’d) speak louder than a simple “Sign Up” or “Register Here” button. You’re trying to convince visitors to your site that your product is unique, so try for some originality in your registration copy.Finally, aside from telling visitors what all the great features of your site are, show them why they should sign up. Do registered users stand to benefit from your site’s services more than casual browsers? Baramail beckons users to “Sign up now for a free account” while others like Myzeo offer “one year of FREE Coaching” in their sign up buttons. The more a user knows about what they’re getting into, and why registering for your site is a good idea, the more likely the are to follow through.Take Tumblr‘s registration process as a shining example of originality and excellent copy and design. A visit to the site’s homepage reveals their motto, “The easiest way to blog,” set in a large font size directly above an equally oversized registration form. The form, which sits beneath a cleverly placed “See 24 reasons why you’ll love Tumblr” link, asks for just an email address, a password and a personal Tumblr URL choice – all displayed in an absurdly yet amusingly large font size. Finally, the site invites registrants to “Sign up and start posting!” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#How To#start chris cameron Whichever route you chose, just be original. Avoid using boring and simple “Join” buttons, or worse, a registration form which ends with the cold and thoughtless “Submit” button. People don’t want to feel like they are “submitting” their information to you, help them feel welcomed in a warmer, more personal way. If you need inspiration, be sure to check out Jana’s post on Six Revisions for dozens of examples, then pass your friendly suggestions along to your web designer. Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

HIGHLIGHTS AT 2100 HOURS

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 6 (PTI) Following are the highlights at 2100 hours: TOP STORIES:DEL50 DL-POWER-LD TUSSLE-LG2015 notification that ‘services’ outside purview of Delhi Assembly valid: LGNew Delhi: Hitting back at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Lt Governor Anil Baijal today said the Home Ministry’s 2015 notification stating that ‘services’ falls outside the purview of the Delhi Legislative Assembly “continues to be valid”.FGN40 PAK-LDALL SHARIFNawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 yrs rigorous imprisonment in 1st corruption caseIslamabad: Pakistan’s deposed premier Nawaz Sharif was today sentenced in absentia to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment by an anti-graft court in one of the three corruption cases against him in the Panama Papers scandal, dealing a huge blow to his party ahead of the elections on July 25.DEL42 UP-LD-PLASTIC-BANUP bans plastic bags from July 15Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has banned the use of polythene bags and items of common use made of plastic from July 15, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said today.DEL19 BIZ-LD MALLYA-SBIBanks working closely with UK agencies to recover maximum dues from Mallya: SBI MDNew Delhi: Indian banks are working very closely with various agencies, including in the UK, to recover maximum out of assets owned by Vijay Mallya after a British court allowed them to search and seize properties of the fugitive liquor baron, SBI MD Arijit Basu said today.LGD30 SC-LD ROSTERCJI is ‘master of roster’, has ultimate authority to allocate cases: SC New Delhi: The chief justice of India is the “master of the roster” and there is no dispute that he has the “ultimate authority” and “prerogative” to allocate cases, the Supreme Court asserted today, in third such reiteration by the apex court in eight months on the contentious issue.advertisement NATION:DEL44 DL-POWER-TUSSLE-KEJRIWAL-RAJNATHKejriwal seeks appointment with RajnathNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today sought an appointment with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to urge him to ensure implementation of the Supreme Court orders on governance in Delhi.DEL46 CBI-2NDLD ARRESTCBI arrests two retired BoI officials in Rs 2654 crore fraud case New Delhi: The CBI today arrested two senior retired officers of Bank of India in connection with alleged loan fraud of Rs 2,654 crore by Vadodara-based Diamond Power Infrastructure Ltd. (DPIL).DEL38 RAHUL-MSPPMN’s MSP increase is like band-aid for a haemorrhage: Rahul Gandhi New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “grand MSP increase” for farmers is like applying band-aid to a “massive haemorrhage”.DEL7 NIA-JK-ANDRABIDukhtaran-e-Milat chief Asiya Andrabi, two others taken into NIA custodyNew Delhi: The NIA today took custody of chief of the banned Dukhtaraan-e-Milat, Aasiya Andrabi, and two others in connection with a case registered in April this year for allegedly waging war against the country and delivering hate speeches in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.LGD12 SC-GOVT PROPERTYCan religious acts be allowed on govt land: SC refers plea to larger benchNew Delhi: The Supreme Court today referred to a larger bench the question whether religious activities can be allowed on government land or property in a secular State like India. BUSINESS:DCM21 BIZ-PNB-BAD LOANSPNB invites bids to sell 3 NPA accounts to recover over Rs 136cr New Delhi: Punjab National Bank (PNB) has put on sale three non-performing assets to recover Rs 136 crore dues from the borrowers.FOREIGN:FGN25 NEPAL-LD INDIAN PILGRIMSOver 1,200 stranded Indian Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims evacuated from Nepal’s SimikotKathmandu: Over 1,200 Indian pilgrims moved to safety from Nepal’s mountainous Simikot region, the Indian embassy here says, as efforts continue to evacuate those stranded in Hilsa while returning from the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage in Tibet amidst inclement weather.FGN30 MALAYSIA-ZAKIR-LD DEPORTATIONZakir Naik will not be deported from Malaysia: PM MahathirKuala Lumpur: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad today ruled out the deportation of the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to India if he does not create problems in Malaysia, where he has permanent residency status.SPORTS:SPO-IND-REPLACEMENTShardul to replace Bumrah in India’s ODI squadNew Delhi: Mumbai fast bowler Shardul Thakur will replace injured pacer Jasprit Bumrah in India’s ODI squad for the upcoming three-match series against England starting July 12. PTI SNESNElast_img read more

Toronto Police charge 5 youth in connection with St Michaels sex assault

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto police have laid more charges in an investigation into allegations of sex assault at an all-boys’ private school in Toronto.They say five youth have now been charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault. They are facing sex assault and assault charges for an incident at the school that was caught on video. Four of them are already accused in a separate incident at St. Michael’s College School.READ MORE: How the St. Michael’s College School sex assault scandal unfoldedPolice say they have investigated eight separate incidents at the school so far, and they don’t expect further charges. However, a seventh teen has been arrested in connection with incidents at the school. The boy, 15, reportedly turned himself into police. According to police all of the incidents allegedly took place in the fall of this year.READ MORE: 7th St. Michael’s student arrested: reportsIn mid-November, St. Michael’s College School’s administration said it received a video of an assault that took place in a boy’s washroom at the school. CityNews has viewed the video and it shows an underwear-clad teen being slapped and splashed with water by several boys. Another video of a separate incident shows a group sexual assault in a school locker room that involved a broomstick.Two top school officials resigned in wake of the scandal. The school’s principal Greg Reeves and board president Jefferson Thompson both resigned. St. Michael’s has since established a “respect and culture” review panel that’s set to report its findings by the summer. READ MORE: St. Mike’s principal, board president resign amid student sex assault scandalREAD MORE: Exploring the power dynamics in locker roomslast_img read more