Chalmers back with Grizzlies after season on sidelines

first_imgIndian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Marbury opts for final season with Beijing Fly Dragons View comments Chalmers developed a relationship with Grizzlies coach David Fizdale when Chalmers played for the Miami Heat and Fizdale was a Heat assistant.Chalmers won NBA titles with the LeBron James-led Heat in 2012 and 2013.Chalmers averaged 10.8 points, 3.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 55 games with the Grizzlies in 2015-16.Last season the Grizzlies finished in seventh place in the Western Conference and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Chalmers used Instagram on Tuesday to post a picture of himself in a Grizzlies uniform with a caption that read “GNG… enough said.” “Grit and grind” is the Grizzlies’ motto.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Chalmers, 31, has battled back from a torn right Achilles tendon he sustained in March 2016 while playing for the Grizzlies.The Grizzlies released Chalmers after he was injured, and he missed all of the 2016-17 NBA season. Mario Chalmers #6 of the Memphis Grizzlies dribbles against the Boston Celtics during the second quarter at TD Garden on March 9, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPThe Memphis Grizzlies inked Mario Chalmers to a contract on Wednesday, a day after the guard indicated he was headed back to his old NBA team.The Grizzlies did not reveal terms of the deal, but multiple media reports said Chalmers agreed to a one-year contract.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Fix the problem, not just the corruption

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson There is nothing in the Constitution that even hints that such taxes for the provision of benefits to special interests is a legitimate federal function. But the fact that such policies are now considered acceptable – even commendable – leads to abusive government. Consider also the Fifth Amendment’s statement, “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” While this prevents the government from physically taking your property without payment, current court interpretations allow governments to force the sale of almost any property, whenever they choose, and to take large parts of its value to benefit particular special interests through regulations and restrictions. For example, rent-control laws do not physically take apartments from their owners, but transfer much of their value to current tenants. This ability to push costs onto others in order to help supporters is another source of abusive government. Similar reinterpretations have befallen other parts of the Constitution, such as the contracts and commerce clauses, which essentially have been transformed from barriers against government intrusion into open invitations under even the flimsiest of pretexts. Again, the effect has been to expand the power of legislators and bureaucrats into areas our Founding Fathers tried to put beyond their reach. The result of such changes has been an increase in the power of government officials to do what our Constitution formerly ruled out, and this has led to governance that is a far cry from one primarily concerned with the general welfare. Once these powers have been seized by government, access to government officials in ways considered corrupt – as with the Abramoff scandal – can worsen the results for others who will be forced to bear the burdens of every special favor. The widening circle of federal “public servants” being connected to the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling scandal has others looking for ways to inoculate themselves from the fallout this November. Republicans are readying ethics-reform legislation to that end. Others are calling for new campaign-finance restrictions. But while such responses reflect public outrage at the latest evidence of corruption in the system, it is not clear that they will lead to a more responsible government. New ethics rules, corruption laws or campaign finance restrictions are unlikely to contribute much to fixing our nation’s governance problems because these failings are primarily rooted in what the government is allowed to do, not in how people manage to get the ear of those who control its levers of power. The central problem is that long-standing constitutional constraints limiting government power have been progressively eroded, so that government has increasingly turned from being the protector of the rights of its citizens against the violations of others to being itself a pervasive violator of those rights. The resulting ability to help political friends at others’ expense leads to the abuse of government power, regardless of how access to elected officials is obtained. Consider Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, granting Congress the power to levy “uniform taxes” to provide for the “general welfare.” In contrast, today’s tax code is filled with discriminatory taxes designed to burden particular subgroups of the population. Further, a large proportion of federal spending is designed to benefit certain groups at taxpayers’ expense, as illustrated by the massive amounts of pork in recent legislation. But reforms in how access to the powerful can legally be acquired would not solve the underlying problem: government with few constraints on its ability to do favors to friends, which necessarily harms others. Reforms pushed in response to the latest government corruption scandal address aspects of irresponsible government that are too far from its core. Unless the Constitution’s restrictions on government powers are taken more seriously, they will do little to produce a more responsible government. Gary M. Galles is a professor of economics at Pepperdine University. Write to him in care of Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA 90263.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Willy Caballero hoping to earn new Manchester City deal

first_img Willy Caballero Willy Caballero is hoping to benefit from Claudio Bravo’s injury lay-off and earn a new deal at Manchester City.Caballero, City’s second-choice goalkeeper, is one of a number of players out of contract at the club this summer.The Argentinian, who joined in 2014, has a chance to impress in the remaining games of the season with Bravo suffering from a calf injury.Asked if he wanted to stay at the Etihad Stadium, the 35-year-old said: “Yes, of course.“It’s an amazing team and club with fantastic players, so I think every player wants to stay in my position.“It depends on a lot of things but the most important thing for me is to do my best.“I have my opportunity to play now and to try to show what I can do and how I can help the team.“I have to keep going and after we will speak with the club and my agent.”City have had problems in the goalkeeping department this season with Bravo failing to impress after being controversially signed by Pep Guardiola to replace England number one Joe Hart.Caballero has come to the fore in the second half of the campaign, initially after Bravo was dropped following a poor run of form and now with the Chilean sidelined.City, with three Premier League games remaining, still need results to ensure a top-four place but Caballero is relishing the challenge having been waiting for his chance.He said: “I have been focused in the last eight months since Pep arrived here and I have been professional from the first day.“Now I have an opportunity to play and a big opportunity to be in goal and try to qualify this club, after that we see what happens.“I tried to be focused when Claudio started to play again and I trained well, I kept my professionalism.“Unfortunately he probably can’t play until next season but I trained really hard for this opportunity and I am not focused on Claudio and me – it’s the team.” 1last_img read more

Rose of Women’s Basketball Named MVC Newcomer of the Week

first_imgRose played the best game of her young Drake career in the road win at UNI on Jan. 27. She recorded her first career-double with a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds in a career-best 28 minutes. Time and time again, Rose hauled in key offensive rebounds finishing with six, converted several critical three-point plays and tallied one block, one steal and one assist. Rose knocked down a career-high 9-of-10 free throws as the team made 34-of-36 from the charity stripe. This is the first career MVC Newcomer of the Week award for Rose and the fifth this season for the Bulldogs. Fellow freshman Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) has been tabbed MVC Newcomer of the Week a league-best four times. In her first season, Rose is averaging 6.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Rose and her teammates travel to SIU on Feb. 3 for the second match-up between the two teams this season. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img ST. LOUIS – Freshman Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) of the Drake University women’s basketball team has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon.last_img read more

WordPress Could Sue Popular Theme Developer Over License Dispute

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Blogging#web chris cameron 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts “At what point does WordPress get to be the be-all end-all about what works with it?”– Chris PearsonAt the crux of the disagreement is the General Public License (GPL) – the most widely used free software license under which WordPress licenses its software. The GPL requires the free and open distribution of any code under its license, and sets rules for when outside “third-party” code also must abide by its rules. Mullenweg says the GPL is WordPress’ “Bill of Rights” because “it protects [its] core freedoms.”Mullenweg asked the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) to clarify whether WordPress themes fall under the GPL. What the SFLC found is that while the PHP files that leverage WordPress’ copyrighted code are protected by the GPL, the images and CSS files of the themes are not. In other words, the car’s engine is protected, but not the paint and the body.Pearson, the creator of Thesis, a premium WordPress theme and “framework,” licenses his software differently in an effort to curb the redistribution to third parties. Pearson believes his theme should not fall under the GPL because it “stands alone outside of WordPress completely,” a statement with which Mullenweg disagrees.“You can do whatever you like but anything built on top of the GPL must be GPL itself. That’s the crux of it.”– Matt MullenwegThe debate came to a head Wednesday when Pearson and Mullenweg spoke at length while streaming live with Mixergy’s Andrew Warner. Both sides presented their arguments, but no real progress was made other than to better inform the public of the core of their disagreement.“At what point does WordPress get to be the be-all end-all about what works with it? All it does is deal with front and backend database rights and reads,” said Pearson. “Why does it get to determine everything else, even if the scope of another project that works with WordPress may vastly exceed the scope of WordPress itself?”“WordPress is built on the license of a GPL that has enabled hundreds of thousands of people to build amazing businesses off it. All it really says is that you can do whatever you like but anything built on top of the GPL must be GPL itself. That’s the crux of it,” said Mullenweg. “That’s how the WordPress system works.” The development community is somewhat divided on the issue, but it does seem that more (as far as this author can see) are leaning toward backing Mullenweg and WordPress. Unfortunately, a public argument like this is detrimental to the open source community, and a lawsuit – which Pearson all but dares Mullenweg to initiate – would be even worse.It seems that Mullenweg is between a rock and a hard place on this one – not wanting to sue a member of the WordPress community but also not wanting to allow what he views as a damaging and disrespectful license violation to stand. A lawsuit could set precedents that could open up further lawsuits, which would be a terrible result for the development community. At this point, either option seems equally unappetizing. Photo by Flickr user seanosh. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting There is an intense debate brewing in the open source development community these days whose resolution could have widespread implications for the sharing and distribution of software. Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress, disagrees with the way Chris Pearson, creator of a popular WordPress theme and framework, has chosen to distributed his product – a method he believes is against the rules and licenses WordPress operates under. The two seem to be unwaveringly at odds, which could mean a lawsuit is on the horizon, but what would that mean for free software distribution? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Ajit Pawar’s move resembles uncle Sharad Pawar’s political coup 41 years ago

first_imgNCP leader Ajit Pawar’s decision to join hands with the BJP bears a striking resemblance to his uncle Sharad Pawar’s coup against a government formed by two Congress factions 41 years ago. In 1978, Mr. Pawar ran the rainbow coalition comprising the Janata Party and the Peasants Workers Party, which lasted less than two years. Incidentally, this time he is trying to forge a similar alliance in the State by joining hands with the Congress and the Shiv Sena. Mr. Ajit Pawar was sworn-in as Deputy Chief Minister on November 23, only to be snubbed by Mr. Sharad Pawar who said the decision to support the BJP was his nephew’s personal one. Mr. Sharad Pawar’s decision in 1978 to establish his own party and run it for a decade earned him the unofficial title of “strongman” in political circles. Mr. Pawar wrote in his book, On My Terms, that the poll reverses in the 1977 post-Emergency anti-Indira wave shocked many in the State and the country. V.N. Gadgil lost on a Congress ticket in Baramati, the home turf of the Pawars.In January 1978, Indira Gandhi split the Congress, forming Congress (Indira) to take on the parent organisation Congress (S), headed by Sardar Swarn Singh, in the State elections. Mr. Sharad Pawar stayed with the Congress(S), and in the Assembly polls held a month later, the party won 69 seats against 65 of the Congress (I). The Janata Party won 99 seats. However, no party got a full majority.The two Congress factions got together to form a government headed by Vasantdada Patil from the Congress(S) and with Nashikrao Tirpude from Congress (I) as the Deputy Chief Minister. However, the bickering between them continued, and Mr. Sharad Pawar decided to quit. His relations with Janata Party president Chandrashekar helped him a great deal. “You will have to play a key role in this,” Mr. Chandrashekar told Mr. Pawar. He then started seeking support of the MLAs. Sushilkumar Shinde and others sent their resignations to the Chief Minister. Mr. Sharad Pawar walked out with 38 MLAs to form a new government and became the youngest Chief Minister of the State at the age of 38.The new government was a rainbow coalition of the Janta Party, Peasants Workers Party (PWP) and other smaller parties, senior journalist Anant Bagaitkar said.When Mr. Sharad Pawar resigned, the Assembly session was on. “Even while the House was discussing supplementary demands, the government was reduced to a minority, following which Chief Minister Vasantdada Patil submitted his resignation,” Mr. Sharad Pawar writes in his book. However, with the return of Gandhi to power in 1980, his government was dismissed.Political analyst Suhas Palshikar said, in a profile on the Maratha strongman titled A chapter named Pawar in a Marathi magazine, writes that Mr. Sharad Pawar led the party for over a decade and returned to the parent party under the leadership of Rajiv Gandhi. “Because he decided to establish his own party and ran it a for decade, (it) helped him earn the image of a strongman.”last_img read more

Team India to tour Sri Lanka in July

first_imgIndia’s five-match ODI series and one T20 International against Sri Lanka will be played from July 22 to August 7 across three venues.Sri Lanka tour marks the beginning of a fresh season for the senior national team after enjoying a two and half month break post Indian Premier League.The Indians, who arrive on July 19 will play their first of the five ODIs at the Mahinda Rajapaksa stadium in the southern port town of Hambantota on July 22.The second ODI will also be played at the same venue on July 25 followed by the third and fourth ODIs at Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on July 28 and 31st respectively.After a four day break, Indians will be playing the fifth and final ODI in Kandy on August 5 followed by the only T20 international at the same venue on August 7. The matches will be played at the Pallekele stadium.The team will depart for the two and half week tour on July 19 and will be back on August 8. The cash-strapped Sri Lankan cricket administration is eager to host India. India currently is Sri Lanka?s largest inbound travel market.ItineraryJuly 19: ArrivalJuly 21: 1st ODI (Hambantota)July 24: 2nd ODI (Hambantota)July 28: 3rd ODI (Colombo)July 31: 4th ODI (Colombo)Aug 4: 5th ODI (Kandy)Aug 7: 1st T20 International (Kandy).Aug 8: Departurelast_img read more

Here’s how to pose the right way to look good in swimwear

first_imgSwimwear can accentuate all your curves, but there are ways you can look slimmer and more confident, according to British-Iranian model Yasmin Le Bon, the new face of swimwear brand Speedo Sculpture 2014 collection.The model’s guide has been launched to help women tackle the anxieties they experience and the fear of the walk from the changing room to the pool, or the towel to the sea, reports is nothing worse then a top too small or bottoms that are cutting inLe Bon, who turns 50 this year, said: “After spending 33 years on the modelling circuit I have heard all of the tricks of the trade. The best advice I’ve received on looking your best in a swimsuit, is to wear it with confidence and a smile; it instantly changes your appearance.”In her handbook, she has suggested the following:Sitting downThe twist and point – Twisting the upper body around at the waist is a great way to make it appear smaller and instantly helps you to lose inches. Whilst sitting down, putting one leg stretched out in front of the other with toes pointed helps to elongate the leg.Get in front of the mirror and see what works best with your body!Lying downThe knee lift – When lying on your back, bringing your knees up to lift the thighs can help to avoid the effect of them feeling flattened against the poolside or lounger and gives a three-dimensional and flattering shape. Arching the back slightly can also help if you’re self-conscious about your stomach or bottom.advertisementThrow on some swimwear and you will find the angle that best suits your bodyWalkingA proud posture – When walking or standing adopting a strong posture is the key to radiating confidence. If you imagine you are trying to hold something between your shoulder blades, it will push your shoulders down and backwards slightly to give a naturally proud posture.The most flattering stance for photos is whatever feels most natural and comfortablePosingHead held high – If you’re posing for photos and not feeling the most confident, it can be tempting to look down and try to hide. Lifting the head away from the chest is the best way to achieve a long elegant neck and avoid creating a double chin.In the sun the most flattering makeup is really minimalThe ExitPause and prepare – Before getting out of the pool it’s a good idea to take a moment to pause and prepare for your exit. You can sweep your hair to one side if you need to, check your swimsuit is in place and ensure you’re feeling confident.A self bronzer or a little tan always helps to look and feel your bestlast_img read more