October 16

Whoopi Goldberg To Host Prostate Cancer Foundation Dinner

first_imgWHERE: The Pierre Hotel 2 East 61st St.New York, NY 10065Find out more here. Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit organization which remains steadfast in its commitment to identify and fund groundbreaking cancer research programs to save the lives of millions, will host its annual New York Dinner at the The Pierre Hotel on Wednesday, December 2, 2015.The dinner will honor the 20th Season the Prostate Cancer Foundation has partnered with Major League Baseball and its team owners for the PCF Homerun Challenge, with Baseball Hall of Fame Managers Joe Torre and Tommy Lasordaand David Cohen of Comcast. The dinner event will be an unforgettable evening, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg and John O’Hurley and will feature special guests and musical performances by Rock Legend John Fogerty, Mezzo-Soprano Isabel Leonard, Baritone Nathan Gunn and singing group Forte from America’s Got Talent. Proceeds from the evening will support groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research.Event Co-Chairs Include: Mark & Debbie Attanasio, Seth & Marie Bernstein, Todd & Katie Boehly, Michael Lehrman, Ambassador Earle & Carol Mack, Dr. Richard Merkin, Mike & Lori Milken, Artie & Selma Rabin, Neal Rodin & Sharon Schutte-Rodin, Joe & Ali Torre, Eustace Wolfington.WHEN: Wednesday, December 2, 2015last_img read more

September 29

Why This NBA Rookie Class May Be The Best Of The Century

As we approach the end of the NBA’s regular season, awards conversations are all the rage. As usual, the two most talked-about races are for Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year. Whether it’s “Get Up” or The Jump, Sports Illustrated or CBS or NBA TV, or even NBA players themselves, everyone’s got an opinion on who should take home the hardware at the end of the season.The Rookie of the Year debate, at this point, pretty much boils down to the Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, who stormed out of the gate and grabbed onto front-runner status fairly quickly, and the Hawks’ Trae Young, who started off terribly but has been shining during the season’s second half.But lost among this debate is this: The entire 2018 NBA rookie class — or at least the top five picks — deserves an award. Collectively, they are having the best debut season of any group of top five picks in more than 25 years.Doncic (pick No. 3) is carrying averages of 21.2 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game while acting as the primary facilitator and scoring option in Dallas. He is only the second rookie in NBA history to average at least 20, 7, and 5 in those categories, and the other is Oscar Robertson, who did so during the 1960-61 season.The man whom Doncic was traded for on draft night,1The Hawks drafted Doncic and traded him to the Mavericks in exchange for Young and Dallas’s top-five protected 2019 first-round pick. Young, has been nearly as productive, albeit less consistent, in his debut season for Atlanta. Young’s season-long numbers of 19.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game are strong.2He’s one of only three rookies to have gone for 19, 3 and 8 per game. Those numbers, though, are dragged down by his poor start to the year. Since the All-Star break, he’s averaging 25.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 9.2 assists a night, with shooting numbers that are far better than those he was posting earlier in the season as he struggled to adjust to the NBA game.Two of the first five picks in a given draft looking this good, this early, would be impressive on its own; but Doncic and Young are not alone in their shining debuts. The other three players selected in the top five — the Suns’ DeAndre Ayton (No. 1), the Kings’ Marvin Bagley III (No. 2) and the Grizzlies’ Jaren Jackson Jr. (No. 4) — have each been pretty damned good this year too.Ayton has been a monster offensive force for Phoenix from Day 1, and he is already one of the league’s best post scorers and offensive rebounders. Among rotation players averaging at least 2 post-ups per game, per NBA.com, Ayton’s 1.03 points per play on post-ups ranks third, behind only Joel Embiid and LaMarcus Aldridge. Ayton’s offensive rebound rate, meanwhile, ranks 22nd among the 263 players who have qualified for the minutes per game leaderboard. And he’s been improving on defense throughout the season.Bagley is averaging 14.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game off the bench for the surprisingly frisky Kings. And he’s been even better since returning from a five-game, injury-related absence in early March, posting 18.5 points and 8.2 rebounds a night with an improved shooting line. He has a diverse, varied face-up game and is working to stretch his jumper, and given his athleticism and quick feet, his defense could eventually come around as well.Memphis shut down Jackson in late-February due to a quad injury, but before his season ended he averaged 13.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 combined steals and blocks in just 26 minutes a night. He did all that despite being, at 19 years old, the second-youngest player in the league.3The Lakers’ Isaac Bonga is about a month younger than Jackson, and Bonga has played less than 100 minutes this season. Jackson also knocked down 35.9 percent of his threes and carried an above-average usage rate and true shooting percentage, which is wildly impressive for a player whose primary contributions were expected to come on the defensive end of the floor.So how does this season’s top five stack up against past classes? The chart below plots the collective win shares and win shares per 48 minutes for the top five picks in each draft class from 1979 through 2018 (otherwise known as the three-point era) during their respective debut seasons. Note that only players who played during the season immediately following that year’s draft are counted in this analysis; because we’re looking at the top five picks as a class, if a player did not debut with the rest of his class, it doesn’t make much sense to count him along with the others. For example, Ben Simmons was the No. 1 overall pick in 2016, but he did not play during the 2016-17 season, so he counts for 0 minutes and 0 win shares toward the total of that draft class. Simmons was excellent as a rookie once he did step on the floor, but it also would not make sense to group him with the 2017 draft class, because he was not drafted in 2017. Likewise, the same logic applies to Simmons’s Sixers teammate Joel Embiid, who was drafted in 2014 but did not debut until two years later.4It also applies to Jonas Valanciunas (stayed in Europe for a year before coming over and joining the Raptors); Blake Griffin (injured); Ricky Rubio (Europe); Greg Oden (injured); Danny Ferry (went to Italy for a year because he refused to play for the Clippers); David Robinson (naval service); and tragically, Len Bias (an overdose-caused death). 1992O’NealMourningLaettnerJacksonEllis0.118 Draft pick Among the 20 players selected in the top five of those four drafts, eight are currently in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Another four — Bill Cartwright, Sidney Moncrief, Terry Cummings and Christian Laettner — made at least one All-Star team during their career. And six more became long-term rotation players. Only Greg Kelser and Bill Garnett failed to pan out at all, as they wound up out of the league entirely within a few seasons.That’s an incredible hit rate of solid NBA players, and bodes well for what we should expect from Ayton, Bagley, Doncic, Jackson and Young in the future. It’s obviously far too early to predict that any of these players will be enshrined in Springfield one day, but the future certainly appears bright, and it seems likely that the 2018 draft class will be remembered as one of the best in quite some time.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 2018AytonBagley IIIDoncicJackson Jr.Young0.102 As you can see, the 2018 class fares extremely well in both win shares — which represent Basketball-Reference.com’s attempt to divvy up credit for team wins to the individual players on the team — and win shares per 48 minutes. The 21.1 win shares collectively accumulated by Ayton, Bagley, Doncic, Jackson and Young ranks eighth among the last 40 draft classes during their respective debut seasons, while their win shares per 48 average of 0.102 makes this class one of just six to exceed 0.100 win shares per 48.One of those six classes (2009) saw only three players actually take the floor during their debut season, thanks to an injury that knocked Blake Griffin out for the year and Ricky Rubio’s contract with Barcelona that kept him in Spain for two years before he arrived stateside. Hasheem Thabeet, James Harden and Tyreke Evans saw varying degrees of success during their respective rookie years and ended up posting a collective average of 0.108 win shares per 48 minutes, but they also combined for only 11.9 total win shares, far fewer than the other five classes that stand out in this analysis, each of which exceeded 20 total win shares.It’s worth noting, then, who was actually taken in the top five in those five NBA drafts (1984, 1979, 1982 and 1992). It’s also worth noting that just a single class between 1992 and 2018 saw its top five post a win shares per 48 average better than 0.100, meaning it’s been nearly a generation since we saw an actual top five class debut with a performance as good as the one we’re seeing from the most recent draft class. The top-five picks in the 2018 draft are in HOF companyThe five NBA draft classes with the highest win shares per 48 minutes Hall of Fame inductees in boldSource: Basketball-Reference.com 1982WorthyCummingsWilkinsGarnettThompson0.129 1984OlajuwonBowieJordanPerkinsBarkley0.174 1979JohnsonGreenwoodCartwrightKelserMoncrief0.137 Year1st2nd3rd4th5thWS per 48 min read more

September 18

Zappacosta still hopes that Conte will stay

first_imgDavide Zappacosta and Chelsea have experienced a difficult season as they failed to make it to the top four in the Premier League and they were eliminated in the first knockout round of the Champions League.However, the Italian full-back believes that his side will win the FA Cup final against Manchester United as a reward of their hard work and that Antonio Conte will stay at the club for more seasons to come.The former Torino player spoke about his expectations as he said, according to Gianluca Di Marzio:harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We deserve to win the cup. We worked hard all season and we always gave our best. We struggled in the Premier League and we came up against an outstanding Manchester City side, but we have been competitive until the end.”“He (Conte) is the one that gave me an opportunity with Italy and brought me here to Chelsea, giving me a chance in a top club. I remember when he called me on August the 30th to ask me if I liked the idea of joining Chelsea. Of course, I told him ‘yes’. His future? I would like him to stay, but it’s his decision to make. I can say that everyone here is on his side, he achieved some great results in these two years.”last_img read more

September 14

Week In Review 73083

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Thursday 8/2Audio Player08-03-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm08-03-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPdRunner Begins His Journey From The Kenai Peninsula To Key West, Florida, Brothers’ Café To Open In Kenai Airport, Alaska Communications Providing Better Access To Internet On The Kenai, Alaskans Expected To See A Drop In Insurance Rates Monday 7/30Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Monday-0730.mp3VmJennifer-on-Monday-0730.mp300:00RPdTroopers Issue High Number Of Citations In Kenai River Dipnet Fishery, Cook Inlet Undersea Pipeline Granted Full Construction Permit, “We Are Loving The Kenai River To Death” Tuesday 7/31Audio Player08-03-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm08-03-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPdSeward Highway Reopened After Carjacking And Numerous Collisions, Male Pedestrian Struck And Killed By Vehicle Off Kenai Spur Highway, Alaska Permanent Fund Reportedly Up $5.1 Billion In FY18, Education Bill Steers Marijuana Tax Revenue Towards Schoolslast_img read more

August 31

Charles Dickens goes Hinglish

first_imgEncapsulating the festive spirit, A Christmas Carol, is a play performed by puppets, richly enhancing the flavour of the Charles Dickens book. In a unique effort, Dramabaaz Co. will be presenting an adaptation of A Christmas Carol, an 80 minute play in Hinglish. This is a new version of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserly old man, who receives a Christmas Eve visit from the ghost of his partner, Jacob Marley, warning him to mend his selfish ways. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Talking about the concept of the play, Garima Arya from Dramabaaz Co. says: ‘This classic story has been adapted  and creatively transformed it into a ‘puppet-actor play’, which includes puppetry, human actors and dancers. Hence, it is a unique amalgamation of the following art forms — glove puppetry, acting, choreography and artistic designs and graphics.’ Explaining how she came up with the idea, she mentions: ‘We wanted to do something special this Christmas….and what better choice than the famous story Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA Christmas Carol , and that too when the whole world is celebrating Charles Dickens 200 this year!’ Asked about the present condition of puppetry in India, she says:, ‘I think puppetry needs to go to the next level where it involves all kinds of art forms. This  will help make it more attractive, entertaining, educational and creative at the same time. India is opening up to experiments and is appreciating out-of-the box ideas. These ideas need to be convincing. That’s all.’ The play focuses on the storyline in which during the night three spirits appear before Scrooge, showing him visions of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future — finally revealing the possible results of his unloving, uncaring life. Upon waking up on Christmas morning he joyfully flings open his window, and cries out: ‘Oh, Jacob Marley and Christmas time be praised! I’m still here!(picks up some clothes, drops them, tries to sit, but can’t contain himself) I don’t know what to do! (laughs) I’m as light as a feather, I’m as happy as an angel, I’m as merry as a school boy! (shouting out the window to passersby) A Merry Christmas to everybody! (to the audience) A Happy New Year to all the world!’ He then proceeds to amaze one and all with his newly found Christmas spirit.DETAILTickets: Rs 350, at mycity4kids.com Schedule: 24 December, 7.30pm At: LTG Auditorium Mandi House; 25 December, 3.30 pm & 7.30pm At: Epicentre, Sector 44, Gurgaon; 26 December, 7 pm At: Alliance Francaise, 72, Lodhi Estate 27 December, 3.30 pm & 7.30pm At: Alliance Francaise, 72, Lodhi Estatelast_img read more

August 31

No tax hike no new ones Upadhyay

first_imgRejecting all tax ‘hike and new tax’ proposals by the three municipal commissioners in the city, Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay on Thursday said that civic bodies cannot be made ‘earning units’ of the government.‘We are against any-type of tax hike or new taxes. The civic bodies should levy taxes but not burden them as they are already facing price rise in the city,’ said Upadhyay, rejecting the tax proposals and tax hikes by the three civic bodies in the city. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThe commissioners of North MCD, South MCD, East MCD had proposed 45 to 50 percent hike in property taxes on the basis of consumer price index, doubling one time parking charge and levying new taxes like professional tax, and naming fee. ‘The obligatory functions of the civic bodies are to provide basic civic amenities to the citizens- like primary education, primary health and sanitation. The government should provide budget to the civic bodies as these services are not charged,’ he added. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrested‘We are of the view that civic bodies should bring more tax payers under the tax net. The hike in tax rates or levying new taxes would be a burden on honest tax payers,’ said Subhash Arya, chairman of standing committee in South MCD. ‘We will direct the commissioners to bring maximum tax payable citizens under existing tax net and prevent leakage of revenue by strict implementation of tax collection,’ added Arya, the veteran councillor who is also considered to be the voice of BJP on civic matters. Presently, around one third properties in the city are paying property taxes to the civic bodies and two more sources of income — outdoor advertisement and parking; are also in the control of mafias. In addition, the corporations have several vacant plots which the commissioners have been promising to redevelop as commercial complexes since past three years but no vein.last_img read more