LeBron James has been so good for so long that it’s easy to forget just how astounding some of his accomplishments are. For example, he currently owns one of the greatest ongoing streaks in sports: His team has made the NBA Finals in eight straight seasons, starting in 2011. That’s mind-blowing in a league where a single finals appearance can be the highlight of a player’s entire career — and he’s done it for two different franchises.Of course, everyone knew it would be hard for James to keep that streak going this season after moving from the Cleveland Cavaliers — and the relative ease of the Eastern Conference — to the Los Angeles Lakers and the scary West. The thing that has taken NBA observers by surprise is the reason why the finals streak might not happen: James’s Lakers are in real danger of not making the playoffs at all.According to our NBA projection model, Los Angeles currently has just a 26 percent probability of making the playoffs. L.A. sits a game under .500 in the West’s No. 10 slot, three games back of the eighth-seeded Clippers with 25 games left on the schedule, and it will face the league’s ninth-toughest schedule down the stretch. The Lakers’ only saving grace is that, at full strength, our model thinks they’re the West’s eighth-best team, significantly better than both the Clippers and the No. 9 Sacramento Kings. But it will be a race to the finish that James hasn’t had to worry about in a very long time.The last LeBron-led team to miss the postseason entirely was the 2004-05 Cavs, in James’s second NBA season. They went 42-40 — which has traditionally been good enough to make the playoffs in the East — but lost out on a tiebreaker with the New Jersey Nets (who beat Cleveland 3-1 in the season series). Talent-wise, that team was a far cry from even later versions of the Cavs that would be prematurely bounced out of the playoffs: Journeyman guard Jeff McInnis was second on the team in minutes behind LeBron, and low-scoring swingman Ira Newble was also a full-time starter. (The next scoring options behind James were Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Drew Gooden.) James himself had not yet fully ascended to GOAT levels of performance, either, posting what would eventually be the fifth-worst Box Plus/Minus and fourth-worst win shares per 48 minutes of his career to date.On paper, this season’s Lakers should not be drawing comparisons to Jeff McInnis and Ira Newble. Although L.A.’s supporting cast didn’t have the same immediate appeal as players in other potential free-agent destinations for James, it was assumed that the young quartet of Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball would build on their promising 2018 performances — particularly by playing alongside James — and mix with the Lakers’ strange mishmash of veterans to make a functional team. But that hasn’t consistently happened during James’s debut campaign in purple and gold. 2018 Season2019 Season Average-0.4.0769.8-1.1.0608.7 Lonzo Ball+1.7.05310.0+0.7.0568.8 Kyle Kuzma-1.3.07710.4%-1.3.07810.6% *Win shares per 48 minutes†PIE% = Player Impact Estimate, a rough measure of the percentage of all positive on-court events (for both teams) the player accounted for.Source: Basketball-Reference.com PlayerBPMWS/48*PIE%†BPMWS/48*PIE%† Brandon Ingram-1.3.0689.6-3.2.0428.4 It’s been a tough season for the young LakersPerformance metrics for four Los Angeles Lakers prospects, 2018 vs. 2019 Across a variety of metrics, LeBron’s young sidekicks have mostly declined in performance this season, despite benefiting from an extra year of development and getting to play next to one of the greatest offensive creators in NBA history. Only Kuzma can credibly say he has shown any amount of improvement, increasing his usage rate and true shooting percentage while reducing his turnover rate. The rest — particularly Ingram, whose advanced stats have slid into an abyss — have stalled out or worse, and none has even amounted to a league-average player, according to the consensus of metrics.Making matters worse, it could be argued that those four cost Los Angeles a shot at trading for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis at the deadline (assuming that former Pelicans GM Dell Demps ever actually intended to deal Davis). If even a few of the Lakers’ youngsters had played well this season, showing the requisite star potential to be included in a trade package for Davis, it’s possible that L.A. would have been penciling a LeBron-AD duo into its lineup for a playoff push this year. Instead, it’s left waiting for Hart and Ball to return from injury and hoping the kids can play better down the stretch.The veterans haven’t exactly helped much, either. JaVale McGee and Tyson Chandler are an efficient pairing of defensive bigs, and both are above average in win shares per 48 — the most charitable stat for each — while shooting guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the recently acquired Reggie Bullock are at least in the vicinity of average in the metric. (As is new power forward Mike Muscala.) But Rajon Rondo has shot the ball poorly this season, and Lance Stephenson hasn’t been an effective player in years. All told, James’s supporting cast hasn’t been appreciably better than the one he fled in Cleveland after last season.1On average (weighted by minutes), non-James Lakers this season have a -1.1 BPM and .080 WS/48. Last year’s non-James Cavs had a -1.6 BPM and .086 WS/48.And it bears mentioning that James himself has not been as statistically dominant as in his last few seasons as a Cavalier. His usage rate, true shooting percentage, assist rate, rebound rate, steal rate, block rate and defensive BPM are all down from last year. He’s shooting worse on twos, threes and free throws. And most concerning, the 34-year-old missed 18 games between Christmas and early February with a groin injury, and he’s played only 49.5 percent of the Lakers’ available minutes this season — by far the lowest mark of his career.James did tell reporters over All-Star weekend that he “feels great,” though, and that he’s ready to lead a playoff push for Los Angeles.“[I’m] looking forward to seeing what we can do to get back in this playoff race,” James said. “That’s the only thing that’s going to happen in my mental space for these next two months, pretty much on how I can get this team playing the type of level of basketball we were playing before my injury.”The Lakers will need to summon all of James’s focus and talent to storm back into the playoff picture. It’s more than possible, particularly if James is indeed healthy. But our projections are still low for a LeBron team even after accounting for James’s return to the lineup — and the fact that the Clippers were sellers at the trade deadline. (That’s why we give L.A. a 26 percent chance, while simpler forecasts such as the one at Basketball-Reference.com peg its odds at about 5 percent.) And even if the Lakers do make the playoffs, they would probably end up being heavy underdogs against the Golden State Warriors in the first round.The Lakers’ long-term future should be brighter: The team will have plenty of cap space to use on free agents surrounding James and plenty of superstar options to choose from (in addition to the ongoing potential of a Davis trade). For now, though, James’s finals streak has a real chance of ending far earlier than anybody expected: April 10, the final day of the 2018-19 NBA regular season.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Josh Hart-0.1.1118.8-0.4.0636.4
Twitter 2019 GRAMMY Nominees Album Available For Pre-Order 2019-grammy-nominees-album-now-available-pre-order The 25th edition of the album will feature a selection of songs from your favorite artists nominated for GRAMMY Awards this year, with a portion of all proceeds benefiting both MusiCares and the GRAMMY Museum, which benefits musicians in times of need and music education programs, respectively. The track list will be announced at a later date, with the announcement of this year’s nominees just one day away.”We are very excited to partner with Republic Records to celebrate some of the extraordinary GRAMMY-nominated songs that have highlighted the past year in music, and we are thrilled to have music industry veteran Leslie Lewis continue in her role as our longtime producer,” said Neil Portnow, Recording Academy President/CEO.Monte Lipman, founder and chairman of Republic Records, noted the shared excitement: “We’re honored to join forces with the Recording Academy for this year’s iconic GRAMMY Nominees album. This body of work recognizes a moment in time and music, and more importantly supports artist-related charitable causes. I’m anticipating this year’s lineup will be as strong as any year in recent memory.”Stay tuned to grammy.com tomorrow morning, Dec. 7, to find out the news everyone has been waiting for—who has been nominated for the 61st GRAMMY Awards. The show will take place on Feb. 10, 2019 in Los Angeles and air live on CBS.2019 GRAMMY Nominee album pre-orders and contest info are available at 2019grammy.com.What To Expect When You’re Expecting The 2019 GRAMMY Nominations AnnouncementRead more 2019 GRAMMY Nominees Album Now Available For Pre-Order The 25th annual edition of the CD featuring your favorite GRAMMY songs will be released on Jan. 25, 2019. Order your copy now for a chance to win two tickets to the 61st GRAMMY Awards!Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Dec 6, 2018 – 12:22 pm Today, on Dec. 6, in partnership with Republic Records, the Recording Academy announced the upcoming release, of the 2019 GRAMMY Nominees album on Jan. 25, 2019. Pre-orders are now open for the CD online, where you can also get a chance (no purchase necessary) to enter the drawing to win two tickets to the 61st GRAMMY Awards. Email https://twitter.com/RecordingAcad/status/1070739743137296389 News Facebook
Khatron Ke Khiladi 10instagramPopular stunt-based reality show Khatron Ke Khiladi is gearing up for its tenth season. While makers have started approaching celebrity participants, the buzz is that Karan Patel is in talks for the show.A TellyChakkar report said that Karan, who plays the lead role in Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, has admitted to being approached by Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 makers, however, nothing has been finalised as of now.Given that the long-running show Yeh Hai Mohabbatein is set to go off air, Karan’s fans will surely be excited to see him performing some daredevil stunts. Confirming the report, Karan said: “Yes, I am in talks for the show, but things are yet to get finalized.”Besides Karan, rumour has it that Yuvraj Singh, who retired from International cricket recently, is likely to participate as well. Karishma Tanna, who was last seen in Naagin 3 and Qayamat Ki Raat, may also be seen on the show. The actress had earlier participated in reality shows like Bigg Boss 8, Zara Nachke Dikha, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 9 and Nach Baliye 7.Kavita Kaushik of F.I.R fame has also been approached to be part of the adventure reality show. Choreographer Dharmesh Yelende and comedian Balraj Sayal are likely to be roped in for Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 as well.Bollywood director Rohit Shetty will reprise his role as the host of the new season of the stunt-based reality show. Currently, Rohit is busy shooting in Hyderabad for his film Sooryavanshi. This year, the show will be shot in Bulgaria and the new team is expected to fly to the location soon. Kavita Kaushikinstagram
A broker monitors share prices at a brokerage firm in Mumbai August 9, 2011.ReutersThe Indian equity indices experienced a highly volatile session on Wednesday, but managed to make gains, as apprehensions over the tension between the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the government gave way to investors clinching attractive deals.Consequently, the S&P BSE Sensex gained 550 points to reclaim the 34,000-mark, while the NSE Nifty setteled above 10,300 points.The day’s trade started on a shaky ground as reports emerged of the growing spat between the RBI and the government. The speculation over RBI Governor Urjit Patel’s resignation briefly led indices into the red during the afternoon session.However, healthy buying in finance, banking stocks along with export-dominated IT and healthcare counters lifted the market higher.On the other hand, metals index, however, lost over 1 percent contrary to the other sectoral indices on the National Stock Exchange which registered sharp gains in the range of 1 to 4 per cent.In terms of currency, the rupee closed at Rs 73.95 to a US dollar from its previous close of 73.68 following a similar trend in all the major currencies, which traded lower. Indian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesIndex-wise, the S&P BSE Sensex settled 550.92 points higher, or 1.63 per cent, at 34,442.05. It had opened at 33,963.09 from its previous close of 33,891.13.The Sensex swung 875 points, touching an intra-day high of 34,463.38 and a low of 33,587.24.The NSE’s Nifty ended the day at 10,386.60, up 188.20 points or 1.85 per cent.Besides, broader markets, S&P BSE MidCap gained 1.56 per cent, while S&P BSE SmallCap was up by 1.38 per cent also the market breadth was positive with 1,619 advances and 943 declines.According to Abhijeet Dey, Senior Fund Manager-Equities, BNP Paribas Mutual Fund: “Equity investors in India witnessed a relief rally on the last day of October 2018 as stock markets charged ahead with sharp gains.””The markets surged in mid-afternoon trade after the government clarified on a tussle with the Reserve Bank of India and said that it respects and nurtures central bank’s autonomy,”HDFC Securities’ Retail Research Head Deepak Jasani said: “Technically, with the Nifty rallying higher, the bulls seem to be in control,””Further upsides are likely once the immediate resistances of 10,396 are taken out. Crucial supports to watch for any weakness are at 10,285.”Investments wise, the provisional data with the exchanges showed that foreign institutional investors sold stocks worth Rs 193.65 crore on Wednesday while the domestic institutional investors bought scrip worth Rs 1,124.92 crore.The month has ended with an foreign fund outflow to the tune of Rs 28,921 crore (NSDL), highest monthly outflow in the equity segment since 2002.The top gainers on BSE were dominated by banking stocks, led by HDFC Bank, up 5.78 per cent at Rs 1,769.55; IndusInd Bank, up 4.47 per cent at Rs 1,424.45; Infosys, up 4.02 per cent at Rs 686.25; Axis Bank, up 3.43 per cent at Rs 581.90; and Yes Bank, up 3.30 per cent at Rs 188.05 a share.The top losers were: Coal India down 3.53 per cent at Rs 266.15; Tata Steel, down 2.25 per cent at Rs 552.40; Maruti Suzuki, down 1.33 per cent at Rs 6,608.95; Adani Ports, down 0.85 per cent at Rs 319.10 and Kotak Bank down 0.60 per cent at Rs 1,118 per share.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:07 – / 4You may have had that experience: You’re at an event with thousands of people and want to tweet or snapchat that selfie proving you’re there.But, everybody else is doing the same, overwhelming the network.To beef up capacity, some network providers – including Sprint, Verizon and AT&T – are adding temporary cell towers at select locations near Super Bowl-related events.One of AT&T’s six truck-mounted towers is near Midtown Park, where ESPN will broadcast from.“We worked with the NFL and the (Super Bowl) host committee to find areas that they’re going to be an issue – where they’re going to hold an event and they’re expecting so many people there, then we have to increase our capacity,” said Frank Jackowski, area manager for AT&T.While the cell towers are temporary, some of the improvements to cell phone reception in Houston will be permanent.“All the work that we’ve done at the Reliant, or NRG (Stadium), will stay there,” Jackowski said. “Then everything that we’ve done at a couple of the host hotels.”AT&T spent $40 million on the upgrades, $35 million of which was for permanent improvements.We also reached out to T-Mobile to learn if that company is upgrading its network during the Super Bowl but did not hear back by deadline. Share Listen X
The Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre brings an array of events to the month. You can encounter the rich array of wildlife and nature photography from the Bakony Mountains and Lake Balaton regions of Hungary, by a passionate photo artiste and forester József Mesterházi at the exhibition Glimpses of Hungarian Widlife. He captures the rare moments of animal and forest life in its own habitat, as well as the changes and the eternal secrets of nature. The exhibition features evocative animal portraits and spectacular wildlife images that are sure to engage visitors of all ages. The exhibition was inaugurated and highly appreciated by Raghu Rai, India’s ace photographer. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Next is a musical treat Music Without Boundaries by Capital City Minstrels on May 6. The evening’s repertoire will showcase a diverse range of music, bringing out the contrast and subtle shades and themes that run through different genres from sacred and gospel to Western and Indian classical compositions and a few popular pieces as well.The next highlight of the month is screening of the film Children of Glory on May 7. The movie commemorates Hungary’s Revolution of 1956 and the ‘Blood in the Water’ match. Taking place in Budapest and at the Melbourne Olympic Games in October and November of that year, the film takes viewers into the passion and sadness of one of the most dramatic popular revolts of the twentieth century. In the same year, Soviet tanks were violently suppressing the Revolution in Hungary, when the Hungarian water polo team was winning over Russia in the Olympic pool in Melbourne. This event is sometimes described as the bloodiest water polo match in history. While telling the story of 1956 in part through fictional lead characters, the film-makers simultaneously recreated many of the key public events of the Revolution, including the huge demonstrations and the street fights in the of Budapest. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixNext is a sculpture exhibition titled Being a Child from May 10 -15. In this exhibition, Christine Margotin brings us back to childhood, a crucial period of life that ‘one should never completely leave’ as she likes to state. What can be learned from observing children? What can we -adults- gain in reconnecting somewhat with our childhood? The artist explores the dialectics between childhood and adulthood through 3 series of artworks sculptures of life-size children playing simple games, sculptures of children showing joyful or moving attitudes and 3D-canvases displaying messages about childhood. May 17 will screen the film Questioning Life and Beyond Through Films of Seema Kohli. Habiart presents selected eight experiential video performances, including Swayamsiddha – Myth, Mind and Movement; Parikrima and Unending Dance of Light- Raks E Shams. The artist would be resent for an interactive session with the audience.Starting from May 26 is the exhibition that features the best of the award winning paintings of the on-the-spot children’s painting competition hosted by HICC in February 2015. The theme of this year’s event is Hungarian folktales. It’ll be on till August 28.
April 30, 2015 Regular readers will recall that my first date with the Apple Watch did not go smoothly. I was wearing it wrong. The apps were sluggish. The first time I tried to message a friend it crashed.One week later, I still don’t love it. But I am having feelings. Mostly after small victories.I felt something when I figured out how to tune Twitter so that I wasn’t bombarded with notifications.I felt something when, six days later, I managed to add someone to my friends screen.I felt something when I began to get comfortable with the interface vocabulary — the vertical swipes, the horizontal swipes, the force touch, the digital crown.“Do not expect to strap on Apple Watch for the first time and feel entirely at home,” says Daring Fireball’s John Gruber in Watch, Apple Watch, an essay that makes a useful distinction between needing a wireless computer on your wrist and wanting one.This is a device that demands exploration. It needs to be mastered. It needs to be fine-tuned to fit your digital lifestyle.And when it does, when Apple’s “most personal” device starts to feel at home, you can’t help bonding with it.I’m reminded of the way people who mastered a complex piece of pre-WYSIWYG software — the typists who memorized WordPerfect’s obscure keystroke combinations, for example — clung to it until their cold dead fingers had to be pried off the keyboard.I’ve searched for a term to describe this phenomenon, and I think I’ve found it: Stockholm syndrome. Here’s how Wikipedia, borrowing from an FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, defines it.Stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychologicalphenomenon in which hostages expressempathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with the captors. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness.Mistaking a lack of abuse for an act of kindness. That’s me and my Apple Watch, one week later. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read Enroll Now for Free
MIAMI — Known for its award-winning luxury resorts in the Caribbean, Excellence Group Luxury Hotels and Resorts has announced its newest addition in Jamaica – Excellence Oyster Bay.Opening early 2018 and breaking ground in the next few months, it will be the first adults-only, all-inclusive luxury resort of its kind in Montego Bay, and will enjoy prime location in Oyster Bay, just 30 minutes from the international airport. The waterfront property will feature 325 suites, including 800-square foot junior suites and 2,000-square foot upper suites that include expansive living spaces, panoramic ocean views and direct beach access.Excellence Oyster Bay will be in a private peninsula with calm waters on one side and a lagoon on the other. The town of Fallmounth is also nearby for day trips.“Excellence Oyster Bay will be the first resort of the Excellence Group in Jamaica, and will set a new standard in the all-inclusive luxury segment, with its location, facilities and the renowned quality service that guests have come to expect from any Excellence Resort,” said Excellence Group’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Domingo Aznar.More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTMore information can be found at excellencegroupluxuryresorts.com Excellence Group announces new luxury resort in Montego Bay Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group Tweet Tags: Excellence Group << Previous PostNext Post >>