DALLAS — Deron Williams is joining his hometown Mavericks and will try to help salvage a failed bid in free agency similar to three years ago, when he spurned Dallas to stay with the Brooklyn Nets.Williams, who grew up in the Dallas suburb of The Colony, signed a two-year, $10 million contract July 14. He has a player option in the second year.Dallas had a deal with Williams on July 10 and had to wait for him to clear waivers. It was a boost for the Mavericks soon after free agent center DeAndre Jordan reneged on a deal to sign with them and re-signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.The Nets bought out the 31-year-old Williams to lower their payroll. They owed him $43 million in the final two years of the contract.Jordan’s shocking reversal was a bigger blow for the Mavericks than Williams’ decision in 2012 because the late change of heart left them few options at center in free agency. But it’s too early to say it will be more costly.While Williams’ choice to stay with the Nets for their move from New Jersey to Brooklyn came earlier in the process, it didn’t help Dallas much.The Mavericks added Darren Collison for 2012-13 in hopes that his career would blossom as their starting point guard, but it didn’t work. Collison was benched, and that season was the only time since 2000 that Dallas has missed the playoffs.The Williams decision back then also started a three-year streak of summers that the Mavericks missed out on big names in free agency — all since owner Mark Cuban chose salary cap flexibility over bringing back key pieces of the franchise’s only championship in 2011. Dallas hasn’t won a playoff series since taking the title.The Mavericks thought they had finally broken through when Jordan agreed to come after an aggressive recruiting campaign led by forward Chandler Parsons. But there were still five days left before the 6-foot-11 Houston native and former Texas A&M player could sign a contract.Jordan started having second thoughts, and his Los Angeles teammates and coach Doc Rivers swooped in and convinced him to come back.On Thursday, the Mavericks traded a second-round pick to Milwaukee for center Zaza Pachulia, and secured the agreement with Williams the next day.The question now is how much the 31-year-old Williams can help Dallas. His scoring average has dropped significantly the past two seasons while injuries slowed him and his happiness was often questioned.Williams acknowledged a loss of confidence during a rocky 2014-15 season and ended up averaging 13 points, the lowest since he was a rookie. Brooklyn made the playoffs all three years after Williams signed the max deal at five years and $98.5 million, but won just one series.The signing of Williams also completes the starting lineup for Dallas after the setback with Jordan. Williams, Pachulia and free agent guard Wesley Matthews are the newcomers joining 37-year-old Dirk Nowitzki for his 18th season and Parsons.Parsons and Matthews might not be ready for the start of the regular season, and Cuban has said the Mavericks won’t rush them.Parsons had surgery for a right knee injury that sidelined him for all but one game of a first-round playoff loss to Houston. Matthews ruptured his left Achilles tendon with Portland against the Mavericks in March.(SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic admits that his country has had some great players but they have failed to perform together and win any major tournament so far.Their best finish at a World Cup came 20 years back in 1998, where they lost to hosts and eventual winners France. Since then, they have been eliminated in the group stages thrice in 2002, 2006 and 2014. In 2010, they failed to reach the finals altogether.”Croatia has great players playing at the greatest clubs, but it is true we have not had good results at major tournaments for decades,” the coach said on Tuesday.But, Dalic believes that this year, things can be different. While many are suprised at the fact that Croatia made the semis, Dalic believes that the it shouldn’t be the case because the Croats have a really talented squad.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEWith the likes of Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic at Real Madrid, Ivan Rakitic at Barcelona, forward Mario Mandzukic at Italian champions Juventus, and Dejan Lovren at Liverpool, they have some of the best players in their respective positions.”The results were below the level and quality of our players. Something had to change to get the results,” Dalic said.”So we should not be surprised that Croatia are in the semi-finals given the quality of the players.”Also read – Croatia sack assistant coach ahead of World Cup semi-final vs EnglandAnd, Dalic belives that after punching above their weight in this World Cup, this Croatian team will go down along with the ‘golden generation’ of 1998.advertisement”This generation has been underrated for a long time because of their poor results, but they have shown their quality when it mattered at this World Cup, and it will go down as a golden generation like that of 1998.”Dalic has managed to get the best out of his players so far as they cruised through the group stage with three wins out of three games, including a win over Argentina. They then edged out Denmark and hosts Russia on penalties in the knockout stages to set up a semi-final with England.Also read – World Cup 2018: Dealing with Croatia’s midfield biggest test for SouthgateThe coach, however, will have to wait and see if defender Sime Vrsaljko, who played in four of their five games, will be fit for the match after picking up a knee injury.”He has this niggle. We want those who are 100 percent match fit. I cannot tell you (if he will play on Wednesday),” Dalic said.Also read – Why English fans hearing ‘Football’s Coming Home’ relieves Gareth Southgate”He has minor issues but we have a huge game tomorrow. Those players on the pitch must be perfectly fit. We have played five games, but being tired cannot be an alibi. We are in a World Cup semi-final.””I don’t know to what extent you see the level of celebrations in Croatia. That is a great source of pride for us. This is what drives, that is our petrol,” Dalic said.(With inputs from Reuters)
Budget talks among House and Senate leadership staff and White House officials have made little headway as they enter their second week.“I believe that we’re nearing a point … that we’re going to have to start making some decisions,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday. So far, the two sides have started discussing possible offsets to pay for higher discretionary spending levels.While little progress has been made, top Democratic appropriators are calling on negotiators to reach agreement on a new topline spending level by early November so they have time to craft an end-of-the-year spending bill by the Dec. 11 expiration date of the current continuing resolution, reports CQ.The overarching goal for Democrats is to strike a deal to raise the Budget Control Act spending caps for fiscal 2016 and 2017 before House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) steps down at the end of the month. With House GOP leadership elections dominating conversation through the end of the month, it’s not clear how much progress can be achieved, though.The negotiations are at the staff level for now, but at some point will involve Republican and Democratic leadership, with appropriators left on the sidelines.“This is being negotiated at the leadership level. This is being done by Harry Reid, [Nancy] Pelosi, [Mitch] McConnell, etcetera. What I’m providing, as is Congresswoman [Lowey], we’re providing technical assistance and advice to our leadership as they negotiate, whether it’s on offsets, the status of touchy subjects in bills and so on,” Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), ranking Democrat on Senate Appropriations, told CQ. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Brunskill/Getty ImagesRoger Federer is going to play the quarter-final of the 2019 French Open against his compatriot and former doubles partner Stan Wawrinka at the Court Suzzane Lenglen, today. The 37-year-old Swiss legend will appear in his 54th quarter-final of a Grand Slam, achieving another piece of history as he matched American great Chris Evert’s record. Federer is playing this tournament after three years of absence.When and where to watch?The action at the Roland Garros starts with Federer’s match slated to begin at 2 PM local time, 12 PM GMT and 5.30 PM IST. In India, live coverage is being provided by Star Sports Select 2 and Star Sports Select 2 HD. Online viewers can stream the matches live on the Hotstar platform.Preview Roger Federer is two wins away from clinching his 100th career title. GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty ImagesFederer has been in tremendous form throughout this year’s edition of the tournament. He is yet to drop a set in the competition. He defeated Leonardo Mayer 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in the Round of 16 to march into the quarters. The three years’ absence from Roland Garros doesn’t seem to have affected the 2009 champion as he has been playing quite smoothly. After being doubtful about his own success before the begining of the tournament, he is now among the contenders for winning the title. Stan Wawrinka.Adam Pretty/Getty Images.On the other hand, Wawrinka has had his own problems. He went out of the game with a knee injury that threatened his career after 2017 Wimbledon. As a result, he slipped outside the top 250 and also suffered a first-round defeat at last year’s French Open. But he has made a comeback and is currently ranked 28th. Wawrinka had a tough time beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in his fourth round clash. The final score of the tough contest was 7-6, 5-7, 6-4, 3-6, 8-6.Federer is leading 22-3 in head-to-head between these two Swiss players. The 2009 champion also has beaten Wawrinka in their last six meetings. Interestingly, the latter is the last player who recorded a victory over his compatriot at this Grand Slam, in the 2015 edition. The victory came in straight sets and eventually led to Wawrinka winning the French Open title.Global TV listingsFrance: France TV SportUSA: NBCUnited Kingdom: iTVAustralia: Fox SportsCanada: TSNSpain: EurosportJapan: WowowChina: CCTV
Close Apple announced that it will be buying Intel’s cellular modem business for $1 billion. The transaction is expected to close by the last quarter of 2019. The acquisition would include a corporate exchange of about 2,200 employees from Intel with the transfer of IP and equipment to Apple.The envelope to the deal will enclose about 17,000 wireless patents on protocols for cellular standards, modem architecture, and operations. The deal also signs amendments stating that Intel will be allowed to develop modems for PCs, IoT devices and autonomous vehicles. An Intel sign is seen at the Intel Museum in Santa Clara, California on November 4, 2016. / AFP / JOSH EDELSONJOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty ImagesThe acquisition will allow Apple to build 5G modems for its smartphones rather than depending on Qualcomm for the hardware. The iPhone major though signed the deal with Intel; it will rely on Qualcomm’s hardware until the patent license agreement of six years between the two companies comes to an end.Apple had been using hardware from both, Intel and Qualcomm till last year when they closed a deal with Qualcomm to solely produce cellular modems for their devices. Intel had been struggling since then without any buyer for its products. Apple CEO Tim Cook launches the Apple March 2019 event. Courtesy apple.comApple had been trying to relieve itself from all third-party collaborations and focused on in-house manufacturing of the modems. It has been working on the modem technology for years through its research and development (R&D) centres in San Diego.According to some reports, the iPhone manufacturer will be able to complete its research and development to produce its own modems by 2022. So, there might be good news for the users as the research and development on modems might bring variations in the i-devices. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/2:55Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:54?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … 5 Highlights From 2019 Apple Event
At least 10 killed in Kabul funeral blastAt least 10 people were killed and wounded in explosions that rocked the funeral of an Afghan man who died during protests over the worsening security situation in Kabul, the interior ministry said.“Initial reports show at least 10 casualties,” ministry spokesman Najib Danish told AFP.
Map Syria. Photo: CollectedIran’s Revolutionary Guards said Monday they had launched a missile attack against a “terrorist” headquarters in Syria in retaliation for a September attack on the Iranian city of Ahvaz.“The headquarters of those responsible for the terrorist crime in Ahvaz was attacked a few minutes ago east of the Euphrates by several ballistic missiles fired by the aerospace branch of the Guardians of the Revolution,” the Guards said on their official website.“Based on preliminary reports, many takfiri terrorists and the leaders responsible for the terrorist crime in Ahvaz have been killed or wounded in this missile attack,” the Guards added.The term “takfiri”, derived from the Arabic word for anathema, is used by the Iranian authorities to refer to Sunni jihadists.The Guards did not say where the missiles were launched from.According to Iran’s Fars news agency, the Guards fired Zolfaghar and Qiam missiles, with a range of 750 kilometres and 800 kilometres (465 and 500 miles), respectively.On 22 September, 24 people were shot dead in an attack at a military parade in Ahvaz in southwest Iran. The Islamic State group, which Iran and its Damascus allies are fighting in Syria, has claimed responsibility for the attack.Iranian president Hassan Rouhani had vowed a “crushing” response in retaliation.
An injured man receives treatment at the hospital, after a suicide attack in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on 12 July, 2019. Photo: ReutersAt least six people were killed and 14 wounded Friday when a suicide bomber attacked a wedding ceremony in eastern Afghanistan, an official told AFP.The Islamic State group’s Afghanistan affiliate later claimed responsibility for the bombing in Nangarhar province close to the Pakistan border, where a host of insurgent organisations operate.”This morning at 8:00 am (0330 GMT), a suicide bomber detonated himself at a wedding ceremony … in Pachiragam district,” Attaullah Khogyani, the Nangarhar governor’s spokesman, told AFP.He said six people had been killed and 14 wounded, a change from an earlier toll of five dead and 40 wounded.”All the villagers were gathered for a wedding ceremony,” said witness Saleem Jan, who was himself a guest and who was wounded in the blast.Speaking to AFP from hospital, he described confusion as the bomb exploded and people began running.”I didn’t know what happened,” he said. “When I turned my face I saw dozens of people were wounded, lying on the ground.”Nangarhar regional hospital spokesman Zahir Adil told AFP that two bodies and 11 injured victims had been taken to the hospital in central Nangarhar city.The explosion comes just days after historic talks between Afghan representatives and the Taliban wrapped up as part of a US-led effort to end the war.At the conclusion of the two-day summit in Doha, parties unveiled a joint resolution pledging a “roadmap for peace” in which they sought to reduce civilian casualties to “zero”.Direct talks between US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and the Taliban also took place last week.
Dry skin occurs throughout the year, however, for many Blacks, it can become increasingly uncomfortable during winter months. Cold temperatures, low humidity, and strong, harsh winds, according to dermatologists, deplete the skin of its natural lipid layer, which would normally help keep the skin from drying out. Black skin, as a result, can become very flaky, dry, and ashy in the winter.“Years ago, Black mothers might use anything from olive oil or cooking grease – later petroleum jelly – to keep skin soft and keep it from cracking, especially if working outdoors,” Rockville dermatologist Candice Drummond told the AFRO. “Some of us still apply the Vaseline, but there are a host of dietary and topical measure to keep the ash away.”To guard against dry skin and lips, Drummond recommends limiting baths or showers to 4-5 minutes, using lukewarm water and using non-drying, mild soap for cleansing. Long showers and baths actually strip the skin of its natural oils. “Many of us like using perfumed soaps or gels, which smell great, but do a fair job of drying out the skin in winter. Even mild soaps can have drying effects, so limit soap use to areas where you are prone to perspire or where dirt readily accumulates (face, hands, feet, underarms and groin area).”Avoid products with alcohol or that can be drying and irritating to the skin like harsh scrubs.Drummond also offered tips of daily moisturizing, being careful, again to avoid heavily perfumed lotions. “Look for lotions that contain humectants (glycerin, hyaluronic acid and urea). When you come out of the shower or bath, immediately apply the moisturizer to your damp skin. This will help to seal the moisture in and provide a protective barrier from the harsh winter environment,” Drummond said.Additionally, Dermatology News offered: Moisturizing the air at home and the office with a humidifier to keep the heating systems from inadvertently drying skin as they heat the area. A low-cost alternative to humidifiers are plants. When watered, plants help diffuse moisture throughout the room. Drummond added that many Black families keep a sauce pan with water in it on top of heating convectors to the same end.Avoid wool clothing next to your skin. Wool often irritates skin, making it itchy in the winter. Instead, wear cotton camisoles, undershirts, or long underwear underneath any wool clothing. Finally, keeping the body well hydrated by drinking ample amounts of water each day is critical to fighting against both dehydration and ash.If suffering from dry, itchy skin in spite of following these skin care tips, Drummond recommends seeing a dermatologist to make sure the condition is not from allergies or a skin condition like psoriasis or eczema.