Press release: Bees’ needs: public urged to support pollinators

first_imgFive simple actions to help pollinators such as planting more bee-friendly flowers and cutting grass less often were promoted today to protect the vital contribution these insects make to our economy.The five actions form part of a call to action launched by Environment Minister Lord de Mauley today at a conference organised by Plantlife, the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and The Wildlife Trusts, to encourage people to do their bit to help insects such bees and butterflies.Pollinators provide variety in our diets and some crops, like raspberries, apples and pears, particularly need insect pollination to produce good yields of high quality fruit.Research has estimated the value of insect pollination to crops at around £400 million due to increases in yield and quality of seeds and fruit.Lord de Mauley said: Find out moreVisit the Bees’ Needs website for more information on the call to action. Pollinators such as bees are vital to the environment and the economy and I want to make sure that we do all we can to safeguard them. That’s why we are encouraging everyone to take a few simple actions and play their part in helping protect our bees and butterflies. We will be publishing a nationwide strategy for pollinators later this year to set out everything that we can do to help pollinators flourish. This is a great foundation for us all to start helping our bees through five practical actions which everyone can get behind. These actions, combined with government leadership, will be vital to get the right framework in place for bee health in the long term. The WI now look forward to seeing the publication of the National Pollinator Strategy in the Autumn with clear actions and targets for the future. The plight of our bees is high on people’s environmental concerns so it’s great to see government, businesses and communities launching this call to action to protect this iconic species. The good news is that everyone can be part of the generation that helps saves our bees, from creating a ‘Bee World’ wildflower patch in your local area to helping scientists monitor bee health by logging any bees you spot with the free Great British Bee Count app. We are pleased to support this call to action, which lists five things we can all do to benefit pollinators, including providing more of the food and habitat they need to thrive and taking care when using pesticides. Through the Campaign for the Farmed Environment, the NFU has already helped deliver pollinator events to over 800 farmers and growers across the country this year, giving them the information they need to support this call to action on their own farms. National Farmers’ Union Vice President Guy Smith said: Grow more nectar- and pollen-rich flowers, shrubs and trees Leave patches of land to grow wild Cut grass less often Avoid disturbing or destroying nesting or hibernating insects Think carefully about whether to use pesticides The five simple actions were drawn up with experts from Natural England, the Food and Environment Research Agency, conservation charities and the research community.There are at least 1500 species of insect pollinators in the UK. This includes 26 species of bumble bee, 260 solitary bees, 1 honey bee species and hundreds of types of hoverflies, butterflies and moths.Defra will be publishing a national strategy for pollinators in the Autumn, following a public consultation earlier this year.Bees’ Needs videoBees’ Needs: food and a homeFriends of the Earth Executive Director Andy Atkins said: Five simple actionsWhether people live in a town or in the countryside, they are being urged to help create or improve a habitat for pollinators in five simple ways: Marylyn Haines Evans, Chair of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes Public Affairs Committee said:last_img read more

Super start to year with more than $35 million worth of luxury property changing hands

first_img5724 Observation Cres, Hope Island, is part of more than $35 million worth of sales notched by Ray White Surfers Paradise in the March quarter. A stone mansion which has been the backdrop for photo shoots and a temporary home to Hollywood stars has changed hands in a multimillion-dollar deal off market.Designed by internationally acclaimed architect Ralph Bailey, the six-bedroom luxury Sanctuary Cove house, known as the Mandalay Residence, sold for $5.225 million. A $7.5 million deal was done for 311 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.The $7.5 million sale of a six-bedroom, five-bathroom mega mansion was among the notable sales.The property at 311 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters, was bought by a Gold Coast couple. The hefty sales of big-ticket real estate come despite a slowdown across the national property market. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago MORE NEWS: Labor’s negative gearing reforms could cause rental price hikes, multibillion-dollar dent in tax revenue It was sold in an off-market deal. The property at 5724 Observation Cres, Hope Island, has three lounge rooms, two office spaces, six bedrooms, a guest cottage, pool and landscaped gardens.Its website states the house boasts celebrity clientele and is a sought-after backdrop for video and photography shoots.The eye-watering sale is part of more than $35 million worth of high-end listings that have changed hands in the first quarter of this year through Ray White Surfers Paradise. MORE NEWS: Benowa Waters mansion offers grand lifestyle beyond your wildest dreams It fetched $3.7 million. A $3.7 million deal was done for 171 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach, last month.The six-bedroom beachfront home with a Cape Cod design was snapped up after just nine days on the market.The agency also had a hand in notching a record-breaking sale of a Main Beach penthouse.center_img 171 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach, sold in March. Ray White Surfers Paradise CEO Andrew Bell said the market correction was shaping up differently to those previous experienced on the Gold Coast.“There are a number of factors at play at the moment, but most notably there are no desperate sellers and the market is excellent in terms of overall stability,” he said.“The recent run of sales demonstrates that there are always buyers in the marketplace and when correctly priced properties are presented to buyers, sales inevitably occur. Buyers are prepared to buy the property to which they aspire — most people seek the property they love and they are not always driven by a bargain to attain that property.” The Penthouse at 3533 Main Beach Pde, Main Beach, sold for $8.25 million. The $8.25 million sale of 7/3533 Main Beach Pde, which was done in conjunction with Kollosche, is the highest figure paid for a Gold Coast property this year and the city’s highest beachfront apartment sale.A $5.25 million deal was also penned for a luxury lakeside house on The Parkway in Sanctuary Cove in March.Mr Bell said the lump of luxury sales were thanks to buyers and sellers finding common ground in assessing values in the marketplace. The temporary home to Hollywood stars sold for $5.225 million. last_img read more

4 Ways to get your legs in shape without exercise.

first_img Share HealthLifestyle 4 Ways to get your legs in shape without exercise. by: – June 8, 2011 26 Views no discussions Tweet Sharecenter_img When warm weather arrives, so does the urge to liberate your legs–in all their pale, vein-ridden or fuzzy glory. Use these fast fixes (and more serious solutions) to bare yours with confidence.TO FIGHT FUZZThe good news is that hair growth on your legs typically slows with age. The bad news? Because the skin on your legs also gets drier, fuzz removal is more likely to cause irritation.1) FAST FIX: A MULTIPLE BLADE RAZORRazors are the gold standard for quick, easy hair removal. “Pick one with multiple blades to get the job done in fewer strokes and minimize nicks and razor burn,” says Arielle Kauvar, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center. Try (1) Schick Intuition Naturals Sensitive Care ($9.50; drugstores), with four blades centered in a skin-conditioning solid that melts onto wet skin as you shave. Other keys to a clean sweep: Moisten skin with warm water first and shave in the morning, when legs are less likely to be swollen, so more of each hair’s length is exposed to the blade.2) SERIOUS SOLUTION: A FASTER, CHEAPER LASERThe new LightSheer Duet hair-removal laser is faster and less painful than older lasers. Its vacuum head gently stretches skin closer to the light source, so more energy can reach (and destroy) follicles and your body is tricked into feeling the vacuum sensation instead of the usual stinging. Bonus: Faster also means cheaper—about $800 per session, compared with $2,000-plus for traditional lasers.3) TO REDUCE CELLULITE Got cellulite? You’re not alone; more than 85% of women experience dimpling, which gets worse with age—perhaps because skin’s connective tissue weakens, allowing underlying fat to bulge.3) FAST FIX: A CAFFEINATED LOTIONA lotion with theophylline (a diuretic agent) or caffeine—such as (2) Vichy CelluDestock ($39.50; drugstores) —can temporarily plump skin’s surface, so legs appear smoother, according to Miami-based dermatologist Leslie Baumann, MD. And a tinted leg spray, like (3) MAC Skinsheen Leg Spray ($26.50; maccosmetics.com), disguises the lumpy texture but is easier to use than self-tanner because it washes off at the end of the day. Another temporary fix: Do an inverted yoga pose (prevention.com/inverted for how-to’s); it can drain excess fluid from fat cells, improving puckering for a few hours.4) SERIOUS SOLUTION: PULSED SOUND WAVESCelluPulse, a treatment that uses high-energy, pulsed sound waves, may help smooth bulges. It’s FDA approved for treating muscle injuries, but many docs use it off label for cellulite.“We typically see 75 to 80% improvement in the look of cellulite after six to eight sessions,” says Anna Buinewicz, MD, a cosmetic physician in Doylestown, PA. The cost? Up to $3,200 for eight sessions.TO VANQUISH VEINSAbout 50% of women age 50-plus have spider veins, small, dilated blood vessels that are visible when located near your skin’s surface. The usual cause is genetics, but obesity and long hours of standing or sitting with legs crossed can also cause them by compromising blood flow.5) FAST FIX: TINTED LEG SPRAYHide veins with a tinted leg spray or waterproof body makeup, such as (4) Dermablend Leg and Body Cover SPF 15 ($27; dermablend.com).6) SERIOUS SOLUTION: SCLEROTHERAPYVeins may disappear after sclerotherapy, a procedure in which each vein is injected with a solution that causes it to collapse. Many docs are doing the procedure with Asclera, which has fewer side effects and may be more effective than traditional sclerotherapy solutions, according to West Palm Beach derm Ken Beer, MD. Treating both legs can take up to 10 $275 to $400 sessions. Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

NBA Mock Draft 2019: Knicks land Zion Williamson; Duke dominates lottery

first_img16. Nets — PJ Washington, Forward, KentuckyAge: 20.6 | Height: 6-7 | Weight: 236Washington has an outsized 7-3 wingspan that should make him an intriguing defender at the NBA level. He’s also connecting from 3-point range at a high clip this season. The key is whether that will continue, as his free throw percentage suggests he’ll shoot a lower percentage from outside without improving something about his jumper.In Brooklyn, he can slot in as a versatile power forward next to budding big man Jarrett Allen.17. Pistons — Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Wing, Virginia TechAge: 20.6 | Height: 6-6 | Weight: 210Detroit is really missing positional size on the wing, and Alexander-Walker can help fill that void while providing another ball-handling presence. He’s also been an effective outside shooter over two seasons in Blacksburg.On the other end, Alexander-Walker has built out his defensive projections by bumping his steal rate from 1.9 percent as a freshman to 3.4 percent this season.18. Celtics (via Clippers) — Jontay Porter, Big, MissouriAge: 19.4 | Height: 6-11 | Weight: 236Porter is nowhere near Al Horford on the defensive end, but he has the potential to replicate some of Horford’s value offensively as a floor spacer and passer from the center spot.Although the 6-11 center is recovering from a knee injury that caused him to miss his sophomore season, his freshman performance offers enough for NBA teams to be comfortable with his projection.NBA DRAFT HISTORY: Every team’s ugliest, most painful regret19. Jazz — KZ Okpala, Forward, StanfordAge: 19.9 | Height: 6-9 | Weight: 215Okpala checks all the boxes when it comes to his measurables, and his defensive versatility will be a prized possession to NBA franchises. He’ll need to develop more consistency in his jump shot, especially from NBA 3-point range.In Utah, he could fit in at either forward spot and add to a lengthy history of quality defensive play.20. Spurs — Grant Williams, Forward, TennesseeAge: 20.3 | Height: 6-7 | Weight: 241This is probably a touch high for Williams, but the Tennessee junior fits the bill in terms of the character and basketball IQ San Antonio has traditionally valued.The 6-7 forward is a versatile threat offensively who should shoot a bit more often from deep. He can help facilitate in dribble handoff and post actions. Defensively, his feel for the game is an big asset. 25. Cavaliers (via Rockets) — Bol Bol, Big, OregonAge: 19.3 | Height: 7-2 | Weight: 222Bol is the draft’s biggest upside play with significant downside. There are a slew of questions about his off-the-court habits as well as his ability to stay on the floor defensively. He’s no doubt a unique offensive talent, but it’s not clear he’s destined for NBA success.Some will consider him a viable lottery pick. Others won’t. If the draft doesn’t break right, he could be in for a bit of a slide.26. 76ers — Tyler Herro, Wing, KentuckyAge: 19.2 | Height: 6-5 | Weight: 195Philadelphia needs depth and wing shooting. Herro can provide a bit of both. He’s shooting 35.5 percent from deep as a freshman and has knocked down 93.5 percent of his free throws. He’s comfortable off movement, which makes him a much more versatile and valuable off-ball threat.The defensive issues are likely always going to be there, but if he’s willing to engage on that end, the 76ers have more than enough pieces to help make up for his deficiencies.27. Nets (via Nuggets) — Luguentz Dort, Wing, Arizona StateAge: 19.9 | Height: 6-4 | Weight: 215Dort is a tough-nosed defender who can guard multiple positions on the perimeter while providing the ability to get downhill on the offensive end.He won’t have much starter equity without an improved jump shot, but he could fit into a rotation as a bench player who brings defensive energy.NBA DRAFT LOTTERY: No. 1 picks that changed the league28. Warriors — Daniel Gafford, Big, ArkansasAge: 20.5 | Height: 6-11 | Weight: 217Gafford was viewed as a lottery pick last season, projecting largely as a pick-and-roll offensive threat and rim protector on the defensive end.This season, he’s been thrust into a more difficult role featuring a steady diet of post-ups. In Golden State, he’d be allowed to get back to the former, allowing his athleticism to shine as a vertical spacer.29. Spurs (via Raptors) — Bruno Fernando, Big, MarylandAge: 20.6 | Height: 6-10 | Weight: 245Fernando could go higher on draft night, but NBA teams have the ability to find replacement-level bigs all over the place. Still, the 20-year-old can score efficiently around the basket, has improved as a passer and is comfortable cleaning up on the defensive glass.30. Bucks — Eric Paschall, Big, Villanova (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d0/37/zionwilliamson031419gettyftr_m5n3nh09wmyp13koaqsn0pdm6.jpg?t=2143407425&w=500&quality=80 The NCAA Tournament sparked a month-long evaluation of many of the 2019 NBA Draft’s top prospects.Historically, March has been a valuable month for the draft stock of many, as it provides NBA teams with an opportunity to see prospects against high-level competition in a unique environment. Last season, for example, Villanova’s Donte DiVincenzo saw his star rise en route to a national title. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e4/9d/deandre-hunter-getty-032019-ftrjpg_16x7jx8t468xu18fja3c5whtzl.jpg?t=-1680874447&w=500&quality=80 NBA DRAFT 2019: Latest odds for top pickThis time of year is always a good opportunity to get a baseline idea of how June’s draft might shake out before the madness shakes everything up. Here’s a look at the latest version of our NBA Mock Draft. 1. Knicks — Zion Williamson, Forward, DukeAge: 18.7 | Height: 6-7 | Weight: 284Williamson is far and away the best prospect in the class. He’ll enter the draft battling with Anthony Davis for the title of best prospect in the last decade. Barring some cataclysmic, future-altering event, he should be the No. 1 pick, regardless of whose envelope is opened on lottery night.For now, though, it just so happens the Knicks are in the market for a potential superstar who could alter the franchise’s fortunes. Williamson has the ability to fit in alongside other stars as he’s shown this season at Duke, so no worries if New York actually succeeds in free agency this summer. And if the Knicks whiff, Williamson’s athleticism and high basketball IQ make for an easy pair of skills to build around.2. Suns — Ja Morant, Point, Murray StateAge: 19.6 | Height: 6-3 | Weight: 175The addition of Tyler Johnson won’t exactly settle Phoenix’s long-term point guard concerns, but the addition of Morant might. The 6-3 sophomore excels at getting to the basket and setting up teammates thanks to his ability to break down defenders with a smooth handle.Morant will be challenged on the defensive end given his slight frame, and he faces questions regarding his turnover count and 3-point percentage. But there’s a steep drop-off in talent after the top pick in this draft, and Morant’s the best thing going for what Phoenix needs.3. Cavaliers — RJ Barrett, Wing, DukeAge: 18.8 | Height: 6-7 | Weight: 208Barrett will go high in June because he’s perceived as an elite wing prospect with size and a willingness to improve. As a freshman, he’s also delivered in the most hyped statistical categories, putting up 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game.Cleveland, meanwhile, is searching for youthful star power. Barrett seems like a fit, even if there will likely be some tension playing him alongside Collin Sexton, a point guard who’s at his best with the ball in his hands.STOCK WATCH: Barrett, Reddish become more polarizing4. Bulls — Cam Reddish, Forward, DukeAge: 19.6 | Height: 6-9 | Weight: 205Reddish still projecting as a top-five pick is perhaps as big of an indictment on this draft class as any. The 6-9 freshman is shooting worse than 40 percent on 2-pointers and has more turnovers than assists this season. He’s lauded as a knockdown outside shooter, but he has only converted 33.3 percent of his 3-point attempts and is an average free throw shooter.While there’s still some optimism to be had based on his steal rate — a statistic that can be suggestive of future growth — and his high school pedigree, he’s not your traditional top-five pick. Reddish fits here thanks to his youth and Chicago’s needs on the wing.5. Hawks — Jarrett Culver, Wing, Texas TechAge: 20.1 | Height: 6-5 | Weight: 190There’s some speculation Culver’s added a few inches to his height thanks to a growth spurt this season, and if true, he’d fit in well on the wing in Atlanta. He’s got the ability to create his own shot as a secondary option offensively and is a willing defender on the other end.The jumper is still a work in progress. That is probably the skill that will shape his NBA outcome the most. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/83/d6/pj-washington-021219-getty-ftr_1th5896q8i8yz1ae0gudvg0a5z.jpg?t=-495110072&w=500&quality=80 6. Grizzlies — De’Andre Hunter, Forward, VirginiaAge: 21.3 | Height: 6-7 | Weight: 222Hunter is one of the better on-ball defenders in college basketball. He offers plenty of lineup flexibility given his size and defensive ability, something that should be of interest to a Memphis team that could play Hunter as a power forward alongside Jaren Jackson Jr. in some configurations.Hunter’s not an elite offensive weapon, but he can shoot it from outside and create a bucket in a pinch. He’d be a nice addition for a Grizzlies roster in need of help on the wing.7. Hawks (via Mavericks) — Romeo Langford, Wing, IndianaAge: 19.4 | Height: 6-7 | Weight: 202Stockpiling wings is not a bad move in the modern NBA given teams consistently need depth at the position, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see Atlanta make a play for a pair of them should the franchise end up with two top-10 selections.Langford has outplayed expectations on the defensive end and has a nose for scoring around the basket. He needs to improve as an outside shooter, though, if he wants to make a long-term impact on the league.8. Pelicans — Darius Garland, Point, VanderbiltAge: 19.2 | Height: 6-3 | Weight: 173Garland suffered a knee injury back in November that caused him to miss the bulk of the college basketball season. He’s already declared for the draft and not playing seems to have helped his stock, as he’s moved up boards while others have slid down thanks to lackluster play.Garland’s most attractive attribute is his ability to knock down jumpers off the bounce. Given the outsized value that skill can have in modern offenses, there’s reason to select him in the top 10, even if he’s going to struggle immensely to be a non-negative contributor defensively.FINAL FOUR: Ranking teams’ chances to win it all9. Wizards — Nassir Little, Forward, North CarolinaAge: 19.1 | Height: 6-7 | Weight: 215Little entered the season with high expectations following impressive performances on the all-star circuit last spring. He’s struggled to adapt to the college game, though. His jumper hasn’t found its footing, and he’s been a mess on the defensive end trying to keep up with the pace of the game.There’s still enough talent here to justify a top-10 selection, as his per 40 minute numbers show (21.5 points and 10.1 rebounds). Washington needs some help on the wing after shipping out both Otto Porter Jr. and Kelly Oubre. Little might be a place to start.10. Lakers — Jaxson Hayes, Big, TexasAge: 18.8 | Height: 6-11 | Weight: 220The Lakers traded Ivica Zubac at the February deadline, leaving a hole open in the middle long-term.While others may be inclined to suggest the Lakers should chase shooting at this spot — an understandable thought given the history of successful rosters built around LeBron James — Hayes would provide another useful threat as a vertical floor spacer and rim protector. The youngster is averaging 3.8 blocks per 40 minutes while shooting 72.8 percent on 2s. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/65/c5/rui-hachimura-110418-getty-ftr_csoo0jfmbc0y1lw0r6ze36akm.jpg?t=-503489418&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ef/36/matisse-thybulle-022819-getty-ftr_x39f68pqbr3x1gymwvqhocs5y.jpg?t=893533865&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b3/56/bol-bol-getty-032019-ftrjpg_1gonz0l0sqfiq1mrmf0azsd2i7.jpg?t=-1680906983&w=500&quality=80 11. Hornets — Rui Hachimura, Forward, GonzagaAge: 21.1 | Height: 6-8 | Weight: 225There are obvious jokes to be made about a Michael Jordan-led franchise selecting an older college star. Hachimura is valued because of his ability to put the ball in the basket. Whether he can provide other things on the court that contribute to winning is the question.He struggles with feel on both ends of the floor, as evidenced by the higher number of turnovers he’s committed than assists he’s dished out over his career. 12. Timberwolves — Brandon Clarke, Big, GonzagaAge: 22.5 | Height: 6-8 | Weight: 215Clarke, like Hachimura, is on the older end of the spectrum for a lottery prospect, but the 22-year-old checks virtually all of the statistical boxes. In Minnesota, he could provide cover for Karl-Anthony Towns on the defensive end while fitting in as a complementary offensive piece that doesn’t need the ball in his hands. It’s a perfect marriage.13. Magic — Coby White, Point, North CarolinaAge: 19.1 | Height: 6-5 | Weight: 185Orlando traded for Markelle Fultz at the deadline hoping that he could be a solution at the point guard spot. It’s never a bad idea to have a fallback.White has leapt up draft boards thanks to his ability to efficiently create shots off the dribble. He’s also a better creator for others than he gets credit for. It’s worth pointing out that White and Fultz could likely co-exist as a backcourt tandem given the latter has sufficient size to defend some shooting guards.NBA DRAFT BIG BOARD: Hachimura sees slight drop14. Celtics (via Kings) — Sekou Doumbouya, Forward, LimogesAge: 18.2 | Height: 6-8 | Weight: 230Boston is likely to have a trio of first-round picks, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them use one on an option they could leave overseas to develop for a few seasons.Doumbouya is one of the youngest prospects in the class. He’s raw but talented, and he brings important positional versatility to the table.15. Heat — Keldon Johnson, Wing, KentuckyAge: 19.6 | Height: 6-7 | Weight: 210Johnson likely isn’t a superstar find here in the middle of the first round, but his competitiveness, positional size and shooting potential offers a nice combination of skills for Miami. In this draft, that’s more than enough. 21. Thunder — Matisse Thybulle, Wing, WashingtonAge: 22.1 | Height: 6-5 | Weight: 200Like Williams at No. 20, Thybulle at No. 21 is likely a bit high. However, the 6-5 prospect fills an important need for Oklahoma City as a 3-and-D wing. He’s a career 35.8 percent shooter from behind the arc and is averaging a ridiculous 4.5 steals and 2.8 blocks per 40 minutes.Thybulle’s an older prospect, which leaves questions about his long-term upside. That’s not enough to deny his potential NBA value.22. Trail Blazers — Kevin Porter, Wing, USCAge: 18.9 | Height: 6-6 | Weight: 218Portland seems to value having multiple playmakers on the floor at all times, and while Porter has been inconsistent this season, he can certainly create his own shot. The 18-year-old excels at generating space for his jumper, in particular.He’ll need to figure out additional ways to contribute to winning if he wants to be a valuable piece on a title contender.MORE: Most regrettable NBA Draft picks in every first-round spot23. Celtics — Tre Jones, Point, DukeAge: 19.2 | Height: 6-2 | Weight: 183Boston could be in the market for a point guard soon, no matter what happens with Kyrie Irving’s free agency this summer. While Jones needs to find more consistency from beyond the arc, he otherwise brings a set of winning skills to the table.The 6-2 guard has a Monte Morris-esque assist-to-turnover ratio and generates 2.2 steals per 40 minutes. Those are both positive signs for his future growth.24. Pacers — Talen Horton-Tucker, Wing, Iowa StateAge: 18.3 | Height: 6-4 | Weight: 233Perhaps Horton-Tucker flies a bit too close to the Tyreke Evans experiment for Indiana’s liking, but he’s the type of prospect worth a shot in the 20s.The 6-4 wing is one of the youngest prospects in the class and flashes impressive offensive skill. His length allows him to defend larger players while taking advantage of them on the other end. He’ll need to develop as a shooter to fulfill his potential. Age: 22.4 | Height: 6-8 | Weight: 255Paschall has become a consistent outside shooter over the past two seasons, which complements his defensive versatility well. He can fit in as a low-usage offensive option that provides plenty of value elsewhere on the floor.That’s good enough in Milwaukee, where the offense funnels through Giannis Antetokounmpo.last_img read more

Idaho Shaken By Magnitude 6.5 Quake

first_imgThe initial quake was felt from Nevada to Montana. It’s said to have been the second strongest ever in the state. (Boise, ID) — Aftershocks continue to rock Idaho. First came a magnitude 6.5 earthquake on Tuesday evening about 80 miles outside of Boise. That trembler was followed about 30 minutes later by a magnitude 4.8 aftershock.last_img

Strickland’s 66 leads the Brabazon

first_img30 May 2019 Strickland’s 66 leads the Brabazon Charlie Strickland shot a bogey-free 66 to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the Brabazon Trophy at Alwoodley Golf Club, Leeds.The 20-year-old from Sussex was five-under par in tough conditions of wind and drizzle, holding tight to his score with good par saves on the final two holesHis closest challenger in the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play is Cornwall’s Harry Hall on 68, while four players are grouped on two-under 69 and another six on 70.Strickland’s confidence is high after finishing third in the recent Irish Amateur and he started with a pair of birdies. “I just kicked on from there,” he said. “I missed a few chances going out, but it was really steady.”He reached the turn in three-under and added another pair of birdies on 11 and 12, holing from 25ft and 12ft. “From there I knew it was really hard coming in, so I concentrated on getting it on the fairway and on the green.“I felt there was a good score coming. I’ve been playing well, but not really carrying it through the round, so I’m happy with that,” said Strickland, from Ham Manor Golf Club.Harry Hall (West Cornwall) returned from university in the USA only on Tuesday, but after four years of crossing the Atlantic he’s learned how to dodge the jet lag.During his final year at college he won twice and he demonstrated his form at Alwoodley, collecting an eagle and three birdies alongside a couple of bogeys.But most importantly, he produced a string of solid pars at the end of the round: “It was really brutal into the wind on the last five holes and it was a solid finish,” said Hall, who got up and down from a bunker behind the 18th to complete his 68.The Yorkshire challenge is led by 16-year-old Ben Schmidt from Rotherham Golf Club. He posted two-under 69, with a strong finish of birdie, par, and shares third place.“I kept the ball in play, didn’t make any major mistakes which cost me and I had a couple of good par saves,” he said. Among them was the 13th, where he had to come out sideways from a bunker, but then got up and down from 100 yards.Schmidt, from the England boys’ squad, is playing in this event for the first time and is keen for a good result. He has plenty of inspiration from within his county: Yorkshire has provided two of the last three Brabazon champions, with Nick Poppleton winning last year and Jamie Bower in 2016.The group on 69 includes England A squad player, Jake Bolton of Ogbourne Downs in Wiltshire. He missed the cut in the recent French Amateur – but turned it to his advantage. He went straight back to his coach to refresh his swing and was hot off the blocks today with four birdies in his first five holes.“I hadn’t seen my coach for eight weeks so we tightened everything up,” said Bolton, who also switched back to his old putter after trying a new model over recent weeks. “It’s got my confidence going for the rest of the week,” he said, after signing for his 69.Also on two-under are Scotland’s James Wilson and Jake Hapgood of Wales.The best start in the championship belonged to Kent’s Cameron Lombard (Canterbury) who holed a 15ft putt for birdie on the first, then chipped in for eagle two on the second. But the finishing holes were less kind to him and he finally signed for one-over 72.Click here for full scoresImages copyright Leaderboard Photography Tags: Alwoodley Golf Club, Brabazon Trophylast_img read more

Peerless SC captures Calcutta Football League title as East Bengal grants walk over

first_imgAdvertisement 5fzdNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsq82Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E933h( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4mWould you ever consider trying this?😱s4jCan your students do this? 🌚9oRoller skating! Powered by Firework Peerless SC are the Champions of Calcutta Football League Premier Division A in 2019. They have collected 23 points in 11 matches in the whole tournament. In the meantime, they defeated two Kolkata giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan in the league. However, Md Sporting were able to beat Peerless SC in this season.Advertisement Today, East Bengal club management did not send their team to play the match against Customs at Kalyani. The match was supposed to be played on 29th September. However, it was not possible to play the match on that day because of poor ground condition. The match was scheduled at the home ground of East Bengal.Advertisement 29th September was the day where all the title decider matches were scheduled. Peerless SC won their respective match against George Telegraph by a margin of 2-0. Both the goals were scored by Kromah. East Bengal needed to win their last match against Customs by a margin of 7 goals. It was merely impossible and that’s why the club management of East Bengal decided to grant a walk over in the last match. They stated that their head coach Alejandro Garcia would be on leave. With this official announcement, Peerless SC won the Calcutta Football League this season.Barcelona officially announce Antonie Griezmann as their playerAdvertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

SINGLE WINNING TICKET IN SANTA ANITA SUNDAY PICK SIX WORTH $148,205.80; ‘SINGLETON’ PURCHASED FOR $256.00 IN LAUGHLIN, NV.

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2017)–There was just one winning ticket in Sunday’s Pick Six at Santa Anita and it was worth $148,205.80. The “singleton” was purchased for $256.00 in Laughlin, NV.Sunday’s total Pick Six pool, comprised of $176,099 in “new money” and $33,967 from the track’s Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot, totaled $210,066.There were 137 tickets with five winners, each worth $147.20.Santa Anita will embark upon a five day week on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 12:30 p.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img