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NEWS SCAN: E coli outbreak, viable frozen flu viruses, progress on virus-sharing

first_img Chan sees progress toward a deal on virus sharingDr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said governments are making progress toward an agreement on the sharing of virus samples and vaccines and drugs derived from them, according to a Reuters report published today. In response to developing countries’ concern about access to vaccines developed from their virus samples, governments have been negotiating on the issue since 2007. A meeting last week did not produce a final agreement, but at the WHO’s annual meeting today, Chan won broad support for a proposal for her to “facilitate a process to finalize the remaining elements including the standard material transfer agreement” and then present a deal to the WHO’s executive board next January, according to Reuters. Chan said the novel H1N1 flu epidemic has prompted an unprecedented commitment by affected countries to the sharing of information, genetic sequences, viruses, diagnostic kits, and lab equipment. [May 21 Reuters report] E coli cases in three states prompt ground beef recallAn outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections in three states has prompted an Illinois company to recall 95,898 pounds of ground beef because of possible contamination, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today. The products, produced Mar 10, were recalled by Valley Meats, Coal Valley, Ill., the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said. The products were distributed nationwide, carry the establishment number “EST. 5712,” and were sold under the brand names 3S, Grillmaster, J & B, Klub, Thick ‘N Savory, and Ultimate. The agency said the Ohio Department of Health reported a cluster of illnesses on May 13, and cases also have been found in Illinois and Pennsylvania. Kristopher Weiss, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Health, told CIDRAP News that Ohio has had three cases, all in the Cleveland area, involving matching E coli isolates and with illness onset dates of Apr 11, 12, and 14. Weiss said two of the patients were hospitalized, but all three recovered. The FSIS did not specify how many cases were identified in Pennsylvania and Illinois. [May 21 FSIS release] Researchers say flu viruses frozen in lakes stay viable for decadesInfluenza A viruses that have been frozen in lake and pond ice remain viable and potentially infectious when the ice thaws, a team from Bowling Green State University reported yesterday at the general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Philadelphia. Zeynep Kocer and Scott Rogers found that flu viruses from frozen lakes and ponds in the Arctic and in Ohio, along major flyways for migrating ducks, were still infectious under lab conditions, and could account for flu strains re-emerging after decades.center_img May 21, 2009last_img read more

Veljko Ostojić elected president of the UPUHH Assembly

first_imgAt the Electoral Assembly of the Association of Entrepreneurs in the Croatian Hotel Industry (UPUHH), which took place on Tuesday, November 27 in Zagreb, Veljko Ostojić, director of the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT), was elected President of the Assembly.At the same time, the composition of the Executive Board of UPUHH was changed, whose members became directors of human resources and directors of operations of members of the association. The changes will enable UPUHH to deal more operatively with issues of development of the hotel profession with an emphasis on education and employment, as well as issues of categorization and standardization in the hotel industry.With these changes, the repositioning within the system of tourist associations with HUT as the umbrella association of the sector was completed. HUT includes the largest associations of the tourism sector, UPUHH and the Croatian Camping Association (KUH), and 13 leading hotel groups operating in Croatia.UPUHH and KUH continue to deal with professional issues of the hotel and camping sector and development issues, while HUT will deal with strategic issues of tourism as the most important Croatian industry, which accounts for 20 percent of GDP and more than 10 percent of employment in Croatia.last_img read more

AGO declares former BTN boss graft suspect

first_imgHari added that the bribes were given between 2013 and 2015. Titanium Property received Rp 160 billion in loans from the bank on Dec. 31, 2013.A Rp 117 billion loan to Pelangi Putera was moved from Bank Pembangunan Daerah (BPD) East Kalimantan to BTN’s Samarinda branch on Sept. 9, 2014. After the Pelangi Putera loan was transferred to BTN, according to the AGO, it was restructured numerous times: on July 29, 2016, Oct. 18, 2017, and Nov. 30, 2018. “Prior to the [loan] transfer, Pelangi Putera had sent funds to HM’s son-in-law, Widi Kusuma Purwanto, worth Rp 2.26 billion. The Rp 870 million from Titanium Property was also received by Widi,” Hari said. In addition to Maryono, the AGO declared Pelangi Putera president director Yunan Anwar a suspect after investigating both men on Tuesday morning. Titanium Property president director Fadjri Albanna was questioned on Monday but did not show up to the AGO the next day. (ydp)Topics : The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has declared former Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) president director Maryono “HM” a suspect for allegedly receiving bribes from two of the bank’s borrowers thought to total Rp 3.13 billion.AGO spokesperson Hari Setiyono said the office suspected that Maryono had received Rp 2.26 billion from PT Pelangi Putera Mandiri and Rp 870 million from PT Titanium Property, both property development companies. “Maryono’s role [in the case] as BTN’s president director at the time was to encourage the admission of loan facilities provided to the two borrowers that were not in line with the standard operating procedures implemented by BTN,” Hari said on Tuesday night, as quoted by kontan.co.id. last_img read more

Up-and-coming suburbs set to boom

first_img**Data source: realestatate.com.auThe rankings are reached by taking the average number of listings in each suburb over the course of three months. The number of clicks on property listings are then compared to the number of available properties in that suburb to arrive at a supply vs demand ratio. Suburbs are then ranked by the extent to which demand outstrips supply.The most improved suburbs are then ranked based on their change in position from Q4 2014 to Q1 2105. Australia’s outer suburbs and coastal hubs are experiencing a surge in popularity from prospective home buyers. As the property market continues to grow, pockets of suburban Australia look set to boom as buyers seek both accessibility to the CBD and affordability.The northwestern Adelaide suburb of Semaphore Park has seen a huge rise in popularity with buyers in South Australia, comparative data from realestate.com.au shows.Semaphore Park jumped 442 places since the last quarter of 2014, making the beachside suburb number one on a list of most-improved suburbs in realestate.com.au’s most recent Top Sellers’ Market.Budget buys: Best growth suburbs under $350,000This 3-bedroom home on a huge 750sqm block in Semaphore Park is up for auction on May 2. View listing.Agent Dianne Ladhams of Ouwens Casserly Real Estate in Adelaide, says Semaphore Park has been undergoing a rejuvenation recently.She says the suburb has a mix of older ’70s-style suburban homes, which range in price from the high $400,000 mark to the low $500,000 mark, and courtyard-style homes on sub-divided blocks for just over the $400,000 mark.“Its proximity to the beach and the Semaphore district make it really attractive,” Ladhams says.“There’s been a lot more cafes, restaurants and dining opening recently.“We’re finding a lot of the older coupes are moving out and younger couples and families are coming into the area.”An affordable option that’s walking distance to the beach.She says the 20-minute commute to the Adelaide CBD and the great public transport options – including buses and trains – also make Semaphore Park attractive to buyers.“This is an affordable option that’s walking distance to the beach. I’ve been saying for a few years it’s one of the up-and-coming suburbs and it looks like the general population is catching on.”Bayswater North, in Melbourne’s outer east, saw the second biggest jump on a national scale, climbing 351 places.Houses in the high-demand suburb have a median price of $490,000 and command a weekly rent of $360.Style central: Fashionable apartments from the world’s best designersThe vendors of this large brick home in Bayswater North are asking for $460,000 plus. View listing.In third place was the northern Sydney suburb of Cremorne, which improved 230 places. Located just across the bridge in Sydney’s north, Cremorne commands a median house price of $2,195,000 and a weekly rent of $1,188.Other options: What is the duplex and what’s it got going for it?Top 10 most improved nationallySemaphore Park (SA) – up 442 spots to 7thBayswater North (VIC) – up 351 spots to 42ndCremorne (NSW) – up 230 spots to 63rdNarrabeen (NSW) – up 209 spots to 76thLindfield (NSW) – up 192 spots to 72ndTumbi Umbi (NSW) – up 180 spots to 17thKnoxfield (VIC) – up 160 spots to 100thMona Vale (NSW) – up 159 spots to 54thWishart (QLD) – up 155 spots to 56thBalmain (NSW) – up 144 spots to 26thMore from newsTop 5 affordable inner-city suburbs18 May 2015Australia’s best growth suburbs16 Feb 2015Affordability & accessibilityA state-by-state breakdown of the data shows outer suburbs within an hour of the CBD have surged up the rankings. Coastal hubs also saw increased interest from buyers.Nobody wants to commute longer than they have to.In Victoria, it was all about Melbourne’s outer east, with buyers keen to get into property in Chirnside Park, Bayswater North and Heathmont.In WA, while South Fremantle led the charge, climbing 40 places, most of the action was in the suburbs north of Perth.In NSW it was all about western Sydney and the Central Coast, while Queensland’s Gold and Sunshine Coasts also saw big improvements in rankings.Cremorne’s established homes and proximity to Sydney’s CBD make it a sought-after suburb.Rich Harvey, Chair of the Real Estate Institute of NSW’s Buyers’ Agents Chapter, says many people may not be able to get into the suburb they want so widen their search to nearby areas.“People are looking for value but cannot find value in prime suburbs so they go to adjacent suburbs,” he says.He says outer-ring suburbs with access to good transport options are proving attractive to buyers.“Nobody wants to commute longer than they have to. Everyone is trying to get maximum value for their budget while still having a reasonable commute time.”High life: Buying a penthouseTop 5 most improved suburbs state by stateState rankings use the same methodology but may differ from national results due to a suburb’s state-based ranking.ACTGordon – up 14 spots to to 10thKambah – up 11 spots to 8thDunlop – up 11 spots to 11thNarrabundah – up 6 spots to 6thCasey – up 5 spots to 20thNSWCroydon Park – up 136 spots to 81stEarlwood – up 127 spots to 93rdBudgewoi – up 106 spots to 64thBateau Bay – up 105 spots to 67thCremorne – up 97 spots to 36thNTJohnston – up 12 spots to 22ndWoodroffe – up 9 spots to 11thDurack – up 7 spots to 25thDriver – up 7 spots to 21stDarwin River – up 7 spots to 20thQLDYatala – up 121 spots to 91stMackenzie – up 104 spots to 97thCurrimundi – up 85 spots to 50Currumbin Valley – up 77 spots to 42ndFerny Grove – up 65 spots to 48thSASemaphore Park – up 58 spots to 3rdValley View – up 45 spots to 72ndPara Hills – up 40 spots to 84thPooraka – up 37 spots to 85thProspect – up 28 spots to 15thTASBagdad – up 37 spots to 78thChigwell – up 31 spots to 53rdLachlan – up 29 spots to 54thLulworth – up 24 spots to 85thDodges Ferry – up 23 spots to 89thVICChirnside Park – up 140 spots to 51stBayswater North – up 95 spots to 14thMooroolbark – up 74 spots to 65thDingley Village – up 61 spots to 65thMill Park – up 59 spots to 98thWASouth Fremantle – up 40 spots to 66thCraigie – up 37 spots to 39thHillarys – up 36 spots to 24thLesmurdie – up 33 spots to 30thHeathridge – up 28 spots to 14thlast_img read more

TechnipFMC finalizes Plexus deal

first_imgPlexus Holdings, an oil and gas engineering services business and owner of the POS-GRIP friction-grip method of wellhead engineering, has completed the sale of its wellhead business for jack-up applications to TechnipFMC.The deal was announced in October last year. Completion of the disposal follows the signing of a conditional business purchase agreement by Plexus, Plexus’ subsidiary Plexus Ocean Systems Limited (POSL) and FMC Technologies Limited (TFMC), a subsidiary of TechnipFMC, an oil and gas service and equipment companies.Shareholder approval of the disposal was obtained on November 6, 2017.In addition to completion of the sale of its wellhead exploration equipment and services business for jack-up applications and the licensing of certain intellectual property to TFMC, Plexus on Thursday also announced the receipt of an initial net consideration of £14.2 million ($20.3M).An additional sum of up to £27.5 million is payable dependent on the future performance of the Jack-up Business during a three-year earn-out period, Plexus said.Plexus also announced that Plexus, POSL and TFMC have entered into a collaboration agreement which establishes a framework for the development of existing POS-GRIP IP for applications outside of the jack-up exploration wellhead application. The agreement provides for the formation of a joint steering committee who will be able to explore potential areas of future collaboration.Plexus CEO, Ben Van Bilderbeek, said: “The disposal and collaboration agreement is a win-win for both parties. As well as achieving a sale value of up to £42,500,000 for the Jack-up Business, we gain industry recognition for our technology, which we have long claimed sets a new standard in terms of performance and safety. Furthermore, we have secured the opportunity to collaborate with a top tier company to explore potential development of additional products based on POS-GRIP.“Encouragingly, we believe that the upward trend of the oil price in recent months, alongside indicated OPEC-led production cuts through 2018, could well be the catalyst for an uplift in oil & gas exploration activity during the three year earn-out period.”Richard Alabaster, President of TechnipFMC’s Surface Technologies business, stated: “I am very pleased that we have finalized the transaction which supports our objective of extending and strengthening our position in exploration-drilling products and services while leveraging our global field presence. It also enhances TechnipFMC’s capability in HPHT applications.”last_img read more

Senate PAC dismisses Council of Governors on extortion claims

first_img“In their endeavor to fail to account for resources sent to the counties, they claim that they will only honour the Committee invitations under virtual meetings or that they will only appear after COVID-19 pandemic is over and funds have been disbursed to County Governments,” He said.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 The Committee said the Senate will not relent in its role to protect the interests of the Counties, reminding Governors that Article 125 of the Constitution gives the Senate and its Committees powers to summon public officers, including Governors to account for resources bestowed upon them.Also Read  Women leaders welcome CJ’s decision to dissolve ParliamentOngeri further pointed out that accountability before the Committee is not collective through the Council of Governors but is an individual responsibility of each Governor.“The allegations by the Council of Governors are an affront on our constitutional mandate to represent and protect the interests of the Counties they are in charge of,” He said.The committee is on record fining Muranga Governor Mwangi Wa Iria Ksh 500,000 for failing to appear before the committee physically despite being invited several times.Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocols“We have since asked Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to arrest and present the Governor of Muranga before the committee on September 10, to answer audit queries in three financial years from 2015 to 2018,” Ongeri said.The Committee says COG has taken a dangerous path by saying Governors will only appear virtually as well as casting aspersions on the integrity of the committee. The Senate Public Accounts and Investment Committee has dismissed claims of extortion leveled on the Committee by the Council of Governors.In a statement Committee Chairperson Sam Ongeri said they will not be blackmailed or threatened and they will not allow a few Governors who are afraid to account for the many billions in their disposal to question their integrity.Ongeri says the allegations leveled against the committee are frivolous and an attempt to impute improper motive on the integrity of not just the Committee but the senate.Also Read  PSC to challenge Maraga’s advice to dissolve Parliament over gender rulelast_img read more

Team Nigeria record first win at 2020 Olympic’s volleyball qualifiers

first_imgRelatedPosts Three notorious Nigerian kidnappers arrested in Cameroon Adamawa Police confirm death of 18 kidnappers, but say in Cameroon Fire rips through crowded Cameroon prison Nigerian women’s national volleyball team on Wednesday recorded their first win at the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games qualifiers in Cameroon. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the team defeated the Botswana ladies 3-1 (25-18, 20-25, 25-20, 25-23). Team Nigeria began the game with a high team spirit to record their first win in their third match at the Popasy hall in Yaounde. At the ongoing 2020 CAVB Tokyo Women’s Volleyball Qualification Tournament, Nigeria had earlier lost 0-3 to hosts Cameroon and Egypt. NAN reports that Nigeria will now meet Kenya in their last group match on Thursday. The 2020 Olympic qualifiers, which started on Sunday, is expected to end on Thursday.Tags: cameroonPopasyYaoundelast_img read more

Jack Sears enters transfer portal after losing QB battle

first_img“I ask guys to do three things: Compete, give absolute best effort and graduate from this University,” Helton said at Tuesday night’s practice. “Jack has done all three in a first-class manner. He is part of my family for life, and I wish him nothing but the best in the future. He is a special, special individual.” Helton named freshman Kedon Slovis as Daniels’ backup, followed on the depth chart by redshirt junior Fink.  The Trojans will kick off the 2019 season against Fresno State at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Coliseum. Sears also stated he will continue to train and work out. He told Helton he is available if the team needs him.  Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jack Sears announced Tuesday that he was entering the transfer portal. Sears lost the competition for the starting job to sophomore JT Daniels, who head coach Clay Helton named USC’s signal-caller Aug. 20. Sears was a 4-star recruit out of San Clemente High School in the class of 2017. He committed to USC in November 2016 after decommitting from Duke. He enrolled in January 2017.  Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jack Sears, who entered the transfer portal Tuesday, evades an Arizona State defender in 2018.  (Daily Trojan file photo)center_img Sears played in one game as a Trojan, starting in a 38-35 loss to Arizona State at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum last season with Daniels and Matt Fink out due to injuries. Sears completed 20 of 28 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns in the contest. “I love my teammates, football, USC and the USC degree,” he wrote. “Nobody can ever take that degree away from me. I am proud of the work that I put in on and off the field, the way I competed and how I have comported myself.” Sears announced his decision in a written statement on Twitter. In the accompanying tweet, Sears wrote that the purpose of the announcement was to “clarify the situation and avoid speculation.” He will be staying at the University through the semester. “The past week has been a difficult time, a bump in the road, and it makes me realize that life is not linear,” Sears wrote. Sears’ entry into the transfer portal allows him to have contact with coaches and team officials from other universities while he is still enrolled at USC. last_img read more

LeBron’s ‘superhuman’ powers will eventually go away, Draymond Green says

first_imgLATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson “He’s not just doing it because [he wants to]. That’s tough. That’s tough mentally also. That would be more of my concern over them not playing well. Like, [expletive], it’s Game 13. Who cares who’s playing well?”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:LeBron: ‘It’s been a while since I had a guy who can score and create for others’Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 3 UCLA basketball players suspended after theft in China Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers fall to the floor during the first half in Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017, in Oakland, California.  Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPApart from his unworldly talent on the basketball court, LeBron James is also perhaps best known for his durability, evading any significant injuries thoroughout his career.Despite getting up in age, his heavy usage rate on the court continues this season, especially with the recent struggles of the perennial contender Cleveland Cavaliers.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? In a recent  Q&A session with USA Today’s Sam Amick, one of James’ fiercest rivals, Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors, addressed possible problems with the four-time NBA MVP’s heavy workload.“To a certain extent yes. And to a certain extent, no. I don’t think anyone should be panicking 12 games in, or 13 games in,” the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year said of the Cavs’ subpar 8-7 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“However, there are some glaring concerns with them. And at the same time, you’re missing a 30-point (per game) player (in Thomas) on the bench who’s hurt,” he said.“So my concern would be that LeBron is playing so many minutes right now,” Green added, pointing out LeBron’s 38.1 minutes per game—the highest in the NBA this season. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A staunch believer of “Father Time,” Green acknowledged LeBron’s freakish talents, but claimed that everyone slows down at some point.“Yeah, he’s superhuman but eventually his superhuman powers go away, so that would be more of my concern if I’m a Cavs fan or somebody with the Cavs or a player, is like ‘Man, he’s been playing a lot of 40 minute (nights) and it’s only Nov. 12.’ But I wouldn’t be pressing the panic button just yet,” he said.James is about to turn 33 next month but continues to put the entire Cavs team on his shoulders each game.Green also addressed the Cavs’ recent roster woes, which he attributes to LeBron’s extended minutes on the floor.“I don’t know who it is. But at the end of the day, if he’s doing it, he’s doing it for a reason,” Green said.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

Drama, the long ball center of early season NBA intrigue

first_imgFILE – In this Nov. 12, 2018, file photo, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, right, reacts as he fouls out of the game while forward Draymond Green, left, and guard Andre Iguodala stand nearby during overtime of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 121-116. Green’s public outburst at Durant during the Warriors’ loss on Nov. 12 lingers. Now there is tension on a team that has managed to remain mostly drama-free during its run. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)There has been some early tinkering to lineups, a few hiccups and lots of drama to start the NBA season.None of the league’s final four teams from last season — Boston, Cleveland, Houston, Golden State — look like locks to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy this time.ADVERTISEMENT The addition of Carmelo Anthony to the Rockets’ roster produced more thorns than fruit, and now he is out.In Boston, the Celtics are having early trouble trying to figure out how best to use their overflowing mix of young and veteran talent following the return of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward from injuries.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAnd Cleveland has gotten off to a predictable slow start to the post-LeBron James’ era, but few expected the total collapse by the Cavaliers.However, there is no drama like championship drama and the defending champion Warriors suddenly look more like the cast of a reality series than a harmonious lineup rolling along and vying for a third straight championship. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Regardless if I miss, if I have off-games where I don’t shoot as well, they just tell me” to keep shooting, Lopez said.Other veteran big men around the league are hearing similar refrains.THE WEEK AHEAD— San Antonio at New Orleans, Monday: DeMar DeRozan had 26 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points and 12 rebounds during the Spurs’ win in San Antonio earlier this month. The Pelicans look to return the favor after recovering nicely from a six-game losing skid.— Los Angeles Lakers at Cleveland, Wednesday: In a pre-Turkey Day appetizer, LeBron James returns to face Cleveland for the first time this season following his free agency departure to L.A.— New Orleans at Philadelphia, Wednesday: The Pelicans get their first crack at the new-look 76ers following their acquisition of Jimmy Butler.— Portland at Golden State, Friday: The Warriors get a look at one of their chief challengers in the West when they meet the Blazers for the first time this season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Draymond’s Green public outburst at Kevin Durant during the Warriors’ overtime loss to the Clippers on Nov. 12 lingers. Now there is tension on a team that has managed to remain mostly drama-free during its run. Durant’s impending free agency, Green’s lack of an apology, and Steph Curry’s injury has opened a window for teams.Some of the NBA’s most recent mini-dynasties have dissipated because of infighting.Squabbling between Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls management at least contributed to their decline after Jordan’s second three-peat and subsequent second retirement in 1999. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal couldn’t coexist long enough to extend the Los Angeles Lakers’ run of three straight titles from 2000 to 2002.Green has vowed the Warriors will still be there in the end.That remains to be seen.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Even in Year 16, LeBron James refusing to slow down 3s COMPANYLittle guys doing work outside and big men camped out close to the basket is an old-school approach to basketball that’s starting to look as old as James Naismith’s original peach baskets.The NBA needs to send out thank-you cards to the ABA.Everyone digs the long ball.Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the 3-point shot in the league. Over those four decades it’s gone from being one of the handful of innovations carried over from the ABA to a necessity for any player — from guards to 7-footers — wanting to have longevity in the league.During the 2012-13 season, 33 NBA players listed at 6-foot-8 or taller averaged at least one 3-point attempt. That number grew to 124 last season.The 2018-19 season is barely two months old, but two teams (Boston and Golden State) have already logged 24 made 3-pointers in a game. The record of 25 was set late last season by Cleveland.And in case anyone needed a reminder of the shot’s increased popularity, look no further than Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez. He became the third 7-footer in NBA history to hit eight 3-pointers in a game when he did it against Denver last week.“You see the way the game’s trending, it’s definitely moving in that direction,” Lopez said. “I’m just trying to be professional, do my job, try to get my work in. I want to be as good as I can in every possible area of the game.”Lopez said Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer has been supportive of him stepping out beyond the arc.last_img read more