NO. OF GAMES WITH A GAME SCORE OF … Jason Kidd87.8244–25– Eddie Jones87.6127–6– Jeff Hornacek89.2164–15– Vince Carter88.2267–57– Similarity scores for first 14 seasons of career. Game Score since 1983-84.Source: basketball-reference.com Hersey Hawkins85.3138–18– Manu Ginobili’s legacy runs deeper than single games Lenny Wilkins85.7—–—– Manu Ginobili110–14– PLAYERSIMILARITY SCORE2030 Terry Porter89.8171–21– Ray Allen85.4239–28– Allen Iverson88.6381–92– Hal Greer86.2—–—– Once it becomes apparent a star player’s career has begun winding down, it’s a ritual among NBA fans to hit the crates and dig out the old hits. Kobe’s got the 81, but what about that 48 and 16 in Game 4 against the Kings in 2001? Sure, Jordan gave the Knicks the double nickel in 1995, but have you watched the highlights on that 51-point game as a 38-year-old lately? Good golly. On and on down the line — Magic’s 42-15-7 when he was forced to play center as a rookie, Hakeem’s prolonged annihilation of David Robinson’s Spurs in 1995 playoffs — the impactful moments of a star player’s career are preserved in the box score fossil record.That’s how things go for the NBA’s most venerated stars. Just not for Manu Ginobili, who will turn 40 this July and finds his San Antonio Spurs down 3-0 to the Golden State Warriors.Ginobili, who could potentially play his last game in tonight’s Game 4, is unlike any other star of his caliber in that his game logs never quite captured his effect on the court. Ginobili’s career was borne out in moments. And pulling a moment out of a Play Index can be difficult.Mostly, this came down to playing time. Ginobili has averaged just 25.8 minutes per game for his career and had just two seasons in which he played more than 30 per game, leaving him without the per-game numbers of his peers. But dig into his per-minute stats, and you begin to see his true effect in the game.By Win Shares per 48 minutes since 1960, Ginobili career number is 28th, just behind Dirk Nowitzki. If we refine that to just the first 10 years of a player’s career — since dinosaurs like Manu and Dirk get docked points for playing a bunch of years in their decline phase — Ginobili rises to 16th, tucked between Larry Bird and Jerry West. Minute for minute, Ginobili out-produced contemporaries such as Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett, though he was never asked to carry a team the way they were, either.It’s franchise-player talent stuffed into a super-sub role, and it makes it difficult to find a historical comparison for Ginobili. His comps via Basketball Reference’s similarity score, for instance, contain a puzzling mix of Terry Porter, Jeff Hornacek and Allen Iverson — three profoundly unsimilar players. (My notion for Manu’s aesthetic comparison was always a stubbier Tracy McGrady, but Ginobili’s catch-all style makes him comparable to any tallish All-NBA level guard from the 3-point era.)Yet even among those allegedly similar players, Ginobili’s career stands apart from the others, again, owing to his minutes. We can quantify the number of “big game” performances using John Hollinger’s Game Score, a measure of how well a player played in a given contest. A 20-game score is something like Ginobili’s 27-point, five-assist, three-steal performance in Game 3 of the 2010 Western Conference semis; 30-game score is more like a 40-point, nine-assist, six-rebound performance from 2005. Ginobili’s short minutes meant that while he was producing at a Larry Bird level possession by possession, he had fewer big game lines than Hersey Hawkins. Manu does have his share of signature games, such as a career-high 48-pointer against the upstart Suns in 2005. But his legacy runs deeper than single games. Ginobili made the eurostep’s side-to-side weave on the way to the rim as central to the modern game as the crossover or step-back. He was the posterboy for the rise of flopping, but he was also one of the first guards to combine a high free-throw rate with a high volume of 3s. By our homebrewed Morey Index, which finds the players who lean most heavily on three pointers and free throws,1Using the geometric mean of free-throw rate and 3-point attempt rate. Ginobili’s 2004-05 ranks 56th of all player seasons since 1980, with multiple other appearances in the top 100. He punctuated that season with a standout Game 2 of the 2005 Finals — back when Ginobili had hair and Al Michaels called basketball games — with 27 points on just eight field goal attempts, going 4 for 5 from 3 and 11 for 13 from the line.But not every piece of a player’s game can be quantified, and with Ginobili it feels as if more than most goes unaccounted for — whether it’s the no-look passes that were as much a danger to the cotton candy vendors as they were to defenders or the little funk he put on something as simple as an entry pass. Ginobili has always been reckless — he smashed the bat, and fouled Dirk and played with an abandon that had Gregg Popovich with one breath holding him up as an exemplar of competition, and with the next reminding him, “Manu: It’s f—ing September. Never do that again in September,” as quoted by ESPN.com. Every one of his minutes was a delight because you never knew what would happen next and, you suspected, neither did he.A lot of things can happen between now and the end of the Western Conference finals. The San Antonio Spurs may push the series to a gentleman’s sweep. They may even force the Golden State Warriors to six or seven games, or even take the series. But regardless of the outcome, the time we have left with the inimitable Manu Ginobili is running short. He has spent a career packing memorable moments into short minutes; we can hope he’s got one or two more on his way out.
Sophomore midfielder Zach Mason (7) slides for the ball during a match against Wright State Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied, 0-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team (2-5-2, 0-1) opened Big Ten conference play on a rainy Sunday, losing to Indiana by a score of 2-0. Two first-half goals were all it took for the Hoosiers to give OSU its third consecutive loss.The Buckeyes ended the match with a season high 19 fouls and were outshot 33-10. Buckeye redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov fell to 2-4-1 as a starter and tallied 10 saves, matching his season high.Ivanov said despite the weather conditions, he was pleased with the way the team played.“With the unforgiving conditions, we did all right, but obviously, it was unfortunate end result,” he said. “I’m always thinking, ‘If I can prevent them from scoring, we’ll always have a chance,’ and as a goalkeeper I can’t change the game by scoring, so hopefully next time I can get 12 saves and we can get a better result.”OSU’s struggles with finishing on scoring plays continued as it was unable to score off of 10 shots, five of which were on target. The team has recorded just one goal in the last five games on 54 attempts.Buckeye coach John Bluem said that he is impressed by how well the team is handling the unlucky slump of not netting a goal.“I sound like a broken record, but we had a nice stretch in the first half, but we failed to come up with a goal again,” Bluem said. “And it seems like we really should have had one.”Bluem said that in practice, the team will watch film and hopefully be able to get a goal in the team’s next outing.“We’re going to look at video again and continue to try and improve in areas where we can get better,” he said. “I think the guys are responding well to this difficult stretch, but it would obviously help if we could get a win and build our confidence.”Preseason No. 1 and 2012 NCAA champions, Indiana (4-4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) opened the match quickly taking five shots and a corner kick in the first six minutes, but multiple saves by Ivanov kept it scoreless for the first 30 minutes.The Hoosiers continued their assault in the first half firing 25 shots and connected on two of them, ending the half with a 2-0 lead. The Buckeyes were outshot 25-4 and Ivanov recorded seven saves.Both teams created multiple scoring opportunities in the second half, but neither was able to connect. The Buckeyes’ best chance at a goal came in the 57th minute when senior captain and defender Sage Gardner blasted a shot from nearly 10 yards outside the box. Gardner almost squeaked it into the upper right corner of the net, but Hoosier redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Michael Soderlund was able to block it just before going in. Eleven minutes later, sophomore Buckeye midfielder Zach Mason attempted a long-distance shot of his own, which almost mirrored Gardner’s shot exactly.Gardner said afterwards he was just trying to place the ball inside the box to a teammate on the play, and he believes the team will eventually find a way to score after continuously working on it in practice.“I think ultimately, it’s the mentality, so we just got to instill confidence in each other,” he said. “We know we can create opportunities to score against these teams, now it’s just if we can capitalize on them.”OSU is scheduled to return to Columbus play Wednesday to face off against No. 18 Louisville. read more
Elemental will exhibit at ANGA COM in hall 10.2, stand L20. Video technology provider, Elemental, is working with the Orange TV Group in Indonesia to expand the availability of its Genflix OTT service on a number of smart devices. Under the agreement, the video service will use Elemental Live and Elemental Server to provide a “smooth and uninterrupted viewing experience” for watching Genflix’s six linear channels and premium video-on-demand offerings.Genflix can be accessed using mobile apps for Google Android and Apple iOS-based phones, with Elemental claiming that content can now be repurposed more efficiently for both linear and video-on-demand streams for all viewing platforms.Multiscreen, revenue assurance and media protection firm Irdeto will also help to manage delivery of content. Irdeto Multiscreen will control tge Elemental Server and all VoD processing.“OTT does not have a single standardised delivery technology, digital rights management, or standardised consumption devices compared with direct-to-home broadcast services. Genflix needs flexibility to serve this complex market,” said Bobby Sidharta, chief technology officer of Orange TV.“Elemental has the right technology to meet these needs while taking our future growth plans into account. It has also proven easy to integrate and easy to operate.”Pay TV operator Orange TV Group launched in Indonesia in February 2012 and is operated PT Mega Media. The firm rolled out Genflix in September 2013.Portland Oregan-based Elemental Technologies a supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery. The company has offices in the US, UK, France, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, China, Russia, India and Brazil and claims to powering video experiences for more than 600 media franchises around the world. read more
Casten AlmqvistSwedish TV company TV4 Group and parent company Bonnier have the group’s broadcasting activities in a new structure that will “unleash the full potential of Bonnier Broadasting”, according to CEO Casten Almqvist.Bonnier Broadcasting will now serve as a parent company for TV4, which will be the umbrella unit for free-to-air TV, and sister unit C More, which will be responsible for pay TV activities.Mathias Berg will serve as chief operating officer for TV4 under Almqvist, while Manfred Aronsson will continue in his current role of CEO of C More.Almqvist said that the new structure would bring to the fore the importance of the pay TV business and in particular C More’s SVoD operation, which he said would grow substantially over the next few years.The new structure will see about 300 staff moved from TV4 and C More to the new parent company. In addition to the existing common purchasing of scripted content, TV4 and C More will pool resrlouces in developing sports production in a unified ‘sports hub’.In addition to content acquisition, Bonnier will take charge of engineering and technical roles, talent management, finance, policy and some elements of communication and marketing.The rest of the Bonnier management team will comprise Åsa Sjöberg as content director, Henri Caddeo as technology director, Eva-Lotta Malmfält as CFO, Åsa Jamal as HR director, Philip Lindqvist as strategy director, Ulrika Jensen as general counsel and Jarkko Nordlund as CEO of Finnish commercial broadcaster MTV.The company’s news activities are also being unified in a separate company that will supply news to TV4 and other companies and will operate at arm’s length.Details of the organisation of MTV and Bonnier’s MediaHub production unit will be unveiled in the spring. read more
[dropcap]G[/dropcap]reetings from Seville, my dear Blog.Due to crimes, in a past life, I have been sent on an enforced culture+group-socialising-holiday. Belindabelle has gone off, just now, to the long-queue museum, and I am taking a few moments, whilst in exile, to write to your good-self.Nevermind, all of the local wailers, that we saw in action last night. Think of my suffering, Blog. I was the one on the cross! Out till 2.30am (valuable reading time wasted) and sitting in such cramped conditions!!3 days to go.In other news:Meet ‘Nevado’. A literal translation, of his name, would be ‘Snowy’. He, and his owner, Manuel, took us on a ride around Seville yesterday. And I must say, it really was great fun, watching him in action. With cars and buses, tooting all around, like rowdy Punters, he remained calm, and got on with the job in hand, never distracted, and always following his master’s instructions.In the winter, Manuel, the ‘jockey’ of the carriage, spends his time, training other such, young horses, so they can then go to work. He tells me, that it’s a painstaking job. Tell me about it, Manuel! I KNOW WHERE I’LL BE SENDING THE STAFF THIS WINTER!!Over and out, B x read more
In the short term, islet transplant recipients do well. However, longer term, we see cases of rejection increase.Transplant rejection is a major cause of graft loss and loss of function. It is important that we develop a means of predicting the likelihood of rejection, so that we can intervene.We built on existing research and developed a consistent method of using flow cytometry to analyze the immune-cell-count, and subsets of immune cells present in the blood of transplant recipients. This involved the standardization of a number of factors, such as sample handling and instrument set up.We found that this method was easy to use and produced consistent results across a number of samples.Importantly, we also found that this method had a very limited impact on the patient – only 1.5mL of blood was required for testing.” Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)May 29 2019Researchers from The Westmead Institute for Medical Research have developed a standardized method of measuring the immune response in islet transplant recipients, helping predict patient outcomes.Islet transplantation is a frontier therapy for type 1 diabetes with notable success in hypoglycaemic patients, where pancreatic beta cells from a donor are transplanted into a recipient, enabling the body to produce insulin, and regulate blood sugar.Transplant recipients are given immunosuppressant medication to prevent the immune system from attacking and destroying the transplant. However, rejection may still occur in certain instances.Lead researcher Dr Min Hu and her team aimed to standardize a method using flow cytometry – technology that detects and measures the characteristics of a group of cells – to analyze the immune cells present in blood samples.The research built on existing findings, which established that certain profiling panels (sets of characteristics that are detected and measured) could be used on flow cytometers to monitor the major immune cells involved in transplantation.Dr Hu said: Related StoriesComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchOne-fifth of U.S. surgeons still ‘overusing’ riskier method to create kidney dialysis access, study findsFight for Sight poll: Brits put their eyesight at risk through unsafe contact lens habitsIslet transplantation is currently only administered in clinical trials. Dr Hu said the research findings could be used in conjunction with current clinical trials to monitor patients after a transplant.”Islet transplantation is an important breakthrough for people with type 1 diabetes. If the transplant is tolerated, it can significantly improve the patients’ quality of life.”Unfortunately, we currently have no method of predicting how a patient will respond to a transplant.”By using this standardized method of flow cytometry to monitor changes in the immune system, this research could help predict whether a patient will reject a transplant, enabling early intervention, and the potential development of other solutions to stop rejection from occurring.”The paper was published in PLOS ONE.Source:Westmead Institute for Medical ResearchJournal reference:Hu, M. et al. (2019) Standardisation of flow cytometry for whole blood immunophenotyping of islet transplant and transplant clinical trial recipients. PLOS ONE. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0217163. read more
Published on Alleges ₹11-lakh cr scam; Left, Trinamool back all-India protest SHARE politics September 06, 2018 COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT The Congress has called for a Bharat Bandh on Monday alleging that the rising prices of petroleum products is a scam worth ₹11-lakh crore, while also inviting other Opposition parties to join the protest. The Left parties have backed the strike-call, and the Trinamool Congress, while backing the protests, said it would not take part in the bandh.The Congress’ decision came after a meeting of its general secretaries, State in-charges and State presidents here on Thursday. Senior leaders Ahmed Patel, Ashok Gehlot and Mallikarjun Kharge have been asked to reach out to other political parties. Talking to reporters, Patel said he was hopeful that all political parties would support the strike call. He said the prices of fuel had reached a point whereby it was necessary for the Opposition to ventilate the people’s feelings.The Congress alleged that the rise in prices is a scam worth ₹11-lakh crore. “On May 16, 2014, price of petrol was ₹51.78 per litre. Today it is ₹79.51 per litre. Price of diesel in 2014 was ₹44 per litre. Today it is ₹71 per litre in Delhi. A RTI query has revealed that the Modi government is selling diesel for ₹34 per litre and petrol for ₹37 per litre to other countries, whereas in India the price is too high,” Congress’s media in-charge, Randeep Singh Surjewala, said.He said the excise duty on petrol, which was ₹9 per litre in May 2014, is currently ₹19 per litre. “The excise duty on diesel in 2014 was ₹3 and today it is approximately ₹15. PM Modi has collected ₹11,00,000 crore by this hike. Where has the money gone?” Surjewala asked.The party also pointed to the increase in the price of LPG from ₹400 to ₹800. Prices of items of daily use have been inflated by the Modi government. Gehlot said the parties will also hold protest sit-ins in front of petrol pumps. “The States and the Centre had reduced the taxes on petroleum products during the UPA’s time. Now, the Centre is not ready to forego taxes on petroleum products,” he said.Gehlot added that the bandh will be from 9 am to 3 pm on Monday so that the common people are not inconvenienced. The Congress has also been demanding that the petroleum prices should be brought under the ambit of GST. The regional and Left parties, however, are opposed to this decision. read more
CHENNAI: With Isro yet to officially announce the nature of the technical snag that prompted it to call off launch of Chandrayaan 2, a former space scientist Tuesday commended the team for halting the high-stake Moon mission. The launch of India’s second Moon mission aimed at landing a rover on the unexplored Lunar South Pole was aborted early Monday due to a “technical snag” minutes before the scheduled lift-off of the country’s most powerful rocket GSLV-MKIII from the spaceport of Sriharikota. Former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientist Nambi Narayanan, credited for his contributions in the development of cryogenic technology in the country’s space programme, said calling off the launch was disappointing not just for the general public but even for the brains behind the Rs 978 crore project. “It is a pity that countdown was stopped. They (scientists) might have noticed something wrong. I feel the problem might (have been even) small but they must not have wanted to take a chance”, he told PTI. Narayanan’s comments came even as the Isro was yet to make any formal announcement on what went wrong during the final hour of countdown that prompted the space agency to call it off 56 minutes before the lift-off. Though none of the Isro officials whom PTI contacted responded, experts have said a glitch might have been noticed when the rocket’s liquid propellant was being loaded into the cryogenic upper stage engine. Incidentally, an update by Isro at around 1.34 AM Monday had said “Filling of Liquid Hydrogen in Cryogenic stage of #GSLVMkIII-M1 completed. #Chandrayaan2 #ISRO Stay tuned for more updates..” Narayanan said it was good ISRO halted the launch after noticing the glitch. “It may be a small thing, but that is always good (halting a launch instead of going ahead). They are now trying to understand what went wrong. what actually happened. So, we need to wait..” he said. Isro had earlier scheduled the launch of the mission, headed by women scientists Ritu Karidhal and Muthayya Vanitha, in the first week of January but shifted it to July 15 after choosing a launch window between July 9 and 16. Chandrayaan-2, comprising an orbiter, a lander and a rover, was to have been injected into an Earth orbit about 16 minutes after lift-off with the lander to touch down on the Moon surface 54 days later through a series of critical orbit rising manoeuvres. Download The Times of India News App for Latest India News.XStart your day smart with stories curated specially for you read more