Work smart, travel alone, eat out fast: South Korea’s prescription for coronavirus recover

first_imgTopics : The guidelines detail a code of conduct in areas including workplaces, transport, restaurants, shopping and sporting fixtures, starting with general rules such as washing hands, maintaining distance and regular temperature checks and disinfection.Anyone who travelled overseas within the past two weeks should not go to work for some time, and workplaces are strongly recommended to use video conferences, online training, remote work and flexible hours.Passengers on public transport need to wear a mask and try booking a seat in empty rows, while mobile payments should be used for taxis.The guidelines urged people to spend minimal time at restaurants and cafes and use individual plates to share food. The owners of the businesses should place seating apart, divided by partitions if possible, and actively promote takeout and delivery services alongside online payment.Private academies and religious facilities are strongly advised to provide hand sanitizers but no food.In shopping malls, customers should not test samples and should wait at least 1 meter behind others at checkouts, while shop owners should refrain from soliciting for business and holding first-come-first-served events.South Korea’s stock market has bounced back and bond inflows lead Asia, as investors bet on Seoul’s handling of the crisis.Officials say the strategy will only work if people remain wary.”The biggest sign of danger in our society is becoming careless that the risks of infections are gone,” KCDC director Jeong Eun-kyeong said at a separate briefing.  South Korea outlined guidelines on Friday for a two-year return to a post-coronavirus normality including flexible working, bookings on public transport and quick restaurant meals in a country that has been a role model in containing COVID-19.The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported just six new cases, the lowest number since the Feb. 28 peak of 909 in South Korea, which suffered the first major coronavirus epidemic outside China.With no new deaths, the toll remained at 240 and authorities hope daily new cases will drop to zero in the coming days after dipping below 10 on Sunday following several days above that level. Total recorded infections are at 10,708 in the country of almost 52 million people.center_img Widespread testing, intensive contact tracing and tracking apps have enabled South Korea to limit the spread of the virus with social distancing rather than lengthy lockdowns.Seoul has extended its social distancing policy until May 5, while offering some relief for churches and sport facilities, but urged vigilance as imported cases and smaller clusters continued to emerge.”Some experts predict COVID-19 will stay for as long as two years, and we have to accept the reality that we can’t go back to pre-COVID-19 life during that time,” Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip told a briefing.”The government is preparing a transition to a sustainable routine distancing scheme with the goal of carrying out regular social and economic activity and preventing COVID-19 infections at the same time,” he said.last_img read more

Donna Hoeing to be honored at Batesville vs Greensburg game

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Ball State SportsBATESVILLE, Ind. — Batesville Athletic Director Bryan Helvie announced that Donna (Lamping) Hoeing will be honored on her induction into the Indiana Basketball Hall Of Fame this Saturday (January 21), between the girls varsity and junior varsity contest versus Greensburg high School.The junior varsity contest is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. with the recognition ceremony slated to begin at approximately 1:00 p.m.Donna (Lamping) Hoeing achieved outstanding numbers during her time at Batesville High School and Ball State University.A four-year starter at Batesville, she set a school record with 1,553 career points (21.3 ppg) and 845 rebounds (11.6 rpg), scoring in double figures in 71 of 73 games in her career, including a single-game best of 40 points.She graduated from Ball State University as the program’s all-time leading scorer, totaling 1,104 points in 93 games.A two-time 2nd team Academic All-American and BSU’s 1984-1985 Female Athlete of the Year, she was later named as one of the five players to BSU’s 1980’s 1st team 1980’s All-Decade Team.Since 1985, she has worked at Batesville High School as a math teacher and girls basketball coach.An assistant from 1985-1991, she served as head coach in stints from 1991-1995 and 1999-2000, leading the Bulldogs to three sectional titles in that time.last_img read more

Intercomp adds Modified special events awards for 24th IMCA sponsorship season

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Nearing another milestone season of sponsorship, Intercomp has expanded its awards program with IMCA to include Modified special events.Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., Intercomp is manufacturer of the official scales of IMCA. The 2018 sea­son is the company’s 24th consecutive as an IMCA sponsor.“As we celebrate our 40th year in business, we are proud to reflect upon the partnerships we have developed within the motorsports community, including that with IMCA” said Chris Berg, Intercomp’s racing market specialist. “We look forward to providing IMCA and its participants top-quality products as we look toward building the relationship between our organizations upon the solid base of our past success.”Certificates good for $100 off the purchase of RFX wireless scales or Intercomp digital chassis setup equip­ment are new for designated place finishers at 30 Modified specials.Intercomp also returns to the national decal program and gives product certifi­cates of the same value to top 10 fin­ishers in EQ Cylinder Heads Northern and Southern regions for the Stock Cars.Stock Car drivers must display two Intercomp decals on their race car to be make themselves eligible for na­tional and regional point fund shares.Modified certifi­cates will be mailed the week after special events are held. Stock Car product certificates, which can also be applied toward the purchase of RFX wireless scales or digital chassis setup equip­ment, will be presented during the national awards banquet in November.The Intercomp line of high-performance products also includes alignment tools, tire and shock gauges and engine tuning equipment. More information is available at, or by calling 800 328-3336. Intercomp Racing can also be followed on Facebook, Twitter (@intercompracing) and on Instagram (@intercompracing1).“By targeting the IMCA Modified division in 2018, we have added quantity to the program both in number of certificates awarded as well as to the potential number of racers impacted,” emphasized IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Intercomp makes reliable and accurate products and as technology improves Intercomp remains on the cutting edge of set-up innovation.”last_img read more

China fuels October pork exports, beef exports down

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Strong demand from China bolstered U.S. pork exports in October, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Export Federation (USMEF), while October beef exports were below the very high totals posted a year ago.October pork exports increased 8.5% year-over-year to 225,376 metric tons (mt), while export value climbed 10% to $592 million. January-October export volume was 5% ahead of last year’s pace at 2.13 million mt, while value increased 3% to $5.48 billion.Pork export value averaged $48.13 per head slaughtered in October, up 4% from a year ago. For January through October, the per-head average was down 1% to $51.12. October exports accounted for 24% of total U.S. pork production and 20.9% for muscle cuts only, up from 23.6% and 20.7%, respectively, a year ago. January-October exports accounted for 26% of total pork production and 22.6% for muscle cuts, both up slightly year-over-year.October beef exports totaled 108,017 mt, an 8% decline from last year’s large volume, while export value ($649.1 million) was down 11%. Through the first 10 months of 2019, beef exports were down 2.5% in volume (1.1 million mt) and value ($6.75 billion) from last year’s record pace.Beef export value per head of fed slaughter averaged $284.56 in October, down 10% from a year ago, while the January-October average was down 4% to $308.04. October exports accounted for 12.9% of total U.S. beef production and 10.5% for muscle cuts only, down from 14.1% and 11.6%, respectively, last year. For January through October, exports accounted for 14.1% of total beef production and 11.5% for muscle cuts, each down about one-half of a percentage point from 2018, when a record percentage of production was exported. October pork standouts: China, Oceania, Central AmericaAlthough still saddled by China’s retaliatory duties, October pork exports to the China/Hong region reached 61,062 mt, up 150% year-over-year, while export value climbed 127% to $141.3 million. For January through October, exports to China/Hong Kong were up 55% in volume (468,576 mt) and 34% in value ($974.8 million). Exports to the region already exceed the full-year totals of 2018.“China’s efforts to rebuild its domestic swine inventory, which has been hit hard by African swine fever, are gaining traction, but there are still excellent opportunities for pork-supplying countries,” said Dan Halstrom, USMEF President and CEO. “As U.S.-China trade talks continue, we remain hopeful that access for U.S. red meat in China will return to a level playing field with our competitors.”Pork exports to Mexico fell below year-ago levels in October, with volume down 18.5% to 54,639 mt and value declining 9% to $97.3 million — the lowest since April. January-October exports to Mexico were down 11% from a year ago in volume (584,415 mt) and declined 9% in value ($1.02 billion).“Increased demand in China is pulling some pork cuts and offal away from Mexico as well as other markets, but October shipments to Mexico were nevertheless disappointing,” Halstrom said. “The U.S. industry is still feeling the effect of Mexico’s retaliatory duties on pork, which were in place for about one year, and rebuilding pork demand in Mexico remains a top priority.”The outlook for pork exports to Japan in 2020 and beyond brightened significantly this week as the Japanese Parliament ratified an agreement that will bring tariffs on U.S. pork in line with those imposed on major competitors. The tariff disadvantage was evident in October, as pork export volume to Japan was down 16% from a year ago to 29,622 mt and value fell 17% to $122.3 million. Through October, exports to Japan trailed last year’s pace by 7% in both volume (307,974 mt) and value ($1.27 billion).January-October highlights for U.S. pork include: Fueled by strong growth in both Australia and New Zealand, pork exports to Oceania are on a record pace in both volume (95,218 mt, up 39%) and value ($272.9 million, up 37%). The region is an outstanding destination for U.S. hams and other muscle cuts used in further processing.Exports to Central America were 16% above last year’s record pace in volume (76,861 mt) and 19% higher in value ($187 million). Exports to Panama were one-third higher year-over-year and mainstay markets Honduras and Guatemala have both achieved double-digit value growth.While October export volume to South America slowed slightly from a year ago (13,934 mt, down 2%), value still increased 12% to $35.9 million. Led by steady growth in Colombia and a strong uptick in demand from Chile and Peru, January-October exports to South America remained on a record-shattering pace at 128,469 mt (up 21% year-over-year), valued at $323.8 million (up 25%). October beef exports lower year-over-year in most marketsTariff relief for U.S. beef is also a key component of the new trade agreement with Japan, where competitors currently enjoy a significant tariff rate advantage. The rate for U.S. beef muscle cuts is 38.5% but will drop by nearly one-third when the agreement enters into force, mirroring the 26.6% rate imposed on Australian, Canadian, Mexican and New Zealand beef. Another rate reduction will come April 1, when the Japanese fiscal year begins. October beef exports to Japan were down 21% in volume (21,315 mt) and 19% in value ($135.5 million). Through the first 10 months of the year, export volume fell 6% to 263,054 mt while value was down 7% to $1.64 billion.“Japan’s 38.5% tariff rate is the highest U.S. beef faces in any major market,” Halstrom said. “It was a burden even when all suppliers were paying it but now it is especially important that both U.S. beef and pork receive tariff relief. Japanese customers are very excited about the new trade agreement, and USMEF and our industry partners are ramping up 2020 promotions and strategies to reclaim red meat market share in Japan.”Beef variety meat exports to Japan (mainly tongues and skirts) have been a bright spot in 2019, increasing 21% in volume (53,432 mt) and 13% in value ($320 million, which is 40% of the worldwide total). Japan’s tariff rate for U.S. beef variety meat is 12.8%, but under the new agreement it will drop to 5.8% for skirts and 5.7% for tongues upon implementation. The rates fall to zero by 2028 for tongues and 2030 for skirts.U.S. beef exports to South Korea slowed in October but remain on a record pace as Korea solidifies its position as the top growth market for U.S. beef in 2019. October volume dipped 3% year-over-year to 19,637 mt, while value declined 10% to $138.4 million. But through October, exports to Korea were still up 7% in both volume (215,194 mt) and value ($1.55 billion).Beef exports to Taiwan following a pattern similar to Korea, slowing in October but remaining on a record pace. Through the first 10 months of the year, export volume to Taiwan was up 8% from a year ago to 52,968 mt while value increased 3% to $470.3 million. The U.S. holds nearly 75% of Taiwan’s high-value chilled beef market.January-October highlights for U.S. beef include:In Mexico, the third-largest destination for U.S. beef exports, volume was slightly below last year at 196,431 mt (down 1%), but value increased 4% to $916.4 million. This was largely driven by a sharp increase in the per-unit value of beef variety meat exports to Mexico, most notably tripe. Despite being up just 1% from a year ago in volume (80,789 mt), variety meat value to Mexico jumped 17% to $219.1 million.Similar to Mexico, U.S. beef variety meat is commanding stronger prices in Egypt, the leading destination for U.S. beef livers. Through October, variety meat exports to Egypt were up 1% from a year ago at 53,504 mt but climbed 14% in value to $62.3 million.Led by surging demand in Indonesia and solid growth in the Philippines, beef exports to the ASEAN region were 30% above last year’s pace in volume (51,758 mt) and 15% higher in value ($251.5 million). Split fairly evenly between muscle cuts and variety meat, exports to Indonesia soared 72% in volume (19,889 mt) and 43% in value ($71.8 million) from a year ago.Led by strong growth in Panama, beef exports to Central America were 7% above last year’s pace in volume (12,802 mt) and 13% higher in value ($72.7 million). Export value also trended significantly higher to Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica. October lamb exports trend higherOctober exports of U.S. lamb totaled 1,193 mt, up 3% year-over-year, while value increased 17% to $2.3 million. For January through October, exports were 28% above last years pace at 13,254 mt, while value increased 13% to $21.5 million. Lamb muscle cut exports were 11% below last year in volume (1,801 mt), but still increased 4% in value to $11.5 million. Mexico has driven lamb export growth in 2019, but other markets showing promise include Trinidad and Tobago, Panama and Guatemala.last_img read more

5 Reasons You Haven’t Bought The Lost Art of Closing

first_imgThere were risks in publishing a book with the word “closing” in the title. The word “closing” comes with some baggage. The idea makes some people think of the high pressure, hard sell tactics of days gone by. It reminds some people of the poor salespeople who clumsily tried to close them when they were buying something, not recognizing that they were selling to a professional salesperson.So far, everyone who has read and reviewed the book has found the book to be extraordinarily useful, except one reviewer on Amazon that set the book down and didn’t read it. But a few people have expressed their skepticism to me over email and through the contact page here, wanting to be reassured as to why they should buy the book.Let me resolve any concerns you may have about The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales.You believe it is a rehash list of closes like those in every other book with closing in the title. There are no closing techniques from old books on sales in this book. Not one. None of the commitments that are covered in this book have cute or funny names, like the doorknob close (whatever that is). None of them have the name of a dead Founding Father, nor are they tie downs or other forms of manipulation. Instead, there are 10 commitments that you must help your client make, and some ideas about why and how to have those conversations.You believe that closing means that you have to somehow compromise your integrity. Nothing could be further from the truth. You should never have to use force, coercion, manipulation, or tactics like tie-downs to gain a commitment from your client. There is no reason to do anything that subtracts from trust. You will not find anything in this book that would require you to compromise your character or integrity. That would be at extreme odds with what I believe and what is in the book.You are not sure it is consultative in its approach. This book is exactly that. It’s a guide to being consultative and helping your client make real change. The 10 commitments, like exploring change, collaborating on solutions, and building consensus are part of what makes one consultative. The approach is one in which you will actually become even more consultative.It sounds a bit old school. I know. I agree. The word “closing” does sound old school. I liked “commitment-gaining” better, but we were afraid people wouldn’t know exactly what that meant. We also suspected that some sales managers and sales leaders who want deals to close would be attracted to the title, as some surely have been. This book is 100 percent new school, and you will find nothing in this book that matches any old school book on closing. It’s a book for the 21st Century, not the 20th.You don’t how it will benefit you personally. You know how you wish your dream client would take the next step with you, moving forward in the process and deepening the relationship and your ability to serve them? You know how sometimes they refuse to do some of the things they need to do, causing both of you challenges in moving forward? You know how you sometimes wish you knew how to handle those conversations in a way that helped both of you deal with the tricky conversations? This book is exactly that.If you pick up the book at or Barnes & Noble, email me your receipt so I can send you the workbook to help you make it immediately actionable.last_img read more

Energy Efficient AC Units to be Installed in Public-Sector Entities

first_imgStory Highlights More State entities are to benefit from an air-conditioning (AC) installation exercise in the upcoming fiscal year in a bid to conserve energy and contain costs within the public sector. More State entities are to benefit from an air-conditioning (AC) installation exercise in the upcoming fiscal year in a bid to conserve energy and contain costs within the public sector.A sum of $300 million has been provided in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure to carry out this and other activities under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme.The money will go towards the completion of the supply of plant and equipment for AC retrofits at the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Mobile Reserve, May Pen police station, the National Police College, and the Post and Telecommunications Department.The funds will also be used to complete the development of national guidelines for the disposal of hazardous waste, and an energy efficiency/energy conservation awareness survey.Up to December 2018, under the project, over 71,700 square feet (sq. ft.) of solar control film was installed in 36 facilities; more than 208,680 sq. ft. of cool roof solution was applied to 11 facilities; and a contract implemented for installation of AC retrofits at the Kingston Public Hospital, Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Tax Administration offices, Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, the Blood Bank, and the National Public Health Laboratory.In addition, a contract was initiated for technical energy efficiency services, including energy audits and comparable estimates; consultancy services were engaged to conduct an external financial audit for the period ending March 2014; an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Standards Manual for the public sector was launched; and a Memorandum of Understanding was implemented between the JIS and the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology for a public awareness programme.The project, which is being implemented by the Office of the Prime Minister, through funding from the Government, seeks to enhance Jamaica’s energy efficiency and conservation potential through the design and execution of concrete energy efficiency and energy conservation cost-saving measures in the public sector.It was originally slated to run from November 2011 to November 2015. After an extension, it is now scheduled to end in March 2020. The money will go towards the completion of the supply of plant and equipment for AC retrofits at the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Mobile Reserve, May Pen police station, the National Police College, and the Post and Telecommunications Department. A sum of $300 million has been provided in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure to carry out this and other activities under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme.last_img read more

Baseballs Hall Of Fame Is Stuck In The 60s

Last month, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that nobody was elected in this round of Pre-Integration Era Committee balloting — the second straight year that one of the Hall’s era-based Veterans Committees failed to induct a player from before 1973. 1920s2811.0+17.011.3+16.7 1870s01.0-1.01.0-1.0 1970s1727.3-10.328.3-11.3 DECADEACTUALEXPECTEDDIFFEXPECTED W/ PEDSDIFF 1930s2818.1+9.918.8+9.2 Although players who produced the bulk of their WAR before the 1970s make up only 62 percent of the all-time MLB population, they represent 79 percent of all player inductees. Conversely, the 38 percent of players who made their mark since have yielded only 21 percent of Hall members. If we expect legendary talent to crop up in proportion with the playing population of an era, the Hall of Fame hasn’t been paying attention for a half-century.Then again, maybe it isn’t valid to assume Hall of Fame-caliber careers occur in lockstep with the number of players hitting the absolute minimum for consideration. To check whether there was simply a disproportionate number of great players in action before the ’70s, I ran a logistic regression on all Hall-eligible players, predicting whether they would be inducted based on their career WAR relative to the average for Hall of Famers at their position (a la Jay Jaffe’s JAWS).Based on the production of each era’s players, my regression predicts 124 Hall of Famers to emerge before the 1970s; in actuality, 169 players have been elected from that time frame. We would also expect 91 players from the ’70s or later to be inducted; thus far, only 46 have gotten the nod. This implies that recent decades of baseball history, what the Hall refers to as the “expansion era,” have been shortchanged by about 45 Hall of Famers relative to earlier epochs of the game. That conclusion isn’t based on an arbitrary cutoff — these are the standards set by the Hall’s own past selections.Of course, the matter of steroids can’t be ignored. So could the expansion era’s shortfall simply be attributed to voters’ unwillingness to enshrine players (such as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens) whose performances would otherwise warrant a Hall of Fame nod? To account for this wrinkle, I added a variable in the regression for whether the player had ever been implicated in the use of performance-enhancing drugs.1Using the same criteria my colleague Walt Hickey and I employed here: Was the player ever suspended for PED offenses, linked to the Biogenesis scandal or named in the Mitchell Report, or did he have a failed drug test leaked to the media? The resulting formula drops Bonds and Clemens down to matching zero percent Hall likelihoods, but it still says the expansion era is about 42 Hall of Famers short of what we’d expect. 1890s1510.2+4.810.5+4.5 For players from the late 1990s and the 2000s, the gap occurs partly because recently eligible players have spent less time on the ballot (and therefore have had fewer chances to be inducted) than their predecessors. But under the Hall’s new rules reducing the years of ballot eligibility, they’ll never get as many cracks at the ballot as players did in the past. And besides, even if we throw out the 1990s and 2000s completely, it doesn’t explain why the ’70s and ’80s are also a collective 23 Hall of Famers shy of what we’d expect.Instead, the biggest explanation boils down to what Bill James called the “expansion time bomb.” Expansion began as early as 1961, with the additions of the Los Angeles Angels and Washington Senators,2Now the Texas Rangers. and six more teams were added by 1969. By 1998, MLB had roughly twice as many teams as it did in 1960.James argued that the Hall of Fame wouldn’t have been affected by expansion at all for about 25 years — and even then the consequences were small, for the time being — but that the effects compounded over time as the ratio of highly accomplished players (according to both traditional and advanced gauges) to inductees grew. Expansion gives more players the opportunity to build Hall of Fame-caliber careers, but it creates a backlog if the voters are slow to account for this by inducting a commensurate number of players. And from the numbers above, it’s clear that the Hall has never quite figured out the expansion time bomb, a problem that continues to grow each year.The good news is that everybody’s ’90s darling, Ken Griffey Jr., will be a lock to represent the decade in this year’s voting, and he’ll probably be joined by Mike Piazza (who was ever so close to induction last year) and other contemporaries. Further, a big change to the makeup of voters — writers who haven’t covered the game in 10 years are no longer eligible for Hall voting — could open the floodgates to more recent players.But for now, the last half-century of baseball has been neglected by the Hall of Fame, and voters have a lot of inducting to do before it’s fairly represented relative to other eras.Read More:Griffey In His Prime Was The Second Coming Of Willie MaysMike Piazza Was More Than A Big Bat 1980s2030.6-10.631.4-11.4 1950s1814.4+3.614.7+3.3 HALL OF FAMERS 1910s1210.8+1.210.8+1.2 1990s930.5-21.525.7-16.7 1960s2123.0-2.023.7-2.7 2000s02.9-2.92.6-2.6 Szymborski is right. Relative to their share of the overall population of Hall-eligible MLB players, those who produced the majority of their wins above replacement before the 1970s — particularly those from the pre-integration era — don’t need their own committee because they’re already wildly overrepresented in the Hall of Fame. In the chart below, we looked at all players retiring in 2009 or earlier with a minimum of 10 career WAR and tracked how many among that group were elected to the Hall. We ballparked 10 WAR as a lower limit because the lowest WAR total for any Hall member whose career wasn’t severely truncated by segregation was Tommy McCarthy’s 14.6. 1940s1310.6+2.410.8+2.2 1880s1312.5+0.513.0-0.0 1900s2112.1+8.912.4+8.6 read more

How The Warriors Should Adjust Their Offense Without Steph Curry

Curry’s impact on the DubsEffective field goal percentage of Warriors with at least 30 shots taken in each scenario below, 2017-18 The Warriors are hurting. The latest bad news came over the weekend, when the team learned that superstar Stephen Curry, who was just returning from a six-game absence because of a tweaked right ankle, sustained a Grade 2 MCL sprain to his left knee. He joins three other hurt Golden State stars who are currently riding the bench: Kevin Durant has a rib fracture, Klay Thompson has a fractured right thumb and Draymond Green has a pelvic contusion.Coach Steve Kerr has already ruled out the idea of Curry returning for the first round of the postseason. But these other guys will be back. So, how will the Warriors’ offense function without Curry when the postseason starts up? And how should it?To some, these questions might seem pointless, considering that Durant, a fellow superstar, is also on the roster. After all, the possibility of a Curry injury was among the best arguments for signing Durant: Even if Curry goes down, there’d be two other stars (Durant and four-time All-Star Thompson) to count on.1This doesn’t even include Green, the reigning defensive player of the year, who logged a dominant 32-point, 15-rebound, 9-assist outing during Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. But any changes to a powerhouse lineup like the Warriors’ has some impact: Defenses now will have more resources to clamp down on Durant. The challenge then for Golden State is to navigate the increased attention on Durant while not making any wholesale changes to the offensive plan with only nine games left in the regular season. After all, the Warriors want Curry to hit the ground running when he returns, using the same pass-happy system that was in place when he left.There are a handful of things we can likely expect once the other banged-up Warriors rejoin the lineup as expected. The most important: It’s a safe bet that most of the key role players will shoot at least slightly worse without Curry in the picture — a majority of them have performed worse on offense in times when Curry’s been out and Durant’s been playing (compared with their performance when sharing the court with both Curry and Durant). PlayerWith Curry, w/o DurantWith Curry and DurantWith Durant, w/o Curry Effective field goal percentage is a measure of shooting efficiency that accounts for 3-pointers being worth 50 percent more than 2-pointers.Sources: Second Spectrum, NBA Advanced Stats Effective FG% JaVale McGee64.570.472.7 Draymond Green48.755.550.5 Zaza Pachulia44.763.358.3 Klay Thompson63.067.549.0 Stephen Curry62.261.7— Kevin Durant—63.055.5 Andre Iguodala61.344.539.2 Nick Young51.674.048.6 Durant’s offensive performance has also suffered when Curry isn’t playing. Despite being a top-three player in the world, Durant occasionally finds easy looks as a result of the fear that defenses have of Curry getting open along the arc. One indication of the boost Durant gets: Green has completed 16 alley-oops to him over the past two seasons — many of which were sprung while Curry was distracting defenses with fake backscreens. But those were all with Curry on the floor. Without Curry, Green hasn’t found Durant for a single lob during that time period, according to data from Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Durant is still a dynamite scorer without Curry, though — as evidenced by his 45 points per 100 possessions (on 48 percent shooting and 42 percent from 3-point range) in the four games he played mostly without Curry recently. But the downside without Curry is that the free-flowing offense grows more stagnant as Durant isolates more to find his shots. The Warriors go from having 106.0 possessions per 48 minutes when Curry orchestrates the offense to 100.6 possessions per 48 minutes when Durant is on the floor without Curry. And the total number of isolations per 100 plays increases 43 percent, from 10.1 to 14.4, when Durant spearheads the attack without Curry, according to Second Spectrum. The high-octane club goes from scoring almost 122 points per 100 possessions with Curry and Durant to 108 when Durant plays without Curry.A few caveats: Those pace and offensive efficiency numbers, while down considerably, would still rank among the highest in the league. If anything, this merely speaks to how otherworldly the Warriors are at full strength, or at least when Curry is running their offense. Without Curry playing, they would still be favored against just about any team out West, perhaps except for Houston.The Warriors know that, too, and based on their recent history with knee sprains, it seems a foregone conclusion that they’ll take things slowly with Curry’s rehabilitation. Curry of course missed two weeks of the postseason in 2016 after suffering a less severe Grade 1 MCL sprain. He had a 40-point game in his return against Portland but then struggled in the finals (he later suggested that he wasn’t anywhere near 100 percent that postseason after the injury). The team took a different approach with Durant last season — and saw different results. He returned from a nearly six-week absence and Grade 2 MCL sprain to outplay LeBron James and earn the finals MVP.While Durant and the rest of the Warriors await Curry’s return, there are several tactics they could take to both take advantage of the line-ups they will have on the floor and to make sure that Curry can re-enter the offense seamlessly. For one, Golden State would be smart to push the tempo and to screen more on the ball using either Green or Andre Iguodala to set picks for Durant. (The Warriors set about 10 fewer on-ball screens per 100 possessions when Durant is running the offense without Curry.) Both Green and Iguodala are playmakers and are more likely to keep the ball moving than Durant. He’s a good passer but calls his own number for 1-on-1 scenarios far more often than most players do.This is why running more simple screen-and-roll sets could help Durant: Such plays give him a clearer opening for an occasional jumper when he wants one. But they also allow him to share the ball with confidence that he can get it back in perhaps his most lethal position: off the catch, where he shoots a far-higher percentage than when he dribbles several times before launching an attempt.It’s worth noting that the Warriors have generated more points per play out of Durant pick-and-rolls with Green setting the screen this season (1.18) than they have with Curry pick-and-rolls in which Green is the screen-setter (1.08), according to Second Spectrum.2Among NBA pairs who’ve run at least 100 direct pick-and-rolls — meaning that the player associated with the play either shot the ball, was fouled, turned it over or passed to a shooter within one dribble of receiving the ball.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.For context, the Durant and Green combo ranks second in efficiency among NBA pairs who’ve run at least 100 direct pick-and-rolls, trailing only the unstoppable duo of Curry and Durant.So, no — there’s obviously no true way to replace everything Curry brings on offense. But playing a style that isn’t far removed from what he’s used to could help keep the team in rhythm for when he returns.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges

first_img Recommended for you Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Pay Related Items:dema, emergency, grand turk, katherine hart, national park Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Feb 2016 – Climate change is affecting coastal conditions in Grand Turk so severely that the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs, DEMA is permitting some extra-ordinary measures to save personal property. A notice came late yesterday saying there continues to be severe erosion along the coast and that it is causing concern for beach front property owners in the Capital. The situation is so bad that DEMA is labeling the work to be done as an emergency and is allowing heavy machinery to maneuver within the National Park in order to preserve residents’ properties. Katherine Hart, Environmental Officer said: “The primary problem is erosion of the beach in the National Park which, so far, has been impacting roads…” High swells and wave action is behind this exceptional permission and drastic action. last_img read more