How 50 Billion Connected Devices Could Transform Brand Marketing & Everyday Life

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#conferences#CTIA 2011#Internet of Things#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts Web-connected devices, not just mobile phones and 3G tablets but everything from home electronics to consumer packaged goods instrumented to transmit data to the Web, have become a part of every major speech here at the wireless industry’s giant conference in Orlando, CTIA. “All devices that can benefit from connectivity will be connected,” Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson, said in a keynote, predicting that the world’s nearly 5 billion mobile phone subscribers today will be surpassed by 50 billion connected non-phone devices in 10 years.Some people think that may be a conservative estimate of the possible impact of what’s called The Internet of Things. Chetan Sharma is one of the most respected analysts in the wireless industry; his original research is cited everywhere from the world’s biggest business and technical publications to the CTIA leadership’s opening adress at this, the wireless industry’s leading conference. I sat down with Sharma today and listened to him describe what he thinks a future of ubiquitious connectivity will look like. We write about the Internet of Things frequently here, but Sharma’s vision of how it will unfold (especially in the marketing world) is one of the most compelling articulations I’ve seen yet. It’s a rich vision of the future – and it’s quite simple at the same time.Chetan Sharma was educated as an electrical and biological engineer, then worked in early mobile startups, did consulting in wireless R&D strategy and has now had a private mobile analyst practice for 10 years. I admire his work a lot, follow him closely on Twitter and was very honored to get to talk to him.“There are so many things we don’t do or don’t think about because we don’t think of our objects as network connected and it takes too much energy to make them connected,” Sharma says, “but if the embedded connectivity is there in a plug-and-play way…then you go beyond 3 screens and look at controlling everything inside a house, outside a house, controlling your surrroundings.”Disrupting Industries & Everyday LifeSmart Utility Grids or Smart Homes are the most familiar vision of this kind of connectivity. They may have hit mainstream consciousness before they were really ready to hit the market, but vision and reality are coming together quickly now.“A few years back I was working with a company that makes blinds, the idea was to control blinds with a cell phone,” Sharma says. “For a home it doesn’t make that much sense, but if you think about buildings, the touch of a button can be huge energy savings.“I think education is just dying for innovation. Kids can interact with more than just books and reading about history, imagine transforming that where you are using augmented reality instead of just reading. Learning about planets, instead of just looking in a book, imagine the solar system around you where you can touch and feel the planets. “Information about energy use in a house, where energy might be leaking, that’s interesting. All these things can be done now but it takes too much energy to figure them out. If we can get all that info coming at you and just think about how to process it, it’s a no brainer.“This work is already underway in healthcare, automotive and other industries. V2V, or vehicle to vehicle communication, is in the works – cars communicating between eachother to say you are too close to me, stay away. The roads could communicate with the cars and say ‘it’s too congested, take a different route.’ “This is where it needs to go and will go in 10 years, making everyday experiences much better and friction free. If a person has a desire to learn or shop or engage in social interaction… you’ll be able to do these things on a wall anywhere. It’s about reducing friction.”“This is where it needs to go and will go in 10 years, making everyday experiences much better and friction free. If a person has a desire to learn or shop or engage in social interaction, it’s right there. Beyond just doing things on televisions and cell phones, you’ll be able to do these things on a wall anywhere. It’s about reducing friction. You can accomplish any given task today with 50 different steps but this future of connected devices is all about making things much easier.”How Realistic is This Vision?That sounds awfully futuristic, doesn’t it? The proccess of instrumentation, turning something quantifiably trackable, requires deployment of a new interface for every object that would become networked.“All these sensors that will need to be deployed? That’s tenable,” says Sharma, calmly. “If you’re talking about 50 billion connected devices, that’s seven sensors per human being. We probably already have seven sensors with us right now. Imagine a house having 50 or 100 sensors, using different technologies obviously, cellular is just one part of it.“It sounds trivial but the fact of connectedness, interconnectedness and high bandwidth availability, I think that’s transformative in nature. TV experiences are familiar, but if we can connect TV and tablets and mobiles, that creates new ways of experiencing and sharing.”Marketing Will Drive AdoptionGadgets and gee-gaws sound like fun for some, but how will there ever be enough demand to make this real? Isn’t this ubiquitous computing stuff just for super-nerds from the 1980s and 1990s?Mobile broadband and super-low cost sensors could enable brands to interact directly with consumers, for marketing and order fullfilment, from the objects themselves, through the web, with the retail middleman (and obfuscation) cut out. “Mobile internet has been around since ’98 but broadband wasn’t,” Chetan Sharma explains.“The experience was lowsy, but with LTE coming, and latency low, that has a multiplier effect on usage. The fact is that connectedness is going to be there across multiple types of objects. “It’s not just electronics, it’s cereal boxes, all kinds of objects will have intelligence and the ability to communicate. Connectivity is a significant multiplier. P&G ships 40 trillion some objects per year, imagine them all connected.”What do you do with a connected cereal box?“With a cereal box? You’ll communicate about health related issues, add social elements, easy ordering. A brand can build a direct relationship with the consumer without relying on retail stores. Look at the aftermarket, 30% of the diapers ordered are now ordered online. There’s no reason why that can’t happen on other objects. I think the chance for the brand to interact with consumers directly is huge.“Brands have been losing direct relationships with consumers over the year, they want to get back in the game. When you have that many devices in the market of course every cent counts, but there are a number of things in development in the market working on dropping those costs.”Is this environmentally tenable, I asked? Are there enough minable minerals to pull this off?“When you say 50 billion devices, a lot of people think of tablets and smart phones,” Sharma said. “It’s true that’s going to be a constraint and new thinking may be required. If you look at companies like Kovio, NFC, printed electronics. Over the next five or 10 years new forms of electronics will come into play. If there is a need and a big enough market, humans are good at figuring things out.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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A Banned Threat to the Ozone Reappears

first_imgScientists have discovered that an industrial chemical once widely used as a blowing agent in foam insulation may be back in secret production, years after it was phased out as part of the 1987 Montreal Protocol. The Washington Post and other news outlets report that increasing levels of a chlorofluorocarbon called CFC-11 have been detected in air samples taken at an observatory in Hawaii. The CFC-11 was mixed with other chemicals thought to be created somewhere in east Asia, but researchers couldn’t be any more precise in guessing where it came from.CFC-11 was phased out globally after scientists connected it with damage to the atmosphere’s ozone layer, which shields the surface of the planet from UV radiation. The ozone layer is continuing to recover, but an increase in CFC-11 would slow the rate of recovery. CFC-11 lasts for about 50 years once it gets into the atmosphere.A report said that emissions of CFC-11 have increased 25% since 2012. Other explanations were considered, such as increase in the number of buildings containing CFC-11 residues that were being demolished. But ultimately researchers said that the evidence “strongly suggests” a new source of emissions.“I’ve been making these measurements for more than 30 years, and this is the most surprising thing I’ve seen,” Stephen Montzka, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who led the work, told The Post. “I was astounded by it, really.”It’s not clear why anyone would want to start making CFC-11 again, not only because of the international ban but also because industry has developed alternatives. The newest blowing agents used in spray polyurethane foams — chemicals called hydrofluoroolefins or HFOs — have no impact on the ozone layer and have very low global-warming potential.Robert Watson, a former NASA scientist who organized flights into the stratosphere to study ozone depletion in the 1980s, told the newspaper in an email that new flights might be needed to identify the source of the chemical.“It is not clear why any country would want to start to produce, and inadvertently release, CFC-11, when cost-effective substitutes have been available for a long while,” he said. “It is therefore imperative that this finding be discussed at the next Ministerial meeting of Governments given recovery of the ozone layer is dependent on all countries complying with the Montreal Protocol (and its adjustments and amendments) with emissions globally dropping to zero.”The developments were reported in Nature.last_img read more

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How Ads In Mobile Apps Could Send Facebook’s Revenue Soaring

first_imgRelated Posts dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Platform is a regular column by mobile editor Dan Rowinski. Ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence and pervasive networks are changing the way humans interact with everything.Amid all of Mark Zuckerberg’s iconoclasm Wednesday at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, it was easy to miss the biggest news for the company—and the mobile world it hopes to dominate.Yes, throwing out Facebook’s “move fast and break things” philosophy is significant, as is anonymous login. But of far more financial consequence, both for Facebook and the developers it courted at F8, is the Facebook Audience Network.Facebook May Finally Have A Google-Like Ad ProductIt may well prove to be the equivalent of Google’s AdWords and AdSense products. On their face, when Google introduced them, they seemed like simple tools for buying targeted ads (AdWords, in 2000) and placing them on other websites (AdSense, in 2003). But they proved to be powerful financial engines, ones that still fuel the company’s growth more than a decade later.The Facebook Audience Network—Facebook’s new advertising product—could be the biggest idea that the social network has ever produced. While it failed to reinvent advertising on the desktop, where Google dominates, Facebook has a shot at doing so in mobile.It’s easy to overlook developments in advertising and marketing technology. On a day-to-day basis, the only people who really care about it are advertisers, publishers, and the companies building advertising technology. I’ve purposefully avoided writing about ad tech for years, because, to be quite honest, nobody really gives a damn.Quick Thought: Facebook App-Linking The CompetitionThe other news that has people talking from F8 yesterday is the company’s new “App Links” proposal. Essentially, Facebook is trying to create the same type of linking URL structure for mobile apps on iOS and Android that has long existed on the Web.First, we must acknowledge that links between apps has definitely been a problem for developers. Mobile leads itself to a fragmented Web where apps function as their own little individual fiefdoms, not connected to the outside world or each other. App Links wants to solve that.But, as Jay Yarow from Business Insider correctly points out, why would Apple and Google just let Facebook waltz in to become the de facto middleware for mobile app developers? Facebook wants to control the pipes between mobile apps (like it does on the Web), but Google and Apple have far more control over their own operating systems than they do on the Web.With Google I/O and Apple’s WWDC coming up soon, we may see the platform operators crush Facebook’s dream of App Links before it even takes off. Only a strong embrace by developers, whom Apple and Google desperately want to please, will give App Links a shot.But here I am, writing about ad tech on The Platform for the second time in a week. Why? Because we are beginning to see an epochal shift in how advertisers handle mobile. With its Audience Network, Facebook has launched an economic engine that could make a huge difference for the company’s own revenues and the bottom lines of app publishers, brands, and advertisers. As noted in The Platform earlier this week, programmatic ad buying mixed with contextual computing is beginning to turn mobile advertising into a viable medium. Facebook knows more about its users than just about any other company outside of Google—and arguably more, since Google’s efforts to force its users to log in via Google+ have met resistance, while Facebook’s users are always logged in. Facebook Ads, Off FacebookFacebook will now be able to sell personalized, targeted ads off of Facebook and into the rest of the mobile application ecosystem. The goal of the Audience Network is to provide a way to monetize apps across iOS, Android, and soon Windows Phone. Just as Facebook moved to spread itself across the Web with Facebook Login and the “Like” button, it’s now doing the same for mobile—with advertising dollars as the lure. The dirty secret of Facebook’s advertising business to date is that social advertising, which it launched to much fanfare in 2007, hasn’t paid off. Instead, it has succeeded mostly through its unprecedented scale. Advertisers can’t ignore its 1.28 billion monthly active users, which produced nearly $8 billion in revenues in 2013. It is still growing quickly: It pulled in $2.5 billion in the first quarter of this year and is solidly profitable. Yet while Facebook holds its place in the pantheon of Internet giants, its revenue and employee base are actually quite small compared to the likes of Google or Amazon, which made $15.4 billion and $19.74 billion last quarter respectively.To put it in perspective, Facebook is just a little bigger than Google was in 2005, a year after the search company’s IPO. That’s when Google’s maturing advertising technologies really started printing money, adding $4.5 billion in revenues in 2006, $6 billion in 2007, and $5 billion in 2008.Facebook has the opportunity to take advantage of the new mobile era of computing to build its own dollar-stacking empire, if everything falls into place.Consider that Facebook’s own mobile ad revenue, generated through its own apps, was about $1.33 billion in the first quarter of 2014, about 59% of its total advertising revenue. Just a few years ago, that number was zero: Facebook didn’t sell ads on mobile at all. The Audience Network could take that mobile revenue to the next level.Quote Of The Day: “This is a world where people eschew sex to write a programming language for orangutans. All programmers are forcing their brains to do things brains were never meant to do in a situation they can never make better, ten to fifteen hours a day, five to seven days a week, and every one of them is slowly going mad.” ~ Author Peter Welch in a brilliant essay dubbed “Programming Sucks” on StillDrinking.org.Advertisers, developers, brands and publishers—basically, every stakeholder in the advertising game—have long waited for Facebook to make the move to bring its advertising off its own platform and into the rest of the connected world. The Audience Network does not invade the Web, as of yet, which is likely wise: Why take on Google in its stronghold, when Facebook can dominate a faster-growing business?The potential could be profound. As of yet, no company has fully cracked the realm of mobile advertising to reap the type of profits that Google’s AdWords eureka brought it on the Web. There’s a lot to like here. Photo of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg by Selena Larson for ReadWrite Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#app development#App Links#Facebook#Google#Mobile Ads#mobile advertising#Monetization#programmers#smartphones#tablets#The Platform The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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6 killed 15 injured as bus rams into truck in Maha

first_imgPune: At least six people were killed and 15 others injured when a bus rammed into a stationary truck in Satara district of Maharashtra on Thursday morning, a police official said.The accident took place around 5 am near Mhasave village, located nearly 110 km from here, on Mumbai-Bengaluru National Highway no. 4, he said. The private bus was going from Mumbai to Belagavi in Karnataka when it hit the truck on its rear side near Mhasave village, the official said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’On getting information about the incident, the Satara police and ambulances rushed to the spot. “At least six people, including the bus driver, were killed and 15 others injured in the mishap,” Satara’s Superintendent of Police Tejaswi Satpute said. All the injured persons were undergoing treatment at a state-run hospital, she said, adding that the condition of three of them was reported to be serious. As there was low visibility on the road in the early morning hours, the bus driver was apparently not able to see the stationary truck in front. As a result, the bus rammed into it, another police official said. A case was registered and an investigation was on to ascertain the exact cause of the accident, he added.last_img read more

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How Anthony Davis Would Fit On The Lakers Celtics Nets Sixers And

What the Sixers would look like with ADProjected full-strength playoff depth chart for the 2018-19 Philadelphia 76ers with Anthony Davis, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings Expected wins28.8 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING Courtney Lee01190020-0.5-1.1-1.5 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson08160024-1.8+0.4-1.3 Rajon Rondo25200027-0.9-0.3-1.2 Anthony Davis000192342+2.9+3.2+6.1 Shake Milton200002-1.2-0.8-2.0 Team total Moritz Wagner000000-2.1+0.0-2.1 Tyson Chandler00031215-2.3+2.4+0.2 Anthony Davis000172340+2.9+3.2+6.1 Expected wins46.5 What the Nets would look like with ADProjected full-strength playoff depth chart for the 2018-19 Brooklyn Nets with Anthony Davis, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings The Lakers’ package3Which may or may not include Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who has a de-facto no-trade clause and can veto any idea that’s not to his liking. — likely made up of some combination of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Ivica Zubac — isn’t really a secret to anyone at this point. That group is young and talented. It just isn’t clear whether any of the players possess the talent to become stars at some point. (For the sake of this exercise, we left Ingram out of the deal, though the Pelicans could easily demand that he, Kuzma, Ball and others be included. Their preference remains to be seen.)Ball, Kuzma and Ingram have all struggled to take the next step this season. That shouldn’t be a deal-breaker. It’s a huge adjustment learning to play with LeBron James and then having to go back to playing without him as he recovers from injury. But it does raise a big question for New Orleans: Should the Pelicans really be dealing away a superstar on the hope that one of these young Lakers will ascend into something significant? The answer becomes even more important considering that any picks the Lakers send over would likely be toward the back end of the first round, because a Davis-LeBron duo would peg Los Angeles as one of the top seeds out West.In the short term, the Lakers’ full-strength postseason version with Davis would improve to a CARMELO rating of 1645,4Using the same playoff adjustment as we usually do, except weighting it by projected regular-season minutes (according to our algorithm) rather than actual regular-season minutes to date (since Davis obviously has zero real-life minutes on his new team for now). up from the 1589 posteason mark we’re estimating with their current roster. That is roughly the same as the Denver Nuggets’ full-strength playoff rating, but it may also be understating the Lakers’ chances. Would YOU want to bet against a team led by James and Davis in the playoffs (at least against anybody except perhaps the Warriors)?5That would be a fascinating series. More than a few observers would be tempted to give the Lakers a strong chance, given its star duo, yet we project Los Angeles’s CARMELO rating to be about 200 points lower than the Warriors’ mark at full strength!CelticsPossible (offseason) deal for Davis: Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum and picks.Boston probably has the most attractive, cost-controlled assets in the league. But the Celtics are in a holding pattern because of a little-known rule that prohibits teams from acquiring more than one player on Davis’s “Rose Rule” contract via trade. In 2017, Boston traded for Kyrie Irving, who also signed a Rose Rule extension. That means the club would have to deal Irving to acquire Davis — which obviously won’t happen. More feasibly, Boston could re-sign Irving to a new contract in free agency this offseason, which would give the team the freedom to then make a deal for Davis.The Celtics have several young, relatively cheap players — Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum — who would appeal to any team starting a rebuild. They’re also likely to have three first-round picks in the 2019 draft. With this war chest potentially available from Boston this summer, the Pelicans should consider waiting on a Davis deal if they are not blown away by an offer at the deadline.Just for fun, though, if the Celtics did trade Kyrie for AD this year — sending, say, Irving, Daniel Theis and Guerschon Yabusele to the Pelicans for Davis — the resulting team would be pretty stacked, with a playoff full-strength CARMELO of 1752. That’s about 50 points higher than the Houston Rockets and 20 higher than the Toronto Raptors, albeit still nearly 100 points lower than the Warriors’ mark. The Celtics currently have the third-highest standard rating in the East, but their playoff rating would easily vault to No. 1 with a Kyrie-for-AD swap (which, again, will not actually happen).(By comparison, it’s worth noting that in the far more realistic scenario — a Davis trade for Brown, Rozier, Smart and Tatum over the summer — the Celtics’ CARMELO would be 1723, which would also be a 30-point improvement over their current full-strength playoff rating, good for about two-and-a-half extra wins over a full season.)NetsPossible deal for Davis: Jarrett Allen, Allen Crabbe, D’Angelo Russell and picks. Johnathan Williams000213-2.0+0.2-1.9 Mitchell Robinson000000-1.2+2.4+1.2 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING New Orleans has to listen if the Sixers are willing to offer 22-year-old rookie of the year Ben Simmons — the burly ball-handling forward who will likely develop into a perennial All-Star. Simmons would not only give the Pelicans a franchise player, but he would also be on a reasonable contract, which buys New Orleans some time to build around him.The real question here is whether Philadelphia — which arguably possesses the best frontcourt in the league already — would even consider such a move. The Sixers already pulled off a trade in November for Jimmy Butler and have done well since then — even while some players grumbled over a need for more defined offensive roles. A deal for Davis would improve Philly’s roster on paper slightly, elevating its full-strength playoff CARMELO from 1677 to 1710, but maybe not by as much as a team might expect when adding a superstar of Davis’s stature. And a Davis deal — one that would force Joel Embiid to learn how to play alongside another dominant big — might bring about even more questions about chemistry, since they’d be somewhat redundant as rim protectors and floor-spacing bigs.All of this suggests that the Sixers might sit this opportunity out rather than offer up Simmons.KnicksPossible deal for Davis: Tim Hardaway Jr., Kristaps Porzingis and a pick. Jimmy Butler015200035+3.0+0.9+3.9 Anthony Davis000221840+2.9+3.2+6.1 Team total Dzanan Musa000000-1.8-0.5-2.3 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING Corey Brewer000000-2.4+0.6-1.8 There are deals made at the NBA trade deadline every year, but rarely do those last-minute swaps truly change the trajectory of a season. Yet that sort of potential might exist this season: We learned Monday that superstar big man Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans, which all but means that the Pelicans have to deal him before he leaves for nothing.Davis is supremely talented, enough so that teams that once said they wouldn’t touch their rebuilding plans are no doubt now counting their pocket change to gauge the cost of a deal with New Orleans. It’s widely assumed that the Los Angeles Lakers will be aggressive in trying to get something done before the Feb. 7 deadline. And there’s seemingly a huge incentive for them to make that push. The Pelicans can almost certainly create an even bigger bidding war if they wait to trade Davis this summer. By then, the asset-rich Boston Celtics can be involved, and the draft-lottery dust will settle, clarifying which club will have the rights to the No. 1 overall pick.1And a clear path to Duke freak of nature Zion Williamson. So it will probably take a home-run offer to entice the Pelicans to let Davis go now.For the time being, we took a crack at estimating where Davis could go and how five teams would fare with him — according to our CARMELO projection model, which generates depth charts and power ratings for every team — after parting ways with the players it’d take to land him.2Specifically, we focused on CARMELO’s “full-strength” playoff rosters, which are our best guess at which players would play — and how much — when everyone is healthy and ready for the postseason (including an adjustment for playoff experience).LakersPossible deal for Davis: Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac and picks. CARMELO team rating1560 240-1.8-2.9-4.6 JaVale McGee00001717-2.4+1.7-0.7 What the Lakers would look like with ADProjected full-strength playoff depth chart for the 2018-19 Los Angeles Lakers with Anthony Davis, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings DeMarre Carroll00715022-0.5-0.3-0.8 Spencer Dinwiddie31000031+2.3-2.1+0.2 Frank Ntilikina210003-2.6-1.0-3.6 CARMELO team rating1387 Ed Davis000055-1.3+2.1+0.8 Noah Vonleh00021021-1.3+1.5+0.2 Landry Shamet22000022+0.7-2.4-1.6 Joe Harris02900029+1.0-1.1-0.1 240+1.8+0.3+2.2 Mario Hezonja007007-1.9-0.2-2.1 Jared Dudley00414018-1.4+0.2-1.2 Enes Kanter00001313+0.5-0.6-0.1 Expected wins52.9 Alex Caruso11400015-1.6-0.2-1.7 T.J. McConnell24000024-1.1-0.5-1.6 Treveon Graham13200015-1.6-0.5-2.0 CARMELO team rating1645 240+1.2+3.4+4.6 PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk01700017-2.0-1.6-3.6 240+5.6+2.3+7.9 Wilson Chandler00918027-0.9-0.1-1.1 They may not get much attention in this conversation, but the Brooklyn Nets probably have some dark-horse potential for landing Davis.Any deal would obviously hinge on the Pelicans’ interest in building around one of the Nets’ guards — either 22-year-old D’Angelo Russell, who has an outside chance at an All-Star spot and is a restricted free agent this summer, or Caris LeVert,6The deals would be pretty different, depending on which player was included. Russell makes far more in salary than LeVert, which means that more Brooklyn players would have to be dealt to complete a trade with LeVert as the centerpiece. who illustrated flashes of stardom before going down with an injury earlier this season. Beyond surrendering one of them, Brooklyn would also have to offer promising 20-year-old center Jarrett Allen. Allen Crabbe would almost certainly have to be part of any deal to make the money work, and it seems likely that the Nets would need to part ways with a couple of first-round picks.It’d be a steep, depth-diminishing price for a team that, after years of irrelevance, is just now finding its footing in the Eastern Conference playoff race. And even with Davis in the fold, the resulting roster, with a CARMELO rating of 1560, would not be much better than a lower-tier playoff team in the short term. But the Nets have long been interested in landing a top-flight star, and this provides them that chance, giving them more than a full season to build around Davis and convince him to stick around.SixersPossible deal for Davis: Markelle Fultz, Mike Muscala, Justin Patton, Ben Simmons and a pick. Michael Beasley000000-1.3-0.2-1.5 PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- Rodions Kurucs00002020-1.4-0.5-1.9 Amir Johnson000505-1.2+1.9+0.6 Shabazz Napier400004+0.2-0.8-0.6 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING Anthony Davis000251742+2.9+3.2+6.1 LeBron James401421039+4.9+1.2+6.1 Alan Williams000000-1.7+1.3-0.5 Expected wins60.2 Zhaire Smith00150015-1.2-0.4-1.6 Emmanuel Mudiay30000030-0.3-2.0-2.3 What the Knicks would look like with ADProjected full-strength playoff depth chart for the 2018-19 New York Knicks with Anthony Davis, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings Lance Stephenson01900019-0.8-1.2-2.0 Allonzo Trier31800021-1.9-2.6-4.5 Lance Thomas000000-2.7-0.1-2.9 Kevin Knox00275032-2.8-3.2-5.9 Caris LeVert09210030+0.0-0.6-0.6 Team total Luke Kornet00051217-0.4+0.6+0.2 Damyean Dotson01850023-0.7-1.1-1.8 Theo Pinson000000-1.7-0.5-2.1 Team total PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- Trey Burke13000013+0.7-2.5-1.8 PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- Brandon Ingram00340034-1.4-0.4-1.8 Furkan Korkmaz061007-0.4-1.2-1.6 Joel Embiid00003131+1.5+2.6+4.0 J.J. Redick02730030+2.0-2.0+0.0 Jonah Bolden000000-2.2+1.1-1.0 Isaac Bonga8600014-1.8-0.2-2.0 CARMELO team rating1710 Expected wins: 28.8 | CARMELO team rating: 1387 Depending on how a New Orleans deal with New York would look, the Knicks could be in a similar boat to the one the Celtics are in.Because the Pelicans will be looking to replace Davis’s star power, they might be interested in exploring a deal with whichever team lands the No. 1 overall pick — something the Knicks are in the running for (we won’t have clarity on that until mid-May). If New York wins the lottery, it’s possible that New Orleans would have enough interest in that pick, Tim Hardaway Jr. and perhaps Kevin Knox to make a deal.But there’s another school of thought to consider: that perhaps it’s better for the Knicks to trade Kristaps Porzingis — who’s coming off an ACL tear and who basically plays the same position as Davis — than to surrender the team’s top pick to the Pelicans. And perhaps New Orleans would prefer to have the 23-year-old Porzingis, who was a known, All-Star level commodity before his injury.The teams’ preferences at this stage are a mystery. But if both the Knicks and Pelicans have legitimate interest, a few options potentially exist for a deal to happen. Would the resulting team even be any good, though? According to CARMELO, a Davis-led Knicks squad would still carry a below-average 1387 rating at full strength. That wouldn’t exactly be a great fit with what Rich Paul, Davis’s agent, described as the star’s preference to play for “a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship.”Yet the Knicks would have considerable cap space to put another top-shelf talent next to Davis during free agency, which would help boost their projection much higher.Jay Boice contributed research.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Track and Field Ohio State wins 2018 Mens Outdoor Big Ten Championship

Senior Zack Bazile competes in the long jump during a meet in the French Field House. Bazile has a chance to win the NCAA indoor national championship when Ohio State travels to the NCAA indoor national championships. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterAfter finishing fourth overall in last year’s Big Ten championships, head coach Karen Dennis, named as the 2018 Big Ten Men’s Indoor Coach of the Year, brought home another championship on Sunday. The Ohio State men’s track team won the 2018 Big Ten Outdoor Championship, recording 109 points ahead of Indiana and Nebraska.The men’s track team ended its championship drought in February, winning the Big Ten Indoor Championships for the first time in 25 years. With top- five finishes in five different events, Ohio State recorded first-place finishes in two events. Freshman sprinter Eric Harrison, junior sprinter Duan Asemota, senior sprinter Drelan Bramwell and senior jumper Zach Bazile recorded a first place finish in the 4×100-meter relay, finishing in 38.93 seconds. Harrison added a first-place finish of his own, running the 200-meter dash in 20.39 seconds. Junior sprinter Nick Gray came in second place, finishing in 20.55 seconds. The Ohio State women’s team tied for fifth place with Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska with 60 points. Despite not winning any single event, the women’s team recorded seven top-five finishes including second-place finishes in the 200-meter dash and the 4×400-meter relay read more

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Frank Lampard discusses Premier League interest in Bogle

first_imgDerby County manager Frank Lampard insists the club have received no offer from Burnley or any other Premier League club for Jayden Bogle.The 18-year-old has been drawing attention from a host of top-flight teams and Lampard says he’s not surprised.Burnley have been one of the teams linked with a move for the young right-back who has broken into the Derby first team this season, under the tutelage of Lampard.But the former Chelsea midfielder, whose side visit the St. Mary’s to take Southampton in a FA Cup replay on Wednesday night, said Derby have had no contact.Frank Lampard, Chelsea, Premier LeagueFrank Lampard admits Chelsea may struggle for top-six spot Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Chelsea manager Frank Lampard couldn’t offer any guarantees on a top-six finish this season due to the strong competition.Asked if he was aware of any interest in Bogle, Lampard said, according to Lancashire Telegraph: “No, I am not but I wouldn’t be surprised because from the minute I have been here Jayden Bogle has been fantastic.”“I heard he was a talent, and he has shown that he can perform at a top level in the Championship and in our Carabao Cup run at Manchester United and at Chelsea.”“So, of course, people will look at players who are performing that well.”last_img read more

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Royal Bahamas Defence Force STRENGTH IS FOR SERVICE NOT STATUS

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 6, 2017 – Nassau – ‘Strength’ can be defined in many different ways, because it means so many different things to different people.  But at its most basic meaning, we are usually inclined to think about bodily power…muscles…and the state of being strong.   Well if this is the measurement of strength, then Chief Petty Officer James Darling is the walking definition of the word.Chief Petty Officer Darling joined the Royal Bahamas Defence Force as a member of Entry 24 on May 8, 1989 and has contributed much in his years of service.   He has served in various departments such as the Military Operations Platoon (MOP) for some 18 years, Harbour Patrol Unit, Port Security and the seagoing Squadron Department.He is currently attached to the Training Department which is home for Chief Darling as he has been a part of the fitness world for approximately 31 years now as a competitive bodybuilder.   In a brief interview, he recalled how it all began.“When I was 18 [years of age], I had my first show at a stadium on Bernard Road.   Then I made The Bahamas team and we went down to Curacao and that’s where I got my first medal, a bronze medal in the Juniors. That was all in my first year of competing.”Chief Darling admits that his initial motivation for competing was based on vanity, however, over time, it has developed into something totally different.“Starting out, the sport was simply just fun and the girls, they always like a good body.   But over the years, with every part of my body I worked, I tried to develop it and I became extremely curious about nutrition and what I needed to do to carve my body to look how I wanted it to.”With a straight face, he said the sacrifices don’t feel like sacrifices anymore and that he stays away from bad habits.“I eat as healthy as I can and don’t really crave anything anymore.   I’ve been doing this for so long now, it’s no problem to not eat things I know I shouldn’t eat, because I eat for purpose and nutritional value, not for how things taste.   I don’t drink and I don’t smoke. I don’t live a wild lifestyle, because I know how my body works and responds based on what I put in it.”He continued competing and managed to rack up 2 championship wins before deciding to use his strength in the service of his country on the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. However, this did not deter him from his bodybuilding pursuits.“After I joined the Force, I ended up in Military Operations Platoon [now referred to as Commando Squadron] and I hung it up for about 10 years until I went to Haiti for 6 months in 1996 for a United Nations Peacekeeping Mission.   When we returned, I had two months off and started working out again and found myself back onstage.”Some of his national titles include the Bahamas Middle Weight Champion which he won four consecutive years from 1997 – 2000, Mr. Northern Bahamas in 2007 [where he also won Best Poser & Most Muscular], and the Mr. Bahamas overall title which he won six times.However, his success was not limited to local competitions.   He has also seen success in international competitions.   In fact, adding to his already extensive career accomplishments, just this year, Chief Darling competed in 3 separate international bodybuilding shows including the 2017 Pittsburg Pro Masters event where he won 3rd Place.   Other events this year included the 2017 Toronto Pro Supershow and the 2017 Tampa Pro where he placed 3rd in the Masters.As he continued to discuss his career, a few names came up such as Sub Lieutenant Delroy Dennis, Chief Petty Officer Greg Fernander (Retired), Chief Petty Officer Patrick Adderley and Petty Officer Kevin Dames, all Defence Force members who also had some experience competing in bodybuilding.Currently, as the only professional bodybuilder in The Defence Force and in The Bahamas still competing, Darling says he’s grateful for the way the Force has accommodated his training schedule and gave an exhaustive list of names of people who helped him along.  There was no way I could list them all.“The Command has given me the time off which is what I need most to train, make competitions and represent the country and I really appreciate that.   There were also people who encouraged me on and off the force.  The current Commander Defence Force [Commodore Tellis Bethel], Former Commander Defence Force, Commodore Clifford Scavella (Retired), Commander Michael Sweeting, Lieutenant Commander Whitfield Neely, Force Chief Petty Officer Edgar Brown, Petty Officer Marvin Darville…[list goes on].”After recalling names of some of the people who positively influenced his life, he was asked about his most memorable job-related experience – the one experience he will never forget, never wants to relive, but will never regret while enlisted on the Defence Force.“It was all a journey, but if I had to narrow it down, it would definitely be when I was sent to Haiti with CARICOM 3 for the UN Peacekeeping Mission.   I was a Marine Seaman at the time doing patrols in enemy territory.   That whole experience will stay with me.”When asked about possibly leaving after 31 years in bodybuilding, he said it’s not something he’s given much thought.“I’m open to mentoring others, but I have to see that they want it as bad as I did or even more.   But that doesn’t mean I’ll stop competing.   As long as my body responds, I’ll be competing.   I’ll think about leaving the sport, maybe when I turn 70 [joke].”He then commented on the future of the sport in The Bahamas.“There’s plenty room for persons interested to get in. It’s easy to get into, but difficult to stay in, because it’s an expensive sport and calls for plenty discipline, having to eat a certain way and take certain supplements.”He also didn’t fail to mention that he has a son [Jaye Darling], who is also actively involved in the sport.“I didn’t have a chance to hand the baton down to him, he kinda’ took it from me.   I sometimes give him pointers and tips wherever I can, but he trains himself, just like I did when I first started out.   He’s currently ‘Mr. Bahamas Men’s Muscular Physique’ and just recently made The Bahamas’ 22-member bodybuilding team scheduled to compete at the upcoming 2017 Central American and Caribbean(CAC) Championships.”Today, Chief Darling says for him, at this stage of his career, it’s definitely all about his country and it’s this love of country that keeps him going.“I believe every Bahamian has something they can give back and contribute to our country to make it better.   So for me personally, this is what I can give.   This is my talent and I feel obligated, like it’s my patriotic duty to represent The Bahamas in the best way I can.   The medals are great to come back home with, but I’m not chasing personal status, I’m doing it in service to my country.”Feature Story: Chief Petty Officer James DarlingBy: Marine Seaman Michael E. 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Man dies in fiery twovehicle crash in Bonsall

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Man dies in fiery, two-vehicle crash in Bonsall July 3, 2018 BONSALL (KUSI) – A fiery crash that killed a man on state Route 76 in Bonsall and was originally believed to be a single-vehicle crash in fact involved another driver, officials said Tuesday.California Highway Patrol dispatchers received a call reporting a vehicle veering off Route 76 at Thoroughbred Lane just after 3:35 p.m. Monday.The vehicle erupted in flames, burning both the car and nearby brush, according to the CHP.For unknown reasons, the man, who was driving a 2016 Lexus, collided with the rear of a 2018 Chevy driven by a woman going about 50 mph, CHP officer Kevin Smale said.After colliding with the Chevy, the Lexus veered off the roadway, down a dirt embankment and slammed into a concrete drainage wall.The Lexus caught fire after colliding with the wall and the car quickly became engulfed in flames with the driver still inside, Smale said.The identity of the man who died at the scene remains undetermined.The woman driving the 2018 Chevy remained at the scene until CHP arrived.CHP officers are investigating the collision. KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 3, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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