India captain Virat Kohli is known for his affinity towards fitness and that has clearly rubbed off on the entire Indian team.Led by Kohli, Team India was seen involved in a fierce gym session, two days ahead of the ODI series decider against New Zealand in Kanpur.In photographs released by BCCI, Kohli was seen working on his shoulders with weights while Yuzvendra Chahal is working out to strengthen his legs. Hardik Pandya and Manish Pandey are also seen working out in the images.I will sacrifice whatever is necessary to be the best.?? #TeamIndia #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/HZGwdNclGg- BCCI (@BCCI) October 27, 2017India are preparing to battle with New Zealand in the final ODI of the three-match series in Kanpur. While New Zealand stunned India by 6 wickets, India bounced back in the second ODI with a crushing victory scripted by their pacers.Despite a Kiwi victory in Mumbai, Kohli lit up his 200th ODI with a 121-run knock but got no support from the rest of the batsmen, which led to India’s loss.Both teams will now take on each other on Sunday in order to win the series.With Kohli taking the reigns of the Indian unit, the stress on fitness has been immense. While top players like Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh have had to sit out due to this factor, MS Dhoni remains relevant still being one of the fittest members of the Indian cricket team.Kohli regularly posts pictures and videos of his workout session on his social media profiles to share his passion for fitness with his fans.advertisementPartners on and off the field ????#BrothersInArms @SDhawan25 pic.twitter.com/423KeR10dp- Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) October 27, 2017
A mangrove replanting project is currently underway at Portland Cottage, in Clarendon. A delegation from the European Union (EU), the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) will conduct a site visit and tour under Component 2 of the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Project (CCADRRP), on March 14. The project, valued at €4.482 million, and which is expected to last for 30 months, is being carried out under the supervision of NEPA. The tour will provide the overseas based EU delegation with an opportunity for the gathering of pertinent information and a chance to see the impact the project has had on targeted communities. Some of the main objectives of the project is to assist with the country’s adaptation to climate change; to contribute to sustainable development in the country by increasing the resilience of vulnerable areas (such as Portland Cottage); and reduce the risks that are associated with natural hazards, especially in vulnerable communities. The project also aims to reduce downstream run-offs and other negative environmental and human impacts through rehabilitation and improved management of selected watersheds; to increase resilience of coastal eco-systems to climate change impacts; and to enhance institutional and local level capacity for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, through increasing capabilities and raising awareness. Primary activities being executed under the project include replanting some 400 hectares of lands in Watershed Areas, such as Yallahs River, Hope River, Buff Bay/Pencar and Rio Bueno; Establishing/strengthening four local Forest Management Committees and helping to establish livelihood programmes; Implementing a Forest Fire Management Programme; and establishing river protection structures in vulnerable communities. Another set of activities being carried out under the programme are: development of a database for the management of coastal ecosystems; preparation of management plans for marine protected areas in Montego Bay, Negril and the Portland Bight area; creation and planting of artificial reefs and securing marker buoys in three Marine protected areas; and replanting some 20 acres of sea grass in Negril. A pilot public education programme on climate change is also being conducted, as well as a pilot project on risk and vulnerability assessment to address issues of climate change. Key organizations that are playing an active role in the project include the Forestry Department, which is responsible for rehabilitated watershed areas, through slope stabilization measures, such as the reforestation of destroyed slope cover on hillsides; NEPA, that is responsible for increased flexibility of selected coastal areas against potential climate change impacts; and the island’s Meteorological Service, which is responsible for climate change capacity building and awareness raising. By O. Rodger Hutchinson
This part of the NBA calendar typically sees players changing addresses more often than team executives. So it’s an abrupt change of pace to see the Los Angeles Lakers name Magic Johnson their new president of basketball operations, thus pushing out general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss just two days before the trade deadline. The move has instant ramifications for how the Lakers will run their business, and may have even more drastic implications for the future of the franchise’s young players.It’s unclear exactly what sort of team president Johnson will make. But he’s laid out a few thoughts explaining his shortcomings, and how he may ultimately handle the job.Johnson, who once played for, coached and held ownership stake in the Lakers, acknowledged this month that he doesn’t have a firm grasp of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement or the salary cap. He added he’s been spending time getting up to speed. (Brushing up on tampering rules — which he violated last year— might be a good idea, too.)Johnson has also been clear in saying he’d like to recruit friend and fellow Lakers legend Kobe Bryant to join him in the front office. (There are reports circulating that Bryant’s player agent, Rob Pelinka, is the frontrunner to replace Mitch Kupchak as the team’s general manager.) He and the Lakers will need to walk a fine line if they make an untraditional hire like Pelinka, or someone else who’s never served in such a capacity. The struggling Knicks, currently led by ex-Lakers coach Phil Jackson, have learned the hard way that things can get bumpy when a pair of people at the top of the organization take jobs they’ve never had to do before.Whoever helps him run the team, they’ll be working with a team that finally stepped outside center ring of the NBA’s media circus. It wasn’t that long ago that former head coach Byron Scott was telling reporters he didn’t believe 3-pointers win championships, and Buss was elbowing his way into doomed free agent meetings. Over the last two seasons, though, and especially this season under Walton, the Lakers have fashioned themselves into a modern NBA team.In 2014-15, the Lakers attempted just 18.9 threes per game, which ranked 25th in the league. Last season, the number of attempts per game climbed considerably to 24.6, but largely because of the disintegrating husk of Kobe Bryant, which flung 7.1 threes per night (making just 28.5 percent). This season, they’re attempting 26.4 threes per game (13th in the league) and making 35.4 percent (19th). And after having the league’s second-worst offense on a points per possession basis last season, this season L.A. is… well, still not great, but improving. They’ve successfully worked themselves up into being an average team.But while the team has been moving toward basic competence, there’s some worry that “average” may be this group’s ceiling. And that may explain the move to bring in Johnson. These are the Lakers after all, and the Lakers run on stars.L.A. is stocked with young prospects, but haven’t yet unearthed a drop-dead star. Former No. 2 overall pick D’Angelo Russell is a hugely fun player, but he hasn’t progressed as quickly as many hoped he would after a tumultuous rookie season. Brandon Ingram, the No. 2 pick in the 2016 draft, has been even worse. Ingram is averaging 8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 27.7 minutes per game on 36.3 percent from the floor, 30.4 percent from three and 65.5 percent from the line. (That’s a 45.1 true shooting percentage, if you were wondering.) Ingram is still valued by the franchise enough that L.A. reportedly would not consider trading him for DeMarcus Cousins, but his play so far this season has been a very bad sign. For instance, an updated CARMELO projection using his stats from this season now predicts he will produce about $34 million over the next five seasons. Coming into the season, those same five years were expected to be equivalent to about $121.3 million in value.Of L.A.’s young prospects, Julius Randle, the third-year power forward taken seventh overall in 2014, has fared the best. Randle’s per-game numbers haven’t budged too much, but Walton has run the offense through Randle for long stretches. Walton was a known Draymond-whisperer during his time as an assistant in Golden State, and it’s not hard to see Green’s imprint when Randle is running the break, hitting runners for easy baskets. Randle’s percent of possessions that end with an assist has nearly doubled, going from 11 last season to 20.2 this season, and the added touches have made him more patient with his own offense as well — his true shooting has crept up to a respectable 53.8, after posting a dismal 48.2 in his first full season. That’s good progress, but likely not at the level Johnson is thinking when he says his goal is to “return our Los Angeles Lakers to NBA champions.”In a lot of ways, the Los Angeles Lakers’ prolonged absence from the national spotlight has been a positive indicator. Troubled franchises tend to make headlines only when something is going cosmically wrong, like the Sacramento Kings trading their best player for a crate of oranges, or the President of the New York Knicks engaging in a Twitter war with a star player who won’t allow himself to be traded. The Lakers’ return to the circus comes at a time when tactical decisions for the franchise’s immediate future are looming, but the basic culture and basketball sensibilities being built around the team are just as important.Johnson used to be part of that culture, and used to define those sensibilities. But shaping a team as a rookie executive is a very different proposition than doing so as a Hall of Fame player. Johnson has a lot of things working in his favor in Los Angeles, but what he won’t have is a player as good as Magic Johnson suiting up every night. It’s up to him to set that right.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
Thousands of SDG&E customers without power due to high winds KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego Gas and Electric shut off the electricity to more than 1,000 customers in East County, as a Red Flag Warning continued Sunday for San Diego and much of Southern California.The warning began at 7 p.m. Saturday, as gusts above 30 miles per hour were clocked in locations like Pamo Valley.Winds of up to 30 mph, with isolated gusts as high as 65 mph, were predicted for today. Forecasters expected the strongest winds to occur along lower mountain slopes and below passes and canyons.Inland areas were expected to face moderate Santa Ana winds and low humidity levels, giving any fires that develop the potential to strengthen rapidly, according to the National Weather Service.As a result, SDGE cut off electricity Saturday night and today for at least 1,300 customers, in the mountainous areas of East County, because of weather conditions. Power was expected to be restored for most customers by 4 p.m. Monday, when the Red Flag Warning will expire.The NWS urged people to avoid outdoor burning for the duration of the warning, and also warned that high winds will make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.Forecasters predicted winds to be strongest on Monday, with humidity at its lowest today and Monday.The winds should start to die down on Tuesday, and humidity will recover slightly Tuesday and Wednesday, the NWS said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 28, 2018 January 28, 2018