James AndersonSan Antonio Spurs2010120 Desmond MasonSeattle SuperSonics2000117 Corey WilliamsChicago Bulls1992233 Jawun Evans Los Angeles Clippers20172 39 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Byron HoustonChicago Bulls1992127 Jawun Evans was drafted with the 9th pick of the second round and 39th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers. Evans averaged 19 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals a game as a sophomore for the Pokes and was named an honorable mention AP All-American.The Philadelphia 76ers actually made the pick, but Los Angeles traded for it.Sources: Clippers are trading for Philadelphia’s No. 39 selection and taking Juwan Evans.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 23, 2017There was a ton of speculation about where Evans would end up, but most outlets had Evans at the end of the first round or the beginning of the second. There were a record 16 (!) college freshmen taken in Round 1, and Evans slid slightly as the Draft went super young.Jawun Evans gets drafted with the 39th pick in the NBA Draft. pic.twitter.com/O1OhedSnYv— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) June 23, 2017 The Clips also bought in and drafted South Carolina stud (and former Mike Boynton recruit) Sindarius Thornwell.My take: As Blake pointed out, Jerry West just joined the Clips as a consultant so to be one of only two players Jerry West drafted is a nice look for Evans. Furthermore, the Clips had to buy their way into the draft for a reported $2 million since they didn’t have a pick.If jerry west played a role in this pick Evans should be thrilled about his future.— Blake. (@CoachHuddleston) June 23, 2017I like but don’t love this for Jawun. I like it because, well, sitting behind Chris Paul would rock, and based on a variety of factors it seems like Evans will get a legit chance to make the team. There’s a lot of talk about Paul going elsewhere, but for reasons I don’t totally understand he can re-sign with the Clippers for over $200 million and can’t with another team which, uh, seems like a pretty straightforward decision.Anyway, the downside is that getting picked with the 39th pick isn’t usually a harbinger of future success in the NBA. I know we all love Jawun — and maybe nobody more than me — but there’s a difference between tearing up the Big 12 and tearing up the Western Conference as a mid-second round pick.To drive this home, the last five players taken in the No. 39 slot in the NBA Draft are David Michineau, Juan Pablo Vaulet, Jerami Grant, Jeff Withey and Khris Middleton. Middleton is great and the other four are ?.Second-round steals still on the board: Jawun Evans, Alec Peters, Cam Oliver. Prediction: All three will have 10-year NBA careers.— Reid Forgrave (@ReidForgrave) June 23, 2017Also, the Clippers aren’t exactly a bastion of stability when it comes to developing young players. I think Spurs, Celtics, Thunder, Warriors and Rockets when I think of teams that are good at development. I don’t think Clippers. I don’t think anyone else does either. So learning from CP is tremendous, but not if that’s all the learning you get.Of note! The Clippers’ picks since 2011 are Brice Johnson, Cheick Diallo, C.J. Wilcox, Reggie Bullock, Furkan Aldemir, Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie. Woof!I do hope Jawun has a 10-year career in the NBA. He could. I’ve never seen a college player so adept at the pick and roll, and now he gets to learn more nuances from an all-timer. Going from slinging sideways passes to Mitch Solomon to feeding DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin is going to be like going from driving a horse and buggy to flying one of Elon Musk’s metal machines to Mars.There’s a lot of upside for both the Clips and for Jawun, and his summer progress will be fascinating. So will L.A.’s free agency moves. They had Raymond Felton on their depth chart last year, but he’s a free agent. Do they grab another vet to backup CP or ride with Evans? There will be a lot to sort through over the next few months before the NBA starts back up this fall, but for now this seems like as good a place as any for Evans to start his professional journey. Joey GrahamToronto Raptors2005116 Tony AllenBoston Celtics2004125 Bryant ReevesVancouver Grizzlies199516 PlayerTeamYearRoundOverall pick Brooks ThompsonOrlando Magic1994127 Markel BrownMinnesota Timberwolves2014244 Marcus SmartBoston Celtics201416 Richard DumasPhoenix Suns1991246 JamesOn CurryChicago Bulls2007251 What’s the first thing you do after hearing your name called at the @NBADraft? If you’re @j3vans1_ you hug your mama! #2017NBADraft #okstate pic.twitter.com/aaZQlFrDAi— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) June 23, 2017The Evans-Chris Paul comps have been made ever since Doug Gottlieb started them a year ago, and now they’re practice sparring partners in Los Angeles (which is pretty cool). The Clips do not have another point guard locked up under contract for next year so you have to think Evans will at least get a shot at the gig.Evans is the 13th player drafted from Oklahoma State since Eddie Sutton took over the program in the early 1990s and the first since Marcus Smart and Markel Brown in 2014.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Tis the season for award watch lists. The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame released their preseason list for the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award 2017, which is awarded to the top defensive back in college football. Senior Cowboy safety Tre Flowers was one of 45 to make the list.Flowers comes off a 61-tackle junior season in which he led the Cowboys in pass breakups (seven), forced fumbles (two) and blocked kicks taken house (one). After losing his longtime backfield mate and leading OSU tackler Jordan Sterns, Flowers’ role on the defense will be crucial.He’ll have some help in the form of two cornerbacks-turned-safeties in Ramon Richards and Darius Curry. But with all the turnover and moving pieces, Flowers should provide some stability to a secondary with more questions than answers.AdChoices广告The Big 12 had five DBs included on the list. West Virginia’s Dravon Askew-Henry, Iowa State’s Kamari Cotton-Moya, TCU’s Nick Orr and Kansas State’s D.J. Reed were also included. Preseason All-Big 12 DB Jordan Thomas of OU was not included, apparently because of multiple arrests.“I hated it when I saw it,” Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame president Eddie Griffin told the Oklahoman of Thomas’ omission. “We’d go against our principles and criteria and everything we’ve done in the past (if he was on the list). You’ve got to be a great player to win the Jim Thorpe Award. But you’ve also got to be a man of character and a community leader. All those sorts of things.”The winner will be announced from a group of three finalists on December 7 at The Home Depot College Football Awards.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the technical and vocational training areas are being singled out for focus, and that this has already begun with the National Youth Service (NYS) and the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) being merged with the HEART Trust/NTA.He says such an important and strategic move, which will create a national training organisation, will provide services for members of the population who are not attached to any institution of training.Speaking at an appreciation function for retired Spalding High School Principal, Alphansus Davis, at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester, on April 5, the Prime Minister said it is estimated that some 130,000 youngsters are either not in school, not attached to a training institution or have no skills.“We must garner, hone, take charge of, and train those young people, because they can in a short period of time, provide the labour force that we need to drive the new growth industries in our country,” Mr. Holness said.The Prime Minister argued that Jamaica’s education system is a binding constraint on the country’s growth prospects, and that 10 years ago, he did not think the problem today would be that there are not sufficient trained workers.“We have industries that are growing at a faster rate than we can supply them with labour. If you look at the growth in business process outsourcing and logistics, we are not turning out enough trained graduates,” Mr. Holness said.He said the Government has to double down on what is being done in education, which has a budget this year of $101.6 billion, up from $98.9 billion last year, adding that taxpayers should be asking what the money is being used for and whether their children are benefiting enough from the budgetary allocation.“Make no mistake, the people who are committing the crime, were either failed by the schools or were not in schools. We intend to focus on the education system this year,” he added.The Prime Minister lauded Mr. Davis for his service, noting that when he was the Minister of Education, the retired principal served as his adviser.Mr. Holness said that he is a better person for having benefited from the guidance, direction and fatherly advice of Mr. Davis.“He (Mr. Davis), is a humble, honest, caring, committed man; he is truly a great Jamaican,” he said.Replying to the many tributes paid to him, Mr. Davis thanked everyone for the appreciation function and threw out a challenge for a radical shift to a realignment of the school curriculum to complement career interests.“Make interest-based education the name of the game. Why force children to do subjects in which they have no interest?” he asked.He added that the child who consistently taps his desk may want to be a DJ, so the school should hone in on his interest. To do otherwise, he suggested, would be to discourage this young man, who might later become a behavioural challenge to the school community. Story Highlights Speaking at an appreciation function for retired Spalding High School Principal, Alphansus Davis, at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester, on April 5, the Prime Minister said it is estimated that some 130,000 youngsters are either not in school, not attached to a training institution or have no skills. “We must garner, hone, take charge of, and train those young people, because they can in a short period of time, provide the labour force that we need to drive the new growth industries in our country,” Mr. Holness said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the technical and vocational training areas are being singled out for focus, and that this has already begun with the National Youth Service (NYS) and the Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) being merged with the HEART Trust/NTA.
LNG tanker Coral Energy, operated by Scandinavian company Skangas, delivered the first shipload of liquefied natural gas to Tornio, Finland, on November 19.The cargo was shipped to the Manga LNG natural gas import terminal in Röyttä Harbor, Tornio, a joint venture of the industrial companies Outokumpu and SSAB Europe, the energy company EPV Energy and Skangas.“It’s a historic moment to receive the first LNG shipment to Northern Finland. We’re strengthening Finland’s energy independence and our position as a leading LNG player in the Nordic countries,” Kimmo Rahkamo, Skangas CEO, said.Once completed in summer 2018, the import terminal will be the largest LNG terminal in the Nordic countries and the second LNG terminal in Finland, according to Skangas.The terminal will serve the entire Bay of Bothnia region as well as industrial and mining operators, maritime transport and heavy-duty road transport in Northern Finland, Northern Sweden and Northern Norway.Wärtsilä, the company responsible for construction delivery, is now preparing the terminal for commissioning. Commercial deliveries are expected to begin in summer 2018.Image Courtesy: Skangas
Karnal (Haryana): A 56-year-old doctor was shot dead by three motorcycle-borne persons in Karnal town of Haryana on Saturday, police said. The suspects, including a former employee who was terminated from services at a hospital owned by the doctor, have been arrested, the police said. Rajiv Gupta was attacked when he and his driver left the hospital in Chaura Bazar in a vehicle. Three masked men stopped their motorcycle in front of the SUV and fired at Gupta. The doctor, who suffered two bullet wounds, succumbed to injures at a hospital Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu The main accused, Pawan, and his two accomplices, Raman and Shiv Kumar, were nabbed from the Haryana-Uttar Pradesh border, police said. Pawan, who worked as a dialysis technician, revealed that he was terminated from services last December. He was apparently upset as he could not get a job anywhere till now because of the alleged influence of the doctor, an officer said. Police also recovered a .32 bore locally-made gun from the accused. The director general of police also inspected the crime spot. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who represents the Karnal assembly segment, met the doctor’s family on Sunday. He claimed that law and order in Haryana was better, and strict directions had been issued to the police to ensure such incidents do not happen in future. The Congress slammed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, alleging that it had failed to ensure the safety of its citizens. “Criminals are ruling the roost in Karnal and law and order situation has collapsed,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted. Senior Indian National Lok Dal leader Abhay Chautala also condemned the incident.
Noida: Noida Authority on Sunday continued the third Phase of ‘Safaigiri’ programme and carried out intensified cleaning of roads and sectors in the city. Officials said that the drive was carried out in sector 52, 82, 19, 11, Jhundpura village and others.During the drive, residents of these sectors turned up in good numbers to register their active participation in the cleanliness drive. Staff from all departments – water, horticulture, electricity and public health – visited the sectors and took stock of sanitation and other civic issues. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The Safaigiri drive was launched on August 25 which is aimed to clean the city and know the civic issues of various residential sectors. Under the drive, we also make people aware of how to segregate waste at their end and an oath is also delivered to maintain cleanliness in their surroundings,” said a senior officer of Noida authority. The drive was launched to improve Noida’s rating in Swachh Bharat Survey 2020. During the Safaigiri, which ran for three hours from 7 am till 10 am, residents along with officials went at every corner of these sectors and picked up wrappers and other waste from roads and parks. Earlier, the second phase of Safaigiri was carried out on September 1, in sector 14, 18, 46 and 105 of Noida. Noida Authority Chief Executive Officer Ritu Maheshwari also participated in the drive at sector 14 of Noida. The CEO listened to the civic issues from the residents and distributed home composting kits and dust bin to the residents.
OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau says his government hopes to make legal changes that will cement his transformation of the Senate into a more independent, non-partisan chamber, making it harder for a future prime minister to turn back the clock.The prime minister says his government will amend the Parliament of Canada Act — the law that spells out the powers and privileges of MPs and senators — to better reflect the new reality in the upper house, where most senators now sit as independents unaffiliated with any political party.“We’re going to try to make it fair,” Trudeau said in a year-end roundtable interview with the Ottawa bureau of The Canadian Press. “We’re going to try to do it before the election.”Doing it before next fall’s election is critically important for independent senators, who fear Trudeau’s reforms could be easily reversed should the Liberals fail to win re-election.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has said that if becomes prime minister, he would revert to the previous practice of making overtly partisan appointments, naming only Conservatives to the upper house.Trudeau kicked senators out of the Liberal caucus in 2014. Since taking office in 2015, he’s named only senators recommended by an arm’s-length advisory body in a bid to return the Senate to its intended role as an independent chamber of sober second thought.Of the 105 senators, 54 are now independents who have banded together for greater clout in the Independent Senators’ Group. Another 31 are Conservatives, 10 are Liberal-independents and 10 are unaffiliated. The Conservatives are the only remaining overtly partisan group in the chamber.Yet the Parliament of Canada Act recognizes only two partisan caucuses in the Senate: the governing party caucus and the Opposition caucus, both of which are entitled to research funds, dedicated time to debate bills, memberships on committees and a role in the day-to-day decisions about Senate business, such as when to adjourn debate.Senators have agreed on the fly to some accommodation of the growing ranks of independents, giving them some research funds and committee roles. But the leadership of the ISG has argued that their role must be explicitly spelled out and guaranteed in the Parliament of Canada Act. And, since the change would involve allocating financial resources, they say it can’t be initiated by the Senate, only by the government in the House of Commons.Sen. Raymonde St. Germain, deputy leader of the ISG, said amending the act is the only way to give independent senators a “permanent voice” and to “secure this essential reform for an independent and non-partisan Senate.”“The reform that Prime Minister Trudeau very courageously announced and implemented … has to be completed,” she said in an interview. “It won’t come from within the Senate. The only way to complete it, to have it finished, is to amend the Parliament of Canada Act.”Trudeau said he’s pleased with the way the reformed Senate has operated, even though independent-minded senators are now more prone to amending government bills, which has slowed down the legislative process somewhat and occasionally sparked fears — unrealized thus far — that the Senate could defeat legislation outright.“Canadians have been able to see the benefits and the thoughtful amendments and engagement they’ve had with bills in a way that I think has been very positive. I think removing partisanship in a significant way from the Senate has been good for our democracy, good for institutions,” he said.As for Scheer, Trudeau said: “If he really wants to go back to the kind of partisanship and patronage that we were able to do away with, well, that’s something that he’s going to have to explain.”Just this week, however, Trudeau appointed two new senators with strong Liberal connections: a former Liberal premier of Yukon, Pat Duncan, and Nova Scotia mental-health expert Stanley Kutcher, who ran for the Liberals in the 2011 election and lost.“I don’t think that membership in any given political party should ban them from being able to be thoughtful, independent senators who are not answerable to me but answerable to the values they have,” Trudeau said, adding, “I’m sure we have also appointed people who’ve donated to the NDP or donated to the Conservative party.”Conservatives have repeatedly questioned just how non-partisan the independent senators really are, noting that most seem to share Trudeau’s values — a charge Trudeau did not deny.“I’m not going to pick people who are completely offline with where I think my values or many Canadians’ values are,” he said. “A future prime minister of a different political stripe will certainly be able to appoint people … who might have a slightly different ideological bent. I think that’s going to naturally happen in our system.”Nevertheless, he said the institution is better for the fact that most senators are not answerable to the prime minister and don’t sit in partisan caucuses “to plot political strategy.”Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press
MELFORT, Sask. — The case of a Calgary truck driver charged in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash has been adjourned until the new year.Jaskirat Singh Sidhu is charged with 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.Singh’s lawyer spoke to a Melfort, Sask., courtroom by phone and said the defence needs more time to go through disclosure received from the Crown in the last few days.The delay was granted and the case was adjourned until Jan. 8.Sidhu was not in court and has not yet entered a plea.The Broncos junior hockey team bus and a semi-truck driven by Sidhu collided at a rural intersection in Saskatchewan in April.The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsAn Alberta First Nation that lost its land a century ago took their case to a busy stretch of highway Wednesday.They wanted to show how local issues are being drawn out under the Idle No More movement and what could be at stake for other bands.APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan has this story.
APTN National News A six-month police investigation into an alleged drug distribution network into northern Ontario communities has led to 55 people charged and a large amount of drugs seized.The OPP and Nishnawbe-Aski police led the investigation, dubbed Project COAST, that focused on the Timmins and Chapleau area and James Bay coastal communities.Investigators found drugs sold in the remote communities could sell at four times the price compared to urban centres.Twenty-one search warrants were executed earlier this month in northern and eastern Ontario.Police seized: • 57,792 methamphetamine tablets,• 7,229 oxycodone pills,• 706 grams of cocaine,• 476.6 grams of marihuana, and• 154.25 fentanyl patches.Police also seized more than $250,000, a shotgun and a bulletproof vest.
“Recent actions by armed groups are seriously undermining the ability of the judiciary to dispense justice,” Dato’ Param Cumaraswamy, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers of the UN Commission on Human Rights, said in a statement.”Attacks directed at the judicial system are particularly shocking, have no legitimate military objective and can only represent an attempt to threaten the independence of the judiciary, undermine justice and the rule of law,” he added.Mr. Cumaraswamy indicated that he had received information from the Supreme Court of Justice in Colombia highlighting attacks against the judiciary and calling for international support.According to the Special Rapporteur, the Supreme Court reported that due to the recent escalation in violence, 368 courts in 231 municipalities in Colombia had come under threat, resulting in court closures and the displacement of judicial officials.”An independent judicial system is a cornerstone of a democratic state based upon the rule of law, and an important safeguard for the protection of human rights,” he stressed. “Respect must be accorded to its independent functioning.”The Special Rapporteur called upon all parties in Colombia “to ensure that all persons involved in the judicial system, including judges, prosecutors, lawyers and judicial civil servants, can discharge their duties freely so that access to justice for all Colombians remains unimpeded.”
We get a daily diet of media coverage from our televisions and radios to our computers and mobile devices.As much as we rely on popular media to inform us, newspapers headlines, television broadcasts and online blog posts have the power to influence our reactions and perceptions of what we read, watch and hear.A group of MA students in the Social Justice and Equity Studies program at Brock will examine the power of popular media as one of 12 panel presentations at the April 11 Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference. More than 90 graduate students are participating in the seventh annual research conference that runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Plaza Building (levels 3 and 4).The Social Justice and Equity panel will cover a range of social justice topics including animal rights, Afrocentric schools, pimping, and youth-driven NGOs. “The projects that we are working on are intended to be not only interesting, but also relevant and useful both inside and outside of academia. We are, after all, engaging with popular media’s representation of important issues that are a part of many people’s everyday lives,” says Jade Wallace who will present along with Jennifer Lucking, Lynn DeCaro, Ian Purdy and Mash Modiji, from 2:15 to 4 p.m., in Plaza 410.Wallace will speak about a recent controversial public awareness campaign by PETA in which the organization drew comparisons between the historic enslavement and oppression of African-Americans and the historic and contemporary exploitation of animals.“It’s not a historically uncommon comparison, but it ignited a lot of controversy. My presentation looks at the history of the comparison, as well as newspaper coverage of PETA’s campaign, to figure out why people were so riled by the comparison of animals to slaves,” she says.“I wanted to determine whether public anger was reasoned or just reactionary and whether PETA did in fact act condemnably. What I found was that the newspaper articles tended to sensationalize and failed to provide context for PETA’s campaign, but that PETA also exploited African-Americans and their history, which is not really a useful strategy for an animal rights organization that claims to be interested in the end of all types of oppression.“As far as my research indicates, PETA’s tactics in this campaign have not really been discussed at an academic level. Given that PETA is the world’s largest animal rights organization, I think it is important to critically evaluate their strategies to see whether they might helpfully or harmfully be adopted by similar organizations.”
166 Comments US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has fired the acting attorney general, a holdover from the Obama administration, after she ordered Justice Department lawyers not to defend his controversial immigration orders.In a sharply worded statement, the White House called Sally Yates “weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration” and also criticised Democrats for not yet confirming the appointment of attorney general-designate Jeff Sessions.“The acting attorney general, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States,” the White House said in a statement.“This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel,” it said. By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: John Locher AP/Press Association Images Trump sacks attorney general for refusing to back his travel ban The White House accused Sally Yates of “betrayal” before Trump relieved her of her duties. Share743 Tweet Email 44,118 Views Short URL Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 6:45 AM https://jrnl.ie/3214275 Image: John Locher AP/Press Association Images Tonight, President Trump relieved Ms Yates of her duties.Federal prosecutor Dana Boente will serve as acting attorney general “until Senator Jeff Sessions is finally confirmed by the Senate, where he is being wrongly held up by Democrat senators for strictly political reasons,” it said.With Trump’s White House facing multiple lawsuits and worldwide opprobrium over an order banning migrants from seven Muslim nations, Yates had whipped the rug from under her boss in a defiant and damaging parting shot.In a memo to Department of Justice staff, Yates – a career government lawyer promoted by Barack Obama – expressed doubts about the legality and morality of Trump’s decree, which has prompted mass protests. Outgoing Attorney General Sally Yates Source: J. David Ake AP/Press Association Images“My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is,” Yates wrote.“I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful,” she added.For as long as I am the acting attorney general, the Department of Justice will not present arguments in defense of the executive order, unless and until I become convinced that it is appropriate to do so.Yates’s directive meant that the government, for a few hours, had no authorised courtroom representation in lawsuits challenging the ban.It was a remarkable act of defiance against a tough-talking president who has showed little sign of brooking insubordination.But in a statement issued hours after his appointment, Boente said he would defend the president’s directive.“Based upon the Office of Legal Counsel’s analysis, which found the Executive Order both lawful on its face and properly drafted, I hereby rescind former Acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates January 30, 2017, guidance and direct the men and women of the Department of Justice to do our sworn duty and to defend the lawful orders of our President,” Boente said in a statement.Sessions vote upcomingSessions has not yet been confirmed by Congress. He faces a vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee today and must then be confirmed by the full Senate.If confirmed, Sessions would almost certainly reverse course.But Democratic lawmakers have vociferously opposed Trump’s order and Republicans are privately seething over the way his White House has handled the issue.The order signed on Friday suspended the arrival of all refugees for a minimum of 120 days, Syrian refugees indefinitely and bars citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days.Several federal judges have since filed temporary stays.On Sunday, attorneys general from 16 US states, including California and New York, condemned Trump’s directive as “unconstitutional” and vowed to fight it.In a separate late-night move announced without explanation by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Trump also replaced acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement director Daniel Ragsdale.© – AFP, 2017Read: Does Ireland have to allow Trump’s migrant ban at its airports?Read: Enda Kenny says he will tell Trump in person that he disagrees with his travel ban Jan 31st 2017, 6:45 AM
No Man’s Sky has finally been released, and gamers everywhere are exploring its vast universe filled with countless planets and lifeforms. The game is currently out for the PlayStation 4 and will be released for the PC this Friday. Considering how this is a PlayStation “exclusive,” one would believe that PS4 and PC players would be able to play together. However, it turns out that the PS4 and PC versions of the game will run on different servers.This information comes to us from Sean Murray, one of the directors of the game. “PS4 and PC players are using two different servers,” Murray said last night during a Reddit AMA. “We are running a control experiment to see who names things the most juvenile things… Let the games begin!”In case you didn’t know, No Man’s Sky lets players name locations and creatures they discover. Once players find something that was previously undiscovered, they’ll have a chance to name it. Users can then upload their discoveries to the game’s Atlas for others to see. However, since the servers for the two versions of the game are separated, it means that players will only see discoveries from others playing on their specific platform.Though Hello Games has previously said that — given the sheer size of the universe — it would be extremely rare for players to ever meet in the game, knowing that there are two distinct and separate No Man’s Sky communities does come as a somewhat of a disappointment. While each game is complete on its own, it isn’t a grand unified universe like we might have wanted. Games like Rocket League and Street Fighter V allow users on both PC and PS4 to play with one another so it is baffling that No Man’s Sky keeps them separate. This fact won’t affect the game in the long run, but it is still a bit of a bummer.
Sathupally: The birthday celebrations of local MLA Sandra Venkata Veeraiah were conducted on a grand note here in Sathupally town on Thursday. Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader Kusampudi Rama Rao, Dodda Hymavathi, Kusampudi Mahesh, SK Chand Pasha, Pavan and Baby attended the celebrations and cut a cake at the Ring Centre.
The central bank’s decision not to conduct an asset quality review of non-banking financial companies (NBFC) is driven by market concerns though there are widespread worries about a possible meltdown because of the current liquidity situation and non-performing assets (NPA). The situation of the NBFCs came into public focus after IL&FC, a leading NBFC, defaulted on some of its repayment commitments triggering panic among investors.Worries persist despite Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Shaktikanta Das recently shrugging off liquidity concerns pertaining to NBFCs and ruling out an asset quality review. Das contended that such a review could ring alarm bells and might not be well-received by the market.Speaking to a group of foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) in Hong Kong earlier in the week, Das affirmed that the RBI was prepared to step in to meet the liquidity needs of NBFCs, according to a media report. The top banking regulator said the quantum of NPAs had dipped significantly in one year and that the worst seemed to be over for the banking sector, the Business Standard website said citing an unidentified source.FPIs attending the meeting included asset managers such as Templeton, Fidelity, and Blackrock, as well as some hedge funds and distressed asset investors. The IL&FS default led to panic among mutual funds and banks, resulting in a decline in the availability of debt capital and rise of cost of debt capital for NBFCs and housing finance companies (HFCs) and generally creating a liquidity crisis in an election year.The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is already under pressure over employment data and a farm crisis that saw three states slip out of the party’s hands in December 2018 elections. The liquidity crisis has hit the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) which are considered the mainstay of employment generation and semiurban and rural liquidity. The government has already announced steps to improve the liquidity of MSMEs and farmers through direct benefit transfers. But a crisis of NBFCs that immensely contribute to the rural and semi-urban economy could affect the government’s attempts for returning to power in the general election 2019.”The marginal funding cost for NBFCs/HFCs from various sources have gone up 25-100 basis points. The increase in the cost of borrowing is clearly visible in the 50 bps increase in credit spread for NBFC bonds over government securities since August 2018,” a recent research note by Ambit says.After years of low profitability because of weak asset quality and growth slowdown, analysts expect the Indian banking sector to turn around in FY20. Brokers JM Financial believes the stress from corporate bad debt is subsiding and will reflect in lower slippages.
Australian and U.S. researchers studying the movement of ostriches have discovered the giant flightless birds can store double the elastic energy per step in their tendons than humans can. This considerably reduces the effort needed by the muscles, and enables the ostrich (and perhaps also the emu) to run twice as fast as humans while requiring only half the energy. China hatches 150 African ostriches Human and ostrich hind-limb postures during mid-stance of running: (a,b) sagittal plane; (c,d) frontal plane. Image: [i]Journal of the Royal Society Interface[/i], doi:10.1098/rsif.2010.0466 Citation: Ostriches run fast because of ‘springy’ tendons (2010, October 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-10-ostriches-fast-springy-tendons.html Leader of the study, Assistant Professor Jonas Rubenson of the School of Sports Science, Exercise and Health at the University of Western Australia, said the aim of the research was to find out what mechanical adaptations were made by species able to run fast and efficiently. He said that while lions and cheetahs can outrun the ostrich on short sprints, they use a great deal of energy, and other species such as ostriches, antelopes and horses, can run fast over long distances.Two hypotheses had been proposed to explain how some animals are able to run economically: the first was that they used a particularly efficient mechanical action in their limbs, and the second was the animals were able to store more elastic energy in their joints than sprinters.To test these hypotheses the researchers fitted reflective markers to the joints of five humans and five tame ostriches to enable them to carry out a detailed analysis of their gait and movements as they ran on a custom-built running track 50 meters long. They also measured the forces applied to the ground during running. They selected the ostrich rather than the lighter Australian emu because the ostrich and humans have a similar mass, and because the ostrich is the fastest bird on the land.The results demonstrated that both humans and ostriches need the almost exactly the same amount of mechanical work to swing their limbs during running, and the major difference was in the storage and release of energy by the tendons. They calculated the release of this elastic energy generated 83% more work in the ostrich than in the human, which meant the ostrich uses less metabolic energy and is less fatigued.The findings of the research, described in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, may enable engineers to design better prosthetic limbs by focusing on elastic propulsion. They could also help robot researchers to design more agile robots. The results could also provide some insight into the evolution of bipedalism. More information: Adaptations for economical bipedal running: the effect of limb structure on three-dimensional joint mechanics, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Published online before print October 28, 2010, doi:10.1098/rsif.2010.0466 © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further
Data modeling is a conceptual process, representing the associations between the data in a manner in which it caters to specific business requirements. In this process, the various data tables are linked as per the business rules to achieve business needs. This article is taken from the book Hands-On Business Intelligence with Qlik Sense by Kaushik Solanki, Pablo Labbe, Clever Anjos, and Jerry DiMaso. By the end of this book, you will be well-equipped to run successful business intelligence applications using Qlik Sense’s functionality, data modeling techniques, and visualization best practices. To follow along with the examples implemented in this article, you can download the code from the book’s GitHub repository. In this article, we will look at the basic concept of data modeling, its various types, and learn which technique is best suited for Qlik Sense dashboards. We will also learn about the methods for linking data with each other using joins and concatenation. Technical requirements For this article, we will use the app created earlier in the book, as a starting point with a loaded data model. You can find it in the book’s GitHub repository. You can also download the initial and final version of the application from the repository. After downloading the initial version of the application, perform the following steps: If you are using Qlik Sense Desktop, place the app in the Qlik\Sense\Apps folder under your Documents personal folder If you are using Qlik Sense Cloud, upload the app to your personal workspace Advantages of data modeling Data modeling helps business in many ways. Let’s look at some of the advantages of data modeling: High-speed retrieval: Data modeling helps to get the required information much faster than expected. This is because the data is interlinked between the different tables using the relationship. Provides ease of accessing data: Data modeling eases the process of giving the right access to the data to the end-users. With the simple data query language, you can get the required data easily. Helps in handling multiple relations: Various datasets have various kinds of relationship between the other data. For example, there could be one-to-one, or one-to-many, or many-to-many relationships. Data modeling helps in handling this kind of relationship easily. Stability: Data modeling provides stability to the system. Data modeling techniques There are various techniques in which data models can be built, each technique has its own advantages and disadvantages. The following are two widely-used data modeling techniques. Entity-relationship modeling The entity-relationship modeling (ER modeling) technique uses the entity and relationships to create a logical data model. This technique is best suited for the Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) systems. An entity in this model refers to anything or object in the real world that has distinguishable characteristics. While a relationship in this model is the relationship between the two or more entities. There are three basic types of relationship that can exist: One-to-one: This relation means each value from one entity has a single relation with a value from the other entity. For example, one customer is handled by one sales representative: One-to-many: This relation means each value from one entity has multiple relations with values from other entities. For example, one sales representative handles multiple customers: Many-to-many: This relation means all values from both entities have multiple relations with each other. For example, one book can have many authors and each author can have multiple books: Dimensional modeling The dimensional modeling technique uses facts and dimensions to build the data model. This modeling technique was developed by Ralf Kimball. Unlike ER modeling, which uses normalization to build the model, this technique uses the denormalization of data to build the model. Facts, in this context, are tables that store the most granular transactional details. They mainly store the performance measurement metrics, which are the outcome of the business process. Fact tables are huge in size, because they store the transactional records. For example, let’s say that sales data is captured at a retail store. The fact table for such data would look like the following: A fact table has the following characteristics: It contains the measures, which are mostly numeric in nature It stores the foreign key, which refers to the dimension tables It stores large numbers of records Mostly, it does not contain descriptive data The dimension table stores the descriptive data, describing the who, what, which, when, how, where, and why associated with the transaction. It has the maximum number of columns, but the records are generally fewer than fact tables. Dimension tables are also referred to as companions of the fact table. They store textual, and sometimes numerical, values. For example, a PIN code is numeric in nature, but they are not the measures and thus they get stored in the dimension table. In the previous sales example that we discussed, the customer, product, time, and salesperson are the dimension tables. The following diagram shows a sample dimension table: The following are the characteristics of the dimension table: It stores descriptive data, which describes the attributes of the transaction It contains many columns and fewer records compared to the fact table It also contains numeric data, which is descriptive in nature There are two types of dimensional modeling techniques that are widely used: Star schema: This schema model has one fact table that is linked with multiple dimension tables. The name star is given because once the model is ready, it looks like a star. The advantages of the star schema model include the following: Better query performance Simple to understand The following diagram shows an example of the star schema model: Snowflake schema: This schema model is similar to the star schema, but in this model, the dimensional tables are normalized further. The advantages of the snowflake schema model include the following: It provides better referential integrity It requires less space as data is normalized The following diagram shows an example of the snowflake schema model: When it comes to data modeling in Qlik Sense, the best option is to use the star schema model for better performance. Qlik Sense works very well when the data is loaded in a denormalized form, thus the star schema is suitable for Qlik Sense development. The following diagram shows the performance impact of different data models on Qlik Sense: Now that we know what data modeling is and which technique is most appropriate for Qlik Sense data modeling, let’s look at some other fundamentals of handling data. Joining While working on data model building, we often encounter a situation where we want to have some fields added from one table into another to do some sort of calculations. In such situations, we use the option of joining those tables based on the common fields between them. Let’s understand how we can use joins between tables with a simple example. Assume you want to calculate the selling price of a product. The information you have is SalesQty in Sales Table and UnitPrice of product in Product Table. The calculation for getting the sales price is UnitPrice * SalesQty. Now, let’s see what output we get when we apply a join on these tables: Types of joins There are various kinds of joins available but let’s take a look at the various types of joins supported by Qlik Sense. Let’s consider the following tables to understand each type better: Order table: This table stores the order-related data: OrderNumber Product CustomerID OrderValue 100 Fruits 1 100 101 Fruits 2 80 102 Fruits 3 120 103 Vegetables 6 200 Customer table: This table stores the customer details, which include the CustomerID and Name: CustomerID Name 1 Alex 2 Linda 3 Sam 4 Michael 5 Sara Join/outer join When you want to get the data from both the tables you use the Join keyword. When you just use only Join between two tables, it is always a full outer join. The Outer keyword is optional. The following diagram shows the Venn diagram for the outer join: Now, let’s see how we script this joining condition in Qlik Sense: Create a new Qlik Sense application. Give it a name of your choice. Jump to Script editor, create a new tab, and rename it as Outer Join, as shown in the following screenshot. Write the script shown in the following screenshot: Once you write the script, click on Load Data to run the script and load the data. Once the data is loaded, create a new sheet and add the Table object to see the joined table data, as shown in the following screenshot: As the output of Outer Join, we got five fields, as shown in the preceding screenshot. You can also observe that the last two rows have null values for the fields, which come from the Order table, where the customers 4 and 5 are not present. Left join When you want to extract all the records from the left table and matching records from the right table, then you use the Left Join keyword to join those two tables. The following diagram shows the Venn diagram for left join: Let’s see the script for left join: In the previous application created, delete the Outer Join tab. Create a new tab and rename it as Left Join, as shown in the following screenshot. Write the script shown in the following screenshot: Once the script is written, click on Load Data to run the script and load the data. Once the script is finished, create a new sheet and add the Table object to see the joined table data, as shown in the following screenshot: Right join When you want to extract all the records from the right table and the matching records from the left table, then you use the right join keyword to join those two tables. The following diagram shows the Venn diagram for right join: Let’s see the script for right join: In the previous application created, comment the existing script. Create a new tab and rename it as Right Join, as shown in the following screenshot. Write the script, as shown in the following screenshot: Once the script is written, click on Load Data to run the script and load the data. Once the script is finished, create a new sheet and add the Table object to see the joined table data, as shown in the following screenshot: Inner join When you want to extract matching records from both the tables, you use the Inner Join keyword to join those two tables. The following diagram shows the Venn diagram for inner join: Let’s see the script for inner join: In the previous application created, comment the existing script. Create a new tab and rename it as Inner Join, as shown in the following screenshot. Write the script shown in following screenshot: Once the script is written, click on Load Data to run the script and load the data. Once the script is finished, create a new sheet and add the Table object to see the joined table data, as shown in the following screenshot: Concatenation Sometimes you come across a situation while building the data model where you may have to append one table below another. In such situations, you can use the concatenate function. Concatenating, as the name suggests, helps to add the records of one table below another. Concatenate is different from joins. Unlike joins, concatenate does not merge the matching records of both the tables in a single row. Automatic concatenation When the number of columns and their naming is same in two tables, Qlik Sense, by default, concatenates those tables without any explicit command. This is called the automatic concatenation. For example, you may get the customer information from two different sources, but with the same columns names. In such a case, automatic concatenation will be done by Qlik, as is shown in the following screenshot: You can see in the preceding screenshot that both the Source1 and Source2 tables have two columns with same names (note that names in Qlik Sense are case-sensitive). Thus, they are auto concatenated. One more thing to note here is that, in such a situation, Qlik Sense ignores the name given to the second table and stores all the data under the name given to the first table. The output table after concatenation is shown in the following screenshot: Forced concatenation There will be some cases in which you would like to concatenate two tables irrespective of the number of columns and name. In such a case, you should use the keyword Concatenate between two Load statements to concatenate those two tables. This is called the forced concatenation. For example, if you have sales and budget data at similar granularity, then you should use the Concatenate keyword to forcefully concatenate both tables, as shown in the following screenshot: The output table after loading this script will have data for common columns, one below the other. For the columns that are not same, there will be null values in those columns for the table in which they didn’t exist. This is shown in the following output: You can see in the preceding screenshot that the SalesAmount is null for the budget data, and Budget is null for the sales data. The NoConcatenate In some situations when even though the columns and their name from the two tables are the same, you may want to treat them differently and don’t want to concatenate them. So Qlik Sense provides the NoConcatenate keyword, which helps to prevent automatic concatenation. Let’s see how to write the script for NoConcatenate: You should handle the tables properly; otherwise, the output of NoConcatenate may create a synthetic table. Filtering In this section, we will learn how to filter the data while loading in Qlik Sense. As you know, there are two ways in which we can load the data in Qlik Sense: either by using the Data manager or the script editor. Let’s see how to filter data with each of these options. Filtering data using the Data manager When you load data using the Data manager, you get an option named Filters at the top-right corner of the window, as shown in the following screenshot: This filter option enables us to set the filtering condition, which loads only the data that satisfies the condition given. The filter option allows the following conditions: = > >= Using the preceding conditions, you can filter the text or numeric values of a field. For example, you can set a condition such as Date >= ’01/01/2012′ or ProductID = 80. The following screenshot shows such conditions applied in the Data load editor: Filtering data in the script editor If you are familiar with the Load statement or the SQL Select statement, it will be easy for you to filter the data while loading it. In the script editor, the best way to restrict the data is to include the Where clause at the end of the Load or Select statement; for example, Where Date >= ’01/01/2012′. When you use the Where clause with the Load statement, you can use the following conditions: = > >= When you write the Where clause with the SQL Select statement, you can use the following conditions: = > >= In Between Like Is Null Is Not Null The following screenshot shows an example of both the statements: This article walked you through various data modeling techniques. We also saw different types of joins and how we can implement them in Qlik Sense. Then, we learned about concatenation and the scenarios in which we should use the concatenation option. We also looked at automatic concatenation, forced concatenation, and NoConcatenation. Further, we learned about the ways in which data can be filtered while loading in Qlik Sense. If you found this post useful, do check out the book, Hands-On Business Intelligence with Qlik Sense. This book teaches you how to create dynamic dashboards to bring interactive data visualization to your enterprise using Qlik Sense. 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