Gray area

first_imgRelated story: Gibson coming homeVideo:Elie Seckbach SAN JOSE – There was black-and-blue style ruggedness and incredible intensity and game-planning on defense. The offensive side was rarely pretty, but the results could not be argued. That is how coach Ben Howland built UCLA. And before that, it is how Howland built Pittsburgh, with the help of then assistant and now Panthers head coach Jamie Dixon. There are certain similarities so striking – such as the same verbiage used to call some plays – many billed today’s meeting between the second-seeded Bruins and the third-seeded Panthers in the NCAA Tournament West region semifinals at HP Pavilion as a mirrored matchup. However, the offensive side appears to be a contrast in styles. Since Howland’s arrival from Pittsburgh four seasons ago, UCLA has been a guard-oriented offense which often forgets NCAA rules permit its center to post up and score. Meanwhile, back in the steel city, the Panthers’ offensive focus was mastered around 7-foot, 270-pound senior center Aaron Gray. “We have different personnel,” UCLA wing Josh Shipp said. “They emphasize defense just like we do. I can see where people get the similarities from, but it’s different personnel that is used differently.” Pittsburgh point guard Levance Fields said he often watched UCLA on television and said, “you can call out the plays,” but rarely does a Bruins possession end with its center scoring on a low-post move. Afflalo said: “We are striving to become a better inside team, but our guards have really dominated our scoring. We are a little different.” Howland spent four seasons developing Pittsburgh into a nasty group of defensive artists and rebounding fools. Offense was the Panthers crutch in the NCAAs, and Gray is trying to make sure that is not the case again. He is averaging 14 points and 9.6 rebounds per game, and again the ability to double-team a talented big man will be central to the success of the smaller Bruins. Gray attempted a team-leading 350 shots, converting on 56.9 percent of them. Despite Howland’s declaration in the minutes after the second-round win against Indiana that UCLA is “going to be left one-on-one with Aaron Gray a lot because he passes so well,” the Bruins are ready to double team him with 6-9 center Lorenzo Mata and 6-8 power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. Secondary to Gray’s scoring is the perimeter play of guards Antonio Graves, Fields and Ronald Ramon. Pittsburgh’s top three outside threats combined to shoot 38.9 percent in Big East play. “I think our team is so deep, it’s pick your poison,” Pittsburgh 6-10 senior power forward Levon Kendall said. “You can double-team Aaron, but he’s a good enough passer, a smart enough guy, that he can open things up. We’ve dealt with that all year.” UCLA’s double teaming of Gray will be different than what UCLA employed against Indiana’s big man D.J. White, who wasn’t double-teamed until he dribbled and turned his shoulder toward the basket. “(Gray) has to be double-teamed,” UCLA reserve power forward/center Alfred Aboya said. “He’s big. We will have to double team, and it will be tough to double team him because he’s a great passer. “We have to be aggressive. We can’t give him any room to dribble, or throw the ball. “He’s very quick. With D.J. we had to wait. But with him, we have to double as soon as he catches the ball.” While the Panthers’ first look is always inside, the Bruins often fail to even acknowledge Mata, who is averaging 4.4shots (145 total) and scoring 6.8 points per game. Instead, the perimeter-oriented Bruins rely heavily on their backcourt for scoring. Afflalo leads the Bruins with 16.7 points per game and has attempted nearly threetimes as many shots as Mata. Shipp (327 shots) and point guard Darren Collison (285) are UCLA’s next two leading scorers at 13.2 and 12.8 points per game and dwarf Mata’s shot attempts. Even reserve wing Michael Roll (160 shots) took more shots that Mata. “They’re probably a little bit taller than us, and that’s something we haven’t seen,” Collison said. “We have to get over it, and we have to play with our brains and play smarter because we have to match their physical intensity.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Magic Johnson Joins Jackie Robinson Foundation Board Of Directors

first_imgThe Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) chairman, Gregg Gonsalves, and president and CEO, Della Britton Baeza, announced today that Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Mark Roesler have been elected to the Foundation’s board of directors.Mr. Johnson and Mr. Roesler join a 33-member board overseeing the Foundation that perpetuates the legacy of Jackie Robinson through administering one of the nation’s premier college scholarship programs for minority students and, more recently, with the creation of the Jackie Robinson Museum.“Even bigger than the barriers that Jackie Robinson broke on the field of play is his legacy of working for equal opportunity for all people,” said Mr. Johnson. “I am proud to pay homage to Jackie Robinson by being part of JRF’s important mission of educating and inspiring young people.”In addition to his role as Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, Mr. Johnson’s co-ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers, one of Major League Baseball’s most renowned franchises, speaks to Jackie Robinson’s wish, verbalized in his last public appearance in 1972, that there would be diversity not only on the field but throughout the ranks of professional baseball organizations. Mr. Johnson was honored by the Jackie Robinson Foundation in 2002, receiving its prestigious “ROBIE Humanitarian Award.”“We are thrilled about attracting two very dynamic people to the Foundation board,” said Mr. Gonsalves. “They bring a wealth of talent and real commitment and add to our presence and resources on the west coast.” Ms. Britton added that “Magic, himself, broke barriers and stereotypes within professional sports. And he and Cookie Johnson have supported the Foundation for years as part of our extended family. We are thrilled that he has joined us in a more formal capacity.”Mark Roesler, Chairman and CEO of CMG Worldwide, a marketing and management firm for over 300 of the world’s most recognizable celebrities, brings tremendous legal, strategic planning and branding expertise to the JRF Board. A longtime JRF supporter, Mr. Roesler, who is lauded for his role in creating laws that protect the image and likeness of celebrities, represents the Estate of Jackie Robinson.“It is an honor to be part of preserving and protecting Jackie Robinson’s legacy,” said Mr. Roesler. “As a member of the Board, I look forward to expanding my involvement in ensuring that his name and heroic achievements continue to inspire all of us and many generations to come.”“Mr. Roesler has vast knowledge and experience in areas that will be vitally important as we move towards opening the Jackie Robinson Museum. He brings indispensable expertise to our efforts,” said Ms. Britton.last_img read more

VietJet aims to be Emirates of Asia orders 100 jets from Boeing

first_imgVietnam’s only private airline VietJet Aviation Joint Stock Co. has placed an order with Beoing Co. to buy 100 jets for $11.3 billion (based on the list price), reported Bloomberg. The low-cost carrier will purchase the Boeing 737 Max 200 planes.Signing of the deal is scheduled later on Monday when U.S. President Barack Obama will be on a visit to Vietnam.In a statement to the media, the airways said the delivery of the planes will start from 2019 and will help the carrier to expand its fleet to 200 by 2023.VietJet started operations in 2011 and since then Vietnam’s aviation market has grown consistently. In the past three years, the airline registered a 20 percent growth annually. Bloomberg earlier cited IATA (International Air Transport Association) data that the country is slated to be the world’s top 10 fastest growing aviation markets for the next two decades.It reported that the company today operates 250 flights a day and flies on 50 routes both in Vietnam and across the region including Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Myanmar and Malaysia.”They have established themselves domestically with a strong brand and high share of the market in a very quick time,” Brendan Sobie, Singapore-based chief analyst at CAPA Centre for Aviation, told the news agency. “They seem to be extremely ambitious,” he added.In an earlier interview, VietJet’s chief executive officer Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao reportedly said she wanted VietJet to be the “Emirates of Asia,” modelled on a Dubai-based carrier that is the world’s biggest long-haul airline flying on 150 international routes. She expected an initial public offering sometime in the second quarter of 2016-17. The money raised will fund its ambitious expansion to global routes, while also to become Asia’s top budget airlines, she told Bloomberg.Vietnam’s low cost airline market even today has fewer players and remained underserved for long until VietJet’s foray. In 2015, the airline registered revenues of $488 million and passenger capacity of 9.3 million. It targets to double both revenues as well as passenger capacity in this financial year. It accounts for more than 30 percent of Vietnam’s aviation market share.Bloomberg reported earlier that Thao, who will soon become the country’s first self made female billionaire, had brought in a revolution in the conservative world of Pilipino with two-piece swimsuit clad flight attendants across the airline.According to CAPA, VietJet could soon surpass even Vietnam’s national carrier, Vietnam Airlines, as the nation’s biggest domestic carrier in 2016.last_img read more

The Woodlands Symphony Continues Its Resurrection

first_img Share X Listen St.John FlynnConcertmaster Carlo Mauricio (l) and Artistic Director Darryl Bayer (r) of The Woodlands Symphony OrchestraThe Woodlands Symphony Orchestra was originally founded in the early 1990s but was disbanded in 2008.  But now the orchestra has been put back together again and is concluding its Resurrection Season this weekend with a concert, Sunday, May 1st, 7 p.m. at The Woodlands United Methodist Church. It includes Igor Stravinsky‘s Firebird Suite and music from the 25th Anniversary Edition of Zelda, Final Fantasy VII and a suite of selections from Video Games Live. Conducted by Clifton Evans, formerly of Houston’s HSPVA and now director of orchestras at UT Arlington, Sunday’s concert will also include the members of the new Woodlands Area Youth Symphony performing side-by-side with the orchestra for the second half.The orchestra’s artistic director Darryl Bayer and concertmaster Carlo Mauricio talk with Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn about the Woodlands Symphony rebirth and this weekend’s concert. 00:00 /11:18 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Central level administrative review meet to be held on May 8 CM

first_imgKolkata: The Central level administrative review meeting of the state government is going to be held on May 8.The meeting will be held at Nabanna Sabhaghar. Sources said that the meeting will start from 1.30 pm. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be taking stock of the progress of different projects in the state.This is the second Central level administrative review meeting that is going to be held in Nabanna Sabhaghar. The first meeting was held here on September 4 in 2017 and on the same day, the state-of-the-art auditorium adjacent to Nabanna was inaugurated. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that before the venue of the meeting was shifted to Nabanna Sabhaghar, the Central level administrative review meeting used to be held at Town Hall. It may be mentioned that the new venue, with a seating capacity of around 1,000 people, is more spacious compared to Town Hall.It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister visits every district to take stock of the progress of different projects and holds district level administrative review meetings. She also holds the Central level administrative review meeting in Kolkata. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedMinisters and top brass of all departments, senior administrative and police officers and senior officers from districts will be present in the Central level administrative review meeting. The Chief Minister will take stock of the progress of work undertaken by each department. She will also discuss different issues of the departments and the projects taken up by them.It may be recalled that after the last Central level administrative review meeting in September 2017, the Chief Minister had raised her concern over the thirty thousand pending court cases, which was leading to a huge amount of recurring cost to the state government. She had also directed the concerned departments to take necessary steps in this regard.Meanwhile, the meeting of the state plan for the 2019-20 financial year was held in the state secretariat on Thursday. The meeting was led by Chief Secretary Malay De. Senior officials of all the departments attended the meeting, in which there was preliminary discussion on planning of each of the departments for the next financial year.last_img read more

Oppn MPs to march to Prez House against Land Bill

first_imgUpping their ante against the land bill, MPs of several opposition parties are planning to take out a march to Rashtrapati Bhavan next Tuesday to register their protest against the amendments proposed to be carried out in the Act of 2013. JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav is coordinating with other parties like Congress, TMC, SP, BSP, DMK and Left parties to organise the protest march, sources said here on Friday. “It is proposed to be a march of non-NDA MPs to the Rashtrapati Bhavan… Sharad Yadav is coordinating,” a source said. Congress has expressed its willingness to participate in the march, the sources said. The land bill was passed by the Lok Sabha three days back after the government carried out nine amendments and persuaded most of its allies to support it.last_img read more

Capturing the visible and invisible

first_imgAlliance Française de Delhi in association with International Women Photographers Association (IWPA) will present an exhibition titled ‘International Women Photographers Awards- Edition 2018’.The exhibition will be on view from August 4-12 at Galerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Française de Delhi every day from 11 am – 8 pm.It’s an exhibition showcases the works of 11 photographers who have been selected from the 60 short-listed candidates.More than 600 women photographers from 82 countries have submitted their entries to the International Women Photographers Award (IWPA). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe results demonstrate the outstanding success of the IWPA award around the world as the selected photographers come from the Middle East, Europe, Asia and South America.This exhibition is a display of photographs taken from each photographer’s series. The participants could choose between either the ‘free theme’ or the IWPA theme 2018 ‘Visible/Invisible’.The final list of the selected photographers include names like Loulou Daki – Swedish, Annalisa Natali Murri – Italian, Estelle Lagarde – French, Tahmineh Monzavi – Iranian, Elahe Abdolahaba – Iranian, Alice Mann – South African, Shu-Chen Chen – Taiwanese and Marylise Vigneau – French among others. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOne of the finalists Constanza Portnoy, a participant from Argentina will be displaying her series titled ‘Force of Life’ in the upcoming exhibition. Her powerful and deeply moving series will portray the lives of people with disabilities.On speaking about her series she says, “I feel excited, honoured and very happy, especially because in Argentina it is very difficult to raise awareness about this issue.”It is unfortunate that the rights of people with disabilities are very vulnerable over there.”last_img read more