The MVP votes are due, and let the annual debate begin

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And it’s still baffling that Oscar Robertson, who had some of the most statistically ridiculous seasons in NBA history, won it only once.Debate will probably always surround the MVP race, a notable exception being two years ago when Stephen Curry was the first unanimous winner.This year’s answer will come June 25, when the NBA announces the winner. It’ll likely be Harden. There will be reasonable points made in support of that. There will be reasonable points made for James as well.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew La Salle ousts Adamson to lock up twice-to-beat; NU advances Mahoney: Warriors in 5.Reynolds: Warriors in 5.BOLD OFFSEASON PREDICTIONSMahoney: Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and Jimmy Butler were all traded last summer. Is there anything that would surprise you?Reynolds: LeBron James leaves Cleveland, Spurs trade Kawhi Leonard, Wizards break up Bradley Beal and John Wall, and Rihanna DMs Joel Embiid.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Here now, the picks for certain awards by AP Basketball Writers Brian Mahoney and Tim Reynolds, as well as a look at what we think will happen in the playoffs:MVPMahoney: James Harden, Houston. Mastered a new position last season. Masterfully shared it this one. His stats, team’s record, make a worthy winner.Reynolds: LeBron James, Cleveland. Made this same pick last year, making it again this year, because the Cavs would be horrid without him.MOST IMPROVED PLAYERMahoney: Clint Capela, Rockets. Blocks shots, rebounds, and the NBA’s leading shooter doesn’t miss much when he gets the ball.Reynolds: Victor Oladipo, Indiana. He was absolutely fantastic in his first Indiana season, leading the Pacers to the No. 5 seed in the East.COACH OF THE YEARMahoney: Brad Stevens, Celtics. Won it in November with response to losing Gordon Hayward. Re-won it in March with response to losing Kyrie Irving.Reynolds: Many great candidates — like Dwane Casey, Gregg Popovich, Brad Stevens, Brett Brown and Terry Stotts. But Utah’s Quin Snyder is the pick. Part of the issue is this: There’s no clarity on how the MVP is defined.No one knows the criteria. The award ballot sent to MVP voters simply says “The winner of this award receives the Maurice Podoloff Trophy, named after the first Commissioner of the NBA.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIs it the player most valuable to his team?Is it the player most valuable to the game? LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives for a shot between Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony, left, and center Steven Adams (12) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)The argument happens most every year. Who is the NBA MVP?LeBron James has been the best player for most of his 15 years in the league, and he’s won the award only four times. Russell Westbrook won it last year, buoyed by averaging a triple-double, yet seems to not even be in the conversation this season with very similar numbers. James Harden was a popular pick last season, saw his assist and rebound numbers dip this season, yet is generally considered the runaway favorite.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ ROOKIE OF THE YEARMahoney: Donovan Mitchell, Utah. Hard to believe he was barely a lottery pick last year after watching him carry Utah like an All-Star.Reynolds: Utah’s Donovan Mitchell gets the call, not in an anti-Ben Simmons vote, but because he led the Jazz like a savvy, seasoned pro.EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONMahoney: Cleveland still has the best player and too much firepower around him to lose four times to an East team.Reynolds: LeBron James is as good as ever, and is always an incredibly tough out. Toronto can defeat Cleveland, but the Cavs rate a tiny edge.WESTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONMahoney: Golden State, but less sure of that than at any time during the Warriors’ run. Houston is that good.Reynolds: Until proven otherwise, and this assumes that Stephen Curry comes back healthy from his knee issue, the pick is Golden State — again.NBA CHAMPIONS Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

slams RBI Guv rajans views on Make in India strategy

first_imgRejecting RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan’s criticism of ‘Make in India’ programme, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said it is about manufacturing of quality products at low costs and it was not relevant whether they are sold in India or abroad.“Whether Make in India is made for consumers within India or outside is not so relevant. The principle today says that consumers across the world likes to purchase products which are cheaper and are of good quality. They hire services which are cheaper and good quality,” Jaitley said here.Earlier this month, Rajan had sounded a word of caution about the new government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign, saying it assumes an export-led growth path of China and it should rather be ‘Make for India’ with a focus on manufacturing products for the domestic market.last_img read more

Land allocation slowing down work of KMC night shelters

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s attempts in setting up night shelters in the city has not picked up its desired pace due to non-cooperation from central agencies in allocating land for the purpose.”Central agencies like the Railways and Kolkata Port Trust have a lot of abandoned land scattered here and there in the city. But they are not cooperating with us in allocating land for the project. We had held three meetings in this regard in the last three months, but their officials had attended only the first meeting,” Member, Mayor-in-Council (Bustee Development) Swapan Samaddar said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the Supreme Court had prodded all the states in the country for setting up such shelters and has set a target of one such shelter per one lakh people.At present, Kolkata has around 40 night shelters, of which 35 have been set up by the state government and five by the KMC, all of which are single-storeyed.”We have already prepared the detailed plan for five night shelters and are awaiting allocation of funds from the state Municipal Affairs department. Construction work will start soon. These shelters will come up at wards 2, 5, 36, 133 and 57,” a senior KMC official added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe new night shelters will be either two or three-storeyed, for accommodating a large number of people. Finding land for construction of such night shelters is a problem and Samaddar is holding meetings every month with KMC officials of the borough level, state agencies like the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), Kolkata Improvement Trust (KIT), Hooghly River Bridge Commissioners (HRBC) and central agencies.The five existing KMC night shelters at Chetla, Bhowanipore, Galiff Street, Gauribari Lane and Raja Manindra Road can accommodate around 2,500 people on a daily basis.last_img read more

The eye of the universe

first_imgAn Exhibition of a new born artist, Christina – “The Resurrection of the Soul” is dedicated to god and the angels of god to the resurrection of Gods power to resurrect the souls of human beings. Ever since she was a child, whenever she looked at the night sky, she was very curious to know the inside of the universe, stars, planets, black holes and existence of God. She started painting as early as six, but at the edge of a certain age she started delivering her thoughts and her concept about the universe, black holes, stars, planets. In her paintings, when she compares the cornea of eye grasp the entire world, you can see through your eyes a similar activity to that of a black hole. So she started painting the cornea and the thought of rays coming and going back as the activity of the black hole. Her philosophy of god reflects as similar as black holes, stars and the universe. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn her assumption, her vision is unique as she compares cornea of eyes of human being with the eye of the universe. Her technique of layering the canvas through a new media, threads and fibres are coming out from “Nothingness.” “Something is coming out from Nothingness. The resurrection is the process of god and it finds its place on earth only in Moss.”All her new artworks are based on resurrection. An artist like Christina explores their physical properties, especially their ability to stain and be poured directly on raw canvas. Medium and support could merge and become equal. Such approach can advance one of the fundamental ideas of modern painting: acknowledging flatness and high relief and low relief effects of a 3D effect on canvas as part of a painting’s status as object and picture. This exhibition at Gandhi art gallery, which will go on till August 5, explores how new synthetic products not only allow for a new look but also aligned with subject matter to change the direction of modern contemporary art.last_img read more