Dwight Howard Admits His Conditioning Has Cost the Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard has not looked like the explosive player he was during his time with the Orlando Magic. Howard admitted that his lack of energy and problems with conditioning have cost the Lakers some games.“You’ve got to have energy and I want to bring that energy every night,” Howard told ESPNLA.com Saturday. “That’s my job. They count on me to be that guy. I know how much more effective I will be when I’m in better shape. And, unfortunately, it’s cost us a lot of games.”Howard acknowledged that he is “not even close” to where he wants to be, but said his conditioning has steadily improved throughout the season after back surgery this summer.“I knew that would be a process. The better shape I’m in, the more active I can be and the more I’m able to do on the floor,” he said. “But it was a struggle at first because I just didn’t have it in the tank, especially on defense.”Howard, who is three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, was forced to take off six months from basketball after surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back last spring. He didn’t return to physical activity until just before the Lakers training camp in October.Howard went on to add that it has been hard to get into shape during the rigorous season and traveling with the team. But he said that he is doing everything he can do to pace himself to get into shape so he can be an offensive and defensive problem for their opponents.“That comes with time,” he said. “But I’m not going to get discouraged. Once I get tired, I’m going to ask for a blow, take a break, then get back out there and go hard again.”The Lakers’ front court is currently suffering with injuries to Jordan Hill and Pau Gasol. Hill is out for the remainder of the season with a hip injury and Gasol is out for at least another month with a foot injury.“There’s no subs so until I get in great shape, some times I have to make sure I don’t risk a dumb foul because I’m out of shape or fatigued,” he said. “I usually can play 45-48 minutes without getting tired. Now after five possessions I’m winded. But all that stuff will come.”Howard promised that if the Lakers continue to play the way they are, then he will be in “pretty good shape” in time for the playoffs, if they make the playoffs.Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni has taken notice in Howard’s improvement in his conditioning, which has allowed him to run and execute the pick-and-roll-based offense more effectively.“But now he’s getting in a little bit better shape; he’s getting a better relationship with Steve (Nash) on the pick and roll,” D’Antoni said of Howard. “Now he understands that he can be in every play. We want him in every play and will be big factor in them.”Howard’s play has picked up as his conditioning has progressed. He has had two double-doubles in the last two games. He had 24 points and 12 rebounds in Wednesday’s win over the Boston Celtics and 19 points and 16 rebounds in Friday’s win over the Portland Trail Blazers.Howard will have a chance to continue the double-double streak as they take on the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday and try to inch their way into the playoffs. read more

New Health Plan legislation to go public this month say Bahamas Govt

first_img Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 05 Jan 2015 – The Bahamas Government in a move to close the gap between who has and does not have health insurance announced that is has come up with an initiative designed to take care of that 70% of the population without automatic care.The National Health Insurance concept in the Bahamas saw legislation passed in the House of Assembly last week to support its start up this month. The programme is dubbed, “NHI Bahamas” and according to official it will make health care throughout the archipelago modern, affordable, and accessible. Over this month that legislation will be released for public and stakeholder comments. As the government aims to get a national health insurance plan established, there are promises to shore up the current health care system which from time to time comes under fire. “Government continues Health System Strengthening (“HSS”) and has allocated $40 Million to upgrading facilities and systems. The HSS thrust is ongoing and includes extending clinic hours and opening more well equipped and staffed clinics throughout the country. HSS also includes plans for complete upgrade of the Princess Margaret Hospital and the Rand Memorial Hospital and opening mini hospitals in Islands such as Eleuthera and Exuma.” Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:bahamas, NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE, Princess Margaret Hospital Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegationlast_img read more

Facebook expands tool that lets you investigate ads

first_img 14 Photos 0 Facebook Internet Services Tech Industry Post a comment Smart displays let Amazon, Facebook, Google show you answers to your questions Facebook lets you search for ads by page now instead of just keywords. Screenshot by Queenie Wong/CNET Facebook wants to make it easier for you to learn about the ads that flow through the world’s largest social network. On Thursday, the tech giant said it is expanding a public database that will allow people to search for and find information about political ads or those related to issues of national importance in certain countries. Now that database, which is changing its name from the Ad Archive in the US to the Ad Library, will also show all active ads that run on specific Facebook pages. Facebook pages, which look similar to but are separate from individuals’ profiles, are how businesses, groups and public figures set themselves up on the social network. Previously, Facebook users had to visit a page’s “info and ads” section to find the advertisements run by that page. Now people who visit the Ad Library can search for ads by page instead of just keywords. They’ll also be able to report an ad within the Ad Library for violating the social network’s rules. “Shining a brighter light on advertising and Pages on Facebook holds us and advertisers more accountable, which is good for people and businesses,” Satwik Shukla, Facebook’s product manager, said in a blog post. Facebook launched new ad transparency tools last year after facing criticism that the company did little to stop foreign entities from meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. The social network discovered that Russian trolls purchased more than 3,000 ads between 2015 to 2017 to sow discord before and after the election. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: What’s your relationship… 5:14 Tags Since then, Facebook has been beefing up its efforts to give people more information about ads shown on its site. People who search for political ads are able to see who paid for an ad, how much money an organization spent on an ad, who saw the ad and how many views the ad received.  But Facebook’s ad transparency efforts also ran into road bumps. In May, the company kicked in new rules for political and issue ads, requiring advertisers who run those ads to verify their identity and addresses.Some businesses have complained that Facebook has misclassified their ads as political or related to an issue of national importance. Media outlets such as Vice News and Business Insider also found loopholes, showing how the tool could be abused. The publications got approval to publish ads they identified as having been paid for by parties such as Vice President Mike Pence, Cambridge Analytica, the Islamic State and all 100 US senators. Lawmakers then called on Facebook to fix their ad transparency tool. Facebook announced other changes to increase ad transparency.People who visit the Ad Library will be able to check when a Facebook page was created, if it merged with other pages or changed its name. If the Facebook page with a large audience runs political or issues ads in countries where the transparency tool is available, you’ll also see the page manager’s location. This information will also be available in a new section called “page transparency” within Facebook pages.The company is also expanding access to data from the Ad Library so others can analyze political or issues ads. The social network no longer requires certain news publishers to verify their identities or label their ads as political or related to an issue of national importance. In mid-May, Facebook will also be updating a report about political and issue ads on a daily basis instead of weekly. Facebook’s political ad transparency tools first launched in the US, but rolled out to other countries including the UK, Brazil, India, Ukraine and Israel. Facebook also plans to introduce these tools in the EU ahead of the European Parliament election in May. By the end of June, Facebook said it will launch these tools globally.  last_img read more

Bengaluru gets new cabhailing service in Namma TYGR are Ola and Uber

first_imgUber drivers’ cars are parked outside the Ministry of Transportation building during a protest in Taipei, Taiwan February 26, 2017.REUTERS/Tyrone SiuIf you are in Bangalore and one of those people who rely on Ola and Uber cabs for your daily commute, here’s a brand new option. The city now has another cab-hailing service in the form of Namma TYGR, which not only promises better and more efficient services but also intends to keep the troubles of the cab drivers in mind.The service is said to have initially considered the name HDK Cabs, but settled on Namma TYGR. The service is backed by Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy and has been started by drivers who were not happy working with Ola and Uber and were also dissatisfied with their incentive schemes, reported Business Standard.Speaking of the drivers and how the new cab service intends to keep their well-being and demands in mind, Aditya Poddar, founder and CEO of TYGR said: “We have already signed up 10,000 drivers, out of which 5,000 are already active on the app. The remainder will come onboard in the next few days after the verification process is completed. Namma TYGR has been built keeping the drivers in mind, so we are fairly confident that more driver will sign up for the service.”Unlike Ola and Uber, which reportedly change the incentive schemes for drivers often, Namma TYGR has said that it would only charge 12 percent from the driver’s earnings per trip, which is said to be less than half of what its competitors charge. While the fares seem to be a tad on the higher side with a hatchback ride for Rs 12.5 per kilometre, Rs 14.5 per kilometre in a sedan and Rs 18.5 per kilometre in an SUV, Poddar says that they will be able to survive in the competition and that there are no hidden costs at all. Ola cabs will dispense cashOla/MediaKit”As you have seen, we have been working in the background for quite some time. The technology is extremely hard to build, but at launch, we will have all the features customers and drivers expect from a service like this. We will also continue to launch new features which are beneficial to drivers, since the whole point of this company is to empower drivers,” added Poddar.The service has also said that the drivers will be entitled to better facilities and benefits like free healthcare, life and insurance against accidents, free car maintenance and more. It promises that the drivers’ families too will be taken care of and school expenses of their children will also be covered.However, many believe that Namma TYGR will not really be able to sustain competition from the big players, considering they not only have a larger customer base but also investments from international giants.last_img read more