3-point share38.1%36.3% This year’s Huskies lag behind the 2015-16 champ teamBased on 23 selected offense and defense statistics comparing the 2015-16 and 2018-19 University of Connecticut women’s basketball team Season Assist-to-turnover ratio3131555 And here are the categories in which Stewart comes out on top: Collier (2018-19)Stewart (2015-16) Possessions per 40 minutes70.970.8 Opponent average win percentage59.5%56.2% Offensive rebounds per game3.22.2 Assist-to-turnover ratio1.802.45 Defensive rebounding rate72.6%69.9% 2015-162018-19Is 2018-19 better? Assist rate21.5%22.7% Source: university of connecticut Opponent 3-point share29.9%28.3%✓ Opponent 3-point share4632517 Opponent 3-point rate30.2%32.2% Free throw share4153267 Total rebounding rate57.9%54.6% Source: Her Hoop Stats Free throw share80.0%73.5% Total rebounds per game10.78.7 Turnovers per game1342675 2018-19 UConn forward Napheesa Collier vs. 2015-16 forward Breanna Stewart in 17 statistics where Stewart leads Collier Turnovers per game2.01.6 3-point share28.0%42.6% Points per game88.183.4 Blocks per game1.53.4 Source: her hoop stats Turnover rate11.0%10.0% Usage rate27.0%26.8% This year’s UConn team ranks the best of the seven Huskies teams in just one category (fewest turnovers per game). It also trails the pack in several categories, most of which are on the defensive end. The 2018-19 Huskies generate the fewest steals and opponent turnovers of any UConn champion since 2009, allow the most points and the best shooting percentage, and give up the most rebounds. They are also shooting the worst percentage from the field, but they are still scoring more points per game than three of the previous six UConn champions.If you take the average in each statistical category, this year’s UConn team also ranks below average in all but two categories: turnovers per game and assist-to-turnover ratio. All together, these comparisons suggest there is some truth to the idea that this year’s UConn team isn’t as much of a juggernaut as it has been for most of the past 10 years.Where does that leave this year’s Huskies?Don’t panic, Huskies fans. None of this means the 2018-19 team cannot take home another championship. In fact, FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions give UConn a 70 percent chance of making its 12th straight Final Four and a 16 percent chance of winning the championship. The latter is the third-best odds of any team left in the tournament. And UConn may have an ace up its sleeve in the form of senior Napheesa Collier. The 6-foot-1 forward was inexplicably left off the list of four finalists for the 2019 Naismith Player of the Year Award, but many of her numbers actually compare favorably to what three-time Naismith Player of the Year Breanna Stewart did in her senior year in 2015-16. Here are the stats in which Collier tops Stewart: Offensive rebounding rate11.6%9.4% Opponent points per scoring attempt0.790.82 Record6th1st5th1st7th1st1st Effective field goal share63.4%62.8% Collier (2018-19)Stewart (2015-16) Fouls per game1.61.4 Points per game21.119.4 Free throw rate15.9%16.0% Rebounds per game6723414 Season ranking Field goal share7215634 Last weekend, the UConn women’s basketball team punched its ticket to a 26th straight Sweet 16 with an 82-74 win over Buffalo. It was business as usual except for one small detail: the Huskies are a No. 2 seed, making this the first year since 2006 that the Huskies are not a No. 1 seed. The selection committee’s decision was controversial, but UConn Coach Geno Auriemma shrugged it off, saying, “We’re not going to practice differently because we’re a 2 instead of a 1.”Auriemma surely hopes his team doesn’t play any differently, either, as the Huskies have advanced to the Final Four in each of the past 11 seasons. In that span, they have won six national championships.But seeding aside, are this year’s Huskies any different? After all, this team only lost two games and none in the American Athletic Conference. Are UConn fans right to be upset about the No. 2 seed, or is the seed a real reflection of the fact that this year’s Huskies aren’t quite as elite as their title-winning predecessors?2018-19 UConn versus 2015-16 UConnUConn most recently won an NCAA title in 2015-16, led by the dominant trio of Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck. That team went 38-0 and won by almost 40 points per game, including a 31-point victory over Syracuse in the national championship game. According to Her Hoop Stats, UConn led the nation in most traditional and advanced statistics, including points per game, points allowed per game, field goal percentage, points per scoring attempt, assists per game and block rate.As an exercise, I selected 23 statistical categories from Her Hoop Stats on which to compare the 2015-16 and the 2018-19 teams. These included statistics on offense and defense—and on shooting, rebounding, assists, steals, blocks and fouls — in an attempt to represent the full range of each team’s abilities. Eight of the statistics happened to be categories in which UConn led the nation in 2015-16. This year’s UConn team leads the nation in just one of these statistics — foul rate — and bettered the 2015-16 team’s numbers in only three. This year’s team holds opponents to a lower shooting percentage on three-pointers, records assists on a higher percentage of its baskets, and has a slightly lower turnover rate than the 2015-16 team. Field goals attempted per game13.912.8 Steals per game7134256 Opp. turnovers per game7146235 Blocks per game7321456 Opponent effective field goal share38.0%38.8% 2018-192015-162014-152013-142012-132009-102008-09 Steal rate2.6%3.5% Steals per game1.51.8 Effective field goal percentage59.0%55.8% Turnover rate14.2%14.1% This year’s Huskies aren’t quite at previous levelsHow the six recent UConn championship teams and the 2018-19 rank in selected statistics Offensive rebounding rate39.8%35.6% Block rate16.1%10.5% 3-point share6215374 Foul rate15.6%16.9% Total rebounding rate17.3%17.0% Opp. rebounds per game7126425 Field goals made per game8.67.4 Defensive rebounds per game7.56.6 Collier is averaging 21.1 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game for the Huskies. She ranks in the top 10 percent of players nationally in usage rate (27.0 percent), meaning that more than one in four Huskies possessions while she’s on the court ends with her shooting the ball or turning it over. (She registers an assist on another 21.5 percent of UConn possessions while she’s on the court.) Despite such a heavy workload, she is among the most efficient players in the nation, ranking 19th in field goal percentage (61.9%) and 22nd in points per scoring attempt (1.30).In March, anything can happen. Sometimes a player puts a team on his or her back and carries it to a championship. Basketball fans in Storrs know something about this: Kemba Walker did it for the UConn men in 2011 and Shabazz Napier followed suit three years later. In other years, the best team does win, as shown by UConn’s four undefeated seasons from 2008-09 to 2015-16. In other years, it’s a little of both — such as in 2002-03, a dominant season for the Huskies that Auriemma famously summarized as, “We have Diana [Taurasi] and you don’t.” This year, whether the title goes to an excellent team or to a transcendent individual talent, the UConn women have a good chance of taking home the trophy. The Huskies may not be quite as intimidating as they once were, but the 2-seed is still among the nation’s best. And, of course, they have Napheesa, and other teams don’t. Opponent turnover rate25.3%19.1% Assists per game3.64.0 Points per scoring attempt1.231.17 Points per game4216573 Opp. field goal share7523416 Assists per game5132467 2018-19 UConn forward Napheesa Collier vs. 2015-16 forward Breanna Stewart in 11 statistics where Collier leads Stewart Block rate4.7%11.9% 3-point rate28.5%30.5%✓ Steal rate16.6%11.8% 3-point rate8.8%19.9% Opponent points per game48.355.3 Minutes per game32.529.1 Defensive rebounding rate21.9%23.3% Opp. points per game7342516 Assist rate63.2%64.0%✓ Free throw share71.3%83.6% However, the 2015-16 team set an incredibly high bar; comparing any team to that team feels akin to saying, “These UCLA Bruins are OK, but they’ve got nothing on John Wooden’s 1972 squad.” Not only did the 2015-16 UConn team go undefeated, but it didn’t win a single game all season by fewer than 10 points. Seniors Stewart, Jefferson and Tuck became the first three picks in the 2016 WNBA draft — the only time three players from the same school have ever been the top three picks in the WNBA or NBA draft.2018-19 UConn versus UConn title teams since 2009Her Hoop Stats only offers advanced statistics on teams from the 2015-16 season to the present, but UConn makes plenty of traditional stats available in its women’s basketball archives. Here is how this year’s UConn team compares to the six most recent UConn champions in 16 categories: Points per scoring attempt1.301.32 Source: Her Hoop Stats Foul rate2.7%2.6% Assist-to-turnover ratio1.821.70 read more

Play ‘em Jay Cutler (Chicago): It’s time to consider Cutler a legitimate fantasy starter. Last week, Cutler threw for 247 yards and four touchdowns against Philadelphia. This week, he faces a Detroit defense that is allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. When Cutler faced the Lions in Week 1, he threw for 372 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Felix Jones (Dallas): Despite a hip injury, Jones turned in a relatively successful performance last week (44 rushing yards and 69 receiving yards). Jones should be more involved in the Cowboys’ offense against the Colts’ 29th-ranked run defense this week. The problem with Jones is that he is losing goal-line touches, but consider him a No. 2 running back for Week 13. Mike Tolbert (San Diego): Tolbert continues to produce with starter Ryan Mathews out because of an ankle injury. Last week, Tolbert recorded his second straight 100-yard performance (103 yards with a touchdown). Mathews could return this week, but Tolbert is clearly the better back in San Diego. Look for Tolbert to take advantage of an Oakland defense that is allowing 134 rushing yards per game. Jeremy Maclin (Philadelphia): Maclin is benefiting from the emergence of Michael Vick. Last week, he had 47 receiving yards with a touchdown. Those numbers will inflate because Maclin faces a Texans’ pass defense allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Maclin is becoming the main target in Philadelphia and is a must-start Thursday night. Santonio Holmes (New York): Holmes has been on a hot streak in his last three games, with four touchdowns and 246 yards. Holmes has developed a bond with Mark Sanchez, and that has translated to fantasy production. Holmes plays his best in big games, and this week against the Patriots fits the bill of a big game. Expect Holmes to take advantage of the NFL’s worst pass defense. Bench ‘em Carson Palmer (Cincinnati): Palmer is coming off a stretch in which he had thrown seven interceptions in three games. Those struggles will continue against the Saints. Only three quarterbacks have surpassed 230 yards or more against New Orleans, which has given up a total of just seven touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks. Palmer, at best, is a No. 2 fantasy quarterback for this matchup. Jon Kitna (Dallas): Kitna has been filling in nicely for Tony Romo, but this week he faces a Colts defense that has struggled against the run but not the pass (just 205 yards per game). On Sunday night, the Colts held Philip Rivers to just 185 yards. Maurice Morris (Detroit): Morris was a top pickup after his surprising performance on Thanksgiving, when he totaled 75 yards and two touchdowns. With the Lions’ running back situation and playing the Bears this week, don’t trust Morris going forward. The Bears rank second in the league in run defense, giving up just 81 yards per game. Keiland Williams (Washington): The Redskins’ running game has been a circus with Clinton Portis and Ryan Torain getting injured, and now coach Mike Shanahan is considering starting James Davis in the place of Williams. Williams managed a total of 26 yards against Minnesota last week. Running backs are averaging 13 fantasy points in standard leagues, fifth-fewest in the NFL, against Washington’s opponent this week, the Giants. Santana Moss (Washington): Moss has been inconsistent this season and he has been dealing with a knee injury that caused him to get only 40 yards last week. The injury appears to be all right, but the Redskins’ offense is a mess, which will cut into Moss’ production. The last time Moss played the Giants, he gained just 55 yards. read more

first_imgThe Managing Director of Patton Group, Sanjay Budhia, says that if you have the perfect combination of will to win and desire to deliver, you can accomplish your goals. Growing up and completing his schooling in Tinsukia (Assam) followed by his graduation from St Xavier’s College, Kolkata, Budhia maintains a simple attitude towards life and advises to never forget one’s own roots. As a student, Budhia was not only brilliant in academics but also in extracurricular activities and has also written a book in Sanskrit which is popular among students.He is the chairman of CII National Committee on International Trade Policy and Exports, National Council Member of All India Management Association, Honorary Consul of Govt of Malaysia, Director of the Calcutta Stock Exchange, Member of Advisory Board of the Calcutta Business School, Board Member of WPO Kolkata Chapter and also Member of Samsad at the Visva Bharati University. Budhia says – ‘one plus one makes 11’ and the combined strength of father HP Budhia and Sanjay has played a significant role in the huge success of their organization. Patton is a government-recognised Star Export House and is one of the foremost exporters of electrical goods to Fortune 500 Companies in the US. The organisation enjoys the distinction of not losing a single man-hour due to strike or lockout in Bengal. As a responsible corporate, Patton has been contributing to education, health, sports, and environment as well.Q. What is your opinion of our State Government…Our Chief Minister is making an all-out effort for development. She not only believes that overall upliftment could lead to true transformation but walks the talk by working at the grassroot level. She has adopted multiple strategies and initiatives in projecting Bengal as an ideal Investment destination. Some of the positive actions are – reducing the load of complex paper-work required earlier to comply with statutory formalities by resorting to E-services which have sent very encouraging signals to industry, hosting business summits – one of the significant initiatives by the Government which serves as an ideal platform to showcase the success stories and various Government initiatives facilitating “ease of doing business” for industrialists and investors from India and abroad. Road shows in major metros attended by the Chief Minister and her visits to Singapore, London, Bhutan and Bangladesh with business delegations coupled with visits of senior ministers such as Amit Mitra to US and London, Firhad Hakim to London, Partha Chatterjee to Singapore, Subrata Mukherjee to Washington convey the Government’s industry friendliness. Strikes have been eradicated in the last five years, thereby improving the work culture and creating an atmosphere for industries to function without fear. Good governance, infrastructural development, boost for creating new tourist spots and developing existing tourist destinations and bringing about a  better education system are other achievements. The visit of former British Prime Minister David Cameron and the US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to meet the Chief Minister showcases their growing interest in establishing relations with Bengal and reaffirms Mamata Banerjee’s place of pride Internationally. No wonder the Chief Minister appeared on the cover of Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential leaders of the world and is respected as a doer and performer amongst top leaders of India.What are your comments on the change of name of West Bengal to Bengal?This is a historic time for Bengal. The most awaited name change of our beloved State has taken place under the leadership of our visionary Chief Minister. In our earlier name the word “West” was superfluous in the present context. Now there is no “East” no “West” – “BENGAL” is the best.What was the starting point of your career?The starting point was when we separated from the joint business and hired a small office in Chatterjee International. Everything had to be started afresh. The journey was not a bed of roses. Success came gradually through difficult times. Our Parent company, Electrometal India Ltd, which exported steel products to the US, suffered a huge setback all of a sudden because the US had levied a 33 percent anti-dumping duty on all its imports. This left all the major exporters at a disadvantage. But when the going gets tough, the tough get going. To survive, it was mandatory to diversify the portfolio and a new product called ‘pressed steel tank’ was launched. Ours was the only company in the private sector to start manufacturing this product and was also the first to obtain ISI certification. The first major deal of my career was marketing this product by finalizing a deal with the Kashmir Government and there was no looking back after that. Today Patton is a Government-recognized manufacturing export house and star exporter having multi-locational units in Bengal, a consecutive winner of productivity awards and recipient of national awards both from the President and the Prime Minister of India for excellence in exports.Mrs Budhia is doing a great service through “Caring Minds”.  Tell us about this initiative?Minu is truly doing a great service through her initiative “Caring Minds”. She is the Founder – Director, Psychotherapist and Counselor herself. She is a Cognitive Behavior Therapist and a member of the British Psychological Society. Caring Minds is a gift to the city of Kolkata – a psychological and cognitive wellness centre aimed at helping people who are in need of a guiding hand for overall emotional wellbeing. It employs psychiatrists, psychologists, developmental paediatricians, neurologists, speech and occupational therapists, gynaecologists, nutritionists all under one roof. There aren’t many psychological welfare units around the city; therefore Caring Minds offers an easily accessible, and a committed environment for clients to work with a highly efficient group of experts. Many people suffer from certain emotional and psychological difficulties and find it problematic to seek help due to social stigma. Minu felt the need to bring to the forefront such issues and banish the stigma surrounding mental health. ALCM has five wings out of which 1) Clinical Wing deals with all issues related to the mind; 2) Training & Development – wherein soft skill workshops are conducted for schools, corporates and other socio-cultural organizations, 3) Akademia – a training academy focused on delivering specific psychological courses, 4) Mindspeak – an open interactive forum aimed at Self-Empowerment 5) I.CAN.FLY – a vocational skills training unit for special needs of young adults.Earlier this month, we saw in the papers that Patton International Ltd has set up rooftop grid-connected Solar PV power plants? How has this initiative developed?The credit of this initiative goes to my daughter Preeyam. After her graduation, she’s graduating in the company. It is great to work with Gen-Next as it helps us see things from a different perspective. I believe that until and unless your blood is in the organization, it fails to flourish. We have worked hard and built it brick by brick to be where we are today and I’m proud to say that she’s fully involved with the group.The installation of solar rooftops has already been completed in our factory in Behala and other factories will soon have the same. Preeyam is spearheading this project and we don’t look into it because it is very important for her to have ownership of the project.Although it is known that our main market remains the US (95 per cent), Preeyam is trying to tap other nations such as UAE, Qatar and Bahrain. She also took part in the exhibition called ‘Big 5’ held in Dubai. We are glad that she is expanding the business beyond boundaries.You are a patron of the Dover Lane Music Conference and many other cultural events. How do you manage work and other activities together?My interests extend to activities beyond business. One can never live in an island of isolation. The Dover Lane music conference is a conglomeration of music maestros – where other than hosting unbelievable classical music performances by veterans it also gives many upcoming artistes the opportunity to showcase their talent and make a mark in the world of Classical music. It is one of the largest Indian Classical musical events in Eastern India, which draws people from around the world. There are hardly any maestro of Indian Classical Music, either living or departed, who has not performed here. To be associated with Dover Lane music conference is a big honour.Why Calcutta? What holds you back?As we all know- “a thing of beauty is joy forever” and for us, the residents of Kolkata, this city is a treasure of culture, heritage, intellect, inner beauty. We are in Kolkata by choice and not by compulsion. The city makes us proud. Kolkata offers the best of education, good quality life and most importantly the warmth of the people, which can hardly be found anywhere on earth. From business perspective, Bengal has all the positive elements to become one of the major industrial hubs of our country. We have distinct advantages because of its location. It is flanked by three of India’s SAARC neighbours– Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan, and it is also close to Myanmar. Its potential is strengthened due to its proximity to the large markets of the South-East Asian countries like Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia. The possibility of land trade with China through the Nathula Pass in Sikkim offers new opportunities for export growth. Kolkata serves as the main trading hub, being gateway to seven North Eastern states of India. Also, the inter-connectedness of the city is beneficial, unlike Delhi or Mumbai, where it takes hours to reach the other part of the city.How has Calcutta changed?The change that this city has undergone is remarkable. People, who haven’t visited Kolkata in the last three years, wouldn’t be able to recognize the city. They would wonder whether it is same Kolkata with a new airport, flyovers, colour and vibrancy. Some of the key improvements that really gave major facelift are (a) Improvement of Roads: The Government is making positive efforts towards easy flow of traffic by undertaking infrastructural projects in good numbers to ease the flow of traffic. Roads are being widened and repaired to accommodate more number of lanes with better signalling system along with creation of new flyovers, (b) New Hotels – Economic surge has led to proliferation of Star Hotels which finds Kolkata as the ideal destination for expansion. Major five star hotels are either multiplying their size or making their first foray into the city. (c) Eco-System – Waste Management : Another significant step to solve the garbage problem in the city is the installation of Modern Portable Compactor and Scientific Solid Waste Compactor Stations. The advantages of these stations are eradication of open vat, no spillage of garbage during transportation, no seepage of water during transportation due to water-tight system, odourless transportation from compactor stations to Dhapa dumping ground, stoppage of rag picking, restriction of accessibility of birds, animals and rain water, transportation of more garbage due to compaction system, facilities for night transportation of solid waste, (d) Beautification—The State Government has take up the development of Hooghly riverfront including the ghats and ghat pavilions. The development work includes building excellent walkways, installation of garden lights, landscaping and greenery. The riverfront has the potential to become the cultural and heritage hub of the city and also speaks of economic and historical significance of the place. Long overdue beautification and modernization of Nimtala and Keoratala ghats have been completed. City beautification is highly on the radar as we see most streets and roads being lit up and most roads being divided by concrete dividers having flower garden at the top. The attitude is to benchmark against the best.  What are your views on the passage of GST?This reiterates the fact that there is no difference in the development agenda. Passing of GST is a game changer. One big nation – one big market – GST will augment and accelerate growth and economic reforms. Now it is time for the industry to respond, reciprocate and fasten their belts. The world was looking at us and now will look closely and positively.Let us avail the opportunity and get going.Do you think India’s industrial output is enough to meet the increasing demands of the citizens?India is growing at 7.6 per cent (GDP) on a continuous basis. Previously, India was only looked at as the software hub but today the world is looking at India as the manufacturing hub as well. Visits of President Obama twice during his tenure along with visits of international leaders truly show that India is being looked as an industrial power by the entire world. Large multinationals are flocking to India. Global giants are putting up their R&D centres. India’s time zone has worked in our favour. India is not only aware of what needs to be delivered but how fast it needs to be delivered.Is India’s export growth slowing down?No, India’s export growth rate hasn’t been slowing down, when looked at in terms of quantity. It only lowered in terms of value. When compared quantity wise, exports are more or equal but as crude and commodity prices have come down, the value of such exports seem to be lower.Iron and steel still continue to be stressed as sectors. Does it affect your company?It all depends on which side of the table you are. If you’re a consumer, it definitely benefits you as the commodity prices go down and if you’re a manufacturer, it does affect you adversely. However, there has been no problem on the supply side of Iron and steel, not that I remember our company has faced.What is the biggest problem that export industries are facing in India?The biggest problem they face is the cost of finance. The difference in cost of capital between India and other countries like the US, Canada, China, is huge and disproportionate. The difference often reaches 8 to 10 percent at times and higher when logistics are added to the price of the product. As export is treated as a national priority, taxes and duties should be exempted and now that the GST is implemented, this cost disadvantage should narrow down.Message for young entrepreneurs?India is a land of Infinite opportunities. We are the youngest country in the world. We have a huge demographic advantage with more than half of our population under the age of 25. Each one of you has the capability and responsibility to take part in country’s growth trajectory. Always avail opportunities that come your way. Our home grown entrepreneurs and industrialists like Dhirubhai Ambani, Narayana Murthy, Azim Premji, Brij Lal Munjal and many more are examples of how much can be achieved in a lifetime, starting from the scratch to attaining pinnacles of success. Success is not an accident and there is no shortcut to success. It is the result of our attitude and our attitude is a choice. Hence success is a matter of choice and not chance. To succeed you should imbibe the guiding principles of ABCDE where A=Ambition; B = Betterment; C = Commitment; D = Development/Dedication and E = Enterprise, Endeavour and Excellence. So let us fly with our feet firmly on the ground. Last but not the least, respect your parents because they have worked hard to place where you are today.last_img read more

first_imgOctober 20, 2002 Arcosanti is amulti-faceted learning experience for children. People from all overthe world add to an everchanging caleidoscope of personalities, talentsand stories. Resident Mark Wigham and Alumni Teresa Telander areinstructing Anisa, Tristan and Charlie during a silt-cast class. [Photo& text: SA] Little Robert ishelping to shovel while his mother Yvonne is working in the Landscapingdepartment. [Photo & text: SA] Marlena Mejia isthe summer school teacher. Morning classes in math and spelling,reading comprehension and lots of drawing are held in the vaults. Mostafternoons are spent at the pool, the most favourite activity. [Photo &text: SA] Marlena and thekids are watching the construction crew during a panel lift. [Photo &text: SA] Tristan is givingthe construction crew a thumbs-up. [Photo: Ray Lam & text: SA]last_img read more

first_imgAbuse of the weak or the outsider (women, children, Gypsies, Jews, immigrants, homosexuals, etc.). Servility. Avoidance of responsibility. Reflexive criticism of anything new. Adaptability and openness. Experiencing awe and transcendence. Expressing gratitude and appreciation. The desire to rule. Producing things that preserve or enhance life. The desire to show superiority and status. Invention and creativity. God things are these: Humanity stands about halfway between gorillas and gods. The great question that looms over us, is this: “Which will we incorporate into our lives? Gorilla things or God things?” The choice is ours. Yes, various choices are thrust upon us all our lives, accompanied with various levels of intimidation and threat, but at some point, all of us find ourselves able to choose freely. And it is then that we go in one direction or the other. We are able to change directions of course, but every time we choose, we move a step in one direction or the other. What We Are Please understand that I am not endorsing any specific theories here – religious, scientific, or otherwise. I’m merely describing the situation in which humanity finds itself. We are halfway between gorillas and gods: The worst things we do are gorilla-like, and the best things we do are god-like. Either direction is open to us. Strange as it may seem, we are a lot like apes. Our bodies are built in the same ways, our body chemistry is nearly identical, and the worst aspects of human nature are essentially the same as the worst aspects of primate behavior. We are also a lot like gods. We transcend entropy; we create. We can touch the soul in others, and the best aspects of human nature are essentially the same as the best characteristics attributed to the gods. This is not what we can be; this is what we are. What we become in the future depends on whether we choose gorilla things or god things, here and now. What Are Gorilla and God Things? Gorilla things are those which operate on a dominant/submissive model. Hierarchy (high-level individuals controlling lower-level individuals) is the blueprint of the gorilla world. Dominant gorillas seek status and the power to control others. The submissive apes seek to pass along their pain to the apes below them (females, juveniles, etc.) and to avoid punishment. They are servile toward the dominants and cruel toward those they are able to dominate. Females trade sex for favors. God things operate on a creative model. Blessing is the blueprint of the god world: distributing love, honesty, courage, kindness, blessing, awe, gratitude, and respect into the world and to other humans. Gorilla things are these: Improving yourself and others. The Two Wolves You’ve probably heard the old story of the two wolves: A young boy becomes angry and violent, and then feels guilty about his violence. He goes to his grandfather for advice. The old man says, “You have two wolves inside you: one of them is nice, the other is dangerous, and they’re fighting inside of you.” The boy then asks his grandfather, “Which one will win?” The old man replies, wisely, “Whichever one you feed.” In the same way, humanity becomes like gorillas or gods depending on whether we put gorilla things or god things into our lives. I’m not going to tell you this is always easy, but the difficulty hardly matters: Somehow, we’ve been given a choice between becoming gorillas or becoming gods. No other creatures in this world have been given such a choice. Bring god things into your life, and reject gorilla things. It doesn’t matter if these things are hard – you are defining your own nature between two wildly different options, every day. Leave gorilla stuff to the gorillas. Building god stuff into your life is your job, my job, everyone’s job. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comlast_img read more

Carless commuting is cruising in the fast lane at the Consumer Electronics Show, with companies showing off electric bicycles, scooters, skateboards and more aimed at making the internal combustion engine a thing of the past. 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. As the ranks of people around the world living in cities has grown, so too has the cost of car ownership as well as traffic congestion.Nowhere was this more apparent than at the annual tech gathering in Las Vegas where some 170,000 conference goers jammed the streets.”In a lot of big cities, cars aren’t tenable anymore,” said tech analyst Jack Gold of J. Gold Associates.An AFP reporter testing the car-free concept through the week at CES by relying on a freshly released GenZe electric bicycle consistently sailed past clogged traffic near the convention center and on the famed Las Vegas Strip.Riders too tired or lazy to pedal meanwhile can twist a throttle to glide along at close to local street speed limits.GenZe spokesman Tom Valasek, a former auto industry marketing executive, said that several car makers had come to check out the company’s CES exhibit.”There is a lot of curiosity right now about where things are heading,” Valasek told AFP.”I know a lot of people in the auto industry who are quite worried that car ownership is going away.”Driverless carsThe popularity of smartphone-summoned rides from services such as Uber and Lyft are playing into the trend, with technology giants investing heavily in self-driving capabilities that could soon see automated vehicles available on-demand.”We believe car ownership makes no sense in the future,” Lyft chief executive John Zimmer said at a CES dinner event.Zimmer doubted that his daughter, now a young child, will want to own a car when she is of age. Instead, he said: “She’ll want access to transportation.”A boom of autonomous cars would likely prompt vehicles to evolve to be more akin to rooms on wheels: sleeper cabins in trains, or private offices, Zimmer added.A shift away from owning and relying on cars was also expected to result in traffic and parking becoming less of a priority in urban design.GenZe, a US-based division of the Mahindra Group in India, this week announced its e-bikes will be added in April to a Ford GoBike ride-share program in San Francisco.The e-bikes should “help to make San Francisco more livable and reduce congestion,” Metropolitan Transportation Commission deputy executive Alix Bockelman said in a release. Explore further Citation: Beyond the car: how tech firms are exploring the future of transport (2018, January 12) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-car-tech-firms-exploring-future.html Leading online social network Facebook has a fleet of 100 GenZe bikes for employees to get around its Silicon Valley campus, and they are also used by delivery services DoorDash and Postmates, according to Valasek.Scoot, Skate, RideDespite negative publicity about hoverboards a few years ago—centered on their tendency to explode—the manufacturer Swagtron was at CES with some of those devices along with skateboards and bicycles boosted with electric motors.”We are seeing with personal mobility that some people like to skate; some people like to scoot, and some people like to ride,” Swagtron chief operating officer Andrew Koven told AFP.Koven saw alternatives to cars as an “absolute necessity” that was part of a “systemic shift” toward getting around in ways that are economical as well as socially and environmentally responsible.”If I am commuting a short distance to work, do I really need a car?” analyst Gold asked rhetorically.Cities are already eyeing autonomous shuttle services.A self-driving electric shuttle built by Navya was introduced here last year in a test that segued into a program providing rides on a route in downtown Las Vegas.Swiss-based Rinspeed also showed its autonomous shuttle, and Toyota introduced a boxy concept vehicle which could be used for ridesharing, deliveries, medical services or as an extension of retail stores.Plenty of new cars were shown at CES including a number of self-driving models. But some attendees said that the vehicle of the future may be something different.Automakers “have been building cars from the driver’s perspective,” said Ankit Jain, head of the Ola Play software platform for the India-based rideshare group.In future vehicles which may be autonomous, “the passenger is the one paying,” Jain said. “You have to fundamentally rethink the car.” Exec: Most Lyft rides will be in autonomous cars in 5 years © 2018 AFP read more