Former Waste Collector Jim Ferry to stand in local elections

first_imgThe former waste contractor, Jim Ferry is to contest the local elections.Mr Ferry told the Tirconail Tribune last night that he will be running in the Glenties electoral area given that he is a native of Derryreel in Falcarragh in the shadow of Muckish Mountain.The businessman is facing an ongoing battle with the High Court over dumping on his lands at Rossbrcken outside Letterkenny as well as an investigation into his finances. Ferry says he’s in the process of getting his campaign team in place and they will be finalising details over the weekend ahead of the launch in ten days time.He is now engaged in full-time farming and says that a number of issues affecting the industry will feature on his campaign trail.He said that he has tried many things in life and he’s always been interested in politics and believes he can be a worthy representative in highlighting the problems affecting his native Glenties area and in Falcarragh and Creeslsough where he has many relatives and connections.He said the area has many issues to be addressed and he is fully aware of the problems and how best to tackle them. He joins another Derryreel candidate, FG’s Michael McClafferty in a battle for the local vote.Cllr. John O’Donnell who was admitted to Letterkenny University Hospital with a suspected cardiac problem on Monday night has now been discharged. However, he will return to hospital for further tests on Friday.As the campaign reaches a peak a number of launches are now imminent: these include Charlie McClafferty of Churchill and Ian McGarvey in Ramelton.Former Waste Collector Jim Ferry to stand in local elections was last modified: April 5th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalElectionsjim ferrylast_img read more

Sangari helps teachers think out the box

first_imgThe aim of the iBox programme is to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning with the goal to produce competent and knowledgeable engineers, doctors and chartered accountants in South Africa. (Image: Bebeto Matthews) • Philip Robinson Product and Sales Manager Sangari South Africa +27 11 466 1440 www.sangari.co.za • Hi-tech classroom for better learning • Breakthrough technology makes Soweto school among world’s greenest • Science school comes to Mvezo • E-manuals brighten South African classrooms • Obami opens up the classroomMelissa Jane CookIt’s a common sight: the iPad, the iPod, the iPhone, digital devices that hang out of students’ pockets and headphones dangling out of their ears. In keeping with the itheme, Sangari has come up with an educational device that encourages interactivity and is almost as popular as eating an apple.According to Sangari, its iBox digital portable device transforms any classroom into an interactive space. A durable teaching tool, it offers new levels of curriculum exploration, interactivity and proficiency to the 21st century teacher. The Sangari iBox combines the advances made in computer driven systems, with high-tech presentation facilities, giving teachers an invaluable teaching resource.Sangari South Africa developed programmes in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or Stem areas, and supplies educational solutions and services to schools, colleges, universities and industrial training centres.The aim of the iBox programme is to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning with the goal to produce competent and knowledgeable engineers, doctors and chartered accountants in South Africa.Philip Robinson, the product and sales manager at Sangari South Africa, explains: “At a time when education is suffering, resources are thinly spread and costs are escalating, teachers find themselves forced to teach subjects that are not their specialisation and for which they are not properly equipped.“There has been a move from ‘teacher-centric’ to ‘learner-centric’ education in an attempt to combat this challenge. It has been researched that learner-driven teaching systems result in greater learner involvement and meaningful classroom interaction.”The portable iBox offers a solution that turns any urban or rural classroom into an interactive teaching and learning environment. The compact unit can be stored in a safe place, and because it is portable, can be used in almost any environment.The magic boxThey say dynamite comes in small packages and at just the size of a suitcase, the iBox incorporates a projector, laptop, and built-in speakers. When used with its response clickers and mobile interactive whiteboard, the classroom transforms into a multimedia ICT solution for effective and efficient teaching and learning.Driven by software designed to cover the national curriculum, the iBox projects class notes and other important information about the topics on to a classroom screen. Using a handheld tablet and electronic pen, teachers are able to include additional notes and illustrations which are instantly highlighted for the pupils to see.The content of the iBox is useful for keeping in line with the curriculum timeline as well as supporting teachers with less knowledge and experience of the given topic. The response clickers are a supplementary component of the iBox. These devices, which look like remote controls, allow teachers to pose questions during the lesson and pupils’ responses are gathered in real-time with a click of a button.The clicker feature provides immediate feedback and is used to assess the students’ understanding of the lesson. Information from the clicker enables the teacher to identify gaps in learning and revise the lesson accordingly.Watch how the Sangari iBox and Learner Response Clicker System works:The resultsThe iBox and clickers are being used by the Gauteng Department of Education. Gauta Legoete, the department’s co-ordinator for District 8 in Sedibeng West, says the 2009 pass rate in his district was 28%, this improved to 68% in 2013 – which Legoete attributes directly to the use of the iBox and clickers.“Overall, the iBox has enabled teachers to be better prepared. The clickers used by learners to answer questions takes an enormous load off teachers having to mark test papers after hours and keeps teachers in touch with each learner’s progress,” he says.In terms of science learning, the Sangari Active Sciences division has developed mobile apparatus kits, curriculum-aligned workbooks, and software for primary and secondary school programmes. These resources were developed to enable teachers and pupils to engage with and learn science anywhere. They are used in government and private schools throughout the country.“The mobile laboratory encourages and inspires teachers and learners to gain practical experience through curriculum-aligned experiments. Each portable laboratory includes equipment to enable learners to work independently or in groups,” Robinson explains.Compared to setting up a traditional laboratory, the mobile laboratory is cost effective and is designed to store chemicals and apparatus safely. Practical experiments make use of small quantities of chemicals, resulting in less wastage and easy disposal. Little storage space is needed and the unit is lockable.Included in the Sangari Active Sciences Mobile Lab are practical workbooks that explain the assembly of the apparatus and guide pupils through the investigation. They are able to work through the questions and are guided to make scientific claims built on their evidence. The assessment questions are aligned to the outcomes of the lesson and ensure higher-order thinking skills.The origins of interactionThe e-learning directorate in the Gauteng Department of Education procured nine Sangari South Africa iBoxes for underperforming schools in Johannesburg Central, Sedibeng West and Ekurhuleni South districts. Their provision is in accordance with the 2014 Strategic Plan and the e-Learning Strategic Goal to “move ICTs into the classroom”.The selected schools are from a list of those deemed to be underperforming, with pass rates being below 40% in accounting, mathematics, physical sciences and English first additional language. The iBoxes, with content in mathematics, physical sciences and life sciences, was intended to provide these schools with additional materials to support learning in those primary subjects and to allow teachers and pupils to experience innovative technologies at school.Sangari South AfricaSangari is a supplier of educational resources to schools, colleges, universities and industrial training centres. These resources cover equipment and training for science and technology at school level and technical and engineering programmes at colleges and universities.The company also partners with educational institutions to provide services to third parties. This gives it the ability to develop and run training programmes custom made for its clients in the fields of science, engineering and management.last_img read more

The Misguided Drive for Revenue Growth (A Note to the Entrepreneur)

first_imgTop-line growth is important. If your top-line isn’t growing as fast as the market you’re losing marketshare and losing opportunities. If your top-line is growing as fast (or faster) then your market your gaining market share, and that’s a really good thing.Revenue growth is an indicator as to how the business is doing–especially as a sales organization. But by itself revenue isn’t a great indicator of success. Much of the time it’s in indicator of something else: Ego.Look At Me! I’m Big!It’s easy to increase revenue. If you were to drop your price to something equal or less than your low price competitor, you could easily increase your revenue, couldn’t you? Your value proposition would be even more compelling at a lower price. You’d get the bragging rights that come with massive growth, and maybe even double digit growth. You get to talk about your revenue number and impress some people at dinner parties. A lot of your competitors would likely be impressed too.Revenue growth alone is not the best measurement of the performance of a company. It’s often a better measurement of ego.Big EnoughProfit is a better measurement of the success of a business.I’ve heard entrepreneurs say it this way: “Sales is vanity. Profits are sanity.” And that statement is true. Revenue may make you feel good because it allows you to proudly throw around a big number. But profit makes you feel even better.Profit is what fuels real growth. It’s what allows you to expand, to hire new people, and to create new value for more customers. Profit means you aren’t making empty sales.Profit is what gives you the security that you can survive a downturn in the market. Profit is what ensures that you can continue into the future.Profit is a greater representation of how you’re running your business. A higher gross profit number is an indication that you are both creating and capturing value. A higher net profit number likely indicates that you’re running a sound business.We talk about revenue, but we don’t talk about profit. Revenue is for bragging. Profit is personal.Beware the Giant DwarfsIt’s easy to be impressed by companies that measure their revenue in billions of dollars, especially when they talk about billions more in growth. But it’s much harder to be impressed when you look at companies generating billions in revenue who are unable to squeak out even a dollar of profit on the other end. Not even a single dollar? That’s more than vanity. It’s insanity.If you are a $3 billion dollar company and you can’t squeak out one dollar of profit, you’d be stronger as a $2 billion company making 100’s of millions in profit. This is as true for these giants dwarfs as it is for your business.The trick is to grow top-line and bottom-line at the same time. Then you’ve got an interesting business. But if you have to choose, give up some top-line growth for bottom-line growth. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

Cardona makes PBA return with GlobalPort: ‘I feel like a rookie again’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Close to quitting, Tiongson finds resurgence with NLEX LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Mac Cardona of GlobalPort makes his PBA return against NLEX on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Cardona finished with four points and two rebounds in a 109-99 loss. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMac Cardona quest to make it back to the PBA has ended with GlobalPort on Sunday.Falling on hard times last year, the 35-year-old Cardona was able to pick up the pieces and he feels rejuvenated after being given a second chance.ADVERTISEMENT The former La Salle standout didn’t deny that he felt overwhelmed with his return.“I feel goosebumps that it’s like I’m back in the UAAP. When I was gone for almost a year, I was able to rest and I felt excited to play again,” said Cardona, who had four points and two rebounds in eight minutes of action.Cardona’s journey back into the PBA started in the PBA D-League where newcomer Zark’s Burger signed him up to play a couple of games in the 2017 Foundation Cup.“It was like a sign from the Lord that when they called me to play in the D-League, I still can make it back playing basketball,” he said.It didn’t take long the opportunity for a PBA return came knocking and it was his former college coach at La Salle in Franz Pumaren, who gave him the shot in his road to redemption.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Even if his return ended in a 99-109 defeat to NLEX, which ironically, is the previous PBA team he played for before a drug overdose in an apparent suicide attempt nearly ended his life, Cardona remains grateful for his new beginning, sharing that he has already moved past that dark chapter and is now hoping to live his life to the fullest.“Whatever happened to me in the past — I know I’ve made mistakes — but I tried to move on because I can no longer take those back. I’m just grateful for all the support that I got because if not for them, I wouldn’t have had my drive to get back here. I’m moving forward,” he said. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I feel like a rookie again,” quipped Cardona. “I don’t remember how the court looks. I’m just happy that I made it back to the PBA and the people saw me playing again.”But it’s not just the fans, but also his new Batang Pier teammates, who welcomed him with open arms.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They’re happy to see me back, especially Terrence (Romeo). He was telling me that I still got it, that they’re there for me. The same goes for Mike (Cortez) and Ryan (Araña),” he said.“I’m just happy to get back. I didn’t expect that I’ll still be able to play in the PBA after all that happened to me last year. So I’m thankful for coach Franz (Pumaren), boss Mikee Romero, and boss Erick Arejola because they gave me a chance that I can still play.”  MOST READlast_img read more

TORONTO TAKES STEPS TO END LOCKED OUT OF WORKERS AT THE CNE

first_imgWorkers say the venue’s Board of Governors locked them out of their jobs on July 19 after months of negotiations for a new collective agreement, and that management has refused to bargain in good faith.The situation has become significantly more intense on Friday with the launch of 2018’s Canadian National Exhibition. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Facebook Things are heating up at The Ex this week as skilled technical workers remain locked out amidst an ongoing labour dispute between their union and the city.City of Toronto has locked out @iatse58 long enough, time to get back to the bargaining table so CNE and other events can move forward. Earlier today City Council petitioned for a special meeting tomorrow afternoon. https://t.co/K8PLoxbBYD— Mike Layton (@m_layton) August 20, 2018Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 58, which represents workers with technical and staging expertise, have been picketing outside the city-owned Exhibition Place for almost a month now. Twitter AppleMarklast_img read more

The Latest Britain also accuses China of cyberespionage

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Latest on Chinese cyberespionage (all times local):11:45 a.m.The British government has accused China of conducting a “widespread and significant” campaign of cyberespionage against the U.K. and its allies.The Foreign Office says a group known as APT 10, acting on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of State Security, carried out “a malicious cyber campaign targeting intellectual property and sensitive commercial data in Europe, Asia and the U.S.”It says the group “almost certainly continues to target a range of global companies, seeking to gain access to commercial secrets.”Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says China’s actions “go against commitments made to the U.K. in 2015 and as part of the G20 not to support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property or trade secrets.”The U.K. announcement came as U.S. officials unsealed an indictment against two Chinese citizens accused of cyberespionage.___10:30 a.m.The Justice Department is charging two Chinese citizens with carrying out an extensive hacking campaign to steal data from U.S. companies.An indictment was unsealed Thursday against Zhu Hua and Zhang Shillong. Prosecutors say they were acting on behalf of China’s main intelligence agency.Court papers filed in Manhattan federal court allege the hackers were able to breach the computers of more than 45 entities in 12 states. The victims were in a variety of industries from aviation and space to pharmaceutical technology.Prosecutors charge that the hackers were able to steal “hundreds of gigabytes” of data.Court papers say they hacked computer service providers to gain access to the networks of businesses and governments in order to steal intellectual property and business data.Chinese intelligence officials and hackers. A case filed in October marked the first time that a Chinese Ministry of State Security officer was extradited to the United States to stand trial.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Around 700 join BJP during FB live session hosted by Tiwari

first_imgNew Delhi: Around 700 persons joined the BJP during an hour long Facebook live session hosted by party’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari on Thursday. Tiwari welcomed the new members of the party saying their membership will be formalised within a week. “The Facebook live session that lasted for around an hour reached to over four lakh persons and more than 2,000 persons interacted with the Delhi BJP president. Around 700 persons became members of the party in this unique digital initiative,” said Delhi BJP’s social media and media co-incharge Neelkant Bakshi.Tiwari said not only supporters of the BJP but even people of the country were working actively to ensure victory of the party to make Narendra Modi Prime Minister of the country for the second term. Answering a question on full statehood, Tiwari said his party had promised a “review” of full statehood. “We had promised a review of the full statehood but no one had expected that an elected Chief Minister like Arvind Kejriwal would threaten to obstruct Republic Day parade,” Tiwari said. He said anyone joining the BJP would do so because the Congress was “exposed” as it had failed to deliver when it was in power. In the live chat, Tiwari said by not implementing the Ayushman Bharat scheme in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal thought that he can deny credit of the scheme to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Its unfortunate that benefits of the scheme are being denied to Delhiites. Its a sign of ‘Vinash Kale Vipreet Buddhi'”. The event was coordinated by media team of Delhi including incharge of media and social media team Pratyush Kanth and convener Ashok Goyal. Recently, the Delhi BJP chief had interacted with Twitter users in a ‘Twitter Chaupal’ at Burari in North East Delhi constituency represented by him in the Lok Sabha. The social media team has also planned regular appearances of Tiwari on different online platforms to woo voters, specially youngsters.last_img read more

Appointment of poll Observer illegal EC receives complaint

first_imgKolkata: The Chief Election Commissioner has received a complaint on Monday from an advocate who has expressed concern regarding the arbitrariness of the Election Commission over the appointment of Central Police Observer Vivek Dubey and Ajay V Nayak as the Special Observer for Bengal in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.The letter addressed to the Chief Election Commissioner highlights that the EC is empowered to nominate an Observer under Section 20B of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 and states: “The Election Commission may nominate an Observer who shall be an officer of the government to watch the conduct of the election or elections in a constituency or group of constituencies and to perform such other functions as may be entrusted to him by the Election Commission.” He states that it is “abundantly clear from the provision above, that a person who may be nominated as an Observer, ‘shall be an officer of the government’. The phrase ‘shall be’ as used in Section 20B of the Act is mandatory and has been used in the present tense and therefore, a retired IPS officer does not fulfill the mandatory requirement as laid down under Section 20B of the Act.” The letter further mentions: “Hence, under Section 20B of the Act serving officer of the government can only be appointed as an Observer and it is unequivocally clear that a retired officer is barred from being appointed as an Observer since he ceases to be an officer of the government after his retirement.” Vivek Dubey and Ajay V Nayak who were nominated by the Election Commission have retired from government services in 2015 and 2018 respectively. They “cease to be an officer of the government and hence their nomination is patently illegal, null and void and contrary to the provisions of the Act”. In such a circumstance, all actions taken by them are “illegal, null and void ab-initio and hence any and all actions taken in pursuance of Vivek Dubey and Ajay V Nayak’s recommendations are also void ab-initio and ought to be reversed and/or set aside immediately.” The advocate has demanded immediate steps to “remove Vivek Dubey from the position of Central Police Observer for the states of West Bengal and Jharkhand and Ajay V Nayak from the position of Special Observer for the state of West Bengal and to immediately reverse/set aside all actions taken pursuant to their recommendations by the Election Commission of India”.last_img read more

Build a better life

first_imgMy son is in Class 8 and has become a smartphone addict. What do we tell him? Please guide.Mrs and Mr. R. Kashi, New Delhi It’s important to empower teens to take control of their own use of smartphones and maintain a healthy balance. This isn’t a one-time conversation. A few things you can do help provide guidance and support include the following: Educate: Talk openly about the benefits and potential pitfalls of screen time. Lecturing rarely yields positive results, but asking your teens for input about the pros and cons can spark lively conversations. How does too much screen time affect us physically, emotionally, academically and socially? What can we gain from using our smartphones responsibly? Also Read – Feel what you fearMake a plan: Talk about setting healthy limits and boundaries for the family and what checks and balances you can use to stick to them, like not allowing phone use during dinner. Remember, teens aren’t the only ones prone to overuse. What happens if parents are pushing the family screen time limits? Monitor use as a family: Teens look for workarounds when they feel like they’re being watched. Make monitoring a family goal so that teens own up to their usage and behavior online. There are several apps available to monitor how and when your teens use their phones. The iPhone now has a screentime setting. You can use this to track usage and set healthy limits for specific apps (e.g. xx hours per day for social media) and to shut down apps at a certain time. Talk with your teens about healthy and realistic limits. Also Read – HomecomingCreate a check-in policy: Phones, tablets, and laptops should be removed from the bedroom at night to curb sleep disturbance and insomnia. Create a plan to check devices in at a certain time in the evening and out in the morning. Establish screen-free zones: Meals, family outings, and social gatherings are examples of times when frequent checking negatively affects relationships. Set boundaries for screen use in these settings and stick to them. Model healthy boundaries: When parents are glued to their phones, teens learn that this is appropriate behaviour. Stick to the limits and boundaries you set. I have recently discovered that my younger brother is homosexual. My parents are not aware. I’m very nervous. Name withheld, Kolkata See my friend, don’t get nervous! Its fine! I understand, that ‘discovering’ this wasn’t a happy feeling but please don’t create any situation that will lead your brother to take a drastic step or make him feel awkward. If he’s really young, there could be a chance that this ‘phase’ will pass. But, if it doesn’t, please be mature enough to make him feel comfortable as this is his preference and being homosexual is never an offence or crime! Live and let live. My best friend’s parents got divorced. He is shattered. I feel very helpless. We are in the 7th standard. How can I help him? Dhruv Jha, Noida Just be extra kind and extra supportive towards him. Help him in whatever little ways you can. With his homework, taking him out to movies, bringing him over to your place for studies, sleepovers or simple chit-chat. Your parents can also help you be beside him. Why don’t you both join some salsa, music, art or something that interests you both? This is going to help him come out of this phase with ease. Good to see such a caring friend like you. I’m sure the clouds will fade and your friend will recover soon! (Send your questions to roopshashotm@gmail.com)last_img read more

The Cavaliers Finally Sped Up

During the regular season, the Cleveland Cavaliers did not run very much. Head coach Tyronn Lue has been preaching the virtues of a faster-paced offense since he took over for David Blatt in January. It was slow to catch on. The Cavaliers were the third-slowest team during the season, using fewer possessions per game than the glacial Memphis Grizzlies or the ancient San Antonio Spurs, and in the playoffs, they’ve become even slower. It was easy to laugh about Lue suggesting after a Game 1 drubbing at the hands of the Golden State Warriors last week that the Cavaliers simply needed to pick up the pace. And when Cleveland was flattened again in Game 2, that book appeared to be closed.But in Game 3, on Wednesday night, the Cavs came out hot — and fast. They went up 33-13 in the first quarter and blew out the Warriors 120-90. For the game, they were 8-for-16 with between 22 and 18 seconds left on the shot clock (the sweet spot for the seven-seconds-or-less school of pace) after going just 8-for-19 in the first two games of the Finals combined.The Warriors, meanwhile, are getting just 8.3 shots per game in that range. This might seem like a positive to those who listened to pundits talk about the “quick shots” that were sinking Golden State against the Oklahoma City Thunder. But during the regular season, the Warriors were absolutely unstoppable early in the shot clock: They averaged 14.9 of those field goals per game, including 6.2 3-point attempts; their shooting averages were 65.7 percent from two and 47.9 percent on those threes, for an effective field goal percentage (eFG%) of 68.3, which led the league, though not by much.The team in second place? Those plodding Cavaliers. The Cavs had an eFG% of 66.1 on seven-seconds-or-less plays, and the gap between them and the third-place Atlanta Hawks (62.7) is about the same as the gap between the Hawks and the 13th-place Thunder (59.2). LeBron James was more efficient in possessions of this sort than Klay Thompson or Steph Curry was — even in a year in which his 3-point stroke inexplicably cratered. The difference is, the Cavs had only 9.6 attempts per game early in the clock, more than five fewer than the Warriors.But go ahead and read that back to yourself: The Warriors ran over the league using pace and shooting, but the Cavs, when they deigned to break from trot to gallop, played their game nearly as well as the defending champs. For the Cavs to pull off an upset in this series, more stars will have to align than merely their finding some pep in their step and playing a 35-year-old benchwarmer major minutes. But a few have begun to slide into place: Irving, a hugely talented offensive player, found his stroke after going quiet for the first two games, and Curry has looked genuinely out of sorts for most of the series. While it’s still a very long shot that the Cavaliers can come back and win the Finals, it’s a far better one than if they’d gone down 3-0 playing old and slow.Check out our latest NBA predictions.Our sports podcast Hot Takedown discusses the NBA Finals. Of course, “early shot clock” possessions are often just another name for transition or semi-transition (that little window after a fast break ends but before the defense can get set). By the Game 3 box score, Cleveland outscored Golden State 15-8 on fast-break points, and according to the player-tracking data, the Cavs had 18 transition chances to the Warriors’ nine and did a little better per play. Transition begins with defense, and after reportedly getting a wake-up call from assistant coach Phil Handy, the Cavs were noticeably more lively on that end in Game 3. Kyrie Irving’s numbers weren’t great (player-tracking has him on the hook for allowing 63.3 eFG% on 15 shots), but he was making a visible effort; J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert were both much better than they had been, though, and Richard Jefferson, who started for Kevin Love (ruled out because of a blow to the head), was all over the court, closing out and contesting shots. He ended up allowing opponents to shoot just 45.5 eFG% on 11 attempts. read more