In September, there were 8 percent more arrivals

first_imgAccording to the data of the eVisitor system, which contains tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), in Croatia in the period  from January to the end of September, 18 million arrivals (+ 6%) and 100.8 million overnight stays (+ 4%) were realized. Out of that, foreign tourists realized 16.2 million arrivals (+ 5%) and 89.2 million overnight stays (+ 3%), while domestic tourists also recorded increases in arrivals by 8% and in overnight stays by 6%.  During the nine months, the highest number of overnight stays was realized in Istria (27.5 million), while in the Split-Dalmatia County 19 million overnight stays were realized, ie 18.3 million overnight stays in Kvarner. They are followed by Zadar County with 14 million overnight stays and Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 8.2 million overnight stays. 6.9 million overnight stays were realized in Šibenik-Knin County, 3.2 million overnight stays in Lika-Senj County, while 1.9 million overnight stays were realized in Zagreb. On the continent, not including Zagreb, there were 900.000 arrivals (+ 10%) and 1.8 million overnight stays (+ 12%), and looking at the counties, most overnight stays were realized in Karlovac (568.000), Krapina-Zagorje (266.000), Zagreb (160.000) ), Osijek-Baranja (148.000) and Međimurje County (147.000). At the national level, the highest number of overnight stays was recorded in Germany (20.3 million), Slovenia (10.2 million), Austria (7.4 million), Poland (6.2 million) and the Czech Republic (5.4 million), with the highest number of overnight stays. nights realized in  in households (37.1 million) and in hotels (22.6 million) and camps (18.6 million). The top destinations in the first nine months according to the criteria of realized overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Medulin and Split. “We have positive trends at the level of the whole year, and this is supported by these statistics on arrivals and overnight stays, especially double-digit growth in the second half of September when the motive of arrival “sun and sea” no longer prevails, which is another confirmation that our country is a more recognizable destination with a diverse offer throughout the year. What I prefer to emphasize are the data on the increase in tourist spending, ie the realized revenues where we exceeded the amount of three billion euros for the first time in the first half of the year. ” pointed out the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia and the President of the Croatian Tourist Board Gari Cappelli.In September, there were 8 percent more arrivalsIn September, there were 2.3 million arrivals and 13.3 million overnight stays in Croatia, which is an increase of 2017% in arrivals and 8% in overnight stays compared to August 2. In the same month, most overnight stays were realized in Istria (3.5 million), in the Split-Dalmatia County (2.4 million) and in Kvarner (2.1 million). They are followed by Zadar County with 1.5 million overnight stays, Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 1.2 million overnight stays, Šibenik-Knin County with 770.000 overnight stays, Lika-Senj County with 278.000 overnight stays and Zagreb with 257.000 overnight stays. There were 1266.000 arrivals (+ 14%) and 228.000 overnight stays (+ 15%) on the continent in September, of which the highest number of overnight stays was in Karlovac (71.000), Krapina-Zagorje (27.000), Zagreb (26.000), Osijek-Baranja. 21.000) and Međimurje County (13.000). Top destinations in September according to the criteria of realized overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Split and Umag.RELATED NEWS:REVENUES FROM TOURISM IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF 2018 INCREASED BY 10 PERCENTIN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS, 18 MILLION ARRIVALS AND 100.8 MILLION NIGHTS WERE MADElast_img read more

Students to attend Clinton Global Initiative University

first_imgJuniors Renat Gabitov and Jon Koehmstedt were selected to attend the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative University program, an annual conference on social entrepreneurship and community development.Based on the same model as the Clinton Global Initiative, the Clinton Global Initiative University is designed to engage and empower college students to address problems in their communities. This weekend, former President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea Clinton will host 1,100 students, professionals and philanthropists to develop ideas at CGI U 2015 from March 6 to March 8 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.“I’m looking forward to meeting other young people who have a similar mindset … people who go out of their way to do good for others,” said Gabitov, a junior majoring in business administration. “At CGI U, students from across the country and around the world come together in one place to become educated on how to make a social impact.”Gabitov and Koehmstedt, both transfer students, were selected for the CGIU program as a result of their project plan to create an application to help nonprofits.“The entire idea of social entrepreneurship is that you see what you can do for money, but you find a tangent to engage and develop the community at the same time,” said Gabitov, who is originally from Moscow, Russia.Several months ago, Gabitov brought together a team of 10 professionals in marketing, finance and development at the Viterbi Hacker House to brainstorm new business ideas.“The Viterbi Hacker House is a pool for entrepreneurial thought. It’s a great resource that is really under-utilized … One of the reasons I came to USC was the entrepreneurial culture,” said Koehmstedt, a junior majoring in computer science who works as a student leader in the house.Out of these meetings came the idea for Delo, a platform for task management. The location-based application allows nonprofit organizations to locate and identify individuals in the community who are interested in volunteering and contributing resources to the organizations. Gabitov and Koehmstedt integrated a social payment component into the app by allowing the organizations to receive crowdfunding from the local community.“We found that the problem was most nonprofit organizations that are local do not have exposure. They have a really hard time connecting with the local community,” Gabitov said.To develop the application, Gabitov and Koehmstedt worked with a team composed of USC undergraduate and master students, including Akshaya Shanbhogue, a first-year masters student studying computer science; Kevin Van Beek, a junior majoring in business administration; Anisha Pathak, a freshman majoring in economics and mathematics; Animesh Sinha, a first-year graduate student studying computer science; Samta Jain, a freshman majoring in computer science; and Calvin Leung, a sophomore majoring in computer science. The team is primarily composed of computer science majors, in order to handle the technical aspects of designing the platform. The group has plans to release the application next month.“I think the most important thing we will get from CGI U program is the networking. Whenever you’re in an environment with 500 students from around the world who are equally passionate to make change, it’s bound to be valuable,” said Koehmstedt, who previously served as a mentor for the Clinton Global Initiative program. “I would love to see USC have a bigger presence there in future years.”Gabitov and Koehmstedt are looking forward to the mentorship opportunities with the philanthropists and mentors at the conference and competing for funding for their Delo platform project.All students who are selected for the CGI U program are required to develop their own “commitments to action,” measurable initiatives that address problems in their in local communities, or around the world. The CGI U program is centered on five specific focus areas — education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation and public health.“The CGI U program will be very beneficial for us because we can leverage the network of talented social doers to support us and help us solve problems that we have faced in the development of our app,” Gabitov said.Correction: A previous version of this story stated that Gabitov and Koehmstedt were selected to partake in CGI U because of their plan to create the Viterbi Hack House. They actually planned to create the application Delo. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

Ewe won’t baa-lieve it – Donegal has the most number of sheep in Ireland!

first_imgIt may come as no surprise to some but Donegal now officially has the largest number of sheep in Ireland.Ireland’s breeding ewe flock decreased by 3% in 2018 on 2017 levels, the latest sheep census figures from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine show.But levels of sheep in Donegal are steady with a total of 504,408 followed by Mayo (418,361) and Galway (408,835). Kerry had the next greatest number (318,720). Meanwhile, Limerick had the lowest number (21,638).Due to its big sheep population, Donegal had the highest number of flocks (5,986), followed by Mayo (4,852) while Dublin had the least (201).Census returns show that in 2018 the number of breeding ewes in the country stood at 2.56 million compared to 2017, when there were 2.64 million breeding ewes.Ram numbers also decreased, compared to 2017 levels. The figures show that ram numbers were down 2.1% on 2017, with 2,681 fewer rams present on farms in 2018. In total, as of December 2018, Ireland had 3.73 million sheep (3,732,955) spread across 35,186 flocks, including 2.56 million breeding ewes over 12 months-of-age.There was an average of 106 sheep per flock in 2018, the census returns show.69% of flocks had below-average numbers, compared to 68% in 2017.Census forms for 2019 were sent to 45,432 registered flock-keepers on the department’s database. Returns were received from 40,891, representing a response rate of 90%.Ewe won’t baa-lieve it – Donegal has the most number of sheep in Ireland! was last modified: August 2nd, 2019 by StephenShare 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:donegaleweflockNumberssheeplast_img read more

Mobile clinic to help township residents

first_imgCustom built on a mid-sized truck frame, the mobile clinic measures 10m by 2.5m and is divided into two parts: a maternal and child care section and a dental care section. (Image: Philips South Africa)On its sixth annual Cape Town to Cairo roadshow, Philips is helping to deliver primary health care to three townships in Johannesburg.In a partnership between electronics multinational Phillips, the Nozala Trust and the Rhiza Foundation, a mobile clinic will deliver basic primary health care to thousands of people who have little or no access to health care facilities. The populous townships of Diepsloot, Cosmo City and Orange Farm, in northern Johannesburg, will benefit from this collaboration.Through the mobile clinic, the partners aim to improve quality of life and provide access to health services, particularly access to maternal and child health and dental care. Another goal is the treatment of hundreds of patients every month. This roadshow marks the pilot launch of the mobile clinic; the ambition is to scale it up to five over the next five years in different communities, based on the outcomes of the initial pilot.Jose Fernandes, the general manager of Philips health care Southern Africa, said: “In many African countries including South Africa, there is a chronic shortage of suitable equipment or necessary skills to facilitate safe delivery and appropriate new-born care, as well as dental care. [Bringing] health care directly to those most in need shortens the waiting period and improves access, which ultimately saves lives.“Innovation as a means to improve people’s lives is at the heart of who we are at Philips and we increasingly seek engagement and co-creation opportunities with organisations like the Rhiza Foundation that can result in making a difference in the lives of South Africa citizens.”THE CLINICCustom built on a mid-sized truck frame, the mobile clinic measures 10m by 2.5m and is divided into two parts: a maternal and child care section and a dental care section.It is staffed by an-all women team of a registered nurse, a dental therapist, a dental assistant and a driver-assistant. The team meets another of the project’s goals, namely to empower and uplift women.The mobility of the clinic allows it to expand geographic coverage when it comes to patient care.In addition, there is an educational aspect. Informative videos are screened on Philips plasma screens for patients and visitors.MATERNAL SCREENINGSOn its annual Cape Town to Cairo roadshows, Philips champions UN Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, which are related to reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. The mobile clinic project, conceptualised by the Rhiza Foundation, offers a good synergy to address the issue of maternal and infant mortality.According to the Philips Fabric of Africa trends report, women in Africa are at significant risk of premature death, with particularly high mortality rates recorded in pregnancy. Women in semi-urban and rural areas across Africa often die as a result of preventable complications during child birth as they have no access to ultrasound screenings to detect critical conditions. Many of these deaths can be diagnosed with basic imaging technology.Alef Meulenberg, the chairman and founder of the foundation, said: “Rhiza stands for community development at large, through education, skills and enterprise development as well as primary health care that makes a sustainable difference in township communities in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Our goal is to make people self-sustaining, through our holistic approach regarding community and socio-economic development.”The foundation was extremely proud of the mobile clinic. “We are confident that it will provide and improve primary health care in township communities that currently lack regular access to these services.”INNOVATIVE EQUIPMENTPhillips has also installed its innovative VISIQ ultrasound, which is the size of a tablet, in the clinic. VISIQ is the first ultra-mobile ultrasound system. It is approximately 10 times smaller than a traditional ultrasound machine, with reduced energy consumption. It is ideally tailored for the mobile clinic. It will be used for screening, triage and foetal well-being scans, all of which will help to address the critical issue of maternal and infant care.Other diagnostic and maternal imaging technology includes: the Philips Avalon Foetal Monitor to detect foetal heart beat and uterus contractions, and a Goldway Colposcope to capture live images of the cervix.The next stop on the Cape Town to Cairo roadshow will be Nairobi, Kenya, from 26 to 29 May. Follow the journey via Twitter @philipsSafrica or visit Philips is a diversified health and well-being company with a focus on cardiac care, acute care and home health care, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming, and oral health care.Issues that have been tackled over the last five years of the roadshow have included mother and child care, the rise of non-communicable diseases, energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) and solar lighting solutions, as well as clinical education and training.The Dutch company also promotes LED lighting in Africa on the roadshows, enabling efficient energy management, reducing costs, improving city life, and extending the day for rural areas with solar lighting. It has introduced several breakthrough energy-efficient LED lighting innovations.last_img read more

Many Free Android Apps Are Starting To Look A Lot Like Malware

first_imgantone gonsalves Tags:#ad networks#advertising#Android#apps#developers#mobile#personal data#privacy Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The money-go-round between app developers and ad networks is starting to blur the line between many free Android apps and malware. While these legitimate apps aren’t stealing passwords, they’re still riding roughshod over user privacy by gratuitously sucking up your contact and location information — or worse.What These Bad Apps Glom OntoBetween last September and March, security vendor Bitdefender analyzed 130,000 popular Android apps on Google Play and found that roughly 13% collected your phone number without explicit notification, 12% stored your location data and 8% sucked up your email address. Included in those numbers are apps that siphoned off one or more of the three.Many apps don’t stop there. Other data they glom onto includes your browsing activity, your contact list, the unique identification number of your device and even your call registry.These apps took all that information legally. Android apps display their privacy policies in seeking permission to gather personal data, and many developers bank on the fact that most people will just click through to the app.(See also: Hey! iOS Apps Play Faster And Looser With Your Data Than Android)All that data gathering typically starts when an app developer download an ad framework provided by more than 400 companies listed on the Ad Network Directory. Such frameworks makes it easy for developers to display ads in the app, and thus to get paid every time someone clicks on them.Since free apps only make money for developers from such clicks (and, it turns out, the distribution of associated user data), very few pay attention to exactly what kind of information ad frameworks are gathering.“Because they copy-paste the code, they don’t really debug it; they don’t really look through it and see what data it collects,” Bitdefender researcher Liviu Arsene told me. “I bet they don’t even care.”And It Doesn’t Stop ThereApp privacy policies often stake out even more aggressive data-collection goals, presumably to pave the way for future updates to vacuum up more info and further erode user privacy.Take, for instance, Airpush, the second-largest ad network for Android developers with 40,000 apps. Its privacy policy reads, in part:[I]n accordance with the permissions you have granted, we may collect your device ID, device make and model, device IP address, mobile web browser type and version, mobile carrier, real-time location information, email address, phone number and a list of the mobile applications on your device.The policy goes on to explain that Airpush might supply that information to third-party advertisers who are part of its ad platform and third-party vendors, consultants and other service providers. Because the data is available to so many organizations, it’s virtually impossible to know who is using your personal data, and how, once it leaves the device.Obviously, the possibilities for abuse here are legion. Suppose one of those third-party organizations is acquired by an outfit that is, shall we say, less reputable. Or that a third party company’s computers are hacked, spilling your data into the hands of cybercriminals.The Feds Agree: It’s A Huge ProblemFederal regulators acknowledge that a huge problem exists. “Mobile technology provides unique privacy challenges,” Jon Leibowitz, departing chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, said in February, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. “Some would say it’s a sort of Wild West.”The FTC wants the mobile industry to bolster privacy controls by allowing phone users to opt out of being tracked by ad networks. The commission also wants apps to prominently display the kind of data they’re collecting, rather than burying it in fine print. Congress is also considering proposals to tighten privacy protections on mobile devices, though it’s hard to say how such measures will fare given firm opposition from industry.In the meantime, here’s some free (!!) advice: Scrutinize your free mobile apps as if they’re malware ready to wreak havoc on your personal information. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Tea for the Heart!

first_imgVitamin B1 (Thiamine)1.279mg85.00% Total Fat0.65g1.00% CC Flickr by Autan What have you done? June 4, 2007by Robin Allen MSPH, RDN, LDNA few weeks ago while having lunch with the Nutrition and Wellness Team, I drank my first glass of iced hibiscus tea.  I was exclaiming how delicious when the team reminded me of the health benefits we learned about in the webinar Phytonutrients and Cardiovascular disease.Hibiscus or Hibiscus sabdariffa (HS) is a tropical plant that has been used for food and medical purposes in Asia, Africa and several regions of South America. The HS flower or calyces are used as a food ingredient in salads, beverages and jams and food color. The flower contains a high concentration of flavonoids and polyphenolic compounds such as anthocyanins. The active ingredients are extracted with cold or boiling water. The plant also contains minerals, such as calcium and iron, and vitamins, such as niacin, riboflavin, and vitamin C. Oil from the seeds has an anti-infection effect.A recent study by McKay, demonstrated that three servings of hibiscus tea per day were effective at reducing blood pressure in pre- and mildly hypertensive adults.  In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, 65 pre- and mildly hypertensive adults, age 30–70 y, not taking blood pressure (BP)-medications, were served either three servings, 240 mL servings per day of brewed hibiscus tea or placebo beverage for six weeks. The group receiving the hibiscus tea lowered systolic blood pressure (SBP).  Participants with a higher SBP at baseline showed a greater response to the hibiscus tea.Many studies have shown that the active compounds found in HS may help to prevent diseases such as cancer, inhibit inflammatory process, promote diuretic activity, modulate the formation of adipose cells, decrease serum cholesterol, control diabetes mellitus, lower blood pressure, reduce kidney problems, among others.Nutritional Benefits of Hibiscus Tea: Calories37N/A Vitamin C18.4mg31.00% Total Omega-318mgN/A Total Omega-618mgN/A Fiber0.3g1.00% Iron8.64mg48.00% NutrientAmountDaily Value Protein0.43g1.00% Total Carbohydrates7.41g2.00% Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)0.099mg6.00% Vitamin A296IU6.00% You can purchase hibiscus tea ready to brew or make you own tea using the flower.  Dried hibiscus flowers are available in many grocery stores, or you can order them online.  Below are some recipes but there are many others available, and you may have your own.’s drink some hibiscus tea for good health!What is your favorite recipe for hibiscus?  References:McKay, D. L., Chen, C-Y. O., Saltzman, E., Blumberg, J.B. Hibiscus Sabdariffa L. Tea (Tisane) Lowers Blood Pressure in Prehypertensive and Mildly Hypertensive Adults1–4 J. Nutr. 140: 298–303, 2010. file:///C:/Users/roballen/Documents/MFLN/phytonutrients/J.%20Nutr.-2010-McKay-298-303.pdfMojica, L., Rui, L., deMejia, E. G. Hibiscus sabdariffa L.: Phytochemical Composition and Nutraceutical Properties. ACS Symposium Series; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC, 2012. blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

Radio host loses job after sexual comments on teen Olympian

first_imgOn Tuesday, on the Barstool Sports network on SiriusXM, Connor called Kim “fine as hell” along with more vulgar sexual comments, then said “the countdown is on” until Kim’s 18th birthday.Connor apologized on Twitter, calling his comments “inappropriate.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBarstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy, without referring directly to Connor, said on Twitter that his network sometimes misses the mark with humor, but “crybabies” will not dictate its actions.Kim, of Torrance, California, won gold in Women’s Halfpipe Tuesday at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ LATEST STORIES Akari-Adamson clips Gamboa-St. Clare for 3rd straight NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC FILE – In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 file photo, Chloe Kim, of the United States, smiles during the women’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. A San Francisco Bay Area radio station has fired one of its hosts, Patrick Connor, after he made sexual comments about 17-year-old Olympic snowboarder Kim on another station. Program director Jeremiah Crowe of KNBR-AM, where Connor hosted “The Shower Hour,” confirmed the firing Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, for NBC Bay Area. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco Bay Area radio station has fired one of its hosts for sexual comments he made about 17-year-old Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim on another station.Program director Jeremiah Crowe of KNBR-AM said in a statement Wednesday that host Patrick Connor has been fired.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Will DAngelo Russell Help The Lakers Call On The Hall Again

As we highlighted in our NBA preview last fall, the Los Angeles Lakers have built a substantial amount of their considerable success as a franchise on the backs of Hall of Famers — Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the like.But recently, the Lakers have been in the midst of a Hall of Famer shortage. In 2015, Kobe Bryant’s 2.0 wins above replacement (WAR) were the only L.A. victories generated by players likely to make the Hall (according to’s Hall of Fame probability metric), this coming on the heels of a 2014 season that saw only 1.5 WAR come from Hall hopefuls. The past two years represent the fourth- and fifth-fewest WAR the Lakers have ever gotten out of probable Hall of Famers in a single season.Los Angeles general manager Mitch Kupchak has been working hard this week to end the drought. With the Lakers owning the second overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, rumors were flying about whether L.A. would cast its future in the hands of a rookie or trade the pick for a promising veteran.Regarding the latter strategy, L.A. was reportedly in trade talks with the Sacramento Kings over mercurial center DeMarcus Cousins, one of the best big men in the league. But it’s unclear whether he’s the future Hall of Famer the Lakers so covet. If we zero in on the Hall of Fame odds for a player with a specific WAR total at a given age,1Using a logistic regression model there’s a 34.2 percent probability that Cousins will be Hall of Fame-worthy based on his output thus far. He’d need to beat his previous career high by more than 2.5 WAR next season just to give himself a coin flip’s chance at the Hall going forward.Perhaps that’s partly why L.A. ultimately turned to the draft instead — and selected guard D’Angelo Russell, to whom our model assigns the highest probability of superstardom in the 2015 draft class.2The “superstar” designation isn’t completely synonymous with a Hall of Famer, since each draft contains about twice as many future Hall of Famers as superstars.According to our model, Russell is a boom-or-bust prospect. On top of his class-leading superstar potential, he also has the highest “bust” probability of any player ranked among our top 25 college prospects. Russell’s usage rate and shooting efficiency were off the charts as a freshman, implying that he has the potential to be an elite NBA scorer if his skills translate, but he might not have as much to fall back on as other prospects if not.In other words, drafting Russell was a gamble. But it was a good one for a franchise traditionally fueled by a pipeline running directly to Springfield. Los Angeles has always been a dream destination for free agents, trade targets and rookies alike, but snagging a future Hall of Famer is still a lot harder than L.A. has made it look over the years. And sometimes it requires taking a chance on a high-risk/high-reward player to keep the talent flowing. read more