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Timberwolves overwhelm Jazz for 109-98 win

first_imgRead Next Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points and Rodney Hood added 16 to lead the Jazz (6-8), who lost for the fourth time in their last five home games.Utah fell behind 33-14 heading into the second quarter after struggling to get stops in the paint or get on track offensively. Towns slammed down a pair of dunks to help Minnesota take its first double-digit lead at 13-3. His teammates took turns slashing to the rim for layups to keep the foot firmly planted on the gas pedal.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 shutoutThe Jazz couldn’t find an answer, going just 6 of 21 from the field in the first quarter. Their shooting improved in the second, when consecutive 3-pointers from Hood and a banked floater from Thabo Sefolosha allowed Utah to cut Minnesota’s lead to 54-42 in the final minute before halftime.Things turned sour for the Jazz again after the break. Their defensive troubles resurfaced in the third quarter as Minnesota shot 11 of 16 and hit all four 3s it attempted. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ The Timberwolves led by 26 in the quarter, going up 86-60 after Gibson dunked the ball and Butler drained a pull-up jumper on back-to-back possessions.Utah made a charge late in the fourth and cut the deficit to 105-94 on a 3-pointer from Mitchell with 2:32 left.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Attempted 29 free throws while limiting Utah to nine. . Gibson has four double-doubles in six November starts. He’s averaging 12.7 points and 10.0 rebounds during that stretch. . Minnesota had a 40-31 edge on the glass.Jazz: F Jonas Jerebko made his first start of the season and finished with 13 points and six rebounds in 25 minutes. . Hood shot 50 percent from the perimeter for the second straight game, going 3 of 6 from long distance. … Utah finished with a 49-16 advantage in bench points.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) and Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors (15) battle under the boards for a rebound in the second half during an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Karl-Anthony Towns had 24 points and 13 rebounds, and Jimmy Butler added 21 points and 10 assists to help the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Utah Jazz 109-98 on Monday night.Jeff Teague scored 22 points for the Timberwolves, and Taj Gibson had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Minnesota (8-5) snapped a two-game skid after shooting 52.1 percent (37 of 71) from the field.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion UP NEXTTimberwolves: Wednesday they host the San Antonio Spurs, who will be traveling to Minnesota on the second leg of a back-to-back road trip after facing the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.Jazz: Begin a four-game road trip Wednesday at the New York Knicks. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win01:37Protesters 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 James, Korver lead Cavs’ fourth quarter charge to top Knicks Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2014: Five key players from Italy

first_imgMario Balotelli and Andrea Pirlo will be crucial for Italy in the World CupWhen Italy won the 2006 World Cup, then-coach Marcello Lippi pointed to the group collective as his squad’s strongpoint – and the fact that each forward scored at least one goal over the seven matches attested to that theory.This year’s squad, by contrast, is singularly led by forward Mario Balotelli, the volatile AC Milan forward with superstar potential.Both in their mid-30s, midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon remain the backbone of the squad, Andrea Barzagli anchors the defense and Daniele De Rossi offers coach Cesare Prandelli options with his versatility.Here are five players to watch:MARIO BALOTELLIWhen Mario Balotelli gets his mind in focus, there is often no stopping him.Italy has never really had a forward that combines so much physicality and skill – a player who can muscle by defenders to score goals or find the target with well-placed free kicks or penalties.Until he finally missed in September, Balotelli had converted all 26 penalty kick attempts in his professional career.But Balotelli has struggled to control his temper and is often subjected to racist taunts. The son of Ghanaian immigrants and raised by an Italian family, he shoulders the burden of representing a new and rapidly expanding class of Italians.ANDREA PIRLOAndrea Pirlo will be 35 by the time the World Cup starts but his passing and free kick skills remain undiminished.Pirlo mesmerizes defenders with his superb ball control and when he has possession it often seems the match speed drops into slow-motion.advertisementUsually positioned just in front of the defense, Pirlo picks out his passing receivers with uncanny acumen and his field vision inspires many of Italy’s goals.He’s also a free kick expert, having scored from 24 dead ball kicks in his Serie A career – leaving him within three of the all-time record held by Sinisa Mihajlovic.GIANLUIGI BUFFONAt 36, Gianluigi Buffon is heading to his fifth World Cup – his fourth as a starter – as Italy’s captain and undisputed changing-room leader.Buffon didn’t let in a single goal from opposition players over the normal course of play during Italy’s run to the 2006 title, then was injured during the opener when the Azzurri were eliminated in the first round four years ago.It used to be said that Buffon’s one weakness was penalty shootouts, but he stopped three attempts in a shootout win over Uruguay in the third-place match of last year’s Confederations Cup.In October, Buffon passed Fabio Cannavaro for the all-time Italy appearance record with his 137th cap. He now has 139 appearances.ANDREA BARZAGLIAfter being left off the 2010 World Cup squad by Marcello Lippi, Andrea Barzagli has developed into Italy’s most reliable center back.He can partner with Leonardo Bonucci in a traditional four-man defense or anchor a three-man backline that Italy coach Cesare Prandelli often resorts to.Known for his barrel-like chest, Barzagli has had a series of minor injuries with Juventus this season. He was a reserve on the 2006 World Cup squad and saw action in two matches of the Azzurri’s title run.Barzagli honed his physical skills during three seasons with Wolfsburg in the German Bundesliga.DANIELE DE ROSSIDaniele De Rossi is Cesare Prandelli’s wild card, a player who the coach can place at any position in midfield or even defense.A regular starter for Italy since he played at 22 in the squad that won the 2006 World Cup, De Rossi is now 30 and has made 93 appearances – second only to Buffon’s 139 and Pirlo’s 107 among active players.His versatility is a product of his completeness, a player who can tackle, pass or shoot with equal ability.last_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 1

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe official Twitter account of the FIFA World Cup put out a tweet today commemorating the 26th birth anniversary of Peruvian winger, Andre Carrillo as a part of their “Stats of the Day” feature. Peru will have their first match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup against their Group C opponents Denmark on June 16th.The official tweet:Happy Birthday, @18andrecarrillo! #PERHis birthday is just one of the many facts and figures you can find in our “Stats of the Day” feature 👉 https://t.co/TNLHsdDRbg pic.twitter.com/SFK52CuOdC— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 14, 2018Here are some excerpts from FIFA’s “Stats of the Day”:1970 – West German forward Uwe Sweeler scores his ninth and last World Cup goal in the 1970 quarter-finals against England. Earlier, on 3 June, Seeler had also become the first player to score in four different campaigns, a feat that was equalled on the same day but three minutes later by Pele, and in 2014 by Miroslav Klose.1974 – Australia become the first Oceanian team to appear at a FIFA World Cup, making their debut against Germany DR in Hamburg but losing 2-0.Croatia’s Robert Prosinečki finds the net against Jamaica to become the first and only player to score for two different countries at a FIFA World Cup. The midfielder had previously been on target for Yugoslavia in a match against the UAE on 19 June 1990. To read more click here: FIFA Stats of the day: June 14 Also read: FIFA World Cup 2018: Germany has their first World Cup training session in front of the public FIFA WC 2018: Messi Says ‘Maradona Is The Greatest There’s Ever Been’ last_img read more

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Arsenal’s 22-match unbeaten streak ends against Southampton

first_imgA late goal by substitute Charlie Austin gave relegation-threatened Southampton a thrilling 3-2 victory over Arsenal on Sunday in new Austrian manager Ralph Hasenhuettl’s first home game.It was the Londoners’ first defeat in 23 games and meant they lost ground on fourth-placed Chelsea, while Southampton moved out of the bottom three.Danny Ings, back after injury, headed two fine goals in the first half from equally good crosses by Matt Targett and Nathan Redmond.In between, Mkhitaryan drew Arsenal level with a header of his own and early in the second half he scored via a big deflection.Yet in the 85th minute Austin, who had come on for the tiring Ings, headed in a cross by Shane Long.A first win in 13 league games since September 1 sent Southampton above Burnley into 17th place while Arsenal, who had last lost to Chelsea in the Premier League in August, remained fifth in the table.Unai Emery’s team had Laurent Koscielny starting in defence for the first time this season but they were uncertain at the back from the first to last minute against a side that at one stage this season went five league games without scoring.Koscielny was at fault in failing to cut out Targett’s cross from the left and losing Ings, who scored his first headed goal for three years.The visitors briefly looked more composed and drew level when Nacho Monreal cut back a cross for Mkhitaryan to head in, and a minute later Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was only denied by a late interception from Jan Bednarek.advertisementSouthampton went ahead again, however, before the interval. Redmond supplied the chance with a neat chip and once again Ings eluded his marker to score.So Arsenal maintained their dismal record of never having been ahead at halftime in the Premier League this season.As a consequence Emery made one of his regular halftime substitutions in sending on Alexandre Lacazette for wing back Hector Bellerin, and Aubameyang almost equalised within a minute.Mkhitaryan’s second goal was fortunate in the extreme, his shot taking a big deflection off Jannik Vestergaard to leave goalkeeper Alex McCarthy helpless.Long, replacing Redmond, had a goal rightly disallowed for offside but then picked out Austin with a cross that goalkeeper Bernd Leno failed to deal with.”As a club we know the position we’ve put ourselves, and with the squad we’ve got it’s not good enough,” said Ings.”But if we keep showing resilience and hard work we can turn it round. It shows we’re moving in the right direction already.”Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi said his side had not concentrated sufficiently and not defended well enough as a team.”We’re frustrated the unbeaten run is over,” he added.”We had chances to win the game. But we should give ourselves some credit for going on the run.”last_img read more

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Assembly battle close but Delhi Cong still headless after Sheilas demise

first_imgNEW DELHI: Even after a month since Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit passed away, the grand old party is still struggling to find a replacement in the national capital where Assembly elections will be held in about six months. The deliberations on the next head have propped up speculation that among those being considered for the top job is cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu from Punjab and Bihar’s actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Singh. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe Delhi unit admits it too is in the dark. “We have no role in the selection of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) chief. It is for senior party leaders to decide,” one Delhi leader said. Requesting anonymity, a leader said the party was yet to find a face with as much public appeal as Dikshit, who was three-time Chief Minister of Delhi. “There cannot be a replacement for Dikshit. Also, in a short period, the new chief will have a responsibility to lead the party in the Assembly elections. The party has some names in mind but this will be too soon to say anything,” the leader said. “The Congress had no president after Rahul Gandhi resigned. Now, Sonia Gandhi has taken over. So we are expecting a name to be announced by August-end,” he said. Among the leaders in the Delhi, unit is its three Working Presidents –Haroon Yusuf, Devender Yadav and Rajesh Lilothia, who are relatively junior to other leaders including Ajay Maken, Arvinder Singh Lovely and J P Agarwal. Maken had been a DPCC chief earlier and had resigned because of health issues while other leaders do not have a mass appeal like Dikshit. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe Assembly polls in Delhi are crucial for the Congress as it will give an opening to bounce back in a city it ruled for 15 long years until an AAP tsunami destroyed it –sweeping 67 of the 70 seats in 2015. Three seats went to the BJP. While the Congress is looking for a face in Delhi, its rivals BJP and AAP have already started work on fighting the Assembly elections. The death of Dikshit on July 20 came as a shock to the Congress, which now has no leader of her stature. The 81-year-old was Delhi Chief Minister from 1998 and 2013 and was named the party chief in January, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, to strengthen the party in the city. After ruling the city for 15 years, the Congress secured a vote share of 24.55 per cent in the 2013 Assembly polls, which dropped to just 9.65 per cent in the 2015 Assembly polls. After Dikshit came back as chief, the Congress vote share went up to 22.46 per cent in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from 15.10 per cent in 2014.last_img read more

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Germany Increases Deportations to Maghreb

Rabat – Germany has significantly increased its number of deportations to the Maghreb region since 2015.According to a study published by the German media outlet Bild, the number of deportations from Germany to Morocco rose from 61 in 2015, to 634 in 2017. During the first eight months of this year, 476 Moroccans faced deportation. Tunisia and Algeria also saw similar rises in figures in the last three years. The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained the rise in deportations by increased cooperation with countries in the Maghreb. The recent use of biometric identification by North African countries that enhanced the electronic exchange of information also played an important part. The German government, in an effort to repatriate asylum seekers from the Maghreb, officially defined Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia as “safe countries,” and voted for a law in this regard in July.     The measures came after several assaults on women on New Year’s Eve in 2015 in Cologne by North African men and last December’s terrorist attack in Berlin committed by the Tunisian Anis Amri who had initially sought asylum. Human rights activists in Germany still oppose the government’s decision to consider the Maghreb as “safe” asserting discrimination targeting homosexuals, lack of freedom of expression, and cases of torture. read more

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At General Debate Georgia calls on UN to help lessen tensions ahead

“We appeal to you today because the very institution, the United Nations, was created to protect and defend the integrity of all nations against dangers like this one, to make sure that the world would never be again a lawless ocean where big sharks can eat smaller fish without the world to react,” Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili told the 67th General Assembly on the opening day of its General Debate, at UN Headquarters in New York.Fighting broke out in August 2008 between Georgian forces and South Ossetian and Abkhaz separatists and their Russian allies. South Ossetia and Abkhazia each subsequently declared their independence from Georgia, and those declarations have been recognized by Russia and several other countries.“The European Union monitoring mission has just announced that Russian forces are presently undertaking an illegal military build-up in South Ossetia,” President Saakashvili said, referring to the Russian decision to hold large scale military exercises in the North and South Caucasus on the eve of the 1 October parliamentary elections. “As we speak, they are bringing offensive weapons and troops inside our internationally recognized borders… one cannot imagine a more provocative and irresponsible approach than to mobilize military forces during this crucial moment of any nation’s democratic life,” he added, calling on the international community to “speak in a unified voice against these threats and support our sovereign democratic institutions.”In his statement, President Saakashvili also pledged to build a fully open society in his country, which was incorporated into the Russian empire in the early 19th century and regained its independence after the fall of the Soviet Union.Scores of the world’s heads of State and government and other high-level officials are expected to present their views and comment on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which also ends on 1 October. read more

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Wedding planner and her daughter found dead at home in suspected double

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “I know every Sweet Beginnings bride and wedding supplier is thinking of her and her family.”Detectives and forensics specialists erected a white tent by the property, and the quiet cul-de-sac was cordoned off for most of the day.Neighbour April McMillan, 23, said: “I woke up at 4.30am this morning hearing a loud bang. I didn’t think anything of it because we’ve had roadworks around here and there’s been lots of bangs but this one was on its own. There are lots of police about. It’s very shocking, I can’t believe it.” The scene in Dexter Way, Gloucester, after the bodies were found Credit:Aaron Chown/PA A police officer and dog close to the scene in GloucesterCredit:Aaron Chown/PA A wedding planner and her young daughter have been found dead at their home in a suspected double murder, after neighbours reported hearing a “loud bang”.Laura Mortimer, 31, and her daughter Ella Dalby, 11, were declared dead at the scene in Dexter Way near the centre of Gloucester shortly before 5am on Sunday, by police responding to reports two people had been seriously injured.A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. The Telegraph understands the suspect fled the scene and was arrested in a nearby park after intervention from a police negotiator following concerns he might harm himself.Online, friends paid tribute to the mother of three, whom they described as a “beautiful soul”, “someone to look up to” and “a true boss lady”. Sophie Mitchell wrote: “RIP Laura and your beautiful daughter. What an inspiration you were to us women!”It is understood the Ms Mortimer ran her own business, Sweet Beginnings, offering bespoke bridal gowns and wedding planning services. The scene in Dexter Way, Gloucester, after the bodies were found  A wedding photographer based in Gloucestershire, who did not wish to be named, said: “Laura was a lovely lady with a kind word for everyone.”An inspiration to many people, not only personally but in the wedding industry too. She worked so hard to get where she did and was extremely well respected throughout Gloucestershire and beyond. Half a mile along the river Severn, a large area of the Westgate Boating Lake and Recreation area was also cordoned off by police.A local man interviewed there said officers had told him they were guarding the scene of the arrest.He said: “They told me they stopped him on the Westgate Bridge. He could have gone into the river or onto the rail track from that bridge.””A 28-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of the murder of the woman and the girl. He is still being questioned by officers,” a police spokesman said. “Forensic inquiries will be continuing and post-mortem examinations are due to take place in the coming days. The scene in Dexter Way, Gloucester, after the bodies of a 31-year-old woman and an 11-year-old girl were found in a property “The family of the victims has asked for privacy at this time. We would like to thank the local community for their patience and assistance today.”Multi-agency meetings will be held over the coming days, with the aim of providing support to our communities, particularly young people.” read more

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Costa Concordia finally begins its journey to the scrapyard

first_imgPeople look at the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruiser being towed away from the tiny Tuscan island of Isola del Giglio today. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesTHE COSTA CONCORDIA cruise ship, which sank off the coast of Italy two years ago, has begun its final voyage: being towed away for scrap.Thirty-two people were killed when the cruise liner was wrecked on 13 January, 2012.It will take four days for tugs to bring the ship to Genoa, where it will be scrapped.Nets have been attached along the ship’s sides to catch and hold any items on board that could fall off on its final journey. The ship will travel at around 2 knots (or 2.3 mph) and it is being accompanied by several boats to monitor pollution from the ship.The Telegraph reports that people on the nearby island of Giglio celebrated the ship’s removal:“It’s hard not to get emotional,” said Franco Porcellacchia, an engineer with ship owner Costa Crociere.“Today, Giglio is once again ours,” a local man, visibly relieved to see the back of the Concordia, told AFP.The ship’s Italian captain is currently on trial for manslaughter, causing the wreck and for abandoning ship while hundreds of the ship’s 4,200 passengers and crew were still on board.A new search of the seabed where the ship was marooned is due to begin this Friday for the one body which was never recovered from the site. Divers have already painstainkingly combed inaccessible areas in vain for the remains of the Concordia crew member.The Italian government official in charge of overseeing the ship’s removal, Franco Gabrielli, said they will only be certain that the body is no longer aboard the ship when it has been dismantled.- Additional reporting by the AP, AFPWatch: This is what it’s like to swim around the sunken Costa Concordia >last_img read more

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IRS Extends Tax Deadline For Those In Earthquake Disaster Area

first_imgIndividuals who reside or have a business in the Municipality of Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula Borough and Matanuska-Susitna Borough may qualify for tax relief. In addition, penalties on payroll and excise tax deposits due on or after Nov. 30, 2018, and before Dec. 17, 2018, will be abated as long as the deposits were made by Dec. 17, 2018. But affected taxpayers who reside or have a business located outside the covered disaster area must call the IRS disaster hotline at 866-562-5227 to request this tax relief. For more details visit the official IRS website. This includes 2018 individual income tax returns and payments normally due on April 15, 2019. It also includes the quarterly estimated income tax payments due on Jan. 15, 2019 and April 15, 2019 and the quarterly payroll and excise tax returns normally due on Jan. 31, 2019. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska residents impacted by the November 30 earthquake may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service. The President has declared that a major disaster occurred in the State of Alaska. Following the recent disaster declaration for individual assistance issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the IRS announced today that affected taxpayers in certain areas will receive tax relief. The declaration permits the IRS to postpone certain deadlines for taxpayers who reside or have a business in the disaster area. For instance, certain deadlines falling on or after Nov. 30, 2018 and before April 30, 2019, are granted additional time to file through April 30, 2019.last_img read more

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Wilmington High Field Hockey Team To Hold Car Wash On September 9

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Field Hockey team is holding a car wash fundraiser on Sunday, September 9, from 9am to 1pm, at the 4th of July Building (142 Middlesex Avenue).Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington High Field Hockey Teams To Hold Car Wash On September 8In “Community”THIS WEEKEND: Car Wash For WHS Field Hockey, Farmers Market, Free Concert & Voter Registration Drive ALL At Town Common On Sept. 8In “Community”Car Wash To Benefit WHS Football Set For August 11In “Community”last_img read more

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Government is determined to firmly handle Internal Security

first_imgHyderabad: While speaking on the sidelines of 81st raising day celebrations of CRPF at Group Centre, CRPF, Chandrayangutta at Hyderabad Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy made the stand of the union government clear that all kinds of internal security problems will be handled with firmness. While lauding the role of CRPF in containing Maoists violence, the Minister expressed his satisfaction as Maoist violence has come down drastically in the last five years due to firm stand on the issue. He also praised the role of CRPF in maintaining internal security while handling various challenges across the country, particularly in J&K and northeastern States. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Shri Reddy also said the government will provide all kinds of technical gadgets, modern weaponry for the troops and also will look after all the welfare issues of CRPF. He also congratulated officers and men for their professionalism in the successful conduct of General Elections, 2019. On the eve of raising day celebrations, CRPF organized various programmes at Hyderabad. While remembering sacrifices made by CRPF personnel in the line of duty across the country, Kishan Reddy paid homage to Pulwama martyrs at the martyrs memorial along with Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar, Southern Sector IGP M R Naik, and other Senior Officers of the Force. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us As symbolic respect to the 40 martyrs died in Pulwama attack, 40 varieties of saplings planted on this occasion. A Blood donation camp was inaugurated by the Minister in which 81 personnel of CRPF donated blood, commemorating 81st Raising day of CRPF. Shri Reddy also visited Sector Training Node and witnessed demonstrations presented by troops undergoing various professional training programmes. Depicting the scenarios in Naxal areas troops presented raid on Naxal hideouts followed by display of Modern weapons & equipment used in counter-insurgency operations and also a demonstration on physical fitness training schedules. Advertise With Us Another demonstration presented by Rapid Action Force on mob disbursal and crowd control mesmerized all the audience witnessed the event. Later the Minister chaired a meeting with all senior officers of CRPF, on various operational and administrative issues of the force personnel deployed in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh States. Kishan Reddy also joined the troops for interaction with the Jawans & Officers and their families.last_img read more

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Buddhist official tells police alleged abuse victim was exploring her sexuality

first_img As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — An official in the Buddhist group Shambhala International told police in May that a young woman was “exploring her own sexuality” when she was sexually assaulted more than a decade ago at age 13 by another man in the group and that her “exploration” fed the man’s addiction to pornography, according to a police incident report.The official, Dennis L. Southward, 70, also told police that the woman “could do a lot of damage” to an important member of the community if she pressed charges against her alleged abuser, 54-year-old Michael Smith.“Southward also pointed out that this incident occurred several years ago and that Smith is a business owner who is still involved in the Shambhala community within Colorado,” the police report says.Southward went on to say that police needed to tell Smith’s accuser about the counseling he received after allegedly assaulting her.The comments come as Shambhala International faces a wave of criticism after the advocacy group Buddhist Project Sunshine published a series of four reports detailing allegations of sexual assault by its leader, Sakyong Mipham, and other senior members.Mipham and Shambhala International have denied parts of those reports.Southward held a senior rank in the Dorje Kasung, a group within Shambhala International that acts as an internal security force. He has also taught courses at several local Shambhala centers.Reached by phone Sunday afternoon, Southward declined to comment on his statements to police. He did not respond to detailed follow-up questions sent by text message and email.Shambhala International’s interim board suspended Southward from his leadership roles Sunday (June 30) “pending further investigation.”“The views expressed by Mr. Southward in the incident case report do not reflect the opinion of the Shambhala organization nor its leaders,” the board said in a statement. “We remain committed to creating safe environments for families and children and stand firmly against child abuse.”“Shambhala leadership has and will continue to cooperate and assist authorities in investigating reports of sexual assault of any kind, and encourage anyone with information about such incidents to report it to local authorities,” the statement continued.After being contacted for this story, Shambala International’s interim board decided to launch a formal inquiry into the case by hiring a third-party investigator. Michael Smith. Photo courtesy of Boulder County Sheriff’s OfficeSouthward made the remarks while police were interviewing him as part of their investigation into Smith after the woman came forward in February to report the abuse to police.Smith turned himself in to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office early Friday (June 28) after Boulder city police issued a warrant for his arrest on one charge of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust as a pattern of sexual abuse.Smith posted bond Friday night and was released from custody. He is expected back in court on Tuesday (July 2) for filing of charges.Police say Smith sexually assaulted the woman several times beginning in 1997, when she was about 13 years old, at her home while he was renting a room there from her parents, whom he had met through the Boulder Shambhala Center.Smith, who has not entered a plea, declined requests for comment.The woman told one of her school teachers and a close friend of her mother about the abuse in late 1998, according to the police report. The teacher reported the incidents to police, but the family decided not to pursue criminal charges and instead called Southward, who was a leader in the Boulder Shambhala community.“(Southward’s) role in the Shambhala community was the person who deals with family conflicts or domestic violence issues within families,” the accuser’s father told police, according to a summary of his interview with police that is contained in the incident report.“(The woman’s father) described Dennis Southward as ‘the rock’ and the one you would call for situations like the one they were dealing with,” the interview summary continued.Another person interviewed by police described Southward as “having a health and well being role within the Shambhala Buddhist community.” Southward himself told police that “he is known throughout the Shambhala Community (sic) as someone who will address issues.”Southward made Smith move out of the young woman’s home and helped negotiate an arrangement by which Smith would pay for the woman’s counseling and would seek counseling himself, according to the report. He also set “boundaries” for Smith’s contact with children at Shambhala events, according to the report.The woman’s father spoke favorably of Southward in his interview with police, calling him a “good friend.”But not everyone was pleased with the arrangements Southward made.The family friend to whom the young woman reported the abuse at the time told police that she “became ‘incredibly irritated’ because Mike Smith was a Buddhist at the time, and everyone wanted to keep it in the Buddhist community.”Boulder police say they also have been contacted by another woman, who alleged that Smith sexually assaulted her when she was 11 years old at Karme Choling, a meditation center that Shambhala International operates in rural Caledonia County, Vermont. Authorities in Vermont are investigating that allegation.In a statement, Shambhala International’s interim board said that neither the board nor the organization’s Care and Conduct Panel, which handles allegations of sexual misconduct, was aware of the allegations against Smith before his arrest on Friday.Police said the two survivors do not know each other and that the women came forward after police in Boulder arrested former Shambhala teacher William L. Karelis, 71, in February for allegedly assaulting a 13-year-old girl he met through the Buddhist group.Karelis has denied the charges and pleaded not guilty. His case is pending trial.This story has been updated to include new information about the hiring of a third-part investigator. Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! By: Joshua Eaton Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Joshua Eaton News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Catholicism By: Joshua Eaton By: Joshua Eaton Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 TagsBoulder Buddhism Colorado homepage featured Mipham Rinpoche sexual abuse of minors sexual abuse scandal Shambhala,You may also like Hindu pilgrimage begins amid high security in Indian Kashmir Share This! Joshua Eaton,Load Comments,Norman Geisler, theologian and prolific author, dies at 86 last_img read more

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Solar battery receives 20 of its energy from the sun

first_img(Left) Illustration of the new Li-I solar flow battery with an aqueous electrolyte, which compared to organic solvents has advantages in terms of performance, cost, and environmental friendliness. (Right) When the solar battery is exposed to light, the voltage that it needs from an external source immediately decreases, as the device is being charged by the solar cell. Credit: Yu, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society Semiliquid battery competitive with both Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors (Phys.org)—Last October, researchers at Ohio State demonstrated the world’s first solar battery—a solar cell and a lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) battery combined into a single device. The main attraction of the solar battery concept is that, because it can harvest, convert, and store solar energy as chemical energy all in one device, it eliminates losses that occur when transferring electrons between multiple devices. The researchers estimate that this integration can potentially reduce overall costs by about 25%. © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society The researchers explain that the key component of the solar battery design is the electrolyte because it bridges the hydrophilic aqueous Li-I battery and the hydrophobic surface of the dye-sensitized solar cell photoelectrode. The electrolyte consists of several ingredients, including lithium iodide salt (LiI), which is essential for the battery’s electrochemical reactions, along with various additives that allow the hydrophilic electrolyte to wet the hydrophobic photoelectrode surface. This surface-wetting contact between the two components is essential for efficiently transferring charge from the solar cell to the battery.Overall, tests showed that the Li-I solar battery has a theoretical capacity (35.7 Ah/L with 2M LiI) close to that of conventional Li-I batteries, and it can be photocharged to about 91% of its theoretical capacity. It also appears to have good cyclability, retaining its full capacity for at least 25 cycles. Unfortunately, it currently takes about 16.8 hours to photocharge the device with a 0.1-mL electrolyte to its full capacity, and this long charge time is one of the biggest areas in need of improvement. The researchers plan to address this problem by improving the efficiency of the aqueous-compatible photoelectrode, among other strategies.In the future, the scientists also plan to extend some of the concepts in this solar battery design to other combinations of battery chemistry and solar cell photoelectrochemistry. One possibility is developing solar batteries that use sodium instead of lithium as the anode, since sodium has been gaining appeal due to its wide abundance and inexpensive fabrication costs.”Improving the solar battery’s photocharging rate and achieving full photocharging are among our goals,” Wu said. “We hope this technology will ultimately be commercialized for applications in grid-scale stationary solar energy conversion and storage.” Explore further 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. Although the solar-charged Li-O2 battery represented a novel and promising concept, it had a drawback: its electrolyte was made of organic solvents, which are non-aqueous and therefore not compatible with aqueous (water-based) redox flow batteries, limiting the device’s performance. Organic solvents also face problems with environmental impact and cost.Now in a new paper published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Ohio State Professor Yiying Wu and his research group have improved upon their original design by developing a solar battery that replaces the organic solvents with a more environmentally friendly and cost-effective iodine redox-based aqueous solution. The new version is an aqueous lithium-iodine (Li-I) solar flow battery, which integrates an aqueous Li-I redox flow battery with a dye-sensitized solar cell. This compatibility allows the device to operate at a higher voltage, improving its overall performance and bringing the solar battery a step closer to commercialization.”I think the greatest significance is the identification and demonstration of aqueous flow batteries as the platform for solar batteries,” Wu told Phys.org. “Flow batteries are flexible in materials selection. They are modular and scalable, and are being considered for applications in stationary storage, stand-alone power and electric vehicles. Our aqueous flow solar battery is an important step that brings this simultaneous solar energy conversion and storage concept closer to practical applications.”When exposed to sunlight during the charging process, the Li-I solar battery receives about 20% of its charging energy from the sun, meaning it uses 20% less energy from conventional energy sources compared to conventional Li-I batteries. The photoassisted charging process occurs when sunlight illuminates the dye molecules, causing them to become photoexcited and inject their electrons into the photoelectrode—the battery’s third electrode, in addition to the conventional cathode and anode. The photoexcited electrons supply a photovoltage to the battery, which reduces the charging voltage (which is supplied by external energy sources) to a value that is even lower than the discharging voltage. As the researchers explain, this feat would be thermodynamically impossible without the solar energy input. More information: Mingzhe Yu, et al. “Aqueous Lithium–Iodine Solar Flow Battery for the Simultaneous Conversion and Storage of Solar Energy.” Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b03626 Citation: Solar battery receives 20% of its energy from the sun (2015, July 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-solar-battery-energy-sun.htmllast_img read more

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Indias small farmers street vendors exhibit entrepreneurship

first_imgKolkata: Bibek Debroy, Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, said on Friday that India’s small farmers and street vendors are exhibiting far more entrepreneurship than the country’s corporate sector. “Entrepreneurship cannot be taught but skills can be taught. Let me remind you that the poor vendors on the streets of India are Exhibiting far more entrepreneurship than the Indian corporate sector does,” he said while addressing the Sixth Convocation of IMI-Kolkata. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHe maintained that one cannot encourage entrepreneurship without encouraging failure.”We all think of successes of entrepreneurship. 95 percent of entrepreneurial attempts failed,” he said.Debroy, who is also a member of NITI Aayog, stressed upon the need for providing a suitable environment for entrepreneurship by the education institutes across the country. “There is a huge question mark on whether Indian education system provides enabling environment for entrepreneurship,” the economist said. He spoke of his prolonged association with the IMI, mentioning its growth “from a seed to a mighty sapling”. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe also said: “Students must understand the importance of failure as they strive to carve a space for their own selves” and reminded them of the necessity of giving back to society. “Schemes like Start Up India, SMART cities Mission are attempts of the government to include citizens in making a better country. India will change because of its citizens,” he maintained.Around 120 students of the Institute’s PGDM Programme graduated at the Annual Convocation. Interestingly, this year the three outstanding IMI-Kolkata achievers are women. While Sagnika Dutta received the Gold Medal in Academics, Yamini Gupta was awarded for her all-round performance. The IMI-Kolkata campus in Alipore, spread over nearly an area of 3-acre, was established in 2010 to provide significant opportunities to learn, grow and develop multiple skills across various disciplines of Management.last_img read more

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YouTube went down Twitter flooded with deep questions YouTube back and everyone

first_imgYouTube shocked the internet world yesterday evening (Pacific time) when it faced a worldwide outage issue. The disruption lasted well for over half an hour (although it felt like a lifetime) for users worldwide. Users were unable to log in, upload or watch any of the videos as it showed a message saying “500 Internal Server Error:  a team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation”. Although the cause of the outage isn’t clear yet, the YT team was well aware of the issue and took Twitter to update users on the issue: Last time YouTube experienced a service outage was back in July during the World Cup game between Croatia and England and once in May when YT TV faced a similar disruption during the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Once yesterday’s issue got resolved, YouTube notified the users about the same on Twitter: While YT was down, users all around the world found themselves stuck with a question “what should I do with my life now?”. Twitter was just the perfect platform for passing time with everyone stepped up their meme game, venting their frustration over the outage. Here are some of the best tweets by users expressing their feelings about their temporary exile from YouTube: But, the meme game didn’t stop just there. Memes continued to roll out even after YT was up and running. We’re guessing it was people’s way of recuperating from the exile. Read Next YouTube’s CBO speaks out against Article 13 of EU’s controversial copyright law YouTube has a $25 million plan to counter fake news and misinformation Is YouTube’s AI Algorithm evil?last_img read more

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Six dead in Munich mall shooting manhunt underway

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Six dead in Munich mall shooting; manhunt underway Tags: Germany Share By: Michael Faulhaber And Frank Jordans Source: The Associated Press MUNICH — A manhunt is underway for a shooter or shooters who opened fire at a shopping mall in Munich, killing six people and wounding others, police and media reports said. The city transit system shut down and police asked people to stay inside their homes and otherwise avoid public places.“At the moment no culprit has been arrested,” police in the Bavarian capital said on social media. “The search is taking place at high speed.”The city of Munich sent a smartphone alert telling people to stay indoors and German rail company Deutsche Bahn stopped train traffic to Munich’s main station.Police said witnesses reported seeing three people with guns near the Olympia Einkaufszentrum mall.Munich police spokeswoman Claudia Kuenzel told The Associated Press there were “several dead and wounded” in the shooting. She could not provide exact numbers. Bavarian public broadcaster Bayrischer Rundfunk and Munich-based Focus magazine, citing sources they did not identify, said six people were killed.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesMunich police spokesman Thomas Baumann told German news agency dpa the attack started at a fast food restaurant in the mall shortly before 6 p.m. local time.Bayrischer Rundfunk reported that shops in the centre of Munich had closed with customers inside though police said reports of shots fired at a location downtown had been a false alarm.Police responded in large numbers to the mall in the northern part of Munich, not far from the city’s Olympic Stadium in the Moosach district of the Bavarian capital.It was the second attack in Germany in less than a week. On Monday, a 17-year-old Afghan wounded four people in an axe-and-knife attack on a regional train near the Bavarian city of Wuerzburg, and another woman outside as he fled. All survived, although one man from the train remains in life-threatening condition. The attacker was shot and killed by police.The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the train attack, but authorities have said the teen likely acted alone. Friday, July 22, 2016 last_img read more

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At least 14 dead after raid by progovernment forces in southwest Nicaragua

first_imgAt least 14 people are dead after government and paramilitary forces clashed with protesters in southwest Nicaragua, according to a human rights group. The clash, which came a day after President Daniel Ortega refused to hold early elections, threatens the ongoing national dialogue.Heavily armed men in black hoods and civilian clothing entered Jinotepe and Diriamba, in the department of Carazo, at 6 a.m. along with police. According to witnesses and human rights groups, the government forces tore down barricades that protesters had erected, causing a violent firefight.“This has been a horror. We have a minimum of 14 dead, but it could be more. That includes at least one anti-riot officer, one paramilitary member, and two police officers,” Vilma Nunez, president of the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH), told AFP of the raid in the Diriamba and Jinotepe areas.Police blamed the death of their officers on “armed terrorists” that were at the barricades.The Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua said they “seriously value continuing the dialogue” that the Catholic leadership has been mediating after an eruption of violence left more than 250 dead in almost three months of protests.“We can’t keep sitting down with a government that lies, that doesn’t accept responsibility, and continues attacking and slaughtering its people,” said Silvio Báez, the Auxiliary Bishop of Managua. In Nicaragua 2018, living is resisting A disproportionate attackThe incursions into Diriamba, 45 kilometers from Managua, and Jinotepe, 40 kilometers away, left dozens wounded and 21 in custody. Police and paramilitary members were also blockading hospitals, according to local humanitarian groups.A dozen people barricaded themselves in the San Sebastián basilica in Diriamba, which was under siege by armed men, according to witnesses and religious figures. Police surrounded both municipalities and citizens were left without access to internet or phone lines.Bulldozers tore down barricades and government media outlets celebrated that the zone was finally clear. More than 350 cargo trucks, which had been stuck for over a month because of the blockade, were finally able to pass.Paulo Abrao, the executive secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, said that the situation in Managua is “still critical” and warrants “special attention from the international community.”Abrao said it’s urgent for the “repression” to stop, and that repressive pro-government paramilitary forces that have been acting with impunity need to be disbanded.In Matagalpa, in northern Nicaragua, at least one person died on Saturday among violent protests, according to the Pro-Human Rights Association of Nicaragua (ANPDH).Ortega, who reappeared with a crowd of supporters after not having appeared in public for almost a month, called protesters “murderers” and “delinquents” that had thrown the country into chaos. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (R), accompanied by his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, speaks to supporters during the government-called “Walk for Security and Peace” in Managua on July 7, 2018. AFP Photo / Inti OconHistory will judge themAs a mediator between the government and the opposing Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy, the church proposed moving the 2021 elections up to 2019.But on Saturday, Ortega, who’s been in power since 2007 and is serving his third consecutive term, refused to move the elections up.Báez warned that the church will keep promoting the dialogue, but if talks fall apart it will be because the government “didn’t want to find a peaceful solution to a national crisis that they themselves started.“History will judge them for being uncompromising, arrogant liars,” the prelate said. Facebook Commentscenter_img Related posts:As Nicaragua elections approach, banned opposition decries Ortega’s budding dictatorship Madelaine Caracas: the fierce Nicaraguan artist who stood up to Daniel Ortega Nicaragua scraps presidential term limits Nicaragua expels three US officials: State Deptlast_img read more

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Top marks for Lufthansa First Class

first_imgSource = Lufthansa Five stars for Lufthansa First Class in the top tier of the latest Skytrax rankingsLufthansa has been awarded a 5-Star ranking for its First Class product and service package.On board Lufthansa aircraft, the Skytrax rating system singled out the superb comfort of the First-Class cabin with ergonomically contoured seats, which convert into a fully flat, two-metre long bed. Top marks also went to Lufthansa in-flight entertainment, which offers movies in up to eight languages, a variety of TV and radio channels as well as a selection of CDs and audio books. Additionally, Skytrax awarded outstanding marks to Lufthansa’s First-Class cabin staff for their onboard service quality, which had lent an added note to the 5-Star rating and which had shown marked improvement over the past twelve months.On the ground, the First-Class Terminal in Frankfurt scored 5-Star ratings across many of the assessment categories. Aside from exclusive service from personal assistants for HONs and First-Class passengers from a greeting on arrival at the airport through to check-in for their flight, the dedicated Terminal won acclaim for its comfortable armchairs and sofas as well as other amenities including quiet rooms with daybeds. A separate cigar lounge, spacious bathrooms offering high-quality toiletries as well as an extensive choice of hot or cold meals, cocktails and fine wines contributed to Skytrax top-tier ranking.“This great award by Skytrax confirms that our First Class belongs to the top rank worldwide,“ commented Marlene Sanau, General Manager Lufthansa Australia. “We’re very pleased with this 5-Star ranking and it encourages us to make the First Class experience on board and on the ground even more appealing for our passenger.”The quality analysis was conducted by the Skytrax research institute which specialises in rating airline products and service standards. At each airline, it scrutinizes widely diverse aspects related to customer satisfaction and service quality. Besides an airline’s onboard product, the study looks at all areas of an airline’s product and service standards on the ground. Skytrax introduced its independent, yearly star-ranking program in 1999.last_img read more

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