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SP wants seven seats from NCP-Cong.

first_imgThe Samajwadi Party (SP) has demanded seven seats from the alliance of the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) for the Assembly polls. The Congress and NCP have locked into a 50:50 seat-sharing formula, deciding to contest 125 seats each and leave 38 for their other allies. The Assembly has 288 seats. The Akhilesh Yadav-led SP has demanded two seats in Mumbai and five spread across Marathwada and western Maharastra, party leaders said. A senior Congress leader said, “A meeting was held with the SP leaders on Tuesday and we have agreed on the first three seats: Bhiwandi East, Mankhurd Shivaji Nagar and Aurangabad East. Talks are still on for the rest of the seats.” The meeting was attended by Mumbai Congress chief Eknath Gaikwad and deputy leader in Assembly Arif Nasim Khan. The SP leadership said it is keen to field new faces in Mumbai, including Byculla corporator Rais Shaikh, while other candidates could be fielded in Ratnagiri and Jalgaon districts. The Congress leadership confirmed seven seats have been allotted to the SP. In 2014, the Congress and NCP had contested the elections separately after failing to reach a satisfactory seat-sharing arrangement. In prior elections, the Congress would have a larger share of seats. However, given that the NCP won four seats in the Lok Sabha polls held this year and the Congress only one, the allies seem to have agreed on contesting an equal number of seats.last_img read more

Baylor Fires Art Briles

first_imgI didn’t know what emotion I would feel if and when this ever happened. Baylor fired Art Briles on Thursday which means it is taking the culture of sexual assault thing more seriously than I imagined (which is obviously a great thing).Baylor dismisses coach Art Briles, source told @ESPN. Briles informed players via text, source said. Announcement expected at noon ET— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) May 26, 2016So the primary emotion I feel as I read about this and think about the past and future is sadness. We get all worked up about football games and winning Big 12 titles and which team beat which other team, and it leads us to forget about the real lives of the humans involved with all of these activities.I’m talking about the victims of assault and rape, for sure, but also about the coaches and players who have to live with the horrific things that are in that soon-to-be-released report for the rest of their lives (and they were definitely horrific for Art Briles to have been fired).You think Art Briles got into coaching thinking he’d ever be canned from a top 10 team because of some widespread sexual assault? No.Knew that was coming…— Ryan Simmons (@RS_52) May 26, 2016But here we are. The fallout will likely be more horrendous than the actual firing. As my new colleague over at CBS noted, this is sort of just the beginning for Baylor.Remember: what’s happening today (and may happen next week) is just the beginning. This is not the end for Baylor. Far from it.— Ben Kercheval (@BenKercheval) May 26, 2016It’s a good beginning though, and not one that many schools would have undertaken I don’t think. And as sad as I am for the entire thing, I’m also stunned that all of this is happening. There will be takes, and many of them will be of the scorching variety in the coming weeks months.The good thing for now, though, is that it seems Baylor really is trying to right some wrongs and protect the future of its students and its athletic program. We lose sight of that often. Today was a good reminder not to.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Need to work on middle order: DC scouting head Pravin Amre

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiApril 19, 2019UPDATED: April 19, 2019 13:17 IST Delhi Capitals scouting head Pravin Amre feels that the team needs to work more on middle overs. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSDelhi Capitals suffered their third loss in their fourth game on Thursday at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium as Mumbai Indians won by 40 runsDelhi Capitals scouting head Pravin Amre feels that the team needs to work more on middle oversAmre said that the team did very well this time in powerplay as compared to the last two matchesDelhi Capitals scouting head Pravin Amre has said that the extra 18 runs leaked in the death overs cost them against Mumbai Indians and going forward, he expects a much better performance from the team’s middle order.Pandya brothers — Hardik and Krunal — hammered 51 runs off the last three overs to take Mumbai Indians to 168 for five on a slow and low Kotla wicket. The 40-run loss was Delhi’s third at home in four games though they have been doing well in away matches.”It is very important to win at home as well. We have won game so far (the super over one against KKR). The last two games, we did not do well in the Powerplay, the positive in this game was that we did very well in Powerplay (48/0),” Amre said.”It is the middle overs which really cost us and it is one area we have to work on. If we can play the spinners well in the middle overs, it will be very important,” he said at the post-match media interaction.The former India batsman said Hardik’s 15-ball 32 towards the end of Mumbai innings made the difference.”Hardik played a crucial knock. It was a 150-wicket and they managed to get an extra 18-run cushion.”Asked if the slow pitch at home is not suiting their batsmen, Amre said: “I think if you see the away games, in Mumbai we scored more than 200 runs. When the bounce is there it suits our batsmen.”We know this Kotla wicket. It is very important how we adapt with this. The way Shikhar (Dhawan) started was outstanding. He read the wicket very well today. It is just in the middle overs our batsmen have to rise up.”advertisementSpinners dominated the game and yet Delhi did not use Amit Mishra’s full quota after he gave away just 18 runs in three overs besides removing Rohit Sharma. The other Delhi spinner Axar Patel too bowled well, ending with figures of one for 17 in four overs.Asked why Delhi did not play an extra spinner considering the conditions, Amre added: “We wanted to be consistent with our selection. Ishant Sharma has doing well for us in the Powerplay. We wanted to go with the same combination. It is just the last four overs, we conceded too many runs.”Also Read | We got outplayed in all three departments: DC captain Shreyas Iyer after defeatAlso Read | Ishant Sharma’s funny banter with Rohit Sharma as Mumbai Indians outclass DCFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow Delhi CapitalsFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow DC vs MIFollow IPL 2019Follow Pravin Amre Need to work on middle order: DC scouting head Pravin AmreDelhi Capitals scouting head Pravin Amre feels that the team needs to work more on middle overs and that he expects a much better performance from the team’s middle order.advertisementlast_img read more

HMM to Deploy 13 Ships to Service Hanjin’s Two Routes

first_imgzoom South Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine will deploy more than 13 vessels on Hanjin Shipping’s two routes to minimize the effects of the company’s filing for court receivership, according to Korean Financial Services Commission (FSC).Namely, HMM will add Hanjin’s America and Europe loops to its sea routes in an effort to minimize disorder in cargo delivery and damage to shippers.“HMM will maintain freight rates for the newly-established routes to an appropriate level to ensure shippers should not face excessive increase in freight rates,” FSC said.The Seoul Central District Court will soon determine whether to accept Hanjin Shipping’s filing.Since the possibility of Hanjin’s liquidation cannot be completely ruled out, the government will form a task force to support HMM to acquire Hanjin’s healthy assets.The task force will sort out and review Hanjin’s profitable vessels, overseas sales network and key work forces, and devise detailed plan to sell the assets to HMM.Hanjin Shipping fell victim to the prolonged depression in the shipping market as it decided to file for court receivership earlier this week.The ocean carrier filed for court protection after losing support of its banks in South Korea. The company also asked the Seoul Central District Court to freeze its assets.last_img read more

Very curious slightly confused rapper Classified tests limits of cannabis support

first_imgClassified is shown in an undated, handout photo. (ho/THE CANADIAN PRESS) Nova Scotia rapper Classified has vouched for smoking marijuana for years, but he says Canada’s new legalization laws have left him confused over the ways he’s allowed to promote the cannabis lifestyle.He knows it’s within his rights to express his love for weed. And he’s allowed to talk publicly about buying shares of OrganiGram, an East Coast cannabis company he struck a loose business relationship with earlier this year.After that it gets a bit hazy, since most celebrity endorsements of a brand are prohibited under the Cannabis Act. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Facebook “I was emailing OrganiGram going, ‘You guys know I’m actually an investor so we can probably get away with advertising more.’ I’m kind of curious to see what they’re going to come back and say,” he says, sporting a baseball cap emblazoned with a logo for the company’s first recreational weed brand.“They’re so careful not to cross that line. Almost to the point where I’m barely doing anything. I’ll bring them ideas and they’re like, ‘No, we can’t do that.”‘“I don’t even know what they’re paying me for. Like I’m wearing a hat, I’m trying,” he adds.Classified, whose real name is Luke Boyd, has been at the forefront of Canadian hip hop for over a decade, making him a valuable asset for young cannabis companies looking for prominent pot smokers. He’s worked with Buck 65, produced singer Ria Mae and swapped rhymes on a track with weed aficionado Snoop Dogg.The rapper also seems eager to test the boundaries of the new federal laws. His latest music video might even do that once Health Canada catches a whiff of it.Legal Marijuana, released Wednesday to coincide with legalization, features Classified standing with dozens of people in a public park as they rap along with his verses and every so often toke up and exhale a puff of smoke.That part of the video should be fine under the law.What might raise legal questions is a line he speaks that could be deemed an endorsement of a cannabis brand. The moment happens late in the video after Boyd adjusts his baseball cap and draws attention to the logo for Edison Cannabis Company, which is part of OrganiGram’s recreational pot portfolio.“Feelin’ just right, rollin’ up some of that Edison Reserve. Oh Canada, things have changed,” he says.The line doesn’t appear in the version of the song featured on his album “Tomorrow Could Be the Day Things Change.”OrganiGram did not immediately return a request for comment.If Health Canada views the rapper saying a specific cannabis brand has him “feelin’ just right,” it’s possible the regulator might see it as crossing the line as an endorsement, suggests Denes Rothschild, a lawyer and purveyor of the cannabis industry.“If he has some sort of business arrangement with them and they’re paying him as an endorser … I think it raises a question,” says Rothschild, a partner at the Borden Ladner Gervais law firm in Toronto.“(The laws) are being interpreted and a lot of it is going to come down to where the government chooses to draw the line.”Representatives for Heath Canada didn’t immediately respond to questions about how music videos will be considered under the new laws.In the meantime, Boyd is willing to open the floodgates to potential business opportunities. After investing roughly $20,000 into shares of cannabis companies, he says he’s pleased with the upward trend in their market value.“I’m not a big stock guy at all, I don’t take chances with my money,” he says.“But I’m making more on stock than I am on touring, probably.”Boyd’s perspective on legalization is tempered by a sense of caution over widespread acceptance. He worries about the “negative” side of weed, especially with parents who smoke inside the house while their children are present.“Hopefully people will be smart and realize it’s not good to just sit here and blow smoke in kids’ lungs and let them grow up with this type of lifestyle every day,” he says.At his family home in Enfield, N.S., just outside Halifax, he says it’s a rule that nobody smokes around his three pre-teen daughters. He typically lights up inside his recording studio.“I put in a different ventilation system so I can smoke, so it’s not going through my house every day,” he says.“But at the same time my oldest knows I use it sometimes and it’s no different to her than like, ‘Oh mommy’s having a glass a wine.’ OK, well daddy’s out there doing his thing.”In many ways, the rapper says legalization doesn’t make hardly any difference for him or his friends.“They smoke it like it’s been legal for years,” he says. “I think most people have.”By David Friend | The Canadian Press Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Hissing shouts of shame as pipeline station gets permit

first_imgRICHMOND, Va. — A state board in Virginia approved a contentious plan Tuesday to build a natural gas pipeline station in a historic African-American community, prompting angry shouts of “shame” from more than 200 opponents.The State Air Pollution Control Board voted 4-0 in favour of a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would run 600 miles (965 kilometres) and carry fracked natural gas from West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina.Some opponents of the project hissed, coughed and shouted during the meeting. Fifteen people were removed by state police, and one woman was charged with trespassing after she laid down on the floor and refused to comply with police verbal commands to leave.The proposed site for the compressor station is in Union Hill, an unincorporated community founded by freed slaves. The community is in rural Buckingham County, about an hour’s drive west of Richmond.Opponents are concerned that exhaust from the 54,000-horsepower compressor station would hurt low-income and elderly residents living nearby. Supporters say it will boost development.The station would be built on 15 acres (6 hectares) of a 70-acre (28-hectare) site, and the rest of the property left undisturbed, according to Dominion Energy, the pipeline’s lead developer. Compressor stations are used to power interstate natural gas pipelines, moving gas through the system.Paul Wilson, pastor of two Baptist churches near the proposed site, said opponents will keep fighting. He didn’t elaborate on whether they would take legal action.“We’re looking at all of our avenues,” he said after the vote. “It’s a long way from over. I think Dominion wants to wear people down. But that’s not going to happen.”Dominion spokesman Karl Neddenien acknowledged in a statement after the vote that it will “have to continue building trust in the community.” He said the project’s backers are making investments in a new community centre and rescue squad “but it will not end there.”Neddenien said most air emissions at the station will be 50 to 80 per cent lower than at any other compressor station in Virginia.The air pollution permit has become a flashpoint in the yearslong fight over the pipeline.Supporters say it’s needed to help boost the supply of natural gas. Opponents say it is an unnecessary fossil fuel infrastructure project that tramples on land rights and hurts the environment.With a current pricetag of $6.5 billion to $7.0 billion, the pipeline has recently suffered significant legal setbacks, including a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling last month throwing out a permit for the pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail. Dominion has suspended all project construction and said it plans to appeal the ruling.John Laury, who lives less than a mile (kilometre) from where the compressor station would be built, said he doesn’t believe assurances from Dominion or state regulators that emissions from the station would not hurt residents’ health or the environment.“I challenge them to come live in the community with us, to breathe this air, drink this water,” said Laury, 74.Mike Dowd, the state Department of Environmental Quality’s Air Director, said the department reviewed compressor station permits from around the country and scrutinized pollution control technology.He said the station will “set a new national standard that all future compressor stations will have to meet across the country.”Gov. Ralph Northam angered environmentalists and minority groups when he replaced two members of the pollution control board after it delayed a scheduled vote in November.Northam, a Democrat, said the move was unrelated to the compressor station vote and that members were replaced because their terms had expired.Two new members didn’t vote Tuesday, nor did a third member who cited a conflict of interest.Board member William Ferguson said at the hearing that there’s a real need for the pipeline, particularly in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region.“The region needs the energy; the state needs the energy,” he said.His comments prompted a woman to shout: “How much is Dominion paying you?”Some opponents held pieces of paper with a blown-up photo of the governor’s face and the words “foul” or “shut it down.”Northam has said he’s agnostic on how the board votes.“As far as the pipeline … there’s not a lot of middle road on that issue,” Northam said in a recent radio interview. “I’ve tried to be as fair as I can.”After the board approved the permit, some of the opponents overturned their chairs.Charles Strickler, a retired dentist, predicted that opponents will not give up their fight.“I think there are going to be people in front of bulldozers for the pipeline getting arrested,” he said.Denise Lavoie, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Kidnapped kid reunited with family father his paramour held in case

first_imgGhaziabad: Ghaziabad police have rescued a three and half years old boy from near Radisson hotel in Indirapuram area of Ghaziabad and reunited him with the family, on Monday. Cops said that the kid was kidnapped from outside his house in Delhi while playing on May 15 and the kidnappers dumped him in Indirapuram area after injuring him badly at his face.According to police, the victim has been identified as Aahad, a native of Karawal area in Delhi. “The boy was kidnapped from outside his house in Delhi on May 15 while a missing report was already registered in the local police station,” said police. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarSandeep Kumar Singh, Station House officer of Indirapuram police station said that the child was rescued from near Radisson hotel in Indirapuram area in an unconscious condition. “A passerby conveyed information to police and a team rushed to the spot. The child was lying in an unconscious condition with critical injuries on his face. Police immediately admitted him to nearby Max hospital where he was kept under Intense Care Unit. A plastic surgery was performed in order to identify the victim. We enquired nearby police stations and used pamphlets and social websites to help people identify the child. Later on Sunday, the child was identified and was reunited with the family. Doctors have stated his condition as stable now,” said Singh. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaMeanwhile, Aahad’s mother Dilshana said that her husband, Dilshad, had an extramarital affair with a woman Sahana and she often come to their house and threaten them. “A few days before the incident, Sahana came to our house and enquired about Dilshad. When we refused she threatened us with dire consequences and went away. On May 15, Aahad, who was playing outside the house went missing while we lodged a case of kidnapping against unidentified persons. But when Aahad was reunited with us, he recognised Sahana in front of police to have kidnapped him. Police arrested Sahana and Dilshad on Monday,” said Dilshana. She also said that Dilshad had been into a relationship with Sahana from past four years and also had two children.last_img read more

267 of Moroccans Speak Tamazight

Rabat – Over 26 per cent of Moroccans speak Amazigh, which is Morocco’s second official language after Arabic since the adoption of the 2011 constitution.Ahmed EL Hlimi Al Alami, chairman of Morocco’s High Commission for Planning (HPC), announced that 89,8 % of Moroccans speak Darija, 96% of which live in cities and 80,2 % in the countryside.The HCP announced the official results of the population and housing census in Morocco. The results revealed that Amazigh-speaking persons stand for 26,7% of the population, 14% of which speak Tachlhit, 7,6% Tamazight and 4,1% Tarifit.According to the last population and housing census held in September 2014, Morocco’s population reached 33, 573, 292 people. read more

World leaders recommit to drug control measures at UN drug commission

As the UN’s central policy-making body dealing with drug-related issues wrapped up its annual session in Vienna with a Ministerial Segment today, ministers and government representatives reaffirmed their commitment to the outcome of the twentieth special session of the General Assembly on drugs held in 1998, in which more than 150 countries promised to achieve significant and measurable results to reduce the illicit supply and demand for drugs by 2008.Adopting the “Joint Ministerial Statement and further measures to implement the action plans emanating from the twentieth special session of the General Assembly,” representatives agreed that to be successful, action to address the drug problem must be supported by strong international cooperation, and required a balance between supply reduction and demand reduction. In the spirit of the principle of common and shared responsibility, it was recommended that financial and technical support continue to be provided for the fight against illicit drugs. The Statement proposes further measures in national drug control strategies, demand reduction, illicit synthetic drugs and control of precursors. It also recommends bolstering judicial cooperation, countering money-laundering, and international cooperation in illicit crop eradication and alternative development.Representatives also expressed grave concern about policies and activities in favour of the legalization of illicit narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances that were not in accordance with the international drug control treaties and that might jeopardize the international drug control regime. read more

Obama offers new birth control fixes to religious nonprofits some forprofits companies

WASHINGTON – Seeking to quell a politically charged controversy, the Obama administration announced new measures Friday to allow religious nonprofits and some companies to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees while still ensuring those employees have access to contraception.Even so, the accommodations may not fully satisfy religious groups who oppose any system that makes them complicit in providing coverage they believe is immoral.Effective immediately, the U.S. will start allowing faith-affiliated charities, colleges and hospitals to notify the government — rather than their insurers — that they object to birth control on religious grounds.A previous accommodation offered by the Obama administration allowed those nonprofits to avoid paying for birth control by sending their insurers a document called Form 700, which transfers responsibility for paying for birth control from the employer to the insurer. But Roman Catholic bishops and other religious plaintiffs argued just submitting that form was like signing a permission slip to engage in evil.In a related move, the administration announced plans to allow for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby Inc. to start using Form 700. The Supreme Court ruled in June that the government can’t force companies like Hobby Lobby to pay for birth control, sending the administration scrambling for a way to ensure their employees can still get birth control one way or another at no added cost.The dual decisions mark the Obama administration’s latest effort to address a long-running conflict that has pitted the White House against churches and other religious groups. The dispute has sparked dozens of legal challenges, fueling an election-year debate about whether religious liberty should trump a woman’s access to health care options.“Today’s announcement reinforces our commitment to providing women with access to coverage for contraception, while respecting religious considerations raised by non-profit organizations and closely held for-profit companies,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.Yet the latest proposals will likely run up against the same objections, because they still enable employees to receive contraception through their health plans — one of a range of preventive services required under President Barack Obama’s health care law.“We will be studying the new rule with our clients, but if today’s announcement is just a different way for the government to hijack the health plans of religious ministries, it is unlikely to end the litigation,” said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. The fund has represented both Hobby Lobby and Wheaton College, an evangelical school whose case also made its way to the Supreme Court.Days after the high court ruled in late June in Hobby Lobby’s favour, the justices delivered another blow to the Obama administration by siding with religious nonprofits like Wheaton who said filling out Form 700 wasn’t an acceptable accommodation and still constituted a violation of their religious freedom.The new fixes unveiled Friday appear to embrace suggestions included in both of the Supreme Court rulings.In the Hobby Lobby case, Justice Samuel Alito suggested in the majority opinion that one solution would be to offer the Form 700 option to some for-profit companies. And in the Wheaton case, the court said the college could avoid Form 700 while the case is being appealed by instead sending a simple letter to the government indicating its objections.Yet that temporary fix for Wheaton exempted the college from covering contraception altogether. Under the new accommodation, sending the letter will prompt the government to instruct a non-profit’s insurer or third-party administrators to take on the responsibility of paying for the birth control, at no cost to the employer. As with Form 700, the government will reimburse the insurers through credits against fees owed under other parts of the health law.The administration’s hope is that the new accommodation will be more palatable because it creates more distance between religious nonprofits and the health services they oppose, by inserting the government as a middleman between nonprofits and their insurers. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., an advocate for birth control access, said that Obama had “bent over backwards” to accommodate religious groups and called for those organizations to drop their opposition.But social conservatives scoffed, with the Family Research Council dismissing the new fix as an “insulting accounting gimmick.” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the church was disappointed because the administration hadn’t backed off its insistence that employer-provided plans still offer coverage the church deems objectionable.The Form 700 alternative will require religious nonprofits to send the government a letter that includes the organization’s name, the type of health plan they offer, and the name and contact information for their insurance issuers or third-party administrators, officials said. Groups must also explain which types of birth control they object to and state the objection is based on sincerely held beliefs.The accommodation aimed at for-profit companies will apply only to “closely held” corporations, such as Hobby Lobby, that are owned by families or a small number of investors. The government is asking for the public’s input about how narrowly to define a “closely held” corporation, meaning the specifics won’t be finalized for many months.___Reach Josh Lederman on Twitter at http://twitter.com/joshledermanAP AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Obama offers new birth control fixes to religious nonprofits, some for-profits companies by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press Posted Aug 22, 2014 11:25 am MDT read more

Hey At Least The Cavs Might Not Get Swept

In 15 tries since the NBA adopted its modern playoff structure in 1984, only one team has gotten out of an 0-2 Finals hole: the 2006 Miami Heat. That team clawed its way back when Dwyane Wade put on maybe the greatest individual performance in Finals history, the kind of thing LeBron James is also capable of doing. But those Heat hadn’t played anywhere near as poorly as the Cavs have through two Finals games.It gets worse: If we expand our view to include all best-of-seven series since 1984, we find that 6 percent of teams with an 0-2 deficit have gone on to win the series, none of which were dominated as thoroughly as the Cavs. The smart money says it probably isn’t happening. Elo gives Cleveland a mere 11 percent chance of winning now, and it doesn’t even know that Kevin Love’s Game 3 status is up in the air after suffering a concussion in Game 2. But talk of a sweep might be premature. The same historical data that underscored the grim state of Cleveland’s title chances also shows that there’s little to no relationship between an 0-2 team’s margin of defeat in games 1-2 and the eventual length of the series. First and foremost among the exceptions: the 1995 Houston Rockets. Despite being defending champs, the Rockets went into their second-round series against the Phoenix Suns as underdogs, and were beaten by 46 combined points in games 1 and 2. Back in Houston for Game 3, they rolled over the Suns by 33. But they lost Game 4 at home and had to gut out three consecutive victories, the last of which was sealed with Mario Elie’s “Kiss of Death”: Never underestimate the heart of a champion, indeed.Cleveland needn’t go back so far in the history books for the other team to bounce back from a remotely comparable hole. This year’s Portland Trail Blazers were beaten by 41 combined by the Los Angeles Clippers in games 1 and 2 of their first-round series before storming back to win four straight. But it’s worth mentioning that the Clippers lost point god Chris Paul to a season-ending injury late in Game 4, significantly lowering the difficulty of a Portland comeback. By contrast, the Cavs would have to perform a revival the hard way — unless there’s another Steph Curry injury. Listen to the latest episode of our sports podcast Hot Takedown. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code By Neil Paine Before the NBA Finals tipped off last Thursday, I and others thought the Cleveland Cavaliers might give the Golden State Warriors a better fight this year than last. Unfortunately for Cleveland — as usual — that notion is quickly vanishing. Fresh off an easy 15-point victory in Game 1, the Warriors crushed the Cavs by 33 in Game 2 on Sunday night, burying the Cavs in the most demoralizing 0-2 hole in championship history. Before this year, no team had ever beaten an opponent by 48 combined points in the first two games of the Finals.If we account for the fact that the first two Finals games this year were played on the Warriors’ home court — meaning we subtract from the home team’s margin its built-in advantage of about 3.6 points per game, in accordance with our Elo ratings — the Cavs have been running about 20 points per game behind the Warriors in the series so far. Even among teams sporting 0-2 Finals deficits, that’s just embarrassing: Although no team that was dominated as utterly as the Cavs has gone on to win a series from an 0-2 deficit, just as many forced a sixth game as were swept. In fact, of the 30 teams in our 0-2 sample to be beaten by an average location-adjusted margin of at least 15 points in games 1-2, only a third were swept; 30 percent lost in five games, 23 percent lost in six, 7 percent bowed out in seven — and 7 percent went on to win the series.And if they’re looking for inspiration to avoid the brooms, the Cavs should look at themselves, but in reverse. Early in the Eastern Conference finals, Cleveland built a 2-0 lead, whipping the Toronto Raptors by an adjusted average of 21.4 points per contest. That was a start so dominant that it had us speculating on the Cavs’ place in history, and it made the idea of the Raptors winning even a single game feel remote. But the Raptors promptly won two straight to tie the series (before eventually being closed out in six games). Faint consolation for Cleveland, but in dire times, it may have to serve.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

British Antarctic Survey abandons polar base as worrying crack grows in ice

first_imgIt is the first time the base has been closed for the winter Credit:BAS During the summer months the BAS could quickly airlift staff to safety should there by a sudden fracturing of the ice sheet. But, access to Halley by ship or aircraft is extremely difficult during the winter months of 24-hour darkness, extremely low temperatures and the frozen sea.There are currently 88 people on station including summer-only staff working on the relocation project and 16 who were scheduled to over-winter. Some staff may be deployed to other BAS teams.The BAS said every effort was being made to ensure the continuity of long-term scientific data capture.It is the latest problem to beset the base.   In 2012, satellite monitoring of the ice shelf revealed the first signs of movement in the chasm that had lain dormant for at least 35 years and, by 2013, it began opening at an alarming pace of one mile per year.  If the base does not move, it could be in danger of tumbling into the chasm by 2020.To make matters more time critical, in October, a new crack emerged 10 miles to the north of the research station across the route sometimes used to resupply the base. The team had just nine weeks to relocate operations, before the harsh winter begins, making it difficult to move the structure amid complete darkness, plummeting temperatures and gale-force winds.The base was to be broken up into its eight modules and driven further inland on the back of large tractors. But the exercise has been abandoned to allow staff to be taken to safety.The base is crucial to studies into global issues such as the impact of extreme space weather events, climate change, and atmospheric phenomena.  Ozone measurements have also been made continuously at Halley since 1956 and it was scientific investigations from this location that led to the discovery of the Antarctic Ozone Hole in 1985.Space weather data captured at Halley VI contributes to the Space Environment Impacts Expert Group that provides advice to Government on the impact of space weather on UK infrastructure and business.The station is also home to an ongoing European Space Agency (ESA) experiment which is testing how well people can adapt to life in remote and isolated locations in preparations for long space flights, such as the first Mars landing. Scientists at the British Antarctic Survey are abandoning their research station for the first time ever this winter after a new worrying crack developed in the ice sheet.The renowned Halley VI ice base, from which the hole in the ozone layer was first detected, was already scheduled to be relocated 14 miles across the Brunt Ice Shelf because of an encroaching fissure in the ice.But a new crack has been steadily growing to the north of the base, and computer modelling suggests that it could cause a large iceberg to calve away from the sheet, which could destabalise the area.Although the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) says nobody is immediate danger, they cannot be sure that conditions would not worsen during the difficult conditions of the southern polar winter when an evacuation would be impossible.“We want to do the right thing for our people,” said Captain Tim Stockings, the Director of Operations at the base.“Bringing them home for winter is a prudent precaution given the changes that our glaciologists have seen in the ice shelf in recent months.“The Halley VI Research Station sits on a floating ice shelf.  It was designed specifically to move inland if required.  The current work to relocate our station is going very well.  This challenging engineering project is scheduled to complete as planned by early March 2017.  “Our goal is to winterise the station and leave it ready for re-occupation as soon as possible after the Antarctic winter.”center_img It is the first time the base has been closed for the winter  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.last_img read more

Rude judges bully lawyers in court QC complains

first_img 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 also suspect that some judges do not realise that what they say and how they behave affects those who appear before them long after they leave the courtroom Family law barrister Lucy Reed said lawyers who experience bullying feel “powerless, paralysed, silenced” in a similar way to victims of sexual harassment. In a post on her own blog, published last year, Ms Reed said: “I suspect that this issue is at least in part exacerbated by the immense pressure on our judges. “It is a tough job, and judges are only human. That doesn’t make bullying excusable but it’s important to say nonetheless. But here I’m more interested in the impact than the cause. “Because I also suspect that some judges do not realise that what they say and how they behave affects those who appear before them long after they leave the courtroom.”Angela Rafferty, chair of the Criminal Bar Association, said: “The Criminal Bar has a zero tolerance of bullying. The privilege of public service brings responsibility and on this the justice system is united.”Last week head of the family division of the High Court Sir James Munby said judges were “grotesquely overworked” and “tired” and so more likely to make errors.   In a piece for lawyers’ magazine Counsel, she said she herself had been bullied and added: “I have received emails from members of the Bar at all levels of Call who have experienced judicial bullying and felt deskilled and humiliated as a result.”Last year barristers from London-based Garden Court chambers wrote a piece for the Law Society Gazette which reported numerous examples of bullying including a female barrister who was “driven to tears in the robing room” after being bullied for “standing up to the judge”. In another case a lawyer was told by a judge that they needed “to be very careful indeed”. The judge allegedly added: “If you come in front of me again with that kind of assertion (appearance of bias) with nothing to back it up then you will be in trouble”. The JCIO received 2,126 complaints in 2016/17, compared to 2,609 in 2015/16. The vast majority of complaints were rejected.When the figures were published last year Stephanie Hack, joint head of the JCIO, said the low number of disciplinary actions – just 42 in that year – was a “testament to the high standards of conduct maintained by judicial office holders”.center_img Rude judges are “bullying” lawyers in courtrooms, a top QC has complained. Professor Jo Delahunty QC said barristers have told her how they had been humiliated by “judicial bullying”.She said some judges “abuse their position by being unjustifiably rude, hostile, unfairly critical of and abusive towards lawyers who appear before them”. The top barrister, who works in family law and specialises in child abuse and protection, said that lawyers were too afraid to raise the behaviour with watchdog the judicial conduct investigations office. She said the behaviour went “well beyond the grumpy, peeved or abrasive when an advocate’s conduct falls below that which could properly be expected by the Bench of them.”She added: “I am not talking of stern (even taciturn) judicial intervention and direction in a case to keep issues focused. “What was being reported from the Bar described conduct from some judges that was highly inappropriate such that it fell within the Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) definition of workplace bullying: ‘offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means that undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the person being bullied’. “And yet, it is rare that this kind of judicial behaviour is brought to light officially.” There are around 26,000 members of the judiciary. Some barristers have linked the alleged bullying with the #MeToo movement which encouraged women to speak up about sexual harassment at work. last_img read more

Environmentally friendly PGM smelting process begins commercialisation

first_imgJubilee Platinum and Mintek have successfully completed the development program for the ConRoast smelting process. In March 2010 the demonstration DC-arc furnace passed the significant milestone of smelting 45,000 t of material containing PGMs as part of the program. Consequently, treatment of material in the Mintek facility for demonstration purposes has ceased, so that Jubilee can focus on the commercialisation of the technology. The process is an environmentally friendly and safe way of smelting PGM concentrates, especially for the troublesome high-chromium concentrates emanating from the UG2 Reef in South Africa.Abiel Mgomuzulu, CEO of Mintek, said “The successful conclusion of the R&D phase for the ConRoast smelting solution, affirms Mintek’s successful track record of forming partnerships with industry for the development of technologies that provides solutions to the challenges faced by the Mining and Minerals industry. Mintek remains committed to this process and will continue with technical support to Jubilee as they commercialise the ConRoast process.”Colin Bird, CEO of Jubilee, said “Jubilee is delighted that the R&D phase has been successfully concluded. The ConRoast process has throughout its development phase demonstrated that it is an environmentally friendlier, safer and more efficient processing solution than the traditional matte-collection furnaces for the recovery of PGMs from chrome rich concentrates. To date the demonstration facility at Mintek has achieved the necessary results confirming that the ConRoast smelting route is the industry solution for chrome rich concentrates. We thank Mintek for the support as our technical partner and look forward to our ongoing relationship during and after the commercialisation phase.”As part of the conclusion of the R&D program, Mintek and Jubilee have agreed that ownership of the Braemore-installed demonstration plant at Mintek will pass to Mintek. The furnace has been in operation for the past six years, primarily acting as a large-scale demonstration unit for Mintek’s patented ConRoast process, to which Braemore Platinum, a wholly owned subsidiary of Jubilee, holds the exclusive worldwide rights.Since October 2007, the enlarged demonstration furnace at Mintek has been treating a wide range of PGM-bearing feed materials on behalf of Braemore. These final trials marked the conclusion of a very successful development period during which ConRoast established itself as the new, safe and environmentally friendly smelting solution for PGM containing concentrates. Braemore has funded the further development of ConRoast through pilot plant test work at Mintek and overseas as well as the expansion of the smelting facilities at Mintek. Consequently Braemore holds the exclusive rights to ConRoast for the roasting, smelting and downstream refining of PGM-containing feed materials.Mintek will continue to investigate opportunities to use the facility for a combination of further development work, process demonstration, for revenue-generating and training purposes. This work will assist in establishing further opportunities for the use of DC-arc furnace technology, especially with regard to facilitating opportunities related to junior and black-economic-empowered entities.last_img read more

A Robot Commanded By An Xbox Controller Shot Surface Studio Video

first_img When you’re about to reveal a $3,000 all-in-one and the first desktop computer you’ve ever created to the world, you want everything to go perfectly. That goes double for the first big promo video for it.Microsoft needed a partner that could capture footage with the same attention to detail that they put into designing and building the Surface Studio. Someone that could capture its sleek lines and the smooth transformation from display to a digital drafting table — and repeat the same shots over and over.Someone who could drive a robot using an Xbox One Elite wireless controller. So they went knocking on the door at Motorized Precision, who just happen to be experts at that very thing.They call their custom camerabot KIRA. Including its hefty base, the robotic rig tips the scales at just shy of two tons. Despite its weight, KIRA has an incredibly light touch when it comes to cinematography. If you haven’t seen the Surface Studio promo video yet, take a look. It’s impressive stuff… and the kind of thing you’d have expected to accompany an Apple product launch, not a Microsoft one:KIRA can pull of some mind-blowing maneuvers. There are times when it looks more like a robotic ballerina than a camera rig. Equally amazing is the level of precision KIRA is capable of, like when it draws its name in the air to start Motorized Precision’s promo reel: Microsoft Reveals The Beastly Surface Studio All-In-One Stay on targetcenter_img Don’t worry, camera operators: the robots aren’t coming for your jobs yet. You might have to get comfortable with an Xbox controller, but for now, you’re gaining a new partner that lets you do things that you could never do before… not being replaced.last_img read more

Final 2/29 WWE RAW rating, overall number sees a drop

first_img WWE RAW Ratings: Viewers up again for June 11, Averages still below three million viewers Pinterest Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 This week’s 2/29 WWE RAW drew a final 2.63 cable rating with an average audience of 3.72 million viewers on Monday night. The first hour drew 3.961 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.660 million viewers and the third hour closed the night with 3.551 million viewers.This is down from last week’s 2.73 rating with 3.88 million viewers. As reported earlier, RAW was the top rated show on cable Monday night despite a drop in viewers.RAW averaged a 1.32 rating among adults 18-49, down from a 1.35 last week.Source: Prowrestling.net, Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Impact Ratings: Viewers see another drop on June 28 featuring Rayne vs. Blanchard main event Facebook Velvet Sky Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Twittercenter_img Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next 2/28 NXT Live Results: Columbus and Tampa (Gargano vs. Cole, Riddle vs. Moss) Google+last_img read more

Defense Spending to Increase for Fifth Consecutive Year

first_imgThe Pentagon’s budget is expected to grow in 2020 for the fifth consecutive year as lawmakers push for increases despite recent pushback by congressional liberals and deficit hawks, according to a Washington Post report.The White House’s 2020 budget request includes $750 billion for defense, with deep domestic spending cuts to health care and education programs.House Democrats have proposed $733 billion in yearly defense increases in exchange for Republican support for nondefense spending that would be doubled.The dueling defense figures would increase DOD spending to the highest level since the Iraq war, according to Todd Harrison, an expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.Harrison’s defense spending conclusion is supported by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the Center for International Policy, a left-leaning think tank.The defense increases also suggest the Pentagon will expand despite President Donald Trump’s call to limit overseas involvement.Photo provided by DOD ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Flood watch in effect for Denali National Park

first_imgRainfall in Alaska’s interior has led to a flood watch in Denali National Park through Tuesday, July 5, 2016. (Image courtesy National Weather Service)A flood watch is in effect for parts of Interior Alaska.Listen nowAccording to the National Weather Service, heavy rains over the past few days have caused water levels to rise around the Denali National Park, Healy, Carlo Creek and Kantishna.More rain is in the forecast Monday in those areas.The flood watch remains in effect through Tuesday afternoon.The National Weather Service urges caution for those traveling on and near affected rivers and streams.last_img read more

Death toll touches 128 in Muzaffarpur due to encephalitis

first_imgMuzaffarpur: The death toll due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) on Saturday mounted to 128 in Muzaffarpur district. As per official data, the dea th toll in government-run Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) has touched 108 while 20 children died at Kejriwal hospital in the district due to the vector-borne disease. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of the children who died due to the AES. Also Read – Custody of Ratul Puri extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us He had also given directions to the health department, district administration and doctors to take necessary measures for the containment of the disease. The AES is a viral disease that causes flu-like symptoms such as high fever, vomiting and in extreme cases, brain dysfunction, seizure, and inflammation of heart and kidney.last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5 Night King to return in

first_imgBran Stark is the Night KingFacebookGame of Thrones season 8 episode 4 featured a heartbreaking scene between Jon Snow, Tormund, and Ghost. Fans are now speculating that Night King will be back in some capacity in the last and final episode of Game of Thrones.Major spoilers:Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 “The Last of Starks” featured a very emotional scene between Jon Snow and Tormund. After the war against the White Walkers is over, the Wildings are planning to head their North — beyond the wall. Before going back to his native place, Tormund comes to Jon and tells him that he does not like to stay in Winterfell as the woman does not appreciate him — case in point, Brienne’s intimate moment with Jaime Lannister.Before exchanging goodbyes, Jon Snow asks Tormund to take his direwolf Ghost along with him. Since Jon is going South to the King’s Landing, Ghost will be healthier in a cold place i.e., Beyond the Wall.What was more troubling for fans was the fact that Jon Snow left Ghost without even petting him once! Ghost deserved at least a hug or a word from Jon but it would have made extremely hard for Jon to say goodbye if he would have stayed to kiss him for one last time.In the forthcoming episodes of Game of Thrones, we will see Jon Snow in King’s Landing — fighting Daenerys Targaryen’s battle against Cersei Lannister. In this case, the North is only attended by Sansa Stark as even Arya has left the place with The Hound.At the very same time, Tormund’s fate is not over yet. The character is far too important just to go off and leave the rest of his days in peace. Once he will head North, the actual North, he might realize something grim about the place. Maybe he will find some clues left by Night King. If something like this happens, then he will have to send a raven back to King’s Landing. It would become extremely difficult for Jon Snow to handle the battle at Red Keep as well as trying to maintain peace in the North if White Walkers or Night King will return.It would be pretty interesting to see if Night King will be back in Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6. What will amaze everyone more is the fact that how Bran Stark will deal with everything.The next episode of Game of Thrones is going to air on Sunday, May 12, on HBO at 9 pm.last_img read more

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