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first_imgLATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The 6-foot-3 Yap spearheaded his team’s fightback from 21 points down by firing 10 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter.READ: Ejected Caloy Garcia says Rain or Shine ‘not getting any calls’His Game 4 performance also ended his scoring slump in the series.“I realized I was too eager in the first three games. It’s like every time I get the ball, I wanted to score right away instead of just letting the game come to me,” Yap said of his adjustments in Game 4.“For this game, I just relaxed myself and allowed the game come to me and it’s worked so far.”ADVERTISEMENT Yap hopes to sustain his play in the pivotal Game 5 on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA D-League: Petron-Letran escapes St. Clare College “I have no regrets in my mind right now knowing I took a good shot which I’m not going to take back even if it missed,” Yap said in Filipino after a 94-91 loss that tied the best-of-seven series at 2-2.READ: Hotshots blow lead, escape Painters in Game 4 to tie semis seriesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsYap hit the back iron on his potential game-tying 3-pointer as time ran out before sinking one from almost the same spot seconds earlier that made it a three-point game.The 37-year-old Yap may have missed the biggest shot of the game but the Elasto Painters wouldn’t have been in the thick of things had it not been for the two-time MVP. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess James Yap. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—James Yap has made a career out of making clutch shots.That’s why the Rain or Shine swingman won’t lose any sleep over a missed attempt in the final seconds of Game 4 of the Philippine Cup semifinals against Magnolia on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgWashington, Sep 20 (PTI) Birth control pills cause a small but significant increase in the risk of the most common type of stroke, according to a new report. For healthy young women without any stroke risk factors, the risk of stroke associated with oral contraceptives is small, researchers said. But in women with other stroke risk factors, “the risk seems higher and, in most cases, oral contraceptive use should be discouraged,” said report co-authors Marisa McGinley, Sarkis Morales-Vidal, and Jose Biller, of Loyola University Medical Center and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Worldwide, more than 100 million women currently use oral contraceptives or have used them in the past. Strokes associated with oral contraceptives were first reported in 1962. Early versions of the pill contained doses of synthetic estrogen as high as 150 microgrammes. Most birth control pills now contain as little as 20 to 35 microgrammes. None contain more than 50 microgrammes of synthetic estrogen. Oral contraceptives increase the risk of ischemic strokes, which are caused by blood clots and account for about 85 per cent of all strokes, researchers said. In the general population, oral contraceptives do not appear to increase the risk of hemorrhagic strokes, which are caused by bleeding in the brain. There are about 4.4 ischemic strokes for every 100,000 women of childbearing age. Birth control pills increase the risk 1.9 times, to 8.5 strokes per 100,000 women, according to a well-performed meta-analysis cited in the report. This is still a small risk; 24,000 women would have to take birth control pills to cause one additional stroke, according to the report. But for women who take birth control pills and also smoke, have high blood pressure or have a history of migraine headaches, the stroke risk is significantly higher. Such women should be discouraged from using oral contraceptives, the researchers said. Hormone replacement therapy with estrogen alone or combined with progesterone increases the risk of ischemic stroke by 40 per cent; the higher the dose, the higher the risk, the report said. The report was published in the journal MedLink Neurology. PTI RCL AKJ RCLadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgVijayawada, Aug 23 (PTI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu tonight handed over a cheque for Rs three crore to Olympic silver medal-winning shuttler P V Sindhu.He also presented a cheque for Rs 50 lakh to Sindhus coach Pullela Gopichand and Rs 25 lakh to badminton player Kidambi Srikanth, who also competed in Rio Olympics.The cheques were presented at the grand finale of the Krishna Pushkaram at Pavitra Sangamam at Ferry village near here.Head of Sri Datta Peetham, Mysuru, Ganapati Satchidananda Swamy felicitated Sindhu and others on the occasion.The state government had announced a cash reward of Rs 3 crore to Sindhu, a 1000-square yard residential plot in the states new capital city Amaravati and also offered a Group-1 officer job of her choice in the state government.On August 20, the state Cabinet also decided to reward Gopichand with Rs 50 lakh for propelling Sindhu to Olympic glory.This morning, the Chief Minister announced that Gopichand would be given 15 acres of land in the proposed Sports City in Amaravati for setting up a world class badminton academy.Sindhu has not revealed if she will take up the job offer. PTI DBV NRB SClast_img read more

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first_imgDubai, Oct 3 (PTI) India today dislodged arch-rivals Pakistan to claim the numero uno spot in the ICC Test rankings following their series-clinching comprehensive 178-run win over New Zealand in the second cricket Test in Kolkata. India pulled off a brilliant all-round performance to trounce New Zealand in the second Test to clinch the three-Test series with an unassailable 2-0 lead which also propelled them to the top of the ICC rankings. Virat Kohlis men wrapped up the series-deciding victory on the fourth day of the match after setting the Black Caps a mammoth target of 376 runs to chase. Indias win over New Zealand in Kolkata has meant that it will be ranked number one on the ICC Test chart when it is updated at the conclusion of the ongoing series. Indias top spot is guaranteed irrespective of how the third and final Test in Indore, which will be played from 8-12 October, pans out. Kohlis side had entered the series against New Zealand trailing Pakistan by one point and needed to win the series to reclaim the number one position for the fourth time since the current rankings system was introduced in 2003. And India achieved this in style when it won the first Test in Kanpur by 197 runs and then dominated the Kolkata Test to romp home with nearly a day to spare. India has previously been at the top of the table from November 2009 to August 2011 and then briefly during January-February 2016 and in August 2016. To celebrate Indias number one Test ranking, it will be presented with the ICC Test Championship mace. Indias next challenge will be to put the number one ranking beyond Pakistans reach and this will only be possible if it wins or draws the Indore Test. If India wins 3-0, then it will finish on 115 point and on 113 points in case of a 2-0 series win. Either of the result will mean even if Pakistan blanks out the West Indies, it will not be able to overhaul India as the highest as it can only finish with 112 points. However, if New Zealand earns a consolation victory, then India will finish on 111 points, which, in turn, will give Pakistan a sniff to reclaim the number one ranking and the mace. Pakistan goes head-to-head with the West Indies from October 13 in the first Test at the Dubai Sports City. This will be the first time the two sides as well as the venue will host a day-night Test. PTI SSC ATK PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgChennai, Nov 4 (IANS) When it comes to chess, Chennai, the cradle of Indian chess, has several firsts including being home to India’s first International Master (Manuel Aaron) and Grand Master (Vishwanathan Anand).The latest first is being home to the Ravis — India’s first family of International Masters.When the 13-year old Rakshitta Ravi was recently crowned the Women International Master (WIM) her family became India’s first family of chess masters.”I want to become the first Women’s World Chess Champion from India and the youngest woman player to achieve that. The short-term target is to become a WGM very soon,” the soft spoken Rakshitta told IANS.The eighth standard student of Vellammal Vidyalaya here has credible achievements under her belt to dream big. She became the World champion in the World Youth Chess Championship Under – 10 girls category held in Greece in 2015 and won several other titles.Two chess players tying the knot is nothing new in India.However, their offspring taking up the same sport and making a mark is something rare and which is what Rakshitta has done.Rakshitta’s parents — IM T.S.Ravi and WIM Sai Meera Ravi — were also promising Indian chess stars once.Ravi once came second in the National A chess tournament and has represented India in the World Chess Olympiad.Ravi learnt chess from his two elder brothers and Sai Meera learnt watching her elder sister play with her friends. Both worked their way up in the sport.Unlike these days, the number of tournaments in the 1980s and the 1990s were less and hence the player’s growth was also slow.Sai Meera got her WIM title after Rakshitta was born.”When Rakshitta was about four years old, I just wanted to see whether she is interested in the game and set up the chess board. She soon learnt how the various pieces moved on the board,” Ravi told IANS.When asked to compare and contrast his early days with that of Rakshitta’s he said: “We learnt from our mistakes. Nobody taught us about knight fork, discovered check and others. When an experienced player plays that we learnt about that aspect of the game. We learnt and improved upon playing at Tal Club.””Ravi is a gentle and soft-spoken person. But on the chess board he is a tenacious player and will play till the end even though the position is drawish,” said R.R.Vasudevan, now a chess coach and who had played with Ravi in tournaments in their younger days.”Rakshitta has inherited that quality from Ravi. She is a mature and confident player. If Ravi comes out laughing and chatting with fellow players after a game, then I would know that he had lost. In the case of a win he would be calm,” Sai Meera said.Speaking about the style of Rakshitta’s game Sai Meera said: “It is a mix of our style — aggressive and defensive. I am an aggressive player while Ravi is a defensive/positional player.””With three of us playing chess, the conversation at home would invariably revolve around the game,” Sai Meera said.Ravi said they do not have a cable TV connection at home as it takes out productive as well as family time.At home, the chess games between them are very competitive.”I will not give an inch just because Rakshitta is my daughter. I will play for a win and won against her earlier. Now she beats me,” Sai Meera said.Ravi the proud father also said his daughter has beaten him in a lightning game.Both Ravi and Sai Meera have stopped playing serious competitive chess.Sai Meera quit her job in Indian Bank to take care of Rakshitta while Ravi is with the Indian Oil Corporation.”We don’t put pressure on Rakshitta to perform. She should enjoy playing without bothering about results,” Sai Meera said.Sai Meera said instead of putting Rakshitta in the age category tournaments, they feel it is better for her to play in the open tournaments so that her rating improves from the current 2,141 Elo points.But good open tournaments are held overseas and playing in them involves lots of money.”Rakshitta does not have any sponsor. We don’t know how to go about it. But spending several lakhs of rupees to play overseas is becoming difficult now,” Sai Meera said.This year itself Rakshitta had played in open tournaments in France, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands involving significant spending.–IANSvj/ajb/bgadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgFormer Croatia captain and current FIFA deputy secretary general Zvonimir Boban Thursday said he was looking forward to ex-teammate Igor Stimac’s tenure as Indian football head coach.The 51-year-old Stimac, a former center back, was a part of Croatia’s golden generation, led by Zvonimir Boban, Davor Suker and Robert Prosinecki, which peaked at the 1998 World Cup in France by finishing third.”I would like to congratulate the Indian FA for appointing Igor Stimac as their national head coach. I know Igor from our childhood days and he is an experienced man, understand football,” Boban said in a video posted by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on twitter.In the special message, Boban added, “He (Igor) is a football person very committed to his new job, obviously you never know what you are going to get from football. But I really hope you will achieve big things together, so all the best and looking forward to seeing you and see your great results with Igor.”Croatian World Cupper Stimac was Wednesday appointed head coach of the Indian team for a two-year term.Stimac, who was part of Croatia’s 1998 World Cup squad that finished third in France, comes with an experience of over 18 years in coaching, structuring, and developing football and players back home, and internationally.As a coach, Stimac’s major achievement was guiding Croatia to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. During his tenure as the national coach of Croatia, he handed debuts to the likes of Mateo Kovacic, Ante Rebic, Alen Halilovic, and Ivan Perisic, amongst others.advertisementHe also played a pivotal role in developing the likes of Dario Srna, Daniel Subasic, Ivan Strinic, Kovacic, Perisic, and other players. The centre-back has made 53 appearances for the national team.His last assignment was with Al-Shahania Club in Qatar.Also Read | King’s Cup: Igor Stimac names 37 probables for preparatory campAlso Read | Italy’s oldest football club Genoa to be put up for saleAlso Seelast_img read more

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first_imgSmoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac-Megantic, Que., Saturday, July 6, 2013.(PHOTO: PAUL CHIASSON) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Facebook MONTREAL — Netflix is apologizing to the people of Lac-Megantic after actual footage of the 2013 rail disaster that devastated the town was used in dramas on the streaming service.The company says it had not been aware of the source of the footage used briefly in the hit movie “Bird Box” and the series “Travelers.” The images show the explosion that killed 47 people when an oil-laden train derailed in the middle of downtown.“We regret any pain caused to the Lac-Megantic community and have expressed this directly to Mayor Julie Morin,” the letter addressed to Quebec Culture Minister Nathalie Roy said. Dated Monday, it is signed by Corie Wright, Netflix Inc. director of public policy.center_img Advertisement The company says it will take steps to avoid use of images from Lac-Megantic or any similar stock footage in future productions. But it says that since use of stock footage is so widespread on Netflix, it cannot make changes to “finished content.”Roy wrote to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings last Friday asking that the footage be removed from the dramatic productions and used only in documentaries. She said it was unacceptable to use human tragedies for entertainment purposes.Netflix has refused to remove the footage from “Bird Box,”despite appeals from Roy and Morin. The producers of “Travelers” have said they are working replace the Lac-Megantic images in their show.In an emailed statement, Roy welcomed Netflix’s apology and its recognition of its mistake. “However, we find it regrettable that the company is maintaining its decision not to remove the images of this tragedy from the film ’Bird Box,’ when it has already accepted to do so for another of its series, which in our eyes is illogical,” she said.THE CANADIAN PRESS Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgThe new Builders Code training program is a one-day workshop where participants explore issues such as;the nature and impact of unacceptable worksite conduct;how to enable and encourage an acceptable worksite culture;the tools that can be used to build that culture;and the benefits of doing so.The workshop sessions will also focus on the role and responsibility of corporate leaders and HR managers. Companies whose management complete the training will benefit from an increased capacity to address behaviour issues that affect safety and productivity, and can use their training certification to promote their company and culture to potential employees, as well as clients.The training has been developed by experienced training providers in partnership with project partners including BCCA, the Industry Training Authority (ITA), WorkSafeBC, and the Minerva Foundation of BC.“On behalf of the Northern Regional Construction Association, we’re pleased to be the first to offer this powerful Builders Code training to employers in the northern region,” said Bone. “Our association recognizes the labour challenges our industry faces and understands that improving the culture on job sites could play an important role in helping our employers retain the skilled tradespeople they need. The turnout for today’s celebration of Construction Month is a reflection of the strength of our growing industry and the pride we take in helping build a better B.C. Today’s event also demonstrates how our members are committed to professional development and best practices through innovative programs like the Builders Code.”For more information on the workshops; CLICK HERE PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – A new province-wide construction training program launched as part of the new Builders Code will look to improve worksite culture and tackle harassment, hazing and bullying by providing training for construction company owners, executives and HR managers.The program, announced by Northern Regional Construction Association (NRCA) CEO Scott Bone, shares that in B.C. most of the construction employers operate without all the policies, skills or resources to define and promote an acceptable workplace culture.The NRCA understands that many of these employers do not recognize the direct link between inclusive and equitable worksite verses improved retention, safety, and productivity outcomes. Including that leaders can underestimate the financial impacts from turnover, lost time to accidents, injury-related health care costs, legal actions, rehiring costs, and workforce productivity issues that result from culture challenges on the worksite.last_img read more

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TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Monday amid positive economic news from China and the U.S., along with major dealmaking in the industrial and mining sectors.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 15,105.63-3.34 -0.02%S&P 500 —  1,962.61-0.26 -0.01%Dow — 16,937.26-9.82 -0.06%Nasdaq — 4,368.68 +0.64 0.01%The S&P/TSX composite index was off 3.34 points to 15,105.63.The Canadian dollar rose 0.22 of a cent to 93.23 cents US on top of a gain of almost two-thirds of a cent on Friday to a five-month high. The currency rose sharply as higher than expected inflation data on Friday raised questions about whether the Bank of Canada might move interest rates higher sooner than thought.U.S. indexes were tepid amid strong U.S. home sales and manufacturing figures.The Dow Jones industrials declined 9.82 points to 16,937.26 and the Nasdaq added 0.64 of a point to 4,368.68.The S&P 500 index slipped 0.26 of a point to 1,962.61 as the Markit Economics flash manufacturing purchasing managers index for the U.S. edged higher in June, rising to 57.5 from 56.4 in May. The index is at its highest level since May 2010.Also, sales of U.S. existing homes jumped 4.9% in May in the best monthly gain in nearly three years. Sales increased 4.9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.89 million homes.Meanwhile, data released Sunday showed the Chinese manufacturing sector moving into expansion territory. HSBC’s purchasing managers index hit a seven-month high at 50.8, the first time the index has moved above the 50 level since December.“What you’re seeing in the data is that China has been adding some small but important stimulus to their economy,” said Colum Mckinley, vice-president, Canadian equities, CIBC Global Asset Management.“And so I think it’s another indication … (around the globe) that we continue to see improvements and potentially an acceleration of economic growth.”The TSX paused Monday after gaining about 0.7% last week, leaving the main Toronto index up more than 10% year to date. Consumer discretionary stocks were the leading TSX decliners as Quebecor (TSX:QBR.B) lost 69 cents to $26.01.The gold sector built on last week’s strong run-up of over 5%. The group rose 1.5% as bullion prices added to gains racked up last week amid tensions between Ukraine and Russia and a growing insurgency in Iraq. August gold rose $1.80 to US$1,318.40 an ounce.The base metals sector was ahead 0.8% as the Chinese data helped push July copper up three cents to US$3.15 a pound.The tech sector was also supportive, up 0.6% with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) continuing to benefit from last week’s well received quarterly earnings report, up 34 cents to $10.85.The energy sector was flat as oil prices declined after rising steadily over the last two weeks as a Sunni uprising gained momentum in Iraq.“There are some incredibly unfortunate events unfolding across the world and we’re seeing a risk premium be placed on certain commodities and oil is certainly one of them that we’re seeing,” added Mckinley.The August contract was off 66 cents to US$106.17 a barrel.On the corporate front, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC) is acquiring U.K.-based Kentz Corp. Ltd., a global engineering firm that provides services to the oil and gas sector, in a deal worth C$2.1 billion. SNC shares rose 91 cents to $53.31.HudBay Minerals Inc. (TSX:HBM) is buying Augusta Resource Corporation (TSX:AZC) in a friendly takeover deal worth $555 million. HudBay was down 24 cents to $10.05 while Augusta ran ahead 24 cents to $3.44.And in the U.S., software maker Oracle is buying Micros Systems Inc., which provides software and hardware to the hospitality and retail industries, for about US$5.3 billion.TOP STORIESBull market has legs to run another 10 years if Brian Belski’s math is rightSNC-Lavalin aims to break into global ranks with $2.1-billion buy into oil and gas servicesLululemon shares rising on news that founder Chip Wilson is seeking advice on big shakeupAmerican Apparel founder may have lost key ally in fight to get job backWHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAYUNITED STATES9 a.m.S&P Case-Shiller home price index (April): Economists expect 0.8% rise from the month before, 11.5% year over year FHFA House Price Index: Economists expect 0.5% rise 10 a.m.New Home sales (May): Economists expect 1.4% rise Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index (June): Economists expect a reading of 83.5, up slightly CORPORATE NEWSCANADAAGF Management Ltd Q2 earnings: Analysts expect  17¢ a share UNITED STATESCarnival Corp. & plc  Q2 earnings: Analysts expect 2¢ a share Walgreen Co  Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 94¢ a share read more

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Is it too late now to say sorry? Justin Bieber reportedly “fully co-operated” with police after he accidently struck a photographer with his pickup truck.It happened Wednesday around 9:30 p.m. just as he was leaving a Beverly Hills church service, police say.The Canadian pop star pulled his black Dodge Ram out of the driveway and hit the photographer in the process. The Los Angeles Times reported witnesses had said the incident appeared to be an accident. The newspaper said the 57-year-old photographer was to taken to hospital, but is expected to make a full recovery. No charges have been laid. read more

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In the Hamilton area, Ancaster seems to have gotten the worst damage from the weekend’s ice storm.Residents are still cleaning up fallen branches and trees. Many fallen limbs snatched power from thousands of homes, and some are also dealing with damage to their vehicles after high winds caused trees and branches to fall on top of them. Some residents are beginning the cleanup themselves, but safety is still a major concern.The City of Hamilton is working overtime to have everything cleaned up.If you need to report fallen trees or downed power lines you can call Hamilton Public Works at 905-546-CITY. read more

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Filip TaleskiMomir RnicRhein Neckar Lowen Rhein Neckar Lowen made a decision about the future on left back position. The new signing of team led by Nikolaj Jakobsen for the next season in experienced Serbian left back Momir Rnic. The 30-years old shooter coming from MT Melsungen, where he play his third season.Rnic previously was a member of Frisch Auf Goppingen, RK Gorenje Velenje, RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko and RK Proleter Naftagas.He won silver medal at Men’s EHF EURO 2012 with Serbia.A week ago, Rhein Neckar Lowen made a deal with Macedonian RK Metalurg about releasing 20-year old super-talented Filip Taleski. Young left back will join “Lions” immediately after World Championship 2017 in France. ← Previous Story Strong Spain outplay “new Poland” Next Story → Tunisia without win in warm-up for France 2017 read more

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first_img4. Death in black and white Steven Mikulan recalls one of the most sensational trials that America ever witnessed, and what happened next. (Los Angeles Magazine)It was at the country club that she and Finch parked their car and walked up the steep slopes of 2750 Lark Hill Drive to the doctor’s home on the night of July 18, 1959. There, in the garage of the low-slung, rectangular house he had designed for his family, the doctor pistol-whipped his 35-year-old wife, fracturing her skull before she fled to Finch’s parents’ home next door. Barbara almost made it, but a .38-caliber slug fired into her back had severed an artery, and she collapsed near a stairway leading to her in-laws. Bernard Finch was soon sprinting pell-mell across the golf course’s manicured greens before fleeing town on the new San Bernardino Freeway. Tregoff, the secretary who dreamed of becoming the new Mrs. Finch, would spend the next six hours cowering behind a bougainvillea bush, unseen by the police, the coroner, and the dead woman’s two children.5. Sniffing out trouble Alexandra Horowitz looks at the work of sniffer dogs, and the limitations that still remain. (The New Yorker)Dogs get tired, and less reliable, as the day goes on, just as we might. As for conditions, odors change in the weather, and dogs do, too. When they’re panting, dogs don’t sniff as readily as they normally might; an overly warm dog, forced to pant to cool himself, has a less reliable nose. And while we don’t think of odors as seasonal (until, upon reflection, we remember: there is a smell of spring, of summer; the odors of winter are fewer), smells are more volatile in warm weather, and travel and disperse differently than in the cold. This too affects detection rates.6. An inconvenient truthCharles C Mann checks out whether fossil fuels could, in fact, last forever, and the impact that this would have on the world. (The Atlantic)Today, Churchill’s nightmare has come true for Japan: it is a military and industrial power almost wholly dependent on foreign energy. It is the world’s third-biggest net importer of crude oil, the second-biggest importer of coal, and the biggest importer of liquefied natural gas. Not once has a Japanese politician expressed happiness at this state of affairs.… AND A CLASSIC READ FROM THE ARCHIVES…In 2006, Gene Weingarten wrote in The Washington Post about its greatest preschool entertainer, The Great Zucchini.When the Great Zucchini arrived that Saturday morning, Don had no idea who he was. Frankly, he didn’t look like a great anything. He looked like a house painter, Don thought, with some justification. He wears no costume. He was in painter’s pants, a coffee-stained shirt and a two-day growth of beard. He toted his beat-up props in beat-up steamer trunks, with ripped faux leather and broken hinges hanging askew.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday >The Sports Pages – the best sports writing collected every week by TheScore.ie > The story of that night unfolds like a Tarantino movie, bursts of harrowing action laced with dark humor and dialogue absurd for its ordinariness, reminders of just how young the men in the car were. Girls, credit limits for students, the marvels of the Mercedes ML 350 and the iPhone 5, whether anyone still listens to CDs — all were discussed by the two 26-year-olds and the 19-year-old driving around on a Thursday night.2. No release date Charlie Savage looks at the ongoing crisis at Guantanamo Bay, where 93 prisoners are now on hunger strike. (The New York Times)The spark for the protest is disputed. Detainees, through their lawyers, say that when guards conducted a search of their cells on Feb. 6, they handled their Korans in a disrespectful way. Prison officials dispute that. But both military officials and lawyers for the detainees agree about the underlying cause of the turmoil: a growing sense among many prisoners, some of whom have been held without trial for more than 11 years, that they will never go home.3. Life through a lensMark Murrmann remembers war photographer Tim Hetherington – who was killed in Misrata, Libya, in April 2011 – and the beliefs that drove his work. (Mother Jones)Hetherington didn’t hopscotch the globe from one hot spot to the next. He really only covered three conflicts: the Liberian civil war, Afghanistan, and the Libyan revolution. He stayed in Africa for nearly a decade, remaining in Liberia well after the war wound down, documenting and helping with the recovery. In Afghanistan, he covered a remote American outpost in the Korengal Valley, staying with troops for months on end, amassing the photos and footage that became Restrepo. And Libya seemed to have drawn him in against his own wishes. And yet he went. IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair. We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. Driving for your life Eric Moskowitz talks to the man whose carjacking ordeal was different from all others. He recalls the night that the suspected Boston bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, jumped in his car and told him to drive. (The Boston Globe)last_img read more

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Celtic can handle pressure of title race says Forrest

first_imgCeltic winger James Forrest is confident they can regain top spot in the Scottish Premiership after trailing rivals Rangers and Kilmarnock.Celtic dropped to third place in the table after losing 2-0 away at Hibernian, while Rangers and Kilmarnock both won last weekend.The Scottish Champions, however, have a game in hand and the opportunity to close the gap.“We have done it before,” Forrest told Sky Sports.“It shows a different mentality – when you are top of the league, that you can stay there, and if you go a few points behind, you can get back.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“We have shown a lot of character before and we are definitely going to need to show that again.“First and foremost we focus on ourselves. We go into every game being confident about ourselves.“We know the ability we have got in our squad and we need to make sure we keep showing that and obviously show that more in the games to come.”last_img read more

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Raphael Saadiq Plots Summer 2018 Tour Pitchfork Fest Performance

first_img Email Twitter Raphael Saadiq Plots Summer 2018 Tour, Pitchfork Fest Performance Facebook News Raphael Saadiq Plots Summer 2018 Tour raphael-saadiq-plots-summer-2018-tour-pitchfork-fest-performance The GRAMMY-winning artist is set for a seven-date July tour, marking his first jaunt since 2012Renée FabianGRAMMYs May 2, 2018 – 5:01 pm Multitalented musician/producer Raphael Saadiq has a lot going on this summer. Not only is he releasing his fifth studio album, on May 1 the GRAMMY winner announced he’ll be heading out on a headlining tour, his first since 2012.Saadiq will set out on a short seven-date trek through North America, which will kick off July 20 in Minneapolis. He’ll make his way through Detroit, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C., in addition to an appearance at the annual Pitchfork Festival in Chicago on July 21.Though a title has yet to be announced, Saadiq’s upcoming album will be his first since 2011’s Stone Rollin’. In the meantime, he has been working on music with artists such as Chromeo, Justin Timberlake, Rick Ross, and Little Dragon. He also executive produced Solange’s GRAMMY-winning 2016 album, A Seat At The Table.Tickets for Saadiq’s tour will go on sale starting May 4.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

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Recent Wilmington Real Estate Transactions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are real estate transactions in Wilmington during the week of September 23, 2018:Address: 65 Chestnut StreetPrice: $280,000Buyer: Quinn FT LLCSeller: Eleanor M. HigginsDate: 9/24/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 44,431sfAddress: 23 Congress StreetPrice: $415,000Buyer: Genevieve M. BelewSeller: Ashish DwivediDate: 9/28/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 12,197sfAddress: 27 Eleanor DrivePrice: $825,000Buyer: Stephen Machatha & Hanna O. MachathaSeller: Richard L. Thayer & Giselle T. ThayerDate: 9/25/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 21,344sfAddress: 28 Marcus RoadPrice: $403,000Buyer: Eilen Dunleavy & Gerald M. ArensbachSeller: Kelli McMillan & Colin PennieDate: 9/24/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 10,454sfAddress: 295 Woburn StreetPrice: $544,900Buyer: C.E. Golankiewicz & Joanne M. GolankiewiczSeller: Kenneth R. Hart & Lorelei L. HartDate: 9/27/18Use: 1-Family ResidenceLot Size: 22,651sfLike 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… RelatedRecent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

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first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsTwo men were arrested in Bengaluru for attacking a rival gang member with swords. The incident took place outside Yelachenahalli metro station junction on Wednesday, March 3.The accused, Harshith and Sharan, had spotted Mithun, their rival gangster while riding their bike at the metro station junction. They immediately got out from the bike, took out their choppers, advanced towards their target and began chasing him. While running, Mithun fell on the pavement and Harshith immediately descended upon him. The assailant then threatened Mithun of dire consequences and told him that he will meet the same fate as his brother, who was murdered earlier by Harshith.Srikanth, an onlooker began filming the proceedings with his phone which angered the two 20-year-old. They attacked Srikanth and he sustained injuries while trying to escape. This was in turn filmed by other onlookers which angered the duo more.”The duo turned violent as bystanders began to take photos. They started smashing cars on the road,” a police officer was quoted as saying by The Hindu.A probationary officer who was in the vicinity rushed to the scene of the crime. However, before he reached, Harshith and Sharan got onto their bike and sped away. On the way, they managed to break the windshield of a few vehicles, including a goods carrier.A passerby noticed and filmed the actions of the duo and complained to the police. The Hoysala police was immediately dispatched. After an extensive search, the police found Harshith and Sharan on Thursday, hiding out in a farmhouse on the outskirts of the city and arrested them. Deccan Herald reported that after their arrest, the duo spent three hours in jail before they were produced in front of a magistrate court and remanded to judicial custody.This is not the first encounter with the police for the duo. Harshith was jailed for murdering Mithun’s brother, Puneeth in 2017, reports DH. After he got out on bail, Harshith was working as a painter. Sharan also went under the radar of the law enforcement when he was picked up for mobile snatching.last_img read more

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first_imgICICI Bank’s life insurance business is expected to file its prospectus for public listing on Friday. The initial public offering (IPO) of ICICI Prudential Life is valued to be at $746 million (Rs. 5,000 crore), sources privy to the listing process told Reuters.ICICI Prudential is a joint venture between India’s ICICI Bank Ltd. and the U.K.’s Prudential Plc. With 68 percent and 26 percent stake in the JV, respectively, India’s ICICI will divest its shares, while it is unclear if Prudential Plc. would sell its stake. India’s billionaire Azim Premji’s investment venture Premji Invest and Singapore government-run investor Temasek hold the rest of the stake in the life insurer.ICICI Bank will not, however, issue any new stock, said one of the three people who disclosed the news to Reuters.The much awaited IPO is Indian insurance sector’s first public listing. The country’s life insurance industry as of December 2015 is estimated to be Rs. 24.82 lakh crore.Moneycontrol noted that the IPO will be managed by BofA-ML and ICICI Securities, while the bankers to the issue were UBS, Deutsche Bank and CLSA.ICICI Prudential’s IPO alongside Vodafone’s $2.5 billion listing are two big ticket offers scheduled for the latter part of 2016.last_img read more

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Trump Administration New Texas Voter ID Law Fixes Discrimination

first_imgBob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneDuring the first week of early voting for the 2016 presidential elections, civil rights lawyers took issue with this sign outside of a polling place in Cuero. It did not mention options for casting a ballot without photo ID.Texas’ new voter identification law fully absolves the state from having discriminated against minority voters in 2011, and courts should not take further action in a battle over the state’s old voter ID law, President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice argued in a legal filing Wednesday. “Texas’s voter ID law both guarantees to Texas voters the opportunity to cast an in-person ballot and protects the integrity of Texas’s elections,” the filing stated.Federal lawyers were referring to Senate Bill 5, which Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law last month. It would soften a 2011 voter ID law — known as the nation’s most stringent — that courts have ruled purposefully burdened Latino and black voters. If allowed to take effect, the law would allow people without photo ID to vote if they present alternate forms of ID and sign affidavits swearing a “reasonable impediment” kept them from obtaining what was otherwise required. “S.B. 5 addresses the impact that the Court found in [the previous law] by dramatically reducing the number of voters who lack acceptable photographic identification,” the justice department argued, adding that U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos should “decline any further remedies.” The filing came as Ramos is weighing whether SB 5 fixes legislative discrimination she and other courts have identified, and it highlighted Trump’s dramatic departure from his predecessor on voting rights issues. Former President Obama’s Justice Department originally teamed up with civil rights groups against Texas throughout the long-winding legal battle over the ID law, known as Senate Bill 14. The civil rights groups argue SB 5 doesn’t absolve lawmakers from intentionally discriminating against minority voters by passing the 2011 law and wouldn’t properly accommodate those voters going forward.Chad Dunn, a lawyer representing some of the challengers, said the reversal shows the Justice Department “simply has no more credibility in this litigation.”“For six years, the Department of Justice stood on the side of voters arguing that Texas’ unnecessary voter photo ID law was enacted with discriminatory intent, then after the new administration was sworn in, one of DOJ’s first acts was to back out of the case,” Dunn said. “Every court to rule on the subject found Texas’ law to be discriminatory, and Supreme Court precedent, which binds us all, including DOJ, requires Texas to go back to the drawing board in a non-discriminatory process if it wishes to mess with the right to vote.”In February, lawyers for U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ditched the Justice Department’s longstanding position that Texas lawmakers purposefully discriminated in 2011, but did not change its position that the law had a “discriminatory effect.”Now, the Justice Department argues Texas’ new ID law “eradicates any discriminatory effect or intent” in the old law. Lawyers for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton have portrayed SB 5 as a good-faith effort to fix problems multiple federal judges identified in the 2011 law, calling on Ramos to consider the new law a valid remedy — without levying penalties on the state.Last year, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Senate Bill 14 disproportionately targeted minority voters who were less likely to have one of seven forms of identifications it required they show at the polls. Ramos upped the ante in April, ruling the state discriminated on purpose. Ramos was instructed to consider a remedy for the violations, and her ruling raised the possibility she could invoke a section of the Voting Rights Act to place Texas under federal oversight of its election laws — a process called preclearance. Seeking to avoid that fate, the state’s Republican-dominated Legislature enacted SB 5, frantically pushing it to the finish line in the final days of the legislative session. In doing so, state leaders made clear that it was aimed at pleasing the courts.Ramos temporarily softened the ID rules for the 2016 elections, and the new law somewhat follows its lead. Voters without photo ID would be able to present documents such as utility bills, bank statements or paychecks. Those found to have lied about not possessing photo ID could be charged with a state felony, which carries a penalty of 180 days to two years in jail.Under the law, Texans who own a qualifying photo ID must still present it at the polls. Those include: a state driver’s license or ID card, a concealed handgun license, a U.S. passport, a military ID card, a U.S citizenship certificate or an election identification certificate.Groups suing the state suggest the law wouldn’t a fully address the discrimination, but they say that question was moot. Ramos should wipe clean all elements of SB 14, they argue, returning Texas to a time when voter registration cards and other non-photo ID sufficed. Sharelast_img read more

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