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Bledsoe Scores 30 Points, Bucks Hold Off Magic 118-108

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Eric Bledsoe made it easy for the Milwaukee Bucks and superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.Bledsoe scored 30 points, Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 13 rebounds and the Bucks won their fourth straight game, beating the Orlando Magic 118-108 on Saturday night.“It’s great to have a lot of options and be able to go in different directions,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said. “Eric was just great. He made some 3s, got to the basket, did a lot defensively. He just did a little bit of everything.”Malcolm Brogdon added 18 points, and Khris Middleton had 15. The Bucks are 11-2 in their last 13 games.“Eric can go 12 of 14, score 30 points and still get everyone involved,” Antetokounmpo said. “He’s a pass- first point guard. We play faster and more together with him. He makes the game a lot easier for me, Malcolm, Khris (Middleton) and Brook (Lopez).”Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 27 points, Terrence Ross had 16, D.J. Augustin 14 and Jarell Martin 12. The Magic struggled with Aaron Gordon sitting out with a back injury, dropping their third straight.“We can’t play defense like we’ve played these last four games,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “Against (Milwaukee’s) defense, the best defense in the NBA, we got 108 at home. You’ve got to give yourself a chance to win, but our defense is just not where it needs to be.”Vucevic and Ross helped the Magic trim a 16-point third-quarter deficit to five going into the final period. Vucevic had a 3-pointer and three-point play in an 11-2 run, and Ross scored the Magic’s last nine points of the quarter to make it 87-82.Martin’s 3-pointer on Orlando’s first possession of the fourth quarter made it 87-85, but that was as close as they would get.Bledsoe scored nine points to help the Bucks pull away. His three-point play with 9:09 left gave Milwaukee a 99-89 advantage. Orlando cut it to 106-102 with four minutes to play, but the Bucks scored on seven of their next eight possessions.TIP-INSBucks: The Bucks had 31 fast-break points to just two for Orlando. … C Brook Lopez had four blocks in the first six minutes. … The Bucks arrived in Orlando early Thursday and had three days of rest waiting for the game.Magic: Martin made three straight 3-pointers in his first appearance in six games. He finished with four 3-pointers, matching his total for the entire season.UP NEXTBucks: Host Dallas on Monday.Magic: At Atlanta on Monday.By BILL FAY , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Indian compound archery team world class, will taste success in Asiad: Pagni

first_imgKolkata, Aug 6 (PTI) Italian star archer Sergio Pagni, who conducted a 10-day training camp with the Asian Games-bound Indian compound team, is excited to see the progress and said it was primed for success in Indonesia. That India had won medals in all the four events of the compound section when the category was introduced in Incheon four years ago, makes them firm favourites in the August 18-September 2 extravaganza. The 39-year-old, who is the only compound archer to have won successive ‘World Cup Final’ titles in 2010 and 2011, is working with the Indian team since January when the team visited him in Italy for two weeks. “I’m really proud of this group, they are all world class. I am sure that they will come out with flying colours from the Games,” Pagni, a two-time World Championship gold medallist, told PTI from Sports Authority of India training centre in Sonepat. “They have some experienced archers like Abhishek Verma and Rajat Chauhan but at the same time the youngsters also shot consistently. The level we reached was very high.” The women’s team on the other hand has attained a high ahead of the Asian Games by reaching the top of world rankings by virtue of their twin silver medal-winning efforts in the Antalya and Berlin World Cups. However Pagni refused to predict the number of medals India will bag from the compound events. “Every team will fight for the gold and will give their best. It’s about holding your nerves and executing your plans. In such a big competition, it all depends on how someone shoots on that given day. My best wishes to them,” Pagni said.advertisement The Italian will be missed during the games but he said he would stay connected and follow their progress. “I’ve given the instruction to the Indian coaching team who will accompany them. Moreover, my session was more about team building rather than correcting themselves. The likes of Abhishek and Rajat are highly experienced… I only made minor tweaks.” Having earned more than a dozen medals at the world level in a career spanning over a decade, Pagni has no regret about not winning an Olympic medal, as compound is not an Olympic discipline. India’s top compound archer Verma has voiced concern about it but Pagni said they must look beyond the Olympics. “Definitely it’s a dream for any sportsperson to win an Olympic medal. But I cherish all my medals like winning the World Cup Finals, World Championships, they are all equally important. “It’s just that Olympic comes once in four years. I’ve told them to strive for excellence be the number one in your sport. Personally I don’t see coming it to Olympics anytime soon. Stop regretting and focus on the better things on offer,” he said before signing off. The compound events are slated in Jakarta from August 23-28 and the Indian archery contingent is slated to leave on August 13. PTI TAPAHlast_img read more

Bulgaria coach Dzhambazki faces heavy punishment for attacking referees

first_imgBulgaria coach Atanas Dzhambazki is facing severe punishment after attacking two match referees at the end of his team Kariana Edren’s match versus Strumska Slava in the second division fixture on Saturday.He lost his temper after Kariana Edren conceded a late 90th minute goal and lost the match 1-2 at home. Dzhambazki invaded the pitch immediately after the goal was scored and marched straight towards the referee Ivaylo Nenkov.The assistant referee Georgi Velikov tried to defend the referee by standing in front of him. But, things took and ugly turn and Velikov was punched on the face twice and then hit in the chest by Dzhambazki.The Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) will discuss the incident early next week after watching video footage, officials said.The 49-year-old Dzhambazki, who previously coached several first division teams including Slavia Sofia and Montana, was escorted off the pitch by two policemen. The referee blew the final whistle shortly after the incident.Dzhambazki and his club declined to comment.A number of officials, including UEFA referees, have been attacked in Bulgaria in recent years during which the domestic championship has been marred by widespread accusations of corruption.The BFU and referees in the Black Sea state are facing widespread criticism from clubs, media and fans for allegedly favouring certain teams, including Ludogorets, who won the title seven times in a row after clinching their maiden top flight promotion in 2011.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Android P developer preview expected to come out mid-March: Here’s what we know

first_imgAndroid Oreo, Google’s most recent mobile operating system, introduced a few new features like notification dots, Picture-in-Picture, and autofill among others. And while the operating system is meant to improve performance and battery life as well, only a little over 1 per cent of all Android devices can actually boast of it. That’s disappointing considering were already approaching the official launch of Android P now, with the first developer preview being tipped for mid-March.Popular tipster Evan Blass tweeted over the weekend that the first developer preview for Android P will be released mid-March. The exact date, however, has not been provided, but this does keep in line with the first preview for Android Oreo which was released on March 21 last year. The first preview will give us a better look at some of the new features coming to Android P. Mostly, the developer preview will focus on quashing some bugs and allowing app developers to get their apps ready for when Android P goes official.Google is expected to officially announce the Android P at its developers conference that is scheduled to begin on May 8 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. Of course, that is when we should really know what the P will officially stands for. As of now, there are a number of P-named desserts being speculated that includes some sort of Pie, maybe Pumpkin Pie or Pecan Pie. Also, March 14 is Pi Day, which celebrates the mathematical constant Pi and gives people a reason to eat Pie, and this could be the date for the release of the first Android P developer preview as well.advertisementVery little is known at the moment about what Android P is going to bring to the table. As per past reports, Android P will prevent idle apps from accessing your camera or mic. Another report from last month said that Android P will add support for call recording tone so users can lawfully record phone calls as well as an enhanced call blocking feature. There are also reports that the upcoming major OS will bring native iris scanning support as well, but nothing can be said for sure as of now.ALSO READ: Asus Zenfone 5 is unapologetically an iPhone X clone because thats what users wantThe most interesting of all the reports we have heard so far is Google planning to support the iPhone Xs notch with Android P. As per a Bloomberg report last month, a key goal of Android P will be to persuade more iPhone users to make the switch to Android. Google plans to do this by improving the look of the software, which includes embracing the notch. Essentially, a redesign to Android P will allow OEMs to design affordable full-screen phones with notch cutouts to lure Apple fans away. MWC 2018 already gave us a good look at some Android phones donning the iPhone X-like notch, suggesting that this is a trend we can look forward to this year. The Huawei P20 and OnePlus 6, based on the leaks so far, are some more phones expected to sport the notch and Android P should allow for better optimisation.last_img read more

India World Cup 2019 squad: Unfortunate Rishabh Pant has missed out, says MSK Prasad

first_imgBoard of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced India’s squad for the 2019 World Cup on Monday in Mumbai and, as expected, there weren’t many surprises.Virat Kohli will lead a 15-member squad, which has veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik as back-up for first-choice stumper, MS Dhoni. Contrary to expectations, aggressive left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant did not make the cut.Dinesh Karthik’s inclusion has raised a few eyebrows as the Kolkata Knight Riders captain was not picked in the India squad for the five-match ODI series against Australia at home last month. Following Karthik’s exclusion, Rishabh Pant was given a few opportunities.Explaining the decision to choose Karthik over Pant, selection committee chairman MSK Prasad, who addressed a press conference in Mumbai, said Karthik’s experience of handling pressure situations in the past worked in his favour.Prasad also added that Pant is unfortunate to have missed out but that the young wicketkeeper-batsman is “full of talent” and has a lot of time at his disposal.”The situation that was discussed in the selection committee meeting is one of them [Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik] will play in the XI only if MS Dhoni is injured. Under such circumstances in a crunch match, who is the best guy who can handle the pressure? That’s is the reason that went in favour of Dinesh Karthik,” MSK Prasad said.#TeamIndia for @ICC #CWC19 #MenInBlue (@BCCI) April 15, 2019He added: “Otherwise, Pant is full of talent, there’s a lot of time for him. It’s unfortunate that he has missed out.advertisement”Under pressure, we have seen Dinesh Karthik finish matches. So that’s scored for him.”Karthik had managed to do well in the limited opportunities he got to represent India in ODIs over the last three years. Karthik has scored 425 runs in 20 matches at an average of 46.75 in ODIs since 2017. Team India has tried the Kolkata Knight Riders captain at the No. 4 spot as well.Meanwhile, MSK Prasad added all bases have been covered in the 15-man squad led by Virat Kohli.”After the Champions Trophy, we have tried a few middle order options. We gave a few more chances to Rayudu but what Vijay Shankar offers is 3 dimensional. If the conditions are overcast. he might bowl a bit and he is a fantastic fielder. He is a batsman who can bowl,” Prasad said.”In the team, we have the luxury of 7 bowlers. We have covered all the bases and this is one of the most balanced Indian sides for the World Cup,” he added.INDIA SQUAD:Virat Kohli (captain)Rohit Sharma (vice-captain)Shikhar DhawanVijay ShankarKL RahulDinesh KarthikYuzvendra ChahalMS Dhoni (wicketkeeper)Kedar JadhavKuldeep YadavBhuvneshwar KumarJasprit BumrahHardik PandyaR JadejaMohammed Shami.Also Read | India team for World Cup is well-balanced, we have covered all bases: MSK PrasadAlso See:last_img read more

Is binge-watching bad for students? Here’s what you can do about it!

first_imgChildren today live in a world of instant gratification, with everything available immediately at the click of a button. In times of flash-fiction, microblogging, and 140-character tweets, patience doesn’t exactly run high.Not long ago, watching a television series meant a near agonising wait of an entire week before a new episode of the show finally aired. Though frustrating at times, the gap allowed for many animated discussions and wild predictions of what was to come next. A lot has changed with the proliferation of online streaming – and though one can’t deny the convenience of watching content on demand, this transition has come with it’s share of psychological implications.As we get engrossed in the lives of characters and move from one cliffhanger to the next, our brain continuously produces dopamine, the neurotransmitter which activates the reward center of the brain and gives a feeling of a high.As individuals remain glued to their screens, they tend to ignore other aspects of life – be it academics or friendships.For many, it provides an escape from otherwise difficult life situations – a maladaptive way of coping with stressors. In a way, excessive viewing also promotes social isolation, wherein people get cocooned in front of their screens and do not experience the need or opportunity to spend more time with friends and family members.Here’s how binge-watching affects your health:At the same time binge-watching can significantly impact one’s health as well, leading to difficulties in sleep, changes in eating patterns all the while promoting a more sedentary lifestyle. At the same time, we also must be cognizant of the impact of the specific content being watched – over five decades of research has established that children learn by observing the actions of others, be it real or reel life.advertisementHow to safeguard children against the negative impacts of binge-watching:Given these concerns, media literacy is the only way forward to safeguard children against the negative impacts of binge-watching. Students need to be given skills to differentiate between what’s real and what’s notAs adults, we need to have conversations with students about what they’re watching, so that we’re able to help them filter the plethora of information they passively consumeAt the same time, there needs to be a balance watching shows and movies need not be harmful. In fact, besides being a source of enjoyment and entertainment, there is lots that children and teenagers can learn about the world from watching diverse contentRather than watching an entire series at one stretch, students must be encouraged to intersperse watching videos with other forms of recreation. Sports and other outdoor activities, reading books, as well as artistic pursuits such as music, art or dance need to be given due importance.Children learn from watching adults:At the same time, we must remember that children learn from watching adults. As parents, many of us have let go of our own hobbies, instead choosing to spend most of our free time in front of the screen, catching up with our favorite shows. If we truly want young students to take a break from the screen, it’s time we introspect and do the same ourselves.Authored by Dr Samir Parikh, Director, Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Fortis Healthcare.READ: Why we cannot stop playing PUBG: Gaming addiction health problems and why no one talked about a Candy Crush banRead: Game-based learning benefits: The new education process that can change everythingRead: Gaming as a career option: Lucrative career options in the gaming industrylast_img read more

Google Pixel 4 to get 90Hz OLED smooth display, 6GB RAM, 16MP telephoto lens and more

first_imgGoogle’s upcoming premium budget smartphone – the Google Pixel 4 – has been a subject of rumours and leaks for quite some time now. While reports in the past have give kept the Pixel enthusiasts excited about the launch, it is Google that has ‘leaked’ some of the most exciting details about its upcoming smartphone in an image and a subsequent video. At a time when Pixel lovers have still not been able to get over the details revealed by the company, more details about the Pixel 3 successor have emerged online giving fresh insights about the upcoming smartphone.According to a report by 9To5 Google, while the Google Pixel 4 will come with a 5.7-inch Full HD+ OLED display, the Pixel 4 XL will come with a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ OLED display. Both the smartphones will come with a display that sports a 90Hz refresh rate, which Google is planning to call ‘Smooth Display’. If this is true, Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL will join the league of smartphoes like the OnePlus 7 and the Raser Phone 2 that enjoy a high refresh rate.The new report has spilled some beans about the phone’s camera confuguration as well. So far we know that the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL smartphones will come with a dual rear camera setup. Now the report by the publication indicates that the Pixel 4 series of smartphones will come with a 12MP shooter with phase detection auto focus feature and a 16MP telephoto lens. The Mountain View, California based company is also planning to launch a DSLR-like attatchment for the Pixel 4 smartphones that is likely to be available as an accessory.advertisementApart from this, the Pixel 4 smartphones are likely to get a bigger RAM than their predecessors. While the Pixel 3 smartphones featured a 4GB RAM, the Pixel 4 smartphones are likely to come with a bigger 6GB RAM.Finally, the battery. While the Pixel 4, as per the report, is likely to get a smaller 2,800mAh battery compared to Pixel 3’s 2,915mAh batter, Pixel 4 XL is likely to get a slightly bigger 3,700mAh battery compared to Pixel 3 XL’s 3,430mAh battery. Of course the two phones will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset and run on Android Q.The report also predicts that Google would launch the two device – the Google Pixel 4 and the Google Pixel 4 XL – at a special event on October 4. These details should be taken with a pinch of salt until Google leaks the details itself.ALSO READ: | Google Pixel 4 XL case renders hint towards a triple rear camera setupALSO READ: | Google confirms Pixel 4 coming with Motion Sense feature, face unlock support later this yearALSO READ: | Pixel 4 to come with soli radar chip: Here is everything Google has confirmed about the next-gen Pixel phonelast_img read more

10 months agoMan City pushing to sign Real Madrid midfielder Isco

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City pushing to sign Real Madrid midfielder Iscoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City are pushing to sign Real Madrid midfielder Isco in January.AS says Isco is wanted by City – but Real won’t let him go cheap.The midfield maestro has fallen way down the pecking order at the Bernabeu under Santiago Solari and was booed in their recent Champions League defeat to CSKA Moscow.City are planning to swoop in January, with Pep Guardiola putting him high on his shortlist as a priority signing.City are said to be readying a bid of around £80m, but Real Madrid will be reluctant to accept anything below €100m. last_img read more

Former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant To Visit This School Tomorrow

first_imgKelly Bryant throwing the football in warmups.CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers’ football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Earlier this season, Clemson made a change at the quarterback position. Head coach Dabo Swinney benched Kelly Bryant in favor of freshman phenom Trevor Lawrence with the hopes of jump-starting a stagnant offense.Since then, Bryant announced his plans to transfer from the program. Immediately following his announcement, several teams entered the Kelly Bryant sweepstakes.Bryant visited North Carolina last weekend and plans to visit Arkansas this weekend as the Razorbacks take on Tulsa. The former Clemson starter already has a relationship with head coach Chad Morris, who recruited Bryant to Clemson when he was the offensive coordinator.Earlier this week, Bryant spoke about his relationship with Morris after the coach admitted he might not be a Clemson for long – to pursue a head coaching job.“He didn’t have to tell me that. He could’ve just told me what I wanted to hear. Just that honesty factor is the biggest thing I grew on and leaned on. The guy is so knowledgeable. He brings so much enthusiasm to coaching … Who wouldn’t want to play for a coach like that? He’s all about the players.”Bryant takes his official visit to Arkansas this weekend, but he’s in no hurry to make a decision. Missouri and Louisville have also been mentioned as potential landing spots for the star quarterback.Stay tuned.last_img read more

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Jason Roy hopeful of England posting a 500-run total

first_imgICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Jason Roy hopeful of England posting a 500-run totalEngland opener Jason Roy said Eoin Morgan’s side are determined to win the World Cup and be the best-ever ODI side the country has ever produced.advertisement India Today Web Desk May 26, 2019UPDATED: May 26, 2019 13:48 IST World Cup 2019: England opener Jason Roy says the team is prepared for the burden of expectations (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland hold the record for the highest ODI total of 481/6Jason Roy did not rule out England’s chances of breaking their own recordEngland begin World Cup 2019 campaign on May 30 vs South AfricaEngland have been rewriting batting records in the One Day International format. After crashing out of World Cup 2015 even without reaching the knockout stages, England rebuilt their ODI side around power-hitters and the move has certainly worked.Under Eoin Morgan, England have vaulted to the top spot of ICC ODI rankings and are favourites to lift the 2019 World Cup trophy at home.With an array of big-hitters, including opener Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and captain Morgan, at the top, England have been posting 300-plus totals at will. In fact, England have posted 300-plus totals 14 times since 2018, 6 times more than Pakistan who are second on the list.Only recently, England broke the record for the most number of successive 340-plus totals posted. Morgan’s men demolished Pakistan’s bowling attack in a 5-match series and eventually clinched a 4-0 win.”Yes [chances of posting 500-plus totals].We almost did it last year and we had a couple of overs where we were a bit slack in that game so why not,” Jason Roy told Daily Mail.Roy’s comment comes after Virat Kohli highlighted England’s obsession with posting big totals. While the pitches in England are expected to batsman-friendly at World Cup 2019, Kohli opined chasing 270-280 may even be difficult.England hold the record for the highest-ever ODI total. England posted 481/6 in 50 overs against Australia in Nottingham in June 2018. Morgan’s men had the opportunity to post the first-ever 500-plus total in ODI cricket but they slowed down towards the end to settle for 481. England had broken their own record (444/3) posted against Pakistan in 2016.advertisementStressing England are ready to face the burden of expectations at the World Cup 2019, Jason Roy said Eoin Morgan’s team is keen on helping the country end the World Cup drought.”So we’re definitely a group of individuals that don’t shy away from being put on that pedestal. We definitely want to get better, we want to add another level. Just because we’re No 1 in the world doesn’t mean we’re the best ever team to play the game. And that’s where we want to fly to,” Roy said.”We want to win the World Cup and be the best-ever team England’s had.”England have been billed as firm favourites to win the World Cup 2019. However, the hosts suffered a 12-run defeat to Australia in their first warm-up match on Saturday after Steve Smith hit a classy hundred.England missed Eoin Morgan and Adil Rashid due to injury concerns and lost Jofra Archer and Mark Wood midway during the match to injuries.England will be opening their World Cup campaign against South Africa on May 30 before which they will face Afghanistan in their final warm-up match on May 27.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Ravindra Jadeja hopes for better wickets in tournament properAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar responds to Ambati Rayudu’s 3D glasses tweetAlso Read | Doesn’t bother me: Steve Smith on ‘cheat’ chants in World Cup warm-up vs EnglandAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow England cricket teamFollow Jason RoyFollow Eoin MorganFollow World Cup 2019Follow England ODI recordslast_img read more

Environment Week Tourism Awareness Week Focus on Litter

first_imgProvincewide litter pickups were held today, June 10, to mark two national celebrations: Canadian Environment Week, June 5-11, and Tourism Awareness Week in Canada June 6-12. The departments of Environment and Economic and Rural Development and Tourism wrapped up week-long celebrations by joining forces with Clean Nova Scotia to pick up litter across the province. Local litter pickups were held by Department of Environment regional offices in Amherst, Port Hawkesbury, Yarmouth, Bedford, and Sydney. Environment staff from Halifax also joined the Downtown Halifax Business Commission Clean Sweep litter pickup event on June 8. “Nova Scotia is one of the most scenic and beautiful places in the country,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “Litter has a negative impact on our environment and on the image of our province. Each and every one of us has a role to play when it comes to disposing of our waste properly. This provincial litter pickup was our way of giving back to communities.” Mr. Belliveau partnered with Barrington Municipal High School’s Environment Club and other local environment and tourism groups to hold an Environment Week litter pickup at Stoney Island beach on Cape Sable Island. Keeping the province clean is everyone’s responsibility and not littering is one of the easiest things Nova Scotians can do to help the environment. “Visitors come to Nova Scotia for its spectacular natural beauty,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Government and industry partners are working together to ensure they can enjoy our amazing outdoor experiences in a pristine environment. We want them to take home wonderful memories of Nova Scotia to share with friends and family.” Many dedicated organizations are working hard to reduce litter in Nova Scotia, including the provincial government, RRFB Nova Scotia, Municipalities, the Adopt-a-Highway program, and Clean Nova Scotia. Canadian Environment Week is a time for action to help preserve, protect, and restore the environment. The annual event takes place the first week of June and coincides with the United Nations World Environment Day. Tourism Week in Canada highlights the economic impact and social benefits of Canada’s tourism sector. Tourism is an important contributor to Nova Scotia’s economy. In 2008, the industry employed more than 31,000 people and generated revenues of $1.82 billion. Events are happening across the province to celebrate including industry meetings, festivals and concerts. For event details visit For more information on the Best Thing You’ll Never Do campaign or to take an anti-litter pledge go to . To organize a litter pickup and for free pickup supplies and information visit the Clean Nova Scotia website at .last_img read more

PIO jailed for five years in America for smuggling foreigners including Indians

first_imgWashington: A 61-year-old Indian has been jailed in the US for five years for smuggling foreigners, including a majority of Indians, into America, the Department of Justice has said. Yadvinder Singh Sandhu pleaded guilty early this year, saying he personally assisted around 400 aliens to unlawfully enter the US between 2013 and 2015, according to the Department of Justice statement. The human smuggling carried out by him resulted in at least one death and endangered the lives of many, it said. Sandhu, charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in the District of Puerto Rico on March 15, 2017, used multiple names including Yadvinder Singh Bhamba, Bhupinder Kumar, Rajinder Singh, Robert Howard Scott and Atkins Lawson Howard. According to admissions in Sandhu’s plea agreement, since 2013, he had a leadership role in a human smuggling conspiracy operating out of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Puerto Rico, India and elsewhere. He also oversaw and directed co-conspirators operating out of the Caribbean. Sandhu and other members of the conspiracy made flight arrangements for foreign nationals to travel from India through other countries including Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Iran, Panama, Venezuela, Belize and Haiti to the Dominican Republic.last_img read more

Behind Closed Doors: Virginity and Hymen Reconstruction in Morocco

By Nick ShafersRabat – In a culture that expressly values female virginity, to not be a virgin at the time of marriage is grounds for divorce, shame, or even violence. If the fact that a woman is not a virgin comes to light, then her marriage could be rendered void and she, as well as her family, would receive great shame and scrutiny from the community. Noticeably, the sexual history of a man is rarely questioned or considered in marriage, and in fact there is encouragement of adolescent sexual activity through a narrow, virility-defined notion of masculinity. The hymen is a thin membrane that partially covers the opening of the vagina and usually remains intact before sexual intercourse, though it can also be ruptured by extreme physical activity, a blunt force strike, or even just a simple bike ride.Usually— though not always —the Hymen releases some amount of blood when it is broken. In traditional Moroccan culture, a women’s “purity” is, therefore, established on the first night of intercourse when the sheets are stained with blood. If that doesn’t quite cut it, a woman can receive a “virginity certificate” from a gynecologist to further make the case for her decency and purity prior to a marriage. Or, if the woman is comfortable with a little illusion, she can opt to buy a fake hymen for an affordable amount all over Morocco.Although some more liberal Moroccan bachelors report that the issue of virginity is not important when considering marriage, the problem of establishing virginity at marriage remains a huge concern to many women. At risk is their social value, marriage prospects, family honor, and life as a functioning woman in Moroccan society.The answer? Just put it all back together.Hymen reconstruction is a short, relatively simple procedure that repairs the membrane. According to Dr. Mansur, a physician at the Hospital De Maternité Universitaire Souissi, who started to perform the procedure in 2000, the process is easy: “in a half hour, they have fixed a big problem in their life. In 90% of cases the operation is a success,” according to the Spanish daily El Pais.In many parts of world, discreet hymen reconstruction procedures are rising at an incredible rate. Clinics openly advertise in Europe and North America, and clinics clandestinely operate all over the world from India to Argentina.And yet despite the demand, information about hymen procedures is relatively non-existent or inaccessible at most health clinics in Morocco. It remains heavily stigmatized, with many doctors speaking up about it only on conditions of anonymity. Furthermore, it lies in a legal grey area. Although voluntary abortion is prohibited under Moroccan law, hymen reconstruction falls into a discreet category, according to a gynecologist in Casablanca. In her own words, “we do not scream from rooftops.”Despite— or perhaps because of —the lack of publicity and stigmatization of the procedure, the internet has become the go-to source for all things related to hymen reconstruction. With a couple of key strokes, one can find information about local clinics, doctors, prices, and even connect with other women that have gone through the procedure. There are even tiers of operations, with a temporary— around two weeks —fix costing around €200 and a long-term fix costing between €500 and €800.Even the healthcare providers themselves refuse to discuss details in person, instead directing potential patients towards their computers. Kamal Iraqui, a plastic surgeon in Casablanca whose clinic is repeatedly mentioned on dozens of online forums, refused a request for information by the Spanish Newspaper El País and just said “it is all online.”The issue of establishing virginity will not be leaving Moroccan bedrooms or health centers anytime soon. Hymen reconstruction is placed squarely on the forefront of the contemporary culture debate surrounding sexuality, feminism, marriage, and a whole range of other social issues.While that debate rages, the internet represents a gateway for potential patients to connect with professionals, seek answers, and find community. A necessary thing, for as long as the Janusian standard of virginity between men and women remains unchanged then the need will still be there lurking just out of sight. read more

Nielsen’s top programs for Jan. 14-20

NEW YORK — Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Jan. 14-20. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. AFC Championship: New England vs. Kansas City, CBS, 53.92 million.2. AFC Championship Post Game, CBS, 24.34 million.3. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 13.33 million.4. “NCIS,” CBS, 12.22 million.5. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 11.46 million.6. “AGT Champions,” NBC, 9.99 million.7. “FBI,” CBS, 9.34 million.8. “Magnum, P.I.,” CBS, 8.76 million.9. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 8.51 million.10. “Mom,” CBS, 8.46 million.11. “Chicago Fire,” CBS, 8.03 million.12. “This is Us,” NBC, 7.75 million.13. “Hawaii Five-0,” CBS, 7.62 million.14. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 7.29 million.15. “Chicago PD,” NBC, 7.26 million.16. “Bull,” CBS, 7.09 million.17. “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 7.08 million.18. “The Masked Singer,” Fox, 6.95 million.19. “MacGyver,” CBS, 6.9 million.20. “The Neighborhood,” CBS, 6.83 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.The Associated Press read more

Mahinda formally resigns from his disputed PM post

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has formally resigned from his disputed Prime Minister post.United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Shehan Semasinghe said that Rajapaksa had informed the UPFA he had resigned from the post. Rajapaksa said that the UNP-UPFA coalition that had been formed under Articles 46(4) and 46(5) of the Constitution relating to ‘national governments’, fell apart when the UPFA left the coalition on October 26.Thereafter, he said a number of UNP parliamentarians joined the UPFA and the UPFA became the largest group in Parliament.“After the general elections of 1994, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2015, it was always the largest group in Parliament that was invited  to form the government as no party obtained a clear majority. In all those instances, the government was formed first, and the working majorities were obtained later. After we formed a government on 26 October, the President declared a general election. When I was sworn in as Prime Minister on 26 October, that was to form an interim government that would last only for about two months until the conclusion of the general election which was scheduled for the 5th January 2019,” he said. Rajapaksa said that there is no doubt at all that the people who stood by him since 2015, will continue to support him in the future as well. (Colombo Gazette) Rajapaksa said that since a general election can no longer be held, the UPFA cannot implement any of the measures they had planned to take to prevent the country from becoming another Greece. However, he said that he has no intention of remaining as Prime Minister without a general election being held, and in order to not hamper the President in any way, he will resign from the position of Prime Minister and make way for the President to form a new Government.“The Supreme Court has delivered a judgement against the holding of the general election that had already been declared. Since that judgement is a long and complicated document, I will study it carefully and in due course express my views on the constitutional impact it will have on the functioning of the parliamentary system of government in this country,” Rajapaksa said after signing his resignation letter. Rajapaksa said that after the February 10 local government election, the aim of his party was to have a General Election. He later signed the resignation letter in front of some UPFA members. “The change of government that the people expected has now had to be put off. But the people will definitely get the change they desire. No one can prevent that,” he said.Rajapaksa said that the coming together of the Joint Opposition and the SLFP group that was in the Government has now created a power block that commands around 54% of the vote base.“To this will have to be added the votes of our allied political parties in the Northand East and the hill country. What is now gathering against the enemies of the country is a country wide politicalforce that no one can stop. Our main aim in the immediate future will be to hold the provincial council elections which have already been delayed by more than one year and three months. The main challenge facing us in the interval between now and the formation of a people’s Government will be to minimise the damage that can be done by the destructive forces that are now seeking restoration to their former positions,” he said. read more

Scotland Yard criticised in leaked report for spending too long on £2m

first_imgScotland Yard has been criticized for spending too long investigating allegations that prominent establishment figures sexually abused and killed children.The unpublished draft report into Operation Midland also said the inquiry should have ended sooner.The review of the £2 million probe, which collapsed amid controversy earlier this year, is said to be more critical than police chiefs were expecting.The report, by retired high court judge Sir Richard Henriques, is believed to say that the investigation was compromised by inconsistencies in the account of the main witness, known as Nick.The enquiry also criticises actions and decisions taken by officers involved in the high-profile investigation.Operation Midland was the investigation into allegations of sexual abuse and murder by “VIPs” such as Sir Edward Heath, Lord Brittan, Lord Bramall, and Harvey Proctor. ‘Nick’ claimed to have been raped and tortured by the group of VIPs and also told police he had witnessed the murders of three young boys in 1980s leading to a 16-month police investigation which involved 31 full time officers.The investigation was closed in March after the Metropolitan Police said they had not found any evidence to substantiate the allegations.The findings from Henriques have been studied by senior officers and senior advisers at the Met, since they were delivered four weeks ago in draft form.It is understood the retired judge concludes that it should have been more apparent more quickly to police that Nick’s credibility was too low to serve as a basis for prosecution.The force said it will withhold the full report because it contains confidential information however a spokesman said limited excerpts will be released “at the earliest opportunity”.The spokesman added: “We are giving the report very thorough consideration. There are no ongoing proceedings that may delay publication.” 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

ExRyder Cup caddie outed architects secret life as a transvestite

first_imgHe was also seen loitering outside Mr X’s home.At Manchester Magistrates’ Court, the victim – who cannot be named for legal reasons – relived his ordeal in the witness box as Hainsworth was convicted of harassment between April 1 and May 13 this year.The court heard Mr X’s partner knew he dressed up in women’s clothes but she supported him and “accepted that part of him”.But in March trouble began after he posted a personal ad in the magazine Transliving saying he was willing to meeting other men – particularly a “master”.Speaking from behind a screen, Mr X told the court: “I didn’t expect to receive anything but I received a reply from Master James William Hainsworth and he wanted to meet up with Tina.”I sent him pictures of me dressed up as a woman. This is a form of escapism for me and helps me to deal with stress.”We exchanged texts for a meeting to take place but we didn’t plan for him to come down on a specific day or anything, I didn’t know he was going to come. I never agreed to that.”In the beginning we did briefly speak about him coming to my house but nothing was decided and I felt that I no longer needed to be her and wanted to move on from that part of my life. My partner found out and it was that at point that I decided to stop it. 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. “That was something he needed to tell people. Why was he running away and hiding from me. Why did he message me if he couldn’t meet me. I thought we could meet, argue then be done with it and move on, but he wasn’t letting me do that.”He was running and hiding. He couldn’t face me. It’s ridiculous. He doesn’t live in my world. He is an intellectual educated man, but he can’t face me.”The court heard Hainsworth had previous convictions for harassment. he will sentenced next month and was granted bail on condition he does not contact the victim and his workplace.JP Hilary Clayton told him: “The victim gave evidence which was honest, coherent, responsible and reliable whilst yours has been inconceivable and incoherent. You sent him a number of abusive and threatening messages causing distress to the victim and those around him.” Hainsworth, of Birstall, near Batley, West Yorks, denied wrongdoing, saying: “She messaged me, she must be responsible for her actions.”My accuser doesn’t live in my world. If he lived in my world I would have to bury him. I would have kicked him up and down the fairway. I wanted to bury him – I wanted a war.”For 32 years I was a professional golf caddie and my team won the Ryder Cup. This wasn’t forced. Why didn’t he want to meet me?”He sent me those pictures of him dressed as a woman out of the blue and he was dressed as a waiter and in evening underwear – I wasn’t impressed by them.”The contact them started between us. 10 days later we decided to meet. I travelled all the way down from Leeds and I then got a text saying ‘She isn’t in’.”I was raging, steam was coming out of my ears. I got a bottle of brandy from her saying sorry but he was the one who was being abusive. Why send me those messages, why send me those pictures if you are not going to meet me.”A leopard can’t change it’s spots. If you order a taxi to Manchester Airport from Piccadilly, you have to get in that taxi. I wanted to tell him face to face that it didn’t matter that he liked to dress up as woman, he needed to accept that. A former Ryder Cup golf caddie turned dominatrix has been accused of “outing” an architect’s secret life as a transvestite in a spiteful revenge campaign.The victim, who has a supportive female partner, would dress up in women’s clothes and call himself “Tina” to help deal with stress.But when he placed an avert in a transgender magazine looking for companionship, he fell foul of 70-year old William Hainsworth, a dominance fetishist who called himself “The Master.” “At first things were amicable with him but I then received a number of messages from him telling me that he wanted to ‘bury me’. They weren’t threatening at first but they gradually got worse. I bought him a bottle of brandy by way of apology and tried to calm down the situation.”But I receiving a ton of messages and voice mails, letters and parcels from him to me, some appeared at my work, and some were sent to my family.”Prosecutor John Richards said: “This was a cacophony of abuse towards the victim from the defendant, first by text messages, then voicemail, then letters, which affected his personal life and his business life.”When the victim is under stress or concerned about life he dresses up as a female and adopts the persona of Tina. He does this to help deal with his problems, which are due to stresses caused throughout his life.”He considers this part of his life to be private and personal and his partner supports him through this and accepts that part of him.””There was a lot of abuse and threats towards the victim which caused him to fear for his safety, and the safety for his partner and daughter.” Hainsworth offered to the meet the man – known as Mr X – at a train station near Manchester only to swear revenge when the victim backed out of the rendezvous at the last minute, sending a text reading: “Tina is no longer here.”Over a six-week period, Hainsworth sent voicemails to the victim saying: “I will bury you, you’ve f—ed me about far enough. I’m going to send people round. You can’t hide” before mailing a letter to the the boss of his architects practice disclosing Mr X’s cross dressing.Police were called after the pensioner posted notes on the windows of empty shops near the practice, claiming Mr X’s alter-ego sold herself as a sex slave and included the contact details for his workplace.last_img read more

Turner Townsend gets serious in mining and metals

first_imgTurner & Townsend has appointed a new managing director; Mark Wainwright as global leader of the company’s Mining and Metals team, based in London. Turner & Townsend is currently working with mining and metals clients across Africa, Australia, North America, South America and Europe. The company says that “at a time when capital cost reduction is high on the corporate agenda, companies in the sector are benefiting from the breadth and depth of Turner & Townsend’s expanding sector-specific services. These include Program Management Office, Project Controls and Project and Estimate Assurance solutions, as well as Turner & Townsend’s core services of project and cost management.” Wainwright has extensive experience in the sector and was previously an equity partner in the Mining and Metals industry group at Deloitte Consulting in South Africa and the CIS. At Deloitte, he had leadership responsibility for sales and delivery of a wide range of projects, including global companies such as Anglo American, BHP Billiton and De Beers, and local organisations such as Suek in Russia, Ferrexpo in the Ukraine and Kazakmys in Kazakhstan.“We are delighted to welcome Mark to Turner & Townsend. His appointment cements our positioning at the forefront of professional services providers to the Mining and Metals sector. As global leader, Mark’s management consultancy expertise will, amongst other things, strengthen the ties between our Mining and Metals teams across the world to help us deliver better value for our clients during these tough economic times. Mark will support our ongoing international expansion in this sector, such as the recent commencement of operations in South America,” says Vincent Clancy, Chief Executive at Turner & Townsend.“This is an exciting time to be joining Turner & Townsend. The recent upheavals in the global markets and the sustained softening of commodity prices have led to a paradigm shift in focus for mining companies. Project deferrals, estimating uncertainty, the preference for client-led Programme Management Office services and changes in corporate governance strategies and policies are widespread industry concerns. Turner & Townsend’s global footprint and the expanding breadth of its services position it well to deliver the value the industry needs,” comments Wainwright.last_img read more

Prolong Super Lubricants EP2 Grease a success at El Teniente

first_imgFor over a decade, one of the world’s largest underground mining operations has been using Prolong EP-2 Grease to increase equipment longevity and reduce service downtime. Codelco’s El Teniente division, located 80 km south of Santiago and 2,500 m above sea level, operates the one of the largest underground mines on earth, producing over 330,000 t/y of copper.Prolong’s Chilean distributor Super Lubricantes initially introduced Prolong EP-2 Grease to operations management at El Teniente for use in 100-t LHDs. The mine was looking for a solution to the serious problem of brass bearings at the pivot points of the scoops failing at a high rate, causing costly downtime and refurbishing. Once Prolong lubrication technology was applied, bearings have ceased to fail and continuous production time between scheduled maintenance downtime has more than doubled.Prolong formulates EP-2 with the company’s exclusive AFMT™ (Anti-Friction Metal Treatment) technology which reduces heat and friction in harsh, demanding environments. A calcium sulphonate grease that delivers exceptional corrosion protection, high dropping point and mechanical stability, EP-2 provides excellent resistance to water and oxidation, high load carrying ability and superior performance in a wide temperature range.Codelco’s success with the loader bearings led the mine management to try Prolong grease in other applications, with equally impressive results. During a visit to El Teniente operations, both management and line operators reported favourable results when EP-2 Grease was used for bearings in the grinding mills, some 10 m in diameter. These bearings were becoming so heated that they failed, bringing the mills to a standstill halt and seriously backing up production. The application of Prolong grease radically lowered the bearing temperatures and kept the mills operating efficiently. The benefits of EP-2 were also seen when the company used it in the hydraulic lube network and in stand-along applications on timing systems.Jeff Victer, Director of Sales – Global, Prolong Super Lubricants: “It’s extremely satisfying to be able to demonstrate such significant savings in an operation of this scale, magnitude and technological level, and our company is proud to be able to provide the Codelco mine with the benefits of EP-2 technology.”last_img read more

Goldcorp and Orica looking at further WebGen applications at Musselwhite

first_imgFollowing successful trials of Orica’s WebGen™ 100 at the Musselwhite gold mine, Goldcorp says it is looking at further drill and blast geometries and mining methods using the wireless blasting initiation system at the Ontario mine.Goldcorp said these blasting tests underground at Musselwhite indicate “a decisive step on the path towards full automation of drill and blast operations in the future”.In 2016, in collaboration with Orica, Musselwhite began testing WebGen, a system which fires primers through hundreds of metres of solid rock. “The wireless system has been designed to fully integrate with a mine’s existing blasting systems and improves safety by removing people from harm’s way,” Goldcorp said.The project was recently announced as an award winner, which recognised the development of the temporary rib pillar (TRP) mining method using WebGen.“The TRP is a revolutionary mining method that uses WebGen technology to extract ore pillars that previously could not be recovered in underground operations,” Goldcorp said. “Using this new method, the main ore of the panel can now be blasted and extracted while the TRP holds back the waste rock backfill. The inaccessible pillars can be blasted, delivering reduced dilution, increased truck fill factors and improved overall productivity.”The system tested at Musselwhite enables groups of in-hole primers to be wirelessly initiated by a firing command that uses an ultra-low frequency magnetic induction wave to communicate through rock, water and air, according to Goldcorp. “This removes constraints often imposed by the requirement of a physical connection (wires) to each primer in a blast,” the company said.The magnetic induction wave is transmitted by an antenna at around 1,800 hertz, and received by disposable receivers in each borehole, according to Goldcorp. Each 51 mm-diameter, 320 mm-long disposable receiver has a tri-axis antenna array to receive the signal, supporting any blasthole orientation.Goldcorp said: “Following the blast plan, each disposable receiver is encoded with the Group ID for its blast, and each detonator with a delay time, just prior to being loaded into the blastholes. A standalone Code Management Computer (CMC) – a tablet wiped of other software – is uploaded with a CSV file from Orica’s blast design software. The CMC assigns the encrypted firing codes and delay timing into a preload blast file. A handheld encoder takes the data from the CMC and encodes each disposable receiver and detonator.”Three separate codes make up the Group ID, and all three must be received from the transmitter to initiate a blast, according to Goldcorp. First, a wake-up code activates the appropriate disposable receiver from sleep mode. Next, the activated disposable receiver receives an arm code, which calibrates and synchronises the units. Finally, following the mine central blasting protocol, the fire signal is sent, firing each detonator according to its programmed delay time. Other disposable receivers, having not received their wake-up code, remain dormant in their blastholes, ready for subsequent blasts.Following these tests, further drill and blast geometries and mining methods using WebGen are being explored at Musselwhite, Goldcorp said.Musselwhite’s Chief Engineer, Billy Grace, said: “Since starting the TRP trials with WebGen in late 2016, our level of comfort with the technology has reached a point that discussing possible wireless applications is an integral part of our mine planning process. The entire team is excited by the possibilities that WebGen opened up, and the new opportunities they are allowing for us to increase our productivity and safety.”At Orica’s 2018 AGM, Alberto Calderon, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Orica, called WebGen “the most exciting development our industry has seen since bulk explosives in the 1960s”.last_img read more