Maharashtra government may bring in ordinance to end restrictions on dahi handi celebrations

first_imgThe Maharashtra government is likely to follow into the footsteps of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. In the wake of growing demands seeking removal of restrictions on Dahi Handi celebrations, the state government may promulgate an ordinance to make the festivities legal.The tall human pyramids beyond 20 feet, banned by the High court may once again become legal if the Maharashtra government brings in an ordinance to this effect.After meeting the aggrieved dahi handi and ganpati mandals, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday assured the mandals that if needed, the Maharashtra government would bring in an ordinance to permit festivities to take place the same way they have been for years in the past.”We want the restrictions on height and age limit to be removed. The state has assured us that the festivities will go on smoothly”, said Abhishek Surve, convenor of the Dahi Handi Co-ordination Committee.BOMBAY HC RESTRICTED HEIGHT OF HUMAN PYRAMIDS TO 20 FEET  So far, Dahi Handi is the most popular street festival in Mumbai where thousands take to the streets. But citing growing numbers of accidents particularly involving minors, the Bombay High Court restricted the heights of human pyramids to 20 feet. The Maharashtra government had moved the Supreme Court against the order. The apex court too upheld the high court’s decision in 2016, calling it a scary practice to involve minors in the ritual.No wonder then that the political parties are bringing up the matter to score brownie points. We are of the opinion that festivals must be celebrated the way they are. So this government has taken a stand that if needed, we will bring in an ordinance and change laws so that celebrations like Ganeshotsav or dahi handi do not suffer”, said Mumbai BJP President Ashish Shelar, who was part of the meeting.advertisementLast year, parties like the MNS had openly called for defiance of the court’s orders and the festival was celebrated under police surveillance. This year, the Shiv Sena too has taken up the issue. This also goes on to show that apart from the concern for safety of children, it is the political parties tug-of-war over festivities in Maharashtra that is at work.Also read | Dahi Handi: Unhappy, but will abide by SC’s order, says Shiv Sena’s Pratap SarnaikAlso read | Dahi Handi: MNS workers defy Supreme Court, string up matki over 40 feet in Thane  Also read | Maharashtra declares Dahi-handi an adventure sportlast_img read more

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The Only 10 Teams That Can Win The 2016 NCAA Tournament

first_imgCollege Spun's NCAA tournament bracket.college spun bracketOn Sunday night, the 68-team NCAA Tournament field will officially be revealed, and fans of each of those programs will begin to map out how they will take home the title, no matter how realistic it may be. While it is always fun to see a Cinderella squad make a run, the group of teams that can realistically win six straight games and take home the title is pretty limited.The 2015-16 college basketball season has been pretty crazy, with a handful of teams hitting No. 1 in the polls. However, as we get into the conference tournaments, an upper tier of teams has started to set itself apart from the pack. Upsets happen, and anything can occur in March, but in all likelihood your next national champion will come from one of these 10 schools.Next: Duke >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11last_img read more

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Intentionally Fouling DeAndre Jordan Is Futile

In the 17 years since Don Nelson first urged the intentional fouling of Dennis Rodman in an attempt to stop the Chicago Bulls from scoring so many points, fans of NBA teams with big men who struggle at the free-throw line have come to rue the “Hack-A-Shaq” strategy. Proponents of uninterrupted basketball have decried it for ruining the flow of games, yet for teams facing Shaquile O’Neal (52.7 percent career FT shooter), Dwight Howard (57.4 percent), Andre Drummond (40.2 percent) and DeAndre Jordan (42.5 percent), it has remained an oft-used, and seemingly viable, strategy.Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson is one of its most ardent disciples. In 2012, Jackson famously helped Howard set the NBA record for free throw attempts in a game by telling his players to foul Howard repeatedly. Throughout his three years as a head coach, Jackson has done the same against Jordan and Drummond, and he’s carried the hacking strategy into this year’s playoffs. With three minutes left in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Warriors were up 100-97 and hacked Jordan, a 43 percent free-throw shooter this year. Even though Jordan made both free throws, the strategy earned the praise of preeminent basketball minds like Haralabos Voulgaris, a stats-driven basketball forecaster.The basic math of the “Hack-A-DJ” strategy goes like this: If DeAndre Jordan shoots 43 percent from the free-throw line, fouling him yields two shots and 0.86 expected points. Compare that to the Clippers’ average points per possession this season — 1.12 — and it becomes clear that an intentional foul strategy is, on its face, a savvy one.Except it’s not, once you factor in all the things that happen before and after a free throw.1The basketball blog A Screaming Comes Across the Court did a great job of quantifying the offensive rebound value in a post in February. With a big data assist from ESPN’s Stats & Info group on the Clippers’ and Jordan’s performance over the past two seasons, my calculations make clear that Hack-A-DJ is not a clear-cut winning strategy.To stress-test the intentional foul conventional wisdom, I first broke down how many points the Clippers were expected to score on each possession. That number is 1.12 overall, but intentional fouls are usually given on half-court possessions. If a team fouls a player like Jordan who doesn’t have the ball while another player is on a fast break, it’s possible that the second player will still make a layup that counts for two points, and the free throws will then follow. This exact situation played out in a Kings-Clippers game last season, when Chris Paul made a layup as the Kings intentionally fouled Jordan. Once I limited the expected points per possession to half-court possessions only, the number dropped to 1.04.2Of course, every team is less efficient when you strip out fast breaks, the easiest points in basketball. What was a 0.26 point spread between an intentional foul on Jordan and a regular possession is now 0.18. The advantage is still there, but it’s narrower.Intentionally fouling Jordan also helps the Clippers set their defense on the ensuing possession, which lowers the chances their opponent will score. To figure out how much that’s worth to the Clippers, I measured the difference between the points they allow on possessions after they shoot free throws versus the points they allow after non-free-throw offensive possessions. That difference was 0.04 points, in part because an intentional foul against Jordan ensures the Clippers won’t turn the ball over or allow an opponent to make a fast break after a missed field goal attempt. What was a 0.18 spread between intentionally fouling Jordan and letting the Clippers play on is now 0.14.Finally, and most important, Hack-A-DJ is rendered inefficient because the Clippers are so good at rebounding Jordan’s missed free throws. Over the last two seasons, Jordan has missed 165 free throws with possible rebounds, and the Clippers have grabbed 34 of those rebounds, or 21 percent. That is nearly double the NBA rate of roughly 12 percent and four times the Clippers’ 4.8 percent offensive rebound rate on misses by players other than Jordan. While it’s impossible to know why LA shows such a remarkable ability to grab Jordan’s free-throw misses, it may have something to do with the team expecting a miss, and that the way Jordan misses somehow helping the offensive rebounders. Having Blake Griffin on the blocks can’t hurt, either.These rebounds are important because the Clippers are brutally efficient after corralling missed free throws. In 70 such attempts over the past two seasons, LA has scored 1.36 points per possession. It makes sense that teams would be efficient after missed free throws: The ball is already close to the rim, and the defense is likely in scramble mode, leaving perimeter shooters open.When we include the value of the Clippers’ offensive rebounding, the expected value of a Jordan missed free throw is 0.16 points. With his expected 0.86 points per two free throws, sending Jordan to the line actually yields 1.02 expected points for the Clippers. The gap still exists, but it’s inverted: It’s 0.03 more points more effective to let the Clippers play on than to foul Jordan.You can see how we got here in the chart below.While the Clippers’ free-throw rebounding prowess may decline in the postseason, and their incredible post-free-throw rebound efficiency may be a product of a relatively small sample size of possessions, it’s clear that the intentional-foul strategy is not a sure thing.Of course, every team and every poor foul-shooter is going to have their own break-even points. Dwight Howard, for instance, is a 54.7 percent free-throw shooter this year, so the Rockets expect 1.09 points every time he gets two free throw attempts. But that’s without accounting for the other factors in play — and we do know that those factors matter for all teams. The Rockets might rebound Howard’s misses at a different rate from the Clippers, or play worse defense after missed free throws. It’s just a matter of calculating them.For opponents of Jordan and the Clippers, though, the lesson seems clear: Neither strategy is superior to the other. Over the small sample size of two, four, or six free throws shot by Jordan in a given playoff game, the Hack-A-DJ strategy could look brilliant or foolish. But if the intentional-foul strategy isn’t working against the second-worst free throw shooter in the league, then it may not work against anyone. For fans of an uninterrupted game, that would be a welcome shift. read more

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Ohio State mens basketball looks to build on 2game winning streak with

Junior guard Sam Thompson takes a shot during a game against Penn State Jan. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 71-70.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorBig Ten basketball — especially this season — can mess with any team’s confidence because of the conference’s competitiveness.The Ohio State Buckeyes are no exception to difficulties and frustrations the conference can provide, having won their first two Big Ten contests before dropping five out of six.Now, OSU (18-5, 5-5) has won back-to-back road games against top 20 opponents — a 59-58 win against then-No. 14 Wisconsin Feb. 1 followed by a 76-69 victory against No. 17 Iowa Tuesday — and the feelings around the team have been a bit on the lighter side.“The mood is way better. I mean in the gym, we go to the weight room … the mood is better,” junior forward LaQuinton Ross said Friday. “In the locker room, everybody’s laughing, where like a week ago, you come in there and it’s sad in there. You can almost put on some gloomy music in there, it’s been real bad in there for us.”The two wins against ranked opponents on the road, though, has gotten things back to where they should be, Ross said.“I think winning — winning cures all,” Ross said. “We was down, we was at our lowest point this season when we lost those couple games, but I think right now, it’s looking good for us.”While the team’s confidence might be on the upswing, its coach doesn’t want the team to head into a Saturday matchup with Purdue (14-9, 4-6) with the attitude that just because the Buckeyes are returning home, a win is guaranteed.“The fact that you’ve won two games on the road and you’re coming home, I know in this league means absolutely nothing if you’re not ready to play at the level you need to play at,” coach Thad Matta said Friday. “There’s no rhyme or reason with why teams are winning right now. It’s just, ‘Hey, whoever plays best for that 40 minutes.’”OSU was able to hold off the Boilermakers, 78-69, in West Lafayette, Ind., Dec. 31, but had its hands full with sophomore center A.J. Hammons, who scored 18 points and snatched 16 rebounds. Hammons also blocked five shots, doing his best to clog up the lane.OSU junior center Amir Williams will likely shoulder the bulk of the responsibility of containing the 7-footer, but taking him out of the game is a team effort, Ross said.“He clogs up the lane. So we’re going to have to find ways to spread him out, get him out of there,” Ross, who scored a game-high 25 points in the win against Purdue on New Year’s Eve, said. “He’s a real big dude. So we gotta work on getting him off the block, and we also gotta give Amir help down there.”A big reason for the Buckeyes’ recent success could be the change in their starting lineup, as junior guard Shannon Scott has been replaced with junior forward Sam Thompson. Scott has come off the bench to average 10 points in the Buckeyes last two games, seeming to be more aggressive than before and give OSU another option offensively.“I think I got my edge back a little bit. I know coming off the bench gotta bring a spark to the team, so I feel like now that’s my role,” Scott said Friday. “And if I’m able to do that by being aggressive, I gotta keep doing that every game.”The Buckeyes have been able to finish off the two close victories on the road by making big plays down the stretch as well as hitting their free throws. That late game confidence for the Buckeyes was missing during their tough run of losses, Matta said.“We’ve been right there in every game that we haven’t won and shots haven’t fell for us in the timely fashion that we needed them to,” Matta said. “I’ve always told our guys and I’m telling them now in late game situations: Be as confident as you possibly can. Take and make a great shot. We’re perfectly fine with it.”Tipoff between the Boilermakers and Buckeyes is set for 6 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Simeone banned from Europa League final

first_imgAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been banned by UEFA from contact with his team on the field at the Europa League final after misconducting at the first leg with Arsenal last week.Simeone was charged with insulting officials and improper conduct, due to which he was sent off. However, even then he continued to communicate with his coaching staff.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…He has been banned for four games, the first of which was the second leg at home against Arsenal, which his team won 1-0 and thus proceeded to the final with an aggregate score of 2-1. Watching the game from an executive box high in the main stand, Simeone claimed he felt what it is like to be a fan, according to the Chicago Tribune.He will be barred from joining his team at the locker room as well and even the touchline when Atletico will be taking on Lyon on 16 May. On top of that, he was fined 10 000 euros. He may appeal the sanction to UEFA, which will most likely happen next week.last_img read more

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Hazard says Cole convinced him to join Chelsea

first_imgThe Belgian superstar has thanked publicly his former teammate for the idea to join the English Premier League clubEnglish legendary footballer Joe Cole has announced his retirement today.And with it, Belgian superstar Eden Hazard has taken some time to thank him for everything, especially for helping decided to join Chelsea.“I spoke to him before I signed for Chelsea. Every day, seriously, he was telling me that Chelsea was the best club for me,” Hazard told Chelsea’s Twitter account.“He said Chelsea was a big club where you can win trophies every season. For that reason I signed, so thank you, Joe Cole!”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Cole and Hazard were teammates in French Ligue 1 club Lille.They spent the 2011-2012 season together..@hazardeden10: ‘I spoke to him before I signed for Chelsea. Every day, seriously, he was telling me that Chelsea was the best club for me. He said Chelsea was a big club where you can win trophies every season. For that reason I signed, so thank you, Joe Cole!’ pic.twitter.com/gKV0yN40Ma— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 13, 2018last_img read more

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Speech By the Hon Attorney General on the Opening of the Supreme

first_img Turks and Caicos Laws now available online Attorney General announces 14 Law Reforms for 2016 Related Items:attorney eneral, rhondalee knowles Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMy Lady Chief Justice, Judges of the Supreme Court, distinguished guests, President of the Bar Council and Colleagues at the Bar, Ladies and Gentlemen.I am pleased to rise to move a motion for the opening of the Supreme Court for the 2015 session after a long abeyance in this practice. On this ceremonial occasion, it is perhaps timely to recall the origins of this event in the Middle Ages in the United Kingdom. For the legal fraternity, this traditional gathering commemorates the principles of defending access to justice and the rule of law. I commend My Lady Chief Justice for reintroducing the practice as such events “… reminds all of those actively involved within the legal system of the need to uphold these principles internationally, as well as at home, for the benefit of society.”With your Ladyship’s leave I propose in moving the motion, to make a few observations by way of a brief retrospective on 2014 as well as a look at some of the work before us.2014 can only be described as another daunting year for the legal profession in the Turks and Caicos Islands. A year in which there was more than the usual share of challenges. Fortunately we were more than able to rise to each challenge and to dispassionately and calmly meet matters head on.My Ladies, 2014 was characterized by continued good work, co-operation and endeavour in a number of areas by stakeholders in the legal arena and significant further progress towards systemic improvements.Access to Law – Work is almost completed on the current Law Revision which has a revision date of 31st December 2014 and is intended to be issued before the end of the first quarter of 2015. In this regard, the question of greater access to the laws of the Turks and Caicos Islands is being explored to provide a solution that would allow more ready access through the use of modern technology whilst at the same time maintain the integrity of the authorized versions of the Law which would be used in the Court room setting.Legislation – I am pleased to report in a bid to give effect to the Government’s Legislative Agenda, that the Legislative Drafting division had another very active year and with the cooperation and involvement of members of the legal profession, associations and the general public a number of important pieces of legislation were progressed. We are grateful for the assistance of all those who participated in the consultation process with respect to the very many pieces of legislation which were considered throughout the year, including legislation dealing with the better regulation of Not For Profit organizations.The hardworking staff of the Legislative Drafting division consists of three drafters and one legislative systems administrator with a vacancy in one of the drafting positions. That small team produced 24 Ordinances and some 50 pieces of subsidiary legislation.Of note:1. The Abolition of Bearer Shares which was done by a December 2013 Ordinance which took effect in the first half of 2014.2. Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance 2014 which provides for the implementation of the United Nations Convention respecting the suppression of the financing of terrorism and the United Nations Security Council resolution on terrorism and generally to make provision for preventing and combating terrorism. The Ordinance is modelled after the UK Terrorism Act 2000 and the Terrorism (Jersey) Law 2002.3. Rehabilitation of Offenders Ordinance 2014 – provides for the rehabilitation of offenders who have not been reconvicted within the specified rehabilitation period. This is to ensure that people do not have lifelong blots on their records because of relatively minor offences in their past, which may impact negatively in such persons acquiring employment or other services. The intention of the Ordinance is to exclude any prejudice which may occur because of disclosures of person’s relatively minor past convictions or offences; and to aid the reintegration and resettlement of ex-offenders into employment by not requiring them or any other person to disclose or answer questions regarding their spent convictions.4. Financial Intelligence Agency Ordinance 2014 – established an independent agency to assist in the detection, prevention and control of financial crimes; by receiving reports of suspicious transactions from financial institutions and other persons; analysing that information and disseminating it to law enforcement authorities and relevant bodies.5. Invest Turks and Caicos Islands Agency 2014 – established the Invest Turks and Caicos Agency as a corporate body with legal personality to assist the Government in encouraging business and commercial development in the Islands.6. Dormant Accounts Ordinance 2014 – makes provision for financial institutions to report dormant accounts to the Permanent Secretary, Finance and to transfer monies in accounts that have not been used for more than 7 years, called “dormant accounts” to the Government, subject to claims for repayment by the owners of the dormant accounts. Prior to the enactment of that Ordinance, all inactive accounts were managed by banks. The Ordinance was based largely on the Cayman Islands Dormant Accounts Law 2010 but consideration was also given to the BVI Dormant Accounts Act 2011 and the Republic of Ireland Dormant Accounts Act 2001.Additionally, a heavy legislative drafting programme is being prepared for the year 2015 in order to give effect to the Government’s Legislative Agenda.Some of the proposals to be implemented by legislative measures include-1. New Domestic Insurance provisions2. Trust law reform3. Immigration law reform4. Important criminal law and procedure reforms5. An Employment Bill to repeal and replace the current law with substantial reforms6. Small Medium Enterprise proposals to encourage local business7. An Attorney General’s Reference Bill to enable questions to be referred to the court8. New and substantial anti Domestic Violence provisions9. More elaborate provision to provide for the Maintenance of Children10. Detailed Family Guardianship Custody and Access to Children provisions11. Better provision for Child (Care and Adoption)12. New provisions relating to Child and Juvenile JusticeAs well as the completion of work on the long consulted new Legal Profession provisions to reform the law in this area to provide for better accountability and effectiveness in areas such as the training of local attorneys and continuous education generally, handling client accounts, requirements relating to good practice for insurance coverage, solvency and discipline.International obligations – As for international obligations, during 2014 the Turks and Caicos Islands completed negotiations and signed a FATCA agreement with the United States of America, was a member of the early adopters group along with all of the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies following recent developments in the new international Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters. We saw the beginning of the National Risk Assessment of our financial services industry using the World Bank tool, which is a self-assessment ahead of the next round of peer assessments by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force. I wish to personally thank the members of the Bar and the private sector generally for their participation and ongoing commitment.Crime – On the crime front, we note the continued extensive work of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Police in meeting the many challenging situations over the past year. In so doing I take this opportunity to thank the outgoing DPP JoAnn Meloche who has served the Islands with energy and determination during her tenure and has seen the progressive development of the Office of the DPP which may be her enduring legacy. Additionally, I wish to offer our sincere gratitude to the outgoing Commissioner of Police Colin Farquhar who has led the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force through the numerous challenges faced by them and the Islands during his tenure. At the same time, I welcome the incoming Commissioner James Smith to the post and extend to him our good wishes for a smooth transition.I also take this opportunity to commend the DPP and the Commissioner and their respective teams of Officers for their strenuous efforts in fighting crime and overseeing law and order.Administration of Justice – Turning now to the administration of justice, our gratitude goes out to the former Chief Justice Edwin Goldsbrough for his competent service to the Islands as head of the Judiciary. With the appointment of My Lady Chief Justice we have already begun to see the fruits of some of the energy referred to by His Excellency Governor Beckingham in his speech at the swearing in. Noting that a new Judge of the Supreme is shortly to arrive and other efforts at reforming the administration of the judiciary are already underway with plans to promote important law reforms, many of which coincide with areas of law reform already being considered. Other areas of welcome reform which are being considered include the publication of statistics and better financial management. On the issue of facilities, we saw the opening of an additional and much needed courtroom on Providenciales, however, it is noted that the increasing reliance on video-conference or remote testimony, in both domestic as well as mutual assistance in criminal matters cases, would be greatly hampered if these facilities were not of an acceptable standard or were not well maintained. My Lady, the Government is committed to ensuring the proper resourcing of the courts and it is hoped that improvements in this area will shortly be realized.The volume of civil and commercial litigation has markedly increased and important work on establishing an accessible repository of judicial decisions which would be greatly assist civil and commercial litigators needs the support of the bar to succeed. All levels of the Courts have been incredibly busy and notwithstanding some challenges, it is obvious that the judiciary has worked assiduously during 2014 and has accomplished much.Personnel side – My Ladies, I am pleased to say that two additional civil/commercial attorneys and one additional drafter are due to be hired within my Chambers in the first quarter of 2015. I am equally pleased to announce that Mrs. Wynante Adrien-Roberts has today taken up her position as Deputy Attorney General following the February 2014 vacancy. Mrs. Adrien-Roberts is a thoroughly qualified and experienced attorney having been solicitor general in Dominica for many years before moving to the private bar. Mrs. Adrien-Roberts will focus on training and development within my Chambers and will undoubtedly be an asset to my already stellar team.We recognize that while change is underway in some areas, there are still steps which need to be taken towards full implementation of others in 2015. The challenges of dispensing justice are numerous and supporting each other is our strength. Together we ought to stand up in our various roles as the judiciary, the legal service and the private bar and make a difference.My Ladies there remains only for me to reiterate the continued commitment of the Government in ensuring the required resources for the smooth administration of Justice, and of my Chambers to providing quality service and our assistance in whatever way we can to facilitate the efficient conduct of the business of these Courts, valuing the independence of the Judiciary as a corner stone to the rule of law and in moving the motion for the opening of the Supreme Court 2015 to wish for your Ladyships, Magistrates, Court Staff, and all here present, a prosperous and productive New Year.I now formally move the motion for the opening of the Turks and Caicos Islands Supreme Court for the year 2015. May it so please you my Ladies.Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles, OBEHon. Attorney General5th January 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Sexual crimes trending higher for 2015last_img read more

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Silva It feels like we have all the squad

first_imgBernardo Silva believes Manchester City’s nearly full strength squad could be vital for the remainder of the season.The likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy have faced a lengthy spell on the sidelines as well as short spells for David Silva, Fernandinho, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan.The Portuguese midfielder is happy they have returned to full fitness barring Mendy, as they maintain their chase for trophies on four fronts.City illustrated the depth of their squad as they named De Bruyne, Aguero and Riyad Mahrez on the bench for Monday’s clash with Wolves and still eased to a 3-0 win.Cristiano Ronaldo makes European history for Portugal Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 10, 2019 With all the arsenal on the pitch for Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo reached another all-time record in European football against Lithuania.The Portugal National Team made…“It feels like we have all the squad, which is important because we need all of them,” said Bernardo Silva via Sky Sports. “It is good finally to be back together.“Of course until this moment of the season we have had so many injured players, we never played with the whole squad.“To have almost the whole squad available is fantastic for us and it is very good to try and go for all the competitions.”last_img read more

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NATIONAL DONUT DAY Wilmingtons Dunkin Donuts Heavnly Donuts Offering Free Donut Deal

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedDunkin’s Pumpkin Menu To Arrive In Wilmington By August 21In “Business”Dunkin’ Donuts Introduces S’mores Flavored Coffees, Vanilla Cake Batter Donut and New Sprinkles DonutIn “Business”Wilmington’s Dunkin’ Donuts To Salute Veterans With Free Donut On Veterans DayIn “Business” WILMINGTON, MA — Friday, June 7, 2019 is National Donut Day! On this day,Wilmington’s eight Dunkin’ Donuts locations are offering guests a free classic donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage. One per customer. While supplies last. [Source: Dunkin Donuts]Wilmington’s Heav’nly Donuts (579 Main Street) is also offering guests a free donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage. One per customer. While supplies last. [Source: Heav’nly Donuts]Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

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LinkedIn to launch its own live video tool

first_imgSome LinkedIn members will be able to broadcast real-time video. Getty Images LinkedIn is testing its own live video feature. The networking platform this week is launching LinkedIn Live, a tool that enables users and companies to broadcast real-time video to select groups or to the LinkedIn world at large. TechCrunch spotted the news earlier Monday.The feature will come out in beta first in the US and it’ll be invite-only, according to a press release from the company. It’s unclear when or if LinkedIn will make it available for everyone to create LinkedIn Live videos; the company said it’ll evaluate the user experience based on this pilot. But users can submit an application form to try the tool in the coming weeks. The tool aims to broadcast conferences, advices from experts, news interviews and events hosted by influencers, companies and mentors. This marks LinkedIn’s latest effort to engage its 562 million users on top of providing a platform for career networking.  In November, it tested a feature that lets users create real-world events and invite their online connections, sort of like Facebook Events. LinkedIn has partnered with third-party broadcast tools like Telestream Wirecast, Switcher Studio, Wowza, Socialive, and Brandlive to ensure this new feature’s performance. The tools will give creators multiple ways to go live, including via desktop and mobile apps.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Share your voice Digital Media Mobile Apps Internet Services Tags Comments 2 LinkedInlast_img read more

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Zee Telugus New Year special Ugadi Allullu to be a 3hour funfilled

first_imgUgadi Allullu on Zee TeluguPR HandoutZee Telugu is set to kick-start the Telugu new year in style. Its special show will witness a three-hour filled comedy-based event with fun festive elements and flavours to commend this unique day.Zee Telugu is one of the leading Telugu general entertainment channels in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It is known to entertain the Telugu audiences throughout the year with special shows on festivals. The TV channel is now gearing up for is a grand celebration of Ugadi this year.Ugadi, the vibrancy of nature and life, marks the Telugu New Year and Zee Telugu is telecasting three-hour filled comedy-based event called Ugadi Allullu from 3 pm on April 7.As part of the joyous celebrations of Ugadi Allullu, Sreemukhi, Pradeep, Vishnu Priya and Sudheer, the four legendary anchors, add to the entertainment quotient by hosting this exception action-packed event.As a special attraction for the evening, leading ladies from Zee Telugu Meghana, Anjana, Chaitra and Madhubala performed for the audiences, along with sizzling performances by the contestants of Dance Jodi Dance and the renowned Zee Telugu Kutumbam.The festival celebration included a blend of fun activities and traditional games such as humorous skits, fun interaction with veteran Bammalu viz. Annapurnamma and Y Vijaya garu.Zee Telugu celebratory events have won a special place in the hearts and minds of the Telugu audiences from around the world. Its astounding events continue to raise the bar with the support of their audience and the entire Zee Telugu Kutumbam.last_img read more

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Trade Unions Oppose Govt Move to Tax PF Withdrawals

first_imgTrade unions on Friday opposed the government’s move to deduct tax at source (TDS) on provident fund (PF) withdrawals and said they would ask the Labour Ministry to keep the decision on hold.The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) had issued a notification on Thursday saying that it would deduct TDS on PF withdrawals starting from 1 June in cases where savings exceed ₹30,000 and employees serve less than five years in an organisation.”We will oppose the government’s move of deducting TDS (Tax Deducted at Source) at PF withdrawals. We have decided to write to the Labour Minister for keeping this notification in abeyance,” All India Trade Union Congress Secretary DL Sachdev told PTI.As per the EPFO order, the PF withdrawals come under taxable income “if the cumulative service period of a subscriber with present as well as former employers is less than 5 years.””We had opposed this move earlier also. Even the EPFO had proposed to exempt cases where accumulations were less than Rs 2,00,000. PF withdrawals should not be taxed,” said another EPFO trustee and Hind Mazdoor Sabha Secretary AD Nagpal.The EPFO circular say that TDS will be deducted at 10% ‘provided permanent account number (PAN) is submitted.'”While the government is giving so many concessions to investors and industrialists, it is injustice to workers. It’s wrong to tax PF withdrawals,” said AK Padmanabhan, President of Centre of Indian Trade Unions President and an EPFO trustee too.However, the EPFO said there will be no TDS deductions for the claimants who submit Form 15G or 15H. Form 15H is for senior citizens (above 60 years of age) while Form 15G is for claimants below the age of 60 years.According to the EPFO circular, TDS will be deducted at the maximum marginal rate of 34.608%, if a claimant fails to produce PAN, Form 15G or 15H.last_img read more

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8 killed at Irmahit Florida nursing home

first_imgThe Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills is seen in Hollywood, north of Miami, Florida, US. Photo: ReutersEight residents died at a Florida nursing home which has been without power since Hurricane Irma and the state governor vowed a full investigation Wednesday into what he called an “unfathomable” event.The nursing home deaths brought the total number of storm-related fatalities in Florida to 20 and illustrated the urgency of restoring electricity to millions of people across the southern state.Around 115 residents of the retirement home in Hollywood, north of Miami, were immediately evacuated after a nearby hospital began receiving patients suffering from heat-related problems.“It’s a sad event,” Hollywood police chief Tomas Sanchez told a news conference. “We believe at this time they (the deaths) may be related to the loss of power in the storm.”Governor Rick Scott said he was “absolutely heartbroken” to learn of the deaths of the elderly retirees.“I am going to aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place,” Scott said in a statement. “Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable.”The governor said he has ordered a probe by state authorities.“If they find that anyone wasn’t acting in the best interests of their patients, we will hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.Sanchez, the police chief, said a criminal investigation had been launched.The Sun-Sentinel newspaper, citing the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office, said the eight people who died were between the ages of 71 and 99 years old.Dr. Randy Katz, medical director of the emergency department at Memorial Regional Hospital, said the hospital began receiving patients early on Wednesday.“(We) quickly identified some issues inside the facility with fire rescue and immediately evacuated the building,” Katz said.He said most of the patients admitted to the hospital have been treated for respiratory distress, dehydration and heat-related issues.Florida officials have made restoring electricity to the millions who have lost power a priority and tens of thousands of utility company workers, many from out of state, are engaged in the huge effort.Heartbreak for some returneesFlorida residents who evacuated ahead of the storm were facing lengthy traffic jams, meanwhile, as they returned to check out their homes after days in shelters or with friends or family.Irma, which made landfall Sunday morning in the Florida Keys as a Category Four hurricane, had triggered orders for more than six million people to flee to safety, one of the biggest evacuations in US history.Some residents of the Keys were met with scenes of devastation on Tuesday after police lifted roadblocks and began allowing people to return to the string of islands off Florida’s southern coast.At least a quarter of the homes in the Keys were destroyed, according to federal emergency management officials, and 65 percent suffered some damage.The storm also cut off power, water and sewage to the islands, which are home to some 70,000 people.“Bad, it’s real bad,” Keys resident Bryan Holley told NBC News.“It’s gonna take months, maybe years to get this cleaned up,” said Holley, who ignored orders to evacuate and braved the storm on Cudjoe Key.President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, were to visit Florida to survey the damage on Thursday.Macron pledges relief fundFrench President Emmanuel Macron was visiting the Caribbean island of Saint Barthelemy on Wednesday, a day after travelling to the French-Dutch island of Saint Martin.France, Britain and the Netherlands have come in for criticism for the pace of relief efforts for their overseas territories ravaged by the storm.Islanders have complained of a breakdown in law and order and widespread shortages of food, water and electricity.Touring Saint Martin, Macron was at times jeered by people waiting for aid supplies or hoping to catch flights for France in order to escape the devastation across the island.Macron pledged on Saint Barthelemy, population 9,000, that an emergency relief fund for victims would be operational by Monday.Hurricane Irma caused extensive damage in the French and Dutch overseas territories as well as the British and US Virgin Islands.British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was visiting the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla on Wednesday and pledged “absolute commitment” to Britons there.His visit came as British Prime Minister Theresa May announced an extra £25 million ($33.2 million, 27.2 million euros) in aid for Caribbean territories devastated by Hurricane Irma.A day earlier Johnson visited Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, and met with some of the nearly 1,000 British military personnel sent to bolster relief efforts and security.King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands has also toured Sint Maarten, the Dutch section of the island shared with France, meeting residents on Saba island, and was set to travel to Sint Eustatius, which suffered severe damage.last_img read more

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Students Protest Sanctions Against Student Leader For Writing Forget Black Lives Matter

first_img 00:00 /01:12 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Laura IsenseeThe student government at UH is still grappling with the fallout since a student body vice president wrote on Facebook “Forget #BlackLivesMatter.” At a recent meeting, Kadidja Koné urged student representatives to keep the sanctions against that leader, Rohini Sethi.For the last month, controversy has roiled the University of Houston ever since a student leader wrote on Facebook “Forget #BlackLivesMatter” in the wake of the shootings against Dallas police.It triggered a campaign to remove her from office and the student government suspended her. Now others are protesting that move, decrying it as stifling free speech.Dozens of people showed up at the UH student government meeting Wednesday night to support Rohini Sethi, the student body vice president at the center of the controversy. She was recently sanctioned by student government for dismissing Black Lives Matter and saying All Lives Matter. She’s been suspended and has to attend a workshop on cultural sensitivity.“Government institutions cannot in effect remove someone’s constitutional rights. She has a constitutional right to express herself,” said Matthew Wiltshire, a history major at UH who organized the show of support.  “The problem for me is that one entire aspect of diversity is overlooked, that being diversity of opinion,” he added.Wiltshire pressed that argument at the student government meeting.If anything, the debate there revealed that the controversy over cultural insensitivity and racial inclusion isn’t over at UH. “The freedom of speech is not what is being punished. We all have our right to say whatever we want to say. I respect each and everyone’s opinion whether it’s against me or for me. The problem is if you represent me, I expect you to understand my struggle and I expect you to be correct,” Kadidja Koné with the black student union told student senators.“If you are going to represent a student body with 10 percent black individuals, and you say something that is offensive to them and they tell you they find it offensive and they no longer feel you can properly represent them, we as your constituents, you are supposed to understand and respect that,” she explained.Some student government representatives considered throwing out the sanctions against the vice president because of some technical rules.But for now the sanctions stand. X Sharelast_img read more

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New solar desalination device improves efficiency by suppressing heat loss

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2016 Phys.org Explore further (A) Schematics of conventional solar steam generation with direct water contact. (B) Schematics of solar desalination devices with suppressed heat loss and 2D water supply. Credit: (c) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1613031113 (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Nanjing University in China has developed a new kind of solar desalinating device that does not require a traditional solar concentrator or thermal insulation. Instead, as the group explains in their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they introduce a 2-D channel for water circulation that works through capillary action, thereby greatly reducing heat dissipation. More information: Xiuqiang Li et al. Graphene oxide-based efficient and scalable solar desalination under one sun with a confined 2D water path, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1613031113AbstractBecause it is able to produce desalinated water directly using solar energy with minimum carbon footprint, solar steam generation and desalination is considered one of the most important technologies to address the increasingly pressing global water scarcity. Despite tremendous progress in the past few years, efficient solar steam generation and desalination can only be achieved for rather limited water quantity with the assistance of concentrators and thermal insulation, not feasible for large-scale applications. The fundamental paradox is that the conventional design of direct absorber−bulk water contact ensures efficient energy transfer and water supply but also has intrinsic thermal loss through bulk water. Here, enabled by a confined 2D water path, we report an efficient (80% under one-sun illumination) and effective (four orders salinity decrement) solar desalination device. More strikingly, because of minimized heat loss, high efficiency of solar desalination is independent of the water quantity and can be maintained without thermal insulation of the container. A foldable graphene oxide film, fabricated by a scalable process, serves as efficient solar absorbers (>94%), vapor channels, and thermal insulators. With unique structure designs fabricated by scalable processes and high and stable efficiency achieved under normal solar illumination independent of water quantity without any supporting systems, our device represents a concrete step for solar desalination to emerge as a complementary portable and personalized clean water solution.center_img Citation: New solar desalination device improves efficiency by suppressing heat loss (2016, November 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-11-solar-desalination-device-efficiency-suppressing.html Sponge creates steam using ambient sunlight Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences As the demand for water continues to increase around the globe, even as supplies diminish, scientists have been hard at work trying to improve water desalination devices—if a cheaper, more efficient means could be found to turn seawater into drinking water, the problem would be solved. Unfortunately, conventional desalination plants are still expensive to operate, running at approximately 80 megawatt-hours per megaliter of water produced, making them practical only in arid regions that have a lot of money to invest—such as the Middle East. For that reason, many researchers have turned to solar power as a possible option—unfortunately to date, such systems are difficult to ramp up in a way that allows them to produce enough drinking water to be useful—mainly because of the need for optical concentrators and thermal insulation. In this new effort, the researchers describe a new type of solar desalination device that works without either of them.The reason most solar systems require thermal insulation is because of the need to separate water being heated from unheated water—failure to do so would lose heat to the input water supply. To get around this problem, the researchers used simple polystyrene foam to separate the heated water from the input stream and introduced a 2-D channel that relies on capillary action to circulate the water as it is heated by the absorber. Because of its 2-D nature, heat cannot pass backwards through the channel; thus, very little is lost. The team also created an absorber using graphene oxide, because, as they note, it has excellent solar absorbing properties and low thermal conductivity. Another benefit, they note, is that it can be folded, making the device transportable.The result is a relatively inexpensive, highly efficient solar powered water desalination device. There is one problem still to overcome, however, before the device can be put to use in the real world—because of the materials used it is not clear how long such a device would stand up to real world environmental conditions.last_img read more

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Rep Kahle supports comprehensive plan to improve school safety in Michigan

first_img08May Rep. Kahle supports comprehensive plan to improve school safety in Michigan Categories: Kahle News,News State Rep. Bronna Kahle today voted in favor of a comprehensive plan to improve school safety in Michigan.The plan would create a statewide school safety commission to review security procedures and suggest improvements. Grants would be provided to make security improvements, with priority placed on school buildings with the greatest need. Schools would designate a local liaison to work directly with the commission.“This plan establishes a framework that could help make every school in Lenawee County and the entire state more secure,” said Kahle, of Adrian. “Keeping students and teachers safe at school is a must so they can focus on learning. This common-sense strategy is a step in the right direction.”Other pieces of the House plan include:Requiring schools to submit incident reports to the statewide school safety commission. The reports would provide the commission with examples of how incidents and threats were handled to develop best practices for other Michigan schools to follow.Requiring new school construction or major renovation projects to include safety features such as reinforced entryways and remote door locks.Making the OK2SAY school safety program permanent by eliminating a sunset date. The program allows the confidential reporting of tips on potentially harmful or criminal activity directed at students, school employees or school buildings.Mandating consistent, standardized training related to school violence incidents as part of the requirements to be a licensed law enforcement officer in Michigan.House Bills 5828-30 and 5850-52 advance to the Senate for further consideration.####last_img read more

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