A Story of Culinary Apartheid

first_imgAn enforced culture of want among India’s most marginalized gave birth to unique dishes of dried meats, offal and breads—but every morsel is painful Related Itemslast_img

School principal, teachers, arrested in connection with student death

first_imgThe principal, two teachers and the hostel warden of a Holy Cross school in north Tripura were arrested on Tuesday in connection with the death of a Class X student. Police charged hostel warden Borchung Halam of causing injuries to Happy Debbarma, leading to his death. Halam is accused of torturing Happy Debbarma at the boys’ hostel premises of the Holy Cross school at Kumarghat in Unakoti district on September 22. The victim latter succumbed to his injuries at the GBP Hospital in Agartala.The incident angered different social groups that staged street protests to press demand for arrest of the culprits and ensure justice for the victim’s family. Though police were accused of showing reluctance initially, they made arrests on Tuesday.“All connected people wanted in investigation have been arrested,” Additional Superintendent of Police of Unakoti district Ranaditya Das told the Hindu. The detainees are Principal Fr. Lency, teachers Fr. Joe Paul and Fr. Alfred, and hostel Warden Borchung Halam.Halam who was picked up from an area in west Tripura was charged with murder.last_img read more

Australia look to Sri Lanka series to reverse Asia failures

first_imgCaptain Steven Smith said Wednesday that success was hard to come by for Australia in Asia in recent years but the three-test series in Sri Lanka – starting July 26 – offered a chance to change that.Since winning its last three-match series in Sri Lanka 1-0 five years ago, Australia lost its matches in a series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates and on a tour of India – 2-0 and 4-0 respectively.Sri Lanka has lost five out of six test series in the past two years as it struggles to rebuild after the retirement of key players Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.Sri Lanka has also been hit by injuries with fast bowlers Dhammika Prasad, Dushmantha Chameera and Suranga Lakmal all injured during their last series in England. Another fast bowler Shaminda Eranga was reported for an illegal bowling action during that tour and subsequently suspended by the International Cricket Council. (Also read: Ricky Ponting calls for regulation of bat size in Test cricket)Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said his team has prepared well for the Australians, despite the setbacks.Australia has a relatively young side with only four players – David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon and Shaun Marsh – of its 15-member squad having played a test match in Sri Lanka.Former Sri Lanka player Muttiah Muralitharan, who took a record 800 test wickets, is an Australian consultant for the tour.”He is obviously got a lot of experience here in Sri Lanka,” Smith said of Muralitharan. “He took a truckload of wickets, he is helping our spinners out and it’s great to have someone like that on board with us.”advertisementThe three test matches will be played in Pallekele, Galle and Colombo.last_img read more

Manchester United FC outclass Ajax FC to win Europa League on emotional night

first_imgManchester United’s Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored a goal in each half as their team comfortably outclassed Ajax Amsterdam to win an emotional Europa League final 2-0 and qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.A minute’s silence held for the victims of Monday’s suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester in which 22 people died turned into applause as chants of “Manchester” and “We’ll Never Die” bellowed out from the English supporters before the match.World record signing Pogba opened the scoring in the 18th minute as United won the ball after an Ajax throw-in, the Frenchman’s shot taking a wicked deflection to wrong-foot goalkeeper Andre Onana and fly into the net.Mkhitaryan then flicked the ball home early in the second half following a corner and, with chants of “Manchester, Manchester” echoing around the stadium, United held on to win the one European trophy missing from the Old Trafford cabinet.”We know things like this are very sad all over the world,” said Pogba referring to the attack. “We had to focus. Manchester – we won for them. We played for England, we played for Manchester and we played for them — the people who died.””The goal was to win all the way through this season. We’ve done it, and we’re proud,” said Pogba. “People say we’ve had a bad season but the prize is great and we’ve done it now. We have three trophies so enjoy it now,” he added.United’s triumph followed success in the League Cup and the Community Shield in Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge at Old Trafford with Champions League football secured after United could only manage a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.advertisement”We preferred to reach the Champions League this way than finish fourth, third or second,” said Mourinho. “We got the objective, we are back in the Champions League by winning a title, an important title. The club now has every title in world football. We fought hard for this since the beginning.”IMPOSING STARTUnited, wearing all blue as they did in winning the 1968 European Cup final, made an imposing start, with Pogba whistling a shot wide of the near post within the first minute.The France midfielder was all over the pitch, appearing as a third centre back one moment to head the ball away from danger, channeling pinpoint passes to striker Marcus Rashford the next.Pogba, who first came to United at the age of 16 before leaving for Juventus, put his side ahead with a hopeful low shot from the edge of the area that was sent looping past Onana in the Ajax goal thanks to a huge deflection from Davinson Sanchez.Mourinho’s coaching staff flew out of the dugout in celebration but the Portuguese stayed calm.Ajax, fielding the youngest starting lineup in a European final, were expected to make a quick start as they did in their 4-1 win over Olympique Lyonnais in their semi-final first leg.Instead the Dutch side were fenced in by United, nullified by Marouane Fellaini and man of the match Ander Herrera in the middle and stretched by Rashford’s darting runs.They were given no time to settle in the second half as Mkhitaryan leapt to knock Chris Smalling’s knockdown from a corner into the roof of the net after 48 minutes.Ajax hogged the ball for the rest of the match but rarely looked like getting past United, who saw the game out to preserve Mourinho’s 100 percent record in European finals and deliver the continental trophy missing from their collection.last_img read more

Conte in the dark regarding transfer plans

first_imgTransfers Conte in the dark regarding Chelsea’s January transfer plans Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 17:17 12/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antonio Conte Chelsea 2017 Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Antonio Conte Premier League The Blues are expected to strengthen again when the window re-opens, but their manager has suggested that he is unaware of what moves will be made Antonio Conte claims to be unaware of what the January transfer window will hold for defending Premier League champions Chelsea.The Blues are expected to strengthen again in the new year, with a lack of depth within their ranks exposed during the current campaign.Being free of European commitments in 2016-17 allowed Conte to focus all of his efforts on a successful title bid, but greater rotation is required this year with Champions League football back on the agenda. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Chelsea have progressed to the last 16 of that competition, but they have already conceded defeat in the defence of their English top-flight crown and it now remains to be seen what approach they take to further recruitment.”I don’t know what will happen in January,” Conte told reporters when pressed on his plans. “January now is far.”In December we have to play a lot of games. In January it’s the same. I don’t know, I don’t know because in January you have to wait for the right time to adapt them [new players] in our idea of football.”Now we have to face this solution with these players. We have to be ready to fight. We have to be ready to face this situation with the right desire.Antonio Conte“I don’t like to look too far, and to find solutions that at this moment are not possible. I have to be realistic, we have to face this situation with these players.”I’m happy to play with these players. January is too far and I don’t know what will happen in January.”I’m the coach, I can give my opinion, but the club has to take the best decision in the summer, in January, next summer. It’s normal this.”Chelsea did invest over the summer, bringing in the likes of Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Antonio Rudiger, Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta.There were, however, a lot of players to head for the exits as well, with Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa among those moved on.A freshening up of the ranks has so far failed to deliver the desired results, with the Blues sat 14 points off the pace in the Premier League title race and facing a testing Champions League clash with Barcelona in the first knockout stage of Europe’s premier club competition.last_img read more

Premier Names Treasury and Policy Board

first_imgFive members of the Executive Council and a member of the legislative assembly will serve on the Treasury and Policy Board, Premier Stephen McNeil announced today, June 26. In addition to chair Karen Casey, the board includes cabinet ministers Labi Kousoulis, Mark Furey, Kelly Regan and Iain Rankin, as well as MLA Keith Irving. “I am confident this group will be able to develop policies that create growth opportunities in communities across Nova Scotia, improve services such as education and health care, while continuing to live within the fiscal reality of the province,” said Premier McNeil. “The appointment of Mr. Irving to the board reflects his competence in public policy development and the hard work and commitment he has shown as a member of the government caucus.” Treasury and Policy Board is a committee of the Executive Council charged with establishing plans and policies for the operation of the government of the province and ensuring that they are developed and implemented in a co-ordinated and fiscally responsible manner. -30-last_img read more

Azams emotional Eid message to Rampur

first_imgLucknow: Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan, who has been courting trouble in many forms, posted a video message on social media on the occasion of Eid wishing the people in his parliamentary constituency Rampur in Uttar Pradesh. The SP MP, for the first time, has not reached Rampur to celebrate Eid with his family. “I’m fine. I have kept a close watch on you and your situation. This (Jauhar) university is a symbol of love and not of caste, community and relation. You must keep the knot of love intact and this will help you in the remaining journey of life. You must also beware of people who want to destroy the nation,” he said in Hindi in the video message. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Azam Khan’s son Abdullah Azam confirmed that the video was posted by his father. Azam Khan got emotional as he further said: “Those who think they can erase history are mistaken. A human being can be finished but history cannot be wiped out. I am proud that I have built the university for the future of our children.” He said the he would soon return to his people and fight against the prevailing circumstances. “This is a dark night and we have to protect the guiding light which will take us to the shores of the stormy seas. If the night is dark, dawn cannot be far behind,” he added. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K According to sources, Azam Khan has been staying away from Rampur for over a month now because he is apprehensive of his arrest in multiple cases of land garb, book theft, money laundering and lion statues’ theft that have been registered against him by the Yogi Adityanath government. Superintendent of Police Ajay Pal Sharma said that Khan’s arrest was possible in the sections under which cases have been registered. “We will arrest him only when investigations confirm his involvement in the cases,” he said. District Magistrate Aaunjneya Kumar Singh said that there was no restriction on Azam Khan visiting Rampur though he has not been seen here recently. “Ever since cases have been registered against him, he has not come to Rampur,” the official said. Azam Khan has already applied for anticipatory bail in the Allahabad High Court and his petition will be taken up for hearing later this week. Khan has been in the eye of storm after 26 cases of land grabbing were registered against him by farmers, who claim, that he usurped their land for the Jauhar University. The police have also charged him with the theft of some 2,000 books from the ‘Aaliya Madarasa’, that were recovered from the Jauhar University during a raid. Two lion statues, reportedly stolen from the Rampur Club, were also found in the Jauhar Universitlast_img read more

Eva was bullied on sets of Desperate Housewives

first_imgLos Angeles: Actress Eva Longoria says Felicity Huffman helped her survive bullying on the sets of ‘Desperate Housewives’. Longoria, who played Gabrielle Solis in the series, looked back at the time when Huffman stood up for her when she was bullied at work as she wrote a letter to support Huffman amid the US college admissions scandal, reports dailymail.co.uk. “Felicity was the first one to take me under her wing. From the first table read of the script, she noticed me sitting alone, scared and unsure of where to and what to do. Her gentle character and kind heart immediately opened up to me. She approached me, introduced herself and said, ‘Don’t be scared, we will get through this together’, as she sat down beside me and never left my side since that day.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”I dreaded the days I had to work with that person (I was being bullied by) because it was pure torture,” said the actress, without naming the bully. Huffman starred as Lynette Scavo in ‘Desperate Housewives’.Longoria continued: “Until one day, Felicity told the bully ‘enough’ and it all stopped. Felicity could feel that I was riddled with anxiety even though I never complained or mentioned the abuse to anyone. I know I would not have survived those 10 years if it wasn’t for the friendship of Felicity.” Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaLongoria made the revelation in a letter she penned to the judge as part of the case to secure Huffman a lower sentence after she admitted to paying money to a scheme to secure a top university spot for her daughter. Longoria also claimed that she was the “lowest paid actor” on ‘Desperate Housewives’, and Huffman supported her during the contract negotiations. “That did not go over too well with the others. But Felicity stood up for me, saying it was fair because the success of the show depended on all of us, not one of us.”last_img read more

Williams Lake and surrounding area under evacuation order due to wildfires

first_imgWILLIAMS LAKE (NEWS 1130) – Officials are preparing for more evacuation alerts and orders as wildfires in British Columbia risk worsening this weekend.Lightning and strong winds are in the forecast and could fuel the dozens of fires burning across the province, three of which surround Williams Lake.An evacuation order has been issued for Williams Lake and surrounding areas in the Cariboo Regional District.People are being advised to leave their homes immediately due to nearby activity.Highway 97 is being recommended as an evacuation route.The BC Wildfire Service says it’s taken steps to help ground crews fight some of the fires, by burning a safe perimeter around a 2,600-hectare blaze near 150 Mile House.Chief Fire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek says winds could reach 70 kilometres an hour in parts of the southern Interior.“That level of wind certainly has the prospect to really whip up fire behaviour, so of course that is cause for concern given the amount of fire we have through the southern part of the province right now.”Unfavourable conditions mean extra precautions need to be taken to avoid further fires from being sparked, so he’s also urging people to stay out of the back country where possible.More than 16,000 people have had to evacuate their homes because of fires. It’s still too soon to tell when they might be able to return home, but with fires still threatening entire communities, the number of evacuees is expected to rise.Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb says crews are ensuring routes are clear and buses are ready if the city’s 11,000 residents are suddenly forced to leave.“We’re ready for it, we’re expecting that if the wind comes up like indicated, it’s a possibility that we will have to go to the next step but right now we’re just on alert and we’re hoping for the best,” he says.Major wind event expected to cause substantial increase in #BCwildfire activity throughout the Interior. More info: https://t.co/qcUuyMpZKg— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) July 15, 2017Dave Dixon, who’s managing emergency social services in the Williams Lake region, says more than 200 people have registered in case new evacuation orders force people living there to leave.“We have had some people just checking out things, seeing how things are going. We have some people coming in inquiring, and something sort of unique that we see is when they do come in, they say ‘hey, can we volunteer?’ So that’s really a positive.Officials are also asking the public to stay off four lakes in the Cariboo region, specifically Williams Lake, Watson Lake, Lac La Hache and Horse Lake, so that firefighting aircraft have room to pick up water.On Friday evening, Emergency Info BC issued its first evacuation order since Wednesday.People in the Loon Lake area of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District were ordered to evacuate the area, and an evacuation alert was issued for the Village of Clinton.Village officials warned that residents should prepare for an evacuation order, noting that the fire was headed their way and “poses an imminent threat to people and property.”This morning, an evacuation order was issued for the remote Clisbako area in the Cariboo. Officials have not said how many people are affected.last_img read more

Greyhound bus route on BCs Highway of Tears one of five that

VANCOUVER — Greyhound Canada has applied to regulators in British Columbia to drop five routes, four of them in northern B.C., as the company deals with plunging ridership.Greyhound calls the decision “regrettably unavoidable” but said there has been a 51 per cent drop in riders since 2010, along with higher costs and increased competition from publicly subsidized services.Routes that would be eliminated include a 718-kilometre run along Highway 16, the so-called Highway of Tears, between Prince George and Prince Rupert.After dozens of murders and disappearances of women along that highway, the province, local governments and BC Transit launched a subsidized route in June connecting Burns Lake, Prince George and Smithers, mirroring portions of the Greyhound route.The company has also applied to drop its routes from Prince George to Valemount, Prince George to Dawson Creek, Dawson Creek to Whitehorse and Victoria to Nanaimo.Stuart Kendrick, senior vice-president at Greyhound, said the application was filed with the Passenger Transportation Board earlier this month and the process normally takes about 90 days but could be longer because of the proposal to cut five routes.“We can’t continue to operate these routes at a loss,” he said, adding Greyhound can’t compete with subsidized BC Transit.“We’ve communicated to the provincial government for several years that this is eroding our business. It does create an unfair playing field and when you have subsidized transit they’re able to offer fares that are much lower than ours,” Kendrick said.“Connectivity from northern B.C. into the main corridors is really what the customer needs and right now it’s not a viable option for a private carrier.”Greyhound is continuing its discussions with provincial and federal officials regarding viable options for transportation in rural areas, Kendrick said.Terry Teegee, tribal chief of the Prince George-based Carrier Sekani First Nation, said other private companies also would be unlikely make a profit for the same reasons but rural residents need reliable transportation between communities that are geographically spread out.He said existing subsidized services would have to be expanded or new ones would be needed to take over so people in northern B.C. have options that are readily available elsewhere in the province.“Why aren’t we a priority?” he asked. “There’s no reason why there couldn’t be a transit system up here as well that could (provide) service like in Vancouver, or any other place.”First Nations leaders, mayors and advocates pushed the province for a decade to fund transportation along Highway 16.The B.C. government finally came up with a transportation plan last year, but only after a 2012 report from a missing women inquiry that had commissioner Wally Oppal recommending bus service along the corridor where people often hitchhike to get around.Service is being rolled out separately in various communities and started in January with a 30-minute, six-days-a-week shuttle along a small section of the highway, from Moricetown and Smithers.The Passenger Transportation Board could call public consultations as part of its decision process on Greyhound’s application. read more

Ohio State mens basketball blows out Minnesota 7145

After a closely fought, and tightly officiated, first half, the Ohio State men’s basketball team cruised to a 71-45 victory against Minnesota Wednesday night at the Schottenstein Center behind junior forward Deshaun Thomas’ 19-point performance. After dropping three of their last four games, the Buckeyes were able to get back on track against the Gophers. “When you get knocked down, it’s always good to pick yourself back up and regroup, and that’s what we did tonight,” Thomas said. The Gophers stubbornly hung around, though, trailing by only six points with 13:30 left to play in the contest, before OSU surged ahead thanks to a 16-0 run over the next six minutes. Well before that span, though, the game started off with nine fouls in the first 2:29 of the game. But Thomas said the team responded well to the avalanche of early calls. “We didn’t let them get in our head,” he said. “We stayed together and kept our composure as a team and still were aggressive.” All the early calls did provide an opportunity for several players to come off the bench early, including sophomore guard Shannon Scott and freshman guard Amedeo Della Valle. Scott, who ended the game with 11 points, came in after junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. picked up his second foul 2:31 into the game. Despite the early foul trouble, OSU’s defense appeared to have woken up from the sleep they were in at Wisconsin Sunday, when the team gave up 71 points and lost by 22. In addition to limiting the Gophers to just 45 points, OSU held Minnesota to 29 percent shooting from the floor. Minnesota coach Tubby Smith gave a lot of credit to the Buckeyes. “Ohio State really turned up the heat defensively,” he said. The Buckeyes held the Gophers to just 25 percent shooting in the second half. OSU coach Thad Matta, though, deflected some of Smith’s praise. “They went cold,” he said. “They had some good looks at the basket that didn’t go down and we’ve seen that a time or two.” Adding to the Buckeyes’ defensive effort were junior guard Aaron Craft’s three steals in the game. OSU’s offense still seemed to sputter throughout the first half, scoring just 29 points on 38 percent shooting. With two minutes to go in the first half, no OSU player had more than one field goal. That would change. The Buckeyes finished out the first half on an 8-2 run in the final minutes, including a 3-pointer by Craft at the buzzer to take a six point lead into the game’s intermission. That sort of offensive performance carried over into the second half as OSU shot nearly 42 percent from the field and 39 percent from behind the arc. Smith said the Gophers’ struggles from the field and 21 turnovers played a big role in the game’s outcome. “The combination of shooting poorly and turning the ball over, that’s a perfect storm for getting beat,” he said. OSU is set to next play Michigan State Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

What to Watch For in the NBA Finals

For all the talk this season about conference imbalance in the NBA and the inequity of its playoff structure, things seemed to have worked out just fine. Measured by point differential, we’ve ended up with the best teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences in the finals, and fans everywhere get the chance to watch a rarity in pro basketball: an NBA Finals rematch.Who’s going to win? The old adage is that defense wins championships, but this matchup is all about the offenses.The San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat have had the two best offenses in these playoffs and, surprisingly, both have been more efficient than they were in the regular season. Their offensive systems are different, but they have the same basic goal: Create good shots. With that in mind, here are some things to watch for:Spurs movementIn April, a study by two members of the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective found that, after controlling for time of possession, the Spurs’ offense had more movement and more passing than any other offense in the league, and by a wide margin. Indeed, according to the NBA’s SportVU Player Tracking Statistics, the Spurs’ offense has featured more movement during the playoffs than the other three conference finalists.Movement Per Minute of PossessionPassing and ball movement are not perfect proxies for offensive effectiveness, but in the Spurs’ case, they are symptomatic of an offense that is working well. San Antonio doesn’t have any player as individually brilliant as Miami’s LeBron James to consistently pull good shots out of thin air, so the Spurs rely on their collaborative system. The distance traveled is of particular importance. On average, the five players on the floor for the Spurs cumulatively travel nearly 500 feet farther per minute of possession than the players for the Heat. That’s 500 extra feet of screening, rolling and cutting, searching for seams in the defense and open space on the perimeter.The Heat’s defense plays at a frenetic pace, aggressively trapping pick-and-roll ball-handlers and flying around the perimeter in a series of rotations to cover shooters. It can be devastating when done well, but the Spurs are uniquely suited to turn this aggression against the Heat.Shot selectionWhile a key indicator of the Spurs’ offensive health is the movement and passing they use to create shots, the key for the Heat is simply the location of their shots.The Heat spent most of the past two weeks burying the Pacers with 3-pointers. These outside shots buoy Miami’s offensive efficiency, but the Heat’s 3-point shooting is also a reflection of how easily James, Dwyane Wade and the Heat’s other ball-handlers get into the lane and collapse the opponent’s defense.In his NBA Finals’ preview at Grantland, Zach Lowe pointed out some of the methods the Spurs used to defend the Heat in last year’s playoffs, and how they resulted in a slew of mid-range jump shots. If we look at the breakdown of the Heat’s true shot attempts (which includes field goal attempts and trips to the free-throw line) we can see just how far last year’s pattern was from what the Heat have just done.Miami Heat Shot SelectionFor the Heat, 3-point attempts are tied to their ability to get inside the defense. James, Wade, Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers were able to get into the lane with ease against the Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals, and the result was that nearly 30 percent of Miami’s true shot attempts in that series were 3-pointers (which they made at an obscene 40.8 percent clip).In last year’s finals, however, by walling off the paint and offering up mid-range jump shots to the Heat, the Spurs were able to keep them away from the rim, off the free-throw line and inside the 3-point line. The Heat will surely have some adjustments ready this year, and we should be able to tell a lot about how they are working just by looking at the locations of their shots.LineupsThe offensive systems each team employs to create good shots revolve around lineups. The Heat would prefer to play small, arraying three and sometimes four shooters around James. The Pacers were loathe to change gears and try to match up with them, but the Spurs may be more willing. They have more depth than any of the teams the Heat have played in these playoffs, and San Antonio is much more comfortable using that depth in a variety of arrangements.A big issue in last season’s finals’ matchup was the way the Heat’s small lineups forced the Spurs to separate Tiago Splitter and Tim Duncan. The Spurs used that pairing for about 20 percent of their regular-season minutes, then just over 11 percent in the finals. But Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich has been more aggressive this season about experimenting with different lineups.It is tricky to parse statistics for the Spurs between big and small lineups because of the big and small skill set of Boris Diaw. When he’s playing power forward for the Spurs, the “big” or “small” nature of the lineup depends on the matchups and what he’s being asked to do. But having him on the floor allows the Spurs to have their cake and eat it, too.Back to the NBA’s SportVU Player Tracking Statistics: Diaw was third on the team in touches per game, at 49.2, during the regular season. While Diaw is capable of scoring in a variety of ways, he averaged just 9.1 points per game because his role in the Spurs’ offense often called for him to be a facilitator. He averaged 38.9 passes per game; about 79 percent of his touches involved moving the ball to another player. This usually worked out well for the Spurs, as Diaw is among the best big man passers in the game. His assists created an additional 6.7 points per game for the Spurs during the regular season.In the Spurs’ Game 6 victory to close out the Oklahoma City Thunder, Diaw saw a lot of extra touches by virtue of playing some extra minutes, but it was what he did with those touches that made the difference.The Boris Diaw StoryIn Game 6, Diaw’s touches accumulated nearly 50 percent more points for the Spurs than they did during the regular season or in the series to this point. This increased output from Diaw was needed, with the Spurs struggling to hit 3-pointers and Tony Parker sitting out the second half with an ankle injury.Diaw’s ability to shift between big and small defensive assignments, and scoring and facilitating roles on offense, may allow the Spurs to sidestep a lot of the matchup land mines the Heat have waiting for them.MarginsThese teams are incredibly talented, well-coached and, ultimately, evenly matched. Each has a series of counters available for every obvious advantage the other will try to exploit. That’s why this series will be won at the margins and in the minutiae. Little things — the Spurs forcing the Heat to make one extra defensive rotation, the Heat getting the ball to a 3-point shooter instead of settling for a seemingly open jump shot around the free-throw line, and the tiny in-game matchups that shift the rotations — will be the deciding battles. read more

Four new teams in the ICCs ODI rankings

(ESPNCricinfo) The four latest teams to gain ODI status have been integrated into the ICC team rankings for ODIs, effective June 1, 2018. Scotland and United Arab Emirates (UAE) have slotted into 13th and 14th places respectively, while Netherlands and Nepal will be added after they’ve played four more ODIs (teams need to play a minimum number of ODIs to get a ranking). The addition of these teams did not affect the standings of the 12 Test-playing nations above them on the table.Netherlands secured ODI status by winning the World Cricket League Championship last year, while Scotland, Nepal and UAE earned ODI status by finishing as the leading Associates (along with Netherlands) at the World Cup Qualifier 2018.The introduction of these four teams means that any matches they play against each other or the 12 other ODI teams now count for rating points, which will influence their ranking. The initial rankings for the four new teams are based on games played – under various criteria – since May 2015. For all teams on the rankings, matches played between 1 May, 2015, and 30 April, 2017, will be weighted at 50%, while matches played after 1 May, 2017, will be weighted at 100%.The ICC ODI rankings1 England (125 points)2 India (122)3 South Africa (113)4 New Zealand (112)5 Australia (104)6 Pakistan (102)7 Bangladesh (93)8 Sri Lanka (77)9 West Indies (69)10 Afghanistan (63)11 Zimbabwe (55)12 Ireland (38)13 Scotland (28)14 UAE (18) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNetherlands a step away from redeeming ODI statusOctober 27, 2017In “latest news”ODI status denied to some World Cup Qualifier gamesJanuary 15, 2018In “latest news”Afghanistan earn direct qualification in 2020 T20 World CupJanuary 2, 2019In “latest news” read more

Beware of Yelp 20 of reviews are fake

first_imgIf you never know where to eat or shop, you likely have a Yelp account, or at least the app on your phone. The service is extremely useful, not only providing directions and hours of operations, but prices, and user ratings and reviews. Type “ramen” into the search field, and you instantly know where all the best ramen places are in your area — except it turns out about 20% of those ratings and reviews are totally fake, severely damaging the credibility of the service.Back in 2006, the number of fake reviews spread across the service only made up about 5% of the total user reviews. Now, just seven years later, that number has shot up to 20%. One out of every five Yelp reviews are fake. The report comes out of Harvard Business School, and suggests that if you heavily rely on Yelp’s user reviews to determine the quality of an establishment, you should scale back that reliance.Though you could’ve figured out on your own that online user reviews are sometimes fake, there’s a seedy underbelly of companies that write fake user reviews for pay, which is known as astroturfing. A study published back in 2011 claims that upping a Yelp review by just one star can boost profits around 9%, so artificially padding that average is certainly desirable.We all know that other people’s reviews aren’t the most precise way to figure out if you’ll like something, since a stranger’s taste isn’t necessarily the same as your own. If you really do need to rely on user reviews, though, the best way would be to look out for a few telltale signs. First, glance at a reviewer account’s networking numbers — how many friends it has and how many reviews it has written; the more friends and reviews, the more likely it wasn’t just created to talk up a specific establishment. Second — much like the realty market — if a review is too good to be true, it probably is, so watch out for extremely positive language. Other than that, the rest is up to your intuition. Godspeed on your next life-or-death ramen decision.last_img read more

Bournemouths Mings gets extraordinary 5match ban for stamp on Ibrahimovic

first_img Image: Richard Sellers Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 4:45 PM By Paul Fennessy All you know about the Ireland goalkeeper selected in Man United’s Europa League squad>‘He did really well’ – Andy Boyle hailed after Preston debut> https://the42.ie/3277391 Follow us: the42.ie Short URL Updated at 16.50BOURNEMOUTH DEFENDER TYRONE Mings has been handed a five-match ban for his stamp on Man United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic during a Premier League clash last Saturday, with the Cherries subsequently calling the punishment “extraordinary”.Mings claimed the stamp was accidental in a post-match interview, but it hasn’t stopped the FA from increasing the usual three-match ban handed out for violent conduct.Swedish striker, Ibrahimovic, meanwhile, received a three-match ban for elbowing Mings in a separate incident.Reacting to the news, Bournemouth expressed disappointment with the verdict and hinted that they would be challenging the ruling.A statement from the club read: “AFC Bournemouth are extremely disappointed with the FA Regulatory Commission’s decision to find Tyrone Mings guilty of the charges against him and impose a five-game suspension, following Saturday’s incident at Old Trafford involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic.“We will study the detailed reasons of the commission once they become available but find it extraordinary that the charges can be described as ‘proven’ when there is absolutely no evidence to prove the incident was intentional.It is our strongly held belief — backed up by our relationship with the player, and knowledge of his background and character — that it was an accidental collision.“Tyrone twice apologised to Ibrahimovic during the match for the accidental collision and also reiterated that there was no intent straight after the final whistle in a series of television interviews.We fully support our player. Tyrone has an excellent disciplinary record and has not been sent off in 75 matches as a professional. During that time he has only received 13 yellow cards — the last of which came in April 2015. 54 Comments Share7 Tweet Email Ibrahimovic and Mings clashed during Saturday’s match at Old Trafford. “The club will be making no further comment.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Mar 8th 2017, 4:45 PM Bournemouth’s Mings gets ‘extraordinary’ 5-match ban for stamp on Ibrahimovic Ibrahimovic received a three-match ban for elbowing Tyrone Mings in a separate incident. Ibrahimovic and Mings clashed during Saturday’s match at Old Trafford. Image: Richard Sellers 20,402 Views last_img read more

Catalonia is set to vote on independence from Spain

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3435121 20,492 Views Short URL Share588 Tweet Email Friday 9 Jun 2017, 12:08 PM THE LEADER OF Spain’s Catalonia region, where a separatist movement is in full swing, has announced an independence referendum for 1 October in defiance of the Spanish capital Madrid which is firmly against such a vote.Speaking in Barcelona, Carles Puigdemont said the question would be: “Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state in the form of a republic?”Catalonia, a wealthy, 7.5-million population region with its own language and customs, has long demanded greater autonomy.Separatist politicians in the northeastern region have tried for years to win approval from Spain’s central government for a vote like Scotland’s 2014 referendum on independence from Britain, which resulted in a “no” vote.And while Catalans are divided on the issue, with 48.5% against independence and 44.3% in favour according to the latest poll by the regional government, close to three-quarters support holding a referendum.But Catalan authorities have repeatedly been thwarted in their attempts to hold such a vote, arguing it goes against the constitution and would threaten the unity of Spain.In 2014, Catalonia held a non-binding vote under then president Artur Mas, in which more than 80% of those who cast a ballot chose independence, although just 2.3 million out of 6.3 million eligible voters took part.But in holding the symbolic referendum, Mas went against Spain’s Constitutional Court, which had outlawed the vote – even if it was non-binding.He was later put on trial and banned from holding office for two years.Puigdemont, though, still wants to go ahead, and he wants his referendum to be binding this time – even though Madrid has pledged to be just as tough this time round.© – AFP, 2017Read: Bomb disposal unit attends scene as police arrest hostage taker in NewcastleRead: Ukip leader Paul Nuttall resigns Jun 9th 2017, 12:08 PM Catalonia is set to vote on independence from Spain A referendum is set to be held on 1 October. 30 Comments By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Inde quand le tigre du Bengale préserve la forêt du déboisement

first_imgInde : quand le tigre du Bengale préserve la forêt du déboisementEn Inde, le tigre du Bengale tente de survivre entre deux mondes. Entre l’un sauvage et l’autre urbanisé et cultivé par l’homme, ce félin contribue par sa simple présence à la préservation de la forêt et de sa biodiversité.Le tigre du Bengale vit de nos jours en Asie, au Népal, au Bangladesh, au Myanmar, au Bhoutan, dans le sud de la Chine et en Inde. Mais sur 40.000 tigres du Bengale recensés en Inde, ils n’en restent aujourd’hui qu’environ 1.500. Le tigre blanc, qui appartient à la même sous-espèce, aurait disparu à l’état sauvage tandis que le tigre de Java avait déjà disparu dans les années 1980. Cause de cette disparition : la chasse. À lire aussiLes tamanoirs, des animaux plus dangereux qu’ils n’en ont l’airEn effet, la fourrure des tigres est très prisée pour sa valeur marchande en Asie et certains de leurs organes sont réputés pour leurs vertus curatives, comme les os, les dents, le sang et les yeux. Mais l’agriculture et le déboisement massif qui en découle sont également à l’origine de cette disparition progressive. Leurs proies disparaissant, les animaux ne peuvent plus se nourrir à leur faim et leur habitat est de plus en plus grignoté par l’homme et ses activités. Le delta du Gange représente une gigantesque zone humide en Inde et abrite le sanctuaire de Sundarbans, la plus grande mangrove au monde, constituée de petites îles et de marécages. A cet endroit, les tigres sont encore maîtres de leur territoire grâce aux initiatives de l’Etat pour bien séparer et préserver le monde sauvage du monde indien urbain. C’est le seul lieu connu aujourd’hui où le tigre s’attaque encore à l’homme de façon instinctive. Un animal poursuivi par sa légende de tueur Les pêcheurs et paysans en ont donc peur. Ils en viennent même à tuer des centaines de tigres par précaution ou vengeance d’un homme tué, alors que la légende a toujours positionné ce félin comme un mangeur d’homme. “Le tyran brutal ne poursuit qu’un seul but : dépeupler l’univers, pour régner seul au milieu des victimes qu’il égorge”, décrivait au XVIIIe siècle, le naturaliste Georges de Buffon. Une image de tueur reprise notamment avec Shere Khan, le tigre du Bengale du Livre de la Jungle.Pourtant, dans d’autres régions d’Inde, le tigre arrive à cohabiter avec l’homme, allant même jusqu’à rendre visite aux habitants dans leurs maisons et sans attaquer personne. Une habitude qui fait mentir la légende. Selon les spécialistes, le comportement agressif du tigre est une conséquence directe de la chasse au gros dont il a été victime pendant des années. Aujourd’hui, ces redoutables prédateurs et bons chasseurs se montrent donc légitimement méfiants vis-à-vis de l’homme sur leur territoire de Sundarbans. Un comportement qui, finalement lui permet de jouer les gardiens de la mangrove et de sa biodiversité en préservant la région de la déforestation.Le 14 janvier 2012 à 14:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

This August is extremely abnormal and fire likes it

first_imgConsider the duff. That’s the layer with moss, fallen spruce needles and decomposing leaves. “August is barely more than half over. It’s already a top-10 wettest month” for Fairbanks, Brettschneider said. “Any month, in any year.” It’s all due to something called a heat dome. A high-pressure mass has been sitting over Southcentral nearly all summer. Storms can’t get in, and Fairbanks is outside the dome. “So (there’s) a lot of discussion in the climate community about tipping points and is this the new normal, and how much of this is a trend … and what it all means,” Brettschneider said. You can also blame Sunday’s fierce wind on the dome, because low pressure areas are diverting around it. Meanwhile, the dome shifted. It had been centered on Anchorage, but Brettschneider said a few days ago it began scooting west, leaving Anchorage closer to the edge. Dry, northerly winds snuck in and whipped the city, shattering another record. Southcentral has had the warmest summer on record “by very wide margins,” Brettschneider said. Anchorage air quality reached unhealthy levels Monday and the city issued a health advisory. “Death Valley, California has had .2 inches of rain this August,” Brettschneider said. “So they’re out-raining us in Death Valley so far this month.” “Every red flag condition you can think of — dry, windy, sunny, low relative humidity, long-term drought. It all added up,” said University of Alaska Fairbanks climate scientist Brian Brettschneider. “It all came together on Sunday.” While warm dry air has added to the fire danger south of the Brooks Range, it’s soggy in the Interior. The high temperatures for Anchorage are predicted to be in the 60s all week, and there’s still no rain in sight. “The wind gusts that we had at Anchorage International Airport on Sunday were the strongest winds ever measured at the airport in any summer month,” Brettschneider said. He has seen a lot of records broken this summer. After so many extremes, a climatologist has to range far afield to illustrate how weird the weather has been. Like the fact that Anchorage has had no measurable rain since July. The McKinley fire as seen from the air Sunday. (Photo by Clay Dillard, via KTNA) Robert Ziel is a fire analyst who works for the Alaska Fire Science Consortium. He said duff in the vicinity of all three fires is registering at the “extreme” end of something called the Duff Moisture Code. “Yesterday’s Duff Moisture Code, instead of being 25 to 30, was 75 to 80, so almost triple,” Ziel said. In other words, very dry. But far more obvious signs also point to an abnormal August. Usually by August, peak fire season has passed. But fire and climate experts say conditions in Southcentral Alaska were nearly perfect for fire this weekend, from the sky to the dry forest floor. Climatologists around the country look to the Arctic as the region on the forefront of climate change, he said, and Alaska’s weird summer has them concerned. “As of today, we just passed over 200 hours in Anchorage of smoky conditions that reduce visibility at the airport, and that far exceeds any other year on record,” he said. Under the dome, Brettschneider said smoke from wildfires has no place to go.last_img read more

China destroys problematic maps showing Arunachal Pradesh as part of India

first_img Dalai Lama visits monastery in disputed Arunachal Pradesh region Wikimedia CommonsChinese customs authorities reportedly destroyed almost 30,000 maps which showed Arunachal Pradesh as a part of India. The maps also showed Taiwan as a separate country.This was done in order to protect China’s “territorial integrity”. Customs authorities in the Qingdao city in Shandong province acted on a tip-off and raided an office where 28,908 maps were kept in 800 boxes. The maps were written in English, made by a company based in Anhui province.China considers Arunachal Pradesh as part of the south Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and claims Taiwan as a self-governing province of China. All official maps in China depict Arunachal Pradesh and Taiwan as part of the country.”A total of 803 boxes of the 28,908 wrong maps were seized and destroyed, the largest amount to be disposed of in recent years,” Chinese news website Dazhongwang Qingdao quoted the Natural Resources Ministry as saying.Global Times, a news agency and the Chinese government’s mouthpiece, said in a report that the maps were going to be exported. The name of the country was not revealed.The report also said, “the problematic maps failed to show the correct territory of China and omitted south Tibet and the island of Taiwan, the Qingdao government found after an examination of the maps.””What China did in the map market was absolutely legitimate and necessary, because sovereignty and territorial integrity are the most important things to a country. Both Taiwan and South Tibet are parts of China’s territory which is sacred and inviolable based on the international law,” Liu Wenzong of the International Law Department of China Foreign Affairs University was quoted as saying by Global Times.He added, “If the wrong maps were circulated inside the country and abroad, it would have caused great harm to China’s territorial integrity in the long run.”After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh in February 2018, China’s Foreign Ministry had said that their position on the boundary is consistent and clear-cut. “The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called ‘Arunachal Pradesh’ and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader’s visit to the East Section of the China-India boundary,” the ministry had said.Many international companies have begun recognising Taiwan as part of China. Air India had started listing Taiwan as Chinese Taipei, while GAP, a clothing company, had to issue an apology to China after they sold t-shirts showing a Chinese map but without Taiwan.In addition to this, the Marriott hotel’s website was blocked after it listed the Tibetan autonomous region, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau as separate countries. Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/0:30Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:25?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

State Highway 288 Toll Project Gets Closer To Construction

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:59 The State Highway 288 toll lanes will run about ten miles. There will be two tolled lanes in each direction that will take drivers from U.S. 59 to Brazoria County. The project also includes a direct connector to the Med Center. TxDOT’s Varuna Singh says construction should ramp up over the next six months. “We’re utilizing the existing median, very wide, so we don’t expect much impact to the free lanes that are operating today and will continue to operate,” explains Singh. Singh adds one of the first spots they’ll tackle is 288 at the 610 South Loop.  “Construction will begin there and construction will end there, because there’s so much work going on,” says Singh. “Essentially the eight direct connectors we have out there today will be completely replaced.”The project will cost $850 million, and TxDOT says most of that will be paid by Blueridge Transportation Group. That’s the private company that will build the lanes and collect the tolls. Construction should be finished by the middle of 2019. Listen Sharelast_img read more