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Decide on recovery of dues from Vedanta: HC tells Goa government

first_imgA division bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa on Monday said a petition filed by the Goa Foundation for recovery of nearly ₹21,000 crores from Vedanta Ltd. will be treated as a petition filed before the State and directed the government to take a decision on this within eight weeks.A copy of the State government’s decision will be filed in the High Court, Claude Alvares, director of Goa Foundation, said here on Tuesday.The Goa Foundation had last week filed a petition seeking directions on recovery of dues from Vedanta Ltd. for five years of illegal mining. The petition was based on a 2012 Supreme Court ruling declaring all mining in Goa between 2007 and 2012 as illegal as it was carried out without the benefit of a valid lease. It had ruled that the validity of all leases (some 127 at the time) which had worked during the period had expired on November 22, 2007.The Goa Foundation had written to the Goa Government first in 2014 and then again in March 2018 requesting it to commence the process of recovery. of ₹65,058 crore, the value of the ore exported in the five years (2007-2012). As Vedanta was responsible for 31% of mining extraction in the State and export during the period, the first petition was filed against the same company. However, the petitioners also drew the attention of the High Court to recover ₹45,000 crore from the remaining 126 lease holders.The High Court had directed the State government to examine the issue in relation not just to Vedanta but to other lease holders as well.last_img read more

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Curtain falls on controversial big bang result

first_imgAs predictably as the heroine’s death in an opera, the biggest claim in cosmology in years has finally officially unraveled. Last March, cosmologists working with a specialized telescope at the South Pole called BICEP2 claimed direct evidence that in the first fraction of a second after the big bang, the universe underwent a bizarre exponential growth spurt called inflation. The signs came in their study of the big bang’s afterglow, the cosmic microwave background (CMB). But now, in a joint analysis with cosmologists working with the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Planck spacecraft, BICEP researchers take back that claim and report no such signs of inflation, according to a press release issued by ESA.Like Mimi in Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème, the BICEP claim seemed doomed from early in the drama. “I would have been surprised if it had turned out otherwise,” says Suzanne Staggs, an observational cosmologist at Princeton University. In September, the Planck team released data that suggested the BICEP signal was largely, if not entirely, an artifact of dust in our galaxy, which emits microwaves of its own. The joint analysis sought to resolve the conflicting results. And it rules out the BICEP team’s blockbuster claim.What the BICEP researchers saw were swirls in a patch of the southern sky. The CMB—a kind of electromagnetic backdrop for everything else in the visible universe—is polarized, like light reflected off a lake. According to cosmologists’ standard model, the enormous stretching of inflation would have set off ripples in space and time called gravitational waves, which would imprint telltale pinwheel-like patterns—called B modes—in the polarization. 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In particular, radiating dust in our galaxy can produce them, and to see the CMB signal properly, researchers must first strip away this “foreground” contribution. Ordinarily, experimenters do that by taking data at multiple microwave frequencies. However, BICEP2 took data at only one frequency to try to maximize sensitivity and relied on preliminary data from Planck—taken from a slide presented in a talk—to estimate that foreground contamination. The BICEP team believed it was small. But in May, other cosmologists suggested that BICEP researchers may have misinterpreted the Planck data and underestimated the dust contribution. And in September, Planck’s final data suggested that BICEP’s patch of sky was as dusty as an old pillow.Now the joint analysis, which also includes data from BICEP2’s successor at the South Pole, the Keck Array, yields no definite sign of primordial B modes. If they exist in the data, they can be no more than half the signal BICEP claimed. That limit is in line with what Planck researchers had earlier deduced indirectly by studying tiny variations in the temperature of the CMB across the sky.In spite of the sad end to this particular tale, Max Tegmark, a cosmologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, says he’s optimistic about the chances of spotting primordial B modes relatively soon. “I’m in the minority,” he says, “and I think there is something in there that we can see—if not in this data, then in the next couple of years.” However, Princeton’s Staggs says the incident underscores that the foreground emissions are likely to be sizable and tricky. If it’s there, the big bang signal is more likely to emerge slowly through several experiments than suddenly in one definitive discovery, she says.”These signals are very faint, and there are lots of things that can go wrong, not just foregrounds,” says Charles Bennett, a cosmologist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Nevertheless, multiple teams are striving to detect B modes. “I don’t think the BICEP2 experience has slowed anybody down,” Bennett says.last_img read more

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Down to his last five years of coaching, Louie Alas gets opportunity of a lifetime

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “I’m on my last five years in coaching,” revealed Alas Thursday at SportsIQ, the INQUIRER’s omni-platform sports talk show. “My wife and I had an agreement that before we turn 60, we’ll retire.”“So when the opportunity to head coach Phoenix came in, I thought to myself maybe this chance won’t ever come again.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Basketball is part of Alas family cultureAlas, who still has a couple of years in his Alaska contract, replaced former head coach Ariel Vanguardia in late October after the latter stepped down from his post. And Alas got a massive boost of support from Alaska head coach Alex Compton, to whom he served as an assistant since 2012, in getting Phoenix’ top coaching position.“Initially I didn’t want to leave Alaska then the opportunity came… and coach Alex was the one who really initiated a move to tell the bosses of Alaska [that I had an offer from Phoenix],” said Alas in Filipino.READ: Alas satisfied with Phoenix’s ‘aggressive’ rookie picks“Coach Alex said that he wouldn’t let this opportunity pass by, he knew that this would be difficult for him to tell the bosses of Alaska but he found a way.”Alas last held a head coaching job in the PBA with the Mobiline Phone Pals, now the TNT KaTropa, back in 2001 but he gained his reputation as the head honcho at Letran where he led the Knights to three NCAA titles.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Louie Alas. PBA IMAGESLouie Alas has given his self five more years to coach.And what better way than to end his illustrious career than return as a head mentor in the pro league.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Aside from familiarity, Garcia lauds Nambatac, Sollano for their work ethic View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games This combination of scenarios—a long hiatus as a head coach in the PBA and spending more than a decade in the collegiate ranks—is making him anxious ahead of his first practice with Fuel Masters on Mondau.READ: No reunion for Alas, son at Phoenix“I have mixed emotions right now. I’ve been asking myself, ‘do I still have what it takes to be a head coach?’ because I’ve been an assistant for so long. In the past two weeks I’ve been waking up at 2 am thinking about it,” said Alas.And in his times of crisis, Alas can’t help but look back at his stint with Letran—a time when the Knights’ program became synonymous with the Alas brand of basketball.“I think I’ll still be the same coach as when I was with Letran, not to brag but I had a pretty decent batting average in college.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READlast_img read more

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Ben Simmons, Luka Doncic headline NBA Rising Stars lineup

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Utah’s Donovan Mitchell, runner-up to Simmons in Rookie of the Year voting last season, headlines the US squad that also features Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen, Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley and guard De’Aaron Fox, Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball and forward Kyle Kuzma, Atlanta Hawks forward/center John Collins and guard Trae Young, Memphis Grizzlies forward/center Jaren Jackson and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum.Simmons and Doncic are joined on the World Team by Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (United Kingdom), Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (Bahamas), Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanović (Serbia), LA Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Canada), Nets forward Rodions Kurucs (Latvia), Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (Finland), Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie (Nigeria) and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman (Turkey).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBogdanovic was the game’s MVP last year when the World Team beat the United States 155-124.Each participant on the World Team hails from a different country, with four continents represented. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Qataris pelted with shoes as they stomp UAE to reach Asian Cup final The Rising Stars game will be played on Friday, February 15 in Charlotte, North Carolina, where the All-Star game will take place two days later.Boston’s Kyrie Irving will be the honorary coach for Team USA, while the Dallas Mavericks’ German veteran Dirk Nowitzki will coach the World Team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next (FILES) In this file photo taken on January 19, 2019, Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.(Photo by ANDY LYONS / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)Reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons and current candidate Luka Doncic are among the young talents named Tuesday to play the All-Star weekend Rising Stars challenge.Australia’s Simmons and the Dallas Mavericks’ Slovenian sensation Doncic will play for the World Team in the game that pits 10 first- and second-year players from the United States against 10 counterparts from overseas.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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World Athletics Championships: Ruth Chepngetich Tames Heat to Win Marathon

first_imgDoha: Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich powered through brutal heat and humidity to win gold in the women’s marathon on Saturday, bringing the curtain down on a dramatic opening day at the World Athletics Championships in Doha.With around two dozen runners in the 68-strong marathon field falling by the wayside as the sweltering conditions took their toll, Chepngetich dug deep to win the first gold medal of the championships in a time of 2 hours 32 minutes and 43 seconds. The marathon, held on a floodlit course alongside Doha’s waterfront Corniche, had started at 11.59 pm local time (2059 GMT) on Friday, in a scheduling move designed to protect athletes from the furnace-like daytime heat.But even allowing for the near-midnight start, temperatures of around 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) and humidity approaching 80 per cent proved too much for several exhausted competitors who were seen being stretchered away or escorted from the course in wheelchairs.Race organisers had staffed the course with extra medical personnel and an increased number of watering stations to help athletes stay hydrated.Chepngetich, 25, took the tape shortly after 2.30 am local time, pulling clear after kicking for home on the final lap, crossing the finish line over a minute clear of her nearest rival, defending champion Rose Chelimo of Bahrain. Namibia’s Commonwealth Games champion Helalia Johannes claimed bronze.TOO HOT”It was too hot,” said a weary Chelimo, who said seeing so many competitors wilt had “strengthened my resolve.”The high number of dropouts however is likely to renew debate about safety for marathon runners and endurance athletes competing in Doha.France’s world champion race walker Yohann Diniz earlier Friday lashed out at the decision to make runners and walkers compete in the heat rather than the climate-controlled Khalifa Stadium, where the bulk of events are taking place.”I am disgusted by the conditions,” the 41-year-old world record holder said.”They take us for idiots. If we were in the stadium we would have normal conditions, between 24-25 degrees, but outside they have placed us in a furnace, which is just not possible.”In the opening track events on Friday, the biggest roar of the night was reserved for two unheralded long distance runners Braima Suncar Dabo of Guinea-Bissau and Jonathan Busby of Aruba.Dabo and Busby had already been lapped and were the only men left on the track at the end of their 5,000m heat, with the rest of the field having finished several minutes earlier.HELPING HANDBusby, 33, had slowed to almost a crawl down the back straight on the last lap, lurching forward uncertainly and appearing close to collapse.It was then that Guinea Bissau’s Dabo came to the rescue, stopping to prop up his fellow racer and leading him around the final 200 metres to the finish line.It was a scene that was reminiscent of Derek Redmond’s famous hobbling finish at the 1992 Olympics, when the British 400m runner was helped over the line by his father after breaking down.With the crowd roaring them over the line, Busby collapsed and was eventually led away in a wheelchair.”I just wanted to help the guy finish the race,” Dabo, 26, said afterwards through a translator.”I wanted to help him cross the line. I think anyone in that situation would have done the same thing,” added Dabo, a student based in Portugal.In the 100m, meanwhile, US sprinter Christian Coleman laid down an emphatic marker with an easy win in his opening heat.Coleman, the favourite for gold in Saturday’s final, shrugged off a drugs controversy to clock 9.98sec.The 23-year-old American was the only man to duck under 10 seconds, and looked to have plenty left in the tank as he crossed the line.Coleman was only cleared to compete in Doha earlier this month after an anti-doping case against him which could have led to a long ban was withdrawn on a technicality.A tight-lipped Coleman later brushed past journalists following his heat, refusing to take questions and muttering only a cursory “Felt great.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. 5000mBraima Suncar DaboheatIAAF World Athletics Championships First Published: September 28, 2019, 9:50 AM ISTlast_img read more

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NFL Fines, Suspends Colts’ Irsay

first_imgNOBLESVILLE, Indiana — The NFL has suspended Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for the first six games of the season and fined him $500,000 for violating its personal conduct policy, coming down hard after he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stemming from a March traffic stop.Commissioner Roger Goodell says owners, management personnel and coaches must be held to a higher standard than players. The fine levied on Sept. 2 is the maximum allowed under league rules.Hours earlier, Irsay was in an Indiana courtroom, pleading guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated. The 55-year-old Irsay admitted to a judge he was under the influence of the painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone when he was arrested on March 16 near his home in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel.He must submit to drug testing for a year and cannot drink or possess alcohol during that time. His driver’s license also was suspended for one year.(RICK CALLAHAN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Isles Shoot Out Rangers, 2-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Two months into the New York Islanders’ first season in Brooklyn, a visit from the crosstown-rival New York Rangers provided the most raucous atmosphere in their new home.Kyle Okposo scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Islanders to a 2-1 victory the night of Dec. 2.John Tavares scored in regulation and Jaroslav Halak had 33 saves through overtime and then stopped all three Rangers attempts in the shootout to give the Islanders their fourth win in five games (4-0-1).“The atmosphere of the game, that was the best we had all year,” Halak said. “It’s always fun to play against the Rangers. It’s a big rivalry for both teams. Obviously I’m glad that we came out on top.”Viktor Stalberg scored the tying goal in the second period, and Henrik Lundqvist had 36 saves for the Rangers. Despite losing for the fourth time in five games (1-3-1), the Rangers left Barclays Center feeling positive about their performance.“It was a game we needed for ourselves. A nice, good rivalry in a new building. A lot of hostility, good fans here — half and half — and it was good atmosphere for us to be in to get our game going,” the Rangers’ Dan Girardi said.“We were doing all the little things right. We didn’t get the two points but I think we’re pretty happy with our effort tonight.”Tavares gave the Islanders the lead with a 5-on-3 power-play goal with 7:38 to go in the second period. As Rangers defensemen Keith Yandle (hooking) and Girardi (delay of game) sat in the penalty box, Tavares cut toward to the slot and snapped his 12th goal of the season past Lundqvist. It was also his 12th score in 32 career games against the Rangers.The Islanders improved to 11-3-1 in games in which Tavares recorded a point, and 8-1-1 in games in which the first overall pick in the 2009 draft scored a goal.Stalberg cut to the front of the net and redirected Marc Staal’s shot past Halak to tie it with 1:23 remaining in the period.The Rangers outshot the Islanders 13-6 in the scoreless first period and were also credited with 11 blocked shots. The Islanders had a 28-15 advantage on shots over the final two periods and overtime.The Islanders were also 1 for 2 on the power play, while the Rangers finished 0 for 3. The Rangers’ power play struggles were highlighted by a failed 4 on 3 in overtime.“The PK’s been great,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “The PK not only in overtime but throughout the game, especially the couple (power plays) that they had, I thought we did an excellent job.”Rangers coach Alain Vigneault pointed to the failed 4-on-3 as being the difference.“We had some real good looks,” Vigneault said. “We had some good puck movement, good movement by our three forwards that were on the ice and (Dan Boyle). They got some good saves and some good blocked shots. For us that’s probably the game right there, as far as getting two points.”The teams’ first matchup of the season also marked the Islanders’ second-ever home game against the Rangers in New York City. The first was at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 29, 2014.Following optional morning skates, both teams spent time spoke with anticipation about the atmosphere inside Barclays Center.And the announced sellout of 15,795 did not disappoint, as they engaged in dueling chants of “Let’s go, Rangers,” and “Let’s go, Islanders,” before the opening face-off. The rival chanting continued throughout the game.“It was loud,” Capuano said. “It was the loudest game this year for me anyway, and I’m sure for the players here. It was a great atmosphere. I think the fans got their money’s worth. It was up-and-down hockey, we made it interesting obviously (going to) overtime, their power play.“The game had a little bit of everything.”(DENIS P. GORMAN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Lokomotiv Kuban – Panathinaikos 76-67

first_imgKRASNODAR. (EUROLEAGUE) Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar improved to 3-1 in Group E by downing Panathinaikos Athens 76-67 at home on Thursday. Lokomotiv remained undefeated at home in the Top 16, while Panathinaikos dropped to 1-3. Dontaye Draper led the winners with 20 points on 6-of-8 three-point shooting. Malcolm Delaney added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists, while Anthony Randolph scored all of his 11 points in the first half for Lokomotiv. James Feldeine led Panathinaikos with 13 points, Antonis Fotsis and Vladimir Jankovic each added 12 and Miroslav Raduljica had 11 for the visitors. Randolph and Ryan Broekhoff fueled a 12-0 opening run, which Evgeny Voronov capped with a fast break slam. Panathinaikos found a go-to guy in Jankovic, who had 8 points in a 2-16 run that Raduljica capped with a mid-range jumper for a 14-16 edge. The teams were tied at 22-22 after 10 minutes, but Dimitris Diamantidis and Feldeine shined early in the second quarter to make it a double-digit game, 24-36. Andrey Zubkov and Draper rescued Lokomotiv, bringing the hosts within 38-39 at halftime. Delaney and Draper gave Lokomotiv a 53-51 lead after 30 minutes, but Fotsis struck three times from downtown to tie the game at 64-64 with over three minutes left. Panathinaikos struggled to score right when it mattered most, while Draper hit a three-pointer, and another, and yet another one at the buzzer to make sure Lokomotiv won the game down the stretch.Victor Claver got Lokomotiv going with a layup in transition, which Ryan Broekhoff followed with a three-pointer for a 5-0 lead. Panathinaikos struggled to score for more than three minutes while Randolph followed a jumper with a three-pointer, one from each corner, which caused the Greens to call timeout at 10-0. Evgeny Voronov ignited the crowd with a fast break slam that capped a 12-0 opening run. James Feldeine stepped up with a breakaway dunk and Jankovic added a layup to spark the Greens . After Nick Calathes scored off a midcourt steal, Randolph scored again. A layup by James Gist drew Panathinaikos closer, 14-8. Jankovic struck twice from downtown to tie the game at 14-14. Miroslav Raduljica banked in a mid-range shot to give Panathinaikos its first lead after a 2-16 run. Randolph downed a five-meter jumper and Dontaye Draper bettered Raduljica’s layup with a three-pointer for a 19-18 Lokomotiv edge. Jankovic and Antonis Fotsis hit jumpers, but free throws by Broekhoff tied it at 22-22 after 10 minutes.Dimitris Diamantidis shined with a driving layup off the baseline and soon added a three-pointer for a 22-27 Panathinaikos lead. Randolph downed a mid-range jumper, but free throws by Ognjen Kuzmic and Fotsis made it a 6-point game. Jankovic hit a stop-and-pop jumper, as Lokomotiv struggled to get Malcolm Delaney involved due to Calathes’s great on-the-ball defense. Diamantidis found Gist for a two-handed slam that gave Panathinaikos its first double-digit margin, 24-34. Feldeine nailed a step-back jumper to cap a 0-9 run. Andrey Zubkov tried to change things with a six-meter jumper and a fast break layup. Delaney prompted the Greens to stop the game at 28-36. Draper buried a three-pointer in transition and free throws by Chris Singleton brought Lokomotiv even closer, 33-36. Feldeine and Zubkov exchanged bombs from downtown and a fast break layup by Draper made it 38-39 at halftime.Voronov nailed a baseline jumper soon after the break, but Feldeine improved on that with a bomb from downtown for a 40-42 Panathinaikos lead. Broekhoff shined with a fast break layup and free throws by Claver put Lokomotiv back in charge, 44-42. Raduljica hit foul shots, but Chris Singleton beat the shot clock with a five-meter jumper. Panathinaikos tried to open the floor with Fotsis at power forward, but Lokomotiv answered with a more mobile lineup, using Singleton at center. After Sasha Pavlovic split free throws, Voronov made 2 attempts and so did Delaney to make it a 5-point game. Feldeine tried to change things with a bomb from downtown, but Delaney buried his own shot from beyond the arc to keep Lokomotiv in charge. Raduljica split foul shots and a layup by Diamantidis brought Panathinaikos within 53-51.Raduljica hit a jump hook early in the quarter, as Lokomotiv struggled to find a way to the basket. Delaney rescued the hosts with a shot from downtown and Zubkov added a free throw to boost Lokomotiv’s lead to 57-53 with seven minutes left. Raduljica made free throws and a three-pointer by Fotsis put Panathinaikos back ahead, 57-58. Delaney hit a technical free throw and Draper struck from downtown to restore a 61-58 Lokomotiv lead. Fotsis buried another one from beyond the arc but so did Zubkov, from way downtown, for a 64-61 score. Fotsis sank another three-pointer, but Draper immediately answered from downtown. Panathinaikos missed 4 consecutive shots from beyond the arc and Draper buried an eight-meter bomb, after which the Greens called timeout in the next-to-last minute. Gist split free throws and another three-pointer by Delaney sealed the outcome, 73-65, as Panathinaikos never recovered.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Gundy might have blocked Lunt because Big 12 has vendetta against SEC

first_imgIt’s true.Travis Haney wrote the following in this ESPN Insider article today:I was told by one coach that the across-the-board SEC ban was related to a growing irritation by Big 12 coaches toward the SEC. (See: Bob Stoops’ comments and Charlie Weis agreeing with him.) What’s sparking that? The coach wasn’t quite sure but thought it was sort of an aggregated aggravation.The indication is that Gundy was, more or less, acting on behalf of the entire conference. But keeping Lunt from the entire Pac-12? That didn’t make sense to the coach I was speaking with.In case you’ve been living in a cave since the title game (justifiable, I admit), here’s what Stoops said about the SEC in May:So you’re listening to a lot of propaganda that gets fed out to you. You can look at the top two, three, four, five, six teams, and you can look at the bottom six, seven, eight, whatever they are. How well are they all doing?And when you look at the entire offseason, Gundy blocking Lunt from SEC schools kind of makes sense — we saw Charlie Weis stand up for Stoops (as Haney mentioned) then Stoops stand up for Gundy today re: Lunt.Millionaires unite!I can see Gundy as a sort of middling mouthpiece for Stoops and Mack Brown vs. SEC country. He strikes me as the kind of guy who enjoys the praise of his elite colleagues — though I admit blocking Wes Lunt from attending, say, Ole Miss is kind of a strange way to show it.And like Haney wrote, it still doesn’t explain the Pac-12/Southern Miss thing.To be continued…If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Parts of WB celebrate August 18 as India Inclusion Day

first_imgMalda (West Bengal): Like in the past, parts of West Bengal bordering Bangladesh celebrated August 18 as “Bharat Bhukti Dibas” or “India Inclusion Day”, to hail rectification of the “Radcliffe Line” that had awarded parts of undivided Bengal to India three days after they were added in East Bengal province of Pakistan on August 15, 1947. Sir Cyril Radcliffe had awarded large parts of Malda, Murshidabad, Nadia, 24 Parganas and Dinajpur districts to East Bengal. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja According to documented history of the partition, Pakistan flags were unfurled by Muslim League supporters in English Bazar, Murshidabad, Ranaghat and other areas of the new frontier. However, three days later, the Radcliffe Line was modified following protests at several Hindu-majority areas that fell in Pakistan. While Malda, Nadia and Dinajpur districts were bifurcated and awarded to both the countries, Murshidabad was returned in entirety to India. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Bongaon subdivision of Pakistan’s Jessore district was merged with 24 Parganas. While Radcliffe had awarded all the 16 police station areas of the Malda district to East Pakistan on August 15, 1947, three days later, 11 of them were returned to India. The then District Magistrate of Malda, Ashok Sen had hoisted the Indian national flag in Malda district administrative building on August 18, 1947, marking inclusion of the western part of the district into India. Continuing with the tradition, English Bazar municipal councillor Amlan Bhaduri unfurled the national flag on Sunday (August 18) in Fulbari area of the Malda district headquarters to celebrate the occasion. “We celebrate the ‘Bharat Bhukti Dibas’ every year in Fulbari’s Babupara locality. We make it a point to include the elderly, who witnessed partition, into the programme besides encouraging youngsters to be part of it so that they are aware of their past,” organiser Devdeep Dutta said Monday.last_img read more

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Trump trolls Greta Thunberg after her UN climate speech She seems like

U.S. President Donald Trump seemingly trolled climate activist Greta Thunberg following her impassioned speech at the UN Climate Action Summit Monday.Trump retweeted a four-minute long video of Thunberg, where the 16-year-old lambasted older generations and world leaders for betraying the youth in accelerating the growing threat of climate change.“She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!” the president said on Twitter.She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see! https://t.co/1tQG6QcVKO— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2019In the scalding speech, Thunberg — who sailed across the Atlantic from Britain to New York in a zero-carbon emissions boat — said: “I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet, you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you?”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Cameras caught Thunberg giving Trump an icy stare as he arrived at the U.N. gathering earlier in the day.Trump, who in the past has called climate change a “hoax,” gave scant attention to the issue that dominated the day on Monday.After scheduling one of his administration’s marquee events – a forum on religious freedom – during the U.N. climate summit on Monday, he dropped by the climate event for 14 minutes in a surprise visit. He did not speak and left after listening to remarks from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Angela Merkel, the outgoing German chancellor. Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg watches as U.S. President Donald Trump enters the United Nations . Andrew Hofstetter / REUTERS Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron offered far different reactions on Monday to Thunberg, who began skipping school in her native Sweden a year ago to protest inaction on climate change.Merkel met with Thunberg and posted a photo of her impromptu summit with the young activist.Macron appeared to respond to Thunberg less than an hour later when he addressed the gathering in French and called on his fellow leaders to take more ambitious action given the urgency of the climate threat“We’ve seen the emotion this morning,” Macron said. “We cannot let our youth spend every Friday demonstrating for the climate and simply answer, ‘Everything is fine, we are doing everything right.’ We are still far from the account.”California Rep. Eric Swalwell, a former Democratic presidential candidate, reacted to Trump‘s tweet about Thunberg with one of his own early Tuesday morning.“By rallying the world to save itself, she’d already make a better @POTUS than you,” he wrote, adding: “(Also, she’s not a liar, a crook, or a whiny toddler.)” read more

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SEHA Janc MVP Gonzales best coach

← Previous Story Peter Kukucka to lead Kadetten Schaffhausen until 2019 Next Story → Raul Gonzales close to promotion in Macedonian NT head-coach It is always good to work on preserving tradition and with that thought on our minds we’ve decided to once again give 10 SEHA – Gazprom League coaches a chance to pick their own ‘Best 7′, defensive specialist and coach after the regular part of the season. Voting system was 3-2-1 points on each position with an addition of choosing MVP giving him 5 points instaed of 3. Blaz Janc, Celje PL young star, is regular season MVP, best coach is Vardar’ own Raul Gonzales and best defensive player is Ilija Abutovic – also Vardar.Best 7 of the season looks like this: Stevanovic (PPD Zagreb) – Dibirov (Vardar), Janc (Celje PL) – Stojkovic (Meshkov Brest) – Ilic (Telekom Veszprem), Cindric (Vardar), Kristopans (Meshkov Brest).  Here You can find TOP 3 players on each position and for more details as well as picks from every SEHA Gazprom coach You will have to check out our official Magazine which will also be online available on our website. Goalkeeper1. Ivan Stevanovic (PPD Zagreb) 13 points2. Arpad Sterbik (Vardar) 12 points / 43. Roland Mikler (Telekom Veszprem) 12 points / 1Left winger1. Timur Dibirov (Vardar) 24 points2. Luka Zvizej (Celje PL) 7 points3. Dobrivoje Markovic (PPD Zagreb) 4 points Right winger1. Blaz Janc (Celje PL) 31 points2. Zlatko Horvat (PPD Zagreb) 11 points3. Gasper Marguc (Telekom Veszprem) 8 pointsPivot1. Rastko Stojkovic (Meshkov Brest) 21 points2. Renato Sulic (Telekom Veszprem) 9 points3. Andreas Nilsson (Telekom Veszprem) 7 points Left back1. Momir Ilic (Telekom Veszprem) 27 points2. Vuko Borozan (Vardar) 5 points3. Iman Jamali (Meshkov Brest) 5 pointsMiddle back1. Luka Cindric (Vardar) 27 points2. Miha Zarabec (Celje PL) 15 points3. Mate Lekai (Telekom Veszprem) 6 points Right back1. Dainis Kristopans (Meshkov Brest) 20 points2. Alex Dujshebaev (Vardar) 19 points3. Laszlo Nagy (Telekom Veszprem) 11 pointsDefensive specialist1. Ilija Abutovic (Vardar) 15 points2. Mirsad Terzic (Telekom Veszprem) 8 points3. Tonci Valcic (PPD Zagreb) 7 points Coach1. Raul Gonzalez (Vardar) 22 points2. Branko Tamse (Celje PL) 11 points3. Javier Sabate (Telekom Veszprem) 7 points read more

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Des téléphones Sony Ericsson sous Windows Phone

first_imgDes téléphones Sony Ericsson sous Windows Phone ?L’union ferait-elle la Force dans un marché où les références sont bien établies ? Les deux mastodontes de l’industrie high-tech que sont Sony et Microsoft pourraient associer leur savoir-faire afin de s’implanter durablement sur le domaine de la téléphonie mobile.C’est une nouvelle surprenante tant leur rivalité sur certains marchés peut être forte mais le constructeur Sony Ericsson pourrait à l’avenir adopter sur ses prochains smartphones le système d’exploitation Windows Phone, du géant Microsoft. Le fabricant de téléphones développerait une nouvelle gamme, à côté de ses modèles équipés quant à eux du concurrent Android.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Un rapprochement qui pourrait déstabiliser le partenariat entre le nippon et le finlandais Ericsson. En effet, Sony mène une vraie guerre avec Microsoft sur le marché de la console de jeux. De plus, sa Playstation 3, prévue au départ comme le leader naturel de cette génération de consoles, se fait dépasser dans les classements de ventes par la X-Box 360, ce qui constitue pour Sony un vrai camouflet.L’adoption de Windows Phone impliquerait également l’intégration de la plateforme communautaire X-Box Live dans des appareils labellisés Sony. De quoi faire de l’ombre à l’Xperia Play, le dernier né de la marque qui lui embarque l’expérience de jeu Playstation avec une mini-manette sous le téléphone.Une solution envisagée également par les analystes serait le rachat par Sony de la société Ericsson, qui lui assurerait le total contrôle des décisions stratégiques. Le PDG de Sony-Ericsson, Bert Nordberg, a tenu en quelque sorte a calmer le jeu suite à cette fuite: “Pour le moment Android nous semble être un meilleur choix mais nous restons ouverts à Windows Phone.” Le 18 octobre 2011 à 20:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Doreen Champoux Endorses Mark Maselli For Selectman

first_imgFellow residents,I am honored to offer my letter of endorsement for my friend, Mark Maselli for Selectman!In life, you meet people and sometimes get that instant feeling of “he’s a good guy” or “they’re good people.” That is exactly how I felt when I met Mark and his wife, Lilia Maselli and their family. Mark and his wife are kind, hardworking people. While running a business and raising their three boys, they continue to be active, not only in the lives of their children, but within the Community.Mark is a man of tremendous character possessing high morals and strong family values. These are qualities that I am passionate about and respect in people and look for when deciding on whom to cast my votes for.One thing I know for sure, is that while Mark may have his opinions on municipal issues, I know he will offer and state these opinions in a non-confrontational manner. Professionalism and respect is what we should expect and deserve from our elected officials. I know I can count on Mark to conduct himself in this manner when he is on our Board of Selectmen.I encourage all Wilmington residents to join me this April in electing Mark Maselli to the office of Selectman.Thank you.Doreen ChampouxLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedA VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Mark MaselliIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Mark Maselli Is Such A Great Guy Who Would Make A Great SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Joe Maselli Explains Why You Should Vote For His Father – Mark Maselli – For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

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NASAs Curiosity rover makes surprising methane discovery on Mars

first_img NASA Opportunity rover witnessed the wild side of Mars Scientists have detected hints of methane on the surface of Mars in the past, including as far back as the Viking missions in the 1970s. Thus, the discovery of more methane doesn’t necessarily mean we’ve stumbled upon life. Moreover, spikes in Mars’ methane levels aren’t unusual, with a study reporting last June on seasonal variations in the molecule’s atmospheric concentration. So where has this particular methane come from? The simple answer is: We just don’t know yet. “There are a few different ideas that have been put forward to explain things which include both biological and non-biological mechanisms,” said Jonti Horner, astrophysics professor at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.  “It isn’t quite a smoking gun for life just yet.”     Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s science mission directorate, has cautioned on Twitter against jumping straight to the ET solution, noting methane can be created by geological processes. And sadly, as far as we know, rocks are not living beings. Another Mars rover bites the dust, but NASA’s not finished… 6:31 1 Curiosity now has some extra work to do, with a follow-up experiment being conducted over the weekend “to gather more information on what might be a transient plume,” said NASA. The agency notes these unusual methane spikes have been picked up before, but we’re not really sure how long they last or what might be causing them. Results from the additional experiment could reach us as early as Monday, according to the Times. However, the agency notes Curiosity does not contain instruments that can definitively say where the methane may have come from. “With our current measurements, we have no way of telling if the methane source is biology or geology, or even ancient or modern,” said Paul Mahaffy, SAM principal investigator, in a statement. Good science relies on follow-up and repeat findings before confirmation, so while it’s easy to get excited by the potential for signs of life, a lot more work needs to be done before we can truly confirm the presence of any tiny, underground martian friends. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice NASA Tags .@MarsCuriosity rover found the largest amount of methane ever measured during the mission. Although this is an exciting discovery, it doesn’t necessarily mean life exists because methane can be created through interactions between rocks & water. Details: https://t.co/XYUfpHIqcs pic.twitter.com/I14q6niDET— Thomas Zurbuchen (@Dr_ThomasZ) June 23, 2019 Comment The Curiosity rover collected the images for this selfie on May 13, 2019, which corresponds to Sol 2405 on Mars. NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has detected the largest amount of methane yet measured during its seven years on the Red Planet. It’s a particularly riveting discovery because the methane levels discovered by the rover are about three times higher than previous detections, leading to some speculation the gas may be biological in origin. A report by The New York Times on Saturday first revealed the curious finding after obtaining an internal email from Ashwin Vasavada, a project scientist on the mission. On Sunday, NASA released a statement confirming the discovery, explaining how Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) suite of instruments had detected methane at 21 parts per billion units by volume — much higher than ever before. Methane is an important molecule for microbes on Earth, and its detection on another planet has led to speculation that tiny microbes are (or were) puffing gas out at such a rate that NASA’s intrepid rover can spot them. Sci-Tech 17 Photoslast_img read more

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Haines Artists Collaborate On Sixth Percent For Art Mosaic

first_imgSharon Svenson works on the “Taking Flight” mosaic.Alaska’s Percent for Art in Public Places statute mandates that one percent of construction costs for public buildings are set aside to pay for art installations.Download AudioAn artist couple in Haines has found success with the program by creating mosaic murals for schools. Sharon and John Svenson created their first Percent for Art mural back in 2008 for Haines School. Since then, they’ve built mosaics for a pool in Juneau and schools in Juneau and Valdez.Now, they’re working on their sixth Percent for Art project – a mosaic for the Valley Pathways School in Palmer.“The sound of it is important,” Sharon Svenson said as she cut strips of bright green glass for a 14-by-4-foot mural she and her husband John are making. They started in January and they’re partway done.“We’re calling it Taking Flight,” John said. “It’s a bunch of ravens on this big panel, and behind the ravens are circular shapes, which could be suns. And in the middle we’ve taken a bunch of strips of colors, and then twisted it and given it this radical swirl.”Black shards of glass form ravens against bright yellow, pink and green patterned background. The glass is shipped up in sheets from Oregon. The Svensons cut and smooth it into the shapes they need.Sharon demonstrates how she grinds a square of glass into a circle. She holds up the little green circle that took about two minutes to make. So many tiny pieces go into such a large mosaic. It takes a long time.The Svensons work about five hours each day for about four months on each project. They meticulously cut, smooth and glue colored glass onto a huge piece of plywood. This kind of work has been their main job for the past few years.“We take the ideas back and forth, back and forth,” Sharon said. “And then he can actually put it on paper better than I can.”“I’ll go out and drop the wall size on a sheet of paper and just start drawing on it,” John said. “And you get the cartoon all drawn, then we prepare the plywood. Then you start cutting glass up. Basically you transfer it from the cartoon to the plywood piece by piece.”Sharon has been a mosaic artist, or mosaicist, for about 15 years.“It’s colorful. It’s the depth of the color and the sparkle. It’s shiny. It’s beautiful,” she said.These Percent for Art projects are some of the largest mosaics she’s ever made. She says it is slow work. But when the project is finished, she says it’s “thrilling.”“It’s awesome, it’s totally awesome,” Sharon said. “I still go into Haines School and go ‘Wow did I do that?’”Before these projects, John worked primarily as a painter. John and Sharon started working together because the mosaics are too huge for just one artist. They say they’re a pretty good team, they don’t conflict much over creative visions.The Svensons run a gallery called Extreme Dreams where they sell their artwork. John says usually you just hope your pieces will sell. But with these, there’s more certainty and stability, which is why they keep applying for the projects.“They pay well,” Sharon said.“When you’re bound by contract, it’s pretty serious stuff,” John said. “But you know in the end you’re gonna get paid for it.”The Svensons charge $500 per square foot for their mosaics. The projects usually total between $30,000-$60,000.“I would say if we could pocket a third of what we’re charging that’s pretty good,” John said. “We’re working in a really expensive medium.”Once the mosaic is done, the Svensons transport it to the school and install it.“We never breathe a sigh of relief until it’s on the wall,” John said. “And that’s the high moment of the whole thing. Like, ‘yes we’re absolutely done.’ It’s darn tense.”Sharon says after all the hours of cutting glass and laying out tiles, they’re glad to see the project done. And they get to watch the excitement of the students when they see the murals for the first time.“In Valdez they sort of did a double take,” John said. “Little hands would go up, they’re pointing at things in it. The principal later said the reaction has been ‘way cool.’”Sharon and John plan to keep working on one percent program commissions. They have two more in Juneau already booked, which will keep them busy for the rest of the year.One day, Sharon hopes she’ll have the time to make a mural like this for their own home.last_img read more

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Several new species of snailfish discovered on Bering seafloor

first_imgWhile trawling the floor of the Bering Sea and the Aleutian region, scientists have discovered several new species of fish — snailfish. Some were only named last year. Researchers were not looking for them, the trawl was a part of a yearly stock assessment by the federal government that helps set quotas for fisheries.Listen nowSnailfish can be hard to distinguish. The combed snailfish (top) is found in the Aleutian Islands and the comet snailfish (bottom) lives in the Bering Sea. (Photo courtesy of Jay Orr/NOAA)Snailfish look like overweight tadpoles. They don’t have scales, making them easy to damage. Biologist Jay Orr, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, says that partly explains why there are so many unnamed species.But really, the different species are just hard to distinguish. Orr thinks scientists might have avoided identifying them and called all snailfish, snailfish. Now with a special bag attached to the trawl, it’s easier to collect the fish undamaged.“I was able to see them alive, in good shape and full color.” Orr said. “And began to realize we were seeing different species. And I began to realize we hadn’t seen these species before.”From the Arctic to Antarctica, there are more than 350 different types of snailfish that live in a variety of environments — from shallow tide pools to the depths of the Marianas Trench. That’s more than four miles below the ocean’s surface, making snailfish the deepest known swimmers in the vertebrate world.Orr says a lot is still unknown. But it’s important to study snailfish to improve our inventory of the ocean environment.“To understand biodiversity of the system is to understand how many species are actually out there,” he said. “We can’t really begin to manage the ecosystem until we understand what pieces are there.”With 86 species of snailfish known to live in Alaska so far, it’s a complex picture for scientists to piece together. But Orr is up to the task. Over his career, he’s discovered 26 different species of snailfish. About a dozen of those still need names.And now, he’s starting work on a new project — identifying the evolutionary relationships of North Pacific snailfish and piecing together their place in the global snailfish family.last_img read more

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Why wasnt Yasin Maliks JKLF banned for 30 years

first_imgYasin Malik, chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) delivers a speech to activists during a protest in Srinagar on January 21, 2015. The JKLF organised a protest rally to mark the 25th martyrdom anniversary of Gaw Kadal massacre during which more than 52 people were killed and 250 sustained bullet injuries when Indian troops opened fire on January 21, 1990. Kashmir has been hit by an insurgency since 1989 that has left more than 47,000 people dead by official count. AFP PHOTO / Rouf BHATROUF BHAT/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Narendra Modi government has banned the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) led by separatist leader Yasin Malik under the anti-terror law. The Union Home Secretary, Rajiv Guha said on Friday that the Centre has declared the JKLF as an unlawful association under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. “This is in accordance with a policy of zero tolerance against terrorism followed by govt,” he stated.The ban comes nearly a month after the central government banned Jamaat-e-Islami, a socio-political organisation alleging it of spreading unrest in the Kashmir valley.The official statement by the Indian government stated that there are 37 FIRs registered against JKLF by the J&K Police. The Central Bureau of Investigation has also registered two separate cases against JKLF including the killing of four unarmed Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel. The National Investigation Agency has also filed a separate case against Yasin Malik’s organisation.The JKLF is also said to be involved in the kidnapping of the daughter of the former Union Home Minister, Mufti Sayeed, Rubaiyya Sayeed, triggering the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits during the 1990s, which is said to be masterminded by Yasin Malik.The central government has also accused JKLF of fomenting trouble in Kashmir by actively raising funds to support stone pelting activities in the valley. It further said that the Yasin Malik led group is also engaged in promoting anti-India feelings among the people of Kashmir, which is detrimental to the country’s territorial integrity. The Indian government’s official statement on the ban on Jammu and Kashmir Liberation FrontTwitter The Indian government’s official statement on the ban on Jammu and Kashmir Liberation FrontTwitterAfter the 1987 State Assembly elections in the state, which were believed to be rigged, a group of youth including Yasin Malik crossed over to Pakistan to get arms training for initiating a rebellion against the Indian state. On their return, Yasin Malik along with several top militants was involved in several incidents of kidnappings, attacks on security forces and Pandit kidnappings in the early 1990s.Yasin was soon arrested and later released in 1994. By then, a majority of his co-militants were either killed or behind the wars. Yasin led JKLF propounded a pro-independence ideology among the Kashmiris during the peak of insurgency which did not go down well with Pakistan and the militant outfit, Hizbul Mujahideen.In fact, an internal tussle between Hizbul Mujahideen and JKLF led to the killings of Yasin Malik’s workers. Soon, Yasin announced that he would give up the path of violence and said that he would follow the “footpath of Mahatma Gandhi” and adopt a peaceful method of resistance.When confronted on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits, Yasin said that he believes in the peaceful return of all Kashmiri migrant Hindu families. The fact remains that none of the successive governments in J&K took any step to ban the controversial JKLF. During various peace-resolutions/dialogues, Yasin Malik was one of the representatives who had met the former Prime MInisters Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh.Yasin’s relations with Pakistan also improved and in 2005 he was allowed to visit there by the Indian government.  J&K politicians condemn the JKLF banFormerJ&K Minister, Chief Minister,  Omar Abdullah even questioned the timings of the ban on JKLF, Jammat-e-Islami by the Narendra Modi led government, calling it a vote-ban appeasement policy by the BJP.For 4 1/2 years Yasin Malik isn’t a threat, Jamaat Islami isn’t a threat, Pakistan National Day is a function that must be attended. Now suddenly once an election is announced an immediate u-turn is executed.— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) March 22, 2019Former Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti alleged that Modi led government is hell bent on creating trouble in Kashmir by attacking leaders like Yasin Malik who have shunned violence.Yasin Malik renounced violence as a way of resolving J&K issue a long time ago. He was treated as a stakeholder in a dialogue initiated by then PM Vajpayee ji. What will a ban on his organisation achieve? Detrimental steps like these will only turn Kash into an open air prison. — Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) March 22, 2019last_img read more

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5 IndoAmericans rank among Americas richest 400 Forbes

first_imgFive Indian-Americans feature in America’s 400 richest people list. In a survey conducted by Forbes magazine, Bill Gates (having a net worth of $81 billion) tops the list for the 23rd time in a row.The five Indo-Americans who made it to ‘The Richest People in America 2016’ list are: Romesh Wadhwani, founder of Symphony Technology, Neerja and Bharat Desai, co-founders of Syntel (an outsourcing firm), Rakesh Gangwal, an airline veteran, John Kapoor, an entrepreneur and Silicon Valley angel investor Kavitark Ram Sriram, Forbes said.According to the Forbes list, the top 10 Americans who made it to the list include Bill Gates (1), Jeff Bezos (2), Warren Buffett (3), Mark Zuckerberg (4), Larry Ellison (5), Michael Bloomberg (6), Charles Koch (7), David Koch (8), Larry Page (9) and Sergey Brin (10).Romesh WadhwaniRanked 222 on the list, Romesh T. Wadhwani has a net worth of $3 billion. He was educated in IIT-Bombay. At present, he is the chairman of Symphony Technology Group, an empire of 17 data, technology, healthcare and analytics companies that together earn more than $2.8 billion in annual revenue, Forbes said.Neerja & Bharat DesaiThe couple rank 274 on the Forbes list. Their net worth is $2.5 billion. The Desai’s founded IT consulting and outsourcing company Syntel in 1980. Thirty-six years later, Syntel now generates over $950 million in revenue and has nearly 24,000 employees across the globe, Forbes said. Bharat Desai holds an MBA degree from Michigan University.Rakesh GangwalRanked 321 on the list with a net worth of $2.2 billion, Gangwal is an aviation entrepreneur, who co-founded InterGlobe Aviation, which operates budget carrier IndiGo (India’s largest airline by market share). He holds a MBA degree from Wharton University, when he started his airline carrier with United Airlines in 1984.John KapoorRanked 335 on the list with a net worth of $2.1 billion, Kapoor is the chairman of two drug companies, namely- Akorn, which specialises in “difficult-to-manufacture” prescription drugs and Insys Therapeutics, which produces an opioid for cancer patients. He also owns the Roka Akor Japanese eateries in Chicago, Scottsdale and San Francisco, Forbes said.Kavitark Ram SriramRanked 361 on the list, Sriram has a net worth of $1.93 billion. The managing partner of Sherpalo Ventures, Sriram, who was one of Google’s early backers, has sold of most of his stock but remains on the board of its parent company, Alphabet. Since 2000, he has been investing in young technology startups through his firm.last_img read more

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Theres a Reason Why Link Doesnt Wear His Iconic Green Hat in

first_imgStay on target For decades, one of Link’s most distinguishing features has been his green hat. However, it appears that Link forgot to don his signature head wear in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. He can wear a number of other items on his head, but is lacking his famous hat. Though it is odd that Link isn’t wearing his iconic hair protector, there is a very specific reason why. Namely, it didn’t look “cool.”This is according to Satoru Takizawa, who is the art director for Breath of the Wild. During an interview at the Game Developers Conference (as posted by Polygon), he said: “As the graphic fidelity has increased it becomes more difficult to make that hat look cool. As the game becomes more realistic it’s difficult to present it in a way that’s appealing.”This reasoning explains why Link’s hat has undergone severe changes with the last two Zelda releases: Twilight Princess and Skyward Sword.AdChoices广告“If you look at Twilight Princess, I really made the hat long, so it would flap in the wind and move around,” Takizawa said. “But because of that people were like ‘What’s he got? What’s in that hat?’”In Skyward Sword, Link’s hat is small. Takizawa wasn’t exactly happy with how that turned out either. He said: “we’re reaching our limits as to how we can make it look cool.”Personally speaking, I’m not bothered by Link not having his green hat. When he was first created, Link needed to have something on his head to help make him standout since he was only composed of a few pixels. These days, the hat isn’t necessary to fulfill that need. And to be honest, that hat always made Link look like an silly elf instead of the great warrior he’s supposed to be. He certainly looks more heroic in Breath of the Wild because he doesn’t have that goofy hat on his head.We should point out that Link can actually wear his old-school hat (and tunic) in Breath of the Wild. They’ll just have to finish the game’s 120 shrines first. Good luck with that!Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo Switch Rhythm Game Spin-Offs We Want After ‘Cadence of Hyrule’Fan-Made ‘Zelda’ Tabletop Game Returns You to the Wild last_img read more

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