Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh said on Tuesday that he was ready for talks with the United Naga Council (UNC) to end the three-month-long economic blockade which has crippled normal life. He also accused the BJP of having a “tacit understanding with the UNC” and said the saffron party’s “gameplan” will fail in the March elections. The land-locked State is witnessing an indefinite economic blockade by UNC since November 1, 2016 against the State government’s decision to create seven new districts by splitting the existing ones and upgradation of Sadar Hills to a full-fledged district. Asked why the matter was not discussed with the UNC before creating new districts, Singh said, “We tried to discuss, but they were not listening. We had to sit together but they did not respond when we invited them (for talks)”.
The Pimpri-Chinchwad police have booked more than 250 members of the city unit of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) for brandishing weapons in a rally, allegedly staged without permission.A first information report (FIR) under the relevant Sections of the Arms Act was lodged late on Sunday against the VHP members, including a number of girls.According to the police, the rally, ‘Shobha Yatra’, was staged between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunday in the Yamunanagar area of Pimpri-Chinchwad and witnessed the participation of a large number of VHP activists.“Four girls were spotted firing air rifles, while five girls were seen holding swords in their hands. Many of the participants were seen brandishing spears, air rifles and staffs. An FIR has been lodged against them as well as top leaders of the State unit of the VHP,” said a Nigdi police station official.No arrests have been made so far and further investigation was on, said the police.The incident comes on the heels of the Bajrang Dal being accused last week of imparting firearm training at a camp in a school in Thane district.
Many are hailing Harmanpreet Kaur’s knock against Australia as the greatest ODI innings ever seen in women’s cricket. Her unbeaten 171 came against the defending World Cup champions in a crucial semi-final match and at a time when India’s best batswoman Mithali Raj was back in the hut along with the openers Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Raut.India had their backs against the wall with the match reduced to 42 overs per side due to the rain which delayed the start of play for well over three hours. Put into bat, Mithali’s team knew they had to put a daunting total on the board so that they could pose a challenge against the mighty Australian batting lineup.But the innings started off on a disastrous note as Mandhana, who has been struggling in the last five matches ever since her century in the second match against the West Indies, got out for 6 and was joined by Raut a few overs later.It was then that Harmanpreet came to the crease and joined forces with her captain to add 66 runs for the third wicket which stabled the Indian innings. After Mithali got out for 36, Harman got together with Deepti Sharma and the duo smashed 137 for the fourth wicket with the latter scoring just 25 of those runs.Harmanpreet was looking to capitalise and smash every ball as she was struggling with cramps and was finding it very hard to run between the wickets. So she chose to go for the big hits and succeeded scoring 20 boundaries and 7 towering sixes in the 115-ball knock. It was the second highest score by an Indian batswoman after Deepti’s 188 which she scored against Ireland in May this year.advertisementHarmanpreet’s knock helped India reach 281/4 in 42 overs which was way more than what they were expecting to get against a strong Australian bowling lineup. The defending champions then crumbled under the scoreboard pressure when they came out to bat and folded for 245 in 40.1 overs with Deepti grabbing three wickets while Shikha Pandey and Jhulan Goswami got two scalps each.Harmanpreet’s brutal innings reminded many of another knock which was very similar to hers but was played by one of the greatest all-rounders this game has ever seen. Kapil Dev’s unbeaten 175 against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup at Tunbridge Wells was a similar sort of an innings as compared to the one played by Harman at Derby.India were tottering at 9 for 4 when Kapil came to the crease and from there on he took over the innings and smashed 175 in just 138 balls with 16 fours and six sixes. Kapil had such an impact in that match that Syed Kirmani’s 24 was the next best score followed by Roger Binny’s 22 with Madan Lal being the only other Indian batsman to score in double digits.From 9/4, India reached 266/8 in 60 overs thanks to Kapil’s magic. Indian bowlers then came out and bowled out the World Cup debutants for 235 in 57 overs with Madan Lal taking three wickets while Roger Binny got two. India then went on to beat Australia in their next game and defeated England in the semi-finals to reach the final where they met world champions West Indies and stunned them in a low-scoring match to clinch its maiden World Cup title.It would be unfair to pick out a winner among the two knocks in question here. Harmanpreet and Kapil’s innings both deserve to be touted as great knocks. The great man himself tweeted last night to congratulate the Indian team and called Harmanpreet’s knock as unforgettable and rightly so. This innings will be remembered for a very long time to come.Filled with pride seeing @BCCIWomen perform like this.Congratulations on the great victory. Unforgettable knock by @ImHarmanpreet- Kapil Dev (@therealkapildev) July 20, 2017Kapil went on to lift the World Cup at the Lord’s balcony in 1983 and Mithali has the opportunity to do the same when India face hosts England at the Mecca of Cricket on Sunday.Take a bow, @ImHarmanpreet ???Mobbed by her teammates & rightly so, what an innings!#AUSvIND #WWC17 pic.twitter.com/xAOtu7J4WQ- Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 20, 2017
point guard derryck thonton dukeJust one day after he met face-to-face with Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, five-star Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep point guard Derryck Thornton has committed to the Blue Devils, according to ESPN’s Paul Biancardi. Breaking News. PG Derryck Thorton has told ESPN that he has made a verbal commitment to Duke. STORY http://t.co/cdlFzc6kM1— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) April 21, 2015As Biancardi states, Thornton will reclassify to 2015 and enroll at Duke this summer. His decision fills a crucial void for the national champions, who didn’t have a true point guard on their roster following the departures of Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones. The 6-foot-2 Thornton will be expected to run the show for Krzyzewski’s squad, which is still in the running for a handful of 2015 recruits, including five-star wing Brandon Ingram. Despite the losses of Jones, Cook, Justise Winslow and Jahlil Okafor, Duke projects as a borderline top-10 team next season with Thornton, forward Chase Jeter, shooting guard Luke Kennard and Rice transfer Sean Obi joining a nucleus of returnees which includes starting forward Matt Jones, Final Four hero Grayson Allen and veteran big men Marshall Plumlee and Amile Jefferson.
Jim Harbaugh, even with this win, remains the most overrated coach in college football history.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 7, 2019This is hyperbolic from Travis, who is fond of ragging on Harbaugh. However, it reinforces the notion that Michigan will have to exorcise some demons before the target can be removed from Harbaugh’s back.Michigan is likely going to have to beat Ohio State and/or win the Big Ten to shake off critics. Until that happens, you will see more of this from Travis and others.Fortunately, the Wolverines have a bye this week to prepare for a major test against Wisconsin on September 21. PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines coaches against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the third quarter at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan won 42-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)Michigan football escaped with a 24-21 overtime win over Army on Saturday. It was a massive scare for Jim Harbaugh’s team, which is projected to compete for the Big Ten title and College Football Playoff this season.Many Wolverine fans are sounding the alarm after the performance. To be fair, it was a concerning showing. There’s plenty of season left to improve but seeing the team’s past issues rear their ugly head again, particularly on offense, had to be disconcerting.In the aftermath of the narrow escape, Jim Harbaugh is predictably taking a lot of heat. Fox Sports’ Clay Travis is dishing out some criticism at one of his favorite targets.Travis has gone after Harbaugh many times in the past. In the immediate aftermath of Saturday’s game, called him the “most overrated coach in college football history.”
India Today Web Desk RanchiOctober 19, 2019UPDATED: October 19, 2019 00:16 IST Dean Elgar had hit a hundred in the first Vizag Test against India. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFans slammed Dean Elgar for his comments over testing conditions in IndiaElgar had complained about Indian hotels and food ahead of the Ranchi TestFans said Elgar was making excuses to hide his side’s debacle in the Test seriesSouth Africa crickter Dean Elgar has drawn flak from fans after the opener complained about the facilities served to the visting team during the ongoing 3-match Test series in India.Speaking after a practice session in Ranchi ahead of the 3rd Test, Elgar had said, “It’s a challenging tour. You get stretched as a person, you get stretched as a cricketer, I think you get to know yourself quite a lot as a person when you come to the smaller places where the hotels are maybe not as good, and you get challenged on the field,” Elgar said.It’s always a good learning curve coming to India. They’re very streetwise and clever with touring teams, he had further said.However, Elgar’s comments over testing conditions in India did not go down well with the fans as they said, the South African was making excuses for his side’s failure in the series. Some also reminded Elgar about India’s tour of South Africa in 2017-18 where the tourists were asked to not use shower for more than two minutes owing to water crisis in Johannesburg.This Guy Deserves A Better Bed To Cry On As WellChatil Panditasekara (@ChatilPandi) October 18, 2019Excuses for failure are getting ready. This guy will take off once he reaches South Africa… complaining of hotel beds, food etc … all but cricketing issuesManoj (@mgknair) October 18, 2019So Indian food is the reason for not sighting turning balls by the SA team.@deanelgar@BCCI @SGanguly99 Please arrange proper food for the touring squads.#INDvSAadvertisementAnurag Trivedi (@Thatcricketguy2) October 18, 2019Somebody needs to remind @deanelgar that Cape Town hotel rooms gave Indian cricketers only two mins of time to take showers because of extreme water shortage.Amit Lakhani (@VeniVidiVici_08) October 18, 2019The last time South Africa toured India in 2015, Elgar had also complained about Indian pitches after the Proteas lost the 4-match series 3-0. Elgar had said the pitches, especially in Pune, were not fit for cricket to be played.India have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match Test series. The hosts won the first Test by 203 runs in Vizag and went on to better their performance in the next game, registering a comprehensive victory by an innings and 137 runs in Pune.Also Read | South Africa captain Faf du Plessis may send teammate at toss in Ranchi TestAlso Read | Ranchi Test: India and Virat Kohli on the cusp of breaking records against South AfricaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Dean Elgar criticised heavily for complaining about hotels, food in IndiaRanchi Test: Dean Elgar had said South Africa’s tour to India has been quite challenging given the quality of hotels and food provided to the side during the ongoing Test series.advertisement Next
Editors’ Recommendations Good times are brewing in downtown Los Angeles at the Arts District Brewing Company.The microbrewery opened a bar tailor-made for a great night out: craft beer, delicious food, and lots of games.They brew on-site, crafting about 3,300 barrels of beer a year in a 15-barrel brewhouse. They offer about nine beers, rotating their menu throughout the year, covering the bases from lighter ales to hoppy beers, to dark, malty beers. The Traction IPA is particularly good, with tropical citrus notes. Or go dark and get the McCasey Dry Irish Stout: creamy and chocolaty, this is a dark beer that is easy to drink, though sadly not always available. Can’t choose? Start with their flights of beer. If, for some strange reason you don’t want beer after coming to a brewpub, they have a full bar and cocktail menu as well.As the drink menus remind you, don’t forget to eat. But you really won’t need reminding once you smell the culinary deliciousness courtesy Fritzi, Chef Neal Fraser’s downtown hotspot. Just amble up to the large take-out window that connects the brewpub to the restaurant and order. It’s classic but elevated bar food, all of which is delicious. Don’t miss out on the Snappy O’Brien, which is fun to say and even better to eat: a hotdog topped with tater tots, grilled peppers, onions, bacon, cheese, and ketchup. If you want to be slightly healthier, the Portobello Mushroom sandwich is shockingly good, with broccoli, pesto, grilled peppers and onions.Once you’ve eaten and settled into your beer options, it’s time to play. There are so many options for competitively dominating your friends: ping pong, cornhole, darts, even Skeeball. The 17,000 square foot space means there is plenty of room and often very little wait for a game, despite the fact that the bar can accommodate you and 499 of your closest friends. There’s a great outdoor patio if you want some fresh air and to take in the sights of downtown’s thriving arts district. Did we also mention the ample seating?Arts District Brewing is a damn good time for groups, dates, a solo drink after work (though it’s doubtful you’ll be solo for long with so many games to be played) or really any combination thereof. The food is fantastic and you really can’t drink much more local than there. 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts The Best Oktoberfest Beers to Sip On This Season 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less
zoom New York-listed shipping company Nordic American Tankers (NAT) has agreed to extend and refinance its current credit facility up to end 2020 covering its 26 vessel Suezmax fleet. The new non amortizing facility is increased from USD 430 million to USD 500 million, based on improved terms. The banking group consists of DNB Bank, Nordea and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken.“Nordic American has a very strong balance sheet compared with other stock listed tankers companies. The high equity gives NAT a continued solid financial footing and flexibility which will strengthen the company for further growth,” the company said.NAT has a fleet of 26 Suezmax vessels including two newbuildings scheduled for delivery in 3Q2016 and in early 2017.Going forward, NAT has revealed plans to increase its dividend and earnings capacity through further expansion.
San Francisco: Software giant Microsoft is killing all of its iconic Internet games including Hearts, Spades, Checkers, Backgammon, MSN Go and Reversi from Windows version XP, ME and 7. The company would be focusing on developing and launching its xCloud Xbox streaming service that would be debuting in October, CNET reported on Friday. “While Microsoft Internet Games services on Windows XP and ME will end on July 31, 2019, services on Windows 7 will end on January 22, 2020,” M. Hamer, Microsoft Agent and moderator from the Windows Gaming Team wrote in a blog post. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app According to the post, the company is looking forward to work with its hardware and software partners in investing their resources towards more recent technologies. “While we’re saddened to leave this chapter behind, we continue to be committed to delivering engaging, delightful gaming experiences. We hope you’ll come with us on this journey and join the community of any of the other Microsoft casual games,” Hamer added. With its upcoming October xCloud Xbox streaming service, the software giant would let users play 3,500 games in the Xbox One library and the 1,900 titles still in development on devices like phones and tablets.
Laurie HamelinAPTN NewsChrystal Sparrow is an artist, but not just any artist.She’s a Coast Salish carver, which for a woman isn’t common.“There’s still that stereotype with men who are like ‘did you carve that or did your brother carve that for you?’ No I carved it and yes I use a chainsaw and yes I use power tools,” Sparrow says while laughing.(Chrystal Sparrow’s late father, Irving Sparrow. Photo courtesy: Chrystal Sparrow)Chrystal’s late father was a master carver who saw her talent as a child.“I am very proud to be a Coast Salish artist and more importantly that I was taught to be a Coast Salish artist,” says Sparrow. “I am third generation and my father, Irving Sparrow had decided when I was very young that I would become a female Coast Salish carver.“And I had the privilege of learning first hand his experience through him carving in our kitchen, him talking about art and stories he heard from elders.”(Musqueam artist Chrystal Sparrow taken in her A-frame studio residency. Photo by Laurie Hamelin/APTN)Sparrow has had an exciting year.She is finishing up her last week as the City of Vancouver’s inaugural artist chosen for their A-Frame Activation program in Stanley Park.The old wooden A-frame fieldhouse by Second Beach is her studio.The goal is for artists from either Musqueam, Squamish or Tsleil-Waututh Nations to engage the community on their unceded traditional territory.“This art residency has been a really good experience,” says Sparrow. “I have had visitors come who are non First Nations and who are First Nations and it’s really been an opportunity to share my work and my views as a Coast Salish artist.“But also it’s really been an opportunity to have conversations around what reconciliation is and more importantly awkward conversations around racism, around not knowing Coast Salish people were here or knowing little about Coast Salish people.”(Welcoming Figure carved by Chrystal and Christopher Sparrow. Photo by Laurie Hamelin/APTN)Sparrow also took part in carving one of three cedar poles outside the Vancouver school district’s education centre.It was unveiled on National Indigenous Peoples Day.Sparrow teamed up with her younger brother, Christopher Sparrow.He’s also a carver.Chrystal chose to carve a female welcoming figure in honour of her Coast Salish background.“The female for me was such an important way to represent Coast Salish people and women like myself who play such an important role in our communities and our culture,” says Sparrow. “But also non First Nations women as a way to build a relationship, as a way to honour that we are all women and we are all important.“And I have been told when people see her that she is such a calm presence, that there is a wisdom there and that is so neat to hear that.”(Sparrow and her brother Christopher teamed up to carve Welcoming Figure, one of three totem poles unveiled on National Indigenous Peoples Day. Photo: Chrystal Sparrow)Chrystal says the combination of her female figure and her brother’s killer whale is very powerful.“There’s this warrior represented in the killer whale and there is this warrior woman-like figure that is embodying this strength, this energy, it feels alive,” says Chrystal. “When I see her I feel this presence about her.“I feel like we’re connected and that she’s watching me.”Sparrow is proud of her achievements and takes her art very seriously.“I have this obligation, I have this opportunity to share my work,” she says. “Not only is it being seen as something important like house figures or panels or spindle whorls, but that it is a part of history, it’s living, it’s breathing. I am really honored to have a really important role in my community and that is being a Coast Salish artist.“I am very proud of that.”Sparrow’s next goal is to start her masters degree in expressive arts therapy in Switzerland.firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater Noida: Gautam Buddh Nagar police, on Tuesday, arrested two more persons who were accused of thrashing a 25-years-old woman, working at a unisex salon in Greater Noida. The woman was allegedly thrashed by a group of men, including the owner of salon, after she demanded her salary.According to police, the arrested persons were identified as Sohail, a native of sector 12 area of Noida and Shera, a native of Hapur. Police have already arrested the owner of Salon, Wasim, on Monday. Arvind Kumar Pathak, Station House Officer, of Knowledge Park police station told Millennium Post that Sohail is the real brother of salon owner Wasim while Shera works at the salon. “Following the incident, police had registered an FIR against unknown persons on the basis of complaint received from the victim. Police identified the accused in the case through the video of incident which was shot by one of the onlookers. The two accused who were nabbed by police on Tuesday were arrested from Ishaan college cut in Greater Noida,” said Pathak. The officer further said that one more accused had also been seen thrashing the woman and police are making efforts to nab him as well. “Police have arrested three persons in the case while the fourth accused is absconding and we are making efforts to trace him as well. Meanwhile, the group of men who were seen thrashing the woman in the video include the owner of salon, Wasim, who thrashed the girl using stick and dragged her with hairs,” added Pathak. The incident occurred on Saturday morning in Kaushalya residency area of Knowledge park. The victim, a resident of Phase-II area of Noida, who had been working at Venus Unisex salon from past the two months was brutally thrashed in front of a crowd while a video of the whole incident was captured by an onlooker which went viral.
25 September 2009The success of the climate change negotiations in Copenhagen later this year will best be measured by how well any final deal protects small island States, the countries that are most vulnerable to global warming, their leaders told the General Assembly’s high-level debate today. The leaders of archipelagos in the South Pacific, the Caribbean and off the coast of Africa warned that the countries’ very existence may be at stake if urgent measures are not introduced to slash greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to rising global temperatures. “We wait with bated breaths and hope that humanity will show itself worthy of this planet and that nations will have the political will and integrity of leadership to solve the most confounding challenge of our era,” said Baldwin Spencer, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda.Mr. Spencer told the third day of the annual General Debate that small island countries are profoundly disappointed by the lack of action to protect these countries and their peoples, culture, land and ecosystems, given their extreme vulnerability.Earlier this week Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened a climate change summit that brought together dozens of heads of State and government to try to build momentum ahead of the negotiations in December in the Danish capital, where the world’s nations will try to agree on a pact to reduce emissions when the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol ends in 2012. Emanuel Mori, President of the Federated States of Micronesia, said Mr. Ban’s summit had brought more attention to the issue at a critical time before Copenhagen, but he warned that time is already running out.“What if the meltings from the polar ice sheets and glaciers reach their irreversible tipping point?” Mr. Mori asked. “The outcome is crystal clear: Micronesia and all low-lying islands will disappear. But the effects will go much further, endangering coastal cities and communities all over the world, including Manhattan.”Mr. Mori urged the introduction, through the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), of a series of rapid mitigation strategies to try to lessen the impact as soon as possible.Dominica’s President Nicholas Liverpool called on other countries to allow the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) to have a greater say at the negotiating table on climate change given they are on the frontline.“We are contributing to a solution to the effects of climate change by pursuing measures at the national level to promote energy efficiency, reduce the consumption of fossil fuels, and to develop our geothermal potential for national energy needs, as well as for possible export of clean energy to our neighbours,” he said.Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, described climate change as the greatest moral challenge of the era.“We simply cannot afford the consequences of inaction. The people of my country are already feeling the impacts of climate change, which will only worsen with time.”Mr. Tong said the situation was already so dire that Kiribati had to be pragmatic about adaptation strategies for its people.“It is our overwhelming desire to maintain our homeland and our sovereignty. However, with the inevitable decline in the ability of our islands to support life, let alone increasing populations, due to rising sea levels, we must also provide opportunities for those of our people who wish to migrate to do so on merit and with dignity.”Speaking yesterday, Sao Tome and Principe’s President Fradique de Menezes warned that rising sea levels as a result of climate change were already causing serious coastal erosion in his country.“Time is no longer on our side, but has become our unforgiving judge,” he said. “There is no time for unfounded justifications justifying non-fulfilment of the Kyoto Protocol. We cannot continue evading these essential environmental issues that are not a question of developing countries against developed ones. We need urgent measures which are global and concrete to save us from this crisis.”Marshall Islands’ President Litokwa Tomeing called on the wealthiest nations to “consider the implicit moral obligation that comes with their privileged and affluent status” and to agree to measures that may disturb some of the benefits that come with living in wealthy, industrialized societies.“We appeal to you to be as unrestrained as the wind and set the limit of increase in global average temperature beyond pre-industrial period at a level to ensure our survival,” Mr. Tomeing said.“We appeal to you to be fair-minded and to act with determination to reduce global emissions by at least 85 per cent by 2050 from 1990 levels. We appeal to you to ensure that global emissions peak no later than 2015.”In his address to the Assembly today, Vanuatu’s Prime Minister Edward Natapei underscored the security implications wrought by climate change.Global warming, he told the Assembly, is already “affecting the livelihoods of our people as the international community struggles to come to terms with the idea that climate change poses a real threat to the future survival of mankind.”Fredrick Fono, Deputy Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, proposed that mitigation measures against climate change should include the rehabilitation of forests, given that deforestation contributes to about 20 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions.“My country is currently carrying out an inventory of its forests and intends to participate in the carbon market,” Mr. Fono said. “We also hope multilateral financial mechanisms will become available to the most vulnerable in ensuring appropriate technology transfer in renewable energy receives the attention it deserves.”
The Prime Minister said that the Chief Prelates have advised temples in the respective areas to hold religious observances for Vesak and decide on any other event after having talks with the respective security agencies. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe discussed security arrangements for the upcoming Vesak festival when he met the Chief Prelates (Mahanayaka theros) in Kandy today.Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the Prime Minister said that the Chief Prelates will decide on events to have during Vesak based on the security situation at the time. The Prime Minister said that he also thanked the Chief Prelates for taking steps to ensure peace was maintained after the Easter Sunday attacks. (Colombo Gazette)
HOUSTON — James Harden scored a season-high 43 points and Clint Capela added 27 as the Houston Rockets held off the Detroit Pistons to get their fifth straight win, 126-124 on Wednesday night.Houston has won eight of its last 10 after winning just one of its first six games and improved to 9-7 this season.The Rockets led by 14 with about five minutes left, but Blake Griffin made five 3-pointers that helped Detroit cut the lead to four points with about 90 seconds left. Houston struggled to contain Griffin late after defensive stopper P.J. Tucker was ejected in the third quarter after he received two technical fouls for arguing with officials.But Griffin had a turnover and a charge after his fifth 3 and Harden, who made all 19 of his free throw attempts, made two free throws to make it 122-116 with 19.1 seconds left. Ish Smith added a 3-pointer to cut the lead to three points with 9.6 seconds left, but Harden made two more free throws.Griffin was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 3.6 seconds remaining and made the first two free throws before missing the third. It was Harden at the line again after that, and he made both shots before Smith made a 3 at the buzzer.Griffin led the Pistons with 37 points and 11 rebounds Andre Drummond added 20 points with 11 rebounds for the Pistons.Detroit used a run to cut Houston’s lead to six points with about six minutes left before the Rockets scored the next eight points, with six from Harden to make it 113-99 about a minute later.But Griffin made three 3-pointers, with the first two on consecutive possessions, to fuel a 9-2 run that got Detroit within 115-108 with 3 1/2 minutes left.James Ennis made a 3-pointer for Houston after that, but Griffin scored the next five points, with another 3-pointer to cut the lead to 118-113 with about two minutes left.Harden added a basket on a goaltending call, but Griffin made yet another 3 to make it 120-116 before his late errors.The Rockets scored the first seven points of the third quarter to make it make it 65-57. But Detroit scored the next eight points, with 3s by Reggie Jackson and Langston Galloway to tie it a couple of minutes later.Houston went on another run after that, outscoring Detroit 9-2, to take a 76-67 lead midway through the quarter. Harden got the Rockets going in that span with a 3-pointer and Clint Capela capped it with four straight points.The Rockets were up 81-73 later in the third when Tucker got hit by Griffin on a screen and began complaining to an official. He received a technical foul, but that didn’t stop him from continuing to get in the officials’ face and yell at him, drawing a second technical and an ejection.The Pistons made both free throws from the technical but the Rockets scored the next five points, with a 3 from Gerald Green, to make it 86-75 with about four minutes left in the quarter.TIP-INSPistons: Detroit made 16 3-pointers to give the team at least 10 in seven straight games, a franchise record. … Luke Kennard missed his 11th game with a sprained right shoulder and coach Dwane Casey said that he hasn’t been cleared for contact drills and will still be out for a while.Rockets: Capela received a technical foul in the third quarter for hanging on the rim after a dunk. … Chris Paul added 20 points with seven assists.UP NEXTPistons: Host Houston on Friday night.Rockets: Visit Detroit on Friday night.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsKristie Rieken, The Associated Press
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Damien Hirst with Mother and Child DividedCredit: Damien Hirst Asked about the inspiration, West said: “We had a lot of people in mind. A lot of the interview we filmed [during a scene in the gallery] was taken from various interviews with great international artists who we looked at in great detail.” “I think they’re pretty scary, these guys, the incredibly knowledgeable artists who cannot be disputed because they’re talking about art, which is something there’s no definite answer to.”So I’d be quite scared of meeting someone like that. Also, because they’re so powerful and so rich.”The film also stars Elisabeth Moss as a journalist covering the world of contemporary art, and a half-bonobo ape who appears in her apartment without explanation.Bang, who also acted in the scenes, described how the animal came with a long list of instructions on how to behave, including not to look it in the eye or run away.Ruben Ostlund, the director, added: “Anything can happen in a movie when a monkey appears in an apartment. “I love monkeys and I think human beings love looking at monkeys because you’re seeing yourself reflected in them.”Telegraph reviewer Robbie Collin awarded the film four stars. The front runner for the character’s inspiration is Julian Schnabel, the American artist who is, like the fictional on-screen Julian, known for wearing tinted glasses and pyjamas in the day time.Other contenders naturally include Damien Hirst, the best-known of his generation of provocative contemporary artists and no stranger to works some members of the public have found baffling. In one scene of the film, a cleaner sweeps away an art installation by West’s character.It echoes a real-life event in 2001, when an installation by Damien Hirst was thrown away by a cleaner at the Eyestorm gallery, London, who had mistaken the piles of full ashtrays, empty beer bottles and newspapers were the remnants of a party the night before. In a press conference, West claimed he could not remember who precisely his version of “Julian” was based on, but admitted: “I’m sure you can guess…my clothes give it away.”His co-star Claes Bang confirmed that one of the clues was in the name – Julian. The contemporary art world has never been short of gossip.The Cannes Film Festival yesterday provided the inspiration behind a brand new controversy: just who are the mystery artists sent up on screen?Dominic West, the actor, disclosed he had based his character in The Square, a satire of the art world, on real-life contemporary artists, with works including a pile of gravel and a neon sign reading: “You have nothing”.
Vancouver Mall is embarking on a plan to build a satellite building and hopes to bring in three restaurants to fill the space in 2020. The mall submitted a preliminary application for the project to the city of Vancouver earlier this month.Tenants are not yet signed, said mall general manager JB Schutte, but the mall is negotiating with potential occupants. The proposed structure would include a 5,066-square-foot space intended for a fast-food restaurant with a drive-thru and 3,931 square feet of remaining space that would be split between two high-turnover, sit-down restaurants.Schutte said the mall’s management staff have been contemplating the expansion for the past four years, with an eye toward expanding the mall’s role as a restaurant and entertainment venue in addition to a retail destination.“We’ve got a substantial amount of extra parking, and there seems to be a demand for more restaurants,” he said.The new building would sit on a 1.9-acre portion of the mall’s main parking lot, near the southwest corner entrance from Northeast Thurston Way. The project would result in a net loss of 82 mall parking spaces, but the application states that the mall will still have a net excess of spaces.No exact timelineThe exact timeline of the project is still up in the air — Schutte said it depends in part on the city approval process, because the addition will need to be approved before tenants are signed. The soonest tenants would move in would be 2020, he said.
2013 could be pivotal for Smith, Stewart, BurkmanIt’s come down to decision time.Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt — in an Aug. 11 tweet from his account floated a single question: “Leavitt for Congress?”There’s since been little from him on the topic, but that hasn’t kept down a flood of questions about a race featuring Leavitt and freshman Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Camas.What party would Leavitt run with? Does he have enough experience? Can he raise the money? Will he find enough support?Either way, Leavitt — or whoever else may want to challenge Herrera Beutler — will likely need to step forward soon to get started trying to unseat her in 2012. Leavitt’s said he’s likely to make an announcement this week.A rumor is floating in Democratic circles that the party has someone else in mind: someone new, someone female.But if or until that person steps forward, Leavitt, 40, remains the most visible and well-known person to take on Herrera Beutler, 33. Another candidate, Jon Haugen, has also announced he’ll run as a conservative Democrat in the race.It’s not a certainty that Leavitt would have a smooth time ascending the political ranks. The mayor, only two years into his first four-year term (following five years on city council), may alienate some by trying to move on too quickly.“He was really charged to become mayor of Vancouver,” noted former Mayor Royce Pollard, whom Leavitt defeated in 2009 ahard-fought race. That rift hasn’t healed. “People wonder here about his dedication to city of Vancouver.”But, observers noted that if Leavitt, or anyone else, wants to take Herrera Beutler down, it’s best to do it before she becomes an established member of the House.
PORTLAND (AP) — A juvenile court judge decided Monday that an 11-year-old boy who flashed a gun on a MAX train in Portland last week will wear an electronic monitoring device and live with his aunt.KATU reports the boy is the brother of Yashanee Vaughn, a 14-year-old who was killed last year.His mother told the judge she’s dealing with grief and that the aunt could provide more structure for her son.The state is certifying the aunt as a foster parent.
This is why the drumbeat on FOLIOmag.com about VanityFair’s and the New York Times’s green issues and recycled paper (orthe lack thereof) is so off the mark.For better or worse, green issues aren’t about public advocacy. Seriously, how can Madonna, who has a privatejet and at least five enormous homes, be the cover girl for conservation? The big publishers’ green issues are about selling pages toadvertisers who want to be associated with green content. And until thoseadvertisers demand that their ads be printed on recycled paper (and provide therevenue that offsets the increased cost), the green issues will keep coming outon the same paper stock as every other issue.In the meantime, please pick up the “Better Planet” issue ofDiscover on newsstands now. We areprinted on FSC-certified paper and, after an extensive survey of our greenhousegas emissions, purchased a carbon offset from carbonfund.org. You can also click over to our Better Planet blog orenter our GreenScience Fair.Happy Earth Day. I rarely rise in defense of Condé Nast. Wired is an especially nasty competitor of Discover, even though their sciencecoverage is a small part of their tech culture package. The NewYorker also competes with us for ad pages.You have to give them their due, though. From my perspective, they are by far the mosteffective spokespeople in the world for the power of magazines. Their editors are industry giants whostraddle the worlds of media, fashion and entertainment. Do you ever hear Anna Wintour or GraydonCarter whining to the trades about the growing influence of blogs or some otherpiece of Internet hype? I don’t thinkso. I would be surprised if there were many tables set aside for bloggers atthe Waverly Inn.More importantly, every bit of Condé Nast’s DNA is attunedto extracting maximum dollars from advertisers.As I pointed out in a blogpost a couple of months ago, along with your 12x schedule, Condé candeliver an integrated program featuring Beyoncecaressing your product online, polybagged and on national TV.
Washington: Four Indian-American executives from two IT staffing companies have been arrested on charges of fraudulently using the H-1B visa programme to gain an unfair advantage over their competitors, a US attorney has said. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Vijay Mane, 39, Venkataramana Mannam, 47, and Fernando Silva, 53, from New Jersey while Sateesh Vemuri, 52, from California were each charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud, the Department of Justice said on Tuesday. Vemuri made his initial appearance on July 1 before the US Magistrate Judge Steven C Mannion in Newark federal court while Mannam and Silva appeared before the US Magistrate Judge Leda Dunn Wettre in Newark federal court on June 25. Mane appeared before Judge Wettre on June 27. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us All were released on USD 250,000 bond, the Department of Justice said. The conspiracy charge carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a USD 250,000 fine. According to the Department of Justice, Mane, Mannam, and Vemuri controlled two IT staffing companies– Procure Professionals Inc and Krypto IT Solutions Inc– located in Middlesex County, New Jersey. Advertise With Us Similarly, Silva and Mannam also controlled another New Jersey staffing company, referred to in the complaint as “Client A.” They used Procure and Krypto to recruit foreign nationals and sponsor them for H-1B visas, which allow recipients to live and work temporarily in the US in positions requiring specialised skills. To expedite their visa applications, the defendants caused Procure and Krypto to file H-1B applications falsely asserting that the foreign worker/beneficiaries had already secured positions at Client A, when, in reality, no such positions existed, federal prosecutors alleged. Instead, they used these fraudulent applications to build a “bench” of job candidates already admitted to the United States, who could then be hired out immediately to client companies without the need to wait through the visa application process, giving the defendants an advantage over their competitors in the staffing industry.