December 10, 2019
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first_imgBUCKS 93, TRAIL BLAZERS 90PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Khris Middleton scored 26 points, and Milwaukee held off Portland for the victory.Giannis Antetokounmpo added 22 points for the Bucks (35-35), who have won nine of 11 as they jostle for playoff positon in the Eastern Conference. They are a half-game ahead of Miami for the seventh spot.Portland (32-38) had won three in a row and eight of 10. It dropped to a full game back of idle Denver for the final postseason berth in the West.It’s true. All of it.#OwnTheFuture pic.twitter.com/1WxRKV1ubd— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) March 22, 2017 Relive last night’s thriller in Portland!! #OwnTheFuture pic.twitter.com/OOEPc8kYki— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) March 22, 2017Click on Image to see the highlights of the game. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan had 42 points, and the Toronto Raptors ended an 11-game losing streak against the Chicago Bulls by rallying for a wild 122-120 overtime win on Tuesday.DeRozan shot 17 of 38 from the floor and also collected eight assists. Cory Joseph had 19 points for the Raptors, and Serge Ibaka scored 16 before he was ejected for his role in a memorable fight with Robin Lopez during the third quarter.Jimmy Butler had 37 points for the Bulls, and Rajon Rondo finished with 24. It was Chicago’s first loss to Toronto since Dec. 31, 2013.Following a Butler 3-pointer with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter, giving Chicago a 16-point lead, Lopez swatted the ball out of the hand of Ibaka. The two squared up in the middle of a crowd and Lopez swung and missed Ibaka, who returned in kind, barely connecting with the head of the center.Lopez and Ibaka were ejected following a long review period. Chicago forward Nikola Mirotic and Raptors assistant coach Jamaal Magloire received offsetting technical fouls after getting into a shoving match following the melee.HEAT 112, SUNS 97MIAMI (AP) — Hassan Whiteside had 23 points and 14 rebounds before leaving late with a cut on his right hand, and the Heat cruised to the win.Tyler Johnson scored 17 for Miami (35-36), which had seven players in double figures. Goran Dragic scored 16, Josh Richardson had 14 and Willie Reed added 12.Marquese Chriss scored 24 for Phoenix (22-49), which lost its fifth straight and used only an eight-player rotation until the final minutes. Leandro Barbosa scored 13, Alex Len had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and T.J. Warren scored 12 for the Suns.WARRIORS 112, MAVERICKS 97DALLAS (AP) — Klay Thompson had 23 points with five 3-pointers and Golden State earned its 28th road win this season, beating Dallas in a matchup of the Curry brothers.Stephen Curry, two-time MVP and the older of the brothers, had 17 points and nine assists for the defending NBA champion Warriors.The Warriors, who have a league-high 57 wins overall this season, are the first team ever with 28 road wins in three consecutive seasons. They have a record 90 wins away from home during that span.Seth Curry, who was undrafted in 2013 and just this year became a starter with the Mavericks, had 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting. He is now 0-6 in NBA games against his brother, half of those losses coming as Golden State swept the season series.SPURS 100, TIMBERWOLVES 93MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, helping San Antonio to the road win.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points for the Spurs, who remained three games behind Golden State for the top seed in the Western Conference. San Antonio scored 35 points off of 23 turnovers by Minnesota and held off a fourth-quarter rally from the Wolves.Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost four straight games to fade from playoff contention in the West. Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points and Shabazz Muhammad scored 16 of his 18 points in the second quarter for Minnesota.NETS 98, PISTONS 96NEW YORK (AP) — Brook Lopez made a jumper as time expired to give Brooklyn the win.The Pistons, fighting for a playoff spot, wiped out a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to tie it at 96 on Tobias Harris’ follow shot with 2.4 seconds left.Lopez then took the inbounds pass moving left, dribbled toward the baseline and shot the jumper as it appeared he might lose control of the ball, making the shot to cap a 29-point night.Harris had 24 points for the Pistons, who dropped a game back of Miami for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.PELICANS 95, GRIZZLIES 82NEW ORLEANS (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins enjoyed his most prolific performance yet with New Orleans, finishing with 41 points and 17 rebounds.Cousins hit five 3-pointers, tying a career high. He made five shots inside while being fouled for three-point plays and had the jubilant home crowd chanting his nickname, “Boogie.”Cousins, who was acquired in a February trade with Sacramento, also blocked three shots and assisted on Anthony Davis’ crowd-pleasing alley-oop dunk.Davis added 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Pelicans, who won for the fifth time in six games while snapping Memphis’ four-game winning streak.Mike Conley 16 scored points for Memphis, while JaMychal Green and Troy Daniels each scored 12.CLIPPERS 133, LAKERS 109LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clippers star Chris Paul scored 27 points before watching the end of a blowout with his young son on the bench.The Clippers have won 17 of the last 19 meetings against the Lakers. They cruised in this one, and the younger Chris Paul got to sit on his dad’s lap on the bench during the fourth quarter.Eight Clippers scored in double figures, including J.J. Redick with 24 points and Austin Rivers with 17.The Clippers hit 15 of 33 3-pointers, and their starters sat out the entire fourth quarter for the second consecutive game.Brandon Ingram led the Lakers with 21 points.Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.SummaryDate: 22/3/2017 1:30 πμSlug: BC-BKN–NBA Capsules,1st Ld-WritethruHeadline: NBA: Raptors end 11-game losing streak against BullsSource: APByline: The Associated PressCopyright Holder: APPriority: r (4)With Photo:Dateline: TORONTOLeadEditors’ Note: Eds: updates with late matches, should stand. 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first_imgTechnically, no foreign player has ever won an NBA scoring title. Dominique Wilkins has one and he was born in Paris, but only because his father was in the U.S. Air Force.Giannis Antetokounmpo may change that in a few months. And if not this season, then probably soon enough.The Milwaukee star who hails from Greece went into this week averaging just over 31 points per game and leading the league in that department. He was the Most Improved Player last season and don’t be surprised if he gets more votes for that trophy this season — along with MVP ballots as well.“He plays now to destroy you,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters last week before Antetokounmpo scored 28 in Milwaukee’s road win over San Antonio. “In the beginning he was pretty darn good and he would do this and he would do that. But now he knows he can do it to you every time. He’s for real.”Antetokounmpo turns 23 on Dec. 6. The only other players in the last 50 years with 5,000 points, 2,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists before celebrating their 23rd birthdays — Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, and future Hall of Famer LeBron James.TweetPinShare22 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgA decade ago, Chak De, starring Shah Rukh Khan, released. It was an invaluable success and it became an incentive for filmmakers to explore the world of sports further. However since then, sports biopics and dramas have decided to insert politics in the narrative.So, the pinnacle of success in many of the films would be the victory over Pakistan. Sports dramas like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Dangal, Mary Kom and Sultan all display the nation’s glory in an international context, wrapped up in personal stories. Invariably, there’s the display and unfurling of the national flag and the customary salute. And there are lots of tears, to show national pride.So what’s the end result? The focus shifts from the sporting spirit and you’re compelled to learn about the seething animosity with the neighbouring country.Akshay Kumar’s Gold seems to take it a step ahead. Though we have only seen the trailer, it’s easy to see which way the patriotic winds are blowing in the film.WHAT IS GOLD ABOUT?Gold traces the “golden era” of Indian hockey through the journey of Tapan Das, a young assistant manager in 1936, who dreams of playing for independent India.Inspired by true events, Gold is about India’s first Olympic Games win as a free country in hockey. And so, Akshay returns with a dose of hyper-nationalism, presented in the form of a sports drama.US VS THEMOf late, Akshay Kumar has been called the poster-boy of patriotism. He has evolved into the perfect Indian with films starting from 2015’s Baby to 2016’s Rustom, 2017’s Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and this year’s Pad Man. These films helped take the Centre’s messages forward; for instance, the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in Toilet Ek Prem Katha.advertisementHe takes it a step further in Gold. While there’s no denying that India’s first Olympic Games win as a free country is a tale that deserves to be told, the hyper-nationalism in the trailer can’t be ignored.It becomes more about defeating the British in their own country, rather than a milestone achievement for India.Akshay spouts dialogues like, “Our team will defeat the British in London, and we will avenge our 200 years of subjugation.”Here’s another one. “We will unfurl our own flag, and we won’t say ‘Long Live the King, we’ll sing our own national anthem’. The trailer ends with him bellowing Vande Mataram.”Or this. “We will defeat them on their land, on their home turf and in front of their own public.”In between all this nationalist talk and chest-thumping, you get to see a little bit of hockey, amidst some thumping music. Enough said.Gold follows in Bollywood’s latest spate of films of playing it safe and proving patriotism. And you can never go wrong if you slam our past colonisers and our neighbouring country.The nuances of Chak De and layered characters like hockey coach Kabir Khan are a thing of the past. Now, Bollywood chooses to go-full throttle with its patriotism, and there are hardly any greys.ALSO SEE: Bollywood says Raazi to subjects that will not get films bannedALSO READ | Gold teaser: Akshay Kumar recreates India’s first Olympic gold win in Reema Kagti’s nextALSO READ | Akshay Kumar’s Gold: All you need to know about independent India’s first Olympic goldALSO WATCH | Akshay Kumar wins National Award – How the actor became Sabse Bada Khiladilast_img read more

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first_imgAlthough Shreyas Gopal stole the show with three key Royal Challengers Bangalore wickets, India and RCB leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal did not disappoint either, as he dismissed both Rajasthan Royals openers to finish with figures of 2 for 17 from his four overs.But purple cap holder Chahal, with 8 wickets in four games, feels that the feat would have felt more satisfying if his team had managed to beat Rajasthan and registered their first win in the 12th edition of the IPL.The Royals put the Royal Challengers in to bat first who managed to post 158 for 4 on the board with useful contributions from Parthiv Patel (67), Marcus Stoinis (31 not out) and captain Kohli (23). The visitors though, struggled against the RR spin-twins Shreyas Gopal and Krishnappa Gowtham.Gopal bagged three wickets including that of Kohli and AB de Villiers in quick succession to dent the Royal Challengers big time before Parthiv and Stoinis steadied the innings with a 53-run partnership. Stoinis then added 32 runs with Moeen Ali (18 not out) to take the team to a respectable total.But the Royals made light work of the run chase thanks to an explosive opening partnership of 60 runs between Ajinkya Rahane (22) and Jos Buttler (59).Yuzvendra Chahal tried his best to bring RCB back into the match as he removed Ajinkya Rahane (22) and Jos Buttler (59) but Steve Smith (38) and Rahul Tripathi foiled all of Virat Kohli’s plans with a 50-run partnership that got the team closer to the target. Tripathi remained unbeaten on 34 as he finished off the match with a six.advertisement”Obviously it is a great feeling if you are the highest wicket taker in the tournament, but sad that we didn’t win the match,” he said.While it wasn’t an easy game for the bowlers, both the leg-spinners (Chahal and Gopal) did well and ended with the best figures in their respective teams.Throwing light on this, Chahal said: “Leg spinners have many variations compared to other bowlers. We also get more turn from the surface. The googly and top spinner also spin more.”Asked if things are getting more and more difficult for RCB after their fourth loss of the season, Chahal said it was important to stay positive. “It is the fourth loss in a row, but we have 10 games to comeback. You need to stay positive in such a situation,” he said.Chahal also reiterated that despite the M. Chinnaswamy being called a batting paradise, he loves bowling on the square. “I am used to conditions there, sixth year with RCB, and I like bowling at the Chinnaswamy,” he said.Also Read | Shreyas Gopal: The man who loves tormenting Virat Kohli and AB de VilliersAlso Read | Shreyas Gopal after dismissing Kohli, de Villiers: One of the biggest moments of my journeyAlso Read | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli joins MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir in elite captains’ listlast_img read more

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first_img Expert Pitmaster Tips on How to Smoke a Brisket at Home Editors’ Recommendations The Best Pillows Designed With Stomach Sleepers In Mind 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Have you heard of Amazon Handmade? While this relatively unknown service may not have the same notoriety as websites like Etsy, it operates pretty much the same way. If you’re in the market for handcrafted jewelry, glasses, necklaces, candles, and just about anything else human hands can assemble, Amazon Handmade likely has someone willing to sell it. When it comes to unique gifts or adorable knick-knacks, you can’t go wrong with the personalized touch of a modern craftsman.Amazon has put together an offer to entice new customers: Up to 20 percent off handmade items. This promotion is only available for Amazon Prime members, as it is directly connected to Prime Day, but it’s not all too often you find savings on craftsmanship such as this. We’ve put together a few of our top picks for you to peruse, but feel free to dive right into those savings if prefer to shop alone.Cabin in the Woods Whiskey GlassYou can’t always travel to a cabin in the woods to enjoy a peaceful sip of your finest whiskey, but at least you can sip whiskey from a peaceful cabin in the woods. The entire scene is actually engraved directly onto the glass, making it the perfect addition to any unique barware set. If wine is more your thing, there is also a wide variety of engraved wine glasses to choose from.See ItRustic Leather Duffel BagThe right duffel bag can change not only how you travel, but also how you look when you do. With this rustic leather bag, you can give off the vibe that just got done with working on a ranch or a long week of using power tools. The best part thing about this bag is that it’s currently $190 off on Amazon Handmade right now.See ItHandcrafted Leather JournalsWhether you’re looking for something to for sketching, jotting down notes, or just scribbling, a journal is your best friend. Your journal should be a reflection of who you are, so you’ll want to find something with a bit of intrigue to fit your unique style. This handcrafted journal is made with handmade lokta pages and a genuine leather wrap, giving it that classic look. Who wouldn’t want to write in something like this?See ItInterested in selling your own handcrafted items on Amazon Handmade? All you have to do is apply to give it a try. 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home last_img read more

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first_imgNoida (UP): Two people robbed a cab driver of his car in Greater Noida, but police recovered the vehicle in 40 minutes and arrested one of the perpetrators after an encounter in the early hours of Monday, officials said. The victim, was a driver with taxi-aggregator Ola, and the robbery took place around 1:35 am near D Park, which falls under the Ecotech-3 police station area, they said. The armed robbers fled with the Delhi-registered cab, a Swift Dzire, towards Bhatta, under the Surajpur police station. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Personnel at the station were alerted and they chased the accused, recovering the vehicle from the Bhatta roundabout in Greater Noida around 2:15 am following an exchange of fire, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Gautam Buddh Nagar, Vaibhav Krishna, said. One of the robbers Tarun Guatam, a native of Agra, was seriously injured in the encounter and he has been hospitalised, the officer said, adding that Gautam’s accomplice managed to escape. The SSP said a firearm along with some ammunition was recovered from his possession. Searches are underway to nab the other robber and a case is being registered, he said. The officials said almost a dozen alleged criminals, including contract killers and those accused in loot and murder cases, were arrested after nine encounters with the police during last week in Noida and Greater Noida.last_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – The Canadian Centre for Child Protection says this cake isn’t for kids.The centre’s Cybertip.ca program is warning parents that an app called Cake — Live Stream Video Chat is a risk for teens due to its significant volume of sexual content.It says within 12 hours of creating an account, it received four unsolicited messages with sexual content, including a sexually explicit video from a male user.The centre says sections of the app include a “Hot List” and “Top Cakers” where the top 10 profile pictures are exclusively young females, most of whom are in provocative poses.And it says teens can connect and share videos with anyone, which increases the risk of sextortion.The centre says the app encourages users to share live video broadcasts and to video chat with new people by rewarding them with “diamonds,” which can be exchanged for cash value.“While the Cake app is intended for users who are at least 13 years old, this is buried in the Terms of Use and is not enforced, even when a new user enters a birth date indicating they are younger than 13,” it said in a release.It said children under 13 should not be on Cake.“The highly sexual nature of the app also raises questions about why youth need to use it at all,” it added.Police forces across the country, including the RCMP, have retweeted the Cybertip.ca alert about the app.last_img read more

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first_imgBeijing: In a bid to curb piracy, China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba has come up with ‘video fingerprints’ technology that gives each original video a unique online identity. Short videos have become a popular form of advertisement for sellers on Alibaba’s e-commerce platforms Taobao and Tmall. But the videos are often left unpatented due to a cumbersome process, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday. To curb this malpractice, Alibaba’s security lab has created ‘fingerprints’ for all original videos on Taobao and Tmall, said He Yuan, a senior algorithm expert at the lab. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The fingerprints can be used to identify the video even if it is trimmed or its images modified, he added. Businesses participating in the project can upload their videos and have ‘fingerprints’ generated automatically. Once qualified as an original video, any other videos with high similarity will be reported to the business owner. After being online for about a month, more than 7,000 businesses have signed up to participate in the project, said Alibaba.last_img read more

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Handy and Harman fine silver quotations in Canadian dollars:Monday $21.507 oz., $691.45 kg.; Friday $21.535 oz., $692.35 kg.

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Rahul Gandhi also said that the only way one can fight violence is by non-violence. “There is no other way. You might be under the illusion that you can fight violence with violence, but it will come back. You might think that you are very powerful and that you can subdue somebody else, but they will find a way of coming back.” “He might have been a bad or an evil person, but the violence that was done against him was impacting others, like it had impacted me. If you go deep, you will find there is something that triggered that violence. It’s not just a random event. Some action or violence done against him or her has triggered it,” he also added.Indira Gandhi was shot dead by two of her bodyguards at her official residence here on October 31, 1984 while a suicide bomber from Sri Lanka’s now vanquished Tamil Tigers group blew up Rajiv Gandhi at an election rally in Tamil Nadu on May 21, 1991.Sri Lankan security forces shot dead Prabhakaran and virtually destroyed the Tamil Tigers in May 2009, ending a quarter century of separatist war in the island nation. “My grandmother (Indira Gandhi) and my father (Rajiv Gandhi) were both killed. So, I have suffered violence. I am talking actually from experience. The only way you can move forward after violence is forgiveness. There is no other way. And to forgive you have to understand what exactly happened and why it happened.” He said: “To deal with it is to actually listen and act non-violently. People think this is weakness. But, in fact this is strength. My father was killed by a terrorist in 1991. In 2009, I saw the person who killed my father lying in a field in Sri Lanka. Congress President Rahul Gandhi said he and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were not happy after his father’s (Rajiv Gandhi) killer, LTTE chief Prabhakaran was killed, as they felt “the violence inflicted upon him had impacted others, including his children”.While addressing a gathering at Bucerius Summer School in Germany, Gandhi said he lost two members of his family due to violence, the National Herald reported. He went on to say: “I called up my sister Priyanka and said that this is very strange, but I am not happy. I should be celebrating that the person who is dead is the person who killed my father. But somehow I am not happy. She said: ‘you are right, I am not happy either’.”“The reason I wasn’t happy was because I saw myself in his children. So, I realised, him lying there actually means that there are kids like me who are crying,” he added. “Violence is being cause because of a certain anger inside. Until you understand and remove the anger, it is going to remain there. You can’t fight violence with more violence.” (Colombo Gazette) read more

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TORONTO — TransUnion says a spike in borrowing over the past year has led millennials to overtake boomers in total debt holdings as part of a generational shift. The credit reporting agency says total millennial debt was up by 12.3 per cent at mid-year compared with a year ago to hit $515.9 billion, just ahead of the $514.3 billion owed by boomers but still behind the $767.4 billion held by Gen X.Younger borrowers helped push overall consumer debt up 4.3 per cent at the end of the second quarter compared with last year to $1.88 trillion, while debt held by boomers declined.The rising debt loads came even as lenders issued 8.9 per cent fewer new mortgages in the first quarter, and 1.6 per cent fewer auto loans, though the number of lines of credit was up 13.9 per cent.Average mortgage debt went up 3.56 per cent year over year to $269,274, while the average consumer balance on instalment loans rose 7.38 per cent to $34,168 as younger borrowers took on more loans in the category.TransUnion says low unemployment and stable interest rates have helped keep delinquencies low even as debts rose, but the risk of a slowing economy means borrowers will have to manage carefully going forward.  The Canadian Press read more

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In a statement to the press today, Security Council members condemned in the strongest terms the attacks in Uruzgan province on 26 November and Faryab province on 27 November. They expressed their deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims of the “heinous acts”, and to the Government and people of Afghanistan.Condemning acts of violence against development workers and humanitarian personnel, the Council stressed that such personnel are undertaking essential work in support of the Afghan people and that the continuation of such acts “significantly impedes the delivery of this important assistance to Afghanistan.”The members of the Council reiterated their serious concern at the threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and illegal armed groups to the local population, national security forces, international military and international assistance efforts in Afghanistan, particularly in light of a number of recent terrorist attacks in Kabul and elsewhere in the country.Underlining the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, the Council urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Afghan authorities in this regard.Council members reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.They also reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the UN Charter and all obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.The Council reiterated that no terrorist act can reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan, which is supported by the people and the Afghan Government and the international community.On Monday, Mark Bowden, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the country, called on all actors in Afghanistan to respect and uphold the neutrality and independence of relief workers, saying that the tragic incidents of 26 and 27 November illustrate the growing risks surrounding the delivery of aid and the increasing disrespect for humanitarian personnel in Afghanistan. read more

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Junior distance runner Nicole Hilton jumps a fence during the 3000-meter steeplechase as part of the Jesse Owens Track Classic April 19 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Hilton won the race.Courtesy of OSU AthleticsUnder sunny skies, the Ohio State men’s and women’s track and field teams stood tall at the Jesse Owens Track Classic.Leading the way for the Buckeyes at the two-day meet was the women’s 4×100-meter relay team of sprinters sophomore Aliyah Everson, redshirt-junior Chesna Sykes, senior Alycia Prior and redshirt-senior Ashlee Abraham, who scampered to a time of 44.56 seconds. The result is a season-best time for the squad and the best in the Big Ten this year.Several individual events also scored high, as junior distance runner Nicole Hilton won the 3000-meter steeplechase under the lights Friday with a time of 10:37.78. Saturday afternoon, senior sprinter and jumper Adenike Pedro claimed the long jump title with a personal-best jump of 6.13 meters. Senior jumper Bianca Walton jumped 12.31 meters in the triple jump, earning her second place. In the 100-meter dash, Abraham ran 11.65 seconds putting her in the runner-up position. Finally, junior mid-distance runner Katie Borchers finished third in the 800-meter with a time of 2:11.56Women’s associate head coach Rosalind Joseph was excited by the outcome of the meet and how each of the players built on the foundations they had coming in to the meet.“Everybody was aggressive,” Joseph said. “Everyone came out to get something done. We asked them all to take something away from this meet that we can fine tune.”Pedro agreed with Joseph that the meet helped identify what needs to get done in the next few weeks in practice as the team prepares for the conference meet, scheduled for May 16-18 in West Lafayette, Ind.“There’s always something to improve on,” Pedro said. “From now on, every day in practice I know I have to work hard because there is somebody else out there who is working just as hard as me.”This meet proved to be an emotional one for Pedro — it was the last time she will compete in Columbus wearing the Scarlet and Gray.“(This is the) last home meet, I knew I had to go out there and give it my best,” Pedro said. “I’m just glad we all came out as a team and fought hard and fought together.”Joseph said the women’s team immediately turned the focus back to practice and where each athlete can improve for next week.“We aren’t trying to change a bunch of things or add a bunch of things,” Joseph said. “We are just fine tuning. There are a lot of things to fine tune, but at the same time I think this meet really helped us identify what they were.”In the men’s 4×100-meter relay, sprinters redshirt-freshman Donovan Robertson, junior Nick Batcha, junior Timothy Faust and senior Brandon Blackwell were victorious and ran their fastest time this season of 40.14 seconds. The time earned them a Top 30 performance nationally.The men’s 4×400-meter relay had similar results. The relay, ran by sophomore Armand Austin, senior sprinter and hurdler Jordan Rispress, redshirt-senior Javon Walker and freshman LaMar Bruton, won with a time of 3:10.40.Rispress also ran a personal-best time in the 400-meter hurdles of 51.51, earning him first place. Walker finished second in the 400-meter dash. Sophomore distance runner Jordan Redd finished third in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Finally, two Buckeye runners placed Top 5 in the 1500-meter run. Redshirt-sophomore distance runner Josh Sabo placed second and graduate senior Andy Arnold finished fourth.Women’s coach Karen Dennis said while many athletes have made their way back to the track after injuries, they are still focused on getting everyone 100 percent healthy.“There are things that are going well, but we have to continue to get people healthy, and in a better competitive posture for the future,” Dennis said.Looking head, the men’s team is slated to compete Friday and Saturday at the Ole Miss Open in Oxford, Miss., and the women’s team is set to compete Thursday through Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa, at the Drake Relays. read more

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Ministers refused to be drawn on whether there would be a new regulator for the tech firms or if responsibilities could be taken over by Ofcom.A green paper earlier this year proposed a statutory code of conduct for tech giants, who would also be forced to publish annual reports on how quickly and effectively they took down harmful content.Andy Burrows, NSPCC Associate Head of Child Safety Online, said: “Children face unacceptable risks when using social networks, so tough regulation is needed to keep them safe and any legislation must have child safety at its heart.” Culture secretary Jeremy Wright “We are considering all options, including what legislation will be necessary and whether a regulator is needed.”Some campaigners remain concerned the government may still back away from statutory regulation.Margot James, the minister responsible for the internet at the culture department, said: “The issue we have to settle is whether to regulate or not.” “If we don’t get it right you can be guaranteed whatever system of restriction or regulation we come up with will be robustly challenged by [the internet companies],” he told the Royal Television Society.He revealed he will visit Germany next week to review its laws against online hate speech. Along with Australia and France, it is one of the few countries to have successfully introduced legislation to crackdown on the internet firms.In the past week both of Britain’s key regulators – Ofcom and the information commissioner – have backed new regulation on the tech giants.Sharon White, Ofcom’s chief executive, outlined a potential blueprint for regulating social media platforms, saying they should be forced to remove inappropriate material quickly or face fines.Elizabeth Denham, the information commissioner, said voluntary regulation of the tech giants was no longer sustainable. She said: “The time has come for more rules and more controls to protect individuals against some of the harms that are of deep public concern.” Jeremy Wright, the culture secretary, has adopted a cautious approach since taking over from Matt Hancock this summer. This week he warned he would not rush into creating “flawed” legislation but wanted to get it right. Research published by the two revealed one in five Britons – 12m people – had been harmed by online content or conduct with social media firms blamed for the vast bulk. Ministers have started drafting proposals for new laws to regulate social media and the internet after a Daily Telegraph campaign.The move has been prompted by widespread consumer concerns over a range of online harms including child abuse, bullying, fake news and internet addiction.The white paper is being drafted by three government departments – the home office, culture and health – but it is still unclear if they will introduce a wide-ranging statutory duty of care.The Daily Telegraph has been campaigning for such a duty of care to provide bullet proof protection for parents and children from online harms. Last week the Labour party formally backed a duty of care as its policy.A culture department spokesman said: “This winter we will publish a White Paper, setting out new laws to tackle the full range of online harms and set clear responsibilities for tech companies to keep UK citizens safe. 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. Culture secretary Jeremy WrightCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP read more

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first_imgMost users are fine using whatever keyboard is placed in front of them, but a committed writer, gamer, or coder often wants a little more. Mechanical keyboards are an exotic, and somewhat expensive alternative to the consumer-grade input devices that currently dominate the market. But which keyboard to get? Even dipping your toe in the mechanical keyboard waters can be confusing, but one industrious fan of these devices has put together a handy visual guide that gives you a good starting point.Why are mechanical switches better?Most of the keyboards you’re likely to encounter use inexpensive, softer switches under the key caps. These are usually membrane keyboards with rubber domes or scissor switches, the latter being more common in laptops. When you type on such a device, you’re really just awkwardly mashing down the switch until it triggers a button press.A mechanical keyboard has an independent switch for each key, and makes for a more accurate typing experience. Each key you press has the same predictable up and down motion, and some switches come with a satisfying click. These switches are also much more durable than the rubber domes. Most mechanical switches are good for up to 50 million keystrokes.These high-quality keys are also much better in terms of long-term ergonomic use. Whereas there is nothing in a membrane switch to let you know when the key has actuated, a mechanical switch has the tactile feedback to give your fingers some warning. This means you don’t have to bottom-out each keystroke to have it registered. Softer typing means less strain on your hands and wrists.So many choicesThe infographic designed by Wise-San goes into extreme detail on all the various mechanical key switches you might find in modern keyboards, but let’s generalize a little.Some switches require a little more or less force to depress, while others have different levels of tactile feedback and noise. It all comes down to how you’re going to be using the device. A flowchart in the graphic runs you through a number of scenarios. For example, if you’re going to use your keyboard for serious FPS gaming, you probably want a Cherry MX Black or Red. Both of these switches are mostly silent with no click, and they move smoothly up and down with no tactile catch.Someone that types a lot might be more comfortable with a Cherry MX Blue or White Alps switch. Both of these have loud (and satisfying) clicks at the actuation point, and very strong tactile feels. Typing is extremely precise on these switches.A good all-around key switch for a more varied computing experience might be the Cherry MX Brown (like this Filco), Cherry MX Clear, or Black Alps. These are all tactile, but have very little clicking noise. You won’t disturb nearby coworkers or family members, but you can still type more efficiently.The whole packageSo you know what kind of switch is best for you, where do you get the keyboards? This is usually not the kind of product that you can just swing by your local electronics retailer to buy. You’ll have to order online, sometimes directly from the manufacturer. Amazon and Newegg are a good starting point, though.Das Keyboard is a well-known maker of mechanical switch keyboards in the US. They offer keyboards with the Cherry MX Brown or Blue switches. Another big name, Filco Majestouch 2 keyboards can be found at numerous retailers online and sport black and blue switches, depending on the model. All of these keyboards will run you well over $100.Corsair has recently gotten into the mechanical keyboard game with its Vengeance line. These are usually a little cheaper (at or under $100) and use Cherry MX Red switches. Razr has also moved into the gaming-oriented mechanical keyboard space with the Blackwidow series. These keyboards are based on Cherry MX Blue switches, but also include a lot of gaming features like LED backlighting and macros. Expect to pay a little over $100 for the basic versions.Some (OK, most) users would probably scoff at paying $100 for a wired keyboard. You’re not paying for flashy features, but for a well-made piece of computing equipment that is going to last. Make sure you check out this’s guide to get the point-by-point details on all the mechanical switches there are, then start looking for your ideal package.And the total package…via r/mechanicalkeyboards/last_img read more

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first_img 22,633 Views By AFP 31 Comments Friday 10 Mar 2017, 8:30 PM Share Tweet Email Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3282089 POLAND RISKS ISOLATION in the European Union after its right-wing government failed in its bitter campaign to derail the re-election of its own citizen Donald Tusk as the bloc’s president.“Alone in the EU” and “Tusk won 27 to 1″ read headlines splashed across the front pages of major liberal and centrist newspapers in Poland on Friday, while a high-circulation tabloid declared Tusk “King Donald II”.The bloc’s leaders voted by 27 to one at a Brussels summit to give former Polish premier Tusk a new two-and-a-half-year mandate – with only Poland’s current Prime Minister Beata Szydlo voting against.Szydlo, whose eurosceptic Law and Justice (PiS) party has nursed a long and bitter enmity with the centrist Tusk, on Friday also blocked the summit’s final statement in response.Her government accuses Tusk of having “brutally violated” the rule of “political neutrality” by becoming involved in domestic political disputes.Since winning power in October 2015 elections, Szydlo’s populist administration has pushed through a string of controversial reforms that triggered mass protests at home and an EU threat of sanctions over rule of law violations.The Rzeczpospolita newspaper on Friday branded Tusk’s re-election an “unprecedented failure” for Szydlo’s government.“It’s obvious that Warsaw is isolated and has no allies in Europe,” the daily said in an acerbic editorial.Gazeta Wyborcza meanwhile observed that “the open war against the EU will have detrimental consequences for Poland”, particularly in terms of the future EU budget and regional policy.‘Complete outsider’“If (PiS party leader Jaroslaw) Kaczynski forces the government to get angry with the EU, it’s not the EU that will lose but Poland,” it said.Although he holds no office other than being an MP, Kaczynski is Poland’s de facto most powerful politician.“Poland’s European policy under the PiS is a total failure. It has positioned itself as a complete outsider,” Professor Radoslaw Markowski, a political scientist and member of Poland’s Academy of Sciences told AFP.Remarks by other EU leaders appear to back up the criticism levelled at the government on the home front.“It’s not acceptable that one member says ‘I don’t want that’, and then the other 27 are paralysed,” said Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel as he arrived for the talks Friday.Bettel also accused Szydlo of “not acting like an adult”.Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern was more circumspect, saying that “it’s not in Poland’s interest to pull out of the process of joint discussions”.Meanwhile, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault pointed to “domestic politics” as the real reason behind the clash and disagreed with PiS allegations that Tusk lacked neutrality.Bad bloodKaczynski called political arch-rival Tusk “Germany’s candidate” before the vote, warning that his re-election would sow crisis in the EU.Poland also accused Germany of forcing its will on the EU after Tusk’s re-election, with Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski saying: “We know that this is now a Union under Berlin’s diktat.”Adding to the bad blood, Kaczynski has long accused Tusk of “moral responsibility” for the death of his brother Lech, then president, in an air crash in Russia in 2010. Tusk was prime minister at the time.“They live in two completely different universes,” liberal Polish MEP Roza Thun told AFP of the two politicians.“Kaczynski isn’t a democrat — he has no idea about compromise, cooperation, community, and he regards political rivalry as war rather than dialogue,” Thun added.“Tusk beat him several times as a political rival on the Polish domestic scene. Since then, he (Kaczynski) has become emotional.”Warsaw University political scientist Anna Materska-Sosnowska told AFP the conflict was based in a “vendetta”.“If you look at Kaczynski’s reaction to Tusk’s re-election – his insults and degradation, accusing Tusk of betraying Poland – it’s all very personal and shows Kaczynski’s inability to put the past to rest,” she said, adding: “It’s made Poland’s diplomatic policy look ridiculous.”The PiS insists it wants Poland to remain rooted firmly in the EU, but it has rejected any notion of the “multi-speed EU” favoured by powerhouse states Germany and France as a means to deepen ties at different speeds.- © AFP 2017Read: Pope Francis says he may consider allowing married men to become priestsRead: Med schools ‘conscious of distress’ experienced by families of infants whose remains were sent to universities Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Poland at risk of isolation in the EU as it opts to become ‘complete outsider’ The Polish government was the only country to oppose the appointment of Donald Tusk as the bloc’s President. Image: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP/Press Association Images Image: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP/Press Association Images Mar 10th 2017, 8:30 PM last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 29, 2017 – Providenciales – Yesterday the Premier spoke to the nation.   Strong media presence and Ministers of Education, Tourism, Home Affairs, Infrastructure and Deputy Premier/Border Control were also on hand at the Office of the Premier.CDEMA, a part of CARICOM has turned in an Irma Damage report.The country’s economic center Provo was with almost 80% of buildings damaged, but Salt Cay is with the worse building damage, 100% and South Caicos records 99.9% damage as only two homes were with no damage from catastrophic Hurricane Irma on September 7 and 8th.North Caicos had 70.9% damage and Middle Caicos has 62.9% of its buildings damaged.The country’s capital Grand Turk had 45 structures completely destroyed and overall saw just under 77% building damage according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency report.The Maria report by CDEMA is in the works said Premier, Hon Sharlene Robinson.#MagneticMediaNews#hurricaneIrmadamagereport Related Items:#hurricaneIrmadamagereport, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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