Border Roads Organisation to use plastic to build roads along Sino-India border

first_imgThe Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has started a pilot project to build roads using plastic waste and environment-friendly technology, primarily along the Sino-India border, said a senior official on Wednesday.Lt. Gen. Harpal Singh, Director General, BRO said here that “six roads in the States of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura have been identified for construction using waste plastic material and work on this pilot project has commenced”.Tripura has a border with Bangladesh while the other five States share border with China.“This (pilot project) will enable environmental friendly disposal of waste plastic which is otherwise a major cause for concern,” he added.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his last Independence Day speech, had given a call to curb the use of single-use plastic.Lt. Gen. Singh said on Wednesday that directions have issued to adopt “environmental friendly techniques of construction in remote border areas of the country”.The BRO constructs roads in many areas that are in ecologically sensitive zones where restrictions have been imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on the use of construction materials like local aggregates and sand, he said.“To overcome this problem, BRO has adopted innovative modern technology involving use of non-toxic chemicals, polymers, enzymes etc for soil stabilisation to construct road pavements without depending on conventional materials like stone aggregates and sand,” Lt. Gen. Singh added.“Geosynthetic and technical textile materials” are also being used for “slope stabilisation on a large scale and for construction of pavements”, he said.last_img read more

Donald Trump hosts Stanley Cup champion Capitals at White House

first_imgTiger Woods to open Match Play against PGA Tour rookie of year MOST READ In the days since the team scheduled its visit, Holtby and his teammates explained their stances on going or declining while also shifting the focus back to the ice where the Capitals are trying to repeat as champions like the rival Pittsburgh Penguins did.“The more important thing is we’re just gearing up for a playoff run, and (different decisions on going or not going are) not going to hurt team unity,” Holtby said Friday. “I hope they have a good experience there and then we can get back to hockey.”The rest of the team was in attendance, along with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, who wore a Capitals Stanley Cup champions hat. Trump called daughter Ivanka a friend and fan of Ovechkin’s, compared him to Babe Ruth and also singled out owner Ted Leonsis and American defenseman John Carlson during his remarks.Trump called Ovechkin a “very special athlete, a great player.”“It’s huge honor for us to be here and meet you personally,” said Ovechkin, the Capitals’ Russian-born captain and playoff MVP. “We’re going to try to (win) again. We have same team, experienced team, very good group of guys and we’re going to try to do it again.”ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director “You brought the Stanley Cup home,” Trump said. “Thousands of adoring fans greeted you. They were all over the place. And I have a feeling you’re going to be doing it again. You’re champions. You have a champion’s heart.”Players, coaches and staff members took a private 45-minute tour of the White House and met with Trump in what was a last chance to be around hockey’s sacred trophy as defending champions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s a good reminder of the special things that our group did,” coach Todd Reirden said after practice earlier Monday. “That will kind of put a wrap on it and the final chapter of that moving forward into finishing up the regular season here and moving some of that success into playoffs this year.”Two players on the current roster, Canadians Braden Holtby and Brett Connolly, and Devante Smith-Pelly, who is in the minors, did not visit the White House. Smith-Pelly in June cited Trump’s rhetoric, and Holtby last week said he had to stay true to his values and respectfully decline. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving View comments Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img The visit comes a day after Attorney General William Barr released a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that found no evidence Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election but reached no conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice. Trump did not take questions from reporters.Several Capitals players said going to the White House wasn’t about politics. American Brooks Orpik, who went in 2009 with the Penguins to visit then-President Barack Obama, said the decision to go is “not an endorsement of whoever’s in the office.”The Capitals presented Trump with a red No. 45 jersey and a gold, engraved stick. Trump took individual pictures with players and staff and gave them pens and M&Ms before they left.Leonsis called visiting the Oval Office a “true thrill for all of the players and the organization.”Carlson said: “It’s an honor to be here. I think all of us looked very much forward to it.”The Capitals’ White House visit came nine-plus months after their first title in franchise history and with six games left in the regular season before the playoffs begin. Washington is in first place and again is a top contender.“I think you’re going to be successful,” Trump said. “Very proud of you guys. Good luck. We’re going to be watching.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next President Donald Trump, center, shakes hands with Alex Ovechkin, second from left, the captain and MVP of the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals hockey team, during a visit to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 25, 2019. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, third from right, and teammates John Carlson, second from left, and T.J. Oshie, fourth from left, listen (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump welcomed Alex Ovechkin and the reigning NHL champion Washington Capitals to the Oval Office on Monday to congratulate them for winning the Stanley Cup in June.Trump said it was an honor to host the team because he is a hockey fan and a Capitals fan. The president called the Capitals “winners” and said there is “an awfully good chance” they will repeat this season.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess 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 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Rafael Nadal in doubt for Australian Open, cancels training camp in Mallorca

first_imgWorld number one Rafael Nadal’s participation in the season-opening Grand Slam Australian Open has come under clouds after he cancelled a training camp in Mallorca this week.Nadal has been in trouble with a knee injury and having cancelled the five-day training camp, he has raised doubts over his return to competitive action.Nadal, last month, withdrew from the ATP Finals with knee injury after losing his opening match to first-time qualifier David Goffin of Belgium.Goffin also defeated world No.2 Roger Federer in the semi-final of the tournament, only to lose in the final against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov.Even before the ATP Finals, Nadal had pulled out of Paris Masters in November with injury issues.Nadal’s training partner Joao Sousa confirmed that the former is still not ready to practice due to the injury.”He called me to tell me he was not feeling well,” Sport24 quoted Sousa, as saying.Sousa further confirmed that the world number one had recently travelled to Barcelona for another check-up on his troublesome knee.Nadal is slated to make his first playing appearance since ATP Finals at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, beginning December 29.Nadal has enjoyed a stellar 2017 after making a comeback from a long-term injury in 2016.Since his return to competitive tennis, Nadal has won two of the four Grand Slam in Paris and the United States.After reaching the final of the Australian Open in the beginning of 2017, Nadal followed it up with winning ATP title at clay before winning his record 10th French Open title.advertisementDespite not having that great a Wimbledon, Nadal fought right back to beat Juan Martin del Potro in the final of the US Open to win his third title there.However, his knee trouble recurred after that and his exceptional year ended with nursing his knee.(With inputs from ANI)last_img read more

Honda issues recall for 96,900 SUVs in China, runs checks on two models

first_imgHonda Motor Co on Monday said it will recall 96,900 Avancier sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in China, due to a cold-climate engine problem that has already led to hundreds of thousands of its vehicles being recalled earlier this year.The midsize Avancier is produced and sold in the world’s biggest auto market by one of Honda’s two local joint ventures. Honda said it was looking at two other models in China to see if they were facing the same problem.The recall is linked to a problem caused by an unusual amount of un-combusted petrol collecting in the engine’s lubricant oil pan. The issue in some cases caused a strong odor of gasoline inside the car and in other cases, the car’s check engine light came on, Honda has said.This does not affect the engine’s performance and there have been no reports of accidents because of this particular issue, the automaker added.Earlier this year, the cold-climate engine issue prompted the Tokyo-headquartered automaker to recall 130,000 of its popular CR-V SUV models and 294,500 Civic cars in China.The company is currently studying to see if the same issue is affecting the Honda Jade car and the UR-V crossover SUV, Honda spokesman Zhu Linjie said.”If it is so determined that these models are also being affected by the same engine issue, Honda will announce measures to deal with it,” Zhu told Reuters.The quality issue has led to a slump in Honda’s business in the country. Its sales fell for a sixth straight month in July, down 7.8 percent from a year earlier to 105,960 vehicles.advertisementDuring the first seven months of 2018, Honda’s sales volume in China fell 6.6 percent from a year ago to 715,060 vehicles.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Work Happy With Poppin Office Supplies

first_img Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. Editors’ Recommendations Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Us How to Shave With a Straight Razor The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Where to Find Artwork to Match Your Style Is your desk drab and boring? Whether you’re going to work or school, the accessories that sit on your work area can make a huge difference in your productivity. In fact according a University of Exeter study, people who were allowed to design their work area were actually up to 32 percent more productive — without making more mistakes! See, design can make a huge difference. That’s why Poppin founders entrepreneur Chris Burch, Bluefly.com founder Ken Seiff and former OfficeDepot.com executive Noah Maffitt, created a line of colorful office products. The more creative and visually appealing your work environment is, the more you’ll accomplish there. With around 16 colors — yellow, orange, coral, red, pink, lime green, mint, aqua, pool blue, navy, purple, black, light grey, silver and gold — to choose from, you’ll be sure to find something that fits your desk desires. You can add a little personality to your desk by decorating it with your favorite colors, or even the shades of your favorite sports team!Not to mention, it also makes office culture more fun! Companies like Warby Parker, Theory, LinkedIn, Foursquare, the NFL and Birchbox have caught on and use Poppin supplies at their offices. With pen holders, trays, filing organizers, pens, scissors, calculators, rulers, tape dispensers, filing cabinets, notebooks, pouches, sticky notes, erasers, and more, there’s certainly a combination of everything you need in there. Go for as much — or as little, as you need to suit your personality. As their slogan goes, work happy! Keep it colorful! Keep it bright! Keep it entertaining. Keep it Poppin! For more information, visit poppin.com.last_img read more

Rlys has recruited over 3000 women in technical categories in last 3

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Railway has recruited over 3,000 women candidates in technical categories in the last three years, Union minister Piyush Goyal informed Parliament Wednesday. In a reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Goyal said in the past few years, against notifications issued for various technical posts, a total of 2,79,60,224 applications were received and out of these, 46,76,928 (16.73 per cent) were from women. “Around 3,650 women candidates have been given employment in the Indian Railways in technical categories in the last three years,” he said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Goyal also said the application fee collected from women candidates are refunded to those who appear in the examination. Also, an upper age limit incase of widows, divorced women and women judicially separated from their husbands, who are not remarried, is relaxed up to the age of 35 years. In addition, for Level-1 categories, relaxed qualifying standards for the physical efficiency test (PET) for women candidates are applied. “Provisions of separate rest rooms, cloak rooms, changing rooms and cr ches have been made to ensure safe working conditions for women employees,” he said.last_img read more

Iranlinked hackers exploiting Microsoft Outlook bug US

first_imgWashington: Within two weeks it covertly launched a cyber attack against Iranian intelligence group’s computer systems that control rocket and missile launches, the US Cyber Command on Wednesday issued an unprecedented warning, saying it has discovered the “active malicious use” of a Microsoft Outlook vulnerability linked to Iran. The vulnerability is a security bug that Microsoft patched in Outlook in 2017 but several unpatched computers are still at risk. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app In a tweet, US Cyber Command said: “USCYBERCOM has discovered active malicious use of “CVE-2017-11774″ and recommends immediate #patching.” According to a ZDNet report, the bug “CVE-2017-11774” discovered first by SensePost researchers had been “weaponized by an Iranian state-sponsored hacking group known as APT33 (or Elfin), primarily known for developing the Shamoon disk-wiping malware” — another hacking tool developed by the APT33 group. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails The Outlook bug allows a threat actor to escape from the Outlook sandbox and run malicious code on the underlying operating system. “In December 2018, ATP33 hackers were using the vulnerability to deploy backdoors on web servers, which they were later using to push the CVE-2017-11774 exploit to users’ inboxes, so they can infect their systems with malware,” said the report. Cyber security firm FireEye has also reported extensively on Iran-linked APT33. “Over the past few years, we have been tracking a separate, less widely known suspected Iranian group with potential destructive capabilities, whom we call APT33,” FireEye said recently. The analysis reveals that APT33 is a capable group that has carried out cyber espionage operations since at least 2013 “at the behest of the Iranian government”. APT33 has targeted organisations — spanning multiple industries — headquartered in the US, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. The possible Iran-linked attack comes in the wake of the US cyberattack last month that targeted computer systems used to control missile and rocket launches for potential disruption. The strikes, approved by the US President Donald Trump, were carried out by US Cyber Command in coordination with US Central Command. The attack came during the peak of tensions this week between the US and Iran over a series of incidents across the Middle East, including Tehran’s shooting down of an American reconnaissance drone. It also came as US fears have grown that Iran may seek to lash out with cyberattacks of its own, as multiple cybersecurity firms said they had already seen signs Tehran is targeting relevant computer networks for intrusion and appeared particularly focused on the US government and the American energy sector, including oil and gas providers.last_img read more

Man convicted of criminal harassment in Alberta Creep Catcher incident

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – An Alberta man has been convicted of criminal harassment for his involvement in a Creep Catchers sting.Court in Red Deer heard over the summer that Carl Young, also known as Karl Murphy, met with another man in Lacome, Alta., on Nov. 23, 2016 and accused him of illegal acts with minors.The man immediately denied he’d done anything wrong, and Young posted a video of the encounter online the next day.Court heard Young and the man had been communicating through the online app Grindr, where Young, who is 38, posed as a teenage boy and claimed to be 18 before later saying he was 15.They arranged to meet, but the man testified he planned to watch a movie with the teen and that he has a learning disability which makes it difficult for him to pick up on social cues.Judge Darrell Riemer will announce Young’s sentence on Jan. 22.“You changed my life for the worse,” said the man’s father, who was reading his son’s victim impact statement in court.“You made me feel that no one loves me and that I am pointless.”The man wasn’t present for Monday’s verdict.Creep Catchers are private citizens who post videos online to expose people they believe are seeking out minors for sexual activity.Young had also faced a mischief charge but the Crown chose not to pursue it.The Crown is seeking 12 months’ probation for Young, that he have no contact with the man or his family, and not possess any weapons and not possess or use any device capable of connecting to the internet.Maurice Collard, Young’s defence lawyer, asked that his client receive only a fine for his conviction, saying the year he’s been living under court-ordered conditions has been punishment enough.“His motivation, while framed as vigilantism, was to protect other people from exploitation,” Collard argued.(RD News Now)last_img read more

Annan urges emergency UN force to quell fighting in northeastern DR of

In a letter this morning to the President of the Council, the Secretary-General said he considered it likely that the situation could worsen. He asked that members of the 15-nation body urgently consider his proposal for the rapid deployment of a highly trained and well-equipped multinational force to provide security at the local airport as well as to other vial installations and to protect the civilian population.The Council’s President for the month of May, Ambassador Munir Akram of Pakistan, confirmed in a statement to the press that some UN Member States have been approached by the Secretary-General to participate in this force. A UN spokesman, meanwhile, said the search for troop contributors to the multinational force “continues to go well,” with generous responses from several Member States offering both troops and logistical and financial support.In his letter, Mr. Annan expressed his “deep concern” about the rapidly deteriorating situation in and around Bunia, which has become the stage for major violent clashed between rival Lendu and Hema militia groups, which has been exacerbated by outside interferences.”This force would be deployed for a limited period until a considerably reinforced United Nations presence could be deployed,” Mr. Annan writes, adding that it would be authorized under the Chapter VII enforcement provision of the UN Charter.Because the situation in Bunia threatens to undermine the peace process in the DRC, and thereby threaten international peace and security in the region, Mr. Annan said, “the international community must act decisively.”The Council met Friday in closed session to discuss the situation in the DRC. During its meeting, Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations Jean Marie Guéhenno reported that the situation in Bunia continued to be volatile, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said. Attempts by the UN to broker a local ceasefire have so far been unsuccessful, although there was no fighting in the town today.Meanwhile in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the DRC, Amos Namanga Ngongi witnessed the signing of an agreement to cease hostilities in Bunia and re-launch the Ituri peace process.The signatories included President Joseph Kabila, representatives of the democratically elected Ituri Pacification Commission – which rival militia and tribal groups agreed to set up late last month to manage the region until a new post-war national government takes over – and leaders of the various armed groups who have been fighting for control of the region’s administrative capital, Bunia.By the agreement, the parties also recommitted themselves to the political process, agreed to canton their troops within their respective headquarters and supported the immediate deployment of a multinational force.In his press statement, Ambassador Akram also said that Council members demanded that all states in the region express their commitment to extend support for the possible deployment of this force. read more

Indigo narrows firstquarter loss as its general merchandise sales grow

TORONTO – Indigo Books & Music Inc. (TSX:IDG) tightened losses by more than 35 per cent in the first quarter as it further grew its general merchandise business.The Toronto-based retailer, which has been putting more emphasis on stationary and home decor items, reported a net loss of $9 million for the quarter ended June 27, or 35 cents per share.That compared to a loss of $14 million, or 55 cents per share, in the same period a year ago.Overall, revenue climbed to $189.4 million from $180.8 million in the same period of last year.About 66 per cent of sales came from books and other print products like magazines and newspapers, while nearly 31 per cent was from its general merchandise, which includes its lifestyle, paper and toys business.Online sales through the Indigo website grew 18.2 per cent to $24 million in the period.Chief executive Heather Reisman said in a statement that the improvement confirms that the company’s strategy is moving in the right direction.Indigo Books & Music operates 90 large format stores under the Chapters and Indigo banners, as well as 126 smaller locations with names like Coles, Indigospirit and SmithBooks. During the quarter it closed one large format location and one of its smaller stores. Indigo narrows first-quarter loss as its general merchandise sales grow by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 4, 2015 3:20 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2015 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

In Bangladesh UN agency Goodwill Ambassador Kristin Davis urges action for Rohingya

“For me, the most shocking part of the Rohingya refugee crisis is the number of children who have had to flee their homes,” Ms. Davis, Goodwill Ambassador for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said at the end of her visit to Kutupalong Refugee camp in Bangladesh. “Over half of the refugees in the camp are children. Some of them have lost one or both parents and they are on their own,” she added. She said that they need everything, including the very basics of shelter, water and food. “I can’t imagine going through what these children and their families have gone through, much less having the strength, resilience and extraordinary bravery these children possess,” she said. According to UNHCR, the Rohingya are a stateless minority in Myanmar. Since violence erupted on 25 August 2017 in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state, more than 600,000 people have fled to Bangladesh. Children make up 54 per cent of the total population. A recent survey of more than 170,000 families, or 740,000 individuals found that 5,677, or 3.3 per cent, of the households are headed by children; more than 4,800 households, or 2.8 per cent, include separated and unaccompanied children; and as many as 14 per cent of families are composed of single mothers holding their families together with little support in harsh camp conditions. “This is currently the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world and seeing the impact of this emergency on children is devastating,” Ms. Davis continued. UNHCR requires $83.7 million to respond to humanitarian needs in Bangladesh until the end of February 2018 in order to meet the acute needs of children, women and men fleeing conflict. UNHCR’s response is currently less than half funded. “The fact is that more funding, more donations, will save lives. Governments, the public, private sector, businesses, we all need to do what we can to help and donate now to support the Rohingya refugees,” Mr. Davis added. read more

Kevin Durant Is Golden States Terrifying Plan B

CLEVELAND — We witnessed how quickly everything can change in the finals during Game 1, arguably one of the more bizarre, topsy-turvy finishes in NBA Finals history. And in case you needed a reminder of the swiftness with which a narrative can change, consider this: Two-time league MVP Stephen Curry, who up until Wednesday night was the odds-on favorite to be named the most valuable player of the 2018 NBA Finals, may now be a long shot to win the honor, even though the Warriors are in a great position to sweep the series.With about eight minutes left in the final quarter of a game that would all but determine whether this was truly a competitive series or merely a foregone conclusion, Curry misfired from 26 feet out. The attempt marked his 10th-straight miss — tied for the second-longest shot-making drought of Curry’s career, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group1One shy of the 11 consecutive shots he missed against the Pelicans back on March 20, 2015. — and left him a dismal 1-of-14 on the night.Yet for all of Curry’s struggles, and pedestrian shooting nights from Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on the road, Golden State still had a 92-90 lead on the Cavs at that point. And Kevin Durant — who’d finish with a game-high 43 points, 13 boards and one lost shoe — was the reason. Doing exactly what he was brought in to do, Durant connected on a dagger from 33 feet out to seal Game 3 with just under a minute to play, very likely ending any hope of a Cavs’ title.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Coldblooded.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“This is the beauty of this team and the luxury we have of having multiple big-time scorers. There’s going to be [bad shooting] nights like this for all of them,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr, referring to Curry’s 3-for-16 finish.2Curry hit two shots, including a key triple, in the final minutes. “We’ve got a lot of guys who can score and fill it up, and they lift each other up if one is having a tough night. It’s a pretty nice luxury as a coach, for sure.”That luxury is the one that so many NBA fans feared when Durant shocked the basketball world by signing on to play for the Warriors: that Golden State would have too wide a margin for error by adding Durant onto the core of a team that had already won 73 games the season before.This isn’t to say that the club is unbeatable, necessarily. After all, the Warriors just survived a seven-game series with the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference finals, a round that Houston might have won had it not been for an ill-timed Chris Paul hamstring injury or an epic drought from 3-point range.But Durant is the team’s back-up generator, an elite scoring force that kicks in when Curry, the team’s main power supply, is momentarily disrupted. Even as Curry struggled, Kerr and the Warriors still made good use of him by occasionally having him set a quick screen for Durant, which sometimes prompted LeBron James to switch off. On this play, Durant ends up with an easy shot over Cavaliers guard George Hill instead.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/KDSTEPH.mp400:0000:0000:19Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“The margin of error is very low. You can’t — I mean, it’s almost like playing the Patriots. You can’t have mistakes. They’re not going to beat themselves,” said James, the Cavs superstar who finished with a “quiet” 33-point, 11-assist, 10-rebound triple-double but walked away with a seventh finals loss in eight tries against Golden State since the Warriors acquired Durant.“When you’re able to force a miscue on them, you have to be able to capitalize and you have to be so in tuned, razor sharp and focused every single possession. You can’t have miscommunication. You can’t have flaws,” continued James, whose team beat Golden State in the NBA Finals in 2016, the season before Durant signed there. “You can’t have ‘my faults’ or ‘my bads’ or things like that, because they’re going to make you pay. When they make you pay, it’s a 3-0, 6-0 or 9-0 run, and it comes in bunches. The room for error, you just can’t have it.”Wednesday night felt reminiscent of Game 3 of last year’s finals — particularly the cold-blooded, game-sealing triple that Durant drilled with nearly the same amount of time remaining in the game, again over the outstretched arm of a helpless Cavaliers defender. Much like last year, Durant’s otherworldly performance was enough to neutralize, if not outdo, Cleveland’s superhuman star on a night when other factors would have threatened Golden State’s grip on the series.Aside from overcoming the lackluster shooting from Curry, the Warriors managed to win despite a productive night from Kevin Love (20 points on just 13 shots) and a legitimately good showing from Rodney Hood, who went from being out of the rotation entirely to scoring more (15 points) off the bench Wednesday than he had logged in a game since early April.Yet while the Cavs were happy to get production out of Hood — and finally bench the slumping Jordan Clarkson, who’d been awful — the Warriors were getting contributions from multiple players. Forward Andre Iguodala was back from injury, and despite looking rusty at times, he chipped in defensively on James and finished the contest a +14, tied for the second-highest plus-minus, just behind Durant’s +15. JaVale McGee, Shaun Livingston and Jordan Bell were all solid in limited roles of 17 minutes or less each and shot a combined 13-of-17 from the field.And to add insult to injury, the Warriors went after JR Smith — whose monumental brain freeze in Game 1 earned him a standing ovation from Golden State fans in Game 2 — incessantly on defense. Smith has always struggled when defending away from the ball, and the Warriors bludgeoned his inability to sink into the paint after passing Curry off to Love after a switch. Golden State found countless open looks as a result of Smith’s on-court confusion defensively.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/SmithOnD.mp400:0000:0002:04Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In any case, whenever this series ends, in a fifth or six game or even in a sweep on Friday, we’ll hear more about Smith’s blunder in Game 1 and how the events surrounding it might have changed the complexion of the series had they played out differently. Given how good the Warriors are, and all the weapons they possess, it’s difficult to argue otherwise. There simply is little to no room for error against this ballclub, perhaps in a way that we’ve never seen before.Check out our latest NBA predictions.CORRECTION (June 7, 2018, 11:30 a.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly said Cleveland’s Game 3 loss in the 2018 NBA Finals was the eighth finals loss by LeBron James to Golden State in nine tries since the Warriors acquired Kevin Durant in 2016. It was the seventh finals loss in eight tries. read more

Sothebys to host first all gold auction after demand surges from Asia

 A solid gold head of supermodel Kate Moss has a guide price of up to £400,000 An Imperial carved giltwood ceremonial armchair could fetch up to £300,000 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. The auction will take place in London on October 17 with the online sale commencing on the 9th and concluding on the 19th.The collection will feature sculptures, sacred objects, contemporary art, ancient texts on the craft of goldsmithing; a merging of old and new styles of gilded artmaking through the ages.Among the items to be sold is a Paul Mak artwork, estimated to fetch between £8,000 and £12,000. “This is my favourite piece so far,” said Mr Frangos.“It is not one of the most expensive pieces to feature in the auction but the level of detail is quite remarkable.” An Imperial carved giltwood ceremonial armchair could fetch up to £300,000Credit:The Midas Touch Sotherby’s Sale A solid gold head of supermodel Kate Moss has a guide price of up to £400,000Credit:Sotheby’s Kate Moss in Marc Quinn’s Song of a Siren is also to feature in the sale, with an auction estimate of £300,000 to £400,000.“The Kate Moss by Marc Quinn is truly something special as it is solid gold and extremely iconic,” he added.The cast is made from 18 carat solid gold and weighs more than 8000 grams.Mr Frangos said that it was the status symbol that gold embodies which has made it such a popular metal and that it was often the “unique and historic” nature of the items which really piqued client and collector interest.He added: “With this being Sotheby’s first all gold auction we are going to see how it goes before considering if we do them elsewhere outside of London, but even at this very early stage we have seen a huge amount of interest which is very exciting.” Sotheby’s is to hold its first ever auction entirely dedicated to gold after a spike in demand for artefacts and furniture made with the precious metal.The auction was announced following “increasingly strong demand” for gold from clients in markets such as Asia, Russia and the Middle East.The event due to be held later this year will feature a solid gold head of supermodel Kate Moss and a gold chair which once sat in Napoleon’s Throne Room.Senior director and head of sale Constantine Frangos said: “We have seen increasingly strong demand for gold items from our clients so this the the first all gold auction being held by Sotheby’s and every department is contributing so we are going to get a real variety of items.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“Gold has always been a universal symbol of status and has huge historic provenance but we have seen this renewed demand for gold items mainly due to new interest from markets such as Asia, Russia and the Middle East.” read more

LSE considers altering sculpture to show Taiwan as part of China after

Chinese President Xi Jinping said he would not hesitate to use military force against Taiwan to achieve ‘reunification’Credit:Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Pool Kyodo News 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. globe These geopolitical tensions were played out on LSE’s campus this week, after the University’s director, Dame Minouche Shafik, called a meeting between students from both sides.Li-An Huang, 23, a Taiwanese student who was present in the meeting, said: “The Chinese students were very firm throughout, insisting that Taiwan has always been part of China.“In the meeting I kept telling the school that we are not the same country. I even got my passport out to show them.”According to Mr Huang, representatives from LSE told him that because Taiwan is depicted as part of China on United Nations maps, the colour on Mr Wallinger’s sculpture will be changed. The sculpture was surrounded by barriers this afternoon after students disputed whether Taiwan should be considered part of ChinaCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph Chinese President Xi Jinping “I’m upset about it because I feel that LSE are not trying to take responsibility for the situation and are just using the UN as an excuse. It’s like they are trying to be neutral, whilst not being neutral at all,” Mr Huang said. The London School of Economics is considering amending a Mark Wallinger globe sculpture to show Taiwan as part of China after student protests.The World Turned Upside Down statue, which was unveiled last week outside LSE’s student activity centre, is a “large political globe” where the geographical locations of nation states have been inverted to show the world “from a different viewpoint.”On the map, Taiwan is coloured pink while China is coloured yellow. Taiwan is a de facto independent state but is considered to be a breakaway province by the Chinese government. It is recognised by 16 countries, but not at the United Nations. Mainland Chinese students protested against the demarcation of Taiwan on Mr Wallinger’s sculpture, and the use of a red dot for Taipei as the capital city of a country, like other nations shown on the globe.Taiwanese students however maintained the globe should remain as is, as Taiwan operates like any other democratic nation with its own government – led by president Tsai Ing-wen, a LSE alumnus – currency, military and foreign policy. Most of its 23.5 million people identify as Taiwanese. A spokeswoman for LSE said: “The artwork currently does not reflect our understanding of United Nations delineations that it was due to represent. “We thought there would at least be dialogue and we could discuss our side of the story with the Chinese students. But it felt like the decision had already been made before we got into that meeting room.“LSE is a world renowned institution. It gives the impression that it values democracy, human rights and diversity. But their decision does not suggest that at all.”The dispute also attracted the attention of Joseph Wu, Taiwan’s foreign affairs minister.Writing in an open letter to Dame Shafik, Mr Wu said: “The truth is that Taiwan is a sovereign democratic country, not part of any other.“If the sculpture is changed as planned, it will lead young men and women everywhere to believe that LSE bows to the pressure and bullying of Beijing.”London-based NGO Formosa Salon has also begun circulating an online petition calling on LSE to allow the artwork to retain its original appearance, appealing to the public “to join together to resist China’s ‘sharp power,’ and be aware of the consequences of allowing such power to penetrate into different corners of the world.”It was unclear whether Mr Wallinger was consulted over the possible change. He did not respond to requests for comment. “We are consulting our community and considering amendments to the work. No final decisions have been reached.”Beijing has in recent years upped its diplomatic pressure on Taiwan. Earlier this year Chinese president Xi Jinping said he would not hesitate to use military force to achieve “reunification.” read more

Ministry of Foreign Affairs to host Heads of Missions Conference

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be hosting a Heads of Mission Conference (HOMC) from April 3-8, 2017 at the Pegasus Hotel, under the theme “Advancing Guyana’s Diplomacy in the 21st Century”.According to a release from the Ministry of the Presidency, President David Granger and Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carl B. Greenidge will be addressing the Opening Session.The MOTP said, the Conference of Heads of Missions will provide Guyana’s diplomatic envoys abroad with the opportunity not only to consider a broad agenda of international affairs, but more particularly to familiarise themselves with the dynamics of the nation’s internal development which its diplomacy serves. The overarching goal of the Conference is to identify ways and means of enhancing efforts to effectively promote and protect Guyana’s interest abroad.Discussions will focus on a wide range of political and economic issues over a period of five days, including the challenges and opportunities presented by the current complex but evolving international situation; the preservation of the nation’s territorial integrity and sovereignty; economic diplomacy; the continuing role of the Diaspora in national development; the role of foreign investment in the nation’s development; topical and urgent questions relating to the consequences of climate change; the effect of technology on modern diplomacy; and the multipolar nature of modern international economic relations, among other questions.In addition, the Conference will accord Diplomatic Envoys and the leadership in the Ministry the opportunity to discuss operational matters to ensure that the affairs of Guyana’s Overseas Missions are effectively and efficiently conducted, the MOTP said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDiplomacy integral to safeguarding Guyana’s sovereignty, economic development- PresidentApril 4, 2017In “latest news”Guyana preparing to host first ever CRIC Conference in the CaribbeanFebruary 9, 2018In “latest news”Local Diplomats demoralized by media reports of corrupt Guyanese AmbassadorOctober 9, 2014In “Politics” read more

Minister We are not abolishing the Seanad

first_imgAGRICULTURE MINISTER SIMON Coveney has said that the abolition of the Seanad will be a decision of the people and has hinted that if the upcoming referendum is defeated then it could be reformed.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, the Minister said that the people of Ireland were being asked whether they want the government to abolish the upper house and insisted it was their choice.He also indicated that rejection of the proposal to abolish the chamber could mean it is reformed, saying: “If the people in their wisdom decide that they want a reformed Seanad and they want to retain it well then of course it’s their right to make that decision.”Independent senator Katherine Zappone, who was nominated to the Seanad by the Taoiseach two years ago, hit out at the proposals calling for reform rather than abolition and criticised planned changes to Dáil committees and other measures proposed by the government yesterday.“All we have in terms of Dáil reform is a promise, a press release,” she said saying that although Fine Gael had abolition of the chamber in their election manifesto there were other aspects of the programme for government which have not come to fruition.She also suggested that there did not need to be a rush to hold a referendum – which is set to take place in early October – saying: “What’s the rush? Why are we rushing to do this massive significant change of the governance of our country?”Coveney insisted that the proposal to abolish the Seanad was being done in conjunction with changes to local government to give councils more autonomy and pointed out that a unicameral system – where a country has one parliamentary house instead of two – is common in countries of a similar size to Ireland.“The government is putting this to the people. We are not abolishing the Seanad, we are asking the people of Ireland whether they want us to do that,” he said.“So we are providing the ultimate public debate now in the form of a long public referendum campaign between now and early October when we can have a national discussion on this as we are starting today.”Read: Government announces Dáil reform plans if Seanad is scrappedlast_img read more

Have your say on the governments plan to change citizenship laws

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram If a costly postal vote on marriage equality was not irregular enough of a move from the part of the legislative body to ask public approval for a piece of legislation, the Senate is moving forward deeper into novelty, setting up a SurveyMonkey online poll to check how voters feel about toughening up the laws regarding Australian citizenship.The issue has already debated – and blocked by the Senate – last year, as the government’s proposals to require that migrants pass high-level English tests as a citizenship and that eligible visa holders should be permanent residents for four years before they apply, were met with fierce political and public opposition.“As long as you are creating a situation that we have a permanent underclass of non-citizens, permanent residents who never get to become citizens, you are changing Australia from a multicultural society to a segregated society,” Tony Burke, Shadow Minister for Citizenship had told SBS in October, after the government’s proposed legislation was overturned by the Labor Party, the Greens and Nick Xenophon Team.Now, seven months later, a new bill – almost identical to the government’s one, bar from the change of year in its name – has been introduced by the leader of One Nation party, Pauline Hanson.“I believe people should prove their loyalty to Australia, that they should be prepared to assimilate, that they don’t have any criminal records of bad character,” Hanson told Sky News. “I want more stringent tests on becoming an Australian citizen.”Her bill, the ‘Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Commitments for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2018’ aims to amend the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 and Migration Act 1958 in relation to strengthened citizenship requirements, and enable the use and disclosure of personal citizenship information, among other provisions. The main difference from Peter Dutton’s failed proposal, is that it includes an even tougher restriction on migrants to become Australian citizens, specifically raising the Permanent Residency requirement to eight years – at the moment, an applicant should be living in Australia for four years, but only have permanent resident status for twelve monhts, in order to be eligible for citizenship. Other than that, Pauline Hanson’s bill is word-for-word identical to the government’s proposal.This fact led the Senate legal and constitutional affairs legislation committee to the decision of refraining from holding yet another inquiry, opting instead to act on a member’s suggestion and set up a SurveyMonkey online poll, asking voters to have a say on the issue, before it files its report in December. The poll consists of one question: “do you support the provisions of the Australian citizenship legislation amendment (strengthening the commitments for Australian citizenship and other measures) bill 2018?” – it also provides a link to the government’s website, where people can access the bill.This way to conduct an open consultation is extremely irregular, not least because SurveyMonkey is a US-based online data collection company, providing users with a platform to run surveys via web, email, and social media such as Facebook. Anyone wishing to respond to the poll can go to to this address, where they will be required to provide a name and an email address (albeit without any process of verification, in regards to genuineness, nor restrictions to the number of submissions one can enter).It is understood that the result of the poll will not be binding on the committee, nor on the parliament, while there is nothing to suggest that the Senate’s stance over the issue has changed since October, making the bill’s ratification extremely unlikely.last_img read more

Memorial held for slain Filipino 8000 to get him home

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Jan 2015 – The Filipino Community says it will take $8,000 to get slain Bobby Labante’s body home to his family in the Philippines. Labante was killed on December 27th while at home at Bryant Cox apartments in Five Cays, mysteriously. On that night roommates say they were attacked in home invasion but Police are still boggled by the case and have not even classified the investigation due to the conflicting accounts of what happened. Forty-six year old Labante was the sole breadwinner for his three children and wife; a memorial was held at the local Catholic church in his memory over the weekend, according to a PTV8 news report. While the Filipino community here is looking to the employer and National Insurance to carry the bill of sending Lubante’s body home; they are hoping for donations for extra funds which can be provided to his family now left somewhat destitute. If you want to donate you can reach out to the Filipino Community and if you have any information in this case, where two men were reportedly stabbed by masked assailants, please contact 1-800-TIPS, that’s 1-800-8477. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bobby labante, memorial service Investigations continue into death of 46 year old Labante of Phillipinescenter_img Man charged with New Years Day shooting Recommended for youlast_img read more

Audi kills TT promises seven new SUV variants as it transforms for

first_img 2019 Audi Q8 is fashion-forward and loaded with tech Comments Preview • 2019 Audi Q8: Cross-country tech titan 5:56 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback review: Goody two-shoes Car Industry Luxury cars Electric Cars SUVs Sports Cars Future Cars 2019 Audi Q8 doesn’t sacrifice in the name of fashion 3 Tags Audi 2019 Volkswagen Arteon review: VW’s CC followup is more than just a carbon copycenter_img More From Roadshow Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Enlarge ImageThe TT recently received a light refresh, so it’ll probably kick around for another year or two before going gently into that good night. A new special edition is planned for the near future, too. Audi Audi’s in the middle of massively reorganizing its efforts as the entire VW Group moves wholesale into an electrified state of mind. To that end, it will make some big shifts, including eliminating a slow-selling coupe while packing on the SUV trims.Audi will soon remove the TT from its lineup, according to comments made by Audi executives at the automaker’s annual shareholders meeting in Germany. It won’t die completely, though. Rather, it’ll be replaced with an all-electric car in the same price range. It may not have the TT badge, but Audi isn’t prepared to leave this segment entirely.While it does have its ardent fans, there’s a good case to be made for shedding the diminutive hatchback. Sales figures from GoodCarBadCar show that Audi only sells a thousand or two TTs per year in the US, and while 2016 represented a high-water mark for its sales, it sold half as many in 2018 as it did two years prior. In the meantime, the automaker will continue to focus on its strengths, including SUVs, which markets are buying up like they’re going out of style (spoiler alert: they aren’t). Audi’s suits also promised during the shareholder meeting that the automaker would introduce seven new SUVs “without predecessors” in 2019.Of that seven, Audi specifically called out four. It said two will be “particularly sporty” variants of the Q8, likely alluding to SQ8 and RS Q8 variants of the automaker’s top-tier SUV. Two others, the E-Tron Sportback and Q3 Sportback, will see Audi’s swoopy-coupe badge applied to its crossovers for the first time. As for the remaining three models, Motor1 believes they might be the SQ3, RS Q3 and RS Q7, but Audi hasn’t confirmed anything. Considering we’re halfway through 2019, odds are we’ll find out soon enough. 2019 Audi Q8 review: Stop worrying and love the roof Review • 2019 Audi Q8 review: Stop worrying and love the roof Audi More about 2019 Audi Q8 49 Photoslast_img read more