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Kyrie Irving on opening night showdown vs. Cavs: ‘There’s no pressure at all’

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I’m appreciative of (my career in Cleveland). The multiple legacies I want to live in my life, Cleveland is definitely part of one. Whether it’s appreciated or not, it doesn’t matter to me,” he shared. “I think the effect, the actual time I spent there, is what matters most and actually trying to be remembered for what happened.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Kyrie Irving says Boston is ‘a real, live sports city’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Tyson Fury promises ‘three big fights’ in 2018 Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics looks on during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at TD Garden on Oct. 2, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts.  Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPWith the much-anticipated opening night of the 2017-2018 NBA season just days away, basketball fans are already gearing up for the exciting match-ups in store.But perhaps the brightest spotlight is saved for the Eastern Conference Finals rematch between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who both will pit former teammates LeBron James and Kyrie Irving against each other for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Irving, of course, was shipped to Beantown this off-season, following his demands to get out of Cleveland and play elsewhere.When asked if he’s anxious ahead of the monumental clash, the 25-year-old ball-handling savant said he felt no pressure at all.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“No. Why would it be? It’s just hoops,” Irving told Marc Spears of The Undefeated. “It’s just hooping. I understand the magnitude.”Although he downplayed any personal attachments on his return to the Quicken Loans Arena, Irving understands the marketability of his impending match-up with his former team. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I know what it is going to entail in terms of marketing, whatever the case may be, to garner up this energy to make people feel a certain type of way,” he said.“I get all that. It’s part of the game. It’s been a part of the game for a while. But, it’s just two hoops and a basketball,” Irving added.Still, Irving said he’d remain composed no matter what treatment he’d get from Cavs fans in the arena.“It’s all love no matter what,” he said. “I have heard boos at times to hearing cheers in the parade. I’ve been in the championship parade as well as being down 30 in ‘Q Arena.’ So, I’ve heard it all. It’s just good to be there and hoop against a great team like the Cavs.”The four-time All Star also once again thanked the entire city of Cleveland for his time, despite the circumstances surrounding his departure.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

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Cavs’ Dwyane Wade sidelined with bruised knee

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Duterte has only scratches on elbow, knee after motorcycle accident — Go PLAY LIST 01:46Duterte has only scratches on elbow, knee after motorcycle accident — Go01:33US Representatives react to Trump impeachment inquiry00:51Clarkson on being PH flag-bearer: One of the happiest moments in my career01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Gritty Bolts force Game 7 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Cleveland Cavaliers’ Dwyane Wade, center, drives to the basket between Orlando Magic’s Terrence Ross, left, and Evan Fournier, from France, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)NEW YORK — Cleveland Cavaliers forward Dwyane Wade has a bruised left knee and won’t play Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets.Wade came off the bench and scored 11 points in 19 minutes in Tuesday’s win over the Bulls. It was Wade’s first game with Cleveland’s second unit, and the 35-year-old added four assists and three rebounds as theCavs’ reserves cut into Chicago’s early 14-point lead.ADVERTISEMENT Coach Tyronn Lue said he didn’t know Wade had banged knees during the game, saying it was just a freak accident and that the knee had swelled up on the flight to New York.Earlier this week, Wade asked Lue to take him out of the starting lineup because he thought it would benefit the team. Lue has been juggling his lineups and rotations while trying to blend new players and deal with injuries.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutStarting point guard Derrick Rose was out for the third straight game with a sprained ankle, with Lue saying he hoped Rose could return Saturday. LeBron James made a rare start at point guard and scored 34 points with 13 assists as the Cavs improved to 3-1. James also tweaked his right ankle.Nets guard D’Angelo Russell was out with a right knee sprain. Coach Kenny Atkinson said the injury wasn’t serious and that the team was being cautious with its 22-year-old leading scorer. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNPlast_img read more

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Paul George, Russell Westbrook lead Thunder past Trail Blazers

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Except for McCollum, who went 7 of 12 from 3-point range, the Blazers struggled from behind the arc, going 10 for 36. Oklahoma City hit 11 of 23 3-point attempts.“They’ve been shooting the three well in recent games,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said of the Thunder. “That made the difference, but I thought the biggest difference in the game was our turnovers that they created. The two quarters that we lost, we had six turnovers in each of those quarters and that just fueled their runs.”McCollum’s seventh 3-pointer, with 5:07 left, pulled Portland within 109-106, but George keyed a game-sealing run by the Thunder, hitting four free throws and then stealing a pass intended for Nurkic and going for a layup to extend Oklahoma City’s lead to 117-108 with 2:17 left. Westbrook capped the win with a pair of ferocious dunks in the final 1:24.Oklahoma City led almost all the way — trailing for less than 30 seconds — but Portland never let the Thunder become comfortable. Through three quarters, only once did the Thunder push their lead to double digits, and that was 11 points late in the second quarter.The Thunder hit 8 of 14 3-point attempts in the first two periods on the way to a 62-55 halftime lead. George was 3 of 5 from long range and had 20 points. McCollum hit five of his 3-pointers in the third quarter, twice pulling Portland within a point, but the Thunder held their lead and were ahead entering the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lamar Odom arrives in Manila for Mighty Sports stint Dennis Schroder keyed an 8-0 run by Oklahoma City early in the fourth quarter that put the Thunder ahead 101-89, but the Blazers scored seven straight to narrow the gap. Schroder scored 13 points for the Thunder.ROCK THE BABYWestbrook, the father of 2-month-old twin daughters, often does his “rock the baby” move — moving his arms back and forth as if cradling an infant — after a big play. Portland’s Evan Turner mimicked that move after a first-quarter basket, but Westbrook claimed not to notice.“I didn’t even see it, honestly,” Westbrook said. “I didn’t see it. He can rock right back to Portland.”TIP-INS:Trail Blazers: Portland had the second-fewest turnovers in the NBA (12.2) over the previous 12 games, but had 19 against the Thunder. … McCollum’s seven 3-pointers increased his career total to 756, passing Nicolas Batum (751) for fourth on the franchise’s all-time list. … Nurkic has scored at least 17 in seven of his last eight games against Oklahoma City.Thunder: G Alex Abrines was active for a second straight game, but did not play. He missed the previous 13 games due first to illness, then personal reasons. … Westbrook’s triple-double was his 14th this season and the 118th of his career. . The Thunder’s bench produced only 19 points.UP NEXT:Blazers: Visit Phoenix on Thursday.Thunder: Host New Orleans on Thursday. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, right, goes up for a dunk in front of Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard (11) and guard C.J. McCollum, center, in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — A renewed focus on defense has the Oklahoma City Thunder on another winning streak.Paul George had 36 points, eight rebounds and five steals, Russell Westbrook had a triple-double of 29 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds and the Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 123-114 on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Steven Adams and Terrance Ferguson each added 14 points for Oklahoma City, which snapped a three-game losing streak to Portland at Chesapeake Energy Arena. After a stretch of losing five of six games, during which they gave up 154, 142 and 138 points in defeats, the Thunder have won three straight and moved back into third place in the fluid Western Conference standings.Damian Lillard had 34 points and eight assists, and C.J. McCollum scored 31 for Portland, which committed 19 turnovers — five more than its average — and had a three-game winning streak snapped. Jusuf Nurkic had 22 points and 15 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSixteen of those Portland turnovers came on Thunder steals. George — who ranks second in the NBA (behind Westbrook) in steals at 2.33 per game — led the way, and Ferguson added four steals, many of which led to points at the other end for Oklahoma City.“That’s what we lean on — our size, our length, our ability to be able to make it tough for 48 minutes,” Westbrook said. “Eventually we wear out teams.” LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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HC-DOPING 2 LAST

first_imgThe plea said, “After much deliberation, it had come toThe plea said, “After much deliberation, it had come to her knowledge that one of her roommates/colleagues… have given/shared her protein drink/food supplement. By now she is fully convinced that she must have laced the said drink with anabolic steroid during the said sports meet. Accordingly, she has lodged a written complaint to the Director General, NADA, for taking appropriate action against her on May 7, 2015.”Devi also said that she had told the appellate authority about it but they did not consider this aspect.”The petitioner most respectfully submits that she is not casting any aspersions against a fellow sportsperson for the sake of her defence if she is not fully convinced about what had has actually happened. Because it would be unethical on the part of petitioner to keep silent about such an illegal/ misdeed act of a fellow sportsperson (sic),” the plea said.It said that she was initially provisionally suspended with effect from April 28, 2015.The petitioner also said she was issued a letter on August 7 that year by ADDP asking her to file her written submissions along with documents but was not informed that she could also produce evidence in her favour as a defence witness.She said her submissions were outrightly rejected by ADDP maintaining that it was a case of intentional consumption of prohibited substance. Her appeal against ADDPs order was also dismissed by the appellate authority. PTI ABA HMP ARClast_img read more

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Joined Manchester City F.C. to win silverware, says Kyle Walker

first_imgEngland right back Kyle Walker has said he joined  Manchester City F.C. from Tottenham Hotspur F.C. to win trophies, with the North London side sometimes lacking the edge to get over the line.Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs have come close to clinching their first top division league title since 1961 but could only finish in the top three during the last two seasons. They are yet to win a major trophy since the League Cup triumph in 2008.”I am hoping with the world-class players we have here that we will go and lift a trophy, which is what I want to do in my career,” Walker told the BBC.”I was unfortunate at Tottenham. We made it so close in the last two seasons, it was just that sometimes we were unlucky. Sometimes we just didn’t have that little bit of edge.”I needed a new challenge. This would have been my ninth season at Tottenham. Sometimes you need to come out of your comfort zone a little bit.”Walker, who was signed by City for 50 million pounds ($64.92 million), according to British media reports, said he was excited to work with former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola.”The manager was a big thing for me (coming to City). I wanted to come and play under him,” the 27-year-old added.”He’s worked with Dani Alves and all the top players at Barcelona, plus (Philipp) Lahm at Bayern Munich, that was a big attraction for me.”Walker is set to face his former team mates on July 29 when City meet Spurs in a pre-season friendly in Nashville.advertisementCity, who finished third in the Premier League last season, visit newcomers Brighton and Hove Albion in the opening game of the new campaign on Aug. 12.last_img read more

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Viswanathan Anand appointed Asian Continental Assistant to world chess body chief

first_imgIndian Chess Grand Master Viswanathan Anand, a former World Chess Champion, has been appointed as Asia’s Continental Assistant to World Chess Federation (FIDE) president Arkady Dvorkovich.FIDE president Dvorkovich has appointed three more Continental Assistants viz., former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik (for Europe), Fidel Gonzalez — President of Venezuela Chess Federation (for Americas), and Tshepiso Lopang — Vice President of the African Chess Confederation (for Africa).According to FIDE, the experience and professional knowledge of the four persons will help further develop and promote chess around the world.”By virtue of these appointments, the four Continental Assistants also become councilors of the Planning and Development Commission, a new body that was created on the FIDE President’s initiative that will assist national federations in chess development,” the FIDE said.”More excellent news on a New Year eve: two workd [world] chess champions, Vishy Anand and Vladimir Kramnik, have agreed to help FIDE and our chess community as President’s Advosors [Advisors]! Do not worry, they are not going to quit playing chess,” Dvorkovich had tweeted earlier.Also Watch:last_img read more

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro February launch: Waterdrop notch, Snapdragon 675, 48MP camera and all we know so far

first_imgXiaomi just launched the Redmi Note 7 and looks like the company is already planning to launch the Pro version of it. In fact, Xiaomi itself has confirmed that it is working on the Redmi Note 7 Pro. A new report coming from a Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site, user suggests that the Redmi Note 7 Pro could be launching in another month, that is in February. Xiaomi seemingly planning to launch two more phones — Mi Mix 3 5G and Mi 9 — in February during the Mobile World Congress.Coming back to the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the phone is expected to look almost like the Redmi Note 7. The Note 7 Pro is said to come with the same Waterdrop notch display with slimmer bezels. On the back panel, the Xiaomi phone could user gradient finish like in the Redmi Note 7. This means that as far as the overall design is concerned the Pro version will be similar to the Redmi Note 7. The only possible difference between the two Redmi phones could be in the hardware and camera department. Some rumours suggest that the Redmi Note 7 Pro will be more powerful than the Redmi Note 7 and will also sport more capable cameras. Ahead of the launch, a lot has been revealed about the Redmi Note 7 Pro, let’s take a quick look at them.–First the design. As far as the overall design of the phone is concerned, the Redmi Note 7 Pro will be similar to the Redmi Note 7. The phone is expected to come with gradient finish like Note 7 and also be available in funky colours. The Redmi Note 7 retails in various colours — red, pink, blue, purple, black, among others. The Note 7 Pro will sport a 2D glass on the back panel and waterdrop notch on the front which will equip the selfie camera, we expect there could be one front shooter but considering the Note 6 Pro comes with two Xiami might considering two on the Note 7 Pro as well. There’s no clarity on the same as of now. The bezels on all sides on the Redmi Note 7 Pro will be slimmer when compared to the Redmi Note 6 Pro.advertisement–The screen of the Redmi Note 7 Pro could be similar to the Redmi Note 7, but Xiaomi might use AMOLED display in this phone. The Redmi Note 7 comes packed with a 6.3-inch full-HD+ LTPS display with screen resolution of 1080×2340 pixels and aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The display of the Redmi Note 7 is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5.–Performance is said to be one area where the Redmi Note 7 Pro will see improvements compared to the Redmi Note 7. Notably, the Redmi Note 7 is powered by 2.2GHz Snapdragon 660 octa-core SoC coupled with Adreno 512 GPU. Rumours suggest that the Redmi Note 7 Pro will be powered by Qualcomm’s recently announced Snapdragon 675 processor. The Snapdragon 675 chipset is said to be much powerful than even the Snapdragon 710 which powers the Mi 8 SE. But, considering the Note 7 Pro is going to be an affordable phone Qualcomm may incorporate a slower GPU, less capable ISP, and cost-effective 11nm manufacturing process for the Xiaomi phone.–The Redmi Note 7 was launched in three variants — 3GB RAM/32GB storage, 4GB RAM/64GB storage, and 6GB RAM/64GB storage that can be expanded further up to 256GB via microSD card. We expect the Redmi Note 7 Pro to come with the same variants. Furthermore, the Redmi Note 7 Pro could come with the same battery setup as the Redmi Note 7. The Note 7 packs a 4,000mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 4.–Besides the overall performance, the Redmi Note 7 could be better and improved as far as the camera setup is concerned. A new leak suggests that the Redmi Note 7 Pro will also come with a 48MP main camera but will use Sony IMX 586 sensor, unlike the Note 7. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a 48MP main rear camera paired with Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 sensor and f/1.8 aperture. For the second sensor on the back the Note 7 Pro could in line with the Note 7 which features a secondary camera of 5MP for capturing depth shots. On the front, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is expected to include a 13-megapixel camera like the Note 7 until Xiaomi plans to add a second camera.–We expect the Redmi Note 7 Pro to come with Android 9 Pie based on MIUI 10 unlike the Note 7. Sadly, the Redmi Note 7 runs MIUI 9 based on Android Oreo.–As far as the pricing is concerned, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is said to be slightly expensive than the Redmi Note 7 due to the extras that it will be offering. A new leak suggests that the Redmi Note 7 Pro could be priced between CNY 1,399 – 1,499, which translates to Rs 14,600 – 15,700. This could be the price of the base model of the phone. Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 7 has been launched at a starting price of 999 yuan, which roughly translates to Rs 10,500.advertisementALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro key specs and price revealed, launch likely in FebruaryALSO READ | Redmi Note 7 teardown video reveals surprising details about Xiaomi phoneALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 with 48MP camera and Snapdragon 660 launched, India price could be around Rs 10,500last_img read more

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Starting CFB QB Arrested On DWI, Marijuana, Weapons Charges

first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A former top college football recruit and son of a head coach of a major football program ran into some trouble with the law this weekend.According to a report from the USA Today, University of Texas El Paso quarterback Kai Locksley was arrested on Friday.The report details police arrested Locksley on charges of driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana under two ounces, terroristic threat and unlawful carrying of a weapon.Locklsey was held in El Paso County Jail overnight and remained there as of Saturday afternoon. El Paso County jail records show UTEP QB Kai Locksley was arrested today on suspicion of DWI, possession of marijuana, terroristic threat, and unlawful carrying of a weapon. First reported by @NicolasAlex915. Locksley is being held at Downtown Jail on $2,900 bond. #KTSM9Sports— Andy Morgan (@AndyMorganTV) June 8, 2019Locksley was ranked the No. 146 recruit in the country coming out of high school by 247Sports.He initially committed to play for Texas, where he started as a quarterback. He switched to wide receiver early in his career, before transferring to junior college.After transferring from Iowa Western Community College, Locksley landed at UTEP.He started eight games at quarterback last season for the Miners and played in nine. Locksley led the team with 937 yards passing and rushed for 340 yards and had six rushing touchdowns.He is the son of former Alabama offensive coordinator and current Maryland head coach Mike Locksley.We’ll have to wait and see if the university decides further punishment is necessary regarding the upcoming college football season.last_img read more

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Kidney Disease Never Too Early to Prevent It Oped

first_imgHow many times in our lives have we heard the expression, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure? Probably more times than we can count on both hands. But it’s true. As we mark World Kidney Day on March 10, I want to remind Nova Scotians that kidney disease isn’t always something that happens to adults. In fact, with one in ten people affected by kidney disease, many of them are children. This year, World Kidney Day will focus on children and prevention. It is important to be aware, encourage early detection and promote a healthy lifestyle starting at birth continuing through to old age, to prevent kidney disease. Hereditary conditions are the leading cause of chronic kidney disease in children. Some are born with kidney disease, while others develop it at a young age. In many cases when the disease is detected in an adult, it could have been prevented, delayed or managed while in childhood. You can help prevent kidney disease by: keeping fit to reduce your chance of developing obesity, which can lead to diabetes and high blood pressure cutting back on salt and choosing foods that are good for your heart. Opt for fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products instead limiting your alcohol intake and quitting smoking And don’t forget to get your blood pressure checked regularly. Keeping your kidneys healthy means acting early to prevent kidney disease. The Nova Scotia Renal Program is committed to raising awareness of kidney disease. For more information go to www.nsrp.gov.ns.ca . -30-last_img read more

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Anubrata admitted to SSKM Hospital

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress district president of Birbhum Anubrata Mondal has been admitted to SSKM Hospital with various ailments.According to hospital sources, a surgery may be performed on Mondal after some clinical tests. It has been learnt that the patient has been suffering from high blood sugar and high blood pressure. His condition is stated to be stable now. The patient has also complained of skin infection. He has been kept under observation at the Woodburn ward of the hospital. It has been learnt that doctors deferred the surgery after the various clinical tests confirmed that his blood sugar and blood pressure levels were much higher than normal. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe doctors will take the decision on surgery only after the sugar and pressure levels come to normal. A medical board has also been formed for the treatment of the Trinamool Congress leader from Birbhum. Mondal had visited a local doctor who had advised him to consult the doctors at SSKM on an immediate basis. Following the local doctor’s advice, Mondal visited the hospital. The doctors admitted the patient after primary check-up. He has been undergoing treatment at cabin number 105 of the Woodburn ward. The doctors said that he was also suffering from hypertension. Mondal will be kept under monitoring for the next few days. Many leaders of Birbhum district came to the city after hearing the district president’s ailments. As a result, party leaders are worried about next year’s municipal elections. It may be mentioned here that Mondal has been instrumental in strengthening the party’s organisation.last_img read more

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Search for missing Quebec businessman son stretches into fifth day

first_imgMONTREAL — Provincial police today dispatched a sonar-equipped boat to a reservoir to look for signs of a missing helicopter carrying a Quebec businessman and his teenage son who failed to return from a fishing trip last week.The search stretched into a fifth day for Stephane Roy and his 14-year-old son, who never reached their hometown of Ste-Sophie, Que., last Thursday. They were reported missing the next day.Roy is founder and owner of Les Serres Sagami Inc., which produces greenhouse-grown tomatoes and other produce under the Sagami and Savoura brand names.Canadian Forces search and rescue teams were airborne again today, assisted by the Canadian Coast Guard and civilian aerial search and rescue units.Capt. Trevor Reid says the search zone has been narrowed to about 12,000 square kilometres, and Griffon helicopters and Hercules planes are among the aircraft taking part.Reid says it’s still a large area, but as evidence becomes available, co-ordinators at the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Trenton, Ont. are able to reduce the size of the search.Provincial police spokeswoman Helene Nepton says a weak iPhone signal captured last Wednesday may offer some additional clues of the missing pair’s whereabouts.Nepton says the police boat was concentrating its search on an area of the Mitchinamecus reservoir not far from the chalet where Roy and his son stayed with two others.While there was a beacon on Roy’s Robinson R44 helicopter, Reid said a distress call was never made.Roy and his son were scheduled to take off from Lac de la Bidiere, in the upper Laurentians regions, west of La Tuque, Que. last Wednesday around 12:30 p.m.The entrepreneur owned the R44 helicopter and according to a statement from his company, was an experienced pilot.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Preservation of sunken British warship urged by UN cultural agency

The discovery of the wreck of the HMS Victory was announced on 2 February by the explorers who found it off the Channel Islands, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).“I am delighted that such an exceptional example of underwater heritage has been located. The cultural and scientific value of this artefact is considerable,” said Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO’s Director-General. He said that its preservation was particularly important in light of UNESCO’s Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, which entered into force last month after it was ratified by 22 States.“In the spirit of the Convention adopted by UNESCO in 2001, I trust that all parties concerned will take the necessary measures to ensure this important vestige of British naval history is safeguarded and given appropriate attention, not used for commercial gain,” he said.The United Kingdom has not joined the States Parties of the Convention to date, but it has expressed its willingness to comply with its Annex, which establishes ethical and scientific rules, widely recognized by archaeologists, for activities directed at underwater sites.When it sank, the massive Royal Navy vessel took around 1,000 men down with it, and, besides human remains, the ship is thought to contain a number of bronze cannons, historical artefacts and a sizeable shipment of gold.The rules of the Convention on underwater heritage state that commercial exploitation of underwater cultural heritage for trade or speculation is fundamentally incompatible with its protection and proper management, UNESCO said. They do allow, however, for work by professional archaeological services in conformity with recognized ethical and scientific rules and subject to the authorization of competent national authorities.Beside shipwrecks, the Convention aims to protect such sunken historical sites as the ruins of the Alexandria lighthouse and Cleopatra’s palace in Egypt, part of ancient Carthage in Tunisia, and Jamaica’s Port Royal, destroyed by an earthquake in 1692, as well as entire landscapes and rock art caves now at the bottom of the sea. 5 February 2009The head of the United Nations cultural agency today called for the preservation of a British man o’war sent to the bottom of the English Channel by a storm in 1744 with all hands and, it is said, a sizeable gold treasure. read more

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Scotts helping hand sparks newlook Buckeyes

Senior guard Shannon Scott (3) dribbles the ball during a game against Marquette on Nov. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 74-63.Credit: Muyao Shen / Lantern photographerIn the first two games of the 2013-14 season, the Ohio State men’s basketball team tallied 27 assists.Through two games this season, Shannon Scott has 25.The No. 20 Buckeyes — playing without their top three scorers from last season — are 2-0 and shooting 63.3 percent from the field in those two games.After OSU’s 74-63 win against Marquette on Tuesday, Scott — who had 14 of the team’s 23 assists in the game — said his teammates have a different offensive mindset than they did a year ago.“I think last year, we would play the same way at times, but players didn’t know if they wanted to shoot the ball or not,” Scott said. “I think this year everybody knows that when they touch the ball, it’s gonna be their shot, and they gotta make the shot.”Against the Golden Eagles, making the shot is exactly what the Buckeyes did, and what they have done consistently through 80 minutes of basketball this year. With five new players contributing to the scoring output, the shooting — and making — has come on the shoulders of a variety of players.Including a true freshman, a redshirt-freshman and a redshirt-senior playing in their first seasons at OSU, six different Buckeyes have scored in double figures at some point this season. Four of those six players have averaged double digits through two games, and two of those four didn’t take the court last season.The distribution of scoring has led to all 10 OSU players who have taken the court this season scoring on both games.With senior forward Sam Thompson, senior centers Amir Williams and Trey McDonald, redshirt-senior forward Anthony Lee, sophomore forward Marc Loving, redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams, freshman guard D’Angelo Russell, freshman forwards Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate and himself all contributing points, Scott said the Buckeyes already have a good idea of how they each fit into the team dynamic.“Just the simple fact that everybody came in and contributed in some aspect of the game is just a great feeling,” Scott said Tuesday. “And I think everybody has a better understanding of what their role is.”The wide range of contribution has helped Scott excel as a distributor, as he picked up 11 assists in the opener against the University of Massachusetts-Lowell last Friday before his 14 helpers against Marquette.Those 14 assists are tied for the second most in a single game in school history, but Scott attributed the big numbers to his teammates and not his own play.“I just have so many weapons around me, it makes the game a lot easier,” he said. “Kam came into the game, played great. Amir played well.“Sam, Marc, D’Angelo, Jae’Sean, Kam, Keita, Trey, Anthony, everybody played well. So having so many weapons around me, it makes the game a lot easier for me.”After the Buckeyes’ hot hand from 3-point land carried them to a seven-point halftime lead against the Golden Eagles, they moved inside and scored 32 points in the paint in the second half. Coach Thad Matta credited Scott’s ability to push the team for the second-half switch on offense.“I think Shannon was able to open things up a little bit and obviously Sam running in transition,” Matta said after the game. “I think our bigs are really doing a good job of getting down the floor as well which opens things up.”Scott said the team’s mindset has changed from a year ago, allowing for the more free-flowing offense OSU has run so far this season.“I think everybody just has the mindset this year that we’re not gonna take any plays off on the offensive end,” he said. “We played so hard on defense the last couple years that we kind of forgot about offense.”Perhaps contributing to his recent success passing the ball, Scott added that the Buckeyes have more of a plan on offense than they did last year as well.“This year we know when we get the ball we’re gonna attack every time,” Scott said. “You can ask Kam and Amir the same thing, we’re all attacking every time we touch the ball, and that makes it a lot easier for all of us.”Apart from the new-look offense, Amir Williams said the Buckeyes have benefited from a change to their defensive philosophy as well after switching to a zone look.“We have so much length and quickness on defense,” he said after the Marquette game. “It allows us to attack our opponents better than last year. We have guys doing a great job of covering the gaps, and we’re definitely still working out the kinks, but so far it’s been working very well for us.”As the team transitions its mindset on both sides of the ball, Scott has helped lead a high-flying young roster to a fresh start to begin a potential-laden season. But with the rest of the year an unknown, one thing is for sure. If Lee had flown just a little higher on one dunk attempt, Scott would have made his mark in the records books, and not just on recent box scores.Amir Williams and Kam Williams combined to let out a long “oooh” when they found out Scott was just a Lee-missed-dunk away from tying former Buckeye Aaron Craft’s program record of 15 assists, but the fourth-year veteran took it in stride, and instead looked ahead to another chance.“It’s OK, we’ll just try to get it again, another game or something,” Scott said.OSU is scheduled to return to the court on Sunday against Sacred Heart at the Schottenstein Center. 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LeSean McCoy Says Feud Over With Osi Umenyiora

LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants’ Osi Umenyiora have been feuding mostly through social media for about a year now, and it was some of the most hilarious and personal attacks athletes have taken to each other.So, it is with some sadness that McCoy said on a Philly radio station that the two star players have ended their mano-a-mano back and forth. They agreed, according to McCoy, to put aside their differences and squash it after the Eagles pulled out a victory over the Giants on Sunday“I think after the game, it’s time to get over this Osi-and-LeSean thing, because after the game (Umenyiora) said ‘You’re a heck of a player. We’re in this business. Let’s get over this,’ ” McCoy said in an interview with SportsRadio 94 WIP in Philadelphia.“(Umenyiora) said ‘Let’s be done with it.’ Being a bigger man, also for myself, you’ve got to focus on the Giants, they’re a good team already. My goal is not an inter-division battle with Osi. It’s with the Giants, and trying to get to the Super Bowl,” McCoy said.So, where did the drama between the Pro Bowlers begin and why? That is unclear. However, it can be traced back to Mother’s Day, when Umenyiora posted on his Twitter account: “Happy Mothers Day Lesean Mccoy! Enjoy your special day!!”McCoy came back at the Giants’ defensive stalwart. He Tweeted that Umenyiora was “soft” and “overrated,” which are fighting words to a defensive lineman who takes pride in his acumen like Umenyiora.And so, Umenyiora came back in the summer by calling on McCoy on Twitter “Lady Gaga” and “she,” which are fighting words to a running back who takes pride in his acumen and toughness like McCoy.It seemed to have died down after that. But last week, during an interview fore ESPN’s E:60 program, McCoy called Umenyiora “a ballerina in a Giants uniform.”Instead of escalating the feud from there, the men called a truce. But it was good while it lasted. read more

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