Curry leads Warriors fightback after Sixers blitz

first_imgStephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors looks on in the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on November 18, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Curry led a second-half blast by the Warriors to shatter a 22-point lead by the 76ers and win the game, 124-166. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Stephen Curry scored 35 points as the Golden State Warriors bounced back from a disastrous first half performance to overpower the Philadelphia 76ers 124-116 on Saturday.Curry erupted in a one-sided third quarter for the Warriors after the Sixers stunned the reigning NBA champions with an astonishing 47-point first quarter display at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.ADVERTISEMENT The points haul was the most the Warriors have conceded in a single quarter since giving up 48 points in the fourth quarter of a game against Portland in November 1992.The Sixers led 47-28 after the first period and extended their lead to 74-52 at the break, leaving the Warriors staring at a potential blowout loss.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 shutoutHowever Steve Kerr’s men came roaring back after half-time, and with Curry and Kevin Durant to the fore, put up their own 47-point quarter in the third.Curry rattled in 20 points alone in the third quarter as the Warriors erased a 22-point Sixers lead and quickly accelerated clear of their rivals. By the end of the third, the Warriors had raced into a 99-89 lead, a comfortable buffer they never looked like relinquishing throughout the fourth.Curry finished with 35 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Durant weighed in with 27 points five rebounds and three assists.“They played well in the first quarter so you’ve got to credit them,” Curry said afterwards. ”Sometimes when you get down like that it’s not all our fault. We helped them a little bit with some turnovers and easy three-pointers, which gave them momentum, especially at home.“The second half, at the beginning of the third quarter we got some stops and that allowed our offense to take over. We executed better.”ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Klay Thompson (17), Zaza Pachulia (10) and David West (14) also chipped in with double-figure tallies.Warriors power forward Draymond Green praised the way his team responded to the early onslaught.“They came out and punched us in the mouth but we were able to weather the storm,” Green said.“First half they bullied us. We gave no resistance, they got whatever they wanted. In the third quarter we made some stops, Steph got hot and we started playing like ourselves.”Ben Simmons led the scoring for the Sixers with 23 points while Joel Embiid had 21 points. Four other Sixers players — Dario Saric, Robert Covington, J.J. Redick and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot made double figures.The Warriors improved to 12-4 with the win while the Sixers fell to 8-7. /cbb Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ Hyper Court: Basketball at your fingertips Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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98 kg gold, Rs 11.56 crore found in Sathya Sai Baba’s private chamber in Puttaparthi

first_imgTwenty people took 36 hours to count the cash found in the private chamber of Sathya Sai Baba at his ashram in Puttaparthi.The Yajurveda Mandir had been locked after the spiritual guru of millions world over fell ill in March this year.Now, the reopening of the temple has led to the discovery of a veritable treasure trove – it includes 98 kg of gold, 307 kg of silver and Rs 11.56 crore in cash. The total value of all goods added together is over Rs 38 crore.Sai Baba’s private chamber was reopened on Thursday by members of the Trust and Satyajit, who was the godman’s personal assistant.Two senior retired Supreme Court judges, along with former chief justice of India P.N. Bhagwati, were also present.An assessor approved by the Income Tax Department assisted in evaluating the gold, silver and jewellery. All the valuables have been sent to the State Bank of India branch, where the Sai Baba’s trust has an account. No will or any other important document was found in the godman’s chamber.Sathya Sai Baba, who was in critical condition for 28 days, had passed away on April 24, 2011. He had been admitted in a super-specialty hospital at Prashantigram at Puttaparthi, which he himself had created for the common people. After being on ventilator support for many days with all his vital parameters failing, Sai Baba died of cardio-respiratory failure.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

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1st Test, SA vs NZ: Wet outfield forces abandonment on day three

first_imgA bright and sunny Sunday at Kingsmead failed to yield cricket in the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand when wet patches on the outfield wiped out the game’s third day.Just 22 overs were possible on the second day of the match because of persistent rain, and while overhead conditions were vastly improved on day three, an overnight deluge had created several sodden areas in the field that could not be improved sufficiently for play to get underway.New Zealand therefore remained rooted on 15/2 in reply to South Africa’s first-innings total of 263 all out.No rain is forecast for the remaining two days in the match, which will be followed by a second and final Test at Centurion on Saturday.last_img

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Rally in Iqaluit as Clyde River goes before the Supreme Court

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National NewsPeople in Iqaluit walked to the four corners Monday afternoon in support of the Clyde River case before the supreme court.That’s where lawyers for the Nunavut community were arguing that the community was not consulted before Canada approved fracking operations to start off its shores.kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img

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UK EU hail Brexit breakthrough despite unresolved questions

first_imgBRUSSELS – Britain and the European Union hailed a breakthrough Friday that allows them to begin talks on their post-Brexit relations without answering some key questions about how their divorce will play out.With pressure building on British Prime Minister Theresa May’s fragile government, the sides agreed on the last sticking point in Britain’s divorce terms: the border between EU member Ireland and the United Kingdom’s Northern Ireland.They both accepted that the border must remain open once Britain leaves the bloc in 2019, although they left it unclear how that would happen in practice. After a hectic night of phone diplomacy, the Northern Ireland party blocking a deal __ and propping up May’s Conservative government — said it was satisfied.Negotiators also reached a broad agreement on the other divorce terms, which the EU had required before it would allow the talks to move on to the weighty questions of future relations, including trade, which had been keeping businesses and financial markets on edge.The sides agreed on the rights of both British citizens in EU countries and EU nationals in the U.K. The also ironed out the terms of Britain’s financial obligations to the bloc, which could total some 50 billion euros ($59 billion), though the exact size of the bill cannot be calculated.Just after dawn, with the British flag flying outside its headquarters, the EU’s executive body, the European Commission, said it was finally satisfied with May’s proposals and recommended that the talks move to the next phase. Leaders of Britain’s 27 EU partner countries are expected to ratify that decision at a meeting on Thursday in Brussels.“I believe that we have now made the breakthrough that we needed,” Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said during a news conference with May. EU lawmakers, who must ratify any full Brexit agreement, also endorsed the deal.The arrangement buys time, particularly for May’s government, which EU negotiators have complained of being indecisive in what it wants amid an internal fight over the direction the country should take.A majority of British voters decided 18 months ago to leave the EU, but this first phase of talks — focused on preliminary issues that many had expected to be resolved quickly — has dragged on amid disputes over the divorce bill and the Irish border.A final Brexit agreement must be found by next autumn, to leave time for national European parliaments to endorse it.If EU leaders endorse this deal, Brexit negotiations are likely to resume in early January, officials say.Still, the first phase is not really over. Friday’s deal seems to simply delay decisions on some key points, including how to keep the Irish border open.Britain is promising to withdraw from the European tariff-less single market and customs union while saying there will be no hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland — although the former will remain within the EU single market and the latter in the U.K.So complex are the issues — and couched in such vague language in Friday’s deal — that experts will try to resolve the contradictions in a separate strand of talks over the 10 months of negotiating time that remains.Even the European Commission acknowledged the size of the challenge in a report to EU leaders that said the wording “seems hard to reconcile with the United Kingdom’s communicated decision to leave the internal market and the Customs Union.”The parties involved in the agreement appear satisfied, for now.“I very much welcome the prospect of moving ahead to the next phase, to talk about trade and security and to discuss the positive and ambitious future relationship that is in all of our interests,” May said.Ireland’s prime minister, Leo Varadkar, welcomed the compromise as a step in the right direction, saying “this is not the end but it is the end of the beginning.”EU heavyweights Germany, France and Spain also cautiously welcomed the Brexit developments, while warning that perhaps the most difficult negotiations lie ahead.Those further from the talks were angry.Nigel Farage, who led the drive to leave the EU as head of the U.K. Independence Party, said May had caved on critical points. Farage tweeted that the deal was “good news for Mrs. May as we can now move on to the next stage of humiliation.”On the other side, anti-Brexit London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it is “extremely disappointing” that Britain is pledging to leave the single market and customs union.“Despite the progress today, it looks increasingly unlikely that we will get a deal that works in London’s best interests and protects jobs and growth across Britain,” he said.Already, precious time has been lost. The real drama — sketching out future ties, the parameters of a trade agreement and fixing the outstanding divorce issues — lies ahead.European Council President Donald Tusk, who will chair next Thursday’s summit, grimly pointed out that 18 months have passed since Britain voted to leave the EU, yet the hardest work must still be done.“So much time has been devoted to the easier part of the task and now to negotiate a transition arrangement and the framework for our future relationship we have de-facto less than a year,” Tusk said.“We all know that breaking up is hard, but breaking up and building a new relation is much harder,” he said.___Lawless reported from London. Danica Kirka contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Warning over link between depression and video game addiction after MRI scan

Scientists in China and the US have led the way in using MRI scans to demonstrate the similarities in brain patterns between gaming addicts and people with addictions to drugs, alcohol and gambling.In the new study, the researchers from Beijing Normal University took a group of more than 2,000 students 16 to 21, who had gamed more than two hours a day over the past four years, before refining it to 63 gaming addicts who had MRI brain scans.Using psychological questionnaires, they found those who were addicted to gaming were twice as likely to be depressed as those who did not game.The study found the more severe their internet addiction when they were younger, the more likely they were to suffer depression later. Conversely, greater depression at a younger age was also associated with gaming addiction later.From the scans, they could see that the signals from the left amygdala in the gaming addicts’ brains, which is responsible for emotions like depression, were disrupting their prefontal cortex, which controls reason, making them more likely to stay online and also worsening their depression. 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 Telegraph is campaigning for a statutory duty of care on the gaming and social media giants to protect children from online harms. “Individuals cope with their emotional distress by playing internet games [but] prolonged internet gaming induces depression due to lack of, or withdrawal from real-life relationships,” said the researchers.The discovery offers psychiatrists an insight into how they could develop and test therapies to treat people suffering addiction to gaming, which was last month classified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as an official medical disorder treatable on the NHS.Dr Theodosiou said that as well as affecting their health and weight and therefore self-worth, gaming could also create a vicious cycle in which children fell out with their parents and friends, driving them further online.“It impacts on parental relationships. They want you to go out to dinner but you have a game scheduled in a different time zone at 7pm. There are rows and then the child retreats online further because of the state of real-life relationships,” she said.She backed action to protect children from online harms given their “potentially vulnerable” mental states, citing Ofcom research showing 40% of 12-15 year olds had seen something hateful online, and 12% said they had been bullied. Psychiatrists have issued a warning over the link between depression and video game addiction, after MRI scans revealed for the first time the potential damage caused to young brains.The images showed the signals between the different parts of gaming addicts’ brains were disrupted, driving them to continue playing but also worsening their depression.The “emotional” part of the brain, responsible for the feelings of depression, was shown to be overriding the “executive” part of the brain that could rein in their addiction.Dr Louise Theodosiou, a leading adolescent psychiatrist with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said it was an important study in linking gaming addiction with a rise in depression among the young which has been shown in studies to affect as many as one in four teenagers.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“If you have something distorting the relationship between the emotional and analytical parts of the brain, it’s potentially damaging and also very compulsive,” she said.“We need to find creative ways to deal with children who are retreating online, particularly when they are doing it to the exclusion of all else.“We are aware of children having Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) from playing games non-stop. There was a case of a young man dying in Asia after 48 hours gaming. If you are living in an online world, there is a risk of a disconnect from your physical self which is particularly dangerous.” read more

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Pensioner who died after burglars forced way into her home is named

CCTV footage showing three men detectives would like to speak in connection with the death of pensioner Maureen Whale A pensioner who died after two burglars forced their way into her flat and another kept look-out, has been named by police.Maureen Whale collapsed while on the phone to a police operator after she called 999, and had to be given CPR by police called to the break-in at around 6pm on Tuesday in Bells Hill, Barnet.The 77-year-old who lived alone was taken to hospital in a critical condition and died on Wednesday morning.Officers investigating her death have released images of three suspects, and have appealed for witnesses to come forward with any information.Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh said: “We are aware of moving CCTV footage circulating online, we are working to enhance that footage and will release publicly as soon as we can, but if you recognise those pictured please get in touch.”If you live in the area and you have your own CCTV system that may have captured the suspects we urgently need to see it.”We are especially interested in anyone who lives in Bells Hill from Trinder Road up to the junction with Lexington Way and the surrounding roads off Bells Hill.”Please check and contact us if there is anything at all that raises your suspicions.” One was wearing a black zip-up gilet, a white or light coloured long-sleeved top underneath and a dark coloured woolly or beanie hat.The second wore a hooded long-sleeved top with two dark patches on the chest and shoulder, and the top of the back, along with dark trousers and light-coloured trainers.And the third wore a dark long-sleeved hooded top or coat, with the hood up, and may also have had a baseball cap underneath.He also wore light, possibly grey, jogging style bottoms and dark or black trainers.Mr McHugh said one line of inquiry is that the suspects may have used a vehicle to escape.He also asked for those who live in Bells Hill from Newlands Place to Lexington Way to check their front gardens and hedges to see if any property has been disposed of.Anyone with information can contact police on 020 8785 8099, tweet @MetCC, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online.The force said there is so far no evidence to suggest the burglary is linked to the violent break-in at the home of Second World War veteran Peter Gouldstone, around six miles away. CCTV footage showing three men detectives would like to speak in connection with the death of pensioner Maureen Whale The 98-year-old died after he was severely injured during the aggravated burglary at his home in Evesham Road, Enfield, on November 6, during which a 26in Panasonic television and other possessions were stolen. 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 force said the suspects are all described as white men in their 20s. read more

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Poll Should Nazi prison guards be tried for war crimes

first_img Yes. (12) AN 89-YEAR-OLD man who admits being in the SS but denies serving at Auschwitz has been arrested in the US for alleged war crimes and may be extradited to Germany.For more than 60 years German courts only prosecuted Nazi war criminals if evidence showed they personally committed atrocities.But that changed in 2011 when a former guard was sentenced for more than 27,000 counts of being accessory to murder.Today’s poll, Should Nazi prison guards be tried for war crimes? Yes.No.Don’t know.Vote Don’t know. (1)center_img No. (3) Poll Results:last_img

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A little unusual but nothing sinister 40 foot sperm whale carcass washes

first_img Source: IWDGONE OF THE biggest marine creatures in the world – the sperm whale – was discovered washed ashore in Galway yesterday. Last week, fishermen recorded seeing a carcass of a sperm whale, which are traditionally deep water mammals, close to the surface off the west coast of Ireland.Marine animals such as whales often come ashore when they are dying after leaving their pod. The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) said the latest beaching was likely to be the same whale spotted last week. “Another sperm whale was washed up yesterday, this time at Mace Head, Moyrus in Connemara. It’s most likely the same whale reported floating by commercial fisherman fishing out of Ballyconeelly,” it said. Short URL Share314 Tweet Email4 29 Comments 41,776 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article This circa 40 foot whale is in great condition and well worth taking a trip out to Mace Head to see. Three sperm whales washed up this year, it’s a little unusual but nothing sinister. “Please report any strandings to see if this is the start of something more worrying.”On Tuesday last, a sperm whale also washed up in Magheroarty in County Donegal. In February last year, the IWDG said a record number of whales and dolphins were washing up on Irish shores, partly due to them ingesting plastics and other materials floating in the ocean. center_img Monday 1 Apr 2019, 8:28 PM By Conor McCrave ‘A little unusual but nothing sinister’: 40 foot sperm whale carcass washes ashore in Co Galway Three sperm whales washed up this year, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group said. https://jrnl.ie/4571102 Apr 1st 2019, 7:28 PM last_img read more

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Polls point to Gillard wipeout

first_img“We’re at a stage where we have to face the electorate honourably, and as we are.Maria Vamvakinou MPWith opinion polls this week showing that almost one in two voters are backing the Coalition, if the results were replicated on election day in September, Julia Gillard’s government would be annihilated, bringing the curtain down with a bang on six years of Labor government. The Newspoll published in The Australian newspaper showed the Coalition’s primary vote up three points to 49 per cent. Labor is one point lower at 30 per cent. After preferences the Coalition has a 16 per cent lead, 58 points to 42. The poll suggests Labor is facing a national swing against it of 8 per cent, enough to cost it 35 sitting Labor members, if there was a uniform swing across Australia. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s satisfaction rating fell once again – 3 per cent to 28 per cent, since the last poll a fortnight ago. Accordingly, Tony Abbott has stretched his lead as preferred prime minister to eight points. It’s gloomy stuff for Labor supporters, who have watched their party tear chunks off itself as its popularity has waned. This week Labor party staff were supplying briefing packs for their federal MPs on how to handle questions from the media about the polls. No doubt many copies were left unread. Phrasing responses to such questions is nothing new for Labor’s federal parliamentarians, whose numbers may be massively decreased after the September 14 election. Some have even been reported this week to be clearing their desks in Canberra, in readiness for their electorate’s damning judgment. To gauge the level of despondency that must affect every Labor MP currently, Neos Kosmos spoke to Greek Australian parliamentarians. Maria Vamvakinou MP said that she had not looked at the media briefing, but the phrase “the only poll that counts is the one on election day”, still stands, despite this week’s gloomy predictions for her party. “We’ll all find out on the day. We are in difficulty and we have been for some time,” said the member for Calwell, who – as a known supporter of Kevin Rudd during the damaging on-off leadership challenges – accepts that the time is over for debate on replacing Julia Gillard. “We’re at a stage where we have to face the electorate honourably, and as we are,” says Vamvakinou. “People are unhappy, but I believe a Labor government is in my constituents’ and Australia’s interest, and I’ll continue to spread that message.” South Australian MP, Steve Georganas, described the most recent polling – in a towering example of understatement – as “not that crash-hot”. “If you look at [the polls] today, it’s a tough battle,” said the federal member for Hindmarsh, who added that he expected no last-minute acrobatics in terms of a leadership challenge. “Kevin Rudd has been asked the question again this week, and he’s ruled it out,” said Georganas. “There is no challenge and I’ve heard no chatter or rumours. “My job is to sell the Labor message, and that’s what I’ll continue to do over the next 99 days or so.” In Canberra, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon said the polls were “not so much within the margin of error as within the margin of disaster”. “I don’t know how much worse these polls can get,” he told reporters, saying that Labor MPs were “despondent”. From a State perspective, former NT Labor government minister Kon Vatskalis, who has been an outspoken critic of Labor’s inaction in the face of ever worsening polls, told Neos Kosmos: “The chickens are coming home to roost. We face a dire situation. Everybody is blaming Julia Gillard, but there is a cabinet and caucus; they are all responsible and are all partners in crime.” Vatskalis says that even at the eleventh hour, Labor should look to its history to find its salvation. “We need to look at what happened in 1983, when they dumped Bill Hayden and brought in Hawke. There might be a glimmer of salvation if they can find a clean-skin quickly. “A new leader at the last moment is something that can be done, but no one is prepared to put up their hand.” The former NT minister believes that the fall-out of a Labor wipeout on September 14 goes beyond losing an election. “The reality is we’re going to lose a lot of good members who can rebuild the party,” he says. “I’ve been a member of this party for 30 bloody years and I feel betrayed by what’s happening today.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Erdogan will open Halki Seminary in exchange for operation of Fethiye mosque

first_imgTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Heybeliada Theological School (Halki Seminary) in Istanbul would be reopened if Athens were to add minaret towers to the Fethiye mosque, a 17th-century Ottoman mosque in the centre of Athens.“Look you want something from us, you want the Halki seminary. And I tell you (Greece), come, let’s open the Fethiye Mosque,” said Mr Erdogan on Saturday during a rally in the northwestern province of Edirne ahead of local elections on March 31.“They said, ‘we are opening the mosque’ but I said, why isn’t there a minaret? Can a church be a church without a bell tower?“We say, you want to build a bell tower? Come and do it… But what is an essential part of our mosques? The minarets.”Mr Erdogan’s speech came after Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras visited Turkey earlier this month.Mr Tsipras visited Greek Orthodox landmarks such as Hagia Sophia and the now-closed seminary of Halki – the only facility in Turkey where Orthodox clergy can be trained. It’s closure makes it hard for the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul to survive bearing in mind that the Patriarch needs to be a Turkish citizen.Earlier this month, Mr Tsipras attended a service at the seminary and became the first sitting Greek Prime Minister to visit it since 1933. He said: “I hope my next visit here will be with President Erdogan, and that together we will open the doors of this school.”The day before, Mr Tsipras and Mr Erdogan had a joint press conference where the Turkish leader linked the opening of the seminary to the rights of Greek Muslims in western Thrace. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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ECCV urges Federal Government to do more to help pensioners as a

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Chairperson of the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria, Cr Kris Pavlidis, has called on the Federal Government to do more to help pensioners, particularly those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds – as a matter of high priority.“Many of our older constituents, in particular, who are on the Age Pension, are experiencing considerable financial and economic hardship, and this, in many instances, has impacted on peoples’ overall wellbeing,” Cr Pavlidis said.“ECCV consultations with our constituents have shown that the Age Pension was deemed inadequate by the majority of pensioners who relied on it for their principal source of income.“We have found from our consultations with elderly people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, that pensioners are often forced to take drastic measures in order to survive, including cutting down on food consumption, transportation, social participation and even healthcare – and something needs to be done about this as a matter of urgency.”Cr Pavlidis said it’s of serious concern to hear our elderly saying “I don’t go out at all”, “I can’t say I’m going to an outing because I have got to pay bills and that affects my mental health” and “the older you are, the worse it becomes”.READ MORE: Terens Quick promises to resolve pension delay for Greek pensionersECCV is aware that changes to the residency requirements of the proposed Social Services Legislation Amendment (Payment Integrity) Bill 2017, would adversely impact on more newly arrived older migrants who have resided in Australia for less than 15 years (and if people haven’t worked in Australia or have received activity tested income support). The bill also proposes to cease the pension supplement after six-weeks temporary absence overseas. ECCV recognises the advocacy efforts on these specific issues by the Chinese Australian Services Society in their submission to the Australian Senate.“ECCV advocates for retaining the current residency requirements for the eligibility of the Age Pension. ECCV also calls on the Commonwealth Government to consider retaining the continuation of the pension supplement after a six-week temporary absence of pensioners at the reduced basic rate rather than ceasing it completely,” Cr Pavlidis said.“We look forward to working with the Commonwealth Government to help ensure a more equitable Age Pension system for Australia’s pensioners.”READ MORE: ECCV to reflect on multiculturalismECCV expresses its appreciation to community organisations which continue to advocate on Age Pension issues, particularly the Federation of Greek Elderly Citizens Club of Melbourne and Victoria, Fair Go for Pensioners Coalition Victoria, and the Australian Pensioners Voice.last_img read more

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Julia la tempête se transforme en ouragan dans lAtlantique

first_imgJulia : la tempête se transforme en ouragan dans l’AtlantiqueLa tempête tropicale Julia s’est renforcée pour se transformer en ouragan dans l’est de l’océan Atlantique. Avec des vents soufflant à 120 km/h, Julia est le cinquième ouragan de la saison des cyclones dans l’Atlantique. A 7 heures ce mardi matin, l’ouragan se trouvait à 535 kilomètres à l’ouest de l’archipel du Cap-Vert. Classée en catégorie 1 sur l’échelle de Saffir-Simpson qui en compte cinq, Julia se dirige d’après le Centre national des ouragans (NHC) vers l’ouest-nord-ouest à une vitesse de 19 km/h. Elle devrait encore gagner en puissance dans les prochaines 24 heures.Alors que Julia se tient toujours loin des terres, l’ouragan Igor reste quant à lui classé en catégorie 4. Lundi, ses vents se sont encore renforcés pour atteindre une vitesse maximale de 240 km/h. Selon les données du NHC, l’ouragan se trouvait lundi soir à environ 1.200 kilomètres à l’est des îles Leeward. Il devrait épargner les Caraïbes.Le 14 septembre 2010 à 15:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Review Barcelona – Real Madrid

first_imgBarcelona demolished Real Madrid 5-1 at the Camp Nou in a game in which Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick in between Coutinho’s opener and Arturo Vidal’s debut goal.Barcelona starting lineup: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Arthur, Ivan Rakitic, Rafinha, Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez Real Madrid starting lineup Thibaut Courtois, Nacho, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco, Gareth Bale, Karim BenzemaAt the beginning, Barcelona were looking to take the game to Real Madrid, but Los Blancos weren’t about to be dominated. Despite seeing very little of the ball, they controlled it with confidence whenever they had it. Karim Benzema even had the first shot of the match when Bale escaped on the left flank and found the Frenchman at the edge of the box. However, minutes later, Jordi Alba was left wide open on the flank. Real Madrid’s defensive lapse was costly, as the diminutive side back waited until the last moment and then cut the ball back to an alert Philippe Coutinho, who executed routinely to make it 1-0 for Barca.Barcelona’s supreme confidence rose further after the goal. 70% of the possession was theirs and you could feel Real’s desperation. After a couple of dangerous actions, in the 19th minute, a giveaway gifted Arthur an opportunity to shoot from a very good position. He did, but Courtois made a fantastic save to prevent him from scoring. The stakes of this particular match always bring tension and that was demonstrated with a high quantity of committed fouls, not all of which were whistled by the referee.In the 28th minute, Luis Suarez shouted for a penalty when contacted by Raphael Varane in the box. Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez didn’t initially show on the spot, but after consulting VAR, a penalty kick was given. It was a clumsy challenge by Varane, so even though Suarez fell too easily, there was enough contact to justify Sanchez Martinez’s decision. Suarez took it himself and found the angle of the net perfectly to make it 2-0.The referee kept the cards in his pocket as long as he could. Rakitic’s and Nacho’s back-to-back bookings late in the half were the first ones in the game. Frustration was sneaking into Real’s players, who were being outplayed and outwitted in the every area of the pitch. The first half ended 2-0, but it could’ve easily been more.🇧🇷 @Phil_Coutinho strikes first! ⚽️#ElClasico pic.twitter.com/Ov7I3DPIcM— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) October 28, 2018In the 50th minute, an always aware Marcelo got on the end of a deflected ball inside Barcelona’s box and a great first touch opened up the net for the Brazilian, who scored to get Real Madrid back into the contest. The goal came from nowhere, but it was punishment for Barcelona’s missed chances. The goal also put a spring in the steps of Real’s players, whose pride woke up in the second half. In the 56th minute, a defensive mistake led to an open shot for Luka Modric. World’s best player froze ter Stegen and unluckily hit the post. It should’ve been 2-2. The visitors’ renewed self-belief put Barcelona on the ropes.In the 60th minute, Sergi Roberto made a great run, which was seen by Ivan Rakitic. The Croatian international found him with a great pass and Roberto cut it back to a falling Suarez, who did his best to get a leg on the ball and hit the woodwork. The two giants were exchanging punches. On the other side, a last-gasp block by Gerard Pique stopped Isco from getting a shot on goal which probably would’ve found the net.In the 68th minute, Lucas Vasquez was left all alone and sent a cross which landed right onto Benzema’s head. The Frenchman didn’t get the best of touches on it, otherwise the result would’ve been tied. Real Madrid were simply a completely different team in the second period. They were the ones taking the game to Barcelona instead of the other way around. Nelson Semedo was introduced onto the pitch and minutes later, Ousmane Dembele came on as well, as Ernesto Valverde realized his team was lacking pace.Dembele was in the center of the action which led to Barca’s third goal of the game. He was the one who took the ball at midfield and pushed it towards the penalty area before passing it on to Sergi Roberto. The utility man crossed the ball and Luis Suarez reacted like a top goalscorer, heading the ball with class into Courtois’ net. It was a timely goal for Barcelona and a painful blow for Real Madrid.Philippe Coutinho, Bayern MunichPhilippe Coutinho faces a late fitness test at Bayern Munich Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac plans to make a late decision on Philippe Coutinho’s availability this weekend after returning from representing Brazil.Is that the game?Luis Suarez has his second of the game as Barcelona lead Real Madrid 3-1.A brilliant header. #ElClasicoLive here: https://t.co/d3Vk7hBuuZ pic.twitter.com/gwuRECo2fL— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 28, 2018Soon after the goal, Bale was replaced by Asensio. Lopetegui’s team opened up and the opposition had a lot of space to exploit. They nearly did, as numbers in a counter attack should’ve led to a goal. Indecisiveness at the end of it derailed it. Moments later, Marcelo pulled up with a hamstring injury after making a backheel pass. He immediately signalled he wouldn’t be able to continue and left the pitch with tears in his eyes. Mariano Diaz came on to replace him.Not long after that, Sergio Ramos made a horrible mistake at midfield, misjudging and mishitting an easy ball. Sergi Roberto was there to take the ball away and follow it through to an open Luis Suarez, whose cheeky finish over Courtois gave the Uruguayan his first hat-trick of the season. That was the end for Los Blancos. Barca weren’t about to let up, though. This was El Clasico after all. The more goals the better. In the 87th minute, Arturo Vidal, who replaced the phenomenal Arthur minutes earlier, scored his first goal for his new club.⚽️ #Barcelona 5:1 #RealMadrid | La Liga | Day 10 | #Arturo #Vidal 87’#BARRMA #ElClasico via @VideoGoals_HD pic.twitter.com/b6mxI6wEjg— via @VideoGoals_HD (@viaVide13826451) October 28, 2018Luis Suarez and Mariano Diaz exchanged chances after that and then the referee blew the final whistle. A stunning performance for the home team, who were given a scare at the beginning of the second half, but Dembele’s introduction made the difference. 5-1 Barcelona. Does this loss spell be the end for Julen Lopetegui?last_img read more

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Columbia River Gorge commission to clarify boundaries

first_imgA work group of the Columbia River Gorge Commission will hold a series of meetings in the coming months to clarify urban boundaries within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.The scenic area, created by an act of Congress in 1986, includes 13 designated “urban areas.” But the boundaries of those areas were generally depicted by hand-drawn lines, not detailed legal descriptions. That’s led to some questions and litigation over the years, according to the Gorge commission.The Gorge commission hired professional surveyors to develop clear boundaries starting in 2012, but in some areas they were unable to determine precise locations. A technical work group will meet with a facilitator and stakeholders to resolve the uncertainties, according to the commission.The first meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, 402 E. Scenic Drive in The Dalles, Ore. Additional meetings will follow in September, October and November, but locations have not been finalized.last_img read more

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Building a List Strategy for EMarketing

first_imgHow many marketing e-mails does your company send out each day? For Canon Communications, the number is nearly 1 million, which may pale in comparison to large consumer outfits like Time Inc. and Reader’s Digest, but is a whopper for a mid-sized b-to-b publisher. E-mail has made it possible to target marketing messages like never before. Unfortunately, it also means publishers have to stand out in the flood of marketing materials their prospects get each day.Here, audience development director Len Roberto shows how Canon goes about not only avoiding list fatigue but targeting the most attractive prospects. Piggyback Off Telemarketing, EventsCanon combines e-mail promotion with circulation telemarketing campaigns. “That delivers 20 percent to 30 percent conversions and we can add up to 5,000 new opt-ins to each list we call on,” Roberto says. One recent Canon effort got 7,000 opt-ins to the daily list. But it’s imperative to know the limits. Canon only seeds one newsletter per campaign, rather than three or four. “When you ask for more it hurts the telemarketing campaign,” says Roberto. With an aggressive events business, trade show attendees are fertile ground, but Canon offers them newsletter access on a trial basis for five days rather than opt-out. Canon keeps a record on those prospects that show interest (such as clicked on a link or opened stories).Canon also cross-promotes on all its subscription sub forms, for both print and digital. “We have all print and newsletter forms in once place,” says Roberto. “Some newsletters are getting 100 to 200 opt-ins per week on these forms.”The publisher keeps a monthly budget for paid opt-ins from third-party agents for both print and newsletter subscriptions. With $1-$3 average cost per name, “It’s a good way of adding 200 to 300 records per month to the newsletter file,” says Roberto. “It also gets away from marketing to internal prospects and points us toward new blood.” Keep Your Data CleanOpt-out levels are important and Canon tries to keep it to three. “That way we can maintain bounce rules, but we can change them if it effects the lists up or down,” says Roberto. “Daily newsletters may need a higher bounce rule. We remove non-responders on a regular basis.”While magazines typically update lists at three or four years old, many newsletters have lists that are four or five years old. “It’s a good idea to get them off,” says Roberto. “We do an annual cleansing where we send our lists to a third party and have them verify locations. Clean your database, it helps all the metrics.” Test Conventional Wisdom And speaking of metrics, it’s easy to get buried in the sheer amount of data from your e-mail service provider, according to Roberto.  “That can blind you to something you haven’t tried,” he adds.Take day-of-the-week metrics—conventional wisdom says don’t mail anything on Fridays, when your target audience is likely to be out or at least non-responsive. However, when Canon looked at the performance of six different newsletters over a four-month period, newsletters sent on Fridays had the second highest click rate each week. “Don’t be blinded by ‘rules of thumb’ until you test it yourself,” says Roberto.Targeting vs. FatigueCanon recently conducted an “unsubscribe” survey in which 51 percent of respondents said they receive too many e-mails. In response, Canon is trying to implement a limit for promotional messages. “That’s difficult because of the technology involved and secondly, every department wants their e-mail to be the number one priority,” says Roberto. “Priority is given according to potential revenue associated with the message and messages dedicated to upcoming events. We also try not to e-mail messages to people in the same states the events are in.”When working with clients, craft a focused message for the audience. “The days of the shotgun approach have to be gone,” says Roberto. “That leads to fatigue and poor response. If we start out with 20,000 names, we’ll dig deeper and find the real list is really only 8,000. It’s hard work but it’s best to convince the salesperson and client to e-mail to those 8,000 names.”With list creation for new products, don’t send e-mails to the entire list of people you already have, narrow it down to the best performers. “We created three or four new newsletters in the last six months and instead of sending to the franchise’s entire pool, we only picked people who interacted with messages,” says Roberto. “We’re now seeing a 35 percent to 40 percent open rate.”Canon tags content within newsletters to track how many people clicked within certain content categories. “We can target those exact folks who clicked on a story that’s related to an upcoming Webinar,” says Roberto. “It’s a great way to create a custom list for clients.” Appended Data Is Worth the Cost“Appended data”that’s added to the core data, often from big commercial databases to overlay on top of in-house databases, can make your list more appealing externally for renting, or internally to target marketing messages. The cost is typically 35 cents to 50 cents per match. “The more you can target your audience, the more leads you can create and the more revenue you can generate,” says Roberto.last_img read more

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ALM Buys Summit Professional Networks

first_img The Summit deal is valued at $40 million, says a source with knowledge of the transaction. ALM has acquired Summit Professional Networks, a B2B publisher in the insurance, financial services and legal markets. Under CEO Steve Weitzner, the company was rebranded to Summit Professional Networks from Summit Business Media in August 2013, which coincided with a reorg under its three primary markets. It’s unclear who from the Summit management team, along with the rest of the staff, will transition to ALM, but Weitzner will be stepping down at the end of January after the deal closes. “The acquisition of Summit Professional Networks represents the next major step in ALM’s growth strategy, expanding our reach into new strategic markets,” says ALM CEO Bill Carter in a statement. The deal comes about two weeks after ALM bought Kennedy Consulting & Research and is another notch in the company’s stated intent to expand into new markets via acquisitions—a strategic plan unveiled following Wasserstein & Co.’s purchase of ALM from Apax Partners last June for $417 million. See also: What’s Next for ALM? last_img read more

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Game of Thrones One important Battle of Winterfell detail you probably missed

first_img Jon trying to figure out how he killed a dragon by screaming at it #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/Nh1IRm5Ydr— Kieron Wintersgill (@KieronJW) April 29, 2019 6:04 jon snow best battle tactics1-fight the bolton cavalry alone2-send the dothraki into the dark3-kidnap a wight4-build a flame trench BEHIND my army5-yell at the dragon— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) April 29, 2019 Game of Thrones by the numbers: Who was Battle of Winterfell MVP? Game of Thrones cinematographer defends ‘too dark’ episode Why Game of Thrones: The Battle of Winterfell was an all-time great Green eyes: ⌛️#GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/IBcxgysYSy— AF (@AF67_) April 29, 2019 More from Winterfell Share your voice GHOST IS ALIVE HE IS O.K. pic.twitter.com/YNjUBYuY3H— jorge. (@akaJorgie) April 29, 2019 Thread the needle: Arya got her first sword, needle, from Jon back in season 1. “First lesson,” he told her, “stick ’em with the pointy end.” That’s the same advice Arya gave Sansa when she sent Sansa down to the crypts with her dagger as the army of the dead approached. Of course, Syrio Forel, Arya’s first official stabmeister, was referenced later by Lady Melisandre. “What do we say to the God of death?”Brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes: One of the most important callbacks made in the episode was in reference to the first meeting of Arya and Lady Melisandre. All those years ago, The Red Woman prophesized that Arya would permanently shut brown eyes, green eyes and blue eyes. Those blue eyes turned out to the Night King’s. Now some fans are speculating the green eyes could be Cersei’s. It looks like we’re not the only ones to notice this. After writing it was brought to our attention that a similar argument was made in this Reddit thread. In the theory’s wake i09 made the (pretty fair) argument the theory is sexist as it removes some agency from Arya’s Night King kill.  Our take: it doesn’t take anything away from how awesome Arya is, just makes Jon’s decision to shout at a dragon less idiotic.More you may have missedForeshadowed: In episode 1 of this season, Jon is standing by the weirwood tree, exactly where the Night King looks down on Bran. He turns around to find Arya has crept up on him without him noticing. The show’s creators were giving us a last-minute reminder about her stealth skills. Similarly, during a light duel with Brienne (that’s Ser Brienne to you) in season 7, Arya bested Brienne by flicking her dagger from one hand to the other, just like how she dropped the same dagger from one hand to the other before ending The Long Night. Leaving as he enters: Back in season six, we see the Children of the Forest create the Night King by pinning him to a weirwood tree and plunging a dragonglass dagger into his heart. The weirwood tree could be the key to the Night King’s vulnerability. After all, he sure did seem indestructible when he was being assaulted by dragonfire. If not, it’s at least some nifty circularity. See a Ghost: Ghost, Jon’s direwolf, reappeared in episode 2 of season 8 after a noted absence from the spotlight. He was then seen at the Battle of Winterfell, charging into the wights alongside the Dothraki and Ser Jorah Mormont. Jorah came back, but most of the Dothraki didn’t. Ghost wasn’t seen for the rest of the episode either. But don’t fret, direwolf lovers, he was spotted in the trailer for next week’s episode. A dagger’s journey: The dagger Arya plunged into the Night King saved Bran, and everyone else. Seven seasons ago, though, it was meant to kill Bran, as an assassin was armed with it after Bran saw Jaime and Cersei, uh, exploring their sibling bond. The dagger belonged to Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, who also used it to betray Ned Stark. Littlefinger gave it to Bran last season, and Bran gave it to Arya.Hopefully we’ll get a decent explanation next week on exactly how Arya traveled from the room with The Hound and Lady Melisandre to the godswood. Comments Game of Thrones Originally published May 1.Update, May 2: Adds extra details, Twitter reactions. Update, May 3: Adds links to others positing the same theory, and reactions to the theory. TV and Movies 38 Photos Game of Thrones Battle of Winterfell: We’re still shaking The 38 most gut-wrenching Game of Thrones deaths, ranked Now playing: Watch this: 26 Arya was the MVP of the Battle of Winterfell. Helen Sloan/HBO Warning: Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 spoilers.The Long Night, aka the Battle of Winterfell, was a polarizing Game of Thrones episode. Some loved it, others thought it a letdown. Arya was definitely the MVP — we crunched all the data — but there has been some negative talk about how she slayed the Night King.Where did she come from? How did she sneak past the White Walkers? To some it seems a bit Arya-ex-machina, with the young Stark’s Hail Mary leap of faith coming out of nowhere and not really making sense. However, there’s a small detail from the episode that adds an essential piece to the puzzle.Before Arya lunges at the Night King, we see Jon Snow trying to make his way into the godswood, where Bran Stark and the Night King are. The path is blocked by Viserion, the White Walker dragon. Jon tries to run past him, but he’s spotted by the dragon. Jon ends up trapped behind the battered remnants of a wall and decides, with nowhere left to run, to confront Viserion. Except he doesn’t raise his sword, he just stands up and yells.Here’s what you may have missed: Jon yells “Go!” One long one and then another short one. In the very next scene we see one of the White Walker’s hair flicker in wind — wind created by Arya as she makes her way to the Night King.In other words, Jon saw Arya and distracted the dragon so that she could make her way through. Not only would this make sense in terms of clearing a path for Arya, it would also absolve him from the stupidity of trying to kill a dragon by yelling at it. Tags Nobody:Jon Snow’s method of fighting dragons: pic.twitter.com/wDa6kPUwiY— KFC Radio (@KFCradio) April 29, 2019last_img read more

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2 minor cousins drown

first_imgSunamganjTwo minor cousins drowned in a river at Kaowajuri village in Derai upazila of Sunamganj on Friday evening.The deceased are Eamin Hossain, 4, son of a certain Ali Hossain of Kaowajuri village of the upazila and Eamin’s cousin Tayef Miah, 5, son of Shahin Miah of the same village.Nur-e-Alam, a UP member of the village, said Eamin and Tayef drowned in a river adjacent to their home.Locals rescued them and sent to Upazila Health Complex around 5:00pm where physicians declared them dead.last_img

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Teen Dead After Weekend Shooting

first_imgBy Brianna McAdoo, Special to the AFROTwo shootings this past weekend in the District left three people injured, including two children, and one teenager dead. Two shootings this past weekend in the District left three people injured, including two children, and one teenager dead.A father and his two children were waiting at a bus stop in Southeast in the 800 block of Southern Avenue late Saturday night when a drive-by shooting occurred. All three sustained gunshot wounds to their feet and were taken to the hospital. The 3-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl have since been released from the hospital where their father still remains in stable condition.A woman whose house was near the scene of the crime reported to police that her living room window had broken as a result of the shooting. Police have begun an investigation but have not yet identified a suspect. They are currently looking for a dark colored sedan with tinted windows that was seen driving westbound on Southern Avenue, S.E. around midnight.District of Columbia Council member Trayon White (D- Ward 8) responded to the shooting on early Sunday morning saying, “This is inhumane and as men we have to draw the line on these wild youngins,” he wrote on Instagram. “This makes me angry and my heart sick.”Police are also investigating another Southeast shooting that occurred Sunday evening. At around 6:58 pm police responded to reports of a shooting in the 3400 block of 13th Place S.E. Police arrived to the scene to find 18-year-old Ja’Vontay Brown unconscious with multiple gunshot wounds. Emergency responders transported Brown to the hospital where he later died from his injuries. Officers have not yet identified a suspect in Brown’s homicide.Police are asking anyone with any information regarding the two cases to contact the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099 or use their tip line by sending a text to 50411.last_img read more

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