A 56-hour operation against two Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) militants at Babagund village in Kupwara has left behind 13 gutted houses and 40 stranded families, many without access to water and food. From Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, the area reverberated with blasts and exchange of fire.Just 10 km from Handwara town, the congested Khanoo mohalla was home to 40 families till Friday, with houses mostly built of wood and mud.Zahoor Shah, a local, was on Monday sieving through the rubble to pick up whatever burnt goods were left from a three-story house, which turned into a mound of rubble after the gunfight.Also Read Living on the edge along the Line of Control “Many families were evacuated on Friday afternoon by the police. We watched from a neighbouring village when our mohalla turned into a ball of fire. We could do little about it,” Mr. Shah said.Former Langate MLA Engineer Rashid told The Hindu that he tried to send water tanks to the mohalla “but to no avail.”Scores of volunteers on Monday started collecting donations to rebuild the houses, as the Valley continues to reel under cold weather. “The district administration has also distributed blankets among the affected population,” said Mr. Rashid.A police statement said the operation posed “considerable difficulties to the security forces due to the topography of the area … The area was very congested and civilians in the adjoining houses had to be evacuated to safer places, away from the site of encounter.”
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NBA: Kenyon Martin apologizes to Jeremy Lin for ‘racial remark’ about his hair BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wales and Ireland meet on Monday to decide their fate.GROUP GSpain defeated Albania with first-half goals by Rodrigo, Isco, and Thiago Alcantara in a match marked by mixed reaction toward Pique, who was booed and applauded by different parts of the crowd of nearly 30,000 fans in Alicante.Many fans have targeted Pique for being openly critical of the Spanish government’s handling of the independence referendum organized by Catalonia on Sunday, when authorities and voters confronted each other in violent clashes.Italy’s chance of winning the group ended with a surprise draw in Turin. Defender Giorgio Chiellini put the Italians ahead shortly before halftime but Macedonia substitute Aleksandar Trajkovski equalized near the end.“The jeers at the end were deserved looking at how we played after the break,” Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura said.Liechtenstein fell at home to Israel 1-0 for its ninth straight loss. Liechtenstein has been outscored 35 to one.GROUP IIceland was at the top of the group after its stunning 3-0 win at Turkey.With Finland surprisingly holding Croatia to 1-1 away, and Ukraine taking three points from Kosovo after a 2-0 away win, the tightest group in European qualifying will have to be decided on Monday in the last round of matches.Iceland leads with 19 points, and Croatia and Ukraine are two points behind. Turkey is out of contention with 14 as well as Finland with 8. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LATEST STORIES View comments Iceland is a clear favorite when it hosts last-placed Kosovo in its last qualifier, while Croatia has to travel to Ukraine. The group winners automatically qualify, while the best eight second-place finishers from the nine groups advance to the playoffs.Here’s a look at the action:GROUP DSerbia conceded an 89th-minute goal in its loss to already-eliminated Austria, while Wales won at Georgia without injured star Gareth Bale thanks to a goal by Tom Lawrence just after halftime.The Serbs can still secure first place with a home win against Georgia on Monday. But Wales was only a point behind Serbia, and Ireland was another point back and still alive after defeating Moldova 2-0 in Dublin.ADVERTISEMENT “Despite everything that happened this week we were able to play a great match,” Isco said. “We have to be proud of having already qualified for the World Cup with one game yet to be played.”Italy practically secured a playoff spot but it was jeered by fans after drawing with Macedonia 1-1 in Turin. Even a victory would have kept the Italians in a difficult position to surpass Spain for first place in Group G because of its worse goal difference.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 shutoutSerbia needed a win against Austria to clinch its spot from Group D but it lost 3-2 in Vienna, while Wales kept its chance alive by beating Georgia 1-0 despite Gareth Bale’s absence.Iceland stayed on the path to becoming the smallest nation to qualify for the World Cup after beating Turkey 3-0 in Group I. 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 Spain players celebrate at the end of the World Cup Group G qualifying soccer match between Spain and Albania at the Rico Perez stadium in Alicante, Spain, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Spain won 3-0 and qualified for the 2018 tournament finals. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)Spain secured its 11th straight World Cup appearance aided by Italy’s home draw against Macedonia on Friday, while Serbia blew a chance to make it to next year’s finals in Russia after a loss at Austria.Spain comfortably defeated Albania 3-0 in a match in which defender Gerard Pique, an outspoken defender of Catalonia who had been harassed by Spanish fans during the week, received a mixed reaction from the home supporters.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC read more
Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza.Indian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza routed Czech duo of Martin Damm and Renata Voracova 6-3 6-0 to breeze into the mixed doubles quarter-finals of the Wimbledon Championships in London on Thursday.There was no stopping the sixth-seed Indians after they took the first-set lead and then it proved just a stroll in the park.They will next face the winner of the other third round match between 15th seed Andy Ram and Meghann Shaughnessy and unseeded pair of Paul Hanley and Su-Wei Hsieh.Sania has also reached the women’s doubles semifinals along with Russian partner Elena Vesnina.She though made a first round exit from the singles as she played through pain in her left knee.- With PTI inputs
Tata Motors has increased the price of its sports utility vehicle Hexa by up to Rs 42,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi). With the jump in prices, the base variant of the SUV now costs Rs 12.99 lakh.The introductory price of Tata Hexa is also Rs 30,000 more than the starting price of the company’s new SUV — Harrier. The base variant of Harrier is priced at Rs 12.69 lakh.Hexa is available in seven variants and below are its new and old prices (ex-showroom, Delhi).VariantNew PriceOld PriceHexa XE 4X2 (7 Seater)Rs 12.99 lakhRs 12.57 lakhHexa XM 4X2 (7 Seater)Rs 14.38 lakhRs 14.19 lakhHexa XM+ 4X2 (7 Seater)Rs 15.46 lakhRs 15.27 lakhHexa XMA 4X2 (7 Seater)Rs 15.63 lakhRs 15.43 lakhHexa XT 4X2 (6/7 Seater)Rs 16.83 lakhRs 16.64 lakhHexa XTA 4X2 (6/7 Seater)Rs 18.00 lakhRs 17.80 lakhHexa XT 4X4 (6/7 Seater)Rs 18.16 lakhRs 17.97 lakhWhile for the base variant the price increase is Rs 42,000, the other variants have witnessed a jump of nearly Rs 20,000 in their prices.Tata Hexa is based on the company’s Impact Design Language. It gets dual coloured bumpers, ice cube patterned DRLs integrated with fog lamps, smoked projector headlamps, 19-inch alloy wheels, floating roof, wraparound chrome feature line with Hexa embossing and horizontal tail lamps with India-first patented flexible LED technology connected by a chrome applique.The SUV gets all black sporty interiors, premium Benecke-Kaliko upholstery with contrast stitch and accentuated bolsters, choice of eight colours for in-cabin lighting with illumination control and customization and ample utility spaces for all three rows. There is also an eight-way adjustable driver’s seat, automatic climate control, cruise control and retractable blinds for second row windows.advertisementTata Hexa comes in with a 2.2-litre VARICOR 400 diesel engine mated to six speed manual and automatic transmissions delivering 400 Nm torque and 156 PS power. The manual transmission gets four different driving modes (auto, comfort, dynamic and rough road), while the automatic one has sports and auto-sensing race car performance, with manual shift option.On the safety front, the SUV gets six airbags (front, side and curtain airbags), ABS (antilock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake force distribution), ESP (electronic stability programme) with roll-over mitigation to monitor driving stability and traction, hill hold control and hill descent control, traction control system and reverse parking system.ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki launches new Baleno at Rs 5.45 lakh, new grille and alloy wheels main attractionsALSO READ | Mahindra XUV300 safety features revealed, company claims several segment-first attributes in the new SUVALSO READ | New Maruti Alto likely to be launched with BS-VI engine, more safety features by end of 2019 read more
New Zealand registered their second successive win of the World Cup 2019 on Thursday as they defeated Bangladesh in a closely-fought contest by 2 wickets in London to move up to the top spot in the points table of the tournament.Chasing 245 for victory, the Kiwis rode on Ross Taylor’s 82 off 91 balls to chase down the target in 47.1 overs. Captain Kane Williamson (40), Martin Guptill (25) and James Neesham (24) also made useful contributions for New Zealand.Bangladesh though, made a fist of the contest with Mehidy Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain and Mohammad Saifuddin bagging two wickets each.The match went right down to the wire after Taylor’s dismissal which led to a mini-collapse. Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme then calmed things down with a 27-run partnership but once those two departed, Bangladesh players started to believe and kept the pressure on the tailenders.But off–spinner Mitchell Santner kept his nerves and played a good innings of 17 not out to take the team past the finish line even as he kept losing partners at the other end.Earlier in the day, Bangladesh, after being asked to bat first by New Zealand, managed to post a respectable total of 244 in Kennigton Oval on Wednesday. New Zealand bowlers put in another impressive performance to stop Bangladesh below 250. Matt Henry led the attack with four-wicket haul (9.2-0-47-4) whereas Trent Boult contributed with two wickets.Matt Henry removed Soumya Sarkar for 25 but not before he had added 45 for the opening wicket with Tamim Iqbal.Tamim Iqbal followed Sarkar to the dressing room, as he top edged a hook shot into the hands of Colin de grandhomme for 24, becoming Lockie Ferguson’s 50th ODI scalp.advertisementBangladesh’s most experienced pair of Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib joined hands for a 50-run partnership for the third wicket after the openers were removed in quick succession.Wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim was dismissed for 19 off 35 deliveries following a mix-up between him and Shakib Al Hasan as the duo attempted a quick run.Shakib Al Hasan played a range of dazzling shots to keep Bangladesh’s scoreboard moving. He fell to Colin de grandhomme after scoring a fine 64 off 68.Many Bangladeshi batters managed to get decent starts but none barring Shakib Al Hasan went past 29. Mohammad Saifuddin played an important 23-ball 29 run cameo to help Bangladesh reach near 250.Also Read | Bangladesh vs New Zealand Highlights, World Cup 2019 read more
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India vs West Indies, 1st Test: Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane fifties put India in driver’s seatIndia tour of West Indies 1st Test: Captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane combined to add an unbeaten 102-run stand for the 4th wicket in the 2nd innings as India ended Day 3 with 260-run lead. Kemar Roach was unlucky as the West Indies pacer troubled the India batsmen with little success. commentary advertisement scorecard No data available! view more view less graphs India Today Web Desk North SoundAugust 25, 2019UPDATED: August 25, 2019 02:36 IST Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane remained unbeaten as India extended their lead on Day 3 in Antigua ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSAjinkya Rahane rode his luck to hit 2nd straight fiftyVirat Kohli put behind the 1st innings disappointment for 21st Test fiftyIndia reached 185/3 at Stumps, clinching a 260-run leadIndia ended Day 3 of the 1st Test of their World Test Championship campaign against West Indies with a potentially match-winning lead of 260 runs. The visitors reached 185 for 3 at Stumps on Saturday in Antigua with captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane hitting a fifty each.Ajinkya Rahane hit his 2nd straight fifty of the match while Virat Kohli put behind his 1st innings disappointment to helpd India dominate the hosts at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.Captain & Vice-captain at it and running. Can they convert this 50-run stand into a big one? #TeamIndia #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/ocUcv1J3vtBCCI (@BCCI) August 24, 2019West Indies, who had headed into their World Test Championship opener on the back of a series win at home against England earlier this year, would be disappointed at having missed out on seizing crucial moments on Day 3.The hosts began the day’s play on a good note with overnight batsmen Jason Holder and Miguel Cummins adding 41 runs for the 9th wicket. In fact, Cummins frustrated the India bowlers as he stayed in the middle for 95 minutes without scoring a run while giving his captain good company.However, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja picked up the wickets of Holder and Cummins in quick succession to give India a lead of 75 runs.Horror shots from India openersIndia opener KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal were cautious in the lead up to Lunch but the latter played a horror shot to gift his wicket away to Roston Chase right after the break.advertisementWest Indies let Cheteshwar Pujara settle down but KL Rahul presented another opportunity to the hosts to take control when he missed a straight delivery from Chase while trying to play a fancy sweep shot.Rahane rides luck to hit 2nd straight fiftyKemar Roach, who has been the most impressive West Indies pacer, got them a huge breakthrough by going through the defence of Cheteshwar Pujara in the 31st over. Roach troubled both Kohli and Rahane with a fiery spell post Tea.In the 45th over, Roach forced Rahane to drive one on the up only to see John Campbell squander an easy opportunity at covers. Rahane, who top-scored with 81 in the first innings, was handed a reprieve and the vice-captain accepted it gleefully as he went on to make xx not out.Roach came back for one final burst before the close of day’s play and had Rahane trapped in front only to see the on-field umpire unmoved after a loud appeal. Roach wasn’t able to convince captain Jason Holder for a DRS review but replays showed three reds.India lost wickets at regular intervals but Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane hung around and made sure India were in the driver’s seat as the sun set in North Sound in Antigua.Spotless knock from Virat KohliKohli, on the other hand, made sure the early dismissal in the first innings was a rare blip as he played a spotless knock and finished with 51 runs at Stumps. He had hit only 2 boundaries in the innings but he played with plenty of control, giving no chances to the West Indies bowlers to end his stay at the middle.Earlier in the match, Ajinkya Rahane top-scored with 81 and Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with 58 to help India post 297 in the first innings. Ishant Sharma continued his impressive showing with the ball in the longest format of the game as he hurt West Indies with a five-wicket haul and helped reduce them to 222.Brief Scores: India (185/3, 297) lead West Indies (222) by 260 runs at Stumps on Day 3 in 1st Test. Ajinkya Rahane (53*), Virat Kohi (51*); Roston Chase (2/69)Also Read | Ashes 3rd Test: Joe Root 75 not out gives England hope in 359 chaseAlso Read | Virat Kohli pays his respects to Arun Jaitley in a heartfelt postAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Ajinkya RahaneFollow Virat KohliFollow 1st TestFollow India VS West IndiesFollow Miguel CumminsFollow Kemar RoachFollow India tour of West Indies 2019Follow Ishant SharmaFollow Ravindra JadejaFollow Cheteshwar Pujara Next read more
14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather Editors’ Recommendations Cold feet are a killer when you’re outside in the winter.Whether you’re out for a short hike with the dog, exploring some winter camping, or just making the trek from your car to the ski lodge, the right boots can make even the snowiest days more fun. We’ve been testing Vasque Footwear’s all new Lost 40 Boot ($180) this winter, and it hits all the high notes for extreme cold and snow.These sturdy boots get their name from famed Lost 40 Scientific and Natural Area in Minnesota. One of the last places in the state to feature first generation Red and White pine growth, in the winter this area is renowned for being cold and inhospitable. With that inspiration, the Lost 40 boots are built with harsh weather and hard use in mind.FitThe first thing you’ll notice when trying them on, is that the dual construction, mukluk style upper can be a little tough to put on without some practice. The outer boot is a combination of supple, 2mm rough-out leather, and softshell material, that have been waterproofed. Inside that is a 7mm felted wool liner. Together, they make for a snug fit in the ankle while pulling them on and off that a couple of our testers had some trouble with at first. Allow them to warm up on a hike or two though, and the wool liners will slowly mold to your feet, helping you both with fit and warmth.The toe-box is especially roomy, and lends itself well to wearing thick winter socks – although we got the best results with a midweight sock that left us a little wiggle room for air to circulate. It’s helpful that there are two lacing systems, letting you snug up the upper portion, while leaving your toes and mid-foot unrestricted. We found that especially nice when we wore them for long periods and wanted to loosen them up a little around camp after a long day on our feet.WarmthWe hiked, camped, and pedaled fat bikes in the Lost 40 down to -10°F with no issues. The liner’s felted wool is soft and warm. What’s more, the midsole is made from AeroGel, which offers the absolute best warmth-to-weight ratio of any insulating material for boots and apparel. You wouldn’t think this would be important, but after spending long hours in the snow, you will start to lose quite a bit of body heat through your soles. Vasque’s AeroGel solution solves that with ease – we wore them for 18 hours in below zero temperatures and never noticed the cold.DurabilityThe Lost 40’s are built to withstand extreme weather, and it shows. Lacing eyelets and seams are all double stitched. The felt liners are incredibly sturdy. Outsoles are Vibram’s Icetrek rubber, which gives you excellent grip on snowy conditions. However, it was specifically built for snow and ice, and so is a softer sole – the better to flex and expand for traction. We don’t recommend wearing it regularly on pavement as an around town boot, or out on rocky trails, or you may wear the outsoles out faster than you’d like.Whether you’re an experienced winter hiker, love to camp out in the extreme cold, or are just building your cold weather kit for some upcoming adventures, the Lost 40’s are your best bet for snowy days. The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer How to Care for Your Houseplants in the Winter read more
LANGLEY, B.C. – A collection of classic vehicles worth millions of dollars was destroyed Wednesday when fire raced through a building in Langley, B.C.Alyn Edwards, a columnist who writes about classic cars and a good friend of the owners, Garry and Darlene Cassidy, said they are devastated by the loss.The couple were on their way home from the United States after learning of the fire, he said.Edwards said he spoke with Garry Cassidy on the phone. The couple had been in Las Vegas at a classic car auction.“He’s in tears, these cars are so important to him and he said that insurance can pay out what they will on these cars, but they are absolutely irreplaceable.”Edwards said there were about 40 classic cars in the building, most of them General Motors vehicles from the 1950s and ’60s.“This is a building that was built in the last year. They were so proud of it,” he said. “It was a showcase and showroom for the cars, with a lot of memorabilia, a lot of electric signs and things like that.”Edwards said the collection contained two 1955 Pontiac Star Chiefs, including a rare Safari station wagon, and Cassidy was proud of his matching set.The collection had many trophy cars, including a Camero, Impalas, and Chevelles, Edwards said, adding it was valued at between $2 million and $3 million.“What Garry told me was that it doesn’t matter what kind of monetary value will be paid out on these cars, many of the cars irreplaceable.”The vehicles were insured, said Edwards, who is an avid collector himself.“I just can’t imagine having a lifetime of collecting wiped out like this and what that would do to somebody.”Deputy fire chief Bruce Ferguson of Langley Township said an alarm system alerted them to a fire early Wednesday, but by the time they arrived the flames were shooting out the roof of the two-storey building.Ferguson said the cars would have contributed to the fuel load. There were several explosions during the fire, which could have been fuel tanks or vehicle tires, he said.The cause of the fire in the roughly 740-square-metre building hasn’t been determined.“Whenever there is a fire when there’s nobody home we always deem it as suspicious before we start our investigation but that can’t be confirmed until we get through our investigation,” Ferguson said.The building did not have a sprinkler system and Ferguson said there were no injuries fighting the fire. read more
APTN National NewsThe Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association has voted to support calls for a national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women.But as APTN’s Larissa Burnouf explains, the vote wasn’t unanimous.
by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press Posted May 19, 2017 3:12 am MDT Last Updated May 19, 2017 at 4:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BEIJING, China – Commercial development of the globe’s huge reserves of a frozen fossil fuel known as “combustible ice” has moved closer to reality after Japan and China successfully extracted the material from the seafloor off their coastlines.But experts said Friday that large-scale production remains many years away — and if not done properly could flood the atmosphere with climate-changing greenhouse gases.Combustible ice is a frozen mixture of water and concentrated natural gas. Technically known as methane hydrate, it can be lit on fire in its frozen state and is believed to comprise one of the world’s most abundant fossil fuels.The official Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that the fuel was successfully mined by a drilling rig operating in the South China Sea on Thursday. Chinese Minister of Land and Resources Jiang Daming declared the event a breakthrough moment heralding a potential “global energy revolution.”A drilling crew in Japan reported a similar successful operation two weeks earlier, on May 4 offshore the Shima Peninsula.For Japan, methane hydrate offers the chance to reduce its heavy reliance of imported fuels if it can tap into reserves off its coastline. In China, it could serve as a cleaner substitute for coal-burning power plants and steel factories that have polluted much of the country with lung-damaging smog.The South China Sea has become a focal point of regional political tensions as China has claimed huge swaths of disputed territory as its own. Previous sea oil exploration efforts by China met resistance, especially from Vietnam, but its methane hydrate operation was described as being outside the most hotly contested areas.Methane hydrate has been found beneath seafloors and buried inside Arctic permafrost and beneath Antarctic ice. The United States and India also have research programs pursuing technologies to capture the fuel.Estimates of worldwide reserves range from 280 trillion cubic meters (10,000 trillion cubic feet) up to 2,800 trillion cubic meters (100,000 trillion cubic feet), according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. By comparison, total worldwide production of natural gas was 3.5 billion cubic meters (124 billion cubic feet) in 2015, the most recent year available.That means methane hydrate reserves could meet global gas demands for 80 to 800 years at current consumption rates.Yet efforts to successfully extract the fuel at a profit have eluded private and state-owned energy companies for decades. That’s in part because of the high cost of extraction techniques, which can use large amounts of water or carbon dioxide to flood methane hydrate reserves so the fuel can be released and brought to the surface.Japan first extracted some of the material in 2013 but ended the effort due to sand from the seafloor clogging machinery, according to the country’s Ministry of Economy Trade and Tourism.There are also environmental concerns.If methane hydrate leaks during the extraction process, it can increase greenhouse gas emissions. The fuel also could displace renewables such as solar and wind power, said David Sandalow, a former senior official with the U.S. State Department now at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.However, if it can be used without leaking, it has the potential to replace dirtier coal in the power sector.“The climate implications of producing natural gas hydrates are complicated. There are potential benefits, but substantial risks,” Sandalow said.Commercial-scale production could be “transformative for northeast Asia, particularly for Japan, which imports nearly all its hydrocarbon needs,” said James Taverner, a senior energy industry researcher at IHS Market, a London-based consulting firm.The consensus within the industry is that commercial development won’t happen until at least 2030. Smaller scale output could happen as early as 2020, said Tim Collett, a scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey.“The path to understanding when or if gas hydrates will be commercially produced will need many similar and more extended testing efforts,” Collett said.___Follow Matthew Brown on Twitter at twitter.com/matthewbrownap China, Japan extract combustible ice from seafloor read more
However, the credit market is now remarkably different and SMMT believes that the current voluntary termination provisions are no longer necessary and play no effective role in consumer protection law. The voluntary termination provisions are taken from an old piece of legislation which was set up to protect the consumer from unfair contract terms. The Consumer Credit Act 1974 permits a customer who has purchased goods on hire purchase or conditional sale agreements to hand back the goods to the finance company, without further liability, providing that 50 per cent of the total amount has been paid. Responding to a DTI consultation on voluntary terminations of hire purchase and conditional sale agreements, SMMT has called for a level playing field for all forms of lending and a system which offers more protection for vulnerable consumers. SMMT strongly recommends an end to voluntary termination provisions, calling the credit rules outdated and open to abuse. A major review of consumer credit legislation, undertaken by DTI, will change the framework within which voluntary terminations operate and provide more explicit and effective consumer protection. These measures include greater transparency in advertising, agreements and in the provision of information, as well as to make early settlements fairer. It also stipulates a reform in the licensing regime and enforcement powers of the OFT and an improvement in consumer redress by introducing an alternative dispute resolution mechanism. In addition, as the number of voluntary terminations increase, the residual values of all vehicles decreases, reducing vehicle equity for all owners. The abuse of the current voluntary termination costs the industry around £80 million which has subsequently increased the cost of providing this type of finance to the consumer. In response to the consultation, Christopher Macgowan, chief executive of SMMT said, ‘ The do nothing option in the DTI’s consultation is not feasible in a modern, fair and efficient credit market. To increase the remaining recovery amount to 75 per cent is merely replacing one set of arbitrary values with another. The removal of voluntary termination provisions is the only solution with viable benefits to the consumer and the industry.’ Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more
The first weekend of the NBA playoffs had a bit of something for everyone. Yes, there was a snoozefest or two. But between eight basketball games, Tiger Woods winning the Masters and “Game of Thrones” coming back, maybe a nap was necessary anyway. (Even a couple of the blowouts featured some extracurriculars.) A few games came down to the final seconds, with three lower seeds stepping up and landing statement victories in their series openers. All in all, not a bad start.Let’s take a deeper look at the six playoff series that we expect to be the most interesting going forward. (Sorry to the Clippers-Warriors and Pistons-Bucks.)The young Nets looked sure of themselves. The Sixers looked confused.There were, and maybe are, fair questions to be raised about the Brooklyn Nets. They have very little depth on the inside, which could spell trouble against a dominant big like Joel Embiid. And their offense can be too heavily reliant on All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell.But at least Brooklyn knows what it is, which was more than you could say for the Sixers at times this weekend.For starters, Embiid’s status was known only minutes before the game began Saturday because of his bothersome knee — an availability question that would have required a number of changes to the game plan had he not been able to go. But beyond that, there’s also the issue of cohesion, which the Nets have and the Sixers simply do not.Before Saturday, Philly’s starting five — talented as it might be — had logged just 10 games together since acquiring Tobias Harris in a trade with the Clippers. And honestly, it looked that way for most of Game 1. Embiid, who missed five of the last seven regular-season games, started launching jumpers (which Brooklyn gladly gave him) after drawing a number of fouls on the Nets inside. Ben Simmons and J.J. Redick struggled badly on offense. Jimmy Butler opted to take matters into his own hands (Sixers coach Brett Brown called him “the adult in the room”) and scored a game-high 36 points. All this while Harris looked invisible and uninvolved, scoring just 4 points in 40 minutes of work.Meanwhile, the Nets’ guards had no such questions about their place in the pecking order. Russell struggled early but kept shooting and caught fire in the third period. Spencer Dinwiddie had a very quick first step and repeatedly found his way into the lane — again doing some of his best work this season against Philadelphia. And Caris LeVert continues to look more and more like his old self after returning from his injury in February. Both Dinwiddie and LeVert were integral to a franchise-record 59-point effort from the bench, which the Sixers had no answer for.Keep an eye on this series. The Sixers went all in with a pair of huge trades earlier this season. But that may be the reason that, as we’re midway through April, their opponent has a clearer sense of identity and the upper hand one game into their playoff matchup.Utah’s defense of Harden won’t work — at least not like thisIt was just one game, but very early on — before halftime, even — it seemed clear that Utah was going to have to rethink its defensive strategy for reigning MVP James Harden.The Jazz used a scheme that gave the left-handed Harden an open driving path on the right. The idea here: to take away the dominant hand of perhaps the NBA’s best offensive player, but also to take away his stepback 3-point jumper, maybe his greatest offensive weapon.They weren’t the first team to try this. The top-ranked Milwaukee Bucks’ defense found a ton of success with the idea late last month, by standing far to Harden’s left and slightly behind him.It was a different story for the second-ranked Utah defense, though, which Houston diced to pieces. Why did it work for the Bucks and not the Jazz? One reason was that Milwaukee’s rim protector, Brook Lopez, generally had the discipline to stay tethered to the baseline so that Clint Capela wouldn’t get an easy lob, like he often did on Sunday night, when Jazz center Rudy Gobert stepped up too far.But the other key to Milwaukee’s success was the athleticism and length of the Bucks’ primary and help defenders. Eric Bledsoe and Giannis Antetokounmpo are simply more imposing than Ricky Rubio and Donovan Mitchell or Joe Ingles, giving Harden less confidence that he can either get back to his left hand at the rim or sneak a pass to a teammate standing in the corner.Frankly, Utah wasn’t taking anything away early. By leaving Harden far too much space to navigate, the Jazz had no way of positioning their help defenders in the right spots, allowing The Beard to carve them up by finding both Capela for dunks and P.J. Tucker in the corner. (Tucker shoots almost 40 percent from there.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Harden.mp400:0000:0001:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Rubio told reporters after the game that the Jazz are committed to playing Harden the same way throughout the series. But regardless of how much they improve on that front, they’ll need to be far better — and faster — on offense to have a chance in this series.Excluding a half-court attempt at the end of the third period, Utah scored on seven of its nine transition plays. Getting earlier looks would make life easier, especially for Mitchell, who shot 36 percent against Houston in last year’s series before shooting just 39 percent Sunday, with five turnovers and no assists. In Game 1, the Jazz logged a dismal 25 percent effective field-goal rate when they got inside the last 5 seconds of the clock.Can the poor-shooting Thunder find their range?The post-game excuse “We just missed shots” is usually annoying. It can be read as not giving credit to the opponent for earning a hard-fought victory, and it can also serve as a way to avoid addressing what adjustments might need to be made in the next contest.But in Oklahoma City’s case, there would have been some truth to that claim. The Thunder missed 10 of their 13 wide-open attempts from the arc during their Game 1 loss in Portland.Yet while a lot of teams could use a stat like that to express confidence in simply performing better the next time, it’s worth noting that Oklahoma City … isn’t exactly a team of marksmen. When the Thunder shoot poorly, it’s hard to know whether that’s a sign that things will get better for them or if it’s just Oklahoma City struggling with what it’s seemingly always struggled with.Making matters worse, Paul George — their best shooter and co-star alongside Russell Westbrook — is playing with a troublesome left shoulder, meaning his shot could be affected for the remainder of the playoffs.If there was a bright side offensively, it was that the Thunder eventually found daylight by attacking Portland’s Enes Kanter with a steady diet of pick and rolls — something they can likely go back to in Game 2. But OKC would also be wise to occasionally locate Kanter as he’s going for offensive boards. He killed his former team for 20 points and 18 rebounds, which more than made up for his defensive struggles in the narrow victory.Were the Nuggets simply nervous?Similar to Oklahoma City are the Denver Nuggets, who many — our FiveThirtyEight projection model included — remain skeptical of. A lot of that is rooted in Denver’s inexperience: This is the team’s first trip to the playoffs with this core, which is suddenly facing high expectations as the No. 2 seed in the West.Saturday’s loss, like OKC’s on Sunday, saw Denver miss several open looks when the Nuggets were in striking distance of the Spurs. The teams were neck-and-neck down the stretch, yet Denver somehow missed all eight of its attempts in the second half when taking a shot that would have either tied the game or given the Nuggets the lead. And Jamal Murray, the team’s 22-year-old starting point guard, had an incredibly rough final minute or so in the Game 1 loss.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Murray.mp400:0000:0000:49Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.All of that could have been mere coincidence or simply the result of missing shots the team normally makes. But because of noise about the team’s inexperience — especially as Denver is playing perennial playoff club San Antonio — it’s only natural that the questions about nerves will be there.Whatever the case may be, one thing clearly needs to change going forward: Denver star Nikola Jokic cannot finish playoff games with just nine shot attempts. Yes, he managed a triple-double anyway. But when the team’s jumpshots simply aren’t falling, he’s too efficient a scorer not to take matters into his own hands.The Pacers need offensive counters — but even that may not be enoughOutside of the Pistons and Clippers, I feel most pessimistic about the Pacers after Game 1 of their series with Boston. I went in thinking it would be really tough for them to find enough scoring to win a series, and Saturday’s 74-point showing gave me even more doubts.My real concern now, after watching leading scorer Bojan Bogdanovic struggle against the Celtics again — when he did this all regular season, too — is the lack of counters the Pacers seem to have in their arsenal once Boston has snuffed out the initial action.Indiana got next to nothing out of its handoffs to Bogdanovic, which produced just 0.14 points per time they utilized the play, according to Second Spectrum. Jaylen Brown was generally quick enough to recover and get by the screener, and in the instances when he wasn’t, Al Horford was swarming Bogdanovic, often forcing him to give up the ball to a teammate who wasn’t necessarily in a great position to score, either.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Bojan.mp400:0000:0002:31Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Similarly, the team — which scored just 8 points in the third quarter — found itself at a disadvantage when it sought to make hay with Wes Matthews post-ups, something we knew would likely be a losing strategy from what we’d seen prior to Saturday (particularly if there’s no secondary action that comes of it). Statistically, Matthews has been one of the NBA’s five least efficient post-up options since he joined the team in February.1Among those with at least 30 regular-season post-ups since Feb. 11. Indiana averaged just 0.71 points per Matthews post-up, per Second Spectrum data.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Wes.mp400:0000:0000:44Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Celtics deserve credit for playing as well as they did at that end of the floor, particularly without defensive stud Marcus Smart. But if the Pacers can’t develop better second and third options on these plays when they try them, it could be an ugly series for Indiana, which has been putting too much pressure on its defense for a while now.Lowry struggled again, but Orlando’s win was anything but magicThe most surprising win of the weekend to many was the Magic’s road triumph over Toronto, which Orlando sealed with a game-winning triple from D.J. Augustin.In that sequence — before which coach Steve Clifford elected not to call timeout — Augustin called for a screen and roll, knowing he’d get Marc Gasol on a switch. Though Augustin had hit 3 of 4 from the arc for 22 points, Gasol didn’t come out far enough. The shot left the Toronto crowd stunned, which takes a lot at this point, given what they’ve been through for years now.Aside from nailing that play, the Magic did a ton of things right to put themselves in good position beforehand. They bottled up Pascal Siakam in the first half, and while Kawhi Leonard2Who played only 33 minutes. Expect that to change in Game 2. was efficient, Aaron Gordon played pretty solid defense on him, making him work for contested shots. Orlando was nearly perfect from the line and drilled almost half of its triples on the day. This was a young Magic club that had the same 15-8 second-half record that Toronto did, while ranking inside the Top 10 on both sides of the floor over that span of time. If you hadn’t watched Orlando play, you might not have seen this coming — but it wasn’t a fluke.And neither was Kyle Lowry’s scoreless, 0-for-7 showing. Aside from the fact that Lowry had several low-scoring games this season — including a four-game streak of single-digit performances — Lowry has also struggled in the first games of playoff series. He’s scored just 33 points combined in playoff-opening Game 1s the past five years.There’s not necessarily anything for the Raptors to panic about yet. They’ve seen this before, even if they had hoped they were past having to witness the early round struggles cropping up again. Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more
Best actor in a supporting roleBertie Carvel for Ink at Almeida Theatre and Duke of York’s TheatreJohn Hodgkinson for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court TheatreJames McArdle for Angels In America at National Theatre – Lyttelton Best actress in a supporting role in a musicalSheila Atim for Girl From The North Country at The Old VicTracie Bennett for Follies at National Theatre – OlivierRachel John for Hamilton at Victoria Palace TheatreLesley Joseph for Young Frankenstein at Garrick Theatre Hamilton Jamael Westman and Giles Terera, who play lead roles of Hamilton and Burr, are vying for best actor, against Ciaran Hinds from Girl From the North Country and John McCrea from Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.The latter production is considered the “underdog” of this year’s awards, plucked from the stage in Sheffield for a West End run and starring previously unknown actors.Elsewhere, the National Theatre is up for 22 awards for productions including Follies, Angels in America and Network, a significant comeback after several low-key years to enjoy its best showing since 1995. Best actorPaddy Considine for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court TheatreBryan Cranston for Network at National Theatre – LytteltonAndrew Garfield for Angels In America at National Theatre – LytteltonAndrew Scott for Hamlet at Almeida Theatre The stars of Hamilton are to compete against one another at tonight’s Olivier Awards, after the show was nominated a record-breaking 13 times.Five of the eight nominees for best actor and best supporting actor in a musical come from Hamilton, the American juggernaut which has dominated the stage awards designed to honour the best of London theatre.The musical giant, which transferred from Broadway last year, will see three of its stars go head-to-head in the best supporting actor category, with Ross Noble, who stars in Young Frankenstein, their only external competition. Mastercard best new musicalAn American In Paris at Dominion TheatreEverybody’s Talking About Jamie at Apollo TheatreGirl From The North Country at The Old VicHamilton at Victoria Palace TheatreYoung Frankenstein at Garrick Theatre As well as honouring its actors, its stars also appear in the best supporting actress category, lighting, costume design, sound design, choreography and music. 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 Young FrankensteinCredit: Alastair Muir The award for best actor in a play will go to Bryan Cranston for Network, Andrew Garfield for Angels In America, Andrew Scott for Hamlet or Paddy Considine for The Ferryman.Imelda Staunton is nominated for the best actress and best actress in a musical categories for Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf and Follies respectively. It will compete for best new musical against Young Frankenstein, An American in Paris, Girl From the North Country and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.Nica Burns, producer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, said the five nominations meant “so much” to the cast and crew behind it, adding their “small, homegrown, unknown show” was the “British underdog” among a host of “very, very fine musicals this year”.Ross Noble congratulated his three Hamilton rivals on their nominations, saying he was “dead chuffed” to be in their company. “What a lovely thing to be part of,” he said. Imelda Staunton in FolliesCredit: Alastair Muir The Ferryman has become the most nominated new play of the year with eight nominations, while the Almeida Theatre has seven nods for Hamlet and Ink. The Olivier Awards will be held at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 8 April, hosted by Catherine Tate. Best actor in a supporting role in a musicalMichael Jibson for Hamilton at Victoria Palace TheatreRoss Noble for Young Frankenstein at Garrick TheatreJason Pennycooke for Hamilton at Victoria Palace TheatreCleve September for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre Best new playThe Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court TheatreInk at Almeida Theatre and Duke of York’s TheatreNetwork at National Theatre – LytteltonOslo at Harold Pinter Theatre Best actress in a musicalJanie Dee for Follies at National Theatre – OlivierShirley Henderson for Girl From The North Country at The Old VicImelda Staunton for Follies at National Theatre – OlivierJosie Walker for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at Apollo Theatre Hamilton’s 13 nominations make it the most nominated production in Oliviers history replacing Harry Potter And The Cursed Child in 2017 and Hairspray in 2008 which had 11 apiece. Best actor in a musicalCiaran Hinds for Girl From The North Country at The Old VicJohn McCrea for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at Apollo TheatreGiles Terera for Hamilton at Victoria Palace TheatreJamael Westman for Hamilton at Victoria Palace Theatre Best actress in a supporting roleBrid Brennan for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court TheatreDenise Gough for Angels In America at National Theatre – LytteltonDearbhla Molloy for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court TheatreImogen Poots for Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? at Harold Pinter Theatre The FerrymanCredit:Johan Persson Nominees for the Olivier Awards 2018 include: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre Best directorDominic Cooke for Follies at National Theatre – OlivierMarianne Elliott for Angels In America at National Theatre – LytteltonRupert Goold for Ink at Almeida Theatre and Duke of York’s TheatreThomas Kail for Hamilton at Victoria Palace TheatreSam Mendes for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre For the best actress prize she will take on Laura Donnelly for The Ferryman, Audra McDonald for Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar And Grill and Oscar nominee Lesley Manville for Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Peter Polycarpou for Oslo at Harold Pinter Theatre Best actressLaura Donnelly for The Ferryman at Gielgud Theatre and Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court TheatreLesley Manville for Long Day’s Journey Into Night at Wyndham’s TheatreAudra McDonald for Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill at Wyndham’s TheatreImelda Staunton for Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? at Harold Pinter Theatre read more
In total almost 35,000 Anzacs fought in both WW1 and WW2 campaigns in Greece. It is known that Greek soil contains the remains of 795 Australians with some of these soldiers never identified.In 1946 a 6th century BC urn containing earth from the graves of Australians buried in the cemetery at Phaleron outside Athens and was presented to Australian Prime Minister Ben Chifley.The official presentation of earth is a Greek practice that dates back to classical times and in a letter to Chifley, the then Prime Minister of Greece stated: “The Greek people will always remember with deep emotion the unparalleled heroism of the Australian soldiers, who, in the dark hours of our recent history, fought against the common enemy in Greece and Crete in comradeship with our soldiers.”Nick Andriotakis is the Secretary of the Joint Committee for the Commemoration of the Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign. When he discovered the ancient urn was in the Australian War Memorial (AWM) basement, he had the idea that it join four soils from Greece that were on display at the newly renovated NSW Anzac Memorial.So on behalf of the Joint Committee he and the Greek Consul General wrote to Director of the AWM, Dr Brendan Nelson, asking for the urn to be displayed at the NSW Anzac Memorial, which they agreed.The remains of one Anzac soldier who was never identified is part of the soil that was placed in the urn and Andriotakis says it is a symbol of the everlasting bond between Greece and Australia.“As a Greek Australian we walk a life that is blessed,” he told Neos Kosmos. “We have this immense heritage of Greece and this privilege to live in this country. It was anathema to me that this particular urn was in a basement. What was it doing there in the darkness when it should be in the light?”The crew of HMAS Sydney commemorate their victory off Cape Spada, Crete demonstrating the size of the minor damage to the Sydney’s forward funnels.Anzac memorial sacrifice.Alf Carpenter, a war hero meets the studentsAlf CarpenterVevi Pass War Memorial75th Anniversary commemoration at the Cenotaph, Sydney.The crew of HMAS Sydney commemorate their victory off Cape Spada, Crete demonstrating the size of the minor damage to the Sydney’s forward funnels.Alf Carpenter is an ANZAC that fought in Greece during World War Two and the 102 year old Australian digger told the bond he shares with the Greeks is eternal.“I’m a life member of both the Pan-Cretan Association of Australia and of the Greece and Crete Committee of Australia,” he said.“I fought alongside the Greek people and they were very thankful for that and they treated us with nothing but hospitality. They looked after us very well indeed. The Greek soldiers were very good fighting soldiers.”Andriotakis’ passion for honouring the 35,000 soldiers who fought alongside Greeks when Germany occupied Greece during WW2 was forged as a 16 year-old preparing to march on Anzac Day in Sydney during the late 1970’s.“I was dressed in Cretan costume when an Australian soldier came up to me and said, ‘You’re from Crete, aren’t you son?’” he recalled. “When I said ‘yes’ the Australian Digger insisted, ‘you stay here with me, you stand here.’ A short time later I was asked to leave and go to the back with the other ethnics. When the digger heard what the marshal said he spoke up, ‘Listen mate the boy is staying with me, these people saved my life’.”Paul Kougias is also on the joint Committee for the Commemoration of the Battle of Crete and the Greek Campaign and he told Neos Kosmos the urn continues the legacy of the Anzac spirit in Greece.“From the staging of the Gallipoli campaign on Lemnos Island during WW1 to the dogged resistance of the Nazi invasion of Greece that inexorably turned the tide of WW2, the sacrifices made by the youngest democracy in the world defending the oldest democracy should not be forgotten.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram read more
Roy G. Boggs, 26, of Vancouver was listed in satisfactory condition Sunday night with injuries suffered in a Saturday morning motorcycle accident.The Washington State Patrol said Boggs apparently misjudged a curve on a highway onramp. He was heading onto eastbound state Highway 500, off Andresen Road, when he left the roadway. Boggs was ticketed for DUI, the patrol said. His 2003 Honda CBR 600 was totaled.
Battle Ground officials have lifted the water emergency declaration issued last week. The city issued a water emergency on Sept. 14 after a pump failed at one of the city’s high-production wells. The pump has since been repaired and is fully operational.Last week’s declaration called for immediate voluntary reductions in the consumption of water due to the pump failure and rising temperatures. City officials said the water conservation efforts of residents and businesses helped maintain a safe level of water in the city’s reservoirs.For everyday tips on conserving water, visit City of Battle Ground.
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A car that caught fire Friday caused Interstate 95 to shut down.7Skyforce flew over the scene on southbound I-95, near State Road 826, at around 6:30 a.m., where firefighters extinguished the flames.Authorities said no other cars were involved.The lanes have since been reopened.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.