Abortion bill could cost Missouri $7B in Medicaid funding

first_img(AP) – Missouri’s Republican House Speaker Elijah Haahr says a bill to ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected is among top priorities for the session.But Democratic House Minority Leader Crystal Quade on Thursday warned that enacting the bill could mean the loss of federal Medicaid money.Legislative researchers estimate that could amount to more than $7 billion in lost funding next fiscal year.Republican Rep. Nick Schroer’s bill includes an exception for medical emergencies, but not rape or incest.Social Services Department officials told legislative researchers that not including those exceptions could conflict with federal law and put funding at risk.Schroer questioned whether the bill would put Missouri out of compliance. But he says he’s willing to talk about ways to ensure Missouri doesn’t lose that money.last_img read more

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Referee for England-US match loves yellow card

first_imgCarlos Simon, who will referee the match between England and the United States at the World Cup, went through cards with the speed of a Las Vegas dealer at the 2006 tournament.The Brazilian referee issued five yellows during Italy’s 2-0 first-round victory over Ghana, handing the first to Daniele de Rossi 10 minutes in.He gave out eight more in Spain’s 3-1 win over Tunisia, and added four yellows and a red to his total as Germany beat Sweden 2-0 in the second round.He’s been selected to officiate England’s first match at this year’s World Cup, on Saturday. Given an English team and an American side filled with Premier Leaguers, it could make for a match of attrition.”A foul in England is a foul,” American goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann said. “In another country, they’re wondering if it’s a yellow card or a red card.”The U.S. had its own card-filled night at the last World Cup. In the 1-1 draw against Italy, the Americans went a man up when De Rossi was sent off by Uruguayan Jorge Larrionda in the 28th minute for an elbow that split Brian McBride’s left cheek.Seventeen minutes later, the sides were evened when Pablo Mastroeni was shown red for a studs-up tackle on Andrea Pirlo.American defender Eddie Pope was sent off two minutes into the second half for his second yellow.World Cup matches generally are refereed more tightly than league games, especially than those in England.”You go into a World Cup, you always want to have a little bit of sense of what FIFA has now chosen to clamp down on,” American midfielder Michael Bradley said. “That will be something we think about.”advertisementBradley, who plays for Borussia Moenchengladbach in Germany, missed last year’s Confederations Cup final against Brazil after getting a red card in the semifinal victory over Spain for a lunging tackle.Yet, he doesn’t want think about curbing the roughness too much.”Having a physical edge is something that we bring on our best days and I think we need to look to have on Saturday,” he said.England forward Wayne Rooney will be playing his first World Cup match since his team’s penalty-shootout loss to Portugal in the 2006 quarterfinals. He got a red card that night for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho’s groin _ with then-Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo running over to Argentinian referee Horacio Elizondo to plead for Rooney’s dismissal.”I think you always have to be conscious of referees and their decisions,” said American defender Jay DeMerit, captain of Watford in England’s second-tier Championship.”If you go in and do a tackle that you think you might be able to get away with in England, you might not be able to get away with it on this type of stage, you know. And I think that’s our job, to realize that, and to understand the rules.”FIFA has tried to increase protection of goal-scorers, telling referees to give red cards for career-threatening fouls. But just because Simon gave out lots of cards four years ago, American right back Steve Cherundolo doesn’t necessarily expect a similar spate.”I think the game Saturday, of course it will be a hard-fought game,” he said. “Both teams want to win. Both are physically talented. So I assume there will be some tackles that may be reported or punished by a yellow card _ I hope no red cards. It’s part of the game, but I don’t expect the referee to show more only because he has in the past.”Coach Bob Bradley knows games probably will be called tightly, and has made his feelings known.”It’s important that there’s discipline,” he said Wednesday. “I think we’ve seen in a number of World Cups, especially in the first round, the fact that players must respect the game, must respect their opponents. Otherwise, there will be cards given.last_img read more

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JLR unveils new Range Rover Velar, Jaguar I-PACE Concept

first_imgJaguar Land Rover today unveiled its new Range Rover Velar and Jaguar I-PACE Concept at the Geneva Motor Show. The Tata Motors-owned company also displayed its Project Hero — a bespoke humanitarian version of the Land Rover Discovery.”Today, we have unveiled two revolutionary new vehicles – the Range Rover Velar and the Jaguar I-PACE Concept. Both are true to our purpose: to create experiences our customers love for life,” JLR CEO Ralf Speth told reporters here. The Range Rover Velar and the Jaguar I-PACE Concept represent major innovations in their segments, sharing a compelling combination of iconic British design and creative engineering, the company said.Also Read:Land Rover to launch all new Range Rover Velar in India this yearThe Velar will be built exclusively in the UK using Jaguar Land Rovers lightweight aluminium intensive architecture and powered by the latest ultra-clean UK-built Ingenium petrol and diesel engines. The new Velar is positioned between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport, the company added. Project Hero, which has been created by Jaguar Land Rovers Special Vehicle Operations in partnership with the Austrian Red Cross, features innovative drone technology and will be trialled by emergency response teams over the next year.Jaguar I-PACE Concept The I-PACE, Jaguars first electric performance SUV Concept, has been engineered to deliver a brilliant package, long-distance range, fast charging times and performance. With plans in place to take Jaguar Land Rovers three vehicle manufacturing plants in the UK close to their operating capacity, the I-PACE will be manufactured at Magna Steyrs plant in Graz, Austria, the company said. With more than 100 years of experience, Magna Steyr has extensive contract manufacturing expertise working with many car manufacturers globally, it added.advertisementAlso Read:Made-in-India Jaguar XF launched in India at Rs 47.50 lakhProject Hero, on the other hand, is an advanced communication vehicle created to support Jaguar Land Rover?s partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the worlds largest humanitarian network. Since 1954, Land Rover has supported the Red Cross and supplied 120 vehicles to the IFRC for deployment in all corners of the globe. Project Hero is the first to be supplied with a roof-mounted drone which enhances the capability of the all-new Land Rover Discovery, the company said.last_img read more

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IPL 2018: Ranveer Singh forced to miss opening ceremony with injury

first_imgIndian Premier League’s (IPL) 11th edition is all set to begin on April 7 with Bollywoood stars slated to perform at the opening ceremony. However, Ranveer Singh will miss out on the event.Ranveer, Parineeti Chopra, Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez were reportedly set to perform at the opening ceremony. The ceremony is set to take place before the toss of the first match, which sees defending champions Mumbai Indians take on returning Chennai Super Kings.(IPL 2018: Virat Kohli joins RCB teammates in intense training session)But Ranveer, who recently suffered a shoulder injury, will not perform at this year’s IPL opening ceremony, the actors spokesperson told the media on Monday. The 32-year-old star has been advised not to overstrain his shoulder, which he injured during a football match.”After multiple medical check-ups, the doctors have strongly advised Ranveer Singh to not perform at this years IPL opening ceremony in which he was doing the finale act. They feel his high-energy performance would only overstrain his shoulder and aggravate the injury,” his spokesperson said in a statement.(IPL 2018: Dinesh Karthik relishing captaincy stint with Kolkata Knight Riders)As for the first match, Mumbai Indians will be determined to defend the crown they won last season. Chennai Super Kings on the other hand, will look to start afresh, after being out of the IPL for two years after being implicated in match-fixing allegations.CSK retained the city’s favourite son for Rs 15 crore and Dhoni was reinstated as the captain of the side.(IPL 2018: Rajasthan Royals sign Heinrich Klaasen as Steve Smith replacement)advertisement”As I said it was, I knew I would play for the Pune team but the actual moment comes when you start walking with the team-sheet in your hand till that point of time its only practice and everything. It was a very emotional moment since I have started playing T20 cricket represented the Indian cricket team, Jharkhand team in few tournaments and CSK for eight years, so it was an emotional moment not to see myself in yellow,” Dhoni was quoted at an event.”But at the same time as professionals, we have to move ahead and also not to prove to anyone but to prove a point to myself that I am making sure whatever I gave in for CSK, I am not leaving any inch that I am not giving for the Pune team,” he added.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

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Leganes dump Madrid out of Copa del Rey

first_imgReal Madrid 1 Leganes 2 (2-2 agg): Zidane’s woes deepen with shock Copa exit Jamie Smith 06:23 1/25/18 Zinedine Zidane Getty Images Goals from Javier Eraso and Gabriel Pires pulled off a huge shock for Leganes in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals, dumping out Real Madrid. Real Madrid were dumped out of the Copa del Rey at the quarter-final stage by Leganes on Wednesday as a 2-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu proved enough to secure the visitors a famous victory on away goals.Zinedine Zidane’s men have now lost three of their last five home matches in all competitions and, with a 19-point gap to make up on rivals Barcelona in LaLiga, this was their last realistic chance of claiming domestic silverware and pressure on the Frenchman will inevitably grow further.Marco Asensio’s late strike had given Madrid a narrow 1-0 advantage in the first leg, but Javier Eraso’s brilliant 25-yard curler got Leganes back on level terms and set the tone for a memorable cup tie. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Madrid were back in front inside two minutes of the second half, the fit-again Karim Benzema scoring his first goal since November after being set up by Lucas Vazquez.The script said Madrid would serenely close out the tie from there but Leganes had not read it, a thunderous Gabriel Pires header from Eraso’s corner putting them back ahead on the night and in front in the tie for the first time.FINAL FINAL FINAL FINAL!!!!! Real Madrid, 1 – Leganés 2. SOMOS SEMIFINALISTAS DE COPA DEL REY!!!! #RealMadridLeganés #VamosLega #CopaDelRey pic.twitter.com/Gx0jtTfoIB— C.D. Leganés (@CDLeganes) January 24, 2018Leganes had never been to the quarter-finals of the Copa before, but they fully deserved to progress to the last four after holding Madrid – who were without Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale – at bay despite coming under intense late pressure.Asier Garitano’s men caused Madrid plenty of problems in the opening leg and they almost scored in the fifth minute here, Claudio Beauvue’s free-kick clipping the outside of the post.Darko Brasanac and Gabriel sent efforts straight at Kiko Casilla as Leganes continued to make the running, the visitors scoring the goal their performance deserved in the 31st minute.31′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL GOOOOOOLAZOOOOOOOOOOO JAVI ERASO!!!!!! 0-1 #RealMadridLeganés #VamosLega #CopaDelRey pic.twitter.com/s259nxvCDR— C.D. Leganés (@CDLeganes) January 24, 2018Achraf Hakimi’s loose pass put Nacho Fernandez in trouble and Eraso pounced, seizing the ball, striding into space and lashing a 25-yard drive that curled into Casilla’s top-right corner.Isco delivered a sublime right-wing cross Benzema which narrowly failed to meet before Leganes almost scored a spectacular second on the stroke of half-time, Beauvue’s scissor-kick flying wide of the post.0 – Real Madrid have failed to register a shot on target in a first half for the second time this season in all competitions, both vs Leganes in Copa del Rey. Short-circuit. pic.twitter.com/it3cQJ9feo— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 24, 2018Benzema was making his first Madrid start for a month and it was the France forward who got Madrid back on terms almost immediately after the interval.Vazquez sent his team-mate into the box and Benzema beat Nereo Champagne with a cute chipped finish from a tight angle to restore Madrid’s one-goal aggregate advantage.But Leganes regained the lead eight minutes later as Eraso’s corner was perfect for Gabriel to get clear of Theo Hernandez and thump a rocket of a header that flew past Casilla to send the visiting fans wild.Zidane sent on Luka Modric and Dani Carvajal in a desperate attempt to save his chances of claiming a first Copa title as either a player or manager, but Isco fired over the angle after 72 minutes.Champagne brilliantly denied Benzema and superbly tipped over a Sergio Ramos header as Madrid threw everything at Leganes, but Zidane’s men could not force a late goal to avoid suffering a humiliating exit. read morelast_img read more

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Prefer it when you are on my side: Krunal Pandya to Kieron Pollard

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 8, 2019UPDATED: August 8, 2019 16:38 IST India vs West Indies 1st ODI: Prefer it when you are on my side: Krunal Pandya to Kieron Pollard (@krunalpandya24)HIGHLIGHTSKrunal Pandya had a touching message for Kieron Pollard aftet the T20I seriesKrunal and Pollard are good friends and teammates at Mumbai IndiansKrunal was named man-of-the-series for his performance in the T20I seriesKrunal Pandys is quickly establishing himself as a regular for India in T20 Internationals. He was named man-of-the-series in India’s 3-0 whitewash of West Indies in the T20I series and has asserted himself as a strong second all-rounder in the shorter formats.Krunal and his brother Hardik play together for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. Hardik, India’s premier all-rounder across formats, was rested for the tour of the West Indies but Krunal came face-to-face against a man he loves as much as his brother: Kieron Pollard.West Indies lost all 3 T20Is in Lauderhill and Providence but Pollard had a good series with scores of 49, 8 not out and 58.The Pandya brothers and Kieron Pollard get along famously. Together, the trio has helped Mumbai Indians become the most successful team in the history of the Indian Premier League – no other team has won the championships more than MI.After India conquered the West Indies in the T20I series, Krunal Pandya headed home but not before catching up his mate and brother Kieron Pollard.In a touching message, Krunal Pandya wrote:Pleasure to play against you my brother, but I prefer it when you’re on my side pic.twitter.com/I40crSahlzKrunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) August 8, 2019In 14 T20Is so far, Krunal Pandya has made a siginificant impact. He has taken 14 wickets and chipped in with useful contributions with the bat.In the Indian Premier League, Krunal Pandya has been one of the biggest match-winners for Mumbai Indians.advertisementRead more | IND vs WI, 1st ODI: After T20I triumph, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav set to make it big for IndiaAlso 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Krunal Pandya debutFollow Kieron PollardFollow Ind vs WIFollow ind vs wi 1st ODI live scoreFollow India VS West Indies Prefer it when you are on my side: Krunal Pandya to Kieron PollardIndia vs West Indies: Krunal Pandya played against old friend and Mumbai Indians teammate Kieron Pollard in the 3-match T20I series in USA and West Indies. After the series, Krunal had a warm message for Pollard.advertisementlast_img read more

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BCCI agrees to work with NADA for 6 months

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) met ICC chairman Shashank Manohar in Mumbai on Monday and decided that the Indian board will work with the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for the next six months on a trial basis. Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments said that the board was willing to work with NADA for a period of six months, but the agency would be allowed to collect only 10 per cent samples for testing. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “The Indian board has agreed to try and work with NADA for the next six months and then decide on the road ahead. “Trust has been an issue and that needs to be gained with quality work from the agency. The agency will collect only 10 per cent samples for testing. “The board feels that with the 2022 Commonwealth Games in sight, India would like to field the women’s team in the event at Birmingham and this is a move aimed at that direction,” the source said. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery While the International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to remain compliant to the WADA directives, the BCCI had reservation on dealing with NADA. ICC CEO David Richardson in February spoke on the need to get the differences between the BCCI and NADA sorted. “We are trying to help the BCCI sort out the issue with WADA and NADA. We think cricket should be in the 2028 Olympics, but it’s not going to happen unless we are a unified sport. “At this stage, we need to convince the BCCI that it is a good thing for cricket to be in the Olympics from all aspects,” he had said. However, the BCCI officials present at the last ICC chief executive meeting had made it clear that WADA must name a different testing agency as they did not trust NADA, thanks to mistakes the agency had made.last_img read more

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Hartal in Embilipitiya over death of youth

A hartal was staged in Embilipitiya today over the death of a youth who fell from the top floor of a building during an altercation with the police.Shops in Embilipitiya were closed and black flags hoisted at several locations as a mark of protest. The altercation with the police took place when then police visited the house where a party was taking place, following complaints made by the neighbors.The youth had clashed with the police and in the process fell off the building and was admitted to hospital but succumbed to his injuries today. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Womens volleyball Buckeyes see familiar face in first round of NCAA tournament

Freshman defensive specialist Camry Halm (14) celebrates after a point during a match against Wisconsin at St. John Arena on Nov. 2. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team is off to Manhattan, Kansas, for the first round of the NCAA tournament, and its first opponent is the same team that handed the Buckeyes an early preseason defeat.At 6 p.m. on Friday, OSU and the Missouri State Bears will face off for the second time this year — but this time around, the stakes are much higher. One team will keep its dreams of a national championship alive, while the other will leave empty handed. On Sept. 9, it was the Bears who locked down the tight, five-set win in front of a home crowd and gave OSU its second loss on the season. The Buckeyes finished off their regular season with two consecutive wins, while Missouri State split 1-1 with a win over Illinois State and a loss to Wichita State.OSU coach Geoff Carlston said the match against Missouri State will be the culmination of all the work his team has put in thus far. “This is where all the days in the gym and all the stresses and all of the good memories, all of those things you keep in your backpack — you use them now,” he said. The Buckeyes have made numerous changes since their last encounter with the Bears, and the team is hopeful the new strategies will pay off. “We’ve definitely improved our offense, and I think throughout the season, we’ve run a lot of defensive systems and offensive systems,” said junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer. “I think this versatility allows us to change and adapt in situations where they might be beating us in one area.” Sophomore setter Taylor Hughes added that OSU has stopped relying on one or two of its hitters, which has  diversified offensive options. Hughes has also seen more attacking opportunities with the increased role of fellow setter, senior Abby Fesl. Hughes joined senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe on Tuesday on the Big Ten’s All-Conference teams; Sandbothe received first team and Hughes earned honorable mention. A goal the team set at the beginning of the season was to advance to the Final Four match of the tournament, which will be played at Nationwide Arena in Columbus this year. But if you ask them about that target right now, it’s the furthest thing from their minds. “We’re not talking about it. (We’re) focusing on one game at a time and that’s Missouri State coming up next,” said Hughes. With tournament play soon to be in full swing, every team will be fighting for their existence. One loss and it’s game over for the season. Carlston said the Buckeyes have been preparing for this pressure long before the tournament brackets were even released. “We’ve had practice and we’ve talked a lot about sense of urgency and treating every match we’ve played for the past three or four weeks as if it is our last,” he said. For Schirmer, she’s acknowledging the gravity that Friday will bring, but said playing with high risks comes with the territory of playing the sport.“Especially now, it’s like any day could be your last day, and I think that’s scary but at the same time that’s really cool because we’re fighting for our lives,” she said. “That’s what makes playing volleyball so exciting.” The first serve between the Bears and the Buckeyes is set for 6 p.m. on Friday in Manhattan and can be viewed on ESPN3. read more

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They Are Kevin Durants Warriors Now

LeBron needs defensive help.By nearly any measurement, LeBron was masterful in these NBA Finals. He was efficient from everywhere, hitting 63 percent of his 2-point shots, and an impressive 39 percent of his 3-point tries. He played big, grabbing a series-best 12 boards per game. And the 32-year-old facilitated, logging an average of 10 assists a game.But over the course of the series, we repeatedly saw that this Warriors team was too talented and too deep for James alone to beat them1Or him and Irving, for that matter. Game 3 was proof of that, given that James had 39 points while Kyrie Irving had 38 in a losing effort — the biggest scoring effort by a duo in a losing cause in NBA Finals history.. At times, it almost seemed as if letting the Cleveland superstar work himself to the bone might have been Golden State’s plan.James, who logged the most minutes of any player this series while at times playing at a breakneck pace he’d never experienced during the postseason, drove 14 more times than anyone else. And unlike the last two years, when he checked Draymond Green or Harrison Barnes, James was often responsible for stopping Durant, the player most likely to someday supplant him as the world’s best all-around talent. This was asking a lot considering James, who led the NBA in minutes per game this season, had run 47 miles more than Durant in the lead-up to the Finals.A cursory look at the Cavs’ offense-heavy roster highlights why James was often tasked with Durant. The team was lacking wing players with the necessary length and athleticism to check him and didn’t have much choice at times but to use LeBron in that role — even though it likely contributed to James’s fourth-quarter numbers fading at the beginning of the series.So, the key this summer for Cleveland, aside from figuring out general manager David Griffin’s future, will be for the Cavs to find a couple defenders who have the length and ability to challenge scorers like Durant and Klay Thompson. Iman Shumpert was one of their better options this time, but, at 6-foot-5, he gives up at least a few inches to both players. (The Cavs, with limited options, even gave swingman Richard Jefferson — who turns 37 next week — a crack at Durant after he apparently begged coach Tyronn Lue about such an opportunity for months.)James had defensive lapses at times in this series, as did all his teammates; likely a sign that it wasn’t possible to truly “flip the switch” against an offense of this caliber.James and Kyrie Irving were phenomenal from an offensive standpoint. But the fact that Cleveland managed to score 113 points or more in four of the five games in the Finals, yet still lose in a gentleman’s sweep, highlights the problem is not offense. One way, maybe the only way, for an in-his-prime former MVP to validate a season in which he joined a 73-win team is to remind the world what made him so good in the first place. Kevin Durant made sure we won’t forget again any time soon.Durant was a marvel in the Finals. He scored 39 points in a 129-120 Game 5 closeout win to give the Golden State Warriors their second title in three seasons. For the series, he averaged 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1 steal on 70 true shooting percentage. But in a year in which behemoth statlines have been common — and in a series in which LeBron James averaged a triple double — Durant’s effect on the series was even greater than those numbers suggest. He insinuated himself into every facet of the game, and dominated.As they have all series, the pivotal moments of Game 5 belonged to Durant. During a second-quarter stretch of seven minutes when the Warriors took control of the game, Durant scored 11 points with three 3-pointers, two rebounds and an assist to Stephen Curry on a 3-point play. In the fourth quarter, with the Cavaliers pressing their way back into the game, Durant delivered the finishing blow, scoring 11 in the 24-13 run that put Cleveland away for good and ended any hopes of a miracle comeback.The second quarter run was a stroke of good fortune. Durant appeared to foul James on a fast-break dunk early in the second quarter, but wasn’t called for it. It would have been his third foul of the game, and avoiding that sort of foul trouble with 10 minutes to go before halftime allowed him to remain in the game.But it wasn’t simply that Durant scored in such important moments, it was how he did it. For long stretches of Game 5, the Warriors looked as they do at their worst, which is to say like a drunk guy playing as the Warriors in NBA2K. The whirring Rube Goldberg offense grinds down and becomes a tangle of bad, rushed shots and bad, haphazard defense. In last season’s Finals, it was enough to do them in. But Durant thrives in the muck.KD was 12 of 15 on contested shots in Game 5, and 45 of 78 for the series. Durant’s overall efficiency was through the roof in the Finals, as it was all season, but it was his shot-making that set him apart. And it wasn’t merely Oklahoma City-era isolations — Durant moved off the ball, coming off of screens, flashing to the hoop and establishing in the post. He used his size to find mismatches all over the floor. Put another way, Durant played Warrior ball. The Cleveland defense did its best to stay with him, but when a nearly 7-foot-tall small forward catches and shoots just 5 feet from the rim, it’s a better shot for him than for just about any other player in the league. And for Durant, that remains true out to 28 feet and beyond.It was that same length that allowed Durant to frustrate the Cavs near the basket all series. LeBron restored a few points to his field goal percentage on drives thanks to a flurry of made baskets to close Game 5, but Durant frustrated him with single coverage much of the series. Overall, he allowed just 47.8 percent shooting at the rim on plays he defended. He was so smothering that he eventually became a deterrent: When Kevin Love would catch the ball in good position against him, he would take a few half-hearted post dribbles and throw the ball back out. Better to reset the offense than to try KD.Durant became the third player to win NBA Finals MVP in his first season with a team, following Moses Malone with the Philadelphia 76ers and Magic Johnson during his rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers. He and Curry combined to form one of the best pairs in Finals history. But the breadth of Durant’s accomplishments this series can be appreciated only by acknowledging what it means that the Warriors truly needed Durant.Golden State won 73 games in the 2015-16 season, yes, and they have All-NBA talent all over the court. But as the last three games of this series showed, the margins are still razor-fine against the Cavaliers. If one or two shots fell differently in Game 3, and one or two calls went another way in Game 5, Cleveland could just as easily be taking a 3-2 lead back to Quicken Loans Arena. It didn’t happen. And the fundamental reason why it didn’t is that every time the series or game or quarter seemed to be slipping away, Durant was there to reel it back in. He was the port in the storm. And for a tempest like Golden State, that’s the most valuable thing in the world. Golden State won the game in the second quarter.There were a couple of turning points in Monday’s clincher, but momentum first began shifting during the second quarter, when the Cavaliers held a 41-33 edge before things went off the rails for them. As Cleveland was mired in a drought, Golden State swung with a haymaker to go on a 21-2 run. The Cavs spent the rest of the night trying to play catch-up.Perhaps the most surprising thing about the run was that Lue, the Cavs coach, opted against calling a second timeout and allowed the Warriors’ hot streak to continue.Timeouts are particularly helpful for Cleveland, which scores following its timeouts more frequently than any other team in the NBA, according to Synergy Sports. Lue called for a break just six points into the Warriors’ run, following an Andre Iguodala dunk in transition.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/iggydunk.mp400:0000:0000:12Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Sure enough, after that breather, the Cavs got a layup from Tristan Thompson to seemingly stem the tide.But then the Dubs stayed in rhythm after that, reeling off another 15 consecutive points, and taking a 54-43 lead before Lue finally stopped play again. (Cleveland scored immediately after that second timeout as well, on a J.R. Smith jumper.)Lue later blamed the stretch on turnovers and poor shot selection, which led to Warriors’ transition opportunities. But the delay in calling a second timeout was somewhat similar to instances in Games 2 and 3, where Golden State went on game-altering runs without the Cavs taking timeouts to stop the bleeding2The Warriors went on a 16-4 run during the third quarter of Game 2. And Golden State ended Game 3 on an 11-0 spurt..There are reasons coaches don’t burn multiple timeouts in a short span of time. Brisk, uptempo games like these might require a coach to save them for when his players — or even just a single player, like James — need a quick breather. Other times, coaches may just try to hold off on calling one because a TV timeout is on the horizon.In any case, allowing the Warriors to get in that sort of groove — at home, no less — was dangerous. To the Cavaliers’ credit, they did manage to make a game of it again late, drawing within three points early in the fourth quarter. But later on in the final quarter, Cleveland looked exhausted; perhaps from the uphill battle to get back into the game. Golden State coach Steve Kerr then unleashed his Death Lineup3The nickname for the speedy, versatile five-man lineup involving Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. Kerr used the lineup for 17 minutes in the series prior to Monday’s clincher, but opted to use it for 16 on Monday alone., later on in the fourth, and by then, it was too late, with Cavs missing defensive assignments all over the court that would help cement the Warriors’ championship.Read more: The Warriors Duped The NBA read more

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Farmer airlifted to hospital following workplace accident

first_img Arigna area of Roscommon. Image: Google Maps Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Google Maps Arigna area of Roscommon. Farmer airlifted to hospital following workplace accident The man is now being treated at Beaumont Hospital. A MAN IN his 60s suffered serious head injuries in a workplace accident in Roscommon yesterday morning.The incident happened on a farm near the village of Arigna which is around 25 kilometres away from Boyle.Emergency services were called and the man was airlifted to Galway University Hospital. He has since been moved to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin and is said to be in a serious condition.Gardaí and the Health and Safety Authority are investigating the incident.Read: Shauntelle Tynan starts chemotherapy in US after raising €600k for treatment >Read: “They are the vestiges of the Nazis”: Turkey president slams Dutch over foreign minister ban > 39,584 Views Short URLcenter_img Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 3:51 PM Mar 11th 2017, 3:51 PM http://jrnl.ie/3282890 4 Comments Share Tweet Email By Garreth MacNameelast_img read more

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Defence Forces personnel recognised for their role in south Lebanon at special

first_img Minister Kehoe handing out the medals. Image: Irish Defence Forces at UNIFIL Mission 16 Comments Defence Forces personnel recognised for their role in south Lebanon at special ceremony There are 458 Irish personnel attached to Unifil. IRISH DEFENCE FORCES members have been honoured for their peacekeeping roles in south Lebanon at a special medal ceremony.In all, 147 members of the 113th infantry battalion were recognised for their service with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (Unifil).To reflect the sizeable Galwegian contingent among the personnel stationed there, one of the main areas in the Unifil camp was renamed Connemara Square following the medal parade.The Unifil mission was set up in 1978, following the invasion of Lebanon by Israel. Since 2000, following the Israeli withdrawal, Unifil has continued to operate in the region.Irish personnel stationed there, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Caimin Keogh, patrol, monitor and report on developments in the area. Monday 18 Mar 2019, 2:30 PM https://jrnl.ie/4548790 Mar 18th 2019, 2:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 16,709 Views The newly renamed Connemara Square Source: Irish Defence Forces at UNIFIL MissionThey also correct violations of the so-called Blue Line – the border demarcation with Israel – and prevent the escalation of incidents.There are 458 Irish personnel attached to Unifil, and a decision was made to increase its contribution by 106 troops last November. Speaking at the ceremony, Minister with responsibility for defence Paul Kehoe said there was an affinity between the Irish Defence Forces stationed there and the local community.“As Minister, I want to dedicate a huge word of gratitude to the local community, whose representatives are here,” Kehoe said. “Your support for the Irish Defence Forces over the last 40 years cannot be understated. You not only allowed us in, but you welcomed us with open arms.” Source: Irish Defence Forces at UNIFIL MissionThe minister added that he was aware of the sacrifices the troops made, given they were unable to celebrate St Patrick’s Day at home with their families.“I am very mindful of the great sacrifices you make here in Lebanon,” he said. “I understand how much you all miss your homes, your families and your loved ones. I know the dangers you face and the hardships you endure as part of your mission.”He added that the government is proud of them. Share194 Tweet Email2 Image: Irish Defence Forces at UNIFIL Mission Minister Kehoe handing out the medals. By Sean Murraylast_img read more

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Murphy says it was irresponsible to promise to end homelessness

first_img 15,042 Views https://jrnl.ie/4557297 By Christina Finn HOUSING MINISTER EOGHAN Murphy has said there “will always be people who will not be able to find shelter on a given night”.Insisting that there is no backslapping at the Fine Gael National Conference, Murphy said:“There will always be people whose circumstances, through no fault of their own, means they need the support of community services.“It might be a one night bed, it might be a six month bed, it might be something longer than that. That’s why we as a government will always have the supports in place,” he told reporters at Fine Gael’s National Conference.”Murphy hit out against Fine Gael’s former government partners, criticising Labour for previously promising to end homelessness after the death of Jonathan Corrie in December 2014. He said such a promise was “very irresponsible”.“I remember, I think it was after Jonathan Corrie died, I think the Labour Party committed to ending homelessness by 2016 which I think was very irresponsible at the time because it’s an incredibly complex challenge,” Murphy said.Former Housing Minister, Labour’s Jan O’Sullivan commented on Twitter after Murphy’s criticism.“If he reads the plan in his Department he will see that it was to end long-term homelessness, it had specific proposals to achieve that: I believe would have been a lot more effective than Rebuilding Ireland has been,” she said.Answering a question by TheJournal.ie about the homeless figures going in the wrong direction, Murphy said not all the numbers are going in the wrong direction, stating that the government is building a lot more houses. He added that the latest figures show that more families are exiting emergency accommodation.“We are going to continue to face a crisis in homelessness. And we are going to continue to face a challenge of large numbers of people in emergency accommodation until we have built thousands and thousands of more homes. That will happen this year. It will happen again next year.”The homeless emergency accommodation figures for January 2019 show that there are now a combined total of 9,987 people homeless and living in emergency accommodation in Ireland, a significant rise of 234 people from December. Murphy says it was ‘irresponsible’ to promise to end homelessness The minister said there will always be people who present as homeless. Saturday 23 Mar 2019, 3:24 PM Mar 23rd 2019, 3:24 PM 75 Comments Image: Sam Boal Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Sam Boal Short URL Share785 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

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Should the diaspora vote

first_imgThe debate about whether or not the diaspora should be allowed to take part in the Greek electoral process has been re-ignited. Dora Bakoyannis stated to Neos Kosmos during her recent visit to Melbourne that Greece as a modern European country is obliged to give the voting right to its citizens who live abroad, and that they should also have the right to elect their own representatives where they live. This has re-opened a long held discussion which has gone on for decades. The former foreign minister of Greece reinforced a position stated by the current Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who re-opened the issue last October during a meeting of the Administrative Committee of his governing conservative New Democracy Party. In that meeting, the Greek PM went on record saying the issue of the vote to the Hellenic diaspora needs to be brought forward in the political calendar. Mr Samaras is not the first Greek prime minister or the first Greek political leader to talk about the need for Greek citizens living abroad to be able to take part in the country’s national elections from wherever in the world they are permanently residing. His predecessors George Papandreou and Costas Karamanlis were also in favour of this measure, but they did not agree on the details when, in 2009, the Karamanlis government brought a relevant bill into parliament for debate. Article 51.4 of the Greek Constitution provides voting rights for all Greek citizens irrespective of where they live, either by postal vote or by other appropriate means, as long as the votes of the expatriates are tallied and announced simultaneously with the electoral counting and declaration of the official election results in Greece. What is missing though, up until now, is the existence of a law that as specified by the constitution needs to be legislated by a two thirds majority of the Greek Parliament. A majority of at least 200 votes would require the support of at least the two major parties in Greece today, namely New Democracy and the left wing opposition party SYRIZA. SYRIZA, along with other smaller parties of both political persuasions are in favour of the Diaspora obtaining the vote but differ with the government on the details of the proposed legislation. The central thesis of SYRIZA is for the Greek Diaspora to be able to elect its own representatives in the Greek parliament from their own ranks and not to have votes distributed for example through Greek electorates in Greece ‘making up the numbers’ in addition to the domestic votes. The official advisory body to the Greek government for Diaspora issues, the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE), is also in favour of the right to vote by Greeks living abroad. The first time that voting rights were given to Greeks living outside the borders of the country was in 1862, but this measure did not last for whatever reason. However, universal political support in Greece for the Diaspora to obtain the right to vote, in principle centres around the argument that this will formally establish a strong Hellenic link and presence on a global scale. Opponents of this measure argue that the Diaspora are citizens of other countries with constitutional rights and responsibilities, and that they should not be allowed to be involved in the affairs of Greece. Under current legislation, a Greek citizen can only vote in a national election in Greece if s/he is physically present in the country during the day of the election. In the elections for the European parliament, to be held in May this year, Greek citizens living in an EU country can exercise their voting right in Greece from their EU country of residency. Only two years ago in March 2012, the European Court for Human Rights, reversing a previous decision, ruled unanimously in favour of Greece and against two of its citizens, who took the country to court over not allowing its citizens abroad to vote in a national election. The 17 member Court declared that it is not within its jurisdiction to direct a national government on how to convert a non-binding constitutional proviso into legislation. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Food with Friends reaches out in Vancouver

first_imgAnthony Bordelon and Mandy Seitz were perched on a bench with their belongings outside the Vancouver Community Library when a caravan — the tail-end being a red, 1969 Firebird driven by Santa Claus — arrived bearing gifts.Temperatures hovered near freezing the night of Dec. 17, when Santa and a handful of Food with Friends volunteers drove around downtown Vancouver looking to assist the homeless. The grass-roots group turned nonprofit organization provides food and other supplies to the homeless every Saturday night in the downtown area.“I think it’s awesome. They find us no matter where we’re at,” said Seitz, 30, who’s been homeless since she and her mother lost their housing in Gresham, Ore., more than a year ago.Food with Friends began about eight months ago after Battle Ground’s Cherish DesRochers-Vafeados volunteered with a local hot-soup group and connected with others doing outreach.“I’ve always enjoyed serving people. The opportunity came about … and I was instantly hooked,” she said. “I love meeting people and hearing their stories, and then I saw there’s a real need for it. I can’t have people out here freezing and hungry.”last_img read more

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Ballot tampering investigated in Clackamas County

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities on Friday were investigating alleged ballot tampering by an elections worker in one of Oregon’s most populous counties.The extent of the tampering in Clackamas County, which primarily comprises Portland suburbs, was not immediately clear.The Willamette Week newspaper reported that the election worker, who was not identified, filled in Republican bubbles on ballots where preferences had been left empty by voters.A person with knowledge of the investigation said Willamette Week accurately described the incident. The person was not authorized to discuss the matter and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.Oregon was the first state to conduct elections exclusively by mail, and this the fourth presidential election in which the system has been used. Despite initial fears that the method would lead to fraud, allegations have been rare.County Clerk Sherry Hall said a criminal violation of election law was uncovered by her office Wednesday and reported to the secretary of state’s Elections Division. Hall declined to identify the worker or describe the specific nature of the violation.Because it’s a criminal matter, the Elections Division referred the case to the state Department of Justice.“We can confirm we are currently investigating criminal felony violations of Oregon’s election laws, which allegedly took place in Clackamas County and allegedly involved a temporary county elections employee tampering with cast ballots,” said Jeff Manning, the DOJ spokesman.last_img read more

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7 would opt out of workplace pension in favour of Lifetime Isa

first_imgJust 7% of respondents would stop saving into a workplace pension upon the introduction of the Lifetime individual savings account (Lisa), according to research by Fidelity International.Its survey of 2,000 UK adults aged between 18 and 40, also found that 37% of respondents would be interested in saving into both a workplace pension and a Lisa.The research also found:More than half (56%) of respondents would prefer to save solely into their workplace pension rather than contributing to a Lisa.20% of respondents who rent are part of a workplace pension scheme.30% of respondents who are homeowners are in a workplace pension scheme.Richard Parkin, head of pensions at Fidelity International, said: “Suggestions that the Lisa will undermine pension savings are, we think, overdone. Encouragingly, the research shows that those who are involved in [workplace] pensions do value them and will stick with their scheme even when Lisas are launched.“The idea that people will opt out of pensions to save for house purchase in a Lisa seem to confuse cause and effect. Those who are determined to buy their own home but can’t afford to do that and contribute to their workplace pension will surely opt out of the pension in any case, as our results show.”last_img read more

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7s Martinez warms up dancing shoes ahead of gala fundraiser

first_imgCORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – A member of 7’s family is dancing her way toward raising cancer awareness, but first it’s time for a practice run.7News anchor and Deco Drive host Lynn Martinez joined other participants of an upcoming dance competition at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Coral Gables, Wednesday night.The competition will form part of “One More Time, Dancing for a Cause,” a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society set to take place at the JW Marriott in Brickell, April 8.Six of the dancers, including Martinez, met their partners for the first time and gave attendees a taste of what’s to come.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Study shows that songbirds recognize sound patterns using the overall spectral shape

first_imgEastern Yellow Robin. Credit: Wikipedia. © 2016 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: Micah R. Bregman et al. Songbirds use spectral shape, not pitch, for sound pattern recognition, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1515380113AbstractHumans easily recognize “transposed” musical melodies shifted up or down in log frequency. Surprisingly, songbirds seem to lack this capacity, although they can learn to recognize human melodies and use complex acoustic sequences for communication. Decades of research have led to the widespread belief that songbirds, unlike humans, are strongly biased to use absolute pitch (AP) in melody recognition. This work relies almost exclusively on acoustically simple stimuli that may belie sensitivities to more complex spectral features. Here, we investigate melody recognition in a species of songbird, the European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), using tone sequences that vary in both pitch and timbre. We find that small manipulations altering either pitch or timbre independently can drive melody recognition to chance, suggesting that both percepts are poor descriptors of the perceptual cues used by birds for this task. Instead we show that melody recognition can generalize even in the absence of pitch, as long as the spectral shapes of the constituent tones are preserved. These results challenge conventional views regarding the use of pitch cues in nonhuman auditory sequence recognition. Finally, the starlings were tested to see if the spectral shape was kept the same but the absolute pitch was changed, whether they would recognize a song sequence. The spectral shape has to do with the overall pattern of sound frequency amplitudes. By using a noise-vocoder, Bregman, et al. were able to maintain the spectral shape (i.e., the spectral envelope) of the song sequences while changing the pitch. They also tested the starlings using a piano-tone version of the training sequences, which preserves pitch, but it changes the absolute spectral envelope. In the first 100 trials, the starlings were able to discern the noise-vocoded ascending and descending sound sequences with greater accuracy than chance (approx. 70%). After additional trials, their accuracy increased. The starlings performed comparatively poorer with the piano-toned versions of the training sequences. Statistical comparisons of these results indicate that starlings recognize ascending and descending tone sequences using the absolute spectral envelope as opposed to pitch.”What our results suggest is that starlings, and probably most songbirds, hear these kinds of sounds in a way that is more similar to how humans hear speech,” says Dr. Tim Gentner, principle investigator in this study. “If pressed, you can hear for the pitch of speech, but it’s not part of your normal mindset when you are listening to someone speak. Interestingly, if you noise-vocode a piece of music it becomes nearly indecipherable, whereas vocoding speech is noticeable but doesn’t destroy comprehension. Like music itself, listening ‘musically’ is probably a really specialized, learned skill.” This work challenges the view that songbirds rely on absolute pitch to recognize song sequence. In prior studies, the songbirds were tested with simple song sequences, but in this study, they were tested with more complex sequences. In these complex sequences, the spectral envelope plays a key, but not solitary, role in song sequence recognition. This study helps researchers understand important differences between how songbirds generalize sound sequences and how humans generalize sound. Explore further Citation: Study shows that songbirds recognize sound patterns using the overall spectral shape (2016, February 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-songbirds-patterns-spectral.html Songbirds, like humans, can learn sound sequences. They share many common features with human perception of sound and the ability to learn new sounds. However, songbirds perceive sequences of sounds differently. Humans can recognize a sound sequence even if the pitch or timbre changes. For example, most people can recognize “Happy Birthday” whether it is played on an oboe or a trumpet or sung by an alto or soprano. Birds, on the other hand, would not recognize this sound sequence when variations in pitch or timbre occur.The prevailing thought is that birds recognize song patterns based on the sound sequence’s absolute pitch; however, some studies have indicated that there is more to the way birds perceive a sound sequence than pitch. To understand how birds perceive a sound sequence, Bregman, et al. devised an experiment to see how songbirds perceive tone sequences that systematically vary over time in both pitch and timbre.First, they trained five starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) to accurately discern an ascending and descending sound sequence. The starlings were able to distinguish between the ascending and descending sound sequences with over 91% accuracy.Then, they tested the starlings’ ability to recognize a different song sequence that kept the same pitch and timbral pattern as the training sequences. The starlings only correctly identified ascending and descending sequences about 50% of the time, or the same as chance. They were unable to discern even small shifts in pitch. These results seemed to confirm that starlings indeed rely on absolute pitch to recognize a song sequence pattern.Bregman, et al., then tested the starlings by using a sequence of tones from a novel piano timbre at the same pitch as the two training sequences. If the starlings rely on absolute pitch to identify song sequences, then they should be able to discern the ascending and descending tone sequences that match the training pitch but, in this case, do not match the spectral shape. As it turns out, the starlings did not recognize the song sequences. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—New research on how songbirds recognize a sound sequence calls into question the prevailing view that songbirds tend to rely on absolute pitch to recognize a song pattern as opposed to humans who tend to rely on relative pitch. Micah R. Bregman, Aniruddh D. Patel, and Timothy Q. Gentner from the University of California in San Diego and Tufts University demonstrate through behavioral studies that starlings recognize a song pattern by its absolute spectral shape. Their work appears in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Songbirds have a thing for patternslast_img read more

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