Video: Oklahoma State’s LeBryan Nash Slammed Home One Of The Best Dunks Of The Year vs. Texas

first_imgLeBryan Nash throws down nasty dunk vs. Texas.Add LeBryan Nash to the list of players who have slammed home a basket that should be considered for the mythical dunk of the year award. During Oklahoma State’s game against Texas in Austin, the Cowboys’ forward basically dunked over Longhorn guard DeMarcus Holland. Check it out: This angle makes it even more impressive:Oklahoma State and Texas are currently in the second half of their contest. The game is being televised on the Longhorn Network.last_img

PM Says 5,000 Solar Lamps Will Be Distributed to Energy-Poor Households

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says an initial 5,000 solar lamps will be made available under a programme being developed to assist energy-poor households. Story Highlights “A system of identifying and distributing these solar lighting solutions to needy households is being developed,” Mr. Holness said, during his contribution to the Budget Debate in the House on Tuesday, March 20. Mr. Holness noted that a significant number of rural and urban homes in Jamaica are without electricity connections or are disconnected, pending payment, and rely on open flames as their source of light. This, he said, has resulted in tragic incidents of children perishing in fires ignited by candles and lamps. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says an initial 5,000 solar lamps will be made available under a programme being developed to assist energy-poor households.This is in light of house fires that since the start of the year have claimed the lives of eight adults and five children, caused mainly by lit candles or lamps.“A system of identifying and distributing these solar lighting solutions to needy households is being developed,” Mr. Holness said, during his contribution to the Budget Debate in the House on Tuesday, March 20.He pointed out that using solar solutions to replace open flame light sources is an established policy response to address energy poverty, noting that there are many such programmes successfully implemented all over the world.Mr. Holness noted that a significant number of rural and urban homes in Jamaica are without electricity connections or are disconnected, pending payment, and rely on open flames as their source of light. This, he said, has resulted in tragic incidents of children perishing in fires ignited by candles and lamps.“With simple and inexpensive actions, the Government can make a difference in the lives of energy-poor households, and particularly and significantly reduce or virtually eliminate the risk of these tragic fires,” he said.The Prime Minister further noted that the solar lighting programme “is a real opportunity for social enterprise to support the ecosystem around the production, installation, user education, servicing and recycling of these solar lamps”.To this end, Mr. Holness said he has directed the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) programme to develop a National Service Corps to support all elements of this solar lighting programme and to work with existing social entrepreneurs in this area.These, he said, would include members of the Jamaican diaspora, such as Nathaniel Peat of Genex (Solar), which is a renewable energy company providing this very service in countries in Africa.“We are not just giving solar lamps. We want to make it so convenient and practical to use these solar lamps that households no longer use open-flame lighting sources such as candles and lamps.After the full implementation of this programme, no child should perish in a house fire caused by a candle or a lamp used for light,” the Prime Minister stressed.In the meantime, Mr. Holness urged parents/caregivers to ensure the safety of children, lamenting that too often, the investigations into these fires reveal that the parent or legal guardian left the child in the care of another person who themselves are either children or not capable of taking care of children.“While this programme will remove one of the risk factors in such fires, ultimately, however, parents and guardians are responsible for the safety, care and protection of their children,” he said.“We must educate, support and empower our parents, so that those who want to do better will, while ensuring that the organs of State are in a position to protect children from those parents who refuse,” he added.last_img read more

Toronto stock market starts November by posting third day of positive growth

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index started November by notching a third straight day of positive growth led by higher metals and materials.Despite the bounce back from a very weak October, it may be premature to celebrate just yet, says Kash Pashootan, CEO and chief investment officer at First Avenue Investment Counsel Inc.“We’re not getting overly enthused or turning positive just yet because we feel that it’s still too early to say we have turned the corner,” Pashootan said in an interview.Being late in the bull run, he said it’s difficult to see how equities will generate even high single-digit increases amid volatility.Some of the tech and industrials names that led the correction have regained some footing over the past three days amid strong third-quarter corporate results that helped to inject positive sentiment.But Pashootan said some big companies that have yet to report could be a determining factor if the bounce back will stick — chief among them is Apple Inc.“We’re going to need the world’s largest company to have solid numbers reported, or otherwise you could see a quick reversal of this three-day optimism that’s come back,” he said.The company reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of US$14.13 billion after markets closed. The net income of $2.91 per share surpassed Wall Street expectations of $2.79 per share. But its holiday outlook suggested weaker demand for expensive new iPhones.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 122.87 points to 15,150.15. Metals, materials and gold rose by at least 3.7 per cent, while utilities, financials, utilities and consumer staples led on the downside.It’s been a good week for the Toronto Exchange.“You’re seeing this tug of war continue between the market trying to decide if overall it’s feeling optimistic because of Q3 earnings or it’s still trying to finish the cleansing process of the correction that started a couple of weeks back,” Pashootan said.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 264.98 points to 25,380.74. The S&P 500 index was up 28.63 points to 2,740.37, while the Nasdaq composite was up 128.16 points at 7,434.02.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.41 cents US compared with an average of 76.09 cents US on Wednesday.The December crude contract was down $1.62 to US$63.69 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was down 2.4 cents at US$3.24 per mmBTU.Crude is down about five per cent for the week but more decreases are likely, noted Pashootan.“Investors should be watching in the coming months because the real reasons why the commodity price rose in the first place not being supply and demand, but more so supply disruptions.”The December gold contract was up US$23.60 at US$1,238.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 6.25 cents at US$2.72 a pound.last_img read more

House behind police tape on the citys east side

first_img The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton A fourth police vehicle arrived a short time later, and an officer was seen exiting the vehicle wearing forensic coveralls.Officers at the scene declined to comment about the nature of their investigation, but when asked, the on-duty watch commander with the Fort St. John RCMP this afternoon said that police were working on issuing a release.The watch commander was also not able to speak to the incident, saying that the investigation is ongoing.Comments on a post in a local Facebook group allege that three men entered the home brandishing a firearm, shooting and injuring a woman and fatally wounding a dog. Those allegations have not been confirmed.This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Mounties are investigating an incident that took place at a home on the city’s east side earlier today.At around 1:30 on Saturday afternoon, three RCMP vehicles were seen parked outside of a mobile home in the 8600-block of 76th Street, while the home itself was behind police tape.The home appeared to be quite dilapidated, with two windows in the home’s front room seen to be wide open with the windows’ blinds knocked askew, while the front porch and entrance stairs appeared to have collapsed. It is not known if the damaged occurred during the incident.last_img read more

Summer care tips to beat this heat

first_imgAs Summers are here, so are many problems related to skin. Experts list down a few tips for you to fight this season gracefully:Get rid of uneven patches: For the lips which are extremely vulnerable to have unbalance tone and texture, mix 1 spoon of lemon juice some raw honey apply this paste on your lips and rub it for like 3-4 minutes. Thereafter, wipe it off. After this process apply some balm or home based oil for nourishment. you can replace honey with brown sugar. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHydrate your body and hair: When the Summers strikes, keep your body hydrated by drinking lots of plain water and coconut water. Coconut is good for skin and hair also. For your hair, mix a fine paste of one banana, 2-3 spoon of coconut oil and 1/3 cup of plain curd. Apply this paste on your hair from roots to your hair length, massage your hair for about 5 minutes. Keep this mask for 50-60 mintues for better result and rinse your hair with mild shampoo. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardKeep your face acne free and smooth: Summers are the season of oliy skin, and it is the main cause of acne on our face. Take orange peel powder, Aloe Vera gel and rose water mix these three ingredient and apply it on your face for glowing and acne free skin. Control oil on skin: Be it Summers or chilly winters, never leave your skin non-moisturised. Otherwise, the skin will produce more oil on your face. Use clay based mask as they absorb the excess oil for better result use this mask for 2-3 times in a week. Night Cream: Night care is the most important step for a good skin. Add few drops of tea tree essential oil to your aloe vera gel and use it as a night cream and deep moisturise your skin throughout the night. (Inputs shared by Arpita Das, Skin Care expert).last_img read more

Twitter closes up 72 percent in Wall Street debut

first_imgNew York City- Twitter made a spectacular Wall Street debut Thursday but analysts warned of challenges ahead for the popular messaging service vying to become the next fixture for global Internet users.The shares shot up by more than 90 percent in early trade to as high as just over $50. In the end, the stock closed with a one-day gain of 73 percent at $44.90, from the initial public offering (IPO) price of $26.But analysts cautioned that the success of the IPO was just a first step for Twitter, which must now justify its hefty valuation. “Kudos to Twitter for orchestrating a highly successful IPO,” said Lou Kerner of the Social Internet Fund.“However, as Facebook showed, an IPO success, or disaster in Facebook’s case, is really just noise in the long term. Twitter’s success as a stock is going to be based on how the company performs.”Kerner said Twitter “needs to perform extraordinarily well, in terms of user growth, user engagement, and user monetization to justify its price.”Appropriately, #TwitterIPO was among the top trending topics on the social network for much of the day.The key Twitter founders attended the opening on the New York Stock Exchange, along with “Star Trek” actor Patrick Stewart and a nine-year-old girl who operates a lemonade stand.“Honored to join @ev @jack @biz @dickc & the @Twitter team at their historic IPO this morning,” Stewart tweeted, referring to founders Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo.“We have a lot of work ahead of us,” Costolo told CNBC television from the floor of the stock exchange. “All the capital raised by this is going into the company.”Asked about Twitter’s growth potential, Costolo said “it’s all about making it very simple and easy for new users to come to the platform… we all have examples of why this service can be useful to everyone on the planet.”Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali was upbeat about the company, saying in a note to clients that “Twitter is based on a one-to-all, all-the-time broadcast distribution model, and as such, fulfills an unmet need.”“This model is highly complementary to traditional media outlets (especially TV), and fulfills the need for up-to-the-minute, trending information in real time,” it said.But Brian Wieser at Pivotal Research issued a “sell” recommendation after the opening, saying Twitter “is simply too expensive” after the hefty opening gains with “nearly the same valuation as CBS… or even Yahoo.”Larry Chiagouris, a professor of marketing at Pace University, said the “investor mania” around Twitter is not an indication of success.“The fundamental question is how much people have to say on Twitter,” he told AFP.“We know there are some people who are social and want to talk all the time, but you can’t make a business model on those people.”Chiagouris added that “large corporations with hundreds of millions of dollars have not put substantial sums into paid media with Facebook and Twitter.”“They all are experimenting but nobody is putting 25 percent in social media. It may not sound cool but traditional media is still the media of choice today,” he said.Twitter offered 70 million shares trading under the symbol TWTR, generating $1.82 billion, and gave underwriters a 30-day option to purchase an additional 10.5 million shares.The IPO assigned a market value of around $14.4 billion to the company whose messaging service has become a hugely popular tool for celebrities, journalists, political leaders and others. But by the end of the day, that value had topped $24 billion.With the over-allotment it should be the second-biggest tech IPO after Facebook’s $16 billion effort last year and ahead of Google’s 2004 offer, which raised $1.92 billion, according to research firm Dealogic.Depending on the outcome of the common stock offer to underwriters, between 12.8 and 14.5 percent of the company’s shares will be publicly traded. The rest are held by its founders and a handful of early investors.Twitter has fast become engrained in popular culture but must still convince investors of its business model, having lost more than $440 million since 2010.But with 232 million users and growing, Twitter is expected to be able to reach profitability by delivering ads in the form of promoted tweets, and from its data analytics.The research firm eMarketer estimates Twitter will bring in $582.8 million in global ad revenue this year, and nearly $1 billion in 2014.last_img read more

Can This New Crop Of Players Erase Englands Underachieving Past

Tottenham HotspurPremier League7.60 4Uruguay0.832+1.17 UnderachieversExpectedActualDifference 5Mexico0.520-0.52 Southgate’s plan seems to be to put the players from these teams into a compatible lineup before re-creating their off-the-ball tactics. As I noted in my Group G preview, of all the teams to qualify for the World Cup, England ranks third in breaking up an opponent’s possession before it completes three passes, behind only Germany and Spain.England’s famed problem has been getting its generational talents to click together. For once, the big teams in the Premier League are kindred spirits tactically, and this will have an impact on the national team’s ability to leverage the players provided by those clubs.Young attackersEngland is fielding an extremely young side in Russia, with an average age of 26 — only Nigeria is younger. And England’s average of 19 caps per player makes it the most inexperienced side in the competition.2Tied with Tunisia. But while they may be relatively new to the international stage, these youngsters are by no means immature in terms of elite soccer. England’s attack, in particular, is filled to the brim with talent just ready to peak. England features cohorts from aggressive-pressing clubsThe 10 big five European club teams best at pressuring opponents, 2017-18 2Netherlands0.670-0.67 4Russia0.600-0.60 Cups won Cups won 2Germany2.044+1.96 1Hungary0.920-0.92 1Brazil3.015+1.99 5Argentina1.442+0.56 Manchester CityPremier League6.71 sec. Hamburger SVBundesliga8.22 Nonetheless, the team that will face Tunisia on Monday is new and exciting. Gone are the mainstays from the past three World Cups, players like Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. Because of the players’ age and inexperience, this team is free of the weight of expectation — despite having the seventh best pre-tournament chance of taking the trophy home, according to FiveThirtyEight predictions. And for the neutral fan, too, England has a lot to offer.Tactical coherencePep Guardiola — the current manager of Manchester City, which became the first team in history to break the 100-point mark in the Premier League — has had an indirect hand in the past two World Cup-winning teams. In the final against the Netherlands in 2010, eight players featured on the pitch for Spain had been coached by Guardiola in his time at Barcelona. When Mario Götze broke Argentinian hearts in 2014, he was one of seven German players in the final to have played under the Catalan manager that season at Bayern Munich.This is likely to be less about Guardiola specifically, despite his brilliance, and more about his indirect influence on the tactical coherence of a national team. With him at the helm of the country’s best side, his players would naturally get national team starts; the ability of those players to click when on the pitch together meant that they had more coherent tactics than other teams stacked with good players. Indeed, Italy, which won the 2006 World Cup with a quintessentially Italian style of football, featured a spine of five Juventus players in the final.With only four Manchester City players on the squad, manager Gareth Southgate will pay homage to Guardiola’s team in style more than in personnel. Man City midfielders David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne are playing for Spain and Belgium respectively, but Southgate will try to replicate them by using Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli as “free eights” in the midfield. England has six more players total from Tottenham, managed by Mauricio Pochettino, and Liverpool, managed by Jürgen Klopp. These teams, like City, press the opposition extremely aggressively out of possession, with all three in the top 10 in Europe’s biggest competitions this season in terms of how quickly they shut down their opponents: Tottenham’s Harry Kane, for example, is one of the best goal-scoring strikers in the world at the tender age of 24. Somewhat terrifyingly, he is still improving: He was even better at getting off quality shots this season than he was the year before. The expected goals per 90 minutes from his shots in the Premier League rose from 0.45 in 2016-17 to 0.75 this year.Dele Alli, 22, will support Kane for their country as he does for their club. His 2017-18 season was marred for some by the idea that it was a regression compared with the year before. What really happened, though, was that he got fewer chances but created more. He also experienced a downturn in chance conversion, from scoring 44 percent more than might be expected based on chance quality in 2016-17 to underachieving it by 12 percent this season. All that made people forget that Alli is one of the brightest under-23 talents in the world. And nobody — apart from maybe Denmark’s Christian Eriksen — is better at supplying Kane.Man City’s Raheem Sterling may have made recent headlines for getting a rifle tattooed on his leg, but the more important of his designs is the one on his arm of a young boy, wearing England’s No. 10 shirt, looking up at Wembley Stadium, the home of English football. He’s my player to watch for Group G because of his electric ability to both get and create chances, coming off the back of an incredibly productive league season with 18 goals and 11 assists. And he’s only 23.Dark horses?The biggest problem for England in terms of being a dark horse in Russia is its likely post-group opposition. The English have a good shot of making the quarterfinal (58 percent when the tourney began) but will probably have to face Germany or Brazil at that point, depending on whether England finishes above Belgium in their group. Winning a matchup against one of those powerhouses is a long shot, though anything can happen in a World Cup.England has an exciting team of young stars, playing at stylistically compatible clubs, and a manager who seems tactically savvy despite his relative inexperience. Even if they don’t manage to bring home the trophy this summer, the future looks bright for The Three Lions for the first time in a generation.Neil Paine contributed research.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. OverachieversExpectedActualDifference Expected goals1388 Goals3528 Bayern MunichBundesliga7.51 England’s youth movementRanks of Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling in key offensive statistics in the English Premier League, 2017-18 teamleagueAvg. Opponent Possession Duration *Among attackers with at least 850 minutes playedSource: Football Whispers Borussia DortmundBundesliga7.91 LiverpoolPremier League7.92 EibarLa Liga7.23 Rank per 90 minutes* The big five leagues are the Premier League (England), Bundesliga (Germany), Ligue 1 (France), La Liga (Spain) and Serie A (Italy).Source: Football Whispers Assists93158 Expected assists76127 3England1.621-0.62 There is an uncharacteristic air of hope this year surrounding an uncharacteristic England team. To be an England supporter is to inherit a contradictory combination of utter nihilism and raging anger, expecting nothing and everything at the same time. English players have developed an unfortunate reputation: They will wilt under the brightest lights, typified by the inability to hold their nerve during penalty shootouts.But the perception of mental weakness between generations is, to some extent, a consequence of the spread-out nature of international tournaments. The World Cup is rare and unpredictable: Germany, the defending champion, had just a 13 percent chance of winning in Russia going into the tournament, according to FiveThirtyEight’s model, and even Brazil, the favorite, had less than a 20 percent chance.Using pre-tournament Elo ratings going back to 1930, we can construct a logistic regression to look at how many World Cup trophies each country might have expected based on team strength, the competition format and whether the country was hosting.1Historically, having a home advantage makes a big difference, so the model adjusts for the advantage that comes with hosting responsibility.Brazil, Germany and Italy have roughly a pair of trophies each more than the model’s predictions based on their strength before the tournament, which illustrates that the World Cup is hardly a tale of who the favorite is going in.England has underachieved, winning a solitary trophy relative to 1.62 expected World Cups. By our measure, only Hungary, which was one of the world’s best in the 1950s, and the three-time runner-up Netherlands have seen a bigger discrepancy. English supporters born after 1966 are justified in feeling a tad underwhelmed by the team’s performances on the world stage, but it could be worse — of the underachievers, England is the only team to actually have managed a win at all. England should have more trophiesTop five under- and overachievers by actual World Cups won vs. expected Successful dribbles666831 MarseilleLigue 18.15 RomaSerie A8.36 3Italy2.144+1.86 Based on a logistic regression that uses each team’s pre-World Cup ELO rating, accounting for host country and size of field. Germany’s history includes West Germany, while Russia’s includes the Soviet Union.Source: EloRATINGS.NET RB LeipzigBundesliga7.88 StatisticHarry KaneDele AlliRaheem Sterling read more

One Last Dispatch From The Land Of Chess Kings And Billionaires

Left: While waiting for the title ceremony, Magnus Carlsen is finally able to relax with his father by his side. Right: Following his defeat, Karjakin was clearly disappointed while speaking to the Russian media. He confirmed rumors about travelling to New York with a Virgin Mary icon. Watching an elite chess match in person is at once enjoyable and discomfiting. You follow the players’ actions — their moves, their mannerisms — for long stretches of time. You hang on each one and imbue it with meaning. You become so familiar with their moves that you can rattle them off later from memory: “queen to h6,” say, or “rook to e2.” You try to understand why the players did what they did. The moves can be beautiful or inscrutable or frustrating or disappointing. You try to imagine what you would do if you were in one of their chairs. You try to predict what they will do next. You try and make sense of their postgame explanations. But you aren’t them, and you can never really understand.On Wednesday, the final day of the World Chess Championship, hundreds crowded into the Fulton Market Building in lower Manhattan to watch, trying to understand. Magnus Carlsen, the defending champion, No. 1-rated player in the world and the closest thing the sport has to a rock star, was facing his challenger, Sergey Karjakin of Russia, in a series of speedy tiebreaker games. The 12 lengthy games that had stretched over the previous 19 days — I attended 11 in person — ended tied and the two grandmasters were back in their chairs in a soundproof glass box to break the deadlock. It was the biggest day in chess in many years. Carlsen, the former wunderkind, was clinging to his title and his legacy, while Karjakin and the Russians were hoping for a return to the days of Soviet chess hegemony. On the fourth game of the tiebreaker, and the 16th of the match, Carlsen attacked the Russian’s king, Karjakin resigned and the two shook hands. It was over. You had to elbow your way through knots of onlookers to get anywhere in the venue’s sprawling VIP wing. Men in suits and expensive shoes crowded around TVs, watching the games and sipping martinis. The room was at a low murmur — equal parts English and Russian with an occasional dash of Norwegian. The clinking of glasses and the ratatat of ice in cocktail shakers punctuated the chess talk.Like a Russian nesting doll, a VVIP section had been set up for Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire, and company within the VIP section. It was newly roped off and closely monitored by scary-looking bodyguards. Thiel, a Donald Trump supporter and a strong chess player himself, and Yuri Milner, the Russian billionaire venture capitalist, sat at a board inside. With apologies to Beyoncé, it was $6 billion at a chess table. Accompanying them: Bennett Miller, who directed “Foxcatcher,” about the wrestling-obsessed murderer and multimillionaire heir to the du Pont fortune, and the Icelandic grandmaster Hedinn Steingrimsson, who was giving them a private analysis of the ongoing championship game taking place just a few yards away.A buffet and wine bar had been installed for the guests from Silicon Valley who’d arrived that day, and bored-looking members of their entourages lolled on large couches, poking at iPhones. Word around the venue was that the billionaires had paid $50,000 for these privileges. (The match’s organizer wouldn’t comment on the figure.) Much later in the evening, some other journalists and I raided their buffet, eating what must have been thousands of dollars worth of cold mini tacos.“Are you security?” the writer Brin-Jonathan Butler asked one of the well-dressed, well-built men keeping close watch over the well-heeled chess lesson.“Something like that,” he responded ominously. “I wouldn’t bother them, if you don’t mind.”This World Chess Championship scene was somewhere at the intersection of Bond film, Trump fundraiser and museum gala. There are other internal chess-world squabbles. Agon Limited, the match’s organizer, filed an application for a restraining order and injunction against a number of popular third-party chess websites, just before the match began. The websites’ alleged transgression? Relaying chess moves live, which Agon saw as a violation. The application was denied by a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, who wrote that “robust reporting of factual data concerning the contestants’ moves” best served the public interest. Agon’s CEO, Ilya Merenzon, told me that the company would continue to pursue the matter in court, and was also proposing legislation to cement their rights to the games they organize.I discussed the case with Macauley Peterson, the content director for chess24, one of the defendants, on the floor of the venue during one of the early games. He kept glancing away from me at people walking by. He said he was worried about who might be eavesdropping.The tournament’s organizers have declared their own victory, though, bragging that the 20-day biennial championship had drawn some 10,000 spectators to its location in the South Street Seaport. But that’s less than, say, half the average attendance of the worst team in baseball for any one of its 81 home games this year. And the event’s only two main sponsors were PhosAgro, a Russian producer of phosphate-based fertilizer, and EG Capital Advisors, a Russian investment management company. Not exactly Nike and Coca-Cola. Spectators in the VIP lounge. A production team from Russia created an atmosphere for VIPs more often seen in Moscow than Manhattan. Despite the high-powered, moneyed interest, and its prime New York City location, the match was sparsely covered by the American press — as chess is generally — and given little attention outside the core chess world. It’s unlikely to increase the game’s reach or exposure as the organizers may have hoped. That did happen once in the States — in 1972 — but that was because of Bobby Fischer.The troublesome shadow of Fischer stretches over every conversation of chess’s success and future in the U.S. He was the best American player of all time, and its only modern world champion. His legacy is stained by his vocal anti-Semitism, and comments that he was pleased with the terrorism on Sept. 11, among other things. But in his chess prime, he carried the U.S. on his back while sitting at the board, having taught himself the game, largely alone, in a shabby Brooklyn apartment. And he won.While this year’s championship lacked the colorful characters and Cold War narrative of Fischer’s title run — although some journalists tried to revive them — it did have some of the controversy.Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the president of the game’s international governing body, FIDE, was absent from the match, having been sanctioned by the U.S. for business connections with the Assad regime in Syria. Ilyumzhinov is no stranger to controversy. He insists he was abducted by aliens. They were wearing yellow spacesuits and nabbed him from his Moscow apartment in 1997, taking him away to a distant star. He considers chess “a gift from extraterrestrial civilizations.” Left: Magnus Carlsen, 26, at the World Chess Championship’s opening gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Right: Sergey Karjakin, 26, tests the overhead lights in the playing hall. All photographs by Misha Friedman Left: A branded vodka bar assured VIPs were sufficiently entertained throughout the tournament. Right: Ekaterina, a Karjakin family friend, flew in from Moscow just for the tiebreaker round. But despite the controversy and the finances, what’s really missing from chess is a character.The U.S. has three players in the world Top 10, any one of whom could have a shot at challenging Carlsen for the title in two years. They’re undeniably fantastic players. But they seem less like compelling national characters — and less like artists — than Fischer did. They’re technicians, raised in a computer-chess age. Carlsen ended the match and extended his world championship reign with a beautiful move on Wednesday evening — whether he’d admit its beauty or not — sacrificing his queen to entrap Karjakin’s king. But in one of the postgame press conferences, Carlsen said chess was a sport and a science. For art, he said, you’d “have to look elsewhere.” Left: Neil deGrasse Tyson, a celebrated astrophysicist, and Fabiano Caruana, the No. 2 ranked chess player in the world, chatted about baseball. Right: Peter Thiel showed up for the decisive tiebreaker round and had a grandmaster at his side to explain the games live. Tickets were expensive, but there were a lot of young fans at every game, especially on weekends. After the match — after the trophy presentation and the cake and the champagne — our photographer and I tracked down the Norwegian contingent at an after-after-party at a steakhouse a couple miles uptown. It was a festive scene. Holiday garland and lights festooned the bannisters and the restaurant was a cozy respite from the cold and rainy November day outside. Carlsen was sitting at a far table in the crowded dining room with about 50 others. He was eating. With a fork. Like a person. It was odd to see him with something other than a chess piece in his hand.I wanted to talk to him. I’d been watching him for hours most days for the past three weeks. But honestly I had no idea what I’d say. Carlsen famously hates interviews. But I was saved. “No questions. Definitely no,” his manager, Espen Agdestein, told us. “He’s very tired. We’re just relaxing.”I’m not Carlsen. But I understood. read more

Bernardeschi grateful to Juventus

first_imgFederico Bernardeschi has credited Juventus FC for the improvement in his mentality about the game thanks to more playing time.The former Fiorentina trainee has become a regular starter in the Azzurri squad and club Juventusis finding his feet in Turin and become a regular in the senior Italy squad.“Football is passion, hunger, all of my life,” he told Football Italia.“I must say that I am truly fortunate, because to embrace your passion as a profession too is something very special that, unfortunately, not everyone gets to experience.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Juventus is a marvellous club and a style, whose mentality has been the key to huge achievements over the years. I think a Juventus player becomes something special in that context.“It was tough at the start when I wasn’t playing very much, but I kept calm because I was well aware I had joined a massive club whose history speaks for itself.“I think every player has to go through his own maturation process before he can definitively become part of the Juve world. It’s only normal when joining such a big club.“I must say that over the last few months I’ve felt something that gives me an extra boost, above all mentally. I always worked on my mentality and I think that is bearing fruit.”Bernardeschi is a very versatile player who can work in midfield, on the wing, in the trident attack or even as a pure striker.last_img read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Man United to prove haters wrong

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic revealed that his main motive in signing for Manchester United was to prove his “haters” wrong by conquering the Premier League.The Swedish striker arrived at Old Trafford in 2016 on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain and on the verge of becoming 35 years old.Due to this, questions were naturally raised over the kind of impact Ibrahimovic could make at United at that stage of his career.But the Swede quickly set about proving doubters wrong by netting 28 goals in 48 appearances for his debut campaign before suffering serious ligament damage in his right knee during a Europa League match in April 2017 against Anderlecht.Amid struggles to regain full fitness from the setback, Ibrahimovic left Old Trafford in February 2018 in favour of a move to MLS at LA Galaxy.“My challenge was, at the age I was, coming to England, where I had years of everybody was saying I wasn’t good enough,” Ibrahimovic told the club website.“I like those things because they trigger me. They give me adrenaline.“After three months, all of them were eating their own words. I needed new haters because all the old ones became my new fans!“Wherever I went before United, I won, and it was my pleasure that it happened again in England. Winning is in my DNA, I need to win – that’s my mentality. I hate losing. I’m not a bad loser, but I hate it and I love to win.“I said we would win and we won two big trophies. That speaks for itself.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“That whole first season at United was fantastic. Everything was. I really enjoyed it. The family was happy, everybody was happy, the club took care of me and made it really easy for me. I just needed to turn up, put on my football boots and perform.“When I came to United and I said I would conquer England, people were laughing at me. I wasn’t joking.”The one and only won the treble in his only full campaign at United in the Community Shield, Carabao Cup and the Europa League.And Ibrahimovic also paid tribute to the Red Devils’ supporters.He added: “The United fans are amazing. I’m not just saying that because I played for United. I know now because I’ve been on their side and I know the feeling they give you.“They really appreciated what I did and they were thankful. That is the best credit a player can get because when you do something and you get that response from the fans, it’s amazing.“They are 50 per cent of everything we do. Imagine if you played in empty stadiums… you would not play.“In Old Trafford, it was always full. Always. In every away game they always showed up, always supported.”Ibrahimovic managed 22 goals and seven assists in 26 MLS games for Galaxy in 2018 and had been strongly linked with a return to AC Milan in the January transfer window.LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 26: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United celebrates victory with the trophy after during the EFL Cup Final between Manchester United and Southampton at Wembley Stadium on February 26, 2017 in London, England. Manchester United beat Southampton 3-2. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)last_img read more

San Diego City Council approves funding for homeless navigation center

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council yesterday approved funding for a navigation intake center for the homeless over the objections of four council members who said the center provides no shelter beds and guarantees no housing.The mayor agrees we need more housing but for now he’s focused on the short term needs of the homeless who are without shelter.In the meantime, the council has taken the lead on providing low cost housing by recently passed a resolution requesting each council district identify sites for 140 housing units that would get the city to 1260 units a number that would match the number of chronically homeless in the city.Additionally, the council hopes to expand the reach by including school districts land and property owned by the state. Steve Bosh, Posted: November 14, 2018 San Diego City Council approves funding for homeless navigation center November 14, 2018 Steve Bosh Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

SDSU astronomers discover third planet in twostar solar system

first_img Posted: April 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, April 16, 2019 SDSU astronomers discover third planet in two-star solar system SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A group of researchers led by astronomers at San Diego State University Tuesday announced the discovery of a third planet in the Kepler-47 solar system, making it the only known system with multiple planets that orbit two stars.The researchers spotted the Neptune-to-Saturn-sized planet between the system’s two previously observed planets while monitoring data from NASA’s Kepler telescope. SDSU astronomers believe the planet has gone largely unnoticed until now because it may have passed in front of one of the system’s two stars, weakening its transmission signal.The planet has been dubbed Kepler-47d.“We saw a hint of a third planet back in 2012, but with only one transit we needed more data to be sure,” said SDSU astronomer Jerome Orosz, the lead author of the study published in the Astronomical Journal. “With an additional transit, the planet’s orbital period could be determined, and we were then able to uncover more transits that were hidden in the noise in the earlier data.”In addition to confirming the planet’s existence, the research team discovered that it is the largest body on record in the Kepler-47 system. All three planets also have a lower density than Saturn, our solar system’s least dense planet. Kepler 47 is roughly 3340 light-years from Earth toward the northern constellation Cygnus.The system itself is fairly compact and could fit within Earth’s orbit around our sun. One of the system’s stars is roughly similar in size to the one in our solar system while the other is roughly one-third that size. All three planets are at least three times larger than Earth, with Kepler-47d registering at seven times larger.“This work builds on one of the Kepler’s most interesting discoveries: that systems of closely-packed, low-density planets are extremely common in our galaxy,” said Jonathan Fortney, a UC Santa Cruz astronomer who was not involved in the study. “Kepler-47 shows that whatever process forms these planets — an outcome that did not happen in our solar system — is common to single-star and circumbinary planetary systems.” KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

One Take Pronoun Gets Possessive On Pizza NSync Tamagotchis More

first_imgIn this episode, Vellturo spilled the beans on her favorite live concert of all time, the best place to score pizza in New York City, why the color pink and Tamagotchis rock, her first favorite band (hint: it’s a ’90s boy band), guilty song pleasure (another hint: “maybe” you know it), and more.You can catch Vellturo on tour in North America now through June. And if you get the chance for some face time, how about bringing her a Tamagotchi or a Justin Timberlake action figure? Watch One Take With Pronoun Aka Alyse Vellturo one-take-pronoun-gets-possessive-pizza-nsync-tamagotchis-more Watch One Take With Little Big Town One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry Watch One Take With Superfruit Email Watch: One Take With Khalid Watch: One Take With Khalid News Watch One Take With Logic One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley Watch: One Take With Lights Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch One Take With Halestorm Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Watch One Take With Julia Michaels One Take With The Mrs Watch: One Take With MØ One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat Watch One Take With Marian Hill Watch: One Take With MØ Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch: One Take With Pronoun Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan One Take One Take With The Mrs Watch One Take With Superfruit Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch One Take With Julia Michaels One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take One Take With Producer Greg Wells One Take With Grupo Fantasma Watch One Take With Nick Cannon One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves Watch One Take With Julia Michaels Watch: One Take With Lights Watch: One Take With MØ One Take With Producer Greg Wells One Take With Le Butcherettes Prev Nextcenter_img Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal One Take With The Mrs One Take With Grupo Fantasma Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan One Take With Amber Rubarth Watch: One Take With Pronoun Watch: One Take With Dorothy Watch One Take With Marian Hill One Take With Demo Taped Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves Watch: One Take With Lights Watch One Take With Little Big Town One Take: Pronoun Gets Possessive On Pizza, *NSync, Tamagotchis & More Watch One Take With Logic Watch: One Take With Khalid Watch One Take With Afrojack One Take With Demo Taped Watch: One Take With Dorothy Watch One Take With Superfruit One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley One Take With Demo Taped One Take With Producer Greg Wells Watch One Take With Halestorm Watch One Take With Marian Hill Facebook One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 2, 2018 – 2:15 pm Watch: One Take With Pronoun One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Watch: One Take With Pronoun One Take With Amber Rubarth Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Watch One Take With Afrojack One Take With Amber Rubarth Watch: One Take With Dorothy One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff One Take With Le Butcherettes The Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter dishes on the best slice of pizza in NYC, her favorite thing to come out of the ’90s, her guilty pleasure, and … you’ll have to watch to find out what elseTim McPhateGRAMMYs May 2, 2018 – 2:27 pm Last we heard, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Pronoun — aka Alyse Vellturo — was prepping to release her first full-length LP for 2018, which promises to continue the genuine songcraft she hinted at on her 2016 EP, There’s No One New Around You. In the meantime, we caught up with Vellturo for a go at One Take, GRAMMY.com’s rapid-fire question game that challenges your favorite artists to answer as many questions about life, music and everything else in just one minute. One Take With Grupo Fantasma Watch One Take With Halestorm Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Watch One Take With Afrojack Watch One Take With Little Big Town One Take With Le Butcherettes Watch One Take With Logic Twitter One Take With Superstar DJ Tiëstolast_img read more

Bajaj Pulsar 200SS Spotted Again India Still Waits For Launch

first_imgBajaj Auto’s much anticipated Pulsar 200SS has been spied testing again in India, fuelling speculations about the launch of the bike in the domestic market further.Bajaj’s Pulsar 200 SS has been rumoured for India launch quite some time now. Although the two-wheeler aficionados were expecting the bike at the Auto Expo 2014, Bajaj, the country’s renowned two-wheeler manufacturer decisively kept it away from the throng. Now the folks at Motoroids have spotted fully faired Bajaj 200 SS in testing phase near Bajaj’s Chakan, suggesting that the launch could happen anytime from now.Bajaj has been seen testing a number of Pulsar bikes in India recently. Though the latest sighting of Pulsar 200SS does not reveal much details of the upcoming bike, rumours suggest that the new fully faired version of Pulsar 200NS will pack the retuned version of four-stroke, SOHC, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine of 200Ns. The 200NS is powered by a four-stroke, SOHC, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine, which has an output of 23.65 Bhp and a torque of 18.3 Nm. Other stipulated features of the bike include digital fuel injection system, optional ABS, monoshock suspension at the rear, telescopic forks at the front and projector headlamps.The bike is likely to carry a price tag higher than 200 NS and will be pitted against the Yamaha R15 V2.0 and Honda CBR150R.Recently, Bajaj launched its Discover 125 in India. It packs 125cc 4-Valve Patented TwinSpark DTS-i engine which can pump in a power of 11.5 PS and a torque of 10.4Nm. The company claims a fuel efficiency of 76kmpl.The next big thing in the domestic two-wheeler market from Bajaj is the launch of it’s two brilliant bikes Pulsar SS400 (Super Sport 400) and Pulsar CS400 (Cruiser Sport 400). The CS 400 and SS 400 Pulsars which took the auto lovers by surprise at the Delhi Auto Expo, pack 375cc liquid-cooled, 4-valve triple spark engine and is mated to a six-speed transmission, with fuel injection.Although the details of the availability and pricing of the bikes are scanty at this point of time, the Pulsar SS 400 is likely to fall in the price brackets of  1.9 and  2.1 lakhs (ex-showroom), while the other CS 400 is likely to come with a price tag of  1.7 to  1.85 lakhs (ex-showroom).last_img read more

Cancers Achilles heel Immunotherapy breakthrough as scientists discover flag to target tumours

first_imgA ground-breaking technique that hunts out cancer cells using the patients own immune system has been hailed as a revolutionary way to treat cancer.A team from University College London has discovered that on the surface of every cell in a patients tumour is a biological flag and also immune killer cells that can target that flag. In effect, they say it is the diseases Achilles heel.Their research has shown that patients could receive bespoke vaccines made from proteins from their own tumours that can spark the immune system to fight the cancer.This would mean that healthy tissue would not be targeted and could work well against fast-mutating forms of the disease like lung cancer, although there is hope it could work on all forms of the disease. Charles Swanton, from the UCL Cancer Institute told The Times: I will be disappointed if we havent treated a patient within two years. Peter Johnson, from Cancer Research UK, which funded the research told the newspaper: We have big optimism about what it will deliver.The research which was published in the journal Science, highlights two possible future treatments.One would be where doctors read the genome from a tumour biopsy and work out which flags are on the malignant cells. They can then use the immune cells inside the tumours that recognise these flags, replicate them in a lab and then inject them back into the patient.The second treatment would see protein flags being used to create a vaccine to be injected into the body. It was likely that these treatments would be used in alongside existing drugs.Bespoke treatment – but it wont be cheapCancer can become resistant to drugs as it evolves. It can also switch off T-cells which are the bodys natural defences. But the researchers think they could reactivate the T-cells which would then attack the tumour.Swanton said: This is exciting. There was evidence that complex tumours with many mutations could increase the chance of the immune system spotting them; now we can prioritise and target tumour antigens that are present in every cell, the Achilles heel of these highly complex cancers.This opens up a way to look at individual patients tumours and profile all the antigen variations to figure out the best ways for immunotherapy treatments to work, prioritising antigens present in every tumour cell and identifying the bodys immune T cells that recognise them. This is really fascinating, and takes personalised medicine to its absolute limit where each patient would have a unique, bespoke treatment.About 160,000 people die from cancer each year in the UK, half of which are from lung, bowel, breast and prostate cancer.The research is still in its early stages and would require trials.Swanton said that that the treatment was not going to be cheap but added: Cancer care is already incredibly expensive. And what if you balance it against getting a patient back into the workplace in their mid-40s? I would hope we can do this in a very cost-effective way.last_img read more

Rice prices stable Tofail

first_imgTofail AhmedCommerce minister Tofail Ahmed on Sunday told parliament that the prices of rice and other daily essentials remain stable in the country.Responding to a question from Awami League MP SM Mostafa Rashidi (Khulna-4), he said the government succeeded in tackling the syndicate of dishonest hoarders and middlemen who usually manipulate the prices of food items and goods to create unrest in the market.“In the absence of the syndicate, the prices of essentials are now stable. People can buy commodities at tolerable prices,” Tofail said.Describing various steps taken by the government to arrest the once skyrocketing price of rice, he said, “The price is now at a tolerable level.”The minister also said the government established the Bangladesh Competition Commission to ensure so that no syndicate can be formed.He said the government will impose duty on the import of rice again after the harvest of new paddy.“Or else, the import of rice will go on and farmers won’t get fair prices for their produce,” he said.last_img read more

Sri Lanka government says local Islamist group behind blasts

first_imgThe Sri Lankan government believes a local Islamist extremist group called the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) was behind the deadly suicide bomb attacks that killed nearly 300 people, government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said Monday.Senaratne, who is also a cabinet minister, added that the government was investigating whether the group had “international support”.”We don’t see that only a small organisation in this country can do all that,” he said.”We are now investigating the international support for them, and their other links, how they produced the suicide bombers here, and how they produced bombs like this.”Documents seen by AFP show Sri Lanka’s police chief issued a warning on 11 April, saying that a “foreign intelligence agency” had reported NTJ was planning attacks on churches and the Indian high commission.Not much is known about the NTJ, a radical Muslim group that has been linked to the vandalising of Buddhist statues.A police source told AFP that all 24 people in custody in connection with the attacks belong to an “extremist” group, but did not specify further.last_img read more

Player Spotlight on Megan Hensley

first_imgEpisode 18: Megan HensleyThe Hensley FileNumber:10Full name: Megan HensleyNickname: MegPosition: RHP/OFBats/Throws: R/RHometown:  Ashland, Ky.High School: Ashland Paul BlazerTravel Team: Louisville SluggersMajor: Exercise ScienceFun Fact: Hobbies include mountain biking, hiking and hunting Print Friendly Version The University of Louisville Softball Player Spotlight series features short interviews with each of the Cardinals’ players. Episode 18 features senior Megan Hensley. Story Linkslast_img

Poetic delight

first_imgIndia Habitat Center’s Amaltas Hall recently witnessed a unique program combining poetry and music Kavi Ek Rang Anek.  Eminent poet Lakshmi Shankar Bajpai rendered his poetry in eleven different formats –  geet, ghazal, doha, haiku, savvaiya, kshanika, mahiya, ghanakshri, triveni, muktak  and free verse.  His poetry dealt  with contemporary subjects and everyday situations relating to life with the common man. The beauty of the language and the sensitivity of the poet’s thoughts won the audience’s hearts. Bajpai spoke of the urgent need to preserve the various forms of poetry which form India’s rich cultural heritage . Some of Bajpai’s ghazals were composed and sung by ghazal singer  Shakeel Ahmed. Ahmed’s compositions were raag based and infused a vibrancy and fresh colour into the ghazals.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The audience too joined in and sang the refrain of Khoob naare ucchale gaye, Log baton mein taale gaye. Ahmed proved his virtuosity with the heart wrenchingly beautiful Poora Parivaar, ek kamre mein which brought alive the plight of the urban middle class. Mridula Satish Tandon, president of SAKSHI who organised the show said “It is an urgent need of the times to revive an interest in India’s cultural heritage and to bring it to today’s audience in a setting and form which they can easily understand and relate with.”last_img read more

Mamatas views find resonance in SCs Aadhaar judgement

first_imgKolkata: Welcoming the Supreme Court verdict restricting the use of Aadhaar cards, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is presently in Milan, said: “It is a victory of the people of this country, and we are very happy.”Later, Banerjee tweeted: “From day one we have fought for this. Not linking #Aadhaar to mobile phones, bank accounts and others is a great relief for the common people. My best wishes to all.” “From the first day, I am against linking of Aadhaar with banks and mobile phones. There is information which the state government should preserve. We are not questioning that, but linking of Aadhaar with banks and cell phones cannot be supported as there is every possibility of the information being leaked out,” she said, adding: “The Supreme Court judgment has confirmed today as true what I have been telling all these months.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe said Trinamool Congress MLA Mohua Moitra had filed a Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court. “We read about bank fraud every day, and money is being withdrawn from ATMs, causing great trouble to the account holders. Today’s judgment will put an end to these,” she said. “If Aadhaar is linked with mobile phones, your call and message records become public. This is uncalled for,” said the Chief Minister. “Because of this I did not link my Aadhaar with my bank account and cell phone and also asked people not to do it,” she added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMeanwhile, party spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien said: “Mamata Banerjee had issued an open challenge on Aadhaar. Our stance has been vindicated,” and added: “I am glad the court said we need to take a closer look at data privacy and data protection… the BJP can’t make it (India) into a police state.” In a verdict with far-reaching consequences and described as balanced, the Supreme Court Wednesday upheld the constitutional validity of ‘Aadhaar’ but limited the scope of the controversial biometric identity project by quashing some provisions that made it mandatory for bank accounts, mobile connections or school admissions. Holding there was nothing in the Aadhaar Act that violates right to privacy of an individual, a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra in a 4 to 1 verdict also cleared the use of Aadhaar for welfare schemes after a long-drawn legal battle against the government’s ambitious project- the world’s largest biometric ID database. The court, however, held Aadhaar would remain mandatory for the filing of Income Tax(IT) returns and allotment of Permanent Account Number (PAN). It struck down Section 57 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 that permitted private entities like telecom companies or other corporates to avail of the biometric Aadhaar data. Ruling that Aadhaar authentication data cannot be stored for more than six months, the court also directed the government not to give Aadhaar to illegal immigrants. Justice D Y Chandrachud gave a dissenting judgement in which he ruled the Aadhaar Act should not have been passed as Money Bill as it amounts to a fraud on the Constitution and is liable to be struck down.last_img read more