HC directs PMC to decide on removing or relocating illegal structure

first_imgThe Bombay High Court recently directed the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to take a decision on either removing an illegal religious structure constructed by the Ganapati Chowk Mitra Mandal or relocating it within two months of classifying the structure.The disputed land, which houses the structure, belonged to Popatlal Navlakha, and in 1954, the PMC acquired a portion of this land. The mandal had constructed an unauthorised temple on the property in 2001-02. Mr. Navlakha alleged that the PMC took no steps towards removing the construction even though a notice had been sent to the mandal, and sought to prevent the PMC from erecting pandals in the lane during Ganapati celebrations. There was also a plea to direct the police to ensure that the lane is a no-parking zone and there is no hindrance by hawkers. An order granting permission to construct a pandal was also challenged.The court accepted the PMC’s contention that the structure would be classified, and appropriate action would be taken. On illegal hawking, the court directed the PMC to implement the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014, which provides that street vendors above 14 be granted a certificate of vending and if any vendor operates without a certificate, those guilty will be penalised.Mr. Navlakha informed the court that the PMC had not demolished the structure for seven years despite orders, and no action was taken to prevent hawking in the area. He said the permission to erect pandals was granted without following the law laid down in an earlier PIL and an order of 2015 that had restrained the PMC from doing so.The Division Bench, comprising Justices A.S. Oka and A.S. Gadkari, directed the PMC to take action with respect to the religious structure, and to complete the process of categorising the structure within three months. The Bench noted, “If a decision is taken either to remove the illegal structure or to relocate the same it has to be completed within two months.”last_img read more

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Can’t believe he’s said that: Joe Root on Michael Vaughan blast after England loss

first_imgJoe Root was stunned by former England captain Michael Vaughan’s assertion that his side had failed to respect Test cricket during their humiliating 340-run defeat by South Africa at Trent Bridge.Ashes-winning skipper Vaughan, now a commentator with BBC Radio’s Test Match Special, made his stinging comments as England lost seven first-innings wickets for 62 runs to be bowled out in little more than 50 overs for 205 in reply to the Proteas’ 335.Root’s 78 was the only fifty in a meagre total that left England well behind in the game.”The England batting has been appalling,” said Vaughan, who played alongside Root’s father Matt at the Sheffield Collegiate Club in Yorkshire and has been a friend of the family since Joe was a boy.”Maybe it’s a lack of respect about what the game is,” said Vaughan, one of the leading Test batsmen of his era.”They look like they are playing a Twenty20 game. They have this approach of attack, attack, attack. There is no thought or feeling of seeing off a bowler or wearing a team down.”England’s second innings was even worse, with Root’s men bowled out for just 133 in pursuit of a world-record target of 474 with more than a day to spare on Monday as South Africa levelled the four-match series at 1-1.This was England’s sixth defeat in their last eight Tests and Root, in charge for just the most recent two, was taken aback by mentor Vaughan’s comments.”I think that’s very unfair — I can’t believe he’s actually said that.advertisement”We pride ourselves on winning series like this, and unfortunately we’ve played poorly this week,” Root added.But the Yorkshireman accepted his side ought to be able to bat in different styles according to the match situation, whatever the individual preferences of particular players.”We need to make sure we learn quickly … (so that) if we are in a similar situation (in the third Test) at The Oval, for example, we play it slightly smarter,” said Root.”Part of Test cricket is trying to find a balance of both (attack and defence) — and even if it’s not your strength, you build it into your natural game,” he added.”You have periods where you can absorb a bit of pressure and find the right moment to apply it when chances come along.”We are capable of doing it and have done it previously, but this wasn’t a very good example of it.”Meanwhile the 26-year-old Root, who led England to a 211 -run series opening win at Lord’s in his first Test as skipper, said this huge loss had been a chastening experience.”I definitely feel older — it’s been a tough week,” he conceded.”South Africa responded very well from Lord’s — and especially with the bat, we didn’t assess the situation well enough in the first innings.”After that, we couldn’t find a way to get back into the game.”The star batsman added: “We’re a side that doesn’t like giving anything away, and unfortunately today that wasn’t a fair representation of how good we are as a team.”By contrast, just about everything went right for Root’s opposing captain Faf du Plessis, who did not play at Lord’s following the birth of his first child.”Pretty much from the toss through to the last ball we bowled, we were in control of the Test match,” said du Plessis.England number three batsman Gary Ballance, out for just four on Monday, was due to have an X-ray on his left index finger after being struck by a Morne Morkel short ball.last_img read more

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Next Seasons NBA Heavyweights Warriors Cavs Spurs Rockets … Timberwolves

Team total240+5.4+1.1 Teams like the Timberwolves usually improved their luckDifference between actual and Pythagorean wins for teams that underperformed their Pythagorean record by 7 or more wins, 1976-2017 PLAYERMIN. PER GAMEOFF. PLUS/MINUSDEF. PLUS/MINUS Andrew Wiggins32+1.5-1.9 ACTUAL – PYTHAGOREAN WINS Source: Basketball-reference.com 2010-11Timberwolves-7-2 Shabazz Muhammad16-0.1-3.1 Average-8-1 Gorgui Dieng30-1.0+2.6 1991-92Timberwolves-8-2 1984-85Trail Blazers-7-4 Karl-Anthony Towns37+3.7+0.3 1994-95Bulls-7+2 The Timberwolves look like contendersCARMELO projections for the 2017-18 Minnesota Timberwolves SEASONTEAMSEASONFOLLOWING SEASON Justin Patton8-2.6+0.4 2011-1276ers-8+3 But that doesn’t account for the significant cap space cleared by the Rubio deal. If Minnesota added free agent point Jeff Teague, for example, their projected record would improve to 53-29. If they signed Kyle Lowry instead, they’d project to finish at 58-24. They could also use the extra cap room to sign a frontcourt player.Projecting the Timberwolves to win 50-something games seems awfully daring, especially for a team that’s burned CARMELO in the past. (CARMELO boldly projected the Wolves to win 46 games last season. Instead, they won 31.) But let me walk you through what the system is “thinking.” The projection reflects a combination of three factors: Butler, the Timberwolves’ youth, and their bad luck last season.Jimmy Butler is really good, and he’s replacing players who were really badCARMELO expects Butler to be worth about 10 wins next season, as compared to a replacement-level player. Oftentimes, replacement level is too low a bar when it comes to assessing an NBA acquisition. If the Celtics added players such as George and Hayward, their minutes would partly come at the expense of other pretty good players such as Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder.2And they also might have to sacrifice players such as Bradley and Crowder as part of trades, or to clear cap room. Thus, their net gain might not be as large as you’d think.But the players the Wolves gave up for Butler weren’t making positive contributions at all, at least according to advanced statistics such as Real Plus-Minus and Box Plus/Minus. (CARMELO uses a combination of these stats to make its projections, weighting RPM more heavily.) LaVine is a good athlete who can create shots but who was woefully inadequate on defense; thus, he was no better than replacement level last season, these metrics figure. And Dunn, like many rookies, was overmatched, playing at a below-replacement-level clip. Thus, Butler is a true 10- or 11-win upgrade, relative to the players Minnesota gave up for him.We should note, however, that where Butler falls on the spectrum between “really good” and “superstar” is a matter of some debate. According to RPM, Butler was the seventh-best player in the NBA last season on a per-possession basis and the third most valuable by wins added above replacement level when also considering his playing time. By a more subjective measure — the views of sportswriters voting for the All-NBA teams — he was somewhere between the 11th- and the 15th-best player in the league, by contrast.Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins should continue to improveThe Wolves’ two former No. 1 overall picks are young — Karl-Anthony Towns turns 22 in November, while Andrew Wiggins will turn 23 in February — and both still have plenty of room to grow, especially on defense. Towns already has a well-rounded offensive game, having developed into a dangerous outside shooter last year (37 percent from 3-point range). But the advanced metrics are somewhat split on his defense, with RPM viewing it as below-average — unusual for a 7-footer3RPM almost always rates players that tall as net-positive defenders. — while stats based on opponents’ field goal percentages suggest that he does a respectable job of rim protection. Towns’s defense tended to fall apart in the fourth quarter last season, and overwork could have been an issue — he was second in the NBA in minutes played, behind Wiggins.Wiggins’s indifferent defense has been a subject of frequent critique at FiveThirtyEight. But the advanced metrics are uniformly in agreement that it’s poor. He allowed an effective field goal percentage of 56 percent last season on shots where he was the nearest defender.4And a maximum of 6 feet from the shooter; we consider shots where no defender was within 6 feet to have been uncontested. NBA shooters also have an effective field goal percentage of 56 percent on uncontested shots, so it’s as though he wasn’t playing defense at all. Because Wiggins is a good athlete with a long wingspan — factors that usually predict good defense — the problems mostly boil down to technique and effort, and those things can sometimes be improved.The Timberwolves were unluckyMinnesota was outscored by only 1.2 points per game last season, and yet they went 31-51. If that seems like a mismatch, it is. A team with that point differential would typically expect to go about 38-44, according to the Pythagorean record as calculated at Basketball-Reference.com. Thus, the Wolves underperformed by seven wins last year, relative to their number of points scored and allowed. That’s because they didn’t play well in crunch time and went 10-18 in games decided by 6 points or fewer.It’s easy to come up with hypotheses for why they played so poorly in these situations. Towns and Wiggins played too many minutes; Wiggins and LaVine took poor shots; Rubio isn’t a scorer, which limited their options in the half-court; they were bad on defense overall, and those differences are magnified in crunch time.The fact is, however, that teams who underperform their Pythagorean records by as much as the Wolves did last season usually don’t have the same problem the next time around, or at least not to the same extent. There had been 19 previous cases since the NBA-ABA merger where a team underperformed its Pythagorean record by seven or more wins. On average, they fell only one win short of their Pythagorean record in the following season. There’s certainly some skill in which teams fare best in crunch time — and Butler, who’s both a good defender and a versatile scorer, can help the Wolves with that — but losing so many games in the clutch is usually partly a matter of bad luck. 2006-07Celtics-7-1 Tyus Jones15-0.3-0.8 2013-14Timberwolves-8-3 1996-97Celtics-7+3 Repacement-level players43-1.7-0.3 2007-08Raptors-80 1976-77Suns-9-2 1999-2000Nets-70 1997-98Pistons-9-3 Timberwolves’ projected record49.532.5 Nemanja Bjelica16-0.7+0.7 1994-95Trail Blazers-8-4 1992-93Kings-8+2 1978-79Bucks-9-2 1989-90Timberwolves-7-1 1985-86SuperSonics-10-3 Jimmy Butler33+3.8+1.0 1982-83Pacers-7-2 Cole Aldrich10-2.2+2.6 UPDATE (June 30, 5:38 p.m.): Just as we were publishing this story, it was reported that Minnesota Timberwolves’ point guard Ricky Rubio will be traded to the Utah Jazz for a first-round draft pick. The story has been updated to reflect the trade.It’s a dangerous time of year to be an NBA fan. With free agency officially getting underway on Saturday, and players such as Paul George available via the trade market, you can talk yourself into any number of far-fetched scenarios wherein your favorite team puts just the right pieces together and suddenly becomes a contender. (What if the Spurs added Blake Griffin? What if the Celtics brought in both George and Gordon Hayward?) Sometimes dreams really do come true — like when the Rockets landed Chris Paul this week — but most of the time, you’ll wind up disappointed instead.At FiveThirtyEight, we sometimes play this dangerous game with spreadsheets — specifically, with a spreadsheet that projects team records based on our CARMELO player projections. And there’s one team that really caught our spreadsheet’s eye: the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Wolves already made their big move of the summer, acquiring the Bulls’ Jimmy Butler for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and an exchange of first-round draft picks. When we plugged the Wolves’ CARMELO projections into the spreadsheet,1Assuming the Wolves re-sign restricted free agent Shabazz Muhammad but make no other changes. it came up with a projected record of 50-33. 2002-03Nets-7-2 WINSLOSSES What could go wrong — or very, very rightIn addition to all the bad things that could happen to the Wolves from a basketball standpoint — injuries, poor chemistry, etc. — they’re also a challenging team to forecast. For the past two seasons, the Wolves have unquestionably had a lot of talent on their roster but have also unquestionably been bad. It isn’t quite as clear why this disconnect occurred. Towns, Wiggins, Rubio and LaVine are all somewhat unusual players, and they each engender disagreements both between the various statistical systems and between stats and “eye test” evaluations. The way RPM and CARMELO looked at the Wolves, Wiggins and especially LaVine were part of the problem last season, while Towns and Rubio were part of the solution. If that assessment was wrong, then jettisoning LaVine could be more costly than the system assumes. And as I mentioned, RPM and CARMELO view Butler as a borderline-superstar player and not “merely” an All-Star; that’s another source of uncertainty.On the flip side, the Timberwolves do have some additional cap space and an opportunity to round out their roster via players such as Taj Gibson, J.J. Redick or Danilo Gallinari. Even modest improvements could go a long way because they don’t have a deep rotation as currently constructed.Or the Wolves could go really bold and package Wiggins for another star. Before landing Butler, the Timberwolves were reportedly in the market for George, for example. But a straight-up trade of Wiggins for George would work under the NBA’s salary cap rules given the Wolves’ extra cap space. It would be a hugely risky move — George will be a free agent next summer and has said he wants to play for the Lakers — but a core of George, Butler and Towns could make the Timberwolves legitimate title contenders. Or at least, the spreadsheet says so. read more

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First holiday weekend for motorized scooters in San Diego raises concern

first_imgFirst holiday weekend for motorized scooters in San Diego raises concern Posted: May 26, 2018 May 26, 2018 John Soderman 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) — With the beginning of the first holiday of the Summer season, there has been increased scrutiny towards the new, motorized scooters that have become popular in San Diego.Earlier this week, the city council rejected an emergency ban on them.With ten of thousands expected to visit San Diego beaches during Memorial Day weekend, concerns have been raised about the safety of these scooters.At Mission Beach, the motorized scooters are all over the place. Lifeguards have reported 13 injury crashes involving these scooters since March 2.The concern is that as Summer rolls into town, the injury count could increase.This concern is why city councilmember Lori Zapf pushed so hard to get an emergency scooter ban enforced along boardwalks.The city council ultimately voted against the proposed ban by Zapf.Despite the concerns, the scooters are immensely popular among beach-goers, and as long as users follow the rules of the road — wearing helmets, having a driver’s lisence, and not scootering under the influence — they could become a regular part of the San Diego beach boardwalk scene. John Soderman, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Overwatchs latest hero is Sigma an astrophysicist who harnesses the power of

first_img 74 Photos Preview • Blizzard’s Overwatch: Everything you need to know Overwatch Origins Edition pour one out for sigma 😔 pic.twitter.com/lviQsNI3lz— 😩LYCHGATE😩@ FLAME CON (@buttcheekwizard) July 22, 2019 I love Sigma 😍😍😳😳❤️❤️😭😭 pic.twitter.com/lLVHqxXo1g— 🌙 moony @ home💫 (@moonyandthebirb) July 22, 2019 Awesome Overwatch cosplay from around the world 0 Post a comment Tags Share your voice $34 News • Overwatch might be coming to the Nintendo Switch CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See it Meet Sigma. Blizzard Overwatch, Blizzard’s successful “hero shooter” that combines MOBA elements with the best of games like Team Fortress, has announced its latest character: Sigma, a scientist with the power to control gravity.Blizzard announced the new character via an animated short. Introducing Sigma – an eccentric astrophysicist who hopes to unlock the secrets of the universe, unaware that he is being used as a living weapon. pic.twitter.com/Oi3or2VthQ— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) July 22, 2019 So yep, he looks a bit like Gru from Despicable Me.Personally I found this tidbit quite interesting: A “living weapon” eh?We’ll hopefully learn more about Sigma (and how he plays) in the coming weeks. Mentioned Above Overwatch Origins Edition (PC) We’ve seen little with regard to how Sigma will actually play in the game, but we’re going to hazard a guess that gravity is involved. High possibility this guy will be doing a lot of floating.People were quick to make this comparison… Culture Gaminglast_img read more

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Cyclone Fani to hit Tamil Nadu on Sunday heres all you need

first_imgCyclone Vardah devastated property in ChennaiIANSTamil Nadu is on red alert after the Indian Meteorological Department issued a notice that low-pressure is forming over the Bay of Bengal and is expected to turn into Cyclone Fani which will hit the state between April 30 and May 1.Chennai and many other parts of Tamil Nadu are expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall on Sunday and extremely heavy rainfall in isolated areas.Other parts of South India is also expected to receive rainfall, including Kerala where Idukki, Malappuram, Thrissur and Ernakulam, is expected to receive heavy rains on Monday, states The Times of India.The wind speeds over the Bay of Bengal, before hitting the Tamil Nadu coastline, will range from 30-50 kmph.The IMD had said on Thursday, “Heavy rainfall is likely to occur for sure on April 28 and 29 but it is too early to say whether it will rain in the south or north coastal area or in interior parts of the state because the system has not developed into a cyclone.”IMD Chennai’s director S Balachandran had said that while Chennai and neighbouring localities are expected to receive heavy rainfall on Sunday, there may be changes.Other meteorologists called out the IMD for issuing a red alert. “It is wrong to call it a ‘red alert’. Warnings are issued under various colour codes to inform the district administration to be prepared or take action. Since extremely heavy rain is forecast, it was marked under red colour,” an official at the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) was quoted as saying by TOI.Pradeep John, who has a Facebook page known as Tamil Nadu Weatherman, explained the forecast in a post with an image. Facebook/Tamil Nadu WeathermanHe wrote, “Slowly consensus is coming in from all numerical weather models. The ridge building up will block the cyclone going away. So it has to be TN/SAP or fizzling out curving away in open seas. These are only two scenarios.””As the forecasted cyclone is expected to stall because of the ridge, this is going to dump lots and lots and lots of rains where ever it is going to cross and surrounding areas. Droughts to floods can happen in some areas if this going to cross Tamil Nadu. One more day needed to accurately say this is going to be for Tami Nadu. It is as of 60% favourable to Tamil Nadu. It’s always a thrill tracking these nature’s wonders/monsters. My heartbeats rises seeing each models runs (praying Tamil Nadu ku vanthudu). This cyclone if it crosses near Chennai, it will solve all our water problems and all our lakes will be filled up to the brim. Sadly it will be powerful, we need to sacrifice some of the trees for the water sake,” he added.last_img read more

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Court rejects plea to show Mozammel arrested no bar for his release

first_imgMozammel Haque Chowdhury. Prothom alo file PhotoA Dhaka court on Thursday rejected a petition to show Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity secretary general Mozammel Haque Chowdhury arrested in a case filed with Kafrul police station under the Explosive Substances Act, reports UNB.Metropolitan magistrate Md Mazharul Haque passed the order after hearing of the petition.Mozammel’s lawyer Jotirmoy Barua said Mozammel Haque is expected to be released from the jail today, Thursday as the court turned down the petition of police.The court on Tuesday granted Mozammel bail in a case filed on extortion charge but he was not released from the jail as the investigation officer of the case filed the petition to the court to show him arrested in another case.Earlier on 6 September, police arrested Mozammel from his Sanarpar house in Narayanganj in the extortion case filed with Mirpur model police station.Later in the day, a court placed him on a one-day remand after he was produced before it seeking a seven-day remand.last_img read more

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WATCH Videos From Flooded Areas Around Houston

first_imgVideo Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/27154547/Flooding-along-North-Main-at-Little-White-Oak-Bayou.mp400:0000:0000:17Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Flooding along North Main at Little White Oak Bayou. Houston Sunday August 27, 2017. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/27130248/Euclid-St.-in-the-Heights.-Near-Highland-St..mp400:0000:0000:18Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Euclid St. in the Heights. Near Highland St. Houston Sunday August 27, 2017. Share Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/27131406/two-young-men-trying-to-venture-into-a-flooded-apartment-complex-in-Greens-Rd.-right-in-front-of-Brays-Bayou-using-an-ATV.mp400:0000:0000:37Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Two young men trying to venture into a flooded apartment complex in Greens Rd. right in front of Brays Bayou using an ATV. Houston Sunday August 27, 2017. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/27154539/Heights-BLVD-at-I-10.mp400:0000:0000:26Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Heights Blvd at I-10. Houston Sunday August 27, 2017. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/27130200/I-45-facing-south.mp400:0000:0000:09Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.I-45 facing North. Houston Sunday August 27, 2017. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/27130241/Houston-Ave-near-White-Oak-Bayou.mp400:0000:0000:13Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Houston Ave near White Oak Bayou. Houston Sunday August 27, 2017.center_img Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/27154555/I-10-at-Taylor-street.mp400:0000:0000:18Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.I-10 at Taylor Street Houston Sunday August 27, 2017. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/27130232/Bear-Creek-area-NW-houston.mp400:0000:0000:13Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Bear Creek area NW Houston Sunday August 27, 2017. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/27155929/WhatsApp-Video-2017-08-27-at-3.44.10-PM.mp400:0000:0000:26Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Heights Boulevard at I-10 in Houston, on Sunday Aug. 27th, 2017.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/27130155/White-Oak-Bayou-spills-over-into-Sabine-street.mp400:0000:0000:18Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.White Oak Bayou spills over into Sabine street, Houston Texas Sunday August 27, 2017. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/27131932/Bevis-Street-in-Shady-Acres..mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Bevis Street in Shady Acres. Houston Sunday August 27, 2017. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/27130224/Houston-Public-Media-Building-on-UH-Campus.mp400:0000:0000:39Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Houston Public Media building at the University of Houston campus. Houston Sunday August 27, 2017.last_img read more

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