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Kyrie Irving scores 40, leads Celtics’ win over Sixers

first_imgBen Simmons’ two free throws with 2:15 left to put the Sixers up 114-112, but Philadelphia didn’t score again.Irving’s 3-pointer with 3:01 left gave Boston its first lead of overtime at 115-114, then after a miss by Philadelphia, Irving hit another 3-pointer with 1:28 left and Boston fans leaped to their feet and cheered louder than they had all night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefJayson Tatum and Marcus Morris scored 23 apiece for Boston and Terry Rozier had 10 points.Joel Embiid led Philadelphia with 34 points, making 12 of 12 free throws, and pulled down 16 rebounds. Jimmy Butler scored 24, JJ Redick had 17 points and Ben Simmons added 11 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists for the Sixers. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This was only the second game on Christmas Day since 2004 that went to overtime. Miami’s win over New Orleans in 2015 was the only other one.TIP-INS:76ers: Wilson Chandler returned after missing Saturday’s win over Toronto with a left quad contusion. He finished with 15 points . Philadelphia reserves did not score a point in the first half. . Redick got a technical after he was called for a foul with 7:32 left in the third. Irving made the free throw to put Boston up 70-63. . G Markelle Fultz traveled with the team but did not dress. Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, has missed the last 15 games with thoracic outlet syndrome.Celtics: Irving had 16 points and five rebounds in the first quarter. . C Aron Baynes (broken finger) missed his third straight game. . Horford’s minutes restriction was increased from 20 to 25 minutes in his second game back since missing seven in a row with a sore left knee.UP NEXT:76ers: At Utah on Thursday night.Celtics: Visit Houston on Thursday night, the first of three straight on the road. Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) reacts in front of Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler after making a 3-pointer in overtime during an NBA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. Boston won 121-114. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving hit back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime for six of his 40 points and the Boston Celtics rallied to a 121-114 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.Irving, who forced the OT on a jump shot with 20 seconds left in the fourth, also pulled down 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who trailed 113-108 with 3:33 left in the extra period before rallying behind Irving down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue The Celtics led 57-51 at halftime, but Philadelphia used a 15-2 run in the third while shooting 60 percent in the period and led 89-86 entering the fourth.Philadelphia shot 60 percent in the third quarter, hitting five 3-pointers, and led 89-86 entering the final quarter.It stayed tight through the end of the fourth. Chandler got open for a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left and the Sixers led 108-106, then Irving pulled up for a 13-foot jumper to tie it at 108 with 20 seconds left.Redick missed a jumper just before the buzzer and the game went into OT.LACK OF OTs:ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Looming standoff MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more

Liverpool target Aouar to pen new Lyon deal

first_imgTransfers Lyon star Aouar to ignore Liverpool interest with new contract extension Julien Quelen 03:24 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Houssem Aouar Getty Transfers Olympique Lyonnais Ligue 1 The teenage midfield sensation is one of several talents that have come out of Lyon in recent years, and the club are determined to keep him Lyon wonderkid Houssem Aouar is set to ignore interest from the likes of Liverpool and Barcelona and pen a new contract extension at the Ligue 1 side. Aouar, 19, broke through during the 2017-18 season to command a regular place in the Lyon midfield, as the team claimed third place and a Champions League group stage spot. That talent had not gone unnoticed; Liverpool are long-term admirers of the youngster, while Barca joined his fan club this year after a brilliant campaign.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now But Goal understands that Aouar has opted to stay with hometown club Lyon and will sign a new deal on July 1. The extension will take Aouar’s deal up to June 2023 and will also include a substantial salary rise for the star, who has also played for France at Under-21 level. It is a sign of intent for Lyon, with Bruno Genesio hoping to make Aouar the centre of his young, exciting side at a time when the club faces a stiff challenge to hold on to its best players. Nabil Fekir has also been linked with Anfield this summer, while the likes of Mariano and Memphis Depay have also played themselves into the shop window thanks to a fine 2017-18.last_img read more

ESPN Predicts 3 Teams That Will Surprise In 2019

first_imgA closeup of Jim Harbaugh wearing a Michigan hat and jacket.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines coaches against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the third quarter at Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan won 42-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)ESPN’s Football Power Index includes full projections for every team in the college football world heading into the 2019 season.The FPI, which uses thousands of simulations to project results for the upcoming season, includes win-loss projections.What teams are going to disappoint? What teams are going to surprise?We covered the disappointments last week. You can view those teams here. Below are three teams the FPI believes will surprise.1. MichiganFPI prediction: 10.5 – 2.1, No. 5 in the countryThis is a big year for Jim Harbaugh – a massive one, really. The Wolverines have yet to beat Ohio State since he became head coach, but the Ann Arbor program is finally heading into the season as the favorite in the rivalry and the conference.The FPI is really high on Michigan, too, ranking the Wolverines 5th and projecting them to win the fourth-most games of anyone. Shea Patterson of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 13: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines looks to pass while playing the Wisconsin Badgers on October 13, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 38-13. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)2. AuburnFPI prediction: 7.7 – 4.4, No. 9 in the countryThere were some who believed Gus Malzahn was going to be out of a job following the 2018 season. He’s still with the Tigers, of course.Auburn now heads into a 2019 season with modest expectations, though the FPI believes the Tigers will be a top 10 team. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn smiles on sideline.ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 01: Head coach Gus Malzahn of the Auburn Tigers reacts after their 21-16 win over the Washington Huskies at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)3. Penn StateFPI ranking: 8.9 – 3.2, No. 12 in the countryThe Nittany Lions have to replace Trace McSorley at quarterback – a big task, no doubt – and Ohio State and Michigan are getting most of the hype in the conference.The FPI believes Penn State will be the conference’s second-best team, however, ranking the Nittany Lions ahead of the Buckeyes. Penn State head football coach James Franklin.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 24: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions reacts after a touchdown against the Maryland Terrapins during the first half at Beaver Stadium on November 24, 2018 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)***You can view ESPN’s full projections here.last_img read more

India have dominated Australia ever since the start of Border-Gavaskar Trophy

first_imgIndia have dominated Australia ever since the start of Border-Gavaskar TrophyIndia vs Australia, Sydney Test: Ricky Ponting remains the only Australia captain to have won a Border-Gavaskar series away from home as his side defeated India 2-1 in 2004-05.advertisement Akshay Ramesh SydneyJanuary 2, 2019UPDATED: January 2, 2019 16:34 IST Inida tour of Australia 2018-19: India have won 20 out of 47 Tests since the Border-Gavaskar Trophy was introduced in 1996 (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia have won 20 and lost 18 Tests ever since the Border-Gavaskar Trophy was introduced in 1996Ricky Ponting remains the only captain to win a Border-Gavaskar series away from homeIndia have retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy by taking an unassailable 2-1 lead in the ongoing series Virat Kohli’s men have a chance to create history in Sydney. No Indian team has ever won a Test series against Australia in Australia but that may change after the final Test of the ongoing four-match series at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Having retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Kohli’s Team India are heading into the much-anticipated Test with an unassailable 2-1 lead, which they had sealed after thrashing Australia by 137 runs in Melbourne – their first-ever Boxing Day Test win Down Under.Despite the absence of two of their most prolific run-scorers – Steve Smith and David Warner, the duo that had scored nearly 40% of the team’s total during India’s visit to Australia in 2014 – credit must be given to Kohli’s men if they go on to win the ongoing series, considering the history attached to the encounters between the two teams.India-Australia encounters have always been one of the most-anticipated in world cricket as the Asian giants were among the few teams who could challenge the Australian domination over the last two decades.Better numbers for India since the first Border-Gavaskar series in 1996India and Australia have played 97 Tests between them since 1947 and, as expected, the Australians have dominated the numbers with 42 wins and 26 draws. With a tied Test also part of the history, India have managed 28 wins over the years.However, ever since the start of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the numbers have favoured India.Before and since #BorderGavaskarTrophyIndia…Before 50 Tests, won 8, lost 24, Tie 1, Drawn 17 (%win 16.00)Since 47 Tests, won 20, lost 18, Drawn 9 (%win 42.55)#AusvInd#AusvsIndadvertisement Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 2, 2019The first ever Test series in honour of the two greats was played in 1996 in India and the then hosts won the only Test under Sachin Tendulkar’s captaincy in Delhi. Mohammad Azharuddin made sure the trophy remained with the hosts when Australia came touring for a three-Test series in 1997-98.India were blanked 3-0 when the Border-Gavaskar series was first played in Australia – in 1999-00.Since the Border-Gavaskar Trophy came into existence, India and Australia have played 14 Test series, out of which eight were played in the Asian country.Ponting only captain to win Border-Gavaskar series away from home Australia defeated India 2-1 in 2004-05 to win their first-ever Border Gavaskar Trophy away from home (Reuters Photo)Australia, under Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist, created history in 2004-05 as they became the first team to win the Border-Gavaskar series away from home.Australia could have achieved the feat as early as during their trip in 2000-01 as the then world champions were leading a three-match series 1-0 and were cruising towards a 2-0 result at Eden Gardens before VVS Laxman played one of the iconic innings in the history of Indian cricket.Nonetheless, in 2004-05, Australia were a class apart as they conquered one of the toughest challenges in world cricket – beat India in India and ended a 34-year-long drought for a series win in the Asian nation.It remains to be seen if Virat Kohli can help India conquer their final frontier. The Sydney Test, starting January 3, will tell us the story.Also Read | Australian Prime Minister to Rishabh Pant: Aah yes! You sledge right?Also Watch | Dog agrees with Virat Kohli as India captain says: No pressure in SydneyAlso Read | Fans love ‘babysitter’ Pant’s photo with Tim Paine’s kids: Best thing I have seen all yearAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Border Gavaskar trophyFollow Sydney TestFollow India tour of AustraliaFollow India Australia cricket recordslast_img read more

1st Test: South Africa staring down the barrel after Rohit, Pujara help India dictate terms on Day 4

first_img view more view less scorecard commentary Next Rohan Sen VisakhapatnamOctober 5, 2019UPDATED: October 5, 2019 18:27 IST India vs South Africa 1st Test: It was another Rohit Sharma show in Vizag on Saturday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa (11/1 & 431) need 384 runs on Day 5 to win vs India (323/4 d & 502/7 d)India declared their 2nd innings at 323 for 4 with Rohit scoring 127 while Pujara made 81Bad light forced an early end to the day’s playIndia need 9 wickets on the final day to win the first Test and go 1-0 up in the three-match series against South Africa after reducing the visitors to 11 for 1 at stumps before bad light forced an early end on Day 4 of the match in Vizag.Riding on Rohit Sharma’s 127 and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 81 in the second innings, India were able to declare at 323 for 4 in the final session, setting a target of 395 for the Proteas to win.India vs South Africa, 1st Test Day 4: HighlightsRavindra Jadeja then removed first-innings centurion Dean Elgar in the fourth over of South Africa’s second innings to make sure that India have one less batsman to worry about on the final day. Aiden Markram (1*) and Theunis de Bruyn (1) will resume the battle on Sunday with the hosts 384 runs behind.Earlier, South Africa were bowled out for 431 in the first hour of play on Day 4 after resuming their first innings at 385 for 8 with Ravichandran Ashwin finishing with 7 wickets for 145 runs in 46.2 overs. Ravindra Jadeja bagged two while Ishant Sharma got one for the hosts.That will be Stumps on Day 4. #TeamIndia have managed to pick a wicket before close of play (SA 11/1). South Africa require 384 runs, & India 9 wickets to win the 1st Test #INDvSA (@BCCI) October 5, 2019Indian batsmen then dominated proceedings throughout the day as Rohit and Pujara put on a 169-run partnership for the second wicket after opener Mayank Agarwal departed in the first session for 7.Rohit and Pujara mixed caution with aggression and maintained a run rate of over 3 throughout their stand which took the game completely away from South Africa. Pujara missed out on his 19th Test century by 19 runs but still managed his first fifty-plus score in five innings.advertisementRohit though, carried on from where he left in the first innings, scoring at a strike rate of 85.23 and brought up his fifth Test hundred and second in the match as India looked for quick runs.Rohit thus, became the first batsman in the world to have hit two hundreds in his maiden Test as opener. His 176 in the first innings combined with his 127 in the second took his tally of runs to 303 runs which is the most by any batsman who opened the innings for the first time in the longest format in international cricket.Rohit also became only the 6th Indian to score twin hundreds in a Test match. He joins an elite list of Indian cricketers, including Vijay Hazare (1), Sunil Gavaskar (3), Rahul Dravid (2), Virat Kohli (1) and Ajinkya Rahane (1) in the club of Indian cricketers with hundreds in each innings of a Test match.Rohit’s innings was laced with 10 sixes and 7 boundaries. His tally of 13 sixes in a match is also a new batting record in Test cricket. The previous record was held by former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, who had hit 12 in a Test in 1996. Rohit is also the first player ever to hit six sixes in each innings of a Test.Keshav Maharaj finally managed to end Rohit’s stay at the crease, getting him out stumped for the second time in succession in this match, which is also a first for an Indian batsman in red-ball cricket. Maharaj finished with 2 wickets for 129 runs while Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada bagged a wicket each.Ravindra Jadeja (40), Virat Kohli (31 not out) and Ajinkya Rahane (27 not out) added some quick runs in the final session to help India take their lead to 394 before deciding to give the Proteas 13 overs to face in the day. Bad light meant India could only bowl 9 overs but they still managed to remove the dangerous Elgar in the 4th over.Also Read | Rohit Sharma 1st batsman to hit twin hundreds in maiden Test as openerAlso Read | Ben Stokes trolls Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli after swear word caught on stump mic in VizagAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow Dean ElgarFollow Ravindra JadejaFollow Ravinchandran AshwinFollow Virat KohliFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Visakhapatnam 1st Test: South Africa staring down the barrel after Rohit, Pujara help India dictate terms on Day 4Rohit Sharma scored his second successive hundred in the match to put India in a commanding position on Day 4 of the first Test against South Africa on Saturday. graphs No data available! advertisementlast_img read more

Badarpur residents get Ganga water

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi Jal Board on Wednesday started to give water connections in Gautampuri, Badarpur Assembly Constituency, which was assured by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the first week of this month. Now, Ganga water will be supplied to their households. “Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has fulfilled his promise to the people of Badarpur Assembly constituency by supplying Ganga water to their households. The people of Badarpur will now have access to clean drinking water,” said an officer of Chief Minister office. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkCamps are being set up in the area to provide people with water connections. The Chief Minister on June 6, 2019 visited different parts of Badarpur assembly and spoke to people about their problems and assured them that Ganga water will reach to their households soon. “Arvind Kejriwal is the leader who is bringing dignity to the lives of people. Ganga water will now start running in our taps and sewer lines are also being set up,” said a resident of Gautampuri, Krishna. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”It becomes very embarrassing when the women of the household have to step out with vessels just to store water. The women will be relieved once they have regular access to water. It’s a ray of hope for us, as our children will not grow up facing these issues,” Krishna added. Anand, another resident of Govindpuri phase-1 said, “Arvind Kejriwal is the only Chief Minister to visit the little bylanes of our area to listen to our problems. This colony has not had regular access to water for the past 70 years, but our houses will now have regular supply of fresh water and we are very happy about it.” Similarly, Anjali from Ward 95, Gautampuri said that they faced a lot of water-related issues, and they had to travel long distances. But Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on his visit ensured that soon we will have water flowing through their taps, which he has successfully done. Similarly , Anjali from Ward 95, Gautampuri said that they faced a lot of water-related issues, and they had to travel long distances. But CCM Arvind Kejriwal on his visit ensured that soon we will have water flowing through their taps, which he has successfully done. Apart from the Ganga water reaching households, the sewer lines and roads are also being set up.last_img read more

Morgan Freeman And Jeff Skoll Honored At Geffen Playhouse Annual Fundraiser

first_imgSunday’s (May 22) Backstage at the Geffen, star-studded fundraiser at the Geffen Playhouse and the pre-show host committee dinner grossed over $1.4 million for the Geffen Playhouse’s education, outreach and artistic initiatives.(L-R) Randall Arney (Artistic Director), Morgan Freeman, Jeff Skoll and Gil Cates, Jr. (Executive Director)Norman Lear presented the Distinction in Service Award to social entrepreneur Jeff Skoll. Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn presented the Distinction in Theater Award to Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman.Actress Dana Delany, a Geffen Playhouse alum, served as Master of Ceremonies for the by-invitation-only fundraiser that gathers superstars from the worlds of stage and screen to share often irreverent, behind-the-curtain stories of the struggles and surprises that memorably shaped their lives and careers. This year’s 14th annual fundraiser featured “backstage” memories by Rainn Wilson, Aaron Sorkin, Garry Marshall, Kristin Davis, Amy Landecker and Jaeden Lieberher with musical performances by Ellis Hall, Frenchie Davis and Jon Boogz & Lil’ Buck.“The lovely thing about theater, film and television,” said Delany in welcoming the more than 500 guests, “is that they attract people crazy enough to build lives around them, and if you spent your life in this community, you’ve seen enough drama on and off stage to think, ‘If these walls could talk,’ but tonight they don’t have to…our storytellers will do that for them.”David Geffen served as Honorary Chair of the 20th Anniversary event. Martha Henderson and Pamela Robinson Co-Chair the Geffen Playhouse Board of Directors. The evening was beautifully produced by Gil Cates, Jr. and Kevin S. Bright and directed by Randall Arney.Funds raised are earmarked for a host of Geffen Playhouse endeavors including new play development, playwright commissions, second productions and artistic risks, as well as the theater’s award-winning education and community engagement programs, which help bring the excitement of live theater to more than 15,000 disadvantaged youth, seniors, veteran and community members annually.Backstage at the Geffen title sponsor City National Bank, returning for the seventh year, was joined by presenting sponsors Audi of America, returning for the 11th year, Apollo Jets, Douglas Elliman Real Estate and Participant Media, with special thanks to UCLA and CAA.Event Highlights: • The curtain rose to “Ambassador of Soul” Ellis Hall performing Seasons of Love from Rent, accompanied by a nine-member choir, while images representing 20 years at the Geffen, were projected in the background. • Be Yourself: Rainn Wilson talked about how bombing in his first Broadway show was a transformative experience. “I decided I’m never going to pretend to be some classical actor guy to fulfill some idea of what it is to be on Broadway. I have to be myself. I need to be quirky and odd and weird looking and embrace that.” • Formative Years: Honoree Morgan Freeman waxed nostalgic about his early days in the theater. “My first real career break was on Broadway in 1967 when I landed a part in Hello, Dolly. I know what you’re thinking—Morgan Freeman was Dolly Levi?? That led to work on TV on the Electric Company — groundbreaking work — remember, I was the first African American to play a Vegetable Vampire. This brings me here to the Geffen, the heart and soul of the Los Angeles theater scene for over 20 years.” • Honoring a Friend: Famed producer Norman Lear introduced Participant Media founder Jeff Skoll by saying, “I knew he started eBay when he was 12 or maybe 14. Then this man came to this town to put the money he made to work in the entertainment business with a deep desire to use film and storytelling to make the world a better place.” • Stories That Matter: Honoree Jeff Skoll reminded the audience, “Stories well told are the true catalyst for inspiration and change. Please keep telling stories that matter and supporting places like the Geffen that bring those stories to life.” • Not So Happy Days: Director/producer Garry Marshall, in a bit of self-deprecating humor, spoke of his first play, which was a “miserable flop.” Subsequently, he was introduced as the Abraham Lincoln of the theater: “He’s tall, he likes to tell stories and he’s killed at the theater.” • High-Priced Talent: In presenting the Distinction in Theater Award to Morgan Freeman, Alan Horn said, “Morgan Freeman doesn’t sound like God. God sounds like Morgan Freeman.” Horn also said that he’s been negotiating to get Freeman to work with the Disney studios, but was warned he was expensive. How much? “Scale plus 13 Hamilton tickets.” • ‘Why I Love the Theater: Kristin Davis recalled a story about how Angela Lansbury saved her when she reached for a line she forgot. Apologizing afterwards, the veteran actress graciously replied that, “Everybody forgets their lines.” “She was so generous,” said Davis, “Something always goes wrong and the person who saves you is usually another actor. That’s why I love the theater.” • Understudied: Actress Amy Landecker confessed that as a 27-year-old at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, she was the Blanche DuBois understudy—but had failed to master her lines. Her sometimes nervous, intense and wild ad-lib performance got great reviews anyway, “since Blanche was so out of her mind, anything I did was OK.” • Lucky Lunch Break: Young actor Jaeden Lieberher appeared in St. Vincent with Bill Murray, who intimidated him until he found out that Murray didn’t really like kids. Yet during a press tour, they wound up as pals when Murray spirited him and fellow cast mates Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts away for a half-hour lunch that stretched to two and a half hours, keeping an impatient press corps waiting. • Spoken Word: Jon Boogz, Lil’ Buck and dancers performed an interpretive dance to a spoken word piece by Robin Sanders inspired by the evening. • There’s No Place Like Home: Broadway performer Frenchie Davis sang “Home,” from The Wiz, a song whose message encapsulates what many actors, donors and patrons feel about the Geffen—that it’s truly their home. • Arriving in Style: Guests were greeted at the entrance by a 2016 Audi R8 Vio Spyder. Stunning, agile and possessing unrivaled power and performance. • Dining With The Stars: Host Committee guests and honorees enjoyed a pre-show dinner catered by 2016 James Beard winning Chef Suzanne Goin of Lucques with wines provided by Sterling Vineyards. • Sweet Ending: A post-show reception featured an array of luscious desserts from Ronen Levy, Richard Ruskell, Sprinkles Cupcakes, DeLuscious Cookies, The Dessert Tree, Bo Nuage and Kakigori Kreamery.last_img read more

US In Danger Of Losing 2026 World Cup Bid To Morocco

Rabat – On June 13, one day before the official opening of the 2018 World Cup, the FIFA community will gather in Moscow to designate the host of the 2026 edition of football’s ultimate event, this time in a vote casting the voices of all national federations.Just a few months before this much-awaited vote, some American outlets have taken an interest in Morocco’s bid, surprised as they are that the lone North African bidder has tremendously succeeded in recent months to turn the odds in its favor, thus quelling the condescension that some observers and sports outlets initiated when Morocco first announced that it was considering challenging the North American Goliath-like trio.After ESPN and the New York Times, it is now USA Today most recently examined the surprising merits of Morocco’s candidacy. “What if the biggest and most painful upset in United States soccer history isn’t the loss in Trinidad and Tobago in October that cost it a World Cup place? What if it is still to come?” USA Today asked in a recent report, comparing the country’s painful loss to Russia and Qatar to Morocco’s rise in public opinion as a serious contender–and the favorite bid–of many national federations in the FIFA community.The outlet added: “If there is one thing that has made the American soccer community feel fractionally better about the men’s national team’s absence from this summer grand global tournament, it is the idea that hosting the event in 2026 is a lock. The problem is, that it isn’t. Not any longer.”This suggests that the North African “underdog bid,” as some outlets have been calling Morocco’s campaign, has not only dealt a serious blow to the confidence of the USA-Canada-Mexico trio; it has also convinced many in the footballing community that it could beat out North America’s “superior facilities and infrastructures.”An official of one the national federations in the FIFA community, who asked to speak anonymously, has been reported by USA Today as saying that Morocco’s bid is “smart” and “has an answer for everything.” For example, while the North American bid is exhibiting its huge stadiums and the massive media rights-related financial benefits that FIFA might receive should United 2026 win, Morocco has chosen to highlight prospective Morocco 2026 World Cup matches in touristic cities “with historical significance or natural beauty.” Morocco is “putting forward a more aesthetic and cultural spiel,” USA Today said.Considering Morocco’s more favorable viewer-friendly time zone, the Trump administration’s many globally unpopular politicking, and Africa’s important bloc vote leaning toward a second World Cup on the continent, “the tough times for American soccer may continue,” USA today concluded. read more

Who is Performing at This Years Jazzablanca Festival

Rabat – Casablanca’s renowned Jazzablanca festival is returning for the 14th year in a row from July 2-9. This year, the festival will feature 58 concerts across four stages and two venues. Thousands of visitors will flock to Casablanca, Morocco’s “white city,” for the iconic event.The 14th edition of the festival has 6 big headliners this year – including iconic Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand, who became stars with their 2004 hit “Take Me Out” on July 2. The band released their 5th album, “Always Ascending” in 2014.Next on the list of headliners is Tobagonian singer Calypso Rose on July 3. Since the 79-year-old singer started writing songs over 6 decades ago at age 15, she has released more than 800 songs and recorded more than 20 albums. Rose has earned herself the name “Queen of Calypso,” a rhythmic style of Afro-Caribbean music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago. Next up is British soul singer Michael Kiwanuka on July 4. Kiwanuka earned fame after supporting Adele on her world tour in 2011, as well as releasing his own number one single and a certified gold album. Kiwanuka was born in London in 1987, to Ugandan parents who fled Idi Amin’s regime in the ’70s. He developed a love of rock music at a young age and cites musicians such as Jimi Hendrix and Bill Withers as his influences.In a change of pace on July 5, English electronic group Metronomy is the 4th headliner on the list. The 5-person group is known for its new wave remixes of popular songs, in addition to their 5 original albums. Metronomy is known for their eclectic live performances, featuring dance routines and light shows.Next up, on July 6, is the Al McKay Allstars with their show the “Earth, Wind, and Fire Experience.” The 13-piece ensemble, headed by 71-year-old American funk star Al McKay, has performed their show at some of the biggest jazz festivals in the world since the 1960s.Continuing the theme of funk superstars on July 7, Maceo Parker will be the 6th headliner. Parker began his illustrious musical career in the 1960s when he started working alongside one of the pillars of funk music, James Brown, as a key part of his band. Since going solo in the 1990s, Parker has established himself as a funk icon in his own right.The annual Jazzablanca festival showcases jazz and jazz fusion, attracting musicians from around the globe to Morocco. Last year, crowds totaling 75,000 gathered for a week of festivities in Casablanca, attending concerts in the city’s streets, theaters, and at more intimate venues.Read also: Jazzablanca Festival Calls for Moroccan Performers read more

On World No Tobacco Day UN calls for stamping out smoking in

31 May 2007As World No Tobacco Day is celebrated today, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) called for stamping out smoking in the workplace to protect people from second-hand fumes. As World No Tobacco Day is celebrated today, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) called for stamping out smoking in the workplace to protect people from second-hand fumes.Tobacco is the second major cause of death worldwide, and it will kill half of the 650 million people who smoke regularly, the agency said. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of people who have never smoked die yearly from diseased caused by second-hand tobacco smoke.The theme of this year’s Day is “Smoke-free inside: Create and enjoy 100% smoke-free environments.”According to WHO, “neither ventilation nor filtration, alone or in combination, can reduce exposure levels of tobacco smoke indoors to levels that are considered acceptable, even in terms of odour, much less health effects.”The agency debunked myths pertaining to second-hand smoke, stressing that it kills and can also cause serious illnesses.“The right to clean air, free from tobacco smoke, is a human right,” the agency declared, underscoring how the majority of the world’s population – who are non-smokers – have the right to not be exposed to others’ smoke.WHO also pointed out that smoke-free environments help prevent people, including the young, from picking up the habit.World No Tobacco Day is being celebrated across the globe through events ranging from talks to art contests to film presentations.In Nantes, a city in western France, approximately 500 staff members of a hospital – including doctors, nurses and technicians – participated in a football tournament and will commit to not smoking during the work day and to help patients to kick the habit for good.To commemorate the Day in Mingora, Pakistan, lecturers, teachers, journalists, lawyers, traders, doctors, 200 college and school students rallied to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking.Meanwhile in Thailand, health professionals and volunteers held a running and jogging event to alert the public to the impact of tobacco on health. read more

Football Ohio State right guard Demetrius Knox makes first career start against

Ohio State redshirt junior offensive lineman Demetrius Knox walks into the Hyatt Place to check in for fall camp on Aug. 6. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.LINCOLN, Nebraska — Ohio State redshirt junior Demetrius Knox made his first career start at right guard in the Buckeyes’ game Saturday against Nebraska.The fourth-year junior was listed as the co-starter at right guard with redshirt sophomore Matt Burrell on this week’s depth chart after redshirt sophomore Branden Bowen broke his leg in the team’s Week 6 game against Maryland. After Bowen’s injury, Burrell entered the game at right guard.Head coach Urban Meyer refused to state throughout the week who was ahead in the battle for Bowen’s replacement, only revealing that the battle would be between Knox, Burrell and redshirt junior Malcolm Pridgeon. read more

Trend towards vertical turbine pumps

first_imgA trend towards the use of vertical turbine pump (VTP) technology – which is gaining momentum in sectors including mining – is based on a number of valuable benefits over traditional options. According to Kevin Roelofse, Weir Minerals Africa’s dewatering product manager, Floway® vertical turbine pumps have particular advantages for applications such as booster pumps in bulk water applications and for condensate extraction in facilities that operate boilers. The release of a Floway® vertical turbine slurry pump (VTSP) also represents a technology breakthrough that is being well received.“In booster pump stations, VTPs allow savings on civil engineering infrastructure as they have a smaller footprint, but more significantly they offer important operational cost efficiency related to reliability and lower maintenance,” Roelofse says. “The VTP can be multi-staged, with numerous impellers in the column, for large volume and discharge pressure applications.”While the traditional horizontal pump can offer up to a two stage horizontal split casing configuration in a large-volume application, the impeller needs to be of a substantial size. “This means that the impeller tip speed will be high, so it will wear quicker and require more maintenance,” he said. “The horizontal configuration also has to contend with uneven wear in the bearings and pump contact surfaces on either side of the impeller, as gravity and hydraulic forces are unbalanced throughout the 360° arc in the volute casing.”By contrast, the VTP achieves lower wear and less maintenance by incorporating a number of smaller impellers along its column, so the speed at the impeller tip is lower. Gravity also applies equal forces on the bearings all round, so there is a uniform 360 degree wear profile on the wetted components, giving a longer life across the bearings.Any facility that includes boilers will know the challenges facing condensate extraction pumps. This equipment, vital to the movement of condensed steam, faces the danger of cavitation or pitting of impellers leading to inconvenient and costly downtime for replacement. “If there is insufficient suction pressure on the hot condensate –then the vacuum existing at the suction of the impeller can exceed the water vapour pressure and can cause it to vaporise, imploding onto the impeller vanes and causing considerable erosive wear on these impeller vanes due to cavitation,” Roelofse says. “This is devastating for the longevity of a centrifugal pump.”The VTP comes into its own in these condensate extraction applications because the vertical column length can be designed in such a way that there is sufficient downward pressure of the condensate, restricting its ability to vaporise and damage the impeller vanes. To create the necessary inlet pressure head in a horizontal pump, the condenser would need to be elevated several metres. Instead of doing that, a vertical turbine pump can be installed, removing many of the complexities previously experienced in this application.“Optimising the design and specifications for the customer’s particular application is also important, and Weir Minerals Africa can offer a range of choices relating to sizes, materials used, construction modules and other variables,” he says. Floway® pumps are designed and manufactured under one roof at Weir’s state-of-the-art facility in Fresno, California. All the products embody a high level of in-house engineering capabilities including three-dimensional solid modelling; hydraulic design; computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis; stress and deflection analysis using finite element analysis (FEA) and lateral and torsional rotor dynamic analysis.“This allows us to design and construct the pump to customer specifications, and to eliminate risk areas such as resonant frequencies and critical speeds to provide low vibration and longer product life,” he explains. “The design considers the optimal spacing between line shaft bearings, for instance, in relation to the shaft’s diameter, material and impeller specifications.”Weir Minerals Africa also offers the African market a recent Floway® innovation – the vertical turbine slurry pump (VTSP) – launched two years ago to serve the industry’s need to pump dirty water with specific gravity ratings of up to 1.2. “It is not common for vertical turbine pumps to be employed in applications of this range of specific gravity, so this product is a real pioneer,” Roelofse says. “The VTSP is particularly successful because it addresses and is designed to eliminate the two key contributors to the failure of centrifugal pumps: the mechanical seals, and the line shaft and bowl bearings.”Floway has achieved this by a patented design which allows bearings to be grease packed and completely sealed; further, an isolation device keeps solids away from the seals, preventing any contamination of the mechanical seal faces. “Also important is that no external flushing is required,” he continues. “In most pumps, users normally require a separate, external water supply, which must be clean and treated, to cool and lubricate the line shaft bearings and the mechanical seal. With the Floway® vertical turbine slurry pump, the design of the line shaft bearings and mechanical seal means that no water is required.”To prove the concept, the product was tested for months under arduous conditions in a South American mining application; one of these pumps has since been installed in a mining application in Africa operating on floating pontoons. “The main benefits in this application are that no priming was required, giving the customer a low maintenance solution while still being able to provide high discharge pressures,” he says. “In common with other Floway® vertical pumps, the design also allows sufficient water pressure in the column to avoid cavitation of the impellers.”last_img read more

Star Trek The Next Generation coming to Bluray in January 2012

first_imgJust five years after the Soviet Union launched the first person into space, Star Trek aired for the first time. It’s hard to believe that was 45 years ago. The Star Trek franchise continued on, only gaining more and more fans since its start in 1964. One of the most beloved Star Trek installments, Star Trek: The Next Generation, aired for its first time on September 28, 1987. To celebrate its upcoming 25th anniversary, CBS has confirmed that it will be releasing the entire series to Blu-ray in 2012.Created 21 years after the original Star Trek aired, TNG racked up 178 episodes in its lifetime. The Blu-ray discs will feature these episodes remastered in 1080p HD. If you’re unfamiliar with TNG, it’s set in the 24th century from the year 2364 to 2370, which is about 100 years after the original series’ timeframe. Patrick Stewart became infamous for his voice-over introductions during each episode’s opening credits. Why wouldn’t you like to own 178 instances of that on Blu-ray?Twenty-five years of footage is equal to a lot of film. CBS video editors went through over 25,000 film reels of original footage and re-edited all of the episodes together in their original form, just as they aired between 1987 and 1994. According to the, the visual effects aren’t being unconverted from the videotape, but “recompositioned.”The “freshly cut film” will also feature 7.1 DTS Master AudioIt looks like CBS will be releasing the Blu-ray discs one by one as the year progresses. The first TNG Blu-ray disc will be released January 31, so you can give an I.O.U. as a holiday gift, telling the recipient he or she will be receiving a gift that will boldly go where no gift has gone before. This disc will feature a sampler of popular episodes, as well as the feature-length version of the pilot episode. The Season One disc is set to be released later in the year, with the following seasons coming shortly after.We’re sure if you wait until all of the discs have been released, CBS will offer up a nice all-encompassing package of all 178 episodes and special features. But then you’d have to wait, and haven’t we already waited long enough?To read more about the history of Star Trek, check out this awesome 45th anniversary infographic.Read more at, via RegHardwarelast_img read more

The Pirate Bay documentary Away From Keyboard now available for free

first_imgIf you’re even remotely familiar with the legal proceedings involving the key members of The Pirate Bay, you’ve probably heard that their court case didn’t go so well. In an attempt to show everyone what happens next, a documentary has been made available to the world called The Pirate Bay: Away From Keyboard.Gottfrid Svartholm, Fredik Neij, and Peter Sunde were unable to watch the world premiere of TPB:AFK at the Berlin International Film Festival. In fact, it will probably be a while before they are allowed to see it at all, because these three are currently incarcerated. The reason this is significant is because the documentary is about these three men, specifically about their lives after Swedish courts sentenced the three to a year in prison and a $3.5M fine. TBP:AFK is an attempt to raise awareness regarding the lives that these three men must now live, even though the website that landed them in court in the first place continues to live on autonomously.Regardless of which side of the piracy argument you live on, the case surrounding The Pirate Bay set a significant precedent in Sweden. For those who had been following the documentary as it was being filmed and produced, you could purchase a digital copy for $10 or pre-order a DVD for $23. Since it was first announced, the documentary has brought in more than $23,000. To celebrate the premier at the Berlin International Film Festival, and to make sure there is never a reason for someone to not see this documentary if they want to, the film was both streamed online at the time of the premier and made available to download for free. The website for the website for TPB:AFK even keeps track of how many active seeders and leechers there are for the film in real time, as well as how many paid downloads and YouTube views there are for the documentary.TPB:AFK Director Simon Klose released this documentary under Creative Commons, and encourages the whole world to share and remix the film as they see fit. In his December statement on the film’s website, Klose noted that he wants to continue learning and encouraging other artists to use the Internet to support their independence. Given the immediate popularity of the documentary, and the global desire to learn more about the men behind The Pirate Bay, hopefully Klose feels it is worth it to update this documentary after the release of the men responsible for The Pirate Bay as we know it today.last_img read more

Antiracism legislation divides coalition

first_imgA contentious anti-racism bill appeared to be causing an ever-widening rift within the fragile coalition government, as the two junior partners, PASOK and Democratic Left, pushed for it to be submitted to Parliament without delay, conservative New Democracy insisted on key changes being made, while Justice Minister Antonis Roupakiotis appeared set to resign if his bill is watered down.The bill, the stated aim of which is to impose tougher penalties on individuals or groups inciting racial hatred but which is chiefly an attempt by the government to curb the growing influence of the ultra-right Golden Dawn, was one of a series of topics discussed by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras with his aides on Monday. Other topics included Samaras’s visit to China last week, Wednesday’s European Union summit in Brussels and a planned trip to Athens on Thursday by Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.According to sources, ND is keen to avert an escalation in tensions over the bill but is unwavering in its conviction that changes should be made to it before it goes to Parliament. Samaras is reportedly keen to avoid a clash with the Greek Orthodox Church, following complaints by Bishop Amvrosios of Kalavryta that the bill would “muzzle” the church and grant “impunity” to immigrants, as well as with the armed forces.ND is reportedly eager to ensure that the bill would not bring into question Greece’s position on sensitive national issues such as the recognition as genocide of the persecution suffered by Black Sea Greeks, Armenians and Greeks of Asia Minor.Government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou sought to play down the rift on Monday, saying that the bill will be submitted to Parliament in the coming weeks.The main leftist opposition, SYRIZA, which has its own problems with internal divisions, jumped on the opportunity for criticism, interpreting ND’s foot-dragging on the bill as an indication of its ideological affinities with Golden Dawn.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Communication animale les ouistitis ne se coupent pas la parole

first_imgCommunication animale : les ouistitis ne se coupent pas la parole !Publiant leurs travaux dans la revue Current Biology, les chercheurs d’une université américaine ont étudié la façon très humaine dont les ouistitis conversent. En effet, les petits primates vocalisent à tour de rôle, sans s’interrompre mutuellement.Asif Ghazanfar et Daniel Takahashi, de l’Université de Princeton (New Jersey) sont partis du constat que les ouistitis sont généralement amicaux entre eux et communiquent principalement par signaux vocaux. En supposant que ces deux caractéristiques, également humaines, prédisposent à la tenue de conversations bien orchestrées, les deux scientifiques ont étudié les modalités de communication de ces petits singes.Ils ont ainsi placé plusieurs de ces animaux dans une même salle, de façon à ce que chacun soit isolé dans un coin d’où il ne pouvait pas voir ses congénères, mais pouvait en revanche les entendre. Les chercheurs ont ensuite enregistré les échanges de vocalisations. Ils ont ainsi constaté que les ouistitis ne vocalisaient qu’à tour de rôle et attendaient environ cinq secondes avant de répondre au discours d’un congénère. Une attitude presque plus civilisée que celle des humains…”Nous avons été surpris par la constance des ouistitis à échanger leurs vocalisations dans un esprit de coopération. D’autant que dans la plupart des cas, ils le faisaient avec des individus qui n’étaient pas leur partenaire de couple”, explique Asif Ghazanfar.Des conversations humaines ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”De fait, nous avons trouvé ces conversations très semblables à celles des humains et très différentes de l’appel coordonné des animaux tels que les oiseaux, les grenouilles ou les criquets, lequel est lié à l’accouplement ou à la défense du territoire”, ajoute t-il. À cet égard, les ouistitis diffèrent-ils aussi des grands singes ? “Ces derniers, non seulement, ne parlent pas à tour de rôle, mais ne semblent pas vocaliser beaucoup. Nous étudions actuellement comment les toutes premières expériences de vie chez les ouistitis, in utero et à travers les interactions vocales parent-enfant, pourraient nous éclairer sur le mécanisme des troubles de la communication chez l’homme”, précise Asif Ghazanfar, pour conclure.Le 21 octobre 2013 à 09:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Threat closes Washington college after protests over race

first_imgOLYMPIA — A small college in Washington state closed abruptly Thursday in response to a threat following a recent series of protests that have drawn national attention to student allegations of racism on the progressive campus.It comes as many defenders of the First Amendment say they see signs that free speech is losing ground as a priority at U.S. colleges and is being used as a political weapon to silence opposing viewpoints.Law enforcement thought the threat via a 911 call was credible enough to forward to Evergreen State College in Olympia, and school officials decided to close the campus, Sandra Kaiser, Evergreen’s vice president for college relations, told reporters Thursday.Kaiser did not know the source of the threat or whether it was tied to recent protests at the college, which asked everyone to leave or return to residence halls for further instructions.Officers were “visible and present” on campus Thursday, and school officials were waiting to hear from law enforcement when they “can give the all clear,” Kaiser said. She hoped classes would resume Friday.last_img read more

Poll Whats Your Favorite Britney Spears Song

first_img Other Poll: What’s Your Favorite Britney Spears Song? “Work B**ch” Twitter “…Baby One More Time” “Oops!… I did It Again” News “Toxic” “Slumber Party” Ft. Tinashe “I’m a Slave 4 U” Which Britney song gets you dancing and singing out loud no matter where you are? Is it her debut single “…Baby One More Time,” her dance-pop anthem “Toxic,” her collab with Madonna “Me Against The Music,” the unabashedly sexy “I’m a Slave 4 U,” or one of her other songs? What’s Your Favorite Britney Spears Song? poll-whats-your-favorite-britney-spears-song The superstar has been putting out pop hits since releasing her debut album ‘…Baby One More Time’ in 1999 when she was just 17. On the heels of her Las Vegas ‘Domination’ in 2019, we want to know which Britney song is your favoriteAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Oct 19, 2018 – 4:10 pm Britney Spears is nothing short of an iconic popstar, getting her big break into the late-90s pop scene with her hugely popular debut album …Baby One More Time. The album resulted in her first No. 1 album, first No. 1 single and first two GRAMMY nominations, including for Best New Artist, all when she was just 17 years old. Since then she has released eight more studio albums with countless hits and received more GRAMMY nominations plus a win for Best Dance Recording at the 47th GRAMMY Awards for “Toxic.” As Spears plots her “round two” Domination of Las Vegas with her new 2019 residency, we want to know which of her songs is your favorite?Polls Which Britney Spears Song is Your Favorite? “Overprotected” “Me Against The Music” Ft. Madonna Choices Email Facebook Britney Spears Announces New Las Vegas ‘Domination’ In 2019Read morelast_img read more

OPEC meeting crude oil output data other related statistics PHOTOS

first_img1/6 A man stands close to the Cardon refinery, which belongs to the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSAn in Punto Fijo, Venezuela, July 22, 2016. The country is one of the 14 members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which decided to cut output at its November 30 meeting, sending oil prices soaring to above $50 per barrel, a gain of almost 12 percent.Reuters fileOPEC President Qatar’s Energy Minister Mohammed bin Saleh al-Sada addresses a news conference after a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, Austria, November 30, 2016. The Wednesday decision to cut output is the first in eight years and has significant implications for major oil producers such as Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran, besides non-OPEC oil producing countries like Russia.ReutersA general view of the beginning of a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, Austria, November 30, 2016. Meanwhile at OPEC, Khalid A. Al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry & Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia, was elected president of the OPEC Conference for one year, with effect from January 1 2017, and Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, the UAE’s Minister of Energy as Alternate President, for the same period.ReutersIndia is a net loser of the OPEC decision to cut crude oil output by 1.2 million barrels a day. India’s provisional oil import bill for 2015-2016 was Rs. 4,18,931 crore ($64.4 billion) for importing 202.5 million metric tonnes (mmt) of crude, down from Rs. 6,87,416 crore ($112.74 billion) paid to import 189.43 mmt. In other words, the country saved Rs 2,68,485 crore due to weak crude oil prices.nullA maze of crude oil pipes and valves is pictured during a tour by the Department of Energy at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in Freeport, Texas, U.S. June 9, 2016.Reuters fileA maze of crude oil pipes and valves is pictured during a tour by the Department of Energy at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in Freeport, Texas, U.S. June 9, 2016.Reuters filePreviousNextlast_img read more