Gutsy Maroons set up Origin decider with thrilling fightback

Gutsy Maroons set up Origin decider with thrilling fightback

NEWCASTLE’S Dane Gagai enhanced his remarkable State of Origin tryscoring record in Queensland’s miracle 18-16 win against NSW at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night.

It was clear that the Blues were attempting to defend their lead in the second half, rather than build on it, and eventually they were made to pay the price for taking a light approach to the second half.

One of those unexpected, nearly impossible Queensland moves where NSW just couldn’t put the man with the ball down, culminated in Dane Gagai scoring in the 53rd minute to make the score 16-12.

Daley also said that despite talk this current team could help NSW usher in a new era of Blues Origin dominance, none of his troops were getting ahead of themselves after beating Queensland 28-4 in game one at Suncorp Stadium. “I’m over the moon”, Thurston said.

His clubmate Cooper has a slick left-edge combination with Thurston at NRL level while being a reliable player in his own right who is unlucky not to have played more than his one Origin to date (Game 3 last year).

If there wasn’t incentive enough to clinch their 11th series win in the past 12 years, the Maroons will be desperate to send Thurston out a victor as they’ve done so often with their departing legends.

Gagai said after the game it was “still surreal for me to be able to represent the jersey”.

Johnathan Thurston converted from the sideline and you thought, hmmm, this might just be the return of Queensland.

But he knows better than most the way Queensland will hit back, especially after the return of Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater. “But all they can do is get ready as best they can and get ready for the onslaught”, Walters said.

NSW Origin legend Phil Gould says it creates an intriguing race against the clock to get Thurston fit for the series decider – expected to be Thurston’s last ever Origin game.

I think it will be slippery and dewy and that certainly brings Queensland back into the contest, especially through that middle third of the field.

The Maroons have kept this year’s Origin series alive with an unbelievable effort in the final minutes of the game.

“Speaking to Laurie (NSW coach Laurie Daley) before the series, he said the same thing”.

Now they are on track to send off some of their biggest names as winners. “It’s a series now and we have to go up there (to Brisbane) and do a job”.

The comeback came after the Maroons opened the scoring on their second visit into attacking territory with Holmes diving in to score in the corner and Thurston curling the touchline conversion between the uprights after 11 minutes. At one stage it was 11-1 in game three.

Despite making a couple of early blunders, Hayne looked unsafe with the ball in hand and when he got his chance, he made the most of it, strolling through the ragged Queensland defence to score in front of the Blues supporters and replicate his 2014 pose.

The Blues then took charge as James Maloney scooted through a gap from first receiver – beating debutant Tim Glasby, who had just come on – and passed wide for Brett Morris to score.

Syria rejects US chemical attack allegations

Syria rejects US chemical attack allegations

The US says it has identified “potential preparations” for another chemical attack in Syria, and issued a stark warning to the Bashar al-Assad government, a media report said.

Trump responded by firing 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian air force base believed to be the launching point for the plane that conducted the chemical attack.

The statement continued saying that the USA are in Syria to eliminate ISIS from Iraq and Syria but if the Syrian president “conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his army will pay a heavy price”.

Peskov criticized the Trump administration for using the phrase “another chemical weapons attack”, arguing that an independent investigation into the April attack was never conducted despite Russia’s calls for one.

Assad had denied responsibility for an April 4 attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in the rebel-held Idlib province that killed dozens of people, including children.

“The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack”. It was not clear how they identified the aircraft responsible.

Ali Haidar, the minister for national reconciliation, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the White House statement foreshadowed a “diplomatic battle” that would be waged against Syria in the halls of the United Nations.

The State Department and the Defence Department did not immediately comment on the development. Typically, the State Department, the Pentagon and US intelligence agencies would all be consulted before the White House issued a declaration sure to ricochet across foreign capitals.

The officials weren’t authorized to discuss national security planning publicly and requested anonymity.

Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, extended the warning to the Syrian government’s allies.

The United States has taken a series of actions over the past three months demonstrating its willingness to carry out strikes, mostly in self-defense, against Syrian government forces and their backers, including Iran. “Soon after the strike, experts said that victims’ symptoms suggested a toxic chemical was used – specifically the potent nerve agent sarin”.

The US attack on the Syrian air base came after years of heated debate and deliberation in Washington over intervention in the bloody civil war.

Syria’s war began in March 2011 with anti-government protests that spiralled into a complex and devastating conflict that has killed more than 320,000 people.

President Donald Trump ordered the strikes and stated then: “It is in this vital national security of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons”.

But US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis previously warned that there was “no doubt” that Syria had in fact retained some chemical weapons.

White House officials did not respond to requests for comment on potential U.S. plans or the intelligence that prompted the statement about Syria’s preparations for an attack.

Ranbir- Katrina try too hard to act professional; personal differences take over

Ranbir- Katrina try too hard to act professional; personal differences take over

In the interview with VJ Xerxes, at a point when Ranbir was finished answering a question, Xerxes asked Katrina about her character, Shruti’s relationship with Jagga.

Three songs, titled Ullu Ka Patha, Galti Se Mistake and Jhumrithalaiya have been released, and they all have been topping the charts. Produced by Anurag and Ranbir the movie is slated to hit the silver screens on July 14. Are you excited for the film? Later, Shruti tells Jagga to just look into her eyes and perform the hard stunt and Jagga agrees to do so and the duo comes out with flying colours in their stunt report card.

Then there was Katrina Kaif’s “I won’t work with Ranbir again” comment. Ranbir has also gestured (to me) to not work on a film together. When he was responding back, she immediately pulled back her hand. And she’s saying ‘It’s really fair that the media has taken just my joke and made this out to be like something that I just said.

Right from the beginning of the interaction, there was something not right, Katrina pulled the savage hi-5 trick on Ranbir.

This week in “At the Movies”, renowned movie critic Anupama Chopra brings you an exclusive interview with actor-director duo Ranbir Kapoor and Anurag Basu for their upcoming movie “Jagga Jasoos“. Also this is the first and last outing of Ranbir and Katrina post their breakup in the year 2016. The trailer of “Jagga Jasoos” has already captured everyone’s attention and it seems to be a fun, musical journey throughout. You see, Ranbir Kapoor stutters throughout the film, the only time he doesn’t, is when he sings.

‘Thugs Of Hindostan’ is rough, tough: Amitabh Bachchan

‘Thugs Of Hindostan’ is rough, tough: Amitabh Bachchan

The close-up picture of Aamir Khan shows him donning a huge nose stud and a similar earring on the lobe.

In fact, for this film, in order to get into the skin of his character, he has undergone some painful measures.

While we all know that Aamir last film Dangal is a blockbuster film and he put on weight for the role Mahavir Singh Phogat.

The actor underwent a permanent nose and ear piercings for his role in “Thugs of Hindostan“.

The people will get to see Bollywood’s two popular superstars, Aamir Khan and the “PINK” star sharing the screen for the very first time in “Thugs of Hindostan“. Although this is not his full look, we are giving you glimpses of what he has done physically.

The piercing on the cartilage was particularly painful for the actor. Aamir is known for his dedication towards the roles and has made it a point to give 100% every single time. Also, he has gone for two upper ear piercings, which also cause a lot of pain as they have been done on the cartilage bone. “It’s been a month since Aamir has pierced it and it’s still painful”. He is unable to sleep resting on this side. On the sets, he screams in pain even when someone touches it by mistake.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is busy with his next Thugs Of Hindostan, says the film is rough and tough.

Thugs of Hindostan” that also features Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh in pivotal roles is expected to release on Diwali next year.

BioWare’s New IP Anthem is More Star Wars Than Mass Effect

BioWare’s New IP Anthem is More Star Wars Than Mass Effect

It’s been a while since we heard anything about BioWare’s new game, Anthem, and the only thing we know so far is about it is everything detailed to us at E3 – which wasn’t much.

Aside from a few story tidbits, the fact you play as a Freelancer and you wear an exo-suit called a Javelin, we’re a little in the dark as to what the game will be – apart from co-op MMO looking to rival Destiny 2, of course.

“Mass Effect is more a real hard core science fiction IP”.

Anthem is a game where players will “see a lot of fantastic things happening, but [BioWare doesn’t] worry too much about why they’re happening, or how they’re happening”. During the brief interview, Flynn likened Anthem to Star Wars in terms that it is “science-fantasy” as opposed to hardcore “science-fiction” like Mass Effect. According to Flynn, Anthem will take a more Star Wars-like approach and let you do cool stuff without making you read a technical manual.

One of the most exciting and intriguing reveals of this year’s E3 was BioWare’s Anthem. He also expanded on some of the gameplay: “there are shooting mechanics in it, it’s an action game, it’s a role playing game”. Anthem is a social game where you and your friends go on quests and journeys. It appears Anthem will just be a game where things are as they are, and BioWare won’t really feel the need to explain every single detail about the player’s world – unlike what it did with Mass Effect. We have LGBTQ members and those stories make their way into the games.

Anthem is expected to release some time next year for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

London mayor: Grenfell Tower fire ‘preventable,’ caused by official ‘neglect’

London mayor: Grenfell Tower fire ‘preventable,’ caused by official ‘neglect’

Five people who were reported missing have also been found safe and well, London Police Commander Stuart Cundy confimed on Monday, as Britain held a minute’s silence for the victims.

In this photo released by the Metropolitan Police on Sunday, June 18, 2017, burnt out lifts on an undisclosed floor, in the Grenfell Tower.

He said five of the dead had been formally identified, and it would be a slow and painstaking task to identify the others because of the intensity of the fire.

“This is incredibly distressing time for families”.

At least 30,000 buildings across the United Arab Emirates alone have cladding or paneling similar to the kind that safety and construction experts have blamed for rapidly spreading high-rise fires there, Dubai Civil Defence director-general Maj.

COPS have revealed 79 people are now feared dead after a blaze ripped through Grenfell Tower last week.

Gaps in Grenfell’s cladding acted as a chimney for the fire once it spread to the outside of the building, allowing flames to quickly rise and engulf the tower.

Experts believe the building’s new exterior cladding, which contained insulation, helped spread the flames quickly up the outside of the public housing tower early Wednesday.

A catastrophic blaze at a London apartment tower has brought new scrutiny to a long-accepted, counterintuitive rule for people in tall buildings: If the blaze breaks out elsewhere in the structure, don’t automatically run for the stairs. The money, which will come from the £5 million emergency fund previously announced by Downing Street, and which will go to families whose homes were destroyed in the fire, may be increased if necessary, for example to pay for funeral costs.

Conservative Minister Greg Hands says if it is the type of material being reported, then it did not meet basic fire safety standards.

As outrage over the blaze mounts, the British government has promised financial relief to surviving victims, and the launch of a public inquiry.

He said that “it’s hard to describe the devastation the fire has caused”.

“I believe there may be people who were in Grenfell Tower that people may not know were missing and may not have realized they were in there on the night”.

The death toll might continue to climb, authorities cautioned, because search operations are ongoing in the remains of the charred, gutted building.

“The prime minister is very aware that people want answers promptly and we want to get this going promptly, so that’s our intention”, the spokeswoman said.

Anger among residents has been mounting in recent days, as information about the missing has been scant, and efforts to find temporary housing have faltered.

In addition, British health authorities will provide long-term bereavement counselling for those who lost loved ones in the tragedy.

Ingredient In Popular Weedkiller Going On List As Cancerous

Ingredient In Popular Weedkiller Going On List As Cancerous

“The U.S. EPA now needs to step up and acknowledge that the world’s most transparent and science-based assessment has linked glyphosate to cancer”.

While Monsanto’s appeal is still pending in California’s Fifth District, the state Supreme Court rejected Monsanto’s request that the ruling in question be delayed while the appeal is sorted out.

When a chemical is listed as being a known carcinogen, companies selling the product in California must add warning labels to their packaging.

California will add glyphosate, the main ingredient in agro-chemical giant Monsanto’s weed spray, to a “list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer”, the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced Monday.

Being on the list means that bottles of the herbicide sold in stores in California will have to clearly label their relation to the list, and will advise residents that using the product is associated with an increased risk of cancer. State officials received more than 1,300 public comments. “We’re reviewing those comments”.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization had declared glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in March 2015.

Shown is a almond tree farm in Firebaugh, California.

Glyphosate has no colour or smell. Almost all the corn, soy, and cotton now grown in the United States is treated with glyphosate.

Attorney Michael Baum, who represents more than 300 people who claim a loved one became sick or died from exposure to Roundup, says the fight to protect Californians is not over.

The state was cleared to move forward with its decision earlier this year to list glyphosate after a court denied Monsanto’s efforts to postpone the listing pending the outcome of the pesticide company’s legal challenge of the decision.

He said that the state’s failure to set the proper risk level would undermine protections California put in place by listing harmful chemicals.

Scott Partridge, Monsanto’s vice-president of global strategy, said in a statement that glyphosate does not cause cancer and there’s no need to list it as harmful in California.

Meanwhile, Dicamba, a weed killer designed for use with Monsanto’s next generation of biotech crops, is under scrutiny in Arkansas after the state’s plant board voted last week to ban the chemical.

What will happen after Brexit — EU nationals’ rights

What will happen after Brexit — EU nationals’ rights

The differences in position – both on rights and who enforces them – underline how tough these negotiations could be in the coming weeks, as the two sides try to thrash out a deal that will affect one million Britons living in the European Union and an estimated 3.2 million European Union citizens living in the UK.

May is also on a collision course with Brussels after vowing that the European Court of Justice would not be allowed to protect their rights.

The plans, which will form part of the negotiations with the EU, were sold as offering Europeans living here rights which are “almost equivalent to British citizens”. Dependents who join a relative here before Brexit will be able to apply for settled status after five years.

Those who arrived after a specified date [as yet to be determined] will be able to apply for a temporary period so they can accrue the necessary five years.

Asked about how much it would cost European Union citizens to establish their residency status in Britain, May’s spokesman said: “As a general principle [we] are looking to recover what is spent on the immigration system but we want the fee to be a very reasonable one”. The document makes it clear that after Brexit, they will be subject to the same rules as United Kingdom citizens, who need to have a minimum salary of 18,600 pounds to sponsor a non-EU spouse. He accused the government of using people as “bargaining chips” over Brexit negotiations.

May’s plans were widely criticized by fellow European leaders after her presentation in Brussels last week. “However, a number of limitations remain worrisome and will have to be carefully assessed”, he said.

But reflecting the complexity of family relationships born of more than 40 years of European Union membership, opposition lawmakers demanded clarity on what the changes meant for adult children of European Union nationals, who had grown up in Britain but now lived overseas.

“Now her mandate is in tatters, but the prime minister still insists she’s the best person to get a good deal for Britain”, he said to loud cheers from his party.

However, those who wish to bring over family members after the cut-off date will have to meet a tougher set of criteria including a series of income thresholds for those bringing over partners or children.

The report, Deloitte said, is a major warning to the government, which has previously come under pressure to ensure employers do not face a skills shortage following Britain’s exit from the EU.

The obvious answer to this conundrum is to create a joint UK-EU arbitration panel that will ensure that the terms of an agreement are respected under worldwide law.

But spouses moving after Brexit will be subject to the same rules that now apply to non-EU nationals joining British citizens, which require the British citizen to meet a minimum income allowance. “The administrative procedures which they will need to comply with in order to obtain these new rights will be modernised and kept as smooth and simple as possible”.

“The UK’s stance is that the British courts should oversee the system rather than the European Court of Justice, but the EU27 are concerned that without ECJ oversight, future UK governments may try to water down those agreed rights”.

Trump Blames Democrats for Blocking Health Care Repeal

Trump Blames Democrats for Blocking Health Care Repeal

On Monday, after the release of a Congressional Budget Office analysis that the bill will leave 22 million more people uninsured over a decade, Collins announced she would oppose an important procedural vote on the legislation this week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been pushing for a vote on the Affordable Care Act replacement bill this week.

The White House said the CBO originally projected that 24 million people would be in Obamacare’s exchanges by 2016 – when the number turned out to be just 11 million.

The White House said the choice for the Senate is between failing Obamacare and a better Republican system.

Senate Republicans, many of whom are still undecided on whether to vote for the bill later this week, struggled to defend the legislation to mobs of reporters who flocked to them for initial reactions.

“I won’t vote to proceed to it unless the bill changes”, Paul told reporters.

Trump and Republicans in Congress made repealing and replacing Obamacare, former Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature domestic legislation, a central campaign promise.

That sort of gambit would rely on the rest of the GOP conference swallowing provisions they don’t like, but it’s not impossible to envision Republicans going along with a bill that does things they disagree with.

Republicans can’t afford more than two defections.

Conservative Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he is opposing the Senate bill because it “is not anywhere close to repeal” of the Affordable Care Act.

That’s only slightly fewer uninsured than a version passed by the House in May.

The Republican Party is well short of the votes needed to bring its bill to the floor, and party leaders and President Donald Trump are kicking into overdrive to save their imperiled health care overhaul.

Mr. Trump personally appealed to fence-sitting Republicans, and the White House criticized the CBO report, saying the scorekeeper “has consistently proven it can not accurately predict how health care legislation will impact insurance coverage”.

It’s not yet clear whether Republicans in the Senate will embrace the legislation as eagerly as their counterparts in the Assembly.

Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Dean Heller of Nevada are also opposed to the motion to proceed.

For some reason, the White House didn’t mention these winners in its response to the report.

Now the stakes are even higher for the Colorado Republican, who has not said whether he would back a GOP health care proposal he helped shape – though Gardner spoke more positively than not about the measure in a brief interview Monday on Capitol Hill. The Senate bill also assumes that after 2025, Medicaid bills will grow more slowly than they have historically. CBO analysis shows Senate bill won’t do it.

Lee has been invited to have dinner with Pence on Tuesday evening, Lee’s spokesperson said. “It concluded that premiums would rise 30% in the first two years”, Cruz said.

A subsequent decline in premiums “doesn’t help the people whose premiums skyrocket next year”, he said.

Criticism toward the U.S. Senate’s healthcare overhaul bill is coming from the governor of MI as well.

He announced changes that would replace Obamacare’s individual mandate to hold coverage with a provision created to prevent Americans from dropping coverage and then signing up again once they need medical care.

Another change the bill makes is to extend the premium assistance to people who make less than the federal poverty level, while effectively phasing out the Medicaid expansion that allowed adults with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level to be eligible.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is to release its assessment of the bill’s cost and impact on future budget deficits later on Monday.

Though the CBO does not explain this at length, it does suggest that the BCRA will likely halt – though not necessarily reverse – the impending death spiral in which young, healthy people are leaving the insurance market (a situation that, if permitted to continue, would result in an extremely expensive risk pool).

Our own Sen. Orrin Hatch is the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over this and all health care bills.

The 15 million people the CBO estimates would be uninsured by 2018 is largely due to the repeal of the penalty associated with being uninsured. But the report digs deeper into the kind of insurance that people, especially poor people, would be able to access – and finds that it would be so financially burdensome with high deductibles that many people would choose not to sign up.