Jharkhand, Haryana, Services and Tamil Nadu jostle for last two quarter-final spots

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Six teams have qualified for the quarter-finals of Vijay Hazare Trophy, with four teams from Elite Group C still vying for the two remaining places.

From the 18 teams that were jostling for five spots from Elite groups A and B, Mumbai led the way, followed by Delhi, Maharashtra, Andhra and Hyderabad. Except Mumbai, who were already through with 28 points, and Hyderabad, who had played all their matches, accumulating 22 points, and had their fate hinging on other results, the other three teams went into the last day with 22 points each.

Among them Delhi had the best net run rate, which meant that even if they lost to Chhattisgarh in their final encounter, they were likely to pip Hyderabad and Maharashtra – had the latter lost the virtual shootout to Baroda who would have then moved to 24 points, leaving Hyderabad and themselves tied on 22.

But both Delhi and Maharashtra won, ensuring not only their but also Hyderabad’s entry into the quarter-finals. Hyderabad’s qualification was also helped by the abandonment of two Punjab matches. Punjab, who were unfortunate to finish with 20 points as a result, looked set to win at least one of them against Goa where they had posted 359 before rain washed the possibility away. Andhra, too, beat Madhya Pradesh by seven wickets to finish on 26 points and qualify.

In the plate group, Bihar and Uttarakhand were the dominant teams. Both won seven of their eight matches, but eventually Bihar’s five-wicket win over Uttarakhand earlier in the tournament proved decisive, as they, with the help of a washout, finished with 30 points, two more than Uttarakhand’s 28.

In group C, four of the ten teams are in contention for the two remaining spots. Jharkhand are best placed with 28 points and a game in hand, followed by Haryana on 24 points with one match remaining and Services, who are on 22 points, with two matches left. Tamil Nadu, with 20 points and one match left, could make a back-door entry, provided they win their final match by a big margin and other results go their way.

Jharkhand will top the group if they win. They can still finish in the top two if they lose. They will be ousted only if Services beat them in addition to winning their second match against Rajasthan, and Haryana beat Tamil Nadu. That will put Services on 30 points, leaving Haryana tied with Jharkhand on 28 points – and Haryana currently have the better net run-rate.

Haryana will finish in the top two if they beat Tamil Nadu, regardless of other results, given their superior NRR. Services will top the group if they win both matches. If they win only one match, they will need Haryana to lose to Tamil Nadu to finish in the top two. A win for Tamil Nadu will tie them with Haryana on 24 points but the margin of victory would have to be large for them to be able to overtake Haryana’s NRR. Furthermore, they also need Services to lose both their matches to have a shot at qualifying.

U.S.’ Pompeo hails ‘significant’ North Korea progress; experts sceptical

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Oct
9

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday hailed “significant progress” in talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the weekend and said the sides were “pretty close” to agreeing details for a second summit between Kim and President Donald Trump.

However, experts questioned what Pompeo had achieved on Sunday on his fourth visit to Pyongyang this year. They said the North Korean leader appeared simply to be repackaging and dragging out past pledges.

Pompeo told reporters Kim had said he was ready to allow international inspectors into North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear testing site and the Sohae missile engine test facility as soon as the two sides agreed on logistics.

However, Pompeo declined to say whether there had been any forward movement on North Korea’s offer to allow inspectors to visit its Yongbyon site, which produces fuel for nuclear weapons. North Korea has said an inspection of that site would be allowed if the United States took “corresponding measures,” of which there has been no sign.

In May, North Korea blew up tunnels at Punggye-ri and called this proof of its commitment to end nuclear testing, but a senior White House official accused Pyongyang at the time of breaking a promise to allow experts to witness dismantlement of the site, which meant there was no one there to verify what actually occurred.

Pompeo did not say when inspectors would be allowed to Punggye-ri, and the State Department did not respond when asked if they would be Americans or others from international nuclear bodies.

“There’s a lot of logistics that will be required to execute that,” Pompeo told a news briefing in Seoul before leaving for Beijing, where the frosty tone of talks will raise worries about China’s willingness help maintain a tough U.S.-led sanctions regime on North Korea.

“SELLING THE SAME HORSE TWICE”

Experts said the offer on inspections amounted to dressing up of an old, unfulfilled pledge as a new concession.

“The real takeaway from this Punggye-ri pledge is that Kim has mastered the art of milking a single cosmetic concession for months to burn clock,” Vipin Narang, an associate professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said on Twitter.

“We are still talking about Punggye-ri and Sohae 6 months after he pledged to dismantle them. Brilliantly selling the same horse twice.”

Even so, Pompeo said both sides were “pretty close” to agreement on the details of a second summit, which Kim proposed to U.S. President Donald Trump in a letter last month.

“Both the leaders believe there’s real progress that can be made, substantive progress that can be made at the next summit,” Pompeo said.

Trump and Kim held an historic first summit in Singapore on June 12 at which Kim pledged to work toward denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. However, his actions have fallen short of Washington’s demands for a complete inventory of its weapons and facilities and irreversible steps to give up its arsenal.

Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea who accompanied Pompeo to Pyongyang, said he offered to meet his counterpart, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, “as soon as possible” and they were in discussion over time and place.

Pompeo told South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday his latest trip to Pyongyang was “another step forward” to denuclearisation, but there were “many steps along the way”.

INSPECTION

At last month’s inter-Korean summit, the North expressed its willingness to close Yongbyon if Washington took corresponding action, which Moon said would include a declaration of an end to the 1950-53 Korean War.

Moon also said the North would “permanently dismantle” Sohae missile engine testing site in the presence of experts from “concerned countries”.

Pyongyang’s failure to keep its pledge to allow international inspections at Punggye-ri in May fanned criticism that the move could easily be reversed.

In July, satellite imagery indicated it had begun dismantling the engine test site, but also without allowing outside verification. The 38 North project said last week that no dismantling activity had been spotted since Aug. 3.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Kim had invited inspectors to visit Punggye-ri to confirm it had been irreversibly dismantled.

Sceptics of Trump administration policy said it was difficult to see what Pompeo had achieved.

“Did Mike Pompeo go all the way to Pyongyang for party planning purposes?” Daniel Russel, the chief U.S. diplomat for East Asia until last year, said on NBC. “Is this just to set up a yet another summit without a clear understanding of what that’s going to generate?”

Pyongyang’s official KCNA news agency was upbeat. It said on Monday Kim lauded his talks with Pompeo and “explained in detail the proposals for solving the denuclearisation issue.”

“Kim Jong Un expressed satisfaction over the productive and wonderful talks with Mike Pompeo at which mutual stands were fully understood and opinions exchanged,” KCNA said.

Kim said the bilateral dialogue would continue to develop “based on the deep confidence between the two leaders”, and expressed gratitude to Trump for making a sincere effort to implement the agreement made at their June summit, KCNA said.

KCNA also said the two sides agreed to hold working negotiations for the second summit as early as possible.

But it made no mention of inspections.

North Korea had denounced Pompeo on his previous trip to Pyongyang in July for making “gangster-like demands”. Pompeo did not meet Kim on that trip.

Moon also spoke positively of Pompeo’s latest meeting with Kim. He said it set up conditions for another Trump-Kim summit and help denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

Moon said Kim was expected to visit Russia soon and that Chinese leader Xi Jinping was also expected to travel to North Korea, but did not elaborate.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia had invited Kim to visit, but the time and place had yet to be agreed.

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Reporting by Joyce Lee and Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Peter Cooney, Michael Perry and Paul Tait

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Pangu Jailbreak Successfully Showcased Running On The New iPhone XS – Here’s What You Need To Know

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Oct
8

With every iOS release, there’s a glimmer of hope that a new jailbreak will be achieved. However, the chances of that happening have become scarce as Apple has bumped up its security game. However, we’re still not prone to the idea that a new jailbreak is impossible to achieve. With that said, the Pangu team has successfully jailbroken the new iPhone XS running on its latest A12 Bionic chip. Let’s see some more details on it.

Pangu Team Successfully Showcases A Jailbreak On iPhone XS

iOS researcher Min Zheng posted an intriguing tweet on Thursday morning which appears to point at a working jailbreak on the latest and greatest iPhone XS. The jailbreak seems to be running on the smaller 5.8-inch iPhone XS model which houses the powerful 7nm A12 Bionic chipset. However, since the bigger 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max features the same chipset powering the device with near-identical specifications, we reckon the jailbreak would work on it as well.

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Previously, an untethered jailbreak was demoed on iOS 12 but it was showcased on last year’s flagship, the iPhone X. Pangu’s latest conquest showcases the jailbreak on the new iPhone XS. The shared tweet also points at how the jailbreak encompasses a function PAC mitigation which allows the tool to complete the process.

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While Pangu is pretty credible in its news judging on past trends, we don’t see the team release the product to the general public. However, we never know when the team decided to release it after further tinkering with vulnerabilities and exploits. Nonetheless, the jailbreak on iPhone XS is pretty solid news. So possibly, the iOS 12 jailbreak will potentially be released to the public in the near future.

There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details. This is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the possibility of the new jailbreak on iPhone XS by Pangu? Let us know in the comments.

Darren Bravo and Kieron Pollard back for West Indies

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Oct
8

Batsman Darren Bravo is set to represent West Indies in any format for the first time in two years and allrounder Kieron Pollard for the first time in a year, on the T20 leg of the ongoing India tour.

Chris Gayle, who is tied up with the Afghanistan Premier League at present and will be going to the T10 league after that, made himself unavailable for selection for the India and Bangladesh tours, Cricket West Indies (CWI) said in a release, but he remains available for the home series against England early next year and the World Cup. Andre Russell was picked for the T20s, but not the ODIs as he “has been ruled out of all 50-over cricket due to injury”.

Bravo and Pollard’s inclusions are the result of talks between the board and a handful of estranged high-profile players, with a view to having the big names feature in the World Cup in England next year. These players had fallen out with the board for various reasons, the primary one being the clash between playing domestic cricket and overseas T20 leagues. The board had said availability for the regional tournaments was a requirement to be picked for the West Indies squads, causing a rift with the players who are highly sought after by the T20 leagues. However, this year, with the World Cup in mind, the board decided to bring forward the domestic 50-over competition to October this year, instead of February 2019 – that switch means there will be minimal clash between the Super50 and various T20 leagues. CWI has said if the players play the Super50 and perform, a World Cup call-up is open to them.

Dwayne Bravo and Lendl Simmons, who’d also committed to playing the Super50 along with Darren Bravo and Pollard, do not feature in these squads. CWI chief executive Colin Grave had said earlier that the stiff competition for the allrounder’s spot in the line-up meant Dwayne Bravo would have to work that much harder to break through. Spinner Sunil Narine also remains on the sidelines for now.

The ODI squad features three uncapped players in opener Chandrapaul Hemraj, allrounder Fabian Allen and pacer Oshane Thomas. Allen and Thomas will stay on for the India T20s too, along with other newcomers in left-arm pacer Obed McCoy, left-arm spinner Khary Pierre and the big-hitting Sherfane Rutherford.

Batsman Evin Lewis, who’d turned down a central white-ball contract last week, features in both squads. Fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, who is on the road back from a stress fracture of the back he suffered late last year, has been included for the ODIs pending a fitness test. Joseph was included in the Test squad for India too, before being ruled out after two fitness assessments.

Oshane Thomas was one of the stars of the CPL earlier this year. Playing for Jamaica Tallawahs, he claimed 18 wickets at an average of 17.66 while hitting speeds upwards of 145kph.

Rutherford, playing for Guyana Amazon Warriors, put on a display of six-hitting that has lifted him into the international reckoning. Against Trinbago Knight Riders – and Dwayne Bravo – he was particularly brutal, smashing 45 in 13 balls. He’d also scored a ton in the Global T20 Canada in July – 134 not out off 66 balls – against an attack that included Tim Southee, Sheldon Cottrell and Andre Russell.

Pierre and McCoy have also been picked on their CPL performances, while Allen and Hemraj have shown form with West Indies’ A and B teams. Pierre picked up 11 wickets in just seven games at 13.36, with a economy rate of 5.65, to finish among the top-ten wicket-takers despite significantly fewer games than others on the list.

West Indies’ chairman of selectors Courtney Browne said the selection panel had one eye on the World T20 in 2020 too, hence the raft of new faces in the T20 squad. “With the 2020 ICC World T20 two years away and the limited amount of T20 Internationals within the next year, the panel believes at this juncture it is time to invest in the young players that have emerged over the last two years from Windies A and B teams, along with 2018 CPL.

“The panel believes that this new group of cricketers, in addition to their cricketing skills, will have the athleticism needed to improve our fielding, which will be vital to our success. The selection of a young group two years prior to the World T20 gives the coaching staff time to help them with their skills and for the team to develop into a cohesive and competitive unit.”

ODI squad: Jason Holder (capt), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Oshane Thomas

T20I squad: Carlos Brathwaite (capt), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Sherfane Rutherford, Oshane Thomas

Anger, dismay as Indonesia says search for quake victims to end

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Oct
8

PALU, Indonesia (Reuters) – Relatives of hundreds of people missing after an earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia reacted with anger, sadness and resignation on Sunday to a decision by the state disaster agency to end searches for bodies later this week.

The 7.5 magnitude quake on Sept. 28 brought down shopping malls, hotels and other buildings in the city of Palu, while tsunami waves smashed into its beachfront. But perhaps more deadly was soil liquefaction which obliterated several Palu neighborhoods.

No one knows how many people are missing but it is at least in the hundreds, rescuers say.

The official death toll has risen to 1,763 but bodies are still being recovered, at least 34 in one place alone on Saturday and more on Sunday.

“Many of us are angry that we haven’t found our families and friends and they want to give up?” said Hajah Ikaya, 60, who says she lost her sister, brother-in-law and niece in the Balaroa neighborhood in the south of the city. They are all missing.

Balaroa was one of areas particularly hard hit by liquefaction, which turns the ground into a roiling quagmire, destroying houses and dragging people under the mud and debris.

The disaster agency said earlier liquefaction destroyed 1,700 houses in one neighborhood alone with hundreds of people buried in the mud.

“We’re Muslim. We need a proper burial, in the Islamic way,” said Ikaya. “We don’t want this.”

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told a briefing in Jakarta some limited searching might continue but large-scale searches with many personnel and heavy equipment would cease on Oct. 11.

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Debris would be cleared and areas hit by liquefaction would be turned into parks and sports venues. Surveys would be carried out and people living in vulnerable places would be moved.

“We don’t want the community to be relocated to such dangerous places,” Nugroho said.

Most of the dead from the quake and tsunami were in Palu, the region’s main urban center. Figures for more remote areas are trickling in but they seem to have suffered fewer deaths than the city.

Dede Diman, 25, a resident of Petobo, another neighborhood in Palu that was laid waste by liquefaction, said rescuers hadn’t even started searching where his sister was lost.

“We’re already angry,” said Diman, who is living in a shelter with his brother and another sister. Their mother was killed and her body found.

“We don’t agree with giving up. Even if they give up, we won’t. We want to find our sister.”

Graphic: Catastrophe in Sulawesi – tmsnrt.rs/2OqQlUo

PRAYERS

Mohammad Irfan, 25, got home to Palu on Sunday, as air services picked up, from his job on Bali island, to help search for his missing grandfather.

“I’d feel very sad if the search mission ends because there are so many still missing and buried,” he said.

A grieving father was resigned to the search ending without his two-year-old daughter being found.

“What’s the point anyway? At this stage, they’re not even recognizable,” said Ondre, 38, who makes toys for a living.

His wife and two daughters were swept away in the tsunami that hit Palu’s seafront after the earthquake. He found the bodies of his wife and older daughter but is still looking for his younger daughter.

“I don’t want her to feel like her father never tried to find her. My soul wouldn’t rest,” he said by a mass grave atop a hill overlooking Palu’s bay as the sun set, where he had come to offer prayers.

Sulawesi is one of Indonesia’s five main islands. The archipelago sees frequent earthquakes and occasional tsunami.

In 2004, a quake off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami across the Indian Ocean that killed 226,000 people in 13 countries, including more than 120,000 in Indonesia.

Earlier on Sunday, dozens of Christians gathered outside ruined churches for services to give thanks for their survival and to mourn members of their congregation killed in the disaster.

Indonesia has the world’s biggest Muslim population but there are Christian communities throughout the archipelago, including in Palu.

“We are so relieved to be alive but sad because so many of our congregation died,” said Dewi Febriani, 26, after a service in a tent outside the Toraja Church in Jono Oge village, south of Palu.

Jono Oge was hit hard by liquefaction with dozens of teenagers at a nearby church and Bible camp killed. Many of lie buried in the mud.

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Graphic: Destruction in Palu – tmsnrt.rs/2IDFukK

Additional reporting by Jessica Damiana in JAKARTA, Rozanna Latiff in PALU; Writing by Robert Birsel; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

Hansal Mehta lashes out at Vikas Bahl

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Oct
7

Tanushree Dutta has been making headlines for her decision to speak up against veteran actor Nana Patekar, for allegedly harassing her on the sets of ‘Horn OK Pleassss’. Since then, several Bollywood celebrities have come out in support of the star, while also lauding her courage to speak up on this topic.

Nana Patekar, on the other hand, who has repeatedly denied the allegations, will reportedly give his side of the story when he hosts a press conference in the city, on his return from the ‘Housefull 4’ shoot. He further said that he would answer and clarify everyone’s doubts.

Reacting to this, Tanushree, reportedly took another jibe at the veteran actor by urging journalists to attend the conference, saying that being an actor, he would definitely put up an “award-winning performance” and distort the truth

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Luca Todesco Has Jailbroken the iPhone XS Max

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Oct
7

Hacker Luca Todesco has successfully jailbroken the iPhone XS Max.

Todesco is best known for releasing the yalu jailbreak of iOS 10.2. He confirmed the jailbreak of the iPhone XS Max on iOS 12 via Twitter.

since I’m finally done hacking the Xs Max I started using it as my daily driver and I gotta say it’s a damn fine piece of hardware

When asked for clarification, he replied:

I have jailbroken the A12, and yes, I’m running stock now.

Todesco isn’t the first person to jailbreak the A12. Pangu successfully jailbroke the chip last month; however, it appears they did that on the iPhone XS.

At this point there’s no indication that PanguTeam or Todesco plan to release their jailbreak to the public but you can follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or RSS for updates.

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Sean Williams still haunted by World Cup Qualifiers failure

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Oct
7

Zimbabwe have lost eight ODIs and four T20Is on the trot since their World Cup dreams ended in anguish with a three-run defeat to UAE at home in March. After their latest defeat – the ODI series loss against South Africa – allrounder Sean Williams admitted that both he and the team are still haunted by their rain-affected failure in the World Cup Qualifiers.

“It is very difficult,” Williams said. “That game against UAE still haunts all of us, the guys who played in that game.” Williams, along with Brendan Taylor, Craig Ervine, Graeme Cremer and Sikandar Raza, fell out with the board in the aftermath of that tournament, missing the disastrous 0-5 defeat to Pakistan in July.

With fences since mended, three of the missing players have now returned and Zimbabwe have had a few chances to bury the ghosts of that game in their latest series. But, just as they did in that game, they have continued to let strong positions slip.

“It doesn’t feel good to lose a match, or lose a series,” Williams said. “Losing the series hurts more than losing this match, but losing this match today takes a lot of pride away from us, and I feel there was a lot of pride to play for in this match [even] after losing the series. After giving ourselves good chances to win the previous two games, we let that slip. Today, on a better wicket to bat on, the top six didn’t take advantage. A lot to learn. A tough series for us, and a hurtful one.”

After scores of 4 and 9 in the first two ODIs against South Africa, Williams was finally back in the runs as he struck 10 fours to top score with 69 in the third match. “[This innings] was extremely important for me,” he said. “The last time I scored runs was against UAE, it was an 80. I failed to get to a 100 and I failed to cross the line for the team. It hurt, it really did hurt me. Batting on these next two wickets [in the first two South Africa ODIs] was extremely difficult, but I knew I was one knock away from finding my form again.”

Williams added 73 for the fourth wicket with Brendan Taylor, who also showed glimpses of his best before was dismissed. “The over before he got out, we had actually just spoken and said ‘right, we’re one step closer to a target’. And it wasn’t three balls later that happened. Cricket’s a funny game. We had big plans, the two of us. We always seem to bat well together, when we give ourselves a chance.”

With the series now switching to the T20 format, Williams and Taylor will continue to play a vital role in the middle order. The first T20I will be played in East London on Tuesday night, and Williams reckons Zimbabwe have nothing left to lose.

“We’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain,” he said. “As far as I see it, [in the T20s] like a boxer, if you get hit first, you’re going to lose the game. It’s going to be up to us to land the first punch in the T20s and give it everything.”

U.S. Senate nears final vote on Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination

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Oct
7

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Brett Kavanaugh, the embattled U.S. Supreme Court nominee put forward by President Donald Trump, was poised to win Senate confirmation on Saturday, weathering sexual misconduct accusations and criticism of his character and temperament.

After weeks of intense debate that has gripped the nation, the conservative appeals court judge on Friday won vows of support from two centrist senators, leaving no clear path in the Senate for Kavanaugh’s opponents to block him.

A final confirmation vote was set for around 3:30 p.m. (1930 GMT) on Saturday.

Amid tighter-than-usual security, hundreds of protesters against Kavanaugh assembled on the grounds of the Capitol and at the Supreme Court. They chanted, “Vote them out! Vote them out!” and carried signs including “I am a survivor, not a troublemaker!”

A townhouse near the Washington residence of Republican Senator Susan Collins flew the flag of her home state Maine upside down to protest her backing of Kavanaugh.

As the day wore on, protesters in front of the Supreme Court pushed past security barriers and went to the east front of the U.S. Capitol where several dozen climbed exterior stairs, only to be removed by police.

If the Senate approves Kavanaugh as looks likely, Trump would score a clear win in his drive to cement conservative dominance of the high court, a bitter outcome for Democrats who could not get their own liberal nominee confirmed due to Republican delaying tactics in 2016.

With divisive cases on abortion rights, immigration, transgender rights and business regulation headed for the court, Kavanaugh likely would give conservatives the upper hand.

His confirmation would also allow Trump to hit the campaign trail ahead of the Nov. 6 congressional elections bragging that he has kept his 2016 promise to mold a more conservative American judiciary.

Capping a tense day on Friday, Collins of Maine declared on the Senate floor, “I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.”

She praised his judicial record and argued there was no corroboration of a sexual assault accusation made against him by psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford. Two other women also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct decades ago. Kavanaugh has denied all the allegations.

One of those women, Debbie Ramirez, a classmate of Kavanaugh’s at Yale University in the 1980s, issued a statement on Saturday saying that as she watched the Senate debate, “I feel like I’m right back at Yale where half the room is laughing and looking the other way. Only this time, instead of drunk college kids, it is U.S. senators who are deliberately ignoring his behavior,” she said.

Moments after Collins pledged to back Kavanaugh, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who is in a tough race for re-election in West Virginia where Trump is popular, also declared his support, leaving little doubt of a Republican victory.

Senators then endured a rare all-night session to satisfy the requirement of 30 hours of debate following Friday’s vote.

As the debate entered its final hours, the divisions between Republicans and Democrats festered.

Republican Senator Deb Fischer described Kavanaugh as “one of the most thoughtful, preeminent judges in our nation.” The sexual assault allegations, Fischer said, led the Senate confirmation process into “a shameful spectacle and a disservice to everyone involved,” adding that there was no evidence Kavanaugh was the perpetrator.

Democratic Senator Edward Markey countered, saying Kavanaugh has been a “rubber stamp for a far right-wing agenda.” Referring to the judge’s sworn response to Ford’s testimony, Markey said, “We heard anger. We heard belligerence. We heard evasiveness. We heard disrespect.”

Senate Republicans, except for Lisa Murkowski, stood by Kavanaugh in a move that could resonate, particularly with women voters, in the midterm elections to determine control of the Senate and House of Representatives.

Even before the sexual assault charges surfaced, Democrats in the Republican-controlled Senate were fighting hard to stop Kavanaugh, saying his conservative judicial philosophy could result in rolling back abortion rights, gay rights and protections for immigrants. They also challenged the veracity of some of his Judiciary Committee testimony.

Reporting by Amanda Becker, Richard Cowan and David Morgan; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Alistair Bell

Hansal Mehta lashes out at Vikas Bahl

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Oct
6

Tanushree Dutta has been making headlines for her decision to speak up against veteran actor Nana Patekar, for allegedly harassing her on the sets of ‘Horn OK Pleassss’. Since then, several Bollywood celebrities have come out in support of the star, while also lauding her courage to speak up on this topic.

Nana Patekar, on the other hand, who has repeatedly denied the allegations, will reportedly give his side of the story when he hosts a press conference in the city, on his return from the ‘Housefull 4’ shoot. He further said that he would answer and clarify everyone’s doubts.

Reacting to this, Tanushree, reportedly took another jibe at the veteran actor by urging journalists to attend the conference, saying that being an actor, he would definitely put up an “award-winning performance” and distort the truth

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Team Pangu Achieves iOS 12 Jailbreak On iPhone XS, Public Release On Cards?

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iOS 12 Jailbreak On iPhone XS Valuewalk
Image Source: @SparkZheng / Twitter (screenshot)

Since Apple rolled out iOS 12 to the public earlier this month, the jailbreak community has been hoping for a new jailbreak tool for the latest software. Jailbreaking has become increasingly difficult in the last few years as Apple continues to tighten security on its software. But it’s far from impossible. Chinese security researcher Min Zheng aka Spark has shared details of an iOS 12 jailbreak on iPhone XS.

How did Pangu achieve the iOS 12 jailbreak on iPhone XS?

Min Zheng said in a tweet that Team Pangu had performed an iOS 12 jailbreak on iPhone XS. That’s quite surprising because the iPhone XS has been around for only about a week. Zheng himself is a security researcher at Alibaba. As per the tweet, Pangu achieved the iOS 12 jailbreak on iPhone XS by bypassing PAC mitigation on the A12 Bionic chipset. The A12 chip runs this year’s XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR.

Zheng’s tweet also includes a couple of screenshots showing root access on the iPhone XS, which confirms the jailbreak. The same iOS 12 jailbreak on iPhone XS Max should also be possible, at least theoretically, because it runs the same A12 Bionic processor. It’s possible that the Pangu team doesn’t yet have access to the XS Max to demonstrate the jailbreak.

iOS 12 Jailbreak On iPhone XS
Image Source: @SparkZheng / Twitter (screenshot)

The Pangu team has a history of putting iOS jailbreaks in the public domain. So, Zheng’s tweet has sparked speculations that we could see a public iOS 12 jailbreak soon. Pangu is not only capable of discovering exploits but also putting together all the necessary pieces for a public jailbreak.

However, they have been quiet for the last couple years. They released the last public jailbreak for iOS 9 in October 2015. They had also developed the iOS 10 and 11 jailbreaks but didn’t release it publicly, probably because they are now a private security company, as one Reddit user points out. Just because they have jailbroken iOS 12 is no guarantee that it will be put in the public domain.

Other researchers are also working on iOS 12 jailbreak tools

Even if Pangu doesn’t release it publicly, they have demonstrated that an iOS 12 jailbreak on iPhone XS is possible. Other security researchers are also working on liberating iOS 12 devices. Recently, researchers at Alibaba’s Pandora Labs shared a video showcasing an iOS 12 jailbreak on last year’s iPhone X. It’s not yet known what bug they exploited for to liberate their iPhone X with iOS 12.

Alibaba is unlikely to put it in the public domain as it’s their in-house jailbreak solution. It looks for bugs in mobile operating systems for security purposes, not for jailbreaking.

Separately, developer Luca Todesco has tweeted that he had ‘pwned’ the iOS 12. Todesco did it “on first try” without changing a single line of code from his previous project. It means Apple hasn’t made any noticeable changes to iOS 12 from beta 12 to the final build. Todesco had also released a video showing himself hacking the software.

Jailbreaking allows you to run apps and customizations on your iPhones and iPads that Apple doesn’t allow you to. But it’s not always a good idea for most users. It not only violates Apple’s End User License Agreement but also voids the warranty on your device. Jailbreaking also exposes your device to malware, and could disrupt normal apps and services.

Spearhead Starc faces new reality in the desert

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Oct
6

Four years ago, Mitchell Starc was called into an Australian team that had been soundly beaten by Pakistan in their first Test in Dubai, amid a seeming attempt to right the wrong of that result by being still more aggressive than Michael Clarke’s team had attempted in the opener – Glenn Maxwell was the other inclusion.

Taking the new ball with Mitchell Johnson, Starc found his speed and bounce blunted by the combination of a docile Abu Dhabi surface and the concentration of Pakistan’s top order, as the hosts rolled to another gargantuan first innings. In the second, he was one of many Australian bowlers to be monstered by Misbah-ul-Haq, as both he and Azhar Ali marched to centuries in each innings. Starc’s match figures were a sorry 38.4-5-142-2.

In 2018, Starc is no longer a youthful reinforcement but the undisputed spearhead of an Australian team melding a huge amount of youth with older heads who, in easier times, might not have found their way back into the team, including the captain Tim Paine and the paceman Peter Siddle. This weakened team must, as a result of the Newlands scandal, be a more humble one in outlook and posture. But their learnings in Asian climes since 2014 have also forced a more gradual tactical rethink, something Starc said would be critical to their chances of success over the next two weeks.

“I can’t remember too much of that tour, I was a lot younger, less experienced and played that Test match in Abu Dhabi, but it’s a different feel with some new faces, new coach,” Starc said in Dubai. “We’ve had some really, really constructive conversations, I think learning about the game and how to play in these conditions. Taking a little bit out of what we did in India when I felt like we were in positions to win all those Test matches the last tour there.

“I think the preparation’s been first class, but it’s not how you prepare, it’s how you play. We’re really looking forward to the challenge, there’s been a bit happen in the last few months and it’s a chance for us to come out here and play some really good cricket and hopefully get some young guys playing their first Test for Australia as well.”

The “constructive conversations” Starc spoke of have been at a level more detailed than often took place in the years that Darren Lehmann was coach, as befits the wide information net cast by his successor Justin Langer. These have featured discussions of how Starc might best complement the rest of the attack, which is expected to lean heavily on the spin bowling wiles of Nathan Lyon and Jon Holland on a Dubai pitch and square dried and scuffed by the recent Asia Cup. He has already evolved considerably, keeping in mind an outstanding tour of Sri Lanka in 2016, and key contributions in India last year before he limped home with a foot fracture.

“It’s an interesting one, I’ve had conversations with JL and a few other guys about potentially changing my role slightly for these parts of the world,” Starc said. “It’s not somewhere like Australia where you can blast guys out on fast, bouncy wickets. It’s almost playing a supporting role to the spinners that play. I think in the past, perhaps that Test match I played here last time, I was stuck in that Australian mindset of attack, attack, attack, went for runs and didn’t take wickets.

“It’s not somewhere like Australia where you can blast guys out on fast, bouncy wickets. It’s almost playing a supporting role to the spinners that play. I think in the past, I was stuck in that Australian mindset of attack, attack, attack, went for runs and didn’t take wickets.”

Mitchell Starc

“So I’ve progressed my game to play many different roles and have to shape that role slightly to this part of the world and I guess watch the world’s greatest do his job from the other end in Nathan. In that tour [Sri Lanka] I realised when to attack and when to sit back and still not go for too many runs.

“When the ball was reversing that’s when I could attack but at the same time it’s making sure you’re building that pressure by not going for runs and earning the right to take those wickets and bowl attacking. I guess here where the wickets are even flatter and it’s a bit warmer as well, you have to change that role again slightly, but I’ll definitely be taking a bit of that blueprint into this tour as well.”

Whatever role is deigned for Starc, Siddle, or Michael Neser and Brendan Doggett, the left-armer will be in his best position to fulfil it in quite some time. A pattern of injury, rushed rehab and a return to the field as soon as humanly possible has been maintained for much of the past three years, in marked contrast to the longer break he has enjoyed in 2018, having not bowled a ball for Australia since the aforementioned, fateful South Africa tour. Now fully fit, Starc was also included in the Twenty20 side that plays after these two Tests.

“I’ve done some hard work the last few months to get myself fit and strong and if they have to be long spells I’m ready for it. At the same time it’ll be up to Tim how we use the fast guys around the spinners. We’ve had some long spells around training as well, and some shorter days as well. So there for everything, just looking forward to getting out there with the baggy green again.

“I’m really looking forward to these two Test matches first and foremost and I don’t think I’ve played a T20 in about two years, so that’s exciting as well. I’ve had a lot of time the last few months to let my body heal by itself rather than have to rush back for any cricket so that’s something I’ve really enjoyed, having the time to let everything heal and feeling really good about my body and my cricket. I feel fit and ready to go, so a couple of Tests, some T20s and into a long summer.

“[Injury] was a mixture of things, between the uneven creases in South Africa, a lot of bowling through the summer, you could put a few things down on the list. But I had a chance then to let everything heal without going to the IPL and a couple of winter tours, it was a good chance to let everything heal by itself. It’s done that so I’m looking forward to feeling as fit as I have for a while.”

As for the laconic line “there’s been a bit happen in the last few months”, Starc will get a reminder of this when he takes the new ball and does not see Steven Smith at slip, David Warner in the gully or Cameron Bancroft at short leg. With Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins also absent at this point of the season, Starc acknowledged that the evolution of his role is far from limited to pace bowling tactics under the unrelenting UAE sun.

“We’ve got a good group of experienced guys in this team, we’ve got some young guys but we’ve got some state captains, our newly appointed vice-captain as well and Tim doing a fantastic job as captain,” he said. “You’ve got Nathan Lyon who’s played 73 Tests and for me being around a little while, it’s just being in a bit of a leadership role for the fast bowlers or some of the young guys. I think all the guys lead in different ways at different stages. Ultimately we’re there to support Tim and in the end we’re trying to win a Test series for Australia away from home.

“The preparation’s been first class from everyone, whether they’ve played no Tests or a lot of Tests. I think as a group we’re learning very well in these parts of the world, these last few tours and even in our preparation for this one. It’s been a really great lead-up, some young guys coming in who are excited to try to press for selection and bring a lot of that new energy. So it’s exciting for us guys who’ve been around a little while to see those guys come in and really press for selection and want to impress right from day one.”

Backed by senators, Kavanaugh on track for U.S. Supreme Court

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Oct
6

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, looked headed for a lifetime job on the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday after two crucial senators said that accusations of sexual misconduct against the judge would not prevent them voting to confirm him.

If Kavanaugh wins confirmation at a final Senate vote which is likely on Saturday, Trump can claim victory in his drive to consolidate conservative dominance of the nation’s highest court and move the American judiciary rightward.

Two key senators, Republican Susan Collins and Democrat Joe Manchin, both regarded as swing votes, said they would support Kavanaugh, after weeks of intense debate about sexual violence that gripped the nation.

A sharply partisan battle over the nomination became an intense political drama when university professor Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were in high school in Maryland in 1982.

Collins said the accusations against Kavanaugh “fail to meet the more-likely-than-not standard.”

As protesters in a Capitol Hill hallway shouted “Shame on you,” Manchin told reporters an FBI investigation that did not find corroborating evidence of Ford’s accusations was thorough.

Two other women also made accusations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh in the 1980s. He angrily denied the accusations.

Earlier on Friday, Senate lawmakers backed Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, by 51 to 49 in a procedural vote that moved the Republican-controlled Senate toward a definitive decision.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh would tip the balance on the court to a 5-4 majority in favour of conservatives in possible legal battles ahead over contentious issues such as abortion rights, immigration, and Trump’s attempt to ban transgender people from the U.S. military.

Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the U.S. Senate, and with the two key senators choosing to vote in favour of Kavanaugh, the confirmation looked locked in late on Friday.

In theory, Kavanaugh could be confirmed, sworn in and then be able to sit on the bench in his robes on Tuesday when the court is next in session.

The Kavanaugh fight has riveted Americans just weeks before Nov. 6 elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from the Republicans.

Trump, himself accused by numerous women during the 2016 presidential election of sexual misconduct, tweeted his approval for the Senate vote on Friday, saying, “Very proud of the U.S. Senate for voting ‘YES’ to advance the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh!”

Trump has made appointing conservative judges a major plank of his presidency, and last year his nominee Neil Gorsuch was confirmed by the Senate.

Ford’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee was broadcast live on television last Thursday and captured the attention of some 20 million people watching on broadcast and cable networks.

In an angry rebuttal later that day, Kavanaugh said the accusations were part of a “political hit” by Democrats.

His nomination became a flashpoint in the #MeToo social media movement against sexual harassment and assault. Trump mocked Ford on Tuesday during a political rally in Mississippi, further angering Democrats and women campaigning for an end to sexual violence.

The FBI sent Congress documents detailing additional interviews about Kavanaugh that the agency conducted at the request of some Republican and Democratic senators.

While the documents have not been made public, Republicans said they did not back up sexual assault allegations by Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California.

Similarly, Republicans said the FBI found nobody to support assault claims by Deborah Ramirez, who was a classmate of Kavanaugh’s at Yale University in the 1980s.

Democrats called the FBI report a whitewash and said the White House placed constraints on the FBI, which did not speak to many potential witnesses.

Reporting by Amanda Becker and Richard Cowan; Additional reporting by David Morgan, Ginger Gibson, David Alexander, Eric Beech, Lisa Lambert and Kevin Drawbaugh; Writing by Alistair Bell; Editing by Clive McKeef

Ranveer reacts to wedding plans with Deepika

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Oct
5

Speculations have been going around for a long time that Bollywood couple Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone will tie the knot this year. Although, the two have not confirmed it, they have neither denied this information. Now, some exciting details have surfaced about the secret wedding that is reportedly taking place on November 12th. Apparently, it will be a grand yet very private ceremony that will be held in Lake Como in Italy. It also seems that personalized invites will be sent to the select guests for the occasion. Interestingly, if reports are anything to go by, then international stars Elton John and Madonna have also been invited for the big day. Moreover, there are a certain set of rules that the guests have to abide by such not carrying their cell phones inside the venue. This is apparently done to ensure that no private pictures are leaked on social media without Ranveer or Deepika’s approval. Well, one thing is certain that with so much secrecy, the fans will now get even more interested about the wedding.

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Team Pangu Achieves iOS 12 Jailbreak On iPhone XS, Public Release On Cards?

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Oct
5
iOS 12 Jailbreak On iPhone XS Valuewalk
Image Source: @SparkZheng / Twitter (screenshot)

Since Apple rolled out iOS 12 to the public earlier this month, the jailbreak community has been hoping for a new jailbreak tool for the latest software. Jailbreaking has become increasingly difficult in the last few years as Apple continues to tighten security on its software. But it’s far from impossible. Chinese security researcher Min Zheng aka Spark has shared details of an iOS 12 jailbreak on iPhone XS.

How did Pangu achieve the iOS 12 jailbreak on iPhone XS?

Min Zheng said in a tweet that Team Pangu had performed an iOS 12 jailbreak on iPhone XS. That’s quite surprising because the iPhone XS has been around for only about a week. Zheng himself is a security researcher at Alibaba. As per the tweet, Pangu achieved the iOS 12 jailbreak on iPhone XS by bypassing PAC mitigation on the A12 Bionic chipset. The A12 chip runs this year’s XS, XS Max, and iPhone XR.

Zheng’s tweet also includes a couple of screenshots showing root access on the iPhone XS, which confirms the jailbreak. The same iOS 12 jailbreak on iPhone XS Max should also be possible, at least theoretically, because it runs the same A12 Bionic processor. It’s possible that the Pangu team doesn’t yet have access to the XS Max to demonstrate the jailbreak.

iOS 12 Jailbreak On iPhone XS
Image Source: @SparkZheng / Twitter (screenshot)

The Pangu team has a history of putting iOS jailbreaks in the public domain. So, Zheng’s tweet has sparked speculations that we could see a public iOS 12 jailbreak soon. Pangu is not only capable of discovering exploits but also putting together all the necessary pieces for a public jailbreak.

However, they have been quiet for the last couple years. They released the last public jailbreak for iOS 9 in October 2015. They had also developed the iOS 10 and 11 jailbreaks but didn’t release it publicly, probably because they are now a private security company, as one Reddit user points out. Just because they have jailbroken iOS 12 is no guarantee that it will be put in the public domain.

Other researchers are also working on iOS 12 jailbreak tools

Even if Pangu doesn’t release it publicly, they have demonstrated that an iOS 12 jailbreak on iPhone XS is possible. Other security researchers are also working on liberating iOS 12 devices. Recently, researchers at Alibaba’s Pandora Labs shared a video showcasing an iOS 12 jailbreak on last year’s iPhone X. It’s not yet known what bug they exploited for to liberate their iPhone X with iOS 12.

Alibaba is unlikely to put it in the public domain as it’s their in-house jailbreak solution. It looks for bugs in mobile operating systems for security purposes, not for jailbreaking.

Separately, developer Luca Todesco has tweeted that he had ‘pwned’ the iOS 12. Todesco did it “on first try” without changing a single line of code from his previous project. It means Apple hasn’t made any noticeable changes to iOS 12 from beta 12 to the final build. Todesco had also released a video showing himself hacking the software.

Jailbreaking allows you to run apps and customizations on your iPhones and iPads that Apple doesn’t allow you to. But it’s not always a good idea for most users. It not only violates Apple’s End User License Agreement but also voids the warranty on your device. Jailbreaking also exposes your device to malware, and could disrupt normal apps and services.

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