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first_imgDid you miss this webinar?  Over 450 of your colleagues attended this timely and cutting-edge topic which is in such widespread use in clinical practice for IBS.  Dietitians can still watch the recording and earn 1 CPEU by visiting the event page.As promised we have pulled the questions from the chat pod and our presenter Dr. Caroline Tuck has graciously provided the answers.  Here is what you wanted to know:ProbioticsQ-Are probiotics in pill form as effective as those that are refrigerated?Q-There are several strains of probiotics: is there a product name recommendation?A-Many research studies have investigated the role of probiotics, with mixed results. At this stage, there is insufficient evidence to recommend a specific strain of probiotic and/or the form it comes in. The following research article may be helpful: McKenzie YA, Thompson J, Gulia P, Lomer MCE. British Dietetic Association systematic review of systematic reviews and evidence-based practice guidelines for the use of probiotics in the management of irritable bowel syndrome in adults (2016 update). J Hum Nutr Diet. 2016;29(5):576–92.Low-FODMAP?Q-Are no added sugar/plain yogurt and kefir part of Low FODMAP diet?Q-According to the Monash University Smartphone app, Kefir and Yoghurt are high in lactose content. You may use trial and error with the patient to test their individual tolerance.Q-In the phone app it has different types of soy milk, some are red and some are green.  Tempeh is green.  Boiled soybeans are red.  Firm tofu is green.  Silken tofu is red.  TVP is red.  Could you please explain the differences in why some of these soy products are ok and others are not recommended?A-The FODMAP content of foods is altered by both the ingredients and the food processing techniques used. For example, some soy milks are made with the whole soy bean and are high FODMAP, whilst some soy milks are made with the soy protein, resulting in a low FODMAP content. This blog post written by Monash University may be helpful.A-The following research article may also be helpful: Tuck CJ, Ly E, Bogatyrev A, Costetsou I, Gibson PR, Barrett JS, et al. Fermentable short chain carbohydrate (FODMAPs) content of common plant-based foods and processed foods suitable for vegetarian- and vegan-based eating patterns. J Hum Nutr Diet. 2018Q-What about the sprouted grains?A-Sprouted grains were shown to have a reduced FODMAP content in a recent research article. Individual tolerance testing with each patient would be recommended.Q-Would garlic powder be a good alternative?A-Garlic powder would be high FODMAP, and therefore not suitable for the low FODMAP diet. Q-Does fiber or psyllium increase water in the bowel and make symptoms worse?A-The effect of fiber can be variable on the patient and their symptom types. The following article is an excellent resource on this topic: Eswaran S, Muir J, Chey WD. Fiber and functional gastrointestinal disorders. Am J Gastroenterol. 2013;108(5):718-27.SIBO (Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)Q-Do you find or recommend that patients be tested for SBIO? I know someone who tried FODMAP for a while with mild results and then was tested for this and after antibiotics had complete resolution of her IBS symptoms.A-Unfortunately, there is limited research in the area of SIBO, largely because there are large limitations in the techniques used to try to diagnose SIBO. Techniques such as breath testing have high false positive and/or false negative rates. The topic of SIBO is debated amongst the medical and scientific community. Hopefully with more research, in the future we will understand more about the role of SIBO. Q-Can you speak of the efficacy of the FODMAP diet on lessening symptoms of SIBO?A-As per the question above, due to difficulties in diagnosis of SIBO it has been poorly studied. No studies have investigated the efficacy of the low FODMAP diet on SIBO. Low FODMAP AppQ-The Monash Uni low fodmap diet app is $9.00 in the google play store.  Unfortunately, most of my patients will not be able to afford this.  Any other suggested apps?A-Other apps will not update with new foods / research, hence the Monash University low FODMAP diet app is recommended. If patients are unable to afford the app, then other resources such as education materials may be the best option.IBD (Inflammatory bowel disease)Q-Would you recommend this for people with IBD?A-There are a few studies in IBD patients – mainly done in those who are in remission but having ongoing IBS-type symptoms. The studies to date show that it can be helpful in this patient group. There is no evidence for the diet in patients with active IBD. Following a low-FODMAPQ-How well are people able to stick to the low FODMAP diet?A-Clinical practice suggests that patients are generally able to be compliant with the dietary recommendations. Keep in mind, that it is a ‘low’ not a ‘no’ FODMAP diet, so small discrepancies are not an issue. Additionally,  the diet can be individualized to the patient, as discussed in the webinar, there are strategies to try to improve compliance.Q-How do you decide to trial the low FODMAP diet for IBS versus other diets (e.g. SCD, etc.)?A-Unfortunately, evidence is limited for many dietary therapies. Currently, the low FODMAP diet has the best evidence for efficacy to help manage symptoms of IBS. The following review article discusses the evidence for different diets. Tuck, C. J., and S. J. Vanner. “Dietary therapies for functional bowel symptoms: Recent advances, challenges, and future directions.” Neurogastroenterology & Motility (2017).Q-Are there an increased risk of malnutrition or micronutrient deficiencies with people on FODMAP diet?A-Studies to date have shown variability on the effects of the low FODMAP diet on nutritional adequacy. Some studies have shown reductions in fibre, calcium, and iron, whilst others have suggested an intake of these have been maintained. Differences may be due to study design or cultural differences at baseline. Importantly dietitians should encourage substitution of low FODMAP alternatives to help maintain nutritional adequacy. This topic was recently reviewed here: Staudacher HM, Kurien M, Whelan K. Nutritional implications of dietary interventions for managing gastrointestinal disorders. Curr. 2017.Q-Does that mean you re-challenge one food in each subgroup, or just pick one subgroup to focus on at a time?A-Suggest one challenge at a time, that uses one food to represent tolerance to a particular subgroup e.g. honey to test tolerance to excess fructose.Q-A little confused about the “daily or second daily” descriptionsA-This is in reference to how often the patient might trial the food i.e. consuming the food every day or on every second day. The table with this information is from the following article which provides more information on how to re-challenge: Tuck, C., & Barrett, J. (2017). Re‐challenging FODMAPs: the low FODMAP diet phase two. Journal of gastroenterology and hepatology, 32(S1), 11-15. Q–Would the challenge be the same food in the same amount for 3 days in a row? Or just one food and wait 3-4 days?A-Usually it is recommended the same food is used for 3 days for each challenge.Q-If you react poorly to one food in a subgroup, does that necessarily mean you will likely react to most foods in the subgroup?A-Usually, tolerance to one food can represent tolerance to all foods in that group. This is generally the case for lactose, excess fructose and sugar polyols. See question below for variation for fructan and galacto-oligosaccharides.Q-Is it possible to tolerate one fructan (onion/garlic) and not another? (wheat)A-Clinical practice suggests that with some FODMAP subgroups e.g. fructans and galacto-oligosaccharides, tolerance can vary within subgroups. If a patient eats multiple food types in this group it may be worthwhile including multiple challenges e.g. onion, garlic, and wheat all challenged on separate occasions.Q-How long do you recommend spacing out between challenges?A-Suggest having 1-2 day ‘break’ in between challenges to avoid any cross-over of symptoms during challenges. If symptoms occur on any particular re-challenge, then ask the patient to wait until symptoms have returned to normal before starting the next challenge. Q-How long should you wait before bringing them back for a rechallenge?A-Suggest patients come back for review ~8 weeks after educated on re-challenge, although you may modify this depending on the patient. Q-There are a lot of questions around re-challenge. It may be helpful to read the following article which discusses how to implement the re-challenge process in detail. Tuck, C., & Barrett, J. (2017). Re‐challenging FODMAPs: the low FODMAP diet phase two. Journal of gastroenterology and hepatology, 32(S1), 11-15.Additional questionsQ-I had a doctor recommend low FODMAP for a patient with severe dermatitis, is that appropriate?A-As far as I am aware, there are no research studies looking at the use of the low FODMAP diet in dermatitis.Q-Do you know of any connection between Lectins and FODMAP metabolism?A-As far as I am aware, no studies have looked this.Q-Where do you purchase alpha-galactosidase enzyme? OTC or Rx? Dosage?A-‘Beano’ is one brand of the alpha-galactosidase, we used 300 units in the study – same as packet instructions. Another brand name is ‘Vitacost-gas enzyme’. These can be purchased over the counter in the USA.Q-Is there an age where the diet should not be trialed for example 90 yo?A-Be cautious of using the diet in older adults – might be a good time to just modify a few foods rather than the full low FODMAP diet. Always keep ‘red flags’ in mind and refer back to the doctor if red flags are present. This blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn.last_img read more

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first_imgAn international watchdog group estimates that $462 billion in illicit money has been siphoned overseas from India in the past 60 years. The study, titled The Drivers and Dynamics of Illicit Financial Flows from India: 1948-2008, authored by Dev Kar, an economist with the US-based Global Financial Integrity, a non-profit research body, says the capital flight between 1948 to 2008 accounts for nearly 40 percent of India’s gross domestic product. Half of the illegal outflows have occurred since 1991 and a third between 2000 and 2008.  These “illicit financial flows,” says GFI, “were generally the product of corruption, bribery and kickbacks, criminal activities and efforts to shelter wealth from a country’s tax authorities.”It adds: “Had India managed to avoid this staggering loss of capital, the country could have paid off its outstanding external debt of $230.6 billion (as of end-2008) and have another half left over for poverty alleviation and economic development.”Kar said, “It shows that reforms seem to have accelerated the transfer of black money abroad.” The report says: “The total value of (such) illicit assets held abroad represents about 72 per cent of the size of India’s underground economy which has been estimated at 50 per cent of India’s GDP (or about $640 billion at end-2008) by several researchers. This implies that only about 28 per cent of illicit assets of India’s underground economy are held domestically.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

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first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and children of two top Trinamool Congress leaders are among the protesting doctors in West Bengal. Abesh Banerjee, son of Ms. Banerjee’s brother Kartick, and a doctor at KPC Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata was at the protest in his college on Thursday and Friday. Kolkata Mayor and State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim’s daughter Shabba, also a doctor, criticised the State government on social media for its inaction in the matter.last_img read more

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first_imgAn unbeatable 3-0 lead in hand, India would now aim for a cleansweep while trying out new players when they take on a demoralised West Indies in the inconsequential fourth game of their five-match one-day international series, on Monday.Led by Suresh Raina, the second-string Indian team has given a good account of itself dominating the struggling Caribbean side, which has been weakened further by the absence of big-hitting Chris Gayle and reliable performers such as Dwayne Bravo.In fact, the series has done a world of good to young Indian players such as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Raina himself.They have proved themselves as fighters when faced with tense situations, prompting coach Duncan Fletcher to state that the given the pool of talent, his wards are set to dominate world cricket for another decade or so.”It is due to the amount of talent India have. Indian cricket is in a very, very healthy state presently,” stated Fletcher after India clinched the series with a three-wicket win yesterday.Right-handed batsman Manoj Tiwary might get a look in after Raina hinted that reserve players are likely to be fielded for the remaining two matches. But bowling would certainly be an area of concern for the Indians.Without the ever-reliable Zaheer Khan, who won’t be available even for the Test series due to injury, the pacers led by Munaf Patel have struggled as was evident from the way West Indian number nine Andre Russell took them to the cleaners on Saturday.advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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first_imgSam Curran, 20 years and 302 days, became the youngest player to claim a hat-trick in the Indian Premier League. On Monday, Curran removed Harshal Patel (0), Kagiso Rabada (0) and Sandeep Lamichhane (0) to take the 1st hat-trick of the 2019 Indian Premier League.Sam Curran was playing only his 2nd IPL match on Monday after KXIP decided to include him instead of Chris Gayle, who is the fastest to 4000 IPL runs and the only batsman to hit 300 sixes in the tournament. Curran made only 20 with the bat but rocked DC with a hat-trick and finished with figures of 4 for 11 off 2.2 overs to win the man-of-the-match award.In the IPL Player Auction in December, KXIP bought Sam Curran for Rs 7.20 crore after a fierce bidding war with Royal Challengers Bangalore. On Monday, Curran showed why he was such a great buy when he helped KXIP snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and move to No.2 in the 2019 IPL points table.Curran is now the youngest player to take an IPL hat-trick. The record was held by Rohit Sharma, who is now captain of Mumbai Indians. In 2009, Rohit had taken a hat-trick at the age of 22 years and 6 days.Sam Curran, with his hat-trick, has joined a rare group of bowlers. His name will now be placed alongside the likes of Amit Mishra, Yuvraj Singh, Makhaya Ntini, Samuel Badree, Andrew Tye (who also plays for KXIP now), Pravin Tambe, Jaydev Unadkat and others.It was a sensational effort from Sam Curran. Delhi Capitals were cruising along in their chase of 167 at 144 for 3 but lost their last 7 wickets for 8 runs in 18 balls. Curran took 4 of those wickets.advertisement.@DelhiCapitals Skipper Shreyas Iyer calls it right at the toss and elects to bowl first against the @lionsdenkxip #KXIPvDC pic.twitter.com/5x6KrAxIt6IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 1, 2019Sam Curran was named man-of-the-match for his efforts and he said he had no idea he had taken a hat-trick. He had dismissed off the last ball of his second over and took the other two off the first two balls of his third over.”I didn’t really know [about the hat-trick], the crowd was so loud, I couldn’t hear myself thinking,” Sam Curran said after receiving the man-of-the-match award from Kalli Purie, Vice Chairperson of the India Today Group.Now, the world will sit up and watch Sam Curran everytime he runs in to bowl in the IPL. He has joined an elite list of men with hat-tricks in the tournament and well, he is the youngest.last_img read more

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first_imgRedmi. You hear the brand name and think of the Redmi Note. Or Redmi A series. These are the phones that offer incredible value for money, but they are not the phones that dazzle. In fact, until the Series 7 of the Redmi Note and Redmi A, these phones were extremely utilitarian. That has started to change, and along with whatever changes Xiaomi has brought to the brand Redmi in the last one year, today it puts the brand in India on to a new course. This, the company is doing with the Redmi K20 Pro which has now arrived. The Redmi K20 Pro is a premium and high-end phone masquerading as a mid-ranger. But don’t be fooled by the price of the phone. As we find in this Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro review, this phone is as good as any high-end premium phone for all practical purposes.The Redmi K20 Pro is the cheapest Snapdragon 855 processor phone yet. In a good way. Alongside the Redmi K20 Pro the company also launched the Redmi K20. But today’s star is the K20 Pro so let’s keep the focus on it. Let’s take a closer look at the Redmi K20 Pro in this review.Should you really “Believe the hype” as Xiaomi claims? Yes. After spending a good one week with the Redmi K20 Pro, I can say that you should believe the hype.Looks enticing. And solidXiaomi is finally thinking beyond affordable pricing and hardware and taking factors like the design very seriously. The good bit is the company has already applied this new strategy to all the recently launched Redmi phones and the same continues with the just launched Redmi K20 Pro as well.advertisementThe latest Redmi flagship comes in three colours — Glacier Blue, Carbon Fiber Black and Flame Red. I’m using the Carbon Fiber Black variant of the phone and I must say the Redmi K20 Pro feels extremely compact and premium in the hands. The Carbon Fiber Black variant of the Redmi K20 Pro is lovely. The Blue and Red colour options are also good but my personal favourite is the Carbon Fiber Black. The Redmi K20 Pro offers a glass body held together with a metal frame. This not only makes the phone feel premium in the hands but also extremely solid, sturdy. The overall fit and finish of the phone makes it hard to believe that it is an under Rs 30,000 smartphone.The phone includes Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both front and back, and that adds up to the overall design and aesthetics of the smartphone. The edges of the Redmi K20 Pro are nicely curved and polished. This offers a good hand feel and makes the Redmi K20 Pro a compact phone despite a big 6.39-inch display. I believe, the Redmi K20 Pro has the right size and it slides in jeans pocket easily.I like the fact that there’s not much of camera bump on the back panel. Many phones nowdays have prominent camera bulges, and that doesn’t look too nice. The main 48MP camera sensor of the phone sits inside a module separated with red ring, and that is followed by a dual camera module, and then comes the LED flash. Everything in place and neatly designed.Another highlight of the rear cover of the Redmi K20 Pro is the “Redmi – designed by Xiaomi” logo. It looks extremely classy and adds to the design. The pop-up camera of the Redmi K20 Pro sits on the top-left side and it also sports a clean design. The LED notification light on the top and sides of the pop-up looks pretty cool. However, if you want a more subtle look there’s the option to disable the LED lights.Overall, I feel the Redmi K20 Pro is one of the best looking smartphones, not just in its segment but overall.Finally an AMOLED display in Redmi phoneIf you have read the India Today Tech review of the Redmi Note 7S, Redmi Note 7 Pro, Redmi 7, Redmi 7A, Redmi Y3 or any of the latest Xiaomi phone you’ll know about the one constant: dull LCD display. In the Redmi Note 7 Pro review I had mentioned: “I wish the phone offered an AMOLED display”. Looks like Xiaomi was taking notes. The Redmi K20 Pro comes with an AMOLED display that measures 6.39-inches in size and offers screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.It is good to see a Redmi phone with an AMOLED display. Finally! I have used the Redmi K20 Pro as my primary smartphone for nearly a week now and can say that in both indoors and outdoors the screen is extremely bright. Indoors, keeping the brightness around 40 – 50 per cent is adequate for while outdoors I had to often increase the brightness level to 80 – 90 per cent but it was good enough for me to allow watching videos even under the Delhi sun.advertisementThere are slim bezels around the Redmi K20 Pro screen. As a result it offers a screen-to-body ratio of 91.9 per cent. In other words, the front is all screen. I used the Redmi K20 Pro to watch videos on YouTube, World Cup 2019 final, browse social media apps like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, play Asphalt 9 and PUBG. In almost all scenarios the Redmi K20 Pro offers great viewing angles. The Redmi K20 Pro’s display also includes fingerprint sensor beneath it and it turns out to be pretty smooth and fast at unlocking the smartphone.Redmi phone with pop-out cameraWith the Redmi K20 Pro, Xiaomi brings its first pop-up camera phone in the Indian market. The pop-up camera of the K20 Pro sits on the top left side. While I like the fact that it gives the phone a seamless design, and an expansive screen without any breaks, I don’t particularly like the speed of the pop-up camera. The module pops out somewhat lowly compared to what I have seen on Vivo or OnePlus phones. This also makes using face unlock slower on the phone.The pop-up camera of the Redmi K20 Pro uses a 20MP image sensor. I believe the selfies clicked with the Redmi K20 Pro could have been slightly sharper, detailed and better at capturing colours. There is lots of megapixels here, but given the hype I expected better performance from the selfie camera of the Redmi K20 Pro. The selfies are decent — take a look at the image samples — but that is all. The details in particularly seem mushy. In portrait mode the camera blurs out the background pretty well, with pretty sharp edges. Sadly, here too the details are lacking.On the rear, the Redmi K20 Pro comes with triple cameras. The Redmi K20 Pro comes with a 48-megapixel primary camera that uses Sony IMX586 primary sensor (f/1.75 aperture), an ultra-wide camera with 13-megapixel sensor, and an 8-megapixel camera with 2X telephoto lens. The pictures clicked with the Redmi K20 Pro main camera look crisp, vibrant, and details are captured well, especially in daylight. In good light the pictures clicked with Redmi K20 Pro turn out to be full of fine details, although the camera also has a tendency to over-sharpen the photos. Colours too are boosted, which makes most of the photos clicked with the Redmi K20 Pro over-saturated. Some will like the enhancement that camera sensor adds to the photos while others won’t. I personally wish the pictures clicked with the K20 Pro looked natural. Additionally, compared to the normal photo mode, the pictures clicked in 48MP mode appear to be more natural and detailed. Surprising but that is how it is.advertisement Shot using 48MP main camera Shot using 13MP ultra wide-angle camera Shot using 8MP telephoto cameraThe portrait mode works pretty well as it captures pictures with background nicely blurred out and edges sharp. The Redmi K20 Pro also includes an ultra-wide sensor and 2x telephoto lens. I used both these camera modes and found that both produce good results. The pictures shot in the ultra-wide mode turns have punchy colours as well as good amount of details. The same can be said for the 2x telephoto lens as well. The pictures captured in 2X mode also capture details very well and look crisp.IMAGE SAMPLESIn low light or night, the Redmi K20 Pro clicks decent pictures, although the details get mushy and colours lose their contrast. Night Mode helps, though, as it allows users to take better low light photos at the (slight) cost of speed. The Redmi K20 Pro also gets AI scene recognition which will automatically detect the scene and adjust the setting accordingly.Overall, I believe the camera performance of the Redmi K20 Pro is a mixed bag. It is good for a phone that costs under Rs 30,000, but it’s definitely not the Pixel or Galaxy S class or even OnePlus 7 class. But do understand that those phones cost much more. I also feel that the camera performance of almost all phones, including OnePlus 7, tend to improve after their launch as companies take into account feedback and work to fine-tune image processing. The camera hardware nowadays is similar in similar class of phones. It’s the software that truly differentiates camera performance of one phone from other. And I have a feeling that in the coming days, Xiaomi may fine tune its camera app for the Redmi K20 Pro to improve its performance.Cheapest Snapdragon 855 phone and impressive speedThere’s just one way to describe the overall performance of the Redmi K20 Pro: Extremely smooth. The Redmi K20 Pro is the cheapest Snapdragon 855-powered phone right now, and it comes paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. There’s no way you can expand the storage space but I believe 256GB storage is more than enough for even power users, if you go for the top-end variant that is.Xiaomi has been touting for a long time that the Redmi K20 Pro is the fastest smartphone in the world. Well, world or not, but the Redmi K20 Pro is definitely the fastest smartphone available at this price segment. The Snapdragon 855 chip powering the Redmi K20 Pro is pretty fantastic and snappy at running graphic-intensive games like PUBG and Asphalt 9. The Redmi K20 Pro isn’t like one of your typical Redmi phones. It is fast. It is smooth. It doesn’t lag at any point. It is the best performing phone at this price segment. Period.I’m also impressed with the gaming performance of the phone. A 30-minute session of PUBG on high graphics runs smooth with no noticeable drop in frame rate. The good bit: despite running such a heavy GPU game the phone barely gets warm. Not just PUBG, I also breezed through a season of Asphalt 9 and the phone handled that perfectly well. As far as the overall performance is concerned, the Redmi K20 Pro handles almost everything you do throughout the day smoothly and without any lag. In my Redmi K20 Pro, apps open and load in a jiffy despite several apps already running in the background. Also scrolling through social media apps like Twitter, Facebook or Instagram is smooth.In addition to the flagship processor, I give credit to the well-optimised software of the Redmi K20 Pro. The phone runs Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 on top out of the box. Interestingly, the Redmi K20 Pro comes with Poco Launcher pre-installed and that makes the difference. The Poco Launcher brings the Dark Mode and App drawer to the K20 Pro. These are two things I missed in all the recently launched Redmi phones. So, plus points to the new Redmi K20 Pro for this.MIUI offers option between navigation keys and gestures. I used the latter and found it to be pretty smooth. The Apps drawer is also a good thing to see here. It comes with a search bar that makes it easy for the users to find the apps they are looking for pretty quickly. The MIUI brings features like anti-flicker mode, reading mode, second space, dual apps, among other things.What is not nice? My only gripe is that the software is slightly cluttered and that’s due to the innumerable pre-installed third party applications. And of course the annoying advertisements are still there. But maybe they are annoying to me, and some users don’t mind them. But the ads in MIUI are there in the Redmi K20 Pro.Battery lasts longThe Redmi K20 Pro gets it right on battery. The Redmi K20 Pro comes packed with a massive 4000mAh battery. That’s great, but what’s even better is the 27W charging support. Yes, the Redmi K20 Pro comes with 27W charge support, but the 27W charger is sold separately and doesn’t come in the box. That, though, shouldn’t worry you because Xiaomi has bundled the Redmi K20 Pro with 18W fast charger in the box.The 18W charger takes around 1.5 hours to charge from 0 per cent to 100 per cent, which is actually good. We at the India Today Tech also used the 27W charger to juice up the Redmi K20 Pro and it is incredibly fast. It takes around 20 min to charge 40 per cent of battery. I used the Redmi K20 Pro as my primary phone, which means I used the phone to send emails, play games, listen to music, WhatsApp, browse social media apps, watch videos, among other this. Despite using the Redmi K20 Pro so rigorously, I found the phone easily lasting one full day on a single charge.Redmi K20 Pro for Rs 27,999: Worth buying?Absolutely. If you want a good flagship class phone under Rs 30,000, I can recommend the Redmi K20 Pro. It is definitely the most complete phone available at this price point in India right now.After spending a week with it I believe the Redmi K20 Pro ticks all the right boxes as far as the consumer requirements are concerned. Be its design, battery, software, overall performance or display, the Redmi K20 Pro gets it right. I just wish the cameras could have been slightly better, particularly the selfie camera.The Redmi K20 Pro is way more than just an affordable Snapdragon 855 smartphone. It is beautiful. It offers premium design and feels great in hands despite the affordable price. It clicks decent pictures. It has a gorgeous display. It’s battery lasts long. And it is fast, fast and then fast some more.What more you need from a phone at this price? I believe absolutely nothing, the K20 Pro delivers on everything that matters.Redmi K20 Pro review8.5/10ProsVery fastGood battryAMOLED displayPremium designConsSelfie cameraMIUI adslast_img read more

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first_imgArsenal Wenger: Wilshere will get Premier League chance Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 09:14 10/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JackWilshere - Cropped Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger Premier League Crvena Zvezda v Arsenal Crvena Zvezda UEFA Europa League The Arsenal manager vowed to give the 25-year-old midfielder a Premier League chance Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will get his chance in the Premier League, manager Arsene Wenger said.Wilshere produced an impressive display to help Wenger’s side to a 1-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday.Wilshere 17/4 to score v Everton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It marked the 25-year-old’s fourth appearance this season, but the England international is yet to feature in the Premier League.However, Wenger said that could soon change, with his team visiting Everton on Sunday.”He will get a chance in the Premier League, don’t worry about that. I think at the moment it’s going like that,” the Frenchman said.”He got a big kick in the first half on his ankle but he managed to get through the 90 minutes and games of that intensity will, of course, help him a lot.”Nine points from a possible nine in Group H #RSBvAFC pic.twitter.com/ScJYfRTeEl— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 19, 2017Arsenal’s unconvincing win came thanks to a stunning overhead kick from Olivier Giroud in the 85th minute.Wenger hailed his team’s character, which had been questioned in the wake of their shock loss to Watford.”Overall I think what is remarkable is the spirit that we have shown and fighting together in a game that was very physical,” he said.”In the end we got the winner because I think they defended very well with a lot of determination.”last_img read more

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first_imgStory Highlights Contending that the issues relating to Venezuela are “highly complex and sensitive”, Senator Johnson Smith said Jamaica’s observation and central concern is that the Venezuelan people are “urgently calling for an end to their suffering and that all efforts must be made to peacefully resolve the situation and to put their beloved country back on a path to political and socio-economic stability”. Leader of Government Business in the Upper House, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, has reiterated Jamaica’s commitment to supporting any meaningful effort towards a peaceful resolution to the political, social and economic crisis in Venezuela. Leader of Government Business in the Upper House, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, has reiterated Jamaica’s commitment to supporting any meaningful effort towards a peaceful resolution to the political, social and economic crisis in Venezuela.“We stand ready to participate in the search for a sustainable diplomatic solution to the crisis in that country – the people of Venezuela deserve no less,” she said in a statement during Friday’s (April 12) sitting of the Senate.Contending that the issues relating to Venezuela are “highly complex and sensitive”, Senator Johnson Smith said Jamaica’s observation and central concern is that the Venezuelan people are “urgently calling for an end to their suffering and that all efforts must be made to peacefully resolve the situation and to put their beloved country back on a path to political and socio-economic stability”.Mrs. Johnson Smith, who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, noted that despite having to temporarily close the Jamaican Embassy in Caracas, due to an “unsustainable situation”. Jamaica continues its policy of maintaining cordial relations and engagement with Venezuela.“We have not broken diplomatic relations. We have consistently asserted our readiness to play whatever role possible in supporting Venezuela and the Venezuelan people during these challenging times,” she pointed out.Mrs. Johnson Smith informed that Foreign Ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) recently engaged President of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, and two of his representatives, who explained their positions on the humanitarian crisis and the social and economic situation in the country, as well as the ultimate goal of having new elections at an early date.“The engagement formed part of CARICOM’s efforts to bridge a divide,” she told the Senate.She noted that “as a community, we have sought to find consensus where possible”.“The Heads of State and Government of our community have clearly demonstrated that they are united in the view that respect for certain fundamental values and principles are paramount in addressing the grave situation in Venezuela,” she added.Turning to engagement within the Organization of American States (OAS) on matters relating to Venezuela, Mrs. Johnson Smith said “Jamaica continues to regard the OAS… as an important hemispheric forum out of which possible solutions can emerge”.She said that the OAS’ June 2018 and January 2019 resolutions, noted that the May 2018 electoral process in Venezuela lacked legitimacy for failure to allow participation by all political actors and to comply with internationally recognised democratic standards, including the necessary guarantees for a free, fair, transparent and inclusive process.Mrs. Johnson Smith noted that the resolutions also highlighted “our desire to see the urgent entry of humanitarian aid and implementation of epidemiological surveillance measures in Venezuela to prevent the exacerbation of the humanitarian and public health crises”.She said that another resolution on Venezuela was put before the OAS membership on April 9, which sought to treat with an imminent gap in representation before the body, due to President Nicolas Maduro’s administration announcing the intention to shortly withdraw the country’s membership.She noted that the OAS voted to accept a representative, designated by Mr. Guaidó in his capacity as President of the National Assembly and not as interim President of Venezuela.“The text, based on an amendment proposed by Jamaica, also made it clear that the acceptance of a representative would be temporary, lasting until new free and fair elections are held in Venezuela, with the expectation that the duly democratically elected Government would then appoint its permanent representative with the full endorsement of the National Assembly,” she explained.Mrs. Johnson Smith stressed that Jamaica is not among the 54 countries across the world that have accepted Mr. Guaidó’s authority as Interim President of Venezuela, who she said: “sought to invoke particular constitutional authority to assume the position”.“The Jamaican Government has not recognised Mr. Guaidó as interim President. This, however, is without prejudice to our acknowledgement of his role as the duly elected president of the National Assembly,” she said. “We stand ready to participate in the search for a sustainable diplomatic solution to the crisis in that country – the people of Venezuela deserve no less,” she said in a statement during Friday’s (April 12) sitting of the Senate. last_img read more

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first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Flex LNG Oslo-listed ship owner and operator Flex LNG has entered into a time-charter agreement for its newly-built LNG carrier Flex Enterprise.Under the agreement, signed with gas and power utility company Enel Trade, the 173,400 cbm carrier was hired for a period of 12 months, scheduled to commence during the second half of 2019.Enel has the option to extend the contract for the vessel, which featured MEGI propulsion, by an additional 12 months subsequent to the firm period.Flex LNG informed that it also has the option to nominate one of Flex Enterprise’ sister vessels for the work.“We are pleased to announce a time-charter agreement with Enel for one of our new MEGI vessels and we look forward to working closely with them throughout the charter period,” Jonathan Cook, Chief Executive Officer, said.“This charter is in line with our strategy of adding incremental revenue as the market for LNG shipping continues to improve and provides important earnings visibility for the company.”last_img read more

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first_imgLast year, Nova Scotia’s woods and wetlands hosted over 40,000 licensed hunters who helped the province manage wildlife populations. “Those who don’t hunt may not realize the important role hunters play in keeping our wildlife numbers in check,” said Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell. “Hunting helps manage some wildlife species before populations become problematic.” Hunters took 7,199 bucks and 3,081 antlerless deer during the fall 2009 hunt, for a total of 10,280 deer harvested. That is down from 12,568, in 2008 but up from 10,075 in 2007. Lunenburg County reported the highest number of deer harvested, at 3,104, followed by Colchester County at 963. All hunters are permitted to hunt antlered bucks throughout the province. The deer population is managed, however, through a zone system that limits the number of people allowed to hunt antlerless deer based on total regional deer populations. Antlerless hunting stamps were available in only three of the eight deer-management zones in 2009. By offering special opportunities to hunters in Zone 2A (Lunenburg/Bridgewater area), the department estimates that the historically high deer density in this location may finally be declining where high numbers of deer have become a serious problem. The department conducts an annual spring review to determine how the winter impacted the herd. Based on this review, later this spring, the department will announce how many antlerless deer hunting stamps will be available for the 2010 deer hunting season. Harvest statistics for the 2009 moose and bear seasons have also been released. Last fall, an estimated total of 1,101 bears were harvested by 3,250 hunters – the highest numbers recorded since a separate bear licence was introduced in 1988. Also in 2009, 346 moose hunting licences were offered within the four moose-management zones in Cape Breton and overall, hunters took 279 moose for a 80.6 per cent success rate. Detailed information on all hunting and harvesting statistics can be found on the department website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife/sumindex.asplast_img read more

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first_imgAn organization that raises awareness and education about domestic homicides is one of 10 recipients of a Minister’s Award for Leadership and Crime Prevention. Justice Minister Lena Diab presented awards to four individuals and six groups today, April 9, as part of the annual Crime Prevention Symposium. “Finding ways to prevent crime isn’t an easy task,” said Ms. Diab. “Working together to develop new and creative programs is the only way we can hope to be successful. Today’s symposium and awards highlight some of the great work being done in our communities to make Nova Scotia a better, safer place to live.” Silent Witness Nova Scotia, an organization dedicated to educating communities about domestic homicides, is one of the award recipients. “We are so thrilled to be recognized with this award,” says Silent Witness chair Dolly Mosher. “Silent Witness Nova Scotia has worked tirelessly and quietly for the last 10 years in memory of Nova Scotian women who have died from domestic homicide, giving them a voice to help others. To be recognized for our work tells us we are making a difference.” The theme of the symposium is Collaborating for Community Safety. The day includes presentations about reducing gun violence, resolving conflict in a productive manner, and redirecting at-risk youth behaviour toward more positive activities. “Each year, the Crime Prevention Symposium brings relevant and exciting issues to the community for discussion and debate,” said Yvonne Atwell executive director of the Community Justice Society. “This year’s theme helps us understand the importance of supporting best practices for successful collaboration. I’m very excited to be a part of this event.” Dale McFee, deputy minister of Corrections and Policing in Saskatchewan, opened the day with a keynote address. Mr. McFee talked about personal experiences of developing a risk-driven, immediate response approach to community safety. This is the sixth year for the crime prevention symposium. For more information about crime prevention initiatives and award recipients, visit http://novascotia.ca/just/CP_awards/CP_awards_2014.asp .last_img read more

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first_imgTokyo: A plan by Japan to expand restrictions on exports of sensitive materials to South Korea is likely to ripple across high-tech industries and deepen antagonisms between the East Asian neighbours. As of July 4, Japanese companies need case-by-case approvals to export to South Korea three materials used to make semiconductors and displays used in smartphones and other high-tech devices. Tokyo’s removal of South Korea from its so-called “white country” list, likely within a few weeks’ time, would mean that requirement will apply to dozens more products on a list of items that potentially could be converted to weapons. That could further shake up supply chains already rattled by trade tensions between the US and China. Japan’s trade ministry says Seoul has undermined the countries’ “relationship of trust,” including export controls.last_img read more

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first_imgMumbai: After a brief hiatus due to floods, the political pitch in poll-bound Maharashtra has started heating up once again with Congress MLA Nirmala Gavit on Wednesday formally joining the ruling Shiv Sena, a day after resigning as a member of the Legislative Assembly.Welcoming her into the party fold, Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has said induction of the Igatpuri MLA will strengthen his party in Nashik district in north Maharashtra. Gavit, daughter of Congress veteran Manikrao Gavit, had said she was quitting as an MLA to ensure development of the constituency. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Ahead of elections, due in September-October, the Congress and the NCP are in disarray in view of a string of desertions, and if sources to be believed Gavit’s crossover is certainly not going to be the last one. According to sources in the BJP, Congress MLA from Indapur in Pune district and former marketing minister, Harshvardhan Patil, is likely to join the BJP. Patil could be a prized catch for the BJP given that NCP MP Supriya Sule had secured a decisive lead of 70,000 votes from Indapur over her rival from Baramati in the recently-held Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Though Patil has been traditionally challenged by the Sena in Indapur, he is likely to join the BJP ahead of polls,” they said. Patil shifting his loyalties to the BJP might affect Sule’s chances of winning another term in 2024, they said. Notably, the then in-charge of Baramati Lok Sabha constituency and incumbent state BJP president Chandrakant Patil had said the BJP would wrest Baramati from the Pawars in 2024. Earlier, bigwigs from the NCP including its Mumbai unit preident Sachin Ahir, and Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil of the Congress had quit their parent parties to join the Shiv Sena and the BJP, respectively. Another fence-sitter from the Sharad Pawar-led party who might cross over to the BJP is Maratha royal and Satara MP Udayanraje Bhosale. Speculation on Bhosale’s future move started doing rounds after he called on Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis here on Tuesday night. Bhosale’s clarification that his visit was meant to resolve the issues of flood-related people from Satara has failed to convince political circles. Commenting on the meeting, senior NCP leader and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar told reporters that Udayanraje met the chief minister to draw his attention to the flood-hit people in Satara district. “It was not a political meeting,” he added. When asked about Bhosale’s next move, Pawar retorted saying, “You should ask this question to Bhosale”. Sources close to the development said the BJP was not very keen to take Bhosale, who is known for brash demeanour and devil-may-care attitude, on board in the wake of the massive mandate the party had secured in the Lok Sabha polls. Bhosale’s cousin and former NCP MLA Shivendraraje has already joined the BJP which is likely to field him from Satara-Jawli assembly segment. “The cousins, however, do not see eye to eye, especially after Shivendraraje’s wife Vedantikaraje tasted defeat in Satara municipal council elections by the leaders loyal to Udayanraje Bhosale,” they said.last_img read more

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first_imgUPDATE as of July 22 at 11:30 a.m. – The flood watch for the Pine River has ended.  The Pine River and tributaries have peaked at the 5 to 20 year return period flows. The Peace River and tributaries have peaked yesterday or are peaking today at about the 2 year return period flows. The rainfall is easing and the river levels are receding now or expected to recede later today. No major flood risks are expected in this region recently though small rises of river levels are still possible.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Heavy rainfall in the B.C. Peace has caused river levels to increase.The River Forecast Centre has upgraded the forecast for the Pine River and it’s tributaries to a flood watch.  Based on the current modelling, the Pine River and tributaries are expected to peak at the 10 to 20 year return period flows Saturday night or Sunday morning, similar to peak levels reached in June 2016.  The Peace River is also expected to see moderate increases in water levels. The public is cautioned to stay clear from rivers and the unstable riverbanks during this high water period.Real-Time Hydrometric Data that shows the increase in the river flow of the Pine River at East Pine.The River Forecast Centre is also maintaining a high streamflow advisory for the Peace Region, including the Kiskatinaw, Pouce Coupe and Dawson Creek rivers and their tributaries.The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor conditions and update this advisory as conditions warrant.For more on flooding in Chetwynd, click here.  Caribou Road Services is also working to contain flooding in the South Peace.  Click here for details about that.last_img read more

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WASHINGTON — A U.S.-China trade agreement is far from being completed and will require much more work, particularly on enforcement, the U.S. official negotiating the pact told a House panel.“Much still needs to be done before an agreement can be reached,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Wednesday. “If we can complete this effort, and again I say if, and if we can reach a resolution on the issue of enforceability, we might have an agreement that enables us to turn the corner in our relationship with China.”Lighthizer also said that his agency is aware that China has not kept many of its past promises.Members of Congress from both parties expressed support for the Trump administration’s confrontational approach and urged Lighthizer to reach a far-reaching agreement.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press read more

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Some 1.2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) are still living with host communities, while over 160,000 others are sheltering in 21 camps, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).As a result of the pace of returns, nine camps have closed, it added.But ongoing military operations in the Upper Dir district have forced others into camps. With schools in Lower Dir having re-opened, IDPs must take refuge elsewhere, and district authorities asking the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to build three camps to house up to 20,000 people.Meanwhile, new outbreaks of fighting in Buner district have sent 35,000 people fleeing their homes.The UN is continuing to assist returning IDPs, with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will rehabilitate schools.The World Food Programme (WFP) and UNHCR will identify potential sites for humanitarian hubs to distribute food and other items to returnees.For its part, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has found that the conflict has impeded food production, with nearly two-thirds of the vegetable crop having been ruined.OCHA today reported that only 44 per cent of the $542 million requested by the revised Pakistan Humanitarian Response Plan has been funded. 10 August 2009Out of the more than 2 million people uprooted by clashes between Government forces and militants in north-western Pakistan, some 765,000 have now returned to their homes, but continued fighting is causing a fresh round of displacement, the United Nations humanitarian arm said today. read more

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A businessman was shot dead in Mulleriyawa by unidentified gunmen.The Police said that the shooting took place last night and was carried out by gunmen on two motorcycles. The businessman was identifed as 38 year old Wasana Suranga.

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“Music is a powerful way to connect and to bring people together,” said Mr. Guetta. Together with the UN and international aid organizations, he is launching tonight in New York a specially-produced video for his new track ‘One Voice’ in support of “The World Needs More___” campaign.“If we can make a change just by saying what the world needs now and raise money to help the UN – wow. That’s incredible,” Mr. Guetta noted.Launched on World Humanitarian Day, marked on 19 August, the campaign allows leading brands and individuals to sponsor a word. Tonight, the music video will be projected onto the exterior of the world body’s iconic New York Headquarters building at a special event that will feature UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Mr. Guetta. Mr. Ban, who started this week with a visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, and who sees the divisions, atrocities and wars of the world, is expected to thank Mr. Guetta for his “courage to change and create a new future for us all.”The new video for ‘One Voice’ will be streamed live on both Mr. Guetta’s Facebook page and the campaign website, where the video will be featured exclusively.Following the broadcast of the music video, the building will be used as the backdrop for an interactive Twitter wall, becoming the canvas for tweets from around the globe. “When I play, people are as one on the dance floor. I want the same for the world. No matter how busy you are or where you are, we all share this planet and help each other. We should be as one.”The French musician has already sponsored ‘#love’ and each time the word is shared on Twitter or through the campaign website www.theworldneedsmore.org, it unlocks a dollar towards aid efforts in the world’s most underfunded crises – literally turning words of support into financial support.The campaign is a collaborative effort between the UN Foundation, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), and advertising agency Leo Burnett New York.Tweets about “#theworldneedsmore#yourword”By supporting a sponsored word through the double hashtag #theworldneedsmore #yourword, $1 will be donated to the efforts. In the United States only, individuals also have the options to contribute $10 by texting ‘ONEVOICE’ to 90999.Mr. Guetta said he hopes his fans – some 47 million followers on Facebook and 16 million on Twitter – can help raise the millions needed in the Philippines, “I created the video especially for this campaign, and use it to reach out to fans.”“I wanted to help, but I didn’t know how, so I went to the people that do,” he said about producing the to-be-released music video for his new song. “Working with the UN, with the people who really are in charge, has been an inspiring and humbling experience. read more

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“Because you are on the front lines, you know that we are at a pivotal moment and that more needs to be done. You know that the world’s appetite for energy continues to grow, and the global thermostat continues to rise,” Mr. Ban said in his message to the Pacific launch of the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All, which took place in Fiji.While Mr. Ban noted that small island nations face special challenges, such as rising sea levels, restricted markets and high energy prices due to their remote location, he also highlighted successful initiatives that are helping these countries achieve sustainable development.“The Pacific Islands are demonstrating real global leadership in our shared efforts to make a much-needed transition to a new era in energy use and production,” he said. “Tokelau has become the first territory in the world to generate 100 per cent of its power from renewable energy, while our host, the government of Fiji, is demonstrating its commitment to support sustainable energy for all through concrete actions. These and other efforts are helping to point the way to a sustainable future.”The period from 2014 to 2024 has been declared by the UN General Assembly as the Decade for Sustainable Energy for All and two years ago, Mr. Ban launched his Sustainable Energy for All initiative, which seeks to achieve three inter-linked goals by 2030: universal access to modern energy, doubling energy efficiency, and doubling the share of renewable energy, thus providing services such as lighting, clean cooking and mechanical power in developing countries, as well as improved energy efficiency, especially in the world’s highest-energy consuming countries.“There are climate solutions with a demonstrated track record of success. They are feasible, affordable and they can bring economic opportunity that supports our sustainable development goals,” the UN chief said in his message, delivered by the Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Gyan Chandra Acharya.“I therefore urge your Governments to continue to be ambitious as we move forward with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change process. Member States must deliver a global and legally binding agreement by 2015. Sustainable energy is also a central issue in discussions on the post-2015 development agenda.”Mr. Ban stressed that the leadership of small island developing states will be crucial to advance on this issue and urged these nations to ensure that their voices are heard “loudly and clearly” at the Sustainable Energy for All Forum in June and at the climate summit in September. read more

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Freshman right side hitter Taylor Sandbothe (10) lines up in front of her teammates during a match against Michigan Sept. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerThe No. 12 Ohio State women’s volleyball team returns from its first road trip of Big Ten play with one win and one more loss.The Buckeyes (14-2) still sit at .500 in conference play after their win over Indiana in Bloomington Saturday. The Hoosiers kept it close all the way as it took OSU five sets and a few extra points to come out on top.OSU won the first set before splitting the next two. Indiana jumped on the Buckeyes for a 25-17 set win in the fourth before OSU finished off an extended fifth set 17-15.Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary led all players with 22 kills in the match while also notching 11 digs, marking her eighth double-double of the season. Junior setter Taylor Sherwin also filled up the stat sheet, finishing with 45 assists and 10 digs of her own.Sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits added 10 kills and a .364 attack percentage while freshman right side hitter Taylor Sandbothe tallied 11 kills and eight errors.Two more Buckeyes finished with double digit digs. Senior defensive specialist Julianna Mandolfo led the team with 15 while freshman defensive specialist Valeria León had 10.For the Hoosiers, sophomore middle blocker Awele Nwaeze led the way with 15 kills. Freshman setter Megan Tallman and senior defensive specialist Caitlin Hansen posted match highs for Indiana with 48 assists and 24 digs respectively.Before the match against Indiana, the Buckeyes dropped two straight in conference play, including one at No. 24 Purdue Friday.The Boilermakers came out with a victory in set one and never looked back as they swept OSU in three straight sets (25-23, 25-15, 25-21).The Buckeyes have lost two of their last three matches after starting the season on a 13 game-winning streak.For OSU, Leary had a match high 15 kills but the next best for the Buckeyes was six in a tie between Sandbothe and sophomore outside hitter Katie Mitchell.Sherwin finished with 26 assists and Mandolfo led the team with 11 digs.For Purdue, junior Val Nichol had 10 kills, 15 assists, seven digs and five block assists. Redshirt-senior Rachel Davis added 22 assists and redshirt-senior Carly Cramer tallied a match high 14 digs.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the Columbus court this weekend for matches against No. 23 Wisconsin Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 8 Minnesota at the same time Saturday. read more

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