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Karl-Anthony Towns sets ‘championship or bust’ expectations for Timberwolves. Why not?

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Karl-Anthony Towns Sets ‘Championship Or Bust’ Expectations For Timberwolves. Why Not?

Whether or not he was caught up in the excitement surrounding his latest max contract extension, Karl-Anthony Towns wasn’t shy about making proclamations for the Timberwolves at his press conference Friday.

“We all know it’s championship or bust,” he said. “We’re going to go out there and try to get it.”

That’s the first time anyone around the team has spoken about such expectations. That the upcoming season carried such a mentality was news to coach Chris Finch.

“Oh, is it?” Finch asked. “I guess so. That’s what we’re in it for, right?”

That’s what all 30 NBA teams are here for, but most enter the season knowing they have no chance to actually lift the Larry O’Brien Trophy in the end.

“I think that a lot of times when you’re talking about wanting to win, the fans are like ‘It’s a lot of smoke,’ ” Towns said.

But maybe not this time. The Wolves now have three top-30 — at minimum — players on their roster. They are stocked with young talent, and Finch has proven to be a high-end coach. That’s something.

There is legitimate reason for optimism.

“I think (fans) can see the vision that we’re seeing, so just go out there and win,” Towns said. “I’ve said it now in multiple interviews, I said it up there, it’s championship or bust. I think when you trade the amount of pieces and things that we did for Rudy (Gobert), you expect to win a championship. I think we’re all in agreement together on that. I’m not going to go up there and say, ‘Oh, well, you know…’ (Fans) understand. They know.”

In some ways, it seems early for such proclamations. The Timberwolves haven’t been to the second round of the NBA playoffs since 2004. This spring marked the first playoff experience for a number of key players on the roster, who are still in the infant stages of their careers. Going from that to championship is quite a leap.

At the same time, Rudy Gobert is 30 years old. He’s in the prime of his career. Towns is entering his. Why should they want to wait to reach such lofty heights?

The city, Towns noted, is yearning for it.

“It’s only right to give the kids here that felt like they never had a chance to see championship basketball,” Town said. “Let’s make a run to give it to them,”

Towns has been in contact with NBA players and front-office personnel. Those conversations have made it clear that the League is now aware of the Wolves. NBA teams, Towns said, are now thinking about the ways in which they can beat Minnesota.

“I think we shook up the landscape a lot, and people weren’t happy about that. I love that,” he said. “So why not keep that momentum going? Why not change the game? Why not bring a championship, bring that basketball that the fans and everyone here has been yearning for so much. Let’s bring it back. And let’s bring it back not just for one year, then everyone gets excited and it’s over with, let’s do it for consecutive years in a row and make a run.”

Timberwolves basketball boss Tim Connelly said he’s “not a zero-sum guy.” His goal is for Minnesota to have a “seat at the table.” That means being a home-court playoff team that nabs a top-four seed in the Western Conference. Once you have that, you see where the chips fall with injuries and matchups.

“We’re hopeful that our foundation will allow that to be a viable goal. In years past I don’t think we could look ourselves in the mirror and say we have a chance to be a home-court playoff team,” Connelly said. “I think once you get there, you kind of throw the dice and see what happens. I’m not all or nothing. That’s a tough way to live.”

But there’s something to be said for setting high expectations for yourself. No one will hold it against the Wolves if they set championship goals in the fall and come up short of those in the spring. There is no harm in shooting for the stars and falling in the clouds.

Finch’s sights are set on continuing to build and keeping the team heading in the right direction more than “championship or bust,” but he knows expectations are a natural part of ascension.

“The expectations of success are the expectations that you do want. You have to embrace those,” he said. “At the end of the day, every season unfolds as it does, but we’re excited about what we have with the potential that’s inside of us.”

Perhaps no one more so than Towns.

“We got experience now, we got the right coach, we got the right front office. I think it’s go time,” Towns said. “This is it. The trade happens, there’s no more time, there’s no more excuses. We gotta get it done now. I’m gonna go out there and it’s championship or bust. We’ve got to get the job done.”

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  • Eurostoxx +0.4%
  • DAX Germany +0.3%
  • France CAC 40 +0.5%
  • FTSE UK -0.1%
  • IBEX Spain +0.5%

For equities, it is the supposed onset of slowing inflation and weaker economic conditions that brings us closer to the Fed’s fulcrum. Or at least that’s what the markets are choosing to believe right now. We’re going to have to start all over again in a month with another round of the same economic releases ahead of the FOMC meeting.

Elsewhere, US futures are also holding up with S&P 500 futures up 16 points, or 0.4%, on the day.

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A quick reminder: with streaming, you don’t have to discover a show the day it comes out. Finding a great show is equally rewarding whether it’s a year old or an hour old. The Cleaner came out in 2021, but I still feel like I would have to chase people down the streets and yell at them to watch every episode. It is so good.

The Cleaner is a British comedy starring Greg Davies as a crime scene cleaner whose name we barely learn. (It’s Paul Wickstead, but his name is “Wicky.”) Wicky is a giant (Davies himself is 6-foot-8, or just over 2 meters) and fearless. He’s not afraid to wipe blood and brains from coffee tables and counters. He speaks frankly and loudly to the odd variety of people he encounters on a daily basis.

Wicky doesn’t even seem disgusted by his job. He pulls up in his funky work van, dresses in a huge hazmat suit, and carries an array of cleaners and sprays. When a curious customer sprays one of the cleansers on his hand, Wicky calmly tells him that he uses it to melt flesh – before admitting he’s joking. But ha, man, stay away from that man’s chemicals.

Wicky is kind of a klutz. He collapses a book shelf, ruining a book autographed by Dylan Thomas when he splashes his cleaning fluid. (Don’t go easy on that good bucket of bleach.) He’s briefly kidnapped by a murderer who returns to the scene of the crime. He chases a pet cat he thought was a stray. Davies delivers all of these scenes with the perfect blend of slapstick, awkwardness, and inescapable charm.

The Cleaner is not what you might think of when you hear of a crime scene cleaner. The show isn’t about death horror, it’s about the charismatic and hilarious Wicky, goofing around from house to house with his cleaning sprays and protective gear. He could almost be a meter reader or a postman. Working the crime scene is just a way to put him in a different bizarre situation each episode.

But he knows his murders.

“You only need five stabs,” he complains when meeting this returning killer (played by a major star whose name I won’t reveal here). “Everything else is showboating.”

There is currently only one short season of six episodes, but good news! The show was recently renewed for a second season – plus a Christmas special. Um sure? Ho-ho-homicide?

“It was such a pleasure to bring Wicky and his bloody career to life and I’m beyond thrilled that we can do it again,” Davies said, according to Radio Times. “So thrilled that I intend not to mention how sweaty this hazmat suit is under the lights. Put it like that, we had to burn it. Either way, I’m still excited, thanks BBC.”

Here’s the catch as far as listening goes: I came across The Cleaner on BritBox, the streaming service specializing in British shows and movies. Yes, you must have a BritBox subscription to watch. I can’t find it on any other service. But BritBox has a seven-day free trial, and then it’s $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year.

It’s a shame that BritBox’s reach is so limited. I get it – people choose between a million streaming services, and something like Netflix, Hulu or Prime Video has way more options. But Britbox isn’t as limited as you might think. It is home to an excellent range of films, Britcoms and a frankly ridiculous amount of Doctor Who. And if you love Agatha Christie and the Royal Family, classics like Blackadder, Last of the Summer Wine, Downton Abbey and All Creatures Great and Small, you’ve come to the right place.

If you fancy trying out the seven days free, or even earning $7 for a month, BritBox is worth it just to meet Wicky and tackle some crime scene cleanup humor.

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Tejashwi Yadav says Nitish Kumar ‘fearless’, BJP ‘vindictive’

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A day after being sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar, Tejashwi Yadav today praised United’s Janata Dal chief for his ‘brave’ stance despite BJP’s ‘vindictive’ stance towards the opposition. In an exclusive interview with NDTV, Mr Yadav also said claims that his party cannot govern are “garbage”.

“The Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) is the real government – the people’s government of Bihar. This is what people want – Nitish ji and Laluiit is gathbandhan,” he said.

Nitish Kumar’s “bold move” to get rid of the BJP, Tejashwi Yadav said, left the party “worried and bruised”.

“Our duty is to protest against the constitution. The people are on our side. We have to work for them now. If the BJP worked for the people, then they wouldn’t have needed central agencies like the CBI and the ED to stay relevant. The slap that the people of Bihar gave the BJP and the bold move by Nitish Kumar left them worried and bruised. They are vindictive people,” he said.

Tejashwi Yadav, 32, also said the new government would tackle unemployment and poverty as a priority. “Creating jobs is our priority… We will fulfill this commitment together,” he added.

Asked if the alliance will complete the term, Mr Tejashwi Yadav said: “We are socialists… We (Nitish Kumar and I) have traded allegations but we are one family. We can fight but we will be at the service of the people”.

Tejashwi Yadav, whose party was often attacked by the BJP over the crime rate when his father was chief minister, also accused the BJP of creating a false “perception in people’s minds”.

Jungle Raj it’s when people can’t say a word. Show me some data about Bihar in our time and then we can talk about crime in Bihar. If you analyze the data on which government was better, you will find that crime was rampant when the NDA was in power,” he said.

Rashtriya leader Janata Dal has also dismissed the BJP corruption charge against him. “I had no corruption allegations against me,” he said. Corruption was among the main reasons cited by Nitish Kumar when he returned to the BJP in 2017 after a two-year alliance with the RJD.

Nitish Kumar was sworn in as Bihar’s chief minister for the eighth time on Wednesday, the day after his split from the BJP, citing a range of reasons including his concerns that the BJP might try to make a Maharashtra in Bihar, that he had worked behind the scenes to dig the JD(U) from within.

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Tejashwi and his wife Rajshri, former CM Rabri Devi and RJD leader Tej Pratap Yadav during the swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhavan in Patna.

The Mahagathbandhan has a total of 164 Assembly members, the BJP has 77 MPs.

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7-Day Vegan Diet Weight Loss Plan: Lose Up to 10 Pounds In A Week

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Many people believe that in order to lose weight you need to focus on restricting the number of calories that you consume per day. While it’s true that you must burn more calories than you take in in order to lose weight, it’s also important to eat foods that give your body the nutrients and energy it needs to perform its daily functions without derailing your weight loss goals. The vegan diet to lose weight has long been touted as one of the healthiest diet plans out there, and with good reason! This seven-day vegan diet weight loss plan will show you how to quickly and easily lose up to 10 pounds in one week by eating vegan, plant-based meals. Let’s get started!

Detox Your Body

Eating a vegan diet to lose weight is one of the best ways to detox your body. By eliminating animal products from your diet, you’re giving your body a break from all the hormones, toxins, and other unhealthy substances found in meat and dairy products. Plus, plant-based foods are packed with nutrients that can help boost your health. Here’s what a typical day might look like on this 7-day vegan diet weight loss plan. You’ll want to eat small meals throughout the day, so be sure to pack snacks for work or school as needed. The first thing you should do when you wake up is drink at least 16 ounces of water. Next, enjoy a breakfast high in protein such as oatmeal with nuts and fruit or whole grain toast with peanut butter. Then have an afternoon snack consisting of hummus and vegetables or whole-grain crackers with almond butter or fruit spread.

Reduce Cholesterol And Sugar

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Are you looking for a vegan diet to lose weight? If so, you’re in luck! This 7-day vegan diet weight loss plan will help you lose up to 10 pounds in a week. Plus, it will help reduce cholesterol and sugar levels. Here’s what you need to know about the 7-day vegan diet weight loss plan:
1) You must eat six times per day to feel full and satisfied throughout the day.
2) You can include fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, nuts/seeds, and healthy fats in your diet.
3) Drink at least eight glasses of water each day to avoid dehydration.
4) Exercise daily for at least 30 minutes (moderate activity).

Improve Energy Levels

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If you’re thinking of going vegan, or are already eating a plant-based diet, you may be wondering how it can help with weight loss. The good news is that a vegan diet weight loss plan can be extremely effective for shedding pounds. In fact, research has shown that following a vegan diet to lose weight and improve your energy levels. One study found that those who ate a vegan diet had an average of 11% less body fat than the control group after one year.
If you need some motivation on starting this plan, here’s what it will do for you in just seven days: You’ll lose up to 10 pounds by cutting out meat, dairy products, and eggs from your diet. Your skin will glow due to all the vegetables you’re consuming which provide antioxidants. You’ll enjoy an abundance of low-calorie foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans which fill you up so there’s no room for unhealthy snacks. Lastly, not only will you feel better physically but mentally as well since many people report having more energy when they go vegan.

Avoid Boredom By Keeping On Top Of The Lifestyle Changes

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One common barrier to veganism or a vegan diet weight loss plan is the fear of becoming bored with the food options. While it’s true that you may have to say goodbye to some of your favorite foods, there are plenty of delicious and healthy vegan alternatives. By keeping on top of the lifestyle changes, you can avoid boredom and stick to your weight loss goals. Here are a few easy tips for staying satisfied with a vegan diet to lose weight. For example, make sure you’re getting enough protein from plant-based sources like legumes, soy products, and tofu. Vegetables should be an important part of every meal as they provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber which help keep you feeling full for longer periods of time. Also, remember to include nutrient-dense whole grains in your vegan diet to lose weight like quinoa or barley which help provide slow-burning carbs that fuel a more efficient metabolism.

Breakfast Ideas For Vegans

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Starting your day with a nutritious and filling breakfast is key to a successful vegan diet weight loss plan. Here are some delicious breakfast ideas to get you started on a vegan diet to lose weight:
1. Overnight oats made with almond milk, chia seeds, and fresh fruit.
2. A bowl of vegan grapefruit ice cream made by blending frozen grapefruit, banana, and almond milk.
3. A savory tofu scramble with veggies like kale, tomatoes, and onions.
4. Some easy avocado toast is made by spreading mashed avocado onto the toast and topping it with lemon juice, salt, pepper, hot sauce, cilantro, or parsley.
5. A smoothie packed with protein-rich ingredients like hemp hearts, raw cashews or sunflower seeds, and nut butter for added fat content that will keep you feeling full until lunchtime.
6. An oatmeal bar where you top oatmeal with peanut butter or almonds for an extra protein punch in the morning before work or school!

Lunch Ideas For Vegans

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Lunchtime is often when people fall off the vegan wagon. But with a little planning, it doesn’t have to be! Here are seven delicious and healthy lunch ideas for a vegan diet weight loss plan.
1. Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce over Brown Rice Noodles
2. BBQ Lentil Pitas
3. Rainbow Veggie Wrap with Sunflower Seed Butter
4. Curried Chickpea Salad Sandwich on Multigrain Bread
5. White Bean and Avocado Tacos on Corn Tortillas
6. Eggplant Parmesan Subs
7. Roasted Portobello Mushroom Caps with Quinoa Salad

Dinner Ideas For Vegans

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With this 7-day vegan diet plan, you can expect to lose up to 10 pounds in one week. This vegan diet is rich in healthy plant-based foods that are low in calories and fat. To make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need on a vegan diet weight loss plan, be sure to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Here are some dinner ideas for vegans that are easy to make and will help you lose weight:
Quinoa with Roasted Beets & Orange is a delicious way to enjoy your veggies. Loaded with fiber and protein from both quinoa and roasted beets, it’s filling enough for dinner but still light enough for breakfast or lunch! It’s also packed with vitamin C from the orange juice and beta carotene from the beets. For a twist on traditional macaroni and cheese, try this creamy Spinach Feta Pasta Recipe. It’s full of flavor without all the added dairy. For dessert, try these decadent Oatmeal Cookies Recipes made with no butter or oil! They’re vegan friendly so they’ll work perfectly on a vegan diet to lose weight.

If you want a vegan diet to lose weight quickly and safely, then the 7-day vegan diet weight loss plan is a great option. This vegan diet weight loss plan will help you shed those unwanted pounds by eating healthy, whole foods that are low in calories. Plus, you’ll be getting all the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. So, if you’re ready to give this plan a try, then go for it! You won’t regret it!

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By CNBCTV18.com August 11, 2022 at 11:59 a.m. IST (Released)

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Delhi reported 2,146 new cases on Wednesday with a positivity rate of 17.83% and eight deaths, the highest in nearly 180 days, according to data shared by the health department.

The Delhi government on Thursday made the wearing of face masks or coverings compulsory in all public places. A fine of Rs 500 will be imposed on offenders.

The fine will not apply to people traveling together in a private four-wheeled vehicle.

The order came as the nation’s capital is witnessing a surge in COVID-19 infections. Delhi reported 2,146 new cases on Wednesday with a positivity rate of 17.83% and eight deaths, the highest in nearly 180 days, according to data shared by the health department. The nation’s capital had on February 13 reported 12 deaths from the viral illness.

With the new infections and deaths, the number of cases in Delhi rose to 19,75,540 and the death toll to 26,351, he said. The number of active COVID-19 cases in Delhi stands at 8,205. As many as 5,549 patients are in home isolation, according to the bulletin.

Delhi has recorded 40 deaths from COVID-19 so far in August, almost triple from the last 10 days of July, when 14 people succumbed to the viral disease, according to official data.

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