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Ryan Porteous ‘proved a lot of doubters wrong’ on Scotland debut, says John McGinn

John McGinn believes debutant Ryan Porteous “shut a few critics up” by helping Scotland win promotion to the top tier of the Nations League with a goalless draw against Ukraine. With Steve Clarke missing eight players from his original squad through injury and suspension – there was also a virus in the camp – there was an opportunity for the 23-year-old Hibernian defender in the final Group B1 fixture in Krakow on Tuesday night. Porteous turned in a terrific performance as the pool leaders, following home wins over Ukraine and Republic of Ireland, kept Oleksandr Petrakov’s side at bay to earn the point required for promotion to League A, a place among the second seeds for the Euro 2024 qualifiers and a guaranteed play-off spot to qualify for that tournament should they need it. Stand-in skipper McGinn said: “It feels amazing. We were up against it, we had illness, we had injuries and the travel and three games in six days, so a lot of circumstances were going against us, but we stood tall and showed good character in the team. “It shows you the strength in depth we have, we have top players around the country whether that is in the Premier League or in Scotland. “We like to talk our game down, we like to talk our own players down, but we need to try to get away from that and try and support every player that comes and plays for the national team. “There were a few boos when Ryan’s name was read out the other night, which isn’t acceptable and I was delighted for him. “He has proved a lot of doubters wrong and, if it wasn’t for him and Jack Hendry, we might not be in pot two for the Euro draw and in League A. “So delighted for Ryan to shut a few critics up and hopefully moving forward we can get behind everyone no matter who they play for or how they are as a player.” After losing to Ukraine in the World Cup play-off semi-final at Hampden Park in June, McGinn was delighted to see Scotland bounce back with a successful Nations League campaign which also boosts their chances of getting to the next Euros in Germany. The Aston Villa midfielder said: “We messed up the last time, we were aware of that. We knew the prizes at stake. “We knew that not only for our generation but the teams moving forward, under-16s, under-17s, under-19s, it gives them ambition to play against the best players in Europe. “The task now is to stay there, stay in that division and give ourselves the best possible chance to improve. We are improving all the time and hopefully it sets us up for Germany.” Read More Gary Neville would be ‘disappointed’ if government scraps football regulator plans ‘I’ve got something to offer’: Robbie Brady delighted by Republic of Ireland recall Skipper Steven Davis will not rush into decision on Northern Ireland future Ian Baraclough optimistic despite frustrating Northern Ireland defeat Robbie Brady snatches late Ireland win over Armenia to secure Nations League B status Northern Ireland slump to third defeat of Nations League campaign in Greece

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Private sector to pledge $8 billion to combat U.S. hunger-White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday plans to unveil $8 billion in new private sector spending to combat

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UK Green Bond Draws $25 Billion Bids at Highest Yield Since 1998

(Bloomberg) -- The UK’s green bond sale has already pulled in more than £24 billion ($25.7 billion) of orders as

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Pagdanganan resumes LPGA drive in Ascendant tilt

MANILA, Philippines – Bianca Pagdanganan hopes to come out fresh from a week-long break as she resumes her LPGA Tour campaign in the Ascendant LPGA benefitting Volunteers of America, which unwraps Thursday (Friday, Manila time) in The Colony, Texas.But the power-hitting Filipina will have a lot of reinforcing to do as she drew a late tee-off with Finland’s Sanna Nuutinen and England’s Charlotte Thomas at 1:27 p.m. where conditions at the Old American Golf Club course is expected to be at their toughest.Its length (6,475 yards), however, could be there for the taking for the Tour’s long hitters, including Pagdanganan, who is currently at third in the average driving distance ranking with a 277.854-yard norm. Dutch Anne Van Dam continues to show the way with a 280.659 clip while Mexico’s Maria averages 277.854 yards off the mound.Pagdanganan leaned on her vaunted long game to post a joint 19th finish in the Portland Classic in Oregon two weeks ago, pounding the par-72 Columbia Edgewater Country Club course, which also played to 6,478 yards, with a final round 63 she spiked with an eagle and eight birdies against a lone bogey.But the ICTSI-backed shotmaker knows the Old American layout offers a different kind of test, including on the par-5 17th, a 517-yard water-laced hole where bidders will have to decide whether to go for the green or settle for a lay-up short of the bunkers for a possible full wedge to the green.Meanwhile, Pagdanganan dropped to No. 124 in the current Race to CME Globe Season rankings with the top 100 set to keep their cards for next year’s campaign. She improved to No. 118 after the Portland Classic but slipped six spots down after skipping last week’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in Arizona.Yuka Saso, on the other hand, is raring to bounce back from a final round foldup last week that saw her turn from a chief pursuer to a non-contender with a closing 76. From second place, she tumbled to joint 32nd.But the 2021 US Women’s Open champion is expected to have learned her lessons as she tries to fuel another title run in the 72-hole, $1.7 million championship with Germany’s Caroline Masson and Korean Narin An at 8:26 a.m. on No. 10.The stacked field, however, is teeming with talents, including Nelly Korda, Lydia Ko, Ariya Jutanugarn, Nasa Hataoka, Brooke Henderson, Sei Young Kim, Daniella Kang, Celine Boutier, Jessica Korda, Moriya Jutanugarn and Jeongeun Lee6.

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'Andor' Episode 4: Mon Mothma's arrival has fans floored as they praise her scenes with Stellan Skarsgard

The series, a prequel to 'Rogue One' served as the perfect platform to explain the story of one of the more key figures in the franchise

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Man ‘accidentally shot dead with submachine gun by friend while preparing attack’

A 28-year-old man was shot dead when his friend accidentally opened fire with a submachine gun as they prepared to go on a “ride-out” attack, a court has heard. Mohamed Muhyidin was found in a ditch near Heathrow Airport with a single gunshot wound to the back on the morning of 31 October last year, around an hour after he was allegedly killed by Chiragh Amir Chiragh. Prosecutors claim they were about to embark on a “ride-out” in a Toyota Prius to attack unknown targets when 39-year-old Chiragh shot his friend in the back with an Agram 2002 submachine gun fitted with a silencer. The victim was sitting in the front passenger seat when the gunman got into the back of the car, shooting Muhyidin seconds later before getting out of the vehicle and firing the gun into the ground, jurors at Isleworth Crown Court heard. Jurors were told Chiragh told police he had been asked to transport the gun, which went off when he put it on the back seat. But prosecutor Anthony Orchard QC said Chiragh was “lying” about delivering the gun, which could take a total of 29 bullets, and was “readied and primed for use in an attack”. He said Chiragh and Muhyidin, who was from Southall, in west London, along with Mohammed Shakeel, 28, and Bilal Ahmed, 43, “were intent on going on a ‘ride-out’ that night”. “They had with them the loaded submachine gun and Shakeel’s imitation revolver,” he told the court. “We suggest they were intent on using the submachine gun to endanger life.” Mr Orchard added: “The attackers were to be Chiragh, Muhyidin and Ahmed, as driver. The armed Shakeel played a role in assisting them by helping to organise the attack.” Chiragh, from Kenton, north-west London, Shakeel, from Barking, east London, and Ahmed, from Hounslow, west London, deny manslaughter, possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and an alternative count of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. Ahmed and Mustafa Malik, 66, from Harlington, west London, deny possession of the silencer, and, along with Shakeel and James Connors, 45, from Hammersmith, west London, further deny conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. They are jointly alleged to have moved Muhyidin’s body, moved the gun and silencer and destroyed the Toyota by fire, while Ahmed is said to have falsely reported the robbery of the car to an insurance company. Chiragh has pleaded guilty to the charge, as well as to charges of possessing the submachine gun and silencer, while Shakeel has admitted possessing an imitation handgun. Connors denies a further count of driving while disqualified. Additional reporting by Press Association. Read More Britain’s youngest female murderer who stabbed stranger and bragged about it ‘makes bid for release’ Huddersfield stabbing: Two boys, 15 and 16, charged with murder of Khayri McLean Woman, 23, rushed to hospital after being shot at London YMCA

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Richa Chadha & Ali Fazal Fly Out Of Mumbai Ahead Of Their Wedding

Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal's wedding festivities will begin in Delhi from 30 September.

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U.S. vows 'big dollar' help to Pacific islands in China contest

By David Brunnstrom, Alexandra Alper and Michael Martina WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will announce "big dollar" assistance to

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How methane leaks accelerate global warming

By Tim Cocks (Reuters) - Methane leaks have emerged as a top threat to the global climate, with the latest

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Commodities Tumble With Surging Dollar Hitting Raw Materials

(Bloomberg) -- Commodity prices slumped as a deteriorating economic outlook and surging US dollar weigh on the value of the

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'Hypocrite and a sellout': Rihanna slammed for headlining Super Bowl despite supporting Colin Kaepernick

Rihanna had the chance to perform during the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show, but she declined to do so in support of Kaepernick

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Silvio Berlusconi, 85, celebrates as girlfriend Marta Fascina, 32, wins parliamentary seat

It is a good week for Silvio Berlusconi. On Sunday he was part of the three-party alliance which won Italy’s general election, was elected to the Senate and he could even reappear in Italy’s cabinet. On Thursday, he will celebrate his 86th birthday. And, as good things are supposed to come in threes, it turns out his 32-year-old girlfriend, Marta Fascina, also has something to celebrate – she won a seat in the Italian parliament during this weekend’s elections, despite not showing up in the constituency during the campaign. Ms Fascina, 32, won the vote in the Sicilian town of Marsala, a town she said she used to visit on holiday as a child. That might not seem enough to convince some constituents, but she secured more than 36 per cent of the vote to allow her sit in the Chamber of Deputies, Italy’s lower house of parliament. She represents, not surprisingly, her OAP boyfriend’s Forza Italia party and said in an interview that she “accepted with pride” the opportunity to run in Sicily. Despite being 54 years younger than Berlusconi, she has been his partner since 2020. She was born just four years before the first of his three stints as Italian prime minister. It should be a story to warm the heart, but some in Sicily were left unimpressed by the election result. “She ran for Sicily because she came here on vacation. Is this normal?” asked her defeated rival Antonio Ferrante from the Democratic Party. Despite cynicism, she appears to share her party leader’s views on halting the conflict in Ukraine, telling Italian news outlet Libero that peace was attainable if “Putin and Zelensky ... sit at a table together with mediators such as Italy”. “To avert a humanitarian, economic and geopolitical catastrophe, diplomacy must absolutely prevail,” she said. Last week, Berlusconi was criticised for saying that long-time friend Vladimir Putin was pushed into war. Berlusconi was re-elected to Italy's upper house on Sunday with more than 50 per cent of the votes in the northern city of Monza. While overall his party lost ground compared with the 2018 general elections, it fared better than expected and Mr Berlusconi's victory was particularly heartfelt. “Regaining a seat in the senate was a sort of personal revenge for Berlusconi, after all the judicial problems he went through,” said Massimiliano Panarari, political analyst at Rome's Mercatorum University. In 2013, the senate expelled him because of a tax fraud conviction stemming from his media business, and he was banned from holding public office for six years. After he served a sentence of community service, a court ruled he could once again hold public office and he won a seat in the European Parliament in 2019. His third and last premiership ended abruptly in 2011, when financial markets lost confidence that the billionaire media magnate could manage Italy's finances during Europe's sovereign debt crisis. Read More Giorgia Meloni vows to ‘unite’ Italy as her far-right coalition makes history Italy election: Where does right-wing Giorgia Meloni stand on Europe, immigration and LGBT issues? Is neo-fascism on the rise with Giorgia Meloni in Italy’s election? Italy gets new tranche of EU funds as dust settles from vote Who is the Italian far-right leader Giorgia Meloni?

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Victoria Beckham removes David Beckham tattoo from wrist sparking rumours of marital trouble

Victoria Beckham got the tattoo in 2009 to mark the couple's 10-year wedding anniversary, but recently sported a noticeably bare wrist, setting tongues wagging

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White House seeks to tackle food insecurity at first hunger conference since 1969

At a time when the affordability of food is in the spotlight, the Biden administration is hosting a White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health on Wednesday with the goal of combating food insecurity and diet-related diseases.

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Richarlison demands authorities take serious action after shocking racist incident in Brazil game

Richarlison has demanded serious action be taken against those responsible for a shocking incident of racist abuse during Brazil’s game with Tunisia. Tuesday night’s game, which finished 5-1 to Brazil, was played in Paris’ Parc des Princes with the episode occurring as the Tottenham striker celebrated scoring his team’s second goal of the game. A banana was hurled at Richarlison, 25, from the stands - prompting outcry and the player to challenge the relevant authorities to improve their response to racist abuse. He tweeted: “As long as [the authorities] stay ‘blah blah blah’ and don't punish [the racists], it will continue like this, happening every day and everywhere. No time, bro!” Prior to the game, five-time world champions Brazil team had posed for photographs with an anti-racism banner which read: ‘Without our black players, we wouldn’t have stars on our shirts’. Support from across football was sent to Richarlison. Thiago Silva said: “It’s a shame, it’s difficult to see images like that. Unfortunately it seems that we can’t change people’s mentality. “I hope they will realise that this doesn’t work, it’s the past, we have to change. Unfortunately, people continue with this mentality.” The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) stated after the game: “Unfortunately a banana was thrown on the pitch towards Richarlison, scorer of the second Brazilian goal. “The CBF reinforces its position to combat racism and repudiates any manifestation of prejudice.” Read More Banana thrown at Spurs and Brazil star Richarlison in racial abuse in Paris Richarlison confirms Arsenal and Chelsea approaches but Conte key Bundesliga prospect reveals ‘huge confidence boost’ from Arsenal links

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US seeks united front in Asia despite Korea, Japan tensions

Vice President Kamala Harris has said her trip to Asia is intended to shore up American alliances with Japan and South Korea

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Labour removes party whip after MP calls Kwarteng ‘superficially’ black

An MP has had the Labour party whip suspended after she called Kwasi Kwarteng ‘superficially’ black. Rupa Huq was heard discussing the chancellor’s private school background, before adding that "you wouldn’t know he is black" when hearing him speak. The MP for Ealing Central and Acton, in west London, is thought to have made the comments at a fringe event at the Labour conference in Liverpool on Monday. A senior Labour spokesperson said: “We condemn the remarks she made, which were totally inappropriate and call on her to withdraw them.” In the audio, revealed by the Guido Fawkes website, Ms Huq could be heard saying: "Superficially he is a black man. "He went to Eton, I think, he went to a very expensive prep school, all the way through, the top schools in the country. "If you hear him on the Today programme, you wouldn’t know he is black." Before her suspension a local Labour source said: “Having just been re-selected unanimously it is disappointing to see the MP we campaigned so hard to elect distract the media so disastrously on the day of the leader’s speech. I wouldn’t be surprised if the whip were suspended - in fact it would be deserved”. Tory party chairman Jake Berry raised "serious concerns" in a letter to Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer. "I trust you will join me in unequivocally condemning these comments as nothing less than racist and that the Labour whip be withdrawn from Rupa Huq as a consequence," he wrote. Mr Berry said that Sunder Katwala, who was chairing the event for the British Future and Black Equity organisations, was forced to challenge her remarks. According to the Tory MP, Mr Katwala said that the Chancellor’s Conservative views "doesn’t make him not black ... and I think the Labour Party has to be really careful". Read More Pound news – live: Bank of England pledges ‘significant’ response to market turmoil Labour to set up new publicly-owned company to ‘harness green energy’ Bank of England chief economist says pound slump will ‘require significant response’ Rupa Huq apologises after describing Kwasi Kwarteng as ‘superficially’ black Keir Starmer says Rupa Huq comments about Kwarteng were ‘racist’ What does the energy price cap mean for you?

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AK-56 rifle, ammunition recovered from border village in Punjab’s Ferozepur

Punjab Police suspect drone may have dropped consignment as BSF reported spotting one from Pakistan in the area on Monday night

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‘Committed to protect India’: Goa CM welcomes ban on PFI

The Goa police has said that any individuals or organisations found undertaking any activity under the banner of the Popular Front of India (PFI) are liable for arrest

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Afternoon brief: Uttarakhand CM Dhami announces ₹25 lakh for family of murdered teen, and all the latest news

Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.

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Brazil forward Richarlison racially abused as fan throws banana at him during 5-1 victory over Tunisia in France

Brazil's impressive end to its World Cup preparation was overshadowed by racist abuse as forward Richarlison had a banana thrown at him by a fan during the 5-1 victory over Tunisia in Paris on Tuesday.

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Supreme Court justices finally get together behind closed doors with a long to-do list

After a three-month respite from last term's divisive decisions, Supreme Court justices will return to Washington on Wednesday for the first closed-door conference of the new term.

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University Challenge: Mother and son compete together on show for UCL team

University Challenge will see a mother and son pair up to compete in the prestigious quiz for the first time. Rachel and Louis Collier both made it to the University College London team after studying at the university during the same year. Rachel, 53, is studying part-time for a PhD in Classics at the university while working as a teacher. Her son Louis, 26, meanwhile has received a postgraduate certificate in education from the institution and teaches physics and mathematics. It was Rachel who suggested that Louis apply for the UCL team when the students’ union began the selection process last year. As an undergraduate, Louis had been selected for his university’s team, but they had never made it to the rounds shown on TV. “Louis was a bit hesitant at first,” the mother-of-four told The Times. “But we said, ‘Oh, come on, let’s do it, it’ll be a laugh just to do a quiz together.’” During the selection process, the pair would meet after each round and discuss how the other had answered the questions over dinner. “When we were actually selected… we obviously made a beeline for each other and gave each other a big hug,” Louis said. “There were at least a couple of people who were like, ‘This is kind of odd’. So we explained it.” The UCL team made it through to the televised shows, with their first round against Sheffield airing in October. Rachel said: “I found the whole experience extremely nerve-racking, and something of a distraction from my academic work, but the stress was more than offset by the pleasure of spending lots of time with Louis, who flew the family nest a couple of years ago.” University Challenge airs Mondays at 8.30pm on BBC Two. Read More Anthony Bourdain’s heated final texts with Asia Argento surface: ‘You were reckless with my heart’ Ryan Reynolds officially announces Hugh Jackman’s return as Wolverine in Deadpool 3 Graham Norton says he turned down chance to skip Queen queue: ‘I thought I’d get it in the neck’ Mini budget is a ‘tax cut for the wealthiest,’ says shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves GBBO’s Prue Leith warns of future double elimination following Bread Week twist Bob Mortimer says he’s ‘not very healthy right now’ after going to hospital

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Hurricane Ian strengthens into a Category 4 storm on its way toward Florida as officials warn residents to get out now

Hurricane Ian strengthened into a powerful Category 4 storm early Wednesday morning as it churned toward Florida, where millions are being warned of catastrophic flooding and life-threatening storm surge.

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Teen babysitting couple arrested after two children in their care hospitalized with bruises, cigarette burns

Diego Ramon Calzada-Russette is charged with malicious punishment of a child, while Jamie Rae Wilson has been charged with two counts of felony child torture

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