Gary Kubiak on Vikings’ offensive woes: ‘I’ve got to do a better job’

In their first two games, both lopsided losses, the Vikings have called 56 pass plays and run the ball 40 times, four by quarterback Kirk Cousins. They haven’t been able to run as much as they want because with the defense struggling they’ve fallen way behind in games.

“That’s what we are,’’ offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said Thursday about Minnesota’s style. “That’s what we want, and we came out of training camp with a good, solid training camp and obviously that hasn’t correlated to the first two weeks, but we’ve got to stay positive and stay committed to what we want to be as a group.’’

Kubiak said the Vikings’ rushing average per carry of 5.4 yards has “been pretty good” and they “haven’t run it enough.’’ Entering Sunday’s game against Tennessee at U.S...

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Australian think tank finds 380 detention camps in Xinjiang

By: AP | Canberra | September 25, 2020 9:18:50 am

How China tracked detainees and their familiesFILE – A call to prayer in the old city of Kashgar in Xinjiang region of China in 2015. A leaked government document shows how people were monitored and selected for internment camps in Xinjiang. (Adam Dean/The New York Times)

China appeared to be expanding its network of secret detention centres in Xinjiang, where Muslim minorities are targeted in a forced assimilation campaign, and more of the facilities resemble prisons, an Australian think tank has found.

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute used satellite images and official construction tender documents to map more than 380 suspected detention facilities in the remote Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, highlighting re-education camps, detention centres and prisons that h...

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Thief River historian honors Civil War veteran nearly 100 years later

That’s why he is a member of the website Find a Grave. In 2017 Beedy received an anonymous request through the site. That person wanted a picture of Samuel J. Fuller’s grave at the Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls, but there was a problem with fulfilling that request.

“He’s been laying there without any recognition,” said Steve Stone, who serves as the Veterans Service Officer for Pennington County.

For 91 years, Samuel Fuller has been buried at the cemetery with no grave marker.

“Every veteran should be recognized,” said Beedy.

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When he wasn’t working overnights at Digi-Key, Beedy would spend the next three years researching Fuller’s life...

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COVID-19 is a litmus test for the rule of law in Armenia

Other activities that undermined the government’s fight against the pandemic, at least at the beginning, included: the PM and the Minister of Health publicly making jokes about COVID-19 – the PM having been heard to say that “COVID-19 is a dog to be ignored” while it appears that the Minister of Health has said “another absurd panic is ranging… swine flu, bird flu, dinosaur flu…”; the infamous photos of a reception where attendees (including the PM) did not wear masks and ignored social distancing in Shushi (in the unrecognised Nagorno-Karabakh Republic) on 21 May when public gatherings were prohibited; the very late use of masks (June 2020) by members of the government during its weekly meetings; and the failure to self-isolate by the PM during the days after it was announced on 1 June ...

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US announces USD 150 million for H1B One Workforce training programme

By: PTI | Washington | September 25, 2020 9:36:49 am

crude oil, crude oil price, wto crude oil price negative, crude oil price india, india crude oil, crude oil price today, crude oil india price, crude oil news, crude oil falling, crude oil covid 19The training models will include a broad range of classroom and on-the-job training, customised training, incumbent worker training, registered apprenticeship programmes and industry-recognised apprenticeship programmes. (Bloomberg Photo)

The United States announced USD 150 million (over Rs 1,100 crore) on Thursday to invest in training for middle-to-high-skilled H-1B occupations in key sectors in the American economy.

Prominent among these sectors are information technology, cyber security, advanced manufacturing, transportation, wherein the H-1B One Workforce grant programme would be used to upskill the present workforce and train a new generation of workers to grow the future workforce, the Department of Labor said.

The coron...

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U.S. congressional testimony of Homeland whistleblower postponed until next week

WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – A U.S. House of Representatives committee has postponed the deposition of a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) whistleblower, saying the department had dragged its feet to help the official prepare for his testimony.

In a statement released late on Thursday, Democratic intelligence committee chair Adam Schiff said the panel would reschedule the deposition of former DHS intelligence chief Brian Murphy until next week because DHS has delayed security clearances for his lawyers and barred Murphy from reviewing classified materials.

After DHS removed Murphy as its acting intelligence chief earlier this summer, he filed a whistleblower complaint claiming that top department officials had pressured him to stop providing assessments of the threat of Russian ...

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WHO calls for consistent message on coronavirus

By: AP | London | September 17, 2020 5:04:16 pm

WHO calls for consistent message on virusOn Wednesday, Trump predicted this could happen next month and that a mass vaccination campaign in the U.S. could start shortly afterward. (AP)

The emergencies chief of the World Health Organization says scientific disagreements over COVID-19 interventions like masks and vaccines shouldn’t be treated as some kind of political football, but acknowledged that it isn’t easy for everyone to be on message all the time.

Asked to respond to the open disagreements between U.S. President Donald Trump and the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over the effectiveness of masks and when a coronavirus vaccine might be available, Dr...

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Louisville anti-racism protests resume amid tensions over Breonna Taylor ruling

As a curfew went into effect after dark and police declared an unlawful assembly, a group of 200 to 300 protesters who had marched through the city for hours retreated to the grounds of the First Unitarian Church, set aside by organizers as a sanctuary near the Ohio River waterfront.

Some of the marchers had smashed windows of several local businesses, and even a hospital, along the way, according to a Reuters journalist. But the scene outside the church contrasted sharply with violence that flared the previous night in Kentucky’s largest city.

A protester clashes with police after a grand jury considering the March killing of Breonna Taylor, a Black medical worker, in her home in Louisville, Kentucky, voted to indict one of three white police officers for wanton endangerment, in Louisville on Sept. 23. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

A protester clashes with police after a grand jury considering the March killing of Breonna Taylor, a Black medical worker, in her home in Louisville, Kentucky, voted to indict one of three white police officers for wanton endangerment, in Lou...

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Banksy loses trademark battle of famous artwork with greeting card company

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: September 17, 2020 5:28:48 pm

A worker walks past “Love Is in the Air”, a screen print on paper, by British artist Banksy, a day before the unveiling of an exhibition in Rome, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. The exhibition opens on Sept. 8 and runs until April 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

After losing a two-year legal battle with a small greeting card company, anonymous UK-based street artist Banksy has been stripped of a trademark for one of his most famous artworks. An EU panel ruled against the artist stating that he could not be considered the owner of an artwork when his identity is still a mystery, the Guardian reported.

The artwork, titled ‘Rage, the Flower Thrower’, first appeared on a wall in Jerusalem in 2005 and shows a masked man, dr...

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Storm ride Loyd, 1st-half burst to 2-0 series lead

Jewell Loyd scored 20 points and sparked a first-half burst as the Seattle Storm defeated the Minnesota Lynx 89-79 in Game 2 of the semifinal series Thursday night, Sept. 24, at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

The Storm ended the first half on a 14-0 run, keyed by a pair of 3-point baskets and a jumper from Loyd, as it took a 46-33 lead to the break.

The second-seeded Storm hold a 2-0 lead in the series. Game 3 of the best-of-5 series is set for Sunday afternoon.

Breanna Stewart posted 17 points despite shooting 0-for-7 on 3-point attempts, while Seattle teammates Alysha Clark and Natasha Howard had 13 and 11 points, respectively. Stewart also supplied team highs of eight rebounds and seven assists.

Damiris Dantas poured in 23 points and Odyssey Sims racked up 18 points for the Lynx, wh...

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