Giroud hoping to fill goal gap at Chelsea

first_imgOlivier Giroud is hoping to help fill the goal gap at Chelsea following Eden Hazard’s summer switch to Real Madrid.The Blues reluctantly sanctioned the sale of a Belgium international forward at the start of the latest transfer window.That move was agreed despite the Blues being stung with an embargo which prevents them from bringing in any replacements. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Frank Lampard does not expect that to be an issue, with there already plenty of alternative options on the books at Stamford Bridge.Wingers Willian and Christian Pulisic are expected to fill the creative void, while World Cup-winning striker Giroud will be charged with the task of delivering end product.The France international has said of that challenge: “The numbers of goals Eden scored, I don’t know if I can take that from him but we have several strikers with different qualities.“We have the quality and the quantity in the squad but obviously you know you cannot replace a player of Eden’s quality just like that.“But that’s over. Now we need to forget and not put too much pressure on players who will play in his position.“I’m thinking about the young players. I will take the pressure no problem if it can release them.“We know there are a lot of expectations but, even with the transfer ban, we have a lot of quality and ability up front.”Frank Lampard Chelsea 2019Giroud has also offered his backing to Lampard, with a Chelsea legend in the process of getting his message across after inheriting the managerial reins from Maurizio Sarri.“It seems very clear that he wants the best from us,” added the 32-year-old frontman.“He wants to help us improve and he has a clear idea of what he wants to achieve. He’s a competitor, he wants to win every single game.“We’re working on the tactics when we don’t have the ball and playing this 4-2-3-1 we have to know each other a bit better as well.“He repeats every day that we have to take responsibility and we have to show personality.“He’s insisting a lot on this kind of stuff, playing without fear but with confidence. I think we will learn quickly.”Chelsea are currently on pre-season duty but continue to count down the days to an eagerly-anticipated Premier League season opener against Manchester United on August 11. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Trekking: The Throwback Snowboard takes Burton back to the basics

first_img The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.These days, few people would argue that snowboarding is a cheap sport. The best gear has only become more expensive with rise of lift tickets and lofty ambitions, and once you factor in the current drought conditions afflicting most of the United States, getting out for a day or two of boarding seems even less enticing. Such was not always a case, however, especially when snowboarding was just on the fringes. That said, the Burton Throwback Snowboard ($130) is a testament to those times.Related: Igneous snowboards look as terrific as they probably rideAlthough the Burton Throwback is more of a “snurfer” than a traditional snowboard, it’s still perfectly suited casual rides and the snow-capped terrain lining your own backyard. It’s a resurrection of the 1981 Burton Backhill — one of the first production model snowboards ever issued — and as such, it takes a cue from Jake Burton’s original design and directional shape. The core is nothing more than five plies of wood laminate, which gives the board a bit of stability when in motion and imbues it with some flex when you tug on the rope handle attached to the nose. The latter allows riders to easily keep the board’s front end above the powder, too, so both amateurs and professionals can jump on the rubber stomp pads and take the Throwback for a spin.Unlike most snowboards, the Burton Throwback doesn’t come in many configurations. It’s currently available as a 100 or 130-cm model, wither either red or blue accents on the top and underside, each reminiscent of those that adorned the original Backhill. Burton also made a collaboration board in conjunction with Neighborhood, an apparel company based out of Japan that caters to a small subculture of devoted motorcyclists. The end result? A stylish board that would look as slick posted up in the snow as on the wall of your favorite sushi joint in the heart of downtown.Check out Burton online to make a purchase, or to further browse the snowboarding company’s extensive collection of boards, apparel, and winter gear. The Best American Liqueur The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America 6 Biggest Ski Gear Innovations to Look Forward to in Winter 2020 Editors’ Recommendations Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and Morelast_img read more

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Gallery 1st Ship Sails Open Hatch via Northern Sea Route

first_imgImage Courtesy: Hansa Heavy LiftGerman shipping company Hansa Heavy Lift has transported the first-ever ship-to-shore (STS) cranes via the Northern Sea Route (NSR), relocating them from the port of St Petersburg to the port of Vostochny, spanning both the European and Far East regions of Russia.According to the company, HHL Valparaiso is the first vessel to sail open hatch through the Northern Sea Route, which is covered by thick ice for most of the year and has a limited period of about two months open to cargo voyages.This allowed the two cranes, each weighing 820 metric tons and measuring 61 meters in height and 92 meters in width, to be shipped partially above and below deck.“The Northern Sea Route was the only viable option to complete this voyage in the required timeframe. In the Arctic there is no room for mistakes. During the passage, the vessel has limited connection and only a few points of shelter,” Gleb Faldin, Commercial Manager, Hansa Heavy Lift, said.HHL Valparaiso traveled from Qingdao, China, to St Petersburg, Russia, via the NSR to load the cranes and then went back through the NSR a second time to complete the mission.Crews had only a few weeks to complete the voyage, as the cargo was loaded in October and had to be delivered to its destination by late November before the route completely froze over.“The Northern Sea Route is an important alternative that can save weeks from a voyage, but to be successful you need careful planning and engineering, the right equipment, capable vessels, and experienced crews,” Heinrich Nagrelli, Project & Transport Engineer, Hansa Heavy Lift, said.Hansa Heavy Lift is a tramp carrier specializing in the ocean transport of project, heavy lift, and super heavy lift cargoes. The company’s fleet is comprised of 17 multipurpose heavy lift vessels with an average age of five years.last_img read more

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India to receive first Rafale fighter jet in Sept

first_imgNew Delhi: The first Rafale fighter jet will be handed over to India in September, French President Emmanuel Macron said in Paris on Thursday during the course of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to his country. Modi is currently on a three-nation tour and landed in France on Thursday. “We have expressed our condolences for what happened in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14, 2019. We will continue to work together on terrorism. Our ties in the defence sector show how much we trust each other. We have also affirmed that we will help in ‘Make in India’ and the first Rafale aircraft will reach India by next month,” said Macron. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ India has signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) with France for purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft from the French aviation major Dassault. As per sources, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Air Chief B.S. Dhanoa are likely to visit France in the third week of September to receive the first jet of the 36 aircraft. Prime Minister expressed hope for greater defence cooperation between India and France in the future. “India offers great opportunities for French companies. There is scope for immense cooperation in skill development, aviation, IT and space. The strides made in India-France defence cooperation are promising. Our nations are also working on maritime as well as cyber security,” tweeted Modi.last_img read more

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Ontario First Nations CFS systems failed First Nations kids in care before

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsThe deaths of 12 children in Ontario were the result of systems failing repeatedly to meet the fundamental needs of young people, says a report by an expert panel set up by the chief coroner and obtained by APTN News.The 86-page report which is expected to be made public on Tuesday is a result of a year-long review led by the Ontario’s chief coroner Dirk Huyer.Between January 2014 and July 2017 there were 12 children and youth who died while in residential care or placement of a children’s aid society or an Indigenous well-being society.Eight of those young people were Indigenous including six from Nishnawbe Aski Nation in northwestern Ontario.Eight of the 12 deaths were suicides, one was a homicide, two were accidental and one is listed as unknown.“While no one individual or organization is at fault for these failures, it is important to recognize that it is people that make organizations and systems work – and people that define how they must work,” the report says.Five of the deaths occurred within the first six months of 2017. The chief coroner came up with the seven-member panel, all of whom have expertise in areas of mental health, service systems, residential placements and government administration, not long afterwards.Starting at the beginning of the year, the expert panel met with nine of the 12 families and visited four First Nations affected by the deaths.The report says the panel discovered many of the young people had substantial child protection involvement for most of their lives. They all had mental health challenges and histories of self-harming behaviours and or thoughts of suicide.Yet, they were continually silenced says the report.“The young people had minimal opportunity to have a voice in their care and their attempts to communicate their needs were often overlooked, ignored and characterized as “attention-seeking.””Safe spaces on-reserve for at-risk children and youth and a lack of cultural connection to elders and cultural teachings after being placed outside of their communities were among some of the challenges the panel reported.“In particular, Indigenous child wellbeing societies that serve people in remote First Nations communities have distinct constraints to delivering services that other societies do not; for example, large geographic areas.”Nishnawbe Aski Nation covers two-thirds of the province with 49 First Nations, many accessible by plane only.The panel also found that the young people experienced an average of 12 different placements while in care of children’s aid and Indigenous well-being societies.“Placement selection appeared to be based on what was known to be available, rather than on goodness-of-fit or the young person’s needs.”The report finds that some of those placements were as far as 1,600 km away from the young people’s home communities.“The quality of care was impacted by the capacity, lack of supervision, qualifications, training, and education of staff and caregivers,” the report says about the placements that were reviewed.In some cases, the report said the panel couldn’t determine who was providing services and what type.Problematic for ensuring appropriate provincial oversight of the children’s aid and Indigenous well-being societies responsible for the protection of young people, the panel says.“It was likely that the ministry was equally unable to understand the pathways through the various systems, both at the individual level and in aggregate,” the report says.The report has delivered a number of recommendations.The first one calls on the Government of Ontario and Canada to “immediately provide equitable, culturally and spiritually safe and relevant services to Indigenous young people, families and communities in Ontario.”The other recommendations are directed to the provincial ministries of children, education, health and Indigenous affairs to:* Identify and provide a set of core services and support an integrated system of care for young people and their families across a wholistic continuum to every child in Ontario. Services must include health, mental health and well being, education, recreation, child care, children’s mental health, early intervention services, prevention services and developmental services. Service provision should be geared to the needs and intensity of needs, of each young person and family.* Develop a wholistic approach to the identification of, service planning for and service provision to high-risk young people (with or without child welfare involvement) that supports continuity of care to age 21 years.* Strengthen accountability and opportunities for continuous improvement of the systems of care through measurement, evaluation and public reporting.More to come.wfiddler@aptn.ca@willowblasizzolast_img read more

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Iraq UN official stresses importance of dialogue in resolving tensions

8 January 2012The top United Nations official in Iraq met today with the parliamentary speaker of the country to discuss the recent upsurge in political and sectarian tensions. The top United Nations official in Iraq met today with the parliamentary speaker of the country to discuss the recent upsurge in political and sectarian tensions.Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and the head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), held talks in Baghdad with Usama al-Nujaifi, Speaker of Iraq”s Council of Representatives.Mr. Kobler emphasized the need for Iraqi political leaders to resolve their differences through dialogue, according to a press statement issued by UNAMI.He also voiced support for the proposal to hold a national conference, saying it offered a way to “find common ground in the spirit of partnership” based on Iraq”s constitution. which recognizes both the separation of powers and the independence of the judiciary.The Special Representative also stressed the important role that the Council of Representatives plays in encouraging democracy to take root in Iraq.Political tensions have risen in recent weeks in Iraq and the country has also been hit by a series of deadly bomb blasts. read more

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Closing Bell TSX falls US markets retreat from record highs after Icahns

TORONTO — Resource stocks pushed the Toronto stock market lower Monday as commodities failed to find traction from Chinese economic reform announcements.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 13,458.06 -24.50 -0.18%S&P 500 — 1,791.53 -6.65 -0.37%Dow — 15,976.02 +14.32 0.09%Nasdaq — 3,949.07 -36.90 -0.93%The S&P/TSX composite index lost 24.5 points to 13,458.06.The Canadian dollar was up 0.14 of a cent to 95.86 cents US as doubts about when the Fed might start tapering its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases pushed the greenback lower.New York markets put in a lacklustre performance following a strong start when indexes hit some notable milestones amid hopes that the U.S. Federal Reserve won’t soon reduce monetary stimulus. The decline came a few minutes after activist investor Carl Icahn told Reuters that he is “very cautious” on equities, and that the market could easily have a “big drop” because earnings at many companies are fueled more by low borrowing costs rather than the strength of management. The Dow Jones industrials closed up 14.32 points to 15,976.02 after having crossed the 16,000 threshold for the first time, while the S&P 500 index declined 6.65 points to 1,791.53 after earlier moving past the 1,800 level. The Nasdaq came within as handful of points of breaching the 4,000-point mark but closed 36.9 points lower at 3,949.07.There was relief on markets after Janet Yellen, who is slated to become the next Fed chairman, made it clear during confirmation hearings last week that she supports the Fed’s low interest-rate policies.The focus on the Fed will pick up mid-week with the release Wednesday of the minutes from the Fed meeting late last month when the central bank judged the American economy still too weak to start tapering its asset purchases.That meeting did nothing to lessen the uncertainty surrounding when the Fed might move, particularly as its sounded more positive about the U.S. economy.Those bond purchases have kept bond yields low and encouraged people to buy into equities, resulting in a big stock boom on many markets this year.Markets also found support Monday from China’s announcements of more details about its economic and social reform program, including opening state industries to greater competition, loosening its one-child policy and abolishing labour camps.“It’s definitely a transition from (an export-driven economy) into a consumer driven country,” said Sid Mokhtari, market technician at CIBC World Markets, “and that’s a great thing.”China’s leadership has faced pressure to update its economic model after growth slowed to a two-decade low in the second quarter.Meanwhile, China is studying new ways to measure its economy. The proposed revision could boost the size of the country’s estimate of its gross domestic product, which rose 7.7% over the first nine months of the year from a year earlier.The gold sector led decliners, down about 2.15% as December bullion faded $15.10 to US$1,272.30 an ounce. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) lost 47 cents to C$18.43.The energy sector was down 0.82% and the December crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange shed 81 cents to US$93.03 a barrel, its lowest close since May 31. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gave back 47 cents to C$33.63.The base metals component drifted 0.79% lower with December copper down two cents at US$3.15 a pound. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) gave back 10 cents to C$7.93.Financials led advancers, up 0.54% with Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) ahead 54 cents to $37.43.Fairfax Financial Holdings (TSX:FFH) has signed a deal to buy 51% of the company that operates the Keg steakhouse chain restaurants for an undisclosed sum. Keg Restaurants Ltd. pays a royalty on sales to Keg Royalties Income Fund (TSX:KEG.UN) which holds trademarks and other intellectual property used by the restaurant chain. Fairfax stock slipped 97 cents to $426.88 while Keg Royalties units gained 10 cents to $16.26.Industrials were also positive with Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) ahead a penny to $4.65 as the transportation giant secured deals at the Dubai Airshow from two companies for its Q400 turboprop that could potentially be worth up to US$423 million. But the company has yet to announce any orders for its new CSeries aircraft at the event.Bombardier announced the sales a day after Boeing (NYSE:BA) won orders worth almost US$100 billion for its planned 777X long-haul airliner.Monday’s weak showing followed solid gains on the Toronto and New York markets last week that left the TSX up about 8.5% for the year so far and the Dow ahead 22%.Mokhtari said it seemed likely markets can hold onto those advances.“The market has had a great run and as difficult as it sounds, it is still difficult to make a case for people to sell the market,” he said.“It’s one of those situations where momentum is leading the market as well as still the assumption that global liquidity is still in good standing, cost of capital is low, China is out with reform measures and it’s all pushing all the right keys for the market to be able to hold its gains.”TOP STORIESFairfax buys majority stake in Keg Restaurants in drive to consolidate Canada’s sluggish dining sectorBoeing lands US$100B worth of orders for its new 777 mini-jumbo jet, its biggest combined haul everMarkets welcome China’s biggest reforms in 30 yearsMF Global ordered to pay US$1.21-billion to cover losses incurred by investors after brokerage went bustWHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAYCORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESBest Buy Co., Inc. Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 11¢ a share Campbell Soup Company Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 87¢ a share The Home Depot, Inc. Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 89¢ a share The TJX Companies, Inc. Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 74¢ a share CANADAGeorge Weston Limited Q3 earnings: Analysts expect $1.45 a share With files from Reuters read more

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Bangladesh and Sri Lanka agree to take forward bilateral relations

President Maithripala Sirisena and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pledged to carry forward the long standing bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on a solid foundation.Both leaders emphasized this when visiting Sri Lankan President met with the Bangladesh Prime Minister in Dhaka today. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina warmly received the President when he arrived at the Prime Minister’s Office. After a cordial meeting between the leaders, the bilateral discussions were held. The President, who mentioned about the investment opportunities in Sri Lanka, stated that the government is ready to provide every required facility for the Bangladeshi investors. He invited the Prime Minister of Bangladesh for a state visit to Sri Lanka. The Bangladeshi Premier, who accepted the invitation, said her visit will help continue the relationships between the two countries.The agreements and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were signed in the presence the two leaders.Following are the agreements signed: The President and the Bangladesh Prime Minister drew their special attention regarding entering into a trade agreement between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as well as setting up special economic zones. During the meeting, it was discussed in detail regarding introducing a new programme to exchange experiences in agricultural and fisheries sectors of both the countries as well as to jointly take actions against combating terrorism and to cooperate in the field of information technology.Furthermore, the attention was drawn to get the technical knowhow of Bangladesh to increase rice production in Sri Lanka. The Bangladesh Prime Minister expressed her pleasure over the visit of Sri Lankan President to Bangladesh and commended the freedom and democracy ensured in Sri Lankan society under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena.The Bangladesh Prime Minister further emphasized that the bilateral ties between the two countries must carry forward in a firm manner and Bangladesh is willing to work helpfully with Sri Lanka in the field of economy as well as to foster regional cooperation.Bangladesh Prime Minister also pointed out the importance of working jointly to find solutions for the common issues faced by the two countries, like drug trafficking and illegal immigrants. MoU on Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) and Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) – Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake and Minister of Industries, Bangladesh.MoU between Central Bank of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh Bank of Cooperation in Financial Sector/Services – Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake and Minister of Commerce, BangladeshMoU on Cooperation in Agriculture – State Minister of Agriculture Vasantha Aluvihare and Minister of Agriculture, BangladeshMoU on Cooperation in the field of Information and Communication Technology – Deputy Minister of Finance and Mass Media Lasantha Alagiyawanna and Minister of Information Technology, BangladeshMoU on Radio and Television Development – Deputy Minister of Finance and Mass Media Lasantha Alagiyawanna and Minister of Information Technology, BangladeshMoU on the cooperation in the field of shipping – Deputy Minister of Ports and Shipping Affairs Nishantha Muthuhettigama and Minister of Shipping Affairs, BangladeshMoU between Bangladesh Foreign Service Academy (FSA) and Bandaranaike Diplomatic Training Institute (BIDTI), Sri Lanka – foreign Ministers of Sri Lanka and BangladeshMoU on Visa Waiver for Diplomatic and Official Passport Holders of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka – Minister of Foreign Affairs Ravi Karunanayake and Minister of Indigenous Affairs, BangladeshMoU between Sri Lanka Institute of Textile Authority and Bangladesh Fashion Design Institute read more

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UN mission finds no evidence confirming alleged mass rapes in north Darfur

In a press statement today, the African Union–UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), said that, after receiving access, its verification team – which included representatives from police, military and civilian components – spent several hours yesterday touring Tabit village and interviewed a range of the residents, to ascertain the veracity of media reports this past week alleging the mass rapes. Tabit residents interviewed by the UN included community leaders, ordinary men and women, teachers and students. “None of those interviewed confirmed that any incident of rape took place in Tabit on the day of that media report,” UNAMID said in its statement.“The team neither found any evidence nor received any information regarding the media allegations during the period in question,” UNAMID added.Further to the statement, village community leaders reiterated to UNAMID that they “coexist peacefully” with local military authorities in the area. The team also interviewed the local Sudanese Armed Forces Commander.UNAMID said it intends to conduct “further follow-up actions on the matter,” including possible additional investigations and patrols, in coordination with relevant host authorities and in accordance with the Status of Forces Agreement between the Government of Sudan and UNAMID.This past week, UNAMID expressed deep concern about the allegations of mass rapes in Tabit, which is located 45 kilometres south-west of El Fasher, in North Darfur, declaring that it would conduct a thorough investigation into the veracity of the claims.Tensions have been simmering across Darfur over the past few months. In October, an attack on UNAMID peacekeepers by armed militants claimed the lives of three peacekeepers.The UN estimates that some 385,000 people have been displaced by the conflict between the Government of Sudan and armed movements in Darfur since the start of 2014. The world body has repeatedly called on all sides to join negotiations aimed at achieving a permanent ceasefire and comprehensive peace for the people of Darfur, which has witnessed fighting since 2003.UNAMID, formally established in 2007, has been mandated to protect civilians, support humanitarian assistance, monitor and verify implementation of agreements, contribute to the promotion of human rights and the rule of law, and assist in the political reconciliation following the 2003 civil war between the Government of Sudan and militias and other armed rebel groups. read more

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Gambia UN human rights office concerned over prison sentences of opposition party

“We also remain deeply concerned that there has yet to be an impartial, independent and thorough investigation into allegations of excessive use of force in the context of the demonstrations, and into the arrest and death in State custody of the former secretary of the party,” said Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), at the regular bi-weekly news briefing in Geneva. On 20 July, the Banjul High Court convicted 19 members of the United Democratic Party (UDP) for unlawful assembly, rioting, incitement to violence, “riotously interfering with vehicles,” holding a procession without a permit, disobeying an order to disperse from an unlawful procession and conspiracy. On 21 July, the Mansakonko High Court convicted another 11 UDP members for the same offences. All those convicted were arrested either on 14 April during a protest for electoral reforms or on 16 April during a demonstration held after the arrest and alleged death in State custody of UDP Secretary Solo Sandeng two days earlier, Mr. Colville said. “We have serious concerns about reported violations of the right to a fair trial. Defence lawyers have said that access to their clients was repeatedly hampered, that the arrests were politically motivated and that due process guarantees were not respected,” the spokesperson said. On 8 June, defence lawyers walked out of the courtroom and decided not to take part in further proceedings as the court rejected their applications, including one requesting the Supreme Court to decide on the constitutionality of the proceedings. The trial continued with the accused unrepresented in court, according to Mr. Colville. “We urge the authorities to investigate all allegations of excessive use of force in the context of the April demonstrations, as well as allegations that some of those arrested were tortured and denied access to medical care,” he said. read more

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Thad Matta rakes in 300K salary increase has more stringent compliance responsibilities

Thad Matta will likely be receiving a raise, but he will have some added responsibilities when it comes to compliance. Director of athletics Gene Smith announced Monday that the Ohio State basketball coach’s salary will increase to $3.2 million per year from about $2.9 million per year, pending a Board of Trustees vote. Not taking into account other pay and bonuses, the increase makes Matta the sixth highest paid coach in college basketball, according to 2011-12 salary data compiled by USA Today. Smith said he initiated the pay raise in January 2012 to keep Matta’s compensation “consistently in the top 10 in the country.” “The Ohio State University should have a program that is consistently chasing championships, and as you all know, over the years we’ve had peaks and valleys,” Smith said of the program’s history. “Frankly (Matta has) attained (that goal) to some great degree. We’re one of the premier programs in the country in basketball.” Matta, in his ninth year at OSU, has compiled a 234-69 record, has led the Buckeyes to two Final Fours and won five Big Ten titles. For every conference title Matta wins, an extra year is added to his contract and despite his raise, his contract still expires in July 2019. Matta said he is happy with the extra money but is more excited because of how it reflects the state of his program. “From where we started, we were at ground zero nine years ago in terms of the uncertainty of our program,” Matta said. “You look at what we’ve been able to accomplish, for me personally, I am a lot more proud of that than I am of a contract.” The raise was for more than just his performance though, Smith said. In light of OSU streamlining its compliance department to include all facets of the university, including athletics, into one office, Matta has “more stringent” requirements in that area. “We modified a lot of the language relative to compliance,” Smith said. “We changed a number of clauses as it relates to creating an atmosphere of compliance and reporting any knowledge of any improprieties from a compliance point of view.” According to a university release, Matta must report any NCAA violations or potential violations he is aware of and “promote an atmosphere of compliance within the basketball program consistent with NCAA bylaws.” Matta said the added responsibilities are not concerning. “All the things in there are the things that I live by,” he said. As part of the new compliance system. OSU eliminated its car program. Matta’s new contract gives him a stipend for the use of two cars. Other changes include an increase from 15 flight hours on a private jet to 20, which Matta can use for recruiting visits, and a revised academic bonus based on his team’s GPA in the classroom. The players Matta has recruited to OSU might be the group happiest with their head coach’s raise. “I think it’s huge,” said junior guard Aaron Craft. “He’s the definition of a player’s coach. He gives us a lot of freedom that, I’ve kind of talked to some other people, that other guys don’t really have. It’s great to know that he’ll be around.” OSU, 13-4 this season, is set to take on Iowa Tuesday night. read more

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Where Should Carmelo Anthony Go

Embed Code FiveThirtyEight Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s episode (July 3, 2017), we’re bringing you an Independence Day show on the fireworks of free agency in the NBA. Since free agency began on July 1, Chris Paul was traded to Houston, Stephen Curry agreed to the richest deal in NBA history, and it’s been reported that Carmelo Anthony is willing to go to the Rockets or the Cavaliers. FiveThirtyEight’s Kyle Wagner joins us in the studio as we discuss the latest trades and speculate about who’s getting the best deals.Here are links to what we discussed during the show:Check out ESPN for the latest buzz, rumblings and reports on the NBA free agency period.Back in January, Neil took a look at how to win with Carmelo Anthony.Kyle wrote that the Paul George trade makes the Thunder contenders again.FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver also takes a look at the latest NBA developments, noting that next season’s NBA heavyweights may include the Warriors, Cavs, Spurs, Rockets … and Timberwolves?Significant Digit: 73.5, the world record as of last year for the number of hot dogs consumed within the Major League Eating circuit. Joey Chestnut claimed the record in 2016 during a qualifying event for the annual Fourth of July competition at Nathan’s Famous on Coney Island. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed read more

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Javi Gracia signs new Watford contract

first_imgWatford manager Javi Gracia has committed his immediate future to the club by signing a new contract which keeps him at the club until 2023.Gracia, who signed an 18-month contract when he replaced Marco Silva in January, has put pen to paper on a new four-year deal at Vicarage Road.The length of the contract is a significant show of faith in the former Malaga manager, from a club that has had three managers since gaining promotion to the Premier League in 2015.“I am very happy to extend my contract. I am very proud in this moment to be part of this club and to belong here for more seasons,” Gracia told the club’s official websiteWhat to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“We are delighted that Javi has agreed an extension to his contract, chairman and CEO Scott Duxbury, commented.”“From day one it was clear that Javi worked well with us and shared our vision of how to achieve success for Watford Football Club, and we are looking forward to continuing that work together for many years to come.”The Hornets have enjoyed a relatively good start to the new League campaign after winning their first four games in the league.last_img read more

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Delays on southbound I75 near Miami Gardens Drive in Hialeah Gardens due

first_imgHIALEAH GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Drivers on the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 near Miami Gardens Drive in Hialeah Gardens are currently facing delays as firefighters work to clear the burnt remains of a car that caught fire.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene just before 12:30 p.m., Tuesday.7SkyForce HD flew over the scene where firefighters could be seen hosing down the charred SUV on the side of the highway.The driver is said to be OK.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Walker administration works to fix broken 911 call system

first_imgGov. Bill Walker speaks to reporters during a press conference at the Capitol, April 26, 2017. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Gov. Bill  Walker asked the chairs of both finance committees Monday to re-allocate $10 million toward the state’s ailing 911 system.Listen nowThe money was originally proposed for oil and gas research, but the governor’s office said that this was more important.One in four Alaskans doesn’t have access to a standard 911 emergency number, and the system has been impairing rural residents’ ability to reach first responders for years.If you call 911 in rural Alaska, there’s a good chance something will go wrong.Let’s say you need help in Aniak, for instance. Commissioner of Public Safety Walt Monegan attended a meeting in the village last year.“They said, ‘you know, by the way, sometimes when you dial 911 you get an answering machine,’” Monegan said. “That floored me.”That doesn’t just happen in Aniak.The Department of Public Safety’s John Rockwell said that he’s heard plenty of stories like this.Then there are the communities where 911 just sort of dead-ends.Rockwell said that happened to a colleague of his when she visited a village.“The person she was visiting had an allergic reaction to something,” Rockwell said. “She called 911 and she just got, ‘I’m sorry, this service is not available in your area.’”When that didn’t work, the woman’s friend gestured to a 10-digit, non-emergency number written on the wall.The woman tried to call it, “but she didn’t have her contacts in,” Rockwell said. “So she couldn’t even see it!”In Alaska, 911 runs into trouble in the best of times.In January, KYUK reported that Bethel’s 911 system can’t track callers’ locations if they’re on a cell phone; residents are encouraged to tell the police exactly where they are if they need help.But if you leave incorporated areas like Bethel for Alaska’s rural communities, the problems can get a lot worse.Many communities can’t fund their own police departments or dispatch centers, so in villages like Aniak, 911 is sometimes redirected to the area’s lone Alaska State Troopers officer or village public safety officer.In communities without that level of law enforcement, emergency calls might be directed to the mayor’s personal number, or the fire chief’s.If anything goes wrong with that person’s phone, or if that person leaves town, communities can lose their emergency call services.In many cases there’s only one person available to pick up the calls, which Monegan said poses an obvious problem if there’s an earthquake or a fire.“If the VPSO or the trooper responds to the call, what happens when there’s a second call?” Monegan said. “Who answers that?”The Department of Public Safety has a plan to fix this, Monegan said.The solution is a state-wide 911 system, and a number of rural emergency calls are already re-directed to a State Trooper dispatch center in Fairbanks.Monegan is fortifying that center now so it can take calls from a wider range of rural areas.Callers should be able to call 911 from anywhere in Alaska by June 2018, Monegan said.But the Fairbanks center could become overloaded, and it still wouldn’t have the technology it needs to track callers’ locations, which in rural Alaska can be a problem.“That gets kind of dicey if you’re out there on the river or on a snowmachine and you’re lost, disoriented,” Monegan said. “You dial and we ask you, ‘where are you?’ And then you’re going to say, ‘well … I’m lost.’”The $10 million was originally designated for oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.The governor’s office said improving rural public safety is more urgent than promoting oil drilling on the arctic coastal plain.The money would go toward creating a State Trooper dispatch center in Anchorage and implementing statewide Next-Gen technology so that 911 could identify where callers are.last_img read more

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Ferdinand Piech exCEO of Volkswagen and father of iconic Porsche 917 dies

first_imgFerdinand Piech, chairman of the supervisory board of German car manufacturer Volkswagen AG, waits for the start of a trial at the district court in Brunswick (Braunschweig) January 9, 2008.ReutersFerdinand Karl Piech, Volkswagen AG’s former chairman and chief executive, who transformed the German company from a struggling midsized carmaker into a global automotive powerhouse, has died, his wife said in a statement.Piech, 82, who had 13 children by four different women, died suddenly on Sunday, his wife Ursula said.A brilliant engineer, Piech turned around VW after betting on a modular construction technique which allowed Audi, Skoda and VW brands to share up to 65 per cent common parts, helping Volkswagen Group, the world’s largest carmaker by sales, to attain greater economies of scale.”The life of Ferdinand Piech was shaped by his passion for automobiles and for the employees that create them. He remained an enthusiast engineer and car lover until the end,” Ursula Piech said in the statement.Under Piech’s leadership, VW emphasized engineering brilliance ahead of profits, and went on an expansion spree, acquiring high-margin luxury marques Bentley, Bugatti and Lamborghini in a single year.”First and foremost I always saw myself as a product person and relied on gut instinct for market demand. Business and politics never distracted me from the core of our mission: to develop and make attractive cars,” Piech wrote in his autobiography.For his entire career, Piech took huge risks as a way to eclipse his grandfather, Ferdinand Porsche, the father of the iconic Volkswagen Beetle as well as the founder of the sports car manufacturer which still bears his name.While working as a 31-year-old development chief at Porsche in 1968, Piech invested two-thirds of Porsche’s annual budget to build 25 Porsche prototype racecars with an untested 600 horsepower air-cooled 12-cylinder engine design.Family members accused Piech of misconduct due to his risk appetite and willingness to bet the company’s budget on a single vehicle, but the Porsche 917 went on to become one of the most successful race cars in history, cementing his status as a visionary engineer.During his nine-year tenure as CEO, Piech turned a loss equivalent of 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) into a 2.6 billion euro profit while spearheading VW’s’ expansion into a 12-brand empire that includes the Seat, Skoda, Bentley, Audi, Porsche and Ducati brands in addition to the MAN and Scania truck businesses. Ferdinand Piech, chief executive of Volkwagen AG, sits in a Bentley model Azure with 8 cylinders and a 385 horsepower (PS) engine before the German carmaker’s annual news conference in Wolfsburg, March 25. VW bought the prestigious carmaker Bentley last year.Reuters”I remember Ferdinand Piech as a great manager and engineer,” Volkswagen’s labour chief Bernd Osterloh said on Tuesday. “With his love for products, strategic vision, farsightedness and his ability to develop our brands he forged the success of our company.”Piech was known for his ability to outmanoeuvre competitors by stoking internal rivalries to his own advantage, even if it resulted in backing labour leaders to the detriment of his own managers.The angrier he got, the calmer he spoke, uttering only short deliberate answers which revealed only a fraction of his plan.Some of Piech’s top lieutenants were prosecuted for securing support for radical restructuring plans by sponsoring lavish business trips for labour leaders, including visits to brothels.”It is not possible to take a company to the top by focusing on the highest level of harmony,” Piech said in his book.CUTTHROAT CULTURE Governance at VW was for decades marked by a cutthroat management style which did not tolerate failure, a culture that was later blamed for causing VW managers to lie about illegal emissions, rather than admitting that their cars could not meet clean air rules.The scandal, which Piech was not associated with, has cost Volkswagen more than 30 billion euros in lawsuits and fines.Piech became Volkswagen’s chief executive in 1993 and chairman in 2002, reviving the VW brand by introducing sophisticated technologies into even small cheap cars, relying on the company’s procurement prowess to raise profits.VW was accused of stealing procurement know-how from General Motors under Piech’s watch but he was never charged with a crime.He also cultivated unconditional loyalty from his top engineers, even while sometimes keeping them in the dark.While working as development chief at Audi, Piech decided to hide the aerodynamic qualities of the Audi 100 from his top staff by using wind tunnels in Hamburg, Stuttgart, Wolfsburg and Turin to develop the vehicle.He wanted to take the brand upmarket by touting its aerodynamic qualities, but was fearful that an engineer could defect to a rival with crucial know-how.”I was in the middle of it all, putting together the pieces of the puzzle,” Piech said in his autobiography.Piech introduced quattro four-wheel drive technology to Audi, and transformed it into a credible competitor to Mercedes-Benz and BMW.Max Warburton, an analyst at Bernstein Research, described Piech as the architect of VW’s global success.”His stewardship of VW has been indisputably successful. Piech will go down in history as an automotive legend, in the same class as Gottlieb Daimler, Henry Ford and Kiichiro Toyoda,” Warburton said in a 2012 note.Piech, resigned as Volkswagen chairman in April 2015 after falling out with his chief executive Martin Winterkorn. The emissions cheating scandal would erupt only months later.The fourth generation of the Porsche and Piech families now run Porsche Automobil Holding SE, which controls a 52.2 per cent stake in Volkswagen.last_img read more

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Capital City Links Hosts National Wear Red Day for American Heart Association

first_imgThe Capital City Chapter of Links Incorporated hosted a “National Wear Red Day” reception called “Red Dress, Red Tie” on Feb. 7 on behalf of the American Heart Association. The reception, which was held at the Morgan Lewis & Bockius law firm in the District, highlighted national efforts to fight against heart disease in women. Gail Mates, National Spokesperson for “Go Red for Women” addressed the need for more research about women’s heart health and Dr. Patricia Davidson, made a presentation on cardiovascular disease detection and prevention. The reception was presented by Capital City Links member Grace Speights at the law firm of Morgan Lewis & Bockius.last_img read more

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New educational theme park proposed for Cancun Riviera Maya

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The secretary of tourism says they will enter a proposal for a new educational theme park that would be constructed between Cancun and Riviera Maya.Marisol Vanegas Pérez, Secretariat of Tourism of Quintana Roo, says they plan to create an environmental education theme park project located between the two major regions, and that the new theme park would be a replica of the parks and museum project in Cozumel.Like Cozumel, the project would be managed through the Institute for the Promotion of Tourism Infrastructure, in association with the private sector. Vanegas Pérez says the idea is to explore new attraction possibilities that involve both government and private funding.The current Parks Foundation of Cozumel, which is a state agency, operates three parks and the museum. Vanegas Pérez says not only do they have large economic gains, but all the money is reverted back into scholarships through an environmental program and an educational program with the museum.“It has been very successful and we want to replicate the foundation’s exercise,” noted Vanegas Pérez.Vanegas Perez said that they are receiving proposals from members of financial organizations and companies who are coming to see the projects and to participate or propose projects to the state.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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PETCT Helps Predict Therapy Effectiveness in Pediatric Brain Tumors

first_img News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | PET-CT | May 02, 2017 PET/CT Helps Predict Therapy Effectiveness in Pediatric Brain Tumors Dutch study finds nuclear imaging accurately measures drug uptake in children with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more FIGURE: MRI AND PET-MRI FUSION IMAGES OF PATIENTS WITH DIPG. Top row: Zr-89-bevacizumab PET (144 hrs p.i.) fused with T1-Gd weighted MRI per patient; middle row: T1-Gd weighted MRI; lower row: T2-weighted/FLAIR MR-images. Five tumors show variable uptake of Zr-89-bevacizumab (white arrows), with both PET negative and positive areas within each tumor. Two primary tumors are completely PET negative (Fig. 1C and 1E), while the T2 weighted images show tumor infiltration in the whole pons of both patients. In the middle row, the red arrows represent the areas of contrast enhancement within the tumor. In four out of five primary tumors, the PET-positive area corresponds with the contrast-enhancing area on MRI of the tumors (Fig. 1A, 1B, 1F and 1G). In Fig. 1C, the tumor shows an MRI contrast-enhancing area, while there is no Zr-89-bevacizumab uptake. Fig. 1D shows a PET positive tumor, while no Gd-enhancement is observed on MRI. Credit: Sophie Veldhuijzen van Zanten and Marc Jansen, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.May 2, 2017 — In a first-ever molecular drug-imaging study in children, researchers in The Netherlands used whole-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scans to determine whether bevacizumab (Avastin) treatment of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) in children is likely to be effective. The study is featured in the May 2017 issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine.Brain cancers are difficult to treat, and it can be hard to predict whether a therapy will be effective. When the patient is a child, it is even more important to predict the potential effectiveness of a drug before beginning treatment.“Children with DIPG have a very poor prognosis, with less than 10 percent of the patients surviving two years from diagnosis,” explained Guus A. van Dongen, Ph.D., of VU University, Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. “These tumors are resistant to all kinds of therapies. Chemotherapy, as well as new targeted therapies, may not reach the tumor due to the location within the brainstem.”For the study, researchers investigated whether bevacizumab can reach the tumor in children with DIPG by measuring the tumor uptake of zirconium-89 (Zr-89)-labeled bevacizumab with PET. In addition, they evaluated the safety of the procedure and determined the optimal timing of imaging.Two weeks after completing radiotherapy, seven patients (age range: 6-17) were given whole-body PET/CT scans performed at 1, 72 and 144 hours post-injection. The optimal moment of scanning was found to be 144 hours post-injection. The patients also underwent contrast (gadolinium)-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).“The results showed that indeed there is considerable heterogeneity in uptake of Zr-89-labeled bevacizumab among patients and within tumors,” Van Dongen pointed out. “This non-invasive in vivo quantification of drug distribution and tumor uptake may help to predict therapeutic potential, as well as toxicity, and could help develop strategies for improving drug delivery to tumors.”  Van Dongen added, “Children with brain tumors and other solid cancers are particularly likely to benefit from molecular drug imaging, as drugs without therapeutic effect — based on a lack of drug-uptake in the tumor — may cause life-long side effects. Molecular drug imaging will open avenues for administering the right drug to the right patient at the most appropriate stage of the disease.”For more information: www.jnm.snmjournals.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more Related Content Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more last_img read more

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