first_img(REOPENS DEL 32) (REOPENS DEL 32) Pressure is buzzwoprd heading into the marquee clash but Ashwin said there are a lot of other factors that affect the players. “Cricket is a psychological game. I find it quite amusing, when people say you will have to keep it simple, its not. Its a psychological game. Unless youre exceptionally talented you find yourself losing a psychological battle.” Ashwin also preferred not to read much into their defeat against the Kiwis. “If we knew we would have got out for 79, we would have tried to bowl them out for a lesser score,” he quipped. “Unfortunately we did not. We have been doing a fabulous job. It was a bad day. They bowled brilliantly. We got to give credit to Santner. Obviously we contributed to their success. If at all theres an International team which can put it behind and go forward, it is us. “Its not the first time this has happened to us. We have done it in the past. We have it in us to come back from behind. That is what were looking forward to. Its about understanding the game, the ground, the wicket and all that. Whichever team gets used to it may have an edge. “Its not the right time to relook and revisit our strategies. Its about fine-tuning and trusting our abilities. We cant change a whole lot, can we?,” he concluded. PTI TAP AT PM PMlast_img read more

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal must ‘fight like mad’ for top-four finish

first_imgArsenal will need to show consistency in their final seven Premier League matches if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League, manager Arsene Wenger has said.The North London club have seven games to go, are seventh in the league and seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who have played one more game than them.”We have to fight like mad to win our games,” the Frenchman told a news conference before they host 15th-placed Leicester City in the league on Wednesday.Wenger has led his side to a top-four finish every season since joining the club in 1996.”The door is open but it demands a consistency from us,” Wenger said.”It is still possible, but we need a near perfect run-in. We need to keep the level of desire and hunger for every game of the season.”The British media reported on Monday that French club Olympique de Marseille are looking to sign Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud at the end of the season.Wenger, however, said he had heard no such thing and the 30-year-old France international signed a contract in January which keeps him at the Emirates until 2020.”I have had no approach from Marseille, and we want to keep Olivier Giroud at the club.”The 67-year-old Wenger, whose own contract expires at the end of the season, gave no updates on his future but said he was evaluating transfer targets for Arsenal’s next campaign.”Yes, of course. I work until the last day of the season for the present and the future.advertisement”What happens with me is a bit secondary, what is important is the future of the club.”Following the Leicester encounter, Arsenal travel on Sunday to their north London rivals, second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.last_img read more

Rising Pune Supergiant, Gujarat Lions: Short but impressive journeys

first_imgFor all it’s worth, the Indian Premier League has given immense joy over the years to the billions calling the game of cricket their religion and for ten seasons at that.Next season will see the return of two of the original franchises to grace the competition from its inception back in 2008, Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings.The spot-fixing controversy hit the cash-rich league resulting in 2103, ousting of the Jaipur and Chennai-based franchises for a period of two years. It opened up two slots to be filled on the roster by the league’s governing council granting the rights to Sanjeev Goenka (CESC Ltd.) and Keshav Bansal (Intex Technologies) to field team from the cities of Pune and Rajkot.Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions came into being.A draft of players was organised from the two suspended teams to help form a core for the replacement teams, from which Pune got the likes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Steve Smith and Faf du Plessis, while Gujarat picked Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Brendon McCullum, James Faulkner and Dwayne Bravo.Rising Pune SupergiantPune had managed to recreate the Chennai formula with MS Dhoni and oach Stephen Fleming, but that couldn’t save the team, as they finished seventh in the league table. They could manage just five wins as Rahane scored a handsome total of 480 runs and Australian Adam Zampa picking up 12 wickets, the most respectively, for the team in that season. If one sits down to analyse Pune’s second season and what they did differently to warrant a complete change of fortunes, can be narrowed down to one great change (no it’s not the vast change in name from Supergiants to Supergiant), but the arrival of English all-rounder Ben Stokes for the highest fee to be paid in the IPL. Coupled with the fact that MS Dhoni’s replacement as captain of the team by Steve Smith and also bringing in Imran Tahir  as a replacement for Mitchell Marsh .  After a topsy-turvy ride through the points table, Pune finished off their league campaign with a bang to end in second position on the table, having won nine off their 14 stipulated games this season.advertisementGujarat LionsGujarat seemed to have struck gold when they managed to prize away Suresh Raina away from the shadows of MS Dhoni, and named him their captain, evident from the first place finish in the league table. They won nine of their 4 games as captain Suresh Raina and Dhawal Kulkarni shone with the bat and bowl respectively. They lost the plot quickly after and with successive losses to Royal Challengers Bangalore and eventual winners, Sunrisers Hyderabad. The Lions failed to replicate that success this year. Gujarat finished their campaign in the seventh position, a far cry from last season’s highs.  Unavailability and/or poor performances of their star all-rounders really hurt the team’s chances. James Faulkner was only a mere shadow of his former self, Raveindra Jadeja missed a couple of initial games and the fact that Dwayne Bravo was ruled out of the entire tournament, unbalanced the team composition.last_img read more

Like Mike: LeBron Overwhelmed After Passing Michael Jordan, His Hero (Pics,Vids)

first_imgBy: Greg Beacham, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares LOS ANGELES (AP) — From the very first day LeBron James picked up a basketball, he wanted to be like Mike.James and his closest friends idolized Michael Jordan while they grew up together on Akron’s competitive playgrounds and tough streets. As James grew into a tantalizing basketball prospect capable of jumping from high school to the NBA as the No. 1 draft pick, he studied, imitated and drew profound inspiration from Jordan’s tongue-wagging dunks, that fadeaway jumper, his competitive fire — even the little details of the way Jordan wore his sneakers and shorts.James proudly put No. 23 on his back as soon as he could get it as a high school sophomore.“He was everything,” James said.Jordan has also admired James’ game for years.“I want to congratulate LeBron on achieving another great milestone during his amazing career,” Jordan said in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday through his spokeswoman, Estee Portnoy.When James surpassed Jordan’s career points total Wednesday night, he did it in a pair of Nikes with “Thank You M.J.” written neatly on the side. That tribute doesn’t begin to encompass what Jordan’s radiance meant to a youngster who dreamed of finding a better life through basketball.“M.J. was an inspiration,” James said. “M.J. was the lightning in a bottle for me, because I wanted to be like him.”? @KingJames moved up to 4th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with this AND-1! ?— NBA (@NBA) March 7, 2019James has grown into a 34-year-old man with three championship rings and a redoubtable 16-year NBA career. Yet he is still in awe of Jordan, who has represented the apex of achievement for his entire life.James moved past Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list with a driving three-point play in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets. He bettered Jordan’s 32,292 career points with another variation of the brute physical brilliance that defines his playing style — a style that was influenced by Jordan’s combination of grace and aggressiveness.Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots and scores as Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig, second from right, defends and center Nikola Jokic, center, watches along with Lakers center JaVale McGee, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. With that basket, James moved past Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA career scoring list. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)James finished with 31 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. His struggling Lakers rallied late, but dropped their fourth straight game in a season that appears to be lost.Every loss eats at James, yet he fidgeted in front of his locker afterward with the anxiousness of a rookie, still buzzing over the enormity of the moment in his life.“When you’re an inner-city kid from Akron, Ohio, like myself and my guys growing up, you look for anything that can inspire you,” James said. “You’re always just up against the numbers of failing. The percentages of guys like myself — single-parent household, only child, underprivileged — (the chance of) making it out is not high at all. M.J. had a lot to do with me making it out, along with my mother, along with the city itself, along with the Little League coaches I had. But Mike had no idea what he was doing for a kid that was growing up a 45-minute flight away from Chicago, where he was putting in that work.”James acknowledged he missed most of the tribute video aired at Staples Center during the timeout after his milestone points. That’s because he was crying into a towel on the Lakers’ bench.James is among the last active players who were old enough to witness Jordan in his prime with the Chicago Bulls. Little LeBron would buy packs of basketball cards hoping for a Jordan, and he would study every aspect of Jordan’s game, down to the way he wore his calf sleeve turned slightly inside-out so that the red lining showed.James couldn’t afford Air Jordans, but he remembers walking through the mall and marveling at the pristine red-and-black shoes. They inspired him to dream of having his own shoes, a natural result of being the star he hoped to become.Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, talks with rapper 2 Chainz after the Lakers’ NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nuggets won 115-99. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)“You guys have no idea what M.J. did for me and my friends growing up,” James said. “Just in a sense of, some days where you just don’t feel like you’re going to make it to the next day where I grew up, because of everything that’s going on. Like I wrote on my shoes today, I thank M.J. more than he would ever know. I’ve got to carry it on to the next kid. Hopefully I can inspire the next kid.”James is an inspiration to a generation now, many of whom have already reached the NBA. Several of the Nuggets spoke of idolizing James while they grew up, and his own Lakers locker room includes teammates playing alongside one of their boyhood heroes.? @KingJames reflects on the milestone! ?— NBA (@NBA) March 7, 2019“I never saw Michael live,” said Moritz Wagner, the Lakers’ 21-year-old German rookie center. “(James) is the G.O.A.T. of our generation.”James trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kobe Bryant (33,643) on the scoring chart. He seems likely to become the top scorer in NBA history if major injuries don’t cloud his next three seasons with the Lakers — but those moments just might not resonate as profoundly for James.This achievement also might be the biggest highlight of a disappointing season with the Lakers (30-35), who have fallen to the fringe of playoff contention. The struggles bother James, who has played in the last eight NBA Finals and hasn’t missed the postseason since 2005.But James still seems relatively content with his move to Hollywood, where he is closer to his burgeoning career as an entertainment mogul. He has spoken repeatedly of patience with the young Lakers while the club attempts to land a second superstar to turn James’ next team into a title contender.The @Lakers congratulate @KingJames on becoming 4th all-time in career points! #LakeShow— NBA (@NBA) March 7, 2019Even if this season is a failure, James will never forget the night when he made a historic connection with his childhood hero.“It’s crazy,” James said. “My high school best friends, they text me and they can’t believe it. I can’t believe it either. We remember walking up and down those Akron streets with a basketball, just singing, ‘I wanna be, I wanna be, I wanna be like Mike.’”Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James gestures after scoring during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. With the basket, James passed Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)last_img read more

Special Olympics celebrates 50 years of inclusiveness

first_img\R Arizona (US), Jul 20 (AP) Bases loaded, a gold medal on the line. Manuel Velasco Jr. stands in the batter’s box sniffling, tears streaming down his face.Seconds earlier, the 19-year-old known as Junior was behind the dugout, his coach imploring him to shake off a hard collision at third base in the top half of the inning. Junior was about to miss his turn at the plate.Once in the box, he quickly falls behind two strikes. A wipe of the face and a swipe of the bat, he hits a ball the third baseman can’t handle. Junior reaches first base just as the winning run crosses the plate. Coaches and players swarm, family and friends cheer.Junior’s clutch hit in the face of adversity came at the Arizona state softball tournament last summer. Inspirational stories like his have played out in nearly every corner of the world during the 50 years of Special Olympics.”Every person has a story to tell and most people wish the world would pay attention to them. In our community, the stories have a particular hue,” Special Olympics chairman Tim Shriver said. “They almost always start in sadness and shock, they almost always follow a path of humiliation and discrimination, and they almost always have a moment or a series of moments where all the humiliation, all the shock and sadness are transformed into meaning, purpose and joy. That story in some ways is common in all people, but in our community, people just tell it with more authenticity and rawness and punch.” Shriver’s mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, made it so these stories were heard.advertisementThe sister of President John F. Kennedy helped change perceptions of people with intellectual disabilities and, in turn, carved out a better future for them. Her sister, Rosemary, had an intellectual disability, and Kennedy Shriver wanted a better life and opportunities for children who, in the 1950s and 1960s, were often bullied, isolated by their parents or institutionalized.Kennedy Shriver forged the groundwork for the first Special Olympics at Chicago’s Soldier Field in 1968 with Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, then a volunteer with the Chicago Parks Department.Special Olympics has since branched out to 172 countries and 4.9 million athletes competing in a range of sports from soccer to snowboarding while spreading a global message of inclusion and empowerment. The organization’s 50th anniversary is being celebrated during a five-day event in Chicago this week.”Anything that lasts this long and is continuing to grow is tapping into something that’s profoundly human, that’s shared across cultures and time periods, that doesn’t expire,” Shriver said. “The energy that the Special Olympics athletes unleash is an energy of compassion and trust, an energy of putting relationships above possessions or power or notoriety. It’s the lesson that every human being has a gift and I don’t think that lesson gets old.” The lasting impact of Special Olympics reaches far beyond the competition on the field. It has become a human rights movement for a segment of society that often was shoved to the background or ridiculed.Special Olympics has brought the wide breadth of inspirational stories into the public eye, allowing people with intellectual disabilities to be recognized for the gifts they have, find themselves being included instead of excluded.The acceptance and confidence that comes from competing in Special Olympics has created a world where people with intellectual disabilities can thrive in ways they never had before. A person with special needs bagging groceries or working at a fast-food joint, unthought of before Special Olympics started, has now become commonplace.”Special Olympics is everything to me,” said Samantha Dunn, a Special Olympics athlete from Surprise, Arizona.Dunn, known as Sam to family and friends, has been involved in Special Olympics and adaptive recreation nearly her entire life. The 26-year-old with Williams Syndrome, which causes mild to moderate learning disabilities, began playing special-needs Little League in Southern California and became involved in Special Olympics when she moved to Arizona in the late 1990s.People with Williams Syndrome are usually outgoing, have engaging personalities and take an extreme interest in other people. The characterization fits Sam perfectly; she’s exceptionally outgoing, enjoys talking to new people, and loves to dance, especially to Michael Jackson songs.Special Olympics allowed her to blossom even further while making new friends and increasing her coordination.”Her confidence, her coordination, it’s hard to explain how much it helped her,” said her father, Buddy, a Special Olympics coach the past 20 years. “It doesn’t put her a step down, it puts her a step above because she thinks she can do anything and be better than anybody because of Special Olympics.”advertisement The athletes aren’t the only ones who benefit.Before Special Olympics started, parents with special-needs children often heard how sorry and disappointed people were for them.Special Olympics has given parents and families an opportunity to be openly proud of their children, for people see how special their children are beyond their disabilities. The pride of a special-needs child after scoring a goal or hitting a home run is only exceeded by that of their parents in the stands.”They’re beaming with pride. It’s a simple gift, but it’s not always accorded to our families,” Shriver said. “We help families hold the strength they know, hold the love their feel for their child who might have special needs, hold it up so the world can also see what they see, which is a gifted and beautiful kid,” Shriver said (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

Was Musonda right to rant about Chelsea?

first_imgChelsea Was Musonda right to rant about being badly treated by Chelsea? Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 15:00 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Charly Musonda, Chelsea Getty Chelsea Premier League Crystal Palace v Chelsea Crystal Palace Opinion The Blues youngster caused controversy this week by complaining about his situation at Stamford Bridge on social media but did he have a point? Charly Musonda Jr’s ambition spilled over into frustration this week as the Chelsea youngster took to Instagram to express his bitterness over a lack of game time with the first team.Conte’s Blues 14/1 to win CL “You sacrifice, you work hard, harder, you give more than what’s expected, and often more than you can, because you love what you do and clearly more than you should,” he fumed, “and what do you get back? Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. “Literally, nothing…done.”However, with this being said, I will continue with same dedication and commitment to this great game.”The 20-year-old has since apologised for the manner of his outburst but his post polarised Chelsea fans. Some believe that Musonda was right to complain about a lack of first-team opportunities, while others are unhappy that he reacted in such public fashion.  Charly Musonda Chelsea PSDespite the controversial comments, the Belgian youngster will remain a hugely popular figure among the Stamford Bridge faithful due to his exciting style of play, which he was able to show off on his first start for the club, the 5-1 hammering of Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup. He scored in a man of the match-winning display alongside Eden Hazard and Michy Bathsuayi.  Musonda understandably wants more chances to shine and he’s not the first academy player from Chelsea to be left unhappy with a lack of game time.Nathaniel Chalobah, Nathan Ake, Bertrand Traore and Dominic Solanke all felt that their careers would be better served by moving elsewhere, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek is presently on loan at Crystal Palace. And these are just the academy player departures to have happened in the past few months!Finally, Charly Musonda Jr has made his Chelsea debut. Everything you need to know about him. #CFC — Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) August 15, 2017 Musonda is another incredible talent that has been developed a Cobham Training Centre. The Belgian could have left west London this summer, with Celtic keen to take him to Glasgow on a permanent deal, but he felt he was good enough to become a regular in Antonio Conte’s side.However, that is proving a tough – and, evidently, a frustrating – challenge.Musonda is competing for an attacking midfielder spot with proven, international-class players such as Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian. Charly Musonda ChelseaIndeed, it is worth noting that he hadn’t started a professional first team match for 362 days until his recent cup display. Approaching his 21st birthday on Sunday, Musonda has only two goals in his 27 professional matches and, at his age, Hazard was already a Ligue 1 winner with Lille with around 150 senior games under his belt.Still, while the Brussels native can hardly be blamed for his lack of experience in such a competitive environment, he can give himself a better chance of breaking into the first team.Conte has asked him to bulk up, as well as hinting that Musonda needs to be more versatile.”We’re talking about a young player with really good prospects,” the Italian coach enthused. “But now it’s important that he works very well. In my mind, he could play like No.10 or like a winger and in the future he could play also as a wing-back.”Antonio Conte Charly Musonda Chelsea PSCertainly, the multi-talented Andreas Christensen has shown it is possible for a young Chelsea loanee to make the breakthrough at Stamford Bridge. He played twice as many matches as Musonda over a two-year period thanks to a successful loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach before returning this summer a better, more experienced player capable of forcing his way into the first-team reckoning.Musonda, though, got unlucky last season while on loan at Real Betis, where he was an automatic starter before being dropped after the Liga club changed managers.Now that he has returned to west London, he is not only competing with Hazard & Co. but also fresh batch of players every from arguably the best academy in the world. Chelsea have not yet produced Marcus Rashford or Harry Kane but their youth teams are winning trophies at an unprecedented rate .Of course, Rashford only got his chance to break in at Man United because of an injury crisis and Musonda needs a similar slice of luck at Chelsea. However, he also needs to keep his head down and work harder because, as it stands, Chelsea are quite happy with how things are going.Stamford Bridge chant:”ooooh Charly Musonda.” They like him already. #CFC — Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) September 20, 2017 The production line is churning out players that can be sold on to generate funds for strengthening a successful first team.Indeed, Chelsea made about £45 million on academy players last summer, helping the club to almost break even in a hyper-inflated market and pay for the likes of Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger.While many in Chelsea’s academy share the same concerns as Musonda, it is hard to argue with a business model that allows Chelsea to win titles while comfortably adhering to UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.One can understand Musonda’s frustrations but, in reality, all that matters is the bottom line and Chelsea are a lean, mean winning machine, so what has sentiment got to do with it?Literally, nothing. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Alexis and Aguero in Townsend’s FIFA team

first_imgeSports Alexis and Aguero alongside icons in Townsend’s FIFA 18 team Ronan Murphy 23:38 11/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Sanchez Sergio Aguero Split Getty/Goal eSports Crystal Palace Premier League The Crystal Palace midfielder is a regular online gamer, and is sure to strike fear into online opponents with his 84-rated Weekend League squad Andros Townsend has revealed the team he uses in FIFA 18, with some of the Premier League’s biggest names included in his starting XI.The Crystal Palace midfielder was preparing to play in the FIFA Ultimate Team Weekend League when he was asked on Twitter to show the players he uses in the football video game. Townsend’s squad received a lot of praise from his followers, with an extremely strong line-up featuring a number of icons of the game.Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez start up front in Townsend’s 4-1-2-1-2 selection, with a Player of the Month version of Harry Kane just in behind. France duo N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba start in midfield, with a midfield version of Marcel Desailly positioned just in front of the defence. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player— Andros Townsend (@andros_townsend) November 10, 2017Townsend’s backline also has some more icons, including goalkeeper Lev Yashin and central defenders Alessandro Nesta and Carles Puyol. Unfortunately there is no room for any Crystal Palace team-mates in the panel, and unlike many other professional footballers who play FIFA 18, the 26-year-old has not yet been given his own 99-rated version.The 13-time England international is currently rated 78 in FIFA 18, having previously been given a 75 rating in FIFA 16 and even was as low as 67 overall back in FIFA 11.last_img read more

Provincial Parks Closed for the Season

first_imgAll provincial camping and day-use parks operated by theDepartment of Natural Resources will be closed for the season asof Monday, Oct. 13. Provincial parks located in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM)and Colchester County – areas hit hardest by Hurricane Juan – are already closed for the season. The department asks thatpeople not enter parks in these areas. Off-season access is oftenaccommodated, however, unsafe conditions currently exist. “This is a matter of public safety in HRM and Colchester County.Downed power lines, damaged boardwalks, and unstable trees inthese parks pose a threat to the public and clean up is expectedto take time,” said Natural Resources Minister Richard Hurlburt.”Our parks are being assessed to ensure any safety issues areidentified and to determine the extent of damage to ourfacilities. We ask everyone to please respect the closed signs asthey are in the interest of public safety.” Although the Wildlife Park in Shubenacadie suffered some damage,it is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Wednesday, Oct. 15.As of Saturday, Oct. 18, the park will only be open on weekendsfrom 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. As a result of damage caused by the hurricane, some Parks are forPeople programs scheduled for the month of October have beenmodified or cancelled because of safety concerns in provincialparks: Friday, Oct. 10 – Harvest Moon Walk on the Salt Marsh Trail,Halifax Regional Municipality will be held at 7 p.m. on variousother trails in the area that are safe for users. For moreinformation contact Ruth Jardine at 902-435-5950. Saturday, Oct. 11 – 20th Anniversary 5-km Walk at Mount UniackeEstate Museum Park, Hants County, will take place from 8 a.m. to11 a.m. on trails that were not damaged. Contact Sue Banks formore information at 902-443-0365. Saturday, Oct. 18 – Discover Long Lake Provincial Park Hike,Halifax Regional Municipality has been cancelled. Sunday, Oct. 19 – Fall Foliage Tour on McNabs and Lawlor IslandsProvincial Park, Halifax Regional Municipality has beencancelled. Fall Colours Walks (the Hike the Wetlands Trail hike in the morning and the Hike the Red Spruce trail in the afternoon) at Mount Uniacke Estate Museum Park, Hants County, have been cancelled.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Hants County

first_imgHANTS COUNTY: Sangster’s Bridge Sangster’s Bridge is being repaired and will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for inspections Friday, July 15. There is a detour on Trunk 14, Trunk 1 and Falmouth Dyke Road. During the repairs there is a five tonne weight restriction on it. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 -30-last_img

USFDA issues three observations post inspection of Ipca Labs Silvassa unit

first_imgNew Delhi: Drug firm Ipca Laboratories on Saturday said the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has conducted an inspection of its formulations manufacturing unit in Silvassa and issued three observations. In a regulatory filing to BSE, Ipca Laboratories said the USFDA had conducted the inspection of the its formulations manufacturing unit situated at Piparia (Silvassa) from August 19 – 23. “At the conclusion of the inspection, the US FDA issued a Form 483 with 3 (three) observations. The company shall be submitting its comprehensive response on these observations to the US FDA within the stipulated time frame,” it added. The company said it is committed to address these observations promptly. The US health regulator issues observations by means of Form 483 notifying the company’s management of objectionable conditions at the facility inspected.last_img read more

First charges issued by UNbacked Khmer Rouge tribunal in Cambodia

1 August 2007The United Nations-backed tribunal in Cambodia set up to try Khmer Rouge leaders accused of mass killings and other horrific crimes during the late 1970s has issued its first charges against a member of the group. Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Duch, now faces charges of crimes against humanity over his role as chief at the S21 prison in the capital, Phnom Penh, during the rule of the Khmer Rouge.Co-investigating judges at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) said in a statement released in Phnom Penh that Mr. Kaing has been placed in provisional detention following the issuing of charges.Today Mr. Kaing was assigned a lawyer, Kar Savuth, from the ECCC’s defence support section, after he told the tribunal that he could not pay for legal representation. Another lawyer, François Roux, may also be assigned once his application for registration with Cambodia’s Bar Association is heard.Under an agreement signed by the UN and Cambodia, the trial court and a Supreme Court within the Cambodian legal system will investigate those most responsible for crimes and serious violations of Cambodian and international law between 17 April 1975 and 6 January 1979. read more

Amid fall in foreign direct investment developing countries attract half of global

But global FDI nevertheless declined by eight per cent in the first half of 2012 as economic recovery suffered new setbacks in the second quarter of the year, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), stated in its tenth Global Investment Trend Monitor. In the developing world, FDI inflows decreased by five per cent.“The slow and bumpy recovery of the global economy, weak global demand and elevated risks related to regulatory policy changes continue to reinforce the wait-and-see attitude of many transnational companies toward investment abroad,” UNCTAD said in a press release on the report.“UNCTAD’s longer term projections still show a moderate rise,” it added. “However, the risk of further macroeconomic shocks in 2013 can impact FDI inflows negatively.”The report finds that global FDI fell $61 billion, with the decline mainly caused by a drop of $37 billion in inflows to the US and a fall of $23 billion in inflows to BRIC countries – Brazil, Russian Federation, India and China.China nevertheless emerged as the world’s largest recipient of FDI in the first half of 2012, followed by the United States, the report notes.It adds that FDI flows to the US might be stronger in the second half of 2012 because the value of cross-border mergers and acquisitions in the third quarter of the year was “double those of the first half of the year,” and some further acquisitions are “already taking place or announced in the fourth quarter.”One example cited by the report is the acquisition by the Japanese telecommunication company SoftBank of US firm Sprint Nextel for more than $20 billion. This will mark the largest investment ever by a Japanese company, the report says.The position held by developing countries was made possible by the “steep fall” in FDI flows to the US and a “moderate decline” in flows to the EU, the report notes.“For the first time, developing economies alone accounted for a half of the global total,” the report states, emphasizing it distinguished developing countries from the so-called “transition” economies, such as those of South-East Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.“But while flows to Latin America and Africa rose, those to developing Asia decline,” the report adds.“Investment leads economic growth but the current trends of investment flows to developing countries, particularly to Asia, are worrisome and the challenge for channelling FDI into key development sectors such as infrastructure, agriculture and the green economy remains daunting,” UNCTAD’s Secretary-General, Supachai Panitchpakdi, said in the news release. In developed countries, the rise in flows to Europe and developed countries was not enough to compensate for the decline in flows to North America, the report says. Compared to the full-year forecast of FDI inflows published in July, UNCTAD says it now projects that FDI flows will, at best, level-off in 2012 at slightly below $1.6 trillion. read more

New levy puts 14 million selfemployed Greeks under new stress

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Nearly one and a half million Greek self-employed professionals, tradespeople, and farmers will be called to pay more for their social security funds. The levy rise was included in last month’s agreement between the Greek government and the country’s creditors, as part of the ‘prior actions’.This consists of an increase in the lowest level used to calculate obligatory social security contributions. Specifically it signifies a change in the way contributions by self-employed professionals and tradespeople are calculated, with the change translating into higher monthly obligatory payments to relevant pension funds. Similarly, an increase in the factor used to calculate professional farmers’ social security contributions, will see them rise from the current 14 per cent to 17 per cent.The proposed change, to come to effect from 2018, will be based on taxable income and on contributions paid during the previous year, putting more financial pressure to a professional class that is already in extreme financial stress.In an attempt to disperse concerns, Minister of Labour Efi Achtsioglou pledged that the government will implement a 15 per cent concession in social security contributions, in order for the final sum required to remain at the same level it is today.last_img read more

Une nouvelle thérapie pour soigner les personnes gravement irradiées

first_imgUne nouvelle thérapie pour soigner les personnes gravement irradiéesDes chercheurs américains ont mis au point un nouveau traitement qui a permis de sauver des souris mortellement irradiées. Cette bithérapie présenterait au moins trois avantages parmi lesquels celui de pouvoir être administrée jusque 24 heures après l’irradiation.Survenu en mars dernier, l’accident nucléaire de la centrale de Fukushima a remis sur le devant de la scène les risques pour la santé du nucléaire et de la radioactivité. Combiné à la commémoration des 15 ans de la catastrophe de Tchernobyl, l’évènement a également rappelé la dangerosité que pouvaient avoir pour l’organisme une exposition à de fortes doses de radioactivité. Face à cela, c’est une découverte plus qu’encourageante qu’ont faite des chercheurs américains de l’Institut contre le cancer Dana Farber et de l’université de Harvard à Boston.Ceux-ci ont mis au point une bithérapie qui a pu sauver des souris pourtant mortellement irradiées. Pour conduire leur expérience, les scientifiques ont exposé les rongeurs à une irradiation considérable de 7 grays avant d’administrer à une partie d’entre eux un antibiotique de la classe courante des fluoroquinolones et une petite protéine antibactérienne appelée BPI et ce, pendant deux semaines. Déjà connus, ces deux produits sont à l’origine destinés à neutraliser les effets toxiques des bactéries qui traversent la muqueuse intestinale après exposition à de très fortes doses de rayonnements. Mais chez les rongeurs, ils ont également montré leur efficacité pour protéger la moelle osseuse, le premier tissu endommagé par les irradiations, rappelle le substances déjà prouvées comme non-toxiques A la fin de l’expérience, l’équipe a ainsi observé que 80% des souris irradiées et traitées étaient encore en vie comparé à leurs congénères non-traitées qui elles, étaient toutes mortes. Or, si ces deux produits avaient déjà été testés, la combinaison fournit plusieurs avantages uniques. D’après les chercheurs, celle-ci serait la seule à pouvoir agir jusqu’à 24 heures après l’exposition aux radiations, ce qui permettrait d’envisager son utilisation chez l’homme à la suite d’une attaque ou d’un accident nucléaire. Autre point positif : les deux substances ont déjà fait leurs preuves quant à leur innocuité chez l’humain, dispensant ainsi des tests de toxicité. Ceci rend également possible un usage à titre préventif, lorsque les personnes ignorent leur degré d’irradiation.De plus, le BPI et l’antibiotique peuvent être facilement stockés, un avantage non-négligeable en cas d’irradiations massives. Malgré ses avantages, il semblerait que, pour l’heure, la bithérapie ne puisse être utile en cas de scénarios catastrophes. Marc Benderitter, chercheur à l’Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire (IRSN) à Fontenay-aux-Roses a expliqué au Figaro : “nous traitons déjà des personnes fortement irradiées en leur injectant dès que possible trois facteurs de croissance des cellules souches de la moelle osseuse. L’IRSN l’a encore fait dernièrement pour huit patients adressés par l’AIEA après leur irradiation accidentelle par des doses supérieures à 1 gray, seuil de la nocivité certaine des rayonnements ionisants. Ce type de traitement aurait probablement été très utile aux liquidateurs les plus irradiés qui sont intervenus dans la centrale nucléaire de Tchernobyl après son explosion en 1986”.Un autre traitement prometteur en développement En cas d’échec, une greffe de moelle osseuse nécessaire à la restauration des cellules sanguines reste toujours possible “mais le plus souvent, une irradiation accidentelle ne touche qu’une partie du corps et les cellules souches de la moelle osseuse épargnées peuvent alors être stimulées avec simplement les facteurs de croissance”, a ajouté le spécialiste.À lire aussiLe mystère de l’étrange lueur découverte dans un poisson par une ménagèrePar ailleurs, un autre produit, le CLBL502, a déjà montré des résultats spectaculaires aux Etats-Unis et ce, même une heure après l’exposition et pour des irradiations allant jusqu’à 9 grays. Stockable à température ambiante et administré en une seule injection, le produit présenterait une toxicité réduite chez l’homme. “C’est le produit qui me semble à ce jour parmi les plus prometteurs pour protéger des effets des rayonnements mais aussi des complications des radiothérapies”, confirme Marc Benderitter. Alors qu’il n’existe encore aucun traitement valable à l’heure actuelle, la recherche dans ce domaine semble donc prometteuse pour trouver un moyen de contrer les effets secondaires à long terme de la radiothérapie.Le 2 janvier 2012 à 19:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Toronto Zoo Saves Woman Bitten By Poisonous Snake in Thailand

first_imgThe Toronto Zoo sent six vials of antivenom to the hospital to make sure Kalliath was immediately treated for her wounds. Andrew Lentini, the Toronto Zoo’s senior director of Wildlife Care and Science, said in the press release that Kalliath is expected to make a full recovery from the bite, thanks to the antivenom.More on Great-Grandma Kills 4.5-Foot Venomous Cobra With ShovelGinormous Python Devours Entire Crocodile in Horrifying Swamp Photos‘Sunbathing’ Snake Scares Mailman Outside North Carolina Home Watch: 13-Foot ‘Queen of the Pythons’ Lays Massive Clutch of…200-Pound Python Named ‘Ginormica’ Could Reach World-Record Size Stay on targetcenter_img A Canadian zoo saved a woman who was bitten by a Malayan pit viper, a poisonous snake that lives in Southeast Asia, with a very critical healing agent: snake antivenom.Shalaba Kalliath, who was bitten by the snake on vacation, received treatment for her injuries in Thailand, however, she started experiencing “re-emerging symptoms” when she returned to Ontario, Canada, Fox News reported. Kalliath was then sent to the Grand River Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario, to receive additional care for her bite.On June 7, the hospital contacted the Toronto Zoo to help Kalliath, who was still not recovering well after the snake bite, the Toronto Zoo said in a press release. The hospital requested an antivenom to give to Kalliath, who would need the mixture to minimize the symptoms that might have developed with the bite, including rapid swelling, trouble breathing, and changes in heart rate.After being contacted on June 7 by @ON_Poison, the Zoo provided anti-venom for an Ontario patient requiring treatment for a venomous snake bite. The Zoo has specific protocols in place to assist with treatment and is one of only a few Canadian zoos to store antivenom on-site — The Toronto Zoo (@TheTorontoZoo) June 25, 2019“Snake antivenom is imported through Health Canada’s Special Access Program for non-marketed drugs for the treatment of serious or life-threatening conditions and is stocked at the Toronto Zoo primarily to ensure the health and safety of staff,” the Toronto Zoo explained in the press release. “Per UPI, the zoo is home to several species of venomous snakes.”last_img read more

Kalidou Koulibaly I am happy in Naples

first_imgNapoli in-demand defender Kalidou Koulibaly has dropped a hint over his future amid Barcelona and Manchester United transfer talkEver since his arrival from Genk back in 2014, Koulibaly has imposed himself as one of the key figures in Napoli squad, having accumulated a total of 176 appearances for the Partenopei in all competitions.Known for his physical strength and his dominance in aerial duels, the 27-year-old Senegal international has established himself as one of the most reliable defenders in the Italian Serie A.His impressive performance at the Stadio San Paolo has drawn up the attention of several notable Europe clubs, including Barcelona and Manchester United.In his recent interview with Il Corriere dello Sport, Koulibaly has explained his situation at Napoli, with Calciomercato being the one to transcribe his words.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“My caretaker keeps telling me: ‘You cry twice in Naples, when you arrive and when you leave.’ I always reply: ‘I didn’t cry when I arrived, but I will cry a lot the day that I will leave If I’ll ever leave.”“I am happy in Naples,” Koulibaly said.“Sometimes people speak badly, but they don’t know how it feels to leave here. If you don’t live here, you can’t understand.”Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has recently extended Koulibaly’s contract until 2023 and would hardly accept to sell him unless a stratospheric offer was to arrive at his desk.last_img read more

Napoli keen on signing Veretout Agent

first_imgJordan Veretout’s agent claims Napoli are keen on signing his client from Fiorentina in the summer transfer windowVeretout, 25, has been one of Viola’s star men this season with three goals and an assist, having scored eight in Serie A last season.There is plenty of interest in the French midfielder, but he won’t be moving on next month.“I won’t even talk about the transfer market when it comes to him,” Mario Giuffredi told Football Italia via Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“He’ll stay at Fiorentina, then in the summer, we’ll see. I think he’s destined for a career at the highest level, but January isn’t the right time for him to move.“He wants to finish the season in Florence, as does [Cristiano] Biraghi. Veretout is liked by Napoli and many other teams, but it’s pointless talking about the transfer market for these lads.”last_img read more

Tamale Christmas tradition sells thousands

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Every Christmas season, San Diegans show up to Tamales Ancira in Chula Vista and are willing to wait two hours to get their hands on some of the freshest tamales in the area.A holiday tradition for so many families, is tamales for Christmas.“I am so happy to see this. I’m grateful that we have such loyal customers and they keep coming back year after year” said owner Alonso Ancira.Alonso moved from Mexico City with his family 27 years ago and took over the business after his father. Ancira’s father  said ‘there’s no good tamales in San Diego’ so he decided to open Tamales Ancira.“We do everything by scratch. We cook the corn. We cook the corn grind the corn cooked meats, we don’t use any canned products at all. So it’s a long process but it’s the only way to make it fresh maza” says Ancira.They will sell approximately 11-thousand tamales on Christmas Eve.If tamales are a Christmas tradition, you may want to think about next year right now.Plan to put in your order right after Thanksgiving so you can just drive by and pick your order up. Tamale Christmas tradition sells thousands Posted: December 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, December 24, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 10:30 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Sheriffs deputy fired after violations in sons death

first_imgA Clark County sheriff’s deputy was fired Tuesday afternoon after he was found to have violated a number of policies in connection with the 2010 shooting death of his 3-year-old son.Clark County sheriff’s Chief Criminal Deputy Mike Evans said he notified Detective Ed Owens of his termination in a meeting that also included Owens’ attorney and Sheriff Garry Lucas. The action culminated a nearly yearlong investigation.The separation is effective immediately, Evans said. Owens, a seven-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, had been on paid administrative leave since December 2010.While Evans described it as one of the most difficult decisions of his career, one of Owens’ attorneys said the outcome was a political decision that didn’t take into account all the facts of the case.“The guild leadership is not happy the sheriff is imposing his standards of family conduct on Ed and his wife,” said Mark Makler, a Portland attorney for the Clark County Deputy Sheriffs Guild. “They thought that was inappropriate.”last_img read more

Nine in 10 US staff believe employers should care about emotional and

first_imgThe majority (91%) of US respondents believe that employers should care about their emotional and mental health, according to research by on-demand behavioural health provider Ginger.Its 2019 Workforce attitudes towards behavioural health report, which surveyed 1,200 full-time US employees with access to employer-provided health benefits, also found that, although 65% report having behavioural health coverage as an employee benefit, 81% experience barriers to using these services. For example, respondents reported a limited number of providers covered by the plan, a lack of time to get help, confusing programme options and stigma.Furthermore, 35% of US-based staff have had to pay for behavioural healthcare because their employee benefits provision was inadequate, and 30% have started a behavioural health programme that they did not finish; this includes 45% of respondents in generation Z and 43% classed as millennials.Russell Glass, chief executive officer at Ginger, said: “Through both our members and employer clients alike, we consistently hear about the challenges of managing emotional and mental health in the workplace.“The effects of stress on [employee] productivity and [an organisation’s] bottom line are well documented. We are taking this one step further by exploring how stress affects [employees] emotionally, what tools they may be using to get care and the employer’s role in making that care more accessible and useful.”When asked to evaluate their stress levels within a 12-month period, 81% of respondents acknowledged that stress had impacted their work negatively, manifesting in symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, physical ailments and missed work days. Just under half (48%) said they have cried at work due to stress and an additional 50% admitted to having missed at least one day of work during the year because of stress.The majority (85%) of respondents stated that behavioural health benefits are a consideration when evaluating new job opportunities; especially as 50% are now more likely to address their mental health by getting help.Glass added: “While it’s encouraging to see that attitudes about behavioural health are changing, it’s clear that there is significantly more work to be done to make care more accessible when and where [employees] need it.”last_img read more