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CWG in trouble as England rethinks participation

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first_imgCommonwealth Games plunged into deep trouble today after England admitted their participation is “on a knife-edge” while Scotland athletes delayed their departure to Delhi and Wales set a deadline of Wednesday evening for the organisers to certify all venues and Games Village are safe.A footbridge collapsed near the main venue of the Games yesterday, which injured more than a dozen people, and the desperate state of the Athletes’ Village — described by Commonwealth officials of some countries as “unfit for human habitation” — has cast major doubts over foreign athletes turning up in India.Should the Commonwealth Games be called off? To vote from your mobile, SMS for Yes or for No to 52424.And now the collapse of a small portion of a false ceiling at the weightlifting arena added to the gloom surrounding the event.Commonwealth Games England chairman Sir Andrew Foster admitted that they will have to make a quick decision — within 24 to 48 hours — on whether to take part in the Games.”I think the next 24 to 48 hours is the critical time which will tell us whether the Village — which is where the main problem is now — has got enough accommodation for everybody to come into it. I think we’re at an absolutely vital time (regarding) whether the major teams go,” Foster told BBC Breakfast.”Our staff have been round all 17 sports venues and they are in good order, so the key remaining feature which there’s a problem with is the village. The other problems have been resolved. It’s a situation that hangs on a knife-edge. It is not certain and we will not be sending our team unless we are confident,” he said.advertisementFoster, however, was still hopeful that the Indian government and the organising committee would be able to save the Games even though at this late hour.”The village still has a lot of remedial work needing to be done. But it is the case in India, when building projects are coming to a conclusion, that that is a typical way that things happen and that is quite a big cultural difference.’The safety of the athletes has to be our primary concern. But equally, we cannot just respond to that alone, we have to evaluate the whole thing together and that is what we are doing.’Commonwealth Games Scotland chairman Michael Cavanagh said that the first party of 41 athletes and staff in boxing, rugby sevens and wrestling will now not be travelling tomorrow as planned.”By delaying the arrival of our athletes by a few days, we hope to give the Delhi 2010 Organising Committee the necessary time to address the concerns that have been raised by both the Commonwealth Games Federation and the countries which arrived early,” Cavanagh said.”We have discussed this with the sports involved and are in agreement that this is the best course of action under the circumstances. Whilst this is an untimely alteration to their plans, it will ultimately cause less disruption to their final training and preparation than if they were to arrive in the Games Village which is not yet fit for purpose and fully functional.”Scotland is hugely committed to the Commonwealth Games. Our team on the ground will continue to monitor the situation, however we will not compromise on areas of athlete health, safety and security. We need urgent action from the Commonwealth Games Federation and the Delhi Organising Committee to address these crucial issues,” he said.Wales are also considering their options after giving the Games organising committee a deadline of Wednesday evening to confirm if all venues and the Village are fit for purpose.A Team Wales statement read, “The health and safety of our team has always been our top priority – which is why we’ve been so desperate to resolve the issues in the Games Village.With yesterday’s news of the bridge collapse and now the roof of the weightlifting venue, we have to take a step back and examine how safe it is to bring athletes into this environment.”We have given the Organising Committee a deadline of this evening to confirm if all venues and the Games Village are fit for purpose. On the basis of that announcement, we will be contacting athletes via our team managers and advise them of the latest position and will issue a further update.”Interestingly, despite the scathing criticism from the CGF chief, the Organising Committee said that the matter was not something for which it should be ashamed of.advertisement”It (cleanliness of Games Village) is not such a big issue which we should be ashamed of. This will not affect the Games. For us and for you it is clean. But they (the foreign countries) have a different standard of cleanliness.”It is a matter of difference in perception,” Secretary General of the OC, Lalit Bhanot had said.The build-up to the Games, starting on October 3, have been marred by a series of controversies, including corruption allegations against the organisers, threats of terror attack and dengue fever.The opposition, BJP, meanwhile, asked Prime Minster Manmohan Singh to take a “personal interest” in hosting the Commonwealth Games as the OC , Central and Delhi governments had adopted a “casual and careless approach”.”The Group of Ministers (GOM on CWG), the Government of India and the Delhi government cannot escape from their failures and accountability. The Prime Minister should himself step-in and assure the nation that everything will be done timely and every care will be taken,” senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said.The Congress said all lacunae will be plugged and that the country will hold a successful Games.”We are deeply concerned. If there is culpability and allegations, it will be looked into. But now, we have to show to the world that India can hold a successful Commonwealth Games. All lacunae will be plugged,” party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said.last_img read more

Whitewashed! Time’s up for Lopetegui as Barca run riot

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first_imgIt was a humiliation, by the end. Even though, for a brief period in this enthralling Clasico, it looked like Real Madrid might turn things around, it wasn’t to be.Barcelona thrashed Real Madrid 5-1 at Camp Nou on Sunday to go back to the top of La Liga, leaving their arch-rivals ninth, down and out, and almost certainly putting visiting coach Julen Lopetegui out of a job.Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez struck in a first half utterly dominated by Barcelona and, truth be told, Madrid were fortunate to go in at half-time just two goals down. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! It was only thanks to sloppy Barcelona passing that they did. Injured Argentine star Lionel Messi, watching on from the stands, rolled his eyes as two golden chances were spurned.Rafinha, playing on the right flank in the Argentine’s stead, heavily overhit a simple pass that would have sent Alba through on goal, before Suarez somehow squandered a four on one Barcelona break, clipping a strange chipped effort well off-target with runners screaming for the ball to his left.The Uruguayan was allowed this folly, after he won and dispatched the penalty for Barcelona’s second goal, arriving at his best form in the week he most needed to. He followed up his impressive display against Inter in the Champions League with another fine outing here, going on to complete his hat-trick.By contrast, at the other end, Lopetegui’s impotent Madrid side were reduced to speculative efforts from distance, with Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos all taking pot-shots easily fielded by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.“It’s difficult to understand how this Barca, and without Messi too, are so superior. We have 45 minutes to turn this around,” wrote Madrid club ambassador Alvaro Arbeloa on Twitter at the interval.Luis Suarez Barcelona Real Madrid 281018And for a while, it looked like they might. Lopetegui changed formation from 4-3-3 to 3-5-2, and pinned Barcelona back.Marcelo scored, Luka Modric hit the post and Karim Benzema missed a header from close range that would have tied the game at two goals apiece.That miss was gut-wrenching for Lopetegui and spelled his doom. Barcelona had the ball in the net at the other end, minutes later, with Suarez showing his opposite No 9 just how to head the ball.Barcelona Real Madrid LaLiga 28102018The Uruguayan’s bullet header made the game safe for Barcelona and broke Madrid spirits, the last stand over and done.Suarez completed his hat-trick and Arturo Vidal, who has carried a grudge against Real Madrid for a while, from his Bayern Munich days, twisted the knife with a late fifth.This Barcelona team are far from unbeatable, showing their fragility earlier this season, but they put their game-heads on for a huge week, beating Sevilla, Inter and now Real, leaving them leading the Spanish top flight and their Champions League group.By contrast for Los Blancos, it is back to the drawing board, except it won’t be Lopetegui making the marks.Madrid president Florentino Perez is expected to sack the Spaniard in the coming days, or even hours, completing a nightmare year after he was dismissed by Spain on the eve of the World Cup.last_img read more

Rangers 7-2 over Habs in Game 1 Rout

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first_imgMONTREAL, CANADA — Martin St. Louis and the New York Rangers had a reason to smile in the midst of a weekend of sadness.St. Louis, who will attend his mother’s funeral with his teammates on Sunday, scored the opening goal of the Eastern Conference finals to pace New York’s suddenly high-powered offense in a 7-2 rout of the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.New York got goals from six other players, and Henrik Lundqvist quieted talk of a Montreal jinx in a 20-save effort. It was his first victory at the Bell Centre in more than two years.The Rangers have wrested home-ice advantage away from the Canadiens, heading into Game 2 of the series Monday night in Montreal.“It was an emotional time for everyone, but the guys have been behind me and supported me,” said St. Louis, who received a long ovation from the crowd when he was named the game’s first star. “My teammates are behind me and supporting me, and their effort was unbelievable.“We feel really close right now and we’re trying to keep feeding off that.”The Rangers galvanized and drew inspiration from St. Louis after his mother’s unexpected death before Game 5 of New York’s second-round series against Pittsburgh.The Broadway Blueshirts haven’t lost since, winning four straight — including three on the road.Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said his team is trying to support St. Louis while staying focused on playing a sound team game.“Emotionally, for us, that is something really strong right now,” Vigneault said. “I know quite a few of our guys went to the wake (on Friday), and I texted with Marty last night to make sure that everything was good.“He’s handled it in an incredible way that probably has helped our team come closer together. (Sunday) is going to be a tough day. We need to be there to support him, and we’ll do that and get ready for Monday.”Mats Zuccarello, Chris Kreider, Brad Richards, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Rick Nash also scored for the Rangers, who had netted only four goals in their past nine visits to Montreal.Lundqvist hadn’t played in Montreal since allowing four goals on Jan. 15, 2012. His last win there was March 17, 2009.The quick-footed Rangers, coming off a comeback, seven-game win over Pittsburgh, jumped on a Canadiens team that was flat and mentally absent after a nasty and emotional seven-game win over top-seeded Boston.“You don’t look at the score,” Richards said. “That’s not indicative of how anything’s going to happen in this series.“We got fortunate. We got some bounces. We got some momentum, and pucks went in the net. It was a win, that’s all it was. We’re very aware that it’s going to be a lot different.”Rene Bourque and Lars Eller scored for Montreal.New York’s turnaround against Pittsburgh started when St. Louis returned to the team a day after his mother, France, died. The Rangers won the final three games of that series in rallying from a 3-1 deficit.Playing in his hometown, St. Louis scored 4:35 into the game. He found an unguarded spot near the net and put Dominic Moore’s pass into an open side behind Carey Price, who lasted only two periods.Price appeared to injure his right leg early in the second when Kreider slid into him after shooting wide on a breakaway. Price remained in the game, but was pulled after giving up two goals late in the second.Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said Price wasn’t injured, and was replaced by Peter Budaj to start the third because the team was playing so poorly in front of him.“Good thing it’s a seven-game series and we have a chance to get back in it on Monday,” Bourque said. “I think we had a little bit of an emotional letdown after the Boston series.“We talked about that to going into the game. Obviously, it didn’t click. We have to just forget about this game.”The Rangers scored seven goals in a playoff game for the first time since April 17, 2007, against Atlanta (7-0), and did it on the road in the postseason for the first time since an 8-3 win at Quebec on May 8, 1995.It was Montreal’s worst playoff defeat since losing 8-2 to Carolina in 2002.Budaj was beaten on the first shot he faced, from the slot by McDonagh on a power play at 1:28.The Canadiens then took a succession of penalties, including two minors and a misconduct to former Rangers forward Brandon Prust. Stepan scored and Nash broke his slump with his first in 15 playoff games this year.“We’re all happy to see Nasher score because he’s taken a lot of heat,” Richards said. “That’s a little weight off his back.“We won the game. When you’re in the playoffs, when it’s 7-1, no one’s jumping up and down about who scored goals.”Montreal closed the scoring with Eller’s short-handed goal with 4:38 left.The boost the Canadiens got from their rousing pregame ceremonies in the first two series wasn’t there as the Rangers showed all the speed and intensity in the opening period, outshooting Montreal 12-6 and taking a 2-0 lead.Dominic Moore jumped on a loose puck after Michael Bournival partially blocked a point shot and slipped a pass to a wide open St. Louis at the doorstep to open the scoring.Moore was the playmaker again as he slid a pass in front of the net, and the trailing Zuccarello poked it into an open side as the Rangers beat Price twice on their first five shots.Bourque took consecutive hooking calls late in the first period, but made up for it in the second as he went hard to the net, whacked at Brian Gionta’s pass, and saw it go in off McDonagh’s stick at 12:38.The crowd came to life but was quieted again when Stepan broke in alone and beat Price with 1:01 left.With 12 seconds remaining in the period, Zuccarello made a reverse pass that had Price out of position for Richards to score into an open side.NOTES: Rangers center Derick Brassard left the game early in the first period with an injury after a hit from Mike Weaver and didn’t return. Vigneault said he is day to day. … The Rangers went 3 for 7 on the power play after scoring only three times in 29 opportunities over their first 14 playoff games.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Prajakta Sawant chastises BAI for Badminton World Championship snub

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first_imgIndia’s doubles player Prajakta Sawant has come out and rebuked Badminton Association of India (BAI) for withdrawing her name without consent from the mixed doubles category of the Badminton World Championships.Sawant’s entry along with her Malaysian partner Yogendran Khrishnan was earlier accepted but it was later withdrawn and an all-Indian pair was selected.According to Badminton World Federation (BWF) rules for eligibility and processing of entries of World Championships, “in the event that players from two different Member Associations compete together as a pair, each player will be counted as 1/2 an entry for the respective Member Association in that event”.”I feel very sad to announce that Badminton Association of India has withdrawn my mixed doubles entry with Yogendran Krishnan without informing me or without my consent. This is a very unprofessional thing done by BAI,” Sawant wrote on her twitter handle.I feel very sad to announce that Badminton Association of India has withdrawn my Mixed Doubles entry with Yogendran Krishnan (Malaysia) without informing me or without my consent.This is very unprofessional thing done by Badminton association of India (BAI) @Ra_THORe @BAI_Mediaprajakta sawant (@prajakta_sawant) June 29, 2018Sawant also said that the young Indian pair of Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg, who were ranked 67th in the April 26 World Championship qualification ranking, were selected in their place despite being lower ranked then them in BWF chart at the cut off date.”Our entry was confirmed by both sides from Malaysia as well as India but BAI withdrew my entry without my permission just to give an lndian pair a chance who is ranked 67 according to the qualification date of World Championships and we were ranked 51 according to World Championships 2018 qualification date.”advertisementOur entry was confirmed by both sides from Malaysia as well as India but BAI withdrew my entry without my permission just to give an lndian pair a chance who is ranked 67 according to the qualification date of World Championships and we were ranked 51 according to WC… @Ra_THORe pic.twitter.com/JRG5Ge9lQAprajakta sawant (@prajakta_sawant) June 29, 2018Also read – Malaysia Open 2018: PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth reach semi-finalsJwala Gutta also reacted to the controversy and apparently supported Sawant saying she also had to fight “against the biggies” for similar reasons.”Well that’s always been the case wasn’t it?? When I was playing it always happened to me…why do u think I fought against the biggies? Is this anything new?” Gutta tweeted.Well thats always been the case wasnt it?? When I was playing it always happened to me…why do u think I fought against the biggies? Is this anything new?Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) June 29, 2018However, the BAI defended its decision, saying that Sawant’s entry was withdrawn since her partner Yogendra is a Malaysian citizen.FOR ALL BADMINTON COVERAGE”Doubles partner of Prajakta is a Malaysian citizen. As such BAI is not empowered to send the name of a Malaysian citizen in Indian team. That is why we have to withdraw the pair,” BAI president Himanta Biswa Sarma told PTI.Interestingly, Prajakta and Yogendran had competed in the 2017 World Championship at Glasgow. They lost in the second round to the Indian combo of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy.”What happened earlier I do not know. But as a responsible person I cannot recommend entry of a Malaysian citizen from BAI. BAI can face big problem if we do that without clearance of MEA and sports ministry, if at all we have to even consider such an eventuality.”Sawant also alleged that the young pair got selected as they are part of the Gopichand academy.”I know why this injustice has happened because the players who have qualified for World Championships are from Gopichand Academy and one of the daughters of executive committee member,” she wrote.Championships 2018 qualification date.I know why this injustice has happened because the players who have qualified for World Championships are from Gopichand Academy.These things are happening for many years and now I cannot take this injustice. @BAI_Media @Ra_THORe pic.twitter.com/Ph74UwkDYVprajakta sawant (@prajakta_sawant) June 29, 2018″These things are happening for many years and now I cannot take this injustice. Despite not included in National Camp I have been performing professionally to get good World ranking but still association and the concerned coaches have done injustice with me.”This was a very, very unprofessional move by Badminton Association of India and it’s my right to fight for it.”advertisementDespite not included in National Camp I have been performing professionally to get good World ranking but still association and the concerned coaches have done injustice with me. @BAI_Media @Ra_THORe pic.twitter.com/5ZyUXeYlHrprajakta sawant (@prajakta_sawant) June 29, 2018Sawant and Yogendran have been playing together for the last year and a half. She has been struggling to get Indian partners in mixed doubles and is being sponsored by The New Vision Badminton Academy in Kuala Lumpur, which is being owned by Yogendran, since 2014.She has been locked in a legal battle with the BAI and chief coach P Gopichand since filing a case in November 2012 in the Bombay High Court, when she accused Gopichand of causing “mental harassment” after she was refused entry to the national coaching camp in Hyderabad.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Commercial Operators Urged to Dispose of Garbage Properly

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first_img Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Audley Gordon, is urging operators of commercial entities to work with the agency to ensure the proper disposal of solid waste. As such, he is advising developers to check with the Authority on proper waste-disposal protocol before they begin construction. Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Audley Gordon, is urging operators of commercial entities to work with the agency to ensure the proper disposal of solid waste.While the NSWMA is not responsible for the removal of commercial garbage, Mr. Gordon told JIS News that business owners can consult the agency in order to put proper arrangements in place.He lamented that a number of commercial centres across the island do not have adequate facilities for solid-waste storage and disposal.As such, he is advising developers to check with the Authority on proper waste-disposal protocol before they begin construction.“First of all, you should make arrangements when you are building the plaza where the trucks will have access to get the garbage and where the garbage will be housed. All those things have to be included in the planning. We are appealing to commercial entities and developers to get us in on the conversation early when doing these plans, so that the solid waste management can be part of the overall strategy when you are building,” he stressed.The NSWMA Executive Director warned that persons who continue to litter could face stiffer sanctions under new regulations to come on stream shortly for breaches of the NSWMA Act.Meanwhile, Senior Investigator for the NSWMA, Phillip Morgan, said that operators of commercial enterprises should ensure that waste and other debris are properly containerised and taken to an approved dump site.This, he noted, is particularly important for food establishments, which must have a proper waste-disposal system in place in order to be issued a public health certificate to operate.For persons who contract the NSWMA, Mr. Morgan explained that an agent will visit the establishment to assess waste in terms of how many bags are generated per day or per week, and a rate will then be applied.“For example, if it is $200 to collect a bag and you generate 10 bags per week, you would pay $2,000 for the collection of waste every week. Persons who prefer to have waste removed from the premises daily will do so for an additional cost,” he said.Enterprises found in breach of the NSWMA Act will be charged with illegal dumping. This is a prosecutable offence under the law.Section 45A of the NSWMA Act stipulates that persons who dispose of waste in a manner not approved by the Authority, if found guilty, can be fined up to $1 million or sentenced to a nine-month jail term or both.“It may start with a ticket fine for littering. The lower end is $2,000 for the person who actually does the littering. For the person who employs the person doing the littering, it is $10,000. But, it may go up to as much as $1 million if brought before the court, and, also, they might face jail time,” Mr. Morgan outlined.The NSWMA is the regulator of the waste collection industry and is mandated to collect domestic or residential waste.Arrangements for waste collection and disposal can be made by business operators through the NSWMA’s regional bodies.These are Metropolitan Parks and Markets (MPM) Waste Management Limited, Southern Parks and Markets (SPM) Waste Management Limited, Western Parks and Markets (WPM) Waste Management Limited; and North Eastern Parks and Markets (NEPM) Waste Management Limited.Operators can also contract the services of a private waste collector. The NSWMA Executive Director warned that persons who continue to litter could face stiffer sanctions under new regulations to come on stream shortly for breaches of the NSWMA Act. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Drug Inspector and Pharma officials held in bribery case

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first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI on Friday arrested a drug inspector of the Central Drug Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) under bribery charges in a case where officials of the CDSCO were allegedly demanding bribes in exchange for approving cardiac medication that had already failed tests by the testing authority.The Central Bureau of Investigation had booked Ankur Bansal, a drug inspector with the CDSCO along with the Managing Director of Kwality Pharmaceuticals and other officials of the pharma company in the case, where Bansal had demanded Rs 1.5 lakh to approve a cardiac medication called dobutamine. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Agency sleuths also arrested officials of Kwality Pharmaceuticals in the case, including the Managing Director, a director, the Chief Pharmacist and a driver. Officials here said that premises of the accused in Amritsar and Delhi were also searched. According to the probe agency’s case, Kwality Pharmaceuticals had manufactured a dobutamine injection, which is most commonly used in cardiac surgery to give a boost to cardiac functioning, in case of sudden heart failure. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHowever, when the injection was sent to the CDSCO for testing, the samples of the medication failed the required tests and Ramesh Arora, the MD of the company challenged the test results, sending another batch of samples to the test laboratories. Subsequently, Karunakar Tiwari, Kwality’s Chief Pharmacist allegedly approached Bansal with Arora and sought to “settle the matter” on July 18. A few days later, Bansal told Tiwari that the second batch of samples had also failed the tests and that he would need to visit Kwality’s premises in Amritsar to investigate. While officials of Kwality and Bansal were negotiating the bribe amount required to close the case and get a favourable decision, Bansal had indicated that senior officials of the CDSCO were also involved in the scam. The CBI’s investigation in the case continues as all the arrested were sent to four days of CBI custody on August 14.last_img read more

This years Hot Docs festival flaunts neargender parity

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first_img“Fair and balanced.” That might be a term more closely associated with cable stalwart Fox News (in either a sincere or cynical fashion) – but it can also be applied to this year’s Hot Docs film festival, with organizers touting near-gender parity among 2017’s selections.Of the 230 titles to play this year’s edition of the documentary extravaganza, almost 48 per cent of the programming will be courtesy of female filmmakers. They include Lana Slezic, whose debut doc Bee Nation will act as the festival’s opening night film. Chronicling a group of students in Saskatchewan who compete in the province’s first First Nations Spelling Bee, Slezic’s work promises to resonate with current headlines – which makes it par for the course with Hot Docs’ 2017 lineup, a fact that the festival is eager to trumpet.“The Hot Docs programming team has scoured the globe to bring the finest documentaries to Toronto audiences for a festival-high of 58 countries,” said Shane Smith, director of programming for the festival, in a statement. “As our world shifts in startling new ways, Hot Docs is committed to showcasing those films that tackle topics of global importance: from environmental issues and human rights, to international conflict.” Advertisement On that latter note, this year’s festival offers coverage in spades across all 13 of its programs. The devastating war in Syria, for instance, will be highlighted by such films as 69 Minutes of 86 Days, which follows a three-year-old Syrian refugee and her family as they struggle to make their way through Europe; Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS, by noted documentarian Sebastian Junger; A Memory in Khaki, which promises a more poetic take on the conflict; and City of Ghosts, Matthew Heineman’s look at reporters covering a country under siege, which screened to great acclaim at Sundance earlier this winter. (All these films will screen under the “Syria 360°” label.) Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Bostons Mikmaq speak to APTN in bombing aftermath

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first_imgAPTN National NewsBoston residents are still coming to terms with the terror attack two weeks ago.A number of the city’s residents are Mi’kmaq. In fact, more than 2,000 have moved south from Canada and call Boston home.APTN’s Tim Fontaine caught up with the community to find out how they’re coping.last_img

Global network necessary to confront climate change crisis says Ban

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15 September 2008With media interest in climate change waning since last year, cooperation from all sectors of society is essential to tackle the crisis that it poses, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. Global warming “is less in the news than last year,” Mr. Ban said at a service held at the Holy Family Church in New York. “Yet the evidence is all around that the problem is worse than most projections.”The phenomenon is also spurring humanitarian crises, such as Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and hunger in Haiti and the Horn of Africa, he added.Speaking on the eve of the start of the sixty-third session of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General pointed out that any solution to climate change has to be truly global, with the United Nations working in tandem with Member States.“But we realize that governments cannot do the job alone,” he said, stressing the role of the faith community, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector and others. “We need all of our partners in this monumental effort to address the global challenges of our time. read more

Bearish for the loonie Canadas bumpy economic ride continues with growing trade

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OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the country ran a merchandise trade deficit of $2.7 billion in February compared with a deficit of $1.9 billion in January.Economists had expected a deficit of $2 billion, according to Thomson Reuters.“It was a rough start to the year in terms of economic data and the bumpy ride continued in today’s trade numbers,” Royce Mendes, analyst at CIBC Capital Markets said in a note to clients.The increased deficit came as imports rose 1.9 per cent to $48.6 billion, boosted by imports of energy products.Exports increased 0.4 per cent to $45.9 billion, due to higher exports of passenger cars and light trucks.Regionally, Canada’s trade surplus with the United States narrowed to $2.6 billion in February compared with $2.9 billion in January as imports from the U.S. grew 3.3 per cent. Exports to the U.S. increased 1.9 per cent.“Overall, while export volumes did rebound, removing some of the negativity surrounding this report, they remain disappointing given the strong US economy and weak Canadian dollar.” Mendes noted. “The data should be positive for fixed income, as it plays into our forecast for a patient Bank of Canada, and bearish for the Canadian dollar.”The loonie was down one-tenth of a cent to 78.20 against the U.S. dollar.Canada’s trade deficit with countries other than the United States increased to $5.3 billion in February from $4.9 billion in January.© The Canadian Press With files from Financial Post Staff read more

Dead bodies in natural disasters pose negligible epidemics threat – UN guidelines

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“After most natural disasters, there is a fear that dead bodies will cause epidemics,” said Oliver Morgan, an honorary research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and one of the three co-editors of the book published by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and partners as a step-by-step guide for first responders to disasters.“This belief is wrong – most infectious organisms do not survive beyond 48 hours in a dead body, and it is the surviving population that is more likely to spread disease. But authorities often feel political pressure to resort to unnecessary measures such as hasty mass burials.”Management of Dead Bodies after Disasters: A Field Manual for First Responders, published by the WHO, its regional Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, is aimed at facilitating proper identification of victims and preventing mass burials and cremations. “The way victims are treated has a profound and long-lasting effect on the mental health of survivors and communities,” PAHO Director Mirta Roses says in the book’s foreword. “In addition, correct identification of the dead has legal significance for inheritance and insurance that can impact on families and relatives for many years after a disaster.”The job of managing dead bodies after a disaster, particularly in developing countries, usually falls to local organizations and communities rather than specialized teams of national and international experts. To reach this audience, the new field manual was written in plain language, with practical recommendations on how to accomplish key tasks.Central points emphasized in the manual include:The overwhelming desire of people from all religions and cultures is to identify their loved ones. Careful and ethical management of dead bodies is a critical component of disaster recovery. Dead bodies pose a negligible threat to public health, since most victims die from injury, drowning or fire. Responders handling dead bodies should wear gloves and practice good basic hygiene. Face-masks are not necessary for infection control purposes but may help workers feel psychologically better. Bodies present virtually no risk of epidemic diseases.Sooner is better for victim identification. The early work of non-specialists will determine much of the success of forensic specialists when they arrive. First responders should collect basic information about the deceased and take photographs before storing bodies for later forensic identification. Visual identification or photographs of fresh bodies are the simplest forms of identification.Bodies should be stored at cold temperatures, either in refrigerated containers or buried temporarily in organized graves. Within 12 to 48 hours in hot climates, decomposition will be too advanced to allow facial recognition.Accurate, timely, and updated information can reduce stress on survivors, defuse rumours, and dispel misconceptions. The news media are vital channels of communication with the public, and authorities should proactively engage them.Various chapters provide practical guidance on topics including the true health risks posed by dead bodies, how to recover bodies, how to store them, methods for identification, long-term storage and disposal, communications and the media, and support to families and relatives. The book is available for download from the PAHO website. read more

Stephen Lee found guilty of matchfixing facing lifetime ban

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first_imgFORMER WORLD NUMBER  five Stephen Lee faces a life ban from snooker after being found guilty of fixing seven matches.The Englishman will receive his punishment on Tuesday by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), with chairman Jason Ferguson confirming Lee faces ‘a significant sanction’.Lee was suspended last October after an investigation into eight matches found seven counts of match-fixing at four locations through 2008 and 2009.In a statement, the WPBSA confirmed: “Between February 2008 and April 2009, Stephen Lee was in contact with three different groups of people, all of whom placed bets on the outcomes of his matches or on the outcomes of frames within his matches or on the exact score of his matches. The allegations were serious and related to match-fixing or the provision of inside information to enable persons to win money by betting on those matches.“The matches were three matches in the Malta Cup 2008, two matches at the UK Championship 2008, one at the China Open 2009 and one at the World Championship 2009.”The case is the biggest controversy to hit the sport since the eight-year ban given to Australian Quinten Hann, who was suspended for breaking rules governing match-fixing in 2006.Originally posted at 10.06NFL teams think Johnny Manziel is undraftable because he parties too muchTake a parachute: Match stopped by pitch invader with a differencelast_img read more

Key government spokesperson to head Cypriot commemorative events

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first_imgCypriot Government spokesperson, Mr Christos Christofides will head commemorative events and rallies on the anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. Mr Christofides, the Director of the Office of the President and Deputy Government Spokesperson in Cyprus will be the keynote speaker at events all around Australia and accompanied by High Commissioner of Cyprus, His Excellency Mr Yiannis Iacovou. Organised by the Justice of Cyprus Coordinating Committee, the talks will be in Melbourne from Friday 13 July until Sunday 15 July and in Sydney from Sunday 22 July. On Friday 20 July, the date of the invasion, they will be in Brisbane. The Committee also hopes to speak in Perth and Adelaide. Cyprus has been occupied by Turkish forces since 1974. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Video Barcelona celebrate 15year anniversary of Messi debut

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first_imgBarcelona uploaded special footage of a fresh-faced Lionel Messi making his club debut 15 years agoOn 16 November 2003, a 16-year-old Messi made his first-team debut as a 75th-minute substitute in a friendly against José Mourinho’s FC Porto.The game was in commemoration of Porto’s new Estadio do Dragao for the upcoming EURO 2004 competition on Portugal.In the footage released by Barcelona on Twitter, it shows a young Messi coming on the field and his reaction after costing himself a chance of scoring a double on his debut.The Argentine managed to create two chances on goal in the game and, while he wasn’t so pleased about the outcome, it was enough to convince Barcelona to have him train with the reserve and senior teams on a weekly basis.The match in Portugal ended in a 2-0 defeat.Messi’s former Barcelona teammate Ludovic Giuly would later comment on how remarkable the teenager was in his first training session with the senior side.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“He destroyed us all… They were kicking him all over the place to avoid being ridiculed by this kid, he just got up and kept on playing,” said Giuly.“He would dribble past four players and score a goal. Even the team’s starting centre-backs were nervous. He was an alien.”Messi would finally make his official debut for Barcelona in October 2004 against Espanyol in La Liga.💙❤ Leo #Messi✨15 years since the 👑 made his debut! pic.twitter.com/6jAoHMLeK0— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 16, 2018last_img read more

OBITUARY John D Poland 72

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — John D. Poland, age 72, of Landaff, NH, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully at home on July 14, 2018.John was the beloved husband of Rita M. (Collins) Poland, devoted father of the late John D. “Dug” Poland, Jr., cherished son of the late Leo and Alice (Foote) Poland, dear brother of David Poland & wife Serena of Mesa, AZ, Susan “Sue” Moriarty & husband Ted of Stratham, NH, Marcia Howell of Mooresville, NC and Jacqueline Marchese & husband Stephen of Burlington. Brother-in-law of Fran Coleman of Tewksbury, Dan Collins and Marcia Consilvio & husband Ed all of Arlington, Loretta Thomas & husband Robert of Woburn, Patty Mitchell & husband Bucky of Windham, ME, Michael Collins of Tequesta, FL, Steven Collins of Standish, ME, Elizabeth Murphy & husband Philip of Melbourne Beach, FL and Karen Ashman of Leominster. John is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Saturday, July 21st at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, MA.In lieu of flowers donations in John’s memory may be made to Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD), 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03766 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Stephen J. Bowker, 58In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Morris “Moe” Anderson, 68In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John A. Townsend, 55In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Coroner rules that Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself

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first_imgNEW YORK: An autopsy on disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein — who was found dead in his jail cell — has concluded that he committed suicide by hanging, a coroner said Friday, answering one of the questions surrounding his death. The ruling comes six days after the 66-year-old, who was accused of trafficking girls as young as 14 for sex, was discovered dead in New York’s high-security Metropolitan Correctional Center. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us New York’s chief medical examiner Barbara Sampson said in a statement emailed to AFP that “after careful review of all investigative information, including complete autopsy findings” it was determined that Epstein killed himself. The New York Times cited officials as saying that Epstein had used a bedsheet to hang himself. The report came a day after US media reported that preliminary findings from the post-mortem examination had found broken bones in Epstein’s neck. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Epstein, a multi-millionaire who once counted Britain’s Prince Andrew and US President Donald Trump as friends, was charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors. According to prosecutors, Epstein sexually exploited dozens of teenagers at his homes in Manhattan and Florida between 2002 and 2005. Advertise With Us He denied the charges but faced up to 45 years in jail if found guilty. Epstein’s lawyers said Friday they were “not satisfied with the conclusions of the medical examiner” and would conduct their own investigation into his death, including demanding to see video footage from the jail. “It is indisputable that the authorities violated their own protocols,” the lawyers said, decrying the “harsh, even medieval conditions” at the facility. The FBI and Justice Department are investigating how such a high-profile inmate managed to take his own life just weeks after an earlier reported suicide attempt. The warden of the Metropolitan Correctional Center where Epstein was housed has been temporarily reassigned and two guards put on administrative leave pending an investigation. The guards were reportedly asleep when they should have been checking on Epstein. Epstein’s death came a day after a court released documents in which an alleged victim said he used her as a “sex slave” and that she was forced to have sex with well-known politicians and businessmen. Virginia Giuffre has alleged she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew, former US Senator and architect of the Northern Irish peace deal George Mitchell, ex-New Mexico governor Bill Richardson and American celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz. They have all strenuously denied the allegations. Prosecutors have pledged to pursue cases against anyone else involved in Epstein’s alleged crimes and earlier this week FBI agents raided his private island in the Caribbean. Several women have also come forward to seeking damages. On Wednesday, Jennifer Araoz filed a lawsuit against Epstein’s estate, his former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell and three other female accomplices. Araoz said she was raped by Epstein as a 15-year-old. She said Maxwell, a British socialite and daughter of the late fraudster and media mogul Robert Maxwell, enabled his crimes. Maxwell’s whereabouts are unknown but she was recently photographed at a restaurant in Los Angeles, according to US reports. On Friday two other women filed a USD 100 million lawsuit against Epstein’s estate. They were working as hostesses in a Manhattan restaurant in 2004 when a woman described as a “recruiter” for Epstein approached them, they said. The recruiter allegedly offered the pair hundreds of dollars each to go to Epstein’s home and give him a massage, assuring them there would be no sexual contact, according to the lawsuit. Two days later they went to Epstein’s luxurious mansion near Central Park. Once they were in the massage room, the eight-page lawsuit said, Epstein was sexually aggressive towards them before giving them several hundred dollars. Epstein was convicted in Florida in 2008 of paying young girls for massages but served just 13 months in jail under a secret plea deal struck with the then state prosecutor.last_img read more

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first_img News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more This unique solution for collaborative diagnostic work improves decision-making efficiency in acute care, allowing physicians to efficiently set the care strategy in multi-trauma cases. It also serves as a platform for medical education, clinical conferences and virtual autopsies. Sectra Visualization Table is a multi-touch screen medical display table that enables multiple users to collaborate around the table and interact with the large-size 3-D images generated by computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. This helps physicians gain deeper understanding and insight into the functions and processes inside the body, for example, by visualizing different tissues and cutting through sections with a virtual knife. Sectra has tailored its picture archiving and communications system (PACS) technology to power the visualization table. Sectra’s patented visualization techniques allow the immediate display of extremely large size datasets, such as high-resolution full-body scans. Another area of application is virtual autopsies, because the Sectra Visualization Table can reduce the need for surgical procedures. Sectra Visualization Table has been developed in cooperation with the University of Linköping, Sweden, the Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV), Norrköping Visualization Center C, and The Interactive Institute. 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Dream Cruises sets new world record in anticipation

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first_imgDream Cruises sets new world record in anticipationDream Cruises sets new world record in anticipationWorld Dream, the newest mega ship of Asia’s luxury cruise line Dream Cruises, will soon make history as the first-ever cruise ship to be christened in Hong Kong on Friday, 17 November 2017.In celebration of this monumental occasion, Dream Cruises launched an innovative “#TogetherWeBuildDreams” campaign, which engaged cruise enthusiasts from around the world to build a large-scale replica of World Dream, in attempt to break the current world record of the largest LEGO® ship. After two months of relentless effort, the giant ship model, collectively built by over 1,000 cruising guests, members of the public, as well as Mr. Andy Hung and Legend Creative, the first LEGO®Certified Professional in Greater China region and his team, was officially unveiled at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal today.  The attempt was declared successful upon onsite adjudication and the official Guinness World Records certificate presentation.Prior to verification by the official Guinness World Records adjudicator, honourable guests completed the model by placing the final LEGO® blocks onto the ship, symbolizing the collaboration between Dream Cruises and the citizens of Hong Kong to set the new world record.The unveiling of the World Dream ship model also served as the kick-off for the festivities surrounding World Dream’s inaugural and christening in Hong Kong.Mr. Kent Zhu, President of Genting Cruise Lines said, “It is with great excitement with which we anticipate the inaugural launch of World Dream and make history as the first-ever cruise ship to be christened in Hong Kong. Today we celebrate the first milestone achieved by World Dream – the successful breaking of a Guinness World Record, an honour that we share with cruise enthusiasts from around the world who joined us as we turned this dream into reality.”Mr. Anthony Lau, Executive Director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) said, “The fact that Genting Cruise Lines selected Hong Kong again as the home port for its international cruise and is organising a large-scale christening ceremony in the city is indeed a testament to the international cruise trade’s great confidence in Hong Kong and the regional cruise market, as well as recognition of Hong Kong as an appealing cruise travel destination. The HKTB will continue to work closely with Genting Hong Kong and our other cruise partners through joint promotions and regional alliances to drive more arrivals and enhance local cruise and tourism development.”The excitement began with Dream Cruises’ innovative “#TogetherWeBuildDreams” campaign, which engaged consumers in the building of the world’s largest LEGO® cruise ship, an 8.44-meter replica of World Dream. Constructed from over 2.5 million LEGO® blocks, the ship model weighs over 2,800kg, measures 8.44m in length, 1.33m in width, and 1.53m in height. The LEGO® ship model will be on public display at Hall B, 2/F of Kai Tak Cruise Terminal from 19 Nov onwards; an open-day event will be held on the first day of public display, where members of the public can have a close-up view of the giant ship model and enjoy activities including LEGO® building workshops and speed challenges against LEGO® Certified Professional.World Dream is the second vessel of Dream Cruises, purpose-built to cater to the Asian market. World Dream will start sailing from Hong Kong on 17 November and from Guangzhou, Nansha on 19 November, taking guests on two weekly alternating 6-day/5-night itineraries to exotic and popular destinations including Boracay and Manila in the Philippines and Ho Chi Minh and Nha Trang in Vietnam, as well as 3-day/2-night Warm Weekend Vacation cruises from Hong Kong in the South China Sea.For more information about Dream Cruises, please visit dreamcruiseline.com and follow us on Facebook, Weibo and Weixin.Source = Dream Cruiseslast_img read more

airlinesDubaiEmiratesstopover

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first_imgairlinesDubaiEmiratesstopover Emirates is offering Australian travellers a stopover deal in Dubai, including a free night’s accommodation, and competitive fares to a range of destinations in its global route network, when booked between 7 March and 27 March 2018, for select travel periods.The offer includes destinations across Emirates’ 40 European destinations, Africa and North America among others, giving Australian travellers the chance to have two holidays in one.Economy Class travellers who take advantage of the Dubai stopover will receive one night’s accommodation in a Rover Room at the Rove Downtown, Rove City Centre or Rove Healthcare City, Dubai, including bed and breakfast.First and Business Class travellers will receive one night’s accommodation at the five star JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai, with the Executive Room on offer for First Class passengers and the Deluxe Room for Business Class passengers, both including bed and breakfast.For more information on Emirates, including how to book flights and a complete list of terms and conditions, visit emirates.com/aulast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

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first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington has been fined $21,000 by the NFL for roughing Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in last Sunday’s 22-6 win, according to Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com.It was Washington’s first regular season game since serving a four game suspension. The four-year veteran intercepted a pass, had two quarterback hits and recorded nine tackles in the win. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments   Share   last_img read more