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10year deal pledges millions for safe affordable housing in Yukon

first_imgA new deal hopes to ease the housing crunch in the Yukon. (APTN file)The Canadian PressThe federal and Yukon governments have signed a 10-year agreement worth almost $60 million to provide long-term funding for community housing in the territory.The cost-sharing deal was reached under Ottawa’s National Housing Strategy and includes nearly $42 million in federal money and just under $18 million from Yukon.A Yukon government release says the funds will be used to protect, renew and expand social and community housing, as well as support the territory’s priorities related to housing repair, construction and affordability.The two governments will also work to create a Canada Housing Benefit to help Yukon residents afford needed housing.Over the last three years, Ottawa has spent more than $24 million on Yukon housing.Starting next year, the territory says it will develop three-year action plans that will set targets and outline how the newly announced funds will be used.Pauline Frost, the minister responsible for the Yukon Housing Corporation, says the money will ensure Yukon residents have safe, affordable, accessible homes.“We are committed to working with our partners to tackle housing issues and provide Yukoners with adequate housing while respecting unique circumstances in each community in the territory,” Frost said in the release.last_img read more

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Trev Talks – Chris Gardner of the ICBA and inventor Sterling Roberts

first_imgListen for Trev Talks every Friday at 10 a.m. on Moose FM and shared live on Facebook and Youtube. This week on Trev Talks, Trevor Bolin spoke with Chris Gardner of the ICBA about their fight against the proportional representation referendum in B.C. and he also spoke with local inventor Sterling Roberts.Roberts has created the Q-Plug a way for you to prevent damage to your block heater cord when you forget to unplug it.  For more on the product, click here and visit his website.You can watch the Youtube version of the show above or watch it on Facebook below.last_img

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US judge blocks construction of 8 billion Keystone XL pipeline

first_imgMore to come.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) GREAT FALLS, Mont. – A federal judge in Montana has blocked construction of the $8-billion Keystone XL pipeline to allow more time to study the project’s potential environmental impact.The Great Falls Tribune reports U.S. District Judge Brian Morris’ order on Thursday came as Calgary-based TransCanada was preparing to build the first stages of the oil pipeline in northern Montana. Environmental groups had sued TransCanada and the U.S. Department of State in federal court in Great Falls.The 1,897-kilometre pipeline would transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude a day from Alberta and Montana to facilities in Nebraska.last_img

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Migiro urges better coordination of efforts to advance global public health

Despite the unprecedented involvement of health agencies and partnerships, the global health sphere is increasingly complex and fragmented, with no systemic approach, Ms. Migiro said yesterday at a meeting on global health with international leaders and top-level experts from academia, philanthropy, civil society, the private sector and United Nations entities.“We need to work in a more coordinated manner, each according to our comparative advantage, to strengthen health systems,” she said in a message, delivered on behalf of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “We must move from building silos to building systems. And systems that work for the poorest and most vulnerable.”The Deputy Secretary-General called global public health “one of the greatest challenges of our time, but with an enormous scope for solutions.”“We know what works. We know how to help women deliver babies safely; we can help children live well beyond their fifth birthday; we can prevent the spread of HIV, malaria and tuberculosis,” she stated. Ms. Migiro welcomed the “unprecedented attention” global public health was currently receiving from an array of actors. National governments are working to direct health assistance more effectively to some of the world’s poorest countries and most vulnerable populations. At the same time, donors and philanthropists are working with experts on targeted diseases and thematic areas.All of this heightened activity carries some risks, she pointed out, emphasizing the need to better coordinate efforts among all those involved. She also highlighted the need to address a number of issues, such as how countries can work together better on diseases that cross borders and threaten everyone, as well as how to ensure that the many initiatives and foundations supporting global health are accountable to not only those who finance them but also to those who are meant to benefit from their efforts. 26 October 2007Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has called for all those working to make inroads in global public health to pool their efforts, stating that the world already has the resources and the know-how to enable people to lead long, healthy lives. read more

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New programme to reduce obesity among school children

As less physical activities are a main cause for these diseases, a proposal made by the Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senarathne, to implement a programme under the recommendations of the Ministry of Education for increasing physical activities among school children and to provide opportunities for school children to consume more healthy meals, has been approved by the cabinet. (Colombo Gazette) A new programme is to be introduced to reduce obesity among school children, the Government information department said.About 59% of deaths in Sri Lanka are caused by non-communicable diseases such as heart diseases, diabetics, high blood pressure and cancers and majority of deceased are under the age of 60 years.

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Sierra Leone UN mission steps up border patrols against infiltration from Liberia

“It is particularly important to interdict attempts to smuggle, relocate and hide weapons and military equipment in Sierra Leone, at a time when UNMIL [UN Mission in Liberia] forces are poised to expand their presence and control in Liberia, especially towards the border areas,” UNAMSIL said today.”UNAMSIL, in collaboration with the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces and the Sierra Leone Police, is now carrying out a vigorous, around the clock, patrol programme, on land, air and river,” it added.The patrols use night-vision equipment, sensors and flares for surveillance and border monitoring operations.The mission pledged to inform the local population of these operations so as not to create alarm over the increased security and the use of illumination pyrotechnics.In Liberia, UNMIL announced on Sunday it was suspending its disarmament operations from mid-December to January so that it can improve conditions at Camp Schieffelin, located outside Monrovia, the capital, and to facilitate the overall process. So far, more than 8,000 former Liberian combatants have turned in weapons there in the operation, which was marred on its first days last week by a spate of banditry, looting of humanitarian supplies and random shooting by ex-combatants seeking immediate payment of a stipend.The payments of the advance “reinsertion allowance” will also be on hold, but the former fighters will retain the option of continuing to receive food, shelter and other basic supports at Camp Schieffelin during the holiday period.The decision to pause disarmament was taken “following detailed discussions with Liberian political and military leaders,” UNMIL said. read more

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NDP want Liberals to consult widely before changing political contribution rules

TORONTO – Premier Kathleen Wynne admits this isn’t the first time she’s hearing complaints about the fundraising methods of Ontario’s governing Liberals.Former Liberal attorney general John Gerretsen, who did not run for re-election in 2014, told the premier before he left office that he was uncomfortable raising funds from lobbyists at private receptions, Wynne admitted Thursday.“John Gerretsen is a friend, and he has expressed concerns about the way fundraising is done,” she said. “Some of the things that he has said in the past are considerations that we’re taking into account.”Facing accusations the Liberals are selling access to the premier and cabinet ministers at expensive and exclusive dinners and cocktail receptions, Wynne promised to tighten the rules on donations to political parties.New rules would be outlined this fall, she said, but likely would not be enacted before the next Ontario election in 2018.“If you look at the federal system, where union and corporate donations are not allowed, that’s the model that we’ll be moving towards, but also recognizing that it took a number of years for the federal government to get to that point,” said Wynne.Ontario will also review the rules on third party advertising during elections, and will look at lower caps for personal contributions to political parties, added Wynne.Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown supported the federal changes to ban corporate and union donations when he was an MP, and said “something must be done” in Ontario to stop lobbyists from buying time with cabinet ministers.“The idea that a minister may make portfolio decisions based on who attends their fundraiser gives rise to the perception that you have to buy the ear of the government,” said Brown. “That’s not right.”NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said people need to know that Ontario politics “isn’t under the influence of big money,” but she wants Wynne to consult before changing the rules.“The first step should be a meeting of the leaders of the three political parties currently represented at Queen’s Park, together with Ontario’s Chief Electoral Officer so we can discuss the practical steps needed to move ahead,” said Horwath.The non-profit group Democracy Watch said Horwath and Brown also hold high-priced, invitation-only fundraisers, and asked the Integrity Commissioner to declare such events as “illegal gifts” to politicians.Federally, people can contribute a maximum of $1,525 to each party annually, plus another $1,525 in total to all the registered associations and candidates of each party.In Ontario, people, corporations or unions can donate $9,775 to a party each year, another $9,975 to the party for each campaign period, plus $6,650 annually to constituency associations of any one party, but no more than $1,330 annually to a single constituency association. They can also donate $6,650 to candidates of any one party in a campaign, but no more than $1,330 to a single candidate.Ontario also has no limits on contributions to political leadership candidates.Elections Ontario figures show the Liberals raised $9.01 million in 2015, which included two byelections, while the Progressive Conservatives received $6.7 million, almost half of that from their leadership race. The NDP raised just over $1.8 million in 2015.The Liberals raised another $2.5 million from a $1,600-a-plate fundraising dinner Wednesday in Toronto, where some donors paid an extra $1,000 to get into a 30-minute “pre-reception” with Wynne.___Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter NDP want Liberals to consult widely before changing political contribution rules by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 31, 2016 12:38 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 31, 2016 at 4:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Samsung Batteries only problem with fireprone Note 7s

by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2017 6:10 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 23, 2017 at 12:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Samsung Electronics’s mobile president Koh Dong-jin speaks during a press conference at its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday that problems with the design and manufacturing of batteries in its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones caused them to overheat and burst into fire. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) Samsung: Batteries only problem with fire-prone Note 7s SEOUL, South Korea – Samsung Electronics said Monday that tests of more than 200,000 Galaxy Note 7 smartphones found defects in two sets of batteries from two different manufacturers that made the devices prone to catch fire.Samsung’s mobile division president, Koh Dong-jin, ruled out any problems with other aspects of the Note 7, either in its hardware or its software. He said Samsung would use what it learned from its investigations to improve lithium ion battery safety for the industry, though analysts questioned if the company had really gotten to the heart of the problem.Samsung discontinued the Note 7 just two months after it was launched on Aug. 2, in one of its worst product fiascos ever.The company said 700 hundred researchers and engineers tested more than 200,000 devices and more than 30,000 batteries and replicated what happened with the Note 7 phones trying to pin down why some of the phones were overheating.U.S. companies UL and Exponent also examined the batteries supplied by South Korea-based Samsung SDI and China-based Amperex Technology Ltd., or ATL. The German company TUV Rheinland analyzed the Note 7 supply chain as part of the investigation, Samsung said.The Galaxy Note 7 featured one of the biggest battery capacities so far for smartphones at 3,500 mAh, or milliampere hour, which gave it the highest energy density of all Samsung’s devices. However, Koh said Samsung and the outside inspectors found no evidence that the high energy density alone had made the phones prone to overheating.Rechargeable lithium batteries are more susceptible to overheating than other types of batteries if they are exposed to high temperatures, are damaged or have manufacturing flaws. A highly technical explanation of Note 7 problems boiled down to the relatively large battery cells not fitting well into their pouches, with not enough insulating material inside.In batteries by one manufacturer — likely Samsung SDI — used in the phones in the initial Note 7 recall, inspectors found damage to their upper corners. That, combined with thin separators and high energy density, caused the phones to overheat. The cell-pouch design of the battery did not include enough room to safely accommodate its electrodes — another flaw.It was unclear to what extent the battery maker was responsible for those problems: Samsung said only that it had provided “targets” for the batteries.“We suggested that the Note 7 has innovations and a compact design and a 3500 mAh (battery) but we did not know how to make the separators within (the battery) or how many millimeters thick they should be,” Koh told reporters.That may suggest a breakdown both in communication between Samsung and its suppliers and in quality control and testing.In other batches of batteries from a second manufacturer, presumably ATL, the researchers found welding defects and a lack of protective tape in some battery cells.Patrick Moorhead, president of Moor Insights & Strategy, said the odds of two different suppliers having issues with the same phone are extremely low.Though Samsung faulted the batteries from its suppliers, it said in a statement “we provided the target for the battery specifications for the innovative Note 7, and we are taking responsibility for our failure to ultimately identify and verify the issues arising out of battery design and manufacturing.”Koh said Samsung would treat the event as a “chance to strengthen the safety of lithium-ion batteries for the entire industry, not only us.”Analysts said the root cause of the fires remains unclear. “Samsung said the weaknesses could make the phone prone to catch fire. That I understand but what did trigger fires in such conditions? Did they discuss if there is another cause? No,” said Park Chul Wan, a former director of the next generation battery research centre at the state-owned Korea Electronics Technology Institute.Recalls of the Note 7s began in September after reports emerged that some of the phones were overheating and catching fire. At the time, Samsung blamed a flaw in batteries from one of its two suppliers, without saying which manufacturer was to blame.In October, Samsung dropped the phone for good after new Note 7s with different batteries issued as replacements also were found to be catching fire. It estimates the problems will cost it at least $5.3 billion through early 2017.The company has recalled 3.06 million Note 7 phones. About 4 per cent, or 120,000 units, of the recalled Galaxy Note 7, are still not returned.___Follow Youkyung Lee: www.twitter.com/YKLeeAP and https://apnews.com/search/youkyung%20lee read more

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National study confirms benefits of Brockcreated lung cancer risk prediction model

A lung cancer prediction model developed by a Brock University scientist is highly effective in catching the disease in its early stages when combined with screening and follow-up, says a new national study.Brock Epidemiologist Martin Tammemägi led a team of researchers from across the country in a first-of-its-kind study that recruited people for lung cancer screening based on the results of his lung cancer risk prediction model.“We wanted to demonstrate that using the risk prediction model for enrolling people into the screening program was going to be efficient and successful and in fact, that’s what we showed,” says the professor in the Department of Health Sciences.In the study published Wednesday, Oct. 18 in the journal Lancet Oncology, the research team recruited 2,537 participants from eight study centres across Canada between September 2008 and December 2010.The participants, current and former smokers between the ages of 50 and 75, were identified to be at risk for developing lung cancer after filling out Tammemägi’s risk prediction calculator.They were offered computed tomography (CT scan) lung screening at the start of the study, after one year, after four years and with additional follow-ups.Participants also filled out questionnaires measuring their quality of life.Lung cancers were detected in 6.5 per cent of the participants. Of those, 75 per cent of these lung cancers were Stage 1 or Stage 2.“We followed individuals on average for five-and-a-half years to see if they developed lung cancer and in fact, we found more lung cancers than expected,” says Tammemägi. “The prediction model is a tool that is very successful at identifying individuals at risk of developing lung cancer at an early, curable stage, so that is good news.”Building on earlier efforts in the U.S., Tammemägi’s model uses a wide range of factors — such as smoking status, intensity and duration, age, Body Mass Index and family history of lung cancer — along with mathematical equations, to predict the risk of an individual getting lung cancer.The article, titled Participant Selection for Lung Cancer Screening by Risk Modeling – The Prospective Pan-Canadian Study, says the team’s findings have broad “public health and clinic implications.“More accurate selection of high-risk individuals for lung cancer screening appears to improve cost-effectiveness,” says the study.The study also found that people are less anxious about undergoing CT scanning than researchers thought they would be.More details of the study, funded mainly by the Terry Fox Research Institute and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, can be found here.Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in North America and in many other countries. Five-year survival rates for lung cancer are only about 17 per cent. This is because lung cancer is usually diagnosed after symptoms have appeared and the disease is at such an advanced stage that it is no longer amenable to surgical cure.Research has shown that if the lung cancer is detected early when it is localized, it can often be completely removed surgically and the survival rates are much higher.Tammemägi has taken this latest research a step further by serving as Scientific Lead for Cancer Care Ontario’s Lung Cancer Screening Pilot for People at High Risk.The lung cancer screening pilot project based out of three Ontario centres is the first in Canada to couple the risk prediction model with CT lung scanning, essentially replicating the Lancet Oncology study in public health practice.“Our current work is aimed at further improving our prediction models and identifying and emphasizing the important components of the model so that lung cancer screening will be more efficient and more lung cancer deaths can be averted,” says Tammemägi. read more

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Incoming Eirgrid chairman faces TDs and Senators amid ongoing pylons controversy

first_imgUpdated 11.11am THE INCOMING CHAIRMAN of Eirgrid comes before an Oireachtas Committee today amid ongoing controversy about the company’s Gridlink project in the east of the country.John O’Connor’s appearance before the Oireachtas Transport and Communications Committee will likely see him face questions over plans to erect large electricity pylons, as part of an update to the country’s energy infrastructure, which have faced opposition from local residents.Those opposing the plans argue that the cabling could and should be placed underground, but there have been warnings that this will increase the cost and have a knock-on affect on electricity prices.Labour TDs, senators and councillors held a behind-closed-doors meeting with Communication and Energy Minister Pat Rabbitte on the fringes of the Labour conference at the weekend where the belief was that the Minister had a ‘change of attitude’ on the subject.Sentor Denis Landy said last night in a statement that a cost-benefit analysis would show that underground cabling would reduce the cost.“I believe if such an analysis is done, this will prove that the current figure of 3 to 1 cost of underground versus overhead will be blown out of the water,” he said. “In fact some research that I have seen on this issue indicates to me that underground will actually be cheaper overall.” A public consultation on the scheme has been pushed out to 7 January.Meanwhile, O’Connor is also likely to be questioned over claims of an alleged conflict of interest having been previously the chairman of An Bord Pleanala. But he denies any conflict, pointing out that he left the planning board two years ago.Labour senator John Whelan has said he will oppose O’Connor’s appointment and has previously been highly critical of Rabbitte over the appointment.Ahead of the hearing today, committee chairman Fine Gael’s John O’Mahony said: “He will have the opportunity to outline what he sees as the priorities and challenges for the commercial state company in the immediate period ahead and into the future.”The committee meets with Eirgrid’s chief executive Fintan Slye tomorrow morning.Separately, Fianna Fáil is bringing forward a private members’ motion in the Dáil tonight, calling for an independent assessment of the plans from Eirgrid.“Many of the residents’ groups that have raised concerns about the impact of overhead pylons say there has been a lack of consultation by Eirgrid, issues have also been raised about the health and safety impact of having high voltage power lines so close to people’s homes,” the party’s communications and energy spokesperson Michael Moynihan said.First published 8.49am ‘A gross error of judgement’: Labour senator has “no confidence” in Rabbitte after Eirgrid appointmentRabbitte: ‘I want Eirgrid to do everything it can to secure community acceptance’last_img read more

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Government resumes cuts talks

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As government officials resumed talks on a tough austerity package ahead of the anticipated return of troika officials in coming days, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras clarified Tuesday that a two-year extension that Greece is seeking for its fiscal adjustment period would cost between 13 and 15 billion euros. In comments made to Reuters, Stournaras sought to curb wild speculation in the foreign press about the cost of an extension for Greece — which Germany’s Suddeutsche Zeitung set at 30 billion euros in its report Tuesday — and about the size of Greece’s fiscal deficit. “We estimate the funding gap that would be created if we get the two-year extension at 13 to 15 billion euros,” Stournaras said, adding that the size of Greece’s fiscal deficit was 13.5 billion euros, hence the need for 11.5 billion euros in spending cutbacks and 2 billion euros in new revenues. Stournaras’s comments came as Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund — one of the troika of Greece’s foreign lenders — warned that further delays in the implementation of economic reforms, chiefly planned privatizations, had increased Greece’s shortfall. “As a result of the major delay in privatization, and the limited revenue revenue collection, there’s a financing gap, especially if factoring in more time,” Lagarde said in a speech to the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “We don’t only need 11.5 billion euros of cuts; we need a series of cuts and additional revenues in order to fill in the fiscal gap,” she said. That elusive package of 11.5 billion euros in austerity measures was the focus of talks at the Maximos Mansion Tuesday between Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Stournaras and other ministry officials. The aim, sources told Kathimerini, was to agree on the outlines of a package that will be acceptable to the two junior partners in the coalition, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left chief Fotis Kouvelis, so a fresh meeting of coalition leaders can be called — and successfully conclude — before a Eurogroup working group on Friday. When they meet, the leaders are also expected to discuss when, and in what form, the package of measures is to be submitted to Parliament. Ahead of today’s 24-hour general strike, government sources expressed concern about industrial action in recent days, particularly by public sector employees, which has slowed down the collection of tax revenue. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Un scalpel oublié il y a 2 400 ans dans le crâne

first_imgUn ‘scalpel’ oublié il y a 2 400 ans dans le crâne d’une momie égyptienne Publiant leur étude dans RSNA RadioGraphics, des chercheurs croates ont découvert, dans le crâne d’une momie égyptienne vieille de 2.400 ans, un outil probablement destiné à extraire le cerveau, et manifestement oublié là par les embaumeurs antiques… C’est dans le crâne d’une femme d’une quarantaine d’années, momifiée voici 2.400 ans par des embaumeurs égyptiens que l’étonnante découverte a été faite. Dans la tête de cette momie ramenée au 19e siècle au Musée archéologique de Zagreb (Croatie), l’équipe du Dr Mislav Cavka, de l’hôpital universitaire de Dubrava, a récupéré… un instrument ‘chirurgical’ sans doute destiné à extraire le cerveau des défunts lors de la préparation du corps, et manifestement oublié là par un embaumeur distrait il y près de 25 siècles !À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’objet a été repéré par tomodensitométrie entre le pariétal gauche et l’arrière du crâne lequel est aujourd’hui empli de résine d’embaumement. Long de 7 à 8 cm et taillé dans un végétal du type bambou, l’instrument a ainsi été précautionneusement retiré par les scientifiques à l’aide d’un endoscope. Un tube mince permettant des interventions chirurgicales non invasives. D’après les spécialistes, le bambou, inséré par les embaumeurs antiques via un trou percé à la base du nez, devait servir à drainer la matière cervicale, liquéfiée.”Certaines parties [du cerveau] devait être enroulées autour de ce bâtonnet et sorties, et les autres parties devaient se liquéfier. (…) C’est une erreur des embaumeurs d’avoir laissé cette  baguette dans le crâne”, a expliqué le Dr Mislav Cavka. C’est le deuxième cas connu de découverte d’un outil de ce genre – et fait du même matériau, sans doute peu couteux à l’époque – dans le crâne d’une momie d’Égypte de plus de 2.000 ans.Le 17 décembre 2012 à 17:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Messi names the 8 players that could star in the World

first_imgNaturally, Lionel Messi is expected to be one of the main stars in the World Cup but the Argentine has now revealed that he is predicting EIGHT other players to shine in RussiaThe 2018 World Cup looks set to be an unbelievable tournament this summer with only six days remaining until the hosts Russia begin the tournament when they face Saudi Arabia in their Group A opener at the Luzhniki Stadium.Many experts and fans alike are expecting great things from both Messi and his long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo at Russia as the duo chase their first World Cup titles in what may well be their final appearance in the tournament.But Messi believes that there are other stars set to shine in Russia.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“Brazil have Ney and Philippe [Coutinho]. Spain have Andres Iniesta and Silva. Germany don’t have any one star but they are very solid,” said the 30-year-old, according to the Daily Mail.He added: “Belgium have [Eden] Hazard and [Kevin] De Bruyne. France have [Antoine] Griezmann and [Kylian] Mbappe. The tournament is full of very good players.”After having their final warm-up game against Israel cancelled, Argentina will now travel to Russia for their Group D opener against Iceland on June 16.last_img read more

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Bale named Club World Cup 2018 Golden Ball winner

first_imgGareth Bale has won the Club World Cup 2018 Golden Ball award following his impressive performances at Abu DhabiThe Welsh winger proved to be a vital member of the Real Madrid squad this week as they became the first team in history to win three Club World Cups in a row.Bale proved to be unstoppable in Los Blancos’ 3-1 win against Japanese side Kashima Antlers in the semi-finals by scoring a hat-trick.In the final itself on Saturday, Bale played the full 90 minutes and helped Real defeat local side Al Ain 4-1 – which nearly saw him repeat his overhead Champions League final goal as well.Now Bale’s exploits in Abu Dhabi have crowned him the Club World Cup 2018 Golden Ball winner.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Al Ain’s Caio won the Silver Ball with River Plate’s Santos Borre collecting the Bronze Ball.Last year’s winner for the Golden Ball was Luka Modric, who has since gone on to win this year’s Ballon d’Or.🌍🏆 @GarethBale11 🎖 Club World Cup Golden Ball winner#RMCWC | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/Mn7vi4SsWE— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) December 22, 2018last_img read more

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Security questioned after grandmothers alleged assault during courthouse hearing

first_imgThe Dimond Courthouse in Juneau in February 2017. An Aug. 6 assault in a courtroom has raised concerns about security. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)A 26-year-old Juneau man spent roughly six months in jail for allegedly assaulting his grandmother. Then the man, who’s diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, is alleged to have done it again — this time in a Juneau courtroom. And it took 11 minutes for a law enforcement officer to arrive.Listen nowThe incident is raising questions about courthouse security.On Aug. 6, Konnie Chitty was testifying in a closed guardianship hearing for her grandson Tyler Leatham on the third floor of the Dimond Courthouse. The hearing would help determine if the state would become the guardian for Leatham.Chitty told a recent forum held by supporters of candidate for governor Mike Dunleavy what happened. She said she was testifying about the earlier assault.“While I was standing just like this, speaking directly to the judge, my eyes not wavering, my grandson jumped from right here, beside his attorney, and knocked me out in one punch,” Chitty said.While Leatham stopped the assault after his mother and others in the courtroom urged him to stop, it took time for help to arrive.“There was only two of us in this, beside his attorney, the judge (and) his secretary, both pushing a panic button inside a locked room and no one came,” Chitty said.The courthouse had two judicial services officers, who would have been responsible for responding, but both were guarding prisoners at the time. A Juneau police officer outside of the courthouse responded and arrived 11 minutes after the alarm.For Chitty, the incident raises two concerns. One is about courthouse security. The other is about whether the state provides enough mental health treatment to those like Leatham who need it.Chitty said the statewide need for in-patient mental health treatment far exceeds the capacity of the Alaska Psychiatric Institute.“He does not particularly need prison, but a mental health institution,” Chitty said.Chitty had this concern before the August incident. After Leatham’s first alleged assault against her in February, he was first jailed, then flown to Anchorage. His family understood that the state was seeking to move him to the state psychiatric institute. However, Chitty said that never happened and he spent much of his time in solitary confinement.“I don’t know if we’re going to get help for our Tyler,” Chitty said.Neil Nesheim is the area court administrator for Southeast Alaska. He was working nearby when the incident occurred. He said judicial services or Juneau Police Department officers are generally in courtrooms at the request of one of the parties or the judge.“If somebody would be considered dangerous and a threat in the courtroom, certainly either party or either attorney could ask the court to provide some sort of JS officer or JPD officer or state trooper to be present, if that were the case,” Nesheim said. “To my knowledge, we haven’t received anything along those lines.”Nesheim said those who work in the courthouse learned from the August incident.“It was an unusual incident,” Nesheim said. “I don’t think anybody expected that really to happen. Certainly it’s one of those things where it’s one for the learning books in terms of what to look out for in terms of: Does someone have any mental health issues and would they be considered a danger to society or those people in the courtroom?”Nesheim said the incident may lead to having more security in the courthouse.“I would expect that the change would primarily result with the additional staff of judicial services officers,” Nesheim said. “Right now, they only have two. Typically in the past they’ve had three. I don’t know if that’s because of budget cuts or just the inability of being able to find somebody. But simply the presence of another judicial service officer would certainly help.”Chitty flew down to Seattle last week to have her injuries from the incident checked out.“It’s been horrible for our family, but we are moving forward,” Chitty said.Leatham has been in Juneau’s Lemon Creek Correctional Center since the incident. And Chitty said the state has been granted guardianship over him. That means the state will provide for his treatment and everyday living needs.last_img read more

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OYO likely to get backing from Chinese giant Didi Chuxing

first_imgOYO Rooms [ Representational image]ReutersIn a major boost to the OYO’s Chinese operations, China’s Didi Chuxing is likely to invest in the company.This would be the second such investment in an Indian startup after Ola, The Times of India reported. The proposed amount will be channelised to OYO’s Chinese business, which was started in November last year and seen an exponential growth.OYO, the hospitality service and budget hotel network was under the final stages of materialising a new $800 million- $1 billion financing round, which will eventually split its India and China operations for the purpose of finance.It is to be noted that the investors are willing to infuse money on OYO’s China-based operations only, with Didi and shared office start-up WeWork in the forefront.The Times of India reported that OYO is under the process of raising $500 million for its India business under OYO global; on the other hand, its operation based out China is expected to raise another $500-600 million.After the investments, the valuation of the domestic unit will be at $4.5 billion, while the Chinese operations will be diluting 50%, which is expected to snag a valuation of about $1.2 billion. Earlier, OYO China was 100 per cent subsidiary of the parent OYO global.A person close to the matter told The Times of India “Didi and WeWork are routing their investments through OYO Global (the India business), but it is primarily for China. The overall funding could run up to $1.1 billion between the two countries.”Softbank which has a 42 per cent stake in OYO is expected to see a similar shareholding in China subsidiary. Apart from Softbank, other existing investors including Sequoia Capital and Lightspeed Venture Partners are also supporting OYO China considerably. Its operation has grown exponentially with 1,000 hotels in a mix of franchised and leased properties running across China.Most of the investors are looking to invest in the OYO’s Chinese operation as it is in a better position to become more valuable. The branded hotel segment in China is untapped and is also a target for OYO.last_img read more

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US Media Giants Invasion of UK Reaches the Next Level

first_img“Britain punches way above its weight in terms of the amount of talent that exists in that market,” says Kevin MacLellan, chairman of global distribution and international at NBCUniversal. MacLellan, who recently moved back to Los Angeles, spent more than a decade working in London and kept a sharp lookout for local talent with whom NBCU could partner.“Seven years ago I was beginning to see the biggest groups being acquired by aggregators, so our strategy was to identify the best talent and go to them and create a structure that was interesting to them,” he says. The approach has led to agreements like the one with “Harry Potter” films producer David Heyman to set up Heyday TV. More are in the offing.The gold rush for U.K. content makers started after changes to British law in 2003 enshrined producers’ ability to retain rights. That gave rise to a vibrant indie sector and export market, and ushered in a dizzying cycle of M&A.Many established companies have been gobbled up, leaving fewer targets. But a new wave of start-ups founded by well-known players has emerged, such as Sister Pictures, the new venture of former Kudos chief Jane Featherstone; and Expectation, a budding super-producer set up by ex-Endemol Shine president Tim Hincks and former ITV programming head Peter Fincham, and which has the backing of BBC Studios.Buyers can still expect to pay 10 to 15 times earnings for a U.K. scripted business and about eight times earnings for unscripted. Thomas Dey, CEO of About Corporate Finance, an investment bank that has worked on scores of production deals, including the sales of Left Bank to Sony and Raw to Discovery, says his buyer pool has swelled from about 10 when the M&A cycle started to about 70 to 80 now. More than a quarter of his buyers are U.S.-based.“The volume won’t be quite what it was in 2012 to ’14, where you were seeing 15 to 20 transactions a year,” Dey says. “We willsee lots of investment in start-ups now, and the midsize companies being bought at a rate of five or 10 a year.” There’s also now space for the larger players and consolidators to get bought. “That’s where the OTT platforms are going to come in. They are going to be the ones that hoover up thebig things.” Popular on Variety “There are some things that can and will move as things change,” says Theresa Wise, CEO of the Royal Television Society. “But that doesn’t mean people won’t invest in the U.K. as an IP creation hub. That’s not going to change. You speak to some companies, and they are saying they are doubling down on their investment in the U.K.”MacLellan also confesses to some concerns over Brexit. But the fundamentals of the business in Britain — talent, infrastructure, incentives, the English language — will not be impacted. “We have invested a billion dollars in production in the U.K. in the past three years,” he says. “I don’t see that slowing as a result of Brexit. … There is too much talent and too many advantages in that market for us to slow that down.” The manicured lawns of “Downton Abbey” and the iconic Buckingham Palace balcony in “The Crown” are under American ownership. A trans-Atlantic buying spree has seen U.S. media giants grab a host of U.K. production assets in recent years, including “Downton Abbey” maker Carnival (now owned by NBCUniversal), “The Crown” creator Left Bank (Sony Pictures Television), Shed (Warner Bros.) and All3Media (Discovery and Liberty Global).British networks are hot commodities too. Disney and 21st Century Fox are battling to take over pay-TV service Sky. ITV, Britain’s biggest commercial broadcaster, has long been a rumored target. Viacom has already snapped up Channel 5.The vaunted “special relationship” between the U.S. and Britain is thriving in the media and entertainment space. But with Brexit clouds overhead and other countries emerging as international content hubs, the question is whether the feverish trans-Atlantic dealmaking will cool down — or whether it might actually heat up further as the FAANGs (digital players Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google) enter the game. Thus far, the streaming giants have cut checks to British writing, on-screen and executive talent instead of buying production assets. But as massive budgets for shows like “The Crown” come into play, buying a producer might look like better business than handing off a healthy margin to a third party.“They are building big studios internally, and they can choose to bring in big producers, or they can buy top-quality production companies and drop them into the studio and then do their own commissions,” one industry expert says of the FAANGs. “When these guys come in and start playing, it’s going to change the game.”David Abraham, a veteran British exec who has run TLC in the U.S. and pubcaster Channel 4 in the U.K., thinks the rise of the FAANGs will drive new kinds of deals between traditional players desperate to beat back the new kids on the block. “Old enemies could become frenemies or allies because of the potential scale of what the combination of Netflix and Apple might represent to the likes of Sky and Disney and NBC and others,” says Abraham, who now runs his own indie start-up, Wonderhood Studios.British broadcasters are talking about setting aside their differences to create a joint streaming service. (The BBC and ITV already partner on OTT service BritBox.) Viacom, which bought Channel 5 in 2014 for £450 million (more than $750 million at the time), supports the effort. “We expect to be part of that collaboration when it happens,” says James Currell, who oversees the U.K. and Northern and Eastern Europe for Viacom Intl. Media Networks.Not everyone welcomes the growing U.S. presence on the British broadcasting landscape. The BBC and others have complained loudly about the influence and power of American digital players, which have driven up budgets and competition for talent and viewers. Critics also see a threat to cultural identity.“It is a key part of society that we do have our own cultural broadcasting coming from a U.K. cultural point of view,” says Colin Browne of grassroots TV group Voice of the Listener & Viewer. “That’s not to say there isn’t a great role for international stuff as well, but it’s that prime focus on producing U.K. material for a U.K. audience that it is important not to lose.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 When Viacom bought Channel 5, there were concerns it would flood the network with U.S. content. Instead, the inverse has been true, Currell says. “If you look now compared to four years ago, there is less U.S. acquired content, and our success has been driven in investing in Channel 5’s U.K.-originated content.”One sale that would send shock waves through Britain would be that of free-to-air broadcasting giant ITV. The company’s share price tripled during then CEO Adam Crozier’s seven-year tenure as he diversified and built a network of production assets. Anyone buying ITV would consider it the leading channel as well as a significant and international production group, says Mark Maitland, a media specialist at PwC. “ITV now is a production house on a global scale — a big hitter,” he explains.John Malone’s Liberty Global has a 9.9% stake in ITV and is frequently talked about as a potential buyer, as is Comcast/NBCU. MacLellan says nothing is in the works on that front but adds that Comcast has the bandwidth to do other deals while its run at Sky plays out.Other countries in the region, including France and Germany, have steadily become international production hubs in their own right, with high-end drama from continental Europe and formats from Israel drawing global interest. But Britain still produces more programming that travels than any of the new entrants. “The strength of U.K. producers means that not only are they producing U.K. content — they are producing U.S. and European content as well,” says Lorraine Ruckstuhl, head of the media team at Barclays in London. British producers’ association Pact estimates that the value of U.K. program exports was £902 million in 2016-17 (approximately $1.2 billion during that period). The U.S. was the biggest buyer, accounting for just under $450 million.The weak pound as a result of Britain’s vote to withdraw from the European Union has made deals cheaper for Americans buying up companies and content. But Brexit has also brought uncertainty. International channel operators such as A+E, Discovery, Disney, Sony and Turner use the U.K. as a base for their European operations, but it’s unclear whether a U.K.-issued license will be valid in the EU after Brexit.last_img read more

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Researchers refute idea that Neanderthals drove mammoths over cliff in Jersey

first_img Today, Jersey is a British Crown dependency—an island off the coast of Normandy. But 200,000 years ago, ocean levels were lower—so low that parts of the site, now known as LaCotte de St Brelade were above the water line. To get a better handle on how the mass of bones wound up at the sight, the researchers obtained a survey of the seabed as it stretches away from the cliff. In analyzing the terrain, the researchers noted that in order for mammoths or other beasts to be driven over the cliff, they would have first had to have been driven down into a dip, then back up again before arriving at the edge of the cliff—the terrain itself would have been very rocky as well, suggesting that a herd of mammoths would have dispersed long before reaching the cliff, and thus could not have all plunged to their deaths together.The researchers also noted that some of the excavated bones near the bottom of the pile showed signs of being burnt, which suggests the bones were used by the Neanderthals after death. The researchers contend that rather than driving the mammoths over the cliff en masse, they instead hunted them individually and carried their bones to the site where they were found—to eat the meat off them, and to use the bones for burning or other purposes. Many other Neanderthal artifacts have been found at the site, suggesting it’s a place where they lived on and off for many years, before finally moving away as the climate grew too cold for them. Journal information: Antiquity © 2014 Phys.org Explore further Ancient giant sloth bones suggest humans were in Americas far earlier than thought More information: A new view from La Cotte de St Brelade, Jersey, Antiquity, antiquity.ac.uk/ant/088/ant0880013.htmAbstractDid Neanderthal hunters drive mammoth herds over cliffs in mass kills? Excavations at La Cotte de St Brelade in the 1960s and 1970s uncovered heaps of mammoth bones, interpreted as evidence of intentional hunting drives. New study of this Middle Palaeolithic coastal site, however, indicates a very different landscape to the featureless coastal plain that was previously envisaged. Reconsideration of the bone heaps themselves further undermines the ‘mass kill’ hypothesis, suggesting that these were simply the final accumulations of bone at the site, undisturbed and preserved in situ when the return to a cold climate blanketed them in wind-blown loess.center_img The Reconstruction of the Funeral of Homo neanderthalensis. Captured in the Hannover Zoo. (Via Wikipedia) (Phys.org) —For half a century, archaeologists have been puzzling over a mass of woolly rhino and mammoth bones found at the base of a cliff on the island of Jersey in the English Channel—most have assumed they were the result of a mass execution by Neanderthals driving them over the cliff. Now a new team of British researchers has found evidence to suggest the bones were carried there instead. In their paper published in the journal Antiquity, the researchers claim their investigation shows that it would have been nearly impossible for Neanderthals to drive them to the cliff, much less get them to run off of it. Citation: Researchers refute idea that Neanderthals drove mammoths over cliff in Jersey (2014, March 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-03-refute-idea-neanderthals-drove-mammoths.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Celebrating IndiaChina Tourism Year

first_imgTo celebrate the Visit China Year in India 2016, China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) will organise Chinese OPERA Show, the classic milestone-style opera, which will showcase ‘Goddess Marriage – An unbelievable Love Story from China,’ on January 14 at Sirifort Auditorium. The event will be programmed by Anhui Huangmei Opera Theatre, China. The main aim of this cultural evening is to present a slice of Chinese culture to the Opera lovers in India, and to encourage Indian tourists to visit China. Huangmei Opera has grown into a famous opera enjoying a good reputation from folk drama. It mainly narrates a beautiful love story between immortal and mortal.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Act 1 will showcase “The Magpie Bridge”- Rules are heavy and time is dreary in heaven, where the seven fairies came to the magpie bridge to have a peep on mortal word while their father, the Jade Emperor was busy. Act 2 will showcase “Encounter”- The scene in mortal world is like a profusion of color, where the seventh fairy didn’t know how to tell Dong Yong about her deep love. Dong Yong refused her request of marrying him by various reasons, however, the seventh fairy had already made up her mind to marry him, and she used the white fan to make the pagoda tree talk, and finally they got married. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAct 3 will showcase “Serving Bond”- The seventh fairy went together with Dong Yong to Squire Fu’s home. Squire Fu didn’t want to adopt the seventh fairy, but had no reasons to refuse, so he said that he can’t support the seventh fairy until she weaves ten bolts of brocade in one night. Act 4 will showcase “Spinning Silk”- Silk like this surely can’t be weaved into brocade, let alone finishing the weaving in one night but the seventh fairy recalled the incense her eldest sister gave her while leaving the heaven. Seventh Fairy lit the incense and the smoke rose into the heaven which made her sisters come and help the seventh fairy in the weaving room, where they united with happy laughter and cheerful voices and finally finished the weaving of ten bolts of brocade before dawn. Act 5 will showcase “Separation”- The three-year contract is finally shortened to a hundred days, and they went back home after fulfilling the hundred-day bond. However, the Jade Emperor made an edict to arrest the seventh fairy who obeyed the rule back to Heaven while they were enjoying their conjugal love and happiness and dreaming of beautiful life in the future. While the deadline of going back to heaven was coming, the seventh fairy had to leave with teary eyes. At farewell, the seventh fairy told Dong Yong, “Heaven rule may separate us, but you and I will always be one” and also made an oath- “When spring arrives next year, I’ll hand you our son under the pagoda tree”.With the arrival of Spring, the seventh fairy borne by the promise she made to Dong Yong in mind, went back to the mortal world again, and gave their baby to Dong Yong under the pagoda tree. Anhui Huangmei Opera Theatre is one of the most popular theatre groups from Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei and some other provinces in China.When: January 14 Where: Sirifort Auditorium 1, Khel Gaon Road Timings: 7 pmlast_img read more

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An Elegant Desk Option for iPhones

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. December 21, 2010 This story appears in the January 2011 issue of . Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals In this era of mobility, instant messaging and free online video chat, the old office desk phone is fast becoming a relic. So if you’re going to have one, at least go for one with modern form and function.The Moshi Moshi 04i ($180) fits both bills. This multipurpose communicator from Native Union is almost absurdly elegant and adds all the functionality of a desk phone to your iPhone. (You can even cradle the receiver between your shoulder and ear, if that’s your thing.)Equipped with Bluetooth 2.1, the 04i can connect as many as two devices at once–your iPhone, plus, say, your laptop for VoIP calls–and serve as a hands-free conference call option for either. It is an iPhone charging dock, too. And Native Union, based in Hong Kong, also injected full-on speakers so that the unit can double as a portable sound system. Designed by British product and furniture designer Michael Young, the 04i has a brushed aluminum look that oozes style. Audio quality is serviceable, though Bang & Olufsen it is not.The clear upside for business users is not having to press your iPhone against your face, along with increased voice clarity for conference calls. Plus, cranking up the tunes on the 04i can make for a nice end to a long day. 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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