Koscielny hails Arsenal’s fighting spirit

first_imgArsenal captain Laurent Koscielny revelled in winning a Premier League six-pointer against rivals Chelsea at Emirates Stadium.Koscielny completed the scoring in a rousing 2-0 win with his first goal since suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon last May.But the truly impressive element of a victory that brought the Gunners to within three points of their opponents in the final Champions League qualification spot was tireless collective effort – something the former France defender welcomed seven days on from a lacklustre defeat at West Ham Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Today we needed to win. We did a mistake last week and it was a game of six points,” Koscielny told BT Sport.”If we lose, it would be nine points; if we win just three points. We are still in the race for the top four.”It was important, the commitment was amazing from all the boys. We talked a lot and we showed on the pitch which way we want to go together.”It is good to play like this. We want to fight for each other.”When we talk about a clean sheets it is not just about the defenders. We showed everyone working together; the strikers work and help the rest of the team. Then at the back it is easier to win the challenges.”It is good for our head – we can keep this [mentality] for the rest of the season.”Alexandre Lacazette scored a superb 14th-minute opener for Arsenal, deftly engineering space in the box to beat Kepa Arrizabalaga at his near post.”This is what the coach asked us to do in the dressing room – [press] from in front. We worked, we fought all the game,” he told BT Sport.”We are now three points to Chelsea so we are still in the race and we will fight until the end.”Koscielny’s goal – an attempted header than spun in off his shoulder – was not so easy on the eye but every bit as valuable.”I did my work in the gym,” he joked.”We know a free-kick or a corner is always important in modern football, the small details. I’m happy to score.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Expo to Mark World Water and Meteorological Day

first_imgA two-day exposition will highlight activities marking World Water Day and World Meteorological Day in Jamaica, on March 22 and 23 respectively.Organised by the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, the exposition will be staged on the south lawns of Devon House, St. Andrew, under the theme: “Partnering for Sustainable Development”.The work of the Ministry and its agencies, particularly in the area of water and meteorology, will be highlighted during the two-day event, which will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on both days.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, will officially open the exposition and deliver the keynote address, on March 22.Several agencies, including those under the Ministry’s portfolio, have confirmed their participation in the exposition. They include: the National Water Commission (NWC); Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL); Water Resources Authority (WRA); and National Meteorological Service.last_img read more

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The Wednesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Wednesday, Jan. 3———WOMEN CLAIM CANADIAN THEATRE FIGURE HARASSED THEM: A prominent figure in the Canadian theatre world has been forced to step down from the well-known company he co-founded amid separate lawsuits from four actresses who allege he exposed himself, groped them, and otherwise sexually humiliated them. The lawsuits naming Toronto-based Soulpepper Theatre Company and its founding artistic director Albert Schultz were filed this week by Patricia Fagan, Hannah Miller, Kristin Booth and Diana Bentley, who have all agreed to be named publicly. In her claim in Ontario Superior Court, Miller says Schultz, 54, harassed and sexually assaulted her when she was a performer with Soulpepper and as a member of Soulpepper’s academy. Miller is seeking $650,000 in general and punitive damages for “sexual battery, the intentional infliction of mental suffering (and) harassment of a sexual nature,” according to her claim, which has yet to be tested in court. The claim also seeks $800,000 from Soulpepper. Similarly, Fagan alleges in her lawsuit that Schultz assaulted her during a rehearsal of “Twelfth Night” in 2000, when he tried to show an actor what he wanted by “pushing his penis against her buttocks.” The women’s lawyer, Alexi Wood, said in a statement that Soulpepper did nothing to protect the actresses from Schultz, who is also an accomplished stage and screen actor.———TWO GUARDS CHARGED IN INMATE’S DEATH: Three years after a troubled Cape Breton man died after being hit repeatedly with pepper spray in prison, two correctional officers have been charged with manslaughter. RCMP had originally said foul play was not suspected in Matthew Hines’s death, but the charges come after Canada’s correctional investigator found prison staff used unnecessary force. Hines, who was serving a five-year sentence for crimes including robbery, died on May 26, 2015, at Dorchester Penitentiary in New Brunswick. Family members were originally told the 33-year-old died of a seizure, and said in a statement Wednesday they are relieved that his death has been thoroughly investigated. On Wednesday, two men, 48-year-old Alvida Ross and 31-year-old Mathieu Bourgoin, both of Dieppe, N.B., were charged with one count each of manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death. Ivan Zinger, Canada’s correctional investigator, said in a May 2017 report that the repeated use of pepper spray at very close range appears to have contributed to Hines’ rapid onset of medical complications.———FEWER JOBS DUE TO MINIMUM WAGE HIKE, BANK OF CANADA SAYS: The Bank of Canada estimates there will be about 60,000 fewer jobs by 2019 due to the increases in minimum wages across the country, but that labour income will be higher due to the increases. In examining the impact of the wage increases, the report estimated that the consumer price index could be boosted by about 0.1 percentage points on average and real gross domestic product could be cut by 0.1 per cent by early 2019. The number of jobs lost was based on a 0.3 per cent decline in the number of hours worked, while aggregate real wages were estimated to increase 0.7 per cent. The research paper by the staff at the central bank noted that if the average working hours declined following the increase in the minimum wage, the number of jobs lost would also be lower. The Bank of Canada estimated that about eight per cent of all employees work at minimum wage, a proportion that increases to 11 per cent if a threshold of five per cent above minimum wage is used. Ontario raised its minimum wage to $14 per hour on Jan. 1 from $11.60 and plans to increase it to $15 in 2019, while Alberta is expected to raise its minimum wage to $15 later this year.———TRAIN CONDUCTOR PLAYED BIG ROLE IN LAC-MEGANTIC TRAGEDY, TRIAL HEARS: Train conductor Thomas Harding played a significant role in the deaths of 47 people in the Lac-Megantic tragedy because he didn’t sufficiently apply the brakes after parking the oil-laden convoy, the Crown argued Wednesday. Harding applied only half the required level of brakes and didn’t test them to ensure they worked properly before leaving for the night, prosecutor Sacha Blais said in his closing arguments at the trial of Harding and his two co-accused. In the wee hours of July 6, 2013, a runaway train carrying crude oil from the United States derailed in Lac-Megantic and exploded, killing the 47 and destroying part of the downtown core. Harding and former colleagues Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre are each facing one count of criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people. They have all pleaded not guilty. The Crown wrapped up its closing arguments Wednesday and will be followed Thursday by lawyers for Labrie and Demaitre. Harding’s lawyer will get his turn Friday and Quebec Superior Court Justice Gaetan Dumas is expected to give his instructions to the jury Monday.———JOSHUA BOYLE CASE ADJOURNED UNTIL MONDAY: Joshua Boyle, the former Afghanistan hostage who now finds himself behind bars in Canada facing a battery of serious criminal charges, will have to wait at least a few more days to find out if he’ll be released on bail. A pro-forma court appearance Wednesday was over in a matter of minutes, with the 34-year-old Boyle appearing via video link from the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre, clad in an orange jumpsuit. Boyle was arrested by Ottawa police late last month and made his first court appearance on New Year’s Day to face 15 charges, including eight counts of assault, two of sexual assault, two of unlawful confinement and one count of causing someone to “take a noxious thing, namely Trazodone,” an antidepressant. The charges relate to two victims, but a court order prohibits the publication of any details that might identify them or any witnesses. None of the charges have been proven in court. Boyle did little beyond confirm his identity for Justice Norman Boxall before the case was adjourned until Monday to set a date for a bail hearing. Court also heard that Lawrence Greenspon, one of Ottawa’s most high-profile criminal lawyers, has joined his defence team.———MANAFORT SUES MUELLER, U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OVER RUSSIAN PROBE: U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman sued special counsel Robert Mueller and the Justice Department on Wednesday, saying prosecutors had overstepped their bounds by charging him for conduct that he says is unrelated to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The lawsuit by Paul Manafort, filed in federal court in Washington, is the most direct challenge to date to Mueller’s legal authority and the scope of his mandate as special counsel. It comes amid Republican allegations of partisan bias among members of Mueller’s team, which for months has been investigating whether the Trump campaign co-ordinated with Russia to influence the outcome of the U.S. election. Manafort was indicted in October on charges including money-laundering conspiracy, related to his lobbying work on behalf of a Russia-friendly Ukrainian political party. He has pleaded not guilty. He is one of four Trump associates — including former national security adviser Michael Flynn — to be charged so far in Mueller’s investigation.———TRUMP BLASTS FORMER ADVISER BANNON OVER BOOK: U.S. President Donald Trump launched a scathing attack on former top adviser Steve Bannon on Wednesday, responding to a new book that portrays Trump as an undisciplined man-child who didn’t actually want to win the White House and quotes Bannon as calling his son’s contact with a Russian lawyer “treasonous.” Hitting back via a formal White House statement rather than a more-typical Twitter volley, Trump insisted Bannon had little to do with his campaign. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind,” Trump said. It was a blistering attack against the man who helped deliver the presidency to Trump. It was spurred by an unflattering new book by writer Michael Wolff that paints Trump as a leader who doesn’t understand the weight of the presidency and spends his evenings eating cheeseburgers in bed, watching television and talking on the phone to old friends. White House aides were blindsided when early excerpts from “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” were published online by New York magazine and other media outlets ahead of the Jan. 9 publication date. The release left Trump “furious” and “disgusted,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who complained that the book contained “outrageous” and “completely false claims against the president, his administration and his family.”———SECURITY ISSUE EXPOSED IN COMPUTERS WITH INTEL HARDWARE: Technology experts warn a “really, really serious” security vulnerability could affect the majority of computers made in the last decade, but a fix being rushed to users has a downside: it may slow down your machine. Tech news website the Register reported a glitch has been identified with Intel processing chips that could cause data to become vulnerable to hackers. While software developers have been covertly working since late last year to address the widespread issue, news of the problem began spreading beyond the development community late Tuesday. Intel’s stock dropped about four per cent on Wednesday while the company’s main competitor AMD saw its stock surge by more than five per cent. “This is a really, really serious problem,” said Vlado Keselj, a professor of computer science at Dalhousie University. “The good news is I think it’s really hard to exploit this vulnerability. But it could just be a matter of time before someone manages to do that.” In a statement released Wednesday, Intel attempted to downplay worries about the hardware issue, saying it believes hackers “do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data.” The company also said a performance hit from a future software update “should not be significant and will be mitigated over time.”———FUNDRAISING DRIVER LAUNCHED FOR QUEBECER WHO LOST LIMBS: A young Quebec woman has had her arms and legs amputated after she spent four hours in freezing temperatures following an electric jolt that raced through her body. Samantha Mongeon says her younger sister Sabryna, 18, was driving a car early on Christmas morning when she lost control of the vehicle and collided with a hydroelectric pole in western Quebec. “The pole did not fall down but wires came down and fell on her vehicle,” Mongeon said. “She was afraid it would catch fire so she left the vehicle (and) it was at that moment that she received an electrical charge of 14,500 volts.” Mongeon said the jolt entered through her sister’s hands, coursed through her body and exited her two feet, adding “she immediately lost her left foot.” She remained conscious for four hours and painfully tried to get back into her car but wasn’t able to start it to get some heat, her sister said. Mongeon said a “Good Samaritan saw the vehicle, called 911 and stayed with her and warmed her in his arms” until help arrived. Mongeon said she started a fundraiser on the “Onedollargift” website so their mother can spend as much time as possible at her daughter’s side. Mongeon said the goal is to raise $50,000 so her sister can also get all the necessary care after she’s released from hospital. As of late Wednesday afternoon, more than $30,000 had been raised.last_img read more

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Residents honoured at 11th Annual Fort St John Community Awards

first_imgThe Literacy Award was the first of the evening’s awards to be presented, which was given out to Kim Boettcher. Boettcher wasn’t at the gala so the award was accepted on behalf by her friend Jane Drew.“I was very honored to be nominated for this community award, along with all the other very deserving people in this category, congratulations to all of you. When we work collectively in the area of literacy everyone benefits as literacy skills help open doors to a better future.”The Cultural award was presented to Catherine Ruddell. Ruddell was unable to attend the gala as she is currently in Italy, so her sister accepted the award on her behalf. “I want to thank you all so much for the nomination and the award, I will always call Fort St. John home in my heart, and some of my greatest joys in my life include interactions I’ve had with my community whether it be at the cafe or the art gallery.”The Youth Award was presented to Hunter Faminow who kept his acceptance speech short and sweet.“I don’t have a fancy speech, thank you so much. Keep volunteering, youth really matters.” After a brief intermission that included another acoustic set from Wynn, Grey Cup winner and former CFL All Star Doug Petersen delivered the evening’s keynote address.“Its a strong sense of community (Fort St. John), and family that were celebrating here tonight that drew me back here. My sense of identity is tied to this area, I don’t feel like a faceless individual in a large suburban center. Here I know my neighbors, and they know me.”After Petersen’s speech, the Recreation Award was the next to be given out, with the winners being none other than the event’s opening speakers – the Crystal Cup Organizing Committee.“Thank you to our families, the people that sacrifice the time at home. We go missing for a large part of January-February, out in the middle of a lake. We dedicate a lot of time away from our children, girlfriends, wives, spouses and everything in between. So thank you for letting this happen.”28 residents were nominated for the Humanitarian Award, which was awarded to Kim Wilson and the rest of the North Peace Seniors Housing Society.“Our community gives back to this community, its been said throughout tonight and you’ve heard some great stories about our community. This award is not deserving to us, it is really deserving to everybody, to all the other 28 recipients who were a part of the humanitarian award. I wish we had 28 of them to give out because you all deserve this and from the bottom of my heart I would give up this award to all of you because you make this community better, so thank you.”Mayor Lori Ackerman was on hand to present the Mayor’s Citizen of the Year Award, with Adam Reaburn being named as this year’s recipient.“The award for me is really about Moose FM, without their support we couldn’t do what we do. The 14 people that are there every day make it possible to do the things we do. Also the community, as an independently owned radio station we are one of six left in the country, so the community has allowed us to continue to operate coming on 15 years now. Of course I have to recognize my wife and daughter who put up with all the stuff I get myself into, so thank you.”Mayor Ackerman concluded the event by thanking each and every member of the community for their contributions. Referencing  both Faminow’s speech and a talk delivered by a guest speaker at the Community Development Institute’s guest speaker series, Ackerman spoke about the importance of youth in the Energetic City.“One of the ways to kill your community is forget the youth. We will always remember”center_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Lido Theatre was packed to the rafters on Thursday night for the 11th Annual Fort St. John Community Awards.The winners were selected after nominations were sent in to the City in February and March. A four-member panel consisting of Pool Manager Karin Carlson and Councillors Gord Klassen, Trevor Bolin, and Larry Evans then rated each of the nominees to choose the eventual winner.The evening began with one of two acoustic performances by local firefighter and CBC Searchlight Top 100 finalist Adam Wynn, before the Crystal Cup Organizing Committee spoke to the audience about the incredible showing from the community in support of the Crystal Cup, which has been held on Charlie Lake every year since 2012.last_img read more

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Burkina Faso President Hails Bilateral Relations with Morocco

Casablanca – President of Burkina Faso Roch Marc Christian Kaboré highlighted his country’s “exemplary” relations with Morocco on Wednesday at the 5th International Africa Development Forum in Casablanca.In a statement to the press upon his arrival at the Mohammed V airport in Casablanca, the President of Burkina Faso praised Morocco’s action, under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, “who decided to ensure direct investment in Africa, to provide the Kingdom’s contribution to the continent’s development in all sectors.”He also welcomed his country’s choice as the guest of honor of the 5th International Africa Development Forum, noting that Africa must take charge of its future through the development of economic activities and the sharing of experience among the countries of the continent. The Burkinabe president emphasized the importance of South-South partnerships in the continent and shared development projects, welcoming the choice of Burkino Faso as the guest of honor at the forumAccompanied by a large delegation of economic operators, Burkina Faso’s president will chair the opening of the International Africa Development Forum, to be held on March 16-17 in Casablanca.Morocco has recently enjoyed strong economic ties with Burkina Faso. Between 2003 and 2013, 8 percent of all Moroccan foreign investments were in Burkina Faso, according to the Moroccan Foreign Exchange Office, with various Moroccan banks, insurance companies, and real estate developers establishing themselves their West African neighbor.Burkina Faso has also backed Morocco’s claim to the Western Sahara. In April 2016, the Burkinabe Minister of Territorial Administration and Internal Security, Simon Compaore, told reporters, “Our stance has not changed. Everybody knows it. [The Sahara] an integral part of Morocco.” read more

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US construction spending up strong 1 per cent in January

WASHINGTON — U.S. construction spending rose a solid 1 per cent in February, led by a strong gain in spending on government projects, which hit an all-time high.The Commerce Department says the February increase followed an even larger 2.5 per cent gain in January and a slight 0.2 per cent rise in December. The gains pushed total construction to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.32 trillion, the highest level since May.Residential construction was up 0.7 per cent. Government construction jumped 3.8 per cent to $303 billion, the highest level on record.Weakness in home building has been a drag on overall growth, but analysts believe housing construction should rebound this year, helped by lower mortgage rates following the signal by the Federal Reserve that it plans to hold rates steady this year.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

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US seeks 31 million to assist reconciliation efforts in Lanka

The United States, State Department is seeking $31 million through the White House budget to assist the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka.The State Department noted that US assistance to Sri Lanka has entered a new era and in the Financial Year 2017, US assistance will be used to strengthen governance, democratic reform, and the rule of law by promoting and protecting human rights, strengthening justice sector institutions, and supporting civilsociety organizations. The State Department said that FY 2017 resources will also be used to encourage reconciliation efforts and support anti-corruption activities. To help increase economic stability, US assistance will also work to improve economic governance and growth, while supporting livelihoods and promoting trade. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Concerns raised over US using BIA to transfer military cargo

Concerns were raised in Parliament today over the United States using the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) to transfer military cargo.Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Parliamentarian Bimal Ratnayake asked the Government if there was an agreement with the US to conduct such transfers. The January transfers will contribute approximately 25 million Sri Lankan Rupees to the country’s economy. This is the third iteration of the temporary cargo transfer initiative. It follows two successful transfers that took place in August 2018 at Bandaranaike International Airport and Trincomalee and in December 2018 at Bandaranaike International Airport. (Colombo Gazette) He also asked if the Government was taking steps to ensure there is no threat to Sri Lanka by the US using a commercial airport to transfer military goods. A US Embassy statement issued yesterday said that US Navy aircraft will land at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) to perform a transfer operation to move cargo between planes from January 21 to 29.This is part of a larger temporary cargo transfer initiative that promotes Sri Lanka’s efforts to become a regional hub for logistics and commerce. Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella said that he will raise the matter with the Government. read more

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Calfrac loses 1700 jobs braces for another tough year in oilpatch

Calfrac loses 1,700 jobs, braces for another tough year in oilpatch CALGARY – Calfrac Well Services Ltd. has shed more than 1,700 jobs from its Canadian and U.S. workforce since the end of 2014, underscoring how painful the crude price collapse has been for oilfield services firms.The Calgary-based company (TSX:CFW) said Wednesday it has reduced its head count by 40 per cent in Canada and 60 per cent in the United States as it faces the worst oilpatch downturn in three decades.“Retaining key employees has always been a keen focus for the company, but unfortunately with the current downturn shaping up to be the worst in decades, the company has had to make some difficult decisions in order to position itself to survive in this environment,” CEO Fernando Aguilar told analysts on a conference call.A Calfrac spokesperson said the company had 1,740 workers in its Canadian division and 1,750 in its U.S. division at the end of 2014, meaning the total staff cuts amounted to 1,746 since then.Meanwhile, Calfrac said it’s suspending its quarterly dividend immediately until further notice. Last June, the dividend was cut in half to 6.25 cents a share, and then September it was slashed again to 1.6 cents.Also Wednesday, it posted a net loss for the fourth quarter of $141.5 million, versus a profit of $26.5 million during the same period a year earlier.Revenue fell 62 per cent to $286.2 million for the last three months of the year.Service companies like Calfrac have been hit hard by the downturn because their customers — oil and gas producers — have been scaling back on drilling new wells and pressing for lower rates.For the first time since the late 1980s, global exploration spending has decreased for two consecutive years, Calfrac said. It’s expecting activity to be low for most of 2016, with the potential for “modest improvement” toward the end of the year.Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter. by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 24, 2016 9:40 am MDT Last Updated Feb 24, 2016 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Kicking off Africa Week at UN Ban lauds steps taken for continents

“The year 2015 is indeed a critical time for global action,” the UN chief told the High-level Event on the Role of African Regional and Sub-regional Organizations in Achieving Regional Integration. “The United Nations system is committed to supporting the 10-Year Implementation Plan of the Agenda 2063, including the efforts of the Regional Economic Communities as they strive to further integration,” Mr. Ban said.In his remarks to start off Africa Week 2015 at UN Headquarters, Mr. Ban also said “operationalizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – and Agenda 2063 of the African Union – will be a key to our success in ensuring a life of dignity for all.” This event is the first is a series of high-level discussions and events this week held on the margins of the 193-member General Assembly’s annual consideration of the landmark New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), and other vital issues concerning for the continent.“You can also count on my Special Adviser on African issues, Mr. Maged Abdelaziz, for his continuing commitment working together with all Member States and myself also,” he added. The UN chief also outlined ways in which he has been addressing peace and security challenges in Africa.“I have recently convened, in close cooperation with the African Union and key sub-regional organizations, High-level Meetings on the situations in the Central African Republic, Congo, Libya, Mali, Somalia and South Sudan,” he said. “Let us also continue to work together to resolve the pressing refugee and migration crisis.”In his remarks , the President of the General Assembly said the events of 2015 offer an “unprecedented opportunity” for Africa to reduce poverty, foster sustainable and inclusive economic growth, and to integrate into the global economy. “These initiatives should not, however, be simply about trade liberalization between African countries,” Mogens Lykketoft cautioned. “Rather they should constitute an important pillar of the continent’s strategy for structural economic transformation. They should focus on harmonizing policies, enhancing infrastructure development and promoting public-private partnerships.” Mr. Lykketoft said he encourages African leaders to sustain the political will and commitment needed for truly beneficial regional integration, adding that the UN must also assist the African Union and its Regional Economic Communities as they work to put in place policies that support regional integration. He announced that he will hold a high level thematic debate next April to highlight early successes and to advance a coherent response to the agendas and agreements to which countries have committed. The Week also aims to identify the kind of support the United Nations could further extend to African regional and sub-regional organizations in the implementation of Agenda 2063, in ways that ensure synergy with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. read more

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UK auto suppliers gather for industrys largest business exchange event

SMMT is today hosting a dedicated supply chain networking event in the West Midlands, bringing together around 25 vehicle manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers with over 150 UK-based automotive component companies to explore new business prospects and local sourcing opportunities.With more than 300 one-to-one meetings expected to take place at the event, SMMT’s Meet the Buyer is largest business exchange event of its kind, demonstrating industry’s appetite to increase domestic sourcing and providing a platform to build new local partnerships. Attending delegates will also benefit from a series of presentations delivered by senior representatives from industry who will offer insight on the outlook for the automotive supply chain ahead of the day’s scheduled meetings.Vehicle manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers attending today’s Meet the Buyer event as buying organisations include Aisin Europe, Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Briggs Automotive, Brose, CAB Automotive, Calsonic Kansei, Faurecia, Ford, Futaba Industrial, General Motors, Grupo Antolin, Honda, Houghton Parkhouse, JLR, Koito Europe, Leyland Trucks, LUK/Schaeffler, Nissan, Nissin Showa, Perkins Engines/Caterpillar, Renault, Scorpion Automotive, Sears Manufacturing and Yamada Europe.Building on the success of previous year’s events, SMMT is also introducing a new facilitated networking service at the event that will match supply companies with one another, generating informal meetings to further broaden the business opportunities at the event.The participating supply chain companies for this event were selected via SMMT’s Automotive Supplier Finder (ASF) database (www.autosupplierfinder.com), a tool designed specifically to match buyers to suppliers based on the UK automotive commodity demand list that was published earlier this year.For more information about participating as a buyer or a supplier at future SMMT ‘Meet the Buyer’ events, visit: www.smmt.co.uk/meet-the-buyer. To find out which automotive commodities buyers at SMMT’s forthcoming event are looking to purchase, download SMMT’s latest UK automotive commodity demand list.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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The crisis according to Varoufakis

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It was standing-room only at the Lonsdale Street headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria on Tuesday, as political economist Yanis Varoufakis shared his thoughts on the Greek crisis, why no such thing existed, and by the way – how to escape it. The lecture – based upon Varoufakis’ contention that the eurozone is in its final death-throes amidst a wider global economic conflagration – was fittingly the last event to be presented at GOCMV’s current headquarters, before it too succumbs to the bulldozers. For those who have followed his many utterances as a TV news analyst and online in recent years, it was vintage Varoufakis – eloquent, strident claims of the imminent destruction of the eurozone, within an overarching narrative of the drastic shortcomings of globalised capitalism. Greece is a sideshow – a victim of disreputable bankers propped up by the EU which for Varoufakis is a fatally flawed institution, without the internal systems – and more importantly without the political will – for member states with surpluses to support other states who have deficits. To begin, he asked his audience to reflect on whether the current economic and social problems in Greece should be described as a crisis at all. He pointed to the winter of 1941-1942, when over a hundred thousand Greeks died of starvation, and the 1974 invasion of Cyprus, as crises worthy of the name. “Greece is experiencing an existentialist catastrophe” he said. “It would be just as silly to talk about the Greek crisis today, as it would be to speak of ‘the Tasmanian crisis’ in the 1930s. “The Greek people today are part of a general crisis, of which Greece is but an interesting, sad and tragic part,” said Varoufakis. He spoke with few notes, repeating an agenda he has been espousing for some time: how the Greek, eurozone and global economic crises should be viewed as a kind of wooden Russian doll – each the offspring of the other. “But we Greeks were one million percent responsible for Greece being the first domino to fall,” said the former advisor to PASOK, admitting that a large chunk of responsibility for the current situation lay with Greece’s political elites over decades. Varoufakis, who worked for George Papandreou between 2004 and 2006, said the question was not whether Greece would or should leave the euro, but rather, when would Germany make up its mind, if Germany itself wishes to remain in the euro? The EU’s demand for austerity measures to be fulfilled – in order for Greece to continue to receive bailout funds – was torture, a case of “waterboarding” he said. “Germany knows the austerity measures will not work, but it applies them because it is making its own mind up about whether it wants to remain in the euro. “I say to Germany, make it up,” said Varoufakis to widespread applause. Then it was over to Q and A’s. The audience was largely warm and referential to the former University of Sydney lecturer, with only one or two dissenting voices, suggesting that the globe-trotting economist might be prone to “a selectivity of facts”. According to his critics, Varoufakis’ “modest proposals” as he refers to them, are based on his beliefs which some say are a mix of utopian socialism and a cautious neo-Keynesianism. His most vocal detractors accuse him of being light on concrete suggestions for development, and too often when talking about Greece, deliberately choosing to avoid the immense dysfunctionality of its economy and the reasons for it. He did offer three suggestions for escaping the crisis and saving the eurozone. “You don’t need federation, and you don’t need to torture people [with austerity],” said Varoufakis defiantly. “What you do need to do is get rid of the national banking systems, make the European Central Bank take part of the debt of member states – debts which can’t ever be serviced – and make this debt disappear, and an investment policy is needed to resuscitate the [European] economy.” As audience members filed down the dimly-lit stairs of the GOCMV building (the lift had decided not to function properly on the last, busiest night of its existence), each reflected on Varoufakis’ analysis and wish-list for action, hoping that the GOCMV building and Greece, will rise from their respective ashes, phoenix-like in the not too distant future. If only the reconstruction of a nation’s economy was as simple as laying bricks and mortar.last_img read more

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De Bruyne on Man City comeback Im getting stronger

first_imgManchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne reckons it’s only a matter of time before he reaches top form once moreThe Belgian international made his comeback to competitive action over the weekend as a second-half substitute in City’s 5-0 win Premier League over Burnley.Following a two month layoff with injury, De Bruyne’s rapid recovery saw manager Pep Guardiola start him in City’s Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk.And De Bruyne repaid Guardiola for his faith by setting up Aymeric Laporte for the second goal on Tuesday night as City cruised to an impressive 3-0 win in Ukraine.“I feel good. I’m back, I’m playing, I think I did well,” said De Bruyne, according to Goal.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I’m getting stronger and stronger, I just need games to get back into the rhythm but to play half an hour (at the weekend) and 70 minutes today is fine.“I think they did really well [while I was injured]. They didn’t lose, apart from the Lyon game, so I think the team did really well without me, but I didn’t expect anything different.”David and Bernando Silva were the other goalscorers at the Metalist Stadium.City now sits top of Group F with six points from three games, although De Bruyne refused to discuss their prospects in the Champions League this season.The Citizens will next host Shakhtar at the Etihad Stadium for their next European fixture on November 7.last_img read more

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Flames engulf local nonprofit organization

first_imgMARGATE, FLA. (WSVN) – Flames spewed from a building, Sunday morning, that belonged to a non-profit organization,A nearby witness spotted the smoke and called 9-1-1.Margate’s fire department shared pictures of the fight against the fire.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Huawei launches MediaPad T5 amid shrinking tablet sales Bets on affordability factor

first_imgClose Huawei is one of the few brands keeping the tablets market alive. If the numbers are to be believed, Huawei is only after Apple when it comes to making sizable tablet sales, and the Chinese tech giant is pushing its efforts to remain one of the biggest contributors with the launch of its latest MediaPad T5 tablet in India.Huawei is betting on the affordability factor to win over consumers for its MediaPad T5. Priced at Rs 14,990, the Huawei tablet is for those who factor value for money and be content with basic features and configuration.Huawei MediaPad T5 comes in two variants, 2GB+16GB and 3GB+32GB, priced at Rs 14,990 and Rs 16,990, respectively. As a part of the introductory offer, the budget tablet comes with a free flip cover and Huawei Earphone AM 12 worth Rs 2,998 for free. The MediaPad T5 is listed on Amazon India and goes on sale starting July 10. Huawei launches MediaPad T5 in IndiaHuaweiAs for the features, Huawei MediaPad T5 comes with a 10.1-inch Full HD display with 16:10 aspect ratio and considerable bezels. Under the hood, it packs an octa-core HiSilcon Kirin 659 processor, a 5,100mAh battery and Android 8.0-based EMUI 8.0 OS.Huawei MediaPad T5 features a 5MP rear-facing camera with f/2.4 aperture and autofocus, and a 2MP front-facing shooter for selfies but preferably usable for video calls. Additional features include Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 4G LTE support, GPS, Micro-USB port and microSD card slot.The tablet has dual Histen speakers, eye comfort mode for comfortable viewing for long hours by minimizing blue light. There’s a Children’s Corner, which makes the MediaPad T5 a suitable gadget for your growing kid as it lets you limit usage as well as customise the content available. Huawei P30 Pro First Impressions, a super camera smartphone with extensive photography skillslast_img read more

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Trump jokes about bald spot

first_imgUS president Donald Trump jokingly fixes his hair as he speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, US, 23 February, 2018. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump made a rare public comment on his enigmatic straw mane Friday, jokingly admitting that he suffers from male-pattern hair loss — a bald spot.”I try like hell to hide that bald spot folks, I work hard,” Trump quipped during a speech to conservatives just outside Washington, in an unusual flash of self-deprecating humor.”It doesn’t look bad, hey, we’re hanging in,” he added, giving a swirl to the cheering audience.Trump’s elaborate combing regimen has long been the butt of jokes and speculation.A tell-all book about Trump’s White House claimed his daughter Ivanka was in the habit of describing the mechanics of the combover to friends:”An absolutely clean pate — a contained island after scalp-reduction surgery — surrounded by a furry circle of hair around the sides and front, from which all ends are drawn up to meet in the center and then swept back and secured by a stiffening spray.”last_img read more

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Sports Monday Astros Second Half And Rockets Look To Land Carmelo Anthony

first_imgThe Astros got the second half the season underway this weekend, taking two out of three from the Twins. Jeff Balke, who writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine, joins us to discuss how much of the team’s second-half success depends on getting quality starts from its pitchers.  Plus, we talk about the upcoming Manchester Derby soccer match, which will be played for the first time ever outside of the U.K., and it’ll take place on July 20 at Houston’s NRG Stadium. And we examine the Rockets’ efforts to land Carmelo Anthony. Sharelast_img read more

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Researcher finds missing link between ancient toothed whales and modern baleen whales

first_imgEvolution of mysticete skull features linked to feeding, based on the phylogeny in the study of Fitzgerald. Cetacean artwork by C. Buell. Image (c) Biology Letters, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2011.0690 More information: Archaeocete-like jaws in a baleen whale, Biology Letters, Published online before print August 17, 2011, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2011.0690AbstractThe titanic baleen whales (Cetacea, Mysticeti) have a bizarre skull morphology, including an elastic mandibular symphysis, which permits dynamic oral cavity expansion during bulk feeding. How this key innovation evolved from the sutured symphysis of archaeocetes has remained unclear. Now, mandibles of the Oligocene toothed mysticete Janjucetus hunderi show that basal mysticetes had an archaeocete-like sutured symphysis. This archaic morphology was paired with a wide rostrum typical of later-diverging baleen whales. This demonstrates that increased oral capacity via rostral widening preceded the evolution of mandibular innovations for filter feeding. Thus, the initial evolution of the mysticetes’ unique cranial form and huge mouths was perhaps not linked to filtering plankton, but to enhancing suction feeding on individual prey. Citation: Researcher finds missing link between ancient toothed whales and modern baleen whales (2011, August 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-link-ancient-toothed-whales-modern.html Explore further © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Erich Fitzgerald, an Australian paleontologist, believes he has found the missing link between ancient toothed whales that caught and ate fish and modern baleen whales that eat by sucking in huge volumes of water and then filter out the krill and shrimp in it. Australian fossil unlocks secrets to the origin of whales 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. In his paper, published in the Royal Society journal, Biology Letters, Fitzgerald describes the skeletal remains of Janjucetus hunderi, named for the beach where the original jaw bone was found; “cetus” Greek, for whale and Staumm Hunder, the youngster who found the fragment. More recently, Fitzgerald discovered that amateur fossil hunter Brian Crichton had more such bones enabling him to build a more complete picture of the ancient (25 million year old) creature.Fitzgerald suggests that modern baleen whales, a class of whales that use a filter called a baleen to filter food from sea water, evolved from toothed fish eaters to the modern giants we now see, via the Janjucetus, a creature about the size of a contemporary dolphin, but one that had a very different jaw structure.Baleen whales, a class that include the Blue Whale, the largest animal known to have ever existed, have a jaw that is not fused in front, allowing it to flex and expand so that it can draw in huge amounts of water when lunging at a mass of krill. Ancient whales on the other hand, had jaws very much like dolphins, or even humans for that matter. They opened their mouths and grabbed fish swimming by, using their teeth as mini harpoons, much as Killer Whales do today. Janjucetus falls somewhere in-between; it has a jaw that is fused in front but the upper jaws are inordinately wide, and its snout is short. Also, its mouth is proportionately big for its body. Fitzgerald theorizes that all of these characteristics put together indicate that Janjucetus captured and ate its prey differently than both its early ancestors and its modern counterpart. Instead of grabbing fish as they came by, Janjucetus sucked in the water surrounding them, pulling them in with it, then chomped down to capture them.It’s this early sucking, or “hovering” as Fitzgerald describes it, that after several million years, led to the un-fusing of the jaw, the gradual loss of teeth and the appearance of the baleen.last_img read more

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first_img Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | December 11, 2014 ACR Mammography Case Review Program Now Available Online High-Tech eLearning program helps doctors sharpen life-saving skills News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Participants may claim 15 AMA PRA category 1 credits and equivalent SA-CME for completing the MCR online program.For more information: www.acr.org/mcr 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 Related Content December 11, 2014 — The American College of Radiology (ACR) Mammography Case Review (MCR) Online improves physicians’ breast cancer detection skills by supplementing real world experience with electronic cases. This interactive eLearning program is a self-paced review that features a state-of-the-art interface with an interactive image detection mechanism to enhance learning.The mobile compatible program offers image quality and a viewer control of brightness, contrast, zoom and pan of images. Expert feedback is integrated throughout the program, and scoring is provided by category. Real-time benchmarking allows learners to compare their performance to their peers.The new MCR Online offers expert rationales, links to PubMed references and automatic bookmarking, pause and resume features to easily claim and print and track credits. MCR Online also allows users to:·       Focus on digital mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, stereotactic and ultrasound-guided biopsy·       Demonstrate appropriate application of BI-RADS Atlas 5th edition descriptors and assessment categories for U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations·       Distinguish normal and abnormal anatomic structures and breast lesions for biopsy IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more last_img read more

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Up for an adventure Register now for Intrepid Groups 4 new fams

first_imgUp for an adventure? Register now for Intrepid Group’s 4 new fams Travelweek Group Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Posted by TORONTO — Agents can now apply for The Intrepid Group’s four travel agent fam trips in 2019, to Mexico, Kenya, Indonesia and Nepal.The first trip, Intrepid Travel’s Mexico Real Food Adventure, departs June 9, followed by Peregrine Adventures’ Indonesian Island Cruise departing July 28.Next up is Intrepid’s Kenya Wildlife Safari departing Oct. 6.The Nepal fam is being offered as part of the Group’s new three-month ‘Purpose Driven Agent Incentive in the Americas’ campaign, which rewards agents for “selling, leading and travelling with purpose”. Running from Feb. 1-April 30, the campaign awards agents with one Purpose Point for every client booked on one of Intrepid Group’s 2,700 sustainable tours through the brands Intrepid Travel, Peregrine Adventures and Urban Adventures.Tengboche MonasteryThe top 30 agents will receive monthly prizes focused on Intrepid’s sustainable travel experiences around the world. At the end of the three months, the top 10 agents who accumulate the most Purpose Points will win a free trip to Nepal, led by Intrepid Group’s Co-Founder Geoff Manchester and Shayna Zanad, the company’s head of business development for the Americas. The trip will depart Nov. 3, 2019 and include hiking and a cooking class with ‘Seven Women’, a social enterprise that benefits 1,000 disadvantaged women in Nepal.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochure“We want travel agents to experience Intrepid Group’s diverse range of product – whether wildlife, cruise, food or community-based tourism – not only so they better understand the experiences offered on each trip, but so they can visit a new destination in a sustainable, experience-rich way,” says Zand. “We’re incredibly excited to change the way our travel agents see the world, helping them realize their travel dreams this year with four completely different adventures, on different continents.”NepalZand also noted that sustainable tourism is exceeding expectation, thanks in large part to the hard work of travel agents.“Last year, industry growth exceeded our already-high projections, growing by 46% in a year, proving that North American travel agents and customers are becoming savvier about sustainable tourism and seek out companies who show real commitment to being a responsible business and a force for good.”The fam trips are open to registered travel agents in The Americas. To apply, agents must apply and attend the mandatory webinar that is linked to the fam trip of choice.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoFollowing the webinar, travel agents must fill out the required post-webinar quiz and follow Intrepid Group Insiders on Facebook. Other terms and conditions apply.For more information, visit: http://incentive.intrepidgroup.travel/FAMS2019For more information on the Nepal Purpose-Driven Agent Incentive fam, go to http://incentive.intrepidgroup.travel/Purpose. Tags: FAMs, Intrepid Group, Nepal << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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