PDP blames separatists for truce failure

first_imgThe ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) blamed the “cold response” of the separatists for the Centre’s decision on Sunday to withdraw the orders on the cessation of operations in Jammu and Kashmir, while the Opposition parties described it as “an admission of the grave situation prevailing in the State.”Government spokesman and PDP Minister Naeem Akhtar said the Hurriyat’s inability to come up with a positive response and contribute to the ceasefire offer “is a testimony to the new reality that the separatist leaders are no more a factor in J&K and have lost the leverage over their own constituency.”“It’s sad that the measure that could have set the stage for dialogue was not reciprocated,” said Mr. Akhtar.Both the separatists and the militant leadership in Kashmir had rejected the Centre’s gesture to stop counter-insurgency operations, saying “it’s not serious to address the Kashmir problem.”Also Read  Former chief minister and National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah described the Centre’s decision as “admission of failure.”“The failure is the failure of everyone who wanted to give peace a chance,” said Mr. Abdullah.The Congress claimed the situation in the State has slipped back to the 1990s.“There were no takers for the unilateral ceasefire both within and outside and across the borders. Instead, the situation took an ugly turn on the borders in the Valley, resulting in its revocation,” said State Congress president G.A. Mir. He said the fresh situation has posed a challenge to the smooth conduct of the Amarnath yatra.“The Centre has failed to take all mainstream parties on board and evolve a national consensus on the Kashmir situation while taking significant decisions,” said Mr. Mir.The heightened militant activities during the ceasefire period left 51 people dead in the Valley, including 20 militants and 13 civilians. Eighteen security personnel also died as militants resorted to firing, used improvised explosive devices and set off over 20 grenade explosions. Government not to extend ‘cease-ops’ in Kashmirlast_img read more

Australia sees record highs in syphilis cases and hepatitis deaths

first_imgPublic health experts in Australia are sounding alarms over a record number of new cases of syphilis and a dramatic rise in viral hepatitis deaths. Experts trace the spike in syphilis and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to a decrease in condom use, particularly among men who have sex with men (MSM), and they see the hepatitis death toll as the inevitable result of long-term trends in injecting drug use.The alarming numbers and the underlying behaviors are examined in a pair of reports on HIV, viral hepatitis, and STIs in Australia released today by the Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society and the Centre for Social Research in Health, both at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. “Unfortunately, it’s really bad news for STIs in Australia,” says epidemiologist David Wilson of the Kirby Institute. 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Physicians reported 82,537 new cases in 2013, with males only slightly more likely to be victims than females. And that number “is just the tip of the iceberg,” Wilson says. Those infected often don’t have symptoms or don’t recognize them and never get diagnosed or treated. The real number of infections could be four or five times higher, Wilson says. He adds that chlamydia is particularly common among those in their late teens who are reluctant to use condoms.Since 2009, gonorrhea has surged 81% to 14,947 new cases; syphilis infections have risen 34% to 1765 new cases. For both diseases, MSM account for most of the increases. Wilson says the trend is likely due to success in controlling HIV infections. Data on HIV in Australia were announced in July during the 20th International AIDS Conference held in Melbourne. As Science reported, antiretroviral HIV medications widely used in Australia substantially cut the amount of virus in those infected and may reduce the likelihood of transmitting the virus to partners. This assumption has unfortunately led to more unprotected sex among MSM. “One of the drawbacks is that HIV treatment doesn’t work against [other] STIs,” says John de Wit, a social psychologist at the Centre for Social Research in Health. “There is quite a lot of room for improvement” in getting MSM regularly and comprehensively tested for STIs and in promoting condom use, he says.     The hepatitis situation is particularly grim. The figure of 1019 people who died of hepatitis B and C last year exceeds the peak for AIDS in the 1980s. There is a long lag between the time of infection and the onset of serious illness. Wilson says that, with an estimated 440,000 people living with the viruses, the number of deaths “will get worse in years to come.”The largest culprit in the spread of hepatitis is dirty needles for injecting drugs, with such risky behavior more prominent among younger people and MSM. One national survey found that more than 40% of MSM injecting drugs reused or passed on used injection paraphernalia despite the country’s needle and syringe exchange programs. “It’s time to strengthen hepatitis prevention through awareness raising and education,” de Wit says.Government restrictions on eligibility have limited the availability of hepatitis treatments, Wilson says. There’s also “the massive stigma that pervades society around people who inject drugs,” de Wit says.The one bit of good news is that human papillomavirus (HPV) infections have dropped dramatically since a vaccination program for high school students began in 2007. Before the program, more than 14% of females younger than 21 who received sexual health checks were diagnosed with genital warts, a symptom of HPV infection. That number has since dropped to 0.5%. “It’s a dramatic decrease that is all attributable to the vaccine,” Wilson says. However, except for hepatitis B there are no vaccines for the other infectious diseases covered in the survey. Australian Science Media Centre last_img read more

Irving scores 50 but misses game winner as Wolves escape Nets in OT

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Irving scored 50 points but lost his balance and missed a potential winning shot that allowed the Minnesota Timberwolves to pull out a 127-126 victory over Brooklyn in overtime Wednesday night.Despite the loss, Irving said the first game in his new uniform felt incredible.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“It’s a great starting point,” he said. “Obviously, you wanted to come out and get a win in front of our home crowd, but we got another chance on Friday.”Karl-Anthony Towns had 36 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, and Andrew Wiggins finished with 21 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:19 remaining. Sixers top Celtics in 1st battle of East favorites Irving sandwiched two 3-pointers around three free throws in just over a minute late in regulation, and with the game tied found a cutting Jarrett Allen in the lane. Allen was fouled but missed both free throws with 5.7 seconds remaining, and the game went to overtime when Wiggins missed a long jumper at the buzzer.“This is a special group where very rarely this happens in the NBA,” Towns said. “Everyone in this locker room is here for one goal. That’s to win.”Early on it was all Minnesota as it started its first full season under coach Ryan Saunders. The Wolves led 20-19 in the first quarter before breaking it open with an 18-3 run that lasted into the second and expanded their lead to 38-22. It would increase to 46-28 and Minnesota took a 68-56 advantage into halftime.But the Nets outscored the Wolves 37-20 in the third and it was close from there.“It was eventful,” Saunders said. “You’re kind of lost for words.”TIP-INSTimberwolves: Jarrett Culver, the No. 6 overall pick from NCAA runner-up Texas Tech, had four points. His parents and grandmother were at the game. … Minnesota has won the last four meetings.Nets: Durant, recovering from Achilles tendon surgery, was the first player announced when the Nets introduced the entire roster before the game. He walked onto the court and eventually joined his teammates to watch from the bench. … Brooklyn has lost seven straight season openers. … The Nets signed Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot, a former first-round pick, to a two-way contract.OPENING NIGHT EMOTIONSIrving spoke to the crowd from the court before the game and briefly had to stop his speech when it appeared he was getting choked up. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? MOST READ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) lies on the floor after failing to score in the waning seconds of overtime of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in New York. The Timberwolves defeated the Nets 127-126. Irving had 50 points. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — Kyrie Irving fell down and frantically rose up, still with a shot to save his Nets debut.Moments later he was back on the court, laying on his back in disbelief after falling just short in the highest-scoring first game for a team in NBA history.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect View comments Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Following a Nets timeout, Irving had the ball in his hands with a chance to cap his dazzling debut with a victory. He ran the clock down and then began his drive, but went down after spinning near the foul line. He retained his dribble, got up and shot, but his jumper missed. He then fell back onto the court, hands on his head.After signing with the Nets during the summer, Irving broke Kiki Vandeweghe’s record for most points by a player in his first game with a team. Vandeweghe scored 47 for Portland at Kansas City on Oct. 27, 1984.Irving finished with eight rebounds and seven assists. Caris LeVert added 20 points.Irving signed along with Kevin Durant in July, wanting to come back home after growing up in New Jersey. He had to pause during his remarks to the crowd before the game but had no trouble keeping his composure — but ultimately not his footing — once it started, making seven 3-pointers as the Nets tried desperately to win a season opener for the first time in seven years.But Brooklyn didn’t have many answers for Towns, who also made seven 3s. Then in OT it was Wiggins, who shot only 10 for 27 but made two straight baskets after the Nets took a 124-123 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! LATEST STORIES “It just hit me before the game,” Irving said. “I wasn’t trying to get too emotional or anything like that, but I’m just a Jersey kid playing for his home team. There’s nothing like it. This has been brewing since I was in fourth grade.”SLEEPING INThe Wolves opted against holding a morning shootaround. Saunders said the team will at times look to get players extra rest while on the road.“I’ll use the word fluid and say that it’ll be a game-by-game decision and see how these guys feel,” he said. “Obviously we’re a team that looks at analytics and looks at data and looks at numbers. We want to make sure we take care of our players and these players especially, the pace we were able to play at in preseason, we want to make sure these guys are rested.”UP NEXTTimberwolves: At Charlotte on Friday night.Nets: Host New York on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own manlast_img read more

IFA writes to AIFF seeking another meeting with Bagan & EB

first_imgKolkata, May 30 (PTI) Continuing its tirade against the ISL organisers, the Indian Football Association has shot off a letter to AIFF seeking another round of meeting with Mohun Bagan and East Bengal before the stakeholders meet with the AFC at Kuala Lumpur on June 7. “Ive sent the letter and waiting for a response,” IFA secretary Utpal Ganguli said as they have sought to know the roadmap of Indian football as promised to them by the AIFF in an earlier meeting. This was an outcome of a joint decision by Mohun Bagan and East Bengal officials who joined hands in their tirade against the Football Sports Development Limited and threatened to disrupt the ISL if their demands of franchise fee waiver and money from central pool were not met. It is understood that both East Bengal and Mohun Bagan will boycott the AFC meeting if the AIFF president turns down the proposal for another meeting. PTI TAP ATK ATKlast_img read more

Women’s World Boxing Championships: Delhi smog forces boxers to wear masks, scarves

first_imgWomen boxers training for a world championships starting in the Indian capital this week are wearing surgical masks, scarves and even T-shirts across their mouths as the level of air pollution rises several times beyond the safe limit.The AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships is taking place in an indoor stadium from Thursday through to Nov. 24 but teams are complaining about a toxic smog hanging over the city, caused by seasonal burning of crop stubble and emissions from vehicles and industry.The weather, with no wind to blow the pollution away, has aggravated the problem in one of the world’s most polluted cities.Also Read – Dayana aims at Olympic glory after pro success”My family is worried. We know it is not good for our body,” said 27-year old Bulgarian Stanimira Petrova, a gold-medalist in the bantamweight category in the championships in 2014.”It’s difficult. I wear a scarf but I have to get accustomed.”On Tuesday, the level of deadly particulate matter PM 2.5 that lodge deep in the lungs was at 403, about eight times the safe limit, according to a reading buy the pollution control board.Also read – Mary Kom raises concern over Delhi air pollution ahead of AIBA World ChampionshipsAuthorities have banned the entry of heavy vehicles into the city and ordered construction work to stop and sprinklers to keep down the dust. But the air quality remains in the severe zone.Seven European boxers who Reuters spoke to complained that the air left a bad taste and irritated their eyes.advertisementREAD – Mary Kom named brand ambassador of 2018 Women’s World Boxing Championships 7 European boxers have complained that the air left a bad taste and irritated their eyes (Reuters Photo)Their coaches said they were advised about the poor air but organizers had not given them any protective gear.Also Read – Republic of Kosovo boxers face Indian visa issuesIndian Olympic flyweight bronze medalist M.C. Mary Kom is among those taking part.French coach Anthony Veniant said he had asked for the tournament to be moved out of Delhi but his request was turned down.”We feel the air is no good. Some of the parents of these players are worried and we tell our players to restrict their time outside,” Veniant said.Prolonged exposure to high levels of PM 2.5 and PM 10, another pollutant, leads to respiratory illnesses. Doctors in Delhi have reported an increase in the number of patients with respiratory problems. Athletes haven’t been provided with any protective gear yet by the tournament officials (Reuters Photo)Jay Kowli, secretary general of the Boxing Federation of India, said the air quality was being monitored in training arenas, boxing venues and the hotel where the athletes are staying.He ruled out any change of location.”Shifting the venue is impossible. Delhi has the best sports facilities in the country,” Kowli said.Teams have been hard at training this week.Daniel Nash, the coach for the Swedish team, said pollution was a problem, but he had asked the boxers to focus on the competition.”I’m telling my players to not let this issue affect their game,” Nash said.Contestants just have to deal with it, said Abdul Fkiri, the coach of the Dutch team.last_img read more

Which fruit and vegetables have been hurled at footballers and managers?

first_imgFootball Kristof Terreur 📰 (@HLNinEngeland)Creative with veg. A fan took a cabbage to football and threw it at manager Steve Bruce. In the Belgian derby between KV Kortrijk – Zulte Waregem KVK fans usually throw leeks (and other vegetables) on the pitch to taunt ‘the farmers’ of Waregem. #avfc pic.twitter.com/Cj8Rs5Yrc8October 3, 2018 Share on Facebook ‘I’d been paid $1m’: How to streak at the Super Bowl Streaker at Finnish football game causes goal to be disallowed. Dhiren (@dnaidu28)@TheKnowledge_GU What’s the record for most individual goals in the first half of a domestic league game? Trying to find it after Forrest picked up 4 today in the first half of @CelticFC vs St Johnstone but it’s obviously not a well recorded stat lolOctober 7, 2018 The Knowledge features Facebook Pinterest The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Robbie Dale (@robbiewords)We’re used to seeing players who’ve been transferred getting booed when they return (e.g. Sterling) which made me wonder about the highest number of turncoats to turn out in one match. Or has any team ever fielded 11 players who have previously played for the opposition?October 9, 2018 Facebook Facebook During FC Twente’s match against Willem II in March, supporters peppered the pitch with red chillis. We don’t know why. Readers? Photograph: Soccrates Images/Getty Images Facebook Topics “After Steve Bruce had a cabbage thrown at him, it got me wondering what other odd fruits or vegetables have been tossed in the direction of underperforming managers or players?” asks George Jones.It wouldn’t take a genius to guess which vegetable was thrown at the late Graham Taylor back in the 1990s. Here’s an extract of Jeremy Alexander’s match report from Bolton Wanderers’ 5-1 defeat of Wolves in 1995. “As Graham Taylor settled on the bench three turnips winged past him on to the pitch. Compared to his goalkeeper he got off lightly. Three shots flew in from 30 yards like sticks of celery.” Three turnips! And not one hit the target. That’s a poor conversion rate.Joe Cleverdon takes us to the south coast, where a supporter did hit the spot, which was poor old Ian Branfoot’s head. “In the 1993-94 season Ian Branfoot was the worst Saints manager ever,” he writes. “His theories involved dropping Matt Le Tissier. Many regulars in the Milton Road End at The Dell claimed responsibility for the tangerine that hit his head and marked the beginning of the end.”Simon Hermansson takes us to Sweden for another fruit-based attack. In April 2013 the top-flight match between Mjällby and Djurgården was suspended after Mjällby’s Gbenga Arokoyo was walloped by a pear thrown from the stands. Not only did it lead to the game’s abandonment, but a 3-0 victory was awarded to Mjällby. And for a reason we can’t fathom, Watford supporters tried to liven up trips in 2007 by smuggling random fruit and vegetables in. The campaign was called “Five-a-day awaydays” and was a source of embarrassment for some Hornets supporters. Items photographed inside stadiums included watermelons, butternut squash, ginger, carrots, lemons, broccoli and aubergines. Can any team beat that? If so, you know where to find us on email or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU. Knowledge archive“Has a streaker ever scored? And would it count if they did?” asked Jimmy Lloyd in July 2005. Pinterest Read more The self-proclaimed ‘World’s No 1 streaker,’ Mark Roberts, has scored at least two goals while baring all. He scored in the Carling Cup game between Liverpool v Chelsea in 2000 and the 2002 Champions League final between Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen. Roberts is not the only streaker to find the back of the net. In December 1998, during an interruption in Reading’s 1-0 win over Notts County, a fan ran on to the field, kissed the ground and scored past the County keeper before evading a steward and disappearing. These goals didn’t count because they occurred during breaks in play but even if a streaker were to find the net during a game, it wouldn’t count. Law 10, The Method of Scoring, says that a goal can only be given if no infringement has been made by the team scoring the goal. A streaker would be an ineligible player; a team cannot field more than 11, so there would be no goal. And that’s even before considering improper kit!One streaker from Finland, back in 2013, did lead directly to a goal being disallowed, much to the displeasure of HJK Helsinki players.center_img Twitter Twitter Can you help?“Nuneaton Borough and Halesowen Town played out an 8-9 thriller in the FA Youth Cup in front of a confirmed attendance of just 83 fans,” notes Alex Riddle. “Is 4.9 fans per goal the lowest ratio of its kind ever recorded?”“Didi Kühbauer was appointed Rapid Vienna manager on 2 October,” begins Benedikt Zoerfus. “He had beaten Rapid with his former side SKN St Pöltenm on 29 September. Is less than 72 hours between beating a team and being appointed its manager a record? And what is the shortest time between a manager being sacked and beating the side he has been sacked by?”“Newcastle, Cardiff and Huddersfield are outstanding candidates to go down. What is the earliest stage in the season that all the teams eventually relegated have settled and remained in the relegation zone (ignoring any changes in league position across a weekend or ‘matchday’ before all teams have played)?” asks Matt Fox. Reuse this content It’s all in the crest. Photograph: Romain Lafabregue/AFP/Getty Images Twitter Share via Email Email your questions and answers to knowledge@theguardian.com or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU. Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn “You could also look as far as the Mongolian football league where the likes of Mönkh-Erdengiin Tögöldör [who you’ll notice has one in his forename] … but I have struggled to find any more than three.”There’s also Finnish midfielder Kasper Hämäläinen and, perhaps most impressively given his surname is just six letters long, Ilari Äijälä (one cap for the national team back in 2012) packs in three.Elsewhere in Turkey, Giresunspor defender Ferhat Görgülü, Afjet Afyonspor’s İbrahim Sürgülü and former Trabzonspor utility man Hasan Üçüncü can all claim a hat-trick in their surnames but the magic fourth remains elusive.Animals on shirts (2)Last week we asked if Burnley’s five different animals on their club shirt is a record. Ben North takes us Down Under for what appears to be a winner.“The Australian jersey (men and women) features the national coat of arms as the team crest,” begins Ben. “The coat of arms consists of a kangaroo and an emu supporting a shield. On the shield are six sections for the six main states. For animals, this includes two lions (one each for New South Wales and Tasmania), a black swan for Western Australia, a bird (piping shrike) for South Australia. This is a total of six animals (or five different ones) on the crest alone. No sponsor animal (which is cheating). Because this is Australia, all of these animals can probably kill you.” Pinterest Sadly, numerous players over the years have had to contend with having bananas thrown at them by boneheaded racists. In 2012 Barcelona’s Dani Alves responded to this despicable act by taking a bite out of the fruit at El Madrigal.Chelsea fans have been known to bring celery to matches for almost three decades. And on occasions some supporters have taken to tossing the tasteless sticks on to the pitch. In 2007, three fans were banned for pelting Spurs players in an FA Cup match, while Cesc Fàbregas was targeted in the 2007 League Cup final when he was an Arsenal player. Twitter Share on Twitter Jussi Jääskeläinen in action for Bolton in 2009. It appears the club could not fit the dots on above the goalkeeper’s name. Photograph: Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Dotty names“Has there been, or is there, a professional player with more umlauts in their surname than Leicester City’s Cağlar Söyüncü?” wonders Ben Fisher.To get pedantic for a moment, those aren’t umlauts. The “ü” is a separate letter in its own right in Turkish, just as “ä” and “ë” are in Finnish. So has there ever been a player with four letters-with-two-dots-above-them in his or her surname? Let’s find out.“From my research, three umlauts seems to be more common than thought,” writes Gareth Hughes. “Jussi Jääskeläinen, the former Finnish goalkeeper for Bolton Wanderers had three. Then there is another Finn and goalie, this time a current one with Brighton, Nikki Mäenpää with three again. Play VideoAdvertisementPlayCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%FullscreenMuteThis is a modal window.last_img read more

After a brilliant World Cup victory, US stars return to their day jobs

first_img Facebook Share on Twitter USA women’s football team Women’s football Women’s World Cup Pinterest US sports Portland Thorns draw large crowds but other NWSL struggle to attract fans. Photograph: Craig Mitchelldyer/isiphotos.com ‘They’re icons’: US women’s champion team take victory parade in New York Are the Portland Thorns the ideal template for a women’s football club? Share on Messenger A broadcast deal for the league was also confirmed during the World Cup. After the termination of a strange partnership between the NWSL and the Lifetime Channel, which is known for made-for-TV movies rather than sports, the NWSL will be shown on ESPN, in addition to having games streamed by Yahoo Sports, a much better fit.“We need more things like that,” said defender Kelley O’Hara. “Eyeballs are important and representation is important. For ESPN to have the NWSL on its channels, we need that.”The biggest asset the NWSL has going for it, however, is the players. All 23 women on the US World Cup winning squad play in the NWSL, plus another 35 who represented other countries in France. After the World Cup, the NWSL, which is still trying to find its foothold in the American sports landscape, may feel like a downgrade. But the players, who are paid by US Soccer to play in the NWSL, insist that the club game is important, too.“I haven’t won an NWSL championship yet and that’s on my list of things I want to accomplish,” said Alyssa Naeher, goalkeeper for the US and the Chicago Red Stars. “After I get through these next few days, I have to get back to Chicago to finish my season.” Read more NWSL It’s been a non-stop party for the US women’s national team since they won the World Cup on Sunday. The champagne started flowing in the locker room immediately after the US beat the Netherlands and, from the charter flight home to a ticker-tape parade in New York City, players’ Instagram accounts have featured bottle-popping, dancing and singing ever since.Once the celebrations stop, however, the players have to return to their day jobs. That means the National Women’s Soccer League, a fledgling competition now in its seventh season. If fans want to keep up with Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, they will have to watch Reign FC and Orlando Pride. The question, of course, is whether that will happen. There was a spike after the US won the World Cup in 2015, with NWSL games selling out once USWNT players returned, and just about every club setting attendance records. The problem is that crowds then dipped once the World Cup glow faded. Portland Thorns, the biggest club in the NWSL, average more than 18,000 fans a game but they are an exception. Rapinoe’s club, Reign FC, drew fewer than 4,000 a game last season. “For whatever reason, we’re constantly having to remind people that the quality is there, the entertainment is there, and the competition is there,” Rapinoe said of the NWSL. “World Cups and big moments like these always provide that extra boost. You know it’s going to go up a level and maybe it’s not going to sustain – but we hope this time it gets there and levels out a little bit.”center_img features Women’s World Cup 2019 Twitter Share on LinkedIn Topics Read more Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook The more the NWSL grows, the better it is for the USWNT’s standing in the world as other countries nip at their heels. After all, the NWSL’s talent pool is partly why the US have been so successful in the last two World Cups. But other countries with strong domestic leagues, like Germany, England, France and Sweden also tend to have the strongest national teams.For the teams that made surprising runs into the knockout round of the World Cup, that global success tracks closely with new investment in domestic leagues back home. As Serie A clubs in Italy have started adding women’s sides in the past four years and the Italian federation has invested more money, the national team has benefitted, with Italy making the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1991.“The biggest example is Italy,” said Dutch forward Vivianne Miedema during the tournament. “They put a lot of money into Juventus and in a couple of other clubs. You see it directly [at] the World Cup.” Rapinoe agreed: “There’s the clearest correlation that you could possibly have with money invested in the federation and the level of play, the product on the field and the level of success these teams are having.”But the NWSL is at risk of being overtaken by its European counterparts. Europe is already a soccer hotbed but the investment has been almost exclusively reserved for the men’s game. As these countries fully embrace women’s soccer, it could negate the USA’s built-in advantage from Title IX, an anti-discrimination law that essentially created the robust and competitive college soccer system for women.And recently, it seems Europe’s women’s leagues have accelerated their growth at a faster rate than the NWSL. Barclays, the former sponsor of the English Premier League, announced earlier this year a multimillion-dollar deal with the English Women’s Super League, which includes £500,000 in prize money. Mastercard sponsor Arsenal and Olympique Lyonnais, the powerhouse French club that features more national team players than any other.In the past, the NWSL has struggled to draw those kinds of sponsors. After the US won the World Cup in 2015, the NWSL could only add sunscreen Coppertone and insect repellent Cutter to its sponsors, which already included the National Mango Board — hardly an A-list group of companies.But there’s reason for optimism that the NWSL can capitalize on the World Cup more successfully than it did four years ago. Budweiser, a longtime sponsor of the USWNT, signed on as the first official beer of the NWSL during the World Cup on a multi-year deal. As Budweiser’s vice-president of marketing said when the deal was announced: “Becoming the official beer sponsor of the NWSL is our way of not just supporting the US women’s team once every four years, but also supporting women’s soccer every single day.”last_img read more

Jamaicans Encouraged to Get Familiar with OSH Bill

first_imgStory Highlights Jamaicans are being encouraged to familiarise themselves with the provisions of the Occupational, Safety and Health (OSH) Bill.The legislation addresses safety and health in the Jamaican workplace within a framework that balances the competing interests of employers and workers.Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Zavia Mayne, made the call during a forum observing World Day for Safety and Health at Work, held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, on April 27.Mr. Mayne said the OSH Bill, which was tabled  in Parliament in February of this year, is a game-changing piece of legislation.“I believe that going forward, we should not just use this Bill as a compliance tool, but certainly we should use it for the purposes of education,” he said.Mr. Mayne noted that the forum, which also targeted youth, would equip them with the knowledge required to transition from school to the world of work.“It therefore means that occupational safety and health has to find its way into the syllabuses of our secondary and our tertiary institutions, and while I am mindful that there are institutions that make occupational safety and health a part of their curriculum, that is not widespread enough,” the State Minister said.Mr. Mayne informed that occupational injuries have negative impact on the country’s labour market, especially when the injuries occur at a very early stage in a young person’s life.“This is that we want to reduce or eliminate, so preparing persons for the world of work in respect of occupational safety and health is (very) important,” he said.Under the Bill, a worker is defined as a person who carries out work in any capacity for another person conducting a business or undertaking, including work; an employee; a contractor or subcontractor; an employee of a contractor or subcontractor; and a person whose service is procured or arranged by a company, which is in the business of supplying workers for other businesses, and who has been assigned to work in the person’s business or undertaking.The Bill also introduces a new concept of a ‘person conducting a business or undertaking’ (PCBU), who is the principal duty bearer in the regulatory framework.The Bill requires a PCBU to notify the Director of Occupational Safety and Health immediately after becoming aware of the occurrence of a notifiable incident, such as the death of a person, a serious injury or illness of a person, or a dangerous incident.It also makes provision for the involvement of workers in the decision-making process in relation to their ability to carry out work safely.The Bill also treats with the issue of discrimination in respect of occupational safety and health outcomes.World Day for Safety and Health at Work is observed annually. This year’s theme was:  ‘Generation Safe and Healthy’, and represented a joint campaign with World Day Against Child Labour.The forum aimed to increase public awareness, in order to reduce occurrences of child labour and ill health due to occupational injuries and diseases. Jamaicans are being encouraged to familiarise themselves with the provisions of the Occupational, Safety and Health (OSH) Bill. World Day for Safety and Health at Work is observed annually. This year’s theme was:  ‘Generation Safe and Healthy’, and represented a joint campaign with World Day Against Child Labour. Under the Bill, a worker is defined as a person who carries out work in any capacity for another person conducting a business or undertaking, including work; an employee; a contractor or subcontractor; an employee of a contractor or subcontractor; and a person whose service is procured or arranged by a company, which is in the business of supplying workers for other businesses, and who has been assigned to work in the person’s business or undertaking.last_img read more

Rains in Chad interrupt refugee transfers from Darfur Sudan UN agency says

Heavy rain fell for just 45 minutes yesterday in the Abeche area of eastern Chad and one UNHCR team had to stop travelling on one side of a seasonally dry riverbed, or “wadi,” because of the sudden rushing waters.The team was soon joined by other UNHCR staff members, returning to Abeche from Farchana camp, who walked from the other side of the wadi after abandoning their vehicle to avoid having it sink into mud and water.”This signals the sort of challenges we’re going to face as the rainy season sets in,” said UNHCR spokeswoman Jennifer Pagonis at a news briefing in Geneva, adding, “In a matter of weeks, many of the roads in eastern Chad will become impassable because of the rains.”The refugee agency has been transferring some 125,000 refugees who fled strife-torn Darfur in western Sudan deep into eastern Chad, away from the frontier area where Sudanese government-backed Janjaweed militia have stolen their livestock in cross-border raids. It has moved 75,000 people so far.The situation is especially urgent as the cross-border attacks have continued, UNHCR said. Gunfire was heard near the border village of Haraza, near Tissi, on Monday night. Chadian soldiers said that as they responded to the shooting, they pushed back what appeared to be a group of Sudanese militia trying to cross over into Chad. read more

African leaders highlight UNs ability to support countries and rid world of

“Namibia is a child of international solidarity, midwifed by the United Nations,” Hage G. Geingob, the Namibian President, told world leaders from the podium. “After the termination of South Africa’s mandate over the then South West Africa, the United Nations assumed direct responsibility over Namibia.”Namibia attained independence in 1990, and, according to President Geingob, was able to develop the necessary building to construct its democracy thanks to the UN.“We are in the process of establishing a new Africa, with its own narrative as told by its sons and daughters,” the President continued. “Africa has turned a new leaf, bidding farewell to the days of coup d’états and embracing electoral democracy. We as Africans, through the African Union, have ostracized those who come to office through unlawful ways.”The Namibian leader explained that the recent coup in Burkina Faso is an example of the continent’s zero tolerance policy towards those who come to power through illegal ways, and called for the establishment of processes, systems and institutions to ensure electoral democracy.“This will ensure that those who lose at the polls accept the results,” he stressed. “By doing so, we can bring to an end a situation where those who lose at the polls feel left out, defeated and therefore choose to wage war.”The President further noted that Namibia is rated number sixth overall as the best governed country on the African continent by the Mo Ibrahim index of African governance, and number seven in Africa as a “clean country” in terms of corruption by transparency international.“We are still faced with enormous social disparities between the rich and poor, amongst others,” he warned. “Noticeable is the critical shortage of housing and other basic necessities.”President Geingob also recalled that on the day he was sworn in as President last March, he announced that the Namibian Government was declaring “all-out war on poverty.”“I would like to add that one of the most impactful interventions we can make in the war against poverty is through empowering women, who although representing half of the world’s population, account for nearly 70 per cent of the world’s poor,” he stated.Namibia is currently second to Rwanda in terms of female representation in Parliament, at 47 per cent.Meanwhile, also addressing the General Assembly today was King Mswati III of Swaziland.King Mswati III of Swaziland addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia PakHe appealed to the UN to continue helping Africa emerge from the cycle of poverty and disease as the continent seeks to attain the aspirations of its vision 2063, aimed at eradicating poverty and creating prosperity for all. “Africa has a great potential for investment,” King Mswati III declared. “What remains is creating the requisite environment for economic growth. We strongly believe that the structures of the UN can provide a peaceful global village that is free of fear and violence.”He noted that the “impressive progress” witnessed during the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) gives his country confidence in that the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will enjoy greater success. “We have good reason to anticipate a sustainable transformation of nations over the next 15 years,” he said, adding that Swaziland looks forward to a legally binding global climate agreement at the UN climate change conference (COP21) in France later this year.He also highlighted that the secret of his Kingdom has been consultation and dialogue to build consensus, describing it as a “model of peace that has a place in the execution of UN operations.”Also speaking at the podium today was the President of Malawi, Peter Mutharika, who said a complete sense of peace in the world cannot be realized without justice, dignity and freedom. President Arthur Peter Mutharika of Malawi addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Kim Haughton“As we live in this imperfect world, the pursuit for peace should be our main goal if we are to shape a promising world for our future generations,” President Mutharika declared. Regarding his country’s socioeconomic development, he said it is evident that Malawi is embarking on the implementation of the new post-2015 development agenda with “unfinished business,” despite success in meeting half of the MDGs. “My Government is grateful to development partners who worked with us to achieve four of the eight Millennium Development Goals namely; reducing child mortality; combating HIV and AIDS, Malaria and other diseases; ensuring environmental sustainability; and developing a global partnership for development.”On the global goal of ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, President Mutharika underlined that reaching that goal will require enhancing the capacity of developing countries such as Malawi to manufacture drugs and make them more available.He also highlighted his Government’s commitment to the He-for-She campaign, launched by UN Women to address gender inequalities and end gender-based violence.Finally, he noted that to “strike a massive blow at poverty” and achieve the SDGs, the world needs improved and increased access to higher education; yet, he expressed that he doesn’t find SDG 4 – ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning – to “fully capture the centrality of higher education.”Meanwhile, the President of Tanzania, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, underlined that most of the conflicts the world is witnessing today are being handled, first and foremost, by regional and sub-regional organizations. President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of Tanzania addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Kim Haughton“The UN, therefore, must seek to forge strategic partnership with these organizations,” urged President Kikwete. “Where and when appropriate, the United Nations should invest in strengthening the capacity of these organizations and their member states, in anticipating, detecting, preventing, managing and resolving conflicts. I am of the view that this capacity is urgently needed in Africa.”On the issue of peacekeeping, he noted that Tanzania is proud to have contributed 1,322 troops out of the 125,000 women and men deployed across 16 UN peacekeeping missions worldwide, adding that his country is ready to contribute more if requested.The Tanzanian leader also announced it would be his last time speaking to the General Assembly as he is about to leave office at the completion of his two term mandate.Taking the podium in the afternoon for the first time was recently elected Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu.President Edgar Chagwa Lungu of Zambia addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak“I thank the people of Zambia for being true champions of democracy,” President Chagwa stated, noting however that his country is concerned that the gears to advance the three pillars of the UN Charter [human rights, development, peace and security] are moving “at a very slow pace; a pace with the potential of negating the gains we have achieved so far.”“Seventy years of the United Nations has seen more conflicts in Africa than any other continent,” he stressed. “Yet, the same 70 years characterizes Africa’s absolute exclusion from decision-making in the UN Security Council where a significant part of the agenda concerns the continent.”President Chagwa also insisted that special attention be paid to gender and women’s empowerment, and that Zambia acknowledges that gender-based violence extends to most nations, including its own. He announced that his Government will soon be launching the USAID-supported “Boys-to-Men” project targeting the 15-21 age group, to encourage the development of a non-violent generation.In her remarks Aja Isatou Njie-Saidy, Vice-President of Gambia, said there had never been a greater moment for the Organization to respond to the increasing complexity of threats to peace and stability. The UN must craft and implement critical resolutions for the sustenance of better lives for all. In order to establish world peace and security, all UN Member States must be promptly and severely reprimanded for any violations of the Sustainable Development Agenda.Aja Isatou Njie-Saidy, Vice President of the Gambia, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia PakShe went on to say that the United Nations must act with greater resolve in promoting sustainable production and consumption patterns and in reducing man-made disasters. She was also among the many African leaders to weigh in on the intergovernmental negotiations on reforming the Security Council, which she said must be driven by Member States themselves, acknowledging the need to increase representation of African nations through two permanent and two non-permanent seats.Habib Essid, Head of Government of Tunisia, told the Assembly that his country had witnessed important work in its democratic transition, where growing political awareness allowed stakeholders to employ dialogue to resolve its problems. Legislative and presidential elections had produced robust institutions that were focusing attention on policies and programmes aimed at promoting social and economic development. National guidelines on ensuring sustainable development had been crafted in the interest of the people and the country in alignment with the global agenda.Habib Essid, Head of Government of the Republic of Tunisia, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia PakAlthough Tunisia had made great strides in countering terrorism, it was the victim recently of two “heinous attacks” aimed at undermining the country’s culture of tolerance as well as the economy. Tunisia’s counter-terrorism strategy went beyond a military dimension and sought to address root causes through bilateral and multilateral cooperation and coordination. “The escalation of conflicts across the globe – regardless of the reasons – is a source of concern and requires greater international partnership,” he declared.Also addressing the Assembly, Hamadi Ould Meimou, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mauritania said that his country had participated in UN peacekeeping operations and was preparing to dispatch a battalion aimed at helping establish peace in the Central African Republic (CAR).He said that his Government was following with “grave concern” the dire crises in both Yemen and Syria, and he said the Government was also calling on the parties in Libya would take greater strides to establish the rule of law for the benefit of all the Libyan people.Foreign Minister Hamadi Ould Meimou of Mauritania addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia PakTurning to the African continent, he said that myriad development programmes and strategies that had been implemented had not achieved the desired goals. Indeed, the continent faced pockets of deep poverty and conflict. Some regions had recently been hit with the Ebola virus, which had exposed the fragility of their healthcare systems. read more

Newmont Mining ensuring reliable and healthy watersheds

first_imgWater impacts economic development, business growth and social well-being in many regions of the world. For Newmont, water is a critical resource to its business and the environments in which the company operates. Newmont has developed a Global Water Strategy (GWS) that supports water stewardship and collaborative action. In support of this, the company has also initiated work to align its activities with priority United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and improve how it measures and reports its impact in a number of areas.As the UN reports, “Without quality, sustainable water resources and sanitation, progress in many other areas across the SDGs, including health, education and poverty reduction, will also be held back.” Due to population growth, increasing food and energy requirements and climate change many watersheds where we operate are under some form of increasing stress. Supporting these changing conditions requires Newmont to be engaged and collaborating on the shared water challenges for it and other water users to assure its future project development and water access.Newmont operations require water for milling and ore processing, as well as, other operational activities. Newmont’s GWS supports the water stewardship within the watersheds in which it operates: focusing on identification and management of risk and opportunities. In doing so, Newmont supports the collaboration to manage and mitigate water impacts from economic growth and the prosperity for the watershed and regions where it operates.Newmont uses a Water Accounting Frameworks (WAF) that is aligned with the guidance for water accounting developed by the Mineral Council of Australia (MCA) for the minerals industry. The WAF is used to estimate and report water use and categories of water quality at each operating site. Regularly monitoring, assessing and reporting against these frameworks helps each region continually improve efforts to efficiencies, reduce fresh water use and support the sustainability of the watersheds in which it operates.Several examples of the projects that Newmont is involved with under the GWS include:•Nevada Stream Rehabilitation – Newmont rehabilitated a portion of the Maggie Creek Watershed to preserve Lahontan cutthroat habitat. To date, this cooperative effort with Trout Unlimited and others has resulted in 82 miles of stream recovery, around 2,000 acres of riparian habitat improvement and 40,000 acres of upland-habitat enhancement.•Water Infrastructure Improvements – Investments in potable community water infrastructure is another example of the company’s contributions to water access and sanitation (SDG6). In Peru, Newmont invested more than $13 million over five years – in partnership with the local municipal water authority – to improve drinking water quality and reliability for the city of Cajamarca. Results of Yanacocha’s investments show that 23,800 people have potable water for the first time thanks to the installation of 5,402 new connections.By understanding and proactively managing water risks Newmont supports projects that provide access to water and sanitation, protect and sustain watersheds for future use, and support sustainable management practices.last_img read more

Bornagain Christian council worker wins €70000 in discrimination case

first_imgTHE EQUALITY TRIBUNAL has found that Tipperary County Council discriminated against an employee on religious grounds when he was dismissed from his job and has ordered it to pay him €70,000.The complainant in question – a Born-again Christian – is a civil engineer who was employed by the council in December 2007, having previously worked there for ten years.In 2010, he was dismissed from his job following a number of complaints about him “preaching” to staff and members of the public during work hours. He received multiple warnings and attended disciplinary meetings in which he was told not to discuss his religion during work hours or on lunch breaks.He was also compelled to seek professional help to control his compulsion to speak to people about his beliefs and he attended four counselling sessions.The man continued to speak to colleagues and to members of the public out on the street during work hours and was suspended with pay for a period before a final investigation which resulted in his dismissal.He claimed it was unfair for management to tell him not to discuss his faith as the tenets of his religion require him to speak to people about Jesus and to share the Gospel. If he detected from a person’s body language that he or she was not interested, he said he would change the conversation or walk away.He also said that there was no question that he inappropriately forced his religious beliefs on any person he spoke to.MarginalisedThe man told the tribunal that he was treated differently than other staff as his conversations were continually monitored and watched once he was told not to talk about his religion. He said that he was marginalised in the office as other subjects could be discussed by the staff such as sports and current affairs but he was not allowed to discuss religion or mention the name of Jesus.He said that it was a great difficulty for him that he could not mention the name of Jesus Christ in the office, “the most important being to him in his life”, while other staff would deliberately use the name of Jesus in an offensive manner in front of him.It was submitted that the council was treating the man as though he was suffering from some form of mental disability because of his need to share his faith and arranged that he would receive professional assistance to address the problem and the complainant co-operated and attended the sessions.The man’s counsel also submitted that the county council’s employee handbook states that it is an equal opportunities employer and there was no written policy about the sharing of faith during work hours or while on breaks.Inappropriate promotion of faithThe council’s representative said there was no ban imposed on the man in relation to the profession of his faith. He was dismissed for the “inappropriate promotion of his faith” to members of the public during working hours which included lunch time. They said the man was “perfectly free to practice his religion outside working hours”.The Equality Tribunal found that the council did discriminate against the man on religious grounds. The equality officer said she was satisfied that the effects of the dismissal on the man had been “very serious” as he had only managed to get part-time work since then.She ordered the council to pay €70,000 in compensation.Read: Lecturer wins €80,000 in discrimination case against NUI Galway>Read: Woman with disabilities awarded €30k after employer refused to provide her with a chair>last_img read more

Quand la France colonisait la Floride une controverse encore dactualité

first_imgQuand la France colonisait la Floride, une controverse encore d’actualitéLe site de la plus ancienne colonie d’Amérique du Nord a enfin été identifié. Si on a longtemps cru qu’elle se trouvait dans les frontières actuelles de la Floride, la colonie française de Fort Caroline se situe en fait en Georgie. Deux équipes se disputent farouchement la découverte.Il est bien connu que la Louisiane doit son nom à Louis XIV, mais d’autres épisodes bien français de la colonisation du Nouveau-Monde sont restés dans l’ombre. Il y a ainsi eu des tentatives d’implantation en Floride, mais elles se sont toutes soldées par des catastrophes. Cette courte et désastreuse aventure a surtout été centrée autour du site de Fort Caroline, dont l’emplacement a longtemps fait l’objet d’un vif débat chez les universitaires américains.Il faut dire que le site de l’implantation des Français en Floride ne se situerait au final pas en Floride, mais en Georgie ! L’ancienne appellation de Floride recouvrait en effet un territoire plus vaste que l’Etat Américain actuel. De la même manière, la Louisiane française s’étendait sur un territoire qui empiète aujourd’hui sur quinze Etats américains et une petite partie du Canada.Une vilaine querelle de clocher ?L’Université d’Etat de Floride a ainsi déclaré le 21 février que Fort Caroline se situait le long de la rivière Altamaha en Géorgie, et non pas au niveau de la rivière floridienne Saint John. Les chercheurs de cette faculté s’étaient pourtant longuement opposés à cette thèse, alors défendue par leurs collègues de Géorgie. Mauvais perdants, ils tentent quand même de s’en attribuer la découverte selon le site examiner.com. Pire, l’équipe de l’Université d’Etat de Floride est directement accusée d’avoir plagié le travail de the People of One Fire (POOF), le peuple d’un même feu, un groupe de chercheurs issus de l’ethnie amérindienne des Muskogee. La question est d’importance aux Etats-Unis puisqu’il s’agit du plus ancien site fortifié colonial d’Amérique du Nord.Tout est parti de la découverte en Georgie d’artéfacts français par l’historien amérindien Michael Jacobs en 2006. Ses prises de contact avec divers archéologues se sont alors révélées infructueuses et il s’est tourné vers POOF. Puis, les chercheurs ont commencé à accumuler les preuves et indices de l’emplacement réel de Fort Caroline, aussi bien sur le terrain, dans les archives que sur les cartes d’époque. Ils ont annoncé leur découverte au public le 23 décembre dernier, mais il semble bien que le chantier de fouilles sera finalement confié aux archéologues floridiens.Deux tentatives de colonisation…Fort Caroline a été fondé en 1564 par René de Laudonnière. Ses colons étaient principalement des Huguenots, des Français protestants qui fuyaient les persécutions. Les conditions de vie particulièrement pénibles dans la région ont provoqué plusieurs mutineries et le vol des bateaux des Français.A cause de ces débuts difficiles, Jean Ribaut a été appelé à la rescousse avec des renforts. Ce dernier avait établi la première colonie française de Floride, Charlesfort, l’année précédente. Les trente colons stationnés y vivaient une situation particulièrement épouvantable. Leurs esclaves se sont rapidement révoltés et ont incendié leurs navires avant de se réfugier dans la jungle.Ceci a poussé les Français survivants à repartir d’eux-mêmes en France sur des radeaux plutôt que d’attendre le retour de leur chef. Certains ont réussi l’exploit, non sans avoir été réduits à dévorer leurs compagnons pendant la traversée.…Qui s’achèvent dans le sangÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?L’arrivée de ces renforts aurait pu améliorer la situation à Fort Caroline, mais elle a eu comme effet principal d’inquiéter les Espagnols. Une série d’escarmouches a rapidement escaladé entre les deux camps : une première attaque navale des Espagnols a échoué et les bateaux français ont été dispersés par une tempête alors qu’ils menaient des représailles contre la colonie de San Agustin.Le 18 septembre 1565, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés mena une attaque terrestre victorieuse sur la colonie. Pendant ce temps, les troupes françaises éparpillées par le cyclone retournaient par petits groupes à Fort Caroline, sans savoir que leur base était tombée. Les Espagnols, catholiques, ont systématiquement exécuté les prisonniers protestants, même ceux qui s’étaient rendus. Des flibustiers français ont investi les ruines du fort quelques années plus tard mais, après les échecs de Charlesfort et Fort Caroline, la France n’a plus jamais essayé de coloniser la Floride.Le 1 mars 2014 à 18:21 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

SELECTMEN NEWS Selectmen To Discuss Senior Center Palmer Park WHS Gym Floor

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets this Monday, September 9, 2019 at Town Hall (Room 9) at 7pm. An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6:15pm.There are some noteworthy items on the agenda, including:Selectmen will consider the request of Rick Lowe, of Tremezzo Pizzeria, to obtain a Common Victualer License for 296 Shawsheen Avenue.Public Buildings Superintendent George Hooper will provide an update the recent lighting project at Palmer Park.Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello will provide an update on her department’s programs and offerings.Town Manager Jeff Hull will provide an update on the high school gym floor replacement project.Town Manager Jeff Hull will share a letter from the Attorney General’s Office approving Articles 39-42 from this year’s Annual Town Meeting.Town Manager Jeff Hull will share a letter sent to the Executive Office of Elder Affairs regarding Senior Center funding.Selectmen will be invited to an upcoming Flagpole Dedication Ceremony at Silver Lake.Selectmen will consider ratifying the Town Manager’s appointments of Arianna Faro to the Commission on Disabilities and Christine Johnston to the Historical Commission.Selectmen will consider the request of the Recreation Department to conduct its 52nd Annual Horribles Parade on Sunday, October 27, 2019.Selectmen will consider the request of Wilmington Methodist Church (c/o John Arvanitis) and Boy Scouts Troop 56 (c/o John Mainini) to sell Christmas trees.Selectmen will consider the request of the Wilmington Sons of Italy and Wilmington Band Parents to reschedule their Flea Market from September 7 to October 19 in the Town Common Parking Lot.Selectmen will consider the request of Gigi Shenloogian to light the Town Common purple during the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV — Channel 9 on Comcast and Channel 37 on Verizon.  The meeting will also be streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends to report on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting — over the next two weeks. Wilmington Apple will live-tweet the meeting HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Selectmen To Discuss Need For Fire Substation At Wednesday, August 7 MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Public Buildings Dept. Outlines Projects This Summer, Including School ImprovementsIn “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   “When he’s ready to go, he’s ready to go because there’s nobody quite like him. Even if he’s 90 percent,” head coach Bruce Arians said this week. “The energy he brings and just the respect that he brings (means) you want him on the field.”Campbell has not seen the field on game day since getting chop-blocked by Broncos tight end Julius Thomas on Oct. 5 in Denver.Campbell practiced Thursday and Friday, albeit limited, and the 6-foot-8, 300-pound lineman will be wearing a brace on the knee.“It’s different,” he said. “I’ve never played with a brace on my knee before, so I’ve just got to get used to it. But I felt explosive (in practice) and I was able to play football the way I like to play football.”Meanwhile, running back Marion Grice, a former Arizona State Sun Devil, will be in uniform, active for the first time since he was signed off the San Diego Chargers’ practice squad on Sept. 23.The Cardinals’ seven inactives Sunday are defensive tackle Bruce Gaston, tight end Troy Niklas, nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu, quarterback Logan Thomas, guard Earl Watford and linebackers Glenn Carson and Thomas Keiser. Niklas was ruled out Friday after not practicing all week because of a bad ankle, an injury he suffered at Denver. The other six players are healthy scratches.Both Arians and Campbell said there will be no snap count limitation despite the defensive end’s layoff.“The big thing is just giving everything I have and being honest with the training staff and my coaches and myself — and just making sure that I’m doing what’s best to help the team. That’s it,” Campbell said. “This is a game I want to be a part of. It’s a huge game. The Eagles are a great team. This is a game that’s really going to matter at the end of the year.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires GLENDALE, Ariz. — Well, this is different.For much of the season, the Arizona Cardinals have gotten in the habit — a bad habit — of playing without a key player defensively due to injury.This week, the script has been flipped.After missing each of the past two weeks because of a sprained MCL in his right knee, defensive end Calais Campbell will make his return Sunday afternoon when the Cardinals host the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-889-0130 ErrorOKlast_img read more

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler 6 warms up

first_imgChicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) warms up before an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling GLENDALE, Ariz. — John Fox sounds a lot like previous Bears coaches in the early days of their Jay Cutler inheritance.“I think he’s been outstanding,” Fox said of Cutler on Wednesday during a conference call with Arizona media members. “He works hard. He’s a smart guy. He’s on top of his preparation.“I’ve seen the guy I think throw, what, two interceptions over those five (including preseason) games. Unless I’m missing somebody that plays quarterback in the National Football League, if you haven’t thrown an interception, you haven’t played. That’s the only history I have with him, and so far I think it’s been a good history.” There is plenty of time to change that, especially if you subscribe to Cutler’s well-worn reputation as a malcontent, a difficult QB to coach and a guy who can’t lead his team to anything other than dissension and coaching changes.In nine NFL seasons — three in Denver; six in Chicago — Cutler had led his teams to just one playoff berth and one playoff victory (over the 7-9 Seahawks). He has thrown for 27,974 yards with 184 TDs and a whopping 131 interceptions.His hangdog sideline expressions are infamous in Chicago, previous teammates have been happy to throw him under the bus, he is the source of all evil in a town obsessed with the Bears and in Adam Gase, he is playing for his fifth offensive coordinator in those six seasons, having worn out Mike Martz, Ron Turner, Mike Tice and Aaron Kromer, who was really just a figurehead coordinator under play-calling head coach Marc Trestman.Cutler admits that he reacts to the criticism differently than he did when he was younger, but he is never able to fully block it out.“It’s a very emotional game and I think everyone in the locker room takes a lot of this stuff home with them,” Cutler said. “The older you get, you get some perspective on some things. That doesn’t mean I take it any more lightly than before or it doesn’t bother me, because some things do. “I think still, to this day, some things bother me, but you can’t control a lot of these things outside. You will hear some things and whether you like it or not, there’s not much you can do about it. I just try to concentrate on what I can control and move forward.”Cutler signed a seven-year extension last year with a total value of $126.7 million according to overthecap.com. If the Bears were to release him after the 2016 season, however, he would only account for $2 million in dead money and the team would enjoy a $14 million cap savings.That timing might just be right. If anyone can win with a less-than-elite quarterback it’s Fox. Fox took Jake Delhomme to a Super Bowl in Carolina and won a playoff game with Tim Tebow in Denver. If he can’t fix Cutler after two seasons, maybe nobody can.“Any time you learn a new offense you kind of have to forget everything you knew before and just buy into the new language and the verbiage and all the nuances that go into it,” Cutler said. “It’s a pretty in-depth process, especially with Adam’s offense. He’s really detailed and he’s got a ton of plays.”“You saw the productivity he had in Denver with Tebow and Kyle Orton and obviously with Peyton (Manning). I’ve known Adam for a long time, so I knew what kind of coach and system I was getting into. I knew at the end of the day he would take care of the quarterback and try to put us in a good position.” 0 Comments   Share   center_img The problem for Cutler may not be his ability. It may be the ability outsiders expect him to have. He is not Aaron Rodgers or Manning or Tom Brady. On the other hand, an honest assessment by those who want to replace him is that there aren’t 15 quarterbacks better than Cutler in the league. If the Bears cut him loose, things could easily get worse.Cutler has played with poor offensive lines much of his time in Chicago. The defense has been dreadful the last few years and as a result, Cutler has played from behind a lot. Cutler is 21-7 in games in which he has thrown fewer than 30 passes. He’s 32-41 in games in which he has thrown 30 or more passes. To that end, Fox is trying to have him do less, by using Matt Forte more, even if he won’t admit the change.“I think they ran the ball extremely well last week and controlled the clock,” said Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who will face Cutler and the Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field. “It put him in a very comfortable situation where he didn’t have to throw the ball 40 to 50 times a game.”Even so, Cutler’s one interception in that 31-23 loss to the Packers last week came in a critical moment with the Bears driving for the tying score late. That and his completion percentage (50) left doubts as to whether he was benefitting from his latest coordinator. “It’s a lot easier when you stay in the same system your whole career, but when you go through three or four in four or five years, it’s extremely hard on you,” Arians said. “He’s a very bright guy. It’s a matter of learning the language, all the little scenarios of hots and blitzes and those things, especially if you are changing personnel, which he has had to do.”Arians got a chance to talk with Cutler when he interviewed for the Bears head-coaching job that eventually went to Trestman, much to the hindsight dismay of the Chicago media and fan base.“I met a guy that was very passionate about the game, wanted to win and was willing to do whatever it took to win,” Arians said. “I always felt he might be the most misunderstood quarterback in the league.”Despite all the barbs, Cutler says it would still be fun to win in Chicago — for Chicago.“We’re going to get it,” he said. “We’re heading in the right direction, we have the right head coach, the right coaches around him, we’ve got great schemes offensively and defensively, and we’ve got the right players.“It’s just a matter of time, going out and experiencing some things, making mistakes, fix them and try not to make them again.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

I regret taking the fourthdown play now It was

first_img“I regret taking the fourth-down play now. It was a bad call and a bad decision,” Arians admitted to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Paul Calvisi after the game. “I trusted our guys way too much and put the game in their hands at that point. Probably shouldn’t have put it in their hands.”So here was the context.Arians couldn’t trust his receivers. Two plays prior on 2nd-and-6, receiver J.J. Nelson had dropped an out route toward the sideline.Two plays later, it was either trusting his unsteady wideouts or a run game that allowed back Peterson to take 14 carries for just 26 yards, a 1.9-yard per rush average.After making the call and living with the disappointing result, Arians again saw the poor decision on his part snowball with Foreman’s run.“That’s the way it’s been all year. We don’t respond very well to bad things or sudden change,” the Cardinals coach said.“I don’t know if we lost our confidence, but we definitely dropped way too many easy passes,” Arians added. “That led to the fourth-down call again. Two weeks in a row, dropped passes led to me making a fourth-down call that (I) probably shouldn’t have made.” Contextually, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was between a rock and a hard place.It was 4th-and-1 at Arizona’s own 35-yard line, and the Cardinals still trailed the Houston Texans, 24-21.Six minutes and 33 seconds remained in the game.But Arians kept the offense on the field, rolling the dice that this play would either set up a game-tying or game-winning score or seal his team’s fate.The play-call: A handoff to Adrian Peterson that was met up the middle by Houston defenders. Peterson bounced outside but was greeted by a gang of tacklers for a one-yard loss. With possession handed to the Texans, Houston handed the ball to D’Onta Foreman, who found a lane for a 34-yard touchdown burst, setting the final score in Arizona’s 31-21 loss on Sunday. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories center_img Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, left, argues a call during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) – / 28 30 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Neil DeGrasse Tyson investigated by Fox NatGeo Ne

first_imgNeil DeGrasse Tyson investigated by Fox, NatGeo Networks by The Associated Press Posted Nov 30, 2018 8:24 pm PDT Last Updated Nov 30, 2018 at 8:48 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE: This photo released by Fox shows Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist who hosts the television show, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” premiering Sunday, March 9, 2014, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT on Fox and simultaneously across multiple U.S. Fox networks. The series will explore how we discovered the laws of nature and found our coordinates in space and time. (AP Photo/Fox, Patrick Eccelsine) center_img NEW YORK — Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasseTyson will be investigated by Fox and National Geographic Networks after allegations of sexual misconduct were levelled against him.Patheos.com published accounts from two women who say that Tyson behaved in a sexually inappropriate manner with them. Tyson was host of “Cosmos: Possible Worlds” on Fox in 2014 and a new edition of the series was to air on National Geographic next year.In a statement the producers of “Cosmos” said: “The credo at the heart of ‘Cosmos’ is to follow the evidence wherever it leads. The producers of ‘Cosmos’ can do no less in this situation.”They said they will conduct a thorough investigation. Meanwhile Fox and National Geographic say they only recently learned of the allegations and were reviewing the allegations.Besides numerous TV appearances, Tyson is also the director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.The Associated Presslast_img read more

TIFFs Top 10 Canadian Films names Anthropocene

first_imgTIFF’s Top 10 Canadian Films names ‘Anthropocene’, Haida-language feature TIFF’s Top Ten Canadian Films are:“Anthropocene: The Human Epoch,” directed by Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky of Ontario;“Firecrackers,” directed by Jasmin Mozaffari of Ontario;“The Fireflies Are Gone (La disparition des lucioles),” directed by Sebastien Pilote of Quebec;“Freaks,” directed by Zach Lipovsky, Adam Stein of British Columbia;“Genese (Genesis)”, directed by Philippe Lesage of Quebec;“Giant Little Ones,” directed by Keith Behrman of Ontario;“Mouthpiece,” directed by Patricia Rozema of Ontario;“Roads in February (Les routes en fevrier),” directed by Katherine Jerkovic of Quebec;“Sgaaway K’uuna (Edge of the Knife),” directed by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown of British Columbia.and “What Walaa Wants,” directed by Christy Garland of Ontario. The TIFF Top Ten Canadian Shorts of 2018 are:“Paseo,” directed by Matthew Hannam of Ontario;“Veslemoy’s Song,” directed by Sofia Bohdanowicz of Ontario;“My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes,” directed by Charlie Tyrell of Ontario;“The Subject (Le sujet),” directed by Patrick Bouchard of Quebec;“Brotherhood (Ikhwene),” directed by Meryam Joobeur of Quebec;“Fauve,” directed by Jeremy Comte of Quebec;“Altiplano,” directed by Malena Szlam of Quebec;“Accidence,” directed by Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson of Manitoba;“Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes),” directed by Amanda Strong of British Columbia;and “Little Waves (Les petites vagues),” directed by Ariane Louis-Seize of Quebec. TORONTO — A documentary about humanity’s impact on the Earth and a feature shot in the Haida language are among TIFF’s top 10 Canadian features of the year.The organization that runs the Toronto International Film Festival released its Top Ten lists of features and shorts of 2018.Organizers say the two lists include four directorial debuts, three Indigenous filmmakers, and 11 female filmmakers.Among the features are “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch,” directed by Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky, and “Sgaaway K’uuna (Edge of the Knife)” directed by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown of British Columbia.The lists were curated by TIFF programmers in collaboration with the Vancouver Film Critics Circle and the Association quebecoise des critiques de cinema.TIFF is set to celebrate the films and their filmmakers at a cocktail event Wednesday in Toronto. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Canadian Press by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 5, 2018 1:00 am PDTlast_img read more

Muzak

first_imgClive TurnerMUZAK! Yes, Muzak. It’s a marmite thing. You either love it or hate it. That said, and to be fair, actually there are lots of people who feel neither one way nor the other about what many feel is an absolute pestilence.Restaurants, supermarkets, malls, other shops and public places are aplenty with the insistent beat (it always seems to possess this distinctive feature) which belabours the ears and sensitivities seemingly wherever you go.Supermarket managers claim that muzak creates a more relaxing selling environment and definitely assists sales overall. So, I suppose it’s here to stay in such places. But in some public places it can drive you mad. It must drive the employees up the wall, unless they get to the stage where they simply tune it out and somehow don’t hear it any more?Independent research is certainly hard to come by. I like to back up everything I write with facts and homework, but apart from ‘Pipedown’, about which more later, I have been hard pressed to dig up much other than anecdotal and personal opinions, which might suggest that it isn’t really much of an issue either way. Yet, when you ask individuals their opinion, it is seldom particularly favourable.There are local restaurants in Cyprus to which I have been where the music is so loud and intrusive that you cannot enjoy a conversation with fellow guests and even the waiters have difficulty taking the orders. That for me means no return visit. Sometimes the music is not muzak and is live, and here the musicians all too often completely forget they are there gently to entertain the guests and not self-indulgently take over the establishment. Do they fondly imagine they are filling the gaps in conversation? No, if I want a concert, I go to a concert hall. I want to enjoy the company and not have to give up the unequal competition. When gently asking if the management can turn the volume down there is usually an affronted look and one is made to feel uncomfortable. No, the decision is inviolate and you simply have to vote with your feet. Have you done that?There is little doubt that the use of background music or muzak supports concerns that culture is degraded by marketeers as a means of social control and yes, an organisation called ‘Pipedown’ was formed some 25 years ago to resist background music pressure.It now has affiliates round the world, and has discovered some surprising facts. It can have an adverse effect on human health. Like all unwanted noise, it raises blood pressure, decreases the immune system, and creates problems for the millions of people with hearing problems. As Stephen Fry says: “Piped electricity, piped water, piped gas, but please, never piped music.” And, “I have left shops unable to make a wanted purchase because of hellish piped music,” says Joanna Lumley. Sound familiar?There are some figures which indicate that 34 per cent dislike piped music, 30 per cent like it, and the rest are indifferent. Interestingly, Aldi, Lidl, Waitrose, John Lewis, and Marks and Spencer have all done away with it. And are thriving. Gatwick airport stopped it, and Sainsbury and Tesco only use it at Christmas now. Hospitals have largely discontinued non-stop music and TV background noise (where it can’t be escaped) and telephone companies are cutting back on incessant music tracks while holding callers.A BBC poll found people hated piped music in trains. The Sunday Times found their readers said it is the single thing they most detested about modern life. An LBC radio poll found 50 per cent of their listeners would, like Joanna Lumley, walk out of a shop with piped music.Barclays Bank discovered 61 per cent of its customer base was alienated by it. The University of Cardiff found piped music harmed rather than helped productivity.Music teachers find it increasingly difficult to get their students to actually listen to music as it now comes at them non-stop from every wall. Musicians of all sorts hate piped music because they find ‘acoustic wallpaper’ a pain in the ear.Piped music does not come free, but is an extra that must be paid for with every meal, drink, ticket, piece of clothing, and so on…Some years ago, NOP carried out an opinion poll on the general public’s attitudes to piped music. Among those aged over 45, the majority hated it, as did the majority of those in the A-B social groups. Even among younger people aged under 25, some 21 per cent said they disliked piped music.What’s your opinion? Or are you indifferent?newventure@cytanet.com.cyYou May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? 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