Leonardo DiCaprio Hands Off My Parts

first_imgThis week, actor and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Board Member Leonardo DiCaprio helped launch WWF’s Hands Off My Parts initiative.The initiative represents a week-long effort tied to WWF’s Stop Wildlife Crime campaign to raise awareness and mobilize support to end the illegal trade of wildlife.Wildlife crime has reached levels never seen before in WWF’s 50-year history. Rhinos, tigers, and elephants are being killed at alarming rates for their skins, bones, tusks, horns and other body parts.Tens of thousands of elephants are being poached every year for their ivory. Thailand is home to the biggest unregulated ivory market in the world. Exploiting a legal loophole that permits the sale of ivory from Thailand’s domesticated elephants, criminals are getting away with selling massive amounts of illegally poached African ivory alongside legal ivory in the country.In addition to raising awareness of this global crisis, the Hands Off My Parts initiative highlights what people can do to help, including spreading the word and signing a global petition calling on Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to ban all ivory trade in Thailand.In support of this effort, DiCaprio sent a personal email to WWF supporters, celebrities and other influencers encouraging them to join the wildlife crime campaign and sign the petition.“Illegal wildlife trade is the most urgent threat facing species like tigers, rhinos and elephants. These animals are being killed every day to feed an escalating demand for their body parts,” said Leonardo DiCaprio. “Whole populations are at risk of being wiped out if we don’t take immediate action to shut down this illicit trade. As a key step, I am joining WWF and others calling on Thailand’s government to show leadership on elephant conservation by shutting down its ivory market before the country hosts a meeting of 177 nations on wildlife trade in March 2013.”“With knowledge comes the imperative to act,” said Carter Roberts, president & CEO of WWF. “This story needs to be told. We’re grateful to Leonardo DiCaprio and others for being the voice for animals who cannot speak for themselves.”Other prominent voices joining this initiative include: Emily VanCamp, Josh Bowman, Stacy Keibler, Alyssa Milano, Ian Somerhalder, and Ethan Suplee.“Hands Off My Parts” is the latest initiative in WWF’s global campaign to raise awareness about illicit wildlife trade as a serious crime with far-reaching implications for species and communities around the world. To learn more and what you can do to help, please visit worldwildlife.org/wildlifecrime or HandsOffMyParts.org.last_img read more

Is Big Tech too big A look at growing antitrust scrutiny

SAN FRANCISCO — Is Big Tech headed for a big breakup?The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission are moving to investigate Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple over their aggressive business practices, and the House Judiciary Committee has announced an unprecedented antitrust probe , promising “a top-to-bottom review of the market power held by giant tech platforms.”In addition, at least two 2020 presidential hopefuls have expressed support for breaking up some of technology’s biggest players amid concerns they have become too powerful.Experts say breakups are unlikely in the short term, and Rep. David Cicilline, the Rhode Island Democrat who leads the subcommittee pursuing the House investigation, called such measures a “last resort.” But even without that, Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple could face new restrictions on their power.Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple declined to comment on the investigations.Here’s a look at the cases that could be brought against them and what their defences could be.FACEBOOKWith 2.4 billion users, $56 billion in revenue last year and a name that’s synonymous with social media, Facebook is certainly big. But is it an illegal, competition-crushing monopoly?Federal regulators are already investigating the company’s privacy practices. But the antitrust question has been rumbling in the background, with critics calling for spinning off WhatsApp and Instagram. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has called for breaking up Big Tech, as has Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook. Former Vice-President Joe Biden has said that he is open to the idea .Critics believe a breakup is needed because Facebook can squash competitors either by buying them or using its enormous resources to mimic services they offer — as it’s done with Snapchat, for example.Facebook executives have been calling broadly for regulation, though nothing that comes close to breaking it up. In a recent statement, the company’s vice-president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, said Facebook “accepts that with success comes accountability. But you don’t enforce accountability by calling for the breakup of a successful American company.” CEO Mark Zuckerberg has called for “new rules” in four areas: harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.Facebook has also stressed that it has competitors in messaging and digital communication, including Apple and Google.New York University law professor Eleanor Fox said that because antitrust law focuses on companies that raise prices too much, and Facebook is free, it will be a tough to break up the business. And Facebook commands less than a quarter of worldwide digital advertising, well behind Google.Warren, however, has laid out plans for legislation that targets companies with more than $25 billion of annual revenue. It would limit their ability to expand and force parts of their business to operate as separate entities.GOOGLEAs Google becomes a leading mail provider, search engine and advertising platform, federal regulators are starting to wonder if it needs to be knocked down a bit.Critics say Google’s dominance in search has allowed it to squash rivals — notably because Google can show its own products above competitors’ or feature its own ads prominently.Google might argue it doesn’t have an obligation to do business with its rivals at all — an argument that other companies have made when faced with similar challenges, said Sandeep Vaheesan, legal director for Open Markets Institute, which advocates breaking up monopolies.It’s Google’s technology and Google can use it as it wishes, goes one line of reasoning.Google has also faced scrutiny over the practices it uses to get its search and other products featured on smartphones. Some say Google imposes too many self-serving regulations on smartphone makers who use Google’s Android operating system.But Google might simply argue that Android users like Google products and want them on their phones.Under existing laws, it is difficult to make the case that Google has monopoly power, “even though I think a lot of people think it’s really obvious,” Fox said.APPLESince its opening in 2008, Apple’s pioneering app store has given customers instant access to services that entertain, enlighten and engage. But it’s also a place where Apple controls all the access and sets commission rates for subscriptions and other purchases made through the apps.If it opens an investigation, the Justice Department is most likely to focus on whether Apple is abusing its veto and pricing power to throttle and gouge its competition. The commissions it collects are also the subject of a consumer lawsuit that the Supreme Court recently cleared to proceed.App makers periodically allege that they are blocked because Apple wants people to use its own services. In a recent example, several makers of apps for managing the amount of time kids can use their iPhones say they were kicked out of the store not long after Apple introduced its own screen-management controls.Apple says it typically blocks only apps with buggy software or features that invade users’ privacy. The company likens its rules to merchants deciding what products to carry. Apple also says its store includes apps that compete with its own products, including Google Maps and Google’s Chrome browser.Also under criticism is the 30 per cent cut that Apple pockets on new subscription sign-ups during the first year and a 15 per cent slice for renewals. The app store is expected to generate about $16 billion in revenue this year.Apple says the commissions cover costs for running the app store, including hiring people to review apps.Antitrust regulators could try to impose requirements that lower Apple’s commissions or, in a worst-case scenario, force it to spin off the app store. The latter option, though, could hurt consumers by making iPhones and other Apple products more cumbersome to use.Wedbush Securities analyst Daniel Ives likened a breakup to “a complex and almost impossible Siamese twin operation.”AMAZONFrom an online bookseller, Amazon has grown into a gigantic e-commerce player with its tentacles in everything from web hosting to streaming video to groceries.The European Union’s antitrust chief has been conducting an early-stage probe into whether Amazon is using data to gain an edge on third-party merchants, who are both its customers and rivals. Italy has been looking into whether Amazon abused its dominance by offering preferential treatment to companies that used Amazon’s own delivery-management services.Cicilline, the congressman, said Amazon has identified bestselling products elsewhere, rolled out replicas under its own brand and then steered customers to its own products over those of its rivals.When Warren tweeted in April that big tech companies like Amazon should be broken up, Amazon tweeted back: “Walmart is much larger.”Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos made a similar case in a recent letter to shareholders: “Amazon today remains a small player in global retail. We represent a low single-digit percentage of the retail market, and there are much larger retailers in every country where we operate. And that’s largely because nearly 90% of retail remains offline, in brick and mortar stores.”But Amazon does dominate online. Market research company eMarketer expects Amazon to account for 52% of all online sales in the U.S. this year, up from 48% last year._____Associated Press writers Mae Anderson in New York; Michael Liedtke in Cupertino, California; Matt O’Brien in Providence, Rhode Island; and Joseph Pisani in Las Vegas contributed to this story.Barbara Ortutay And Rachel Lerman, The Associated Press read more

Union announces plans to try to form a union at the National

TORONTO — Workers at Postmedia’s National Post newspaper have announced plans to try to form a union.CWA Canada says it’s working to organize the employees amid significant challenges in the media business.Postmedia has made significant cuts across its operations, including the National Post, in recent years as it has worked to slash costs.The unionization drive follows a controversy over bonuses paid to several top Postmedia executives while the company cut staff.“We see unionizing as the best way to protect both ourselves and our readers across the country, who suffer every time the newspaper loses a great reporter, photographer, editor or designer to a buyout or a better-paid job with a competitor,” the union’s organizing committee said in a statement.Postmedia (TSX:PNC.A, TSX:PNC.B) did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The National Post was launched in 1998.CWA Canada, which represents staff at news organizations including The Canadian Press, says the Post is Canada’s only major non-unionized newsroom.Postmedia Network Canada Corp., the newspaper’s parent company, reported a profit of $13 million in its most recent quarter, boosted by one-time, non-cash items including a $22.8-million gain related to changes in the company’s employee benefit plans and a decrease in impairment charges. The result compared with a loss of $23.7 million a year earlier.Revenue dropped to $194.0 million for the quarter ended May 31, down from $218.3 million in the year ago quarter. read more

Burt says UK concerns on Lanka no secret

He said this in response to a statement made by British MP Simon Danczuk who had visited Sri Lanka recently to seek justice for the murder of a British national in Tangalle in December 2011. Speaking on the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting to be held in Sri Lanka, Burt said the United Kingdom has still not made a decision on its attendance at CHOGM but it looks to Sri Lanka to demonstrate the Commonwealth principles of good governance, respect for human rights and adherence to the rule of law. (Colombo Gazette) British Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Alistair Burt says the concerns of his government on Sri Lanka’s human rights issue is no secret.Speaking at the House of Commons yesterday (Wednesday) Burt said that the United Kingdom has a number of concerns about progress in Sri Lanka. He also spoke on the impeachment of former Chief Justice Shirani Banadaranayake and said it was disappointing that the government denied access to legal experts of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute who planned to visit Sri Lanka to investigate the impeachment.The British Minister also said that until investigations takes place into some of the incidents reported on the war it will be difficult for the Sri Lankan people to move forward. “It is important to note that we have a long-standing and strong relationship with Sri Lanka. Our close ties are formed through history, educational links and culture, as well as the Sri Lankan community in the United Kingdom, which contributes so much to our rich and diverse culture. We value those links, which we are determined to maintain,” Burt said. Related story: http://colombogazette.com/2013/03/20/uk-mp-raises-lankan-issue-in-parliament/ “We are clear that all allegations must be investigated, whether committed by the LTTE or Government forces, and that those responsible must be brought to justice. We believe that fully addressing and condemning events of the past is crucial to ensuring that justice is done and that Sri Lanka can begin to look forward, not back, but so too are wider measures recommended by Sri Lanka’s own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission. In order to ensure that the dividend of peace can be enjoyed by all Sri Lankans, it is vital that the Sri Lankan Government make concrete progress in implementing the recommendations, which include investigation of alleged extra-judicial killings and disappearances and implementation of a mechanism to resolve land disputes impartially,” he said.At the same time he said it was also important to recognise that the Sri Lankan Government has made some progress.“I saw the situation for myself during my visit to Sri Lanka in January. Infrastructure had been rebuilt, and I saw roads being repaved in the northern area. I also heard from non-governmental organisations about extensive de-mining work done in former conflict zones. We recognise and welcome such progress. We also recognise that there are obstacles to progress in some areas, and that the way forward will never be clear of stumbling blocks. Much more work is needed to guarantee a stable future for Sri Lanka and ensure justice for all its citizens. The appropriate application of the rule of law is clearly a key factor,” he said. read more

Mateta goal enough for Mainz to win 10 in Duesseldorf

DUESSELDORF, Germany — French striker Jean-Philippe Mateta scored to give Mainz a 1-0 win at Fortuna Duesseldorf in the Bundesliga on Friday, lifting the side eighth ahead of the rest of the 13th round.Mateta, who joined Mainz from Le Havre in the off-season, timed his run for Robin Quaison’s through ball perfectly, and the 21-year-old eluded Duesseldorf defender Robin Bormuth before shooting. Michael Rensing got his hand to the ball but couldn’t stop it bobbling inside the far post.Duesseldorf, which snatched a 3-3 draw at Bayern Munich last weekend, had been the better team, and the home side pushed hard for an equalizer without taking chances.Mainz goalkeeper Robin Zentner got his fingertips to Niko Giesselmann’s effort in injury time.Duesseldorf, promoted last season, remained second from bottom and may yet be overtaken by Stuttgart, which hosts Augsburg on Saturday.___More AP Bundesliga coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/Bundesliga and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Young mother gets bundle of joy for Christmas

Hansaranie Latchana and her bouncing baby boy.Christmas is the most joyful time of the year and the Latchana family’s holiday was made even more special with the arrival of a tiny bundle of joy.Hansaranie Latchana of Lot 100 Belvedere Corentyne, delivered the first Christmas baby at the New Amsterdam Hospital at 03:49 h on December 25. The young mother gave birth to a baby boy.According to Latchana, this is her first child. She commended the doctor and nurses present during her delivery, whose professionalism helped her to overcome her initial nervousness.The mother explained that she was scheduled to deliver in January, but took in with cramps and was taken to the hospital where she delivered her baby boy.While Latchana was the only mother that delivered at the New Amsterdam Hospital for Christmas morning,  another mother was currently in labour and was expected to give birth.Latchana was presented with a token, compliments of Massy Distribution, for being the first mother to deliver a Christmas baby at New Amsterdam Hospital. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice Christmas baby defies odds, arrives four weeks earlyDecember 28, 2016In “latest news”Baby boy is GPHC’s first newborn for 2019January 1, 2019In “Health”Still-born two headed baby delivered at New Amsterdam HospitalDecember 19, 2017In “Health” read more

Andrea Lekic to miss EHF EURO 2014 start

IHF World Handball Player 2013, Serbian playmaker Andrea Lekic has suffered ankle sprain injury during the match between her ZRK Vardar and ZRK Buducnost 24:24 in Skopje on Sunday. She had to be carried out from the court of SC “Jane Sandanski” in ninth minute of the match. The first prediction is that Lekic won’t be able to run in the next three weeks. That could be a reason for head-ache of Serbian NT coach Saša Bošković, who can’t count on her in preparation for the Women’s EHF EURO 2014 in Croatia and Hungary – Mobelringen Cup in Norway.It is to early to get answer on question, whether she will be ready for the Preliminary Round matches against Montenegro, France and Slovakia in Osijek between December 7-11. Andrea LekicAndrea Lekic injured ← Previous Story EHF CL Round 5: First defeat for PSG – Metalurg and Alingsas only 0-5 Next Story → Over 110.000 votes in first week of WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 read more

North Korea is holding at least 11 Malaysians hostage

first_img Mar 7th 2017, 8:04 AM A man in Seoul, North Korea watches footage of a North Korean missile launch. Source: Lee Jin-man/PA ImagesNORTH KOREA BANNED Malaysians from leaving the country today, triggering a tit-for-tat response from Kuala Lumpur which said its citizens were effectively being held “hostage” in the row over the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam.Pyongyang’s extraordinary move came as it faced growing international condemnation for a volley of missiles it fired into the Sea of Japan, defying stringent global sanctions aimed at halting its weapons programme.The developments marked a dramatic heightening of tensions with Malaysia three weeks after the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was murdered at an airport with the banned VX nerve agent.The North decided to “temporarily ban the exit of Malaysian citizens in the DPRK”, the official news agency KCNA said, citing the foreign ministry and using the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.The prohibition would remain in place “until the safety of the diplomats and citizens of the DPRK in Malaysia is fully guaranteed through the fair settlement of the case that occurred in Malaysia”.The Malaysian foreign ministry said 11 of its citizens were currently in North Korea, including three embassy staff, six family members and two others who work for the UN’s World Food Programme. North Korean Ambassador to Malaysia Kang Chol was expelled from the country over the weekend. Source: Vincent Thian/PA ImagesMalaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak condemned the bar, and said he was ordering a similar ban on the movement of “all North Korean citizens in Malaysia”. Analysts said they could number around 1,000.The home ministry had previously indicated the ban only affected diplomats and embassy officials.“This abhorrent act, effectively holding our citizens hostage, is in total disregard of all international law and diplomatic norms,” Najib said, according to a statement. Short URL Share4 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/3274348 Tuesday 7 Mar 2017, 8:04 AM North Korea is holding at least 11 Malaysians ‘hostage’ Malaysia has condemned the decision not to let them leave the country. center_img 23 Comments 12,321 Views As a peace-loving nation, Malaysia is committed to maintaining friendly relations with all countries. However, protecting our citizens is my first priority, and we will not hesitate to take all measures necessary when they are threatened.Weapon of mass destructionPyongyang and Kuala Lumpur had unusually strong links for years, but ties have rapidly degenerated in the weeks since Kim Jong-Nam was attacked at a Malaysian airport by two women who wiped a deadly chemical on his face.An autopsy revealed that to be VX nerve agent, a substance so dangerous it is classed as a weapon of mass destruction by the UN.Seoul has blamed Pyongyang for the assassination, and Kuala Lumpur wants to question several North Koreans, although the only one it arrested was released last week for lack of evidence. A journalist at the North Korean embassy in Malaysia. Source: Alexandra Radu/APThe North has never confirmed the dead man’s identity, but has denounced the Malaysian investigation as an attempt to smear it.Kuala Lumpur announced the expulsion of the North’s ambassador over the weekend. He flew to Beijing on yesterday, after launching a final verbal assault on his hosts.Kang Chol slammed what he called a “pre-targeted investigation by the Malaysian police”. Photographs later showed him sitting in the economy section of the plane.Pyongyang retaliated by formally ordering out his counterpart — who had already been recalled for consultations.According to KCNA, the foreign ministry expressed hopes that the Malaysian government would solve the issue “as early as possible” from a position of “goodwill” and “setting store by and developing the bilateral relations”.Malaysian diplomats and nationals in the North “may work and live normally under the same conditions and circumstances as before” while the travel ban is in place, it added.UNThe escalating row comes as the United Nations Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting to coordinate the global response to the North’s latest missile launches, which KCNA said were trial runs at hitting “the bases of the US imperialist aggressor forces in Japan”.Three of the four projectiles came down provocatively close to Japan, in what observers said was a test of US President Donald Trump’s inchoate North Korea policy.In phone calls to his Japanese and South Korean counterparts, Trump reaffirmed Washington’s “ironclad commitment” to its allies.The US will demonstrate to Pyongyang that there were “very dire consequences” for its actions, the White House said in a statement.Under UN resolutions, Pyongyang is barred from any use of ballistic missile technology, but six sets of sanctions since its first nuclear test in 2006 have failed to halt its drive for what it insists are defensive weapons.New US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Japan, China and South Korea later this month, a weekend report said, with North Korea expected to top his agenda.© – AFP 2017Read: ‘I am not guilty’ – Women who face death penalty over Kim Jong-Nam murder appear in court >Read: Kim Jong-Nam was killed by ‘most potent’ chemical weapon VX nerve agent > By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Alleged Mokbel accomplice faces retrial

first_imgFoula Pantazis, a cleaner of northern suburb Reservoir and the woman who allegedly assisted Tony Mokbel flee to Greece, will face a retrial next week, after Victoria’s Supreme Court judge Justice Simon Whelan aborted the original trial that began on June 6. The court heard that new evidence had become available and needed to be assessed fully by the prosecution and Mrs Pantazis. Pantazis was charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice while Mokbel was in hiding during 2006 and 2007. Prosecutor Fran Dalziel told the court last week that Pantazis travelled to Greece regularly to make arrangements for Mokbel’s arrival, had met with him in an Athens hotel in June 2007, and was alongside the self-confessed drug-baron on the day of his arrest. The prosecution said Mrs Pantazis “received and dealt with large amounts of money” from drug trafficking during her visits to Greece. Last week the jury also heard that Mrs Pantazis’ husband also played the key role in buying, modifying and finding crew for a luxury $323,000 yacht called Edwina, that took Mokbel to Greece after he fled from Melbourne in March 2006. The prosecutor said the couple allegedly helped Mokbel while he lived as a fugitve in Athens, funded by the proceeds of his drug racketeering. “All of that was done so Mr Mokbel could avoid apprehension and imprisonment,” Ms Dalziel told the jury. Mokbel was arrested in the Athens suburb of Glyfada in 2007, before being extradited to Australia to face murder and drug charges. He was later acquitted of the murder of Melbourne gangland patriarch Lewis Moran, but pleaded guilty to importing “commercial quantities” of drugs. Pantazis pleaded not guilty last week to the charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice. Pantazis’ lawyer told the court that the case against her is based on misconceptions and innuendo. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Lherpès soigné grâce à une plante

first_imgL’herpès soigné grâce à une plante ?Une équipe de chercheurs anglais et espagnols a étudié une plante utilisée dans la médecine traditionnelle depuis des siècles, la tanaisie commune. Ces travaux leur ont permis de découvrir que cette plante pourrait guérir efficacement l’herpès.Dans une étude publiée par la revue Phytotherapy Research, et rapportée par le site du Parisien, des chercheurs de l’Université de Greenwich, au Royaume-Uni, et de l’Université espagnole d’Oviedo, révèlent les conclusions de travaux menés sur les propriétés antivirales de la tanaisie commune (Tanacetum Vulgare). Les scientifiques ont mis au jour les composants actifs de cette plante et découvert qu’elle pouvait permettre de traiter l’herpès.À lire aussiAmygdalite : chronique, caséeuse, cryptique, de quoi s’agit-il ?La tanaisie, très commune en Europe, est utilisée depuis des siècles dans la médecine traditionnelle. Autrefois employée comme vermifuge, cette plante est réputée pour ses propriétés toniques, antispasmodiques, fébrifuges mais aussi insectifuges.Si les chercheurs estiment aujourd’hui qu’elle pourrait s’avérer être un traitement efficace contre l’herpès, ils doivent encore approfondir leurs travaux avant que la tanaisie ne puisse être utilisée comme traitement. La tanaisie contient un constituant très toxique à haute dose, la thujone. Il est donc fortement déconseillé de l’utiliser sans l’avis d’un médecin.Le 24 avril 2011 à 10:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Camas mans stolen trailer located

first_imgJoshua Nickelsen just wanted to close his eyes and get some rest after a long night.He heard his phone buzzing, but he didn’t check it. He was getting messages all day. Instead, he slept. Nickelsen, 34, was asleep maybe an hour and a half, and it was in that time the unthinkable happened: his camper trailer, which was stolen in Camas sometime early Wednesday morning, was found dumped on the side of Northeast 86th Street in Hazel Dell. “I had given up hope,” he said. “I didn’t think I’d see it again.Clark County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chuck Kerr said it’s easier to find something with a more distinct look. “As unique as (the trailer) looks, there’s a much higher likelihood we will get this back than if we’re looking for a Honda that’s silver or something like that,” he said. Still, Nickelsen didn’t think there was any way his trailer would turn up again. He arrived at his parents’ house in Camas around 3:15 a.m. Wednesday after a night working as a server and bartender at Kells Irish Pub in Portland, and didn’t see his 4-by-8-foot teardrop trailer, which had been parked in front of his parents’ house for the past three months. He looked everywhere he could think, but couldn’t find it. He noticed one of the back doors on his father’s truck was left open, and an empty storage container was missing.last_img read more

Sarri Guardiola and I learned from Sacchi

first_imgMaurizio Sarri said both he and Pep Guardiola were students of Arrigo Sacchi and went on to recall the dinner they had together last June.The former Napoli boss opened up on his close rapport with Guardiola ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Manchester City on Sunday.🗣 “We have a good relationship. In the summer, we normally go for dinner together.”Maurizio Sarri discusses his relationship with Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, and says Chelsea have the resources to challenge the Citizens.(via @HaytersTV) pic.twitter.com/eFv0AyZVPW— The Coaches’ Voice (@CoachesVoice) February 8, 2019“We have a good relationship. Very, very good,” Sarri said in today’s Press conference via Football Italia.“Usually during the summer, we have dinner together. I hope he speaks very well about me as a Coach, as a friend.“Usually we learn from Arrigo Sacchi because Arrigo is always with us. So it’s very interesting to speak to Arrigo. Both Guardiola and I are all children of Sacchi, as it started with him.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSarri: “Cristiano Ronaldo is the strongest player in the world” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri has no doubts that Cristiano Ronaldo is the main man at Juventus, and plans to the star give more freedom to exploit his talents to their fullest extent.There is photographic evidence of the dinner, which took place in June at the Perla Verde Hotel in Milano Marittima.Maurizio Sarri said both he and Pep Guardiola “learned from Arrigo Sacchi” and mentioned the dinner they had together in June https://t.co/xGJSh6XPvG #CFC #MCFC #EPL #ACMilan pic.twitter.com/urxwd6Sb2I— footballitalia (@footballitalia) February 8, 2019Guardiola speaks excellent Italian thanks to his time as a player at Brescia and Roma.He also held a fascinating panel in Italy in October with Sacchi and current Napoli Coach Carlo Ancelotti.“It’s no coincidence that so many players who worked under Sacchi and Cruijff are now Coaches, because their minds were opened.“They gave us a new love for the sport,” said Guardiola at the Festival dello Sport event.”Sarri emerged victorious in their first encounter at the Bridge this season and with both sides challenging for a place in Europe and the title respectively, the clash is touted to be explosive.last_img read more

Multiple children reported missing in Central Florida found safe

first_imgNEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — The three children reported missing in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. have been found safe.An AMBER Alert was issued after 3-year-old Akeem Dorset, 8-year-old Makylah Brown and 10-year-old Aaliyah Brown were reported missing in the area of 800 block of Oleander Street, Friday. **AMBER ALERT UPDATE** The missing grandmother and grandchildren from New Smyrna Beach have been safely located.— NSBPD (@NSBPolice) June 30, 2018The children were located with their 65-year-old grandmother, Venita Porter-Carter, according to New Smyrna Beach Police. The AMBER Alert for Akeem Dorset, Makylah Brown and Aaliyah Brown from New Smyrna Beach has been resolved. The children are safe. Thank you for sharing!— FDLE (@fdlepio) June 30, 2018center_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Why Prairie View AM Students Are Suing Waller County over Alleged Voter

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Sharecenter_img Abner Fletcher/Houston Public MediaEarly voting for the 2018 midterm elections began on October 22 in Texas. 00:00 /05:57 Students at Prairie View A&M University have filed a federal lawsuit alleging Waller County is suppressing the voting rights of its black residents.“The plaintiffs at Prairie View A&M, which is a predominately black school, are alleging that the county is not providing the same access to early voting on campus as it is in other parts of the county which are predominately white,” Teddy Rave, George Butler Research Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, told Houston Matters.The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed the lawsuit in Houston on Monday on behalf of a group of five students. The lawsuit argues the county is violating the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution by not providing early voting locations on campus or in the city of Prairie View during the first week of early voting, which began on Monday. “Since at least the early 1970s, Waller County has consistently tried to limit the political power of Black voters in the City of Prairie View and at Prairie View A&M specifically by undermining their right to vote,” LDF Deputy Director of Litigation, Leah Aden, said in a statement. During the second week of early voting, Waller County will have polls open Monday through Friday in Prairie View at two different locations. But one of the locations is off-campus and not easily accessible to students, according to the lawsuit.Rave told Houston Matters that for this particular case the strongest claim is the violation of the Voting Rights Act. “They don’t have to actually show that the county is intentionally singling them out because of their race just that this has a discriminatory effect,” he said.When Houston Matters contacted Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis’s office, they directed us to a statement on their Facebook page from yesterday:Given that early voting ends on November 2 there is also an urgency to the case. “The plaintiffs want a court order to provide more opportunities for early voting on the Prairie View A&M campus starting this Thursday,” Rave said. “They want the court to move very quickly.”The lawsuit follows concerns from earlier this month when students living on campus were told they needed to update their addresses before being able to vote in the midterms. But election officials said they didn’t reject any student registrations, and that the addresses could be changed on Election Day or beforehand.last_img read more


first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. WARNING: As the title indicates, this second review of Avengers: Infinity War includes SPOILERS. The spoiler-free review can be viewed here.Didn’t you already review this last week?I did, but we’re doing it again with SPOILERS this time. Not much comes out this week because no one wants to release major movies in the direct aftermath of new Marvel movies.What exactly is your industry going to cover when they eventually stop making these?“Stopping” seems somewhat presumptuous, given that we’re dealing with Disney productions. I’m sure someone was saying “They’ve got to run out of fairytales to make cartoons out of” back in the 50s, and yet…Point taken. So I guess we don’t need to rehash the plot of this?Probably not.Can we talk about all the dead Avengers?Yeah, that’s quite a body count both “universe-wide” and in “people we give a damn about” terms, huh? I imagine a bunch of them are going to come back and a lot of this is going to be undone in general. Basically because the whole Infinity Gauntlet “thing” is all about magical doodads that can undo all of this (plus a bunch of the “dead” people are already working on sequels for their own franchises so…)Do you think that sucks some of the impact out of it?I get why a lot of people feel that way, but it’s not where my head is at this point. I mean, isn’t this just the rules of fiction, period, Marvel or otherwise? I’m not trying to be dismissive here – if this doesn’t work for you because the omnipresence of the metanarrative lessens the overall dramatic tension, that’s valid. I just wonder, why we’re inclined to apply that standard to fictional works that actualize deus ex machina into a tangible device but less so when it’s equally as present in every other work of fiction that doesn’t have a specific Infinity Gauntlet or Master Wand or Reset Button or whatever to hang it on.I’m not sure I follow?Think of it like this: When Tom Holland reports for work on Spider-Man 2 (or whatever they end up calling it) in however many weeks despite Peter Parker having died in Infinity War. It’s not some combination of the Reality Stone, Time Stone and whatever other sundry magicks in Avengers 4 that’s going to have made that resurrection possible. It’s the fact that Spider-Man is not a real person, none of this is real and thus anything the writers want to have happened to them at any time can happen regardless of whether there’s a tool to cause it or rule to allow it already built into the lore. And that’s true of every other work of fiction – heck, not even just (pure) fiction: “Hitler didn’t really die that way” didn’t stop Tarantino from ending Inglorious Basterds the way he wanted to.So why give such a positive review if you’re acknowledging the biggest stuff in it doesn’t matter?“Matter” is a relative term here, I feel. It’s all fiction, and absurdly high-concept (read: kind of silly) fiction, at that. So everything is execution dependent: Spider-Man and Gamora’s deaths (to name just two of many) aren’t affecting because I genuinely think I’ll never see them again, they’re affecting because Tom Holland and Zoe Saldana (and their respective scene-partners Robert Downey Jr. and Josh Brolin) are giving excellent, emotionally resonant performances in those moments that really get to you. Or, at least, got to me.No, yeah, I get it – that was tough to watch. Related: Were you psyched when The Red Skull showed up??What do you think?Thought so. Were you sold on Thanos now that the motivation and backstory are out in full?Yeah, I think Thanos is the main reason it all works – it better be, since he’s basically the main character. Plus, I’ve long been a fan of Marvel’s savagely shameless deployment of the “Make the most obvious criticism of your movie something the bad guy says and/or believes in so people feel like jerks bringing it up” trope.Wait, how does Thanos do…His whole genocidal philosophy is motivated by “There are too many people in this Universe.”… …oh wow.I know, right? Anyway, “the villain thinks he’s the hero” is an old angle and Marvel actually goes there a lot, but usually it’s guys like Killmonger (or Magneto) who actually have a righteous point. Thanos is an irredeemable genocidal MANIAC… and not only is he sure that his universe-wide Malthusian overpopulation solution is right. He’s already fully accepted that he’s not just the hero but the kind of suffering, righteous “lonely martyr” hero we’ve all been inculcated to identify with (in part by the last decade or so of post-Dark Knight superhero movies!). And he’s totally made peace with no one ever recognizing, rewarding or even thanking him for it – he doesn’t even want power or leadership. That’s a terrifying idea, and it’s fascinating to not only watch Brolin play him as this totally self-deluded sociopath but also for the movie to very cannily give basically a “hero movie” story of his own in between all the Avengers/Guardians/etc. team-up stuff.What didn’t work so well?I like the banter but Thor, Rocket and Groot’s story didn’t really feel as resonant as the others, in my opinion. Also, I agree the Russo Brothers are probably the best pure action-directors Marvel has on the payroll right now. I also find myself wishing either they or the producers would insist on featuring more extras, shooting more “coverage” and writing in more asides with tertiary characters to help with the scope and add tension by constantly reminding us that this is about more than just the 18 or 20 people from the posters.Would that really change things that much?I mean, half the cast turning to dust is creepy and shockingly bold as endings to these go – but imagine how much harder it would’ve hit to cut away and see that same shit happening to, say, Aunt May or Luis or Pepper or Hawkeye’s kids or… even just random people who have NO IDEA what’s happening and are just horrified, just sitting down to dinner or walking dogs or pushing baby carriages – that woulda been terrifying… maybe too much so for this kind of movie, even.But you stick by the original review and rating, overall?I do. It’s a hell of a good time, very nearly as good as these sorts of movies get.center_img James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News last_img read more

Watch 5 people injured after crash into embankment near Windsor DamWatch 5

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Five people were injured in a crash on Friday (July 13) on the R103 near Windsor Dam.The exact cause of the crash is unknown at this stage.One of the passengers said they tried to avoid a vehicle that was overtaking when they lost control and crashed into an embankment at the side of the road.One person sustained serious injuries, while four others sustained minor injuries.Paramedics treated and stabilised the injured before taking them to hospital.Also read: Video Included: 7 dead in horror crash on the R74 just outside BergvilleAlso read: Watch: 7 dead and 4 seriously injured in crash near Ladysmith Many concerned motorists stopped at the scene to see if they could help in any way.Police, Public Safety and a towing service responded.Traffic flow was obstructed until the vehicle was towed away from the scene.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Tourists impressed by Ladysmith museum

first_imgThe Shongololo Express train arrived in Ladysmith on Thursday, February 16, bringing tourists from as far afield as Canada, Sweden, Germany, Holland, France and the UK. They had an enjoyable morning tour of the battlefields, including the Ladysmith Siege Museum, Wagon Hill and the Burgher Memorial.Also read: Siege Museum raises cancer awarenessThe tourists expressed how informative and well kept the museum is. In addition, they thought the surrounding area of Drakensberg was truly spectacular and the Burgher Memorial impressive. Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Quantitative Transmission Ultrasound Featured at Acoustical Society of America

first_imgNews | Ultrasound Imaging | May 29, 2019 Quantitative Transmission Ultrasound Featured at Acoustical Society of America James Wiskin, Ph.D, delivers lecture on full wave 3-D transmission tomography for whole body imaging News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Related Content 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 News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more 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 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 News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… 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 | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. Fused QT Ultrasound 3-D quantitative transmission ultrasound and compounded reflection axial images showing high resolution image of internal organs, tissue, skin and hair of neo-natal piglet. Anatomy courtesy of C. Ruoff, DVM.May 29, 2019 — QT Ultrasound recently showcased its advanced ultrasound technology at the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) 177th meeting, May 13-17 in Louisville, Ky.In a special conference session, “Inverse problems in Biomedical Ultrasound I,” James Wiskin, Ph.D., principal scientist  presented on “Full Wave 3D Transmission Tomography: 21st Century Technology for Whole Body Imaging.” Word has spread in the ultrasound community that QT Ultrasound’s clinical and research team have made strides in orthopedic and whole-body imaging, according to the company. In support of those developments, the presentation showed quantitative accuracy of tissue parameters in the presence of bone and air (validated against literature values), previously thought to have been impossible. Further evidence showed the ability of quantitative transmission ultrasound (QTU) to image regions which do not show up in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Fusion with registered speckle-free compounded reflection images leads to novel biomarkers for tissue and concomitant segmentation/classification algorithms.  This and the lack of ionizing radiation and contrast agents point towards QTU as a viable technology for whole body, breast and orthopedic imaging.Wiskin’s lecture discussed the clinical value of 3-D quantitative tissue characterization, and how whole body and orthopedic images are constructed using inherently 3-D reconstruction algorithms and 3-D data.  Wiskin noted, “I believe the clinical importance of 3-D transmission ultrasound is understood by the ASA, which is the reason they sought out this presentation for their annual conference. It’s an honor to share our research findings and developments with scientists and engineers that are at the forefront of medical ultrasound research.”QT Ultrasound’s technology has already received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for breast imaging, for which the company’s research has demonstrated a higher degree of accuracy than mammography or handheld ultrasound at identifying certain breast structures, and that it produces image contrast comparable to a typical MRI.For more information: www.qtultrasound.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 morelast_img read more

Rosewood Hotels Resorts and Mubadala Development

first_imgRosewood Hotels & Resorts and Mubadala Development Company are pleased to announce that they have executed agreements for Rosewood to manage a new luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates currently being developed by Mubadala. Opening in early 2012, Rosewood Abu Dhabi will be located on Sowwah Island, the core of Abu Dhabi’s new Central Business District between the prestigious commercial development Sowwah Square and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.Rosewood Abu Dhabi will be a landmark five-star high-rise hotel and residences with extensive amenities featuring a variety of signature restaurants that will highlight global cuisine and all day dining offerings. The hotel will also feature Sense, A Rosewood Spa™, an 18,000+-square-foot beauty, wellness and fitness retreat. Rosewood Abu Dhabi will be the fourth Middle East property managed by Rosewood, the others include Al Faisaliah Hotel and Hotel Al Khozama in Riyadh and Rosewood Corniche in Jeddah.Rosewood Abu Dhabi will offer 190 spacious guest rooms and suites. The iconic tower will also include 140 serviced residences, all with access to Rosewood’s world-class service. The inspiration for the Handel Architects-designed tower comes from the glistening Arabian Gulf and the vast desert that surrounds Abu Dhabi city. The 34-story tower will be a dramatic modern structure covered with reflective glass which was chosen for its daytime shimmer and its nighttime luminescence. The curvilinear architecture of the 470-foot-tall building is designed to suggest movement in this vibrant city, and the inspiration for the interiors of the hotel comes from the meeting of land and sea, desert and sky.Rosewood Abu Dhabi will redefine luxury in the city. The hotel’s interiors, designed by the award-winning firm BBG-BBGM, will warmly welcome guests in the lobby which will be bordered on one side with a flowing water feature and on the other with a dramatic wall of art to draw guests into the space with warm tones, clean lines and sleek materials. The sophisticated design is juxtaposed with comfortable furnishings and flowing fabrics in warm colors reminiscent of a local souk. Throughout the hotel, traditional Middle Eastern textiles and details are complimented with modern lines and sleek architectural elements. The hotel design is a study in contrasts and will set the standard for luxury design in Abu Dhabi.rosewoodhotels.comlast_img read more

Ottawa stations girlpower hour tackles gender

first_imgOttawa station’s ‘girl-power hour’ tackles gender imbalance on country radio Jess Moskaluke performs during the Country Thunder Humboldt Broncos tribute concert in Saskatoon, Sask. on April 27, 2018. A country radio station in the nation’s capital is turning up the volume on female artists. Ottawa’s Country 101.1 FM plans to launch a “girl-power hour” starting Monday that’s dedicated to giving women a brighter spotlight. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 24, 2018 4:00 am PDT Last Updated Aug 24, 2018 at 6:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img TORONTO – A country radio station in the nation’s capital is turning up the volume on female artists.Ottawa’s Country 101.1 FM plans to launch a “girl-power hour” starting Monday that’s dedicated to putting women in the spotlight.Amanda Kingsland, the station’s programming director, said the idea came from brainstorming sessions with staff about the lasting gender imbalance on country airwaves. She believes spending an hour each weekday exclusively on female musicians could help elevate standout performers who are “sometimes overlooked” on a typical broadcast day.“We really wanted to show it can be done consistently,” Kingsland said.“It’s not going to be filler.”The plan comes as the music industry continues to face questions about a lack of gender inclusion in key production roles, such as engineers and producers, across nearly every genre.But country radio has faced particular criticism in recent years over its favouritism towards male voices.Most country radio station playlists are dominated by male performers.A pervasive opinion with some radio programmers says that listeners are averse to hearing too many female singers in a programming block. No tangible data has supported the assumption.The topic garnered major attention three years ago when U.S. radio consultant Keith Hill compared women on country radio to tomatoes in a salad, implying they were an ingredient that wasn’t necessary, or better in small servings.He doubled down on his take earlier this year saying that women should only represent 15 per cent of the content on country radio playlists or listeners would “fatigue faster and automatically respond by listening less.”Kingsland rejects those suggestions and points to a wave of Canadian female artists like Jess Moskaluke, Madeline Merlo and Lindi Ortega who are garnering more attention and a growing fanbase.Country 101.1, which is operated by Rogers Communications, plans to latch onto the interest by using the “girl-power hour,” which airs weeknights at 6 p.m. ET, to highlight current stars, play favourites from the likes of Shania Twain and Terri Clark, and run interview clips.The station will also ask performers like Brett Kissel and Moskaluke to reflect on artists they love and moments they’ll never forget.Similar programs have been rolling out this summer on U.S. stations.Radio personality Bobby Bones is working on a national show for iHeartRadio dedicated to female artists, while Houston’s KKBQ-FM spends its Wednesday lunch hour block focused on the women of country.Slacker Radio, a digital streaming platform, recently launched a station called #WCE: Women Crush Everyday.Kingsland says her “girl-power hour” is already seeing interest from other Rogers-owned stations across the country.“It would be great if this were to turn heads… and they were able to look at their playlists and see how they can improve the situation,” she said.“I think it’s something we’re going to be able to fix.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more