December 6, 2019

Gas balloons catch fire in Baghpat, children injured

first_imgOver half a dozen children were injured when hydrogen-filled balloons caught fire at a function to welcome Bihar Governor Satyapal Malik in Baghpat district on Saturday. Six of the children were injured and have been admitted to the district hospital. Mr. Malik was visiting his ancestral village of Hisawda in Baghpat for the first time after being appointed Governor. Local villagers had organised a hydrogen-filled balloon for an event to welcome him. According to officials, immediately after Mr. Malik left the function, someone smoked a cigarette. This led to the balloons catching fire and bursting one by one. Children competing with each other to grab the balloons were brunt.The condition of the injured children is serious but stable, said a local official.last_img read more

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Scientists argue over access to remaining Ebola hotspots

first_imgThe slowdown in the West African Ebola epidemic is welcome news and reason to be hopeful—but it’s also creating a new problem. With fewer new cases occurring, it is becoming more and more difficult to test vaccines and drugs. As a result, conflicts are looming over who can test Ebola drugs and vaccines in Guinea and Sierra Leone.In Guinea, a large consortium that includes Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) vaccinated the first volunteers at risk of Ebola on Monday in a big trial of a vaccine produced by Merck and NewLink Genetics. But the team feels threatened because researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) are looking to move another vaccine study from Liberia, where the epidemic has come to a virtual standstill, to Guinea.The U.S. move could jeopardize the Guinean trial, says John-Arne Røttingen of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo, who chairs the study’s steering committee. “Can the two trials be going on in the same place? I don’t think so,” says Marie-Paule Kieny, an assistant director-general at WHO. “There is a risk, if this is not done in an orderly way, that neither trial is conclusive in the end.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)But Clifford Lane, head of clinical research at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland, which is part of NIH, says that Guinea, which reported 45 new patients last week, can accommodate both studies. “Guinea is basically as large as Sierra Leone and Liberia together,” he says. “It would seem reasonable to at least explore the possibility.”Meanwhile, an international team testing an Ebola drug called TKM-Ebola in Sierra Leone is worried that NIH is seeking to expand its trial of ZMapp, another Ebola therapy, from Liberia to Sierra Leone. That move could prevent the researchers from expanding their TKM-Ebola trial as planned, or even create direct competition at an Ebola treatment unit in the Sierra Leonean town of Port Loko where it is already under way.Before the current outbreak, scientists never had a real chance to test Ebola drugs or vaccines for efficacy. The products hadn’t moved through phase I safety studies, and the outbreaks were much smaller and always ended within a few months. The current epidemic, which has caused almost 25,000 cases and more than 10,000 deaths, offers a unique opportunity to test candidate vaccines and drugs that could save lives in the future, scientists say.Ironically, Guinea was initially passed over when vaccine trials were planned. Last October, when some models suggested more than a million people might get Ebola, scientists, politicians, and regulators met in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss how to push ahead with candidate vaccines. At the end of that meeting, plans had been agreed to study vaccines in Sierra Leone and Liberia; Guinea, where the outbreak had started but which had fewer patients, was seen as a particularly difficult environment for testing a vaccine. Feeling that was unfair, some meeting participants formed a working group to design a trial for Guinea and make sure that at least some Guineans would have early access to the experimental vaccines.The group came up with an unusual design called a “ring vaccination trial,” in which a ring of people around a newly discovered Ebola patient is vaccinated. Entire rings are randomized to be vaccinated either immediately or after 21 days. If significantly more people contract Ebola in the latter rings, the vaccine is deemed effective.The NIH study, on the other hand, is designed as a classic randomized controlled trial (RCT), with one group receiving the Merck–NewLink Genetics vaccine candidate, another group a different vaccine developed by GlaxoSmithKline, and a third group receiving a placebo. The researchers started vaccinating healthy adults in Liberia in early February, initially to study how safe the vaccines are and how much of an immune response they generate. “We think we will have a very good safety and immunogenicity database,” Lane says.After several hundred vaccinations, the scientists are ready to start phase III, in which efficacy is tested. But that won’t be possible in Liberia, where only one patient has been confirmed in the past 3 weeks, Lane says. “We are committed to trying to complete the study. To do that we are probably going to have to work in Guinea and/or Sierra Leone,” he says. The team has reached out to the Guinean ministry of health and to French researchers working on a drug trial in Guinea, “to see if something can be put together,” Lane adds. “I would hope that a country like Guinea is big enough to do at least two studies.”No, it’s not, says Peter Smith, an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine who was asked by WHO to study the issue. (Smith is not directly involved with the ring vaccination trial, but he chairs the board of the Norwegian Global Health and Vaccination Research program, which is co-funding it.)  “My conclusion is that it would not be feasible to successfully run both trials in Guinea at the same time (unless there is a radical change in the epidemiology of the disease in Guinea and disease incidence rates increase to levels very much higher than they are now),” he writes in an e-mail to ScienceInsider.Allocating one part of the country for the NIH study and excluding cases in that area from the ring vaccination trial would not work, Smith says, because the likelihood of catching Ebola is only big enough in the area around Conakry, the capital, where the WHO-MSF study has already started. “It would not only jeopardize the chances of the ring vaccination trial having sufficient power to show efficacy but also, unless NIH was prepared to increase the size of their trial very substantially, the NIH trial would have little or no power to detect efficacy.”Whether Guinea will agree to host the NIH trial as well is unclear, but there is clearly a need for the two groups to talk, Røttingen says. “I hope we can sit down and have a good discussion with them; we haven’t been able to do that at this stage.” A compromise could be to run the two trials one after the other, Kieny says. The ring vaccination trial is scheduled to enroll 190 rings by late May; the last vaccinations would take place 3 weeks after that. Add a few months of follow-up, Kieny says, and then NIH could start its own study. “Frankly, they are not ready to start now anyway.”Lane says it would likely take 6 to 8 weeks to start the new trial in Guinea. The study should not be delayed further, he argues, partly because the design of the WHO-MSF study may not be the best for assessing how effective a vaccine is. For instance, he says, most of the prevented cases in the ring vaccination trial would occur shortly after exposure, leaving it open to how well the vaccine protects in the longer term. “If my goal is to get the most effective vaccine as quickly as possible to the largest number of people possible, I do think an RCT is the most direct way,” he says.In Sierra Leone, researchers from the University of Oxford recently started a trial of TKM-Ebola, an experimental Ebola therapeutic made of synthetic, small, interfering RNAs. Now, the NIH-led effort to test the antibody cocktail ZMapp is expanding from Liberia to Sierra Leone as well. “We hear rumors that NIH have reached an agreement with the Sierra Leone government to conduct the ZMapp trial in any Ebola treatment unit—even those that have trials already running,” says Peter Horby, the lead investigator of the TKM-Ebola study. “If this is correct, it will jeopardize ongoing trials and lead to conflict.”Lane says that the government of Sierra Leone decides what treatment units will participate, and that Port Loko, where the TKM-Ebola study is running, is currently not included in the list. “We defer to our local partners,” Lane says.However, Lane argues that patients should have access to the most promising experimental drugs available, and that the animal data for ZMapp look better than those for TKM-Ebola. Horby agrees with that assessment, but says it is not clear how that translates into humans. (He says his team offered to test ZMapp in Sierra Leone but did not get access to the product because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration did not approve the study design, in which patients who receive TKM-Ebola are compared with Ebola patients at other treatment units who did not get the drug.) “It would not be sensible or ethical to stop a well-running trial of a promising product for an alternative promising product,” Horby says.The start of the ring vaccination study in Guinea on Monday came exactly 1 year after the first case of the deadly disease was diagnosed in the country, alerting the world to what has become the worst Ebola outbreak ever seen. Setting up the trial has been a huge challenge, given the bad infrastructure in Guinea and the widespread distrust of the health system among the population, Kieny says. “This is a great success,” she says. “There has been great community engagement and no problems with violence.”*The Ebola Files: Science and Science Translational Medicine have made a collection of research and news articles on the Ebola virus and the current outbreak freely available to researchers and the general public.last_img read more

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Neymar slams Barca bosses after PSG home debut

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I want to speak the truth, I’m very sad with them,” said the Brazilian star who cost the Paris club a world record 222 million euros ($261 million) to prise from Barcelona.“I spent four years there and I was very happy. At the start, I was happy. I spent four beautiful years there and I parted happy. But with them (the club’s directors), no.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“For me, they are not the people who should be there, for the direction of Barca,” said Neymar.“Barca deserve much better and the whole world knows it.” Despite securing the massive fee for Neymar, Barcelona are struggling to replace him before the transfer window closes.The club have had bids in excess of 100 million euros for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele turned down.And the club have been criticised for splashing out 40 million euros ($47 million) for Brazil midfielder Paulinho, who has spent two years at Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande.But Neymar said he could not comment on what the club were doing before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.“I cannot speak now I am in another team. I don’t know what’s going on there, but I see my old teammates sad, and it’s that which makes me sad because I have a lot of friends there,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar applauses after winning the French L1 football match Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) vs Toulouse FC (TFC) at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on August 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / bertrand GUAYParis Saint-Germain’s world record signing Neymar launched a scathing attack on his former club’s directors, saying “Barca deserve much better”.The people in charge at the Catalan giants “are not the people who should be there, for the direction of Barca,” Neymar told reporters after scoring twice on his home debut as PSG thumped Toulouse 6-2 in Ligue 1 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Uichico rues Gilas’ bad shooting in tough outing vs Thailand Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I hope that things will improve for Barca and that they will become a team that can rival others.”However, former Tottenham flop Paulinho’s arrival has not been warmly received by Barca fanatical supporters at the Camp Nou.Over 80 percent of fans urged the club not to pay more than 20 million euros for Paulinho in a survey conducted by Barcelona sports daily Mundo Deportivo. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View commentslast_img read more

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Kalmadi, Fennell accept responsibility for shoddy CWG preparation

first_imgSuresh Kalmadi and Mike Fennell today shared the blame for the shoddy preparations for the Commonwealth Games 2010.{mosimage”I am the chairman of Organising Committee and I will take all the responsibility. There is no issue. But I wish the venues were handed to us a little earlier,” Kalmadi told a press conference in New Delhi.WATCH WHAT FENNEL SAYSHow showpiece turned shocker CWG: Army to bridge the gap Village filth that raised a global stinkFrom Village to Nehru stadium in 7 min flatHe also admitted that Organising Committee Secretary General Lalit Bhanot’s comments about hygienic standards between Indians and others were avoidable.President of CWG Federation Michael Fenell and Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi during a press conference in Delhi.Fennell today said considerable work has been done but it has to be sustained over the next eight days to make the troubled event a success.Rounding up an emergency stock-taking trip, during which he inspected the much-criticised Games Village, Fennell said it was not the time to indulge in a blame-game but so much of work should not have been left for the last lap.”The massive work that is being done now ought to have been done earlier,” said Fennell.Fennell expects full participationEnding days of uncertainty over international participants, Fennell also brought some much-needed good news for the beleaguered organisers by announcing that “there would be full participation in the Games.”The spate of individual pullouts also slowed down a bit with just a British diver — Peter Waterfield — announcing his withdrawal.advertisement’Games will go on’The highlight of the day was Fennell’s press conference where he spoke of his disappointment at India’s failure to complete the preparations in time and of how it would dent the country’s image.”We all have to share the blame and responsibility. In any Games, there are a number of stakeholders, overall we have to ensure that we do everything to conduct the Games,” Fennell said.Fennell asserted that calling off the Games “was never” on Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) agenda.Kalmadi blames contractors for delayKalmadi sought to blame various agencies who were handed the rights for construction and renovation of the stadiums and Games village.”Contrary to popular belief that OC had the right to spend Rs 30-40,000 crores on the organisation, we only had Rs 1,600 crore allotted. The rest was taken care by the government and Indian Olympic Association.”Everyone had fixed responsibilities. Our job was to ensure that the athletes of all countries would reach safely, ensure that there safety is comfortable,” Kalmadi said.’Jama Masjid shootout not related to CWG’On security, he said they had been having meetings for the last couple of years. The home ministry and Delhi Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna have been holding constant meetings.”We have had a CGF advisor who has been monitoring the progress of the work every second month,” he said.Kalmadi tried to play down the issue of Jama Masjid firing incident last Sunday and saying it has been blown out of proportion.”The Jama Masjid (shootout) incident is not related to the Games. These are minor issues, blown out of proportion. There was already a proper security in place and it has been beefed up further,” he said.Some positive news: Park and Ride inauguratedA special Park and Ride facility at the Safdarjung Airport for the Commonwealth Games and four new footover bridges, including one near the main sports venue Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, were unveiled in the city today.Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was scheduled to inaugurate the Park and Ride facility and three of the FoBs — all projects of New Delhi Municipal Council — but she did not turn up due to her engagements at the Games Village.In absence of Dikshit and NDMC Chairman Parimal Rai, who were also camping at the Village, NDMC Vice-Chairperson Tajdar Babbar and other NDMC members unveiled the four projects.Project completed in 10 monthsThe Park and Ride at Safdarjung was developed for parking of vehicles destined for the JLN Stadium during the Games. The total parking area of 1,70,000 sq m will accommodate 3000 cars, 6000 two-wheelers and 450 buses and includes boarding, alighting and circulation area, NDMC officials said.The project, which was completed in a period of 10 months, also includes public information centre, security chambers, separate waiting hall for public and crew, frisking hall and public convenience units. Close-circuit TVs and security equipment have also been installed by ECIL.The three foot overbridges have been set up on Mother Teresa Crescent, Africa Avenue and Park Street in front of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. “The design of FoB on Mother Teresa Crescent has been kept simple in view of its proximity to the Presidential Estate. Constructed at a cost of Rs 4.65 crore, it has both escalators and staircases,” an official said.advertisementThe FoB is situated near Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Aquatic Stadium which will hold the swimming events of the Games.With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Gill denies being responsible for Charlesworth resignation

first_imgIndian Hockey Federation President KPS Gill on Saturday said that he had nothing to do with the resignation of India’s former coach Ric Charlesworth.Gill said Charlesworth, who was a technical consultant for India for eight months in 2008-09 before an acrimonious fallout with the country’s administrators, was not unhappy with the IHF which had always wanted his services.The IHF supremo said that Charlesworth had problems with Sports Authority of India and that led him to quit his job.Gill was reacting to reports that Charlesworth, how is currently coaching Australia, left his job after repeated tiffs with him during his tenure in India.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Sony Takes Hit Over Concussion

first_imgNEW YORK — Nearly a year after the devastating hacking attack that leaked thousands of emails, Sony Pictures Entertainment again finds itself trying to justify its own inner dealings, this time over the upcoming Will Smith film about head trauma and the NFL, “Concussion.”The question surrounds just how hard-hitting is Concussion, a film due out in December that dramatizes the forensic pathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu, who uncovered the fatal effects that repeated head trauma has had on many NFL players.After a New York Times report on Sept. 1, based on leaked emails, that Sony blunted parts of the film to avoid upsetting the NFL, Sony fired back.In a statement, Sony Pictures called the Times story “misleading” and noted it was written without the benefit of seeing the film.“As will become immediately clear to anyone actually seeing the movie, nothing with regard to this important story has been ‘softened’ to placate anyone,” said Sony.Claims that Concussion was altered to appease the NFL proved inconclusive following an Associated Press review of the leaked Sony emails regarding the production and positioning of the film.Instead, the exchanges between Sony Pictures Entertainment executives, lawyers, external consultants and filmmaker Peter Landesman paint a less definitive picture of the behind-the-scenes motivations of script changes and strategy.“We always intended to make an entertaining, hard-hitting film about Dr. Omalu’s David-and-Goliath story, which played out like a Hollywood thriller,” said Landesman in a statement to the AP.  “Anyone who sees the movie will know that it never once compromises the integrity and the power of the real story.”While the emails reflect near-constant hand-wringing about NFL backlash, which prompted Sony to hire an independent consultant to manage the communications strategy with the NFL, the emails also show a rigorous obsession with depicting real people and events with accuracy and fairness. That’s not an uncommon practice for any fact-based movie — especially one with awards aspirations.In early July 2014, Sony executive Hannah Minghella sent page notes to a group of executives from a pre-greenlight meeting. “Rather than portray the NFL as one corrupt organization can we identify the individuals within the NFL who were guilty of denying/covering up the truth.”Landesman has acknowledged a scene featuring NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was cut from the film. Emails suggest that at one point, he tried to reach out to an NFL executive with the hope of getting more insight into a closed door conversation he sought to dramatize in the film.Later in July, Sony Chairman Michael Lynton emailed then-co-chair Amy Pascal, writing that Landesman informed him that Sony attorney Aimee Wolfson “took out most of the bite for legal reasons with the NFL.”Concerns were motivated not just by the threat of recourse from the NFL, but in antagonizing the enormous potential audience of movie-going football fans. Emails show planning to promote Smith as “pro-football.”In October, Doug Belgrad, President of Sony’s motion picture unit, wrote to a group of executives reiterating their need to fact-check: “If we fudge or embellish the NFL’s actions on this issue, it could compromise the success of our pic,” he said.Ultimately, despite the unprecedented glimpse into these internal dealings, more questions are raised than answered as to whether the development and marketing of Concussion is at all different from any other production about a hot-button issue. The leaked emails ran up until December, so they don’t cover the last nine months.The film’s trailer, which debuted Aug. 31, portrays the NFL as a foreboding opposition to Omalu’s heroic whistle-blowing. In it, he’s warned: “You’re going to war with a corporation that owns a day of the week.”A handful of football reporters and broadcasters who have seen Concussion, which opens in December, have backed up Sony’s defense of the film.NBC’s Bob Costas, in a statement supplied by Sony, said: “It doesn’t appear to me many punches were pulled.” Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, who has also seen the film, called it “a huge black eye for the NFL.”The NFL has declined to comment on the film, which will hit theaters in the heart of its upcoming season. It’s not believed to have any business relationship with Sony.Jeff Miller, NFL Senior Vice President of health and safety policy, has said the league is “encouraged by the ongoing focus” on player safety.___JAKE COYLE and LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film WritersTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Hong Kong Open: Srikanth bows out in quarters after losing against Nishimoto

first_imgIndian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth lost his men’s singles quarter-final match to bow out out of the Hong Kong Open here on Friday.The fourth seed Srikanth lost to eighth seed Kenta Nishimoto of Japan 21-17, 21-13 in straight games.Srikanth never looked in contention as the Guntur player was struggling right from the start in a match which finished in 44 minutes.In both the games, his opponent was better in all departments of the game.Later in the day, Sameer Verma, who was given a walkover on Thursday, will face local player Lee Cheuk Yiu. He is now the lone Indian player left in the tournament.This is the second disappointing news coming from the tournament for India in successive days after PV Sindhu’s exit on Thursday.Sindhu, who is ranked 4 in the world and seeded third for the tournament, was shown the door by Hyun Ji Sung of South Korea 24-26 20-22 in fighting 59 minute duel.With Sindhu’s exit, India’s challenge ended in the women’s singles after Saina Nehwal had made a first round exit.(With IANS inputs)Also Watch: Ravi Shastri not my yes man, nobody has said no to me more often: Virat Kohlilast_img read more

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Women Count. So It Is Time to Count Women.

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 17, 2010June 20, 2017By: Jill Sheffield, Founder and President, Women DeliverClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The MHTF is soliciting reactions from the maternal health community to the newly released UN MMR data. Our hope is that, together, these comments will serve as a springboard for discussion and provide momentum towards MDG5.There’s no doubt that this is excellent news. The new UN maternal mortality figures further confirm the trend that the IHME data suggested earlier this year: there is a global downward trend in maternal mortality. Who could be disappointed with that? Our hard work over the past decades is paying off.But great news doesn’t detract from the persistent need for good, accurate, and real-time data in the maternal health field. Figures we have are estimates based, for many countries, on low-quality and incomplete data, or they are numbers derived from data models.The estimates provide us with an important but sketchy picture of maternal mortality worldwide, because it is so often difficult to obtain accurate, comprehensive data on this issue. Many deaths aren’t counted because they occur in places where there is no system to track them — poor and rural villages or ill-equipped clinics — or because the women dying are those most marginalized and neglected by their communities. Too often, they simply do not count.While every bit of new data helps us understand this epidemic we have been fighting, we need to continue demanding excellence of ourselves and others in delivering good, solid data. We need more rigorous systems of monitoring and evaluation at the local, national, and regional levels, and to better emphasize the importance of data — what accurate and timely figures enable us to know, do, and solve.To those of us in the field, it couldn’t be any clearer that women are the cornerstone of their families, communities, and economies. They drive economic development and they nurture our future generation. While we continue to push for implementing proven solutions —like universal access to family planning, safe abortion services, and skilled care before, during, and after childbirth — our message should be clear: every woman counts, and therefore should be counted.Visit www.womendeliver.orgto learn more!Share this:last_img read more

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Vegas Computer: This Will Be The Biggest Blowout On Saturday

first_imgRutgers players run onto the field before a game.PISCATAWAY, NJ – OCTOBER 20: Tyler Hayek #81 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights takes to the field with his team against the Northwestern Wildcats before the game on October 20, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)Two years ago, Michigan beat Rutgers 78-0. This Saturday, the two teams meet again, and the Wolverines are 40-point road favorites.Michigan has the Big Ten title and a College Football Playoff berth in its sights, while Rutgers hasn’t won since opening weekend. The Scarlet Knights seem headed to 1-11.Will things get as ugly as 78-0? Well, hopefully not for Rutgers’ sake, but this one should be a blowout.In fact, OddsShark’s computer has it as the most lopsided game on the schedule for Saturday. Not only do they have Michigan covering the spread, they don’t have Rutgers scoring a point.Considering how good Michigan’s defense is and how poor Rutgers has been offensively, this doesn’t seem too far-fetched.OddsShark's prediction for Michigan-Rutgers.Michigan and Rutgers will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday in Piscataway.To watch the carnage, tune in to BTN.last_img read more

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Des subventions aident plus décoles à cultiver des jardins

first_imgLes élèves mettent la main à la pâte et apprennent à cultiver leurs propres aliments grâce à des projets de jardins scolaires financés par le gouvernement provincial. Une subvention ponctuelle de 500 $ par école est offerte par le projet des jardins scolaires du ministère de l’Agriculture afin de planter et de maintenir un jardin. La subvention peut également servir à obtenir du matériel pédagogique et à payer les frais d’analyse du sol. « Les jardins scolaires aident les élèves à comprendre d’où viennent les aliments qu’ils consomment, et que les aliments locaux sont un aspect important d’une vie saine, a dit John MacDonell, ministre de l’Agriculture. Les élèves apprennent également l’importance de l’agriculture dans nos communautés, et ils laissent des jardins bien établis que les futurs élèves pourront cultiver. » L’année dernière, 40 écoles ont reçu une subvention pour la création d’un jardin, et 35 écoles en ont reçu une en 2011. « Le projet des jardins scolaires est une nouvelle initiative intéressante qui fait découvrir aux enfants le plaisir de cultiver leurs propres aliments sains, a dit Garland Standing, directeur de l’école Seton Elementary à North Sydney. Le jardin est une classe extérieure où les élèves creusent, plantent, s’amusent et apprennent. Ils apprennent à travailler en communauté, à coopérer, et à faire preuve de patience. Ils acquièrent une expérience pratique qui durera toute leur vie. » Dans le cadre du projet des jardins scolaires, une somme de 20 000 $ est distribuée à l’échelle des régions de chaque conseil scolaire. Les demandes sont maintenant acceptées pour cette année. Des renseignements supplémentaires sur le projet, ainsi qu’un guide de ressource sur les jardins scolaires, se trouvent au novascotia.ca/agri/agaware. Le fait d’encourager la culture de jardins dans les écoles appuie la stratégie « Thrive! » pour une Nouvelle-Écosse en meilleure santé. Ce plan vise à créer un environnement qui favorise l’alimentation saine et l’activité physique, par exemple en enseignant davantage les compétences et les connaissances liées à l’alimentation dans les écoles et en élaborant un plan provincial d’alphabétisation alimentaire. Pour en apprendre davantage et pour prendre l’engagement, consultez le thrive.novascotia.ca (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

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Tesla to soon get Netflix YouTube streaming support Musk

first_imgSan Francisco: Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that people would be soon able to stream videos on digital platforms like Netflix and YouTube in parked Tesla electric vehicles.”Ability to stream YouTube and Netflix when car is stopped coming to your Tesla soon! Has an amazingly immersive, cinematic feel due to the comfy seats & surround sound audio,” Musk wrote on his Twitter handle. “When full self-driving is approved by regulators, we will enable video while moving,” he added. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this yearThe desire to allow drivers and passengers to watch video is not a total surprise – Musk noted at E3 that the ability to watch YouTube was coming, The Verge said. Tesla has already unveiled games that drivers can play on the displays in their cars. The games also only work when the car is stationary, so that the player can use the steering wheel as a controller. On Friday, the company announced that chess game is also coming to the Tesla Arcade. But there are huge concerns that come along with such features. Test vehicles are required to have a driver behind the wheel to take over in case something goes wrong, and even as self-driving technology improves, it’s hard to imagine that going away completely, the report said. In March 2017, an Uber self-driving car crashed into pedestrian in Arizona as the driver was watching The Voice on content streaming platform Hulu and lost track of the road.last_img read more

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Garth Brooks And Trisha Yearwood Join Jimmy Carter To Build Homes In

first_imgCountry music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood raised walls on a Habitat for Humanity home this week in Memphis, Tennessee, alongside former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter.Trisha Yearwood helped build a home in Memphis, TennesseeThey will return next year to build and repair more homes during Habitat’s 33rd Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, scheduled to take place Aug. 21-27, 2016.Garth Brooks helped build a home in Memphis, TennesseeCredit/Copyright: Ezra Millstein/Habitat for HumanityEach year, President and Mrs. Carter join Habitat for Humanity volunteers in a different location to build homes and improve communities, and raise awareness of the critical need for decent and affordable housing in the U.S. and around the world.President and Mrs. Carter helped build a home with Habitat for Humanity in Memphis, Tennessee“Rosalynn and I are thrilled to play a role in helping Habitat continue the great work underway in the Uptown neighborhood of Memphis,” said President Carter. “We look forward to returning in August next year and by then, I know a wonderful family will have made this house we are starting today a home – where they can find the strength and stability they need for a brighter future.”Since 1983, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis has been dedicated to eliminating substandard housing throughout the city, where more than 29 percent of the population lives below poverty level, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Habitat for Humanity has served more than 445 Memphis families through new home construction and an additional 80 families through critical home repair projects in the Uptown neighborhood. With support from volunteers and donors, Habitat will help improve living conditions for Memphis families during the Carter Project, as well as continue to improve communities in the city and surrounding areas.Habitat’s Carter Project volunteers will conduct multiple projects during the build week, including new home construction, beautification projects such as minor repairs, painting and landscaping, and Aging in Place projects, including critical home repairs, weatherization, and modifications to enhance accessibility and mobility for low-income seniors.“We are excited to work alongside President and Mrs. Carter, our volunteers and the partner families in Memphis next year,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “The efforts in Uptown are great examples of what can happen when members of the public, private and social sectors invest in a neighborhood. Tremendous opportunities lie ahead for families who will have a mortgage they can afford and the stable foundation they need to build strength and self-reliance.”Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s involvement in the 2016 Carter Project will make it the country music stars’ eighth time to volunteer with President and Mrs. Carter. Brooks and Yearwood have been supporting Habitat since 2007, including building homes after Hurricane Katrina and in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.last_img read more

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Video Shows Moment Earthquake Shook Southern Spain and Northern Morocco

Rabat – video uploaded on YouTube by EspanaHoy shows a shocking moment when the magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook Southern Spain and Northern Morocco early on Monday.The footage, which lasts over a minute, shows two dining room table chairs and a picture hanging on a wall massively shaking during the earthquake.Beginning with the scary sound of the earth rumbling below, typical of a seismic movement, the video depicts the powerful force of the 6.2 earthquake followed by five aftershocks that hit the Strait of Gibraltar at 4:22 UTC Monday morning. History proves that a strong earthquake such as this one that struck the Mediterranean would more than likely cause many human casualties, as well as infrastructure damages.The hospital of Al Hoceima in northern Morocco, the earthquake’s epicenter, reported that one eight-year-old child died and four more people were injured.This video shows the great strength of the “groundwater extraction” that caused a disturbance along the Alhama de Murcia fault prompting the seismic movement. read more

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A Rendezvous with Dates in Ramadan: Their Benefits and Significance

Rabat- Ramadan is that time of the year when all 1.8 billion Muslims can enter the realms of spirituality and introspection, sympathize with the poor, develop patience, and get rid of bad habits. While it is all that and more, Ramadan is also the best time for dates.Dates…those naturally sweet, underrated fruits that finally get their time in the spotlight during Ramadan!During the holy month, the ftour table is simply not complete without dates, even if just for show. Although they contain an abundance of health benefits, sometimes their potentials are unknown even to people who eat them at every ftour because of their religious significance. Dates were mentioned 20 times in the Qur’an. Muslims traditionally break the fast with dates since the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, said: “When any one of you breaks his fast, let [it] with dates for that is a blessing; if there are no dates then with water, for that is a means of purification,” as narrated by al-Tirmidhi.Ironically, the dry fruits keep the body hydrated when fasting thanks to the levels of sugar, making them a means of purification to metabolism in Ramadan.Health benefits of datesDates are known to be a source of minerals, potassium, magnesium, vitamins, iron, and fiber. They ooze with natural glucose, which helps keep the body energized and hydrated during long hours of fasting.Breaking the fast with dates stimulates blood sugar levels to return to normal, which also make dates a good pre-workout snack. As a matter of fact, the drier dates are, the higher their sugar concentration gets. Diabetic patients are advised to consume dates in moderation, following exercise and a balanced diet. If not, the dates will cause their blood glucose to shoot up, according to the International Diabetes Federation.Doctors at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCM-Q) conducted research on what makes dates healthy other than the fact that they contain vitamins. The researchers sought to analyze the blood of research participants who ate date varieties after fasting for twelve hours for presence of beneficial phytochemicals, a chemical compound found in plants.Although the results have not been revealed yet, the research hopes to pinpoint which variety of date fruits contain higher concentrations of beneficial phytochemicals.Karsten Suhre, professor of physiology and biophysics at WCM-Q, said: “[It]would allow us to make better dietary recommendations to help people protect their health.”A specialist in food science and health, Dr. Sweety Mathew, and a professor of medicine at WCM-Q, Dr. Stephen Atkin, both confirmed that dates “have significant health benefits if incorporated into a healthy diet.”They added that the large amounts of phytochemicals in dates reduce risk for heart diseases. Phytochemicals contain antioxidant , anti-inflammatory properties, anti-cancer properties, and neuroprotective properties, yet this is not widely known.Dates are not only an excellent fast breaker, they are also an ideal nutrient to add to the suhur meal before fasting.Where did dates come from?The date palm, known as nakhla in Arabic, comes from a family of palm trees that can reach 23 meters (75 feet) in height and can live up to 100 years.Fossil records revealed that the date palm has existed for 50 million years, while the cultivation of dates is traced back to prehistoric Egypt. Remains of dates from over 7,000 years ago were discovered by archaeologists in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Syria. Archaeologists believe that dates have originate in modern-day Iraq, although it is widely believed that Saudi Arabia was the first to introduce them to the rest of the world.Date palms require a dry and hot climate, and it takes four to eight years to produce fruit. Date palms are found in the Middle East, North Africa, and India; in California, Florida and Arizona in the US; and in Spain.The date harvest begins when the skin starts to soften, usually in August to December or January in the northern hemisphere. Fresh dates are either soft with a glossy skin, semi-soft or dry. Fresh dry dates contain less moisture and have a long shelf-life when packaged tightly in a refrigerator, remaining fresh for eight months.Deliberately dried dates can be kept up in a refrigerator for a year.Date production has increased in the last century; according to the UN Food and Agriculture organization, global production of dates has increased from 1.8 million tonnes in 1961 to 2.8 million in 1985 and 5.4 million in 2001, with major production in the Middle East and North Africa.Compared to the doubling of the global population over 40 years, date production has increased 2.9 times. Total global exports of dates increased by 1.71% over 40 years. Top varieties of datesThere are many varieties of dates, each with distinct features and taste. Saudi Arabia cultivates approximately 40 types of dates. Morocco also produces multiple date varieties in the Draa-Tafilalet region, including majhoul or medjoul, anbara, and deglet noor. Deglet NourCredit: Alibaba PhotosDeglet Noor is known as the “queen of all dates.” It has a soft, honey-like flavor and is semi-dry. Deglet Nour is well-known in the Middle East and the Maghreb, but especially in Tunisia, its leading producer. It can also be found in many US stores.  Majhoul/medjoulAhlam Ben Saga/Morocco World NewsMajhoul dates rival the “queen of dates” in popularity.Majhoul dates have a caramel-like flavour and coffee-brown color that make the mouth water, especially in Ramadan.Majhoul are naturally dry dates, due to their firm and wrinkled texture.Majhoul are also high in calories and fiber. The high fiber levels make it a good solution for health problems such as constipation.KholasCredits: greenfronds.comNext to Majhoul, Kholas dates are also widely consumed in Morocco. They look and taste like honey, and have soft sticky flesh. Kholas dates contain high levels of Vitamin A, which is good for the eyes.SukkariCredits: mtjre.comAnother popular date in Morocco, sukkari dates are sugary as their name suggests. They are crisp and have a very sweet flavor. These small jewels can be a replacement for sugar and sweets, as they are not only sweet but contain folic acid, protein, iron, and of course, fiber.AjwaMoroccan-style serving of ajwa: Ahlam Ben Saga/Morocco World NewsAjwa dates are dark and can be either soft or dry with a smooth taste and sweet flavor. The ajwa date is exclusively found in Saudi Arabia and people on the Umrah pilgrimage break their fast with them in Ramadan.The ajwa date has a significant place in Islam, as it is said in hadith that the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) used to break his fast with seven ajwa dates.This feature is part of an exclusive series at Morocco World News for Ramadan. Also in the series is:Ramadan: An American PerspectiveWhat Tourists Should Expect When Visiting Morocco during Ramadan10 Places to Have a Delightful F’tourBodybuilding Best Practices during Ramadan15 Types of People During RamadanHow Moroccan Pass Their Time during Ramadan read more

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After slow start Ohio State mens basketball takes down Nebraska in overtime

It wasn’t necessarily a textbook performance from the Ohio State men’s basketball team (18-10, 10-5), but it still got the job done Saturday night at Nebraska (14-14, 6-9). Despite a sluggish start, 17 turnovers and two players fouling out, the Buckeyes toppled the Cornhuskers 65-62 in overtime. With the win, OSU’s postseason flame still burns, albeit dimly. Freshman guard JaQuan Lyle poured in 19 points, including a pair of free throws that sent the game into overtime and three key buckets down the stretch in overtime. Alongside Lyle’s strong showing, sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop had 16 points and classmate Jae’Sean Tate had 15 and a dozen rebounds. Junior forward Marc Loving matched Tate’s 15 points. Outside of this quartet, no other Buckeye scored. Both teams got off to horrendous starts, as they settled for jump shots that simply were not falling. OSU shot just 1-of-10 from the field in the first 11:36, while Nebraska missed 11 of its first 14 shots, too. The result of this indolent start was a 6-2 Nebraska advantage in the first nine minutes, with Tate being the only Buckeye to register in the scoring column. It was a forgettable way to get out of the gates. But as it turns out, OSU quickly did forget its lackluster start. The Buckeyes flipped a switch, peeling off a 13-5 run over a nine-minute period to snatch a 15-13 advantage.During that span for the Cornhuskers, a lack of aggressiveness plagued them. They continued to settle for too many jump shots, converting on just one of their six attempts from downtown.More of the same sloppy basketball ensued up to the halftime horn, with Nebraska holding a one-point lead, 22-21, at the break. The 43 combined points made for the lowest total in the first half of a Big Ten game this season. Freshman forward Jack McVeigh led the Cornhuskers with six points, while classmate Glynn Watson Jr. had five points and four rebounds. As a team, Nebraska shot just 26 percent from the field, including a painful 3-of-17 performance from 3-point land. For OSU, only three players — Tate, Bates-Diop and Loving — scored. Loving led the way with 11 points and three rebounds on 3-of-7 shooting. Tate added six points and four boards, while Bates-Diop registered four points, although he needed seven shots to do so. When the second half began, the Buckeyes were noticeably more aggressive. After an opening 3-pointer by McVeigh, OSU started driving to the basket, either getting fouled and going to the free throw line or connecting on easy layups. The Buckeyes’ first 13 points in the second period came from the charity stripe or inside the paint. At the 10-minute mark, amid a 20-5 run, the Buckeyes were leading 41-30.That momentum-shifting stretch was spearheaded by Lyle, who used a combination of the inside and outside game to score 11 straight points for OSU. It started to look like the Buckeyes were pulling away, but the Cornhuskers had other plans. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Watson and McVeigh immediately breathed new life into Nebraska. Then, a few possessions later, junior guard Tai Webster knocked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key, which cut OSU’s lead down to two points and fired up the white-and-red clad crowd. Over the course of the next four minutes, the two teams traded punches. Nebraska got it to as close as one on two separate occasions, but OSU also had an advantage as large as five in that stretch. After slicing OSU’s lead back to one point at the 1:19 mark, Lyle missed a layup, giving it back to the Cornhuskers with a chance to take the lead. Andrew White III didn’t squander the opportunity. The junior guard buried a contested 3-pointer from a few steps beyond the line, giving Nebraska its first lead in 17 minutes. Trailing 56-54, OSU got its chance to counter. Lyle dribbled the ball at the top of the key, as the clock dwindled, eventually taking his man off the bounce and forcing a foul. The freshman composed himself and knocked down the game-tying free throws. A turnover by Nebraska and a last-second heave from freshman Mickey Mitchell clanked off the rim, sending the game to overtime. In the bonus period, Lyle carried the Buckeyes. Loving scored OSU’s first points, but after that, the freshman guard used his size to take his man off the dribble, weaving to the rim for three consecutive layups.  The third and final one ended up becoming the game-clincher for OSU after the Cornhuskers’ final few chances came up short.McVeigh led Nebraska with 16 points and four rebounds. Next up for OSU is one of its hardest tests to date, a matchup with No. 8 Michigan State on Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. read more

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Petra Kvitova Is The Most Unpredictable Player In Womens Tennis

Venus Williams2667278.7%– Victoria Azarenka1244274.7%– Mary Pierce1425074.0%– Billie Jean King1272484.1%– Steffi Graf2783289.7%– Virginia Wade1224971.3%– Petra Kvitova, the tennis star from the Czech Republic, is 6-feet tall, left-handed and can crush her forehand and serve. She has won Wimbledon twice in her career, the only currently active woman to accomplish that feat besides Venus and Serena Williams, who each won their first two from 2000 to 2003. At the moment, Kvitova is ranked No. 6 in the world, and was once ranked No. 2. The week before this year’s Australian Open began, she won the Sydney International by thumping four players, including three-time Slam champion Angelique Kerber, and beating the relentless Ashleigh Barty in a three-set final.Oh, one more thing: There’s good reason to believe she won’t last long in this month’s Australian Open. Of all the women with at least two major titles since 1968, when the Open Era began, none have lost as often, on average, at Slams as Kvitova, the master of disaster.On Monday in Melbourne, Kvitova had an unusual performance: She easily won her first round match by beating Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Kvitova looked a bit shaky in the first set, when she lost her serve twice and landed just 45 percent of her first serves. But she was much cleaner in the second set, and now — maybe — she can relax and have a strong tournament. She also could improve her winning percentage at majors, which was 70.2 percent at the start of the tournament, the lowest figure among the two-or-better Slam winners in the women’s Open Era. Svetlana Kuznetsova1526171.4%– Chris Evert2993789.0%– Amelie Mauresmo1314375.3%– Justine Henin1412883.4%– Hana Mandlikova1424078.0%– Lindsay Davenport1985179.5%– Monica Seles1803185.3%– Evonne Goolagong Cawley1292782.7%– Jennifer Capriati1404077.8%– Kim Clijsters1323181.0%– Serena Williams3314588.0%– Martina Navratilova3064986.2%– Martina Hingis1533282.7%– Maria Sharapova1944979.8%– Margaret Court961090.6%– Kvitova’s Slam performances are the worst of her peersWinners of multiple Grand Slams by Grand Slam record, 1968-2018* Petra Kvitova923970.2%– *Excluding this year’s Australian OpenSource: WTA Garbine Muguruza602273.2%– Arantxa Sanchez Vicario2105479.5%– Angelique Kerber984170.5%– Tracy Austin611580.3%– Li Na903174.4%– PlayerWinsLosesWin% There are seven other active women who, like Kvitova, have won at least two major titles. All of them have won more of their matches at Slams (Kerber, who had 10 first-round major losses in her first five years on the tour, is still ahead of Kvitova with 70.5 percent). Since Kvitova’s second Slam victory, she has gone no further than the quarterfinals at a major. She has only done that twice, both times at the U.S. Open, in 2015 and 2017. In the rest of her majors she has not gotten past the fourth round. In her career, Kvitova has lost in the first round of a Slam nine times. Serena Williams, who has won 23 majors, is 331-45 at Slams (88 percent) and has lost in the first round only once.Two of Kvitova’s first-round losses occurred last year, in the Australian Open and Wimbledon, the best tournament for her game. (At Wimbledon, she lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-0 in the third set of their match. Sasnovich had never gone past the third round of a Slam.)So how can a player with so much talent, and so much power, end up looking timid and uncertain? After a promising career start, Kvitova approaches the early rounds of Slams as calmly as when parachuting from an airplane. “When I was younger, I played better on the Grand Slams than the other tournaments,” she said after losing in the first round of Wimbledon last year. “Now is the time when I’m playing better on the other tournaments.” Asked more about the defeat, she said: “The nerves were there again.”Worries at the beginning of a Grand Slam tournament are not uncommon — even Roger Federer, who has won 20, has spoken about being nervous in the first round. But the best players in the world usually overcome that.Some of Kvitova’s more recent woes could be due to the time she was attacked at home by a man with a knife in December of 2016. She didn’t return to the game until the 2017 French Open, which she lost in the second round (she had the same result at Wimbledon). But later that year at the U.S. Open, she reached the quarterfinals, her best result since 2015.Kvitova still has time to cure her Grand Slam disease. She is 28 years old and a natural on the grass of Wimbledon, despite her first-round loss there last year. At the Australian Open, she has an excellent draw, facing unranked players until the fourth round. Her opponent in that round could be Aryna Sabalenka, an up-and-coming 20-year-old who was beaten in straight sets by Kvitova in the Sydney International. Sabalenka is seeded No. 11.Even if Kvitova never improves her Slam winning percentage and finishes her career in last place, well, someone has to be there. She could just call herself the most unpredictable multi-Slam winner in women’s tennis history — not ideal, but definitely unique. read more

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EYEWITNESS Its a gas…

…to sell EnmoreThe PNC must be rolling in mirth now that Enmore Estate hasn’t only been shut down and allowed to turn to bush, but it’s now been officially put on the block to be hocked — lock, stock and barrel!! Some folks are asking if that sequence “made sense”: run the estate down into “bush” and then put it up for sale. Of course it makes sense…if you’re the PNC! What this means is that some company favoured by them will be able to argue with a straight face they got Enmore at a ridiculous bargain basement price because it was “so run down”!!As Raphael Trotman once described such favoured companies…at one time or other, they make “political investments” for the party of their choice. And they hit the jackpot when that party gets into Government! But back to Enmore and the PNC. Because of its history, Enmore – like Leonora on the WCD – was always seen as a redoubt of the PPP. There was Kausilla the Martyr of Leonora in 1964, of course, to remind the PPP faithful of the perfidy of the PNC. And it didn’t surprise anyone when the latter shut down that estate in its first round of downsizing sugar back in 1976.We all know about Enmore because of Dr Jagan’s oath at the graveside of the 5 protesting sugar workers killed in 1948. And Enmore has stood with the PPP ever since. Now when it’s resold…expect that link to be deliberately severed at the neck. And we know this can happen in any number of ways – the first one being beggars can’t be “choosers”! And right now, with 5700 of them fired in one fell swoop, with no jobs in sight, ex-sugar workers are certainly beggars!One thing we can predict for sure is GAWU ain’t coming back with those folks who’ll be rehired at Enmore! Apart from the PNC’s and the buyer’s druthers, the workers themselves at that location were turned off by the lack of aggressiveness from the union. But your Eyewitness was rather taken aback by some of the claims the SPU is making on the estate.85 percent mechanisation? Say what??!! Is this a sop to the buyer that they won’t need too many workers? With the rainy seasons now extending year round…they’ll be lucky to have 30 per cent mechanisation!! And zero for harvesting!!Another claim was Enmore has a 60,000 tonne sugar producing factory!! Are we living in an alternate universe? Firstly, how will they get 60,000 tonnes of sugar from 6,900 hectares of land? Has Enmore EVER produced even HALF of that total??Looks like someone’s been having a gas, smoking weed even before it’s been legalised!!…with injecting gas!!Your Eyewitness has kvetched before, on the proclivity of the Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, to mouth off on matters of which it is obvious he doesn’t have the foggiest notion! Take his continued insistence of talking about landing gas from Exxon’s Stabroek field to fuel a mega-power generation plant – even though the oil giant insists it makes better economic sense to pump back the gas into the field to bring up more oil.Now this technique isn’t exactly cutting edge; in fact, Norway has used it successfully for over three decades to deliver an additional 4billion equivalent of oil from the North Sea!! Has Patterson even asked Exxon what’s the cost/benefit ratio of using that option?? And that maybe he can build a new power plant with the extra money??Does Patterson even know that the gas pumped back won’t be going anywhere – and will be recycled until the oilfield is depleted?In the end, he’ll have a gas field is he still wants some gas!!…with oil reserves upWell, it’s official…we now have OVER 4 billion barrels of oil reserves. So can we start celebrating? That uppity NYT reporter – with over 30 years of oil experience — says there’s a lot to be done before that.But what does he know?? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMaking hay…December 6, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Rearguard action…June 1, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Martyrs…June 16, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” read more

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We all could have died if it was not for the bravest

first_imgHe added: “There are always fights and screaming here. There’s always blood. It can be so bad. I fear that my daughter will see it.“I have no idea what to do now. My whole life is gone. My daughter doesn’t understand that everything is gone.“We’re in a hotel today. I don’t know what we do tomorrow.“Nobody was believing there was fire because we have to call the garda every week.“Everything is gone.”There were no injuries in the incident.Five units of the Dublin Fire Brigade were called to the scene, as well as an ambulance, a ladder, six pumps and a commanding unit – eight units in total. https://jrnl.ie/3058816 Walid Ibrahim with his daughter Mya A FATHER WHOSE apartment went up in flames in Dublin yesterday has told how nobody believed the fire was real as the alarm ‘went off every week’.Walid Ibrahim was living with his 10-year-old daughter in the apartment complex in Clongriffin, north Dublin, when it went up in flames.The fire alarm went off at around 5.30pm but Ibrahim saw nobody moveBut for the quick actions of the garda on the scene, the father said things could have been very different.Ibrahim, who lived directly below the where the fire started, told TheJournal.ie: “Every few days this fire alarm goes off. It happens all the time so somebody has to walk out and hit a button on a switchboard to stop it. This time I hear the alarm and I think it’s the same thing. My daughter runs outside and tells me it’s a real fire.“We left straight away but there were so many people who didn’t know what was going on.”Walida said the quick-thinking actions of a garda saved the lives of many people in the apartment complex.He added: Source: Paddy Ryan/Twitter “He was doing everything – he was jumping everywhere and pushing doors and letting people know it is a fire.”A man has been arrested in relation to the blaze and is being held at Coolock garda station in north Dublin.Walid said gardaí have been called to the apartment complex a number of times in the past six months. By Garreth MacNamee Share791 Tweet Email1 Read: People who falsely call themselves “dietitian” or “speech and language therapist” can now be jailed >Read: Minister wants secrecy over foster home abuse lifted > Nov 2nd 2016, 3:13 PM We all could have died if it was not for the bravest garda I have ever seen in my life.“Full respect to him. He is the one that got everyone out of the place . Everyone was thinking it was another joke because it was the alarm. Apartment fire in Clongriffin. Fire services on scene. pic.twitter.com/0RqzUbTWAH— VOTE for EU!! May 23-26. (@PolymathBGD) November 1, 2016 Apt fire in Clongriffin @rtenews pic.twitter.com/iyC6QBWOKg— Paddy Ryan (@paddyphilipryan) November 1, 2016 Short URL Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter We’re attending a domestic fire in #Clongriffin tonight. 6+ fire engs, 1 amb on scene. Crews used breathing apparatus. 1st 999 call at 1738. pic.twitter.com/O7IBFXCoNG— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) November 1, 2016 ‘We all could have died if it was not for the bravest garda I have ever seen in my life’ A man who lost his home in the Clongriffin fire tells of the devastation at the apartment complex. Source: not paying attention/Twitter 49,689 Views Wednesday 2 Nov 2016, 3:13 PM 25 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Cork loses out as passengers continue to flock to Dublin Airport

first_img By Fora Staff Take me to Fora Cork loses out as passengers continue to flock to Dublin Airport The capital’s hub is taking a massive chunk of Ireland’s total air traffic. 18,331 Views Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: 56 Comments Image: DAA Share Tweet Email5 http://jrnl.ie/3345388 center_img DUBLIN AIRPORT IS taking an ever-increasing share of Ireland’s total air traffic, according to new data.New aviation statistics published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that the capital handled almost 85% of all passengers travelling through Irish airports in 2016.That’s up about five percentage points on its traffic share four years ago.Just under 33 million passengers travelled through Irish airports last year, an increase of 10.3% on the previous 12-month period measured by the CSO.More than 27.7 million passengers passed through Dublin, up 11.3% on the year before.Regional hubsCork Airport has seen the biggest dip in its traffic share since 2012, dropping three percentage points to just under 7% of all flights in 2016.The other main airports – Shannon, Knock and Kerry – saw marginal drops in their share of total air traffic.Unsurprisingly, Waterford was the only airport that saw a decrease in passenger numbers, dropping a massive 60%. The south-east hub lost its sole scheduled service in June of last year when Belgian airline VLM pulled its service to London Luton. Source: CSOClick here to view a larger image.RunwayThe most popular countries of origin and destinations for Irish travelers were the United Kingdom and Spain. Outside of Europe, most traffic went to and from the US.DAA – the semi-state that operates Dublin Airport – recently announced that 2.2 million people used the hub last month, up 2% on the figures for March 2016.The company was recently granted a five-year extension to build its long-overdue north runway, slated for 2020.Preliminary works on the €320 million project began last year. It is expected that construction of the 3.1km runway will kick off later this year. A third terminal is also potentially in the pipeline.Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary has on a number of occasions criticised the projected cost of developing Dublin’s second runway. Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary Source: Frank Rumpenhorst/DPA/PA ImagesAer Lingus boss Stephen Kavanagh previously warned that Dublin is turning away business because its existing infrastructure can’t handle extra traffic.Speaking at the National Civil Aviation Development Forum in February, Kavanagh said the state’s largest airport will turn away traffic in 2017 because of poor infrastructure, which is already “constraining growth in 2018″.He warned before that if Dublin doesn’t “extract maximum value” from existing infrastructure and invest in facilities to handle connecting traffic, it could see carriers migrate to Reykjavik or elsewhere.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 6:15 AM Read: Work is starting on Ireland’s largest commercial development outside DublinRead: Whatever happened to… A giant Disneyland-style theme park in north Dublin? Apr 19th 2017, 6:15 AM Short URL Image: DAAlast_img read more

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