Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has confirmed that the club are interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.The Wales international’s current contract at Emirates Stadium is due to expire at the end of the season, at which point he will become available on a free transfer .Ramsey had initially hoped to extend his contract at Arsenal but negotiations broke down, which has seen a number of top clubs around Europe linked with a move, including Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Juve. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And it seems that Juve are confident of landing the 28-year-old, with Paratici having confirmed that he is a player that the Serie A leaders are tracking.He told Sky Sports : “He’s a great player, he’s been at great levels for years and plays in a great team.”It [Ramsey’s contract] is due to expire and we are always attentive to the situations that can be created. Juve are on him. Will Ramsey play with us after July? This is all to be verified. For now, he is an Arsenal player.”Now that the January transfer window is open, Ramsey is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with any potential suitors, but Arsenal do not plan to let him leave ahead of schedule this month .The 28-year-old has yet to make a final decision regarding his next destination, but did suggest that he was planning to leave when he spoke to the press back in October .Ramsey has racked up 353 appearances for the Gunners over the last decade, contributing 61 goals in the process and winning the FA Cup on three occasions.Under the club’s new Spanish boss Unai Emery the Welshman has retained a prominent role in the team, featuring 18 times in the first half of the 2018-19 campaign.Arsenal are currently fifth in the Premier League, two points behind Chelsea in fourth having played a game more, with a fight now on their hands to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.Next up for Emery’s men is a third-round FA Cup tie at Blackpool on Saturday, before a short trip across London to face West Ham in the league a week later.Ramsey is in line to feature once again this weekend, where he will be looking to add to his tally of three goals and six assists across all competitions this term.
Kishanganj (Bihar): Five Bangladesh nationals have been arrested here while trying to cross over to their native country, a senior Border Security Force (BSF) official said. The Bangladeshis, all residents of Thakurgaon district of the neighbouring country, claimed that they have been eking out a living at Kulgam in Jammu and Kashmir and they arrived Kishanganj on Wednesday evening, BSF DIG Amritlal Tirkey said. Although Kishanganj railway station is barely 30 km from the international border, they chose to stay back and planned to leave on Thursday morning, he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “We had, in the meantime, received information about the Bangladeshis and their plans to cross the border. When BSF personnel spotted them, they got scared and began to run away but were eventually caught” Tirkey said. They have been identified as Bakkar (20), Mohd Jaleel (22), Mohd Rubel (20), Mohd Mehboob (20) and Mohd Masoom (19), he said. Five arrested Bangladeshis claimed that they were working as masons in Kulgam and wanted to return home, Tirkey said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “Bags carried by them contained no incriminating objects. However, they are in our custody and being interrogated”, he said. The BSF DIG said “areas along the porous Indo- Bangladesh border have been put on high alert in the wake of intelligence inputs that terrorists may try to infiltrate in the aftermath of the developments related to Article 370. Patrolling and surveillance have, therefore, been stepped up and hotels and lodges are being checked frequently”.
The 30TH Annual Colleagues Spring Luncheon will honor Jane Seymour with The Colleagues Champion of Children Award and Oscar de la Renta’s (ODLR) Co-Creative Directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia for their contribution to American design.Actor Joe Lando will be presenting Seymour with her award which honors her lasting impact on the lives of children. Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton Rothschild will be presenting Kim & Garcia with their award to salute their continued contributions to American design, the world of fashion and recognize the House of Oscar De La Renta for their longstanding partnership with the Los Angeles Colleagues and their tradition of philanthropy through fashion. Kim and Garcia were an essential part of Oscars legacy and are now managing the future of one of the most revered international design houses and launching their own complex and utterly original design house at the same time.The luncheon will take place at 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 17th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and will include a fashion show from Oscar de la Renta’s Fall 2018 collection designed by Kim and Garcia.Seymour joins an impressive list of prior Champion of Children Award recipients including former First Ladies Nancy Reagan, Betty Ford and Laura Bush and her two daughters Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush-Hager, Carol Burnett, Roma Downey, Princess Charlene of Monaco, James and Gloria Stewart, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Anjelica Huston and Robert Graham, California First Lady Maria Shriver, Annette Bening and Warren Beatty.Founded in 1950, The Colleagues, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, are a group of 65 active women and over 25 sustaining members who volunteer their time and expertise to support and raise funds for their sole beneficiary, the Children’s Institute, Inc. In their efforts to serve Los Angeles’ most vulnerable children harmed by community and family violence, abuse and neglect, the Colleagues have donated over $25 million to CII through their high-end resale and vintage clothing shop and their annual spring luncheon. In addition to direct services, CII reaches more children through professional training, research and other leadership activities working with more than 24,000 children and families each year. To learn more about the Colleagues and CII, please visit www.thecolleagues.com and www.childrensinstitute.org.The luncheon is executive produced by Gary L. Pudney, and produced and directed by Tony-Award winning Scott H. Mauro for the fifth consecutive year. Colleagues member Anne Johnson is the Executive Chairman of the event. For tickets to The Colleagues Spring Luncheon please call 310-474-5377 or email email@example.com.
Several houses were buried after the Meethotamulla garbage mountain collapsed.President Maithripala Sirisena later appointed a commission to investigate the tragedy. (Colombo Gazette) The report on the Meethotamulla tragedy was handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena today.Over 30 people were killed when the Meethotamulla garbage mountain collapsed in April last year.
Police are investigating a disturbing incident in Brantford after a mother was assaulted while walking with a child.The woman was walking with a child in a stroller on the trails by the Grand River near the Lorne Bridge shortly after noon on Monday. A male who was standing with a group of men approached the woman, pulled her pants down and touched her buttocks. Police say the stroller was knocked over during the incident. Investigators say the woman and child were not physically injured. The group fled the area on foot. No suspect description has been released at this time. Anyone with information that could help police with the investigation is asked to contact Det. Michael Aasla of the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit at 519-756-0113, ext. 3001.
“Food aid plays a pivotal role in responding to HIV/AIDS. The first thing poor families affected by AIDS ask for is not cash or drugs, it is food. And food has to be one of the weapons in the arsenal against this disease,” said James T. Morris, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), which signed the cooperative agreement at its Executive Board meeting in Rome with the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).Under the agreement, WFP and UNAIDS will direct their joint efforts to emergency situations with a special focus on pregnant women and orphans, among the most vulnerable to the impact of HIV/AIDS. At the same time, they will strive to make food security an integral part of the battle waged by governments and partners against HIV/AIDS.WFP will manage the HIV/AIDS-related food programmes, while UNAIDS will offer technical assistance, promoting access to care, including home-based care, impact evaluation, the reduction of vulnerability to HIV/AIDS, and the identification of appropriate local partners.“The HIV/AIDS epidemic and the hunger it brings with it, are triggering the premature death of thousands of productive people – particularly women – across southern Africa, as well as wrecking the livelihoods of millions more, which will undoubtedly provoke future famines,” Mr. Morris said, having recently been in Africa, home to around three quarters of the 42 million people around the globe currently living with HIV/AIDS.“People living with HIV/AIDS as well as those who are malnourished are caught in a vicious cycle,” UNAIDS Executive Director Dr. Peter Piot said. “Those who are infected are often unable to feed themselves. Without good nutrition, they are robbed of one of the defences against AIDS-related illnesses and early death.“At the same time, hunger often forces people to engage in high-risk survival strategies, such as sex work, which in turn exposes them to HIV,” Dr. Piot added. “It is vital that food security be integrated in the response to prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS.”
ROCHESTER, Mich. — Darius Banks scored 17 points, Stuckey Mosley added 17 with four 3-pointers and James Madison shot 12 of 26 from distance to beat Northern Illinois 78-74 on Saturday at the Oakland Hoops Challenge.Matt Lewis hit four 3s and scored 16 points with four assists and made a go-ahead jumper with 17 seconds left for the Dukes (5-2), who shot 48 per cent to NIU’s 51 per cent but made 16 of 17 free throws. Dwight Wilson added 11 points.Lacey James’ free throw snapped a 50-all tie and NIU led by as many as six, but the Dukes made three straight shots and closed to 70-69 on Banks’ layup, then led 74-72 on Lewis’ free throw with 1:50 to go. Levi Bradley’s jumper tied it, but Lewis hit a jumper in the paint and Mosley’s free throws with two seconds left iced it.Eugene German scored 17 points with four assists and James added 15 points for Northern Illinois (3-2), who outscored the Dukes 32-26 in the paint.The Associated Press
Diamondbacks79-83Zack Greinke2016-21206.5 Angels85-77Albert Pujols2012-21240.0 Machado’s top speed, 26.3 feet per second, was the same in each of the past two seasons and up slightly from 2016 (26.1 second). Machado averaged 27.4 seconds in 2015, the first year Statcast cameras tracked player movement. His sprint speed split times, including his initial burst — his first 5 feet (0.55 seconds) — were also the same in each of the past two seasons.One debate entering this offseason was whether Harper or Machado was the better free-agent bet. But what Machado offers that Harper does not, in addition to consistency, is the ability to play on the left side of the infield.After playing shortstop last season, when he was the third-worst defensive shortstop in the game, Machado figures to transition with San Diego back to third base, where he has been elite. Machado has ranked as above average in defensive runs saved in every year he has played third. He was second in baseball in defensive runs saved in 2013 (35), trailing only Andrelton Simmons. He won Gold Glove awards at third in 2013 and 2015.The Padres made a big push late in the offseason to sign one of the best free agents of all time. And even it at record dollar amount, it will be worth the cost if it coincides with the young Padres coming of age. Nationals96-66Max Scherzer2015-21$210.0m Tigers95-67Prince Fielder2012-20214.0 Tigers74-87Miguel Cabrera2016-23248.0 Mariners71-91Robinson Cano2014-23240.0 Rangers71-91Alex Rodriguez2001-10252.0 Marlins75-85Giancarlo Stanton2015-27325.0 Losing teams are often willing to payLargest contracts signed in MLB history Yankees94-68Alex Rodriguez2008-17275.0 Reds90-72Joey Votto2014-23225.0 Dodgers92-70Clayton Kershaw2014-20215.0 San Diego has Baseball America’s top-rated farm system, including consensus top-five prospect Fernando Tatis Jr., who figures to slot in at shortstop next to Machado in the not-too-distant future. The Padres have a number of other potential future stars and contributors in prospects like Mackenzie Gore (pitcher), Luis Urias (middle infield), Francisco Mejia (catcher), Adrian Morejon (pitcher), Chris Paddack (pitcher) and Luis Patino (pitcher).And if Machado makes good or exceeds his 5-WAR forecast for the coming season, perhaps he can help the Padres creep into the postseason picture even sooner. Machado has produced at least 5.7 WAR in four out of his past five full seasons2He put up 2.3 WAR in his injury-shortened 2014. and has played in at least 156 games five times since 2013. The four-time All-Star has averaged 31 home runs per 162 games and has won two Gold Glove awards at third base.Baseball America editor J.J. Cooper speculates that the Padres could further accelerate their timetable by trading for veteran pitching: Signing ClubPrev. season recordPlayerYearsGuaranteed dollars The San Diego Padres may have surprised some on Tuesday when they reached a record-setting agreement with Manny Machado — ending a lengthy wait for a star free agent — but the match is an ideal fit for the club and player. Machado will receive the biggest deal ever for a free agent, while a club that is traditionally not a big spender and hasn’t reached the postseason since 2006 will add an in-his-prime, superstar-level player to play alongside one of the most enviable collections of young talent in the sport.Machado’s overall production and youth make him one of the most appealing free agents in baseball history. The former Oriole and Dodger has produced the 26th most wins above replacement among position players through age 25 in baseball history (33.8), according to Baseball-Reference.com. For comparison, fellow 26-year-old free agent Bryce Harper is 41st (27.4). And of those players ranked ahead of him, Alex Rodriguez was the last player who was younger when he entered the open market — coming off his age 24 season in signing with the Texas Rangers in 2001.In signing for a reported $300 million over 10 years, Machado will break Rodriguez’s 11-year-old record ($275 million) for a free-agent contract set in 2008, his second mega-contract.1Giancarlo Stanton’s $325 million, 13-year contract extension with the Marlins was the largest deal overall. The deal is also the largest free-agent pact in North American pro sports history. Machado’s agreement includes an opt out in the fifth year.As the Rangers and Rodriguez did with his first free-agent deal, the Padres and Machado prove that not all major contracts are signed by clubs coming off winning seasons, looking for an extra push to get them a title. The Padres recorded 96 losses a year ago and were projected by FiveThirtyEight entering Tuesday to win 73 games this season.Of the 12 previous contracts exceeding $200 million in baseball history, six were awarded to players by teams with losing records the previous season: Giancarlo Stanton (contract extension) with the Marlins in 2015, Rodriguez with the Rangers in 2001, Robinson Cano with the Mariners in 2014, David Price with the Red Sox in 2016, Miguel Cabrera with the Tigers in 2016 (contract extension) and Zack Greinke with the Diamondbacks in 2016. Only Greinke and Price have reached the playoffs with their signing teams, and the Padres are in a much stronger position than any of those clubs. Source: Cot’s Baseball Contracts Machado’s deal exceeded many expectations. On the eve of free agency in November, the FanGraphs crowd predicted a deal of 8.6 years on average at $273 million for Machado. In January, when asked again, the crowd’s prediction fell to 7.9 years and $233 million, a 15 percent drop in dollars.Padres chairman Ron Fowler is now a big-spending outlier for a second straight offseason. The Machado deal comes almost exactly a year after the Padres signed Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million deal. (The Padres hope for far more than Hosmer’s replacement-level, -0.1 WAR debut season, according to the FanGraphs metric.) And like Hosmer, Machado could have some of his offensive numbers decline by playing in what is typically a pitcher’s park.The Padres did figure to have some financial flexibility, finishing last season ranked 22nd in payroll. Machado’s record deal should pause the offseason talk of tanking and collusion at least for a few news cycles.The Padres are trying to compete with the Dodgers, who appear set for sustained success in the NL West. They now indisputably have what they tried to purchase last year with Hosmer: a centerpiece to build a lineup around. While Machado can hit for power, hit for average and capably play the field, he’s not one for sprinting. Much was made of Machado’s lack of urgency last postseason, when he said hustling is not his “cup of tea” after appearing to not run out a ground ball in Game 2 of the NLCS at Milwaukee:Some speculated that his lack of hustle could cost him in free agency. But $300 million later, that thinking seems misguided. And there’s reason to believe the lack of hustle is not a recent development or much of a major concern as it relates to his overall value.In 2017, Statcast began measuring a metric called “sprint speed,” which consists of two measurements: home-to-first times on weakly hit ground balls and speed when advancing two or more bases (except for instances when a runner was on second base at the time of an extra-base hit). Red Sox78-84David Price2016-22217.0 Padres66-96Manny Machado2019-28300.0
“And for you is an opportunity to be part of a team and represent your country. “Prince Harry staged the first Invictus Games, for injured, wounded and sick servicemen and women and veterans, to great acclaim in 2014 and had further success with the Orlando Games last year. Prince Harry talks to Major Bernie Broad, UK team captainCredit:AP The UK team for Invictus Games Toronto 2017 is made up of 62 per cent new competitors, and is one of 17 nations taking part.More than 550 competitors will compete in 12 adaptive sports ranging from basketball to swimming. The UK team trials were attended by more than 300 wounded, injured and sick Service personnel who competed across 11 sports for one of the places available on the UK team. The Games will take place from September 23rd to 30th in Toronto, Canada. She made the audience laugh with her final words, adding: “PS I hope I have my two front teeth for Toronto”. He told assembled men and women: “No matter how you are going to do I promise you that you will feel a million dollars. Whether you cross the finishing line first it last will make no difference to me or to anyone. “It’s in our blood to win, it’s in our nature to win. [but] Whether you are blowing smoke out of your arse as your cross the line makes no difference.”It is what you are achieving, what you have achieved to get there.” Maya Turner reads her letter on stageCredit:Chris Jackson Prince Harry jokes with Invictus athletesCredit:Stuart C. Wilson “Invictus was a big, bright light that I feel I needed to get into. Now I’ve got no excuse not to do nothing. “I’m looking forward to taking part in the Invictus Games as I see this involvement as a way to re-focus me physically and mentally and to re-engage in a full, active, competitive and fulfilling life.”Told by another competitor that Invictus gave them the chance to be part of the military family again, Prince said: “This is my fix, too, you know. Prince Harry attended the unveiling of the Invictus team at the Tower of LondonCredit:Jeremy Selwyn The UK team will this year be captained by former Army Major Bernie Broad, who lost both his legs below the knee due to injuries sustained in an explosion in Helmand Province in 2009. He underwent four years of extensive surgery and rehabilitation followed by two years of assistance from the Personnel Recovery Unit at Chetwynd Barracks in Chilwell. He said: “As a fully-blooded late entry officer in the Grenadier Guards I ate up the chance to take part and become captain. The six-year-old was praised after making a 999 call when her mother collapsed at home in 2015 and she later received an award in recognition of her efforts.Prince Harry attended the launch of the Invictus squad at the Tower of London this morning. “I’ve left the forces as well now and I miss everything about it. Well, not quite everything about it, but it’s an opportunity to be with like-minded people, to share that dark sense of humour that we all love, and just be amongst each other. Before attending training camps, she said, she was a “broken girl”, too afraid to go out for fear of an embarrassing collapse in public.Thanks to the Games coaches, she said, she is “on a journey that is making me do things I never thought I’d do again”, proclaiming herself “so damn proud and happy”. The UK is one of 17 nations taking part in the Games, from September 23-30, with more than 550 athletes competing in 12 adaptive sports. Prince Harry poses with members of the Great Britain team selected for the 2017 Invictus Games in TorontoCredit:Reuters A six-year-old girl has read a heartwarming thank you note to Prince Harry today, telling him he had ‘helped her mummy’ after she was selected for the Invictus Games 2017 team.Maya Turner won a loud round of applause after reading a hand-written letter about her mother RAF Sergeant Michelle Turner, 38, at the official unveiling of the UK team. Sgt Turner from Wigan has a serious heart condition which causes exhaustion, dizziness and collapse, and has been selected for swimming and rowing when the Games are staged in Toronto this autumn. Maya Turner meets Prince HarryCredit:Chris Jackson Her daughter Maya told the competitors: “I was very proud of mummy and every other brave boy and girl.”Thank you Help For Heroes and Prince Harry for helping my mummy and her friends.” Maya’s letter Prince Harry and athletes pose for a group shot of the 90-strong team “When you become injured it’s amazing what you lose – confidence , dignity, stature… I didn’t want anyone to see me like this. “Since being medically retired from the Armed Forces in 2014, I feel that I have taken my foot off the gas and become quite complacent.”But I didn’t want to sit around feeling sorry for myself. “I have always been a keen and competitive sportsman, so I kick started my fitness regime and now regularly swim, cycle and walk. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The global mining industry has lost some $1.4 trillion of shareholder value in the last five years. This is easily explained by the sudden end of the 2004-2011 commodity super-cycle. But such cycles are bound to repeat themselves. Will they have the same consequences? Can we learn from the past? Are there decision-making processes that can be used to improve the mining industry’s performance in the face of uncertainty?Ground-breaking developments in risk managing optimization technologies for mining operations around the world are the results of several years of research at the COSMO – Stochastic Mine Planning Laboratory of McGill University. These new technologies shift well-established mine planning paradigms to substantially increase gains for mining companies through risk management, while contributing to sustainable development by improving utilization of non-renewable resources.Applications of the new technology to real-world situations have shown that production forecasts can be improved from 5 to 25%; reserves can be increased by 5 to 15%, and NPV by 5 to 30%.These technologies simultaneously optimize when and which materials to extract from mines; how to blend and/or stockpile these materials, and transport them; how to utilize available processing streams; how to manage capital investments; and how to sequence rehabilitation. They have been tested in several case studies at different mining complexes and on various commodities, including gold, copper, nickel laterites, and iron ore as well as diamond mining.Results consistently demonstrate that: (1) reliability is improved in meeting production forecasts by managing risk in supply and controlling this risk over time; (2) larger amounts of metal are produced from the same mineral resource by better understanding the spatial distribution and connectivity of high-grade material; and (3) a substantially higher economic value is obtained when compared with existing approaches. These improvements represent a step change contribution to the development of a new generation of intelligent risk-management concepts and technologies, as well as the sustainable development of mineral resources and reserves.The COSMO Mining Industry Consortium includes the McGill lab and the following companies which together represent about 75% of the world’s mining activity: AngloGold Ashanti, Barrick Gold, BHP Billiton, De Beers, Kinross Gold, Newmont Mining, and Vale SA.. Development of the new mine planning paradigm was facilitated by NSERC research grants to Professor Roussos Dimitrakopoulos, Founder and Director of COSMO.The success of COSMO is best illustrated by comments received from the mining industry:• Edson Ribeiro of Vale SA calls this “a paradigm shift in the industry because we have traditionally relied on simplistic and limited risk analyses, which often generated unreliable production plans.”• Alan Bye of BHP Billiton says the research will “enable mining companies to identify risks, as well as additional value from mineral deposits and enhance their ability to navigate commodity cycles.”• Marcelo Godoy of Newmont Mining Corporation adds: “The achievements of the COSMO consortium … will have a profound impact to the mining industry as it allows for more sustainable operations and optimum use of mineral resources.”• Leo Fusciardi of De Beers Canada states that “our involvement with COSMO on this initiative has ensured De Beers continues to be at the forefront of diamond mining techniques and technology.”• Vaughan Chamberlain of AngloGold Ashanti says his company “recognises the need for step changes in the optimisation of our scarce Mineral Resources in order to maximise the return to our shareholders. We see our relationship with COSMO as critical in achieving this goal…”Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, COSMO was established in 2006 with the support of the mining companies that became its members. Professor Dimitrakopoulos is Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Sustainable Mineral Resource Development and Optimization under Uncertainty, and the world’s leading expert in the field. He created the COSMO Mining Industry Consortium for collaboration and funding for what is now the leading centre in research, development and training in mine planning optimization, valuation and resource/reserve development, stressing risk management. http://cosmo.mcgill.caThe seven companies that form the Consortium represent about 75% of mining activities on the globe. Each company participates actively with the COSMO Stochastic Mine Planning laboratory through collaborative research programs and projects, as well as knowledge transfer.NSERC aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports colleges and universities in advanced studies, and promotes and supports discovery research. The agency fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson delivers a speech at Chatham House, London last Friday. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesAlliesBritain’s foreign ministry stressed that Johnson had voiced support for Saudi Arabia on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.“As the Foreign Secretary made very clear on Sunday, we are allies with Saudi Arabia and support them in their efforts to secure their borders and protect their people,” a spokesman said.Any suggestion to the contrary is wrong and misinterpreting the facts.Addressing a summit of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Bahrain on Wednesday, May reaffirmed British support for traditional allies in the region and said Britain would help “push back against Iran’s aggressive regional actions.”In a joint statement, GCC states and Britain agreed to a “strategic partnership” and said they “oppose and will work together to counter Iran’s destabilising activities”.- © AFP, 2016Read: Here are 17 incredible facts about oil-rich Saudi ArabiaRead: The annual hajj pilgrimage will climax for around 1.5 million Muslim pilgrims tonightRead: ‘Birthplace of terrorism’: Outrage expressed at Saudi Arabia documentary showing beheadings https://jrnl.ie/3127193 34 Comments Dec 8th 2016, 11:34 AM Image: AP/Press Association Images 8,571 Views Boris Johnson accuses Saudi Arabia of being a ‘puppeteer’ in the Middle East’s religious wars Such public criticism of the Sunni power is unprecedented for a British foreign minister. British foreign secretary Boris Johnson in Rome last Thursday, British foreign secretary Boris Johnson in Rome last Thursday, Image: AP/Press Association Images That’s one of the biggest political problems in the whole region. And the tragedy for me – and that’s why you have these proxy wars being fought the whole time in that area – is that there’s not strong enough leadership in the countries themselves.Johnson said there were “not enough big characters” willing to “reach out beyond their Sunni or Shia” group, adding:That’s why you’ve got the Saudis, Iran, everybody, moving in and puppeteering and playing proxy wars. Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 11:34 AM Short URL By AFP Share6 Tweet Email BRITAIN’S FOREIGN MINISTER Boris Johnson has accused Saudi Arabia and Iran of “puppeteering” and engaging in “proxy wars” in the Middle East, a video shows.In the clip, Johnson tells a conference in Rome last week it was a “tragedy” that politicians in the region were “twisting and abusing religion” to advance their political objectives.Such public criticism of British ally Saudi Arabia was seen by some commentators as a diplomatic blunder by Johnson, who has been in the job less than six months.His comments, filmed and posted on the Guardian’s website, came as British prime minister Theresa May returned from a summit in Bahrain where she pledged to strengthen ties with Gulf states including Saudi Arabia.“There are politicians who are twisting and abusing religion and different strains of the same religion in order to further their own political objectives,” Johnson told the Med 2 conference. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Last night’s 4/5 Total Divas drew 649,000 viewers according to Showbuzzdaily.com.This is a bump in overall viewers for last week that drew 563,000 viewers. The show averaged a 0.33 rating among adults 18-49 on Tuesday night, up from 0.26 last week.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipKim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing MakeupVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Google+ Ronda Rousey, Sonya Deville join Total Divas Season 9 cast, will premiere on October 2 Twitter New additions to “Total Divas” cast next season, Bella Twins planning to leave the series Kanye West Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Disney+ Axes ‘Muppets’ series Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Monday Night Raw nominated for TV Show of the Year at the People’s Choice Awards Now Playing Up Next Alex Trebek Returns To ‘Jeopardy!’ Rachel Bloom announces pregnancy following Emmy win Felicity Huffman To Be Sentenced In College Admission Scandal Pinterest Kim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing Makeup
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has admitted that AS Roma were the deserving victors in their quarter-final clash in the Champions League and apologised to the club supportersThe Spaniard watched on as his side succumbed to Roma’s new 3-4-1-2 formation at the Stadio Olimpico with the hosts emerging with a 3-0 win through goals from Edin Dzeko, Daniele de Rossi and Kostas Manolas.While the tie finished at 4-4, it was Roma who progressed due to the away goal that Dzeko had managed at the Nou Camp during their 4-1 defeat to Barcelona in the first leg.But, despite Roma’s tactical changes, Valverde refused to make any excuses and admitted that Barcelona were simply just not good enough.“We never felt comfortable in the game because Roma played very well” admitted Valverde, according to the club website.“And we couldn’t get our own game going.”Valverde felt the tactical change employed by Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco proved to be fatal for his side, as it exposed a key weakness in Barcelona.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“They took risks and we couldn’t cope with all that deep pressing” said Valverde.“The first goal gave them strength and then they got a second and third in the second half.”“I feel sorry for the fans” he concluded.“It’s been a huge disappointment for them. But now we just have to focus on the competitions that we have left. We have to keep looking ahead.”Midfielder Sergio Busquets was also disappointed with the way Barcelona were eliminated from the Champions League.“This was a sad way to go out after the lead we had going into the game.” said Busquets.“The game didn’t go well. They were better than us. It’s a very sad day.”
Now, just days after the procedure, he’s back to say thank you to Dr. Stewart and the whole medical team for performing the successful surgery.“It was an outstanding experience,” said Bakewell. “I mean, I just want to say thank you to all the caregivers and the providers who worked with me over the past week — just outstanding care.”Stewart has also successfully performed surgery on former President Bill Clinton.For more information on the Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute at Baptist Health South Florida, click here.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – A heart surgeon performed a landmark procedure here in South Florida, and now we’re getting a peek behind the curtain of a new life-saving surgery.Dr. Allan Stewart is one of the first to perform the groundbreaking procedure. Stewart moved from New York City to South Florida, and is now the new Chief of Surgery at the Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute at Baptist Health South Florida.“It’s really only done by about 12 surgeons in the U.S.,” Stewart said.The operation is called a valve sparing aortic root replacement. It involves rebuilding instead of replacing the patient’s heart valve. 7News got a peek at the procedure that 57-year-old John Bakewell now has to thank for his life.“You look for the people who have the expertise, who get the repeatable outcome in these marvelous advances in medicine, and there’s some fabulous specialists out here,” Bakewell said. “I’m so happy I found Dr. Stewart.”The benefits of this unique method help prevent people like Bakewell from a lifetime of blood thinners.“John’s operation, which involves essentially taking apart the whole center of the heart and rebuilding it, but rebuilding with the parts God gave him so that he is now cured,” Stewart said. “He has no restrictions. He can go on in his life with no blood thinners, no special medications and no limitations on his activity.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May has suffered an embarrassing setback as her Conservative Party has lost their overall majority off the back of a close general election, resulting in a hung parliament. Whilst the Conservatives hold the most seats, they do not have enough to establish outright control. Conservatives lose overall majority as UK election results in hung parliament Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:40Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:39?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …
Twitter/GettyWhat is it about Pusarla Venkat Sindhu? No matter how much she struggles in other tournaments, come the big stage and she rises to the occasion in a most amazing manner. In her quarter-final clash of the ongoing BWF World Championships in Basel, Switzerland, the 24-year old produced a superlative performance to defeat one of the big favourites Tai Tzu Ying.But it’s not just the women’s singles category in which India have a great interest. B Sai Praneeth has become the first male Indian shuttler since Prakash Padukone in 1983 to win a World Championship medal. He achieved this feat by going through two highly-capable Indonesians – Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and Jonatan Christie in the pre-quarters and quarters respectively.On Saturday, August 24, both will try and take their achievements to the next level. Sindhu, by winning her semi-final, could secure her second consecutive silver while Praneeth could end up where no Indian man has – in the final of this event. Let’s look at the previews of the matches that these two players will be involved in. Chen Yufei stands in Sindhu’s wayANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty ImagesPV Sindhu vs Chen Yufei (China)The last year has seen Chen Yufei of China emerging as one of the new stars of women’s badminton. She has brought China back to the center of women’s singles badminton and has been recording some big victories. This year, she already has four World Tour titles including the All England Open and one Super 500 event.But Sindhu won’t be easy to beat. Her victory against Tai in the quarter-final was achieved thanks to sheer hard work and dogged tenacity. Despite the Taiwanese player looking in great form, Sindhu persevered and used her power to barge her way into the semis.This contest too would be a clash of styles as the Indian shuttler will try to use her power again, this time to outgun Yufei’s shotmaking. What has made the lady from Hyderabad so good in this tournament is her willingness to fight hard for points, something that was missing earlier in the year. She would need all that fighting spirit in this match.Considering she doesn’t have her nemesis Carolina Marin in the tournament and has conquered the other foe, Tai, plus the top seed Akane Yamaguchi (who defeated Sindhu in two tournaments in the run up to this event) is already out, this could be her best opportunity to win the title and become the first World Champion in badminton from India. Kento Momota will be a tough contest for PraneethLintao Zhang/Getty ImagesB Sai Praneeth vs Kento Momota (Japan)Sai Praneeth will have a very tough match against the best male badminton player in the world today – Kento Momota. Momota likes to test his opponent’s stamina and prefers playing long rallies. If Praneeth has to win, he will have to be at his fittest and dig deep to overcome Momota’s unending rallies.What makes the Japanese dangerous is that while he usually coasts along at a steady pace, when under pressure, he can increase his speed to trouble his opponents. His main weapon – the crosscourt forehand smash is deadly and the Indian will have to watch out for that.Schedule and where to watchPV Sindhu’s match would be the first contest of the day and would begin at 2:30 PM IST. Praneeth’s match against Momota is third on the list and can be expected to begin around 4:30-5 PM IST. The live coverage of these contests would be provided on TV by Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD. For those who want to watch online, Hotstar is the platform for live streaming.
Road Accident logoTwo persons were killed in a head-on collision between two vehicles on the Syedpur Road in Fultala area of Nilphamari Sadar upazila on Wednesday night, reports UNB.The deceased are Mosharaf Hossain, 38, son of Abdul Miah and Bashir, 35, son of Mokles, both of Balapara village of the upazila.The accident occurred around 9:30pm, leaving the duo dead on the spot.On information, police rushed in and sent the bodies to Nilphamari modern government hospital for autopsy.Necessary steps would be taken in this connection, said Nilphamari Sadar police station sub Inspector Harij Miah.
5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Listen Now Social entrepreneurship is making waves in the worlds of business and social justice. Over the last decade and a half, an ideal environment has been created, fostering an explosion of this (relatively) newfound way of doing business. As a result, a model has been hatched that focuses not only on creating sustainable revenue sources, but on aiding society in new ways.The sphere of social entrepreneurship has truly taken hold. So what’s the big driver pushing it through to the front? Data.You can’t begin to design a solution to a problem you know nothing about, a challenge that’s especially true when it comes to social issues. To enact change, the details of the problem must be known, and as a general rule, the more specific the details of the problem presented, the better.Related: For Actor Adrian Grenier, ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ Is More Than Just a BuzzwordMarcus Lemonis, a nationally known entrepreneur and small-business investor extraordinaire, is known to frequently refer to the importance of business owners “knowing their numbers.” Data and statistics are everything when it comes to running a successful business, especially those involved in social change.Know your stats, grow your army.Numbers don’t lie. Vague ideas and obscure stories aren’t very persuasive, but facts set in data paint a much clearer picture. This is huge when it comes to determining whether social entrepreneurs will be able to attract followers and gain the support they need from others.As an example, telling someone that you’re setting out to abolish global poverty may tug at the heartstrings and evoke sympathy. Following this by asking for a donation may not yield much funding, given the audacious nature of the goal. Alternatively, if you’re knowledgeable about how much funding it’ll take to improve the unimaginable lifestyle faced by the 2.2 billion people trapped in impoverished scenarios will swing things in your favor.Being able to leverage data can make all the difference in whether a journey to eradicate a social problem, local or global, is able to move forward.A true entrepreneur.Many entrepreneurs don’t set out to become one — they simply can’t find what they’re looking for in the market, so they set out to create it themselves. Jake Porway did exactly that with DataKind.The explosion of data science within the business sector excited Porway, though he noticed a few key failings. He was particularly interested in the large gap in data utilization that existed when it came to solving social and environmental problems around the world. Thanks to relatively recent advances in technology, there’s no shortage of statistics on social problems affecting the world or on the number of humans affected by them.Related: Want Big Data to Help Your Marketing Team? Hire a Data Scientist.Despite this, organization leaders are often left scratching their heads trying to analyze the data and figure out what the numbers really mean. This is where DataKind steps in. The company’s goal is the visualization and understanding of a social organization’s data, through the lens of a data science expert. In addition to experienced data analysis, Porway’s company also consults with companies on how to build good data sources, as well as assisting them with quality data discovery.One of many.DataKind isn’t the only company making strides in driving social change through data harvesting and analysis. All around the world, institutions and initiatives are beginning to unfold, allowing nonprofits and social entrepreneurs to move their humanitarian efforts forward.The Social Innovation Program at the Qatar Computing Research Institute, for instance, has proven to be a valuable asset in making sense of data generated during major natural disasters, allowing organizations to better understand the needs of those affected. But it doesn’t stop there. With more than 10 major projects underway, the Social Innovation Program is setting a standard for the rest of the world when it comes to the utilization of data science for social entrepreneurship efforts.Though our modern society has been around for almost a century, social and environmental issues are still a major concern. Tragedies such as world hunger are beginning to see a significant decline, yet even in the U.S., almost 50 million people have a hard time putting food on their table.Thankfully, data science and companies such as DataKind and QCRI and convenient tools such as Import.io are changing the game. Being able to harness these new data mining techniques to aid social entrepreneurs is an important step for future progress.Do you know a social entrepreneur making great use of data science? Leave a comment with more information below.Related: You Need Big Data Now: 5 Professions That Can Benefit July 9, 2015
The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… 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 | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica 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 Feature | May 14, 2012 Breath-Hold Techniques Spares Heart, Lungs During Radiotherapy News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more May 14, 2012 — Respiratory movement during radiotherapy makes it difficult to hit the right treatment target and this, in turn, can lead to an under-dose of radiation to the tumor or a potentially toxic overdose to the surrounding healthy tissue. Getting this right is a real challenge for the radiotherapist, but new techniques are helping to deliver the correct dose to the right place.At the 31st conference of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO 31), recently held in Barcelona, Spain, Amira Ziouèche, M.D., a radiotherapy specialist from the Centre Léon Bérard, Lyon, France, described how the technique of deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH) can spare the heart when irradiating left-side breast cancer tumors. In a prospective study, undertaken while she was working with Alice Mege, M.D., at the Institut Sainte Catherine, Avignon, France, she showed that treating patients during DIBH, while they were holding their breath at between 60 to 80 percent of their maximum inspiratory (breathing-in) capacity, could spare their hearts and lungs from radiation without compromising the quality of their treatment.“Unlike treatment under free breathing (FB), where the patient breathes normally, DIBH spares the heart by reducing its volume and movement in the field to be irradiated, and the lung expansion involved in holding breath leads to a decrease of relative lung volume which is irradiated,” Ziouèche explained. “In effect, we can largely eliminate the problem of respiratory movement by using this technique, which allows us to reduce the volume of the healthy organ irradiated around the target volume while improving treatment precision. This is particularly important in breast cancer cases, where the life expectancy of most patients is long.”Ziouèche and colleagues collected data on 31 patients treated with DIBH between October 2007 and June 2010 at the Institut Sainte Catherine. Each patient was her own case-control and underwent two computed tomography (CT) scans, one in FB and the other in DIBH. The dose to healthy organs and targets was calculated based on these scans.Analysis showed that the heart mean dose decreased from 9 Gy in FB to 3.7 Gy in DIBH, and the maximum heart dose from 44.9 Gy to 24.7 Gy. The amount of radiation to the lung was also decreased with DIBH.“This is the largest study to date of the use of DIBH in patients undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer,” Ziouèche said. “It is an important result for breast cancer patients, where it can spare the volume of heart and lungs that are irradiated. Commonly, the margins around the tumor to be treated are increased in order to take movement into account. But this involves treating a larger area, some of it unnecessarily. The use of DIBH avoids this problem.“Although the DIBH procedure initially involves additional time and, therefore, cost, if this technique results as we believe it will, in a clinical benefit in terms of reducing cardiac and pulmonary sequelae in specific cases it could result in lower healthcare costs in the longer term,” said Ziouèche. “Currently, the DIBH technique is little used in breast cancer, and we need further studies of its clinical and economic benefits to demonstrate its value in breast radiation treatment. Once these studies are completed, we would hope to see it in widespread use in the future, to the benefit of patients and healthcare systems alike.”Other Breathing Motion PresentationsIn an earlier presentation at ESTRO, Fanneke van den Boomen from the Catharina Hospital, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, described how she and her colleagues had compared results from two different kinds of CT scan to see which could more accurately estimate safety margins for radiotherapy treatment where breathing motion was involved. They compared the results from 3-D and 4-D treatment-planning CT scans of 50 patients with lung tumors and found that the more recent 4-D scans provided better results in cases where large tumour motion was involved.“In a conventional 3-D scan,” van den Boomen explained, “the scan is taken with the patient in the treatment position, but not taking breathing motion into account. Due to the fact that it takes around two minutes to perform the scan, the result is blurred due to the motion of the tumor. With 4-D scanning, you can account for breathing because the software creates a number of datasets at different phases of the breathing cycle, thus freezing the tumor in a certain position.”4-D scanning equipment has only become available recently, and therefore the number of institutes using it is still limited. However, the researchers say, the results are so impressive that their hospital is now performing it routinely in cases where there is large tumor movement.“The results from this study have shown that we can safely apply the ‘mid-ventilation’ concept, where we only irradiate part of the tumor trajectory instead of the entire volume in which the tumor resides during a breathing cycle. Thus, we can reduce treatment volumes, with the result that patients have fewer complications,” said van den Boomen.In another study presented at the conference, Gauthier Bouilhol, M.Sc, from the Centre Léon Bérard, Lyon, described how he and colleagues from CREATIS (CNRS UMR5220, Inserm U1044) have developed a model to adjust the method currently used for the calculation of safety margins to account for respiratory motion asymmetry during radiotherapy. (Bouilhol’s research is supported by ETOILE’s research program.)“When a patient breathes during radiotherapy treatment,” Bouilhol explained, “the tumor may also move. The normal way of calculating the treatment margins to compensate for potential errors is based on a symmetrical model. But if tumor motion is asymmetric, the model is wrong.”The researchers suggest a new model that takes into account the differences between the two margins involved in inhale and exhale motion.“We believe that our model, once clinically validated, will provide a more accurate assessment of the area which is required to be treated with radiation, and this will improve both safety and efficacy for patients,” Bouilhol said.Núria Jornet, M.D., medical physicist from the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, and chair of the ESTRO-31 scientific programme committee said, “Organ motion due to physiological processes such as breathing poses a challenge in highly accurate radiation therapy. With the advent of technological advances such as 4-D imagers, which allow making ‘cine’ images of internal organ motion, and treatment units that can synchronise radiation with the organ movement, this motion can be monitored and accounted for. Nowadays, we are not only able to know where the tumor is in each moment, but also have methods to hit it with a millimetric accuracy.“These three abstracts are a good example of how breathing motion is managed using different approaches, either by reducing motion by irradiating in deep inspiration breath hold, which also exploits lung inflation to spare normal tissues, or by personalising safety margins around the tumor so that we are sure that the tumor will be correctly irradiated in all breathing phases. Regardless of the method used to manage motion, image guidance during treatment is needed, as is shown in the study by van den Boomen,” he added.For more information: www.estro.org News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Related Content FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享