Martinez: Lukaku can do it all

first_imgBelgium CT Roberto Martinez has assured Inter fans that they have “a unique No 9 who knows how to do it all” in Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku became Inter’s record signing when he arrived from Manchester United in August and has made an immediate impact, already scoring five Serie A goals. “He’s a unique No 9, physically strong: I think it’s important for every team to have a striker who harvests all his qualities,” Martinez told Gazzetta dello Sport. “Romelu dribbles, holds the ball up and – above all – scores. Being able to surpass 100 goals in the Premier League and being Belgium’s all-time top scorer tells you everything. “This is what the Italian fans are starting to appreciate, a chameleon-like striker, able to do many things but always with the intention of scoring. “He knows how to do it all. Therefore, lots of people go around looking for the things he was unable to do. “There are strikers who know how to do only one thing, so no-one asks them to do anything else. “Romelu’s strength is that he can always do something different: this is also a disadvantage because there are games where some of the things he tries fail to come off. “He makes the pitch bigger and creates things for others: if people appreciated these things, even when he doesn’t score, then he’d be criticised less. “I invite fans to go back over his career: at 16 he was already scoring goals for Anderlecht, then at Everton ge was important, getting used to the physicality of the Premier League. “At that point, always putting the team before himself, he matured: now he’s ready to win a title abroad and I think that’s what he wants to do with Inter. “When you put something in your head, you get it.” For all the talk of ending Juventus’ grip on the Scudetto, the Belgian has yet to score in the Champions League this season… “History shows that Italian teams have had strong, physical defenders. Romelu is more used to the Champions League. “He’s been playing in it for a long time so I think he’ll find it less of a struggle, even if Borussia [Dortmund] have several top individuals.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more

Xiaomi Redmi Note launching in India on Nov 24 at Rs 9,999

first_imgChinese tech major, Xiaomi has finally made an official announcement regarding the launch of its much anticipated Redmi Note phablet in India. After teasing the device via social networking site Facebook, the company, dubbed as ‘China’s Apple’ has now announced that the said device will be launching on November 24 in India. Xiaomi is busy sending out media invites for the launch event even as we speak. The invite clearly mentions that the Xiaomi Redmi Note will be officially launched on the aforementioned date.    As far as the expected pricing of the device is concerned, well, Xiaomi has been known to change the prices at the last moment as it did with its previous launch, the Redmi 1S. The Redmi 1S was touted to be launched at a price of Rs. 6,999 however upon launch it was priced at Rs. 5,999. As of now, Xiaomi has hinted that the Redmi Note will be priced at Rs. 9,999, however, it won’t be a surprise if the company launches the device at a lower price tag.    With that said, the company is expected to start selling the Redmi Note via its flash sale mode exclusively through Flipkart beginning December 2.    The Xiaomi Redmi Note features a 5.5-inch IPS-LCD display with a 720×1280 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MTK6592 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of internal storage expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. It sports a 13MP rear autofocus camera with LED flash and a 5MP front-facing shooter. The dual-SIM device runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box with the company’s MIUI v5 skin on top. It is backed by a 3100mAh battery.   advertisementlast_img read more

Arjun Rampal on divorce rumours: People have more views than me about my personal life

first_imgMehr Jesia and Arjun Rampal may have been married for over 15 years now, but the couple has been in the eye of the media about a rumoured split for years now. When asked during a fashion event, Arjun decided to not speak about it and said that he did not have any views on the matter.He told IANS, “I don’t have any views as I feel people have more views than me.”ALSO READ: Arjun Rampal to play gangster-turned-politician Gawli in DaddyHe was present at the event with his wife and sat next to each other for Designer Monisha Jaisingh’s show, silencing speculations about a split. Mehr and Arjun have two daughters and Arjun is clear about his parenting style.When asked whether he would like his daughters to join modelling as a profession, he said, “Modelling gave me a lot in my life. I never look down upon modelling as a profession. Whatever my daughters want to do, I’m fine with it. They can act, model, (indulge in) sports, as long as they are passionate towards it. They really need to love it and it should come from within.” ALSO READ:  What new is Shraddha Kapoor doing for Rock On 2?The actor who is currently busy filming for Daddy is in no hurry to launch his own clothing label. He said, “My mind is more in films, so I am focusing more towards that. I am really not leaning too much towards creating a clothing line.”Arjun will also be seen in Rock On 2 next year. The film being directed by Shujaat Saudagar will see Arjun, Farhan Akhtar, Prachi Desai and Purab Kohli will reprise their roles from the prequel. Shraddha Kapor has been signed in to join the franchise. advertisementlast_img read more

Transfer latest: Pogba’s agent pushing for move

first_imgTransfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Pogba’s agent pushing for move Goal Last updated 1 year ago 17:03 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Paul Pogba Manchester United Getty Images Transfers Premier League Bundesliga Ligue 1 Serie A Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Pogba’s agent pushing for transferMino Raiola is making moves in an attempt to get Paul Pogba out of Manchester United, according to Sports Illustrated. Pogba has been quarrelling with Jose Mourinho in recent weeks and the midfielder’s agent has been calling other clubs in an attempt to get one of them to move for his client. The French star was left out of Mourinho’s starting side in the Champions League on Wednesday as well, leaving even more reason for speculation of a serious issue between player and manager.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Liverpool want NavasKeylor Navas Real Madrid Sevilla LaLiga 14052017Liverpool have turned their attention to signing a new goalkeeper next summer, with Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas a target, according to Diario Gol (via the Express).It is expected the keeper, who is reportedly heading for the exit at the Bernabeu in the summer, will have an asking price of €20 million.Roma shot-stopper Alisson is the Reds’ top target, but his price tag of €80m is too much.Carrasco is China boundYannick Ferreira Carrasco Atletico Madrid 2017Belgium international attacker Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco is set to complete a move to Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang from Atletico Madrid, L’Equipe reports.The winger is expected to fetch up to €30 million, having fallen out of favour with Diego Simeone earlier this season due to his behaviour.The deal is expected to be completed shortly.Ligue 1 sides want BenzemaKarim Benzema Real Madrid 18022018Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema is a target for four clubs in Ligue 1, reports Le10Sport (via AS).Olympique Lyon, PSG, Marseille and Monaco are all tracking the 30-year-old’s situation with the Spanish giants, and the report claims that Benzema would not be against the move. No Barca deal for Arthur Arthur Melo GremioReports of a €40million agreement between Gremio and Barcelona for midfielder Arthur are wide of the mark, according to the Brazilian club’s president Romildo Bolzan.Speaking to Radio Bandeirantes, Bolzan said: “A deal has still not been finalised.”Read the rest of his comments on Goal! Manchester clubs leading race for MatazoPep Guardiola Man City yellow ribbonManchester City and Manchester United are leading the race to sign Belgian teenager Eliot Matazo, according to Voetbal Belgie (via talkSPORT).The 16-year-old is expected to leave Anderlecht this summer, with both City and rivals Man United interested in bringing him to the Premier League. Several Bundesliga clubs along with Barcelona and Real Madrid are also expected to be in the running for the midfielder. Stoger: Reus is indispensable Marco Reus Borussia DortmundBorussia Dortmund coach Peter Stoger labelled Marco Reus “indispensable” amid rumours linking the attacker is linked with a potential move to AC Milan.”If he’s fit and well he is indispensable for any team,” he said. Read the rest of his comments on Goal!Perez wants Navas outKeylor Navas Real Madrid Sevilla LaLiga 14052017Florentino Perez has firmly decided that Keylor Navas will not be the starting goalkeeper for Real Madrid next season, according to Don Balon. Sevilla’s Sergio Rico has entered the running as his replacement, according to the report, but Manchester United’s David de Gea is still the club’s top target. Leno to replace Reina at NapoliBernd Leno Bayer LeverkusenBernd Leno is being lined up as a replacement for Pepe Reina at Napoli, reports Mundo Deportivo (via Corriere dello Sport).The 25-year-old from Leverkusen has a contract that expires in 2020, and Reina is not expected to sign a new deal with the Italian side this summer. Kroos swap key in De Gea moveToni Kroos, Real Madrid, 17/18Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos is Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho top target this summer will be key in Real Madrid’s move for David de Gea, reports Don Balon.Mourinho wants to beat rival Pep Guardiola to the German midfielder, who would like to play under his former manager once again, and Florentino Perez hopes to use Kroos as part of a deal for the United goalkeeper. Real Madrid want Courtois to stall talksThibaut CourtoisReal Madrid want to see Thibaut Courtois stall on signing a new deal with Chelsea until April, according to The Telegraph. Chelsea are still hoping the Belgian will sign a new deal, and he risks upsetting the Premier League club by holding off, but the Spanish giants are still deciding on which stopper will be their top summer target. The choice is between Courtois and David de Gea, who also is being offered a new deal by Manchester United. Juve and Conte want FlorenziAlessandro Florenzi RomaJuventus and Antonio Conte are interested in signing Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi, reports Tuttosport. The Serie A side have not yet started talks with the player, but his Italy team-mates have begun trying to convince the midfielder to move to Turin.Conte, who still doesn’t know what the future holds with Chelsea, would like to sign the 26-year-old for whatever club he is managing next season, meaning Juventus will have to move quickly. Maguire to snub CityHarry Maguire Leicester CityEngland defender Harry Maguire is set to snub Manchester City and stay with Leicester, reports The Sun.The 24-year-old is not ready to quit the Foxes and, despite Pep Guardiola’s willingness to offer up £50million for his services, believes in the project at the King Power.  Lindelof wants future cleared up by MourinhoVictor Lindelof Manchester UnitedVictor Lindelof hopes to have a discussion with Jose Mourinho over his future with Manchester United, The Sun reports.The Swede has made just 10 appearances in the Premier League since joining the Red Devils from Benfica in the summer and has not played in the top flight since January 1. And with no sign of his return to the first-team, the £31 million signing wants to have a talk with his coach to decide if he should remain in Manchester much longer. 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CFB Insider Has Major Kliff Kingsbury Update

first_imgA closeup of Texas Tech football coach Kliff Kingsbury.ARLINGTON, TX – NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders on the field before the game against the Baylor Bears on November 25, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)Earlier this week, reports suggested former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury landed a new job as the offensive coordinator of the USC Trojans. However, despite the initial report, Kingsbury’s agent revealed the coach did not make a decision on his coaching future.After a night to think about the reported offer from USC, Kingsbury has reportedly still not decided whether or not he wants to coach with Clay Helton. According to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, Kingsbury and USC are “still working on a possible deal.”No agreement has been made yet, though.As of this morning, Kliff Kingsbury and #USC are still working on a possible deal to make him Trojans’ offensive coordinator, according to a source very close to the situation. No agreement yet.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 30, 2018The former Texas Tech head coach reportedly received several offers from NFL teams to join their staff an an assistant. Several reports suggested the Dallas Cowboys will make an offer to Kingsbury, though that hasn’t come to fruition just yet.Will he stay in the college ranks or head to the pros? Stay tuned for the latest coaching news.last_img read more

USCG Detains Bulker for Safety Violations

first_imgThe United States Coast Guard said it has detained the 738-foot bulker Kind Seas, after significant safety violations were found during an inspection in Kalama, Washington, Friday.Vessel inspectors from the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit in Portland discovered the discrepancies during a routine inspection of the Marshall Islands-flagged vessel, the USCG informed.Safety violations were related to a complete failure of the emergency generator, which provides power to emergency equipment including the emergency firefighting pump system. Other discrepancies include deficient structural fire boundary doors designed to prevent the spread of a fire, inoperable bilge pumps critical to removing excess water and waste oil accumulation in engine compartments, and inoperable life saving communication equipment.“Shipboard fires pose severe risk to vessel crews, the vessel, and the port,” said Capt. Patrick Ropp, commanding officer and officer in charge of marine inspection at MSU Portland. “The deficiencies were determined to pose significant risk to the vessel’s crew and the marine environment indicating that the vessel is unfit to proceed to sea.”As informed, Coast Guard vessel inspectors are working with the Kind Seas’ flag state and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, the vessel’s classification society responsible for certificating vessel construction and engineering, and the vessel’s crew, owner, and managing company to make essential repairs.The 1998-built Kind Seas, owned by Fairplay Maritime Ltd., which loaded corn and wheat in Kalama and will depart for Japan after the safety violations have been corrected.last_img read more

Task Force on Aging Halifax Regional Municipality Meetings

first_imgSENIOR CITIZENS’ SECRETARIAT–Task Force on Aging, HalifaxRegional Municipality Meetings The provincial government’s Task Force on Aging will hold publicmeetings to discuss Nova Scotia’s Positive Aging Strategy. The meetings will give the public the opportunity to comment onthe discussion paper for Nova Scotia’s Positive Aging Strategy,released on Oct. 20. Meetings will be held in the Halifax Regional Municipality on thefollowing dates. Monday, Nov. 29 Dartmouth — 9 a.m. to noon, Dartmouth Centennial Legion, 703 Main St. Tuesday, Nov. 30Middle Musquodoboit — 9 a.m. to noon, Bi-Centennial Theatre, 12390 Highway 224 Wednesday, Dec. 1Halifax — 9 a.m. to noon, Halifax Legion, 50 Hillcrest St., Fairview Thursday, Dec. 2Sackville — 9 a.m. to noon, Sackville Legion, 45 Sackville Crossroads Friday, Dec. 3Dartmouth — 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Dartmouth Seniors’ Centre, 45 Ochterloney St. Halifax — 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., CNIB Auditorium, 6136 Almon St. To view the discussion paper, please see the website or contact the Senior Citizens’ Secretariat at1-800-670-0065. -30-last_img read more

New Longterm Care Facility Will Benefit Seniors

first_imgSeniors in the Digby area will have the option to continue living in the community they call home thanks to a new local long-term care facility. Residents and staff gathered today, Sept. 29, to celebrate the opening of Tideview Terrace, a new nursing home in the Digby area. Tideview Terrace residents were previously housed in an older building, and in the local hospital. The new 90-bed facility brings together all the residents under one roof. “This remarkable facility is a great asset to the Digby area and it means people who need long-term care can remain near their friends and family,” said MLA Jim Morton, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald. Tideview Terrace was built to meet the province’s new design standards which emphasize smaller, one-storey buildings with more home-like surroundings. This approach reflects the province’s Better Care Sooner plan, which includes making health care more resident-centred. The facility includes 10 nine-unit, energy-efficient households with light towers that provide solar heat in the living and dining room areas. Residents benefit from an ocean view, landscaped outdoor courtyard, spiritual and multi-purpose room. The design also allows couples who both require nursing care to live together in the same household. “Tideview Terrace provides high-quality care in a comfortable, functional environment,” said Mr. Morton. “It’s great news that residents and staff were able to move from the old, dated building to a beautiful new facility like this one.” Clients have access to 24-hour nursing care, medical services, nutrition services, pharmacy services, recreation, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. “Residents settled in right away and are enjoying the courtyard and patio furniture,” said Debra Boudreau, administrator of Tideview Terrace. “We’re seeing more visitors than ever. It seems like everyone who came back to Digby for the summer, dropped in to see their friend or family member in the new facility.” Ms. Boudreau said the facility has hired several new Continuing Care Assistants and some part-time support staff. “The new building is bright and beautiful. We’re especially appreciating the chance to go outside and enjoy the courtyards and it’s good to have everything on the main floor,” said resident Yvonne Speichts. The province has opened, or plans to open, nearly 1,100 new beds in 13 new, stand-alone facilities and 10 facility expansions. Long-term care resources are a major priority of the province’s 10-year, $262-million Continuing Care Strategy. Access to Tideview Terrace, as well as other provincial long-term care facilities, is through the Department of Health and Wellness’ Single Entry Access system at 1-800-225-7225.last_img read more

Humboldt community gathers for vigil to honour team members

first_imgThe community of Humboldt, Sask., will gather Sunday to mourn at the home arena of the Broncos junior hockey team following a crash that killed 15 people.Fourteen people were also injured when the team bus collided with a tractor trailer at a highway intersection on Friday.Tonight would have been game six in its SJHL playoff series against Nipawin.Watch the live stream of the event here starting at 9 p.m. ET The stories of the 15 lives taken when a bus carrying a junior hockey team crashed with a truck continued to emerge Sunday.The manager of defenceman Adam Herold’s previous team, the Regina Pat Canadians, confirmed his death to The Canadian Press. The defenceman would have turned 17 on Thursday.John Smith noted that Herold played for the Regina team until just weeks ago, but was sent to join the Broncos for their playoff round when the Pat Canadians’ season wrapped up.Smith described Herold as a hard worker and a good leader, noting that Herold was team captain for the 2017-2018 season.Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice says one of the deceased was misidentified. The ministry says the body of Parker Tobin was mistaken for that of Xavier Labelle. It says Labelle is injured but alive, and Tobin is among those who died.Brody Hinz, who was 18, had recently started tallying the team’s statistics for Humboldt radio station CHBO.Golden West Radio says in a statement that Hinz was being mentored by Tyler Bieber, the team’s play-by-play announcer who was also killed in the crash Friday.Bus driver Glen Doerksen’s employer, Charlie’s Charters, posted about his death on Facebook. Another team he drove for, the Kinistino Tigers, also issued a statement.“In talking to him, he spoke at length of his time in rinks with his own family and now how much he enjoyed being able to take and watch other teams from minor, to senior to SJHL to their hockey games,” a spokesperson for the Tigers wrote on Facebook.“We will never forget the smile on your face as we left Allan after winning the Championship and got you to give ‘two honks for the Cup,’” they wrote.York University described assistant coach Mark Cross as an “exceptional young man” and a “ferocious competitor” in a press release on Sunday morning.Cross spent five seasons with the Lions before graduating in 2016 and moving on to work with the Broncos, where he was also helping to recruit potential players to come east to play for the university hockey team.“Mark was in his element in the hockey arena and I could think of no better mentor for junior hockey players to have than Mark Cross,” said the university. “He has been taken away from us much, much too soon.”Evan Thomas, 18, was a forward in his first season with the Broncos, according to the Kelowna Rockets, who quoted former Rockets captain Scott Thomas as saying he had lost his son.The others killed include the junior hockey team’s head coach, Darcy Haugan, captain Logan Schatz, forwards Jaxon Joseph and Logan Hunter and defenceman Stephen Wack.As of early Sunday morning, a crowdfunding effort on the website GoFundMe had raised more than $3-million for the players and families affected by the crash.Related stories:Cause of the Saskatchewan bus crash unknownArena is where we will gather to mourn, remember the Broncos‘Horrific, horrific accident:’ Hockey world in shockHumboldt, Sask., was second home for many players in fatal crashFormer NHL player Sheldon Kennedy reacts to Humboldt Broncos bus crashNHLers reflect on junior hockey bus culture in wake of Humboldt tragedylast_img read more

Obamacare survives GOP concedes on lastgasp repeal try

first_imgWASHINGTON – “Obamacare” lives on.Senate Republicans, short of votes, abandoned their latest and possibly final attempt to kill the health care law Tuesday, just ahead of a critical end-of-the-week deadline.The repeal-and-replace bill’s authors promised to try again at a later date, while President Donald Trump railed against “certain so-called Republicans” who opposed the GOP effort. But for now, Trump and fellow Republicans who vowed for seven years to abolish President Barack Obama’s law will leave it standing and turn their attention to overhauling the nation’s tax code instead.The GOP’s predicament was summed up bluntly by Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, a lead author of the legislation: “Through events that are under our control and not under our control, we don’t have the votes.”“Am I disappointed? Absolutely,” he said after a GOP lunch attended by Vice-President Mike Pence.Standing alongside Cassidy, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said: “We haven’t given up on changing the American health care system. We are not going to be able to do that this week, but it still lies ahead of us.”“We do think it’s time to turn to our twin priority, reforming the tax code,” McConnell said.There was much talk of returning to the repeal effort later, but not all Republican senators were putting on that brave face.Sen John Kennedy of Louisiana described the bill as “dead as a doornail.”The bill Cassidy co-authored with Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina would have unraveled the central elements of Obama’s law, including the requirement for Americans to carry health insurance or pay fines, and offered block grants to states to design their own systems with less federal control.Republicans are also strongly in agreement on a need for action on overhauling the loophole-ridden U.S. tax code, and hope that if they also succeed in getting Americans a tax cut, their failure on health care will be forgiven.Yet they began the health care effort with unanimity, too, up until the devilish details began to emerge and divide them as they pursued a partisan effort against united Democratic opposition.Much the same could happen on taxes, where Republicans are at the beginning of the process, with plans to unveil a blueprint on Wednesday.On health care, the urgency confronting the GOP this week lay in special budget rules that protected the legislation from a Democratic filibuster, allowing the Republicans to pass it with just 50 votes, plus a tie-breaker from Pence, instead of the 60 often required. Those special rules expire Sept. 30.Even with that advantage McConnell had little room for error given his slim 52-48 vote majority in the 100-member Senate. And as in July, when Arizona Sen. John McCain cast a dramatic late-night thumbs down to kill the previous repeal bill, McConnell was unable to corral the 50 “Ayes.”In addition to McCain, moderate GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine announced her opposition, as did conservative Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Several other senators were skeptical or undeclared, among them Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who waited until McConnell had conceded defeat Tuesday to issue a statement criticizing “a lousy process” on the legislation.A full analysis of the legislation was never completed by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, contributing to critics’ complaints of a rushed process, but independent experts warned that millions could lose coverage, states could relax existing requirements, and coverage could end up being unaffordable for many, including people with pre-existing conditions.That last element drew attention from late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel, who got involved in the health debate in April after his son was born with a heart defect. He was outspoken on his ABC show in denouncing the bill and accusing Cassidy of lying about it. On Tuesday Kimmel tweeted a photo of his smiling baby son and wrote, “Thanks to all who stood up and spoke out from this happy guy and his less-fortunate friends #GoodbyeGrahamCassidy.”The legislation also would have cut $1 trillion from Medicaid over the next decade, prompting angry protesters in wheelchairs to descend on the one hearing held on the bill, on Monday, chanting “No cuts to Medicaid! Save our liberty!” Dozens were pulled out and arrested as cameras captured the striking scene.For Trump, the failure added one more justification for his ongoing grudge against McConnell, and provided another reason to turn his back on Republicans and make deals with Democrats instead, as he’s begun to do of late. Indeed, he said in a private bipartisan meeting of House Ways and Means members Tuesday that he would work with Democrats on health care if the Republicans “didn’t get repeal done,” according to Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., who was present.Neal quoted Trump as saying, “You get a better deal if it’s bipartisan.”Graham insisted that despite Tuesday’s failure, Republicans would return to the health issue after disposing of taxes. But even under the optimistic assumption that Republicans will pass tax legislation in the coming months, Graham’s timeline would put the next health care debate into the 2018 congressional campaign season, and that would be unlikely to improve the bill’s chances.It’s unclear how the collapse of the GOP’s latest repeal effort will affect Americans’ 2018 sign-up season for subsidized private health policies under the Affordable Care Act.Wednesday is the deadline for insurers to finalize 2018 contracts. Uncertainty over whether the Trump administration will continue to pay monthly subsidies for assistance with copays and deductibles has been blamed for driving up next year’s premiums.Earlier this month senators launched a bipartisan effort to try to stabilize premiums for next year, but that was put on hold as Republicans pursued repeal. Talks are resuming, but it’s unclear if they can succeed, particularly since feelings are raw on both sides.___Associated Press writers Alan Fram, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Ken Thomas and Marcy Gordon contributed to this report.last_img read more

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the

first_imgTORONTO – Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week:Still optimistic?The Bank of Canada releases the Business Outlook Survey on Monday. Last quarter’s survey revealed that Canadian companies were more upbeat about the future than they were three months prior, with firms planning to boost investment and to hire more workers, giving the Bank of Canada a green light to hike interest rates again in January.UnfriendedFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify before the U.S. Senate and House committees on Tuesday. Zuckerberg made a public apology last week for his company’s handling of users’ personal information — including more than 620,000 Canadians — as the social media giant faced a growing international uproar over the questionable use of personal data for political purposes.Tax troublesCanada 2020 hosts a panel discussion on “Competing with Trump: Canada’s Response to the U.S. Tax Cuts” on Tuesday in Ottawa. The CEOs of both BMO and RBC said last week that they’ve seen varying degrees of investment outflow from Canada to the U.S., particularly in the energy and clean-technology sectors. Panellists include Meredith Lilly (former adviser to prime minister Stephen Harper), Brian Kingston (Business Council Canada) Kevin Milligan (UBC) and Mike Moffat (Canada 2020).Shaw resultsCable TV and broadcasting giant Shaw Communications Inc. discusses second-quarter results on Thursday. Analysts recently said that Shaw was the big winner from Ottawa’s decision to set aside 43 per cent of the next spectrum auction for regional wireless carriers and potential new rivals.Cooling real estateStatistics Canada releases the value of building permits for February on Tuesday. Building permits are considered a leading economic indicator that signal new construction intentions. The Vancouver and Toronto region real estate boards, representing the country’s most influential markets, reported double-digit annual sales declines in March.last_img read more

Scandinavian Airlines stops duty free sales to cut emissions

COPENHAGEN — Scandinavian Airlines says it will stop selling duty-free goods on its flights to reduce the weight of its aircraft and save fuel and ultimately reduce carbon emissions, saying “every step on the way to sustainable travel is important.”Spokesperson Freja Annamatz said Tuesday the airline “is aiming to cut emissions by at least 25% by 2030.”Annamatz said Tuesday that “passengers’ buying behaviour has changed with fewer inflight sales and sustainability has become more important than ever before.”The company did not detail how much weight would be cut by the move.SAS said it is also trying to be more climate-friendly by using new, fuel-efficient aircraft, improving access to high-quality biofuel, and a partnering with Airbus to develop electric and hybrid aircraft.The Associated Press read more

UN food agency to feed 20000 in cyclonehit Madagascar

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that it is flying desperately needed food aid and other supplies by helicopter for 20,000 people in north-western Madagascar who have been effectively cut off after the African island nation faced one of the worst cyclone seasons in years. Air transport is necessary because villages have been isolated due to road and bridge damage caused by several cyclones. “For weeks people in these remote areas have survived on stocks of food but these have now been consumed and new supplies of food are urgently needed,” said WFP’s Madagascar Representative Krystyna Bednarska. “The cyclones that hit this part of the country caused extensive damage to roads and bridges and have made an air operation our only option to save lives.” The agency plans to distribute 100 metric tonnes of food and other crucial items by helicopter over four weeks from a base in the town of Antsohihy in the north-west of the country. The first phase of this operation, which has already provided 25 metric tonnes of food and other supplies since its start last Friday, targets 8,200 people in the area surrounding Antsohihy, while the second leg will focus on villages hundreds of kilometers north around Ambanja where 12,000 require assistance. WFP’s scheme is aimed at those most in need of food. Over 150 people were killed and 190,000 were left in need of humanitarian aid when two cyclones – Indlala and Jaya – hit the north-east and north-west of the country in March and April. This year, the country was also hit by cyclones Gamede, Favio and Enok, as well as by several severe tropical storms. 24 April 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that it is flying desperately needed food aid and other supplies by helicopter for 20,000 people in north-western Madagascar who have been effectively cut off after the African island nation faced one of the worst cyclone seasons in years. read more

COP24 A million lives could be saved by 2050 through climate action

As the world is coming together to define ways to move forward on climate action and the realization of the objectives defined in the 2015 Paris Agreement, WHO stressed that it’s not just the planet that would benefit –  an estimated one million lives could be saved through reductions in air pollution alone.“The Paris Agreement is potentially the strongest health agreement of this century,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. “The evidence is clear that climate change is already having a serious impact on human lives and health. It threatens the basic elements we all need for good health – clean air, safe drinking water, nutritious food supply and safe shelter – and will undermine decades of progress in global health.”The report also shows that the economic benefits of improved health would be twice as high as the economic cost of mitigating global warming, and fighting air pollution. The return on investment is even higher in countries key to tackling global emissions, such as China and India.Exposure to air pollution causes 7 million deaths worldwide every year and costs an estimated US$ 5.11 trillion in welfare losses globally. In the 15 countries that have the highest greenhouse gas emissions, the health impacts of air pollution are estimated to cost more than 4 per cent of GDP. By contrast, actions to meet the Paris commitment of keeping warming to below 2 degrees Celsius, would cost around 1 per cent of global GDP, said WHO. The main driver of climate change is fossil fuel combustion which is also a major contributor to air pollution, and an important cause of poor health worldwide.When health is taken into account, climate change mitigation is an opportunity, not a cost – Dr. Maria Neira, WHO Director of Public Health“The true cost of climate change is felt in our hospitals and in our lungs. The health burden of polluting energy sources is now so high, that moving to cleaner and more sustainable choices for energy supply, transport and food systems effectively pays for itself,” says Dr. Maria Neira, Director of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health for WHO. “When health is taken into account, climate change mitigation is an opportunity, not a cost.”Switching to low-carbon energy sources will not only improve air quality but provide additional opportunities for immediate health benefits. For example, introducing active transport options such as cycling will help increase physical activity that can help prevent diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease.The report includes recommendations for decision-makers on how to tackle climate action and public health issues at the same time, including: policies aimed at reducing carbon emissions and air pollution; the mobilisation of mayors to effect local change; investment in “climate-smart” health facilities; and the leveraging of the health community as powerful public advocates for climate action.“We now have a clear understanding of what needs to be done to protect health from climate change – from more resilient and sustainable healthcare facilities, to improved warning systems for extreme weather and infectious disease outbreaks. But the lack of investment is leaving the most vulnerable behind,” said Dr. Joy St John, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Climate and Other Determinants of Health. World Health Organization (WHO)Air pollution is a major environmental risk to health. read more

World Boss All Eyes Will be on Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt will compete at the World Track and Field Championships starting Saturday, but because of the injuries and drug scandals that recently plagued his rivals in the sport, the all-star sprinter will likely walk away with three gold medals without much of a challenge.The recent doping scandals involving Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell have put a damper on the championships, one that Bolt can discredit with a peak performance.  Bolt has consistently tested negative for banned substances.Bolt’s teammate, Yohan Blake, who is the defending world champion in the 100-meter  had to withdraw from the world championships after a hamstring injury sidelined him for most of this season.Bolt’s most formidable challenger in the championship 100-meter may be American Justin Gatlin. Gatlin, who also has a history of doping, received the bronze medal in the 100-meter race at last year’s Olympic Games.The American sprinter anticipated a star-studded event and appeared surprised by the lack of sprinters in the 100-meter this year.“‘After the 2012 Olympics, I was telling people who weren’t into track and field, ‘Hold onto your popcorn because next year is going to be even more exciting. We’re going to have the same people,’ Gatlin said. ‘Never in a million years would I think it would end up like this. I still think it’s going to be exciting.’”The Track and Field World Championships are from Aug. 10 to Aug. 18. Usain Bolt will be running the 100- and 200 meter races and the 4 x 100-meter relay. read more

Dirk Beuchler will lead TBV Lemgo from the next season

← Previous Story Lino Červar a new coach of Slovenian Celje PL? Next Story → Iker Romero three seasons in Berlin Dirk BeuchlerPost SchwerinTBV Lemgo Popular German team who lost his place in the TOP of Bundesliga handball, TBV Lemgo, presented a new coach for the next season. His name is Dirk Beuchler (40), currently on the bench of the 2nd Bundesliga North member, SV Post Schwerin. Beuchler had good playing career in Germany and Spain, where he worked also as a team manager of Portland San Antonio from 2007 to 2009, after he came back to Germany. read more

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch pops up at the patent office

first_imgEarlier this year there were multiple anonymous sources claiming that Samsung, Google, Apple, and several other companies were working on a smartwatch of some description. Thanks to a recent patent surfacing, there’s some tangible evidence now suggesting Samsung is considering a product called the Galaxy Gear.Samsung is no stranger to accessories for their Android-based Galaxy products. As the only smartphone manufacturer who has gone all in with the stylus friendly Galaxy Note line, their Bluetooth Slim Stick pen accessory that didn’t quite catch on, and their S Pebble MP3 player accessory for the S3, we’ve seen the company not afraid to take risks before. Their accessories for the Galaxy S4 seemed lacking by comparison to the previous generation, leaving many to believe that there would be a higher end smartwatch accessory on the way. While we’ve not seen a product just yet, it looks like something watch shaped called the Galaxy Gear has surfaced at the USPTO.The design sketch leaves quite a bit to the imagination, but what you get is a watch band holding a piece of hardware with a flexible display. Samsung has been teasing flexible displays for several years now, but we’ve yet to see them deployed in any consumer product. This watch design would offer the wearer an interactive surface that spanned the entire top half of the wrist, which could open quite a few doors for Samsung in terms of phone sync features. As with any display on the wrist, however, battery life and a thin profile are huge parts of whether or not this design will work out for Samsung.There’s a lot of enthusiasm for smartwatches in the tech world right now, with Kickstarter projects like Pebble and Metawatch seeing huge responses from audiences. There’s not quite as much excitement outside of the tech sphere for this kind of product, but it could very well be that Samsung has the household clout required to promote such a product and make it something the average consumer is interested in.last_img read more

Les chiens ont des TOC de même nature cérébrale que les hommes

first_imgLes chiens ont des TOC de même nature cérébrale que les hommesDes chercheurs américains ont mis en évidence, chez des chiens souffrant de TOC (troubles obsessionnels compulsifs), des tendances structurelles cérébrales identiques à celles observées chez les patients humains atteints de ce type de troubles.Déjà qualifié de meilleur ami de l’homme, le chien n’est-il pas parfois un peu trop proche de nous ? C’est ce que suggère une étude publiée dans la revue Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry et mettant en évidence une étrange similarité entre l’homme et l’animal à quatre pattes : une similarité qui concerne les troubles obsessionnels compulsifs ou TOC.  À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Ces pensées inappropriées et récurrentes qui induisent chez le sujet le besoin d’y apporter des réponses mentales ou gestuelles appelées ‘rituels’ sont désormais bien connus du public. Pourtant, on ignore souvent que ces troubles anxieux peuvent aussi atteindre le chien. Celui-ci se met alors, par exemple, à ‘courir après sa propre queue’ ou à mordiller convulsivement un objet. Pour en savoir plus, l’équipe de Niwako Ogata, de l’Université Tufts (près de Boston, Massachusetts), a récemment examiné par IRM des dobermans atteints de TOC. Ils ont ainsi caractérisé chez les animaux les mêmes particularités cérébrales que chez les humains également malades : à savoir, un cerveau plus volumineux, une matière grise plus abondante, mais moins dense au niveau du cortex cingulaire antérieur droit ou du cortex insulaire antérieur droit, ou encore une anisotropie (développement accru de certaines régions par rapport à d’autres).Une piste dans la quête de nouvelles thérapies ? Si des facteurs génétiques ont été mis en évidence par de précédentes études, l’origine de ces troubles reste mal connue. Néanmoins, la nouvelle étude suggère à ses auteurs qu’utiliser des chiens pourrait être possible dans la recherche de nouvelles thérapies contre cette maladie. Thérapies dont pourraient profiter les malades humains mais aussi canins, les deux espèces, dans ce domaine, étant sensibles aux mêmes remèdes.Le 9 juin 2013 à 16:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Student allegedly had gun at Prairie High School

first_imgA 19-year-old senior at Prairie High School was arrested at his home Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of bringing a handgun to school.Jase Alan Vesterby allegedly brought the weapon to school a couple of weeks ago and multiple students later alerted Prairie’s school resource officer, Deputy Dwaine Bowden.“He did not threaten anyone and there was no indication that he came to school intending to use it,” said Gregg Herrington, spokesman for Battle Ground Public Schools.Bowden interviewed students and eventually contacted Vesterby at his home Wednesday afternoon and arrested him. He was also expelled from school in an “emergency expulsion” procedure. The student was booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of possessing a dangerous weapon on school grounds.Prairie High School Principal Jason Perrins sent an automated voice message to parents of Prairie High School students, letting them know about the incident. He also praised the students who brought up the issue to the school resource officer:“I want to express my appreciation to the students who came forward and all our students who help us keep PHS safe. We are very proud of our students for realizing the seriousness of weapons being brought to school.”last_img read more