Brazil’s Coach Quits Over Cup Loss

first_imgSAO PAULO — Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari resigned after the team failed to win the World Cup, the Brazilian Football Confederation said.Scolari promised to win the tournament at home, but Brazil was eliminated in the semifinals by a disastrous 7-1 loss to eventual champion Germany that matched the national team’s worst defeat in its 100-year history. Brazil also lost 3-0 to the Netherlands in the third-place match.Scolari’s contract ended after the World Cup and he handed over the command of the team after the June 12th match, saying it would be up to the confederation to decide whether he would remain at the helm of the five-time world champions.In a statement, the confederation said President Jose Maria Marin accepted what it called “Scolari’s resignation.”“Scolari and his staff deserve our respect and our gratitude,” the statement said. “They were responsible for making the Brazilian people regain their love for the Selecao even though we did not reach our greater goal (of winning the title).”Scolari’s replacement was not immediately announced. Assistant Carlos Alberto Parreira, the coach who led Brazil to the 1994 World Cup title, was also leaving. The confederation said Marin would give further explanations in a news conference on July 17th.Scolari, who led Brazil to the 2002 World Cup title, had said after Brazil’s loss to the Netherlands that he would turn in a report of his work with the national team and Marin would then analyze what he would like to do.Scolari publicly apologized to fans after the loss to Germany, saying he knows it will never be forgotten, and defended his work with Brazil since returning in late 2012.In 29 matches, he led the nation to 19 wins, six draws and four losses. Brazil won last year’s Confederations Cup, the World Cup warm-up tournament.“I don’t think you can analyze the entire work based on only one disastrous result,” Scolari said after Brazil’s loss to the Dutch. “I think the job was well done.”The once-popular coach was loudly booed by fans after Brazil ended the home tournament on July 12th. Despite high expectations, Brazil struggled throughout the competition, finishing with three wins, two draws and two losses.Scolari had been betting on young striker Neymar to carry the team to the title, but he was shelved by a back injury in the quarterfinals.Scolari was picked to lead the 2014 team mostly because of his popularity and experience from the 2002 title, but many critics said he was outdated as a coach.Before rejoining the national team, Scolari was coming off relegation in the Brazilian league with traditional club Palmeiras.Among those touted to replace Scolari are Tite and Muricy Ramalho, who have been successful with local clubs in recent years. Ramalho is a four-time Brazilian champion, while Tite led popular Corinthians to the Club World Cup title in 2012.There is also talk in local media about international coaches, including Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, and Chile’s Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli.Brazil’s next official tournament is the 2015 Copa America. The team is expected to play four friendlies this year, the first one against Colombia on Sept. 5 in Miami. It will also play Ecuador on Sept. 8 in New York, Argentina on Oct. 11 in Beijing and Turkey on Nov. 12 in Istanbul.(TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Australian Open: 20-year-old Tiafoe stuns world No.6 Anderson, Cilic beats McDonald

first_imgFrances Tiafoe rolled up his sleeve, flexed and slapped his biceps muscle five times, thumped his chest and roared at the terraces to celebrate the biggest victory of his career, a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 comeback against two-time Grand Slam finalist and No.5 seed Kevin Anderson in the Australian Open’s second round.The 20-year-old Tiafoe trailed by a set and 3-0 in the second Wednesday before turning the match around as Anderson’s big serve slowed down because of problems with his right arm. Anderson was repeatedly visited by a trainer during changeovers and he lost about 5 mph (8 kph) on his first serves as the match wore on.Anderson was the runner-up at Wimbledon last year and at the U.S. Open in 2017 and had won all three previous matchups against the 39th-ranked Tiafoe.”It means the world to me, I lost to Kevin three times last year. I would love to get to the second week of a Slam and if you guys get behind me like you did again, then it’s going to be pretty easy for me,” Tiafoe said.BIG FOE @FTiafoe shocks 6 seed Kevin Anderson 4-6 6-4 6-4 7-5.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/2AthQLrBY1#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019American Tiafoe, ranked 39 in the world, will play Italy’s Andreas Seppi in the third round, which will at least equal his best performance at a Grand Slam tournament, having made the third round of Wimbledon last year.MARIN CILIC FIGHTS OFF MACKENZIE MCDONALD7-5 6-7(9) 6-4 6-4.@cilic_marin gets it done against a valiant Mackenzie McDonald.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/PGZHkAuQthadvertisement#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019Marin Cilic capped a 25-ace performance with a pair to serve out a second-round victory at the Australian Open, beating 81st-ranked Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. 7-5, 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4.Cilic was the runner-up here to Roger Federer last year and is seeded No. 6 this time.Cilic hasn’t lost at Melbourne Park to anyone ranked as low as McDonald since 2007.20-YEAR-OLD TSITSIPAS BEAT VIKTOR TOICKI.@StefTsitsipas the Great is through to Round 3Def. Troicki 6-3 2-6 6-2 7-5.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/StWMOz2Ved#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 16, 2019Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to the third round and closer to a potential meeting with defending champion Roger Federer at Melbourne Park.The Greek 20-year-old beat Viktor Troicki 6-3, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 but wasted a lot of break-point opportunities as the Serbian player saved 15 of 19 chances created by Tsitsipas.Considered one of the new breed of young talented players on the ATP Tour, Tsitsipas won at Stockholm last year and was a finalist in two other tournaments.He will next play 19th-seeded Nikoloz Basilashvili, who beat Stefano Travaglie 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, also on Wednesday. Tsitsipas could play Federer in the fourth round.Also Read | 17-year-old Anisimova reaches 3rd round, Stephens thumps BabosAlso Read | Indian men’s doubles challenge ends in MelbourneAlso Read | Ivo Karlovic becomes oldest man in over 40 years to win a match at Australian Openlast_img read more

NEBRASKA STATE PATROL MAKES MAJOR HEROIN ARREST

first_imgThe Nebraska State Patrol says a Texas man has been arrested after an undercover investigator found 11 pounds of heroin on him, including some strapped to his torso.The patrol says the investigator was at the bus station near downtown Omaha when he saw a man wearing a jacket at 6 a.m. Monday, while temperatures were in the 70s.The patrol says the man agreed to a search of his bag and backpack, which turned up two clear-wrapped packages of drugs.The patrol says eight more packages wrapped in a band around his torso were found. The estimated street value of the heroin is $250,000.Investigators say the 25-year-old man from El Paso, Texas, was headed to Iowa City.He’s charged with possession of 140 grams or more of heroin and having no drug tax stamp.He remains in the Douglas County jail.last_img read more

Where Will Oklahoma State be Ranked in Tuesday’s CFB Playoff Rankings?

first_img8. Iowa (at Indiana is a fine win, nothing to get excited about)9. Stanford (at Colorado is fine)10. Florida (squeaking by Vandy at home is not impressive but wins are wins)So there you go. Oklahoma State is going to be behind three (!) one-loss teams when the rankings come out tonight. I’m forewarning you given that this is a power ranking and not a resume evaluation. And if top four win out, that will be your playoff (even if a Big 12 team goes 12-0). How crazy would that be?Be prepared to be disappointed.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Long also promised us that the schedule would show out which teams in the Big 12 were good.“These teams, TCU and Baylor in particular, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma to a lesser degree, they have their strength of schedule in front of them. We rank to this point in time, and those teams just haven’t played their strong teams yet. We’ll see how they stack up as we get closer to the end of the season.”So how high does OSU jump? I think this is what the top 10 will look like.1. Clemson (and it’s deserved)2. Alabama (and I guess it’s deserved)3. Ohio State (and it’s not deserved … at all)4. Notre Dame (at Pitt is a good win)5. Baylor (at KSU is a good win)6. LSU (this is going to sting, isn’t it?)7. Oklahoma State (TCU is the second-best win of any team all year — the following tweet was sent before the Bama-LSU game)There is only one team in college football with a win over an A.P. top five opponent this year. That team is #okstate— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) November 8, 2015 I’m sure all of this will be reasonable and go perfectly, right?The second CFB Playoff ranking of 2015 will be released on Tuesday night and Oklahoma State will be a much bigger factor than last week when it was ranked No. 14.One thing I want to address before we get to where OSU could be ranked. The powers that be in college football (i.e. ESPN) are sort of brilliant for creating this madness. Think about it, we are watching a television show in the middle of November that tells us how good or bad our team is and we all care and become really emotional thereafter.That’s pretty hilarious.College football has figured out how to let the games be decided on the field and yet keeps the buzz created as if they aren’t. If the sport went to a simple “win your conference and you’re in” formula, it would just be a worse version of the NFL. So as much as I hate it, I also love it.Anyway, where will OSU be ranked?Let’s look at the top 15 from last week and what they did on Saturday.1. Clemson (beat FSU at home)2. LSU (lost at Alabama)3. Ohio State (beat Minnesota at home)4. Alabama (beat LSU at home)5. Notre Dame (won at Pittsburgh)6. Baylor (won at Kansas State)7. Michigan State (lost at Nebraska)8. TCU (lost at Oklahoma State)9. Iowa (won at Indiana)10. Florida (beat Vandy at home)11. Stanford (won at Colorado)12. Utah (won at Washington)13. Memphis (lost at home to Navy)14. Oklahoma State (beat TCU)15. Oklahoma (beat Iowa State)I’ve been housing the selection committee for being a power ranking organization rather than a resume evaluation organization, but it turns out, a power ranking organization is exactly what they are. Here’s their mission statement as it relates to selection the College Football Playoff per their website.The committee’s task will be to select the best teams, rank the teams for inclusion in the playoff and selected other bowl games and then assign the teams to sites.So why even play the games? Just say, “well, we think Ohio State, Alabama, LSU and USC are the best teams this year, let’s just skip ahead to the playoff.” I digress, though.Last week, selection committee chairman Jeff Long basically said the Big 12 doesn’t play any defense.“I think it’s the balance of the team. We have teams that are just one-sided offensive teams or one-sided, really strong defensive teams. That combination of offense and defense. How they’ve played offensively and defensively in those games. Sometimes that’s the hardest thing to judge…”Well, the committee is going to have an issue now. Because TCU could only muster 29 on OSU on Saturday. The first time it had been held under 30 since the first game and the first time in conference play since 2013. This is the same TCU that hung 42 on precious Ole Miss in its bowl game last season. Also, there’s this.The OSU defense is holding opponents well below their points/drive average: pic.twitter.com/03GENd0ShY— Oklahoma State Stats (@OSUStats) November 8, 2015last_img read more

Cup run no bad thing for Barca – Valverde

first_imgErnesto Valverde rejected the suggestion that a run in the Copa del Rey could derail Barcelona’s La Liga title charge, saying his side are intent on winning both competitions.The Blaugrana face Levante in the first leg of their round of 16 tie on Thursday, four days after claiming a hard-fought 2-1 win at Getafe in the league.A home game against Eibar awaits Valverde’s men on Sunday but the coach played down the idea that the additional fixtures were a threat to his side’s chances of glory. 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? “The team looks good,” he told reporters. “We just had a break, the players had some rest, and everybody was able to charge their batteries.”If we have a lot of cup matches coming up that’s good, because it means we’re going through.”People are saying a cup run could cause us a problem but I’m not so convinced about that. Last season we might have dropped a point or two.”It’s true the games come all at once and we have to make changes but the excitement for the club means a lot to us.”Everyone loves playing in semi-finals and finals. We have to go for it. We want to win La Liga and the Copa del Rey, too.”Valverde: “It’s an open tie. We start as favourites but Levante are a good side and they will push us as they did in the league game” #CopaBarça pic.twitter.com/Afcuu7Hx5k— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 9, 2019Valverde indicated that Munir El Haddadi has played his last game for Barcelona, saying the 23-year-old has “made a decision” regarding his future.With his contract due to expire at the end of the season, the forward is the subject of reports linking him with a move to Sevilla, and Valverde left him out of the Barcelona squad at Getafe.After emerging from Barcelona’s youth ranks to make his first-team debut in 2014-15, Munir has twice been loaned out and he has featured in Valverde’s starting line-up just once in La Liga this season.”It appears that Munir has made a decision. The club also,” said Valverde.”The sooner a solution is found, the better. If it can be resolved in the winter transfer market, all the better.”last_img read more

NYK Surpasses CO2 Reduction Goal

first_imgzoom NYK achieved an 18.1 percent reduction in CO2 emissions in fiscal 2013, significantly exceeding the goal established in 2008 in the company’s “New Horizon 2010” medium-term management plan calling for a 10 percent reduction.NYK has worked “to contribute to the global environment and the creation of sustainable societies by managing environmental risks and arriving at an optimal balance between environment and economy,” as indicated in the company’s environmental management vision.This achievement is the product of not only the aggressive introduction and development of the latest energy-saving technologies, such as an air-lubrication system, but also reduction activities in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions since 2005 resulting from a cooperative effort for efficient and optimal vessel operations and better stakeholder relations among NYK, shipowners and ship-management companies.This effort is expected to help NYK to attain the goal announced in 2011 in the company’s “More Than Shipping 2013” medium-term management plan: a 10 percent improvement in fuel-efficiency above the 2010 level by fiscal 2015.In fact, the company’s latest medium-term management plan, “More Than Shipping 2018,” was announced in March 2014, and established a new goal of a 15 percent improvement in fuel-efficiency above the 2010 level by fiscal 2018.The reduction of CO2 emissions is the responsibility of the entire worldwide shipping industry.NYK will continue its efforts to alleviate climate change by taking advantage of “creative solutions” initiated in “More Than Shipping 2018,” such as a switch to liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel and the promotion of fuel-consumption reduction activities. June 9, 2014last_img read more

Canadian Medical Association resigns from world body amid plagiarism accusations

first_imgREYKJAVIK, Iceland – The Canadian Medical Association says it has resigned from the World Medical Association, accusing the international group’s incoming president of plagiarizing his inaugural speech.In a statement released on Saturday, the CMA said it discovered that part of Dr. Leonid Eidelman’s speech was taken from a former CMA president’s speech in 2014.“Multiple other parts of the speech were also copied from various websites, blogs and news articles, without appropriate attribution to the authors,” the CMA statement read.Current CMA president Gigi Osler said she and a Canadian delegation were in Iceland this week for the WMA’s annual general assembly, where major issues and topics in medicine are discussed.Osler said she and other delegates found that a section of Eidelman’s inaugural address was “copied word for word” from a speech given by former CMA president Dr. Chris Simpson’s in 2014.“We then decided to take a stand against what we considered an ethical breach,” Osler said.The Canadian delegation presented a motion to the assembly requesting that Eidelman resign, but Osler said it was defeated, which led the CMA to pull its membership from the world body.“Leaders have to uphold high standards of ethics and professionalism and so we are disappointed,” she said in an interview.A spokesman for the WMA wrote in an email that Eidelman was not aware his speech was plagiarized because he used speech writers.Nigel Duncan said Eidelman apologized at the general assembly, and acknowledges that part of his speech was taken from Simpson.WMA vice chairman, Frank Montgomery, released a statement Saturday responding to the CMA’s resignation.“We very much regret Canada’s decision. Delegates from the Canadian Medical Association have been valuable participants in WMA affairs for many years,” Montgomery said.“We hope that in time they will return to the association and we will welcome that day.”Osler said she and the Canadian delegation had left the assembly and were not present for Eidelman’s apology.She said she’s open to discussing with the CMA a possible return to the WMA, but as of now she stands by the decision to step away from the world body.“We must continue to hold ourselves to a high standard of professionalism and ethical behaviour,” said Osler. “We are going to strive to uphold honesty, humility, integrity and prudence.”— By Alanna Rizza in Torontolast_img read more

Indigenous water activist Autumn Peltier speaks at UN sustainability forum

first_imgThe Canadian Press NEW YORK — Indigenous water activist Autumn Peltier addressed hundreds of international guests at UN headquarters in Manhattan Saturday.The 15-year-old activist from Wiikwemkoong First Nation on Manitoulin Island in northern Ontario urged the global community to respect the sacredness and importance of clean water.Peltier spoke at the Global Landscapes Forum, a platform on sustainable land use founded by UN Environment and the World Bank that’s dedicated to achieving development and climate goals.She used the speech to draw attention to the lack of clean water in numerous Indigenous communities, which she says sparked her activism at a young age.Peltier called for an end to plastic use as one step in restoring a more sustainable world.Her speech comes a day after huge crowds took to the streets in Canada as part of a global climate strike.last_img read more

British-Moroccan 4-year-old Asks King Mohammed VI to Lift Ban on VoIP…

Rabat – A picture depicting a British-Moroccan girl named Layla is making its rounds on social media. In the image, she asks King Mohammed VI to lift Morocco’s ban on Skype so that she can talk to her grandparents.The picture, which was posted on Facebook around 11 a.m. on Thursday, shows a 4-year-old girl holding a standard piece of paper with a message for Morocco’s King Mohammed VI.“We live in the UK and we used to Skype grandma (Lmima) and grandad (jeddi) in Morocco everyday,” the paper reads. “Now we can’t and we miss them a lot. I am 4 years old, I am half Moroccan, and I love my grandparents. Please help us.” Layla’s message refers to the National Telecommunications Regulatory Agency’s (ANRT) recent ban on VoIP-enabled services, which include popular mobile applications, such as Skype, Viber, and WhatsApp, and FaceTime.The agency said it put the ban in place because the companies that operate the applications do not have a license from the government to provide VoIP services.On Wednesday, a petition posted on Avaaz.com urged the Moroccan head of government Abdelilah Benkirane to repeal the ban. By Thursday, the petition gained the support of more than 5,000 signatures.Inwi, one of Morocco’s telecom companies, has also opposed the ban, insisting that it “does not benefit” from it financially. The company also withdrew its sponsorship of the Maroc Web Awards in protest of the restrictions. read more

Information saves lives in humanitarian emergencies UN official stresses

26 March 2009When a crisis or disaster strikes, the victims not only need rapid assistance with food, water, shelter and safety, but fast and effective information describing the situation on the ground, a senior United Nations humanitarian official told a panel discussion in New York today. “The right information is crucial to being able to make the right decisions, particularly when one’s life has been turned upside down by events outside of one’s control,” stressed UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Catherine Bragg in her opening remarks to participants at the meeting.The discussion, under the banner “Left in the Dark: The Unmet Need for Communication in Humanitarian Response,” focused on the information needs of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises. When Cyclone Nargis hit Myanmar in May last year, it was weeks before local humanitarian relief efforts were reinforced by an international response. However, in that time information outlets provided a life-saving service, according to the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Dedicated radio broadcasts helped many to survive in those first critical weeks, telling them how to purify water, treat minor ailments, identify serious medical problems and build basic shelters. “For people in remote areas of developing countries who may be cut off from help for weeks at a time if a disaster strikes, information is literally a life-saving resource,” said Ms. Bragg, who is also Assistant-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.Participants at the meeting shared examples of cases where crucial information has successfully reached people caught up in emergency humanitarian situations through the UN, Member States, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and the non-governmental organizations (NGOs).The meeting, hosted by OCHA with the BBC World Service Trust and Internews, is part of an ongoing process aiming to make effective two-way communication with affected populations common practice during crises. read more

Government clarifies comments made by President on RAW and port

Senaratne however maintained that the President did not accuse RAW but only stated what was being claimed by others.Meanwhile, the cabinet office said that there was no cabinet paper submitted on giving the East Terminal of the Colombo Port to India.There were reports the President and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had different views on giving the East Terminal of the Colombo Port to India when a cabinet paper on the terminal was submitted for approval. Speaking at the post cabinet press conference today, Senaratne slammed media reports which claimed that the President accused RAW of being involved in a plot to assassinate him. Meanwhile, cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the President never said the RAW agency was behind a plot to kill the President. The Government today clarified reports made by President Maithripala Sirisena on the East Terminal of the Colombo Port and possible links between the Indian RAW agency and an alleged plot to assassinate him.The cabinet office said that there was no comment made by the President refusing to give the East Terminal of the Colombo Port to India. He said that the President had only noted that there were claims being made that RAW was linked to the allegation of the assassination plot.However an Indian journalist who was at the press conference insisted that some Ministers who were at the cabinet meeting had told her that the President accused RAW of being involved in the plot. However the cabinet office insisted that the President only discussed talks he had with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier on steps which need to be taken to strengthen ties between India and Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN working group drafts guide on legislation for secured credit transactions

Recommendations for the proposed guide – designed to give countries a template for how they should frame their domestic legislation on secured transactions – were adopted yesterday after a meeting of working groups. It is hoped a final guide can be adopted by the organization by 2006.The working group’s chair, Kathryn Sabo of Canada, said yesterday that the guide, if implemented by countries, should provide more legal certainty to lenders and borrowers.”The guide aims to present to legislators recommendations for establishing a secured transactions regime that is efficient and transparent, that fairly balances the interests of the parties and that meets the goal of facilitating access to credit at lower cost,” she said.One of the drafters of the guide, Richard Kohn, who is a lawyer in the United States, said the guide will help many countries to modernize their laws and remove any shortcomings or other flaws. This will encourage prospective lenders from other countries to make loans where once they had been unwilling.”In some countries, in order for a creditor to obtain a security interest, he has to have possession of the collateral,” he said. “This may be a problem, because the borrower needs possession of the collateral, for instance of equipment or inventory, in the operation of his business.”UNCITRAL is the core legal body of the UN in dealing with international trade law, and aims to harmonize and modernize the rules of international business. read more

Victoria Crosswinning war hero has grave destroyed by vandals

first_img 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. “That way the next generation will realise it’s something special and we need to respect it.” Mr Stapleton said: “Why should the youth of today listen to us?”Why would they think these graves are anything special – we don’t care as a nation. Our generation doesn’t care about them.”It’s a bit rich of us to say to youths, ‘these are men of historic importance’, you shouldn’t desecrate their graves.”The nation as a whole needs to recognise these are men of historic, national importance.”Their graves should be looked after, they should be preserved and regularly maintained. A fundraising page has been set up by The Victoria Cross Trust, which has so far raised almost £300.The Victoria Cross was introduced in the 1850s by Queen Victoria to reward heroes of the Crimean War. It has since been awarded 1,358 times to 1,355 individuals. It is the highest award of the UK honours system, and is given out for acts of bravery and gallantry “in the face of the enemy”. Last year, when four World War One graves were destroyed in County Durham, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission said such incidents were “extremely rare”. The Brierley Hill matter has not been reported to police. Heartless vandals have trashed the grave of a Victoria Cross-winning war hero at a churchyardCredit:The Victoria Cross Trust /SWNS.com After retiring from the Army, he settled in Brierley Hill until his death of December 8 1899.Mike Wood, Conservative MP for Dudley South, said: “It’s disgusting that the grave of VC recipient Anthony Booth in Brierley Hill has been desecrated, but [I’m] pleased that the The Victoria Cross Trust is planning repairs.” Mr Stapleton added that the vandalism was “quite rare” and the second time a VC hero had had his grave deliberately destroyed. “We are putting a plan together for restoration but it needs to be approved by the diocese first.”The headstone has been snapped off near the base and all the kerb sets have been dislodged.”It’s not just the headstone, the kerb sets need repointing and fixing. Its disgusting really that somebody could do this,” he said. Rev David Hoskin, rector in Brierley Hill, said: “Brierley Hill is proud of having a Victoria Cross recipient among their number. This is sad.”Booth received the VC on June 26 1880 at Windsor Castle from Queen Victoria, for his bravery when a large group of Zulus launched an attack on the British on the Intombe River.He covered the retreat of 50 soldiers and others for three miles, and his actions saved the lives of all involved.center_img Anthony Clarke Booth VC. Heartless vandals have trashed the grave of a Victoria Cross-winning war hero at a churchyard Anthony Clarke Booth VC. Heartless vandals have trashed the grave of a Victoria Cross-winning war hero at a churchyardCredit:victoriacrossonline.co.uk A manifestation of ‘Broken Window Theory’? Who is to blame? the vandal that desecrates or the indifferent who ignore? #wearyofthefight pic.twitter.com/bQlF3cij2V— Gary Stapleton FRSA (@Gary_Stapleton) August 16, 2017 Heartless vandals have trashed the grave of a Victoria Cross-winning war hero at a churchyard The headstone of a Victoria Cross-winning hero’s grave has been destroyed by vandals. Gary Stapleton, chairman of the Victoria Cross Trust, said that the “next generation” did not realise the importance of war heroes’ graves because they were not well enough looked-after by society.The broken headstone of Anthony Booth, at St Michael’s Churchyard in Brierley Hill, West Midlands, could cost thousands of pounds to repair, according to the TrustBooth was given the award for fending off 400 Zulu warriors with just a handful of men in South Africa, during the Anglo-Zulu War in March 1879.Military history enthusiasts say they have been left devastated by the vandalism and have launched a fundraising campaign to fund repairs to the headstone, which could cost “four figures”. last_img read more

Ombudsman investigation into gardaí will be wideranging

first_imgUpdated 6.35pmTHE GARDA COMMISSIONER has welcomed the Justice Minister’s decision to refer the penalty points controversy to the Garda Ombudsman.Martin Callinan said that the issues raised by whistle-blowers in relation to the administration of the penalties needed to be looked at, in order to maintain public trust in the system.It is critical that the Fixed Charge Penalty Notice System retains the support of the public so that it continues to play an important role in improving road safety.“As I told the Public Accounts Committee, An Garda Síochána is committed to engaging with all its employees and any member of An Garda Síochána who wishes to report wrong-doing within the organisation will be fully supported and afforded every protection.”Callinan added that he was also pleased with the force’s inclusion in upcoming whistle-blowers legislation.“I also look forward to the inclusion of An Garda Síochána under the Protected Disclosures Bill 2013.”He said that gardaí were committed to accountability to the Irish people.“I want to once again state that An Garda Síochána remains as committed as ever to full accountability to the Oireachtas and the citizens of this country.”OmbudsmanThe Garda Ombudsman Commission says that they have not been referred the case yet, but will investigate when they are. A statement from the commission said that there were no details of the investigation as yet.“[We] are awaiting formal referral from the Minister. On the presumption that we receive the referral shortly, we will commence what will be a very wide-ranging investigation.“We welcome very much, the Minister’s call for parties to allow us to proceed with our work unhindered.“We expect and will be demanding full and immediate co-operation from all parties.“No further details are available at this time.”Read: Shatter slams ‘disturbing’ PAC comments, asks Ombudsman to probe penalty points issuelast_img read more

Greffe de neurones des cellules souches embryonnaires utilisées pour soigner la maladie

first_imgGreffe de neurones : des cellules souches embryonnaires utilisées pour soigner la maladie de HuntingtonFrance – Depuis 2002, les CHU de Nantes, Angers et Rennes procèdent à des greffes de neurones provenant de “produits d’IVG”, dans le but de soigner la chorée de Huntington.Ce que l’on appelle “produit d’IVG” est en fait constitué de cellules souches embryonnaires issues d’un avortement. Lorsqu’une femme avorte, on lui demande l’autorisation pour prélever des cellules du fœtus éliminé à des fins scientifiques ou médicales. Les cellules, lors d’un protocole normal, sont incinérées.À lire aussiAvortement en France : avortement médicamenteux, délais, prix, ce qu’il faut savoirMême si ce genre d’expérience remet en cause certaines lois bioéthiques sur l’utilisation des cellules souches embryonnaires, il permet de retarder considérablement certains aspects de la maladie de Huntington. En effet, à l’âge adulte, les neurones, sauf dans quelques zones bien définies du cerveau, ne se renouvellent plus. Or, la maladie de Huntington est caractérisée par une dégénérescence des cellules nerveuses. Il en réside une affectation des fonctions motrices et cognitives (des mouvements choréiques, des troubles de l’équilibre, une certaine léthargie) qui conduit vers la démence, puis la mort. Elle touche majoritairement les 40-50 ans et l’âge moyen du décès est de 55 ans.Des expériences ont donc été mises en place aux CHU de Nantes, Angers et Rennes, aujourd’hui leaders au niveau mondial, afin de trouver un curatif. Comme pour beaucoup de maladies génétiques, la solution réside dans l’utilisation de cellules souches. Depuis 2002, huit patients atteints de la chorée de Huntington se sont vu injecter les neurones de seize fœtus.Cette expérience semble limiter l’évolution de certains aspects de la maladie pendant plusieurs années. Des conclusions concrètes devraient être données courant 2010, même si les résultats, pour l’instant, ne sont pas révolutionnaires d’un point de vue médical. Les scientifiques des CHU impliqués tiennent à rappeler que le premier greffé du cœur n’a vécu que sept jours alors qu’aujourd’hui, ce type de transplantation sauve des vies sur le long terme. Le 25 janvier 2010 à 12:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Boy hospitalized after nearly drowning in North Bay Village

first_imgNORTH BAY VILLAGE, FLA. (WSVN) – A 5-year-old boy was taken to the hospital after nearly drowning in North Bay Village, Thursday night.Police and fire rescue crews were dispatched to the scene along East Treasure Drive, at around 7:45 p.m. According to North Bay Village Police, the near drowning was an accident.Rescue officials said the boy was breathing on his own while paramedics transported him to an area hospital. He is expected to be OK.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Bob Carrigan Steps Down as IDG Communications CEO Updated

first_imgBob Carrigan is stepping down as CEO of IDG Communications Worldwide, the company announced today. Carrigan will transition out of his role at the end of IDG’s fiscal year, ending September 30, and will join the company’s board of directors. Update: Carrigan tells FOLIO: that the timing was right for his transition out of the company, citing IDG’s overall health, a strong management team and a desire to be closer to his New York-based family. “IDG is in a really strong position, we have a lot of talented leaders throughout the company. After essentially 20 years in two 10-year stints, I decided it was the right time to transition. My family lives in the New York area and I’ve been doing a lot of commuting back and forth, plus international travel, and honestly that weighed in the decision as well.” He says he does not have a next step lined up, other than work related to his board appointment in the near term. “I don’t have a specific opportunity that I’m going to next. But I have a lot to do over the next couple months to finish out my time at IDG. I’m not ready to talk about what’s next, but there’s nothing specific yet.” Carrigan was promoted to the global CEO position in 2008 after having been IDG Communication’s U.S. CEO since 2005. Carrigan joined IDG in 1987.He is considered one of the pioneers of the print-to-digital migration—aggressively transitioning IDG media brands away from print as necessary and greatly expanding the company’s digital and event business. According to IDG, more than half of its revenue now comes from digital.IDG Enterprise CEO Michael Friedenberg has been named CEO of IDG Communications U.S. Now in addition to leading the b-to-b media brands, Friedenberg will also oversee the consumer, SMB and TechNetwork groups.Rounding out the leadership team is the appointment of David Hill to president of IDG Communications, overseeing corporate services, global sales and international media operations. Hill was previously president and CEO of IDG International Publishing Services.last_img read more

Corridors Past and Future

first_imgHistoric Iditarod trail map. (Map via BLM)The Iditarod Trail began as a mail route and became a protected corridor and recreational resource. Even if climate change puts an end to its use by dog mushers, the evolution of the Iditarod Trail will continue. In their own way, our corridors tell the story of Alaska, and we’ll be exploring a few of those pathways on the next Talk of Alaska.Download AudioHOST: Steve Heimel, Alaska Public Radio NetworkGUESTS:Walter Borneman, author, Alaska: Saga of a Bold LandPhil Shephard, Executive Director, Greatland TrustMorgan Blanchard, senior project archaeologist, Northern Land Use Research AlaskaCallers statewidePARTICIPATE:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send e-mail to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by e-mail, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVElast_img read more

25 to 30 percent rate increase in store for MLP customers in

first_imgAssembly members listen to news about utility rate changes during a meeting of the rules committee. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)In the next few months, customers of the city-owned power utility in Anchorage could see a jump on their electric bills.During a meeting Tuesday, City Manager Mike Abbott informed members of the Assembly’s Rules Committee that the administration will introduce a measure in early December that could ultimately lead to a rate increase of 25 to 30 percent for Municipal Light and Power customers.The increases are connected with capital costs for a new generating plant, according to administration officials. When the plant comes online it will replace old power producing units for the utility.At the same meeting, Assembly members were told of a plan to slightly raise rates for the water utility in order to pay for capital improvements to the city’s sewer system. According to members of the administration, the change will mean about $3 more on an average water bill.last_img read more

2018 Alaska Teacher of the Year nominee Ben Walker

first_imgBen Walker is a 7th grade science teacher at Romig Middle School in Anchorage. He’s one of the finalists for the 2018 Alaska Teacher of the Year Award. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Being a teacher can be a tough job and often thankless job. But the state education department celebrates the profession each year by naming a Teacher of the Year. The winner will be selected in October from a group of four finalists. This week we’re bringing their voices to the air. Today, it’s Anchorage teacher Ben Walker who teaches 7th grade science at Romig Middle School. Walker said teachers have very different challenges today then in past decades.Listen nowWALKER: We have a number of students who are speaking English as a second language. We have a number of students who have some struggles that maybe didn’t necessarily exist or weren’t identified 20 to 30 years ago, so that’s a really big challenge to kind of address those.The main thing, though is to — you know — when you focus on the student instead of the teaching, then you can really start to address those rather than worrying about yourself. And, “Well, I learned it this way. So everybody should be able to learn it this way,” and a lot of that takes giving up control and allowing your students to kind of teach you how they learn best. And then, using your expertise to further that.TOWNSEND: It seems like it would inspire a lot more creativity.WALKER: It inspires creativity on both ends when you give students the ability to kind of, you know, help shape their own learning. It’s not like in the 70s, there’s these free school ideas where kids just kind of came and could do whatever they want. That’s not really what it is, you know? It’s more of a, “Here’s kind of our goal, whether it’s content or skills. What are some ways we can get there that work for you?” So you’re still ending up in the same place.TOWNSEND: Technology has transformed education. It’s transformed everything, but it can also be an enormous distraction. How much of a challenge is the distraction of online media versus the benefit of it for you in the classroom?WALKER: You know, it really depends. I think there’s certainly a portion of our students who are overdoing that. But, at the same time, if a student or anybody is really interested in what they’re doing, they have the — they will not keep going to that as a distraction. I teach science, so coming from a scientific perspective, technology is awesome because, you know, if we were just going to rely on textbooks, we’d be so far behind with what science is actually doing. So we really try to embrace that.TOWNSEND: One of the things that you said was students today must be able to learn, unlearn and relearn to remain competitive in the workplace. What do you mean by that?WALKER: You know, it’s no longer that students are going to have one or two careers in their life, you know? I mean, when we talk about the shift to kind of the gig economy it’s called, where people are doing more shorter terms at different places. You need to be able to undo what you did, you know, keep what’s good about it and relearn something entirely different outside of your wheelhouse. And I think part of that is giving the students the ability to, you know, be in charge of their own learning.TOWNSEND: How do you go about helping your students understand the relevance of what they’re looking at that maybe they can’t immediately connect to, but is crucial for them to move forward and really have that full picture?WALKER: I spend a lot of time tying careers into what we do. So, just showing them that what you do here in seventh grade, when you start on this path, you’re picking up these skills, these ways of thinking. And, the other thing is that, you know, if we want a community that’s actually going to be a real, viable community, it needs to be STEM literate. It needs to understand science technology and engineering, especially in Alaska. You know, when you pick up the paper or go to the grocery store, or, you know, you go to vote, it’s nice to have a baseline of STEM literacy. So, you know, you look at some of the things that come up in our state, with our resources or our fisheries. If people want to have a valid input in that conversation, it helps if they at least have a basic understanding of what kind of things people are talking about. Otherwise, it’s going to be only people that have those understandings that are going to make these decisions.TOWNSEND: What do you think in the future decades education will be, and what do you think it should be? Do you think it’ll be automated? Will we still have teachers in classrooms?WALKER: You know, I don’t know to be honest, because there’s a lot of different things in play. You know, the fiscal reality of Alaska especially and just our world in general will probably lead to more personalized, digital type learning. However, education has always been like a social kind of learning context. But, I still think there’s a huge, huge part that needs to be personal relationships between either teacher and student or students and other students. So, I would be very sad if that completely went away and we were all just looking at a screen.(From left to right) Kent Fielding, Eric Rush, Ben Walker and Karen Martin are the finalists for the 2018 Alaska Teacher of the Year award. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)last_img read more