U.N. Climate Change Chief Takes IPCC to Task

first_imgNEW DELHI–Yesterday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) expressed “regret” for having erred when it stated in a 2007 global review that Himalayan glaciers were “very likely” to melt by 2035. Now the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, the policymaking body that relies on IPCC’s findings, is weighing in on the growing controversy. UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer had this to say in an e-mail to Science:”The credibility of the IPCC depends on the thoroughness with which its procedures are adhered to. The procedures have been violated in this case. That must not be allowed to happen again because the credibility of climate change policy can only be based on credible science. Nobody is denying that the Himalayan glaciers are disappearing fast as a result of climate change. What is happening now is comparable with the Titanic sinking more slowly than expected. But that does not alter the inevitable consequences, unless rigorous action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is taken.”last_img read more

Divorce rates double when people start watching porn

first_imgBut is pornography use actually causing the problems, or is it merely a symptom of an already unhappy marriage? Perry believes the data show causation. “We’re pretty confident, based on the statistical analysis that we did,” Perry says. “We are nearing where we can say there’s a directional effect.”They note that when women stop watching porn, their divorce rates drop from 18% back down to 6%. The effect was less apparent in men, however. Most of the men surveyed—between 55% and 70%—watched porn to begin with, and very few stopped once they started. Despite these weaknesses, Bridges says that Perry’s explanation is still the most likely.In addition to gender differences, the study revealed differences in porn use and divorce in different demographic groups. The younger the respondent, the more likely they were to get a divorce after starting to view porn. In contrast, porn and divorce showed a weaker link in people who attended an organized worship service at least once a week and said they were religious. The latter finding surprised the researchers, who initially thought that that adding pornography into more religious marriages would lead to higher rates of divorce.Despite the new findings, Perry says he’s not advocating a ban on pornography. “My colleague and I are trying to report what we think are interesting and relevant results, and [we] are not trying to … contribute to a moral crusade against porn use,” he says. “Information is a positive thing, and [we] hope we can contribute in that way.” There’s an oft-quoted rule on the internet: “If it exists, there is porn of it.” Even if that’s an exaggeration, there’s no question that men and women have been consuming more sexually explicit content since the world went online. Now, a new study looks at how this consumption might affect marriage in the United States. The study, a working paper presented this week at the 2016 American Sociological Association’s annual meeting, suggests that men and women who begin to consume pornography partway through their marriages are more likely to get a divorce than their non–porn-consuming peers.The study has not been peer reviewed, but it raises “no major methodological flags” and does a good job of considering alternative explanations for the findings, says pornography expert Ana Bridges, a psychologist at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, who was not involved in the work.Previous studies on porn and marriage have suggested that consuming sexually explicit material isn’t good for marital health. But many of these studies have been based on cross-sectional data that give only a snapshot of porn use and marital happiness. 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Because the same people are polled several years in a row, researchers can track how attitudes, behaviors, and lifestyles change over time. To measure pornography use, the survey asked respondents—who also reported their relationship status—whether they had watched an X-rated movie in the past year. “There’s no perfect pornography question, but this one comes closest to the kind of question you ask that carries over time,” says study author and sociologist Samuel Perry of the University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman. Out of 5698 respondents, 1681 said they had watched an X-rated movie and 373 reported viewing one for the first time during the survey period.Analyzing the data, Perry and his OU colleague Cyrus Schleifer found that people who started watching porn were more likely to split with their partners during the course of the survey. For men, the chance of divorce went from 5% to 10%. For women, that number jumped from 6% to 18%.last_img read more

Inter & Milan in for Strootman?

first_imgInter and Milan are both interested in signing Olympique Marseille midfielder Kevin Strootman, according to French newspaper L’Equipe. Strootman left Roma in the summer of 2018 to join Marseille for a reported €25m after helping the Giallorossi reach the semi-finals of the Champions League. However, L’Equipe claims the Dutchman is now free to leave the Ligue 1 side for the right price, and this has alerted both Milan clubs. The Rossoneri will try to add more experience to their squad in January, while at 29 he is younger than Antonio Conte’s preferred target Arturo Vidal. Strootman made 131 appearances for Roma in all competitions, scoring 13 goals. 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: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Opinion: Tackle fixing menace first in domestic circuit

first_imgBaron Paul Condon, former head of the ICC’s Anti Corruption Unit (ACU), has set the cat among the pigeons with his disclosure that match-fixing and spotfixing in cricket was not only rampant in the 1990s and the first decade of this millennium, but also that most international teams were involved in this.He has also been emphatic that spot-fixing has its roots in county cricket, and was further fuelled by the growth of T20 cricket.It would not be impertinent to ask what Condon did to arrest this problem in his near-decade long stint as chief of the ACU. Indeed, why did it take him so long to make these observations public even as the game was being torn asunder by corruption? It would be a disservice to the sport if his research findings and assessments had been stored away as memorabilia for posterity, not affirmative action when he was heading the ACU.Nevertheless, Condon’s revelations have busted the myths that match/spot fixing is essentially a sub-continental phenomenon to which players from other countries are only innocent (or silent) bystanders.Ever since late Hansie Cronje’s nefarious activities were accidentally exposed by the Delhi police in 2000 (Condon’s appointment as ACU chief was a consequence of this), there has been sustained typecasting that the sub-continent is the hub of match-fixing.While the rise of the Asian illegal betting mafia has been well documented and is a fact, the assumption that only players from this region would be largely corrupt is ill-founded: it doesn’t take a degree to understand that greed is independent of race, colour or nationality.advertisementWith cricket boards ranged against each other in a power struggle, or for reasons of dubious national interest, the collective will to fight the menace was lacking and many offenders went scotfree. While a relook at some old cases (as the Delhi police has claimed it will in the Cronje matter) would still be worthwhile, in a broader sense, I think the second aspect of Condon’s revelation – where he mentions domestic cricket as the springboard for corruption – may be more significant in salvaging the future.Condon talks of how corruption is perhaps commonplace in English county cricket. Sharp practices on the county circuit (Imran Khan using a bottle cap to scuff the ball, others like John Lever using vaseline to get extra shine from Essex to Test matches in India) are well known, but Condon says that cheating for money too had crept in via spot-fixing.Domestic cricket in other countries too has not been above suspicions. The early part of this season has been engaged in unraveling the mystery behind Goa captain Swapnil Asnodkar inexplicably declaring his team’s innings in the sixth over when the victory target was 130 from 19. Corruption, it is widely believed, is institutionalised in Pakistan’s domestic cricket. Unsavoury reports have also emerged about problems in Australian cricket.Players who get away by cheating at the domestic level are more likely to be emboldened to do it at the global level too. The flip side is that players who don’t make it to the highest level and miss out on the massive financial rewards, could be tempted into hanky-panky because nobody is watching. The decision by the Australian and Pakistan boards to have an anti-corruption unit monitoring domestic cricket has not come a day too soon. It might not help in eradicating corruption completely. But every little bit helps.last_img read more

Second flash sale of Huawei Honor 4X today

first_imgHuawei’s latest smartphone, the Honor 4X is going to be up for grabs in a flash sale today. This will be the second such flash sale of the device. The sale commences at 2pm IST and will take place on Flipkart. The number of devices that will be up for sale is not known yet. Like other sales of smartphones these days, the Honor 4x too will be available only to registered users. Priced at Rs 10,499, the smartphone was launched in India in March along with the Honor 6 Plus, which was priced at Rs 26,499. Huawei had claimed that it had received 100,000 registrations for the first sale of the Honor 4X.The Honor 4X sports a 5.5-inch IPS HD display, and runs on Android KitKat based Emotion UI 3.0. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and also come with 2GB RAM and Adreno 306 GPU.Other features include 8GB inbuilt storage, expandable upto 32GB via microSD card. It also sports a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera, as well as a 3000mAh battery. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/ A-GPS, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0. Also read: Our full review of the Huawei Honor 4Xlast_img read more

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Harbhajan Singh bowls Punjab to win

first_imgParthiv Patel and Harbhajan Singh returned with impressive performances and helped their respective teams to wins on the second day of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on Sunday. Gujarat, carried on their brilliant run of limited-overs form with their skipper again leading from the front.Apart from Punjab and Gujarat, Let’s have a look at how other teams also fared on day two of the T20 tournament.Harbhajan stars in Punjab’s winSkipper Harbhajan Singh bowled a deadly spell to record figures of 3 for 8 in 4 overs as Punjab thrashed Jammu and Kashmir by eight wickets in a one-sided group B match.Batting first, Jammu and Kashmir were all out for a paltry 105 in 19.3 overs with Bandeep Singh being the top-scorer with contribution of 40. In reply, Punjab scored the runs in 14.3 overs with Mandeep Singh scoring unbeaten 58 off 45 balls. Opener Pargat Singh scored 44 and added 97 for second wicket with Mandeep.Uttar Pradesh beat OdishaOpener Prashant Gupta hit a quickfire fifty before spinners turned on the heat to help Uttar Pradesh outplay Odisha by 32 runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.Put into bat at the Barabati Stadium, UP rode on a 84-run second wicket partnership between Gupta (53) and captain Eklavya Dwivedi (47) to post a challenging 150 for five in 20 overs.UP spinners, Amit Mishra, Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla, then shared two wickets apiece to help UP restrict Odisha to 118 for eight.Gujarat down VidarbhaGujarat registered a crushing 60-run victory over Vidarbha. Sent in to bat in the Group A match, skipper Parthiv Patel led the way for Gujarat with a 38 ball 59 and put on 91 runs for the second wicket with Manpreet Juneja (37) at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Jamtha.advertisementTamil Nadu thrash BengalLeft-arm spinner Rahil Shah polished off lower half of the Bengal batting with a five-wicket haul as the formidable Tamil Nadu demolished them by 69 runs in a group A encounter.Batting first, Tamil Nadu scored 151 for 8 with Abhinav Mukund top-scoring with 41.Karnakata pip Mumbai in a thrillerKarnataka bowlers held their nerves to eke out a hard-fought one-run victory against a formidable Mumbai side in a Group D match. Chasing 163 for a win, Mumbai looked oncourse at 111 for five in 14.2 overs before Karnataka bowlers stopped them short at 161 all out.Abhishek Nayar top-scored with 49 runs, while opener Shreyas Iyer (32) and skipper Aditya Tare (28) contributed with good starts only to let it slip against a disciplined Karnataka attack.Madhya Pradesh thrash GoaMadhya Pradesh easily defeated Goa by seven wickets. Madhya Pradesh, who chose to bowl after winning the toss, restricted Goa to 104 for 6 in the stipulated 20 overs, and then comfortably chased down the target of 105 with as many as 25 balls to spare at the at Moti Bagh Stadium.Jharkhand post easy winVirat Singh and Ishant Jaggi struck scintillating half-centuries as Jharkhand scored a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Tripura. Chasing 147 for a win, Jharkhand easily overhauled the target with nine balls to spare thanks to brilliant knocks by Virat (65) and Jaggi (75 not out)Maharashtra outplay ServicesNikhil Naik’s 46-ball 69 helped Maharashtra outplay Services by 31 runs in the Group D match. Electing to bat at the Barabati Stadium, Maharashtra rode on a third-wicket 59-run partnership between Naik and captain Kedar Jadhav (36) to post a challenging 159 for eight in 20 overs.Medium-pacer Nitin Yadav bagged three wickets, while Raushan Raj and Sumit Singh picked up two scalps apiece.Delhi Wallop Andhra PradeshYoungster Nitish Rana played a brillant counter-attacking innings of 97 from 40 balls as Delhi cantered home by 111 runs against Andhra in a group C match.Left-hander Rana, known to be one of the hardest hitters in the Delhi circuit, certainly would have attracted attention of a few franchises after smashing 34 off 15 balls against Railways yesterday.Hyderabad beat Himachal PradeshHyderabad put up an impressive bowling effort to beat by Himachal Pradesh by 14 runs. Hyderabad managed to restrict Himachal to 126 for 9 in 20 overs after making 140/9 with Ashish Reddy being the top scorer at 37.Mohammed Siraj (2 for 22), Chama Milind (3 for 34) and Akash Bhandari (2 for 18) stood out with the ball for Hyderabad.Hardik Pandya, Yusuf Pathan shine for BarodaBaroda eked out a hard-fought nine-runs win over Railways to register their second win. Opting to bat, Baroda rode on Hardik Pandya’s 44-ball 54 and Yusuf Pathan’s run-a-ball 41 to score 142 for the loss of five wickets.Chasing the target, Birendra Vivek Singh struck a 43-ball 46 but that was not enough to take Railways over the line as they finished on 133 for the loss os six wickets.last_img read more

International Premier Tennis League in Hyderabad, Roger Federer to play

first_imgAs the announcement for the third season of the International Premier Tennis League is made in Hyderabad this afternoon, it is interesting to note that the organisers, Mahesh Bhupathi and the Indian Franchise, the Indian Aces, have decided to do away with a second city in India in Bangalore as a result of demonetisation. Unlike the first two years, the plan was to hold two legs in India and details were being chalked out accordingly. Mahesh even visited Bangalore twice in October to finalise things including the venue and other logistics.However, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement on November 8, it has impacted normal life in the country and there are apprehensions if the public will buy tickets and support the tournament that they would have done in normal circumstances. (Also read: Exclusive: Virender Sehwag lauds Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation move)With cash spends at an all time low, the organisers can hardly be faulted. As a result it turned into a toss up between Hyderabad and Bangalore with Hyderabad eventually being picked as the Indian venue for season three. “It was always a plan to take the league to other Indian cities so that the tennis fan can enjoy watching the best stars in action. The first two years we went with Delhi. This year the plan was to stage it in Hyderabad and Bangalore. However, we aren’t sure if in the current climate doing two cities was pragmatic. Hence we have decided to stick to Hyderabad”, says Bhupathi.advertisementPhilippines, which is in the throes of serious political turmoil this year, will also not be staging the IPTL. “We will host it in three nations this year- Singapore, Japan and India All going well we will go back to the five city format in 2017”, he says. (Also read: Demonetisation is the greatest move in Indian political history: Virat Kohli)For fans in Hyderabad, however, it will be a bonanza between December 9-11, when the best tennis stars from across the world descend on the city. Roger Federer, arguably the greatest tennis player of all time, will be back to playing for the Aces, perhaps the last time in his career. Chances are Serena Williams will also play in India giving the fans much to cheer about. Others who are likely to play in India include Eugene Bouchard, Agnie Radwanska besides our very own Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna.It will be interesting to see if the public, in the coming weeks, does take to spending on IPTL at these times of uncertainty. What will also be of interest to see is what the organizers do regarding ticket prices? Will they lower the prices and make tickets more accessible for that seems to be the only solution under the circumstances.last_img read more

Five killed, seven hurt as car rams into SUV in Solapur

first_imgMumbai, Feb 27 (PTI) At least five people were killed and seven others injured when a speeding car rammed into a parked SUV in Solapur district of western Maharashtra early today, police said.The car hit the sport utility vehicle (SUV), which was parked after a tyre burst, on Tuljapur-Pandharpur road at Haglur village, around 4.30 am, an official in-charge of the Solapur rural police station said.The passengers of both the vehicles were heading towards Solapur, located over 400 kms from here, after attending a religious event in Aurangabad, he said.Following the mishap, the 12 victims from both the vehicles were rushed to a state-run hospital in Tuljapur where five of them were declared dead, the official said.The deceased included three passengers of the parked SUV and two from the other car, he said.The seven injured people were undergoing treatment in the hospital, he added.The Solapur rural police has registered a case in connection with the accident. PTI DC GK SNKlast_img read more

16-year-old Manu Bhaker wins maiden CWG Gold in shooting, Heena Sidhu bags Silver

first_imgIndia claimed its 6th Gold medal on Sunday as Manu Bhaker won the Women’s 10m Air Pistol event with compatriot Heena Sidhu finishing in second place.16-year-old Bhaker became the youngest Indian athlete to win a gold medal at the Games as she registered a whopping 240.9 points while Sidhu managed 234 points.Bhaker created a new Commonwealth Games record after she scored 101.5 points in the first stage and then scored another 139.4 points in the elimination stage.Sidhu meanwhile, was lagging behind in 6th position after the first stage but she clawed her way back into the competition in the elimination stage with scores of 10.4, 10.3 and 10.4 with her first three shots in stage 2.Bhaker on the other hand remained in the lead throughout the event with 14 shots of 10 and above. Her best shot came in the second stage when she scored 10.8.Elena Galiabovitch from Australia bagged the bronze medal with 214.9 points.This is the first shooting medal that India has won at the Gold Coast Games. India is now placed third in the medals tally with 6 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze. Australia (22 gold, 17 silver, 21 bronze) and England (14 gold, 14 silver, 6 bronze) occupy the top two spots.Bhaker and Sidhu’s medals came right after weightlifter Punam Yadav’s Gold in the Women’s 69kg Final. Up until the shooters success, India had won all its 7 medals in weightlifting including 5 gold medals.Punam missed just one lift out of six throughout the whole even and finished on top with 222kg which included her two best lifts of 100kg and 122 kg in snatch and clean & jerk respectively.advertisementSarah Davies from England took home the silver medal with 217kg while Apolonia Vaivai from Fiji clinched the bronze medal with 216kg.The yellow metal count is already one more than the previous 2014 edition with 7 more days of competition left.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo scoring for Juventus is just a goal, nothing else

first_img Cristiano Ronaldo scores at Udinese to help keep Juventus at 100% Independent of this, he is facing a rape allegation which he strongly denies. Police in Las Vegas confirmed last week that they have reopened their investigation into a complaint made by Kathryn Mayorga in 2009. The German magazine Der Spiegel reports that an out-of-court settlement was reached at the time, but that Mayorga’s lawyer believes a key term was never fulfilled.The two stories ought to stand apart from one another. Ronaldo is entitled to the presumption of innocence, and as such to carry on doing his job – which he happens to be very good at. The Serie A season continues and he remains one of its foremost protagonists: a key component in a Juventus team that have won their opening 10 games across all competitions for the first time in club history.At the same time, we can acknowledge that the allegations against him are very serious. The legal process must be respected.What becomes problematic is when the lines between sporting achievement and a criminal charge are blurred. It was understandable, for instance, that Juventus should speak publicly about their player. Yet a clumsy pair of tweets from the club’s official account, highlighting Ronaldo’s professionalism while simultaneously reminding their audience of how long had passed since the alleged incident, gave the false idea that one thing might have a bearing on the other.There was a similar tone to some of the media coverage this weekend. On both Saturday and Sunday, the front page of Tuttosport described Ronaldo as “più forte del fango” – stronger than the mud being slung at him. The former edition also carried a comment piece by a former magistrate, Piero Calabrò, questioning Mayorga’s motives in going public. “Does the alleged victim want justice,” he wrote, “or is she looking for other unspeakable but obvious objectives?”Such direct remarks on the case itself were mercifully the exception, not the norm. More common were the casual suggestions that Ronaldo’s had delivered “the best possible response to his critics” – as though the accusation against him was simply of going through a rough spell on the pitch.From Juventus’s perspective, it is no doubt reassuring to know that the forward can still perform to the best of his abilities even as this story unfolds. Still, the fact remains: a goal in a game of football has no bearing whatsoever on the legal process that has been initiated in Las Vegas.This is not the space for a detailed discussion of Mayorga’s claims, nor the defence that Ronaldo and his lawyers are expected to offer. What is regrettably apparent already is how a case like this is likely to bring out the worst aspects of football’s tribalism, with reactions driven by club loyalties over any consideration of the human beings involved.Nobody should be picking sides in an ongoing criminal investigation. The best we can do is keep ourselves to the facts. Ronaldo has been accused of rape, a charge he denies. In the meantime, he is playing very well for Juventus. The uncertainty about what happens next is uncomfortable for all concerned. But that will not be dispelled by a goal.Talking points• The league table is starting to take on a more familiar feel, with Inter moving up to third, Lazio rounding out the top four and Roma only one point behind. But hovering just behind that group, in joint-seventh, are Parma: a team who many people expected to struggle after reaching the top-flight via a record three consecutive promotions. Warm nostalgia is not enough to keep a team afloat, and while the Ducali might initially have been able to outspend the competition back when they were re-founded in Serie D, they certainly cannot do so in the top-flight. Only four teams in the division have a smaller wage bill, and, with the exception of Empoli, there really isn’t an awful lot in it. Sporting director Daniele Faggiano has had to rebuild his squad year after year (only one player, Yves Baraye, remains from the team that competed in the fourth tier) and he could take satisfaction this weekend as two of last summer’s signings – Fabio Ceravolo and Luca Siligardi – got on the scoresheet together with one of this year’s additions, Luca Rigoni, in a 3-1 win at Genoa. The result was even more remarkable when you consider that Parma were missing two other recent arrivals – Gervinho and Roberto Inglese, who had previously combined for five of the team’s seven goals. Those two also happen to be the highest-paid members of the squad. Even in defeat, Krzysztof Piatek still got his name on the scoresheet. He is the first player since Gabriel Batistuta in 1994-95 to hit the net in seven consecutive games to begin a Serie A season – though he will need to keep his streak up for another five yet if he wants to surpass the start the Argentinian made that year. 7Fiorentina8813 Share on Pinterest Facebook 6Roma8614 Pinterest 1Juventus81324 Cristiano Ronaldo Eleven Sports (@ElevenSports_UK)ICYMI: Insigne’s gorgeous curler into the top corner 👏 pic.twitter.com/k58tdi0ev2October 8, 2018 Hide Quick guide Serie A results 4Lazio8215 Read more Serie A 12Genoa7-212 Juventus European club football 18Empoli8-55 2Napoli8518 Share via Email Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal on Saturday. Not one that is likely to be remembered, among the almost 700 he has scored in his career, though the technique was exemplary. Running on to a Mario Mandzukic pass that was moving across his body 12 yards from goal, the Portuguese took the shot on first-time – drilling it into the bottom corner with his notionally weaker left foot.That strike sealed a 2-0 win over Udinese, and marked another dominant performance from a player who looks ever more comfortable in a Juventus shirt. Ronaldo dovetailed superbly with Mandzukic, clung to the touchline when his manager asked him to and tormented defenders with his stepovers.He also put himself at the service of his team and celebrated enthusiastically when Rodrigo Bentancur beat him to a close-range finish for the opener. Before kick-off, he made a young fan cry with happiness with a hug and an autograph after the latter had invaded the pitch to meet him. features Sportblog 20Chievo8-13-1 Krzysztof Piatek scored for the seventh consecutive league match but it proved only a consolation for Genoa against Parma. Photograph: Simone Arveda/EPA 9Parma8113 11Torino8012 10AC Milan7512 19Frosinone8-181 Twitter 14SPAL8-49 Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook 17Atalanta8-26 8Sassuolo8113 Torino 3-2 Frosinone, Empoli 0-2 Roma, Udinese 0-2 Juventus, Cagliari 2-0 Bologna, Spal 1-2 Internazionale, Napoli 2-0 Sassuolo, Lazio 1-0 Fiorentina, Atalanta 0-1 Sampdoria, Milan 3-1 Chievo, Genoa 1-3 Parma Share on LinkedIn Topics 15Udinese8-28 Thank you for your feedback. 3Inter Milan8616 • Does it mean anything, or are they just on a lucky run? If nothing else, there is certainly a temptation to draw a contrast with Fiorentina, who continue to play some lovely football but were unable to convert that into goals away to Lazio and wound up losing – just as they had after a similarly compelling performance away to Inter earlier this month. PosTeamPGDPts 5Sampdoria8814 16Bologna8-67 Share on Twitter • Inter were not great against Spal. The Nerazzurri blew an early lead, with Borja Valero and Matias Vecino never really getting a grip of the game in midfield, and had Mirco Antenucci for an especially dismal penalty miss. Yet the took all three points courtesy of a Mauro Icardi winner and have now won six in a row across all competitions.• Lorenzo Insigne’s 70th goal in a Napoli shirt. Not a bad way to get it. Show Was this helpful? 13Cagliari8-39 Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

10 months agoSarri plays down Chelsea move for ‘wonderful player’ Higuain

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Sarri plays down Chelsea move for ‘wonderful player’ Higuainby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri would not be drawn on a possible move for Gonzalo Higuain.The Blues have been linked with a striker all season, with the Higuain rumors coming from the Italian press.But Sarri denied to speak about such a possibility during his latest press conference.When asked about Higuain, Sarri said: “I like him very much, he is a wonderful player and man. “But I don’t want to talk about Higuain. “I have two and a half strikers at the moment, Higuain plays for Milan.” last_img

a month agoChelsea youngster Gilmour full of pride for Cup win

first_imgChelsea youngster Gilmour full of pride for Cup winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea youngster Billy Gilmour was full of pride after his contribution for their 7-1 Carabao Cup win over Grimsby Town.Deployed in a deep-lying central midfield role, Gilmour grew into the game, and in the second half was arguably the standout performer. “It was a really good feeling to make my full debut, and it was really good to get the win,” said Gilmour to chelseafc.com.”It was breathtaking. It was a great night to walk out in front of all the Chelsea fans. And the boys performed really well. You could see the attacking threat we had with the goals.”The gaffer has come in and wants to play the youth. It’s been really good experience for us and the we’re gaining confidence from it. I have worked hard for this so it wasn’t a shock, but I had to step up and show what I’m capable of. I think I played well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Sun’s Out, Grab Some New Boardshorts and Go!

first_img The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and More The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa Editors’ Recommendations If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? As we get ready to head into Memorial Day weekend, time to upgrade your beach wear with some fun new boardshorts by Volcom. The 2016 Collection includes a variety of different lengths, styles and colors all designed to gain you some positive attention at the pool or beach.The company recommends its 22-inch boardshorts for when you want to cover your thighs, but if you’re wanting to show a little more leg, then the 18-inch boardshorts may be the ticket. They also have shortie 16 to 17-inch boardshorts that really show off your toned legs—a reward for all those hours spent at the gym.The new Mod-Tech collection features 20 to 21-inch boardshorts crafted out of Repreve® recycled fibers. Retail: $36.85 to $90.We especially love the Slingers boardshorts that have 4-way stretch and offer great flexibility for surfing and other outdoor activities. They are available with 18 to 19-inch outseams. Retail: $36.85 to $60.They also have new Jammers boardshorts in the 17 to 18-inch range with a flat front waistband and half elastic back for a comfortable fit. Retail: $36.85 to $55. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep last_img read more

Gov’t Implementing Measures to Increase Number of Nurses

first_img The Ministry of Health and Wellness is putting measures in place to increase the number of nurses serving the public health sector. Mrs. Ingram Martin, who was speaking at the launch of four new programmes by the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ) at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston recently, noted that the public sector lost 537 nurses in 2018, 526 of them due to resignations. Chief Nursing Officer, Patricia Ingram Martin, said the Cuban Nursing Programme is to be expanded in the short-term, and the Ministry is looking to forge bilateral arrangements with other countries in order to build local capacity. Story Highlights The Ministry of Health and Wellness is putting measures in place to increase the number of nurses serving the public health sector.Chief Nursing Officer, Patricia Ingram Martin, said the Cuban Nursing Programme is to be expanded in the short-term, and the Ministry is looking to forge bilateral arrangements with other countries in order to build local capacity.Mrs. Ingram Martin, who was speaking at the launch of four new programmes by the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ) at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston recently, noted that the public sector lost 537 nurses in 2018, 526 of them due to resignations.“We continue to have challenges with the migration of our health workers, particularly our nurses. This has affected our ability to adequately serve key areas of need, including the provision of human resources for health in remote areas of the country,” she pointed out.“The fact is, we can’t prevent our health professionals from seeking employment elsewhere. However, we can discourage it by offering better working conditions, training and, where necessary, recruiting to supplement our local staff,” she noted.Mrs. Ingram Martin commended the CCCJ on the introduction of the new programmes, three of which are related to health.They are Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Social Work, Associate of Applied Science in Health and Wellness Tourism, and Associate of Applied Science in Agro- Processing and Business Management.The courses are being offered in collaboration with the Nursing Council of Jamaica (NCJ) and non-profit human development organisation, FHI 360.Mrs. Ingram Martin said the Bachelor of Science in Nursing will assist in strengthening the health workforce.“Nurses account for the majority of technical human resources in the public health sector. They are frontline healthcare providers with the requisite training skills to appropriately identify, treat and refer clients throughout the healthcare continuum,” she noted.She noted that the country’s nurses have contributed significantly to the achievement of the Ministry’s priority areas, including improved immunisation coverage, sustaining the fight against non-communicable and communicable diseases, decreasing infant, child and maternal mortality, among others.“The Ministry of Health and Wellness is depending on nurses and other healthcare professionals to meet its Vision 2030 target of access for all,” the Chief Nursing Officer said.last_img read more

Flood Plan Reduces Risk for Vulnerable Communities

first_imgThe province is addressing risks and helping to minimize damages for Nova Scotians living in communities vulnerable to flooding. Lenore Zann, ministerial assistant for Environment, Climate Change, and Flood Control, on behalf of Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau, announced a flood mitigation framework today, April 5, in Truro. “Flooding poses a risk to Nova Scotians’ health, environment and economy,” said Ms. Zann. “While we can’t eliminate floods completely, we can work together to lower the risk and prevent as much damage to homes and businesses as possible.” The framework will provide $3 million annually, over the next five years, to help communities address flooding and provide leadership across departments. Each year, $300,000 will be used for risk assessments to identify solutions, $700,000 will fund up to half the cost of community infrastructure investments to reduce floods, and $2 million will help improve existing safeguards such as dykes and berms. Colchester County communities will be the first to receive the funding, because it is particularly vulnerable to flooding. The province has spent more than $2.1 million to repair the North River berm and other infrastructure after the damaging floods in 2012. “I am very pleased the province has stepped up to the plate and did not just talk, but took action immediately at the time of our fall 2012 flooding,” said Truro Mayor Bill Mills. “Today, the province followed through with its commitment to assist our region in our pledge to mitigate our flooding issues together as a team. Well done!” Colchester County Mayor Bob Taylor said it is excellent news for the area. “This kind of co-operation and support is something that we have been working on for a number of years,” said Mayor Taylor. “Flood mitigation projects are important to our community as Truro and Colchester areas have been historically prone to severe flooding. I am sure this will prove to be a great partnership between Colchester County, Town of Truro and the province.” Details on funding criteria and application forms will soon be available at www.novascotia.ca.last_img read more

Plain Language Guide to a Sexual Assault Prosecution

first_img The new brochure is available in English, French and Arabic and can be found online at https://novascotia.ca/pps/Survivor-Guide.asp . A Survivor’s Guide to Sexual Assault Prosecution, newly published by the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service, provides sexual assault survivors with plain language information about sexual assault prosecution. “This booklet is a unique resource to guide survivors through the multiple steps of a sexual assault prosecution, which can be different from prosecutions of other offences,” says Denise Smith, deputy director of Public Prosecutions. “It explains each step of the prosecution, what the sexual assault survivor can expect to happen in court and it provides valuable information on survivor rights and available supports.” The prosecution process can be intimidating to a victim of any crime, but it can be especially so to a sexual assault survivor who has already endured a deeply personal trauma. If a survivor has not decided whether to report the sexual assault to police this information may help in the decision-making process. “We wanted the publication to be as effective as possible; to really reach its target audience, so, with the help of federal funding we engaged a research firm to conduct focus testing,” said Ms. Smith. “We listened very carefully to what was said and developed this final product. “We believe the guide is unique and leading edge in Canada because content was shaped by focus testing specific to sexual assault survivors.” A series of two-hour discussion groups were conducted in Halifax, Sydney and Wolfville with five groups held in-person and one held online. Four of the groups were recruited from the general public and included females ranging in age from 18 to more than 35 years old. One was a stakeholder group which consisted of those providing direct services to victims and one was a group of those who have experienced sexual violence. The groups were presented with a draft publication and provided insightful feedback on language, content and design. The Public Prosecution Service incorporated all the suggestions into a new product and came back to the stakeholder and survivors’ group to ensure the brochure hit the mark. Some of the survivors had these reactions to the guide: “It’s very clear, concise, straight to the point, which is what you need in those moments.” “It’s called a survivor’s guide and it’s very survivor focused.” “It definitely makes the whole process a lot less scary . . . it takes the unknown away, which is what we need.” “Visually friendly . . . easy to understand.” last_img read more

Zendaya Is Principal For A Day At Sacramento Charter High School

first_imgOn Monday, March 3 Get Schooled and the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) recognized the students and staff at Sacramento Charter High School for their proven commitment to college success with a star-studded celebratory event.Trevor Jackson and ZendayaAs part of a friendly competition sponsored by Get Schooled and CSAC, 96 percent of all Sacramento Charter High School seniors applied to three or more colleges and every student at Sacramento Charter High School participated, encouraging all students to start planning for the future.Held at Sacramento Charter High School, the day’s activities included a rally hosted by Zendaya, a dance clinic and community recognition of college acceptances. Zendaya is a quadruple threat: a top-selling recording artist, author, actress and dancer. Zendaya said, “I’m proud to have the chance to celebrate with the Sacramento Charter High School community and the investment they made in themselves and their futures.”This fall, Get Schooled, a national non-profit, and CSAC, the primary state agency administering state-authorized financial aid programs for students, sponsored the California College Campaign, a three-month competition involving 70 high schools across California aimed at improving college readiness and elevating awareness among all high school students about the importance of applying to multiple colleges. A study released by Harvard University in 2013 Small Differences that Matter: Mistakes in Applying to College, Amanda Pallais, 2013 suggests that students who apply to more than one college are more likely to attend a college that best matches their interests and academic strengths, thereby increasing the likelihood that they will ultimately earn a postsecondary degree or credential.Sacramento Charter High School’s student council spearheaded the effort by mobilizing their peers to participate in the competition and apply to college. As a result of their efforts, Sacramento Charter High School students seized the top prize, coming together to achieve a 100 percent participation rate in activities such as chats with college experts and college exploratory sessions. Most importantly, 96 percent of its graduating seniors applied to four-year colleges and universities. The friendly competition was supported by the California Endowment and USA Funds.“Sacramento Charter High School is an example of what can happen when an entire community comes together to support students in reaching their goals,” said Marie Groark, executive director of the Get Schooled Foundation. “Get Schooled and CSAC are excited to show the school community that their hard work and commitment to creating positive futures did not go unnoticed.”The school will use the $5,000 grant to provide college scholarships for their seniors and summer college enrichment program scholarships for their 9th – 11th graders.“Our goal is to have 100% of our graduates go on to a four-year college. So far this year, 92% of our seniors have been accepted to at least one four-year college, which is the highest rate of college acceptances in our school’s history,” said David Marks, College Counselor at Sacramento Charter High School. “We’re grateful for the momentum Get Schooled has given us to generate enthusiasm and excitement among our students to reach our college-going goals.”A second competition hosted this year by Get Schooled and CSAC wrapped up last week, with 45 California high schools competing to post the highest levels of student engagement around financial aid awareness and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act (CADA) completion. Get Schooled and CSAC will announce the winners of the Spring Campaign later in March and will host a similar star studded celebration later this Spring.last_img read more

Security Council focuses on efforts to spare civilians from effects of war

In a presidential statement adopted during its debate on the issue, the Security Council noted with concern the humanitarian impact of conflict, and called on parties to armed conflict “to give protection to the civilian population in accordance with applicable international humanitarian law.”The 15-member body also reaffirmed that parties to armed conflict bear the primary responsibility to take all feasible steps to ensure the protection of affected civilians. In his latest report to the Council on the issue, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the need to make a “tangible” difference in the lives of the hundreds of thousands of civilians – men, women and children – who confront the horrors of war on a daily basis. “The unstinting and rigorous attention of the Security Council to their situation remains vital and must be at the centre of its deliberations and actions. This is particularly the case in the many protracted violent crises and conflicts that persistently pose unacceptable levels of risk to civilians, with little prospect of peaceful resolution in the near future,” he wrote.Mr. Ban noted that armed groups often employ strategies that flagrantly violate international law, ranging from deliberate attacks against civilians, including sexual violence, to attacks on civilian objects such as schools, to abduction, forced recruitment and using civilians to shield military objectives.Fundamental to enhancing compliance, he stated, is the need to enhance accountability for violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, both for parties to conflict and individual perpetrators. “In many conflicts it is to a large degree the absence of accountability, and, worse still, the lack in many instances of any expectation thereof, that allow violations to thrive,” he wrote.The Secretary-General cited the need to do more to meet the five core challenges to ensuring more effective protection for civilians – enhancing compliance by parties to conflict with international law, enhancing compliance by non-State armed groups, enhancing protection by UN peacekeeping and other relevant missions, enhancing humanitarian access and enhancing accountability for violations of the law.Several senior UN officials echoed Mr. Ban’s call for boosting accountability and for strengthening monitoring of measures already employed by the Council and other bodies to safeguard those at risk. UN peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy said that peacekeeping missions must exert every effort to protect civilians, using all their available capacities. “Yet we must recognize and communicate that peacekeeping operations cannot protect all civilians at all times, especially when they are deployed in very vast areas, amidst ongoing conflict,” he told the Council.“Both the international community and those whom we endeavour to protect must understand that peacekeeping operations cannot be regarded as a substitute for state authority. “In the final analysis, the protection of civilians will depend on stable and legitimate state institutions. Peacekeeping operations can augment their capacities and help to build them, but cannot, and should not, replace them,” he stated.Valerie Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, stressed the need to ensure a comprehensive, consistent and accountable approach to ensure better protection for civilians. “Systematic monitoring and reporting on the impact of our efforts to improve the protection of civilians is essential. We need to assess and report on the extent to which our actions are making civilians safer,” she stated. UN human rights chief Navi Pillay noted that the primary task is to prevent the commission of violations. “Where prevention fails, we collectively bear the responsibility to ensure accountability,” she added. “Accountability is not only required to fulfil international legal obligations, it is also our best tool to prevent the recurrence of violations.” 22 November 2010The Security Council today once again called on parties to conflict to take steps to protect civilians affected by hostilities, demanding that they put an end to practices such as sexual violence, forced recruitment and other violations of international humanitarian law. read more

Christmas CD benefits seminary

Tara Lyn HartJuno nominee and Canadian Country Music Association award winner Tara Lyn Hart will release her first-ever Christmas CD this month as a fundraiser for Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary.The CD, scheduled for release on Nov. 30, will be her first commercial release since her debut album from Sony Music in 2001 and her newest material since releasing the radio single “Happiness” in 2004. The six-song compilation will include many original Christmas songs, plus some seasonal favorites.Hart currently serves as choir director at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary. Her husband, Perry Hart, is studying at the seminary to become a Lutheran pastor.Tara Lyn Hart became a Canadian country favorite after being nominated along with Shania Twain and Terri Clark for Best Country Female Artist at the 2000 Juno Awards. The nomination followed the success of her debut album and the hit single “Stuff That Matters”. The song climbed to #6 on the Canadian country singles charts while the video reached #1 at CMT. She also earned six nominations, the most for any artist, at the 2000 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards. In April 2000, she was invited to perform on the Grand Ole Opry.The Christmas CD sells for $12, and singles will be available via iTunes, CDBaby, and Amazon for $1.99 each. If you pre-order your CD before the release, the price is $10. Orders can be placed by phoning 905-688-2362 or emailing concordia@brocku.ca read more

Cineplex seeks to grow its digital signage business through EK3 acquisition

by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 17, 2013 12:43 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cineplex seeks to grow its digital signage business through EK3 acquisition TORONTO – Cineplex Inc. says its digital signage unit will get a good platform for growth in Canada and south of the border through the theatre company’s proposed friendly takeover of EK3 Technologies Inc., announced Wednesday.EK3 of London, Ont., has operations in 32 U.S. states, as well as Canada and other countries, that provides in-store digital advertising signs. Its clients include Tim Hortons, McDonalds, Walmart, Target, and the RBC and BMO financial groups.Cineplex has been gradually expanding its role in the media business by showing advertising to theatre-goers before movies begin as well as getting into digital signage, a relatively new and growing part of the industry.“The media business, or the straight advertising sales business, does not necessarily translate well across the border,” said Gord Nelson, Cineplex’s chief financial officer.“But our Cineplex Digital Solutions business and the EK3 business, which is more of a service-based business, translates very well across the border.”Toronto-based Cineplex (TSX:CGX) announced Wednesday that it has made a conditional offer to buy EK3 Technologies Inc., a private company based in London, Ont.Toronto-based Cineplex — best known as operator of Canada’s largest chain of movie theatres — says EK3 will complement its own digital signage business, which has Scotiabank, CIBC, Rogers and other companies among its client base.Cineplex says it will pay about $40 million up front plus the potential for performance-related payments that could push the total to $78 million.“This is a business that is really ramping up, and you know, both EK3 and CDS have been growing our own infrastructure in order to handle this growing market,” said Nelson.“I don’t think you should look at this from a cost synergies perspective. This is more about taking advantage of revenue opportunities.”The deal requires acceptance by holders of 97 per cent of EK3’s shares and other conditions but Cineplex says it expects the transaction to close within four weeks.Cineplex says the company will be renamed and operate as Cineplex Digital Networks, under the leadership of EK3 president and CEO, Nick Prigioniero.Last month, Cineplex said it will acquire 26 movie theatres from Empire Company Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A) for $200 million in cash — 24 in Atlantic Canada and two in Ontario — giving it true national coverage.The Empire deal will give Cineplex 78 per cent of the Canadian movie theatre business, as well as a presence in Canada’s four most eastern provinces — one of the few areas of the country where it didn’t have a major presence..Shares of Cineplex were up 29 cents to $38 on the Toronto Stock Exchange at noon on Wednesday. read more