Alexandra Burke Shows Off Her XFactor in New PETA Ad

first_imgX-Factor series five winner Alexandra Burke is turning the other cheek in her sexy new PETA ad, the latest in the group’s celebrated “Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign.In the ad, which was shot by internationally award-winning photographer Kevin Davis, Burke bares all above the words “Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin, and Let Animals Keep Theirs”.“I was nervous about posing nude as I’ve never done it before” says Burke. “It was uncomfortable initially, but the photographer made me feel relaxed and at ease. Ultimately I love my body, so it was great to do something for such a worthwhile cause.”Animals on fur farms are confined to cramped, filthy cages before they are drowned, beaten, strangled, electrocuted and often even skinned alive in order to produce fur coats, collars and cuffs. Animals caught in the wild can languish for days in traps, and mothers will often chew through their own limbs in an attempt to return to their cubs. In China, the world’s largest fur exporter, fur from dogs and cats is often falsely labelled as fur from other animals before it’s exported.Burke is one of the most successful X Factor winners to date. Her debut single, “Hallelujah”, set the European record for single sales in a 24-hour period, and the songs from 2009’s Overcome and 2012’s Heartbreak on Hold have continued to top the charts. Her much-anticipated third studio album will be out later this year.Burke is part of a long list of celebrities – including X Factor creator Simon Cowell and fellow X Factor contestant Rylan Clark as well as Penélope Cruz, Pamela Anderson, Joss Stone, Natalie Imbruglia and Eva Mendes – who have teamed up with PETA to speak out against fur.For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.last_img read more

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Mikmaq report denounces Mother Canada statue

first_imgAPTN National NewsA report by a Mi’kmaq scholar denounces the controversial Mother Canada statue.The statue is part of a war memorial proposed for a National Park in Cape Breton, N.S.Critics say the statue will pave over a pristine part of the Cape Breton Highlands.The Mi’kmaq say it will also pave over Aboriginal rights and title.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.last_img

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Cost to twin Trans Mountain pipeline could be 19B higher Kinder Morgan

first_imgOTTAWA – Kinder Morgan Canada says expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline could cost the federal government as much as $1.9 billion beyond the company’s original construction estimate and take 12 months longer to finish.The figures are included in documents the company filed Tuesday with the United States Security and Exchange Commission related to its plan to sell the pipeline to the Canadian government for $4.5 billion.The sale price does not include how much more Canadians will pay to finish twinning the pipeline between Alberta and British Columbia. Finance Minister Bill Morneau won’t say how much Ottawa expects to spend on construction because he fears that would affect negotiations with construction contractors which are now underway.The $7.4 billion construction cost Kinder Morgan reported in February 2017 hasn’t been updated since the project hit political snags, construction delays and opposition in B.C.The first update of any kind came Tuesday when Kinder Morgan filed required documents as the company gears up for a shareholder vote on the sale in Calgary on August 30.In those pages, the company looks at a few different construction cost scenarios as part of a fairness evaluation of the sale offer to the Canadian government. The most expensive scenario pegs construction costs at $9.3 billion, taking until December 2021 to complete — a full year after the current timetable of December 2020.The government was quick to point out the figure is not an official cost forecast. An official in Morneau’s department, speaking on background because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said the numbers do not specifically reflect the government’s expectation of what the final project cost will be.However Robyn Allan, an independent economist and former CEO of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, said Kinder Morgan wouldn’t evaluate the fairness of the sale based on numbers that have no bearing on reality.Allan, who said she has expertise on a number of multibillion infrastructure projects, believes in the end $9.3 billion will seem like a steal compared to the final price tag.“This is the least it’s going to cost,” said Allan.She said the biggest frustration is the lack of information coming from the federal government about the planned sale.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has staked the legacy of his government in part on being able to protect the environment without impeding Canada’s resource-based economy, and building this particular pipeline has become the symbol of whether that’s possible. The government stepped in to buy the pipeline in May after the company’s investors grew jittery that political opposition in B.C. would mean it never gets built.Although Canada approved construction in 2016, B.C. Premier John Horgan is trying to get judicial authority to restrict what can flow in the pipeline, and that uncertainty led Kinder Morgan to want to bail on the whole thing.Allan said the only detailed information Canadians have about the particulars of the sale is due to investor laws in the United States and Canada that require Kinder Morgan to file documents outlining the specifics of the deal. Since taxpayers are the shareholders of the project now, she said Canadians deserve the same level of disclosure from Ottawa and they aren’t getting it.B.C. New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen is equally frustrated, going so far as to call the government dishonest about the deal.“It’s frustrating, it’s really, really frustrating that at their core has been a murky and dishonest transaction with so much money involved,” he said. “I worry about what we’re going to get stuck with.”Morneau’s official said as soon as construction contracts are in place the government will freely release an official cost update, which he said should happen no later than next winter.The initial goal to finalize the sale in August has been delayed until September or October pending the Aug. 30 shareholder vote results.last_img read more

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27620 Drug Addicts Receive Treatment in Moroccan Rehabilitation Centers

Rabat – During a meeting with the National Commission on Narcotic Drugs on Wednesday, Moroccan health minister Anas Doukkali said that addiction treatment units are operating in several rehabilitation centers in the nine cities of Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, Tetouan, Marrakech, Oujda, Agadir, Fez, and Meknes.The centers have treated 27,620 drug addicts and given methadone maintenance treatment to 1,629 others dependent on heroin. The health minister did not relate the period of time in which the centers treated the individuals, but the National Program to Fight Drug Addiction was launched in 2010.There are 15 outpatient clinics for addiction treatment across the nine cities, where people addicted to various drugs can receive care, according to Doukkali. Read Also: El Khalfi: Over 107,000 Prosecuted in Drug-Related Cases in 2017The centers also work to prevent injection drug users from transmitting diseases such as hepatitis and HIV.Doukkali emphasized that Morocco is committed, on an international level, to the fight against drug use, drug trafficking, money laundering, and terrorism. Morocco is running the risk of becoming a “transit country for hard drugs.” Doukkali said that the role of Moroccan customs is essential in the fight against drug trafficking.In terms of drug addiction, Morocco introduced the 2025 Action Plan to make treatment equally accessible for all citizens.According to a 2017 study conducted by the Biochemistry, Nutrition and Cellular Biology Group in partnership with Casablanca’s Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, approximately 600,000 Moroccans are addicted to drugs. As many as 16,000 are addicted to hard drugs like heroin and cocaine. Drug addiction is especially prevalent among 18 to 28-year-olds.The other most common addiction is alcoholism, according to a report by the National Observatory of Drugs and Addictions (ONDA). read more

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Deadly floods hit northwest Pakistan UN aid agencies say

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today that nine people are also missing in the wake of the rains originating from the Karamar Mountains in the Swabi and Mardi districts of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP). In Swabi, up to 80,000 people have been affected by the rains, with local officials declaring a state of emergency in some towns. The floods have submerged cultivated land, with maize, rice, sugarcane and tobacco crops having been destroyed. Further, livestock has also been washed away and drowned, OCHA said. Farmers in the region typically store six months of wheat in their homes, but those rations have been swept away by flooding. A UN team is currently on the ground to assess flood-assessed areas, warning of a potential food shortage. Medicine, drinking water and aqua tabs have been identified as priority needs. UN agencies, along with the Pakistani Government and aid organizations, have started providing relief items to affected areas. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) is sending 500 tents and other items, while the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has set up medical camps. For its part, the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) has plastic sheets and tents ready, should the bee needed in Mardan district. Out of the some 2 million people were uprooted by clashes between Government forces and militants in north-western Pakistan, nearly 800,000 of them have now returned to their homes, OCHA warned last week that continued fighting is causing a fresh round of displacement. 17 August 2009Flash foods, triggered by heavy rainfall last week, have resulted in over two dozen deaths and more than 400 houses reportedly destroyed in north-west Pakistan, United Nations humanitarian agencies said today. read more

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Voter registration extended in Sierra Leone UN mission says

The two-week registration period – originally scheduled to end today – will now continue until 10 February. The elections themselves, at which Sierra Leoneans will vote for a president and members of parliament, are slated for 14 May. The announcement comes just three days after UNAMSIL’s Deputy in charge of Governance and Stabilization, Alan Doss, issued a call to the people of Sierra Leone to sign up in greater numbers to vote, and less than a month after the Government declared the long-running war to be over. Elsewhere in Sierra Leone, new Nigerian troops began arriving at Makeni, the former headquarters of the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF). They will replace another Nigerian battalion, which was the first UNAMSIL peacekeeping contingent to deploy in the town since the Abudja Ceasefire Agreement of November 2000. read more

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AlQaidas influence continues to spread Security Council panel says

Al-Qaida’s ideology continues to spread, especially in Iraq, raising the fear of more terrorist attacks, according to the second report issued by the monitoring group of the Security Council committee overseeing sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban.The report, issued today in New York, found that while progress had been made in cutting off Al-Qaida’s access to financing, moves to freeze companies linked to the organization had proven much more difficult.It also stated that serious obstacles remained to successfully monitoring and upholding the arms embargo against Al-Qaida and the Taliban.Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz of Chile, Chairman of the Security Council sanctions committee, told a press briefing in New York that while there have been advances by the committee, a lot of work remained to be done.Ambassador Muñoz said that not nearly enough countries – only 84 out of a possible 191 – had submitted reports on time on what they had done to comply with the demands of the committee.He said too many charities are still being abused by groups connected to Al-Qaida or the Taliban. “This is a very distressing fact,” he said. The Ambassador added that the travel ban imposed by the committee on certain figures was also being flouted.The report said Iraq has become a fertile recruitment ground for Al-Qaida, with the country now easily accessible to followers anxious to battle coalition forces there.Mr. Muñoz said about 4,000 people worldwide have been arrested in connection with Al-Qaida or the Taliban – “clearly a disappointing result.”But Ambassador Muñoz said that when members of the committee or monitoring group personally visited countries and held talks with their leaders, the “defensive attitudes” of some States were allayed. He said the committee had a busy schedule of trips ahead. Video of press briefing read more

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Football OSU dominates 623 for secondstraight week dismantles Maryland

OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel breaks away from a tackle during the Buckeyes’ game against Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorCOLLEGE PARK, Md. — Ohio State exceeded nearly everyone’s expectations with a beating of then-No. 10 Nebraska at Ohio Stadium. While almost every fan expected an easy win against a struggling Maryland team, it seems fair to say nearly no one was expecting the 62-3 demolishing performance the Buckeyes put up against the Terrapins.It was an outcome that nearly everyone close to the team expected. That is, except for the players, apparently.“For us, it was maybe expected from y’all, but we understand that … you come out and every team is different,” redshirt junior J.T. Barrett said. “They play one team different then they’re going to play us. They’re going to give us their best shot, play us a little harder. So with that, just going out and executing our game plan because it was really good stuff we had on offense and our defense as well. With that, we really weren’t worried about expectations. We just try to go out there and play our best. And if we play our best, I think the score happens to be (like 62-3).” By halftime, OSU found themselves up by a 45-3 mark, picking apart Maryland in every way. Led by the play of junior H-back Curtis Samuel, the Buckeyes ran rampant over coach D.J. Durkin’s defense. The Terrapins allowed an average of 245.6 yards per game on the ground coming into the game. OSU had 171 as a team by the midway point. With a strong outing for redshirt freshman Mike Weber and contributions from freshman Demario McCall, the Buckeyes finished the game with 253 yards and five rushing touchdowns.Barrett was nearly picture-perfect for the Buckeyes in the first half, tossing two touchdowns passes and running in two more. He was pulled in the third quarter, and finished his day 18-for-27 with 253 yards and four total touchdowns.Maryland found little room to breathe in the first half, picking up just 94 yards on 35 plays from scrimmage. Senior quarterback Perry Hills started the game for Maryland, but was pulled from the game after taking a hard hit on the Terrapins second drive. He finished his outing going just 1-for-3 for -4 yards passing and rushing the ball twice for no gain.Durkin said the injury was to Hills’ left shoulder after the game.To add to its offensive woes, Maryland had just five rushing yards in the first half, smothered by a brutal OSU rush defense. The Terrapins finished the game with just 43 as a team.Redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore grabbed an interception along the sideline, giving OSU its 15th interception this season. Last season, OSU had 12 on the year.Lattimore said he watches film of some high-profile NFL players like Patrick Peterson and Darrelle Revis to find ways to improve his game.“I just try to take little things from each one of them and try to make it into my game,” he said.The second half was all about experience for the young members of OSU. On the Buckeyes’ first drive, freshman running back Demario McCall was targeted on the first play from scrimmage, resulting in a 32-yard reception. Eventually, he would find the endzone from three yards out in the third quarter. McCall now has three touchdowns this season. The OSU defense locked in for the remaining two quarters, giving up just 82 second half yards. Senior H-back Dontre Wilson, who grabbed a first-half touchdown reception, had to be helped off the field after being tackled on a rush to the left. Although he remained down on the field for some time, OSU coach Urban Meyer was seen clapping as Wilson was helped to his feet. The Buckeyes kept Maryland out of the end zone for the entire game, even after allowing the Terrapins to reach inside the one-yard line early in the first half.Samuel was the leading pass catcher on the day, hauling in five receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt freshman K.J. Hill led all wide receivers with five receptions for 62 yards, tied for his most catches this year.The OSU defense allowed an average of just 2.6 yards per play, giving up just 1.1 yards per rush. For the second-straight week, the Buckeyes allowed only a field goal to the opposition.Meyer said his team is playing at such a high level due to the high stakes of late season college football, and realizes the task ahead with two games remaining.“November’s here and we have a big one coming one week from today,” he said.OSU is scheduled to travel next Saturday to East Lansing, Michigan, to face the Michigan State Spartans, who are fresh off a 49-0 win over Rutgers. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more

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Ohio State investigating usedcar purchases athletic director Gene Smiths lips are sealed

More bad news has found the Ohio State athletic program, and administrators aren’t talking. OSU will investigate used-car purchases made by dozens of university athletes at two local car dealerships, The Columbus Dispatch reported Saturday. Though OSU officers refused to speak to The Lantern about the university’s response to the investigations, representatives from other Big Ten schools were open. Gary Bargen, the associate athletic director of compliance at Nebraska, indicated that compliance departments at different universities would handle the situation differently. “Depending upon the circumstances, whether there is specific evidence that would lead one to believe that (violations occurred), it would just be strictly (up to) their compliance department and the personnel as far as how they are going to go about finding that information,” he said. OSU associate athletic director for compliance Doug Archie and athletic director Gene Smith declined to answer questions. OSU’s chief enforcer of NCAA rules and outside experts will examine at least 50 deals made by salesman Aaron Kniffin at Jack Maxton Chevrolet and Auto Direct over the past six years. Representatives at both dealerships were not available for comment. Kniffin and Auto Direct owner Jason Goss both have attended seven football games as player guests in the past. The sales would be in violation of NCAA rules if the players received any benefits or discounts based on their status as OSU athletes. Determining such violations may be difficult given the variability of used car sales. “The OSU compliance office has strong and active monitoring programs for student-athlete vehicle registration that go above and beyond NCAA requirements and are among the most robust in the nation,” Archie said in a statement released Saturday. The Dispatch reported that Kniffin sold cars to former defensive linemen Thaddeus Gibson, Robert Rose and Doug Worthington and former running backs Chris Wells and Maurice Wells. Current wide receiver DeVier Posey and basketball player William Buford were also reported as having made car purchases from Kniffin along with multiple members of current and former players’ families. Student-athletes are permitted to purchase cars and are required by the OSU compliance department to report the make, model and price of the car along with any co-signers, Archie’s statement said. Gibson’s was the most concerning of the purchases. Currently a member of the San Francisco 49ers, Gibson acquired a Chrysler 300 with fewer than 20,000 miles from Auto Direct that was titled to the then-sophomore for $0 according to public records, The Dispatch reported. Gibson told The Dispatch that he has been making, and continues to make, payments on the car. The football program already has endured NCAA investigation for improper benefits received by five players — Terrelle Pryor, Dan Herron, Solomon Thomas, Mike Adams and Posey — that resulted in a five-game suspension for the players at the start of the 2011 season. Coach Jim Tressel knew of the violations, and the program is currently under investigation for his failure to report the information. Tressel also is suspended for the season’s first five games and will attend a compliance seminar June 6–10 in Tampa, Fla. read more

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Latest Parker Bay surface mining equipment data sees continued recovery expansion

first_imgIn it latest report covering Q4 2018, Parker Bay Company says the market for large-scale surface mining equipment continues the recovery/expansion that began in the second half of 2016, with the gains recorded in Q4 2018 nearly three times the level reached at the bottom of the four-year long contraction that ended in mid-2016. “On a year-over-year basis, deliveries of trucks, excavating/loading equipment and related mobile mining equipment recorded a 35% gain. Viewed in the context of quarterly growth, units shipped increased by just 1% over Q3 while value of these deliveries increase by close to 6%. When these quarterly figures are aggregated and compared to year-ago data, the annual gain is a more impressive. The annual aggregate value of these deliveries is estimated by Parker Bay to have increased from $5.7 billion during 2017 to $7.6 billion last year.” But as indicated in Parker Bay’s Surface Mining Equipment Index, the global market remains far below the 2012 peak when machine shipments were valued at more than $14 billion (at constant 2018 prices).“The extent of the current expansion is best viewed in the context of the peak level of shipments (first half of 2012) which was followed by perhaps the most severe contraction the large surface mining markets have ever experienced.” The Index reached 175+ (Q1 2007 =100) in the first half of 2012 then fell to just 33 in Q2 2016 – a remarkable decline of more than 80%. “Since the nadir, shipments have now nearly tripled but have recovered to barely half of the last peak. This is evidence that there is ‘room to grow’ but achieving the 2012 level may be a very long-term proposition especially considering the amount of excess capacity that was brought about by those extraordinarily high deliveries.”Manufacturers’ latest reports (often subject to minor revisions) indicate just a 1% increase in the number of machines delivered vs Q3 2018, but a more substantial 6% increase in the value of those shipments as mines collectively shifted purchases toward higher-value hydraulic shovels/excavators and (to a lesser extent) very high-priced electric/rope shovels. In sharp contrast, unit truck shipments declined by 7% while the value of these units declined by just 5% with a shift to larger size-classes accounting for the disparity. Gains were recorded in both the 218-255 t and 290 t classes but these were offset by sharp declines at 90-110 and 127-150 t. “As is often the case, quarter-to-quarter shifts my not represent longer-term trends, but the gains in 218-mt-plus units is expected to continue as many of the largest international miners step up capital expenditures as planned. Crawler and wheel loader shipment registered a sharp 24% increase in part due to the absence of ‘late-model’ dozers that were heretofore available in major used equipment marketplaces.”The geographic distribution of Q4 shipments reflects strong demand from Australasia and Russia/CIS that has characterised the two-year recovery/expansion. Australasian mines accounted for the largest share of global shipments in Q4 (31%) but this represents a decline from the remarkably high level achieved in Q3 with demand moderating in Australia combined with a 15% decline from Indonesian mines and contractors. Shipments to the Russian market (from both indigenous and international sources) maintained the Q3 share of 22% and well above the region’s historical share and active population. Latin and North American markets continued to growth at faster rates after lagging significantly during earlier stages of the expansion. “The combined value of shipments to the Americas increased by more than $130 million and their combined share of global shipments reached 27%. A review of the mines in these regions indicates a combination of shipments to established mines and newer and expanding operations. Both Asian and African markets expanded in Q4 with the latter rivaling the far larger and more mature North American market.”“While the shifts from one quarter to the next are of some consequence, they may not be long-lasting. Cumulative shipments since the current expansion cycle began two and a half years ago indicate substantial differences from both the last cycle and the latest shipments. During the nearly decade-long SuperCycle that ended in mid-2012, twelve countries accounted for just over 80% of all shipments led by Australia (18%), the U.S. (12%), Indonesia (11%), Russia (9%), Canada (8%), and Chile (8%). While these countries remain the largest destinations for shipments during the current expansion, the shifts are remarkable: all five of the largest national markets in the Americas have declined with their collective share just 16% vs 33% during the last expansion. The three largest Eastern Hemisphere markets – Russia, Indonesia and Australia accounting for fully half of all global shipments since mid-2016 vs. 38% during the SuperCycle. And Russia has replaced Australia as the largest national market.”“In this context, the developments in 2018, especially Q4, may be reversals of developments that emerged during the initial stage of the current expansion phase. North and Latin American shipments appear to be accelerating while the remarkable growth rates in Russia and Indonesia have faltered or declined. Perhaps the very large capital expenditures by those countries’ largest mines have run their course. At the same time, purchases and shipment of equipment to some of the largest multinationals (Anglo, BHP, CODELCO, Glencore, Rio Tinto, Vale) may be resuming, and at accelerating rates. And these very large miners are more concentrated in the Americas and Australia. Rotation in mining sectors, both geographic and mineral, can be expected but the nature and degree of these shifts is difficult to predict.”The distribution by mineral sectors shifted modestly away from coal mining which nevertheless maintained a near-50% share of all Q4 shipments. Within the three major metal sectors, gold mines resumed the leading share that it has maintained through much of the current recovery/expansion. This was offset by declining deliveries to copper mines. Collectively, copper/gold/iron mines accounted for 40% of Q4 deliveries vs 38% during Q3 and just 27% in Q2 2017. Assuming market conditions and prices for all three minerals remain well above the bottoms reached several years ago, demand from these sectors is expected to increase going forward.“Shipments to oil sands mines remained well below the volumes recorded in 2017. While quarterly shipments vary greatly in this narrowly defined sector, annual deliveries in 2018 were barely half that of the previous year. This may well reverse in 2019 as large orders are already in place for ultra-class autonomous trucks with deliveries slated for 2019-2021. However, most of the very large electric/rope shovels utilised with these ultra-class trucks are not yet in need of replacement owing to their longer service lives.”“Shipments to other mineral segments during the second half of 2018 tracked historical levels at 8% and equal to their share of the global population. However, despite high-profile news for certain minerals in this category (lithium, nickel, cobalt), Parker Bay does not envision equipment demand by any of these individual minerals to account for more than a percentage point or two of total shipments for the foreseeable future.”Interested parties are encouraged to contact Parker Bay at info@parkerbaymining.com or by visiting the Company website www.parkerbaymining.comlast_img read more

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Third draw for Meshkov Brest in a row

1. KS Vive Tauron Kielce8602242:224(18)12 Belarussian champions HC Meshkov Brest drew third match in a row at VELUX EHF Champions League! After two matches with RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko, team of Sergey Bebeshko played 29:29  in Swedish Kristianstad. Home team led by goalkeeper Nebojsa Simic and left wing Jerry Tollbring, stayed undefeated against favorites, who had Dainis Kristopans in the role of TOP scorer (7).STANDINGS: 1. HC Vardar8602247:221(26)12 8. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …8107196:219(-23)2 6. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko8134228:247(-19)5 7. IFK Kristianstad9126243:270(-27)4 3. Rhein-Neckar Löwen8512232:226(6)11 5. HC Meshkov Brest9333256:255(1)9 3. MOL-Pick Szeged8512225:207(18)11 ← Previous Story Isabelle Gullden to be ready for EHF EURO 2016 start! Next Story → NEW COACH: Dragan Djukic leads Montenegro read more

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Wolverhamptons form has Pep Guardiola very worried

first_imgWith the upcoming match against Wolverhampton at Etihad Stadium, Pep Guardiola wants his Manchester City players to be wary.Even though it will be a Monday match and we are still a couple of days away from it, it’s inevitable to get excited for the game between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers from next Monday as Pep Guardiola spoke about it this Friday.During the press conference from this day after the squad’s training session, the Catalan manager had some very strong praise for Nuno Espirito Santo’s boys and demanded the highest focus from all his players.The Citizens cannot afford to lose another match in the Premier League this early in the season, because doing so would mean that Liverpool will have an easier road to the title during the most crucial part of the year.Pep Guardiola knew that winning the game against the Reds last week would only be the beginning of the road for the Citizens, he knows that the match against Wolverhampton is one of the most dangerous ones for them because of how well their rival has been playing this season.This same squad ha already defeated both Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea in the Premier League so far, they are playing spectacular football and they are considered to be English football’s underdogs.Ain’t no Friday like a press conference Friday!Hear from Pep soon 💬#MCIWOL #mancity pic.twitter.com/FZlDG6LPrU— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 11, 2019Maybe they don’t have the fire-power to actually win a trophy this season, but Wolverhampton does have the skill to at least give a few upsets to any squad from the Top 6 as they have already done with two of the biggest London-based clubs.For Pep Guardiola, staying focused now that they have managed to get out of a negative streak will mean everything for them. Most importantly for next Monday, winning against a squad like Wolves should be a great confidence boost.“We realized [how good they were] when we played them in the EFL Cup last season and again early this season,” the former Barcelona boss told a pre-match news conference via Four Four Two.“They are strong physically, good on set pieces, have incredible players on the counter-attack, they don’t just do that with two or three, they have four or five.”“And when you are tired they can bring on two new players to do that.”“They defend deep, they switch play, they control many areas and with [Ruben] Neves and [Joao] Moutinho they can shoot from outside the box.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“That’s why they are doing incredibly well,” he added.”Es un recién ascendido que lo está haciendo muy bien”.Pep Guardiola sobre nuestro rival del lunes, el @WolvesEspanol. #MCIWOL pic.twitter.com/hyGrQESOyX— Manchester City (@ManCityES) January 11, 2019Wolves are coming into this match with their confidence through the roof, as they just completed one of the major upsets of the season in the FA Cup after eliminating Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool at Molineux Stadium.Just imagining the reaction from everybody if Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad defeated the reigning Premier League champions, is something that people would go nuts over.But Pep Guardiola does have something slightly wrong, Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho are not the only key players that he needs to beware.Mexican striker Raul Jimenez is the most important player in Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad this season, he has proved it by being at the very top of the list in regards to goals and assists throughout this breakthrough Premier League season for his career.If Pep Guardiola isn’t already looking for ways of how to stop him, the Catalan manager has another thing coming his way on Monday at Etihad Stadium.It should be very interesting to see what the Premier League’s dark horse will be able to do against one of the most powerful clubs in the country.PEP 💬 (Wolves are) strong, physical, good at set pieces, strong on the counter attack.When you are tired in the last minutes, they put on new players. They defend deep, switch play, and control many areas.— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 11, 2019What do you expect from this match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton on Monday? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Gold Price Touches OneMonth High with Drop in Dollar Stocks

first_imgGold retained overnight gains on Tuesday to trade near its highest in four weeks as investor appetite for riskier assets eased amid global growth worries, while a softer dollar also underpinned prices of the metal.A sell-off in the stock markets saw gold-backed exchange-traded funds (ETF) attracting investors for the first time in a month after heavy outflows.Spot gold eased slightly to $1,234.05 an ounce by 0311 GMT, but remained close to a four-week peak of $1,237.30 hit on Monday, when the metal gained over 1 percent.”(Our) gold exchange-traded products saw their first inflows in a month as dovish Federal Open Market Committee minutes led to dollar weakness, while weak German data renewed interest in the hard defensive assets,” said Danny Laidler, head of the ETF Securities’ Australia & New Zealand operations.”Last week’s bounce (in gold) could trigger a short-covering rally helping to sustain momentum in the upward trend,” he said.The firm saw inflows of $18.3 million last week into gold exchange traded products, while the top gold ETF SPDR Gold Trust saw an inflow of 1.79 tonnes on Monday – its first inflow since Sept. 10. [GOL/ETF].The inflows come as Fed officials expressed concern that a sharp slowdown in the global economy could delay an increase in U.S. interest rates, according to minutes of the latest Fed meeting released last week.Higher rates would have boosted the dollar, but dented the appeal of non-interest-bearing gold.Those remarks followed soft industrial data out of Germany, the euro zone’s biggest economy, and lowered global growth forecasts by the International Monetary Fund last week.Gold posted its best week in nearly four months last week, as the dollar fell after a 12-week winning streak.The metal could gain further as a selloff in global equities sent Japanese stocks skidding to two-month lows on Tuesday on heightened concerns about the health of the world economy, triggering demand for safe-havens such as US bonds, bullion and the Japanese yen.The technical picture for gold also looks bullish, said traders, who expect sharp gains after a solid break above $1,240.last_img read more

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The Return of Scurvy Houston Neurologist Diagnoses Hundreds of Patients with Vitamin

first_img Share Dr. Reeta AchariDr. Reeta AchariDr. Reeta Achari is a Houston neurologist who has been seeing more and more patients with nutritional diseases. These patients could afford to buy food, and they weren’t obese. But they did have unexplained symptoms like pain, tingling, brain fog, and fatigue. When she started testing their blood, Achari often found low levels of vitamins C, B and D.“What I discovered was that a lot of people, in an effort to get healthy, taking on diets that were very restrictive, so gluten-free or paleo, something where they were eliminating an essential food from their diet.”You probably associate scurvy with sailors and pirates whose teeth are falling out. And it’s true the disease, which comes from a lack of vitamin C, was first diagnosed among sailors who didn’t get enough fresh food. Dr. Achari remembers the very first patient she diagnosed with scurvy. The young woman had joint pain, stomach pain, bruising and a skin rash. All the other expensive tests and scans had revealed nothing.“Something in my mind said check the vitamin C, and maybe it was one of the blink moments,” Dr. Achari said.The blood test revealed extremely low levels of vitamin C.“And when I saw her back to give her the results, I asked her ‘What do you eat?’ and her response was ‘chicken tortilla soup.’ And I said ‘Well, yes, what else do you eat?’ and she said ‘chicken tortilla soup’. So she pretty much ate canned chicken tortilla soup as her meals. Pretty much she had no fresh fruits, no vegetables.”Although many doctors now check for vitamin D, Achari now checks for C and many of the B vitamins. She says these patients aren’t going hungry, and they aren’t obese. They just eat poorly. Many have ended up sick after trying the paleo diet or going gluten-free. She explains when you stop eating whole wheat, you lose a great source of vitamin B1.“More and more people were coming in with strange, non-specific findings, so brain fog, or ‘I’ve got a little numbness or tingling’ or ‘I’m a little dizzy.’”Annarose Harding was typical. She had been working full-time, going to law school at night, and her diet had become, admittedly, terrible.“I lived on caffeine, I was drinking ‘Monster’ drinks, just entirely too many of them. I wasn’t eating breakfast, lunch I had frozen meals, and I didn’t eat dinner until 10:30 at night.”When Harding started getting shooting pains in her feet and legs, she went to Dr. Achari. She was afraid it was multiple sclerosis, but it was just her diet. Even though she had gained weight in law school, she was actually malnourished.“She put me on a prescription for vitamin D, and I take over-the-counter vitamin supplements for C and B12 and B6. And, I mean, within 2-3 weeks I felt such a major improvement in my symptoms, it was pretty unreal,” she said.A federal study found about 7 percent of people have low levels of vitamin C. But Achari thinks people may also be unknowingly suffering from other vitamin deficiencies.“We don’t think about nutritional illnesses. These are ancient diseases and we just don’t think we need to check for them,” she said. Now Achari checks frequently. She also sends her patients recipes through a public Facebook page, Tasting Health, and gives cooking demonstrations once a month at a farmer’s market.Editor’s Note: We have updated this story to reflect the correct spelling of Dr. Reeta Achari’s first name. We apologize for the error. last_img read more

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Aviation Ministry holds first consultations with MRO industry

first_imgThe government on Monday held consultations with domestic MRO industry players as it seeks to make India the global hub for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft and engines.During the meeting, which was chaired by Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey, the industry representatives gave a presentation on the overall scenario and on what can be done by the government and the private sector jointly to exploit the full potential of the MRO business, sources said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe total Indian MRO market currently stands at USD 800 million, which is expected to touch the USD 2.5 billion mark by 2020, according to the industry estimates.However, Indian MRO market is said to be around 30 per cent costlier than those in the neighbourhood like Sri Lanka, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and China due to service tax and VAT, which had dampened the growth of the industry.This was MRO industry’s first interface with the ministry since Choubey took over as the new civil aviation ministry last month. “Government is quite keen to make India as a hub for the global MRO Industry. The government at on Monday’s meeting sought suggestion from the MRO players, however, not much could be deliberated on Monday as it was the first interface with them,” the sources said.A second meeting in this regard is expected to take place in the near future, where the issue are likely to be discussed in details, they said.last_img read more

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first_imgHottest Clinical Procedure — AuntMinnie.comIn the 2013 annual ranking of the best in radiology, 3-D mammography was named the Hottest Clinical Procedure by the readers and editors of AuntMinnie.com for the fourth consecutive year. The “Minnies” awards recognize excellence in radiology. Candidates are selected from nominations submitted by AuntMinnie.com members, and winners are chosen through two rounds of voting by expert panelists. This year, there were over 200 candidates and 15 categories. News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. For more information: www.hologic.com, www.klasresearch.com, www.auntminnie.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 November 8, 2013 — Hologic Inc., a developer, manufacturer and supplier of diagnostic products, medical imaging systems and surgical products with an emphasis on serving the healthcare needs of women, announced that two healthcare organizations recently recognized 3-D mammography technology with important industry awards. 3-D mammography, a technology pioneered by Hologic, was named the “Hottest Clinical Procedure in 2013” by AuntMinnie.com, the leading worldwide radiology web content provider. Related Content read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more The Best in KLAS awards are an annual ranking of the best-performing medical equipment and infrastructure vendors, based on evaluations submitted by thousands of healthcare providers throughout the United States and Canada. KLAS is a research firm specializing in monitoring and reporting on the performance of healthcare vendors. 2013 Best in Digital Mammography — KLASHologic’s 3-D Dimensions system was named “Best in KLAS” in the digital mammography category in the 2013 KLAS annual customer satisfaction survey of medical imaging products. The 3-D mammography system also received the highest rating out of the 140 imaging products evaluated. Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more “In a year dominated by CT, it’s remarkable that the ‘Minnies’ expert panel bucked the trend by choosing digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) as the Hottest Clinical Procedure, making this the fourth year in a row that tomosynthesis has won the category in a streak that began in 2010,” said Brian Casey, editorial director, IMV Publishing (publisher of AuntMinnie.com). “But on second thought, perhaps it’s no surprise, considering the effect breast tomosynthesis is already having on mammography. New research papers continued to pour out in 2013 pointing to the clinical benefits of tomosynthesis, from an improved ability to detect cancer to sharply lower recall rates.” Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Also recognized was Hologic’s Affirm 3D guided breast biopsy procedure, which placed in the Best New Radiology Device category. Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more The Company also noted that its 2-D Selenia and its 2-D Dimensions systems were ranked second and third, respectively, in the digital mammography category. This is the second consecutive year that Hologic mammography systems have been ranked in the top three places in the digital mammography category and the fourth year in a row that a Hologic mammography system has been ranked in the highest position in the digital mammography category. News | November 08, 2013 3-D Mammography Among “Hottest Clinical Procedures” Four Years in a Row News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more “Vendors who are recognized with a Best in KLAS award are those who have gone above and beyond their customers’ expectations. The goal and the value of the awards is to ultimately help providers and the industry easily identify which vendors are consistently performing well,” said Adam Gale, president, KLAS.last_img read more

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Search continues for vanished Malaysian Airline plane carrying 239 people

first_img Facebook Comments HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnam said its search planes spotted oil slicks in the sea near where a Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 239 people mysteriously vanished on Saturday, in the first hint at the aircraft’s possible fate.The announcement came more than 18 hours after flight MH370 slipped off radar screens somewhere between Malaysia’s east coast and southern Vietnam, triggering an international search effort.“Two of our aircraft sighted two oil slicks around 15 to 20 kilometres (10-12 miles) long, running parallel, around 500 metres apart from each other,” the army’s deputy chief-of-staff, Vo Van Tuan, told state-run VTV.“We are not certain where these two oil slicks may have come from so we have sent Vietnamese ships to the area.”Air search operations were halted at nightfall, though ships continued searching, the airline said, adding that no trace of the passenger plane had been found as of late Saturday.“I think the two oil slicks are very likely linked to the missing plane,” Vice-Admiral Ngo Van Phat, who is helping to direct the search mission, told AFP late Saturday.“However, we have to check carefully once our rescue boats get access to the area,” he said, adding the boats were around an hour from the site of the slicks and were expected to search a wide expanse of sea in darkness.The twin-engine jet had been flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, where anguished relatives were Saturday evening still desperately waiting for news.The plane had 227 passengers — including 153 Chinese nationals and three U.S. citizens — and 12 crew, according to the airline.An Austrian and an Italian thought to have been on the plane both had had their passports stolen and are safe, officials and family members said.Italian Luigi Maraldi, 37, was on the passenger list, but phoned home from Thailand to let his family know he was safe — and before his father had seen the news.Malaysia Airlines also contacted the Austrian foreign ministry, saying that the name of an Austrian was on the passenger list of the plane, a spokesman for the ministry said.Austrian authorities confirmed the man was safe in Austria.‘My house is a place of mourning’At his house in Kuala Lumpur, Hamid Ramlan, a 56-year-old Malaysian police officer, said his daughter and son-in-law were on the flight for an intended holiday in Beijing.“My wife is crying. Everyone is sad. My house has become a place of mourning,” he said. “This is Allah’s will. We have to accept it.”MH370 had relayed no distress signal, indications of rough weather, or other signs of trouble, and both Malaysia’s national carrier and the Boeing 777-200 model used on the route are known for their solid safety records.“We are looking at all possibilities but it is too soon to speculate,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said, when asked whether terrorism could have been a factor.Authorities would search “for as long as it takes”, he said.The plane’s disappearance triggered a search effort involving vessels from several nations with rival maritime claims in the tense South China Sea.China, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore threw vessels and aircraft into the effort, while the US Navy confirmed it had agreed to send planes to help the search effort, including a destroyer and a maritime surveillance aircraft.Overlapping claims to the South China Sea, a resource-rich, vital shipping lane, have been a growing source of friction between China and its neighbors.Contact lost shortly after takeoff Contact with the aircraft was lost at around 1:30 am Malaysian time (1730 GMT Friday), Malaysian authorities said, about an hour after take-off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.Initially, authorities had put the last contact time at 2:40 am. The new time suggests the jet disappeared closer to Malaysia than first thought.If the worst is confirmed, it would be only the second fatal crash ever for the widely used Boeing 777. A 777-200 operated by South Korea’s Asiana Airlines skidded off the runway in San Francisco last year, killing three people.Malaysia Airlines also has suffered few safety incidents. Its worst occurred in 1977, when 93 passengers and seven crew perished in a hijacking and subsequent crash in southern Malaysia.Indonesia-based aviation analyst Gerry Soejatman said a “24-hour golden window” for search and rescue efforts was closing fast.“You can’t assume that there are no survivors, and if there are any, it is absolutely crucial that they are picked up within a day, or the chances of survival drops significantly,” he said.The 153 Chinese passengers aboard the plane included an infant, while 38 Malaysians and seven Indonesians were aboard.Six Australians, four French nationals, and three Americans including an infant, were also among those listed.A spokeswoman for the US State Department confirmed three Americans were on board the flight while the Dutch Foreign Ministry said it believed one Dutch passenger was on the plane.The pilot had flown for the carrier since 1981, Malaysia Airlines said. The plane was more than 11 years old.‘We are very worried’ “This news has made us all very worried,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in Beijing.“We hope every one of the passengers is safe. We are doing all we can to get more details.”The lack of information sparked fury among pained relatives in Beijing.“They should have told us something before now,” a visibly distressed man in his 30s said at a hotel where passengers’ families were asked to gather.“They are useless,” another young man said of the airline. “I don’t know why they haven’t released any information.”A deadly accident would be a huge blow for Malaysia Airlines, which has bled money for years as its struggles to fend off competition from rivals such as fast-growing Malaysia-based AirAsia.Analysts have blamed poor management, government interference, and union resistance to reform for holding back the airline. Related posts:Could the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have been stolen? 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Varun Dhawan Anushka Sharmas Sui Dhaaga to Compete at Shanghai International Film

first_imgVarun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma’s Sui Dhaaga – Made in India has been selected in the competition category at the Shanghai International Film Festival The Belt and Road Film Week.A film about finding love and respect through self-reliance, it narrated the story of an innocent village couple Mauji and Mamta who dream big to start their own business together. Sui Dhaaga – Made in India also brought together National Award-winning producer-director combo of Maneesh Sharma and Sharat Katariya after their hit film Dum Laga Ke Haisha. Producer Maneesh Sharma said in a statement, “The story of ‘Sui Dhaaga – Made in India’ is a special salute to the inherent entrepreneurial spirit of local artisans in India. An engaging tale about self-reliance seen through a young couple’s determination against all odds, we believe this very human theme has universal appeal across the globe.”He added, “I eagerly look forward to the audience response at a platform as prestigious as The Shanghai International Film Festival The Belt and Road Film Week.”The actors of the film too are ecstatic with this announcement.Varun said the movie was made with a lot of heart and is a story about a working-class man who fights for self-respect.”I’m hoping the film will win hearts in this festival as well and they will like our made in India film,” he added.Anushka described it as “an incredible story of human triumph”.”I’m certain that its universal storyline has the potential to appeal to audiences across the globe. It is quite special that our film has been selected in the competition category at The Shanghai International Film Festival The Belt and Road Film Week, which indicates that power of good content can cut across language and cultures.”The Shanghai International Film Festival The Belt and Road Film Week begins on Saturday.Follow @News18Movies for more Anushka SharmabollywoodBollywood filmsdum laga ke haisha First Published: June 15, 2019, 12:13 PM ISTlast_img read more

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