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Real Madrid Beats Celta Vigo 2-0 on Zidane’s Return

first_imgMADRID (AP) — It was like old times at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.Zinedine Zidane was back on the bench, and Real Madrid was winning again.The demanding Madrid crowd could finally rejoice on Saturday as Zidane brought the old guard back and began his second stint as coach with a 2-0 win against relegation-threatened Celta Vigo in the Spanish league.Francisco “Isco” Alarcon, who had been sidelined by former coach Santiago Solari, and Gareth Bale, a reserve before Zidane’s return, scored to help Madrid end its four-game losing streak at home and recover some pride.Marco Asensio, another player who had few chances under Solari, set up Isco’s goal while goalkeeper Keylor Navas, back in the starting lineup, made key saves for Madrid.Real Madrid’s Isco celebrates after scoring during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Celta at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, March 16, 2019. At right his Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale. (AP Photo/Paul White)Zidane’s revamped starting lineup also included Marcelo, another player who had succeeded under the French coach but did not play often with Solari.“Nobody can erase what these players have done for this club in the past,” Zidane said. “I’ll count on the entire squad, but we know how good Keylor is. I don’t even have to talk about Marcelo, and it’s the same when it comes to Isco. They are all very good players. They have shown it in the past and I will keep counting on them.”The win moved Madrid within two points of second-place Atletico Madrid, which saw its title chances take a hit after a 2-0 loss at Athletic Bilbao.Barcelona can open a 10-point lead over Diego Simeone’s team if it wins at Real Betis on Sunday.Zidane received an ovation from the crowd when his name was announced before the match, and there was an upbeat atmosphere again following demoralizing home losses.Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale controls the ball during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Celta at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul White)Madrid lost to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey and the Spanish league, and to Ajax in the round of 16 in the Champions League — results that virtually ended the team’s hopes of winning a trophy this season. It had also lost at home to Girona in the league.“It’s a new beginning,” right back Alvaro Odriozola said. “We are all motivated again.”Isco netted from close range in the 62nd minute after Asensio fed Karim Benzema inside the area and the French striker set up the scorer in front of goal. Isco was cheered by the crowd when he was substituted a few moments after the goal, his first of the year.Bale sealed victory with a shot from inside the area in the 77th.Zidane led Madrid to nine titles in his first stint, including three straight in the Champions League, but quit at the end of last season, saying the club needed a change.Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos sheds the ball during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Celta at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, March 16, 2019.(AP Photo/Paul White)He was rehired on Monday to replace Solari, who wasn’t able to keep the team on track in its first season without Cristiano Ronaldo.Celta, which needed points to have a chance of escaping the relegation zone, has lost 10 of its last 12 matches in all competitions. It is 18th in the 20-team standings with 25 points from 28 matches.Benzema had a goal disallowed just before halftime because of a foul by Bale, while Luka Modric’s goal in the second half was disallowed on video review because Madrid defender Raphael Varane was offside.ATLETICO STALLSAtletico Madrid followed its midweek elimination by Juventus in the Champions League by losing 2-0 at Athletic Bilbao.Inaki Williams put the hosts ahead in the 73rd and Kenan Kodro netted in the 85th to move Athletic up to ninth.Atletico’s loss came despite a lineup that included the attacking trio of Antoine Griezmann, Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata. It had won five in a row before losing 3-0 to Juventus on Tuesday to squander its 2-0 advantage from the first leg in the round of 16.“We missed a chance to move closer to Barcelona, but it was going to be hard after our poor performance in Turin,” Simeone said.ALAVES KEEPS FIGHTINGAlaves moved closer to the final Champions League spot with a 3-1 win at last-place Huesca, moving within a point of fourth-place Getafe, which visits Valencia on Sunday.Argentine striker Jonathan Calleri scored twice and Swedish forward John Guidetti added another for Alaves, which is unbeaten in six games.By: Tales Azzoni, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


Low confident ‘incredible’ Sane will be fit for Euro 2020

first_imgGermany head coach Joachim Low believes injured Manchester City winger Leroy Sane will be fit in time to take part in next summer’s European Championships.The Germany and former Schalke star seemed set for a stunning return to the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich this summer as a deal with City was reportedly close.But Sane went down injured during City’s Community Shield triumph over Liverpool, and was diagnosed with an ACL tear, requiring surgery and likely sidelining him for most of the 2019-20 season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The injury would also seem to put his participation for the 2020 European Championships next summer, as even if he is healthy, he may be lacking in match fitness.However, while Low said he was disappointed to see Sane suffer the injury, he believes the winger will be ready in time for the Euros. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!“We were very sad and downcast when we heard about it,” Low told DAZN at the half-time of the Bundesliga opener between Bayern Munich and Hertha Berlin. “I had contact with Leroy. For him and his situation, of course, it was the worst possible time.“We hope he will come back as soon as possible. He is a player of incredible quality and we wish him all the best.“He will make it for the European Championship.”Low also spoke on the Bundesliga title race, which he believes could be very competitive once again this season.Bayern have maintained total dominance of the Bundesliga, winning seven straight titles since Borussia Dortmund claimed back-to-back crowns in 2010-11 and 2011-12.Leon Goretzka Jadon Sancho Bayern DortmundDortmund came close to ending Bayern’s dominance last season, leading the title race during the second half of the campaign, but ultimately fell short despite taking the title fight to the last day of the season.The runners-up reinforced heavily this summer, bringing back Mats Hummels from Bayern, adding Nico Schulz, as well as exciting attackers Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt.And their summer leaves Low with the impression Dortmund could well challenge Bayern for the title this season.“I see it as very positive that Dortmund focused on their championship target aggressively and they have strengthened very well,” Low said.“Mats Hummels – outstanding! Nico Schulz – outstanding! Thorgan Hazard – very good! Julian Brandt as well. Dortmund have reinforced very well and are a serious competitor for Bayern.”Bayern opened their league campaign with a 2-2 draw with Hertha on the strength of two Robert Lewandowski goals and confirmed they have reached an agreement with Barcelona over a loan of Philippe Coutinho for the season. Meanwhile, Dortmund kick off their Bundesliga season hosting Augsburg on Saturday.last_img read more


Union Employer Team Congratulated on Reaching Tentative Agreement

first_imgDeputy Premier Frank Corbett congratulated union and employer negotiating teams for reaching a tentative agreement for janitors, bus drivers and other school support workers across the province. Representatives of CUPE and all school boards outside of the Halifax region reached the tentative agreement today, Jan. 17. The agreement averts a strike that had been scheduled for Monday. “This is good news,” said Mr. Corbett. “I’m very pleased that the negotiators were able to work out this tentative agreement. It will be a great relief to parents and students right across the province.” No details of the tentative agreement will be released until member ratification votes are complete. All schools will be open as usual tomorrow. Parents who rely on school buses are encouraged to monitor radio newscasts or check the websites of their school boards.last_img read more


Nigam slammed over cancellation of gig

first_imgMumbai: Singer Sona Mohapatra recently slammed the ‘Abhi mujh mein kahin’ hitmaker Sonu Nigam after one of her International Women’s Day special performances got cancelled and replaced by singer-composer Kailash Kher who was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by her. “You will be happy and relieved to know dear men’s rights activists, including Sonu Nigamji, for the third time in the last few months, a show date for me has gotten cancelled and my act has been replaced by Kailash Kher. That yesterday’s gig on Women’s Day was the cherry,” she tweeted. Last year, Sona accused Kailash and singer-composer Anu Malik of sexual misconduct and harrasment. After the allegations against Anu, Sonu came out in support of him. Sonu’s support for Anu did not go well with Sona.last_img read more


Morocco Sterilizes the Mediterranean Fruit Fly

Rabat – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reports that the Mediterranean fruit fly, sometimes referred to as the “medfly,” is threatening Morocco’s economy.The Mediterranean fruit fly is a pest species that threatens the growth and success of the citrus fruit industry, which plays a significant role in Morocco’s economy. The production of citrus fruit employs over 13,000 farmers and produces exports of $300 million per year.Miklos Gaspar, writing the new report for the IAEA, elaborates on the harm that the animal has caused to Morocco’s economy: “As medflies have made their home in Morocco’s citrus orchards and farms, the volume of the country’s citrus exports has been reduced due to direct damage to fruit and to increased production costs associated with the use of insecticides and post-harvest treatments, necessary for fruit exports.” Gaspar writes that farmers have seen indirect losses because importing countries have imposed quarantine restrictions. Additionally, farmers have faced environmental costs from using traditional, broad-spectrum insecticides.However, the European Union, which has been the main traditional export market for Moroccan citrus fruits, has increasingly lowered the acceptable levels of pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables, because of food safety concerns.The IAEA and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have helped Morocco plan an eco-friendly strategy for combating the fruit fly.Action against the medfly: SterilizationThe IAEA, in cooperation with the FAO, has helped Morocco conduct a cost-effective and environmentally friendly approach. Gaspar writes that this effort is a “first victory in the ongoing campaign to suppress medflies.”“Moroccan counterparts have, under an IAEA technical project, received the training and equipment necessary to detect and respond to any incursion by other pests, which is a prerequisite for the sustained suppression of the  using the sterile insect technique (SIT), an environmentally friendly nuclear technique that can lead to the suppression or elimination of insect pests,” he explained.The sterile insect technique means mass producing and sterilizing insects for continuous aerial release over infested areas.The government is building a facility for producing, sterilizing, and then releasing male medflies. The IAEA and the FAO are supporting the construction of the facility, which will be near Agadir, in the heart of Morocco’s citrus-producing region. The organizations will also assist through the training, expert visits, and providing equipment.“Some of these species are as hard to control as the Mediterranean Fruit Fly, so giving them a chance to establish themselves and then an advantage by suppressing the medfly would be counterproductive,” explained Walther Enkerlin, an expert at the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture.Enkerlin said that in order for the SIT approach to be successful, the facility must meet a weekly production of 100 million sterile medflies per week, which will cover the 180 000 hectares in the Souss Valley where most commercial and wild citrus are found.According to Gaspar, an SIT intervention across such a broad area requires a sequential approach, so they have divided the total area into SIT blocks.“Sterile flies’ rearing and release are expected to start in early 2020 and pest suppression will be gradually implemented, advancing from one block to the next, until effective pest suppression is achieved,” He writes.However, without a system for repelling other pests, SIT usage would still leave room for another pest to replace the medfly and “devastate” Morocco’s citrus orchards.Controlling other pestsControlling medflies alone is not enough to help save Morocco’s fruit industry from damage and insecticides. Gaspar points out that invasive fruit fly species from neighboring countries could still undermine whatever success that sterilizing the medfly may bring. Other species include both the peach fruit fly and the oriental fruit fly.To mitigate this risk, Morocco and the IAEA have made a national surveillance network for the early detection of new fruit fly species. The National Office for Food Safety has built an emergency response in the event of a new pest incursion.The surveillance network covers eight sites, classified as high-risk points-of-entry, along the country’s borders, with 94 traps.Traps are also in 19 other risk sites, including fruit markets, tourist sites and some orchards close to risky areas.Read also: Black Crickets Invade Mecca’s Grand Mosque read more


UN envoy Bill Clinton to head to Haiti to promote investment

During his trip, Mr. Clinton will meet with President René Préval and Prime Minister Michèle Pierre-Louis, and will also deliver the keynote address at a conference of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).Accompanying him on his visit, part of his ongoing efforts to support the Haitian Government create jobs and enhance the delivery of basic services, is Paul Farmer, his Deputy Special Envoy.Mr. Farmer, a physician and Harvard University professor, was appointed last month to his post. A founding director of Partners in Health since 1987, he has dedicated much of his life to improving health care for the world’s most vulnerable people. As a student in 1983, he worked in villages in Haiti’s Central Plateau, bringing modern health care to some of the poorest people in the Western Hemisphere.Starting with a one-building clinic in the village of Cange, Dr. Farmer’s project now extends to a multi-service health complex that includes a primary school, an infirmary, a surgery wing, a training programme for outreach workers, a 104-bed hospital, a women’s clinic and a paediatric care facility, according to the Office for the Special Envoy to Haiti.“Paul’s selfless commitment to building health systems in the poor Haitian communities over the last 20 years has given millions of people hope for a brighter future for Haiti,” said Mr. Clinton.Earlier this month, the former US leader told the Security Council that the country has “a remarkable opportunity” to overcome decades of misrule and neglect, but major hurdles remain and the international community must step up its support to ensure the Caribbean country can consolidate its gains.The outlook for Haiti was positive, he said, with a Government committed to building a modern State, large pledges of aid from donors, a diaspora willing to help and goodwill from the international community.“I am convinced that Haiti has a remarkable opportunity to escape its past,” Mr. Clinton stressed, noting that throughout the region, “there is a deep, wide sense that we can and should support” the country, considered the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. 30 September 2009The United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti, former United States president Bill Clinton, will embark on a two-day visit to Haiti tomorrow in a bid to boost private sector investment in the impoverished Caribbean nation. read more


Flash floods in Nuwara Eliya

Flash floods have been reported from parts of Nuwara Eliya this evening following heavy rain.Several families have been displaced and they have been transferred to temporary shelters. Meanwhile the Department of Meteorology said that there is a possibility of monsoon winds increasing up to 60-80 kmph over the western and southern seas and over the island particularly along the western slopes of the Central hills during the next two days. Sudden increase of southwesterly winds speed is expected during next two days. It said that winds will be at a Southwesterly direction and speeds will be 30-50 kmph. The deep and shallow sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Pottuvil via Colombo and Galle may be rough and dangerous with strong Southwesterly winds of up to 60-80 kmph at times. (Colombo Gazette) read more


Days off to mark on your calendar

The University will observe the following statutory and non-statutory holidays in 2010:Monday, Feb. 15 – Family DayFriday, Feb. 26 – President’s Holiday (non-statutory University holiday)Friday, April 2 – Good FridayMonday, May 24 – Victoria DayThursday, July 1 and Friday, July 2 – Canada Day (statutory holiday and non-statutory University holiday)Monday, Aug. 2 – Civic holidayMonday, Sept. 6 – Labour DayMonday, Oct. 11 – Thanksgiving DayFriday, Dec. 24 at 12 noon until Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011 – three statutory holidays and 3.5 non-statutory University holidaysPlease note that depending on the operational needs of a department/division, it may require that the area be open during the above-mentioned days. In these cases and/or if there are any other questions, please contact Margo Carter in Human Resources and Environment, Health and Safety: 905-688-5550 x3279; mcarter@brocku.caFor a PDF version of this list, click here. read more


How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

Stocks notched solid gains on Wall Street Wednesday after President Donald Trump indicated a trade deal with China could happen soon.The comment from Trump, along with strong numbers on the housing market, helped stocks overcome early losses. Tech companies, which have strong business ties to China, were the biggest winners. Bond yields rose.On Wednesday:The S&P 500 index rose 18.27 points, or 0.6%, to 2,984.87.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 162.94 points, or 0.6%, to 26,970.71.The Nasdaq climbed 83.76 points, or 1.1%, to 8,077.38.The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies picked up 17.07 points, or 1.1%, to 1,550.65.For the week:The S&P 500 is down 7.20 points, or 0.2%.The Dow is up 35.64 points, or 0.1%.The Nasdaq is down 40.29 points, or 0.5%.The Russell 2000 is down 9.11 points, or 0.6%.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 478.02 points, or 19.1%.The Dow is up 3,643.25 points, or 15.6%.The Nasdaq is up 1,442.11 points, or 21.7%.The Russell 2000 is up 202.10 points, or 15%.The Associated Press read more


Bausch Health wins stalking horse bid to buy Synergy Pharmaceuticals for 195

LAVAL, Que. — Bausch Health Companies Inc. has been selected as the winning bidder to acquire certain assets of Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc. for about $195 million plus certain liabilities.The Quebec-headquartered pharmaceutical company formerly called Valeant Inc. had been the “stalking horse” bidder in a court-supervised auction and sale process.Synergy, a U.S. maker of gastrointestinal therapies, filed for bankruptcy in December under Chapter 11. Bausch Health, formerly Valeant, predicts revenue growth as debt load lessens Bausch’s Papa says ‘transformation on track’ as debt paydown continues Moody’s upgrades Bausch Health rating outlook to positive, injecting dose of hope A hearing to approve the sale is scheduled for Friday.Bausch says the acquisition will enhance its Salix Pharmaceuticals business since Synergy’s Trulance product would “strategically enhance” its product for gastrointestinal problems, Xifaxan, and its sales footprint.The deal is the company’s first acquisition in more than three years since Valeant purchased Sprout Pharmaceuticals, the maker of a female sexual dysfunction drug, for about US$1 billion, before selling it for next to nothing a couple of years later. read more


Security Council senior UN official urge support patience as Somalia turns new

In a statement adopted at a meeting on Somalia chaired by Mark Simmonds, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, which holds the Council’s presidency for the month, the 15-member body underlined the importance of international support to the Somali Federal Government in building a professional, accountable and capable security force as part of a comprehensive approach to security sector reform. The Council also reiterated the importance of the Government addressing outstanding issues, such as political reconciliation, development of a federal system, the constitutional review and subsequent referendum process, and preparations for elections in 2016. The Council also reiterated its call for the full inclusion of women in all political process.Members of the Council emphasized the need for the international community to provide well coordinated, timely and sustained humanitarian assistance “to the millions of Somalis who remain in urgent need of lifesaving support; and development assistance with a focus on livelihood recovery and building community resilience to support [the country’s] transition to sustainable peace and economic development.’ In his briefing to the Council, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson echoed many of those sentiments, as he stressed that dialogue among all Somali partners and continuous support from the international community are the only way to ensure unity and a sound federal structure in the long-troubled country.“Realizing a federal State in Somalia is a complex and demanding task,” he said, adding: “[Issues] related to the unity and federalism of Somalia can only be resolved through dialogue among the Somalis themselves. This requires patience and pragmatism on all sides.”Somalia has been torn asunder by factional fighting since 1991 but has recently made progress towards stability. In 2011, Islamist Al-Shabaab insurgents retreated from Mogadishu and last year new Government institutions emerged, as the country ended a transitional phase toward setting up a permanent, democratically-elected Government.“Eight months since its formation, the Federal Government of Somalia has established its political programme and presented plans for stabilization and peace-building,” Mr. Eliasson noted, but added that recent tensions in Kismayo following the declaration of a regional state in April must be addressed immediately to sustain progress.On 15 May, 500 delegates to a conference in Kismayo selected a president of what was called ‘Jubaland State of Somalia’, which the Government regards as unconstitutional. Since then, six other candidates have declared themselves president of the new entity.“While there have so far been no reports of military confrontation, the situation remains volatile,” Mr. Eliasson said, adding that Somalia will need the support of its partners and neighbours to maintain stability the country.“There is agreement that a strong and stable Somalia is in the interests of all. This recognition should guide regional efforts to address outstanding issues and potential sources of friction.”Mr. Eliasson said the recently established UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) would help the Government meet this challenge by supporting political dialogue, peacebuilding and the protection of human rights.“UNSOM has already set up its Headquarters in Mogadishu and will establish its presence across the country, notably in areas recovered from Al-Shabaab, as well as in Garowe and Hargeisa,” he said. “UNSOM will be an integrated Mission, offering ‘one door to knock on’ for Somalia’s engagement with the United Nations.”He also highlighted the need for both UNSOM and the Government to work jointly with the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) to ensure security and freedom of movement in the region.Created in 2007, AMISOM conducts peace support operations in Somalia to stabilize the situation in the country to create conditions for the conduct of humanitarian activities.“As in so many countries across the continent, partnership of the UN with the African Union is vital to reaching our objectives in Somalia,” he said. “With the deployment of UNSOM, we will work together on political strategy, peace-building and stabilization, as well as protection of human rights. The new Mission’s impact will also depend on effective security arrangements in close collaboration with AMISOM,” Mr. Eliasson added, and called on the Council to ensure AMISOM has the necessary resources to carry out its operations.Mr. Eliasson underlined that over the long-term, Somalia must assume its own responsibilities through accountable and effective security institutions. “This requires a well-funded and coordinated strategic approach,” he said, welcoming the recent pledges of support of more than $300 million which made at the London Conference on Somalia in May. “Somalia will require sustained and generous international support to continue on the path of progress. This means a clear commitment to the Federal Government to rapidly develop its plans and build its capacities,” he added.The Deputy Secretary-General reiterated the UN’s engagement in the country in its new phase, and called on the Council to provide its full support to UNSOM, as well as resources so that the Mission can carry out its mandate.“I call on all to come together in support of the new Government in its efforts to bring peace and stability to the people of Somalia. The Secretary-General and I firmly believe that with the continuous support and firm commitment of its partners, Somalia can achieve its vision: a country in unity and at peace with itself and its neighbours, living under the rule of law, and on the path to economic stability and decent living conditions for all. read more


Obese patients and smokers face six month ban on NHS surgery

first_imgNHS leaders have warned that financial restrictions will mean increased rationingCredit:Dominic Lipinkski/PA  Simon Stevens  But NHS Harrogate and District clinical commissioning group (CCG) yesterday insisted its measures were about “encouraging” patients to make changes which would help their health.It said that this could mean that in future, less money has to be spent on treating conditions linked to unhealthy lifestyles. Ian Eardley, Vice President of the Royal College of Surgeons, said: “The policies for smokers and overweight patients that Harrogate and Rural District CCG intend to impose ignore the public outcry that surrounded similar plans announced by neighbouring Vale of York CCG in September. “They fly in the face of the intervention made by NHS England to prevent those plans from going ahead,” he added. ‘Making weight loss of giving up smoking a condition of receiving that surgery, no matter how sick they are or how much pain patients are in, is wrong’Ian Eardley, Royal College of Surgeons Obese patients and smokers will be denied surgery under cost-cutting NHS rationing plans, amid warnings from senior surgeons that the move will prompt a public outcry.NHS leaders in north Yorkshire say patients who weigh too much or smoke will be told they have to go on a diet or quit smoking for at least six months before they can be considered for any non-urgent operations.Similar measures proposed by a neighbouring authority last month were stopped after protests from surgeons and patients groups. Simon Stevens, head of the NHS, has said obesity is the greatest challenge facing the health service Credit:Geoff Pugh NHS logo  Obese person eating  “The NHS spends around £9bn a year on patient care for those living with diabetes and with spending on obesity related ill health and smoking related illness increasing year on year, these measures will help protect the future finances of the CCG and the wider local health economy.”Last month Vale of York CCG was forced to abandon plans which would have seen surgery denied to smokers and obese patients for up to a year, after warnings that the rationing was the “most severe the modern NHS has ever seen”.And in August plans by St Helens CCG to suspend all non-urgent surgery for four months were withdrawn by health officials in Merseyside following public concern. Mr Eardley said blanket bans on surgery for any group of patients did not comply with the NHS constitution, which protects patients’ rights.“The Royal College of Surgeons is very supportive of encouraging patients to join programmes that help them lose weight or stop smoking before surgery. However making it a condition of receiving that surgery, no matter how sick they are or how much pain they are in, is wrong,” he said.  Amanda Bloor, CCG chief officer said: “The CCG is not saying patients can’t have the surgery. By introducing a six month health optimisation period, we are encouraging and supporting patients to undertake a lifestyle change which will provide them with the best possible clinical outcome. NHS Harrogate and District CCG says it is trying to encourage patients to improve their lifestyles Credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more


No to drachma say Greeks

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An opinion poll published on Saturday showed that more than three-quarters of Greeks want the country to stay in the eurozone, while the head of the Bank of Greece warned of a terrible impact on the country should it revert to using the drachma.A Kapa Research poll showed that a commanding 77.2 percent of Greeks wish to keep the euro in their pockets, with another strong majority asking the government to be more demanding in its negotiations with its creditors, after which there should be a general election, the poll has found.Just over two in five (40.1 percent) want Lucas Papademos to stay on as Prime Minister if there is no clear winner in the elections.On Friday, BoG governor Giorgos Provopoulos described the “terrible” situation to emerge from a return to the drachma, warning for shortages in fuel, raw materials and even agricultural products, while schools and hospitals, and generally the public sector, would have serious problems in their operation.“The situation would take us back to the 1950s,” Provopoulos stated, adding that the army and the police would have problems in moving their vehicles, for lack of fuel.The mere fact that the governor of Greece’s central bank felt compelled to warn of the consequences of a return to the drachma is indicative of the point that the debate about it has come to.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Fabio Paratici We have the role of favourites

first_imgJuventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has accepted the favourites tag to win the Champions League this season following their impressive run of games.The Old ladies are working hard to end their Champions League hoodoo having reached the finals twice in recent years but lost to Spanish giants Barcelona in 2015 and Real Madrid in 2017.However, the capture of Cristiano Ronaldo has given more room for optimism which was evident in their victory at Old Trafford on Tuesday.“We’ve been giving answers on the European stage for years,” Paratici said in the Press conference after today’s shareholders’ meeting, according to Football Italia.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“We went out of the Champions League at the last second against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, and we’ve played in two finals. We’re at a high level.“This year we have the role of favourites, and we’ve earned that by playing at a very high level in Europe.“We knew we could have a great game in Manchester and we did it.”last_img read more

Good Samaritan pulls driver from burning car in Miami Beach after crash

first_imgInvestigators said the driver of the car left the scene before police arrived. He later returned and was ticketed for leaving the scene of the crash, among other citations.No one was hurt.However, investigators said, the driver of the car fled the scene before police arrived. He later returned and was issued multiple citations.Police temporarily shut down Alton Road while they investigated.Despite his actions, the humble stranger who put his life at risk to save another doesn’t see himself as a hero. “I don’t know. Anybody should have done the same thing,” he said. “You see a guy trapped in a car that’s on fire, you’re gonna do anything you can do, right?”Police are trying to determine what led to the crash.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida man came to the rescue of a driver whose car crashed and erupted in flames on a wet Miami Beach roadway, early Saturday morning.Miami Beach Police and Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the fiery wreck along the 4600 block of Alton Road, just before 4 a.m.The good Samaritan, who asked not to be identified, said he was about 100 feet away from the driver’s car at the time of the crash. “I just saw him spiral out of control because the street was wet,” he said.The witness said he immediately stopped his own vehicle. “I jumped out. I saw the car beginning to catch flames,” he said.He then looked through the burning sedan’s window and saw the driver. “I saw the guy trapped inside, and I pulled him out because what else am I going to do? He was stuck in there,” he said.Once he pulled the motorist out of the car, the good Samaritan called police.Video of the blaze shows the vehicle fully engulfed in the middle of the street, near a home in the normally busy street. last_img read more

Imran H Sarkar gets bail in defamation case

first_imgImran H SarkarA Dhaka court on Thursday granted bail to Ganajagaran Manch spokesperson Imran H Sarkar and cultural activist Sanatan Ullash in a defamation case filed for their derogatory remarks on prime minister Sheikh Hasina.Dhaka additional chief metropolitan magistrate Sheikh Samidul Islam granted the bail upon a bond of Tk 10,000 each when they surrendered before the court this morning.Earlier in the day, their counsel Advocate Prakash Ranjan Biswas filed a bail petition before the court.On Wednesday, a court issued warrant for the arrest of Imran H Sarkar and Sanatan Ullash in the defamation case.On May 31, a Dhaka court summoned them in the case filed by Bangladesh Chhatra League leader Golam Rabbani on the same day.According to the case statement, Imran and Sanatan chanted defamatory slogans against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on May 27 over the removal of the statue of Lady Justice from the Supreme Court premises.On May 26, the SC authorities removed the statue made by sculptor Mrinal Haque.On July 16, a court granted permanent bail to Imran H Sarkar and Sanatan Ullash in the case.END/UNB/Corr/MAS/MHKlast_img read more

Once feted MBS faces cold shoulder abroad

first_imgSaudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (C) upon his arrival in Ezeiza International airport in Buenos Aires province, on 28 November, 2018. Photo: AFPOnce feted on the world stage, Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince faces the cold shoulder abroad as he struggles to shrug off the lingering stigma of a critical journalist’s murder.Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been on an Arab tour before he attends the Group of 20 summit in Argentina on Friday, where he faces world leaders who have strongly condemned Jamal Khashoggi’s killing last month in the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate.The country’s de facto ruler has brushed aside the international pressure, attempting to use the overseas visits — followed by a whirlwind domestic tour — to shore up his tarnished reputation and reinforce relationships with allies.”The question is who among global leaders will agree to stand with him publicly,” said H.A. Hellyer, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and the Royal United Services Institute in London.”I suspect his appearances will be carefully staged to avoid embarrassment.”The prince faces the grim prospect of being treated as an “outcast” by some leaders at the two-day G-20 summit, said Bessma Momani, a professor at Canada’s University of Waterloo.”Group photos may be unavoidable, but liberal democratic leaders from countries such as Germany and Canada will not want to be seen shaking his hand,” Momani said.Former Spanish king Juan Carlos faced scathing domestic criticism over his handshake with the prince in Abu Dhabi, his first stop in a regional tour which also included close allies Bahrain and Egypt as well as Tunisia.An image of the laughter-filled encounter at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last Sunday was dubbed by a conservative Spanish daily as “the photo of shame”.But the 33-year-old prince, widely known as MBS, used the regional tour as something of a victory lap after US president Donald Trump — who has praised Saudi Arabia as a “truly spectacular ally” — threw his weight behind him.Trump’s emphatic support came despite the Central Intelligence Agency’s reported assessment that the prince — who controls all major levers of power in the Saudi government — was behind the killing.”It should come as no surprise that allies like Trump, China’s Xi (Jinping) and Russia’s (Vladimir) Putin will have no qualms in signalling that they are absolutely fine to continue doing business with MBS,” said Momani.- Frosty reception -But some officials in the prince’s entourage are bracing for a frosty reception at the G-20 summit.Ahead of the prince’s visit, Human Rights Watch urged Argentine prosecutors to consider bringing criminal charges against prince Mohammed over alleged war crimes in a brutal Saudi-led war in Yemen and his possible complicity in Khashoggi’s murder.It was unclear whether Argentine prosecutors would act on the request.Trump also faces growing pressure from US lawmakers, some of whom are demanding a probe into his financial ties to determine whether the president has any vested interest in backing the kingdom.US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and Pentagon chief Jim Mattis were to brief American senators Wednesday on Saudi Arabia amid mounting bipartisan concern about the kingdom.The prince’s supporters fear that world leaders could leverage his weakened international position to gain concessions from the kingdom, as it struggles with a slump in oil prices.The prince is expected to meet Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has kept international pressure mounting on the kingdom by saying the orders for Khashoggi’s killing came from “the highest levels” of the Saudi government.”In the event Erdogan meets with MBS on the sidelines of G-20, it will be indicative that some sort of a deal has been reached, which could include Gulf reconciliation and concrete steps on how to wind down the war in Yemen,” said Sigurd Neubauer, a Middle East analyst based in Washington.”However, a potential Saudi-Turkish deal is unlikely to shield MBS from US Congressional investigations into the Khashoggi murder.”- ‘He’s here to stay’ -In a foretaste of expected acrimony at G-20, the prince faced hundreds of protesters Tuesday during a brief stopover in Tunisia, with many shouting “Go away assassin!” and some clutching red-stained chain saws — a reference to Khashoggi’s gruesome murder.The hostility stands in stark contrast to the prince’s month-long tour of the United States earlier this year, where he received something of a rockstar reception and hobnobbed with business titans such as Disney chief Bob Iger and Apple’s Tim Cook.In PR-slicked campaigns, the crown prince had marketed himself as a liberaliser seeking to remake his conservative petro-state, while amassing power to a degree unseen by previous rulers.The global fallout over the killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist critical of the prince, appears to have torpedoed that effort.But it has not so far has threatened to unseat the prince amid his tightening grip on military and security agencies and a ruthless crackdown on political rivals.The prince’s supporters say the fact that he stepped out of the kingdom amid a crisis is an indication that he is firmly in control.”The prince is trying to show his domestic and international audience that he’s leaving the palace and confident he’ll return to control it,” said Momani.”He wants to show he’s here to stay for decades as the next ruler of Saudi Arabia.”last_img read more

Floodwater recedes not sufferings

first_imgResidents have been affected by floods at Fakirpara area of Sadar upazila in Gaibandha on Saturday. Photo: Tanvir AhammedThousands of people in the country’s flood-hit districts have been facing acute scarcity of dry food and drinking water, intensifying their sufferings, affected residents have said.“I didn’t get any relief. No one in my village has received any relief items either. We are now facing an acute crisis of dry food and drinking water,” flood-affected Mukhtar Hossain told Prothom Alo over phone from Gaibandha.Hossain is a resident of Dakatiar Char in Fulchhari upazila of the district.Crops, including Aman rice and jute, have been damaged by the floods, he said.“Floodwater in our district has started to recede but our sufferings continue,” Mukhtar Hossain lamented.Prothom Alo correspondent in Gaibandha said the flood affected people could not return home.The people are facing a crisis of dry food and drinking water, the correspondent said, adding only a small number of people have received relief items.Gaibandha deputy commissioner Abdul Matin, however, said the district administration has been supplying relief and drinking water.Zahidul Islam, a resident of Nageswari upazila in Kurigram, said, “We have been suffering as we can’t go to buy daily necessities.”“We are devastated. We have been in a boat for eight days. Nobody came to us with relief,” Zahidul Islam told this correspondent over phone.Prothom Alo correspondent in Kurigram, Shafi Khan, said the overall flood situation is unchanged. People have been suffering from the lack of basic essentials.According to the National Disaster Response Coordination Centre (NDRCC) of the disaster management and relief ministry, a total of 21 out of 64 districts have been affected by floods.Flood affected people are wading water at Godarahat area of Sonali embankment in Gaibandah on Saturday. Photo: Tanvir AhammedThe districts mostly hit by the floods are Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogura, Lalmonirhat, Chattogram, Sunamganj and Sylhet.In Kurigram, Brahmaputra river was flowing 187 cm above the danger level in Chilmari.A total of 4,996 people were completely affected by the floods and 795,920 partially affected.A total of 19,638 hectares of farm land were damaged in the district while 1,249 families were affected by the floods.Seven upazilas of Gaibandha were affected by the floods as Jamuna river was flowing 129 cm above the danger level in Fulchhari upazila. A total of 4,85,328 people were affected in the district.Some 6,312 houses were damaged fully while 38,480 houses were partially damaged. Crops on 10,833 hectares of land were damaged. Eight educational institutions were damaged fully while 339 institutions partially.In Lalmonirhat, 28,624 families in 27 unions have been affected.A total of 397,093 people have been affected in Sylhet. Kushiara river was flowing 35 cm above the danger level at Sherpur point. As many as 153,785 people of 11 upazilas of Sunamganj have been affected by floods.According to the disaster management and relief ministry, the flood situation in several districts including Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Bandarban, Khagrachhari and Rangamati has improved.last_img read more


Children of Zodiarcs claims to be a JRPG but its being developed

first_imgDeveloper Cardboard Utopia has just started a new Kickstarter campaign for a game called Children of Zordiarcs. The game is billed as a “tactical JRPG” and is certainly inspired by classic games in that genre. There’s just one little issue here… the developers are based in Canada, not Japan.Let’s break this down. JRPG stands for Japanese Role Playing Game; a role playing game that is developed by a Japanese studio. This distinction came about to differentiate Western RPGs from Japanese RPGs, which are stylistically different from one another. This is the bit that is causing all the confusion.Some would argue that a game can be a JRPG even if it isn’t developed in Japan. There are certain tropes and mechanics that JRPGs have which make them distinctly JRPGs. If a game, regardless of region, has these same tropes and mechanics then it can be called a JRPG.Then there’s the opposing side, which I’m part of. While this may be blurry to some, I see it as a purely black and white situation. If an RPG is developed in Japan then it is a JRPG. If it isn’t developed in Japan, then it’s not a JRPG. The “J” is there for a specific reason. It isn’t to denote the style of the game, it is to let people know where it comes from. If your RPG isn’t from Japan, it isn’t a JRPG. It’s as simple as that.Our very own Matthew Humphries debated with the developers on Twitter about this (along with a few others as well).erm, they can’t call Children of Zodiarcs a “Tactial JRPG”. Tactical RPG? that’s fine, but it’s not a JRPG as it’s not made in Japan.— Matthew Humphries (@mthwgeek) January 21, 2016 @CardboardUtopia yes completely understand that, but Kickstarter titles claims just a Tactical JRPG, which I think is misleading.— Matthew Humphries (@mthwgeek) January 21, 2016This argument is reminiscent of the one had about what makes something an anime. In Japan, anime is any form or animation regardless of where it originates. Outside of Japan, anime is generally considered animation produced in Japan. However, there are some who would call a show like Avatar: The Last Airbender an anime because it is heavily influenced by Japanese animation. However, since that show is produced by an American studio, it isn’t an anime.The developers of the game aren’t trying to intentionally mislead anyone. They simply fall into the camp that believes JRPGs do not have to be of Japanese origin to be JRPGs. However, they should recognize that there are many who will find this label misleading and flat out incorrect. At the end of the day it’s their product, but I would suggest they instead say that this game is inspired by JRPGs in order to clear this all up. @mthwgeek we are going for the JRPG style/genre — Cardboard Utopia (@CardboardUtopia) January 21, 2016last_img read more


What Police Departments and the Rest of Us Can Do to Overcome

first_imgJennifer Eberhardt is a MacArthur “genius grant” winner and psychology professor at Stanford University who studies implicit bias. TIME spoke with her about her new book, Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See Think and Do, as well as her research, her work with police departments and how implicit bias can affect us all. Read the whole story: TIMElast_img