10 months agoEverton loanee Vlasic slams Allardyce: It wasn’t football

first_imgEverton loanee Vlasic slams Allardyce: It wasn’t footballby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNikola Vlasic has said that Everton played terrible football under Sam Allardyce.The winger has admitted the players were even scared of the home supporters, as they knew that no one was happy with the way they were playing.Vlasic thinks that it has improved under Marco Silva, even though Everton are below the 8th place where they finished last season under Allardyce.”Everything changed after Koeman left. The football played by Big Sam was awful, if it could even be called football,” Vlasic told Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti.”In such football I do not have a place. The football team was terrified by everything, the fans mostly. This season, Marco Silva plays different, much nicer football, but has not got results.”It is true that Everton did not make an expected breakthrough but at least fans now look at the normal football in which the guys, through their actions, are trying to score and win.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Jim Morrow Wins Portia White Prize

first_imgJim Morrow, a theatre artist from Port Williams, Kings Co., isthe 2004 recipient of Nova Scotia’s Portia White Prize. Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Heritage Rodney MacDonaldpresented Mr. Morrow with the $25,000 award at a ceremony atProvince House today, March 22. “I believe this award celebrates the good work by so many peoplewho have been associated with Mermaid Theatre of NovaScotia during the past 33 years,” said Mr. Morrow. “It alsorecognizes the value we place on theatre in our community,especially theatre for young people.” For more than 27 years, Mr. Morrow has worked at the MermaidTheatre in Windsor. The theatre brings professional theatre toschool children in rural Nova Scotia, promotes the art ofpuppetry and enhances the joy of reading. Mr. Morrow’sachievements as a director and creator of unique theatre forchildren have delighted more than 1.5 million spectatorsthroughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Known forbeing an enabling teacher and mentor, he has acquired aninternational reputation and the respect of theatre professionalsaround the world. “Mr. Morrow is a prime example of a Nova Scotia artist who hasexcelled in the arts,” said Mr. MacDonald. “He truly exemplifiesthe spirit and prestige of the Portia White Prize, and is anextraordinary cultural ambassador for our province.” The Portia White Prize is awarded every year by the province torecognize artistic excellence and achievement by a Nova Scotiaartist. The prize honours the memory and example of Portia White,a Nova Scotian who rose above adversity to achieve internationalacclaim as a classical singer on the great stages of Europe andNorth America. Her artistic achievements anddedication to teaching young artists stand as models to all NovaScotians and continue to foster pride in African Nova Scotiancommunities. The $25,000 prize will be awarded in two components. The firstpart — $18,000 — is awarded directly to the primary recipient,Jim Morrow. Mr. Morrow named Theatre Nova Scotia as the protégéto receive the secondary award of $7,000. Nominations for the 2005 Portia White Prize will be accepteduntil Sept. 15.last_img read more

Several new wildfires burning near Fort St John

first_imgAccording to the Wildfire Service website, there are four new wildfires burning along the Cecil Lake Road less than 10 kilometres from the Energetic City in a cluster on the far side of the Beatton River. The largest of the fires is 0.9 hectares in size and is believed to be human-caused.A map showing the locations of four wildfires burning east of Fort St. John. Photo by BC Wildfire Service.The BC Wildfire Service has not confirmed the cause of another large plume of smoke that appeared west of Fort St. John near lunchtime Friday. That fire, which could be a Category 3 controlled burn, appears to have its source near the south end of the 277 Road south of Charlie Lake.This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information. UPDATE #2: Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds said that the two confirmed fires burning near Cecil Lake have been extinguished. Reynolds explained that the other two fires reported in the area were just smoke plumes from the two fires, and that no burning was found. Reynolds added that residents need to ensure they use caution when doing controlled burns.UPDATE: Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds said that the BC Wildfire Service is aware of the fire burning west of Fort St. John, which is a registered Category 3 fire. Reynolds said that crews have been assigned to the group of fires burning near Cecil Lake. She said that none of the confirmed fires are greater than one hectare in size.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service is reporting several new wildfires are burning near Fort St. John.last_img read more

HEALTH IS WEALTH

first_imgIs it safe to inject used syringes in dogs? No, it’s not safe to inject used syringes in dogs as it can lead to various infections. Using used syringes in dogs can result in transfer of various infections ranging from skin infections to blood infection. It is essential not only for the protection of dogs but also for the well-being of an individual. Since injected medicines can sometimes affect your pet’s skin, it’s important to follow these simple guidelines when injecting your pet: Also Read – Feel what you fearUse a new needle each time you administer medicine to your pet. Clean the injection site on your pet with warm soap and water. Don’t inject your pet in the same spot repeatedly. You must not put needles or syringes in the waste as it can cause various needle-stick injuries that can transmit blood-borne diseases and pose a danger to everyone. Don’t throw the needle and syringe into the trash until you know if this is permissible. It is usually preferable to take the used needles and syringes to your veterinary clinic or local pharmacy for disposal. Also Read – Homecoming Recently, a dog became famous all over social media for his antics after drinking alcohol. Should I let my pet consume alcohol? Dogs should never have any type of alcohol – or even food that contains alcohol. When you give your dog alcohol, it depresses the central nervous system, affects coordination and changes the blood chemistry, creating excess acid that damages the kidney and liver. The dog will fall into a coma and eventually die. Whiskey and other hard liquor is probably something that a dog (or cat) won’t intentionally drink, but the problem really occurs when it’s combined with sweet mixers like soda or fruit juice, because that will now make the drink appealing. Let’s remember, too, that some of those mixers may just include food items that are toxic to pets. Some of the thing your dog can experience from alcohol poisoning: Behavioural Changes Dogs will suffer from quickly impaired mental faculties, which will result in behavioural changes. Your dog may become aggressive, depressed or try eliminating around the house. Kidney Damage Because alcohol is such a strong chemical poison the dog’s kidney will work hard to filter it, resulting in an over-strained kidney and kidney damage. Respiratory Problems Alcohol depresses the activities of the mind and body. Even small amounts of alcohol can affect your dog’s breathing rate quickly. Heart Problems Alcohol affects the heart of both humans and non-humans. Dogs ingesting even a minor amount of alcohol can experience heart murmurs and even heart attacks. Death It can be sudden and quick death or a slow, painful one. (Views expressed and information provided are personal. Send your questions to manekaanimallove@gmail.com)last_img read more

Closing Bell TSX pulls back weighed down by energy mining and financials

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market ended Tuesday lower, with most sectors down amid speculation that Canada’s biggest exchange is due for a broad sell-off.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 15,137.18-35.75 -0.24%S&P 500 —  1,963.71-13.94 -0.70%Dow — 16,906.62-117.59 -0.69%Nasdaq — 4,391.46 -60.07 -1.35%The S&P/TSX composite index fell 35.75 points to 15,137.18, dragged lower by energy, mining and financial stocks. By the end of the day, there was weakness across most of the sectors, although the gold sector glittered, gaining nearly 1.5%.The TSX telecom sector remained a weight a day after Ottawa announced it will be setting aside the majority of spectrum in a new wireless auction for newer, smaller entrants in Canada’s cellphone industry. Telus Corp. (TSX:T) lost two%, or 81 cents, to $38.47; while shares in Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) dipped 0.38%, or 16 cents, to $42.20, and BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) faded 0.60%, or 29 cents, to $47.92.Craig Jerusalim, a portfolio manager at CIBC, said investors shouldn’t be too worried about the decline because the long-term outlook remains positive.“There’s a little profit-taking going on,” he said. “But if you look at the valuation of the TSX, it is slightly above the longer-term average and it’ll stay above that average line. The fundamentals are supportive of that and I wouldn’t get too concerned about the technical pullback.”Jerusalim said these fundamentals — including low interest rates, high oil prices, strong housing figures and good earnings — have helped push the Toronto Stock Exchange up more than 10% year-to-date.The loonie was unchanged at 93.66 cents US.U.S. markets were also lower with the Dow Jones industrials losing 117.59 points to 16,906.62, the Nasdaq dropping 60.07 points to 4,391.46 and the S&P 500 down 13.94 points at 1,963.71. Last week the indexes rallied to new highs following a stronger than expected U.S. jobs report for June.A report released Tuesday reinforced the apparent strength of the U.S. job market, showing that U.S. employers advertised more jobs in May than in any month in the past seven years. The U.S. Labor Department says employers posted 4.64 million jobs, a 3.8% increase from April’s total of 4.46 million. That’s the fourth straight strong gain and is the highest number since June 2007.As companies begin to report their second-quarter earnings this week, traders will be eager to see if results justify the strong performance of the equity markets so far this year.U.S. aluminium giant, Alcoa (NYSE:AA) reported after markets closed that it had a profit of $138 million, or 12 cents a share, compared with a year-earlier loss of $119 million, or 11 cents a share. Ex-items, its earnings came in at 18 cents — beating analyst expectations of 12 cents per share. Alcoa is viewed as an economic bellwether because its aluminum products are widely used in various sectors like manufacturing, defence and the auto industry.Alcoa shares closed up 11 cents at US$14.85 on Tuesday, then rose a further 23 cents to US$15.08 in early after-hours trading. On the commodity markets, the August crude contract fell 13 cents to US$103.40 a barrel as concerns about possible supply disruptions continued to lessen. Oil hit a 10-month closing high in June amid concerns that insurgents in Iraq might push into important oil-producing regions and choke off supplies from that country. That threat has since faded.September copper was unchanged at US$3.26 a pound and August gold bullion lost 50 cents to US$1,316.50 an ounce.TOP STORIESMoody’s cuts outlook for Canada’s banking system to negativeCanada’s high-end home sales soar in first half of the year, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada saysWelcome to the Everything Boom, or maybe it should be called the Everything BubbleThese top 20 cheapest stocks on the market could land you a 26% to 51% increase: GoldmanWHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 A.M.Housing starts (June): Economists expect 190,000 starts, down from month before UNITED STATES10 a.m.Conference Board CEO confidence index (Q2) 2 p.m.FOMC minutes from June meeting CORPORATE NEWSCANADACogeco Cable Inc Q3 earnings: Analysts expect $1.22 a share Cogeco Incorporated Q3 earnings: Analysts expect $1.28 a share Dragonwave Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect a loss of 12¢ a share Kirkland Lake Gold Inc Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 1¢ a share read more

In Seoul UN chief says Global Goals must be a blueprint for

Speaking at the inaugural Global Engagement & Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development, held at Yonsei University in Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea, the Secretary-General stressed that efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development need to “go beyond diplomatic efforts and Government programmes.”The civil society, academia and the private sector – all have to be mobilized – to find the resources needed to achieve the Goals and apply them in the best possible bay.Mr. Guterres also cautioned against rising inequality across the globe and said that this feeling of being “left behind” undermines the confidence of people, communities and regions, in governments as well as international organizations like the UN.He told the audience, which included former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the General Assembly Miroslav Lajčák that this undermining of trust ultimately results in increased instability.At the same time, massive challenges such as climate change, rapid population growth, unplanned urbanization, large scale movement of people, food insecurity and water scarcity also contribute to further fragility multiply the negative impacts of the threats to global security.“This means that we need enormous efforts, engagement and empowerment to make the blueprint of the SDGs the tools with which we are able to reach a fair globalization,” said the UN chief.He also highlighted that financing is critical to ensure that there are sufficient resources to implement the sustainable development agenda and in that context, urged the international community to strengthen their fight against tax evasion, money laundering, and illicit flows of capital.,For instance, in Africa, these illicit activities account for more than total official development aid (ODA) that flows into the continent, said Mr. Guterres.Further, in the implementation of the SDGs, he urged everyone to not only respond to the problems of the past but also respond to the problems of the future and on all actors to create conditions for these transformations to be absorbed by the society to enable people to adapt to new scenarios.It is critical that everyone joins into these discourses to ensure that we can translate all these new tools into tools that work for the improvement of humankind, said Mr. Guterres.While at Yonsei University, Secretary-General Guterres also held a meeting with his predecessor, Ban Ki-moon.Also today, the current and former Secretaries-General, along with the President of the General Assembly, met with met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, Lee Nak-yon.,Touring Olympic village at #PyongChang2018, I was moved to see people from different cultures, different religions and different ways to see the world, all ready to compete in the Olympic spirit. We could use more of that spirit of solidarity & mutual respect all over the world. pic.twitter.com/fEhDZjfmJf— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) February 8, 2018,Departing Seoul, the Secretary-General and his delegation drove to the site of the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games. On site, he toured the Olympic village at Gangneung, where he was able to meet with a number of athletes, including Cheyenne Goh, the first Singaporean ever to qualify for the Olympic Winter Games. The Secretary-General also met and encouraged competitors from Switzerland, Hungary and China.In the evening, the Secretary-General attended the official dinner hosted by the President of the Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, for visiting dignitaries. read more

Officials not worried about Arena control

Nearly seven months after a one-year contract was signed putting Ohio State in charge of managing both the Schottenstein Center and Nationwide Arena, no plans have been made for when the agreement expires June 30. The deal has provisions that provide for extensions of either month-to-month or yearly after this date, said Xen Riggs, assistant vice president of OSU’s Office of Administration and Planning. Riggs was responsible for the oversight of the Schottenstein Center, along with other major events on campus. He helped work through the details of the general goals for the partnership on a daily basis. OSU and Nationwide aren’t taking the fast track to decide what will come next for the long-term contract between the venues. “I don’t think anybody’s in a monstrous hurry,” Riggs told The Lantern. “We want to do it right and we want to do it well. We want to make sure the structure benefits the community and university in the most advantageous ways.” Riggs said there are ideas being thrown around for the new contract that still need to be refined, but overall, there won’t be much difference on how the venues operate. No ideas were disclosed to The Lantern, since they are still in the works. “It’s really just structure that will be put in place,” Riggs said. “One nice thing about being into this (seven) months is we’ve got (seven) months of experience and history. Now that we know each other better, we know what works best.” Karen Davis, director of business communications for the Columbus Blue Jackets, said the focus on the contract is now on leveraging combined resources to provide the best entertainment and event experience for customers. However, she reiterated there are no immediate timetables dictating discussions regarding the future of the agreement. OSU and Nationwide joined forces for financial and marketing reasons. Officials felt it was also the right thing to do for the community. “The synergies between the two venues is better than it was when we were competing against each other,” Riggs said. When the arenas were competing against each other before the contract on non-sporting events, they often undercut each other’s efforts to land events, causing the winning venue to actually lose money, said Stephen Buser, an OSU professor emeritus of finance who conducted a report on the financial viability of the National Hockey League franchise in 2009. OSU President E. Gordon Gee agreed that “having two competing arenas in which each are undercutting each other creates a level of competition that is unhealthy.” OSU now handles booking for concerts and other non-athletic events for both arenas. Tickets for events can be purchased at both venues. Instead of duplicating efforts on marketing, the venues have combined all marketing tactics. More time and money can now be spent on cross-promotion and gaining larger audiences for events. “The co-management relationship offers us more opportunities at reaching our core audience in the Columbus area by being able to now market our shows across both venues and their customer bases,” said Donna Larkin Lake, public relations manager of Feld Entertainment, a production company that brought “Disney on Ice” to Nationwide last week. Riggs said the vision of joint marketing tactics is to enhance Columbus as a destination for concerts and live events by providing marketing and other tools that might not be available in other cities. Financially, combined marketing tools have brought the venues big savings and revenue. According to Riggs, the collaboration was hitting and exceeding the expected financial and programmatic outcomes they anticipated. However, there are no specific target numbers in the contract. Before the contract, Nationwide was in contract with SMG, a Pennsylvania-based management corporation that handles booking for events. Eliminating this management fee has also helped save money between the two venues. The estimated cost savings for both arenas from consolidation in terms of management will be close to $1 million for both arenas, Gee said. “From the Blue Jackets’ perspective, we’ve been very pleased with the partnerships,” Davis said. “The consolidation of duties in some areas and sharing of best practices has been mutually beneficial, as we had hoped it would.” Gee credits the success of the contract to Riggs. “He’s a magician,” Gee said. “He’s one of the best in the business in managing these large arenas. In fact, that’s why we have someone like him here who can escalate the use of both of those arenas in good ways so that we all benefit from it, as a community and as a university.” Another agreement benefit for OSU is the use of Nationwide Arena for its hockey team. “I think that would be a great place for them to play,” Gee said. “I don’t want to move them entirely off campus, but the more we can integrate ourselves in the city, I would welcome that.” In Buser’s NHL report, he found the Blue Jackets lose between $4 and $5 million a year in management fees. According to his study, the team has been losing an estimated $12 million annually. Despite this money loss, the level of tax revenues generated by the Blue Jackets in terms of accelerated growth of business in the Arena District is more impressive than is the case of the typical city hosting an NHL team, Buser said. “I discovered that other cities now look to Columbus as a new model for development in and around a hockey arena,” Buser told The Lantern. “The visiting cities were stunned to see that strong business development continued in the Arena (District) even during the worst of the recent recession.” Buser also said other cities have concluded the Blue Jackets, Nationwide and the Arena District provide a virtual money machine for the generation of business development and local tax revenues. The only financial fear Buser has is if Columbus loses the Blue Jackets. “Development of the Arena District could easily stagnate or even reverse the current trend and Columbus, Franklin County and the state of Ohio would suffer tremendous losses in current and future tax revenues,” he said. The only struggle the venues have faced so far deals with the economy of the concert business. “The number of tours out on the road has been a little lower than it has in past years, but that seems like it might be coming back,” Riggs said. Riggs estimated the number of major tours through Columbus has been down by as much as 20 to 25 percent. Earlier reports of the initial contract speculated ticket prices for events would be cheaper with this contract. Riggs said the concert business doesn’t work this way. “We’ve said that from the beginning,” he said. “It really wouldn’t have any impact on ticket prices. The market is the market regardless of those factors.” Venue officials don’t know where the decision making process on the long-term contract will be in the next six months, but said they have good ideas in the works. “I don’t think anybody wants to put a hard timeline on it because that’s not our intent,” he said. “We’ve got a long way to go and (five) months sounds like a long time, but it’s really not for a project like this.” read more

Ohio State Athlete of the Week Kendyl Reed

Ohio State women’s soccer senior defender Kendyl Reed was surprised to be named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, because she said was just doing her job. “Honestly, I was shocked because it is my job not to let anyone through,” Reed said. “I wish there was a defensive team of the week because I think our whole back four did an outstanding job.” Reed acknowledged her strengths that contribute to her success as a defensive player. “I am patient and since I have been on the attacking end … I kind of know what an offensive player is looking for,” Reed said. “I have an attitude where I won’t let someone get in front of me.” OSU coach Lori Walker praised Reed for the skills that helped the player earn the award. “She is very fast, very crafty and she reads the game well,” Walker said. Senior defender Aly Walker said Reed’s strength is her hard work and dedication from the start of a game to the finish. “She stays focused the entire game and I can always count on her,” Walker said. The Buckeyes have a 3-2-0 overall record and Reed said she hopes the team keeps moving up in the rankings. “Our goal is to be in the top and we want to be Big Ten champions,” Reed said. “We need to keep working on staying connected and playing smart.” While Reed said she is looking forward to her job at an accounting firm after this season, she is sad to see the student-athlete phase of her life end. “It’s weird to see my (soccer) career slowly ending, but I want to finish strong,” Reed said, “so it’s fun but sad at the same time.” The Buckeyes, undefeated so far on their home field in three games so far in 2012, will face No. 13 Missouri on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Guyana takes step backward on Global AntiCorruption Index

Transparency International has released its latest global rankings, showing that while Guyana is considered one of 20 countries who has made improvements, it has also taken a step backwards from last year.According to the index, Guyana fell by one spot to the 93rd position out of 180 countries.The index placed Guyana’s corruption perception score at 37 to tie with Gambia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Mongolia and Panama.The highest ranked Caribbean country was the Bahamas at 29th place and a score of 65. It is followed by Barbados, which received a score of 68 for anti-corruption.The next Caribbean country is St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which was ranked at 41 with a score of 58.The top ranked countries on the list were Denmark at number 1, then New Zealand at number 2.Last year, Guyana scored 38 and was ranked at 91 out of all the countries reviewed.Over the past few months, much has been said about the Auditor General’s 2017 report and the sole sourcing of contracts.This includes the Public Procurement Commission investigating and red flagging the sole sourcing of the Demerara River bridge feasibility study.The corruption perception index did acknowledge, however, that Guyana is among 20 countries to have significantly improved their scores over the past 7 years. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana perceived as corrupt – US State DeptApril 8, 2019In “latest news”Guyana passport drops on visa-free indexJanuary 25, 2017In “Local News”Guyana still perceived as highly corrupt – Transparency InternationalJanuary 28, 2016In “Opinion” read more

Valcea beat CSM Bucharest for Romanian Super Cup trophy

CSM BucharestHC Dinamo BucharestSCM Ramnicu Valcea ← Previous Story China to host the first Women’s Super Globe in 2019 Next Story → Dario Quenstedt to replace Andreas Wollf in THW Kiel The “dream-team” of CSM Bucharest lost the first trophy in the season 2018/2019! SCM Ramnicu Valcea, the former powerhouse of European handball, made tremendeous success in Bucharest, where they beat CSM after extra-time 33:31  (21:21 – 26:26). Cristina Neagu (12) and Andrea Lekic (7) couldn’t bring win to their team. On the other side, Glibko netted 10 goals.Neagu 12, Lekic 7, Radicevic 6, Lazovic 3, Mehmedovic 1, Curea 1, Manea 1 / Glibko 10, Vasileuskaya 4, Fraga 5, Petrovic 4, Băcăoanu 3, Lopez 3, Da Silva 2, Florica 2In the men’s final, Dinamo Bucharest beat Dobrogea Sud Constanta 31:26. read more

Bodies of victims of plane crash which wiped out football team flown

first_img Dec 3rd 2016, 12:19 PM By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3117879 Image: Fernando Vergara Share Tweet Email THE BODIES OF the 71 victims killed in a plane crash in Colombia that wiped out a Brazilian football team returned home last night, as mourners prepared a massive funeral.Along the road to the airport, hundreds of people brandished flowers, white balloons and Colombian flags to pay a final farewell to the victims of Monday’s tragedy.The remains of the first victim, Paraguayan crew member Gustavo Encina, were handed over to his family early Friday in a coffin draped in his country’s flag.The other victims — 64 Brazilians, five Bolivians and a Venezuelan — were flown home on a series of flights throughout the day.“What we want now more than anything else is to go home, to take our friends and brothers home. The wait is the worst,” said Roberto Di Marche, a cousin of football team Chapecoense Real’s late director Nilson Folle Junior.In the club’s hometown, the southern Brazilian city of Chapeco, more than 100,000 people — about half the city’s population — are expected to attend a memorial service Saturday in honor of the team, whose fairytale season was tragically cut short.FIFA chief Gianni Infantino canceled a trip to Australia to attend the funeral.Officials said Brazilian President Michel Temer would likely travel to Chapeco as well.“The #Chapecoense will remain in our memory for their perseverance and tenacity. I reiterate my deepest solidarity with relatives of the victims,” ​​Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos wrote on Twitter as the last plane departed. Source: Fernando VergaraThe bodies will be carried during a funeral procession through the city, ending with a ceremony at the team’s stadium.Authorities are still investigating what caused the charter flight to smash into the mountains outside Medellin, where Chapecoense was due to play the biggest match in its history — the finals of the Copa Sudamericana, South America’s second-largest cup tournament.A harrowing recording has emerged of the panicked pilot asking the control tower for priority to land because he was out of fuel, which would make the crash tragically avoidable.Colombia’s civil aviation safety chief, Freddy Bonilla, said the plane disregarded international rules on fuel reserves.© – AFP 2016Read: At least 38 killed in two separate Chinese coal mine blasts Funeral employees arrange caskets covered in white sheets with a Chapecoense soccer team logo. Image: Fernando Vergara Bodies of victims of plane crash which wiped out football team flown back to Brazil FIFA chief Gianni Infantino canceled a trip to Australia to attend the funeral.center_img Funeral employees arrange caskets covered in white sheets with a Chapecoense soccer team logo. 10,459 Views 5 Comments Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 12:19 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

The 9 at 9 Friday

first_img Friday 20 Jan 2017, 7:46 AM By Sean Murray http://jrnl.ie/3195633 Share1 Tweet Email Short URL 2 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The 9 at 9: Friday Here’s everything you need to know as you start your day. 9,833 Views Jan 20th 2017, 7:46 AM EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #ONLY SHOW IN TOWN: Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States today. Here’s everything you need to know about the inauguration.2. #MELBOURNE: Three people have been killed, and 20 more injured, after a car ploughed into pedestrians in a busy shopping district in Melbourne.3. #AVALANCHE: Rescuers have vowed not to give up their search for survivors from the Hotel Rigopiano, that was buried in snow following an earthquake in Italy on Wednesday.4. #SINN FÉIN: Martin McGuinness bowed out of politics yesterday, but who do the party have lined up to fill his shoes?5. #TRIBUTE: Ian Paisley Jr has paid a heartfelt tribute to McGuinness, saying that he had doubtless “saved lives” and “made countless lives better”.6. #SAVOY: The owners of the iconic Savoy Cinema in Dublin have said that the size of its biggest screen will not be changed, after rumours had circulated that they planned to dramatically reduce it.7. #CORK: A giant metal spike sculpture erected in the Town Park in Fermoy has been causing quite a stir.8. #GOOD NEWS: A programme for a “wonder drug” to treat a 22-month-old baby with a rare disease has been approved at Temple Street Hospital.9. #EVICTIONS: Apollo House organisers Home Sweet Home have accused Minister Simon Coveney of a “U-turn” after the government voted down the anti-evictions bill in the Dáil yesterday.last_img read more

Department destroyed report on National Museum management Dáil hears

first_imgThe new Board have already taken action to deal with the legacy HR issues at the Museum and the Minister has confidence in the Board and its Chair to deal with this matter.This article was updated at 17.45 to include a statement from the National Museum of Ireland, and again updated at 20.45 to include a statement from the Department for ArtsRead: Report shows ‘toxic’ culture of bullying at National Museum of IrelandRead: Conserving our heritage: ‘One woman was in tears that her home was a protected structure’ It is also my information that a protected disclosure was made to the National Museum but there is no record of a protected disclosure on the Department’s records or on the National Museum’s records.“The stand-off that exists between the Minster and the Department and the museum is very difficult to understand given that two cases were settled in the High Court around this issue.”A recent, separate report into well-being at the National Museum described the work environment there as ‘toxic’. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieMinister with responsibility for the Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys replied:“I repeat that I am advised that my Department has not received any allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour and I am not aware of any protected disclosures.What I can say, however, is that an official in my Department received a telephone call approximately two years ago during the course of which the same issues were raised that had been previously written about to my predecessor regarding the report of 2012. I did not ignore the matter.“This is a HR issue. I am not getting involved in HR issues.”Tóibín said it was “not credible” that the Minister would say that it is not her responsibility “to fix this particular problem”.In a statement to TheJournal.ie, the National Museum of Ireland said that their board has been engaging in a planning process “to ensure that the Museum develops to its fullest potential”.They also added that no protected disclosures were made to the Museum.Correspondence was received relating to inter-staff matters, but this correspondence does not legally constitute a protected disclosure. Friday 10 Mar 2017, 3:36 PM Short URL The Board and management of the Museum have statutory responsibility for HR issues, the minister of the day does not. The Minister appointed a new Board to the Museum last summer, with strong HR and corporate governance skills. Share Tweet Email Image: SAM BOAL/RollingNews.ie Mar 10th 2017, 3:36 PM 8 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha Updated 8.45pmA TD HAS told the Dáil that he understands a report into the actions of management at the National Museum of Ireland was destroyed in a government department.Speaking in the Dáil in Irish yesterday, Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín said that allegations of sexual abuse, bullying and heavy-handed management at the National Museum were well-known.After a problem with the Dáil’s Irish language translation system, Tóibín continued in English, telling the Dáil:With regard to the case of the individual who is on administrative leave, it is my understanding that a report was sent to the Minister’s Department, that there is a copy of that report in the National Museum and that this report was destroyed in the Department.center_img Earlier exchangesResponding to questions put to her earlier, Heather Humphreys said that no allegations  in relation to sexual harassment had been received by her Department.I am advised my Department has not received any allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour in the National Museum of Ireland, nor has any investigation of such allegations been undertaken.“In April 2012, my predecessor was in receipt of correspondence relating to general staff issues at the National Museum of Ireland.”She added that while it would not be appropriate to directly intervene in human resources issues, Humphreys added that she had discussions with the chair of the museum on legacy staffing issues. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieSpeaking in Irish, Peadar Tóibín said the Minister’s office got a call in June 2015 about these issues. He said that he was told by the team that the information was put before the Department, because they kept a copy in the National Museum as well.“Is the Minister giving us inaccurate information, because the information the Minister has is completely different from the information from the team in there and others who are involved?”Heather Humphreys clarified to say she hadn’t given anybody wrong information, and gave the following account in an attempt to clear the record:“First, there was a consultant’s report in 2012, which was referred to the Department at that time. Human resources issues were mentioned in it and that was a matter for the museum.A new board was appointed to the museum in July 2016. Department destroyed report on National Museum management, Dáil hears Minister Heather Humphreys said that to her knowledge her Department had not received any allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour on the National Museum. https://jrnl.ie/3280625 A well-being survey was commissioned last autumn and it is now dealing with HR issues in the museum and any legacy issues. The board and the director of the museum, therefore, are dealing with those issues. The Museum does not comment or disclose details of correspondences from individual staff members, for legal and privacy purposes. However, we can confirm that all members of staff involved were afforded their full legal rights. Image: SAM BOAL/RollingNews.ie As I said, the well-being survey outlined a number of issues and it is on that basis that the board and the director will address the HR issues in the museum.“I want to be clear that it is not my job to get involved in HR issues. I am very clear about that. It is the responsibility of the museum.“The museum has a new board and a new chairperson. It is a very good board with a very capable chairperson and director of the museum. That is their responsibility.”Show the evidenceIn a statement to TheJournal.ie, a spokesperson for Minister Humphreys urged Tóibín to produce the evidence he purports to have in relation to the allegation made in the Dáil.They said: “Following Deputy Toibin’s comments in the Dáil, the Minister has asked the Secretary General of her Department to carry out a review of all relevant records and engagement between the Department and the National Museum in relation to HR and staffing issues.She has also asked the Chair of the Museum to provide her with an update following the next Board meeting on the actions being taken to deal with staffing issues. 11,244 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Search underway for 2 in theft of laptops from pet supply store

first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating two men who, they said, targeted a pet supply store in Oakland Park for its laptops.Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives said the subjects posed as customers when they entered the Puppy Boutique Store, located along North Federal Highway and Northeast 40th Street, Aug. 29.Investigators said one of the thieves left the store while his accomplice unlocked the side door and briefly looked outside. It was at that moment that, officials said, the other thief returned, grabbed the Dell and Acer laptops and left out the side door.Investigators said the subject who was captured on surveillance video taking the computers is bald or has a shaved head, has a trimmed beer and has tattoos in his left forearm. He was seen wearing a gold watch, a gray T-shirt, blue jeans and blue shoes with a white trim.His accomplice was described as heavy-set, and he was last seen wearing camo shorts and a red shirt adorned with the U.S. flag and a bald eagle.If you know who they are or have any information on their whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Google to pay some faultyPixel owners 500 each after classaction lawsuit

first_img See It Some original Google Pixels had issues. Stephen Shankland/CNET Google has agreed to a settlement in a class-action lawsuit brought by owners of its original Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. “Google’s total financial commitment under this agreement shall be $7,250,000,” the settlement says. The affected phones were manufactured prior to Jan. 4, 2017, with the owners suing Google in February 2018 after alleging they were intentionally sold faulty phones. The original complaint said hundreds of customers complained to Google of “severe microphone issues.””Instead of fixing the defective Pixel phones, providing refunds or replacing the devices with nondefective phones,” the complaint said, “Google has replaced defective phones with other defective phones, resulting in many consumers repeatedly experiencing the microphone defect.”The settlement divides affected Pixel users into four categories, with the group experiencing multiple failures from the audio defect, including on a replacement Pixel, eligible to be paid $500 from Google, and those who saw only one failure slated to receive up to $350. Those who didn’t report experiencing the audio defect are still eligible to be paid $20 by Google, while those who received a third-party insurance payment for the audio defect will be judged on an individual basis. The search giant unveiled the original Pixel in October 2016. The device was the company’s first branded flagship phone. Prior to that, Google released phones through its Nexus program, through which it provided the software and worked with a handset maker like LG or Huawei to create the hardware. Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the settlement but said in March 2017 that a “hairline crack in the solder connection on the audio codec affected around 1 percent of original Pixels. “This will affect all three mics and may result in other issues with audio processing,” Google employee Brian Rakowski wrote at the time. “Based on temperature changes or the way you hold the phone, the connection may be temporarily restored and the problems may go away. “This is especially frustrating as a user because, just when you think you’ve got it fixed, the problem randomly comes back,” Rakowski wrote.The Google Pixel 2 XL then experienced burn-in issues later in 2017.  $479 See it $466 Tags Amazon Mentioned Above Google Pixel 3A XL (just black) Best Buy $479 Comments See It Sprint See It Google Pixel 3A XL Review • Pixel 3A XL review: Everything you like about the Pixel 3, but bigger and cheaper News • Google Pixel 3A XL leak puts camera right in your face Share your voice Phones Tech Industry $466 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 2 Googlelast_img read more

Medicare Will Penalize Alaska Hospitals For Patient Safety

first_imgThe four largest hospitals in Alaska are facing Medicare payment penalties for the quality of their care. Providence, Alaska Regional, Alaska Native Medical Center and Fairbanks Memorial are all in the bottom 25% nationally for the number of infections and serious complications patients get in their hospitals, according to data analyzed by Kaiser Health News. The penalties are part of a focus on quality care that’s included in the Affordable Care Act. Download AudioCentral lines are IV’s inserted in veins that lead right to a patient’s heart. Infections in those lines are serious. And in 2012, Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage had 17 of them in their Intensive Care Units.For each hospital in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ analysis, Medicare calculated a preliminary “hospital acquired-condition” score from 1 to 10 (10 is the worst.) Hospitals getting the penalty, will lose 1 percent of each Medicare payment from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2015. This data was analyzed by Kaiser Health News. (Graphic by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)“There was no one single thing, there’s no smoking gun, we were not doing x.”Dr. Dick Mandsager is Providence’s hospital administrator. He says the hospital recognized the infections as they were happening and started paying attention to every detail for patients with central lines. In 2013, Providence had six central line infections instead of 17.“It’s making sure that the whole bundle of care is done every single time, all the time, regardless of how pressured you are, regardless of how many things you’ve got on your mind.”The spike in central line infections in 2012 helped push Providence into the lowest quarter of hospitals nationally for safety measures Medicare is tracking. The analysis is preliminary, but the fines are unlikely to change when the final numbers are out later this year. In Alaska, Providence has plenty of company. The state’s three other big hospitals; Alaska Native Medical Center, Fairbanks Memorial and Alaska Regional are all receiving penalties for patient safety. As a result, the hospitals will lose 1% of their Medicare payments for a year starting in October.Julie Taylor is the new CEO of Alaska Regional. She says her hospital’s poor score is due in part to an increase in post surgical blood clots- seven total- during the year the Medicare data was pulled from.“If you look at the percent of our total surgeries, this number isn’t alarming. But if it’s my mom, that number is alarming, even one.”Taylor says Alaska Regional has emphasized training to bring down the rate of blood clots and other complications, which is especially important given a staff turnover rate of 20 percent annually at the hospital:“What that means to you is that we have to retrain staff who are coming in, make sure they understand all the protocols, because this takes hard wiring. It’s not by happenstance that these things are prevented, it absolutely has to be hardwired and that’s why orientation and training and vigilance has to take place.”Taylor applauds Medicare’s effort to track patient safety and penalize the worst performing hospitals. That’s a point all of the hospitals agree on, including Fairbanks Memorial. Gena Edmiston is Chief Nursing Officer there. She says during the last year, the hospital has had a new focus on patient safety:“We meet every two weeks, look at every single safety incident in the hospital. We address them and then very consciously look for results.”Edmiston says Fairbanks Memorial has seen steep drops in some areas, like central line infections. Other problems, like patient falls, have been harder to address.All the hospitals pointed out potential problems with the way Medicare measures quality. Alaska Native Medical Center’s Jay Butler chairs the infection control committee there and says his hospital’s poor score flagged one main problem:“The one that really stands out to us is the catheter associated urinary tract infection rate.”Butler says many of the cases were from a type of bug that colonizes the urinary tract without causing an infection. Basically something that looks and acts like an infection, but isn’t one.  He says the hospital will address how those cases are handled.  He says the way Medicare issues hospital penalties isn’t perfect, but it’s better than nothing:“We’ve got to track how we’re doing otherwise we have no idea whether or not we’re making progress. We wouldn’t even know whether or not we’re providing good care.”But a Harvard health policy expert has big problems with the way Medicare is measuring quality. Professor Ashish Jha says large teaching hospitals and urban hospitals tend to get the bulk of the penalties. He thinks that may be because they’re doing a better job documenting complications compared to hospitals that aren’t even aware of errors:“What you end up doing is penalizing hospitals that are more vigilant, that are paying closer attention, are documenting the complications and coding them in their billing data.”Still, Jha thinks infection rates, which do not come from billing data, are important quality measures. He says hospitals should have close to zero central line infections, the problem Providence struggled with, if they’re following standard practice.Dr. Mandsager, from Providence, says the hospital’s goal is zero central line infections, but it’s a challenge:“I could not have predicted 20 years ago, in the measures that get publicly reported, how close you have to be to perfection otherwise you’re doing poorly comparatively. Do I feel bad about our current performance? Absolutely.”Mandsager is confident Providence will not be in the same position during the next round of Medicare penalties. In the meantime, he says the 1% cut in Medicare payments is significant. The hospital estimates it will lose more than $500,000 in federal payments. Fairbanks Memorial Hospital calculates its lost payments could be as much as $400,000. Both Alaska Regional and Alaska Native Medical Center estimate their penalties will cost them around $200,000.This story is part of a reporting partnership between APRN, NPR and Kasier Health News.last_img read more

46th National Cooperatives Day Saturday

first_imgPhoto: BSSThe 46th National Cooperatives Day will be observed in the country tomorrow (Saturday) with this year’s theme “Let’s do productive cooperatives, build developed Bangladesh.”President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday issued separate messages greeting all cooperators on the eve of the day.Highlighting different aspects of the cooperatives, they said the cooperatives is playing important role in the socio-economic development of the country.The day will be observed amid holding of different programmes including rally, discussion, distribution of national cooperatives award and cultural functions.The department of cooperatives has chalked out elaborate programmes to observe day in a befitting manner.The programmes include rally, hoisting of national and cooperatives flags, screening of documentary films, illuminating roads and its islands, discussion, prize distribution and cultural functions.The main programme in the capital will begin through holding of a rally from Matshya Bhaban to Osmani Memorial Auditorium at 8.30am. LGRD and cooperatives minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain is expected to lead the rally.A discussion and National Cooperatives Award-2017 distribution programme will be held at Osmani Memorial Auditorium at 9am tomorrow (Saturday). Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will attend the function as the chief guest.The day will also be observed at upazila, district and divisional levels in a befitting manner.last_img read more

Houston in Black and White

first_imgPromos Our GuestsNatalie Arceneaux, business consultant, and conservative talk show hostDr. Andrew Hamilton, Founding Director, UH Bonner Leaders ProgramDeric Muhammad, Author/ActivistRev. Hannah Terry, Associate Pastor, FAM (Fondren Apartment Ministry)Our HostsErnie Manouse, Senior Producer/Host, Houston Public MediaEddie Robinson, Morning Edition Anchor, Houston Public MediaAdditional MaterialsPress ReleasePhotos Sharelast_img

Snapshot The Stories Of 9 Houston High School 2019 Graduates

first_imgSeniors all across Houston are graduating from high school this month. Among them are athletes, mothers and students who are the first in their families to go to college. In the photo gallery below, we highlight the personal stories of nine seniors.– / 9 Sharelast_img

The Defenders Trailer is Here

first_imgMarvel’s partnership with Netflix has given us some of the best superhero TV around (and Iron Fist), and now it’s all coming together with The Defenders. This is what each series has been building to since Daredevil dropped its first season. Since then, we’ve had amazingly choreographed fight scenes, down-to-earth superhero stories, and a few terrifying villains. After Iron Fist disappointed by containing exactly none of those things, I was beginning to worry about the coming crossover event. Would the downward trend continue? This trailer helps put some of those fears to rest.From the very beginning, when Jessica Jones is in the police interrogation room, everything feels right again. Part of that is the excitement of seeing Jones on screen again. Here series was far and away the best of the four, and the wait for season two has been long and trying. Krysten Ritter’s portrayal of the character is just so much fun to watch. Then it gets even better. Matt Murdock walks in, being the confident, earnest lawyer we know him to be. In the brief interaction, we see between them they appear to bounce off each other well. That should make for a fun team up.Luke Cage is back, and he seems to be in a slightly better place than in the last two series we’ve seen from him. He’s determined to be a hero, and is also in some kind of relationship with Rosario Dawson’s Night Nurse? Alright. And then there’s Iron Fist. Yeah, we’re stuck with Danny Rand, but he doesn’t seem nearly as lame in this as he did in his own series. It probably helps that he’ll probably have a more concrete reason to fight in The Defenders. It also helps that four other superheroes are there to tell him when he’s being ridiculous.We only see about a second of action, but it looks promising. Like they’re going the has been describedDaredevil route of long takes and brutal hits. All I ask is that during the action scenes, we’ll be able to tell what’s going on. Elektra is back too, which is exciting, but the person I’m most interested in is Sigourney Weaver. I don’t need to mention what a great actress she is, but nobody can play a cold, frighteningly intelligent adversary the way she can. Her character, Alexandra, is a new invention for this series, and as sophisticated, dangerous and a powerful force in New York City. If nothing else, Weaver’s presence alone makes The Defenders worth checking out.The Defenders will arrive on Netflix on August 18, 2017.last_img read more