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first_imgAdvertisementBritish heavyweight boxer Dillian Whyte has earned the nickname “The Body Snatcher” but he is lucky enough to not have gone to an early grave himself after being shot and stabbed when he was a teenager.Whyte, who lost two years of his career to a doping ban, admits he will never be seen as a knight in shining armor like current world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. He cannot change himself to be like Joshua but what he could change he did – a new trainer, a new training base, a new emphasis on scientific details and a fresh persona.“I could go to church, save a million puppies, 100,000 dolphins, seven blue whales and adopt 200 kids tomorrow and Joshua will still be the golden goose,” Whyte tells BBC Sport. “There’s no point me fighting that battle with him. People will get to see I’m real and a straight guy. And they’ll realize I can fight as well.”“I just thought enough is enough man. What I was doing wasn’t good enough,” adds Whyte. “It was good enough up until I met someone who was doing it properly – someone who was stronger than me and in better mental and physical condition than I was.“He was training with good structure around him. I wasn’t an Olympic champion or an ABA champion. I never had that setup.“That loss, it depends on what person you are. If you’re mentally weak it can destroy you. Some guys who look talented, lose and never come back. We will see what happens when Joshua loses for the first time.”Dillian Whyte fights Joseph Parker this Saturday on Sky Sports PPV.Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgRoss Barkley has the ability to become the best midfielder in the world, according to his Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard.Former Everton midfielder Barkley’s stock has been on the rise ever since Maurizio Sarri walked through the door of Cobham Training Ground after becoming Chelsea’s manager in the summer.The 24-year-old has received his first call-up to the England squad in 18 months after a long-term injury saw him become something of a forgotten figure in the Premier League last season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! His return to full fitness, and Sarri’s use of Barkley, saw him earn his sixth start of the season in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Southampton, where he helped his side to victory with a goal and an assist, and Hazard was impressed to see his team-mate making an impact.”He played a fantastic game today,” Hazard said at St Mary’s Stadium. “Of course, it is not just because he scored and got an assist. I think he is strong, you can see on the pitch that he is very strong. He had some bad moments last year and two years ago with injury but I think he can reach a fantastic level because he is a fantastic player.”I remember that I was watching him at Everton. So, he is still young, I think he is a good player for the future of Chelsea. When you have confidence, you play more often. At the moment, he is playing, he played in the Europa League and today. He is playing 75 minutes.”Confidence comes when you play games. So, I think he is a fantastic player. I think Ross, if you give him the freedom to play and the confidence on the pitch that he can be one of the best in the world in midfield. He is strong, powerful, can dribble, he is clever, shoot and score.”He has everything to be the best. I think he is a fantastic midfielder and, if he has the players around him to help him play, then he can be one of the best.”Barkley’s performance on the south coast was arguably his best display in a Chelsea shirt, although Sarri did suggest in his post-match press conference that he played better in the Carabao Cup win over Liverpool.Meanwhile, Hazard also registered a goal and an assist in the same game, and he has undoubtedly become an even more dangerous attacking force for Chelsea this season.His goal was his eighth of the season in all competitions and he has now been involved in 12 goals, scoring nine times and providing three assists, in his last 11 games for Chelsea.Hazard believes that it is the best style of football he has played in a Chelsea shirt, saying: “I think that this is the best [style of football].”We had some great results in the past, so I can’t say that the managers before weren’t good, but I think in terms of football and the way we are playing. Yes, this is the best football.”It is similar to how we played in France with Lille. A lot of pass and move. Movement from the team. Then we also have good players in our team so that’s why we are playing this great football.”last_img read more

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first_imgChandigarh, Jun 21 (PTI) A series of yoga events were held at all the district headquarters in Punjab today on the occasion of the fourth International Yoga Day. “Yoga improves the health and many ailments can be prevented by adopting Yoga in our daily life. Yoga keeps body and mind healthy. This is a free gift of India to world,” said Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister Brahm Mohindra in a message on the occasion. He exhorted people to adopt yoga as daily routine. A state level event was held from 7am to 8 am at the sports complex in Mohali as per Mohindra’s directions, said an official release here. A large number of people including senior citizens, school children, officers, officials of various departments and NGOs participated, it added. Training sessions, workshops and seminars were conducted on Common Yoga Protocol in various departments of government of Punjab including the home department, education department, jails department, Punjab Armed Police and non-government organisations, said an official spokesman. The state forest department distributed around 1,000 thousand saplings of sandal, Amaltas, Jamun, Sadabahar, Bilva etc to the participants in Mohali. Events were held in other parts of the state including Jalandhar, Ferozepur, Amritsar under state government’s ‘Tandarust Punjab Mission’, officials said. Senior officials were seen performing yoga asanas during the events. PTI CHS SUN VSD ADSADSlast_img read more

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first_img4th Test, Day 4, brief scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) & 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*) at stumps, trail by 316 runs following on. Full ScorecardFormer Australia captain Ian Chappell heaped praise on Team India captain Virat Kohli, saying that Kohli’s success in all three formats pleases him.”He is a very good player. It doesn’t matter where I place him because a champion in one era would be a champion in any other era,” Ian Chappell told TOI.”What pleases me most is that he has been successful in all three formats by playing traditional cricket shots, like Viv Richards used to do,” Ian Chappell added.When asked about Cheteshwar Pujara, Ian Chappell said that even though he has been a champion batsman in the ongoing India-Australia Test series, he has found a problem with his batting.”He is good player. The only problem is he doesn’t think enough about scoring runs. At times it looks to me that he is batting in the nets – just happy to play out deliveries. He shouldn’t get bogged down as much as he does,” Ian Chappell said.Ian Chappell also praised the Indian cricket’s current structure and explained why and how India have manged to overtake Australia and beat them at their own game.”India had a couple of advantages. First, they have got a window for IPL. So your guys are still playing a lot of firstclass cricket. India are not in a position where they are playing a Test series like this and if their batsmen are not making runs, they don’t have to pick a replacement from a T20 competition.advertisementA window for IPL also means India are not playing Test cricket during that period, nor do their players go around playing other T20 competitions because they are so well paid in the IPL. The other factor is that India have a huge population, so the talent pool is much larger than Australia’s,” Ian Chappell added.Ian Chappell feels that the Australia’s batting is in decline and listed out reasons which he feels have contributed to the problem.”A lot of factors have combined to lead us where we are today. Technical issues, lack of systematic coaching, focus on shorter formats and the adverse effects of IPL and BBL have all played a part,” Ian Chappell said.When asked to elaborate on the real problem, Ian Chappell said, “I think the problem is the talent is not maturing. Greg (Chappell) says that there is a lot of young talent around. Unfortunately, after they are getting into the system, they are going off the rails. So I think the system is partly responsible. The club and inter-state cricket also have got issues and are not developing the talents properly.”Also Read | Virat Kohli will be India’s best-ever captain if he keeps learning: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Virat Kohli wasn’t even born when India last enforced follow-on in Australia 33 years agolast_img read more

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first_imgU17 World Cup U-17 World Cup: “We want to make it through from group stage” – Germany coach Anselm Noronha Last updated 2 years ago 22:15 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Germany U-17 U17 World Cup Germany U17 Germany U17 v Costa Rica U17 Costa Rica U17 Germany all set to take Costa Rica in their opening match in the FIFA U-17 World Cup on Saturday….. Germany coach Christian Richard Wuch eyes qualification from the group stage of the FIFA U-17 World Cup as their primary target as the Germans gear up to face Costa Rica on Saturday in their tournament opener. The match will be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa.Ahead of their opening fixture, Wuch addressed the media and said, “It is a historical moment not only for India but for us as well. We want to make it through from the group stage and that’s our expectation (for now). This is good for the team. We have many players who played the youth league in Europe which is like a Champions League for the youth teams. (Leipzig’s) Eric (Majetschak) is one of these players who played against Istanbul around three weeks ago. Every game against international or World Cup teams is a great development for the players.”The German side is not happy with the grass of the Goa stadium. It is different in nature from the turf in which the team had trained before the tournament. On the grass issue, the coach opined, “I cannot explain. The players have a little problem with the grass (in Goa) while playing the ball but we are getting used to it and it will get better for us.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. When asked about the Indian weather and how they have adjusted to the conditions, the coach replied, “We have come to India on the 1st of October. It (the weather) is not like Europe but after five or six days I think we have acclimatised ourselves to the weather.”A crucial member of the German side, goalkeeper Christian Fruchtl could not travel with the team this time as his club Bayern Munich refused to release the player. Manue Neuer’s injury was the reason why Fruchtl take part in the World Cup.On asked if they will miss the custodian, Wuch said, “I think the reason why Christian (Fruchtl) stayed in Germany is logical. Manuel Neuer is injured. After talking to the coaches of Bayern, it is natural that we don’t get the player to the World Cup because the club needs him.”last_img read more

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first_imgFrance Martial joins N’Zonzi & Pavard in France squad Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 21:43 11/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) anthony martial - cropped Getty Images France Anthony Martial France v Wales Germany v France Wales Germany Manchester United Olympique Lyonnais Friendlies Didier Deschamps has named his squad for France’s friendlies against Wales and Germany Anthony Martial has been called up to the France squad for their friendly matches against Wales and Germany in November.Uncapped duo Steven N’Zonzi and Benjamin Pavard have also surprisingly been included on head coach Didier Deschamps’ 24-man list.France 11/2 to win World Cup 2018 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Manchester United forward Martial, who has not played for his country since October 2016, has been rewarded for some strong recent form for Jose Mourinho’s side.Lyon captain Nabil Fekir has also earned a recall after being left out of the squad for last month’s final World Cup qualifying matches.Stuttgart defender Pavard and Sevilla’s N’Zonzi have been given the chance to win their first senior caps, with both having played for the Under-21 side.There is no place for the injured Paul Pogba or Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.Voilà les 24 Bleus appelés pour affronter l’Allemagne et le Pays de Galles ! RDV lundi pour le début du rassemblement #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/3Ajw6ZVsaq— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) November 2, 2017Speaking in September, Deschamps suggested he would bring Martial back into the set-up if he continued to show improvement in his United displays.”Anthony is a lot better because he’s making a difference in games,” he said. “He’s getting back to a good level, he’s being used more by Mourinho.”He came to us very young, he was with us for Euro 2016. He had a difficult period that he seems to have gotten over. I can only encourage him to continue and make me think it over again and again.”France host Wales on November 10 before taking on world champions Germany four days later.Squad in full:Goalkeepers: Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain), Benoit Costil (Bordeaux), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)Defenders: Lucas Digne (Barcelona), Christophe Jallet (Nice), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint-Germain), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)Midfielders: Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla), Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich)Forwards: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)last_img read more

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first_imgUrban Meyer and Lincoln Riley shaking hands after a game.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 09: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners shakes hands with head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes after the Sooners defeated the Buckeyes 31-16 at Ohio Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)On Tuesday night the penultimate College Football Playoff rankings were released. After a tremendous Rivalry Weekend, the playoff rankings saw significant upheaval that will lead to an interesting final weekend of college football before the playoff is officially set.After Ohio State knocked off Michigan in impressive fashion, the Buckeyes jumped up to No. 6 – just behind Oklahoma. That puts the Sooners in a great spot to make the playoff over the Buckeyes if both programs win this weekend.College Football Playoff committee chair Rob Mullens revealed why Oklahoma sits ahead of Ohio State. It all comes down to Oklahoma’s “historic offense.”CFP chair Rob Mullens: Oklahoma’s body of work is still impressive. I understand defensive deficiencies are there … but they really have a historic offense … (offense) scores enough points to win games and at the end of the day, it’s about results.”#Sooners— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) November 28, 2018If Oklahoma and Ohio State both win, the Sooners would likely take a playoff spot over the Buckeyes. Oklahoma and Ohio State fans will keep an eye on the SEC title game that pits Alabama against Georgia.If Georgia beats Alabama, the Bulldogs would claim a spot in the playoff. The committee would then need to decide between Alabama and Oklahoma/Ohio State if both win.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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first_img IANS ChennaiJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 10:25 IST Kamal Haasan will be seen in Indian 2On the occasion of Pongal, filmmaker S Shankar on Tuesday unveiled the first look poster of his next movie, Indian 2 featuring actor-politician Kamal Haasan.Shankar shared the poster in his tweet and extended Pongal wishes to everyone. Via the poster, it was revealed that the project will go on the floors from Friday.#indian2 Hi everyone! Happy Pongal pic.twitter.com/rgiuCBBtLqShankar Shanmugham (@shankarshanmugh) January 14, 2019A sequel to 1996 Tamil blockbuster Indian, the project also stars Kajal Aggarwal as the leading lady.Having already begun prepping for her role in the film, she told IANS that she sees signing Indian 2 as a step up in her career.”I’m really thrilled to be part of the project. I’m quite excited about my role and the skills I will get to learn on the job. I see signing Indian 2 as a step up in my career,” she said.Here’s how Twitter users are reacting:Sirrr Super Duper .. Pongal wishesRam Muthuram Cinemas (@RamCinemas) January 14, 2019@anirudhofficial -Lifetime AccomplishmentApart from ARR.. i do not thing any other music Director has this Feat..Music scored for Rajini.. Kamal.. Ajith.. Vijay.. Surya.. Dhanush..Lots more to come Anirudh..”GOD & AANDAVAR Bless”I mean @rajinikanth & @ikamalhaasan pic.twitter.com/jBXrLsLAbY(@ChoVial) January 14, 2019Whats wrong with ARrWhy AnirudhAnyway congrats to himNiranjan Venu (@niranjan_venu) January 14, 2019As a rajini sir fans i wish kamal sir to get a masterpiece.MOHAMMED IQBAL. A (@iqbalkkv) January 14, 2019Very Disappointing Announcement@shankarshanmugh Sir..Why u Change Music Composer @arrahmanadvertisementBkz Tweetz (@arunsingh_bismi) January 14, 201923-years back #Indian2 #SenapathiIsBack pic.twitter.com/K9PFEWGluGRobin Zany (@robincena05) January 14, 2019While promoting his last outing 2.0, S Shankar revealed that he recently did a photo-shoot with Kamal Haasan for Indian 2.Shankar added that he was thrilled to see Kamal Haasan sporting the look of the popular octogenarian character Senapathy, a freedom fighter-turned-vigilante bent on rooting out corruption.Indian 2 will have music by Anirudh Ravichander. The rest of the cast and crew are yet to be revealed.ALSO SEE: Indian 2 first look out: Kamal Haasan says Happy Pongal with last filmALSO READ| Indian 2: Simbu replaced by Siddharth in Kamal Haasan film?ALSO WATCH | Tamil actor Simbu booked for obscene beep songGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bynisha Tags :Follow Kamal HassanFollow 2.0Follow S Shankar First poster of Kamal Haasan’s film Indian 2 is out. Here’s how fans are reactingDirector S Shankar shared the poster in his tweet and extended Pongal wishes to everyone. Via the poster, it was revealed that the project of Indian 2 starring Kamal Haasan will go on the floors from Friday.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgOwner of dry bulk carriers and tankers DryShips has wrapped up the sale of its six Aframax tankers to entities controlled by the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, George Economou.The tankers’ en-bloc sales price amounts to USD 291 million, DryShips said in an announcement. The sale, which was announced in March, relates to the following ships: Belmar, Calida, Alicante, Mareta, Saga and Daytona.Commenting on the sale back in March, Ziad Nakhleh, Chief Financial Officer of the Company, said that these transactions would generateapproximately an additional $150 million in free cash which could be potentially used to prepay any remaining outstanding amount under the company’s ABN AMRO Bridge Loan.“Ultimately, we believe the sale of the tankers as opposed to an initial public offering of our tanker fleet is the best way to immediately realize maximum value. These transactions increase our cash liquidity and we believe they should release the selling pressure on both DryShips and Ocean Rig share prices, as we demonstrate that DryShips has many options other than the sale of undervalued Ocean Rig shares,” he added.DryShips owns a fleet of 39 drybulk carriers, and owns and operates 13 offshore ultra deepwater drilling units, comprising of 2 ultra deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs and 11 ultra deepwater drillships.last_img read more

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first_imgWayanad (Kerala): Sister Lucy Kalapurakkal, who was dismissed recently from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) of the Catholic Church over grounds of indiscipline, has accused the Church of harassing her. The nun made the charge a day after the Kerala police registered an FIR against the convent accusing it of her illegal confinement. Speaking to the media at the convent on Tuesday, Sister Kalapurakkal said after the police action, the Church was now circulating a fake video that shows her in poor light. She said she would take legal steps against those who are circulating video. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Sister Kalapurakkal was dismissed from the FCC on August 7 for having supported an agitation by nuns demanding the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Jalandhar, who accused in a rape case. She was given 10 days to vacate the convent. On Tuesday morning Sister Kalapurakkal’s brother came to see her. “So far we knew what came out in the media. But after coming here and meeting her, we realised that things are much worse than what is being shown in the media. We will support her against the injustice meted out to her,” said her brother.last_img read more

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first_imgBIG TROUT LAKE, Ont. — Officials say a mother and four children have died following a house fire in a northern Ontario First Nation.A spokesman for the chief and council of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation, located 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay, Ont., says the blaze broke out on Thursday morning.Sam McKay says the victims were a single mother and four of her children.He says investigators have yet to arrive at the scene, so there’s no word on what caused the fire.McKay says the entire community is devastated by the loss.Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler of Nishnawbe Aski Nation says a team of crisis and support workers will be sent to the community, which is also known as Big Trout Lake.More coming.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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“There will not be any point in us defeating the Tigers if through the northern province elections the aim of dividing the country is met,” he said.The Minister says Sri Lanka is now faced with a key national challenge to ensure the northern province does not fall into the hands of separatist forces and by virtue of that into the hands of international forces looking at dividing the country. (Colombo Gazette) Weerawanse said that if separatist forces contest and win the election they will gradually ask for police and land powers. Elections for the northern provincial council are scheduled to take place in September this year. Government Minister Wimal Weerawanse says the northern provincial council should not be allowed to fall into the hands of separatist forces.He warned that if such elements obtain power in the council following the scheduled elections later this year, they will look at dividing the country once again. CLICK TO PLAY AUDIO read more

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OTTAWA — A new commemorative loonie is sparking concern among academics and advocates who fear it could perpetuate myths about Canada’s treatment of lesbian, gay, transgender, queer and two spirited persons.The Royal Canadian Mint will unveil the new one dollar coin in Toronto next week as it joins government departments and agencies to mark “50 years of progress for LGBTQ2 Canadians.”A spokeswoman said Tuesday the mint takes great pride in celebrating Canada’s culture, history and values, adding that 50 years ago, Parliament passed an act that “initiated the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada.”The mint is largely informed by the Department of Canadian Heritage and its “anniversaries of significance”, the spokeswoman said.However, York University historian Tom Hooper said Tuesday that legal reforms unveiled in 1969 did not amount to decriminalization and charges for consensual gay sex among adults went up in the ensuing decades.“Normally, I would expect decriminalization means a reduction in arrests,” he said. “This is the opposite.”Hooper, who is part of a network of activists and academics seeking to examine myths surrounding the 1969 Criminal Code reform, said he doesn’t have the ability to counter the message of about three million coins expected to be produced.“Ultimately this coin is stamped in metal and I can’t change that,” he said in an interview.He said he would prefer to see a celebration of the first national demonstration on gay and lesbian rights held on Parliament Hill in 1971.“That protest was held on the second anniversary of the 1969 reforms coming into effect,” Hooper said.“Our community called for an actual decriminalization at that protest. So I would recommend that they would make a coin based on that protest.”It would have been meaningful had the federal government indeed repealed gross indecency in 1969, he added, noting it may very well have prevented the historic Toronto bathhouse raids from happening by police on Feb. 5, 1981.Helen Kennedy, executive director for the advocacy group Egale Canada, said the commemorative coin should be taken with the spirit with which it is intended, which is to commemorate a “significant moment” in Canada history.“I think it is really important of the discourse of Canadian history to mark this occasion and to have these conversations to know that we still have a lot of work to do for full inclusion in Canadian society of marginalized groups,” she said.There is room in the conversation for academic historians to point out issues, Kennedy added.“These are important issues and I don’t want to (in) any way undermine the value that they bring to the conversation,” Kennedy said. “I also want to take a moment to commemorate the significance of the moment.” read more

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The Advisory Committee on Polio Eradication (ACPE) advised the four polio-endemic countries to set realistic target dates for stopping transmission, noting that improvements in immunizing all children in these areas have been only incremental, and that these countries will take more than 12 months to end polio.Given that all children paralysed by polio in the world this year were infected by virus originating in one of the four endemic countries, polio-free countries are now taking new measures to protect themselves, the committee said in its latest update. As an example it cited the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia, which will be enforcing stringent polio immunization requirements for the upcoming annual pilgrimage to Mecca.The ACPE oversees the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, spearheaded by the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), national governments, Rotary International, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and many private sector foundations.Global polio eradication efforts reduced the number of cases from 350,000 in 1988 to 1,403 as at 10 October this year, of which 1,300 are in the four endemic countries where transmission has never been stopped, the lowest number of endemic countries in history.In addition to strengthened political ownership in the remaining endemic countries, key to success is the ongoing commitment of the international donor community, WHO said in a news release.For 2006, a further $50 million is urgently needed to ensure that planned immunization activities through to the rest of the year can proceed. Additional funding of $390 million is required for 2007-2008, of which $100 million is needed for activities in the first half of 2007. read more

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Coach Thad Matta speaks to players during a timeout of a game against Purdue on March 1 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 65-61.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOhio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta has 296 wins with the Buckeyes.The program’s all-time wins leader is Fred Taylor with 297. That means Sam Thompson and his teammates can help their coach tie that record with a win against Penn State on Wednesday night.But for Thompson, a tie means nothing.“He is one from tying, right?” the senior forward asked during a Tuesday press conference. “No one wants to tie. No one cares about a tie.”Thompson explained that the Buckeyes will likely put more focus on the record if they win in State College, Pa., but that’s not the focus going in.“I’m sure I will think about that more after tomorrow or after the fact,” he said. “But no matter what we do tomorrow, we can’t get the record.”Matta himself said he hasn’t put much weight on the record, and only even found out he was approaching it when associate strength and conditioning coach Dave Richardson told him “one day in the weight room.”“Honestly, I haven’t thought about it,” Matta said during the Tuesday press conference. “It’s more in terms of I know this team still has a lot that it has to accomplish, it can accomplish. I think if it happens I may take a deep breath and say, ‘Hey, let me think about what it really means to me.’”A regular-season Big Ten title isn’t among the things OSU can still accomplish this season, but a higher seed in the conference tournament is. The Buckeyes, who returned to the Associated Press top 25 at No. 23 on Monday, are 21-8 overall, and 10-6 in Big Ten play.That conference record puts them in a tie for fourth with Iowa and Michigan State, but tiebreakers would make OSU the sixth seed in the Big Ten Tournament, set to begin March 11 in Chicago. Earning a top-four seed would mean the Buckeyes wouldn’t have to start their time in the tournament until the third round.In order to earn that fourth seed, OSU will likely have to beat Penn State and then win again on Sunday against No. 6 Wisconsin at home.Thompson said the prospect of getting Matta the OSU wins record doesn’t change anything when it comes to motivation for winning those final two games.“The goal remains the same,” Thompson said. “That’s beat Penn State tomorrow and beat Wisconsin on Sunday, so there’s no added pressure.”Thompson’s mindset goes even further than the end of the regular season, as he said he has goals of making a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.“I have hopes to play in the Final Four, I want to play in the Final Four,” he said. “I think we have an opportunity to play in the Final Four.”Thompson has been around for 106 of Matta’s OSU wins, and that includes a run to the Final Four in 2012 and a loss in the Elite Eight in 2013.Matta said he likes to hear that Thompson has his sights set on the Final Four already, but for the 11th-year OSU coach, the goals don’t yet extend beyond Wednesday evening, when the Buckeyes are set to play Penn State at 6 p.m.“From my perspective, honestly, I just want to win tomorrow night’s game and play as well as we can,” Matta said. read more

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first_imgDEBATE ROOM: Is the insurance industry to blame for spiralling insurance prices? A damning new report concluded that lack of transparency from the insurance industry is a major contributing factor to the rising cost of motor insurance. 59 Comments Dec 8th 2016, 8:00 PM Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 8:00 PM Share Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3125381 THE JOINT COMMITTEE on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform’s report found average premiums had increased by 37% in the past year. Some motorists have had premium hikes of 300%. The insurance industry argues that it has been losing money on motor cover, and that the high cost of claims is driving up premiums. But according to the report, it’s the lack of transparency about the cost of claims and the lack of data – 70% of claims are settled privately by insurance companies – that’s the real problem. We asked Pearse Doherty TD and Kevin Thompson of Insurance Ireland to give their views.Pearse Doherty, TD and Finance Spokesperson for Sinn FéinDID YOU KNOW you are to blame for a 70% increase in the price of motor insurance over two years? The lawyers, doctors and politicians are to blame too. Fraudsters, the EU and fly by night foreign firms are to blame too.In fact blame is to be spread like a farmer fertilising a field. The only people who are not to blame for insurance increases are the insurance industry.Insurance industry are insulting driversThe above is the line the insurance industry has been admirably peddling for two years now. They have heroically stuck to it in the face of evidence from all sides that their argument does not stack up. They have spun and spun in an attempt to brush off the blindingly obvious. There are indeed many factors why motor insurance premium are increasing but the idea that the industry is blameless is absurd and is insulting to every driver.Through a Freedom of Information request I have produced evidence that in August 2015 the Governor of the Central Bank was writing to the Minister for Finance pointing out that:“a number of non-life insurance companies took a very optimistic view of the future economic outlook, built up an unsustainable overhead and followed an imprudent pricing and underwriting approach.”In other words the industry made mistakes leaving itself exposed to shocks. In an age of zero percent interest rates the old model of relying on returns from investments and bonds has failed them and us.Fraud and regulationOf course, fraud, extra regulation and other factors contribute to the price of a premium. The question is how much have these factors changed. The answer seems to be very little so the answer to why premiums have increased cannot be put down to these static factors.That is the approach taken by the Finance Committee in its report following my suggestion that it look at this issue, call in the stakeholders and report back.I do not agree with every conclusion or recommendation the report reaches but its general finding that:“the net impact (of the broken model) is that the insurance companies lost a lot of money and with motor insurance comprising 40% of the total market in Ireland, the obvious and “soft” means of re-capitalising and re-reserving was to target motor insurance premiums.”Many of the solutions put forward by the industry are pure distractions or completely unworkable. They willingly spin the need for the Book of Quantum to reflect international norms. They know well that the Book of Quantum is merely a factual record of awards given and it can’t be made fit a certain narrative because the industry is uncomfortable with the facts.Insurers haven’t been transparentMost brazenly of all the insurers are still not prepared to accept that they have been less than transparent. Backroom deals, unrecorded awards and a lack of information to consumers suits only one side: the insurers.The Finance Committee’s report identifies 12 actions needed to bring about more transparency and to empower consumers. That concentration is a reflection of the fact that expert after expert honed in on the lack of data and transparency as the key to bringing down prices.Home, flood and health insurance are all now rising beyond inflation. Doubtlessly that is your and my fault too. Motor insurance is compulsory for all drivers. A private industry that is being investigated for anti-competitive practices cannot dismiss the anger and the social and economic effects of their decisions and mistakes.The Finance Committee Report is a start in stripping away the excuses and calling out the insurers so they can start playing their role in the economy, a role which has earned them huge profits in recent years.Kevin Thompson, CEO Insurance Ireland Source: Robbie Reynolds PhotographyA CLEAR FOCUS on the causes is the only way to address motor insurance costs.On reading the Oireachtas Finance Committee’s report on the Rising Costs of Motor Insurance, I was reminded of the words by Daniel Kahneman, who was awarded the 2002 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences:“You build the best possible story from the information available to you, and if it is a good story, you believe it. Paradoxically, it is easier to construct a coherent story when you know little, when there are fewer pieces to fit into the puzzle.”Or put simply, the apparently obvious story is not always the most robust.The insurance industry accepts that its answers are complex and require people to accept the points made by the companies applying rising claims costs in premiums. This is understandable, but it does not give a green light to inaccurate statements.For instance, the Committee stated that insurers failed “to supply supporting evidence” for our points. The Committee did not agree with our evidence, however Insurance Ireland published the sources for each assertion made on claims costs.TransparencyInsurance Ireland’s opening statement to the Committee made clear our responsibility for past under-pricing and the impact of a falloff in investment returns. These are not the admissions of an industry with a “closed mentality”.Much has been made of a supposed lack of data, yet data on all industry claims paid for 2013 and 2014 was provided to the Injuries Board to update the recent Book of Quantum, the reference guide for personal injury awards.Similarly, insurers provide huge amounts of data to the Central Bank of Ireland, the industry’s independent regulator, for its reports. The most recent Central Bank “blue book” shows a key figure of an additional €200 million in claims costs in 2015 compared to 2014.The motor insurance industry implemented and adheres to the recommendations addressed to it from the old MIAB – a body rightly praised by the Committee for its good work.The industry recognises that more can be done in terms of data, however, surely it serves everybody to reflect the true cost for drivers and interrogate the information already available so we land on the right solutions instead of the path of least resistance.The next steps – the right solutionsThe Oireachtas Committee’s recommendations and the emerging recommendations published by Minister Eoghan Murphy are welcome, and reflect many solutions we have been calling for.However, with so many recommendations the danger is we do not prioritise. If we are to move the dial on the cost of insurance then the focus needs to be on where the bulk of premiums are spent, which is the cost of claims.As a first step, we must internationally benchmark the Book of Quantum. We also need to reinforce the powers of the Injuries Board to handle more claims and bring consistency to awards.Whiplash must be tackled as it accounts for eight out of every 10 motor injury claims and awards here, and is three times the UK awards (€15,000 versus €5,000). Premiums are a function of the cost of claims, so high awards mean higher premiums.If our actions are not correctly prioritised, we will not resolve the cost of claims issues affecting customers. Such failure can only result in further consumer hardship which would be an unforgivable missed opportunity.So what do you think? Do we need more transparency and is it fair to blame the insurance industry? Let us know in the comments below.Prime Time exposé to show how insurance fraudsters stage bogus crashes>‘Thrown to the wolves’: There’s no justification for 300% price hike in car insurance, says committee>center_img Caitriona O’Neill and William Gallagher Short URL 268 Views By Caitriona O’Neill and William Gallagher Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s 300 deputies attended the swearing-in ceremony at Parliament last week. Ex-Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis was applauded by his party’s MPs on his first public appearance since the October 4 election loss.The new PASOK government plans to enhance the role that Parliament plays in decision making and wants to change the electoral law to create smaller constituencies, similar to the system that operates in Germany.In a speech to the party’s 160 MPs, Prime Minister George Papandreou set out his vision for a fairer, more democratic Greece that will be free of corruption.“We have been given a mandate to turn the page,” said the Prime Minister. Papandreou identified “an attitude of favouritism and clientelism” as the most serious problem in Greek politics, leading to “corruption, a lack of transparency and disregard for laws.”The Prime Minister said that he would make it his government’s priority to change the current electoral law of reinforced proportionality. “The new law will be a strong blow against slush money and is a proposal that safeguards the independence and dignity of deputies,” he said.Currently, there are 57 electoral districts, where parties draw up a list of candidates from which voters can pick up to four. Papandreou believes this system allows MPs to be beholden to constituents who offer their support in return for favours. Instead, the Prime Minister is proposing a system of 160 to 170 single-seat districts, which will equate to about 50,000 voters per constituency. The first party past the post will still get a bonus of 40 seats. PASOK is hoping to convince New Democracy to back the law so that it can get the votes of the 200 deputies that are needed for it to apply as of the next general elections.The government also wants to boost the role of Parliament. The premier said that every draft law will go through a period of public consultation and a change to parliamentary regulations will mean that no amendments to a bill can be tabled after the discussion of the draft law has ended. He added that any changes to laws would be submitted to Parliament as if they were completely new legislation to allow for a proper debate.The House will also have the final say on large state contracts, including arms procurement deals and it will also hold hearings to approve the appointment of top judges.last_img read more

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first_imgAmazon écoule 3 millions de KindleDepuis son lancement en 2007, le Kindle d’Amazon aurait été vendu à 3 millions d’exemplaires. Un succès qui pourrait en grande partie être à l’origine du bond de 71% du bénéfice net  enregistré au dernier trimestre 2009 par la boutique en ligne.Il y a quelques jours, Jeff Bezos, le fondateur et PDG d’Amazon, assurait que “des millions de gens possèdent un Kindle”, son livre électronique. S’il n’a précisé aucun chiffre, TechCrunch qui cite une source proche du site marchand s’en est chargé, annonçant que ce sont quelque 3 millions de Kindle qui auraient été vendus depuis le lancement de l’objet en 2007.En 2009, Amazon a réalisé un chiffre d’affaires de 24,5 milliards de dollars, soit une augmentation de près de 28% par rapport à 2008. Son bénéfice net a quant à lui augmenté de 40% pour atteindre 902 millions de dollars sur l’année 2009. Dans le communiqué annonçant ces chiffres, le site de vente en ligne laissait entendre que ces excellents résultats étaient en grande partie dus au succès du Kindle. “Lorsque nous avons les deux éditions (d’un même ouvrage), nous vendons 6 livres Kindle pour 10 éditions papier” a déclaré Jeff Bezos, précisant que ce chiffre n’inclut que les livres payants.Le 4 février 2010 à 09:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgL’Aquarium de Paris met un coup de projecteur sur les crustacés avec l’exposition “Ça pince !”Du 17 janvier au 5 avril 2013, l’Aquarium de Paris fait grimper crabes, homard, langoustes et autre bernard l’ermite sur le devant de la scène, avec une exposition intitulée “Ça pince !”. Autour de plusieurs pôles d’événements,  les visiteurs peuvent prendre la mesure de l’importance de ces précieux petits organismes marins, au sein d’une chaîne alimentaire fragile. Gentside Découvertes vous livre ses premières impressions.Des crabes, des langoustes, des écrevisses, des homards, des crevettes des araignées de mer… C’est une véritable armada de crustacés qui viennent prendre d’assaut l’Aquarium de Paris, pour un temps limité dans le cadre de l’exposition les mettant en valeur et sobrement intitulée : “Ça pince !”.Du 17 janvier au 5 avril, le homard et sa bande sont l’objet de conférences (autour du rôle des pinces, de la biodiversité chez les crustacés tropicaux…), de films, à travers 4 magnifiques documentaires de la chaîne National Geographic Wild, d’ateliers pour enfants, avec la confection d’une couronne “tête de crabes”, de deux expositions graphiques, ou encore de bassins tactiles où petits et grands peuvent comprendre, au toucher, la force et la fragilité de ces organismes précieux pour la biosphère côtière et marine.”Les crustacés sont un élément essentiel pour les fonds sous-marins, omniprésents dans les océans et cours d’eau, on observe une très grande diversité de crustacés et l’on continue de découvrir de nouvelles espèces. Nombreux sont détritivores et nettoient les mers. Les crustacés sont un maillon important dans la chaîne alimentaire, le premier crustacé est le zooplancton, enfin, de nombreuses populations vivent de leurs pêches”, explique Alexis L.Powilewicz, président administrateur Général de l’Aquarium de Paris.De l’omniprésence du crustacéÀ lire aussiUn aquarium annule le rendez-vous galant de sa pieuvre géante pour risque… de cannibalismeS’il est vrai que la majorité des “coins événements”de l’exposition semblaient rencontrer un vif succès auprès de tous les âges, il est également à noter l’art et la manière avec lesquels les différents crustacés sont introduits parmi les autres “habitants” des aquariums, faisant prendre conscience d’une admirable cohésion d’existence entre espèces. Pour chaque allée, une colonne d’explications informent des conditions de vie, des spécificités et du rôle de chaque espèce. De quoi vouloir serrer plus chaleureusement la pince à ces drôles de crustacés, dont 42 espèces emblématiques viennent peupler les différents aquariums du site durant le temps de l’exposition : crabe honteux, langouste rouge, grande araignée de mer, langouste porcelaine et petite cigale de mer viennent agrémenter l’une des plus belles balades sous-marines de la capitale. Une belle exposition à ne pas manquer !Pour en savoir plus sur l’exposition, rendez-vous sur le site de l’Aquarium de ParisLe 3 février 2013 à 12:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgReal Madrid left-back Marcelo recently made a stunning revelation about his future suggesting he will leave this summer if the club wants him to.Marcelo, 30, has enjoyed a decorated career with Los Blancos having won 20 trophies including four Champions Leagues over more than a decade at the Bernabeu.But has fallen down the pecking order with coach Santi Solari preferring youth team graduate Sergio Reguilon at left-back.The Brazil international has been regularly linked with a move to reunite with Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus. And he recently opened up about a possible exit.“If I am on the list of players [Madrid] want to sell, then they can pay me up and all is sorted,” Marcelo said via ESPN.“I trust in myself, in my work, but if a day comes when Real Madrid do not want me, I’ll go. I will be sad, but I’ll go. But I am sure I will not be kicked out.”Rumours are rife Ronaldo is trying to engineer the move to Juve, but Marcelo played down the prospect when asked again about the possibility of a move to Turin.Marcelo on when Cristiano told him he was leaving: “F*ck, we were training for the Champions League Final and he told me, ‘I’m leaving!’ Juve is a spectacular club with a great history but I have a contract with Real Madrid and I love being at this club.” [Esporte Interactivo] pic.twitter.com/7JxrwTtexJGerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…— SB (@Realmadridplace) February 11, 2019“I have seen mock-ups [of me] with the Juventus jersey, and they are a spectacular team,” he said. “But I am at Real Madrid, I have a contract here.”Marcelo has been under scrutiny for his below-par performances at the club, something he attributed to injuries.“The level I have been showing is difficult to always maintain,” he said. “I am a little below that level at the moment, but my career has been like that, some little dips, and unfortunately this season I had three injuries in two months. I went through a difficult period in my football and within the club.“But that phase is over now, I need to play to get back to my usual form and confidence. But I feel good now, physically good, I am training strongly. I need to play to get back my confidence, but physically I am good.”Solari is expected to keep faith with Reguilon for Wednesday’s Champions League round of 16 first leg at Ajax.last_img read more

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