Round 8: Pacquiao opens up Horn’s cut

first_imgCayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Horn gets pushed down, but it was considered a slip.Pacquiao wobbles Horn with the Aussie seemingly running out of gas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAnd Horn tastes the right. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Round 7: Pacquiao bleeding Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jeff Horn of Australia, left, and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines fight during their WBO World welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. APManny Pacquiao looking to push the envelope, sensing he’s behind the scorecards right now.And Pacquiao connects with a jab but Jeff Horn continues to be aggressive.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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MEDICAID EXPANSION ISSUE QUALIFIES FOR NEBRASKA NOVEMBER BALLOT

first_imgNebraska Secretary of State John Gale says enough valid signatures have been submitted to put a proposal to expand Medicaid on the November general election ballot.Gale says 104,477 valid signatures were certified by his office, more than the 84,269 needed to make it onto the ballot.Organizers were also required to gather signatures from at least 5 percent of the registered voters in 38 of Nebraska’s 93 counties.Gale says that margin was met in 47 counties.A Lancaster County District Court is currently weighing a decision in a lawsuit brought by one current and one former state lawmaker who are seeking to block the proposal from the November ballot.APlast_img read more

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FC Goa start pre-season training

first_imgIndian Super League ISL 2017: FC Goa’s pre-season preparations off to an early start Anselm Noronha Last updated 2 years ago 11:39 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mandar Rao Desai FC Goa Atletico de Kolkata ISL season 3 2016 ISL Indian Super League Goa The local contingent of the squad are preparing for the first extended season of the Indian Super League (ISL) The Goan franchise of the Indian Super League (ISL), FC Goa, have already begun their preparations for the coming season with the team’s Goan players taking part in a special fitness program at the Chowgule grounds in Margao.Having signed as many as eight players from the coastal state, the club’s fitness coach Manuel Saybera has drawn up a physical endurance regime with assistant coach Derrick Pereira overlooking the proceeding.FC Goa’s local contingent includes Laxmikant Kattimani and Mandar Rao Dessai, retained before the domestic draft, and the draft signings – namely Brandon Fernandes, Seriton Fernandes, Pratesh Shirodkar, Jovel Martins, Anthony D’Souza and Bruno Colaco. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Other than the above named, Pronay Halder is the only outstation player who has been called up for a rehabilitation curriculum under club physiotherapist R Venkatesh. The India international has been out of action for over six months as his last appearance came in Mohun Bagan’s 3-1 win at home over DSK Shivajians on February 18 in last season’s I-League.Head coach Sergio Lobera Rodriguez and the rest of the players are expected to arrive around the end of September when the full-scale preparations are likely to begin. Derrick Pereira - Head Coach DSK ShivajiansMeanwhile, the head of youth development Derrick Pereira has the assistance of Clifford Miranda in leading FC Goa’s developmental squad into the AWES Cup in September which will be followed by their participation in the Goa Pro League. Miranda was part of the playing squad in the inaugural edition of the ISL in 2014 and after 15 years at Dempo SC, he last appeared for I-League club Churchill Brothers.Having been included in the 34-member squad announced by the Indian national team coach Stephen Constantine for the recently concluded Tri-Nation Football Series in which the Blue Tigers emerged victorious, FC Goa’s Narayan Das and Manvir Singh partook in the international friendlies against Mauritius (2-1) and St. Kitts & Nevis (1-1).last_img read more

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10 days agoBlythe Spartans winger Cal Roberts targets Premier League return

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Blythe Spartans winger Cal Roberts targets Premier League returnby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Newcastle United winger Cal Roberts retains hope of returning to the Premier League.Roberts, 22, signed for Blythe Spartans this season.He told the Evening Chronicle: “When I first came it was good, and the reception I got when I signed the contract made us feel special and part of the club.”I’ve never felt like this at a club before, you feel like you’re wanted there and happy. I’ve never been happier at a football club than I am at the minute.”Roberts added: “I set my standards very high, and I always want to better myself. The aim is still to play in the Premier League.”At the minute I’m very happy playing at Blyth, but the club and the gaffer knows I want to play at the highest level.” last_img read more

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Investment in Indoor Soccer Training Facility

first_imgNova Scotia’s soccer community will receive a boost thanks to a provincial infrastructure investment of $3 million. Premier Darrell Dexter made the announcement today, June 14, at Soccer Nova Scotia’s Indoor Soccer Training Centre in Halifax. “We know that more Nova Scotians are registered for soccer than any other sport in this province, and demand for indoor facilities is high,” said Premier Dexter. “This investment will go a long way to ensuring more Nova Scotians have opportunities year-round to live active, healthy lives. “By making the healthy choice the easy choice, we are making life better for Nova Scotians in every region of the province.” Soccer Nova Scotia, the governing body for soccer in the province, plans to expand its current facility at the Mainland Common. Plans include an additional indoor soccer field, seating for 1,000 spectators, increased meeting areas and upgraded space for players and coaching staff. “This facility will lessen the severe shortage of indoor soccer facilities in HRM. It will meet the programming needs of all ages, tiers, and genders that are presently not served due to unavailability of facilities,” said George Athanasiou, CEO of Soccer Nova Scotia. Soccer Nova Scotia has also committed to making space available for use by other sports. “This isn’t just about soccer. Let’s not forget that other field sports will also be served by this facility, such as football, rugby and ultimate frisbee,” said Mr. Athanasiou. “This facility will provide an indoor training environment that will help prepare players for the outdoor game,” said Maggie Malone, a soccer player from Clayton Park. “It will allow my club team to train in a proper soccer facility in the winter months rather than school gyms. This will help improve our training and provide more opportunity for everyone involved in the game at all ages.” The total cost of the project is $9 million. In February, the Government of Canada announced $1.6 million in funding for this project from the Recreation Infrastructure Canada program. The Halifax Regional Municipality also committed $1.9 million at the time and provided the land for the expanded Soccer Nova Scotia facility. The Department of Health Promotion and Protection will provide the provincial funding from its Building Facilities Infrastructure Together (B-FIT) program. The program, launched in 2007, provides funds to build, replace and upgrade major recreation facilities in Nova Scotia. Under B-FIT, the province has committed more than $67 million to 37 major infrastructure projects, generating more than $200 million worth of construction.last_img read more

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Finally rain relief in city adjoining districts

first_imgKolkata: People in the city and other districts of South Bengal who had been under a tremendous heat spell for the past few days heaved a sigh of relief after thunderstorms hit certain parts of the state resulting in a dip in temperature.The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted rain and thundershowers in various South Bengal districts in the next 48 hours, particularly in the evening. Though during the day time, hot and humid conditions may prevail, added the weather office. The monsoon is expected to enter the state early next month. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThundershowers along with gusty winds swept through the city and some South Bengal districts on Saturday evening. Though, they did not last for too long but they brought the much needed relief for the city dwellers from sultry weather. The MeT office also forecast that districts like Birbhum, Nadia, Bankura, Malda will witness moderate rainfall along with gusty winds in the next two days. A hailstorm is expected to hit some parts of South Bengal as well. Thundershowers may also lash other districts like North 24-Parganas, Hooghly, Howrah and adjoining parts of the city on late Monday night. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAccording to a weather official, the mercury will slide down by a few notches immediately after the thundershowers but the discomfort level may not be reduced as the humidity is still expected to be on the higher side. Interestingly, the temperature may be slightly higher during the night in comparison to the temperature that is normally found during this time of the year. The MeT office also predicts that North Bengal districts will receive heavy thundershowers in the next 48 hours. Hailstorms is also likely to hit several districts in North Bengal as a result of which tea gardens may face damages. There will be occasional downpour and gusty winds in South Bengal in the next two days. It may be mentioned here that entire South Bengal continued to burn under the scorching sun for the past one week resulting in discomfort for the city dwellers. The temperature touched 42-43 degree in the Western districts like Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore. The average maximum temperature in the region remained high throughout the day in the past couple of days due to the inflow of northwesterly winds to Bengal from the neighbouring states.last_img read more

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Stolen hoses pump frustrate crews fighting wildfires across BC

first_imgVICTORIA – Crews battling aggressive wildfires across British Columbia have been faced with hot weather and difficult conditions, but officials say the theft and damage of equipment is the most frustrating challenge yet.RCMP spokeswoman Dawn Roberts said the force is investigating a number of thefts and acts of mischief related to fire suppression, including incidents targeting local fire stations and trucks used in fighting the wildfires.“These are criminal acts and they’re seriously impacting the safety of others, including our emergency personnel and the public,” she said in a conference call on Friday. “We’re asking people if they come across firefighting equipment to do the right thing and leave it alone.”The BC Wildfire Service has said a water pump and 10 hoses were stolen from crews fighting a wildfire northeast of Nelson late Monday or early Tuesday.With so many fires burning across the province, equipment has been spread thin and the wildfire service has had to bring in more from partner agencies, said chief fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek.“Obviously in any situation the theft of equipment is reprehensible, but especially with what we’re dealing with right now,” he said.“We’ll make up for the equipment and we’ll get it into the hands that need it, but it’s definitely frustrating.”About 3,800 people were fighting more than 120 fires across the province on Friday. Flames threatened a number of communities, prompting 27 evacuation orders and 41 evacuation alerts, where residents have to be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.Provincial officials banned off-road vehicles from three regions Friday in an attempt to prevent a spark, or hot tailpipe, from igniting extremely dry fuel in the forests and grasslands.ATVs, dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles are prohibited from Crown land in the Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast fire centres and all on-highway vehicles have been directed to stay on the defined road surfaces.The new restrictions come as the provincial government extended the state of emergency declared in response to wildfires.It’s the second time Premier John Horgan’s government has rolled over the declaration and this extension will run until Aug. 18.“This is, by everyone’s measure, the worst fire season since the 1950s,” Horgan said at a news conference.“We need to make sure we keep people safe, we keep property safe. And then we’ll address the long-term consequences when we have the opportunity.”The declaration ensures the delivery of federal, provincial and local resources is co-ordinated and public safety is maintained.It also means the more than 7,000 people still displaced due to evacuation orders will continue to receive $600 per household in funding for every 14 days they’re out of their homes.The state of emergency was first issued on July 7.More than 870 fires have been sparked across B.C. since April 1, scorching an estimated 5,090 square kilometres and costing the province $211.7 million in fire suppression efforts.The Metro Vancouver regional district also issued a warning Friday to its residents that an extreme fire danger rating has been put in place for all parks in the region.All but two of the district’s parks will remain open.“We encourage residents to head out and have a fun B.C. Day long weekend but to be mindful of the effects this heat is having on our region,” said Greg Moore, chairman of the regional district in a news release. “We now have an extreme risk of fires, and an ongoing air quality advisory in place, so please be vigilant and take the necessary steps to stay safe.”Smoke from the fires has lowered the air quality in much of southern B.C.Environment Canada has issued air quality advisories from Crowsnest Pass, Alta., to the east coast of Vancouver Island and from Prince George south to the Canada-U.S. border.The agency said smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change, but strenuous outdoor activities should be avoided.last_img read more

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NTSB El Faro probe highlights maritime safety issues

first_imgWhile fateful decisions made by the captain of the doomed freighter El Faro were instrumental in the ship’s sinking, federal investigators spread plenty of blame around and highlighted multiple safety issues in the maritime industry that contributed to its demise.It was a confluence of factors that contributed to the sinking of the El Faro in the fury of Hurricane Joaquin on Oct. 1, 2015, which killed all 33 people on board, the National Transportation Safety Board announced. The report concluded a 2-year investigation into the worst U.S. maritime disaster in modern history.Among its findings the NTSB cited Tuesday the El Faro captain’s unwillingness to listen to his crew’s suggestions to change course from the path of a raging hurricane; a weak corporate safety culture that left crewmembers ill-prepared to deal with heavy weather. It also blamed an old ship with outdated lifeboats, open to the elements and a vessel inspection system that allowed older ships in poor condition to continue operating.The board issued 53 safety recommendations, which investigators hope will be adopted by the industry, maritime safety inspectors and weather forecasters to make the seas safer for future generations.The El Faro, which means “lighthouse” in Spanish, sank between Jacksonville, Florida, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, after losing engine power in the Category 3 storm. The NTSB retrieved the ship’s voyage data recorder, or “black box,” from the sea floor near the Bahamas, 15,000-feet (4,570 metres) under the surface. The device held 26 hours of data, including audio of conversations on the ship’s bridge as the frantic crew struggled to save the ship and themselves.Larry Brennan, a maritime law professor at Fordham Law School and retired U.S. Navy captain, said the NTSB’s meeting highlighted major safety problems in the entire shipping industry, including the Coast Guard and so-called “classification societies” like the American Bureau of Shipping, or ABS, that are in charge of inspecting vessels for safety.“El Faro was a worn, aged ship which succumbed to heavy weather in large part because of multiple unseaworthy conditions, poor leadership and bad decisions by the captain, ABS, the owners as well as inadequate surveys and inspections by the U.S. Coast Guard,” Brennan said.While the board found no fault with El Faro Capt. Michael Davidson’s decision to leave port in Jacksonville, they did blame his reliance on an emailed weather forecasting system that contained hours-old data, rather than online updates from the National Hurricane Center. Investigators believe, based on his decisions and recorded comments, that he wasn’t aware of the delay in the data and that instead of skirting the storm, he sent the El Faro on a collision course with the hurricane.“Although up-to-date weather information was available on the ship, the El Faro captain did not use the most current weather information for decision-making,” NTSB investigator Mike Kucharski said at the meeting, held in Washington, D.C.The board also criticized the “weak safety culture” of ship owner TOTE Maritime, Inc., including the lack of employee training for dealing with heavy weather situations and flooding. A hatch had been left open, allowing water from the roiling sea to flood an interior hold; this led to the ship tilting, disrupting the flow of oil to the engines. Once the freighter lost engine power, it was at the mercy of battering swells.In a statement, TOTE said it will study the NTSB and Coast Guard investigative reports thoroughly. “We as a company intend to learn everything possible from this accident and the resulting investigations to prevent anything similar from occurring in the future,” Darrell Wilson, a company spokesman, said.El Faro’s wind gauge, called an anemometer, was broken and the 40-year-old freighter’s open-top lifeboats would not have protected the crew, even if they had been able to launch them. The El Faro was legally allowed to carry lifeboats that expose people to the elements — just like the lifeboats on the Titanic and the Lusitania — due to safety-rule exemptions for older ships.Whether the crew could have survived Joaquin’s punishing winds and high seas had the El Faro been equipped with the closed-top lifeboats used by newer ships is unknown, but NTSB safety investigator Jon Furukawa said it could have helped crewmembers fighting for their lives.“We believe that would’ve been the best method of departing the vessel under these conditions. It is still challenging, and we don’t know if they would’ve survived,” Furukawa said.The board is not only recommending closed-top boats for all merchant ships, but also that the entire industry require crewmembers to carry personal locator beacons to better locate them during marine emergencies.The El Faro had an older emergency position-indicating radio beacon, or EPIRB, which did not transmit global position system co-ordinates, and that made locating the ship more difficult for search-and-rescue crews. Given the heavy weather, rescuers probably couldn’t have reached the ship any sooner, but the board believes the new requirement would help in future sea accidents.“I hope that this tragedy at sea can serve as a lighthouse to guide the safety of marine transportation,” said Robert Sumwalt, the board’s chairman.___Follow Jason Dearen on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JHDearenlast_img read more

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Nurse charged after illegal cosmetic procedure kills woman

A 23-year-old woman was taken to hospital on Apr. 18, 2017 after receiving illegal cosmetic treatment in a private residence, and later died from medical complications.Police have charged 40-year-old Anna Yakubovsky-Rositsaa in Vaughan Ont. who they believe performed the procedure.Yakubovsky-Rositsaa was formally employed as a nurse and had been allegedly operating an unregulated medical office in her home for several years.Police say the nurse allegedly offered to perform cosmetic work at a discounted rate, then injected patients with unregulated substances.She is being charged with criminal negligence causing death, failing to provide the necessities of life to a person under her charge and  aggravated assault(x4). read more

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Development challenges highlighted as Assemblys General Debate continues

El Salvador’s President Elías Antonio Saca González pointed to new obstacles such as high oil prices, the effects of HIV/AIDS, organized crime, and discrimination against migrants. He highlighted the importance of dialogue for overcoming such problems and achieving world-wide well-being and the successful reform of the UN. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also stressed the importance of eradicating terrorism, which he said stymied development and, in turn, bred more extremism. “The UN was not meant to create heaven in the world, but to prevent it from going to hell,” he added. Rwandan Foreign Minister Charles Murigande called for concerted action to realize the MDGs” and create a world free from poverty, hunger and deprivation. He said his country, scene of the genocide of some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus by Hutu extremists in 1994, welcomed the new global commitment to protect against such acts, but he added: “Actions, not words, will be the measure of our success or failure.” Foreign Minister Kantathi Suphamongkhon of Thailand underscored the enormity of the challenges. “Each day 50,000 people continue to perish from poverty and hunger,” he said. “Money being spent on arms and weapons continues to outpace money being spent on saving lives.” For his part, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy discussed in detail the range of conflicts in the world that were impeding development, along with the international action that was needed to help resolve them. Italian Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini stressed that global solidarity is the answer to many of the ills besetting the world, from underdevelopment to terrorism to instability. Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon of the Republic of Korea noted that in aiming for the MDGs “success will be reached when each of us started looking beyond the immediate horizon.” His country was increasing aid and partnerships for that purpose, he added. Foreign Minister Elmar Maharram Oglu Mammadyarov of Azerbaijan said the MDGs remained an indispensable part of his country’s agenda, stressing the importance of the cancellation of debt, aid and trade to open up resources for development, and improved market access. Prime Minister Tuileapa Sailele Malielegaoi of Samoa said challenges in meeting the MDGs were being met in his Small Island Developing State (SIDS) through priority legislation and partnerships with the UN system and others. To allow the Organization to better assist with such efforts, reform should aim at an “effective and strengthened organization to reflect the realities of the 21st Century.” Papau New Guinea’s Foreign Minister Rabbie L. Namaliu said UN reform must be representative of the developing countries. Much more needed to be done to achieve MDGs, which were impeded by high debt, he declared. He called for the elimination of agricultural subsidies by developed countries. “Trade is the engine of economic growth and development,” he added. Argentine Foreign Minister Rafael Antonio Bielsa concentrated much of his address on human rights in view of his country’s past history of military dictatorships. But, urging a fairer trade system, he called on developed countries to do away with subsidies. “Developed countries must eliminate protection mechanisms,” he said, advocating equitable and lasting solutions for the external debt problem. Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian referred to his own nation’s difficulties as a small landlocked country without natural resources. “Our greatest natural resource is our population,” he said. “The path to security passes through development.” Democratization of international relations and institutions were essential, he added. Bolivian President Eduardo Rodríguez Veltzé said achieving the MDGs after the recent political crisis that shook his country would require creativity, new policy ideas and resources to respond to the inequalities that now exist. “Regional autonomies will lead to establishment of a new social contract through democracy as required by the Millennium Declaration,” he added. Winding up the afternoon’s proceedings, Latvian Foreign Minister Artis Pabriks struck a similar note, calling for a more efficient United Nations to deal with situations like the genocide in Rwanda and the current conflict in Sudan’s western Darfur region. He declared his country’s support for the establishment of a Human Rights Council, UN management reforms, achievement of the MDGs and gender equality. read more

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UN urges prompt investigation into murder of Pakistani human rights lawyer

Mr. Rehman, who had worked with the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan for more than 20 years, was gunned down in his office in Multan, in Punjab province, on Wednesday, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).He had received numerous death threats for working on the defence case for a university instructor charged under the country’s blasphemy laws. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan had last month urged the Government to investigate the threats that had reportedly been made to Mr. Rehman and to take effective measures to ensure his safety. Mr. Rehman’s murder “has brought into stark focus the climate of intimidation and threats that permeates the work of human rights defenders and journalists in the country,” OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva. “We condemn the killing of Rehman and urge the Government to ensure a prompt investigation and to bring the perpetrators to justice,” Mr. Colville added. “Pakistani authorities have the responsibility to ensure that human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists are able to carry out their work without fear of intimidation, harassment and violence.” OHCHR noted that Pakistan prides itself on its vibrant, free media. However, there has been a “worrying” number of attacks and threats in recent months against TV presenters, other journalists and human rights defenders, particularly those expressing views critical of the military or security establishments, Mr. Colville noted.During its most recent appearance before the Human Rights Council in October 2012, Pakistan’s Government accepted recommendations to make further efforts to prohibit attacks against journalists and human rights defenders and to effectively investigate such acts and prosecute the perpetrators. “We urge the Government to redouble its efforts to prevent and investigate such attacks, whether committed by State or non-State actors, and to send a strong message that perpetrators will be held accountable,” Mr. Colville stated. read more

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SLOVAK SYMPHONY Amazing work by Cip Radcenko

Another nice master-piece as product of our sport coming from Slovakia. Tatran Presov had no problem to qualify for the Play-Off Final against MHK Kosice 41:24 in an away match, but much more interesting was the way of scoring the goal by Tomas Cip and fantastic assist by Alexander Radčenko.  ← Previous Story Petar Djordic suffers knee ligaments injury once again! Next Story → DENMARK: Aalborg’s Gigantium is sold out for the Play-Off Final! ciphandballradcenkoslovak symphony

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iPhone App Determines Ugliness of Babies

first_imgI’ve long said that there’s nothing in this world sadder than an ugly baby. For plenty of people, those first few years are the only chance to look the least bit presentable. Ugly babies really have it rough from the start, however. So perhaps Dapper Gentlemen is doing us all a favor with the introduction of the Ugly Baby Meter for the iPhone.This could be just the thing doting parents need to help prepare their ugly spawn for a life time of difficulty and disappointment. The app was developed by the same team that gave the world the gift of Ugly Meter. This version is targeted specifically toward “babies and small children,” rating their cuteness on a scale of one to 10.AdChoices广告The app features a real-time face tracker and offers “one-liners,” based on the resulting score. It’s compatible with the iPhone 3, 3G, 3Gs, and iPod touch with cameras. It’ll run you $0.99 in the app store, but may well be worth it for the lifetime’s peace of mind (or crippling depression) it provides.last_img read more

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Opinion We need to be able to track where our charity donation

first_imgOpinion: We need to be able to track where our charity donation goes. Here’s how Blockchain technology is a gamechanger for transparency in the charity sector – meaning fraud, corruption and misspending are eliminated, writes Danny Curran. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article During my seven years of working in the charity sector, I always wanted to find a way to increase donor trust and inject transparency into the process. When I first came across blockchain in 2012, I knew it was going to be a game-changer.But it was just a pipe-dream, until I met Joseph and Niall from AID:Tech at a Dublin Chamber event in 2015.It was that day that dreams and concrete ideas came together.Transparency Transparency is the holy grail of donating. In fact, it is the way we would love to spend our money in general.Consumers are demanding better services and greater transparency; we want to know that what we are getting is good value for money and that the money we spend is generating the greatest impact. It has become a fundamental part of conscientious consumption.TraceDonate, an online donation platform powered by AID:Tech, was developed and brought to life with this goal in mind.TraceDonate connects donors directly with organisations and beneficiaries, offering people the opportunity to track the journey of their donation from beginning to end.Partnering with corporates, charities and international NGOs, the TraceDonate platform and app provide real-time notifications when a donation has been used.Imagine sitting at home on a Friday evening and receiving a text to say that the donation you made has now been used to buy a homeless pack, medication or food.The same information is also used to build the donor’s personal donation history; a dashboard that is unique to the donor and the beneficiaries they support.How does it work?Every TraceDonate account comes with a unique AID:Tech digital ID, which account-holders can use to receive, send and hold donations or other payments. This digital ID has uses far beyond an ordinary ID (like your driver’s licence or passport) and it acts as a tool for managing digital payments. By leveraging the same digital ID component for charitable donations, not only can we offer donors and beneficiaries more control and transparency but we also grant access for charities and their stakeholders to utilise this data, offering a solid foundation for evidence-based decision making.This means that every time a donation is made, it is automatically recorded to the unique ID on the blockchain documenting its journey.It’s a zero-sum game, meaning fraud, corruption and misspending is eliminated.The same thing takes place when a donation is received by beneficiaries.With reliable records on the blockchain, we make this information available to donors and organisations at milestone moments, such as when a donation is made and when the donation is used.What the future holdsLaunching TraceDonate in December 2018 with the Irish Red Cross has been a tremendous start.Internationally, TraceDonate is also working with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the USA to raise funds for victims of the California wildfire amongst other appeals.We have more charities joining the platform every week which shows that like the donor, the charity also wants transparency. This is something that should be warmly welcomed in the sector.For AID:Tech, these are invaluable initial projects that are leading the way to generate data and feedback.2019 sees exponentially more opportunities — whether it is to support more charitable appeals by registered organisations or working with private corporations looking to inject transparency and traceability into their programmes.To be a part of such a rapidly growing, dedicated team has been the highlight of my career.I still have the opportunity to work with some fantastic charities and NGOs who are embracing the change in charitable giving and welcoming the opportunity with open arms.Danny Curran is the director of growth for Europe at AID:Tech, a Dublin-headquartered tech company that uses blockchain technology to provide greater efficiency and transparency in data, for charities and businesses. Danny Curran is speaking at the Project Management Institute’s national conference today 28 February, in Fota Island Resort, Cork and tickets are available here. 10,340 Views https://jrnl.ie/4515588 17 Comments RESEARCH COMMISSIONED BY the Charities Institute Ireland in 2017 found that almost half of respondents did not trust that their charity donations were being used effectively.It is clear that this lack of transparency is unsatisfactory; adding pressure to the already struggling levels of public trust in the charity sector.That is why we developed TraceDonate launched in conjunction with the Irish Red Cross to guarantee transparency and thereby revolutionise the relationship between charities and their donors. center_img Short URL Feb 28th 2019, 7:01 AM By Danny Curran Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 7:00 AM Share56 Tweet Email3 Danny Curran last_img read more

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Megalogenis shortlisted for prestigious literary award

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram George Megalogenis has been shortlisted in the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards for his political non-fiction work Australia’s Second Chance. The anticipated shortlist was announced on Monday by Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley, who said “this year’s shortlist includes some of our country’s best-known writers alongside emerging voices”.Included are 21 of the most notable works of fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry and writing for young adults produced Down Under in the past 12 months.“The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards showcase the strength and diversity of Australian literature,” said Mr Foley. “These stories do what great literature does best: they allow us to reflect on the past, or explore an imagined future.”Megalogenis is one of six authors recognised under the non-fiction category, along with Karen Lamb’s Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather, Drusilla Modjeska’s Second Half First, Gerald Murnane’s Something for the Pain, Brenda Niall’s Mannix and Modern Love: The Lives of John and Sunday Reed by Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan.The winning author of each category will receive a prize of $25,000, and go on to contest the Victorian Prize for Literature – Australia’s richest literary award, worth $100,000. Book lovers are also being encouraged to participate in the awards process by voting for their favourite work; the winner named for the People’s Choice Award will receive $2,000. Winners will be announced on Thursday 28 January, 2016 at an official ceremony set to take place on the main lawn of the Parliament of Victoria. To vote for the People’s Choice Award, visit www.wheelercentre.comlast_img read more

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iOS 13 health and fitness updates will they be enough to get

first_img Health Highlights may alert me to my ups and downsMeanwhile, Apple’s Health app for iOS 13 will surface a different set of data, which is being called Highlights. The app’s redesign will help surface health information and, hopefully, be a useful hub for guidance, instead of the current data repository it currently is. Apple aims to deliver highlights using machine learning, emphasizing categories that may have had more recent data entries. More frequent data sets could end up ranking higher (say, you’ve been taking a bunch of blood pressure measurements, or weighing yourself routinely). These are meant to illustrate current condition changes, but it’s less clear how Apple will deliver this information. It’s also unclear how Health Highlights will help you if you’ve avoided taking a measurement for a while. The highlights won’t necessarily surface if you haven’t been taking measurements recently, which could be an issue if you’ve lapsed on blood pressure readings, for instance (this is what happens to me). I’m extremely curious to see how health data ends up being served up and surfaced, and I’d hesitate to judge it until I can test it in iOS 13.When will it all interconnect to be a smart coach and wellness advisor?Apple’s focus on health and fitness data trends suggests more coaching and health guidance down the road, but in iOS 13, it’s more like first steps. It’s also a huge drag if this new curated information can’t be accessed on the Apple Watch at all, because that’s when I’m most likely to glance at data for encouragement.What’s really interesting to me, though, is whether this indicates Apple’s interest in coaching and guidance will be pushed even further down the road next year, and in the years to come. To me, that’s still the biggest missing piece that fitness watches and trackers lack, so it’d be very interesting to see Apple take a step forward in this direction. But the lack of connected dots between things like weight, sleep, activity and health metrics like blood pressure and ECG mean it’s not the full guidance tool I’m looking for yet.Maybe it could be. 26 Photos Mobile Wellness WWDC 2019 Activity Trends in iOS 13’s Apple Watch Activity app are an overdue start to more robust coaching. James Martin/CNET I made an unfortunate discovery in the past year: I’ve gained weight. And yes, I did this while still wearing an Apple Watch throughout. I admit the blame falls squarely on me and not with the Apple Watch. Even though I weighed myself every day on a connected scale, I lost the thread on proper lifestyle and health practices. I let it go.That’s why the improved features on Apple’s fitness and health platforms for WatchOS 6 and iOS 13 sound very compelling to me. Specifically, revamped tools in iOS 13, which live in Apple’s Activity and Health apps, look like they may start delivering on some overdue tools that give a more comprehensive picture of my physical activity and alert me of interesting data.Activity Trends: 365 days of perspectiveApple’s Apple Watch-specific Activity app has been mostly just a repository of how many times I complete the three rings of activity every day, not much more. But a new Activity Trends feature will show graphs of progress in a number of categories over time, giving a more cohesive perspective on when things are doing well…and when they’re not.Unfortunately, these trends won’t show up on the Apple Watch. Instead, you can only access them on your phone running iOS 13. Apple also requires 365 days of previous Apple Watch use (can be non-consecutive) before trends start to show up at all on the phone app. That’s because the trends feature needs to look at the last 90 days of stats, and compare it against the last 365. It’s unclear how Apple will apply these trends on your phone or Watch, but Apple promises coaching in the form of motivational nudges and guidance, to put these trends in perspective. What exact form that’ll take though (a pop-up notification? a weekly summary?) has not been disclosed.The categories in Activity Trends include Stand Minutes, Stand Hours, total Move points, total Exercise minutes, distance and VO2 Max (a measurement of maximal blood oxygen intake during exercise, a key indicator of aerobic endurance). Apple iOS 13: Top new features Now playing: Watch this: WWDC 2019 iPhone Update Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now reading • iOS 13 health and fitness updates: will they be enough to get me back on track?center_img 5 Share your voice See All • 6:50 Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? iOS 13 Fitness Apple WatchOS Comments Apple’s iOS 13 turns to the dark side Tagslast_img read more

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After MeToo in Germany comes MeTwo

first_imgThe Monday, 30 July 2018 screenshot shows the #MeTwo Twitter website. The hashtag, a play on the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, was created by journalist Ali Can following the resignation of soccer star Mesut Ozil. Photo : APThe hashtag has become a rallying point for scores of second- and third-generation immigrants in Germany, who have taken to Twitter to share their accounts of everyday racism and how they still struggle to be accepted as Germans.The hashtag, which echoes the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment, was created by Ali Can, a 24-year-old journalist of Turkish descent, following the furor over Turkish-German soccer star Mesut Ozil’s recent resignation from the German national team.Ozil, the son of Turkish immigrants, quit earlier this month after fierce criticism of his decision to pose for a picture with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In reaction, Ozil attacked the German soccer federation, its president, fans and the media, criticizing what he said was racism and double standards in the treatment of people with Turkish roots. “I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” he said.Can used the #MeTwo hashtag because he wanted to show that ethnic minorities in Germany often feel connected to two cultures or places at the same time: Germany and the country of their or their ancestors’ origin. By Monday, some 153,000 tweets recounting instances of discrimination had been posted to Twitter, according to the German news agency dpa.Germany is home to more than 4 million people of Turkish origin, who were invited in the 1960s to help rebuild the country after World War II.The debate also reflects divisions in Germany over the recent influx of many Muslim asylum-seekers. Since 2015, more than 1 million migrants, mostly from war-torn countries like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have come to Germany.A backlash has helped fuel the rise of the anti-migrant and nationalist Alternative for Germany party, or AfD, which won seats in the German parliament for the first time last year.All in all, about 20 per cent of the more than 82 million people living in Germany have immigrant roots.”We need to redefine what it means to be German,” Can, who kicked off the #MeTwo debate, told The Associated Press on Monday.”No matter how much immigrants want to integrate into German society, they will not be able to do it on their own,” he said. “Everyone here needs to help with integration.”Among the #MeTwo tweets, many complained about discrimination based on skin color or wearing a headscarf. Others denounced some ethnic Germans’ assumption that even third-generation immigrant children do not fully belong as “Germans.”Twitter user Moorni recounted her school experience: “Despite good grades no recommendation for comprehensive secondary school. Quote class teacher: Your daughter will anyway wear a hijab and get married early.”Abeneezer Negussie tweeted, “When a stranger says to you after a nice conversation on a train, ‘your skin color is not your fault, I mean, you unfortunately can’t change it,’ and you understand that he perceives your skin color as something that went wrong.”Some wrote that despite the pain and humiliation they have suffered through racism, the #MeTwo outcry had important and positive elements.”The good thing about the racism debate 2018 is, that migrants have finally joined the conversation,” said Turkish-German author Hatice Akyun. “Our parents pretended they didn’t understand and looked away in shame.”On Twitter, anti-migrant comments soon followed the #MeTwo movement. But some migrants also posted about their positive experiences in the country using the hashtag #MyGermanDream.Germany’s foreign minister Heiko Maas chipped in as well, writing Sunday on Twitter: “It is damaging the image of Germany if there’s the impression that racism is socially acceptable again. We cannot allow that people with migrant roots feel threatened. Together, we have to stand up decisively for diversity and tolerance.”last_img read more

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Gotham Featured Plenty of Great Villains and Didnt Use Them at All

first_imgStay on target NYCC 18: The Cast of Gotham On Bane, Batman and Saying GoodbyeDC TV Comes to NYCC, Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker Grin & More DC News Last night’s episode of Gotham achieved a remarkable feat. An entire hour of television went by, and absolutely nothing happened. The story didn’t move forward in any appreciable way, very little was set up for the rest of the season, and none of the iconic villains featured did anything resembling villainy. It was pure filler, dragging out events that could have taken place in the opening five minutes to last the entire 40. It takes skill to crank out an episode this disposable.That’s not to say the episode was bad. A bad episode would have been more interesting. This episode was perfectly mediocre. That’s somehow even more disappointing than it being outright terrible. Maybe the episode only feels this way because the last few episodes have hit such high notes. We got Penguin assembling an army of freaks, The Riddler coming into his own and Bruce being sent off to the mountains. Last night’s episode glanced at those pieces, then kicked the can down the road to next week.Michael Chiklis (Cr: Jessica Miglio/FOX)It even had a few good moments, largely thanks to the cast. Michael Chiklis is back as Barnes, which could make for a great episode in the future, but the show seriously underused him last night. Of all the people we’ve seen infected with the Alice Tetch virus, nobody embodies the focused, terrifying rage quite like Chiklis does. In this episode, the Court of Owls takes him from Arkham and uses his blood to weaponize the virus. That’s how they’re going to cleanse Gotham. Give the entire city the virus (save for an approved list of loved ones) and let them tear each other apart. Gordon spent the entire episode trying to figure out this plan. He does by the end of it, but Katherine catches on to the fact that he’s trying to stop them from inside the organization. This leads to the fun, corny ending where she instructs Barnes to kill Gordon. The way Chiklis chews the scenery with his line about being the city’s executioner is some wonderful cheese. It makes you wish the entire episode had been like that. Also, did you notice how his mask at the end of the episode looked a lot like that of a certain super-strong Batman villain? And that Barnes’s name is very similar to the name of said villain? Could Barnes be… Condiment King?It was also nice to see B.D. Wong return as Dr. Hugo Strange. He was one of the better villains last season, and Wong’s portrayal is easily one of my favorite versions of this character. The Court captures him so they can find a way to weaponize the Tetch virus. When Gordon and Bullock find him in their lab, he happily tells them everything. He doesn’t like being forced to make weapons against his will. This scene was almost entirely exposition, but it was at least delivered well. Any amount of exposition can be made bearable when you have a talented actor like this laying it out.BD Wong (Cr: Jessica Miglio/FOX)Bullock had some great moments, again mostly because Donal Logue is just so likable as the beleaguered acting captain. He has the one good scene with Lee where, despite lying to her about what Jim is up to, he does appear to really care about her. Reassuring her that she’s not crazy, she’s hurt, while it’s not what she wants to hear, demonstrates he’s doing his best to navigate an impossible situation. He wants to protect everyone in the precinct, including Lee, but to do that; he has to keep Jim’s activity’s secret. Lee’s story has quickly become the worst of Gotham. It’s gone beyond the awkward exes working together, and now the show is painting her as a crazy person when we all know she’s on to something. It’s frustrating to see a once-great character sidelined like this, and it feels like the show is trying to get rid of her as soon as possible.Bruce’s storyline is another that seems to have stalled out. While it was initially exciting to see Bruce wake up in the mountains, seemingly about to begin his Batman training, it’s been super boring ever since. Bruce isn’t learning anything new that we can see, and we aren’t learning anything new about him. He spends this episode fighting a dude while his master spouts vague platitudes at him. The most significant thing that happens is he earns the right to return to Gotham but chooses to stay and train. So we’re back where we started, only now Bruce really means it.BD Wong and Leslie Hendrix (Cr: Jessica Miglio/FOX)We saw a ton of villains in last night’s episode, but none of them did anything. Penguin got himself captured and locked up next to Nygma. Poison Ivy put a bunch of plants in Selina’s hospital room, which woke her up. She immediately announced her plans to do something interesting next week. (She’s going to kill the clone.) Barnes yelled while the Mad Hatter spoke in rhyme from behind bars. That’s about all we got. The fun part of Gotham is watching iconic villains terrorize the city in increasingly insane ways. Last night gave us none of that. The main problem is that the Court of Owls continues to be the most boring villain the show has given us yet. We don’t know their motivations or who they are. They aren’t even that scary looking. They’re just competent and powerful enough to be boring. On a show built around exploring the origins and motivations of monsters, it’s impossible to care about the Court. At the very least, last night’s episode promised that we’d see some clone murder and a Hulked out police captain next week. Let’s hope the show delivers.last_img read more

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The Zero To Hero Game Developer Bundle Is Available For All At

first_imgThere are thousands of people all over the world, who are completely smitten about gaming. Are you one of them? If yes, then I have something amazing for you. Have you ever wondered about creating your own games? Ever wanted to make a career out of your passion? Gaming is a field that has been there for many years and will continue to exist for a long time. Wccftech is offering a superb discount on the Zero To Hero Game Developer Bundle.Zero to Hero Game Developer Bundle featuresThe discount is massive and the advantages are gigantic too. The bundle has 9 very comprehensive courses that will help users explore the world of games like never before. Every course has something new to offer. At a 96% discount, the temptation is great and totally worth it! The deal will expire soon so you better hurry up! Here are all the courses being offered in the deal:Master Unity Game Development: Ultimate Beginners Bootcamp – Learn Unity & C# by Creating a 3D Multi-Level Platformer GameUnity Game Development: Build a First Person Shooter – Master Unity by Building Your Version of Doom or Call of DutyMagicaVoxel for Non-Artists: Create Voxel Game Assets – Learn to Create Minecraft-Looking 3D Assets for Your Games with MagicaVoxelBlender for Non-Artists: Create Low-Poly 3D Game Assets – Use Blender to Create Beautiful Low-Poly Game Assets & Import Them Into UnityUnity Game Development Academy: Make 2D & 3D GamesHow To Make 2D iPhone Games Using Swift 3 and iOS 10Learn Python Programming by Making a GameLearn to Code By Building 6 Games In The Unreal EngineMaster Video Game MakingTry out this bundle and explore a new career path! It will definitely be worth it.Original Price Zero To Hero Game Developer Bundle: $1477Wccftech Discount Price Zero To Hero Game Developer Bundle: $49 Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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first_imgNews | August 07, 2009 Radiology IT is Next Big Wave In Medicine News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Related Content Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more August 7, 2009 – In order to increase productivity, healthcare providers have started to integrate many IT-based ancillary systems such as EMR, HIS and PACS, according to a presentation by Frost & Sullivan, held on Wednesday, 5th August 2009. To date, this has purely been a service-oriented business, in which IT systems have accelerated healthcare practices, noted Shriram Shanmugham, research analyst, Frost & Sullivan. He said that the lack of qualified staff is creating a challenge for hospitals. A huge number of radiological examinations and the interpretation of images has to take place, and many hospitals are outsourcing this work to speed up productivity.Radiology Informatics will help to eliminate this problem. Unlike other service-based ancillary systems, radiology informatics is an artificial intelligence system that will interpret images generated by various imaging modalities. Its aim is to assist radiologists in arriving at a quicker interpretation and also contribute towards recommending other necessary actions for concomitant requirements. Reporting errors, wrong interpretations, and patient report delays due to an unavailability of radiologists will eventually be eliminated.“The market for radiology informatics is in its nascent stage, requiring extensive research backed by funding,” said Shanmugham. “These systems represent the future though.”Source: “2009 Quarterly Analyst Briefing Presentation” by The Healthcare Group at Frost & Sullivan.For more information: www.frost.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PACS | June 26, 2019 Mini-PACS Solution for Image Management and Workflow Optimization ImageGrid Mini is a feature-rich, reliable and cost-effective image management and workflow optimization solution, pr read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more last_img read more

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