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First National Purple Day for Epilepsy

By on October 22, 2019

first_img FOR BROADCAST ONLY: Thanks to a young Nova Scotian, people across the country are learning about epilepsy on the first national Purple Day today (March 26th). Cassidy Megan of Halifax was nine years old when she started Purple Day in 2008 to raise awareness about epilepsy. Support for the day has grown around the world, and a federal Purple Day Act was passed last year making it a nationally recognized day in Canada. Premier Darrell Dexter says Ms. Megan’s spirit and leadership have built global support and understanding so people living with epilepsy know they are not alone. Ms. Megan is asking people to watch her video at purple day dot org so she can get the attention of talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to raise more awareness about epilepsy. -30- Thanks to a young Nova Scotian, people across the country are learning about epilepsy on the first national Purple Day today, March 26. In 2008, Cassidy Megan of Halifax started Purple Day to raise awareness about epilepsy. Support for the day has grown around the world, and a federal Purple Day Act was passed last year making it a nationally recognized day in Canada. “Cassidy was just nine years old when she started Purple Day to help other people like her who live with epilepsy,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Her spirit and leadership have built global support and understanding so people living with epilepsy know they are not alone.” Premier Dexter today proclaimed March 26 as Purple Day in Nova Scotia. More than 65 million people worldwide have epilepsy. It is a condition that affects the nervous system and causes seizures. “I’m really happy that Purple Day is now a national day and I hope that we can keep making it bigger to teach more people about epilepsy,” said Ms. Megan. “I want to thank the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia and others for supporting this day, and to make sure people know what to do when a person has a seizure.” When a person has a seizure, bystanders should remain calm, move objects away and put something soft under the person’s head if he or she is convulsing. People should call for help if the seizure lasts more than five minutes. People should not hold the person down or put anything in his or her mouth. If there are no convulsions, someone should stay with the person and provide reassurance. Ms. Megan hopes to raise awareness about epilepsy through the Ellen DeGeneres Show. She is asking people to watch and share, like or comment on her video at www.purpleday.org to gain Ms. DeGeneres’s attention.last_img read more

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Speech from Throne Focuses on Nova Scotians

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first_imgTop priorities for the government were outlined today, Nov. 28, during the opening of the First Session of the 62nd General Assembly of the Nova Scotia Legislature. Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant resumed the session with the Speech from the Throne. In it, Premier Stephen McNeil outlined how the province will place the needs and aspirations of Nova Scotians at the foundation of its decision-making. “Putting Nova Scotians first begins with an open and accountable government, respecting taxpayers’ dollars, and creating a province where education and health care are recognized as requirements for societal well-being,” said Premier McNeil. The throne speech outlined the key priorities that will guide the government’s work, including: “The first piece of legislation will be the Electricity Reform Act,” said the premier. “This bill will permit consumer choice and competition, while laying the groundwork for consultation with Nova Scotians on our energy future.” Premier McNeil said the province must navigate a shift in direction to respond to the recent economic recession and other economic realities, including a decline in full-time jobs, static federal transfer levels and population decline. Government will direct more of its attention toward small- and medium-sized Nova Scotia businesses, encourage greater entrepreneurship and focus on innovative and sustainable economic development. Government has also set a target of reducing expenditures by one per cent and will identify appropriate areas for increased efficiency. Health care and education have been exempted. Government will also work to attract more talent to the province to strengthen the economy and improve the province’s finances. This will include establishing a new immigration advisory council. The government recognizes a need for greater transparency and accountability, particularly with taxpayers’ dollars. Several steps are underway to ensure this, including an independent review of MLA salaries, benefits, and expenses, legislation to increase transparency for economic development assistance, and legislation to ensure taxpayers’ dollars are protected from partisan advertising and signs. The government has a vision for education, starting with the first comprehensive curriculum review in 25 years. The province will restore funding and invest it in areas that will benefit the greatest number of children. The government will also ensure the health-care system puts patients first so all Nova Scotians get the care they need, when they need it. It will improve community-based decision-making by streamlining administration and investing in front-line health care. It will appoint a physician recruitment and retention action team to competitively recruit new doctors and keep the ones that are here. The government will review the Continuing Care Strategy to ensure it meets the long-term needs of seniors, at home and in facilities. It will also develop a multi-year strategy focusing on prevention and services to sexual assault victims. “Building strong, local communities is key to a strong, viable province,” said Premier McNeil. The government will partner with municipalities to support sustainable municipal government, and will seek opportunities to work collaboratively on important municipal initiatives. Recognizing the importance of diverse, vibrant communities, government will work with Nova Scotians to develop the province’s first culture strategy. Government will also introduce a new statutory holiday in February to honour cultural identity and quality of life. For more information or to read the full throne speech, visit nslegislature.ca/index.php/proceedings/throne-speech/ . within government’s statutory authority over providing electricity, specific steps will be taken to ensure true consumer choice and fairness the needs of Nova Scotia’s entrepreneurs will be met through appropriate assistance, and there will be enhanced support for employee training and skills development a reinvestment in the school system will ensure that every student and educator has access to the classroom supports and modern curriculum needed to excel in a rapidly changing world health care will be realigned to place the needs of patients, families, and people first investments will be made in communities so seniors, people with disabilities, and those in need get the services and care they requirelast_img read more

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Party leaders to square off in first debate ahead of Ontario election

By on October 17, 2019

first_imgTORONTO – The leaders of Ontario’s three main political parties will square off on the same stage for the first time Monday, just days before the official start of the province’s spring election campaign.Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford and New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath will all participate in the live debate in Toronto, which will be broadcast on City TV.It’s the first of three debates scheduled before the June 7 vote and observers say it will give voters a clear view of how the parties and their leaders intend to campaign once the writ drops two days later.“The (party) strategists have had several months to think about how to package their appeals, which voters they want to collect to their side and how to try to depict the opposition’s limitations against their own virtues,” said Cristine de Clercy, an associate political science professor at Western University. “We’ll see a small template of their messaging.”Many will be watching Ford closely as the newly-minted Tory leader debates two seasoned provincial politicians, de Clercy said.“It’s worth remembering he just got this job,” she said. “For him it’s a test of leadership, does he have the gravitas, control and focus to show what he’ll do as premier?”The debate will also begin to draw increased scrutiny to the campaign, which has unofficially been underway for weeks, de Clery said.That means issues like Ford’s recent flip-flop on whether to allow development in a large protected green space around the Toronto region — first pledging he would, then reversing course — will take on added importance, she said.“If Mr. Ford continues to take positions that he has to very hastily back away from … he will not look credible or trustworthy on policy. That, for him, is a big liability.”And on Saturday, the Tory leader removed Tanya Granic Allen, a social conservative and outspoken opponent of the province’s sex education curriculum, from the PC ballot in Mississauga Centre.Granic Allen’s dismissal came hours after the Liberals shared an edited video in which she expresses views the governing party described as representing “hatred and homophobia.”Horwath, meanwhile, has to make an impact with voters during the debate, parlaying her high personal approval ratings into support for the NDP brand, which lags in the polls, de Clercy said.Horwath has led the NDP since 2009 but failed to move it beyond third-party status during her tenure so far.“The challenge for Ms. Horwath is to communicate that she is a credible alternative,”de Clercy said. “She has many virtues as a politician but her single biggest liability is her party and its history in Ontario.”For Wynne, whose Liberals have held power for 15 years, the focus will likely be Ford, said Nelson Wiseman, a political science professor at the University of Toronto.The premier will use her attacks to further contrast her approach to running the province with Ford’s plans, said Wiseman.“Wynne is going to be tearing strips off Ford,” he said, adding that the Liberal leader would likely try to associate Ford with his late brother Rob Ford, the infamous former mayor of Toronto, as well as U.S. President Donald Trump.The fiery Doug Ford, a former Toronto city councillor who has lambasted the Liberals for their spending, will have to hold up under the pressure and remain in control of his emotions, Wiseman said.“He’s got to try not to appear wild, like his brother,” he said. “He’s already demonstrated some of that in the campaign.”Wiseman said while people tend to think the impact of debates are immediate, research shows they often help voters form opinions in the longer-term.He points to the first debate of the last federal election that helped Justin Trudeau establish himself and the Liberals as a viable alternative to Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, starting a shift that saw support bleed from the NDP to Liberals.A similar dynamic could be at play in Ontario, Wiseman said, with polls pointing to voters wanting a change in government but many being undecided on who to get behind — the Tories or the NDP.last_img read more

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Ontario police warn of recent cyberattacks targeting local governments

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first_imgA rash of cyberattacks on Ontario municipal governments in which hackers demand a ransom to unlock compromised systems has prompted the provincial police force to warn about what it describes as a recent trend.Ontario Provincial Police didn’t disclose how many municipalities had been temporarily crippled by the incidents known as ransomware attacks, but at least two recently had their systems compromised and the mayor of one of them said he’s heard of multiple other cases.In an advisory issued Friday, the OPP said it wanted communities to be aware of the spate of incidents.“In recent months there have been several ransomware (hack/virus) attacks on businesses and municipal government offices within Ontario,” wrote the force, which did not respond to requests for further comment.“The OPP does not support paying ransomware attackers, as it only encourages further criminal activity, and there is no guarantee that payment will restore the encrypted data.”Police described a ransomware attack as one where a computer or network is infected with malware — software intended to damage or disable — that encrypts data on those systems. Those behind the attack then reveal that the information can only be retrieved with an encryption key, which commonly is only released upon the payment of a ransom.The OPP said most such attacks are launched either through direct hacking into a vulnerable system or through phishing emails that urge users to click on files or links that then install the malware. Payment is usually demanded in Bitcoin or some other form of cryptocurrency, the OPP said.That exact scenario played out earlier this month in Midland, Ont., according to Mayor Gord McKay.On Sept. 1, officials discovered that many of the town’s servers had been compromised and locked down. McKay did not disclose exactly how much ransom was paid through an insurance company to the hackers, and said the cyberattack remains under investigation.McKay said the attack crippled Midland’s financial systems, but said it was not as devastating as it may have been had it happened three months ago.At that time, another ransomware attack on the nearby town of Wasaga Beach, Ont., prompted Midland’s officials to take out insurance to protect against such an incident, he said.“We took a good regard as to what happened over there and said, ‘ok, no reason why it shouldn’t happen here … so let’s start taking precautionary measures,” he said.The town managed to isolate online systems related to fire, police, water and waste-water services before the hackers struck, the mayor said. There’s also no evidence to suggest information on taxation, human resources and other affected systems was disseminated anywhere after the attack, he added.Officials in Wasaga Beach did not respond to request for comment on the attack they experienced.McKay said the decision to purchase insurance has proven beneficial and has helped the municipality recover faster than it might have otherwise. Access to the hacked systems has been provided over time, he said, and all the town’s systems are expected to be fully functional by next week.The town’s experience suggests an emerging industry around cyberattacks has taken root, McKay said, adding he’s heard from municipalities both inside and outside of Ontario who’ve gone through a similar ordeal.“It’s happening a fair bit out there, but obviously people don’t like to talk about it,” he said. “There’s an industry being built up about it, both on the bad guys’ side and also on the recovery side.”Atty Mashatan, an information technology professor at Ryerson University, said worldwide malware attacks involving everything from hospitals to transit systems have given rise to a burgeoning industry.She said there are numerous insurance offerings available to both businesses and individuals seeking protection from cybercrime. Like with standard insurance policies, she said packages vary considerably, adding the most comprehensive could cover the cost of legal fees incurred by potential lawsuits associated with security breaches.But Mashatan stressed that the best insurance is sound security, adding both individuals and companies should cover off basics such as installing strong anti-malware and anti-virus protection as well as maintaining thorough offline backups of key information.Common sense also has a role to play, she said.“It has to do with the awareness of the individuals in your organization or in your household,” she said. “Don’t click on a link if you don’t trust it.”McKay said the town of Midland had no choice but to pay the ransom demanded to reclaim its data, but such an approach finds little favour with Mashatan and the OPP.The force urged victims of such cyberattacks to go to local police but also noted that ultimately it was up to those targeted to decide how to proceed.“Companies and individual victims should address threats based upon the nature and severity of the threat and only after carefully considering the best interests of the individual or company’s employees, stakeholders and shareholders,” the force said.last_img read more

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Probe says missile launcher from Russia downed Malaysian jet

By on October 3, 2019

by John-Thor Dahlburg, The Associated Press Posted Sep 28, 2016 10:31 am MDT Last Updated Sep 28, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands – An international criminal probe concluded that a missile which destroyed a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine in 2014 and killed all 298 people aboard was fired from rebel-controlled territory by a mobile launcher trucked in from Russia and hastily returned there.The report, released Wednesday, was “solid proof” of a Russian role in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Ukraine’s president said. But Moscow immediately denounced the findings of the Dutch-led inquiry as “biased and politically motivated.”Investigators have identified 100 people they want to speak to who are believed to have been involved in transporting the Buk missile launcher or its use, chief prosecutor Fred Westerbeke said at a news conference.The Boeing 777, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was blown out of the sky on July 17, 2014, in eastern Ukraine amid fierce fighting between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian troops. Ukraine immediately blamed the rebels, although they and the Kremlin have consistently denied any involvement.The Joint Investigation Team, led by prosecutors and police from the Netherlands, made its preliminary findings public after interviewing more than 200 witnesses, listening to 150,000 intercepted phone calls, examining half a million photos and video recordings, consulting radar and satellite images, and sifting through dozens of containers filled with wreckage from the jet.“It may be concluded MH17 was shot down by a 9M38 missile launched by a Buk brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation, and that after launch was subsequently returned to the Russian Federation,” said Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Dutch National Police Central Crime Investigation Department.The surface-to-air weapon that destroyed the jetliner at 33,000 feet was fired from farmland in the rebel-held area of Pervomaiskiy, the investigation found. Witnesses there reported an explosion and a whistling sound, and a patch of field was set on fire.The conclusions of the investigative unit, which included police and prosecutors from the Netherlands, Ukraine, Belgium, Australia and Malaysia, were consistent with earlier reporting by The Associated Press, which established soon after the jet’s destruction that a tracked Buk M-1 launcher with four surface-to-air missiles had been seen July 17 in the rebel-controlled town of Snizhne near Pervomaiskiy.Families of the victims, about two-thirds of whom were Dutch, were told of investigators’ findings at a closed-door meeting earlier Wednesday.Hans de Borst, whose 17-year-old daughter, Elsemiek, was aboard Flight 17, called it a “big relief” to learn that investigators believes the evidence painstakingly assembled over two years will stand up in court if suspects can be identified and brought to justice.Last fall, a Dutch Safety Board investigation concluded the jetliner was brought down by a Buk, but those findings were not intended to be used in a criminal trial.“The next question, of course, is who was responsible for this,” Westerbeke said. Pressed by journalists, the prosecutor declined to give more information about the 100 people believed to be involved, including whether any are Russian nationals.“Who gave the orders?” Westerbeke asked. “Did the crew take its own decisions or were they operating on instructions from above?”He appealed to “insider witnesses” to come forward, saying they could receive immunity or reduced sentences.The prosecutor said he was “fully confident” the investigation would lead to a trial. But he said it was too early to decide which court could hear it.“We won’t make that choice until we know who has to be tried,” Westerbeke said. At this point in the investigation, “we’re not making any statement about involvement of the Russian Federation as a country or of people from the Russian Federation,” he said.Aamer Anwar, a lawyer who represents the family of the late Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, said it would be “extremely hard to bring anyone to justice” for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. But he added it was not impossible.Getting Russia to agree to extradition looked to be “extremely difficult, near impossible,” Anwar said.Toby Cadman, an international law specialist at the London law firm 9 Bedford Row, said it will be “a monumental challenge to get defendants before a national or international court.”Malaysia had proposed setting up an international court to try those responsible for the plane’s destruction, but Russia vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution in favour of a tribunal.Russian officials were quick to reject the JIT’s conclusions.“The findings of the Dutch prosecutor’s office confirmed that the investigation was biased and politically motivated,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said. “To this day, the investigation continues to ignore the overwhelming evidence from the Russian side, despite the fact that Russia is in fact the only one who sends accurate information and discloses all of the new data.”Ukrainian officials, by contrast, called the findings an indication of Russian complicity.“It is proved that the Buk had come into our territory from Russian territory,” Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said. “After the crime, when terrorists tried to cover up traces, the Buk was immediately taken back to Russia. Thus, we have solid proof of who to blame for this dreadful crime and who bears full responsibility for the terrorist attack.”Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry added: “This again points to the direct involvement of the aggressor state in the downing of the aircraft.”The U.S. State Department said the findings were “another step toward bringing to justice those responsible for this outrageous attack.”The JIT report said investigators, using intercepted communications from pro-Moscow commanders, determined the Buk was in eastern Ukraine for only a day and a half, but that they were able to obtain photos and video chronicling its movements to and from Russia on the bed of a white Volvo truck.As it sped out of Ukraine, it was seen in Luhansk with only three of its original four missiles, investigators determined. A telephone intercept provided by Ukraine indicated the Buk was back on Russian soil one day after the shootdown.Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov denied that Russian air defence missile systems, including the Buk, have ever been sent to Ukraine.Earlier this week, the Russian military said newly found data from radar in southern Russia showed that the missile that downed Flight 17 did not originate in rebel-controlled territory. It said it would give that data to investigators.Dutch officials said they haven’t yet received the data, but they played down chances it would lead them to alter their findings.“In this case, absence of evidence does not prove that it (the missile) was not there,” Paulissen said. “We have no doubt whatever that the conclusions we are presenting today are accurate.”The Russian maker of the Buk missile system also contested the report’s conclusions. Mikhail Malyshevsky, an adviser to the chief designer of the state-controlled Almaz-Antei consortium, said an analysis of the plane’s shrapnel-ridden fragments show it couldn’t have been downed by a missile launched from a rebel-controlled area and more likely came from a village that Russian officials said was under Ukrainian control at the time.JIT members faced extraordinary challenges in the probe. The site where the jet’s wreckage landed in Ukraine’s Donetsk region was in an active war zone. After the downing, pro-Kremlin militants limited access to the site.Eleven containers of debris from the jetliner were ultimately brought to the Netherlands. A research team took soil samples and established the location of cellphone towers and the layout of the telephone network to verify intercepted phone calls from the militants.Forensic samples were taken from luggage and the bodies of passengers and crew, and satellite data and communications intercepts were studied.___Associated Press writer Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow, Jill Lawless in London and Bradley Klapper in Washington contributed to this story. Members of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) during a press conference on the preliminary results of the investigation into the shooting-down of Malaysia Airlines jetliner flight MH17 in Nieuwegein, Netherlands, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. The disaster claimed 298 lives. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) Probe says missile launcher from Russia downed Malaysian jet read more

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Ohio State mens basketball looks to knock off No 6 Wisconsin on

By on October 2, 2019

Senior forward Sam Thompson (12) and his fellow seniors are set to play in their final game at the Schottenstein Center against Wisconsin on March 7.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternAfter an up and down run for the Ohio State men’s basketball team, the No. 23 Buckeyes are looking to end the regular season on a peak.OSU (22-8, 11-6) is in the midst of its longest winning streak since Big Ten play began, with three consecutive victories. Its hopes to make that four will have to be earned, with the No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers (26-3, 15-2) coming to town to wrap up the regular season campaign Sunday afternoon.“It’s going to be a great game for us,” senior guard Shannon Scott said Saturday. “I think we’re all going to find out how we control a game against a great team. We’ve played some good teams this year, but Wisconsin right now is playing the best basketball, so we have to find out how we play against them.”Wisconsin has already clinched the outright regular-season Big Ten championship, its first since 2008.OSU’s extra incentive for a win Sunday, a bye to the third round of the Big Ten tournament in Chicago, vanished Saturday afternoon when Iowa and Michigan State won to knock the Buckeyes out of the top four in the standings. However, OSU coach Thad Matta said he has never been preoccupied with watching where teams fall within the conference.“I didn’t even know those guys were playing,” Matta said. “I live in a bubble. I really do. I think it’s like crying over spilled milk, in terms of how things unfold.”The game could be showcased by the lone matchup this season between the Big Ten’s two representatives on the Wooden Award 15 ballot: Wisconsin senior forward Frank Kaminsky and OSU freshman guard D’Angelo Russell.Matta had only lavish things to say about Kaminsky, who leads the Badgers with 18.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game to go along with 55.4 percent shooting from the field.“He’s such a unique player for his size,” Matta said. “I love his game. He can get you a lot of different ways, a lot of different areas on the floor.”OSU senior center Amir Williams said he knows how much effort he’ll have to put in to attempt to slow down the seven-footer.“Try to get him out of his rhythm,” Williams said about dealing with Kaminsky. “Make things difficult for him early on, and just see where that takes him.“Just try to make things difficult for him throughout the whole game, to not give up any easy looks, contest all of his shots and just be physical.”The game will also act as a ceremony for the six OSU seniors, including four who have spent their entire collegiate careers in Columbus: Sam Thompson, Scott, Trey McDonald and Williams.Matta said the bond between those four-year teammates is stronger than he’s ever witnessed in his years coaching.“They’re just a unique blend of guys, that have really come from all walks of life, and have meshed together,” Matta said. “And quite honestly, I’ve seen it over time, those guys are probably four best friends.”The other two players set to be honored Sunday are redshirt-senior Anthony Lee, who transferred from Temple this season, and senior walk-on Jake Lorbach.The Buckeyes have not met Wisconsin since Feb. 1, 2014, a 59-58 victory in Madison, Wisc. However, Matta said after a decade of coaching in the Big Ten, he knows what to expect from the year-to-year similarity of Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan’s squads, though this year’s unit stands out.“I don’t know how many times we’ve played Wisconsin in the time I’ve been here, but it’s just another Wisconsin basketball team that is very, very talented, maybe the best I’ve seen,” Matta said.Scott echoed his coach’s statements that his experience with the Badgers gives him early insight into Sunday’s affair.“We’ve been playing against them for four years. We know what they want to do, they know what we want to do. It’s just about us executing our system defensively,” he said.Scott added that OSU will not be able to take a minute off if it wants to wrap up the regular season with an upset win, and not falter when something doesn’t go its way.“We need to be great for 40 minutes,” Scott said.Tip-off against Wisconsin is set for 4:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

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Opinion United States Mens National Team friendly potential preview for World Cup

By on September 28, 2019

United States Men’s National Team defender Clarence Goodson (21) heads the ball away from goal during a World Cup Qualifying match against Mexico Sept. 10 at Crew Stadium. The USMNT won, 2-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Winter Olympics have just ended, but the world’s collective consciousness is already preparing to be taken over by another international sports competition: the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.While the roughly 100-day wait until the opening match on June 12 might seem like a long way off, in playing terms, it’s right around the corner. Most of the qualified teams are competing in friendlies Wednesday, and for many of them the game has some important implications.Wednesday, the U.S. men’s national team is set to play a friendly match against Ukraine in Cyprus, and it’s the final time European-based players will be able to compete for the USMNT before their club season is over in May. Once that happens, coach Jurgen Klinsmann will name a preliminary 30-man squad and take them through a training camp and friendly matches before leaving for South America with his final 23-man roster.There are a number of notable players who are expected to try to use this last chance to solidify their place on the plane to Brazil, transforming an ostensibly meaningless friendly into a final World Cup tryout.One player looking to take his chance will be defender Oguchi Onyewu. A two-time World Cup veteran, Onyewu has hardly been involved with the USMNT over the past few years, and he knows his chances of making it to a third tournament rely heavily on how well he performs against the Ukrainians.Then there’s midfielder Danny Williams, a player whose best performance in red, white and blue came right here in Columbus against Jamaica Sept. 11, 2012. His confident, mistake-free play even led many pundits to believe he could usurp veteran Jermaine Jones’ central defensive midfield position, but since then, Williams has spent the majority of his time on the sidelines. But still, the impression he made about 18 months ago could give Klinsmann incentive to trust Williams should he take his chance.Another World Cup hopeful in the midfield is Brek Shea. A standout in Major League Soccer, Shea has found things difficult since transferring to Europe. He’s made only five appearances for the English Premier League side Stoke City since arriving in January 2013, and is now on loan with Barnsley of the English Championship for the rest of the season. Shea knows he can’t slip up now.And those three aren’t the only ones in that position. Alejandro Bedoya, Juan Agudelo and John Brooks all face a similar challenge when it comes to impressing Klinsmann. The sheer number of World Cup squad hopefuls means someone is bound to miss out.In all likelihood, Klinsmann will give appearances to some players who are nailed on to start the team’s first World Cup group game against Ghana, while at the same time mixing in those looking to catch his eye.Of course, there could be a number of unforeseen circumstances between now and May that shake up the USMNT roster pool, with things like injuries, the emergence of young talent or a simple loss of form.But no matter which way you look at it, the final whistle in Cyprus will mean the journey to the World Cup has reached its final stage.So while many Americans might not see the tournament coming into view, the collection of players hoping to face the likes of Germany and Portugal this summer know that their chance is sharply in focus. read more

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EHF EURO 2014 Main Round Denmark and Spain close to semis

By on September 22, 2019

Six teams will fight for the two places at Men’s EHF EURO 2012 semi-finals. Denmark and Spain are the closest to the final weekend, which will be held also in Herning in front of sold out Arena with 14.000 fans.Saturday January 18Austria – IcelandMacedonia – HungaryDenmark – SpainMonday January 20Austria – SpainDenmark – HungaryMacedonia – IcelandWednesday January 22Denmark – IcelandMacedonia – SpainAustria – HungarySTANDINGS:Denmark 4Spain 4Macedonia 2Iceland 1Hungary 1Austria 0PHOTO: Credit – Photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud/Handballpix.com Denmark Handballehf handballhandball competitionhandball resultsherning handballmain round handballsports ← Previous Story Hungary at Main Round – Norway goes home! Next Story → RK Vardar appoint Vladimir Vujović as the new coach read more

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5 talking points after Kerry and Dublins thrilling AllIreland final draw

By on September 21, 2019

first_img  1. Thrilling finaleFIRST THINGS FIRST, those final 20 minutes were about as heart-stopping anything Gaelic football has offered up in recent memory. With history on the line, the 14 men of Dublin led by five on 55 minutes but Kerry had worked themselves into a one-point lead by the 74th minute.Three sons of the 1982 team  – David Moran, Tommy Walsh and Killian Spillane – almost drove the Kingdom to victory in a frenetic final quarter.Staring defeat in the face, Dublin worked several scoring chances before Rock curled over the equaliser from play and then sent a late free from a very tough angle wide. The tension in the stadium was almost unbearable by that stage as every turnover or missed shot was celebrated almost as wildly as a score.In the end, both sets of players and supporters were relieved to have another day out. 2. Cooper’s red cardJust like the hurling final, a first-half red card changed the course of this game. Jonny Cooper could have few complaints for his double booking after he fouled David Clifford three times, including for a penalty that Paul Geaney missed. The presence of Paul Murphy as a sweeper in front of the full-back line meant Dublin couldn’t hit their full-forward line with early ball.If it was 15-on-15 Dublin probably would have won this game and Kerry will be frustrated at their failure to put them away after playing with an extra manPeter Keane’s side were fortunate that Tom O’Sullivan wasn’t dismissed for a second yellow after he took down John Small in the 51st minute. Hawk-Eye also ruled out a Cormac Costello point in the 70th minute by a matter of inches. 3. Kerry get so much rightMuch of the pre-game build-up surrounded the match-ups and particularly questions around Kerry’s ability to live with Dublin’s forwards. But Tadhg Morley and Tom O’Sullivan did brilliantly on Paul Mannion and Con O’Callaghan respectively, while Gavin Crowley restricted Ciaran Kilkenny’s influence. Shane Ryan had a very good afternoon on kick-outs as Kerry retained 74% of his restarts, including several risky short passes that he pulled off under pressure. The Kingdom also had a far greater impact off their bench with Killian Spillane and Tommy Walsh contributing 1-2 between them.4. Dublin’s remarkable self-beliefThey saw a five-point lead evaporate, had a man sent-off, conceded a penalty and saw a late point ruled out by Hawk-Eye but never panicked or lost faith.  50,115 Views The way Dublin were able to work short kick-outs and hold onto possession for long spells despite playing the entire second period with 14 men says a lot about their fitness levels and work-rate.They created enough chances in stoppage-time to have won the game outright and will fancy their chances of learning from this game and turning things around for the replay.5. Free-takers step up Rock’s late missed free from the sideline won’t be held against him given the difficulty of the angle and distance from the posts. He has a habit of coming good on All-Ireland final day and delivered a 10-point haul from 13 shots. Sean O’Shea was in even more electric form, scoring from every single one of his 10 attempts at goal. He slotted over three 45s, four frees and three from play in a majestic kicking display.Rock and O’Shea are central to their respective teams and they showed why yesterday. The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Sep 2nd 2019, 7:06 AM 5 talking points after Kerry and Dublin’s thrilling All-Ireland final draw Dean Rock and Sean O’Shea scored 20 points between them yesterday. By Kevin O’Brien Short URL Monday 2 Sep 2019, 8:00 AM Dean Rock and Sean O’Shea after the former sent a last-ditch free wide. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHOcenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Follow us: the42.ie Share12 Tweet Email 72 Comments Dean Rock and Sean O’Shea after the former sent a last-ditch free wide. https://the42.ie/4791894 last_img read more

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Paris SaintGermain deny allegations of them selling one of Neymar and

By on September 17, 2019

first_imgAfter months of speculations about the future of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain, the reigning Ligue 1 champions have issued a statement regarding the allegations they will have to sell one of their starsThe French newspaper, L’Equite, have been the first one to state the Parisians will have to renounce their headline performers due to the UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations.After making the duo the two most expensive players of all-time, it was though PSG will have to sell one of them to balance the books.Soon, the media all across Europe have been reporting PSG won’t be able to keep holds of their stalwarts unless they break the FFP rules.Furthermore, this Friday, L’Equipe dropped the bombshell by saying the Parisians have already reconciled with losing one of Neymar or Mbappe to prevent UEFA from implementing sanctions.Now, Paris Saint-Germain have released a counterstatement via their official website, accusing L’Equipe of making false allegations.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“In an article published this Friday evening on its website, L’Equipe dares to say ‘PSG is ready to lose Kylian Mbappe and Neymar Jr to avoid [FFP] sanctions.“Beyond denying this misinformation, ridiculous and only aimed to create once again a tough relationship between our club and media, PSG is wondering, once more, about the main goal of L’Equipe and its underlying thought about its editing work concerning PSG.“There are so many examples of this kind of news aiming to bring a bad atmosphere around the club. Last one in date, last Wednesday, matchday against Strasbourg, with a frontage which pretended there was a ‘Cavani issue.’“In passing, regarding the incredible amount of frontpages involving PSG in this daily newspaper, proof of the club’s fame, PSG is asking itself about the schizophrenic behavior of L’Equipe and its hierarchy.”Widely-recognized as the most devastating attacking tandem on the planet, the Frenchman and the Brazilian have notched 78 goals and provided 26 assists altogether since their blockbuster transfers in the summer of 2017.last_img read more

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Fortnite X Stranger Things adds Chief Hopper Demogorgon skins for crossover

By on September 10, 2019

first_img Gaming pic.twitter.com/elYPYeiBFH— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) July 5, 2019 Tags Play as Chief Hopper or the Demogorgon in Fortnite X Stranger Things crossover. Epic Games At the start of Fortnite season 9, players noticed a small reference to Netflix’s Stranger Things, but weeks went by with no other references to the series. Now that the third season of the show is available to stream, the game’s developer revealed a new crossover with the show.Epic Games tweeted the Fortnite X Stranger Things event Wednesday. Prior to the tweet, players found portals in several spots on the island that let them transport from one to the other and that’s it. Then on Thursday, Epic tweeted a new image showing two skins for the crossover, Chief Hopper (David Harbour) and the Demogorgon.   Share your voice Fortnite It’s unclear if Epic will have more for the Fortnite X Stranger Things event such as a limited time mode or more show-inspired content.Originally published July 4.Update, July 5: Adds more info on event. The gate has been opened.Get the new Stranger Things set from the Item Shop now including the Chief Hopper and Demogorgon outfits and Vines Wrap! #FortniteXStrangerThings pic.twitter.com/q8OhyWnWdW— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) July 5, 2019 Comment 1 Leaked HD Stranger Things Skins!#Fortnite pic.twitter.com/9ZykRpP7j9— Fortnite Leaks And Info (@FNLeaksAndInfo) July 4, 2019 Several data miners found new Stranger Things inspired skins Thursday morning before Epic revealed the special content. Both skins are available in the Fortnite Item Shop, but only for a limited time. The Chief Hopper outfit is 1,500 V-Bucks, or approximately $15, while the Demogorgon outfit is 1,200 V-Bucks, or $12. There is also a Vines Wrap that is part of the crossover and available for 500 V-Bucks, or $5. last_img read more

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Create awareness among litigants on Alternative Disputes

By on September 6, 2019

first_imgGuntur: District judge A Hariharnath Sharma said the number of cases in courts will come down if advocates and social activists create awareness among litigants on Alternative Disputes Resolution (ADR). Addressing a meeting held on the district court’s premises here on Monday under the aegis of International Centre for Alternative Disputes Resolution Regional Centre, Hyderabad in association with Guntur Bar Association, he appreciated the Guntur Bar Association for taking initiative for conducting the awareness meeting on ADR. He added that if awareness was created on ADR, it will be useful to advocates to solve pending cases in the courts. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us District Legal Cell Authority secretary Tejovathi and district advocates association president Chilukuri Narendra Babu were present. Earlier, the International Centre for Alternative Disputes Resolution Regional Centre governing body member and secretary JLN Murthy explained Alternative Disputes Resolution system to the advocates and social activists and clarified their doubts.last_img read more

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Walmart India outlet opened in Nizamabad

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first_imgNizamabad: As part of its expansion, Walmart India has opened another Cash and Carry store in Nizamabad on Thursday. Company President and chief executive officer Krish Iyer had inaugurated the branch here.Speaking on the occasion, Iyer said that with this the number of company’s outlets has increased to 26 across the country and third one in the State. The store spans more than 50,000 square feet and employs 2,000 people, directly and indirectly, he said. The company plans to open a store in Warangal later this year. This will increase the number of Walmart stores in the state to four. The company opened its second store in Karimnagar four months ago.last_img read more

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The Donald Trump caterpillar is irritating and highly toxic

By on September 1, 2019

first_imgLast month, President Obama had a parasite named after him, he’s also lent his name to a prehistoric lizard, a flatworm, an Amazonian bird, fungus, a spider, and a colorful freshwater fish. Now we’ve discovered one of the US presidential candidates has a caterpillar nicknamed after him, and for good reason.The Megalopygidae caterpillar is also referred to by the nickname the Donald Trump caterpillar. The reason is quite obvious. This caterpillar has a striking resemblance to Donald Trump’s hairpiece. Some of its other features also mirror how some American voters may view Trump. That’s because the Megalopygidae caterpillar is irritating, venomous, and referred to as highly toxic.Caterpillars do not want to get eaten before they can become a moth, so many of them hide away and blend in with surrounding vegetation. Not the Trump caterpillar, though. It is happy to be seen while remaining confident it is safe from hungry predators. That’s because those furry spines covering most of its body are venomous.AdChoices广告Touching Trump (the caterpillar version, of course) results in immediate skin irritation and pain that can feel as bad as a broken bone and radiates across an entire limb. It is followed by burning, swelling, nausea, rashes, blisters, headaches, and in extreme cases chest pain and difficulty breathing. The situation is made worse by the venomous spines remaining in the skin, with cellophane tape being the best method of removal.While you can find Donald Trump traveling around the USA for the next month, the Trump caterpillar prefers to hang out on oak and elm trees or roses and ivy in gardens. As well as being present in Central America and Mexico, it is easily found in the eastern United States between North Carolina and Florida.Here’s a great video by It’s Okay To be Smart explaining how the Trump caterpillar has been so successful a bird and an egg have mimicked its look.So, if you see a Donald Trump caterpillar look, but do not touch!last_img read more

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Holey Nanosheets for Wastewater Dye Removal

By on August 31, 2019

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Researchers have discovered that extremely thin sheets of nickel oxide with hexagonally shaped holes can absorb hazardous dyes from wastewater nearly as well as the best traditional methods, but are recyclable. The research was reported recently in the journal Nanotechnology. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further The group, consisting of scientists from the Colorado School of Mines and South-Central University for Nationalities, in China, compared the performance of their nickel-oxide (NiO) “nanosheets” to the absorption properties of a powdered form of NiO as well as to activated carbon, a material often used for absorption applications because it has a very large overall surface area.In a similar way, the hexagonal holes in the NiO nanosheets also possess a high surface area. Each sheet has a polar surface, containing distinct regions of positive and negative charge.According to Colorado School of Mines scientist Ryan Richards, one of the paper’s authors, “Metal oxides like NiO have the main advantage that the absorbed material can be burned off and the NiO can be reused. Additionally, the polar surface of the NiO nanosheets may provide some advantages in adsorbing certain substrates. Methods for the recycling of activated carbon are often expensive and in this way and the carbon and the material it has absorbed must be discarded.” Richards and his colleagues tested the absorption performance of the nanosheets and the NiO powder using three common synthetic dyes: reactive brilliant red X-3B, congo red, and fuchsin red. These dyes are used for many industrial purposes, including paper and pulp manufacturing, cloth dyeing, leather treatment, and printing.The textile industry is a heavy user of dyes, consuming 60% of the world’s supply, and experts estimate that 10 to 20 percent of water-soluble dyes are lost during the dyeing process and released into wastewater. The dyes pose a threat to environmental health on their own, but as they undergo chemical reactions in the water other toxic and hazardous intermediate compounds are created.Various remediation methods exist, but physical absorption – using an absorbent material to “catch” and trap the dye – is the most common. Activated carbon is widely used, although many other materials have been investigated, including silica, clay, natural polymers, synthetic polymers, and various types of nanotubes.The group prepared solution samples containing all three dyes and stirred in either powdered NiO or a small amount of nanosheets. They found that the nickel oxide nanosheets could remove, on average, two to three times as much dye as the powdered NiO. The nanosheets still do not perform as well as activated carbon – for example, the nanosheets absorbed about 71 percent of the congo red dye while the activated carbon took up 98 percent – but they have the advantage that the absorbed material can be readily burned off and the sheets reused. The sheets are also inexpensive to produce and can be created using “green” methods. “We think that this means NiO nanosheets or similar materials could become the preferred media for dye removal in the future,” said Richards.More information: Nanotechnology 20 (2009) 275707Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.center_img Citation: ‘Holey’ Nanosheets for Wastewater Dye Removal (2009, July 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-07-holey-nanosheets-wastewater-dye.html New plastic is strong as steel, transparentlast_img read more

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State Finance dept to host development programme for 20 inservice officers

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first_imgKolkata: The state Finance department is going to organise Management Development Programme (MDP) for a batch of 20 in-service officers of the West Bengal Audit & Accounts Service (WBA&AS) and West Bengal Revenue Service from August 26-31 at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta. The programme will focus on several aspects like contract administration, public finances, e-governance, business process re-engineering, time management as well as management of personnel. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”The training will cover all aspects to sensitise and inform the participants about various issues which are essential for better decision-making,” a senior official of the state Finance department said. The officers who have rendered a minimum five years of service as on January 1, 2019, and have been declared confirmed in their respective cadre are eligible to apply. The officers who have earlier undergone residential in-service training programme organised by the Finance department for seven days will not be eligible to apply. The WBA&AS officers working in the financial advisor set up, public sector undertakings, development authorities, corporations and statutory bodies will be given preference in the MDP. The programme will be fully residential and officers will have to report at IIM one day prior to the training programme on August 25 afternoon. No officers will be allowed to leave the training venue during the programme.last_img read more

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WATCH Penis Park is an actual place in South Korea

By on August 29, 2019

first_imgLocated in Sinnam, South Korea, this penis-themed park is a NSFW tourist destination. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Formally called Haesindang Park, the theme of the park is based on an old legend.What’s the legend?In the Legend of Auebawi and Haesindang, a woman was left by a man on a rock in the sea while he worked. Due to a storm, the man was unable to retrieve her, and the woman ended up drowning.After this incident, the people of the village were unable to catch fish. They blamed this on the dead woman. Then, one day, a fisherman ejaculated into the sea and suddenly was able to catch fish again. It was thought that exposing the deceased virgin woman to male genitalia pleased her, and thus allowed them to catch fish.To honor the dead virgin and to ensure the fish would remain, the people of the village built wooden phallic-shaped effigies in her honor and held religious ceremonies on her behalf. Aebawi Rock, the location where the woman was said to have died, is still used in biannual events to this day.The penis statuesIn addition to at least 50 phallic statues made by local artists, the park features a statue of the virgin girl, and a bronze statue about the legend.The penis sculptures are in various shapes and sizes. Some are incorporated into benches, chimes, drums, and even a cannon.The penis cannon Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Penis Park in Sinnam, South Korea GAYSTARNEWS- Penis statues next to park benchesLearn more about Haesindang Park in the video below:Take Our PollGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Winter Olympians are flocking to South Korea’s ‘penis park’Homosexuality is a sin: South Korea’s Gay Pride FestivalPuerto Vallarta Tourism Chief: Visit to become one of us, you will be safe!Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/watch-penis-park-actual-place-south-korea/last_img read more

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By on August 27, 2019

first_imgTechnology | April 08, 2011 Compact Camera Designed to Maximize Revenues and Efficiency News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more Related Content Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. 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MedX’s T-Quest includes enhanced thyroid imaging and features expanded imaging capabilities to perform parathyroid, sentinel node, MUGA, gastric emptying, hepatobiliary, bone spots and other small organ studies.The company also announced the first installations for the device at two leading acute care hospitals, Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, Md. and St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J.The image quality and low lifetime system cost, offers medium to large hospitals and imaging centers a cost-effective tool to expand volume, improve efficiency and provide quality patient care.Commercially available worldwide, the camera provides high-quality imaging capabilities and the freedom to perform long duration time/activity studies. Its minimized focal distance and mm/pixel ratio maximizes diagnostic quality through improved image resolution. The results of this combination are increased operating efficiency, better imaging economics and improved diagnostic results. It requires less than 8 square feet of floor space, and features a 6-inch field of view and lightweight collimators, which are easily changed by hand. Its unobtrusive design promotes patient comfort and is non-claustrophobic.The system works in conjunction with the NuQuest acquisition and processing computer, providing a comprehensive, standalone system. The onboard NuQuest computer provides state-of-the-art energy, linearity and uniformity corrections for superior image quality. The software features customizable imaging acquisition protocols along with a host of general nuclear image processing tools. It also features an intuitive user interface with simple pull-down menus and features DICOM 3.0 print, file export and modality worklist capabilities.For more information: www.medx-inc.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. 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Costa Rica could have to pay compensation for failed oil refinery project

By on August 19, 2019

first_imgBesides the threat of damage payments, SORESCO is also under scrutiny for corruption. The Prosecutor’s Office confirmed to The Tico Times that there is an on-going investigation into possible embezzlement, influence peddling, and dereliction of duty. The investigation has been active since 2012 but no one has yet been charged, according to an email from Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Tatiana Vargas.Ruling Citizen Action Party (PAC) lawmaker Ottón Solís released a statement Wednesday afternoon blasting RECOPE’s representatives for even considering damage payments to CNPC. Solís argued that under the contract, there are no grounds for compensation because the feasibility studies were never approved.Solís said the blame for the boondoggle lies with CNPC. The Chinese company opted to use one of its own subsidiaries, Huanqiu Contracting & Engineering Corp., to carry out the feasibility study. The Comptroller General’s Office ruled in 2013 that this constituted a conflict of interest, effectively paralyzing the project.Salazar’s comments Wednesday attempted to simultaneously distance the Solís administration from the project and defend it. Salazar laid out a timeline of attempts by the Solís government to revive the project: Solís and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Brazil in July 2014 to discuss restarting the refinery project. In November 2014, Environment Minister Edgar Gutiérrez traveled to Beijing to discuss the project.In May 2015, RECOPE presented an option to SORESCO to select another company to carry out the feasibility study, but according to Salazar, CNPC would not agree to it, saying the contract would have to be renegotiated.On April 14, RECOPE publicly acknowledged that its board had voted to end RECOPE’s involvement in SORESCO and to liquidate the project.On Monday, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman in Beijing said China’s government had “noticed” the reports about Costa Rica scrapping the venture.“The Chinese side attaches importance to its firm relationship with Costa Rica,” he said. “With regards to problems emerging from cooperation, we hope that companies from the two sides will continue to increase communication, understand each other’s concerns and find an appropriate settlement.”Deputy Foreign Minister Alejandro Solano said that he did not believe the dissolution of SORESCO would jeopardize the country’s relationship with China, which he said went far beyond the joint venture.Besides the failed refinery, China still has a major infrastructure project in the works here. Costa Rican lawmakers overwhelmingly voted last year in favor of signing a $395 million loan from the Chinese government to fund the expansion of Costa Rica’s Route 32, the main highway connecting San José and the Caribbean province of Limón.Under the contract, China Harbour Engineering Company will be the sole developer and use only Chinese workers, caveats that raised concerns among some of the lawmakers who opposed the contract.Despite the refinery boondoggle, Salazar said that a “modern, efficient” refinery was still in Costa Rica’s energy security interests. She said that RECOPE, which hasn’t refined petroleum since 2011, would continue looking into the possibility of a new refinery.AFP contributed reporting from Beijing. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica cancels $1.2 billion Chinese refinery project Biofuels would be produced at Chinese refinery in Limón, says Costa Rica oil chief Lula’s bridge to nowhere hints at global reach of Brazil graft Where is Costa Rica on gay marriage? international community asks Costa Rica’s decision to pull out of a troubled $1 billion oil refinery joint venture with the Chinese National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) could end up costing the government even more money after the joint venture spent tens of millions of dollars on a project that never got off the drawing board.National Oil Refinery President Sara Salazar acknowledged during a news conference Wednesday morning that the refinery, known by its Spanish acronym, RECOPE, could face the possibility of paying compensation to CNPC if both sides can’t come to an agreement on how to liquidate the Chinese-Costa Rican Reconstruction Corporation (SORESCO).RECOPE Legal Affairs Director Mayid Brenes said he hoped that the “good faith” agreement between China and Costa Rica would prevent any problems. At this writing, CNPC had not requested damages.But if Costa Rica did have to pay, it wouldn’t be the first time the government had to compensate a company for cancelling a large infrastructure project. President Laura Chinchilla’s administration agreed to pay the Brazilian construction company OAS $35 million in damages in 2014 after it cancelled the controversial concession to build a tollroad between San José and San Ramón, Alajuela.Under the original agreement for the oil refinery, China and Costa Rica put $50 million each towards SORESCO. Of that $100 million initial investment, more than $59 million has been spent on various engineering and feasibility studies since the project’s inception in 2007, Salazar told reporters.See a summary of costs incurred by the project up to January 2016:last_img read more

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U the monk did not r

By on December 18, 2018

U. the monk did not realize just how powerful his guest might be.Legal experts have said the decision could have national implications as courts grapple with how to apply long-standing laws as technological changes have taken interactions online. kill yourself, and certainly is the best movie of the year so far. ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images James Marshall, Mike Marsland—WireImage/Getty Images Taylor Swift switches on the Christmas lights and performs for fans and shoppers at Westfield London in London.

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adult.913 in restitution,Appointed to board 2010. Her last studio album, The Sullivan Principles were developed in 1977 by the Reverend Dr. This needs to reflect the composition of a modern workforce [CROSSTALK] TRUMP: . So you combine that with the fact that now motherhood is the greatest predictor of gender inequalityor the greatest predictor of wage inequality even surpassing gender So you know theres a structural problem And familiesits not a womens issue per se although women are being disproportionately affected by it and you see it in terms of wage disparity Its a family issue and we really need to support families We need to be innovative about childcare and put forth solutions that will bring down the cost and we need to treat it like a cost of doing business because it is I cant go into the office if my children arent looked after especially when theyre younger and not yet in the school system And I think his plan for doing that is incredible And for elder care which is very important And disproportionately women are taking care of elderly dependents So I think these are really important issues and truthfully Im very excited that they were so well received with so many Republican lawmakers So Im hopeful that this really pushes the needle in a major direction GIBBS: Given how important this race is and how high the stakes are its been striking to a lot of people how much of the conversation the last week has been your fathers accusation that its rigged Do you believe that this election is rigged TRUMP: I will tell you that the media has been vicious and look theres a lot of business people in the room Weve all had articles written about us by the business press that we say "Hmm you know that wasnt exactly fair" or you know the fact-checktheres a few things off But you know this has been this has been a different level And look we take it personally Obviously there are some things said that are deeply personal but just on a less emotional example this week or in the last couple of days I saw on the front cover of the New York Times a story talking about how the Trump brand was being decimated due to the campaign Our team had provided statistics as it relates to our hotel company for example showing traffic patterns and actual analytics and data They insisted on using quotes from random people I have no idea where they called They chose to use a booking engine that represented a total last year of 16 bookings But they didnt say that They said the decrease in bookings this booking engine which doesnt typically book at luxury hotelsand across we have we have so many hotels We have thousands tens of thousands hundreds of thousands of room nights a year And they took a company that booked 16 room nights with us and didnt say that but instead said our bookings went down 38% last year and we told them we said but this isnt a relevant metric They only did 16 room nights Theyre not its not Expedia This is not a relevant metric by which to judge our performance We gave them the facts All they had from us wasnt the quote where we actually shared the facts of our performance They had the quote that we think this is a mischaracterization of how our business is doing and they didnt mention the lack of volume that this provides So its very you know it is demoralizing when youre working very hard and you have teams who are working tremendously hard to read these type of things So I think that the bias is very very real And I dont think I would have said this to you even a year ago I dont But Ive justIve seen it too many times Its tremendous GIBBS: Obviously the Trump brand all along has been very much about winning and I understand that you hope and expect your father to win Do you think it’s important for the country and for democracy for him to concede if he loses and will he TRUMP: Well look my father is in this to win it and Im not interested in talking about alternative outcomes and of course I think my father will always do the right thing Thats the type of person he is But when you asked me before do I think its rigged I think from a media perspective its very hard to get an accurate portrayal of who he is as a person or the business hes built his professional accomplishments Its borderline impossible In large parts weve stopped even trying with a lot of the mainstream publications Because they just dontI was going crazy around a year ago calling these reporters trying to get them to at least hear our perspective and its just a waste of time You fall down such a rabbit hole with this and it doesnt yield a result But to your point hell either win or he wont win and I believe hell accept the outcome either way Write to Katie Reilly at KatieReilly@timecom DAILY POST reported earlier on Sunday The commission submitted a-three volume report at the executive council chamber who does sit on the Administrative Services CommitteeThe allegations are concerning IPOB and the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra spoke at a press conferenceGovernor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Monday described the establishment of an Army Forward Operation Base (FOB) in Epe as a new security strategy to secure Lagos All along that’s what our goal has been to make positive change in the state of MinnesotaFarmers and food processing businesses rely on foreign labor he saidBuenos Aires: Himani had an easy first round outing including Chief Ezemonye Ezekiel-Amadi Simeon Nwakaudu indicated that Chukwuma also holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degreecom The arena has long banned firearms under an Ohio law that allows private properties to do so The verdict led to vociferous political discourse over the existence of ‘saffron terror’ or right-wing extremismWhile Congress and Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) criticised the acquittals Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said the verdict exposed the appeasement politics of Congress File image of Mecca Masjid blast accused Swami Aseemanand PTI National media ran opinion polls on whether or not the previous government misled the nation by dubbing the crime an act by violent Hindu extremists Meanwhile sections from Opposition questioned whether NIA was serious in investigating the crime as ten persons were named as accused but only five were arrested and tried The following is a list of terror cases in which right-wing affiliates were accused and their status: Malegaon: A series of bomb blasts rocked Malegaon a communally sensitive town in Nashik district located about 300 km from Mumbai in Maharashtra on September 8 2006 in which 37 people were killed The blasts took place at a cemetery adjacent to a mosque after Friday prayers The case was investigated by the Mumbai Police’s Anti-Terror Squad which charged seven people and also alleged that two Pakistani nationals were also involved On 16 November 2011 all the seven accused in the Malegaon blasts were released on bail and finally on April 25 2016 charges under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) were dropped against them After taking over the case the National Investigation Agency (NIA) contradicted the ATS and CBI findings and arrested four people — Lokesh Sharma Dhan Singh Manohar Singh and Rajendra Choudhary — who were charge sheeted in the case Samjhauta Express blast: A powerful blast rocked two coaches of the Samjhuta Express train the only rail link between India and Pakistan on the intervening night of February 17 and 18 2007 in which 68 people mostly Pakistani nationals were killed The blast took place near Panipat in Haryana The National Investigation Agency which took over the case from the CBI had claimed that it had strong evidence on right-wing activist Swami Aseemanand being the mastermind Aseemanand along with an engineering graduate Sandeep Dange and Ramji Kalsangra an electrician had allegedly built an improvised explosive device used in the blast Aseemanand had allegedly confessed his role only to retract his statement later claiming that it was given under duress The trial in this case is moving slowly as the NIA was waiting for 13 witnesses from Pakistan who were to depose in the case Ajmer Sharif blast: Three people were killed and 17 others injured when a bomb planted in a motorcycle near a courtyard of the Ajmer Sharif dargah went off during iftaar (time for breaking of fasts at sunset) on 11 October 2007 On 8 March 2017 a special NIA court convicted Sunil Joshi (now dead) Devendra Gupta and Bhavesh Patel — in connection with the bombing but acquitted Swami Aseemanand and five others due to lack of evidence Malegaon-II: A powerful explosion rocked the communally sensitive Malegaon again on 29 September 2008 in which six persons were killed and 101 injured The blast during the holy month of Ramzan was caused by an improvised explosive device strapped to a motorcycle registered under the name of Sadhvi Pragya Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur Lt Col Prasad Purohit and six other accused will stand trial on stringent terror charges a special NIA court had ruled in December last year as it dropped charges under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) which are punishable by up to life in prison Mecca Masjid blast: A powerful blast triggered by remote control ripped through the complex of the over four centuries-old mosque in Hyderabad during an assembly of devotees on 18 May 2007 when they had gathered for Friday prayers killing nine people and wounding 58 The probe was done by the CBI and later by the NIA — terror probe agency constituted in the aftermath of the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai The NIA which took over case in April 2011 examined over 226 witnesses during the trial The special anti-terror court in Hyderabad on Monday acquitted all the accused due to lack of evidence Apart from Aseemanand those acquitted are — Devendra Gupta Lokesh Sharma Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai and Rajendra Chowdhary 2018 22:11:15 IST Comment 0 Tweet This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feedcomThose were among the responses of former Minnesota Gov Tim Pawlenty who faced the state’s political press corps Friday April 6 for the first time in eight yearsOn Thursday Pawlenty a 57-year-old Republican who served from 2003 to 2011 announced he’s running for his old job again The election will be in November and Gov Mark Dayton a Democrat isn’t runningLooking at ease in a plaid button-down shirt and blue jeans Pawlenty occasionally consulted a mug of coffee inside a crowded Hovies Grill in Eagan — a backdrop that could have stood in for any standby diner in MinnesotaHere’s some of what Pawlenty was asked and how he respondedHe voted for ‘unfit’ TrumpA month before Donald Trump was elected president Pawlenty put out the following statement: “Although I’d hoped he could have risen to the occasion it’s clear Trump is unwilling or unable to demonstrate even the most basic level of discipline character and judgment necessary to lead our great nation He is unsound uninformed unhinged and unfit to be president of the United States and I am withdrawing my support for him”What does Pawlenty think now“I voted for President Trump I support almost all of what he’s doing in terms of policy direction strongly I just don’t like and haven’t liked in the past some of his past behavior So I think the message to the Trump voters is I voted for President Trump”On gunsPawlenty has long been a supporter of gun rights Here’s where Pawlenty said he stands on the gun debate: Regarding background checks what about private sales the so-called “gun-show loophole”“Make the background check system available to those people in a way that’s easy and convenient and then offer them legal safe harbor if they use it I think that’s common ground”He’s a millionaire nowPawlenty’s most recent gig paid him handsomely Between 2012 and earlier this year he served as CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable a Washington DC The fact that I’ve had some success However Gartner The festival will screen about 75 films in competition Thrill Rides Obamacarecom Pushing hard Searches of prominent business houses in Srinagar by central investigation agencies on 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