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Pickton inquiry begins hearing testimony from police

first_imgAPTN National NewsAt the Pickton inquiry Monday the question was finally asked directly to the police: Why did it take so long to catch serial killer Robert Pickton?Vancouver’s deputy police chief began his testimony by reviewing his 450 page report that analyzed where police went wrong.APTN National News reporter Wayne Roberts was at the inquiry.last_img

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Wall Street whiplash Stocks volatility looks here to stay

first_imgNEW YORK — The stock market hasn’t been this dizzying in years, and investors may need to get used to it.The S&P 500 slid 4.6 per cent this past week as worries piled up about the economy’s strength, global trade and interest rates. It was a whiplash-inducing reversal from the prior week, when the S&P 500 jumped 4.8 per cent. The last time investors experienced such a big swing in stock prices between two weeks was in late 2011.It’s the latest gyration for a market that’s become increasingly twitchy, as investors try to make sense of big questions that don’t yet have clear answers for. Will tariffs derail the global economy and sink profits for businesses around the world? Will the Federal Reserve raise U.S. interest rates too quickly and choke off growth?Many Wall Street strategists see more volatility on the horizon.“What we have experienced in 2018 and most acutely since October is, unfortunately, more normal than not,” said Katie Nixon, chief investment officer at Northern Trust Wealth Management.With economic growth expected to slow and interest rates expected to rise, many along Wall Street are forecasting 2019 will be a rocky year for stocks. “The end of easy” is the title that Wells Fargo Investment Institute gave for its 2019 investment outlook.Easy, for investors, is what the stock market had been for most of its run that began in the spring of 2009. For most of the past decade, the Federal Reserve kept interest rates extremely low to promote economic growth following the 2008 financial crisis and the Great Recession. That helped keep borrowing costs down and lift all kinds of markets.But now the Fed is gradually raising interest rates. It has increased short-term rates eight times since 2015, and economists expect another hike to come later this month. Those higher rates — and expectations for more — have been one catalyst for recent selling.Worries about trade tensions between the United States and China have also driven big swings for stocks, in both directions. At the start of this past week, stocks jumped on hopes that the two countries had brokered a truce. But those gains evaporated as investors grew confused about what the two sides had actually agreed upon.“We started up sharply because we thought we had a deal with China and we ended at the lows for the day,” said Lindsey Bell, investment strategist at CFRA Research. “That tells me people are using days where we see some green to sell out of positions into the strength, and that’s pulling the market lower. The sentiment in the market is extremely negative.”The current skid for stocks is the third big swoon for the markets this year. The first was a dramatic downturn in late January and early February, when the S&P 500 lost 10 per cent in just nine days. That was followed by a less severe stumble in March.But the middle of this year was placid, which raised hopes for a return to a smoother ride. Between late June and early October, the market didn’t rise or fall as much as 1 per cent in a single day. That was similar to the scenario in 2017, when the market drifted gradually higher and finished up 19.4 per cent.Soaring corporate profits, fueled by sweeping corporate tax cuts, powered the market’s recovery this spring and summer. S&P 500 companies delivered second-quarter earnings growth of 25 per cent, well ahead of forecasts. That helped send the S&P 500 to a new all-time high in September, erasing the losses from its correction in February.But now doubts are emerging that a similar surge in earnings growth will rally markets out of their latest skid. S&P 500 companies delivered yet another blockbuster quarter of earnings growth for the third quarter, but the reports have not lifted stocks.All the gyrations are yet another reminder to investors that the downside to owning stocks, which have had the best results over the long term, is that they’re risky and prone to sudden drops in price.“We accept volatility as the cost of doing business,” Nixon said, “and we anticipate over time that we will be compensated for taking the extra risk.”___AP Business Writers Marley Jay in New York and Alex Veiga in Los Angeles contributed to this report.Stan Choe, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Charlie Lake Fire Department responded to a fire at the Canfor Mill

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Charlie Lake Fire Department responded to a fire at the Canfor lumber mill Monday night.At 19:27 the Charlie Lake Fire Department was paged out to a structure fire at the Canfor lumber mill. Upon arrival, the Duty Officer found that employees had extinguished the majority of the fire.The Fire Department responded with three apparatus and 12 firefighters. Three firefighters entered the building and found and extinguished several hot spots. Crews were on scene for about two hours and there were no injuries.last_img

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At UNbacked consultative meeting Somali regions commit to better cooperation

The leaders of two of Somalia’s semi-autonomous regions that clashed over a border dispute last week today adopted a three-point plan to ensure better communication and cooperation in addressing common threats, the United Nations political office for the country said. The agreement between Mohamed Ahmed Alin, the President of the Galmudug state and his Puntland counterpart Abdirahman Mohamed Mohamud “Farole” was signed on the sidelines of the Consultative Meeting for Ending the Transition in Somalia, which got under way in the capital, Mogadishu, yesterday. “I am most gratified that the United Nations was able to bring the parties together in the margins of the consultative meeting and that they decided, in a spirit of brotherly reconciliation, to ensure that the peace process goes forward,” said Augustine Mahiga, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, who is facilitating the three-day meeting. Mr. Alin and Mr. Mohamud agreed to establish and maintain direct communication at the highest level, address future issues in a cooperative manner, and recognize that they face a common threat from insurgent groups. “Puntland and Galmudug are on Somalia’s front lines in the ongoing fight against violent extremists that increasingly are relying on terror tactics to try and disrupt the peace process. “As we work together at this important conference to adopt a road map for ending the transitional period in Somalia, I am most encouraged that the two leaders showed such statesmanship in agreeing to work together to resolve their differences peacefully. The UN continues to stand ready to assist,” said Dr. Mahiga. According to media reports, up to 30 people were killed and scores wounded when forces of the two self-declared autonomous regions clashed last week over where the border lies in the town of Galkayo. The pact was signed in the presence of Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan, the Speaker of the Transitional Federal Parliament, the Prime Minister of the Transitional Federal Government Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, and a number of ministers and other high-ranking officials. 5 September 2011The leaders of two of Somalia’s semi-autonomous regions that clashed over a border dispute last week today adopted a three-point plan to ensure better communication and cooperation in addressing common threats, the United Nations political office for the country said. read more

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250G damage to historic home

Fire damaged a home at the corner of Main and Green streets in Waterford on Thursday afternoon. No injuries were reported Thursday in a fire at a historic mansion in downtown Waterford.The fire broke out in an apartment at 180 Main Street South around 3:45 p.m. None of the seven tenants were home when the alarm went up and all had to be relocated once the situation was under control.The Norfolk County Fire Department reports that a third-floor tenant came home Thursday afternoon to discover the building’s fire alarm had been activated. The occupant discovered smoke coming from his apartment.“One of the occupants grabbed a fire extinguisher and opened the door in the hopes of fighting the fire himself,” Michael Atkins, a fire prevention officer with the Norfolk department, said in an email.“However, once the door was opened he quickly realized that the fire was larger than he could handle with an extinguisher, at which time he closed the door and exited the building to call 911.”Norfolk firefighters brought the situation under control quickly and managed to save the structure. Atkins noted that the occupant closed the door to the apartment when he realized he could not knock down the flames with the extinguisher. This was important, Atkins said, because it starved the fire for oxygen while preventing it from spreading into the hallway.Most of the damage was confined to the upper-level unit. An inspection determined that the flames had not spread to the attic.The cold snap that settled over southern Ontario this week presented local firefighters with additional challenges. Atkins said the wind chill at the scene was in the range of -40 degrees C.Firefighters were frustrated when they could not activate two hydrants in the neighbourhood because they were frozen. They were eventually forced open, but Atkins says this did not delay the firefighting effort.Atkins says the Norfolk department prepares for such contingencies during cold weather. Pumper trucks have a water supply of their own while tanker trucks are dispatched to all fires, even those in urban areas where hydrants are nearby.“The crews did encounter frozen caps on a couple hydrants,” Atkins said. “But they did access another hydrant before they even needed to use the water from the tanker trucks on scene. It had zero impact on the firefighting operations.”An investigation has determined that the fire is not suspicious. A cause has yet to be determined. A preliminary estimate pegs the damage at $250,000. Fire was restricted to the apartment unit in question but there is water damage in other parts of the building.The Norfolk department reports that the building is insured. However, it is not known if tenants were insured for contents.The 19th-century mansion was built as the home of the Becker and York families, merchants in the early history of Waterford. The Becker and York families were related by marriage to the Sovereign (sometimes spelled Sovereen) family, another of the town’s founding families.Karen Lindsay of Waterford, a member of the Waterford and Townsend Historical Society and a past executive member, said the mansion later served as a hospital and after that as a seminary.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com Contributed photo read more

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UNICEF warns of growing exploitation risk for refugee and migrant children arriving

In a report, Danger Every Step of the Way, released today, UNICEF found that 7,009 unaccompanied children made the crossing from North Africa to Italy in the first five months of the year, twice as many as this past year. “It is a silent and desperate situation – out of sight and out of mind. Yet tens of thousands of children face danger every day and hundreds of thousands more are prepared to risk everything,” said Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant crisis in Europe. “We urgently need to protect these children from all types of abuse and exploitation by those taking advantage of the situation to exploit their dreams.” The report documents the risks that adolescents take in their flight to escape conflict, despair and poverty. Unaccompanied children generally rely on human smugglers, often under a system of ‘pay as you go’, which opens them to exploitation, UNICEF said. A total of 2,809 deaths were recorded in the Mediterranean between 1 January and 5 June 2016, as compared with 3,770 for the whole of 2015. The vast majority were on the Central Mediterranean route – and many were children, according to the report. From Somalia to Italy, Omar’s miraculous story of survivalUNICEF noted that some adolescents are sexually abused and exploited. Italian social workers told the agency that both girls and boys were sexually assaulted and forced into prostitution while in Libya, and that some of the girls were pregnant when they arrived in Italy, having been raped. However, because of the illicit nature of human smuggling operations, there are no reliable figures to show how many of the refugees and migrants die, disappear into forced labour or prostitution, or linger in detention, UNICEF said. With summer upon the Mediterranean, the latest numbers of children on the Central Mediterranean route may well be just the tip of the iceberg, according to UNICEF. Another 235,000 migrants are currently in Libya, tens of thousands of them unaccompanied children. “Every country – those the children leave, those they cross and those in which they seek asylum – has an obligation to establish protection systems focused on the risks that unaccompanied children face,” Ms. Poirier said. “In the European Union and other destination countries, there is an opportunity for policy and legislative reforms to lead to more opportunities for safe, legal and regular channels for these children,” she added. read more

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Remembrance Day services taking place across Niagara

With Remembrance Day falling on a Sunday this year, the University is encouraging members of the Brock community to attend a service in their local community.Brock President Gervan Fearon will be attending the St. Catharines Remembrance Day service on Sunday, Nov. 11. A wreath-laying ceremony will begin at 10:15 a.m., followed by the Last Post. Veterans and Royal Canadian Legion members will then march through downtown streets to the cenotaph at Memorial Park on St. Paul Street West near the Ontario Street intersection. The formal program begins at 10:40 a.m. and will include speeches, wreath laying, singing O’ Canada, gun salutes and a moment of silence.Students, staff and faculty are welcome to join President Fearon for the St. Catharines ceremonies or attend one of several Remembrance Day services planned across the Niagara region.Poppies are available for purchase on Brock’s main campus at the Walker Sports Complex Welcome Desk, the Campus Store, Guernsey Market and Tim Hortons.Remembrance Day ceremonies across NiagaraFort Erie    Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. at Stevensville Memorial Hall, 2508 Stevensville Rd., Fort Erie.    Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the cenotaph located near the intersection of Farr Avenue and Gorham Road, Ridgeway.    Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. at Mather Arch Park, Mather Circle, Fort Erie.Grimsby    Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the cenotaph at the Grimsby Museum, 6 Murray St., Grimsby.Lincoln    Friday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the cenotaph at the Lion’s Club, 2769 Fourth Ave., Jordan.    Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the cenotaph located near the intersection of King Street and William Street, Beamsville.    Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. at Albright Manor, 5050 Hillside Dr., Beamsville.Niagara-on-the-Lake    Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:45 a.m. at the clock tower cenotaph in Old Town on Queen Street between Regent Street and King Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake.    Sunday, Nov. 11 at 12:45 p.m. at the cenotaph located near the intersection of Niagara Parkway and Queenston Street, Queenston.Niagara Falls    Sunday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. at Chippawa Willoughby Memorial Arena, 9000 Sodom Rd., Niagara Falls.    Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:45 a.m. at the Gale Centre, 5152 Thorold Stone Rd., Niagara Falls.Pelham    Sunday, Nov. 4 at 8 a.m. at the cenotaph in Centennial Park, 999 Church St., Fenwick.    Sunday, Nov. 4 at 9 a.m. at the cenotaph at Old Pelham Town Hall, 491 Canboro Rd. W., Ridgeville.    Sunday, Nov. 4 at 12:30 p.m. at the cenotaph in Peace Park, 20 Pelham Town Square, Fonthill. Afterwards, the public is welcome at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 613 for a light lunch.    Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:45 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 613, 141 Hwy. 20 E., Fonthill.Port Colborne    Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park, at intersection of Sugar Loaf Street and Elm Street, Port Colborne.    A Bells of Peace commemoration will also take place Sunday, Nov. 11 as the sun sets (about 5:45 p.m.) at King George Park, 56 Clarence St., Port Colborne.St. Catharines       On Sunday, Nov. 4 at 9:30 a.m., veterans will parade from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 418 at 292-296 Vine St. to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church at 5 Oblate St. A wreath-laying ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the legion.       On Sunday, Nov. 4, members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 350 at 57 Lakeport Rd. will parade to the cenotaph on Ann Street. A service will begin at 10:30 a.m.       On Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:15 a.m., Royal Canadian Legion Branch 24 veterans will parade from City Hall, 50 Church St., to the cenotaph at Memorial Park on St. Paul Street West. The service begins at 10:40 a.m.       On Sunday, Nov. 11, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 138 members will parade from 2 Chestnut St. E. to the cenotaph at 343 Merritt St. The service begins at 10:40 a.m.       Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at Imperial Veterans Association, 15 George St.Thorold    Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at Memorial Park, located near the intersection of Albert Street East and Chapel Street North, Thorold.Wainfleet    Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:45 a.m. at the Township of West Lincoln, 31940 Hwy. 3.Welland    Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:45 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4 at 383 Morningstar Ave., Welland. It is recommended that people arrive before 10:30 a.m. to secure a parking spot.    Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the cenotaph in Chippewa Park, 128 Fitch St., Welland.West Lincoln    Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 393, 172 St. Catharines St., Smithville. read more

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Cincinnati Reds week in review Pitching absent during mediocre week

The Reds gave up 47 runs in six games against West-coast teams this week, and still managed to win three of them.The Reds ended a five-game losing streak with an 11-9 win at home against the Dodgers Tuesday night. It was yet another win in their last at bat, the fashion in which they had won all six of their games up to that point.The Reds dropped the second game in the series with a sluggish 14-6 loss, but Mike Leake continued his impressive start to his rookie season in becoming the first pitcher in the Reds’ rotation to record a win this season in an 8-5 series-clinching victory.The Padres then came to town, and Adrian Gonzalez hit a home run in all three games as San Diego won the first two games of the series. However, late game heroics by Jay Bruce and Ramon Hernandez allowed the Reds to win the last game in the series 5-4, again in their last at bat.Studs: Mike Leake. The Reds’ rookie right-hander is the only starting pitcher to record a win thus far, and is batting .429 (In just seven at-bats).Duds: Aaron Harang. A lot of the pitchers in the rotation are deserving, but the player once considered the “ace” of the ball club has gone 0-3 in four starts with an 8.31 ERA this season.Next Week: The Reds are off Monday, but then embark on a six-game divisional road trip as they will open a series with the Astros on Tuesday, followed by a series with the Cardinals on Friday. read more

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Relax English language test for foreign nurses say hospital execs

first_imgIf we could get those nurses in it would solve our problem overnightRachel Overfield, Nursing Director, Walsall Manor Hospital Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The trust has had unfilled vacancies for more than 100 registered nurses for more than a year, part of a 600 nurse shortfall across the Black Country, according to Ms Overfield.In May the NMC indicated it might introduce easier language tests, admitting it was embarking on a “stocktake” of standards following lobbying from senior managers and recruitment agencies.Joyce Robins, of Patient Concern, said: “We can’t afford to have nurses who don’t understand what you are saying.“We already have some nurses who don’t understand what you are saying and that is a concern.“We need to work hard to make sure they get to the right standard before they start work.”The NMC said the English language test for foreign nurses is on a par with equivalent assessments in Australia, Ireland and Canada. Under Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) rules, all foreign nurses must pass an International English Language Testing System exam, which comprises listening, reading, writing and speaking assessments.The hospital’s nursing director, Rachel Overfield, said she was “really confident” the 115 nurses who had failed the language test would be capable of working in the NHS.However, she conceded that these nurses had not yet passed a mandatory practical examination, also required by the NMC for staff coming from outside the European Economic Area.”We went overseas to the Philippines twice in the last year. We have offered posts to in excess of 100 nurses there,” she said. “Three have arrived.””The reason is we just can’t get them through the International English Language Test. And the reason for that is the UK sets the standard to pass that higher than anywhere else in the world.” Hospital bosses have called for the English language test for foreign nurses to be relaxed after just three of 118 Filipino applicants at one NHS trust passed.Managers at Walsall Manor Hospital in the West Midlands said their chronic staffing shortfall could be solved “overnight” if watchdogs slackened standards, however patient safety campaigners have demanded the existing pass mark remain in place.The complaint was made as it emerged executives from the trust made two trips to the Philippines last year in an attempt to recruit more staff.last_img read more

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Niall Horan says yes to Mullingar museum in his honour

first_imgHoran tweeted a request for some privacy earlier this month when he was back in Westmeath:A statue of another famous Mullingar son – Joe Dolan – stands in front of Market House, and it’s proposed that the likes of Niall Breslin (Bressie), Emmet Cahill and Foster and Allen could also be honoured. Source: Photocall Ireland He also said that the attraction for tourists is undeniable:Americans come to Mullingar out of curiousity, because of Niall Horan, and because it’s only an hour from Dublin.Davitt also said that One Direction fans from all over the world have visited the Westmeath town.Davitt’s proposal was seconded by his fellow Fianna Fáil councillor Ken Glynn, and supported by Fine Gael’s Fintan Cooney and Mick Dollard of the Labour Party.The motion is now being considered in advance of the next meeting of the County Council, which has responsibility for deciding what the building will be used for after May.H/T to Westmeath ExaminerRead: Who’s that baby with Niall Horan?More: Is Niall Horan going into politics in Mullingar>9 people who know how important Mullingar is> You could meet him in one of the shops, he plays golf out in Mullingar, or you might see him later that evening socialising with friends. ONE DIRECTION STAR and Mullingar man Niall Horan has given a nod of approval to a museum dedicated to music in his hometown.A proposal to turn the building currently used by Mullingar Town Council into a tourist attraction was put forward at a recent area meeting of Westmeath County Council.The town has seen a resurgence in musical interest since 20-year-old Horan found worldwide fame with One Direction.Fianna Fáil town and county councillor Aidan Davitt told DailyEdge.ie that he proposed the motion to set up a museum honouring Mullingar’s musicians in Market House.The building will become vacant in May with the abolition of the town council.Davitt said he’s been in touch with Niall Horan about the idea of a museum, and that he’s “quite supportive” of the proposal. Horan’s mother has said she’s behind the potential project.The boybander regularly returns to Westmeath; Davitt said he was “over last week”, and that he moves as normal through the town, albeit with increased attention from the local teenage girls:center_img He’s a great kid and his feet are very much on the ground.last_img read more

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Well leave it there so Germany grind kicking Bishop Brennan and all

first_imgNEED TO CATCH up? TheScore.ie brings you a round-up of today’s sports news… Germany’s Jerome Boateng, left, and France’s Antoine Griezman. Source: Matt DunhamWorld CupGermany beat a surprisingly meek French team 1-0 in the tournament’s first quarter-final. Mats Hummels stole in for a 12th minute header that settled the tie as Didier Deschamps men failed to fire. Not a case of Évier de Cuisine in Rio.FIFA’s official player rankings for the tournament continue to spark debate as David Luiz is declared the World Cup’s best player. Lionel Messi is down in 11th place.HomeRebels goalkeeper Ken O’Halloran set the tone for Cork and Kerry’s spicy Munster SFC final encounter by likening the county’s rivalry to that of Glasgow’s ‘Old Firm’.Another week, another GAA county boss stepping down. Louth are the latest team on the look-out for a new Bainisteoir.TheScore.ie rugby columnist Adrian Flavin told us why Simon Easterby would be a good fit as Ireland forwards coach.Irish football star and wonder-goal scorer Stephanie Roche told us all about her exciting move to a professional French team.AwayWe start off with an Irish connection as former Leinster rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll checked out the Men’s semi-final action at Wimbledon in the company of wife Amy Huberman, golfer Justin Rose, actor Bradley Cooper and a man worth $63bn. Awkward silence and no Cliff Richard in sight. Source: PA Wire/Press Association ImagesMeanwhile at SW19, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer put the young pups in their place to reach the Men’s Singles final.Susie Wolff became Formula One’s first female driver in 22 years when she hit the Silverstone track for a practice run this afternoon. Unfortunately for the Scot, her session came to a crashing halt after 24 minutes.The best thing we sharedIs it really 16 years since Dennis Bergkamp scored this peachy peach against Argentina? Sadly, yes.https://vine.co/v/MwU5t37gLQiOn the recordWe put children out on the field sometimes, we feel it’s okay to shout at them, we lower their self-esteem and we don’t realise that when we shout at a child you’re actually too late because he or she has already made the mistake and you can’t do anything about it.”– GAA president Liam O’Neill on pushy parents and over-zealous under-age coaches.Where we were todayMikey Stafford was at the Maracana in Rio to see Germany beat France. He also spotted this neat tee-up newspaoer piece for Brazil v Colombia. The Fixture ListThe last of the two World Cup semi-finalists will be revealed as Argentina take on Belgium [5pm kick-off] and Holland do battle with Costa Rica from 9pm.Two big, big SHC qualifiers on Saturday as Clare face off against vanquished Leinster semi finalists Wexford [3:30pm] and Tipperary meeting Galway in Semple Stadium from 7pm.It is Round 2A of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers with Limerick versus Antrim [2pm] the pick of the ties. Tipperary welcome Longford [4:45pm] and Wicklow entertain Sligo [5pm] in the others clashes.Eugenie Bouchard takes on Petra Kvitova in the Wimbledon Women’s Singles final. Source: Mikey Stafford/Twittercenter_img Showbiz, Baby!After USA goalkeeper Tim Howard became a Twitter star, Wicklow GAA fans started a hashtag ode to their own Bob Lambert. Here he is preventing that famous Fr. Ted kick up/in the arse. Source: @jumbosheerin‘All Germany need now is for Carsten Jancker to overhead one off the crossbar.’ Like this from the cover of today’s @JornalOGlobo Will Brazil’s fear of James Rodriguez be realised? #BRAvsCOL pic.twitter.com/0TFsOJJQkE— Mikey Stafford (@me_stafford) July 4, 2014last_img read more

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Major partner withdraws from coalition government

first_imgCyprus President Demetris Christofias has expressed regret over a decision by the Social Democrats Movement EDEK to withdraw from government, saying that he was not surprised.The President also said that such moves make the pain-staking effort towards a political settlement in Cyprus even more difficult, adding that unfortunately “we are not as close to a solution” as some, at home and abroad, would like to think.In a statement read out to the press, President Christofias said EDEK had from the very beginning, when he assumed the presidency in March 2008, been acting as if it belonged to the opposition, despite the fact that it participated in the government, with regard both to the Cyprus problem and domestic issues.He said he would respect EDEK’s decision, but noted that this was a hasty move, adding that it would have been more appropriate if EDEK President Yiannakis Omirou were to have decided on the matter after a meeting of the leaders of the governmental coalition parties. The meeting was scheduled to take place on February 1st but was postponed due to the arrival in Cyprus of the UN Secretary General.EDEK`s decision was taken at a meeting of its Central Committee, with 115 votes in favour, eight against and three abstentions.In his speech, EDEK President Yiannakis Omirou talked about his party’s “total disagreement” with President Christofias’ strategy on the Cyprus problem.Mr Omirou said that his party had taken, what he said was a balanced decision to depart from the government partnership.EDEK had requested a meeting to discuss the creation of a committee that would deal with broader issues for the past two years, but that this had fallen on deaf ears, according to Mr Omirou.The EDEK leader noted that such a meeting would not have touched upon the Cyprus issue, and continued to analyse the differences that exist between his party and President Christofias’s policies.Two government ministers belonging to EDEK handed in their letters of resignation earlier that day.Referring to the Cyprus question, the President noted existing differences with EDEK, adding however that there is no gap in our approach, as presented in public. “There has been no development in the recent past in the negotiations on issues on which EDEK has disagreed to justify the decision to leave the government,” he pointed out.President Christofias said that government policy on the Cyprus problem has reinforced the Greek Cypriot side as regards the essence of the problem as well as the process and the tactics followed. “This is why EDEK’s decision to withdraw from government, especially at this time, raises questions and makes me feel regret,” he added.Christofias called on political parties “at least as regards the handling of the Cyprus question to continue our dialogue in an effort to achieve mutual understanding and unity to be able to overcome difficulties ahead of us.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img
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Un foie partagé permet une double greffe

first_imgUn foie partagé permet une double greffeEn janvier dernier, les chirurgiens de l’hôpital Saint-Antoine à Paris ont réalisé deux greffes simultanées grâce à un partage du foie du donneur.”L’homme et la femme se portent bien et sont rentrés chez eux”. C’est ce qu’a indiqué hier à l’AFP le Pr Olivier Soubrane de l’hôpital Saint-Antoine à Paris. Le 5 janvier dernier, une équipe de chirurgiens a en effet réalisé une opération plutôt surprenante. Simultanément, ils ont transplanté à deux patients de groupe sanguin rare AB, le foie d’un donneur décédé. Pour cela, ils ont du procédé à une séparation de l’organe, une technique rarement utilisée et qui concerne moins de 5% des greffes faites en France.À lire aussiCes instruments médicaux de l’ancienne époque vont vous effrayerConnue sous le nom de “split”, la technique consiste à partager le foie du donneur en deux greffons : l’un correspondant à la partie gauche, soit environ un tiers du foie et l’autre à la partie droite. Habituellement, le procédé est plutôt utilisé lorsque l’un des deux patients est un enfant. Il reçoit alors la partie gauche plus petite et l’adulte la droite. Mais devant la difficulté de trouver un organe compatible au groupe AB, les médecins ont décidé de tenter l’opération. Par ailleurs, si le partage est généralement fait après prélèvement de l’organe, cette fois-ci les chirurgiens ont séparé le foie directement dans l’abdomen du donneur décédé. Une opération délicate qui nécessite des équipes chirurgicales très entrainées mais qui offre des organes de meilleure qualité.Bien qu’encore peu employée, cette avancée présente un réel intérêt face à la rareté des organes disponibles. Selon l’AFP, on ne dénombrerait en France que 1.000 greffes par an alors que près de 1.900 patients sont inscrits sur les liste d’attente. De plus, le partage de l’organe pourrait ouvrir de nouvelles perspectives avec la possibilité de transplantation d’une partie du foie d’un donneur vivant et appartenant à la même famille que le malade. Pour cela, il faudra néanmoins surmonter les difficultés techniques de l’opération. Mais, “la chirurgie a fait des progrès”, a ajouté le Pr Soubrane.Le 8 avril 2011 à 10:51 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Lucien Favre It has been a very positive 8 days for

first_imgBorussia Dortmund’s impressive US tour came to a disappointing end in their defeat to Benfica on Wednesday, but new head coach Lucien Favre was still pleased with what he saw from his players as he continues with his preparations for his maiden campaignMaximilian Philipp gave Dortmund a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute on the International Champions Cup game at the Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, before later adding a second just two minutes later after he received a cross from Mario Gotze to put the ball past Benfica keeper Mile Svilar.But the Portuguese side came back in the second-half with goals from André Almeida and Rúben Semedo putting the scoreline back level between the clubs at 2-2.With just 20 minutes remaining, two teams upped the pace in an attempt to find the match-winner with Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho seeing his effort go wide from 10 yards in the 89th minute.Due to neither side being able to find a winner, the game went into extra-time with Eduardo Salvio sealing a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win for Benfica.While it ended on a low, Favre was still optimistic about his new side’s US tour after they had defeated the likes of last season’s Champions League finalists Liverpool and Premier League champions Manchester City prior to Wednesday’s loss.“We were still pushing very hard at the end to try and make it 3-2,” said the Dortmund boss, as stated on Triblive.“It was a very positive eight days (in the U.S.) and a very nice experience (in Pittsburgh).”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.??? Thank you, Pittsburgh! #bvbusa pic.twitter.com/C8IlUmfxOS— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) July 26, 2018The Bundesliga side’s American star Christian Pulisic was naturally the centre of attention in the game with the US supporters often getting up on their feet when he had the ball.And Pulisic, who turns 20 in September, did not disappoint his home fans with a superb display of speed and skill throughout the game and he nearly assisted Danish teammate Bruun Larsen with a third goal in the final minute of the first-half.“He is a very good player with enormous potential,” added Favre.Dortmund are still in first place in the ICC table after their three games and now they will next face Furth in the first round of the DFB Cup on August 20.last_img read more

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Gracia admits yesterday was a bad day

first_imgWatford lost back-to-back matches in the English Premier League for the first time since May 2017 after being beaten yesterday 4-0 by BournemouthYesterday was hell for Watford Football Club. The team not only lost 4-0 but also saw how Christian Kabasele was sent-off and will miss the club’s next match.And for the first time since May 2017, the team has lost back-to-back matches in the English Premier League.“It was a bad day today,” said coach Javi Gracia to the club’s official website.“It was the first game where we haven’t competed at the same level as other games. We didn’t start well. Bournemouth played much better than us at the beginning of the game, winning all the challenges, winning the second balls.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We created some chances with Craig [Cathcart], and had some shots, but after the sending off, the game was very tough for us. We tried to score, but then we conceded another goal and then it was very strange and very tough for us,” he explained.“We conceded more chances, we made more mistakes than in all the games together.”“Maybe it was because we played 60 minutes with 10 men and maybe because we conceded early. After that, the players maybe felt more pressure and more anxious. It was a bad day and we need to improve and come back to the level we have before,” Gracia added.“I prefer not to say anything about the referee because we have a lot of things to improve before we ask about the referee.”last_img read more

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Congress to leverage BCs political potential to win municipal

first_imgHyderabad: The Congress party has decided to leverage the political potential of the backward communities of the State to win the municipal elections that would be held soon. A decision in this regard has been taken at the meeting of the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) office bearers, senior leaders and District Congress Committee presidents. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us TPCC chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy presided over the meeting. Speaking at the meeting, Uttam Kumar Reddy strongly condemned Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao for slashing the reservation percentage for Backward Classes in municipal elections. He directed the party cadre to expose the anti-BC face of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government before people. Also Read – Man tied up to a tree and thrashed in Nalgonda for harassing woman Advertise With Us He reiterated that the Congress party would give 50 per cent of tickets in municipal elections to BCs and Muslims. He demanded that BCs should be given reservation in proportionate to their population. He claimed that the Congress was quite strong and had a potential to win a majority of seats in the next municipal elections. Later, addressing the media, Uttam Kumar Reddy said the Congress party’s flag hoisting programme in municipalities has been extended till August 19. Advertise With Us He appealed to the party cadre to organise the “Inti Intiki Congress, Vaada Vaadalo Congress Jhanda” programme in all municipalities at a massive scale across the State. He claimed that the programme has been a huge success so far and urged the party leaders to conduct the programmes in left-out areas. He also asked them to organise 75th birth anniversary celebrations of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at a grand scale on August 20. He described the criticism by Union Home Minister Amit Shah of the process adopted for creation of Telangana State as unwarranted. He condemned Amit Shah’s remarks wherein he stated that Telangana State was created by closing down the doors of Parliament. “It is a normal process that the doors of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are closed whenever bills are passed through voting,” he said adding that Telangana was formed after the then Congress-led UPA government followed a due process and held wider consultations with all political parties and other stake holders. He said Telangana was the result of a broader consensus among political parties and groups. Except for CPI (M) and MIM, all other parties had supported the formation of Telangana. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah repeatedly criticised the process adopted for AP’s bifurcation on multiple occasions. “Does it mean that they disapprove the formation of Telangana State?” he asked. “It is highly regrettable that TRS MPs remained silent when Amit Shah made those controversial remarks in the Parliament,” he said. He also questioned the silence of Telangana BJP leaders on the issue. CLP leader in Assembly Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, AICC Secretaries Bose Raju, Saleem Ahmed and Vamshichand Reddy, TPCC working presidents Ponnam Prabhakar and Kusum Kumar, MLA T Jagga Reddy, DCC presidents and other important leaders participated in the review meeting.last_img read more

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Lucifer full movie MalayalamTelugu leaked on torrents 2 weeks after its release

first_imgMohanlal’s new still from LuciferTwitterA notorious gang has allegedly leaked the full Malayalam and Telugu versions of superstar Mohanlal’s Lucifer on the torrents for free download two weeks after its Mollywood version hit the screens.Prithviraj Sukumaran has made his debut with Lucifer, which features popular actor Mohanlal in the lead roles. The association of these two superstars in two different roles generated a lot of curiosity about the film. Amid huge hype, the Malayalam version, which was released in the cinema halls on March 28, got a massive opening and went on to make a fantastic collection at the box office on the following days.The Malayalam version of Lucifer collected Rs 105 crore gross at the worldwide box office in two weeks. Considering its current pace, trade analysts predict that movie will collect another Rs 50 crore gross in the coming days. The film has already become a blockbuster success of the year at the ticket counters. YouTube ScreenshotSuperstar Mohanlal enjoys a good fan following in the Telugu states and his fans’ count grew multifold after the release of Janatha Garage starring him with Jr NTR. His next Telugu release Manamantha fared very well at the box office. Now, the makers of Lucifer have dubbed and released it in Telugu in a bid to cash in on his popularity in the state and this film has also got a good opening at the ticket counters.But a notorious gang has leaked the full movie of both Malayalam and Telugu versions of Lucifer even before the second version completed its opening day at the cinema halls. This gang’s website offers six prints of each of these versions ranging from 2.3 GB to 200 MB for free download. These prints are apparently HQ PreDVD – HQ Line Audio version and they may not have good audio and video qualities. YouTube ScreenshotThe distributors in the Telugu states are said to have shelled out over Rs 5 crore on the theatrical rights of Lucifer, which is clashing with the original Telugu film Chitralahari starring Sai Dharam Tej. Some filmgoers, who do not have enough time to visit theatres, may resort to downloading its pirated copy. This alleged act will take a toll on the collection of its Telugu version and incur losses to its distributors.We at International Business Times, India, are strictly against piracy of any film and we condemn people who support it. We always stand by the film industry which has suffered huge losses due to piracy. We also request you to join us in the fight against piracy.Say no to piracy and encourage filmmakers by watching films in cinema halls.last_img read more

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Prostate Cancer Tests Are Now OK With US Panel With Caveats

first_img Share APIn this photo taken Friday, April 7, 2017, Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo poses in her office in San Francisco. Draft recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force ditch the old advice against PSA screening and say whether to get tested should be left up to men aged 55 to 69 after being informed of the potential benefits and harms. The advice would bring the influential panel more in line with other major doctor groups. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)An influential U.S. government advisory panel is dropping its opposition to routine prostate cancer screening in favor of letting men decide for themselves after talking with their doctor.The new draft guidelines released Tuesday echo those of several leading medical groups, but they don’t make the decision any easier for men: With their doctor’s help, they have to decide whether to take an imperfect PSA test that has a small chance of detecting a deadly cancer and a larger chance of triggering unneeded worry and treatment with serious side effects.“This isn’t a one-size-fits-all” recommendation, said the panel’s chair Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, a San Francisco internist who already follows the advice and discusses the potential pros and cons with her patients.Men whose greatest concern is reducing their chances of dying from cancer are sometimes willing to face the consequences and choose testing. “Other men will realize the likely benefit is small and aren’t willing to risk the harms,” she said.PSA screening to detect the most common male cancer is among the most heated topics in men’s health. It involves a simple blood test for elevated levels of a protein that may signal cancer but also can be caused by less serious prostate problems. It can find cancer that frequently doesn’t need treatment because it’s too small and slow growing to become deadly. Doctors say there’s no good way to tell which early cancers might become lethal. The next step is often radiation or surgery to remove the prostate, which may result in impotence and incontinence.The new recommendations come from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a government-appointed volunteer panel of experts. The group says the change is based on new evidence indicating that routine PSA blood tests can slightly reduce some men’s chances of dying from prostate cancer and that drastic treatment can sometimes be avoided with close monitoring when cancer is detected.The shift shelves the panel’s 2012 guidance, which prompted criticism from some urologists — specialists who treat the disease — and angered some prostate cancer patients certain that PSA screening had saved their lives.The new advice published Tuesday closely aligns the panel with medical groups that also support shared decision-making. The biggest remaining difference is timing. The task force draft says screening conversations should begin at age 55. Other groups say start earlier, depending on family history of prostate cancer and other factors. It recommends against testing men aged 70 and older.The panel leaves open how often men should be screened. It does not recommend earlier testing for blacks and those with a family history but says they should know their risks are higher.Dr. Meir Stampfer, a Harvard University cancer expert, called the new advice “a more reasoned approach.” He said PSA tests make sense if they do not lead to overly aggressive treatment. His research suggests that more than 1 in 5 men worldwide have undetected prostate cancer, including more than 40 million Americans, but that most will die of other causes.The task force’s 2012 advice against screening said there was little evidence that PSA screening was reducing deaths. Since then, PSA screening rates have declined by as much as 10 percent, and now fewer than one-third of U.S. men get the tests. Fewer men are being diagnosed with early-stage disease, when it is more treatable, while more are being diagnosed with more aggressive harder-to-treat cancer.The panel says its new advice stems from long-term research indicating that for every 1,000 men offered PSA screening, one to two will avoid death from prostate cancer and three will avoid prostate cancer spreading to other organs.Newer research also has shown benefits from “active surveillance” of men whose initial PSA tests and biopsies indicate slow-growing cancer that hasn’t spread, the panel said. This approach includes repeated PSA tests and close monitoring, which can delay or even avoid the need for treatment.The task force’s recommendations influence U.S. government policy and are widely followed by primary care physicians. Medicare and many private insurers have continued to pay for the screening. The panel reviews evidence and issues advice for a variety of screenings and treatments.“It sounds like cooler heads have prevailed,” said Dr. Jim Hu, a urologist and prostate cancer specialist at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center who called the old advice “draconian.”The draft prostate cancer recommendations, announced online in the Journal of the American Medical Association, are open for public comment on the task force website until May 8. Final guidance will come months later but the panel’s guidelines typically echo its draft advice.last_img read more

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WATCH Thanksgiving Ideas 2 Chef Hugo Ortega From Hugos Makes Butternut Squash

first_img Share TOMORROW:  Chef Kaiser Lashkari from Himalaya Restaurant shows us how to make grilled fish masala. Here’s what you’ll need to make this dish. It serves 6-8 people.INGREDIENTS:2 butternut squashes halved length-wise and seeds removed 1 Tbsp unsalted butter 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp. ground pepper 1 cup unsalted butter 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds 1/2 cup sliced almonds 1/2 cup white onion, chopped 3 bosc pears, large dice 2 whole allspice 1 small star anise 2 cloves 1 chile de arbol, chopped 2-1/2 cup chicken stock 1 cup heavy creamDIRECTIONS:Heat oven to 425°F and arrange a rack in the middle.Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the butternut squash cut-side up on the baking sheet. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter and brush over the tops and insides of the squash halves (alternatively, you can rub it on evenly with your fingers). Season generously with salt and pepper. Roast until knife tender, about 50 minutes to 1 hour.When the squash is ready, set the baking sheet on a wire rack until the squash is cool enough to handle. Using a large spoon, scoop the flesh into a blender and puree, discard the skins.In a large sauce pan over medium high heat, melt butter.Add pumpkin seeds, almonds and onion and cook until onions are translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes.Add butternut squash puree and diced pears and mix well.Add allspice, star anise and cloves, then add chicken stock and let it cook over low heat for 20 minutes to allow all flavors to incorporate. Add chile the arbol and heavy cream and cook for 10 minutes moreSeason to tastePuree in batches until creamy consistency.Adjust season if needed, serve hot.Garnish with toasted pumpkin seedslast_img read more

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Celebrity Big Brother Courtney Act becomes the first star nominated for eviction

first_imgDrag star Courtney Act has become the first star nominated for eviction next week, as the show enters its final five days.In a tweet on the official Big Brother account, it was announced following Sunday’s show that Courtney would be the first star nominated for eviction.  eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) It is not yet known whether Courtney was nominated by her fellow housemates, or by a decision from the show’s bosses.Courtney has recently had several disagreements with ultra-conservative former MP Ann Widdecombe, who is now set to win the show.The drag star also argued with fellow housemates Amanda Barrie and Wayne Sleep during Sunday’s episode, over a discussion of Ann’s voting record on LGBT rights.Related: Andrew Brady hits out against an Ann Widdecombe win after his evictionDuring Sunday’s episode, Ann reflected on the recent triple eviction of Andrew Brady, Jonny Mitchell and Daniel O’Reilly.In this eviction, Courtney was also nominated but was saved by the public vote.When asked whether she thought Courtney would be missing Andrew Brady as well as Shane, Ann promptly replied that she didn’t recognise Shane’s drag persona.She said: “Look, I don’t acknowledge Courtney.“It’s a drag act.” Ann then confused several viewers when whilst trying to show the difference between drag and being trans, she said that drag wasn’t ‘a transgender business.’“This isn’t India, this isn’t a transgender business,” she said.One Celebrity Big Brother fan wrote on Twitter: “Ann, I would *love* to know what ‘this transgender business’ is.”Former housemate India Willoughby made headlines during her time in the Celebrity Big Brother house after she claimed to have a fear of drag queens.She attacked the art of drag after Shane/Courtney helped a fellow contestant, Apprentice star Andrew Brady, to transform into a drag queen.Ann continued in the Diary room, comparing Courtney’s drag persona to fellow housemate and actress Amanda Barrie.Ann said: “It’s an act in the same way that I don’t think of Amanda as Alma in Coronation Street.“Courtney isn’t real, Shane is.”The other nominees for next week’s eviction will be announced during Monday’s episode.This season of Celebrity Big Brother has one of the longest in the show’s history, running for an expected total of 32 days.Despite the length of the 2018 show, Channel 5 bosses are expected to axe the programme and not renew its contract.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Celebrity Big Brother: Andrew Brady was saved from eviction and fans were delightedCelebrity Big Brother: Rachel Johnson evicted, calls Ann Widdecombe a ‘misogynist’Bianca Del Rio labels Ann Widdecombe a ‘c***’ while celebrating Courtney Act’s CBB winPINK NEWS-last_img read more