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Drinking linked to poor grades

first_imgIndulging in one negative behaviour such as heavy drinking can lead college students towards a vicious cycle of poor lifestyle choices, lack of sleep, mental distress and low grades, a study has warned. For the study by researchers from Binghamton University in the US, 558 students from different US colleges completed an anonymous survey on academic performance, daytime sleepiness, substance use and mental distress. “We used a robust data-mining technique to identify associations between mental distress in college students with substance abuse, sleep, social behaviors, academic attitude and behaviours, and GPA,” said Lina Begdache, assistant professor at Binghamton University. “Positive behaviours such as abstinence from substance use, studious attitudes and responsibility toward work and family are reflective of a brain chemistry profile that supports mood and maturation of the prefrontal cortex of the brain,” Begdache said in a statement. “We identified potential cyclic behaviours that associate with severe mental distress that are linked to a change in brain chemistry that supports substance abuse, poor academic attitude and performance, poor sleep patterns, and neglect of family and work,” Begdache said. “The novelty of these findings is that we are proposing, based on the neuroscience of these behaviours, that one action may be leading to another until a vicious cycle sets in,” she said. Low mental distress in college students was associated with no substance abuse, responsible attitude toward learning as well as good academic efforts, high GPA (of above 3.0) and limited daytime sleepiness. Mild mental distress correlated with borderline work neglect and with a marginal negative association with grade-point average. Severe mental distress correlated with substance abuse, extreme daytime sleepiness, poor academic attitude and low GPA. This change in the direction of associations may reflect the neuroanatomical and neurochemical changes triggered by these factors that eventually contribute to mental distress. The results demonstrate that manageable lifestyle factors contribute to mental health in college students, which become potentially cyclic events that may impact academic performance. “These factors that are associated with mental distress in college students are controllable factors, meaning that proper education of students may reduce risk of mental distress on college campuses, which is on the rise,” said Begdache. “It is important for young adults to recognise that one behaviour may lead to a domino effect,” said Begdache. For instance, using drugs recreationally, abusing alcohol or using “study” drugs not only affects brain chemistry but may affect diet and sleep, which may further alter brain function and brain maturity, researchers said. Reduced brain maturity increases impulsivity, reduces emotional control and cognitive functions as well as GPA, eventually increasing mental distress with a potential long-lasting effect,” said Begdache. The researchers also identified a ‘virtuous cycle’. When young adults follow a healthy lifestyle (diet, sleep and exercise), they are more likely to avoid drugs and alcohol, which supports a normal brain maturity, which is then reflected in a higher GPA and responsible attitudes toward learning, work and family.last_img read more

Dundee International REIT buys 568M worth of office properties in Germany

TORONTO — Dundee International REIT (TSX:DI.UN) is buying a 1.5-million-square-foot portfolio of office properties in Germany for $568-million.Dundee says the acquisition is being financed through some $354-million in new mortgage debt and cash on hand as well as some of the proceeds of a major equity offering.Under the offering, Dundee is selling, on a bought deal basis, 20.2 million units of the REIT at $10.90 per unit for gross proceeds of $220-million.

Cogecos additions of US internet subscribers was Q3 bright spot analysts say

MONTREAL — Analysts say they are surprised by the reported financial and subscriber strength of Atlantic Broadband, the main U.S. subsidiary of Montreal-based cable and internet provider Cogeco Communications Inc.Notes issued by RBC Dominion Securities and Canaccord Genuity say Cogeco added more than 14,000 internet subscribers in the United States during the company’s fiscal third quarter ended May 31.They also say Cogeco’s preliminary outlook for the 2020 financial year, which begins Sept. 1, is slightly stronger than anticipated because of Atlantic Broadband.However, they say overall third-quarter results included unexpectedly weak subscriber performance at Cogeco’s Canadian cable TV and internet operations across southern Quebec and Ontario.Cogeco Communications reported late Wednesday that it had $587.3 million of revenue for the third quarter, up 3.6 per cent from a year ago or 1.7 per cent after adjusting for $10.8 million in positive currency effects.Net profit was $182.0 million, including $82.45 million from discontinued operations that have been sold. Diluted earnings per share totalled $3.59, including $1.65 from discontinued operations.Cogeco Communications and its parent Cogeco Inc. are scheduled to discuss their reports in a conference call Thursday. Companies in this story: (TSX:CCA, TSX:CGO)The Canadian Press read more

TransCanada launches doublebarrelled legal salvo over Keystone XL rejection

TransCanada launches double-barrelled legal salvo over Keystone XL rejection CALGARY – TransCanada launched a double-barrelled legal salvo Wednesday against the U.S. government over its rejection of the company’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline.The company said it intends to file a claim under Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement in response to the decision, which it called arbitrary and unjustified.The Calgary-based firm said it will be looking to recover US$15 billion in costs and damages as a result of what it says is a breach of NAFTA obligations.TransCanada alleges that, as a signatory to NAFTA, the U.S. government failed in its commitment to protect Canadian investors and ensure the company was treated in accordance with international law.In its notice of intent to initiate the NAFTA claim, TransCanada said that the U.S. government concluded five times that the pipeline would not have a significant impact on greenhouse gas production, but still rejected the pipeline to appear strong on climate change.“Stated simply, the delay and the ultimate decision to deny the permit were politically-driven, directly contrary to the findings of the administration’s own studies, and not based on the merits of Keystone’s application,” TransCanada says in its notice of intent.“The politically-driven denial of Keystone’s application was contrary to all precedent; inconsistent with any reasonable and expected application of the relevant rules and regulations; and arbitrary, discriminatory, and expropriatory.“In short, the decision elevated perceptions over reality, which is the hallmark of a decision tainted by politics.”TransCanada said it has also filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Federal Court in Texas asserting that President Barack Obama’s decision in November to deny construction of Keystone XL exceeded his power under the U.S. Constitution.In its legal filing for that case, TransCanada said the presidential power Obama used to deny the pipeline is “unauthorized by statute, encroaches upon the power of the Congress to regulate domestic and foreign commerce, has been foreclosed by affirmative Congressional action, and unlawfully exceeds the powers granted to the president.”The White House and the State Department both declined to comment on the lawsuit or the NAFTA challenge.When he announced his decision, Obama said Keystone XL was not in the U.S. national interest and took on an over-inflated role in the political discourse between the U.S. and Canada. Still, the 1,900-kilometre pipeline, which has been in limbo for more than seven years, has at times been an irritant in relations between both countries, with former prime minister Stephen Harper at one point calling the project’s approval a “no-brainer.”The development, which also became a focal point of environmental protests, would have shipped bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands through a pipeline hub in the Hardisty area to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries.TransCanada said it had every reason to expect the pipeline would be approved since it met the same criteria as previous pipelines that were sanctioned.Adam Barratt, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion, had little to say on the matter Wednesday, although he noted the lawsuit is “not entirely unexpected” and falls within TransCanada’s purview.“We’re aware of recent developments with this file and TransCanada,” he said. “As this is a matter which is expected to go before arbitration, or before a court, we don’t have a comment at this time.”Environmental groups were quick to criticize TransCanada’s move, saying the legal actions won’t get the pipeline built. They also accused the company of exploiting provisions in NAFTA.“This is about a foreign company trying to undercut safeguards that protect the American people,” said Anthony Swift, director of Natural Resources Defense Council’s Canada project.Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, who supports the project, tweeted: “We support @TransCanada #KXL NAFTA challenge. Pipelines safest way to move energy in N. America, get more $ for SK oil.”TransCanada has to wait until six months after the date of the rejection before filing a request for arbitration under NAFTA. After the request is filed, arbitrators are selected and further timelines are established. by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 6, 2016 2:46 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 7, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline facilities in Hardisty, Alta., Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. TransCanada launched a double-barrelled legal salvo Wednesday against the U.S. government over its rejection of the company’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh read more

Offline filtration and fluid polish

first_imgNo matter what type of fuel or lube you use, Applied Energy Co can help you achieve “clear status” with its Dµrt Hog contamination control units. Applied Energy filtration carts with built-in particle counting are especially important for hydraulics. They identify excessive contamination levels that can be brought under control through high-efficiency filtration and moisture removal.The electric power and inlet/outlet hose connections to these carts are all that is required to install. Select a cart with variable speed adjustment and control pump flow. This allows reservoir fluid filtration turn-over time and system backpressure to be optimised. This filtration loop may be installed without turning off the main system.Applied Energy takes proactive maintenance seriously with documentation available to the customer for extended use and cost savings, not just on hydraulic fluid or gear oil preservation, but on the equipment itself.Job-wide fluid management may be achieved by these portable and compact units, and effective savings measured by:● Fluid life and drain intervals extended● Decreased downtime, component repair, and oil purchase.last_img read more

Were flabbergasted Wonder drug approved for 22monthold baby with rare condition

first_img A PROGRAMME HAS been approved at Temple Street to treat a rare condition, which could save the lives of two baby girls Nellie and Lara.“Last night we got a call,” Stephen Lannen, father of Nellie, told The Ray D’Arcy Show today. “Temple Street has approved the compassionate youth programme, so we’re going to get in there in the next couple of weeks thank God. We’re flabbergasted.”22-month-old Nellie and five-month-old Lara are the only two infants in the country with the genetic degenerative condition that makes it difficult for them to crawl, walk, breathe and swallow.Our previous story about Nellie and Lara: ‘If she gets another chest infection she probably won’t make it, that’s the reality’For 95% of children with this rare condition, called SMA Type 1, life expectancy is less than 18 months.But a “wonder drug” called Spinraza could change this. In 50% of cases it can stop the advancement of SMA1 – and in 40% of cases, it reverses the symptoms.The drug has been hugely successful in the US – but has yet to be approved in the EU. Yesterday, the company that makes Spinraza approved Temple Street as a site for the Expanded Access Programme.“It’s a relief for us because Nellie’s symptoms are quite acute now. Even on Sunday we had an incident where she stopped breathing and we urgently suctioned her and everything, so time really isn’t on our side at all.”If we could get her off of the breathing machine and if she was able to do some swallowing for herself, that would be a good start for us.“A lot of people knew about our situation but we didn’t ask for help publically, but as soon as we did, across the board, politicians, the media everyone was really behind us – we don’t know how to thank people.”With reporting from Órla Ryan.Read: Martin McGuinness is stepping away from politics and will not seek re-electionRead: Missed cancers at Wexford hospital: ‘For daddy, nothing will change – but they have apologised’ Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 9:55 PM Jan 19th 2017, 9:55 PM 12 Comments 35,460 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL ‘We’re flabbergasted’: Wonder drug approved for 22-month-old baby with rare condition Last night, the HSE approved a programme that could save the lives of two baby girls. Share4017 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

From Champions League miracles to the brink of disaster the story of

first_img Apr 16th 2017, 10:00 AM From Champions League miracles to the brink of disaster – the story of Liverpool in the ’00s Author and journalist Simon Hughes chats to The42 about a whirlwind decade for the Reds. Sunday 16 Apr 2017, 10:00 AM Short URL 17,915 Views 19 Comments Share Tweet Email9 By Paul Fennessy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘RING OF FIRE – Liverpool into the 21st century: The Players’ Stories’ explores a decade of huge change both for the Reds and English football at large.Following on from his previous two books, which explored the Anfield club in the 1980s and 1990s respectively, Simon Hughes’ latest offering examines the club’s belated modernisation in the 2000s, the impact of foreign managers such as Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez, the often tricky task of blending local talent with expensive foreign imports and the power struggles that frequently occurred at board level, which threatened to severely undermine the club’s status as one of the top teams in English football.‘Ring of Fire’ takes a similar format to its predecessors, ‘Red Machine’ and ‘Men in White Suits’. Hughes provides an insight into the club from those who were closest to it during this era, interviewing key figures, such as Jamie Carragher, as well as less heralded but equally insightful individuals like Albert Riera.The42 recently caught up with Hughes to chat about his work on the book.What were the challenges of this book compared with your previous ones on Liverpool in the ’80s (Red Machine) and ’90s (Men in White Suits)?It was more of a challenging book to write for those exact reasons. It involved a lot more travelling because players in the 2000s came from all different places right across Europe. It was the first decade where Liverpool started signing South American players. I would have liked to have got one of those players.For example, I was pretty close to getting Javier Mascherano, but for logistical reasons, it was proving quite difficult to nail down. He’d agreed to do the interview, and there’s a cost element involved as well. I didn’t have a huge budget to go round Europe on nice trips. It was a case of getting the cheapest airlines, staying in the cheapest hotels, spending a minimal amount of money when I got there.When I got Fernando Torres, although it was a great trip, the reality was I flew to Venice, picked up a car, drove to Slovenia, interviewed Riera, drove all the way back to Bologna, stayed in Bologna for the night, flew to Madrid, met Torres, and within that trip I was hoping that I’d be able to speak to Mascherano.I think Barcelona were playing Vallecano — a Madrid club. I was trying to find a way of getting Barcelona’s press office, who are actually really great, to get him to agree to meet me the day of the game, which was always going to be difficult, because access to players on game day are almost impossible.This was right at the end of the editorial process, so unfortunately, I couldn’t quite get it arranged, so that’s just a little insight into the reality of trying to balance finance, availability, logistics, all in one hit really.It was totally different to the other books — players, when they’re still active, they’ve got more to lose from being transparent with their thoughts and recollections. This was a decade where footballers had changed quite a bit. I started off writing books about Liverpool in the ’80s, where there was a huge social scene. Players were a little more open to the media at that time and used to regaling the media with certain tales. A lot of the guys I interviewed from the ’80s were doing the after-dinner circuit and they know how to tell a story.It’s slightly different with this decade — less of a social scene, a bit more serious. But I had to think quite carefully with the people who I did interview. Fernando Torres, I did think it was a bit of a coup to get him because he’d never spoken to anybody about it — his departure from Liverpool particularly. I did know a little bit of that story. I didn’t know everything that he told me. So I realised to make it better than the other books, there had to be a slightly more news-y element to get people into it a little bit really. So he was a really important one.I suppose with managers like Houllier, they’re always keen to tell you as much as they can, particularly when they’ve left, they’ve got a lot more to think about. The best ones need to tell you what is needed to write a good story — I think that proved to be the case with Houllier.It was more enjoyable in another way, because it was a decade I’d seen a lot more of Liverpool — the decade where I started covering Liverpool. It was a decade where I could look at things with a little more authority I guess. I felt a little bit in (the other) decades where I was intruding on other people’s lives and not being able to put my own spin on it to a certain extent. There’s so much already written about Liverpool in the ’80s, so finding something in that decade that was new was quite a challenge.Is Gerard Houllier underappreciated by Liverpool fans?  Source: EMPICS SportHe’s the most successful manager since 1990. I think he is undervalued but I can understand why people don’t look back quite as fondly on Houllier as they do with other managers. He might admit privately that he stayed at Liverpool too long. The last two years, watching Liverpool wasn’t the most enjoyable experience for many people and by the time he left, I don’t think there was much mourning.You can look at it two ways. I think a lot of football legacy is determined by when you leave and how you leave. He left at a time where it felt like he needed to leave. It did get forgotten, all the good work that he did. He did catapult Liverpool into the 21st century (and make them) a modern, forward-thinking club. The players became a lot more professional.I think it’s a bit of a myth the way people describe the style Liverpool played under him. People revel in saying Liverpool were a defensive team, which they weren’t really, when you look at the number of goals that they scored.They were just quite pragmatic and not too dissimilar to Rafa Benitez’s teams really. There are similarities with the way both coaches knew how to set up a defence. They’re both very strong in terms of the organisation of a defence, which is in stark contrast to the last two managers that they had, so there is a value in that.I think the other thing with Houllier was towards the end, he lost the media battle as well and lost quite a few allies in the media, which meant he didn’t get the reportage that he may have had otherwise. By the end, it almost defined his legacy really.The last season under him just felt inevitable that he was going to leave. He probably stayed one season too many, but that said, if you look at the Liverpool that he left behind compared to the Liverpool that he joined, it was in a far healthier position in terms of the stability of the club, the players they had, so I can understand that argument as well.Ultimately I can understand why people don’t think of him quite as fondly as people like Rafa, although I suppose he left in bad circumstances. But with Rafa, when you win the Champions League in those circumstances in that season, people do think you’re touched with genius. When you achieve something like that, it never gets forgotten, no matter what you do afterwards. Houllier never won the Premier League or Champions League — if he had won one of those things, people might think a little bit differently about him.The Tom Hicks and George Gillett split — how big an impact did it have on the club? Liverpool fans protest agains their current owners in the stands. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesI think the club still suffers from it now. I don’t want to say it’s changed the club forever. I think it does boil down to success. Liverpool need to win something seriously to get everybody back onside and get them pulling in the same direction.The damage that that did, the separation between two people, it just shows how quickly things can unravel at a football club when things go wrong. I think Liverpool has had an identity crisis ever since really. It made the club very vulnerable. The owners that replaced them, FSG (Fenway Sports Group), are good owners.At the moment, I think everybody thinks of things in terms of the best or absolute worst. The owners are good owners, but they haven’t proven themselves capable of delivering absolute sporting success yet.There are some mitigating excuses. When they came to the club, it wasn’t far off administration really. To get over that, it’s taken a lot of hard work. I just wonder how long that good will lasts for really.The idea that they brought Liverpool out of a really dark place and brought them into the light again — how long does that last before people say ‘it’s about time they start winning things again’. The argument we’re having now with FSG is still related to Hicks and Gillett.If you criticise them, the argument that follows is usually ‘look where they are when Hicks and Gillett were in charge and look what happened there’. That was seven or eight years ago and people still talk about it as a significant factor in the way they think about Liverpool in terms of what they should be achieving and where they’ve been.There’s no doubt in my mind that they will go down as the worst owners in any elite football club’s history. To take Liverpool from a Champions League final where they were — it touches on what I said about Houllier.You look at entry points and exit points. They entered the club months before they were in a Champions League final — one of the elite clubs in Europe. When they left, the club was on the brink of administration, the club was in the Europa League, it was way down the table, heading towards a relegation fight. For that to happen in such a short period of time, it just shows you how damaging their roles were.Who surprised you most out of all the people you interviewed? Source: EMPICS SportA lot of people picked up on the Michael Owen chapter and said he comes across in a much more human way. He does have a PR problem, largely owing to the fact that he was on his way to becoming a Liverpool great, if not Liverpool’s greatest goalscorer ever if he had stayed.When you sign for Manchester United later on in your career, you’re always going to have trust issues no matter what. His PR people wanted him to be a vanilla-type character who would be liked by everybody, and he ended up being liked by pretty much nobody.Nobody’s all the good things that people say they are, or all the bad things. I think he said a lot of thoughtful things in the interview. It was quite an emotional interview. A lot of people view him by the way he is on TV and some of the things he says on TV, which makes him come across as perhaps not the most thoughtful.When you’re interviewing somebody, it is quite a false environment. Firing questions forward, getting answers back. If you can get an interview where it feels more like a conversation, I think it helps the interviewee to open up a little bit.That’s the value of the print media, I think. Everything’s so instant when you’re doing a TV interview, as he does week-in-week-out, where it’s question-answer-question-answer. There’s not much time for considered thought on the way things are. I’m not saying he’s totally different to the way people view him, but he’s not the sanitised, boring person that people see him as.He regrets leaving Liverpool, doesn’t he? Source: EMPICS SportI think so. The way he is viewed unravels from the point where he leaves really. I can understand why a player would want to experience playing for Real Madrid particularly at that time when they had some of the greatest players that have played the game and he wanted to test himself at that level.I also think the decisions he made were reflective of his mindset at the time. If he was honest with himself, he might admit he lived in a bit of a bubble really.He probably failed to realise that, although you might have a plan as Michael Owen to leave Liverpool, go to Real Madrid, see what it was like and then come back the next season, when you take yourself out of that position, there are other things to think about.It’s not just a case of a footballer getting what he wants all the time. There are certain decisions that have to be made. He loses a lot of control by the decision to leave Liverpool. That maybe reflects the way people view him as well.People think of him being very obsessed and career-driven. Maybe if he could take himself out of the bubble that he lived in, he may have thought: ‘Well actually, it might not happen. I might not be able to go back to Liverpool. Things change in a year. I could get injured and the club won’t want me.’ That changed everything, so I think there is a regret there.It’s quite sad when you see someone who scored that number of goals for Liverpool and won important trophies single-handedly if we’re being honest, particularly the FA Cup final against Arsenal. But ultimately, it’s the decisions that he’s made. He has to live and die by them.Neil Mellor — could he have thrived in an era where there wasn’t so much competition from foreign players, or was he simply not good enough? Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesYou always look at players and what they do after they leave Liverpool. If Neil Mellor had gone elsewhere, played for a Championship club and scored 25 goals, come back into the Premier League and did something similar there, you could say well, the club was wrong.On the flipside, momentum at key times, you can’t quantify how important that is. There are certain players who might not be thought of as elite-level players, but if they get their chance, goalscorers are judged on the number of goals that they scored, and he scored a reasonable number of important goals for Liverpool in a relatively short space of time.He said to me that he could play on the biggest stage. I wasn’t aware of the extent of the injuries that he had. He was playing through the pain barrier to give himself a chance of getting opportunities.When you have injuries like he has with his knees, it’s so debilitating that it eventually catches up with you. Perhaps he ended up at a level where his body would take him — that’s probably the fairest way of describing it.Jamie Carragher — what made him different to the other homegrown players who didn’t make it? He wasn’t as naturally talented as someone like Steven Gerrard. Was it largely desire that got him so far? Source: EMPICS SportYou question where that desire comes from, don’t you? The thing with Carragher, more than anyone I’ve met, it was his love and obsession for football that took him the furthest. He is the most passionate person I’ve ever met about football. He knows absolutely everything about the game. I don’t think it’s unfair to call him a statto in the sense that he knows every detail about every person.That raw detail is a basis for anyone. That then translates onto the pitch. In training sessions, the players that were trying to replace him couldn’t match his determination, which meant that the managers could never consider dropping him.You see him on the TV now and he takes that so seriously. It’s a continuation of his career. It’s not like he turns up in Sky studios winging it. He can actually back up his opinions with convincing arguments. He plans what he’s going to talk about before going onscreen. I think that is the basis that really catapulted him to the heights that he’s in. But I think he was a far better player than people made him out to be.I couldn’t say he’s unfortunate, because I think he’s achieved everything that he probably would want to in the game. He was probably unfortunate because he was coming to it at a time where there were a lot more foreign players coming to the Premier League, who were considered slightly better technically. It was becoming unfashionable to have a bit more of a fighter in the team.But ultimately, he had qualities that you can’t judge by a statistic. You can’t judge somebody’s heart or their ability to see and read the game. His general understanding of the game and how it should be played, what needed to be done to win the game, it far exceeded anybody else — I’d probably include Steven Gerrard as well.Carragher also played a big role in convincing Gerrard to stay at the club, didn’t he? Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesI did mull over whether to do an interview with Steven, but he’d not long before brought out his second autobiography, so I kind of thought is there a real point to this. The whole thought of a book is to bring slightly new information to light. That was where Torres came in and some of the more obscure players that I included.A lot of people view Steven Gerrard as an indestructible human being. He was like superman, nothing could stop him. But I think every player has his own insecurities and to some extent, it’s the insecurities that drive a player on to the heights they reach. If Gerrard was complacent and thought he’d be playing every week, his performances wouldn’t be anywhere near as good I would think.He did have doubts about himself, but having doubt as a footballer is a healthy thing.Steven and Jamie, when they travel to away games, they’d room together. I wouldn’t like to be in a room with Carra if you were thinking of leaving Liverpool, because I think he’d just be on at you all the time telling you not to do it. If you leave Liverpool, you’re not just leaving Liverpool, you’re leaving your mates like Carragher.He would have looked at what had happened to Michael Owen as well, knowing that quite quickly, his reputation unravelled. No matter what he’d done for Liverpool, it counts for nothing if you end up signing for a rival club. Ultimately, it would have been Steven’s decision really. He’s single-minded enough to make that decision. At the time, I think he was quite confused about what was going on at Liverpool.People will say that he never won the Premier League, but he won everything else, has the respect of a whole city and I think that’s far more important, particularly when you look at Fernando Torres as well.I know people feel better about him now, but I think nobody will ever have that love for him that they had when he was here.And to continue on the subject of Torres, does he have a good relationship with the Liverpool fans, or at least a better one than Michael Owen? One of the themes that comes through in the book is how much certain players really do seem to care what their former clubs’ fans think of them. Source: EMPICS SportIt certain cases, attacking players tend to need a bit more of an arm round the shoulder and a bit of reassurance that they’re doing well, whereas defensive players don’t need that quite as much at times. But I suppose Jamie Carragher revealed that sometimes the criticism did get to him.But if you contrast it to Michael Owen, the big difference is that it’s Man United. No matter what people say, to every Liverpool fan I would imagine, Man United are the biggest rivals, not Chelsea. So being associated with both clubs is just forever going to be on his CV, there’s no way of getting out of it.With Fernando, had he gone to Chelsea and achieved what he’d achieved at Liverpool, maybe people wouldn’t be so willing to listen to him now. His Chelsea experience was a bad one, which he admits in the book. He didn’t feel loved in the way he did feel loved at Liverpool, and I think that affected the way he performed. I think he needed to feel loved to get that extra performance out of him.He was determined not to use the word ‘regret,’ but if he had the chance to go back and make other decisions, he would probably not have chosen to do what he’d done, and certainly would not go the club he went to.He was in a difficult position, because the only other club that could probably afford him was Real Madrid, who made countless offers for him over the years when he was a younger player, but he’d made his decision never to go there. Barcelona at the time didn’t need him, Man United, he said he couldn’t go there, so he viewed Chelsea as the least worst option.He was swayed at the time by how well the Spanish national team was doing. He was going away on international duty listening to all the great things that were going on with other players who were playing for Barcelona and Real Madrid. Meanwhile, Liverpool were in mid-table in the Premier League.The same goes for Pepe Reina. I know he stuck around a bit longer, but it was noticeable that his performances dropped in that period. I’m not making excuses, he made his own decision, but I think from a journalistic point of view, you still have to account for what his feelings were at the time. It’s up to people to decide whether they can relate to that and accept why he went down the path that he did.Ring of Fire: Liverpool into the 21st century: The Players’ Stories is published by Transworld. The paperback edition of the book will be available from 20 April. More details here.Teaching schoolkids and scoring 50-yard screamers – the busy life of Conan Byrne>‘To be told at the last minute that I wouldn’t even be on the bench, it was a sickener’>last_img read more

Theresa May tells MPs she wont stand in way of next leader

first_img Share102 Tweet Email1 Theresa May tells MPs she ‘won’t stand in way’ of next leader, but DUP stands firm After her statement, Boris Johnson said that he would support May’s deal. The DUP still won’t, though. Source: Conor Burns MP/Twitter @BorisJohnson absolutely right telling MPs that palpable risk of losing Brexit altogether with the chance of change in the next phase means we have little choice but to vote for the Withdrawal Agreement.— Conor Burns MP (@ConorBurnsUK) March 27, 2019 Wednesday 27 Mar 2019, 8:53 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Stefan Rousseau I know some people are worried that if you vote for the Withdrawal Agreement, I will take that as a mandate to rush on into phase two without the debate we need to have. I won’t – I hear what you are saying.“I ask everyone in this room to back the deal so we can complete our historic duty – to deliver on the decision of the British people and leave the European Union with a smooth and orderly exit,” according to wording released by 10 Downing Street.The deal has been twice-defeated before in the House of Commons, by a majority of 230 votes in January, and a majority of 149 votes in February. The third ‘Meaningful Vote’ is rumoured to take place on Friday; but House Speaker John Bercow has said it’s not certain that the deal would be allowed to be put forward for a vote.Reaction Image: Stefan Rousseau Short URL I am prepared to leave this job earlier than I intended in order to do what is right for our country and our party.center_img In an ERG meeting following the statement, Johnson is to have said that he would support May’s deal, adding that there was a fear Brexit might not happen at all otherwise.The DUP were due to release a statement at 6pm announcing their decision not to back May’s deal, but it came instead 3 hours later.A statement from the party said that it “poses an unacceptable threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom” and “create an internal trade border within the UK”.Speaking on Sky News, party leader Arlene Foster said that she didn’t feel betrayed by her ERG colleagues who had switched sides to support May’s deal following her statement today. Their priority was Brexit, while the DUP’s is the Union, she said. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: 52,047 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha LATEST⬇️⬇️— DUP (@duponline) March 27, 2019 Source: DUP/Twitter Conservative MP James Cartlidge, who was at the closed-door meeting, told reporters as he walked out that May had said she would step down before the “next phase” of Brexit negotiations.Another MP, Pauline Latham, told reporters that May had said she would resign “after the meaningful vote was through”, meaning the vote on her EU divorce deal.“We have to pass it or all bets are off,” Latham said.- with reporting from AFP  Updated Mar 27th 2019, 8:53 PM THERESA MAY HAS told Tory MPs that she would not “stand in the way” of being replaced as leader in the next stage of Brexit negotiations.In the wake of the announcement, British media reported that members of the pro-Brexit ERG group said that they would back May’s deal – including Boris Johnson, who’s among those tipped as the next Tory leader.It wasn’t enough for the DUP, however, who said that the failure to renegotiate the backstop means that they will “not risk compromising the Union”. May held a meeting with Conservative Party’s backbenchers, known as the 1922 Committee hours before MPs were due to vote on a series of Brexit options.“I know there is a desire for a new approach – and new leadership – in the second phase of the Brexit negotiations, and I won’t stand in the way of that,” she said.The current deal that May has negotiated only handles the conditions upon which the UK leaves the European Union; the next phase of Brexit negotiations is about the future relationship, and covers issues like trade. Mar 27th 2019, 6:58 PM 59 Comments last_img read more

Joyeux Anniversaire Opportunity

first_imgJoyeux Anniversaire Opportunity ! Un record jamais atteint ! Ce 25 janvier, la sonde Opportunity a fêté son huitième anniversaire sur Mars. C’est un record ! Même si la sonde commence à montrer d’évidents signes de fatigue, elle est toujours là ! Opportunity est un peu grippée et recouverte de poussière mais elle a pu transmettre mi-janvier une série de photos. Ces dernières montrent le paysage que la petite sonde contemple actuellement depuis le bord du cratère de 21 km, Endeavour, atteint le 9 août 2011.Atteint après un voyage de 34,40 km en sept ans dans les dunes de Meridiani Planum, Opportunity devrait y séjourner plusieurs semaines, durant l’hiver austral sur Mars.Garée à flanc de colline, dans la pente Cape York, cela devrait lui permettre de capter au maximum les rayons du Soleil.La robot à six roues devrait reprendre son périple dès que l’ensoleillement sera assez fort pour lui fournir l’énergie nécessaire.Opportunity a passé plus de deux ans à étudier le cratère Victoria, a découvert un matériau brillant, a réchappé à des tempêtes de poussière en 2007 et subit un froid constant de -30° C à -100° C. Une vraie battante !Conçue pour fonctionner 90 jours, elle continue de déjouer les pronostics et poursuit son bout de chemin.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La sonde Spirit aurait, quant à elle, fêté ses huit ans, le 4 janvier dernier. En effet, l’engin avait atteint la planète Mars 21 jours avant Opportunity. Malheureusement, sa jumelle a rendu l’âme en 2010, après sept années de bons et loyaux services, en raison de l’accumulation de poussière sur ses panneaux solaires.Si Opportunity peut se sentir un peu seule, pas de soucis à se faire ! Elle sera rejointe en août 2012 par Curiosity. Cette dernière sera dotée des éléments les plus lourds et les plus complexes jamais envoyés sur une autre planète. Le 25 janvier 2012 à 20:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Your DNA could be solving a cold case right now

first_imgGenetic genealogists are putting a dent in the high number of unsolved murders. Illustration by Amy Kim/CNET Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to go places alone unless I followed certain rules. I still remember the day I broke them. I was about 5 years old when I walked around the corner to play at my friend’s house. My mom had told me to call as soon as I arrived. But I was excited and forgot.Soon my mom was at the door. The look on her face said I was in trouble. She took me straight home and said I couldn’t go back to play that day. I was never to forget to call home again.My mom had a reason to be worried. My neighborhood seemed idyllic, a tony section of Tacoma, Washington, filled with historic homes affording views of a sparkling bay and Mount Rainier. But despite the veneer of tranquility, a killer was at large.In 1986, about two years before the day I forgot to call home, a 12-year-old girl named Michella Welch had been abducted, assaulted and murdered in a maple-filled gulch next to a playground called Puget Park. I’ve read the court papers that describe how she was found. They can’t be unread.The crime took place just a few blocks from the house my family moved into a year later. The police investigation eventually went cold, and whoever did it was still out there. My parents, just like the parents of Michella’s friends and neighbors, feared someone would swoop down and take their daughter away forever. “It was terrifying,” my mom explained to me recently.Portrait of CeCe MooreBefore working on criminal investigations, CeCe Moore honed her skills as a genetic genealogist by helping adopted people identify their biological relatives. Courtesy of CeCe Moore As a child, I was too young to understand how scary the crime was. It faded into the background of my carefree childhood, along with stories of other crimes and urban legends. But the sense of danger it created for my parents finally clicked for me 30 years later, when a new investigative technique identified a suspect in the Michella Welch case and led to an arrest.Using results from the GEDmatch genetic database and public records, social media and math, investigators identified Gary C. Hartman as Michella’s killer. On June 20, 2018, Tacoma police arrested Hartman, now 67, on charges of rape and homicide. Hartman, who pleaded not guilty and intends to go to trial, lived less than two miles from Puget Park in 1986. The technique, pioneered by genealogists including CeCe Moore and Barbara Rae-Venter, is part of a game-changing field in police work. Called genetic genealogy, the approach starts by connecting DNA found at a crime scene with that of distant relatives who’ve created public profiles on the GEDmatch database. Experts use this information to construct a family tree of connected relatives, tracing the genetic relationships to locate a suspect. Long used to help connect family members, it’s now being used to help solve crimes.Moore and her team at Parabon NanoLabs have enabled police to make progress in more than 50 cold cases involving murders or rapes, including Michella’s. The oldest was the 1967 murder of a police aide in Seattle. One of the most recent was in 2018, when a suspect in a rape was identified three months after the crime took place in Utah. Moore, who studied music and theater in college, began investigating cold cases in 2018 after years of honing her skills finding the relatives of adopted people.Parabon NanoLabs is a forensics company that connects Moore to cases and then vets her results. Other genetic genealogists are working directly with police departments, like Rae-Venter, whose work identified a suspect in the Golden State Killer case and led to the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo on multiple charges of murder and kidnapping. I have very high hopes for this to make society safer. CeCe Moore, genetic genealogist Familial search isn’t limited to murder and rape investigations. Denver police used the technique to find a suspect who had allegedly left a drop of blood behind when breaking into a car and stealing less than $2 in change. They identified him because they had his brother’s genetic information in a database.Ashley Hall, a forensic scientist at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, says there’s a simple solution here.”If you don’t want to be implicated,” Hall said, “don’t commit a crime.” Since GEDmatch first made headlines in the Golden State Killer cold case in 2018, the site’s terms of use have said law enforcement can use the site for investigations of violent crimes. Rogers, the site’s co-founder, said he hopes any regulation on genetic genealogy will mirror what GEDmatch is already doing.The criminal suspect next doorThe horror of the crimes being investigated makes a compelling case for using genetic genealogy. The technique is providing answers to victims and their families throughout the country. For the family of Michella Welch, her friends and the other families who grew up in Tacoma, the identification of a suspect after 30 years stirred a range of reactions. Michella’s mother told reporters she was surprised at how unobtrusive Hartman, the suspect, appeared at his arraignment in 2018. A childhood neighbor said the same thing. Somehow, you’d expect someone accused of something so evil to stand out in a crowd.I found myself shocked to think how close he had lived to my family’s house in the 1980s. The local newspaper reported Hartman lived in the neighborhood until at least 1989, when we’d been living there for two years.While thinking about this, I stared at a satellite view of my childhood neighborhood on Google Maps, trying to measure how close Hartman had lived to Puget Park at the time of the crime. There on the map, I suddenly saw something that made me shudder. I realized Hartman could have walked home from the crime scene while hidden by a two-mile-long strip of secluded woods that stretches along the Tacoma waterfront. I picked blackberries, looked for salamanders and went for long runs in those woods.Hartman is innocent until proven guilty and, according to his lawyer, intends to defend himself against the charges on multiple fronts. His defense will likely include challenges based on privacy law. His lawyer doesn’t expect the trial to start until next year. If Hartman and many more of the suspects identified through genetic genealogy are found guilty, investigators will know they have a very powerful tool on their hands. The question will remain of how and when they should use it. GEDmatch contains DNA data, uploaded as “kits,” on about 1.2 million individuals, and is the most important tool currently available for genetic genealogy. Moore and her team used it to find distant relations of the person who stabbed 18-year-old Michelle Martinko to death, leaving her in the family car in an Iowa mall parking lot. First, Moore created a profile using DNA the presumed attacker left behind at the crime scene. Then she looked for a match on the site. GEDmatch only lets investigators see matches to users who’ve made their profiles public, like Brandy Jennings. Jennings, who told reporters that she’d uploaded her information to GEDmatch and forgotten about it, came up as a distant cousin of the suspect. Further investigation led to the arrest of Jerry Lynn Burns, who has pleaded not guilty. Burns’ lawyer declined to comment.Rogers initially opted all users into police investigations as part of the site’s terms of service. But concern over how the data was being used prompted him to reconsider. So in May, he opted everyone out as a default. That effectively reset the number of people whose data was available for police investigations to zero. Users have opted back in about 85,000 of the site’s more than 1 million kits so far. “That was a difficult thing to do,” Rogers said of the decision. “But I think the most ethical thing to do.”The family treeThe distant relatives found on GEDmatch are just a starting point. After genetic genealogists find those names, they take off their genetics hat and switch into genealogy mode. When investigators searched for the person who in 2007 assaulted and killed 39-year-old Jodine Serrin in Carlsbad, California, they built a family tree. In all genetic genealogy investigations, the family tree has to connect suspects to the people they’re related to on GEDmatch. Investigators use public records like obituaries, census documents and marriage certificates, as well as social media accounts.If a suspect has a second cousin on GEDmatch, investigators need to go back in time to identify all eight great-grandparents. Then they move forward in time again and identify all the descendants of those great-grandparents. This gives them a list of the names of the GEDmatch user’s second cousins. After further research, it becomes a list of suspects. When a suspect has more than one distant cousin on GEDmatch, investigators must build out family trees for all of them.The last step is often deduction, Moore said. That typically means identifying the distant cousins who were in the right place at the right time to commit the crime. In the Serrin case, genetic genealogists identified David Mabrito as a suspect. Mabrito, who died in 2011, was homeless at the time of the crime, but police told reporters he had family in the Carlsbad area. Police in another jurisdiction had Mabrito’s DNA from a separate investigation, according to news reports. When Carlsbad police compared it to the DNA from the crime scene in Serrin’s case, it matched.The police investigationGenetic genealogy has its limits. Police have to collect DNA from the suspects Moore and her team identify to confirm they’re the right people. And they frequently can’t narrow their findings down to one suspect. mugshot-brian-leigh-drippsBrian Leigh Dripps Sr. after his arrest in connection with the 1996 rape and murder of Angie Dodge in Idaho. Canyon County Jail Police tail suspects and find a discarded item, such as a napkin, cigarette or straw, to collect a DNA sample. Sometimes they’ll have to surveil several people at once. That’s what happened in Moore’s investigation into the assault and murder of 18-year-old Angie Dodge in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She and her team narrowed the suspects down to a group of about half a dozen related men. Initial DNA results came back negative, until they realized there was one more man in the group, Brian Leigh Dripps Sr. Moore learned Dripps was related to the other men but had the last name of his stepfather, not his biological father. Dripps’ DNA matched evidence found at the crime scene and he confessed to the crime, according to Idaho Falls police. His attorney declined to comment.The surprise benefitThe technique is especially good for catching a kind of suspect who often eludes investigation tools: white men. White men are believed to be underrepresented in CODIS, the FBI’s collection of DNA samples pulled from crime scenes, arrestees and criminal suspects. In GEDmatch, however, white people are overrepresented.  If you don’t want to be implicated, don’t commit a crime. Ashley Hall, forensic scientist Tags 7:40 Now playing: Watch this: Sci-Tech Internet Culture 77 Genetic genealogists are putting a dent in the high number of unsolved murders in the US, though they still have their work cut out for them. A 2010 investigation by the Scripps Howard News Service found at least 6,000 murder cases go unsolved per year. As part of the Murder Accountability Project, the same reporters found more than 300,000 unsolved murders in the US since 1965. In 2017, the most recent year with data available, 7,154 murders went unsolved. The number of rape cases that go unsolved each year is even higher, said Joe Giacalone, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and former NYPD cold case detective. The promise of genetic genealogy will get a lot of families’ hopes up, but not every police department will be able to conduct such a resource-intensive investigation, Giacalone says.”It will matter to family members,” Giacalone said, but “it’s going to be very slow.”Enthusiasm for the technique is tempered by the questions it raises about privacy. Bioethicists, civil liberties watchdogs and Moore herself have pointed out ways genetic genealogy could go wrong. Court cases will be the test of how viable the technique is when a suspect pleads not guilty. On Friday, a jury convicted William Earl Talbott II of two counts of aggravated murder in what’s believed to be the first trial of a suspect identified through genetic genealogy. Talbott had pleaded not guilty in the 1987 murders of Tanya Van Cuylenborg and Jay Cook in the state of Washington. Out of the suspects who were still alive years after their alleged crimes, at least five have pleaded not guilty.At its core, genetic genealogy has the potential to become a perfect crime-solving tool that can identify suspects even if they’ve never had their DNA analyzed before they fall under suspicion. Privacy experts call this a networked privacy decision. When you share your genetic information with a service like GEDmatch, you’re making that decision for everyone you share genes with. Most of them are strangers.Given how new the technique is to law enforcement, public debate has been limited. Should it be used for all crimes? Or just the most vile? What’s more, there’s currently no academic training or certification program available for genetic genealogists, who don’t have formal rules for their profession.”I have very high hopes for this to make society safer. Maybe it will work as a deterrent once people realize a lot of cold cases are being resolved,” Moore said in an interview. “But for us to get there, everyone needs to be very careful.”The DNA clearinghouseMoore has researched dozens of cases since the Tacoma Police Department announced the break in the Michella Welch case. She always starts at GEDmatch. The database, run by genetic genealogy enthusiast Curtis Rogers and his co-founder John Olson, serves as a kind of clearinghouse. People can upload their results from FamilyTreeDNA, Ancestry, MyHeritage and most other genetic testing services. By assembling results from the different DNA services, Rogers hoped people would find more relatives and dive deeper into their ancestries. center_img Here’s how genetic genealogist CeCe Moore finds potential… If you’re of European ancestry, the probability you have a third cousin in a database of GEDmatch’s size approaches 90 percent, according to research from genetics experts. The website’s recent decision to require all users who want to be involved in criminal investigations to opt back in has reduced that probability a lot. GEDmatch’s Rogers is optimistic users are going to keep opting back in.”This is giving law enforcement access to this category of individuals that, prior to this, was immune to surveillance,” said Malia Fullerton, a bioethicist at the University of Washington. The genes that bind usWhen Moore uploads the genes of a criminal suspect to GEDmatch, she uses an analysis of their autosomal DNA. Autosomal DNA is found in all of your chromosomes except the X or Y chromosome (those determine sex). It allows investigators to match DNA to distant cousins from all branches of your family.Human chromosomesHuman chromosomes in a colored light micrograph. Working with genes from all your chromosomes, genetic genealogists can identify matches to cousins from any branch of your family. Alfred Pasieka/Science Photo Lab/Getty Images That marks a shift in criminal investigations, because it relies on much more genetic information than police typically work with. While law enforcement has long collected DNA samples from suspects, they have typically only shared a stripped-down version of the DNA with CODIS. Called a DNA fingerprint, the information is reduced to the bits of meaningless genetic cruft that can be found in between genes in everyone’s DNA. That takes out most of the personal information your genes can reveal about you, like probable eye color, susceptibility to genetic diseases or ethnic origin. To find distant cousins on GEDmatch, genetic genealogists like Moore have to leave that information in.Given the huge amount of personal data in DNA, privacy and criminal justice experts anticipate constitutional challenges to how investigators collect and use the information in the cases that genetic genealogists are cracking open.The question of where to stopCivil libertarians are concerned that genetic genealogy could be used to help solve any crime in which DNA is left behind. There’s a real chance it could be used to stop petty crimes, and the public needs to decide how far that should go, said Vera Eidelman, an attorney at the ACLU who specializes in speech, technology and privacy. “It is a worthwhile and important thing to solve these sorts of crimes,” Eidelman said of the murders and rapes that have been investigated so far, “But once this becomes an available resource, who’s to say it won’t be used on every crime?”This is closer to happening than you might think. Something very similar already happens with another tool, which investigators call familial search. It’s used in Colorado, California and several other states, where investigators turn to it to find near-genetic matches in databases of DNA collected by law enforcement. For example, the DNA could be a near match with a convicted criminal. Then police focus their investigation on the convicted criminals’ relatives. 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Deep Mela shopping fair from July 19

first_imgKondapur: Deepshikha Mahila Club has announced the dates of Hyderabad’s premier shopping extravaganza – Deep Mela 2019 starting from July 19 to 21 at Hitex Exhibition Grounds. Deep Mela is a fund-raising event being conducted regularly for the past over 2 decades with spectacular success and has now grown into the most- awaited exhibition by the elite Hyderabadis. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Deep Mela is a 3-day event showcasing and encouraging the women who work from their homes to be able to sell what they produced whether they were art objects, knitted wear, crocheted items, embroidered things or homemade things like Papad, Pickles, Vadis, Churans, etc. The other products like Apparel & Clothing, fabulous holiday gift ideas, Jewellery and accessories, home appliances, decor products, cosmetics and beauty products, Food & Beverage, Garments, Handbags etc. in the Consumer & Carnivals industry. Demonstrations during the Mela are also held like styles in Saree Draping, Gift Wrapping, Candle making, make up, etc. The funds raised from the Mela are used in funding our various projects, mainly our adopted Kanya Gurukul High School, said a release.last_img read more

80mph electric car to go on sale this summer in the US

first_imgGreen Vehicles´ battery-powered TRIAC can reach speeds of 80 mph. Credit: Green Vehicles. Citation: 80-mph electric car to go on sale this summer in the US (2008, May 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from With the two models, the company hopes to liven up the electric vehicle market by focusing on being environmentally friendly and affordable. The TRIAC, which has a five-speed transmission, will sell for an estimated $20,000. Price information on the BUCKSHOT, which has a three-speed transmission, has not yet been released.Both car and truck run on a 20kW AC motor, and have onboard chargers that can be plugged into a 120V or 240V outlet. Green Vehicles says that the TRIAC can run for about 100 miles on a full charge when driven at an average speed of 45 mph. Regarding the BUCKSHOT, the company says that “this is a true work truck, with close attention paid to payload capacity, torque, and durability. For deliveries, the BUCKSHOT can come with a lockable cargo shell; for construction, a steel lumber rack; and for all-purpose functionality, a steel body with an extra-long bed and an ample passenger cabin.” They suggest that the truck could be attractive to universities, businesses and municipalities. Green Vehicles also revealed that they are working on two neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) called the Microwatt and the Moose. The company hopes to bring these low-speed, short-distance electric vehicles to market in the fall. More information: (full Web site coming soon)via: AutoblogGreen Explore further The war on Southern California smog is slipping. Fixing it is a $14 billion problem Green Vehicles, a company based in San Jose, California, has recently revealed that it will begin selling two lithium-ion-powered electric vehicles early this summer. The three-wheeled TRIAC is a highway-capable electric car (or oversized covered trike, depending on how you look at it) that can reach speeds of 80 mph. There’s also the BUCKSHOT, an electric all-purpose work truck designed for heavy-duty, durable use. 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.last_img read more

Ladysmith family to appear in court on alleged R8m fraud

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? The rumour mill is in overdrive throughout Ladysmith after the homes and businesses of four members of the same family were raided by the Hawks on Wednesday morning.The four suspects have been named as Mohammed Saleem Saleem, his wife Naseema Banu Banu, his daughter Sumaya Shaik and his sister-in-law Yasmin Bibi Dawood Shaik, all of whom are scheduled to appear in the Ladysmith Regional Court in January for allegedly defrauding the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education of a whopping R8 million.According to the High Court affidavit, the suspects, aged between 30 and 54, allegedly committed the crime between January 2005 and October 2009.The allegations were investigated by the Durban Commercial Crime Unit. They investigated alleged tender fraud allegations at the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education’s Ukhahlamba Regional Service Centre.Mohammed Saleem Saleem has been charged with colluding with family members to register close corporations and companies with the Companies & Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) and KwaZulu-Natal provincial treasury supplier database.In some instances, Saleem registered a close corporation on behalf of his relatives and submitted three invoices to create the impression that they were different applications. The successful bidder was either Saleem’s entity or the entities he used when cover-quoting. The department has suffered prejudice to the value of R8,110 033,71  million as a result of the unlawful actions according to the High Court affidavit. Cover-quoting refers to a procurement irregularly designed to undermine the cost efficiency of purchases by compromising the competitive bidding process.In cover-quoting, alternative quotes are obtained from, or prepared in, the name of related parties (who later turn out to be all related to the same entities or related to the same people).The suspects first appeared in the Durban Commercial Crime Court on August 31 and the matter was adjourned to January 15, 2016. The matter, however, came to local police attention when the Hawks raided property belonging to the accused in terms of Section 26 of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act 121 of 1998.“We can confirm that the Durban Commercial Crime Unit are investigating a case of fraud that allegedly occurred between January 2005 and October 2009 where the department was allegedly defrauded of cash. Six suspects, aged between 30 and 54, were arrested and they appeared in the Durban Commercial Crime Court. The case was remanded to January 15, 2016,” said police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane.It is believed the two other suspects arrested may be members of at least two other syndicates operating at the same time.The Hawks were in Ladysmith on Wednesday to take inventory of assets belonging to the four Ladysmith accused.center_img WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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first_img News | PACS | July 02, 2019 Laurel Bridge and 3M M*Modal Partner to Improve DICOM Structured Reporting July 2, 2019 — Laurel Bridge Software announced an expanded relationship with 3M M*Modal, a provider of clinical docu read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Technology | May 23, 2012 Telemis Rolls Out Cloud Computing PACS Data Storage Service Medical-Quality Cloud Computing Provides Cost-Effective Storage That Meets Healthcare-Data Standards May 23, 2012 — Telemis announced it has added cloud data storage, offering increased flexibility, convenience and cost effectiveness for customers of its picture archiving and communication system (PACS). The Telemis cloud technology provides secure storage and access to data such as positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scans, and meets all patient-data handling requirements imposed by local or national authorities.Telemis is considering successful deployments at reference sites throughout Belgium, France, Switzerland and elsewhere, meeting all locally applicable laws covering patient data storage. Typically legislation may call for partnerships with accredited data centers located within the same country. Telemis has put in place all the medical layers, in terms of software and services, to ensure legal compliance as well as enhancing patient support.“Our reference sites are among the early adopters of cloud technology in the healthcare sector, and are reaping the benefits of increased flexibility and cost effectiveness ahead of the curve,” said Stephane Ketelaer, CEO of the Telemis group. “Telemis is positioned to offer the expertise and resources needed to support rapid, widespread adoption going forward.”Among the applications making up the service, Telemis’ TM-Publisher provides a Web interface enabling hospital consultants as well as patients and their general practitioners (GPs) to access data securely via the Internet. Two pass-codes are associated with individual patient records, enabling authorized access to data at any time without bandwidth limitations. This helps overcome the problems GPs often experience accessing traditional hospital-based servers, if large numbers of doctors demand service. Patients also can access their own records online. Images can be stored in either DICOM (digital imaging and communications in medicine) or .jpg format, eliminating reliance on paper, films or CD-ROM. The Web interface also provides tools such as zoom, rotate and measure, assisting analysis.Another option is for public or private health organizations to migrate archives from on-site storage such as a NAS or SAN to the cloud, without requiring their own managers to perform specific configuration tasks. Optimal data confidentiality is maintained throughout the migration.Telemis is presenting the first demonstration of its cloud technology during the Health Information Technologies exhibition and conference, taking place May 22-25 in Paris.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare Partners With DiA Imaging Analysis for AI-based Cardiac Ultrasound Analysis DiA Imaging Analysis has partnered with Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. to expand analysis capabilities of… read more Technology | Enterprise Imaging | July 05, 2019 Hyland Healthcare Adds ImageNext Imaging Workflow Optimizer to Enterprise Imaging Suite Hyland Healthcare is launching ImageNext, a vendor-neutral imaging workflow optimizer that combines intelligent imaging… read more Related Content Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read morelast_img read more

This country is the safest to travel to for solo clients

first_img TORONTO — Safety first has long been the mantra for solo travellers, who set out on their own looking for big adventures around the world. But being safe doesn’t necessarily mean being boring, for there are many destinations that are considered both beautiful and safe to travel to.The World Economic Forum’s latest report found that one country above all others should top the list among solos: Finland. The country has officially been ranked the safest place in the world to visit, plus it was also recently named the fifth happiest country in the world ahead of its 100th anniversary of independence this year.Vogue compiled a list of the top 10 safest countries from the report and found a few surprises. Tell us, what do you think of the list?FinlandThe United Arab EmiratesIcelandOmanHong Kong SARSingaporeNorwaySwitzerlandRwandaQatar Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by This country is the safest to travel to for solo clients Monday, August 14, 2017 Travelweek Group last_img read more

Militants post video of kidnapped Saudi diplomat

first_img Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help It said that a Saudi citizen on the kingdom’s most-wanted list of terror suspects, Mashaal Rasheed al-Shawdakhi, relayed the demands by telephone to the Saudi embassy in Yemen, and that he warned that the diplomat could be killed if they were not met.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Associated PressCAIRO (AP) – Al-Qaida militants in Yemen have posted online a new video of a kidnapped Saudi Arabian diplomat appealing to the kingdom’s rulers to grant his captors’ demands and save his life.The three-minute clip that appeared on a militant Web site early Monday was similar to another video released in May: The speaker identified himself as Abdullah Mohammed Khalifa al-Khaldi, deputy Saudi consul in the Yemeni port city of Aden, who was kidnapped in March. There was no sign of his captors in either video. Four benefits of having a wireless security system The abducted diplomat said that al-Qaida would release him if the kingdom freed female militant prisoners. “Why you have rejected the organization’s demand to release the women from prison?” he asked, addressing Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah and other senior Saudi officials.“My fate is tied to these women,” al-Khaldi said. “Release the women and they will free me the next day.”The video was produced by al-Malahem, the media arm of the terror network’s Yemen branch, known as Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. It is considered by the U.S. to be the movement’s most dangerous offshoot.Political turmoil caused by an uprising last year has caused a security vacuum in Yemen. Al-Qaida seized large swaths of territory across the restive south, but government forces have recently launched several offensives that forced the militants to flee towns held by them for more than a year.“Please don’t leave me to an unknown fate as long as these women are in prison,” said al-Khaldi, who appeared dressed in a Saudi-style white Arab robe and checkered headdress. The Saudi Interior Ministry has said earlier that the demands also include paying a ransom and releasing other male prisoners.center_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

AirAsia X gets Branson approval

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Sir Richard Branson Virgin Blue group founder Sir Richard Branson has commended Malaysian run AirAsia X for its business success, claiming Malaysia could learn a lot from the long haul budget carrier.Speaking at an investment conference in Malaysia, Sir Branson said the airline was “doing a good job” and advised Malaysia to follow the carrier’s lead and privatise their large government linked companies in order to attract foreign investment and increase competition. “Break them up into smaller companies for them to compete with each other,” he told Bernama. “It will be better if Malaysia can be more liberal and open.”According to Sir Branson, AirAsia X “helped transform Malaysia”, the company’s success attributed to the fact that it was “more nimble compared with bigger government-run companies”.Sir Branson may show further support for AirAsia if Virgin Racing performs worse than Lotus F1 Racing at the end of the F1 season, Sir Branson and AirAsia group CEO Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes betting that the losing party will dress up as an airline stewardess of the winner’s airline. “I think Tony will be fetching in a Virgin stewardess [outfit]. “I think he Tony is making an outfit for me as well,” Sir Branson said. last_img read more

Travellers prefer inflight fun to work

first_imgPassengers would rather engage in leisure activities than work while on a plane, according to GO Airport Express.The Chicago based ground transportation company surveyed more than 640 respondents about how they chose to spend their time while in flight.Preferring to get some shut eye and sleep was 14 percent of respondents,  seven percent watched in-flight movies while two percent played computer games.Just 10 percent of travellers said they work while on the plane and 12 percent read business books and publications.Two percent of those surveyed admit to engaging other passengers in conversations and two percent also said they do nothing at all.Indicating people prefer to use their travel time to relax and pursue leisure activities instead of catching up on work is 19 percent of travellers who stated they do a combination of all activities listed on the survey. Others activities engaged included watching their own movies, listening to audio books, knitting or doing puzzles. Go Express president John McCarthy said these activities may change however as more airlines offer low-cost or free in-flight WiFi. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wlast_img read more

Serena Williams Young boys need domestic abuse ed

first_imgSerena Williams: Young boys need domestic abuse education by John Carucci, The Associated Press Posted Jun 21, 2018 8:12 am PDT Last Updated Jun 21, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Professional tennis player Serena Williams appears at an event to launch a national street art campaign with Allstate Foundation Purple Purse to make domestic violence and financial abuse visible, at TicTail Market on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP) center_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Serena Williams says the conversation about stopping domestic abuse shouldn’t just centre around women, but men as well.The tennis superstar says education about domestic abuse should start when men are young boys.“I think expanding the conversation to men and expanding the conversation to young boys, it’s so important,” she said in an interview on Wednesday.“This is a human rights issue. We should all be treated the same. We should be treated equal. With domestic abuse, it doesn’t care what colour you are, what background you’re from,” she continued.“It’s important to get the message out there — to our young men, to our boys, to our daughters — to let that new generation, and let the generation now know that, let’s stop this. Let’s change this. Let’s create a better us.”The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion is the ambassador for the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse initiative, which aims to help stop domestic abuse and what it calls the financial abuse that can accompany such relationships.Williams says being the mother of an infant daughter makes the issue more important to her.“This could be something that my daughter could face and that’s not cool,” she said at a Purple Purse event. “I want her to know that she can always talk to me, and talk to other people. That maybe she doesn’t have a voice, maybe she can’t use her voice, but we can be her voice, we can support her in so many different ways,” Williams said.Williams was pregnant with 1-year-old Olympia Ohanian when she won the Australian Open in January 2017. She returned to Grand Slam play last month at the French Open but had to withdraw after reaching the fourth round due to a pectoral chest injury.Williams says she anticipates being healthy for next month’s Wimbledon tournament.“Oh that’s a plan, absolutely, absolutely, and I’ve been working toward it,” she said.She also spoke about her father, Richard Williams, and his upcoming induction into the American Tennis Association’s Hall of Fame. Williams coached Serena and her fellow champion sister, Venus, from when they were children until they were winning titles as adults.“That’s really wonderful and I know he is really excited about that and I am, too,” she said. “I was just with him yesterday and we talked about it. It was great.”___This story has been corrected to show the name of the foundation is the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse.___Online: read more

Ground broken for new Jewish Museum in Cyprus

first_imgBy Evie AndreouReligious leaders, representatives of the government and of 10 other countries, and members of the Jewish community came together in Larnaca this week for the official opening of the Jewish community centre and the ground-breaking for the new Jewish Museum of Cyprus.After the grand opening of the Jewish community centre in Larnaca, the minister of commerce and energy, Georgios Lakkotrypis symbolically laid soil in what will become, the Jewish Museum of Cyprus.According to the announcement from the Jewish community, the purpose of the Museum is to reach out and educate everyone about what the Cypriot people did to help many Holocaust refugees, facts about Israel and more information about the Jewish people.“The museum will promote awareness, tolerance and show how the Jewish people and Israel are important contributors to culture, education, science and the arts and will encourage a better understanding of cultures so that in this environment there can be long lasting peace in the Middle East,” the announcement said.The museum will be constructed adjacent to the current Jewish centre in Larnaca and its first virtual reality exhibits are expected to be operational by May 14, 2020.Guests had also the opportunity to see a Nissen hut, “an original and rare artefact”, remnant of the British Internment camps in Dhekelia, after World War II. The hut, found by the Chief Rabbi of Cyprus, Rabbi Arie Zeev Raskin, along with his second eldest son, Shneor Zalman Raskin, had been professionally removed and rebuilt at the site, near the Jewish community centre.The Nissen hut can be seen in the background“The restoration and display of this Nissen hut was placed as a sign of gratitude from the Jewish Community of Cyprus to the noble of men and women who have extended their hands in kindness to the Jewish refugees, (which numbered over 53,000 ) rescued from the flames of the Holocaust and who stayed at the British DP Camps between 1946 – 1949 at their last stop on their journey to their homeland of Israel,” the statement said.It added that over 2,200 Jewish children were born on Cyprus soil during that period.In recent years, the Jewish community of Cyprus started organising themselves around a small community centre in Larnaca. “Now, after only a few years we have community centres in Larnaca, Limassol, Paphos, Ayia Napa and Nicosia.”“We are now more than three thousand five hundred Jewish residents that have chosen Cyprus to be their home” said the Chairman of the Jewish Community Centre, Shahak Avni during his speech.On behalf of the government the minister of defence, Savvas Angelides and the minister of transport , Vassiliki Anastassiadou, also attended the event.The Mayor of Larnaca, Andreas Vyras, thanked the community for the wonderful cooperation over the years, and expressed his wishes for a long and happy friendship. You May LikeHowStuffWorksQuiz: What’s Your Mental Age?HowStuffWorksUndoamazing journey10 Best Places For Fall Travelamazing journeyUndoSoGoodlyMan Bought A Log Cabin For $100, And What He Did With It Made Everyone JealousSoGoodlyUndo At least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoGreece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoHouse rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more