FIFA president Gianni Infantino sad as ex-boss Michel Platini remains banned

first_imgGianni Infantino expressed sadness on Monday that Michel Platini failed to overturn his ban, despite the new FIFA president gaining soccer’s top job after charges of financial wrongdoing knocked his former boss out of the race.Platini saw the FIFA presidency as his destiny, but the UEFA leader was prevented from running in February’s election when a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($2 million) from the global governing body was exposed.Instead, Infantino was plucked from the relative of obscurity of the UEFA general secretary job to become Europe’s candidate to succeed Sepp Blatter.Infantino received the news that the Court of Arbitration for Sport had reduced Platini’s ban to four years while in Mexico City preparing for his first congress as FIFA president.”Obviously as FIFA president I need to respect the decision of the CAS – there is no doubt about that,” Infantino said. “On a personal level, of course, I am very sad about the decision. I have worked with Michel for the last nine years in UEFA, seven as general secretary. … All together we did some great things.”And I really want to keep these positive memories, at this moment focus on the positive memories.”The CAS panel ruling clears a potential barrier to Infantino seeking a second term leading FIFA. The election will be in approximately May 2019, and Platini will remain banned until late 2019.FIFA’s ethics committee provisionally suspended Platini along with Blatter in October and then banned them for eight years in December. FIFA’s appeal panel cut two years off their sanctions in February as reward for their long service to the sport.advertisementBoth men are appealing to CAS, but Platini’s case was heard first, and another two years were slashed from his ban.CAS said it was “not convinced by the legitimacy” of Platini being paid 2 million Swiss francs by FIFA in 2011, nine years after his work as a Blatter adviser ended when he joined the executive committee.Asked if FIFA would now seek to reclaim the cash, Infantino said: “Now is not a moment to speculate about these things.”Infantino hosted the first meeting Monday of the FIFA Council, which has replaced the discredited executive committee following far-reaching corruption and bribery scandals.last_img read more

Rejuvenated Dutch Strike Late, into Nations League’s Final 4

first_imgThe Netherlands’ recovery from one of the lowest ebbs in its history continued with a last-gasp qualification for the Final Four of the inaugural UEFA Nations League on Monday.Virgil van Dijk volleyed home a 90th-minute equalizer to seal a dramatic Dutch comeback in a 2-2 draw in Germany, allowing Ronald Koeman’s rejuvenated side to top its qualifying group on goal difference ahead of France, and join fellow group winners Portugal, England and Switzerland in a five-day finals competition in June.So instead of seeing Kylian Mbappe, France’s new wonderkid and star of the team’s World Cup triumph in Russia in July, vying for another piece of international silverware, soccer fans will get to see if the Netherlands truly has turned the corner.The slump of the Dutch has been profound since they finished third at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. They failed to qualify for an enlarged European Championship in 2016 and also didn’t make it to the World Cup this year.Three coaches — Guus Hiddink, Danny Blind, and Dick Advocaat — came and went. And with Dutch soccer at club level also in strife, debate swirled as to how one of the long-time heavyweights of the world game could recover.Netherland’s Virgil Van Dijk, left, and Netherland’s Frenkie De Jong celebrate after the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Germany and The Netherlands in Gelsenkirchen, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. The match ended 2-2. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Under Koeman, though, the future of the Oranje looks bright. Youngsters like center midfielder Frenkie de Jong and center back Matthijs de Ligt are regarded as two of the most promising players in the world; Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum have returned to their best form over the last 18 months; and, in Van Dijk, the Netherlands has one of the best defenders around.A rock for Liverpool this season and last, Van Dijk — soccer’s most expensive defender following his $99 million move from Southampton in January — sidefooted in a cross from the left to follow up an 84th-minute goal from Quincy Promes that gave the Dutch a glimmer of hope in Gelsenkirchen.The Germans had gone 2-0 up after 19 minutes thanks to Timo Werner’s dipping shot from 25 meters and Leroy Sane’s deflected effort from just inside the area. They couldn’t hold on, though, and finished group play with no wins, just two points, and in something of a crisis.They didn’t get out of their group in Russia in a dismal defense of their World Cup title, while relegation to League B of the Nations League — featuring Europe’s second-tier teams — had already been confirmed after failing to win any of their first three group games.Germany coach Joachim Loew opted to stay in the job after the World Cup, but is now under mounting pressure.Netherland’s keeper Jasper Cillessen celebrates after his teammate Virgil Van Dijk scored his side’s second goal in the 90th minute during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Germany and The Netherlands in Gelsenkirchen, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. The match ended 2-2. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)The Nations League, a new competition devised by UEFA to replace unpopular international friendlies with competitive matches between teams of a similar level, appears to have won over the skeptics, and the lineup for the Final Four is intriguing if hardly a marketer’s dream.Portugal, which will be playing on home soil, has a superstar in Cristiano Ronaldo who should be back in the team after an extended absence from international soccer since the World Cup.England has Harry Kane, the top scorer at the World Cup, and a talented, dynamic group of young players under forward-thinking coach Gareth Southgate.Switzerland, which hasn’t reached a quarterfinal of an international tournament since 1954, will be the outsider.The Netherlands, at No. 15, will be the lowest-ranked team in the competition but should not be discounted. This victory came three days after the team produced one of its best performances in years to beat France 2-0, while it beat Portugal 3-0 in March and Germany by the same score at home in the Nations League.The draw for the Final Four, which comprises of two semifinals and then a third-place playoff and final, will take place in Dublin on Dec. 3.Some other loose ends were tied up in the Nations League, which offers teams a second chance to qualify for the European Championship in 2020.The 16 group winners in Leagues A, B, C and D — or the next best-placed teams who have not already qualified via the European qualifiers starting in March — will progress to the Nations League playoffs and compete for the last four qualifying places for Euro 2020.NORWAY, FYROM PROMOTEDNorway was promoted to the second-tier League B after finishing top of Group C3 with a 2-0 win at Cyprus. The Norwegians started the final round of group play tied for points with Bulgaria, which could only draw at home to Slovenia 1-1.FYROM went up to League C after beating Gibraltar 4-0 to top Group D4. Armenia, the only team that could have finished above FYROM, ended up second after drawing at Liechtenstein 2-2.SLOVAKIA RELEGATEDSlovakia was relegated to League C after losing at neighbor Czech Republic 1-0, with Patrik Schick scoring the winner in the first half with a deft lob over the goalkeeper on a counterattack.Denmark was already guaranteed promotion to the top tier and Ireland was sure of being relegated before they drew 0-0 in Aarhus.—By STEVE DOUGLAS , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Judging Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational BBQ

first_img Editors’ Recommendations This past weekend, we headed down to Lynchburg, Tennessee to judge the 25th Annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational BBQ, and what a spectacular occasion it was. Judges and more than 25,000 people gathered to watch competitive barbecue’s finest cooks compete for the title of Grand Champion. But before we were able to sit down, savor and decide who should win the ultimate title, we had to go to class.Every judge needs to be officially certified by the Kansas City Barbeque Society before participating in a competition. Our three hour class on Friday taught us everything we needed to know about the categories and cuts of meat we would be tasting, rules and regulations regarding presentation and form and what to look for in terms of taste, touch and sight when sitting at the judges’ table. After going through a practice run of KCBS’ four required contest categories – chicken, pork ribs, pork shoulder/butt and beef brisket – we took the Certified BBQ Judge’s Oath to seal the deal and become official. Now we can volunteer to judge the organization’s many competitions throughout the year.After class, we headed to Bethel House, situated next to the distillery, for a Jack Daniel’s cocktail reception, tasting with master distiller Jeff Arnett and dinner cooked by Lisa Donovan, the incredibly talented pastry chef of Husk Nashville and founder of Buttermilk Road Sunday Supper. As the 7th Master Distiller, Jeff Arnett led us in a tasting of the Jack Daniel’s family of brands. We sampled the pre-aged product, both before and after charcoal mellowing, a process where the whiskey drips through 10 feet of sugar maple charcoal, making it smooth. The process also distinguishes Jack Daniel’s as a Tennessee Whiskey in addition to a bourbon. We went on to taste Old No. 7, Gentleman Jack, Single Barrel, Tennessee Honey and their newest addition to the family, Sinatra Select. Frank Sinatra was a huge fan of Jack Daniels; in fact, he stood on stage at a show, toasted to the audience and declared it the “nectar of the gods.” To honor his legacy and love for Jack as we approach what would be his 100th birthday in 2015, Sinatra Select features a rich amber color, pleasant smokiness and incredibly smooth vanilla finish.Lisa Donovan’s meal following the tasting was epic. It was difficult enough not to fill up on the cast iron biscuits and yeast rolls until snacks of Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheddar gougers came to the table. Pulled pork with spicy molasses BBQ sauce and kohlrabi slaw, Benton’s bacon with pickled peach and pimento cheese with spicy chow chow all made for delicious bites. The benne cracker panzanella salad with beets, greens and local honey vinaigrette and smothered okra with Anson Mills cheese grits that followed were equally as mouthwatering. And the main course can only be described as a religious experience. Wedge Oak Farms hot chicken was one of the best dishes we’ve ever had, complemented by housemade pickles and Miss Mary Bobo’s incredible Jack Daniel’s apples. Dessert didn’t miss a beat when a Tennessee apple hand pie with pralines and cream arrived at the table. After dinner, the festivities ensued with a party on Barbecue Hill, a Jack Daniel’s Invitational tradition that brings together judges, competitors and guests with live music and booze before the big day.When competition time arrived Saturday, our tastebuds were recovered and ready. Before our judges’ meeting, we took a lap around the Winner’s Circle, filled with competitors of a separately judged competition featuring champions of years past. Then it was time to fulfill our official duties. We judged seven different categories including Jack Daniel’s Sauce, Cook’s Choice, Chicken, Pork Ribs, Pork Shoulder/Butt, Beef Brisket and Dessert from both the United States and 16 international teams. The judging process lasted about four hours as we tasted around 50 samples from competitors. To say we were full and happy was an understatement.Who took home the title of Grand Champion and a prize of $10,000? Cool Smoke from Richmond, VA, a five-year veteran of The Jack, received the top honor. A Boy & His BBQ from Grimes, IA took home $2,500 as Reserve Grand Champion. From the Winner’s Circle competition, Pig Skin BBQ from Rockwell, IA (last year’s Grand Champion) finished first with $2,500. In addition to these highest honors, first place prizes were awarded in seven categories:Pork Ribs – Southern Krunk BBQ Society, Hot Springs, ARPork Shoulder/Butts – QUAU, Brimfield, ILBeef Brisket – A Boy & His BBQ, Grimes, IAChicken – Little Pig Town, Owasso, OKDessert – Killer B’s BBQ, Evans, GACook’s Choice – Prairie Smoke & Spice BBQ, Pilot Butte, Saskatchewan, CanadaJack Daniel’s Sauce – Polish BBQ Kings, PolandAs you can tell from what we’ve said above, the food and drink was outstanding throughout the entire weekend. But what was even more extraordinary was the company of the incredible people we met from all around the globe, gathered to celebrate this milestone occasion and a universal love for excellence in BBQ. We can’t wait to go back next year!For more information on The Jack, visit jackdanielsbarbecuemedia.com. 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Federal MPs prepare for last summer before federal election

first_imgAPTN National NewsFederal MPs in Ottawa are scurrying to wrap-up last minute business before heading out for the summer and preparing for a federal election.Government House Leader Peter Van Loan outlined all the Conservative’s accomplishment during a press scrum Monday.Not everyone agrees with Van Loan’s claim of a sterling government record.APTN’s Annette Francis has a lock back from Parliament Hill.last_img

Grizfest Music Festival 2019 has been cancelled

first_imgThe small group of volunteers have supported the District of Tumbler Ridge’s Tourism initiatives and says it is time to regroup and find a more permanent location. TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – The 17-year-old music festival put together by the Tumbler Ridge Days Society (TRDS) has been struggling to find funding for the annual event and therefore had to be cancelled.In their press release the TRDS shares they will continue to work on obtaining funding for the 2020 Grizfest Musical Festival yet for this year they will host other events.The TRDS thanks the District of Tumbler Ridge as a major Sponsor of the event and to all the artists for helping build the reputation the festival has in the Canadian industry. The festival is a one of a kind event that showcases up and coming music artists as well as known, popular artists.last_img read more

City of Fort St John to proceed with Visitor Centre relocation study

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a Council meeting on Monday, City of Fort St. John Council has given Staff the go-ahead to apply for a Provincial Grant that would allow them to study the feasibility of relocating the Visitor Centre to a new location.Staff will be applying to the B.C. Rural Dividend Program in order to receive funding for the study.Since Council has approved for application to the Provincial Grant, the City will also contribute $20,000 towards the study. The purpose of the study is to determine a site location, design, and preliminary cost estimates. The study will also recommend possible partnerships, along with other details.City Manager, Diane Hunter, says they expect to start construction of the Visitor Centre in 2021 and finish by 2023.In 2013, the Visitor Centre moved into the Pomeroy Sport Centre as a temporary fix after the old centre was decommissioned and demolished.last_img read more

Morocco video shows miserable conditions of schools in rural areas

first_imgRabat – Footage from a forgotten school recently posted on YouTube illustrates the miserable conditions Moroccan students in rural areas have to endure to get education. The school – if we can call it so – is located in the province of Al Haouz in the region of Marrakech, and it is literally a disaster!The video shows almost 40 little children crammed in what looks like a school classroom that lacks all the necessities that make a decent space for students to learn: No glass for the windows, no tables, no curtains, no bookshelves, and no anything. A man on crutches stood before the camera describing the medieval schooling conditions the students, mostly from poor families, are compelled to go through.“There is no school. We have six classrooms but only one teacher who comes in the mornings and spends one hour or two. There is no roads, the weather exacerbates the situation even more,” said the man who identified himself as a parent of one of the students.The man added that they tried to contact the authorities in several occasions to inform them about the school’s situation. However, the authorities in question did not respond.The situation of the classrooms gets worse when it’s raining since the water is leaking from the class’s ceiling, making it difficult to learn under such conditions.The video also shows the students raising the Moroccan flag asking king Mohammed VI to interfere while chanting “long live the King!”last_img read more

CSX 1Q Earnings Snapshot

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ CSX Corp. (CSX) on Tuesday reported first-quarter net income of $834 million.On a per-share basis, the Jacksonville, Florida-based company said it had profit of $1.02.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 91 cents per share.The freight railroad posted revenue of $3.01 billion in the period, which met Street forecasts.CSX shares have climbed 22 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has climbed 16 per cent. In the final minutes of trading on Tuesday, shares hit $75.80, a rise of 34 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on CSX at https://www.zacks.com/ap/CSXThe Associated Press read more

Corus chief operating officer Barb Williams retiring at the end of October

TORONTO — Corus Entertainment Inc. says chief operating officer Barb Williams will retire at the end of the month.Williams joined the company as part of its acquisition of Shaw Media.Corus acquired Shaw Media in April 2016 for $2.65 billion in cash and stock.The company says Williams played a key role in the integration of the two companies.It says it will not be filling the role of chief operating officer.Corus owns specialty and conventional television stations, including the Global Television network as well as radio stations, a children’s book publishing business and other services.Companies in this story: (TSX:CJR.B)

DR Congo approves Ebola vaccine to counter outbreak UNtrained volunteers to educate

“Working in close collaboration with health workers and communities was the best way to inform the public quickly about protection measures against Ebola, and to prevent propagation of the disease,” said Christophe Boulierac, UNICEF spokesperson, during a regular briefing in Geneva. Under the coordination of national health authorities, and in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF trained on how to chlorinate water and disinfect homes to avoid the spread of the disease, as well as on the importance of hand washing and ways to adapt local burial practices to reduce contamination risks. Encouraging people to visit their local health centre in case of illness during the epidemic, the DRC Government decided to make the health services available free of charge in the affected health zone of Likati. In addition, a European Union-funded flight helped UNICEF send supplies and medicines to health facilities in the Likati area. “It was a very hard-to-reach area and teams could only access it by motorcycle and on foot. This limited propagation of the disease, but also presented an additional challenge for bringing in medical supplies,” Mr. Boulierac elaborated. “As of 29 May, there were 19 Ebola cases, out of which two were laboratory-confirmed, four were probable and 13 suspected,” said WHO spokesperson Christian Lindmeier. “Out of those 19 cases, there were four deaths, out of which only one was laboratory-confirmed and one was probable.” He also stated that as of that same time, there were still 294 contacts under follow-up, and as many cases had already been dismissed, it was important to look into various other options. “A number of diseases could be responsible, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, hepatitis E, yellow fever, shigella, typhoid, dengue, and salmonella. Individual cases in the different villages could have different pathogens,” he explained. Asked about vaccination, Mr. Lindmeier said the protocol for the possible ring vaccination had been formally approved by the national regulatory authorities and the DRC Government with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) along with WHO support. He added that other partners were working on detailed readiness planning for experimental vaccine use, to deploy as soon as possible, if needed. The international vaccine deployment and cold chain shipment to DRC was not advised at this point, as there were only two confirmed Ebola cases and no new cases had been seen for a while now, he pointed out. “There is no automatic trigger point for the ring vaccination, but the moment there would be a new case it would be looked at very carefully,” he said. The authorities, MSF and WHO and partners were in constant contact on this. read more

Trainee barristers docked points for short skirts coloured socks and kinky boots

first_imgDana Denis-Smith, the founder of the First 100 Years project, which highlights women’s achievements in law, said the BPP guidance showed how “prescriptive” the legal profession is.  I think it’s meant to be almost more restrictive to drum home the point that justice is important, you’ve got to take it seriously. The law school was founded in 1992 and alongside barrister training also trains solicitors for top firms including Allen & Overy, Herbert Smith Freehills and Clifford Chance. A spokesman said the list was “indicative guidance only to the sort of dress and behaviour which could adversely affect the advocate in court, and could, therefore, be penalized in a BPP assessment”. He added: “Our students dress conservatively and smartly for their advocacy classes and indeed for the assessment, and this is good preparation for practice. “It is exceptionally rare that any student is ever penalized in an assessment for any of the infringements listed. “The list has not been revised for a long time, and will be reconsidered before the next publication. “I felt equally bad about the men – I was thinking ‘wow you really are over the top’,” she added. “I think it’s meant to be almost more restrictive to drum home the point that justice is important, you’ve got to take it seriously.”  Female trainee barristers have been told they will lose points in their exams if their skirts are too short. Guidance given to students taking the bar professional training course at BPP University sets out a schedule of point deductions for infringements including “too much shirt undone”, “short skirts (women)” and “colourful socks (men)”. The list of “offences of professional conduct” itemises the point penalties for students if they are not properly dressed during their advocacy assessment, a mock court situation which tests their knowledge of legal process and courtroom terms and behaviour. Colourful socks lose a male advocate a point, while wearing a skirt above the knee would cost a female trainee two points, the list, which is given to students as part of a manual on advocacy, says. The most costly infringement is for a female trainee whose bra is showing, which would result in the loss of three points, as would wearing boots with a short skirt. This outfit choice is “an inappropriate combination for court”,  the guidance, leaked to the blog Legal Cheek, adds. The university is not the only one to warn students they could be penalised for their dress. The University of the West of England’s guidance says trainee barristers could lose two points for “unkempt hair” and five points for wearing trainers.  “I still know women barristers who wouldn’t dare to go to court without wearing a skirt, even though we’ve had about 30 years of women being allowed to wear trousers. “This whole courtroom environment remains quite old-fashioned,” she said. “Women in solicitors’ firms, 30 years ago, were being sent home for wearing trousers. Court came much later. “To be a judge you are coming through a whole career, [you’re] towards the end of your career, and people of a certain age have certain expectations of what professional dress looks like.”In one City law firm, she said, she knew of guidelines in the past for women dictating the colour of their tights, limiting them to thin beige styles and forbidding them from wearing thick opaque tights. “I don’t think it’s just the legal profession, I think it’s an issue around the professions. What is the image of being ‘professional’? “That needs to be redefined, but nobody is redefining it at the moment.”But, she added, the restrictions for men were equally limiting.  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.last_img read more

BATTLE FOR THE UAE CHAMPION The decisive time

← Previous Story WITH +3 TO BLAUGRANA: Montpellier beat Barca Next Story → VIDEO: We all cried on Saturday, but his tears are special The unraveling of the UAE handball championship has started. After a two-round league competition, the four best teams (Sharjah, Shabab Al Ahli Dubai, and Al Nasr as top three, and Al Wasl after extra matches) are playing the play-off for the title. From this season, the champion is decided in an unusual manner: these four clubs play against each other in three rounds in the mini-league. Extra points, dedicated according to the placement from the league part of the season (Sharjah 3, Shabab Al Ahli Dubai 2, Al Nasr 1 and Al Wasl 0 points) are added to the points earned during the play-off matches to determine the champion.After the first round of the play-off, it is quite clear that the title winner will be decided between Sharjah and Shabab Al Ahli Dubai: these two teams showed convincing performances and won their matches without any major turbulence. Sharjah, inspired by an extraordinary party of experienced Tunisian international Slim Hedoui, controlled the match all the time and eventually triumphed against Al-Wasl with 29:25 (17:14). A very similar match was also seen between Shabab Al Ahli Dubai and Al Nasr: a solid party of the Al Nasr veteran Lazo Majnov was not sufficient for Al Nasr to threaten Shabab Al Ahli Dubai at any moment: Abdalla Albaloushi brilliantly pulled the strings of his team`s play, while Ivan Mosic was simply unstoppable, scoring 12 goals from 9m shots. At the end, Shabab Al Ahli Dubai – Al Nasr 30:26 (15:14).The UAE handball championship playoffs will continue during next weekend. If no colossal surprises occur, the champion will be decided in a direct clash between Sharjah and Shabab Al Ahli Dubai in the last round. Judging by the previous matches between the two rival teams, it will be thrilling and uncertain until the very last second. Written by Marko Selakovic uae handball

Young Greek of the Week

first_imgName Gabriella Margaronis, 12.Your greatest challenge?To complete my education.Your greatest achievement(s)? Performing with Johnny Young Talent School in the Moomba and Myer Xmas Parades and being selected for the Catchments Players’ ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theatre production in August 2009.How did you get to where you are now? Eight years of tap, jazz, ballet, singing and musical theatre lessons with Johnny Young Talent School in Richmond.Goal(s) for the future:To become a successful dancer and singer and perform in theatre.Best moment of your life?Going on a months camp with Omiros College to Crete, Greece.One word that describes you the best? Happy.Person(s) you most admire and why? My family because they give me lots of advice.Best thing about being Greek-Australian?Learning about both cultures.If you could say anything to the Greek community…Don’t forget about your culture.Funniest Greek (family) moment: Fainting at a soccer match.Favourite place to go or hang out at? Chadstone Shopping Centre.Song that I can’t get out of my head at the moment?White horse.Favourite Greek food?Tzatziki.I can’t live without… My Ipod.If I was Kevin Rudd for a day I would…Ban Homework.If you are talented, want recognition or can think of someone who deserves to be nominated for this section please email:   catherine@neoskosmos.com.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Day four of search for missing hiker begins

first_imgIn Nome, the search for Joseph Balderas is starting its fourth day. Other than his abandoned car near mile 44 on the Nome-Council Highway, there has been no sign of him.Download AudioAccording to Alaska State Troopers, three dog teams found some indication Wednesday, but the scent was quickly lost.The search has been tiring for the members of Nome’s Search and Rescue team. Erica Wieler has spent the majority of the search in a spotter helicopter looking for any clues to Balderas’ whereabouts. She says she is doing her best to stay positive.“Everytime we have refueled or landed and gotten back up in the air I’ve had hope that we’d come up with something and that restarts everyday,” Wieler said. “I wake up and I have hope that we will be finding him.”Each day that passes wears on the hope of rescuers that this search will end well, but this has not diminished the dedication of Nome’s Search and Rescue team. Last night [WED], after a long day, Whieler prepared to go home and get some rest.“Well it is 11, after 11,” Wieler said. “I am going to go home , its my little brothers 10th birthday right now so… Go wish him another happy birthday and go to bed because we have to be up bright and early tomorrow. “Volunteers with Nome Search and Rescue plan to continue their search for 36-year-old Balderas until he is found or officials make the decision to call off the search.last_img read more

Meet 19yearold actress Rupali Garg who is riding high on television and

first_imgRupali GargPR HandoutWe all have heard the phrase “Age is just a number”, and that is honestly true because there are so many youngsters who are ruling in their fields because of their talent and hard work.Rupali Garg is one of the living examples of it. She is a famous TV actress and model who is just 19-year old and having a blast in the Indian television industry.Her gorgeous face and amazing acting talent has gained her much fame and appreciation in a very short time. She can be seen in the TV serials like Yeh Hai Mohanbatein, Bepanaah Pyaar, Kasam There Pyaar Ki, Kaal Bhairav, etc.She has also acted in movies like Band Baja Baraat of Ranveer Singh and the recently in Shahid Kapoor’s movie Kabir Singh. She is also an ex-contestant of reality shows like Roadies and Dance India Dance.Rupali Garg who hails from Cheeka, Haryana has always been interested in fashion and glamour which later bring her into modeling and then acting. She had a dream to become an actor which later eventually came true. She is also the brand ambassador of international brands like Calvin Klein and Zara.The way Rupali has taken the entertainment industry by storm is nothing less than a dream come true for a young actor like her. Her acting talent and commitment for the work has really made her the sparkling star of the television.There are news that Rupali Garg will be seen on dance reality show Nach Baliye season 9 with his boyfriend Vivek who is also a model and actor.last_img read more

Charge sheet of Zafar Iqbal attack case Thursday

first_imgMuhammed Zafar Iqbal. File PhotoPolice will press charges on Thursday against six people in connection with the attack on noted writer Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, officials said.Sylhet Metropolitan Police additional commissioner Paritosh Ghosh disclosed this at a press conference at the commission office on Wednesday afternoon.Paritosh said police will submit a charge-sheet before the court under sections 8, 11, 12 and 13 of the Anti-terrorism Act.The six people are : Faizul Hasan Foyez, Faizul’s father Hafez Maulana Atiqur Rahman, mother Minara Begum, brother Enamul Hasan, maternal uncle Md Fazlur Rahman and friend Sohagh Miah.The senior police official said that Faizul had planned to kill professor Zafar Iqbal 3-4 months back and had been looking for chance to kill him.Faizul swooped on Zafar Iqbal and stabbed him with a knife at Shahajalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) campus during a celebration programme, ‘Robofight,’ of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) department on 3 March.last_img read more

2nd round of HasinaKamal talks today

first_imgEminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain (2nd R) will lead an 11-member Oikya Front team in talks with prime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoLeaders of the coalition of opposition Jatiya Oikya Front will sit with prime minister Sheikh Hasina again on Wednesday morning in its last-ditch effort to reach an understanding to hold the next general elections in a credible manner with the participation of all parties.Dr Kamal Hossain will lead the Oikya Front delegation during the talks with the prime minister at her official residence, Ganabhaban in the capital, at 11:00am, reports UNB.A Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader said Dr Kamal may lead an 11-member Oikya Front team.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, its standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, JSD president ASM Abur Rab, Nagorik Oikya convenver Mahmudur Rahman Manna and Oikya Prokriya leader Sultan Mansur are likely to be there in the team.Talking to UNB, Oikya Front leaders said their delegation will present several points as to how parliament can be dissolved as per the constitution.They will also place proposals in line with the constitution on how the president can form a new government after the dissolution of parliament.The Oikya Front leaders said they will also offer some proposals to have Khaleda Zia released from jail to participate in the polls through legal steps.They, however, said they will not accept if the government offers to free Khaleda on parole.The Oikya Front will also demand for not announcing the election schedule until both the ruling and opposition alliances reach a consensus over the mode of the election-time government.Meanwhile, senior leaders of the Oikya Front at a meeting at Suhrawardy Udyan today [Tuesday] said they want the government to resolve the political problem and ensure a fair and neutral election through talks.They, however, warned that they will realise their seven-point demand through a strong street movement if the government fails to come to an understanding through talks.0In the latest political development, prime minister Sheikh Hasina asked four technocrat ministers of her current cabinet to step down as she may offer Oikya Front several ministries in the election time government.Once the dialogue is over, the prime minister will deliver a winding-up speech over the outcomes of the ongoing political dialogue at a press conference at Ganabhaban at 12:00pm on Thursday.On 1 November, a 23-member delegation of 14-party, led by Sheikh Hasina, sat in talks at Ganabhaban with Dr Kamal Hossain-led 20-member Oikya Front team.After the meeting, Oikya Front leaders said they placed their seven-point demand before the prime minister but did not find any specific solution except some good words about rallies and meetings.On Sunday, Kamal Hossain, on behalf of the Oikya Front, sent a letter to Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina seeking the second phase of small-group talks with her over the next general elections.In the letter, Dr Kamal Hossain said, “There was a discussion on Jatiya Oikya Front’s seven-point demand during the talks at Ganabhaban on 1 November. We sincerely thank you for taking the initiative for the talks. Though we talked over a long time, our discussion remained incomplete.”The letter further reads: “On that day, you said the discussion would continue. Based on that, we, on behalf of Jatiya Oikya Front, are interested to sit for talks again on emergency basis to complete the incomplete discussion. In this case, a limited-scale discussion involving experts from both sides is necessary for analysing the constitutional and legal aspects of the (seven) points.”In respond to the letter, the prime minister invited the Oikya Front to hold the second round of talks.last_img read more

A section of BJP leaders not allowing change of name of state

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday accused a “section of BJP leaders” of not allowing to change the name of the state to ‘Bangla’ and accused the Centre of “depriving” the state. “We have been trying since 2003, but till date, it has not happened. Why is Bengal being deprived? All the languages should be respected,” she said on the floor of the House. “A section of BJP leaders is opposing the change of name. It is politically motivated. I have also written a letter regarding the matter,” she said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to expedite the process of changing the state’s name to Bangla. She also asked Modi for necessary action including a constitutional amendment in the ongoing Parliament session. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai in a written response to a question from MP Ritabrata Banerjee on Wednesday said the Centre has not cleared the name ‘Bangla’ for West Bengal. Changing a state’s name requires constitutional amendment and it is done after taking into consideration all relevant factors, he said. On July 26 last year, the West Bengal assembly had passed a resolution unanimously to change the name of the state to ‘Bangla’ in the three most-spoken languages — Bengali, Hindi and English — and sent the proposal to the Union Home Ministry.last_img read more

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first_imgArthur Agatston explains the history of CT calcium scoring Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:54Loaded: 1.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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March 6, 2012 — Wisconsin’s radiography licensure law went into effect March 1, 2012, regulating personnel who perform radiography procedures.The law, passed in 2009, requires registered radiologic technologists to hold a license to continue performing radiography imaging services. In addition, non-registered personnel must pass Wisconsin’s limited scope of practice in radiography examination to receive their limited x-ray machine operator permit.Also, the law prohibits using diagnostic X-ray equipment on humans for diagnostic purposes without a prescription or order by a physician, dentist, podiatrist, chiropractor, advanced practice nurse prescriber or physician assistant.As part of the law, the state of Wisconsin created a seven-member radiography examining board that has regulatory authority to promulgate rules to establish licensure standards for radiography. The board has managed the licensing and permitting process since 2010.For more information: http://drl.wi.gov FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more Related Content Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. center_img Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! 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Pacific Princess emerges from drydock with brand new look

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share SANTA CLARITA — The Pacific Princess is sporting a brand new look these days after undergoing a two-week, multi-million-dollar renovation. The newly refreshed ship debuted her makeover on June 9 in Ft. Lauderdale, which included everything from a new livery hull design to refreshed staterooms and suites.“We carefully considered how to incorporate modern design elements and comfort while keeping the traditional elements of small ship cruising that have always been the hallmark of Pacific Princess,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “The results are incredible and Pacific Princess now offers approachable luxury for the world-class traveler to craft an authentic cruising experience.”Four dining areas have been renovated, including Sterling Steakhouse, Sabatini’s Restaurant, The Club Restaurant, and the Panorama Buffet. The pool deck, often regarded as the heart of the ship, has been transformed into a cool garden-like atmosphere, inspired by the swanky Art Deco boutique hotels of South Beach.In staterooms, 700 new beds and plush linens have been introduced, developed in collaboration with board-certified sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus and HGTV designer Candice Olson. In addition, the 10 luxury guest suites and all staterooms have been updated with new carpet, fully upholstered headboards, modern draperies, and wall sconces with USB ports.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureFurthermore, Pacific Princess now offers Club Class Mini-Suites, the new premium stateroom category featuring VIP amenities and exclusive dining. This elevated category features select perks including new Club Class Dining, a reserved dining area with first priority in choosing their preferred seating and expanded menu options, and priority embarkation and disembarkation.Pacific Princess departed last week from Ft. Lauderdale on an 18-day Fire & Ice Explorer cruise to London. She will sail various European itineraries through December before departing on a 111-day World Cruise from Los Angeles on Jan. 20, 2018. Posted by Monday, June 12, 2017 center_img Pacific Princess emerges from drydock with brand new look Travelweek Group Tags: Princess Cruiseslast_img read more