first_imgAdvertisementFootball legend and LaLiga Ambassador, Robert Pires visited India for the inaugurationNEW DELHI, Oct. 4th 2018 – LaLiga’s historic grassroots football development programme in India, LaLiga Football Schools was launched in New Delhi. Inaugurated by football great, Robert Pires, LaLiga Football Schools is a one of its kind initiative by a European league in India to contribute towards the growth of the sport in the country.LaLiga Football Schools, in India in partnership with India On Track (IOT), are being launched across the country, in cities including Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Kochi, Kolkata and of course the national capital, New Delhi. LaLiga aims to have over 30 schools, training over 3000 nationwide by the turn of the year.The intensive training programme will be overseen by Technical Director, Javier Cabrera, who is a UEFA PRO Licensed Football Coach with wide experience of working with professional football clubs and academies. He is a former FC Barcelona Escola Coach in Virginia State, USA and has spent more than 13 years coaching in countries like Spain, India, and USA. Students from age group of 6 to 18 years will be the focus for the programme, which will be delivered using LaLiga’s technical curriculum and detailed methodology.The football environment in India is in a transformational phase, where the sport is receiving increasing following from audiences. In the last few years, the scale of growth has been rapid and massive. LaLiga, a global frontrunner in football, has undertaken several initiatives to bolster the development of the game in the region. The monumental move to start LaLiga Football Schools in India aims at contributing further and inspiring young Indians to take up football.Jose Cachaza, Head of LaLiga India said, “Launching the first LaLiga Football School is a very proud moment for us. We want every child in India to have access to the best training methodology to realise their full potential in the game and for that, we are going to deliver our training programmes across the country. India has massive potential to make a mark at the global stage in football, and I hope LaLiga Football Schools aids their dreams.”Robert Pires, LaLiga Ambassador said, “LaLiga Football Schools is an excellent initiative to help develop the game in India. It will give access to the world’s best curriculum and facilities to young children in the country who want to pursue football. I can see India becoming a force to reckon with in the coming years in world football.”Vivek Sethia, Founder and CEO, India On Track, said “India On Track has always partnered with top sporting entities to provide the talented youth of the country with the best possible training opportunities to create future champions. Our partnership with LaLiga Football Schools provides students with a singular platform to learn football through world-class Spanish training and methodologies.”This has been an unforgettable year for football fans in India with every LaLiga match being shown live and free on Facebook for the next three seasons, as well as over 100 matches live on Sony Ten. In addition to that Girona FC became the first LaLiga team to play in India when they visited Kerala in July.With the launch of LaLiga’s historic grassroots programme in India, football fans in the country can continue to be inspired and push Indian football to greater heights.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgErik Lamela Lamela makes first Tottenham start in over a year Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:12 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Erik Lamela Premier League Bournemouth v Tottenham 221016 Getty Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur U23 v Chelsea U23 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur Chelsea U23 Tottenham Hotspur U23 Arsenal Premier League Premier League 2 Division One The 25-year-old winger has been out since October 2016 with a hip injury but was given a start for the reserve side Erik Lamela has returned to action for his first appearance in over a year as he lines up for Tottenham Under-23s against Chelsea. The Argentine attacker had been a regular in the first-team under Mauricio Pochettino but a hip injury has kept him out since his last appearance on October 25, 2016, against Liverpool in the EFL Cup.Spurs 9/5 in the North London Derby Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player While Spurs’ first-team will take on fierce rivals Arsenal in their crucial game early on Saturday afternoon, 25-year-old Lamela starts for the younger side in the Premier League 2 clash with another London side.A return to action for @ErikLamela who starts for our U23s in the #PL2 today.We face Chelsea at 12pm at Hotspur Way. Here’s our full line-up… #COYS pic.twitter.com/u7gnTIjqXN— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 18, 2017Although Pochettino’s team are looking good in third-place in the English top flight, Spurs U-23s are eighth in their 12-team division – one point ahead of Chelsea U23s.Lamela has made 121 appearances for Tottenham since joining from Roma in 2013 and is contracted to the club until 2020.last_img read more

first_imgMinister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says the National Insurance Fund (NIF) remains viable, despite its participation in the National Debt Exchange (NDX), and is assuring pensioners that their benefits are not in jeopardy. The Minister, who was speaking at a church service on Sunday, April 21, in Montego Bay, to mark the 47th anniversary of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), stated that participation of the Fund in the NDX involved reduction in the interest rate, but allowed “access to longer term maturing securities, which helps to maintain the long term viability and sustainability of the Fund.” “Let me assure all of our pensioners that you can set your minds at ease, as you have absolutely nothing to worry about. The NIF remains strong and vibrant at its current value of approximately $63 billion. Additionally, we continue to maintain sufficient cash flows to satisfy our obligations to our beneficiaries,” the Minister said. Benefits from the NIS are funded by the NIF. The NIS is a compulsory social security scheme for workers, which provide financial protection to its contributors and their families against loss of income arising from injury on the job, incapacity, retirement or death. It also has maternity allowance for domestic workers, a health plan for all contributors, grant for funeral, widow and widower’s pensions, and orphan’s allowance. “For many of the over 100,000 pensioners we serve, the NIS benefit is their main source of income, and the NI Gold Health Plan provides access to affordable, quality health care at no additional premium. On January 10 this year, we implemented increased benefit payments for our NIS beneficiaries, with benefits for our pensioners being increased by 16.67 per cent on the flat rate. These increases will see an additional $1.5 billion being paid out in benefits annually,” the Minister informed. Mr. Kellier said that the NIF Board has, over the years, ensured prudent investment of the Fund’s resources, and that efforts will be redoubled to have great returns on its investments. He also called on employers to remain compliant with the Scheme, especially in paying over the contributions deducted from their employees. “The prevailing global economic crisis and Jamaica’s ageing population are all reasons for us to redouble our efforts to promote the culture of savings in the Jamaican society, and to expand coverage of the NIS. We pledge our continued efforts to streamline our operations and take advantage of improvements in technology and a joined-up Government approach to improve our efficiency and service delivery,” he said. By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

first_img “The Government of Jamaica wants all our young people to be engaged. The strategy is to use the energy, the innovativeness of our young people to solve the burning social, environmental and economic problems, and that is what the CAP programme is about,” Mr. Holness said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is imploring young people to get involved in training programmes, so that their ideas can be transformed into tangible innovations. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is imploring young people to get involved in training programmes, so that their ideas can be transformed into tangible innovations.Mr. Holness was addressing a group of Career Advancement Programme (CAP) students who were awarded an international award of US$7,500 at the recent Youth Entrepreneurship Summit held at the University of Delaware in the United Sates, at the Office of the Prime Minister in St. Andrew today (April 24).“The Government of Jamaica wants all our young people to be engaged. The strategy is to use the energy, the innovativeness of our young people to solve the burning social, environmental and economic problems, and that is what the CAP programme is about,” Mr. Holness said.The Jamaican team of high-school students – Deneka Pusey, Sophia Morris, Devonte Williams and Noel McDonald – emerged in second place at the 2018 staging of the Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs at the US-based university. They were awarded for their social venture, ‘Paradise Care’.It was designed to lead efforts in the collection of waste plastic, and its conversion into useable products. The students showcased a functional prototype of their first product, USAVER, a powerbank and lamp built from plastic bottles.The Diamond Challenge is an innovative entrepreneurship concept competition for high-school students hosted by the University of Delaware. The young entrepreneurs are trained to conceive, test and pitch ideas for a new social venture.The CAP is an initiative of the Government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, to respond to the number of learners who complete secondary-level education without any formal certification, and have not matriculated to post-secondary-level education or work. Mr. Holness was addressing a group of Career Advancement Programme (CAP) students who were awarded an international award of US$7,500 at the recent Youth Entrepreneurship Summit held at the University of Delaware in the United Sates, at the Office of the Prime Minister in St. Andrew today (April 24). Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_imgWashington DC: Ardent supporters of US President Donald Trump in a rally raised slogans against one of the four non-white Democrat Congresswomen, whom he criticised in a series of alleged “racist tweets”, chanting “send her back.” Trump, during a rally on Wednesday in North Carolina, defended his remarks against Democratic lawmakers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, accusing them of hating the country and that they should just “go back” to where they came from. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThe controversial statements and tweets by the president triggered widespread uproar and the US House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a resolution to condemn his remarks against the women who have been critical of his harsh immigration policies. The leading voices of the Democrat Party are left-wing extremists who reject everything our nation stands for. These left-wing ideologues see our nation as a force of evil, Trump said. His supporters erupted with the chants send her back as Trump was listing out his complaints against Omar. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: TrumpThe audience mocked the women when Trump first mentioned the four congresswomen, informally known as The Squad. As he mentioned each one by name, the crowd ridiculed the individual women as well. Trump went on a riff attacking Omar and the crowd began chanting, Send her back! Send her back! Omar was born in Somalia and came to the US as a child refugee. A supporter in the crowd also shouted to send Tlaib back, though she was born in the United States.last_img read more

first_img @CTV_Television @TheDetailCTV Angela Griffin: @angela_griffin Shenae Grimes-Beech: @shenaegrimes @wendy_crewson David Cubitt: @david_cubitt David Ferry: @lazyboyhatFACEBOOK @TheDetailCTVINSTAGRAM CTV Television – Instagram @TheDetailCTV Shenae Grimes-Beech: @shenaegrimesbeech Angela Griffin: @theangelagriffin David Cubitt: @davidcubitt.About Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA, new original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and THE DETAIL, and the international TV format THE LAUNCH. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON as well as the upcoming CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. Detective Stevie Hall (Griffin) is an experienced interrogator who can extricate information from suspects and witnesses alike, even while her thorny family life teeters on the edge of full-blown implosion. Her partner, Detective Jacqueline ‘Jack’ Cooper (Grimes-Beech) is a street-smart rookie with a complicated personal life that threatens to eclipse the bright light of her policing prowess. The unit is overseen by larger-than-life Staff Inspector Fiona Currie (Crewson) – a formidable boss who works overtime to keep the weekly case board clear and the streets safe.From the producing and writing team behind the hit TV series SAVING HOPE and ROOKIE BLUE, THE DETAIL joins CTV’s previously announced robust midseason schedule that also includes the 2018 reboot of hit television series ROSEANNE, new dramas DECEPTION, THE CROSSING, Shonda Rhimes’ FOR THE PEOPLE and GREY’S ANATOMY spinoff  STATION 19, as well as the return of MASTERCHEF CANADA.The premiere episode, entitled “Wake Up Call” (Sunday, March 25 at 9 p.m. ET/MT on CTV and CTV GO), opens with Detective Jack Cooper (Grimes-Beech), who, while reeling from a shocking revelation in her personal life, throws herself into the investigation of an apparent suicide with her partner Detective Stevie Hall (Griffin), who’s dealing with a shock of her own after a romantic figure from her past returns. As the two partners investigate the life of the deceased under the watchful eye of Staff Inspector Fiona Currie (Crewson), they uncover a story of betrayal that mirrors their own personal drama and questions whether this was suicide or murder?“THE DETAIL ushers in a new onscreen status quo – where a police procedural anchored by three strong female lead characters surprises no one,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “THE DETAIL is a powerful addition to our exciting mid-season and Sunday night slate, and we can’t wait for viewers to watch the action unfold and meet the show’s brilliant, funny, flawed, and very real characters.”“I am proud to work with our partners at CTV and eOne on this timely female-led series,” said Ilana Frank, Executive Producer, THE DETAIL. “Angela, Shenae and Wendy perfectly capture these strong, complicated and authentically flawed characters that struggle against the obstacles that women face in their personal and professional lives every day.”Depicting topical, up-to-the-minute cases and stories seen through a distinctly and unapologetically female lens, THE DETAIL celebrates a robust, behind-the-scenes talent pool of women writers, directors, producers, and key consultants. Driving the smart, raw, funny, and realistic narrative are: Executive Producer and Co-Showrunner Ley Lukins (SAVING HOPE, LOST GIRL), who is also series developer; Executive Producers Ilana Frank, Linda Pope (SAVING HOPE, ROOKIE BLUE), Sally Wainwright (LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX), Nicola Shindler (TRUST ME), and Entertainment One’s Jocelyn Hamilton (CARDINAL); Sonia Hosko (SAVING HOPE, ROOKIE BLUE) is Co-executive producer. Also included are consulting producer Kathy Avrich Johnson, writers Naledi Jackson, Sandra Chwialkowska, Katrina Saville and Sarah Goodman. Directors on the series include Jordan Canning (SPACE RIDERS) and Sara St. Onge (YOU, ME, HER).The all-star ensemble cast includes David Cubitt (MEDIUM, VAN HELSING) as Detective Kyle Price, Stevie’s old flame and new co-worker at the division; Matthew Edison (THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE) as Stevie’s husband Jono Hall; Al Mukadam (SECOND JEN, SPUN OUT) as the well-connected Detective Aaron Finch; and Matt Gordon (Room, ROOKIE BLUE) as Detective Donnie Sullivan, the surly yet lovable lug of homicide.In addition to the above-noted female talent, THE DETAIL is Executive Produced by Co-Showrunner Adam Pettle (SAVING HOPE) and Co-Executive Producer Director Gregory Smith (ARROW, ROOKIE BLUE). Additional writers include Graeme Stewart, Joe Pernice, and Matt Doyle. Directors on the series also include Kelly Makin (FRONTIER), Grant Harvey (ORPHAN BLACK, HEARTLAND), John Fawcett (ORPHAN BLACK), and James Genn (SAVING HOPE). The series was shot in and around Toronto last summer. Retired police officer Matt Crone served as the onset detective consultant during production.Online, CTV.ca – the source for THE DETAIL content viewers can’t find anywhere else – will roll out a series of exclusive video features throughout the season providing fans with fun moments with the cast and a behind-the-scenes look at the show. Immediately following each broadcast episode of THE DETAIL, CTV.ca delivers THE DETAIL AFTERSHOW – an exclusive online after show featuring cast and crew deconstructing scenes and taking viewers behind-the-scenes of each episode. The exclusive online features also include in-depth interviews with series stars and a look inside the Homicide Division. CTV.ca will also feature sneak peek clips weekly, and new episodes of THE DETAIL will also be available on demand at CTV.ca and on CTV GO following their broadcast premieres.Guest stars in the inaugural season include Ben Bass (ROOKIE BLUE) as Marc Savage, Jack’s silver-tongued boyfriend; David Ferry (LEGION) as Harry Barker, Stevie’s step-father and retired cop; as well as appearances by Shelia McCarthy (LITTLE MOSQUE ON THE PRAIRIE), Sergio Di Zio (FLASHPOINT), Kevin Hanchard (ORPHAN BLACK), Huse Madhavji (SAVING HOPE), Jordan Todosey (DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION), Kari Matchett (Maudie, COVERT AFFAIRS), Latoya Webb (DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION), Rebecca Liddiard (HUDINI & DOYLE), Alex Carter (CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION), Mark Rendall (TRANSPORTER, VERSAILLES), Ian D. Clark (ANNE WITH AN E, AVONLEA), and Josh Beech.Encore presentations of THE DETAIL air Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET/MT on CTV. THE DETAIL can also be seen on demand at CTV.ca, on CTV GO, and through video on demand partners, such as Bell Fibe TV (visit CTV.ca for local listings).THE DETAIL will also air on ION Television in the U.S.THE DETAIL is produced by Ilana Frank of ICF Films with eOne in association with CTV, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit. The series was developed by Ley Lukins (SAVING HOPE, LOST GIRL) who also serves as Co-Showrunner with Executive Producer with Adam Pettle (SAVING HOPE, KING). Executive Producers are Ilana Frank (SAVING HOPE, ROOKIE BLUE), Jocelyn Hamilton (CARDINAL), Linda Pope (SAVING HOPE, ROOKIE BLUE), Sally Wainwright (LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX) and Nicola Shindler (TRUST ME) with co-executive producers Sonia Hosko (SAVING HOPE, ROOKIE BLUE) and Gregory Smith (ROOKIE BLUE). All distribution rights are handled by eOne. For Bell Media, Kathleen Meek is Production Executive; Tom Hastings is Director, Drama, Original Programming; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming; Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media..Social Media linksTWITTER Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook TORONTO, ON – CTV marks International Women’s Day with the confirmation that its all-new detective series THE DETAIL joins the network’s action-packed mid-season schedule Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/MT on CTV and CTV GO, beginning March 25 (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). THE DETAIL switches up the predictable, patriarchal police procedural with a fiercely talented trio of female homicide detectives in the new CTV original series.Headlining the series are U.K. talent Angela Griffin (CORONATION STREET, BRIEF ENCOUNTERS), Shenae Grimes-Beech (90210, DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION), and award-winning Wendy Crewson (SAVING HOPE, Room). THE DETAIL receives a Canadian First Look on CraveTV™, with episodes available to subscribers the day before their broadcast premieres.The realities of cop life – both on and off the job – are messy for the Metropolitan Police Service detectives in THE DETAIL, who work tirelessly to solve crimes while navigating the complicated demands of their personal lives.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Login/Register With: Twitter The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) announced 282 nominations for the 40th Anniversary Dora Mavor Moore Awards, which recognize excellence in professional theatre, dance and opera in Toronto on Tues. May 28thThe 49 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Silver Ticket Award and the Jon Kaplan Audience Choice Award will be presented on Tuesday, June 25th at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.For the 2018-2019 season, running May 2018 to May 2019, 108 producing companies registered 219 eligible productions.last_img

Rabat – The European Council of Moroccan Oulemas (CEOM)  an Iftar (fast-breaking) banquet in Brussels on May 14. The council hold this event annually for the Belgian Muslim community.The gathering took place at the Marriott Hotel in Brussels and  attracted a range of high-profile figures, including diplomats, politicians, religious figures, and a host of Moroccan religious leaders.Attendees gathering around the table for IftarAs the council’s secretary, general Khalid Hajji highlighted that the gathering aims at strengthening the principle of coexistence, peace, and prosperity among all members of society. The gathering started off with recitals from the holy Qur’an before Moroccan officials took to the stage to address their thoughts to the assembly.Read also: Ramadan is Not About Boulimia but About Caring and SharingSalah Echallaoui, president of the Muslim Executive of Belgium (EMB), said that the role EMB has always been to champion  “social openness” for Belgian Muslims and to promote the principles of tolerance and togetherness. Samir Eddahr, Morocco’s embassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, addressing the assemblyIn turn, Samir Eddahr, Moroccan ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg, took the floor to highlight King Mohammed VI’s commitment to promoting the principles of fraternization and tolerance among all nations. He added that, through the Maliki school of thought, Morocco spreads the universal values by which Moroccans have lived for centuries.Read also: Former Moroccan Salafist: Makeup Doesn’t Nullify Fasting read more

Facing bitter cold and encountering polar bears, a British duo seeking to raise almost $500,000 for the United Nations refugee agency leads the Polar Race 2007, as the grueling 640-kilometre endurance race to the North Pole has reached its halfway point. Team Refuge, comprising Jake Morland and James Turner, is leading its nearest rival by almost seven hours after setting out from Canada’s Cornwallis Island earlier this month. “We’ve taken a bit of a battering over the last few days,” said Mr. Morland, who has worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees over the past seven years in places such as Iraq, Timor-Leste, Sri Lanka and Sudan. Mr. Morland hopes the money his team raises will be earmarked for a special trust fund to cover urgent medical evacuations for refugee children. “Rather than polar bears, the cold has been our biggest concern,” he added. “The thermometer may only read minus 20 but with wind chill that’s closer to minus 65! Just staying warm is a battle!” The team must pull heavy sleds carrying food and other survival items over the frozen arctic, and is learning how to use the sun to navigate and also how to differentiate snow which is safe to melt and drink from snow which is salty from the seawater. The duo is now busy repairing their equipment and resting at a re-supply station on Osborne Island, as they gear up for the second half of their journey. To deal with the demanding challenges of the race, Mr. Turner, teacher and long-time friend of Mr. Morland’s, said that he is dreaming of his arrival back in Ottawa, Canada, after the end of the race next month. “A pint of beer and food that isn’t boil-in-the-bag takes my mind off bruised feet and aching bones,” he said. “It also allows me to open my eyes and enjoy the surroundings.” However, the highlight of the race so far for Team Refuge has been its coming across three polar bears and two Arctic wolves. Recalling a close encounter with a polar bear, Mr. Turner said, “My first thought was surprise, then I yelled, ‘Bear! Bear! Bear!’ The bear and I looked at each other, he sniffed the air, turned and disappeared in to the ice rubble.” He added, “It was close.” Team Refuge, one of six teams competing in the race, is being sponsored by Arch Insurance, a European company, which has given the two men $80,000 to cover the costs of the race, allowing all funds raised by the pair to be donated directly to UNHCR. The public will be able to continue donating to Team Refuge for the rest of this year. The winning team of the Polar Race 2007 will be awarded the Wedgwood Blue Ice Trophy. 25 April 2007Facing bitter cold and encountering polar bears, a British duo seeking to raise almost $500,000 for the United Nations refugee agency leads the Polar Race 2007, as the grueling 640-kilometre endurance race to the North Pole has reached its halfway point. read more

4 May 2007Although primarily known for its work in curbing the proliferation of nuclear weapons, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is also working to save the lives of babies and women with cervical cancer in Haiti. The IAEA said in a news release that it is putting its expertise in nuclear science and radiation to use in the Caribbean country to curtail infant malnutrition and bolster cancer treatment.Haiti has the highest rates of mortality for both infants and children under the age of five in the Western hemisphere, with poverty, civil conflict and insufficient knowledge of proper diet being the root causes of malnutrition.“We get Kwash babies every day,” said Jessy Colimon Adrien, Chief of Paediatrics at the General Hospital in the capital Port-au-Prince, referring to Kwashiorkor, a severe form of malnutrition.IAEA has joined forces with the Haitian Ministry of Health to use nuclear science to improve infant nutrition, focusing on the advantages of breast milk, which is both healthy for infants and is low-cost. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months.Together, they will conduct studies using stable and non-radioactive isotopes to identify breastfeeding patterns in Haiti, and the findings will allow the Government to better understand the causes of infant malnutrition and how to cure it.“Culturally mothers do not believe that breast milk is enough for the baby and they try to introduce foods early like leafy tea, juice, crackers and porridge,” Joseline Pierre Marhone, who heads the Food and Nutrition department in the Ministry of Health, said.Inadvertently, by feeding the infants such foods, the mothers expose their babies to bacteria and viruses causing diarrhoea and other infectious diseases.“The IAEA studies will help us know how many mothers breastfeed exclusively,” she added.The studies will use a safe and non-evasive method with stable isotopes measuring quantities a mother’s milk. Mothers will be given a dose of deuterium, also referred to as heavy hydrogen, to ingest in a glass of milk. This mixes with the mother’s body water and is transferred to her baby via human milk.Over the following two week period, saliva samples will be taken from both the mother and the baby to determine whether the baby is consuming food and water from sources other than its mother’s milk, the amount of human milk it has ingested and the nutritional status of the mother.IAEA’s efforts are building on the schemes of other UN agencies – such as the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), WHO and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) – and other international organizations, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).In the past decade, IAEA has provided $1.66 million to support nutrition programmes worldwide. By 2009, an additional $1.6 million has been earmarked for countries including Afghanistan, Haiti, Iraq, Eritrea, Madagascar and Burkina Faso to train staff and extra equipment to reduce child malnutrition.The agency also hopes to help combat cancer in Haiti by providing assistance in building a national cancer treatment centre equipped with the technology necessary to diagnose and treat the disease.According to WHO, despite patchy national figures, Haiti has one of the highest incidences of cervical cancer in the world, with a rate three times higher than that of its neighbour the Dominican Republic and 12 times higher than that of the United States.The success rate in cures for women with cervical cancer is 65 per cent when treated with radiotherapy, but there are no radiation therapy centres in Haiti.“It’s frustrating,” said Jean Cornely, a gynaecologist at the General Hospital. “Often we’re forced to send patients home to die. They die in a very bad situation.”In more affluent countries, early detection through screening and simple treatment can effectively combat the disease, but adequate treatment is not available in Haiti.“Cancer is seen as a disease of the rich, the aged,” noted Massoud Samiei who heads IAEA’s Programme of Action on Cancer Therapy (PACT). “More than half of new cancer cases occur in developing countries, where it is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality.”Radiotherapy can also help alleviate pain in patients with advanced cervical cancer, and even a short dose of radiation can stop bleeding, help control bladders and relieve severe pain.IAEA is supporting the establishment of a cancer treatment centre equipped with the capacity and technology to deliver radiotherapy, and to this end an architect has created a blueprint for the new centre pro bono. Once built, IAEA will provide radiotherapy units and diagnostic equipment. The centre will treat roughly 2,000 patients a year, half of them women afflicted with cervical cancer.IAEA is sending young local doctors to Canada for three years of training in oncology, and will also send nurses to be trained as radiotherapy technicians.“Haiti is making important steps in the planning and design of what will be a very complete cancer facility that will be used not just for treatment, particularly for radiotherapy, but also for diagnosing cancer,” said IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of Technical Cooperation.Dr. Cetto recently met with President Rene Preval and other Haitian officials regarding boosting technical cooperation between IAEA and Haiti. “We have been having serious talks with the various authorities to make sure they take the decision as early as possible to go ahead with the comprehensive integrated approach on cancer therapy which involves national financing to construct this facility.” read more

The Sri Lanka Army categorically denies having taken any such decision, nor has it contemplated implementing a move of that nature at all as alleged by those elements who try to showcase that ‘they’ are more patriotic than members of the armed forces in the country. The Army today strongly denied reports it was downsizing its strength in the North and East.The Army media unit said that a canard, born out of some utterances, reportedly made by disgruntled political elements has been desperately attempting to mislead the public, saying that the Army is in the process of withdrawing its formations in the North and East and downsizing its strength, putting the national security at risk. The Army said that while continuing amalgamation process without closing down any camp in the North and East the Army maintains combat readiness and efficiency in combat at all times at strategic and operational level and is always committed to enhance its efficiency at all levels. “The truth is that many in the civil society have no understanding on some of the military parlance, like amalgamation/combat efficiency, etc. Similarly, the Army currently engaged in its annual recruitment drive plans to recruit 213 Officers and 8631 Other Rankers to the Regular Force and 97 Officers and 4252 Other Rankers to the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force for the year 2018,” the Army said.The Army said that it is committed all the times to safeguard the national security interests of the country on a priority basis than anyone else. (Colombo Gazette) read more

by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Feb 23, 2015 11:23 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This Jan. 8, 2015 photo shows a home for sale in Charlotte, N.C. The National Association of Realtors reports on sales of existing homes in January on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) US home sales drop 4.9 pct. in January; job growth and low mortgage rates fail to spur buying WASHINGTON – U.S. home sales struck a snow drift in January, plunging to the slowest pace in nine months.The National Association of Realtors said Monday that sales of existing homes tumbled 4.9 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.82 million. That brings sales down to their lowest level since April 2014.Relatively low mortgage rates and steady job growth have yet to spur more activity from buyers and sellers, raising the possibility of either a spring sales rush or a second straight year of numbness in the real estate market. Few properties are being listed for sale, would-be buyers are holding off on purchases and snowstorms are cutting into traffic at open houses.Weak sales in 2014 had set up expectations of a strong rebound in 2015, yet signs of that resurgence have yet to appear. The addition of roughly 1 million new jobs over the past three months has failed to make much of a dent in home-buying.Homes did sell at a rate 3.2 per cent faster than January 2014, but that increase largely reflects the brutal winter weather at the beginning of last year that depressed home-buying and caused the entire U.S. economy to briefly shrink. The noticeably more robust U.S. economy coming into 2015 was supposed to buoy sales, but the market has barely stirred so far.“The weather hit is nothing like the scale of the damage seen last winter, but we would not now be surprised to see a further decline in activity in February,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. “The underlying trend in sales is more or less flat.”Few properties are coming onto the market. Just 4.7 months of supply were listed for sale at the end of December, compared with an average of 5.2 months during 2014, according to the Realtors.Nor have builders ramped up construction. Housing starts slid 2 per cent in January, according to a report from the Commerce Department last week.The limited supply of homes can lift prices to higher levels, which may then lead would-be buyers to wait until they have more choices. Weekly mortgage applications fell 13.2 per cent, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported last Wednesday.Affordability has become a problem as prices have climbed at a faster clip than incomes. The national median home price rose 6.2 per cent over the past 12 months to $199,600. That has priced out many first-time buyers, who represented just 28 per cent of sales compared to their historic share of 40 per cent.Mother Nature is also beginning to take its toll. Nasty snowstorms in the Midwest and Northeast likely kept would-be buyers away, further crimping sales heading into March and beginning of the spring buying season.Buyer traffic for newly built homes slowed in February, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo sentiment index.The Realtors said previously in a separate report that the number of signed contracts in December fell 3.7 per cent, suggesting that sales will remain under pressure in the coming months.Sales slid in all four major geographical regions last month: dropping 6 per cent in the Northeast, 2.7 per cent in the Midwest, 4.6 per cent in the South and 7.1 per cent in the West.Possibly hurting sales further, mortgage rates have crept upward for the past two weeks, ending what has previously been a yearlong slide.Average 30-year fixed rates were 3.76 per cent last week, according to the mortgage giant Freddie Mac. The average has risen from 3.59 per cent at the start of February.The current levels remain below the 4.33 per cent average from a year ago, but the previous lows might keep current homeowners from upgrading since it would mean abandoning their current mortgage for a loan with possibly a higher rate and larger monthly payments. read more

first_imgLe Sidaction 2013 a démarré pour trois jours de “mobilisation intense”Pour cette nouvelle édition du Sidaction, 20 chaînes de télévision et radios sont mobilisées jusqu’à dimanche. Il s’agit de “ne pas crier victoire trop vite” alors que 34 millions de personnes sont séropositives dans le monde.Le Sidaction 2013 a débuté. Ces trois jours de “mobilisation intense” en faveur de la lutte contre le SIDA visent à sensibiliser la population sur cette maladie qui continue à contaminer 2,5 millions de nouvelles personnes chaque année. Selon l’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS), 15.000 à 30.000 personnes sont porteuses du VIH en France mais l’ignorent et 6.100 personnes ont été diagnostiquées séropositives en 2011. Des chiffres qui donnent à réfléchir malgré les avancées réalisées.L’édition 2012 du Sidaction avait permis de rassembler 4 millions d’euros et l’organisation espère un succès identique cette année. L’an dernier, cet argent avait permis de soutenir 150 projets de recherche, les fonds étant reversés pour moitié à la recherche et aux soins et le reste à des programmes de prévention et d’aide aux malades (en France et dans 29 pays en développement). “Plus que jamais, nous devons rester mobilisés pour offrir aux chercheurs les moyens de progresser et de parvenir, un jour, à vaincre le VIH”, indiquent Pierre Bergé, président de l’organisation et Line Renaud, la vice-présidente de Sidaction, une organisation créée en 1994.L’ensemble des chaînes des groupes TF1, France Télévisions, M6, Arte, Canal+, mais aussi MTV, Radio France, Europe 1, RTL, ainsi que de nouvelles chaînes de la TNT, dont D8, D17 et 6ter  seront mobilisées. “En matière de solidarité, la guerre des chaînes n’existe pas : un moment rare dans l’histoire des médias”, se félicitent ainsi les présidents de Sidaction cités par l’AFP. “Nous n’en avons pas fini avec le sida ! Ces 3 jours seront l’occasion de rappeler que les avancées sont bien réelles, mais que rien ne nous autorise à prédire la fin du sida dans un avenir proche”, ajoutent-ils dans un communiqué. Un don par téléphone, SMS, internet ou courrier À lire aussiSIDA : 10 symptômes qui doivent alerter”Malgré les discours optimistes, notamment sur les avancées de la recherche, le SIDA tue 1,7 million de personnes par an dans le monde et 8 millions de personnes n’ont toujours pas accès aux traitements contre le VIH”, tempèrent-ils. Au cours du week-end, plus de 300 animations seront organisées dans toute la France pour récolter des fonds. Les promesses de dons peuvent être faites en appelant le 110 (appel gratuit), par internet (www.sidaction.org), par SMS (en tapant DON au 33 000, message non surtaxé) et par courrier (Sidaction 228, rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin 75010 PARIS).  Le 5 avril 2013 à 16:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgPearson Field airport received a $580,000 infrastructure investment grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to cover early stage expenses of a multiyear improvement project.The money will go to the design and planning work for updating of a runway guidance system, airfield guidance signs and taxiway lighting. It will allow the airport to move fuel storage tanks and repave the runway, apron and taxiway. It’ll also cover the costs of removing about 80 cottonwoods on the east end of the airfield.The trees will be removed in November.Jan Bader, program and policy development manager for the city of Vancouver, said the grant is the initial funding of a $4.1 million project. Next year, the city expects to receive $1.6 million for the project. The work is expected to be finished before 2022.Bader said FAA grants will cover 90 percent of the overall project’s costs. The city is responsible for the remaining 10 percent, but she said city staff are pursuing state aviation grants that can cover up to half of the city’s liability.The project isn’t going to add any new developments to the airport, but rather will maintain the facilities that are already in place.Pearson was one of 10 airports that received a total of $24.8 million FAA grants in Washington state this year. Nationwide the agency gave out $770.8 million in airport infrastructure grants, the third allotment of the $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program funding.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A Miami-Dade Police officer had to be taken to the hospital after his foot was run over during a traffic stop.Officials said the officer was responding to a call near Northwest 57th Street and 27th Avenue in Miami — when a vehicle ran over his foot.Paramedics took the officer to the hospital in unknown condition.The driver was taken into custody.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgBNPThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has decided to hold a rally in the city on 5 January to observe the day as ‘Democracy Killing Day’ registering the party’s protest against 10th parliamentary elections held on that day in 2014, reports UNB.The party has already sought permission for the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan, said party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.He came up with the disclosure at a discussion at Girls’ Guide House at Bailey Road in the city arranged by Jatiyatabadi Samajik Sangskritik Sangstha (JASAS) marking its founding anniversary.”We’ve decided to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on 5 January. We’ve sent letters to the police and other authorities concerned seeking permission for it,” Rizvi said.He further said, “Democracy was snatched on that day. We’ll register our protest against it through the rally.The BNP leader called upon the leaders and activists of the party and its associate bodies to work together to make the rally a success.BNP insiders said the party is preparing to stage a big showdown on 5 January through the rally and thus rejuvenate its rank and file in the New Year.last_img read more

first_img(Phys.org)—Curtis Cooper, professor of math and computer science at the University of Central Missouri, has discovered the largest prime number to date, it’s 257,885,161 – 1. It has 17 million digits and is also a Mersenne prime (a prime number defined by the equation N=2n-1, where N and n are both prime numbers). The find was part of the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) project that uses a distributed approach to number crunching using volunteer computers. © 2013 Phys.org Explore further More information: www.mersenne.org/various/57885161.htm Prime numbers, are of course, numbers that can only be divided by themselves and 1 (and are greater than 1). They were first discovered by the famous Greek mathematician Euclid over two thousand years ago. Since that time, amateurs and experts alike have sought to discover ever increasingly larger prime numbers, though mostly for sport, as prime numbers have very few practical purposes (in recent years they have been used in cryptography). The process is difficult as there is no formula for finding them. Thus, blunt force has typically been the only way—choosing a number at random and then attempting to divide it by every number that is smaller than it is (tossing out obvious ones of course). For this reason, it wasn’t until people began building computers that really large prime numbers were discovered. Mersenne Prime numbers are named after French monk Marin Mersenne, who was the first to detail the formula for the class of special prime numbers, over 350 years ago. This latest discovery is just the 48th ever discovered. The GIMPS project has been exceptionally good at finding large prime numbers—it’s been responsible for the discovery of the largest 14 over its seventeen year history. It’s made up of 360,000 machines that together are able to calculate at peak times up to 150 trillion calculations per second. Cooper, clearly an avid member, has been credited with the discovery of two other large prime numbers found by the group. For his efforts this time, he will receive $3000. Much bigger prizes (from the Electronic Frontier Foundation) are in store for anyone that discovers a prime with a hundred million or a billion digits ($150,000 and $250,000 respectively).To make sure the number found by Cooper was indeed a prime, several other independent volunteer researchers verified it by testing it on their own computers.center_img 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. The sum of digits of prime numbers is evenly distributed Citation: University professor discovers largest prime number to date (2013, February 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-university-professor-largest-prime-date.htmllast_img read more

first_imgAiming to achieve excellence in skill development, cleanliness, women empowerment, and to encourage the development of soft skills for the underprivileged children of the society, ‘Le Rythme’ will conduct its 10th Annual Cultural Festival “Meri Maa”. The event will be held on December 23 and 24 at Mela Ground, C R Park, New Delhi where the students will perform along with the legends of India.Renowned playback singer and founder of ‘Le Rythme’, Rini Mukherjee said, “Le Rythme is going to organize a magnificent event where Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pandit Ronu Mazumder, Pandit Kumar Bose, Pandit Rajendra Prasanna, Drums Sivamani, Babul Supriyo, myself and students of Rythme School of Music are going to perform. This will enable us to encourage the younger generation thereby inculcating the rich cultural heritage of our motherland in them.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn past 10 years, ‘Le Rythme’ has witnessed performances by legends of Indian music and other renowned personalities like Pandit Birju Maharaj, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pandit Rajan-Shajan Mishra, Pandit Kumar Bose and Pandit Rajendra Prasanna. ‘Le Rythme’ conducts best in class cultural events and provides excellent platforms and opportunities to its students including vast underprivileged children so as to showcase their skills and get necessary exposures. To have a healthy and powerful society, it also conducts regular yoga and self-defence classes for different age groups for free. Rini Mukherjee along with 17 renowned faculty members continuously trains the students to develop their soft skills in art and music. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRajib Mukhapadhyay, secretary of the trust mentioned, “We need to continuously upgrade the underprivileged class of the society through skill development programme for their self-reliance so that eventually they become the real contributor to the society. Education in any form is indispensable to build a strong society. Music acts as a therapy. This unique form of education can even support the physically and mentally challenged students to grow and showcase their talents.”‘Le rythme’ is being organised under the directions of Rini Mukherjee. She is a versatile playback singer who has mesmerized the audience across the globe.last_img read more

first_img This story originally appeared on PCMag Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. July 31, 2019 Register Now » Being able to control a computer with your mind remains in the realm of science fiction. But Facebook is working on an approach that would do it without drilling holes into your brain.On Tuesday, the company provided an update on its plans to create a “brain computer interface,” which it teased back in 2017. Although the technology could take a decade to develop, Facebook is finding some promise in using infrared light to measure brain activity and thoughts into computer commands.”Like other cells in your body, (brain) neurons consume oxygen when they’re active. So if we can detect shifts in oxygen levels within the brain, we can indirectly measure brain activity,” the company wrote in a blog post.To detect those shifts, Facebook is taking a page from pulse oximeters, the medical device you place on your index finger to gauge the oxygen levels in your blood. The device can do this by emitting and comparing how much near-infrared light is absorbed by the blood.”We can also use near-infrared light to measure blood oxygenation in the brain from outside of the body in a safe, non-invasive way,” the company said.Facebook has even created a prototype, which looks like a giant pair of headphones. The goal is to detect and decode single words imagined in the wearer’s mind, which can then be interpreted as a command. “Being able to decode even just a handful of imagined words — like ‘select’ or ‘delete’ — would provide entirely new ways of interacting with today’s VR systems and tomorrow’s AR glasses,” says Facebook, which also owns the virtual reality headset vendor Oculus.However, the company’s current approach does have some drawbacks. The prototype is “bulky, slow, and unreliable,” Facebook said. Measuring oxygen levels in the brain also might never be able to detect full sentences. Nevertheless, Facebook says it’s also experimenting with other technologies, such as LiDAR, which may hold even greater potential at translating thoughts into computer commands.”A decade from now, the ability to type directly from our brains may be accepted as a given. Not long ago, it sounded like science fiction. Now, it feels within plausible reach,” the company added. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min readlast_img read more