WATCH: Another Hype Video To Get you Ready for the Football Season

first_imgWe’re now at 16 days and counting until football season starts. It’s not like we’re watching new highlights, but OSU’s orange power studios really does it big. Definitely worth a watch to get you fired up for the season.The wait is almost over…17 days until football is back in Stillwater. https://t.co/6Tjs2oSPaf #okstate #GoPokeshttps://t.co/hSlVLafI3X— Oklahoma State (@OSUAthletics) August 18, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Interesting Facts About Kansas As Oklahoma State Heads To Lawrence

first_imgHere are a few facts you might not know about KU as OSU heads to Lawrence on Saturday.• Homecoming Unis. KU will suit up in their “limestone” edition uniforms for the Homecoming game this Saturday and Coach Gundy will be reunited with original staff member and former OSU special teams coach Joe Deforrest (or “Defo”). Defo did an incredible job with OSU special teams coaching the likes of Ray Guy winner Matt Fodge and all-time great Dan Bailey among others.• Near Miss on Russell. In July of 2011, Baylor quarterback Seth Russell was committed to play quarterback from the Kansas Jayhawks. He de-committed after then coach Turner Gil was fired and decided to look a little closer to his home in Garland, Texas eventually winding up in Waco.• Famous alums. Include Bill James (sabermetrician discussed in the movie Moneyball), actor Paul Ruud, most famous basketball coaches (Dean Smith, Adolph Rupp, Phog Allen, Ralph Miller) and• Broken Arrow Punter. KU Punter Cole Moos was named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week for his monstrous 50.4 yard per punt average last week against Baylor, including an unreal 82 yard punt where he had one foot in one endzone and the ball was downed at the opposing three yard line. While Cowboy fans are very much contented with Zach Sinor, Moos hails from close by Broken Arrow.• Academic Advantage. As conference expansion was recently on the minds of the Big 12, KU with a struggling football program is at times considered to be an odd man out but something KU has working in their favor is they are an AAU (Association of American Universities) member.This indicates a stellar academic reputation (among other research requirements) that only 60 schools in the country have, but is essentially a must have if you want to join the Big 10 conference. Rutgers and KU football games would be… must-not-see football.• Rock Chalk. The famous “Rock Chalk” chant was started by a chemistry teacher on campus in 1886 for the science club. Originally “Rah, Rah Jayhawk, KU”, “Rock Chalk” was substituted as a tip of the cap to all of the limestone around campus that is often referred to as chalk rock. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Daily Mullets (October 21)

first_imgFootball NewsDavid Beaty really really really likes this OSU team. [PFB]Mike Gundy on Mason Rudolph: “He’s always been really tough when you think about it. He’s been tough, played with a broken foot (last season). I think he feels better.” [NewsOK]Ranking the first six uniform combos. Good post here. I would have black-black-gray and the traditional white-orange-white higher and Monster Chrome Pete lower. [CRFF]Get to know KU. Good stuff here from Steven Mandeville. [PFB]Not everyone hates 11 a.m. games. Here’s Devante Averette: “It’s like playing when I was little. We used to play 11 o’clock games. When you get up, it’s just time to ball. That’s what I love about the game. I’ll be ready.” [O’Colly]Previewing the second half of OSU’s season. [PFB]S&P has OSU by 19 and F+ has OSU by 16 this weekend. [Football Study Hall]Ramon Richards sets an alarm to remind himself how good he is. [PFB]Berry Tramel picks OSU by a TD. [NewsOK]Good reporting here on DeQuinton Osborne’s story by Kyle Fredrickson. Was a monstrous pickup by OSU. [NewsOK]How good is this? While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Just found this photo from the #okstate Iowa State game. How amazing is that dude’s face! pic.twitter.com/kXvzYp58H4— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 20, 2016I love it when Gundy goes rogue with his Twitter account. I want more.Stillwater band was awesome tonight! @Stillwaterbands pic.twitter.com/bcNufdf7kL— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) October 21, 2016Around the CountryI don’t understand how OU and Texas have possibly the two worst pass defenses in the Big 12. [LGG]This Louisville scandal is a mess, but Rick Pitino got off pretty easy. For Pitino and Louisville, that’s the most favorable way the NCAA could have framed one of the most salacious recruiting scandals in college sports history. [Yahoo]I honestly can’t think of a coach who has received such kid glove treatment for being in the middle of some truly sleazy stuff.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) October 20, 2016The worst fake punt in CFB history. Tough to argue. [Yahoo]I’m in, although I hope it’s not for another decade (at least).No question. I’ve always wondered if OK State would be in a position to get him home first … https://t.co/CrQxE4csCx— Travis Haney (@travhaney) October 21, 2016Expansion NewsThe Big 12 needed to get stronger to justify the efficacy of its conference championship game. It needed to add teams. Strong teams. Two would have been fine. Four would have been better. It needed to justify the creation of its own TV network. It needed to expand its brand into bigger markets. It needed to compete with the other Power Five conferences. It needed to stand up at a podium and bellow, “We’re here to stay.” Instead, it cowered before the spotlight and meekly whimpered, “We’ll be fine.” [O’Colly]70 percent of you think the Big 12 will die a slow death. [PFB]This is well said by Jake Trotter: “The Big 12 has to stop being its own worst enemy. You know why people think the Big 12 is unstable, unsteady and indecisive? Because its own board chair termed the league “psychologically disadvantaged.” The conference really wasn’t in that bad of shape at the time David Boren uttered that phrase.“The TV distribution was on par with the ACC and Pac-12. The tier 3 revenue some of the schools had been generating was beginning to be significant. Oklahoma was about to make the CFP and the Final Four. Instead of building on all of that, the Big 12 went predictably went haywire, and conducted a overly dramatic, drawn-out process that did nothing for the league except give it a championship game.” [ESPN]Baseball NewsOne big reason Andrew Heaney got the Roberto Clement award: He and wife, Jordan, made plans for another offseason mission trip to Honduras. They have taken a group there each of the past two years to work with Hearts2Honduras, a charity trying to break the cycle of poverty in one of the poorest countries in the world. [NewsOK]OSU’s 2017 schedule is out, and the highlight is probably a CWS rematch with Arizona. [PFB]Hoops NewsThis is awesome — Mike Cobbins and Anthony Hickey reunited. [PFB]Brad Underwood remains the dude, can’t believe a college pom girl doesn’t drink “skinny fraps.” [PFB]Brad Underwood and a culture of defense. [PFB]last_img read more

Community Perceptions of Pre-eclampsia/Eclampsia in Four Low- and Middle-Income Countries

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on July 21, 2016September 26, 2016By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Reproductive Health recently published a series of research articles describing community perceptions of pre-eclampsia/eclampsia in four low- and middle-income countries: India, Mozambique, Nigeria and Pakistan. Each study was conducted between 2011 and 2014 using qualitative methods. Participants in these communities used different terminology to describe symptoms of pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, often separating hypertension during pregnancy from seizures during pregnancy. However, participants from each of these communities displayed a basic understanding of the dangers of these conditions, acknowledging that they can lead to death of the mother or newborn.Pre-eclampsia/eclampsia is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality globally. In partnership with Argentina’s Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS), the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) recently published the Obstetric Emergency Drills Training Kit, a resource that helps providers prepare for obstetric emergencies such as complications from pre-eclampsia/eclampsia.Download the Obstetric Emergency Drills Training Manual Kit.Findings from IndiaBetween 2012 and 2013, Vidler and colleagues conducted 14 focus groups in rural Karnataka State in southern India. They found that the same local terminology describing general hypertension and convulsions (translating to “blood pressure” and “fits”) were used to describe symptoms of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia respectively. Most participants believed that poor diet and stress—particularly as a result of marital conflict or worries about having a female child—were contributing causes of pre-eclampsia/eclampsia. Furthermore, participants commonly identified sweating, fatigue, dizziness, swelling, anger and excessive talking as warning signs of pre-eclampsia, and frothing, shaking, eyes rolling upwards, teeth clenching and tongue biting as warning signs of eclampsia. Participants agreed that these conditions could be fatal for the mother or newborn.Read the full article.Findings from MozambiqueBoene and colleagues conducted 20 focus groups and 10 interviews in southern Mozambique. Participants referred to symptoms of pre-eclampsia as “high blood pressure,” “illness of the heart,” or “fainting disease” depending on their primary language. For eclampsia, participants used terms such as “epilepsy”, “falling disease” and “illness of scares.” Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia were not perceived as unique to pregnancy or as pregnancy-related conditions. The most commonly reported causes of pre-eclampsia were marital problems, strenuous work, excessive thinking, worrying, anger, and sadness. Furthermore, warning signs of pre-eclampsia included headache, heart pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, sweating, and swollen feet. On the other hand, convulsions were considered to be associated with a childhood illness connected to moon phases and caused by a small snake living in the abdomen. Convulsions were not perceived as unique to pregnancy and could be treated during childhood using a plant-based medicine. However, participants reported that falling, eyes rolling back, and red eyes were signs of convulsions during pregnancy. Participants agreed that pre-eclampsia and eclampsia were dangerous conditions that could cause paralysis from falling, premature delivery, and death of the mother or newborn.Read the full article.Findings from NigeriaBetween 2011 and 2012, Akeju and colleagues conducted 28 focus groups and nine interviews in Ogun State, Nigeria. Participants used two terms in Yoruba, the local language, to describe hypertension in pregnancy, which roughly translated to “elevated blood pressure” and “stormy blood.” There is also local terminology to describe seizures, both generally and during pregnancy specifically. Perceived causes of pre-eclampsia included depressive thoughts and stress often resulting from marital or financial worries and a lack of rest. The most commonly reported causes of eclampsia were exposure to cold, heredity, depressive thoughts, stress, poor diet and medical conditions such as anemia and malaria. A number of home-based treatments for pre-eclampsia/eclampsia were reported, including eating onion, drinking a salt solution, applying a balm to the chest, praying and using traditional medicines. Men played an important role in ensuring proper care during pregnancy and labor. Participants consistently viewed pre-eclampsia/eclampsia as dangerous and potentially deadly.Read the full article.Findings from PakistanIn 2012, Khowaja and colleagues conducted 26 focus groups in Sindh Province, Pakistan. While most participants did not recognize pre-eclampsia or eclampsia by name, they did know about hypertension during pregnancy. The term for hypertension during pregnancy in Sindhi, the local language, translated to headache, dizziness, nausea and weakness. Seizures, or “fits” in Sindhi, were not associated with high blood pressure, but they were considered a danger sign for mothers and newborns. The most commonly reported causes of hypertension during pregnancy were excessive thinking, stress, a lack of rest (which were often associated with the burden of household responsibilities), early marriages, anemia or low blood sugar. Most participants identified weakness, anemia and stress as causes of seizures during pregnancy. Since stress was considered a crucial factor contributing to these conditions, social support—especially from family—was considered the primary prevention strategy. Other strategies included eating foods rich in fats and getting adequate rest. Participants knew the dangers of hypertension and seizures during pregnancy, identifying maternal and fetal death as possible outcomes.Read the full article.The findings from these studies highlight the importance of providing not only high quality care, but also culturally appropriate care and accurate health information. Understanding and respecting local knowledge about pre-eclampsia/eclampsia is crucial for educating diverse communities about these dangerous conditions.—To learn more about pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, visit the MHTF blog archive.Share this:last_img read more

Photo: First Look At Ohio State’s Black Uniform For Tonight

first_img Here’s the look at tonight’s edition, from Colin Hass-Hill of Eleven Warriors.A blackout in the stands and on the field for the Buckeyes.First look at the alternate uniforms Ohio State will wear against Michigan State. pic.twitter.com/0dPswqQ6Nh— Colin Hass-Hill (@chasshill) October 5, 2019Ohio State has had trouble with Michigan State in previous years, though the Buckeyes are expected to dominate tonight.Day’s team enters the game as almost a three-touchdown favorite. Ohio State would move to 6-0 on the season with a victory this evening.OSU and MSU are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ABC. Ohio State coach Ryan Day celebrating during a football game.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Interim head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts during The AdvoCare Showdown against the TCU Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Ohio State is a couple of hours away from kickoff against Michigan State. The Buckeyes are hosting the Spartans in what should be a pivotal Big Ten contest.Ryan Day’s team will be breaking out the alternate uniform for tonight’s game.Ohio State will be wearing its all-black alternate uniform against Mark Dantonio’s team this evening. The Buckeyes have called for a blackout at Ohio Stadium, too.The Buckeyes have worn this uniform before – three times since the 2015 season.last_img read more

I’m not Pakistan team’s dietician nor mother: Sania Mirza responds to scathing attack from Veena Malik

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 18, 2019UPDATED: June 18, 2019 14:01 IST Sania Mirza issued a stern reply to Veena Malik on TwitterHIGHLIGHTSIndia beat Pakistan by 89 runs on SundayVeena Malik was slammed by Sania Mirza after the former raised questions about Mirza’s parentingMirza later decided to take a break from TwitterWhile India beating Pakistan in World Cups is no news anymore, the aftermath of Pakistan’s defeat against their arch-rivals has left many at the mercy of unnecessary bashing and criticism. Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza, who is married to Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik often finds herself at the centre of such storms. And after Pakistan’s loss on Sunday, it wasn’t any different for her.When pictures of Sania and Shoaib sitting in a Manchester restaurant ahead of the India-Pakistan clash, along with their new-born son surfaced on social media, Pak actress Veena Malik took to Twitter to point out to Sania that she was worried that such places are ‘hazardous’ for kids.”Sania, I am actually so worried for the kid. You guys took him to a sheesha place isn’t it Hazardious? Also as far as I know Archie’s is all about junk food which isn’t good for athletes/Boys. You must know well as you are mother and athlete yourself?”: tweeted Veena.Sania, I am actually so worried for the kid. You guys took him to a sheesha place isn’t it Hazardious? Also as far as I know Archie’s is all about junk food which isn’t good for athletes/Boys. You must know well as you are mother and athlete yourself? https://t.co/RRhaDfggusVEENA MALIK (@iVeenaKhan) June 17, 2019The comment seems to have infuriated Sania and she shot back her stern reply by saying that she cares about her son ‘more than anyone else’.”Veena, I have not taken my kid to a sheesha place. Not that it’s any of your or the rest of the world’s business cause I think I care bout my son a lot more than anyone else does. I am not Pakistan cricket team’s dietician nor am I their mother or principal or teacher”: read Mirza’s reply to Veena.advertisementVeena,I hav not taken my kid to a sheesha place. Not that it’s any of your or the rest of the world’s business cause I think I care bout my son a lot more than anyone else does 🙂 secondly I am not Pakistan cricket team’s dietician nor am I their mother or principal or teacher https://t.co/R4lXSm794BSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) June 17, 2019Later Mirza seemed to have mellowed down and while trying to end the discussion she wrote: “Thank you for your concern though. Means a lot”To know when they sleep,wake up and eat ..thank you for your concern though .. means a lot https://t.co/R4lXSm794BSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) June 17, 2019Mirza, later announced that she was taking a break from the social media site by saying: ‘Twitter cracks me up.. and some ppl for sure .. you guys really need other mediums of taking your frustrations out ..peace out guys… it’s break time’.Twitter cracks me up and some ppl for sure .. you guys really need other mediums of taking your frustrations out ..peace out guys it’s break timeSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) June 17, 2019Also Read | Sania Mirza takes a Twitter break after being trolled for Pakistan’s loss vs IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: I won’t be going back home alone – Sarfaraz Ahmed warns Pakistan teammatesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Sania MirzaFollow Shoaib MalikFollow Veena MalikFollow World Cup 2019 I’m not Pakistan team’s dietician nor mother: Sania Mirza responds to scathing attack from Veena MalikWorld Cup 2019: After Pakistani actress, Veena Malik questioned Sania Mirza’s decision to take her kid to a ‘bar’ in Manchester, the tennis star shot back by saying that she knows better how to take care of her sonadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: There is no excuse, says Jason Holder after stunning loss to Bangladesh

first_img Indo-Asian News Service TauntonJune 18, 2019UPDATED: June 18, 2019 11:11 IST Gayle and Holder walk back to the pavilion after being beaten by Bangladesh (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSHolder also said that his bowlers and the fielding let them downMortaza believes the game turned in their favor once Russell was dismissed by RahmanWindies will now face New Zealand on June 22 in ManchesterWest Indies captain Jason Holder admitted that his side didn’t put enough runs and were probably 40-50 runs short against Bangladesh in the match which they lost by seven wickets on a batting-friendly wicket in Taunton.Put into bat, Windies came through from early struggles and managed to post 321/8 in their full quota of 50 overs at the Cooper Association County Ground on Monday.However, Bangladesh rode on brilliant knocks from Shakib al Hasan (124*) and Liton Das (94*) and chased down the target with more than 50 balls to spare.”We were around 40-50 runs short, the wicket played well the entire day just that we didn’t get enough runs,” said Holder in the post-match presentation ceremony.”Having said that, we could have been a lot more disciplined with the ball and we let ourselves down in the field as well.”(It) would have been a little challenging in the first 10 overs after losing the toss and being asked to bat. Having said that, we got through the first 10 overs reasonably well. We were in a situation where we just didn’t get the momentum as we probably should in the middle-overs with the bat and we had too much to do in the back-end,” he added.He also rued the fact that his bowlers could not manage to get wickets and also the fielding let them down.”We didn’t get wickets, and also we let one or two chances slip. We tried to hit the top of the stumps but didn’t do it consistently. There is no excuse. We should have been a lot more disciplined,” he said.advertisementMeanwhile, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza believed the game turned in their favor once Andre Russell was dismissed for a duck by Mustafizur Rahman.The left-arm pacer removed the big-hitting Russell in the 40th over to put the brakes on the Windies innings, post which they lost track and were restricted to 321.”I think the turning point was the two wickets that Mustafizur got – Russell getting out in the first over,” Mortaza said.Once the bowlers had done their bit, Bangladesh, with an experienced batting lineup, chased down the target without any hiccups and make sure they gain two crucial points and remain in contention for making it to the semi-finals.”Shakib (Al Hasan) has delivered for the team in this World Cup. Hopefully, he will keep going and the rest of the boys will join him. Mushfiqur was outstanding in the first two games, Tamim (Iqbal) was excellent today and Soumya (Sarkar) got a good start as well. Liton (Das) has normally batted in the top three and it was a tough ask for him to bat at number five, but he did the job.”Windies will now face New Zealand on Saturday at the Old Trafford while Bangladesh will lock horns with Australia on Thursday at Trent Bridge.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Shakib, Liton gun down 322 in record chase as Bangladesh crush West IndiesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: I won’t be going back home alone – Sarfaraz Ahmed warns Pakistan teammatesAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Jason HolderFollow West Indies vs Bangladesh World Cup 2019: There is no excuse, says Jason Holder after stunning loss to BangladeshWest Indies were probably 40-50 runs short against Bangladesh, captain Jason Holder admitted, when they lost by seven wickets. Windies came from early struggles and managed to post 321/8 in their full quota of 50 overs but Bangladesh brilliantly chased down the target with more than 50 balls to spare.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Brazilian-born Elkeson called up for China

first_imgChina have selected their first naturalised player with no Chinese heritage after including Brazilian-born attacker Elkeson in their latest 35-man squad ahead of World Cup qualifying next month.  The 30-year-old, who has been playing club football in China since 2013, accepted his call-up having never represented his native Brazil. Elkeson did come close to playing for his nation of birth in September 2011 after being called up by then Selecao coach Mano Menezes but didn’t end up playing any minutes.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Having starred in the Chinese Super League for both Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai SIPG in recent years, Elkeson believes playing for the national team represents a natural next step in his career.   “Today, I want to tell the world: I officially started a new journey, I am Chinese, I want to return all the love and care you have had for me over the years,” Elkeson said via a Weibo post. “This is a country that is vigorously developing their football and a country that many people in the world still don’t understand. It has only participated in the World Cup once. For me personally, this is a gamble in my career. But the blueprint of Guangzhou Evergrande convinced me that I can write down my history here. “But I want a new challenge, I want to see where my limits are. In 2016, I joined Shanghai SIPG. I spent three and a half years in Shanghai, 116 games, and two championship trophies, all creating the history of the club. “Another successful experience but I am still not satisfied because I want to repay the love of the Chinese people in these seven years. “I am very happy and comfortable in China. Here is my home. At the right time, I learned of a very challenging possibility, but I accepted this challenge without thinking. I know that this is the next step I should take.” Elkeson, who returned to Guangzhou in July, has won the CSL four times since arriving in 2013 and also has two Asian Champions League titles to his name.  Prior to moving to China, Elkeson began his career in Brazil with Vitoria in 2009 before moving to Botafogo two years later.  The Chinese national team, currently coached by Marcello Lippi, have recorded wins in their last two games and will play Maldives in a World Cup qualifier on September 10 with Elkeson in line to make his debut.last_img read more

Ndombele reveals biggest challenge at Spurs

first_imgTanguy Ndombele admits the pace of the Premier League has presented his biggest challenge since completing a club-record €60 million (£54m/$68m) move to Tottenham.The France international has been acquired by Spurs to provide another dominant presence in the heart of their midfield.He is on a steep learning curve at present, but big things are expected of the 22-year-old. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Ndombele is confident that he can deliver on expectation, but concedes that he is still adjusting to the demands of life in English football .He told a Q&A on Spurs’ official Twitter account: “Between Tottenham and Lyon there’s not really a great deal of difference.“They are both teams that play with the ball.“The big difference between the Premier League and Ligue 1 is the speed.“Here in the Premier League it is always a fast paced game. The players drive forward, but in France there are periods of calm. That is the big difference.”Tanguy Ndombele TottenhamNdombele has been slotted straight into Mauricio Pochettino’s side and says he will not be setting any individual goals as Spurs look to chase down another top-four finish and long-awaited silverware.He added: “I’m not the kind of person who sets themselves any limits.“We are going to try to go as far as we can and try to achieve something.“The season is long and I hope we can achieve to the best of our abilities.”Ndombele believes he is well placed to aid the Tottenham cause, with there plenty of positives for him to take from the early weeks of his stint in north London.“Things have been going well,” he said.“Everyone has given me a warm welcome, the fans have welcome me too, so yes things are going well.“Everybody has welcomed me into the team, that is the most important thing when you are a new arrival. Everything is going well so far.”Spurs will return to action after the international break with a home date against London rivals Crystal Palace on September 14. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Low: ‘Really great’ Gnabry becoming important for Germany

first_imgGermany manager Joachim Low was full of praise for winger Serge Gnabry, after the Bayern Munich man scored the second in his side’s crucial 2-0 win in Northern Ireland.The home side had chances to open the scoring in the first half but were pegged back early in the second by Marcel Halstenberg’s first goal for Germany, a superbly executed volley across the keeper and inside the right post.Gnabry made the game safe in stoppage time with his ninth goal in ten senior international appearances, and Low thinks the 24-year-old is developing into a key member of his team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “Serge is really great,” he told RTL. “Not just in front of the goal, he has become an important player for us. He is always on an extremely high level.Germany were under pressure to deliver after their chastening 4-2 defeat at home to the Netherlands last week, but the win in Belfast took them to the top of Group C – though the Dutch, three points behind, are yet to play their second game of the international break.There were certainly still issues for Low to contend with, after Northern Ireland could easily have found themselves two goals up at the break.But for the time being, the under-fire manager was happy enough to take a hard-earned three points.“We were under pressure today, we had to win,” he said.“We did not get into the game very well. The Northern Irishmen were brave and did a good job of attacking us. We talked about a couple of things during the half-time break, then it was better.“We had more speed and the goal brought some calmness, it came at just the right time, we should have scored the second goal earlier. We can not give away a game like that, so players have to adapt better. We’re in a learning phase.”The 27-year-old left-back Halstenberg was making only his fourth appearance for his country, after impressing in the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig.After opening his international account in some style, he admitted he was still riding the crest of a wave after the game.“I still have a lot of adrenaline!” he said. “I just hit the ball superbly, it flies perfectly into the net.”Gnabry and Halstenberg could be going head-to-head this weekend, with Leipzig hosting Bayern in a mouthwatering Bundesliga tie.last_img read more

Man Utd interest was a distraction – Longstaff

first_imgNewcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff has confessed that he was “distracted” by talk of a potential transfer to Manchester United over the summer.The English ace was heavily linked with a £30 million ($37m) switch to Old Trafford while the transfer window was open, but a final deal never came to fruition.Longstaff burst onto the Premier League scene last season, impressing in nine appearances for Newcastle before being struck down with a knee ligament injury in March. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream He showed enough promise to catch Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s eye in Manchester, with the Norwegian boss favouring a transfer policy of targeting young, homegrown talent.Longstaff ultimately ended up staying at St James’ Park, but he found it difficult to concentrate on his pre-season duties amid swirling rumours over his future.He has now revealed that Magpies teammate Matt Ritchie played a key role in helping him block out the ongoing speculation.“You can sometimes get distracted by the outside noise and maybe for a little bit in the summer I was a bit,” Longstaff told Newcastle’s official website.“It’s hard not to whenever you go anywhere you see your face on the front of a newspaper and you turn the telly on people are talking about you. And it’s not like they’re talking about little things, they’re talking about things that can change your life really.“The expectation is half what I’ve done and it’s probably a good thing. It does just go to show I did impress people when I got my chance last year. So for me, it’s about not listening to them and sticking to what I do. I speak to Matty Ritchie a lot, he’s someone I lean on in the squad. He tends to keep us grounded and he’s always there with good bits of advice.“Sometimes you can get distracted by figures that are thrown out there and you’re doing things you wouldn’t normally try to do. I think I spoke to him about it and he said the reason people are speaking about you is because of what you did and keep everything so simple and ticking along and you’ve got the other stuff there if you need it.”The talented young star claims he has not yet returned to the same level he reached last season, despite earning a regular place in Steve Bruce’s set up.“I’m not back to where I was last year but I’m getting closer and closer and I think it’s just about working hard and getting back to that level,” Longstaff said. “The outside noise is something I try not to listen to. It’s always going to be there now – there’ll be more eyes on me now.”Ahead of Newcastle’s trip to Anfield to face Liverpool on Saturday, Longstaff insisted he still needs to cut out moments of “sloppiness on the ball”, adding: “I’m only going to get back to that level with games and it’s going to take a bit of time. The kind of person I am, I want to be there straight away.“The manager has given us that reassurance it’s going to take a bit of time. I know there’s things I can do better but it’s all learning and I’m still young. I’m still enjoying it, I’m still going to keep working hard on the pitch.”last_img read more

Celades lauds Valencia’s Parejo

first_imgAlbert Celades has been impressed by Dani Parejo’s positive response to what he acknowledged has been a difficult situation at Valencia.Celades was brought in as Valencia’s new coach following the dismissal of Marcelino – who guided them to two successive top-four finishes in LaLiga, along with a Copa del Rey triumph last season.Defending champions Barcelona are first up for Celades, who was previously an assistant under Julen Lopetegui for both Spain and Real Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Valencia captain Parejo was among the players to take to social media in the wake of Marcelino’s sacking, paying tribute to their former coach.Míster, te deseo lo mejor. Estoy seguro de que te irá bien allá donde vayas y te dejen trabajar. Gracias por hacer al club más grande y a mí mejor futbolista. pic.twitter.com/8W2y2fGGzv — Dani Parejo (@DaniParejo) September 11, 2019 However, the Spain international posted a follow-up tweet on Thursday, stating: “Without excuses, with enthusiasm and with the maximum commitment. We are Valencia and we must live up to the badge.”It is a response that has pleased Celades, who says the players have shown a fantastic attitude despite the departure of a coach who was well respected by the squad.”Under the circumstances that they have been through, the players have shown great professionalism,” Celades told a news conference.”Parejo is our captain. He’s not just a player but also somebody very important for the fans.”He’s spent many years here, in very different times, and gone through many difficult situations as well as other nicer ones.”He knows the club well and his attitude is very positive for all of us. I think it’s a great show of responsibility.”That’s the way we want everybody to be. I hope that his optimism and mentality as captain is contagious.”Up for the challengeSquad List for #BarçaValencia   #NewEra   #FutureIsNowVCF pic.twitter.com/jltmvIASyS — Valencia CF English (@valenciacf_en) September 13, 2019 Valencia drew both of their league meetings with Barca last term, before beating the Blaugrana 2-1 in the Copa del Rey final – a win that Marcelino believes played a part in him losing his job – and Ernesto Valverde is expecting a stern challenge despite the upheaval at Mestalla.”I imagine it will be a similar kind of game even though they have changed manager,” Barca’s coach told a news conference.”It was only two days ago. I don’t really think there has been time, I’m sure there will be changes in time but it hasn’t been enough.”It’s a team that has given us problems on the counter-attack, keep their lines together, quick on the break and can score from the smallest of chances, we saw that in the cup final.”They’re a Champions League team so we expect a Champions League kind of game.”last_img read more

Red Sox hold off Yankees in Game 4, face Astros in ALCS

first_img After 63 seconds that felt like a lot longer, crew chief Mike Winters made it official: The Red Sox beat the Yankees 4-3 Tuesday night to win a four-game AL Division Series, setting up a postseason rematch with the World Series champion Astros.“I’ve been talking about them the whole season, so now we go,” said Red Sox rookie manager Alex Cora, Houston’s bench coach last year. “Best of seven. They know me. I know them. It should be fun.”J.D. Martinez and the 108-win Red Sox reached the AL Championship Series for the first time since the Red Sox won the title in 2013. A year after losing to Houston in a four-game ALDS, they will open the best-of-seven matchup against the 103-win Astros on Saturday night at Fenway Park. Houston went 4-3 against Boston this year.“Awesome to clinch this one,” Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes said, “but we’ve got eight more.” The Boston Red Sox celebrate after beating the New York Yankees 4-3 in Game 4 of baseball’s American League Division Series, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Photo Gallery Published: October 9, 2018, 9:30pm 3 Photos NEW YORK — Eduardo Nunez charged Gleyber Torres’ four-hopper toward third base and whipped it across the diamond. Steve Pearce stretched, falling on his chest for a sprawling catch. The umpire signaled: “Out!”The Boston Red Sox gathered around exhausted closer Craig Kimbrel, hugging and celebrating after the New York Yankees’ two-run rally in the ninth inning fell short.But wait!In 21st century baseball, the game doesn’t always end when it seems, hanging in limbo until umpires in a downtown Manhattan replay room agree.A Yankee Stadium crowd of 49,641 wondered and the Red Sox watched from the infield, fixated on the center-field video board. By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Red Sox hold off Yankees in Game 4, face Astros in ALCS New York’s ninth-inning rally comes up short, 4-3 By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. GO A New Jersey native who grew up a Mets fan, Rick Porcello held the Yankees to one run over five innings for his first postseason win. Barnes and Ryan Brasier followed with a perfect inning each to protect a 4-1 lead. Red Sox ace Chris Sale followed with a 1-2-3 eighth in a rare relief appearance, extending a string of 11 straight outs for Boston pitching.New York had not put a leadoff runner on until Kimbrel, a seven-time All-Star closer, walked Aaron Judge on four pitches leading off the ninth.Didi Gregorius singled and Giancarlo Stanton struck out, dropping to 4 for 18 (.222) with no RBIs in the series. Luke Voit walked on four pitches, and Kimbrel hit Neil Walker on a leg with his next pitch, forcing in a run.Gary Sanchez fell behind 0-2 in the count, worked it full and sent a drive that had the crowd roaring only for Andrew Benintendi to catch it on the left-field warning track, a few feet short of a game-ending grand slam. Sabathia, a 38-year-old lefty who led the Yankees to their last World Series title in 2009, had been the slide-ender of New York’s pitching staff with a 14-1 record following losses in the previous two regular seasons.Pitching on 11 days’ rest and perhaps for the final time in pinstripes, Sabathia escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first when Kinsler hit an inning-ending flyout to Gardner in front of the left-field wall.He needed 35 pitches to get through two innings and nicked Benintendi on the right shoulder with a slider on his first pitch of the third. Steve Pearce sliced a cutter into right-center to put runners at the corners and Martinez hit a third-inning sacrifice fly for second straight night, giving him six RBIs in the series.Xander Bogaerts advanced Pearce with a comebacker and, with David Robertson starting to warm up, Sabathia threw a wild pitch on a cross-up with Sanchez. Follow The Columbian on Instagram “I hit it well. But I got under it,” Sanchez said through a translator.Then came Torres’ bouncer.“I think we’re right there knocking on the door,” Yankees rookie manager Aaron Boone said, “very close to being a championship club right now. We just got to continue to improve on the margins in every facet. Pitching is one of those.”A night after Boston romped to a record-setting 16-1 rout in a game that included three replay reversals, Martinez, Ian Kinsler and Nunez drove in runs in the third inning off a wobbly CC Sabathia. For the second straight night, Boone hesitated to remove his starting pitcher early.When Boone brought in Zach Britton to start the fourth, Vazquez led off with an opposite-field drive over the short porch in right field for his first career postseason homer.Not even the presence of 1978 AL East tiebreaker star Bucky Dent for the ceremonial first pitch could inspire the 100-win Yankees, who were outscored 27-14 in the series, including 20-4 in the final two games. New York set a major league record this year for most home runs in a season, but didn’t go deep in the two games at Yankee Stadium. Kinsler doubled over a leaping Gardner for a 2-0 lead and Nunez singled on the next pitch for his first RBI of the postseason.BEHIND THE PLATEA night after three of his calls at first base were reversed on video reviews, Angel Hernandez called balls and strikes. Benintendi argued after he was called out on a breaking ball with the bases loaded for the final out of the eighth, a pitch that may have been outside. Sabathia said the umpire should not be allowed to work any more postseason games. Share: Share: Follow Dent’s home run over Fenway Park’s Green Monster in the 1978 AL East tiebreaker propelled the Yankees to their second straight World Series title, but Boston eliminated its rival in the Bronx in the teams’ second straight postseason meeting. In the 2004 ALCS — with Barnes in the crowd as a teen, rooting for the Yankees — the Red Sox became the first big league team to overcome 3-0 postseason deficit, winning the final two games on the road and going on to sweep the World Series for its first title since 1918.Boston added championships in 2007 and 2013, becoming one of baseball’s elite clubs. But the Red Sox had been knocked out in the Division Series the previous two years and had not reached the sport’s final four since their last title.A lanky, bearded 29-year-old right-hander, Porcello lived a traffic jam from Yankee Stadium in Chester, New Jersey, and is a 2007 graduate of Seton Hall Prep in West Orange — the baseball field there was renamed in his honor last year after he helped fund artificial turf and pro-style dugouts. The 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner entered with a 0-3 in 12 previous postseason appearances, which included four starts.New York got its first run on Brett Gardner’s sacrifice fly in the fifth. Aaron Hicks missed a home run by about 4 feet on a foul drive down the right-field line, worked the count full, then popped out to Kinsler to backpedaled from second to short right field.last_img read more

Travelex Insurance Services recognized as Best Travel Insurance at Virtuoso® Awards

first_imgAugust 27, 2018 (LAS VEGAS) – For the 10th consecutive year, Travelex Insurance Services graciously accepted Virtuoso’s ‘Best Service Partner’ award, an indicator of the luxury travel industry’s best travel insurance provider. The award was presented during the 30th annual Virtuoso Travel Week at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The theme of this year’s event was ‘Your World Awaits.’  The accolade is especially noteworthy as only a fraction of the travel network’s 1,700 partners received honors at the event. It was Travelex’s 10th consecutive year receiving the award and 11th year overall.  “Travelex Insurance Services’ achievements, including their thorough knowledge and superior service, coupled with the value they place on the travel advisor relationship, have helped Virtuoso become the industry-leading network it is today,” said Albert Herrera, senior vice president, Global Product Partnerships at Virtuoso. “As one of our exclusive award winners, Travelex is enhancing Virtuoso’s reputation as a trailblazer in luxury travel, providing the network with a competitive edge in the products and benefits we offer savvy travelers round the world.”  President of Travelex Insurance Services Michael J. Ambrose added: “We are grateful to our incredible partners who helped us achieve this distinctive honor for over a decade. Receiving the ‘Best Service Partner’ award for 10 straight years is a humbling and uplifting experience that speaks to the importance of developing strong travel advisor relationships. Virtuoso Awards are special because they allow travel industry peers to recognize each other for excellence, and everyone at Travelex is proud to be recognized.”   Travelex Insurance Services is a leading travel insurance provider in the United States with over 55 years combined industry expertise of helping people dream, explore and travel with confidence. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Travelex Insurance Services was founded in 1996 when the Travelex Group purchased Mutual of Omaha Companies’ travel insurance distribution services. Travelex Insurance Services became a subsidiary of Cover-More Holdings USA, Inc. in November 2016, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Zurich Insurance Group Limited (“ZIG”), headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. Travelex Insurance Services delivers a wide range of travel protection plans through travel agencies, tour operators and at travelexinsurance.com. Plans are underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company.  Virtuoso® is the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 1,000 travel agency partners with 17,500 elite travel advisors in 50 countries throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Drawing upon its preferred relationships with 1,700 of the world’s best hotels and resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour companies and premier destinations, the network provides its upscale clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. More than (U.S.) $23.7 billion in annual travel sales makes Virtuoso a powerhouse in the luxury travel industry. For more information, visit www.virtuoso.com.last_img read more

Newfoundland police investigate sudden death of teen amid reports of bullying

first_imgGANDER, N.L. – Police are investigating the sudden death of a 14-year-old Newfoundland girl, saying they are aware of social media allegations in the case but don’t yet know what precipitated the death.Gander RCMP said Friday numerous investigators have been assigned to look into the circumstances of the tragedy and will be conducting interviews and inquiries across the northeastern part of the island.Sgt. Chris Dawe said police are aware of recent social media posts and encourage anyone with information related to this case to contact them.“With technology and social media expanding on a daily basis, it’s something that law enforcement is having to pay close attention to and contend with,” he said, adding that investigations become “far reaching endeavours.”Comments on the social networking website Facebook suggest the girl was the victim of bullying by another teen shortly before her death.A relative of the girl posted what she said was a conversation “days before she was taken from us so tragically.”In what appears to be a series of screenshots of text messages from a smartphone, another teen appears to push the girl to take her own life.One text message said: “I really just want u to die before u have the time to have a life.”In what the relative said was the girl’s response, one text message simply said “stop.”A memorialized Facebook account of the teen includes photos of a smiling girl with long brown hair and glasses.An outpouring of grief and support for the teen’s family appeared on Facebook.“I just wish I could turn back time and fix this. I wish there was more time and more memories,” said one friend in a social media post. “I wish that this didn’t happen to you. This doesn’t feel real. Rest In Peace beautiful, I love you so much.”Another friend of the teen said news of her passing “hit hard for a lot of us around here.”“What some people are capable of saying to one is so sickening,” the post said. “How much does it take to be a decent human being? Just please everyone, please, be kind.”The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office is also investigating the teen’s death, which occurred on the afternoon of Feb. 6.Ken Morrissey with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District said in an email that a crisis response team, including guidance and educational psychologist supports, have been deployed to a school in Gander in response to a tragic circumstance.— By Brett Bundale in Halifax.last_img read more

Bouteflikas reelection Algerian Journalist asks to suspend his citizenship

first_imgCasablanca – According to news portal Hesspress, Algerian journalist Hafid Deraji has recently addressed an open letter to the Algerian President Boutaflika in which he harshly criticizes the President’s intention to run for reelection.“I have decided to tell you what will happen if you ever won a fourth presidential election against our will,” reads Deraji’s letter. “You are in dire need for rest, and we are in dire need for a new era in which our country is ruled by institutions instead of an oligarchy.”The journalist added, “We have officially learned that you cannot move or speak, and do not meet the presidential criteria determined by our constitution.”“You did not respect the law. You have ruled this country for 15 years and have done it more wrong than anybody else had done it before you,” he added. “And you still intend to burden us with your presence for one more term despite your critical health condition and your bad decisions.”“Algeria is witnessing a masquerade, for its future president will not even be able to communicate with his people in person or promote his electoral campaign, nor will he be able to address the people on voting,” said the journalist.“My return to my homeland will be postponed now that you intend to run for another presidency, because I refuse to watch you demolish all that we have built through all our historical sacrifices,” Deraji said in the letter.The journalist also asked the Algerian president to remove his name from the list of citizens that he would rule over, “because I will never allow myself to see my country run by a tyrant, and I will accept nothing less than a true president who can assume his responsibilities and serve his country to the best of his ability.”Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

UN Fourth Committee Hearing Discusses Moroccos Autonomy Plan

Rabat – The Western Sahara question continues to divide the international community as a UN hearing on Wednesday ended in “mixed reviews” about Morocco’s position.In a marathon of opinionated remarks on the ongoing political stalemate in Western Sahara, some petitioners threw scathing criticism at Morocco’s position, calling the country a “colonizer” and a champion of human rights abuses.They accused Morocco of plundering the region, alleging that locals do not benefit from natural resources in the southern provinces. Others, however, spoke highly of the country’s position, particularly its 2007 autonomy plan. These supporters pointed out the enormous development projects and investment plans under Moroccan watch in the southern territories, according to UN coverage of the meeting.Read Also: Timeline: Western Sahara Dispute from 1859 to 2017In an equally opinionated rebuttal of critics’ arguments, supportive petitioners welcomed Morocco’s plan as the only viable and reliable peace broker in the decades-long political dispute.They explained that, as far as security, stability, and development projects are concerned, Morocco’s position is the most sustainable path towards a mutually acceptable political settlement.Morocco’s proposal, the UN coverage quoted one supporter as saying, is “flexible, fair, and far-sighted.”As Morocco’s 2007 autonomy plan entails local autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty, supporters pointed out that the proposal is democratic and that it values civic participation and citizens’ rights.In Tindouf, the de facto bastion of the separatists, however, others highlighted, political dissent is silenced and severely punished while freedom of movement and expression is heavily restricted.Read Also: Western Sahara: Has Algeria Betrayed the Sahrawis Again?French Senator François Grosdidier, perhaps the most fervent pro-Moroccan petitioner at the hearing, said that local autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty—the cornerstone of Morocco’s proposal—is the more practical and effective alternative to provide stability and security in a vast and often troubled region.“The Moroccan Autonomy plan responds to democratic aspirations and sustainable development needs, in its economic, social, and environmental dimensions, while respecting the identity of the populations,” Grosdidier was quoted by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) as saying.He added that while Morocco’s proposal “responds to democratic aspirations and sustainable development needs,” a Polisario-ruled and “independent Sahara would be unable to control its vast territory,” ultimately becoming “a lawless area.”The remarks come as the UN strives to break away from decades of fruitless peace negotiations to finally find an agreed upon and mutually acceptable settlement in the decades-long standstill.In his latest report on the UN peacekeeping efforts in Western Sahara, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres upheld the international community and Morocco’s resolve to commit all players to the negotiation table to reach a sustainable political solution. read more

UN environment agency unveils lowcost device for air quality monitoring

“We know from the World Health Organization (WHO) that 88 per cent of deaths related to outdoor pollution occur in low- and middle-income countries,” said UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner. ”Yet it is these same developing countries that typically lack access to data on their air quality.”“UNEP’s device can spark a data boom to help countries reduce the negative effects of air pollution, potentially saving lives that would have been lost due to air pollution-related illnesses,” Mr. Steiner explained.In an announcement in Nairobi, Kenya, where UNEP is headquartered, the agency said “the device, capable of collecting all the vital parameters of air quality, will cost around $1,500 per unit, allowing governments to establish a countrywide network of mobile and stationary air monitoring stations for as little as $150,000-200,000.“Currently, roughly the same amount of money is necessary to set up just one monitoring station,” UNEP said, adding that it plans to make the blueprints of its device publically available. “This will allow governments and organizations to assemble or fabricate the units themselves, creating opportunities for innovation, enterprise development and green job creation,” the agency said. A pilot project, inaugurated Monday in Kenya’s capital, will further test the device and map the city’s air pollution hotspots. “Preliminary test results, collected by the mobile monitoring unit, show that large parts of the city may have unsafe levels of air pollution, with certain areas particularly affected,” UNEP said. Despite a generally lower degree of industrialization, according to the agency, African cities suffer the consequences of poor air quality, mainly due to high levels of particulate matter, containing hazardous airborne chemicals especially harmful to human health. Most fine particulate matter comes from fuel combustion, both from vehicles and stationary sources such as power plants, industry and households. “Each year, air pollution causes 7 million premature deaths around the world, with outdoor pollution responsible for more than half of that total,” Mr. Steiner said. “Tragically, these deaths are wholly preventable.” read more

Govt will have no legitimacy after Sept 18 – Jagdeo

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAG examining Opposition demands for govt to resign, dissolve ParliamentJuly 27, 2019In “Local News”Ali clarifies Govt’s “one-sided” account of Granger/Jagdeo meetingAugust 9, 2019In “latest news”MPs will not return to National Assembly to extend caretaker Govt time in office – PPPAugust 4, 2019In “latest news” Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo today (August 8, 2019) reiterated that after September 18, 2019, the caretaker Coalition Government will not have any legitimacy.His comment comes on the heels of President David Granger refusing a request by the Opposition Leader to uphold the recent ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and constitutional provisions.On Wednesday, the Head of State responded to a letter sent by Jagdeo over two weeks ago, requesting that he and his Cabinet uphold Article 106 of the Constitution and the CCJ’s ruling and subsequent consequential orders by resigning and calling elections.But President Granger said, in response, that he will not accede to the Opposition’s request.To this end, Jagdeo reiterated that constitutional rule will end on September 18, which will be three months since the CCJ ruled that the No-Confidence Motion was validly passed against the government, giving effect to Articles 106 (6) and (7).“Constitutional rule will cease on that day. We are in unchartered waters. The government will be a usurper in office and it cannot claim necessity if it’s self-imposed… We’re making it clear that after September 18, the government does not any legitimacy. In fact, constitutional rule ends at that date in Guyana,” he told pointed out to reporters at his weekly press conference.According to the Opposition Leader, the Trinidad-based regional court’s ruling was clear and is being understood by everyone except the caretaker Coalition Government.“Any sensible person reading the Constitution, [even] a child in school can tell you what it means. The language is clear as the CCJ said. It doesn’t need to buffer the language of the Constitution, it’s unambiguous. But [the President] has decided here to say ‘I’m not complying the Constitution,” Jagdeo stated.Articles 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution says that the President and his Cabinet shall resign after the passage of a no confidence motion and call elections within three months.At a hearing last month, the CCJ said that the constitutional actors, including the President and the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), have a responsibility to uphold the “unambiguous” provisions of the Guyana Constitution. read more

Prison officers suspended after inmate escapes NA jail

Three prison officers have been suspended after a convicted prisoner escaped from their custody at the New Amsterdam Prison.Rameshwar Prakash, 21, was serving an 18 months sentence for larceny. He was slated to be released on June 20, 2020.Prison Director Gladwin Samuels explained that at around 07:50hrs today, 13 male prisoners were uplifted by two female prison officers to labour at the New Amsterdam Prison farms.The inmates were working at the Arable ‘B’ which is situated opposite the Prison Officers’ Club.Reports are that Prakash requested to use a washroom that is on the opposite side of the road from where he was working.“From there, it is alleged that he went into a house used by one of the female officers he was working with. The report indicated that he removed seventeen thousand ($17,000) dollars (Guyana Currency) and an electronic tablet from the Officer’s room and made good his escape,” the Guyana Prison Service said in a release.Search teams consisting of Police Officers and Prison Officers are deployed to aid in his recapture.  His last known address is lot 53, Princetown, Corentyne, Berbice.Initial investigation suggests that there were breaches of Standing Orders, the Prison Service said.“…as a result, three officers have been relieved of their duty.  They are required to report to the prison daily at 08:00 hours, pending the outcome of investigations.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNew Amsterdam Prison Officer caught with cannabisOctober 25, 2016In “Crime”Prisoner busted with ‘ganja’August 30, 2016In “Crime”Fiery Camp Street jail break: 1 prison officer dead, several inmates injuredJuly 10, 2017In “Crime” read more