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Thibaut Courtois backs under-fire Antonio Conte after Watford defeat

first_imgChelsea lost to Watford 1-4 on Tuesday and it’s believed that their manager Antonio Conte is on the brink of the sack. But the London club players remain supportive of manager despite suffering a second successive three-goal defeat in the Premier League, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has said.Five days earlier the English club lost 3-0 at home to Bournemouth.The result left them fourth in the table, 19 points adrift of leaders Manchester City, and increased the pressure already mounting on their Italian manager.”We believe in him and we believe in our team. We have two bad results and we just try to get back, regroup and just continue,” Courtois told club’s website.”Obviously we are disappointed with the two results we have had in the last week, obviously it is not good, but we have to regroup in training, have heads high and continue the hard work and just continue what we were doing.Full-time: Watford 4-1 Chelsea. href=””>#WATCHE FC (@ChelseaFC) February 5, 2018″We have now two bad losses but we are a team with the manager, and everyone is positive about that, and we will try to do our best to win next week.”Chelsea were reduced to 10 men against Watford when Tiemoue Bakayoko was sent off after half an hour and they fell behind to Troy Deeney’s penalty 12 minutes later.Eden Hazard equalised eight minutes from time, but late goals from Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra condemned Chelsea to back-to-back three-goal defeats for the first time since 1995.advertisement”We showed that we wanted to fight, even with 10 men, and that shows we have character, but when you lose twice like that, it is not good and there are questions raised, but we go back to training with the manager, and training well and turn this situation around,” Courtois added.Chelsea started 2018 second in the table and in the semi-finals of the League Cup, but they were beaten over two legs by Arsenal and have drawn two and lost two of their five Premier League matches so far this year.Conte’s side are now just one point ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and face a fight for Champions League qualification.They remain in this season’s competition but face runaway La Liga leaders Barcelona in the last-16, with the first leg at home on Feb. 20.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Projecting the U.S. roster for World Cup qualifiers

first_imgUnited States Projecting the U.S. roster for October’s decisive World Cup qualifiers Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 22:00 29/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Christian Pulisic US World Cup Qualifying 060817 Matthew Stockman United States WC Qualification CONCACAF United States v Panama Trinidad and Tobago v United States Panama Trinidad and Tobago DeAndre Yedlin is back and Matt Miazga could be getting a call when Bruce Arena convenes his U.S. squad for October’s vital World Cup qualifiers No new faces. That was Bruce Arena’s philosophy heading into September’s World Cup qualifiers and he made it clear on Tuesday that he’s standing by that approach as October’s all-important qualifiers approach.It is a philosophy that has to be maddening for U.S. fans who feel fresh blood is needed after the U.S. managed just one point from two September qualifiers. It’s understandable to want things shaken up, especially given how much the Americans struggled against Costa Rica and Honduras last month, but it is also isn’t reasonable to assume that a new face who hasn’t been in a national team camp all year is going to show up and suddenly have chemistry within the group. That’s not to mention the fact the U.S. is facing a must-win qualifier against Panama. It isn’t really the environment to throw in someone who is a novice to the international game.Though we are unlikely to see any players who haven’t been a part of a previous 2017 camp, that doesn’t mean there won’t be a different feel to the October qualifying squad. For one, DeAndre Yedlin is back, and the first-choice right back should step right in and resume his starting role at a position that proved troublesome in September. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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. You also have Fabian Johnson, who was around in September, but clearly wasn’t fully fit or close to sharp considering he had just returned from an injury. While he only recently made his first start for Borussia Moenchengladbach since returning from September’s international duty, he should be sharper than he was a month ago.If you’re looking for a player who could be in a similar situation this time around, it’s Geoff Cameron, who has missed three weeks with a thigh injury. Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has stated he feels Cameron has a good chance of returning to action this weekend, and Arena said on Tuesday that he believed Cameron would be in the upcoming U.S. camp.One player who will definitely be missing from the October qualifying squad is Jordan Morris, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury. You will recall it was Morris who kept the ball alive on Bobby Wood’s all-important equalizer in September, and scored the Gold Cup-winning goal against Jamaica back in July. Arena will need to fill the void at forward and could call on another Gold Cup participant.Here is a look at what the U.S. World Cup qualifying roster should look like in October:GOALKEEPERSBrad Guzan USA 06212016SELECTIONS: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Nick RimandoMISSED THE CUT: Ethan Horvath, Bill Hamid, Sean Johnson, Jesse GonzalezThis trio is as far away as you can get from new faces, and the real intrigue in this group is whether Arena will go with Howard as his starter, or turn to Guzan. Howard’s showing against Costa Rica may have loosened his grip on the starting role, and Guzan has looked sharp with Atlanta United. Will Arena consider a younger option for the third goalkeeper spot? That’s entirely possible, but Rimando has been playing well for a resurgent Real Salt Lake. DEFENDERSDeAndre Yedlin USA 03292016SELECTIONS: DeAndre Yedlin, Graham Zusi, Geoff Cameron, Omar Gonzalez, Matt Miazga, Matt Besler, Tim Ream, Jorge Villafana, Eric LichajINJURED: John BrooksMISSED THE CUT: Tim Chandler, Matt Hedges, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Ike Opara, Greg Garza, Justin Morrow, DaMarcus BeasleyHaving Yedlin back is huge, but the uncertainty about Cameron is worrisome, even with his shaky showing against Costa Rica last month. Left back is a particularly troubling position, where Jorge Villafana has seen inconsistent playing time at Santos Laguna and DaMarcus Beasley coming off an awful performance against Honduras.Matt Miazga has been playing regularly for Dutch side Vitesse, and impressed against Ajax last weekend. He was part of the Gold Cup squad, so he’s not a newcomer to the group and should get the nod.Will Arena stand by Beasley after his terrible start against Honduras last month? If not, Arena could turn to the versatile Lichaj as a left back option, as well as Justin Morrow, who played in the Gold Cup.MIDFIELDERSDarlington Nagbe USASELECTIONS: Christian Pulisic, Michael Bradley, Darlington Nagbe, Fabian Johnson, Paul Arriola, Kellyn Acosta, Dax McCarty, Cristian Roldan, Alejandro BedoyaINJURED: Kelyn Rowe, Danny Williams, Sebastian LletgetMISSED THE CUT: Lee Nguyen, Sacha Kljestan, Benny Feilhaber, Weston McKennie, Gyasi Zardes, Joe CoronaDoes this group of selections look familiar? It’s the same group of midfielders Arena called up in September. All are healthy heading into the weekend, which should make Arena’s decisions easy.And what of young Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie? The defensive midfielder is starting to break through at the Bundesliga club, but fans hoping to see him in a U.S. uniform will likely have to wait a while.Will Arena consider Zardes, whose versatility make him a wing midfield and forward option? The fact the LA Galaxy have been playing Zardes at right back may work against him as Arena looks to fill the void left by Jordan Morris’ return from injury.Arriola enters the upcoming camp in good form since making the move to D.C. United. Arena has shown a willingness to play Arriola in big matches, so don’t be surprised if the D.C. midfielder gets at least one start in October.FORWARDSJozy Altidore USA Gold CupSELECTIONS: Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey Bobby Wood, Dom Dwyer, Chris WondolowskiINJURED: Jordan MorrisMISSED THE CUT: C.J. Sapong, Christian RamirezThe good news for Arena is that Wood appears to have overcome a recent knee injury, but the bad news is Morris is still sidelined and not easily replaced. Morris gave the U.S. a good speed option off the bench, and there’s really no similar option.Dom Dwyer has picked a good time to start heating up for Orlando City, and though he doesn’t boast Morris’ speed, he has the power and movement to be a threat off the bench.last_img read more

12 hours agoRoma coach Paulo Fonseca: My players are devastaetd

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma coach Paulo Fonseca: My players are devastaetdby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma coach Paulo Fonseca admits his players are stunned after their 1-1 draw with Europa League opponents Borussia Monchengladbach.Nicolò Zaniolo had Roma in front with a header, but deep into stoppages the referee awarded a penalty in the Europa League match for handball, even though it clearly hit Chris Smalling in the face.“It is difficult to accept a decision like that,” Fonseca told Sky Sport Italia.“All the players are devastated. We faced the Bundesliga leaders and were in constant control of the game, despite the difficulties. It’s really hard to accept this, we deserved a different result.”Fonseca played centre-back Gianluca Mancini in midfield on the night.“He’s a fighter and a good player. He’d never played in that position, so it wasn’t easy, but he did very well. We’ll see if he plays there against Milan at the weekend, the truth is we don’t have many options.“If Edin Dzeko can’t play, then I may as well go upfront! I think Zaniolo is the only possibility, even if it’s not his position.” last_img read more

Steve Smith, David Warner did the crime and served their time: Nasser Hussain

first_imgSteve Smith, David Warner did the crime and served their time: Nasser HussainSteve Smith and David Warner returned to the Australian team on Saturday in their World Cup 2019 opener against Afghanistan in Bristol.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJune 3, 2019UPDATED: June 3, 2019 18:46 IST Steve Smith and David Warner both served one year bans for their role in the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith and David Warner were booed during the Afghanistan match in BristolSmith and Warner were banned for 12 months for their roles in the ball-tampering scandalWarner made a superb comeback scoring 89 not out in Australia’s 7-wicket win over Afghanistan in their CWC19 openerFormer England captain Nasser Hussain sympathized with the tainted Australian duo of Steve Smith and David Warner as they marked their return to international cricket in the World Cup 2019 match against Afghanistan on June 1.Both players were subjected to booing and jeers by the hostile English crowd when they took to the field in Bristol. Smith in particular, was booed when he walked out to bat for Australia during their run chase of 208. Warner was batting at the other end when the former captain was being booed.They were also booed by the spectators during Australia’s warm-up match against England in Southampton on May 25.Nasser Hussain, who was present at India Today’s cricket conclave on Sunday, felt that both Smith and Warner have suffered enough for their mistake and must not take all this negativity to heart as Australia look to defend their World Cup title this year.Smith and Warner were banned for 12 months while Cameron Bancroft was banished for 9 months for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test between South Africa and Australia in March last year.”They did the crime and served their time. We all make mistakes but move on. Australia did the right thing by picking them. They are serious players and you can’t leave them out of your side,” Hussain said at Salaam Cricket 2019.”Most of it (booing) is done in good humour and jest and I think Smith and Warner will take it in their stride. I don’t think the toughness of Australian cricketers will bother them much,” Hussain said.advertisementFormer Australia captain Michael Clarke, who was also present on the session with Hussain, said that Australia have a serious chance to win the World Cup for the sixth time only because they have Smith and Warner back in the side.”Smith and Warner are two great players and will make a huge difference. Warner will not feel the criticism at all but Smith is a bit different.”Both are expecting to be booed but they are also excited to be back playing again. Without them we can’t win this World Cup but with them in form and playing, I think we can,” Clarke said at Salaam Cricket 2019.Warner made a superb comeback to the side on Saturday, scoring 89 not out off 114 balls as Australia chased down 208 with 7 wickets in hand. Smith score 18 runs in the run chase. Warner was declared man-of-the-match for his performance with the bat.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Salaam Cricket 2019Follow Steve SmithFollow David WarnerFollow Nasser HussainFollow Michael ClarkeFollow World Cup 2019last_img read more

Cape Breton Company Geared for Growth

first_imgA Sydney-based employer is better positioned to make market gains and create new jobs after undergoing an expansion. Premier Darrell Dexter along with Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris, and Nova Scotia Business Inc., president and CEO Stephen Lund today, July 30, announced a five-year payroll rebate of up to $253,500 for North-Air Window and Door Ltd. “North-Air is a great example of a company that is increasing productivity, creating new jobs and growing the economy,” said Premier Dexter. “This is the type of company that the province is proud to support now and in the future.” Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation previously provided the company with a $347,000 repayable contribution toward a $600,000 capital expansion of the facility. “The government is pleased to partner with the province and North-Air Window and Door Ltd. on the expansion of this manufacturing facility,” said Keith Ashfield, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “Investing in small business is key to strengthening the local economy and ensuring Atlantic Canada’s competitiveness.” North-Air has built a larger facility, with faster energy-efficient equipment and is reducing waste and recycling vinyl that diverts it from a landfill. “The 7,000 square feet of new space and the efficient equipment will enable us to keep pace with the increasing demand for our product,” said Alan Stewart, president of North-Air Ltd. “We are excited about taking our product to new export markets.” “It’s important that we continue to encourage companies such as North-Air that are pursuing growth opportunities and increasing productivity,” said Mr. Paris. “Through this project, North-Air has the potential to create good, new jobs in the province and grow the economy.” As demand grows, the company anticipates it may need to add up to 20 jobs within five years. “North-Air is boosting its ability to meet customer needs while reducing energy and production costs,” said Mr. Lund. “NSBI is pleased to encourage the growth of companies such as North-Air that are minimizing their carbon footprint and at the same time becoming increasingly competitive.” North-Air Window and Door Ltd. holds distribution agreements with many dealers, including Home Depot, Castle and RONA as well as independent building supply dealers throughout Eastern Canada. The company has experienced steady growth during the past four years with increased sales throughout Atlantic Canada. Founded in 2001, North-Air Window and Door Ltd., provides attractive, high-quality, and energy efficient vinyl windows and doors to customers throughout the Atlantic provinces. North-Air windows and doors are built to meet or exceed industry standards, providing customers with a beautiful look to their home, as well as increasing energy efficiency. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI helps Nova Scotia companies meet their growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital. The investment attraction agency for the province, NSBI fuels job creation and economic growth. For more information, visit and join the conversation at read more

Workers at GMs Oshawa Assembly Plant hold work stoppage over closure

first_imgOSHAWA, Ont. — Unionized workers at the General Motors assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont., are back to work after holding a sit-down protest over the planned closure of the facility.Kathleen O’Keefe, a spokeswoman for Unifor, said in an email early today that the workers have since gone back on the line after starting the protest Tuesday.The work stoppage came after Unifor president Jerry Dias sat down with GM on Tuesday to talk about proposals the union had made to extend the life of the Ontario plant, but came away empty-handed.The company has said the options suggested by the union, including extending the life of the Chevy Impala and Cadillac XTS currently produced at the plant or shifting production slated for Mexico to the plant, are not economic.David Paterson, vice president of corporate affairs at GM Canada, says the union should instead work with the company on timing and transition plans for the close to 3,000 affected jobs.GM said it has identified job opportunities, is willing to pay for retraining and is open to negotiations on packages for workers on top of what is already included in contracts.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ohio State set to continue nonconference slate against Northern Illinois

OSU junior wide receiver Michael Thomas (3) during a game against Hawaii on Sept. 12 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State might have two victories that ended with the second- or third-string quarterback running out the clock with a decisive lead, but members of the team have not been pleased with its performance so far.“We know in the back of our minds that as an entire team we have not played our best,” redshirt sophomore linebacker Darron Lee said. “But we don’t panic, we don’t worry necessarily, it’s just like ‘Hey, we have some work we’ve got to do to get where we’ve got to get.’”The below-expectation performance has dealt OSU a small hit in the Associated Press poll with OSU (2-0) losing its unanimous No. 1 spot. The Buckeyes were the first team ever to receive all 61 first-place votes in the preseason poll, but they lost two of those votes to Big Ten rival Michigan State this week. The Spartans, after defeating then-No. 7 Oregon on Saturday, sit in fourth place.The Buckeyes, meanwhile, struggled offensively in their home opener against Hawaii. They scored four rushing touchdowns, but a failure to get much of a game going through the air was bailed out by a strong defensive performance in their 38-0 win.“We didn’t play very well, but on defense we played outstanding … So what do you do? We work at it,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said.Now, the Buckeyes are ready to welcome the Northern Illinois Huskies on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. Northern Illinois (2-0), which won the Mid-American Conference championship in three of the past four years, is the first of two consecutive MAC schools on OSU’s schedule, with Western Michigan set to come to Columbus the week after.OSU’s non-conference schedule — Virginia Tech, Hawaii, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan — has drawn some criticism for its lack of firepower, most notably from former Wisconsin and current Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.“Ohio State’s ranked No. 1 and they have one game remaining on their schedule that has anybody ranked right now — Michigan State,” Bielema said during last week’s SEC coaches teleconference. “We’re going to play eight straight opponents that are ranked.”Meyer, in return, took a jab at Bielema on Monday.“I don’t know where people have time to do all that,” Meyer said. “I don’t know anyone else’s schedule. I don’t care.”Bielema’s Arkansas, as it turned out, lost to MAC school Toledo three days after his comments.Previously for the HuskiesNIU grabbed wins in each of its first two games, 38-0 over UNLV and 57-26 against Murray State. Each game was marked by a great deal of offense and a poor showing of defense.The Huskies are seventh in the nation in yards per game with 594. They compiled 545 yards against UNLV, including 360 passing yards from redshirt junior Drew Hare, before exploding for 643 yards last week.Hare has thrown for 718 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions through two games, with 357 of those yards going to junior receiver Kenny Golladay. Golladay, who also has two touchdown receptions, is second in the nation in yards receiving.“That is a very special quarterback,” defensive line coach Larry Johnson said of Hare. “Drew is very special … He can run the ball also, but he’s pretty accurate. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. He runs the offense.”However, NIU has allowed 433 yards per game, 95th out of 127 schools.Meyer praised redshirt senior cornerback Paris Logan on defense, however, whom he referred to as “electric.” Logan, who had three interceptions last season, should be matched up with OSU’s No. 1 receiver, redshirt junior Michael Thomas.The Buckeyes last faced the Huskies in 2006, a 35-12 OSU victory. The Buckeyes were ranked No. 1 for that game, as well.Receiving setsAs OSU has already proved this season, depth charts released the days leading up to the game don’t always mean a whole lot. Still, the depth chart for the Week 3 matchup warrants a closer examination.The No. 1 receiver, as he should continue to be if he stays healthy, is Thomas. Behind him, however, is where it gets interesting.Redshirt freshman Parris Campbell is written in as the No. 2 receiver. Campbell, a product of Akron, does not have a catch through two games. In OSU’s opener at Virginia Tech, he had two opportunities for his first collegiate reception but came away with two drops.Still, the lack of early results did not stop Meyer from praising the receiver on Monday.He described Campbell as a “guy who’s coming on like wildfire,” and said the redshirt freshman is someone who “just does things right.”After Campbell, the depth chart lists a third starting receiver spot, held by redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall, despite Marshall being listed on the roster as an H-back. He is not the only H-back set to line up wide either, as junior Dontre Wilson is listed behind Campbell.At the actual H-back spot, redshirt senior Braxton Miller appears set to make his third straight start, while sophomore Curtis Samuel stands behind him.Musical returner chairsIn the game against Virginia Tech, junior Ezekiel Elliott made a surprise appearance returning punts. The outcome was not stellar, as Elliott muffed one punt late in the first half for a turnover and made only two returns for 13 yards.The following game against Hawaii, OSU opted to have two men deep, for the most part — a group consisting of Marshall, Wilson and Miller. It was Marshall getting the ball as he returned three punts for 45 yards, including a 32-yard return.Even with the opening up of more options — Marshall and Wilson were suspended for the opener — Meyer has Elliott back on the depth chart, listed next to Marshall as the punt return options.As for kick returns, Meyer seems to be going with a completely different group of return men, as Samuel and redshirt junior running back Warren Ball are listed to be standing deep.Up nextAfter the game against Northern Illinois, the Buckeyes are set to wrap up its non-conference schedule by hosting Western Michigan on Sept. 26. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Lakers Remain Kobe Bryants Team – He Says So

At 37, Kobe Bryant remains resolute about his role with the Los Angeles Lakers. “It’s my team,” he said as he begins his 17th NBA season.In other words, the arrival of perennial all-stars Steve Nash and Dwight Howard changes nothing.“I got a question earlier about whose team this is,” Bryant told reporters at the Lakers media day Monday. “I don’t want to get into the, ‘Well, we share …’ No, it’s my team. But I want to make sure that Dwight, when I retire, this is going to be his. I want to teach him everything I possibly know so that when I step away this organization can ride on as if I never left.”That will be hard to do, but it’s a nice sentiment. The point is Bryant knows he he is nearing the end of his legendary career.As for Howard, who is less the serious person than Bryant, he said he is OK acquiescing and learning from Bryant.“I’m willing to go through that process, learn from one of the greatest to ever play the game and I think it will be great,” Howard said. “I think learning from a guy like Kobe, I know he’s going to be tough on me but I expect that and I want him to do that. So, I’ll take all the heat that he’s going to give me because I know at the end of the day that’s going to make me a better player and a better person and it’s going to make this team better.”According to Bryant, he wants to prepare Howard to become the face of the Lakers’ franchise — after Bryant walks away. He has two years left on his contract. Howard only has one year, but it is widely assumed that he will re-sign a max extension with the Lakers after the season.“This organization has done so much for me. I’m so thankful to them,” Bryant said. “That’s one of the conversations that (Lakers vice president of player personnel) Jimmy (Buss) and I had over the summer. It was like, ‘If you have the opportunity to get Dwight, get him because I want to see this organization continue to flourish and continue to be successful long after I’m gone.’ ”In the meantime, it’s Bryant’s team. He said so. read more

Madonna has applied to adopt fouryearold twins called Stella and Esther reports

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. We have the file, we have everything, we have all the documentationMlenga Mvula Madonna performs onstage during the rally at the Women's March on Washington on January 21 Madonna has applied to adopt four-year-old twins called Stella and Esther from Malawi, reports have claimed. The singer, 58, is said to have appeared in court in Lilongwe, the capital city of the country, after filing an application to adopt on Wednesday. No further details regarding the identities of the children were released. But today, reports suggested she has filed to adopt two girls, who have allegedly been staying in an orphanage for two years.  Lucy Bandazi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, added to MailOnline, which disclosed the alleged names: “Madonna has lodged an application with the High Court to adopt two girls. They are aged four years old.”All the necessary paperwork is before the High Court and they will make the ultimate decision if the adoption can go ahead.”The Daily Telegraph has contacted representatives for Madonna for comment but has not yet received a reply. Mlenga Mvula, the judiciary spokesman, said: “We have the file, we have everything, we have all the documentation and the matter will be determined by the judge soon. If the court grants her an adoption order, she will have the twins this time around.” Claiming Madonna was trying to deliberately keep the details under wraps, he added: “We have no time to be lying to the general public when they know the truth of the matter.” center_img Madonna performs onstage during the rally at the Women’s March on Washington on January 21Credit:Kevin Mazur/WireImage Madonna, centre, tours the Mphandura orpahange near Lilongwe in 2013 Madonna, centre, tours the Mphandura orpahange near Lilongwe in 2013Credit:AP Photo/Thoko Chikondi The singer has so far denied claims that she is interested in adoption, telling US magazine People that she is in Malawi to check on a children’s hospital. “The rumours of an adoption process are untrue,” she said. “I am in Malawi to check on the children’s hospital in Blantyre and my other work with Raising Malawi and then heading home.” But on Thursday, government officials insisted that Madonna had filed documentation and said a judge would make a decision on her request soon. last_img read more

Advanced laboratory data management functionality for mining

first_imgThermo Fisher Scientific, a world leader in serving science, is exhibiting its full range of solutions for the mining industry, designed to offer improved efficiencies and increased productivity, on booth 500-2 at EXPOMIN 2010, April 12-16 in Santiago, Chile. Copies of International Mining are being distributed at the event, from the Infomine booth. For success in the laboratory or in the field, our industry is focused on improving efficiencies and controlling processes in order to realise increased margins, verify the quality of their end products and maintain adherence to local environmental, governmental or other regulatory requirements, such as ISO 17025.Thermo Scientific products have been serving the needs of the mining industry for decades, helping to improve efficiency and quality and thereby ensuring profitability. The Thermo Scientific range of products for mining, which covers exploration through processing, is proven to handle industrial conditions and provide high levels of accuracy and availability year after year. From complete bulk weighing and monitoring systems and automatic sampling systems to online sampling and analysis stations, our instruments and informatics solutions use the latest technology and software to ensure optimum accuracy and performance.As solutions for mining and exploration, Thermo Scientific Niton XRF analysers can instantly determine elemental composition of sample data at all stages of the exploration process. With more than 2,000 analyzers already deployed in the global mining industry, this family of analysers, now including the value-leading Niton® XL2 as well as the performance-leading Niton XL3t GOLDDTM, allows mining companies of any size to access a range of products that are engineered from the ground up to withstand harsh mining environments, reduce laboratory costs and improve efficiency. Further, users are offered the choice of an out-of-the-box field mapping option or the flexibility of seamless integration with their existing mapping packages. Regardless of the option chosen, handheld Thermo Scientific Niton XRF analysers can store results that are matched to GPS coordinates. These results can simply be downloaded to existing GIS and data analysis packages.For customers seeking a rugged nuclear density gauge capable of highly accurate readings using an extremely small source, the company offers the Thermo Scientific Density PRO. Based on energy attenuation technology, the gauge is also commonly mounted on pipes that range in size from 25.4 mm to 1,066.8 mm to measure percent by weight of solids, concentrations and slurries. It is also used in thickener underflow applications to measure tailings underflow. The system offers a wide range of features and is easy to use and maintain.The Thermo Scientific bulk weighing and monitoring product line offers a complete portfolio of conveyor scales, automatic sampling systems, weighbelt feeders, tramp metal detection and conveyor safety switches, as well as a range of continuous and point-level measurement equipment for the mining industry.Thermo Fisher will also showcase its full line of laboratory informatics solutions for mining. The Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) and Chromatography Data Systems (CDS) have proven capabilities in rugged environments, providing real-time feedback on sample deviations, reducing paper and automating processes to increase efficiencies, enable faster decision-making, integrate disparate systems and standardise processes across multiple labs. Thermo Scientific informatics solutions for mining also provide the foundation for a complete laboratory automation solution by integrating with instruments and laboratory and business systems, including PIMS, MES and ERP solutions. The informatics solutions feature built-in functionality to handle environmental monitoring of key areas of the laboratory and validation of methods. An ideal LIMS is one that serves as an integrated platform capable of supporting key enterprise processes and systems. Thermo Scientific enterprise LIMS include XML web services for open communication with lab and enterprise applications and client/server functionality for greater access to information and insights into data across the organisation.last_img read more

SEG maps incorporated into Geofacets exploration research tool

first_imgElsevier, the global provider of scientific, medical and technical information products and services, and the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG) have announced the inclusion of maps from SEG’s flagship Economic Geology journal into Geofacets, Elsevier’s research tool for geoscientists working in exploration. The joint effort means that geoscientists in the metals and mining, and oil and gas industries can now access over 250,000 maps via Geofacets, including approximately 15,000 that have been published in Economic Geology over the past 107 years.The statement said: “With SEG’s established presence in the metals and mining industry, and Economic Geology being a premier publication for geologists seeking to understand, describe and exploit ore deposits, this collaboration significantly increases the value of Geofacets for geologists focused on metals and mineral exploration.”“Locating and extracting metals and mineral deposits is a painstaking task at the best of times: with deposits rare and extraction often complex, geoscientists need all the help they can get,” said Brian Hoal, Executive Director at SEG. “Through our collaboration with Elsevier, our members and other geologists in the industry can quickly discover our published maps – helping them to develop vital insights when identifying possible new resources that many industries rely upon.”Launched by Elsevier in 2010 and used by companies around the world, Geofacets offers map-based search and filters that allow quick discovery and download of georeferenced geological maps. Its large database includes maps from Elsevier’s top Earth Sciences journals, as well as esteemed publications of the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), the Geological Society of London and most recently, SEG.last_img read more

Notch shaves his beard after Mojam 2 raises 500k for charity

first_imgLast weekend Minecraft studio Mojang and Notch teamed up with the Humble Bundle crew again to do another Mojam in order to raise money for charity. Over the course of 3 days the developers, including several other well-known indie developers, split into small teams and started creating games.As usual, the Humble Bundle rules allowed anyone to gain access to the games by pledging money and deciding how much of your pledge went to the charities Block by Block or the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Notch also made a promise that if the total donations managed to reach $500,000, he would allow someone to shave off his now legendary beard.When Mojam 2 was finished the contributions totaled $507,336.93, meaning Notch’s beard had to come off. The video of Notch’s shaving can be watched above, and the new look Notch can be seen below. He looks very different doesn’t he?Seeing Notch without his beard may come as a bit of a shock, but contributing to Mojam 2 was certainly worth it. As well as 100 percent of the proceeds going to charity, you gained access to four new Mojang games (Battle Frogs, Endless Nuclear Kittens, Nuclear Pizza War, and Nuke the Dinosaurs), and new games from Oxeye (3918), Wolfire (Low-light), Vlambeer (Wasteland Kings), Grapefrukt (Tektonic), and Ludosity (Space Hunk).It seems very likely there will be a Mojam 3 in the not too distant future, but what is Notch going to promise to do next time?last_img read more

10 geeky Fathers Day gift ideas for your dad

first_img 1 2 Father’s Day is coming up fast, but there’s still time to get your dad something special. If you get your love of technology and general geekery from him, we’ve got some ideas what to surprise him with this year.Here’s a list of Father’s Day gift ideas every dad will appreciate…iPad MiniApple’s iPad Mini (above) is both one of the hottest tablets out there and a solid gift for the tech-obsessed dad. The iPad Mini is highly portable, easy to hold, and built very well. It’s an ideal way to read e-books or play games. The iPad Mini starts at $329 for the 16GB model.And if your dad is an Android guy, we recommend the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. It’s a bit on the pricey site, but it’s the best Android tablet in its size range right now. The Nexus 7 is still a contender if Pop doesn’t need the latest and greatest, or just wouldn’t want you to spend too much.Whiskey stonesFor the father that likes a nice stiff drink (or a refreshing iced tea), but doesn’t want it watered down, how about some whiskey stones? Just toss these little cubes in the freezer, and drop them in a cold drink. They’ll keep it cool for longer than ice, and won’t melt. Pick these up for $20.JayBird BlueBuds X earbudsBluetooth headphones don’t have to be clunky and uncomfortable. The JayBird BlueBuds X are in-ear headphones that pair with any Bluetooth audio device. They’re super-light, sound excellent, and are great for working out. They retail for about $170.Curta mechanical calculatorFor the most dedicated geek dad, a Curta calculator could be an amazing gift. Introduced in the late 1940s, these hand-crank tools let you do complicated mathematical operations without one of those new-fangled electronic calculation machines. These are also genuinely beautiful devices. Curtas are antiques and not easy to come by, but there are always a few on eBay. Be prepared to spend at least a few hundred on a working Curta.Logitech Harmony Touch universal remoteIf piles of remotes have taken over dad’s coffee table, the Logitech Harmony Touch might be a perfect solution. This is a programmable universal remote with a touchscreen and advanced macro functionality. It can replace remotes for TVs, AV receivers, Blu-ray players, and more. The Logitech Harmony Touch runs about $199.Next page: The best letter opener ever, a snazzy camera, and Father’s Day gifts…last_img read more

Zurich commits to Women in Finance Charter

first_imgInsurance organisation Zurich has signed up to the Women in Finance Charter, which aims to improve gender diversity within the financial services industry.The charter, which is a voluntary initiative launched by the government in March 2016, commits financial organisations that sign up to link the remuneration packages of their executive staff to gender diversity targets.Measures that have to be followed in order to support the charter include setting internal targets for gender diversity in senior management, publishing details of the progress made in reaching targets online, and appointing a senior executive team member who will be responsible for gender diversity and inclusion.Zurich will also provide a statement outlining how it will ensure the pay of the senior executive team is linked to delivery against its gender diversity targets, and the date that this will come into effect.The organisation’s commitment to the charter follows on from its achievement in securing Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (Edge) certification in November 2015, in recognition of its efforts to address gender equality in the areas of flexible working, equal pay for equal work, leadership, recruitment and promotion, and workplace culture.Georgina Farrell (pictured), head of HR, UK at Zurich, said: “Signing the charter is the next step on the journey we’ve made on gender diversity over the last two years. This includes being the first global insurer to achieve EDGE certification, as well [as] the launch of our Women’s Innovation Network (Win) and being a founding member of the Gender Inclusion Network for Insurance, a collaboration of Women’s Networks in Insurance.“We’re fully committed to embedding gender diversity and inclusion into all of our practices and believe that this will deliver better outcomes for our employees, customers, and shareholders.”last_img read more

15yearold goes missing in Miami

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A 15-year-old girl has gone missing in Miami.According to Miami Police, 15-year-old Priscilla Martinez was last seen leaving her home, located at 425 N.E. 22nd St., Monday, wearing a red sweater and black jeans.She stands 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs about 115 pounds and has brown hair and eyes.If you have information regarding Martinez’s whereabouts, call Miami Police at 305-603-6310 or 305-603-6300.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

New Luxe Title Launches

first_imgNiche Media founder Jason Binn has teamed up with e-commerce site Gilt Groupe and Hudson News founder James Cohen to create a magazine brand targeting the wealthiest Americans.Du Jour will launch in fall 2012 as both a quarterly print publication with a run of 235,000, and a monthly digital magazine delivered to Gilt Groupe’s three million top-tier subscribers. 15,000 of the oversized print copies will sell at newsstands in high-end markets across the U.S., and the digital editions will be posted on, accessible to members, and available as tablet, Android and mobile apps.The brand’s target demographic meets five of seven qualifiers: an average net worth of $5 million; liquid assets of more than $1 million; average home values above $1.5 million; average income of more than $250,000; annual offline luxury purchases of more than $100,000; and annual online purchases and philanthropic donations respectively totaling more than $10,000. Print readers will also receive a weekly e-newsletter.“It’s a way of staying constantly connected,” says Binn. Half the content in each issue will be locally focused, in top markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Las Vegas and San Francisco markets, as well as seasonal regions the Hamptons, Aspen and Sun Valley. Editorial will cover of wide range of topics, including fashion, travel, fine dining, business and culture.According to Binn, 100 ad pages have already been booked for the debut. A Strategic PartnershipGilt Groupe brings an audience that is “pretty much second to none,” says Binn, who has worked as chief advisor to the company’s CEO Kevin Ryan for the past year and a half. Gilt is reportedly valued at roughly $1 billion.Cohen, as a primary investor, brings strong knowledge of luxury retail commerce as well as newsstands, Binn says. In addition to founding magazine and book distributor Hudson News, Cohen now heads up Dufry, a large-scale duty free operator that merged with Hudson News in 2008.Binn, who transitioned from CEO to chairman in December 2010, founded Niche Media in 1998, building a stable of high-end magazines including Hamptons, Aspen Peak, Boston Common, Capitol File, Gotham, Los Angeles Confidential and Michigan Avenue. The company was acquired by Las Vegas magazine publisher The Greenspun Media Group in 2007.With this partnership, Gilt Groupe deepens its footprint in the magazine world. The e-commerce company has recently teamed up, to a lesser degree, with other titles including New York magazine, Rodale’s Women’s Health and Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated.Du Jour is one of a number of luxury magazines set to join the market in 2012: in January, Bloomberg Markets announced the launch of a lifestyle offshoot, Bloomberg Pursuits. Last week, a group of investors revealed plans to relaunch a news weekly brand Beverly Hills 213 as a high-end, quarterly glossy.More on this topic E-commerce Hearst Relaunches ‘Elle Accessories’ Title Forbes Retools Its Luxury Spinoff ForbesLife Women’s Health Partners with Gilt Groupe for Online Sale New CEO Takes Over Niche Media; Jason Binn Becomes Chairman Niche Media, Greenspun Corporation Form Partnership (posted 10/9)Just In Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV NetworksPowered bylast_img read more

Forest Service fighting 56acre fire at Berners Bay

first_imgThe Antler Fire burns in grass in a tidal flat area Thursday, May 31, near Berners Bay north of Juneau. U.S. Forest Service personnel are working to suppress the fire. (Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service)The U.S. Forest Service is fighting a 56-acre fire along Berners Bay. It doesn’t pose a significant threat to anyone or any buildings and the fire itself isn’t moving.Tongass National Forest spokesman Paul Robbins Jr. said the fire, located on the flats where the Antler River meets the bay, was reported Thursday.“A lot of what’s burning is not actually trees or the forest. It’s the beach grass or downed trees along the beach,” Robbins said.An Alaska Seaplanes operations manager said their pilots haven’t even noticed the fire. Still, Robbins said it’s unusual for Southeast.“It’s definitely significant for here,” Robbins said. “I mean, around Juneau this year, we’ve had six fires so far, including this one. But the largest one up until this point was one and half acres, the Lucky Me fire in April. And the rest of them were about a tenth of an acre. So 56 acres is pretty significant for Southeast Alaska.”Robbins said the Forest Service sent eight firefighters from Juneau and Hoonah, who are putting out hot spots and smoldering fires.Robbins said campfires cause most forest fires he’s aware of in Southeast Alaska. But the cause of this fire isn’t known yet, he said. There will be an investigation.Robbins noted the weather’s been dryer than usual and urges people to be careful with campfires and to extinguish them properly.last_img read more

US Rep Joaquin Castro Wants To Guarantee Members Of Congress Access To

first_img Share Marjorie Kamys CoteraTexas Tribune Conversation with U.S Rep. Joaquin Castro May 31, 2017After an Oregon senator was denied access to a detention center in Brownsville, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro said he’s planning to draft a bill that would guarantee access to federal lawmakers visiting such facilities. “It’s important because they’re housing vulnerable people, particularly minors,” Castro, a San Antonio Democrat, said at a Tuesday afternoon news conference. He added that it’s crucial for members of Congress, who are charged with overseeing the function of government agencies, “have the ability to inspect these facilities.”Castro’s announcement comes after U.S. Sen Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, planned to visit unaccompanied immigrant children at a detention facility in Brownsville on Sunday. But minutes after he arrived, officials from the center called the police and told him to leave the property. After a brief interaction with Brownsville police officers, the Senator was asked to leave by police, and he compiled. During the incident, which was recorded on Facebook Live, Merkley said it was “unacceptable” that a member of Congress was barred from the center. Earlier in the day, Merkley had visited unaccompanied childrenat a Border Patrol processing station in McAllen and with asylum seekers at the Sacred Heart Church Humanitarian Respite Center. Castro said he understood that the administrators of detention facilities need notice prior to visits, but he argued that members of Congress, especially those who are high ranking or lead committees, should have the ability to make unannounced visits in order to inspect facilities. A staffer with the Merkley’s office told The Texas Tribune that they attempted to get into the facility through the proper channels several times and were rejected.Castro and other Democrats, criticized President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday over their recently implemented “zero tolerance” policy, wherein parents illegally entering the United States  to seek asylum are separated from their children while being prosecuted.After Merkley’s visit, the White House said the senator was “irresponsibly spreading blatant lies about routine immigration enforcement,” adding that Merkley’s “policies endanger children, empower human smugglers and drug cartels, and allow violent criminal aliens to flood into American communities.”last_img read more

What to Do When Youre Bored With Your Routines

first_imgLast spring I started a new exercise class. As someone who dislikes doing jumping jacks, burpees and push-ups, I found the workouts surprisingly enjoyable — at least for a while. But after several months, my newish hobby began to feel like watching the same episode of a TV sitcom over and over again. Overly familiar with the class routine, my excitement had been replaced with boredom, a nattering emotion that affects us all. “Humans are remarkably good at growing accustomed to the positive and negative changes in their lives,” said Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, who studies hedonic adaptation. A 2016 study estimated that 63 percent of us suffer from boredom at least once over a 10-day period. While it certainly won’t kill us, researchers have found that chronically bored people are more prone to depression, substance use and anxiety. But boredom isn’t a character flaw. It’s a state brought on by a behavioral phenomenon called hedonic adaptation: the tendency for us to get used to things over time. This explains why initially gratifying activities and relationships can sometimes lose their luster.center_img Sometimes this is a good thing, like when “it comes to adversities like losing a loved one, divorce or downsizing,” Ms. Lyubomirsky said. “We adjust fairly well, but this same flexibility can be detrimental to how we respond to positive life events.” Read the whole story: The New York Times Even though we all feel apathetic from time to time, according to Mary Mann, a researcher and author of “Yawn: Adventures in Boredom,” talking about it can be embarrassing because it’s often seen as being self-inflicted. “Only boring people get bored” seems to be a popular belief, Ms. Mann said.last_img read more

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first_img Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019 Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more May 15, 2014 — Blackford Analysis is demonstrating its suite at the 2014 annual meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) in Long Beach, Calif. Blackford’s technology provides the ability to improve care and increase productivity by boosting image comparison efficiency by 20 to 50 percent.Designed to be integrated directly into any image viewer, such as a PACS (picture archiving and communications system), advanced visualization viewer or universal viewer, Blackford Analysis’ products work seamlessly within existing systems to enable instant comparison of multiple image studies with a single click. By calculating and storing alignments with imaging studies, all healthcare professionals can benefit from instant study comparison.Blackford Analysis software was used in the collection of data for a scientific presentation at SIIM 2014. The paper, entitled “PACS-integrated automatic deformable chest CT registration reduces radiologist time to match lung nodule locations across serial exams”, will be delivered by Matthew A. Barish, M.D., of Stony Brook Medicine, on May 16.“Lung nodule studies can be quite a challenge to compare due to the differences in pulmonary anatomy caused by variance in patient positioning and breath hold,” said Barish. “Using a PACS integrated with Blackford Analysis has made a clear difference to our ability to quickly identify nodule locations across exams, and our early data confirms a significant reduction in the time spent locating nodules in follow-up studies allowing for quick determinations of nodule stability or growth.”At SIIM 2014, Blackford Analysis is demonstrating four key elements of its software:Blackford MatchedCrosshairs enhances any image viewer to allow users to simply click once on a location in any scan to instantly find the same location in multiple scans from different timepoints and/or different modalities (computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging or positron emission tomography).Blackford MatchedView enables any image viewer to automatically compensate for changes in patient positioning and acquisition planes between scans, automatically presenting views of compared exams in the same position and plane, and enabling like-for-like comparison.Blackford AutoSync gives image viewers the ability to perform slice synchronization across exams automatically, regardless of differences in acquisition protocol and patient positioning, so that reading can begin immediately when compared exams are displayed.Blackford Fusion enables image viewers to display accurate anatomical location of functional imaging findings by displaying fused views of exams from the same, hybrid or complementary modalities.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 13, 2019 Materialise Receives FDA Clearance for Cardiovascular Planning Software Suite Three-dimensional (3-D) printing software and solutions company Materialise has received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019 Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially… read more News | May 15, 2014 Blackford Analysis Showcases Medical Image Comparison Acceleration Company’s software used in lung nodule study to be presented at SIIM annual meetingcenter_img Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read more Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more Related Content Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 20, 2019 TeraRecon Receives First-of-Kind FDA Determination for Northstar AI Results Explorer Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider TeraRecon has successfully completed a U.S… read more News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more last_img read more