LATEST STORIES “It’s more complicated. The first time I hurt myself I said, ‘I’ll have an operation, it has to be fixed as quickly as possible’. I wasn’t sad,” he told Globo TV.“This time, I took it harder. I cried for two days at home.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe injury sustained in a French Cup win over Strasbourg on January 23 has sidelined the Brazilian forward for 10 weeks. PSG hope he will be healed enough to get back on the pitch in time for a potential Champions League quarter-final in April.This time, the club’s medical staff have decided on conservative treatment of the fracture rather than another operation. Last year, Neymar was laid up for three months after surgery, returning just in time to play in the World Cup in less than stellar form.His full interview with Globo TV is to be broadcast on March 3.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar leaves the pitch following an injury during the French Cup round of 32 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Strasbourg (RCS) at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on January 23, 2019. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)Neymar “cried for two days” after injuring his right foot for a second time in January, he told Brazilian television according to an excerpt of an interview broadcast on Tuesday.The 27-year-old Paris Saint-Germain star recognized that damaging the same metatarsal he hurt in February 2018, necessitating an operation, was serious.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alyssa Valdez has ‘weekend to remember’ at 2019 NBA All-Star US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View comments
CLEVELAND (AP) — Stephen Curry found his long-range touch and scored 38 points, Klay Thompson added 25 and the Golden State Warriors moved within one win of defending their title by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-97 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night.Curry had scored just 48 total points in the first three games, but the two-time league MVP made seven 3-pointers and Thompson, his Splash Brother, drained four 3s as the Warriors took a 3-1 lead in the series.Golden State, which made history with a 73-win regular season, can become the seventh franchise to win consecutive titles with a victory in Game 5 on Monday night at rip-roaring Oracle Arena, where they won the first two games by a combined 48 points.“Work’s not done, obviously,” Curry said. “I’m glad I showed up a little bit, but we’re not done. We’ve still got some work to do.”After blowing out the Warriors by 30 in Game 3, the Cavaliers had a chance to even the series. However, LeBron James and Co. didn’t enough to contain Curry, Thompson or Harrison Barnes, who made four 3s and added 14 points.The Warriors made an NBA Finals-record 17 3-pointers.Kyrie Irving scored 34 points for the Cavs, who will need much more in Game 5 or they’ll finish as runner-up to the Warriors for the second year in a row.James added 25 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, but the superstar also had seven turnovers and was too passive at times. Kevin Love returned to the lineup after missing Game 3 with a concussion and added 11 points off the bench.Cleveland, which came in 8-0 at home in the playoffs, went 6:36 without a field goal in the fourth quarter, the kind of scoring drought no team can afford against the potent Warriors.“A lot less breakdowns than what we had last game,” Curry said. “We checked the 3-point line and it was just all-around communication, toughness and effort.”With Golden State leading 88-84, Curry got loose for a backdoor layup and Barnes followed with a dagger 3-pointer, deflating a crowd of 20,000-plus fans clinging to hope that this would be the year Cleveland would win its first pro sports championship since 1964.Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson, center left, and Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut compete for the ball during the second half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Friday, June 10, 2016. Golden State won 108-97. (Bob Donnan/Pool Photo via AP)But this seems to be the Warriors’ year — from start to finish.Off the mark in the first three games, the Splash Brothers found the pool in the third quarter.Thompson made four 3-pointers and Curry knocked down three from behind the arc as the pair combined for 19 of Golden State’s 29 points in the period. Their arrival was a welcomed relief for the Warriors, who had managed to bury the Cavs in the first two games despite minimal production from their two stars.But with Golden State’s golden season being threatened again, Curry and Thompson stepped up the way they did in the Western Conference finals.When James was introduced before the game, he went through his usual handshake ritual with his teammates before telling Irving, “Be special.”The point guard was terrific, but Curry and Thompson were just better.Unlike in Game 3, when they fell into an early hole and never recovered, the Warriors came out strong and stayed step for step with the Cavaliers.Curry made three 3-pointers in the first half, with his last one giving Golden State a three-point lead. With the Warriors up 42-41, Curry drove to the basket but had his shot blocked by Irving, sending Cleveland’s bench and crowd into a frenzy.The Cavs closed the half with an 8-2 run highlighted by Tristan Thompson dribbling in circles before making a turnaround jump shot from the corner, not the shot the Cavs were looking for but were happy to accept.There were 15 lead changes in the opening half, which ended with Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton getting a technical foul after complaining that there should have been a foul called on Andre Iguodala’s shot to end the half.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Chennai Super Kings fast bowler Deepak Chahar has revealed that MS Dhoni refrains himself from talking a lot to the bowlers on the field but makes sure he gives them inputs at crucial times.Deepak Chahar’s comments came after the CSK pacer came up with a match-winning spell against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday.On the much-criticised sluggish Chepauk wicket, Chahar ran through Kolkata Knight Riders’ top-order, removing Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana cheaply. Chennai Super Kings sealed an early upper hand following Chahar’s strikes and KKR were never able to recover from the blows.Despite Andre Russell hitting a half-century KKR managed only 108 in 20 overs. CSK clinched a comfortable seven-wicket win and moved to the top of the eight-team IPL points table.In Dwayne Bravo’s absence, Chahar, who had been completing his four-over quotas in the first 10 overs, also bowled at the death on Tuesday. He did a brilliant job, conceding just six runs in the penultimate over of KKR’s innings even as Andre Russell was looking for the big ones.Dhoni told me not to give a single to Andre Russell: ChaharMore importantly, Chahar bowled a dot ball in his final delivery and made sure Russell did not take the strike in the first ball of the final over.Revealing that Dhoni had told him to focus on not giving a single to Russell, Chahar said: “He walked up to me and gave me a piece of crucial advice before I bowled the last ball of my final over. He told me that it’s okay even if I conceded a boundary or a six but not a single. He told me that it would be better if the non-striker played more deliveries in the final over.advertisement”We discuss a lot off the field. On the field, MS Dhoni doesn’t tell you a lot of things but gives inputs at crucial times.”First silverware in #Yellove! Cherry swings! #WhistlePodu #CSKvKKR pic.twitter.com/dtxqFcW2wbChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 9, 2019Deepak Chahar has been grabbing a lot of attention ever since he moved to Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2018.The 27-year-old pacer has been among the best new-ball bowlers in this season as he has conceded just 5.75 runs per over from six matches despite bowling most of his overs inside the powerplay. Chahar is also in the race for the Purple Cap, having taken eight wickets from six matches so far.Chahar, who relies a lot on swing with the new ball, also added that he has been focussing on bowling straight and not giving enough room for the batsman to swing his arms when bowling on the sluggish Chepauk wicket.”When it comes to planning (for matches in Chennai), I tend to focus on one thing. The wicket is slow here and I was looking to bowl straight. It’s better not to give width to the batsmen. Even if I bowling my inswing or my outswing, I wanted to keep it at the stumps. Batsmen were also unsure about the wicket initially.”Also Read | MS Dhoni loses cool after Deepak Chahar bowls back-to-back no-ballsAlso Read | MS Dhoni slams Chennai pitch again: Don’t want to play on wickets like theseAlso Read | Tahir, Harbhajan maturing like fine wine: Dhoni after CSK outclass KKR in ChennaiAlso See:
New Zealand followed up an excellent display of fast bowling with a patient chase of the modest 180-run target set by India to win the World Cup warm-up game against India. While Trent Boult picked up 4 wickets to break India’s back, skipper Kane Williamson (67) and Ross Taylor (71) almost completed the chase without a fuss to send a stern warning to one of the tournament’s favourites.But the start of the Kiwi chase didn’t go according to plan. In his very first over, Jasprit Bumrah removed Colin Munro (4) with a searing yorker on the foot and in the 10th, Martin Guptill’s (22) attempt to launch Hardik Pandya out of the park only managed to find a running KL Rahul at the edge of the 30-yard circle.The early hiccups aside, Taylor and Williamson went about the task with ease, punishing the bad balls as the required run-rate was never a problem for their side. While Willaimson got to his fifty first, Taylor, who was the more aggressive of the two, followed soon after.India captain Virat Kohli tried a number of bowlers including his favourite spin weapons of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, but none of them could create the elusive breakthrough. But just as New Zealand were close to the target, Williamson fell while trying to hit a spinning delivery from Chahal towards the leg-side, managing a top edge into the safe hands of Rohit Sharma at point, thus bringing the 114-run partnership to an end.New Zealand win! Disciplined bowling and fifties from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor power @BLACKCAPS to a comfortable six-wicket win in the #INDvNZ warm-up game.#INDvNZ SCORECARD https://t.co/Ts6Ist8kYa pic.twitter.com/U7Yb8B63HLadvertisement Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 25, 2019New batsman Henry Nicholls and Taylor brought NZ to within one run of the victory before Kuldeep Yadav managed to induce a false shot from Taylor having him caught at short extra-cover. NZ finally completed the chase with 77 balls to spare!Earlier, Boult grabbed 4 for 26 in 6.2 overs as Ravindra Jadeja’s half-century ensured a 175-plus score for the ‘Men In Blue’ after being reduced to 115 for 8 at one stage.Jadeja’s 62-run ninth-wicket stand with Kuldeep Yadav (19) was the only saving grace for India in an otherwise disappointing batting performance.It was Boult’s first spell where he removed openers Rohit Sharma (2) and Shikhar Dhawan along with No 4 KL Rahul (6) that proved to be decisive in overcast conditions.The lack of footwork was evident as Boult trapped Rohit with a delivery that darted in while Dhawan had an inside edge to a delivery that had a shade more bounce. Rahul was played on when Boult got one to rear up.Skipper Virat Kohli (18 off 24 balls) found his defence breached by Colin de Grandhomme’s off-cutter trying to play across the line.Hardik Pandya (30 off 37 balls) added 38 runs with Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the fifth wicket.Dhoni’s (17 off 42 balls) painful stay at the crease was cut short by Tim Southee when he was caught at short mid-wicket trying to give the bowler charge.Dhoni, who takes time to settle down, not for once looked comfortable and failed to rotate the strike during the partnership.It was Jimmy Neesham (3/26 in 3 overs), who dismissed Hardik with a cross-seam delivery that moved a shade inducing an outside edge.Hardik was promoted ahead of Dhoni in adverse conditions and he showed positive intent with six boundaries.(With PTI inputs)Also Read | World Cup 2019: Steyn’s fitness will decide team composition: du PlessisAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Expectations high for Virat Kohli’s India
Harry Kane scores two late goals to help Tottenham beat Aston Villa 3-1Kane, who missed a good chance in first-half injury time, scored in the 86th and 90th minute to help Tottenham register a come-from-behind victory over Aston Villa.advertisement Associated Press August 11, 2019UPDATED: August 11, 2019 08:35 IST Reuters PhotoHarry Kane scored two late goals as Tottenham came from behind to start its Premier League campaign with a 3-1 win over promoted Aston Villa on Saturday.Tanguy Ndombele also struck on his debut as Mauricio Pochettino’s side dug deep to overcome a stubborn Villa team.Kane, who missed a good chance in first-half injury time, capitalized on a defensive lapse from Jack Grealish before coolly slotting the ball past goalkeeper Tom Heaton in the 86th minute.The England forward then grabbed his second in the 90th after being set up by Moussa Sissoko. It was just reward for Spurs’ pressure after the home side chalked up 28 efforts on goal, compared to six from the visitors.”We came up against a superior team, there is no doubt about that,” Villa coach Dean Smith said. “They were Champions League finalists for a reason. We knew it would be a tough baptism.”Earlier, John McGinn stunned the home crowd by scoring against the run of play in the ninth minute. He held off Danny Rose’s challenge and shot low past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris following a long ball forward from Tyrone Mings.Ndombele tried his luck from distance before Pochettino brought on Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen in the 64th.Spurs kept attacking and club-record signing Ndombele finally leveled in the 73rd when he let fly through a host of bodies after Lucas Moura had laid the ball back.”When Tanguy got his goal it was full throttle to the end,” Kane said. “We created a few chances and thankfully a couple came to me and I was able to put them away.”advertisementFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Harry KaneFollow Tottenham vs Aston Villa Next
zoom US-based yacht builder Hinckley has unveiled the world’s first fully electric luxury yacht – Dasher.Designed from the outset for fully electric propulsion, Dasher achieves a new standard of excellence pairing modern styling with hi-tech composite construction, the company informed.Borrowing its name from the game-changing, original Picnic Boat hull #1, sports a carbon-epoxy composite hull shape designed by Michael Peters to provide superior performance and handling.With hand-painted, lightweight composite Artisanal Teak, every ounce of weight has been shaved and sculpted, Hinckley said.Titanium hardware and console details were both 3D printed to achieve shapes and a level of precision unavailable in typical construction methods.Dasher powers its 28 feet 6 inches with twin 80hp electric motors and dual BMW i3 lithium ion batteries.“The Hinckley Whisper Drive silent propulsion system combines the latest hydrodynamics, electric power and digital control systems to achieve the performance handling and maneuverability that discerning clients will expect,” Peter O’Connell, President and CEO of The Hinckley Company, said.Featuring quiet propulsion, zero emissions and zero time lost at the fueling dock, Dasher accepts dual 50 amp charging cables, standard on most docks, so it can charge twice as fast as the most popular plug-in electric cars. It gains a full charge in under 4 hours with dual 50amp charging.The vessel has a cruising speed of 10mph with fast cruising at 18-27 mph, and a range of 40 miles at cruising speed and 20-25 miles at fast cruising speeds.
The Department of Natural Resources has prepared a preliminary management plan to guide decisions for the property. The 428-hectare property is on a dramatic coastal setting near Scots Bay, Kings Co. It is the most ecologically intact portion of the North Mountain, and one of the most important undisturbed areas on the Bay of Fundy. The property includes several rare or threatened plant species, old forest, prehistoric sites, rare and semiprecious minerals, and one of the most prominent coastal hiking trails in Nova Scotia. “Anyone with an interest in Cape Split is encouraged to attend one of the open houses,” said Brian Kinsman, senior parks planner, Department of Natural Resources. “Our goal is to create a park that provides visitor facilities and services and is managed to ensure visitor safety and the protection of the park’s ecosystems, heritage, and wildlife habitat.” The focus of the development is to provide a coastal day-use hiking trail with facilities and services for the proposed 20-kilometre system of interconnecting trails. Parking and trail-head access, orientation and interpretive information and washrooms will be provided at the western end of the Scots Bay Road. Viewing areas will be located at key locations. The Department of Natural Resources is developing a new natural resources strategy for 2010. Provincial parks will be included in that strategy, which will direct departmental policies and programs for the next decade and beyond. The draft management plan is be available at www.gov.ns.ca/natr . Thursday, May 28, Scots Bay Community Hall, Highway 358, Scots Bay Thursday, June 4, Clark Commons, Acadia University, University Ave., Wolfville The Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on a draft management plan for the Cape Split provincial park reserve. Two open-house events to discuss the future plans for the property are being held:
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement It might be one of Toronto’s most idiosyncratic spots, the stretch of road where the crumbling artery into the city’s downtown core runs alongside the National Ballet of Canada headquarters. In a window overlooking the Gardiner Expressway, the company’s three most senior ballerinas are quick with suggestions on how to pose. Time for a Globe and Mail photo shoot is scarce, an occupational norm in the ballet world. Sonia Rodriguez is in rehearsal for the Canadian premiere of John Neumeier’s A Streetcar Named Desire, which opens Saturday night and in which she’ll be dancing the canonical role of Blanche DuBois. Greta Hodgkinson and Xiao Nan Yu are both preparing repertoire for the company’s annual gala on June 6 – Hodgkinson will be performing in Jiri Kylian’s Nuages and Yu in a premiere by choreographic associate Robert Binet.When the photographer is enthusiastic about what Yu has done with her arms, the statuesque ballerina instructs the others with playful high-handedness, “Do you see what I’m doing!?” As Rodriguez balances inside the window ledge, Hodgkinson keeps reminding her to be careful about slipping. There’s a lot of laughter, wryness and warmth; after all, these women have been working together for the better part of their lives. It’s Yu’s 20th anniversary with the company, Hodgkinson’s 25th and Rodriguez’s 27th. All three have been in the company since they were teenagers.There is a popular misconception that dancers, like athletes, peak in their twenties and retire soon after that. The averages reflect this – a 2004 study from the Columbia University Teachers College stated that the average age for American dancers to retire was 34. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
TORONTO — The lengthy battle by Bre-X investors to recover billions in Canada’s largest mining fraud appears to be over in what one of the original plaintiff lawyers in the case called a “sad day” for accountability in Canada.Under a settlement approved Thursday by the Alberta Court of Queens Bench, the remaining class-action suits were dismissed against the main defendants in the case, the estate of Bre-X’s late founder and CEO, David Walsh, and chief geologist John Felderhof.The Calgary court made the ruling at the request of bankruptcy trustee Deloitte and Touche, which said there was no realistic prospect of realizing any significant recovery through the litigation and that the costs of proceeding were prohibitive.As a result, all parties agreed to a payment of $5.2-million to be divided among investors who apply for a settlement.Courts in Ontario and the Texas had earlier agreed to the settlement. The money will be divided between plaintiffs in the Ontario and Texas class actions on the basis of 67% to the Ontario class and 33 per cent to the Texas class, Deloitte said in an emailed statement.Bre-X became known as the largest mining fraud in Canadian history back in 1997 when its claim of a major gold discovery in Indonesia proved to be a fake.Investors around the world lost an estimated $3-billion in the resulting collapse of the company’s share price.Lawyer Clint Docken of Docken Klym, a law firm that represented a number of individual investors and originally led the case in Alberta, wasn’t happy with the outcome but agreed little more could be done.“Unfortunately, things have languished and languished to the extent that recovery possibilities aren’t promising,” said Docken, who was in the Calgary court Thursday.“It’s a sad day. . . . We have arguably Canada’s largest (ever) fraud and no accountability. There’s no criminal accountability, there’s no regulatory accountability and (now) there doesn’t appear to be any civil accountability.”Docken said there remain a few plaintiffs in Ontario who were not part of the settlement, but said he didn’t know the status of those cases.Deloitte and Touche was appointed as trustee in bankruptcy of Bre-X Minerals Ltd. by the Alberta court in November 1997 after the company was hit with several multibillion-dollar shareholder lawsuits.The trustee sought to recover insider trading profits from several of Bre-X’s former executives in Ontario and an action was pursued in Alberta against Bre-X’s sister company, Bresea Resources Inc.Cases was also pursued in the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas and Philippines and efforts were undertaken to recoup money that had been deposited in a Channel Island Trust.But in the end, the action from 1998 through to 2011 recovered only $5-million from the Channel Island Trust and a further $2-million in the settlement of the action against Bresea.With court approval, the funds were added to the cash on hand and used to fund ongoing recovery efforts. However, Deloitte said that by 2011 it had become apparent no further recoveries were possible.Part of the reason was that funds frozen under various injunctions had been spent under the terms of those orders that permitted payment of the defendants’ living expenses and legal costs, Deloitte said at the time.As well, one of the principal targets of the litigation, Bre-X’s geologist, John Felderhof, was acquitted after a lengthy Ontario Securities Commission trial.The Canadian Press
Commander Sri Lankan Navy Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi on Thursday, Radio Pakistan reported.Matters relating to regional security and professional interest were discussed. The visiting dignitary acknowledged sacrifices and achievements of Pakistan Army in its fight against terrorism.He also recognized efforts of Pakistan Army for bringing peace and stability to the region. (Colombo Gazette)
by Raphael Satter, The Associated Press Posted Jun 22, 2016 2:16 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email How the UK could remain in the EU even if it votes to leave LONDON – If Britain votes to leave the EU on Thursday, it’ll be final. Irreversible. Irrevocable. No appeals. No second chances.“Out is out,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters Wednesday.“You can’t jump out of the airplane and then clamber back into the cockpit,” is how British Prime Minister David Cameron put it in a radio interview a few hours earlier.But what if a vote to leave weren’t really that final or dramatic? Some experts are wondering whether Britain can ever really free itself from the European Union — even if voters strongly endorse hitting the eject button. Others say it’s not out of the question that Brits could find themselves going back to the ballot box in a few years’ time if buyer’s remorse sets in.“The EU is a bit like the Hotel California in the Eagles song,” said Tim Oliver, a fellow at the London School of Economics’ IDEAS foreign policy think-tank . “You can check out anytime but you never really leave.”Much of the uncertainty stems from the ambiguity about what a British exit, or Brexit, really means. Abandoning Europe could mean anything from a sweeping withdrawal from EU institutions to more limited opt-outs which could leave major pillars of European integration, such as free movement of labour, untouched.“‘Leave’ could mean a million different things,” Oliver said, giving Britain’s political establishment considerable scope to loiter in Europe’s lobby as euroskeptics argue over where the exits are.Experts say there might be even more room for manoeuvr in the months and years following an “out” vote.In theory, a two-year countdown goes into effect after a European country formally notifies its partners of its intention to quit the union, but complex international negotiations routinely run on for years and the parties involved could let the deadline lapse as talks drag on, perhaps even past Britain’s 2020 parliamentary elections.What if voters’ minds change between now and then? And even if the negotiations over Britain’s departure were concluded on time, what would happen if the U.K. were presented with unfavourable terms?One expert said he could envisage a last-chance referendum asking Brits whether they still wanted to leave the EU under those conditions.“It is at least legally possible and it might create the political space for a government to back out of an exit,” said Gavin Barrett, an expert on European constitutional law at University College Dublin. “I think a case could be made for a second referendum asking, ‘Do you really want this?’”The let’s-vote-on-this-one-more-time manoeuvr has helped bail out the European project before, albeit under different circumstances. After Irish voters rejected EU reforms in 2008, politicians in Dublin won modest concessions from their European counterparts and ran the vote again the following year, this time with a positive outcome. Similar EU referendum do-overs turned an Irish “No” into a “Yes” in 2002 and helped secured a Danish “Ja” in 1993.But the path to a second referendum in Britain is far narrower, in part because — unlike in Ireland — the political establishment is split over Europe. If leading euroskeptic Boris Johnson takes the reins of the ruling Conservative Party following a vote to leave the EU, the prospect of a final vote will fade further still.Alan Renwick, the deputy director of the Constitution Unit at University College London, said a do-over would only be plausible “if a party wins the 2020 election on a platform of having a second referendum and trying to go back in.”That seems unlikely given the current political alignment, but he said nothing is completely out of the question when it comes to a potential Brexit.“You have so many possible long shot scenarios,” he said. “If you add up the probabilities of all of them, you end up with a significant chance of something surprising happening, whatever that might be.”
ARLINGTON, Texas — Kyler Murray threw for 379 yards and three touchdowns as No. 5 Oklahoma beat No. 9 Texas 39-27 in the Big 12 championship game Saturday, with the Sooners avenging their only loss and making their case for a return to the College Football Playoff.Murray, the Heisman Trophy-contending dual-threat quarterback, threw two of his TDs to Grant Calcaterra. That included an impressive 18-yard score on a third-and-10 play with two minutes left as the Sooners (12-1, No. 5 CFP) won their seventh consecutive game despite being held to fewer than 40 points for the first time in nine games.Sam Ehlinger was 23-of-36 passing for 349 yards with two touchdowns, and he also ran for two scores for Texas (9-4), but his final pass was picked off by Tre Norwood at the 1 in the final minute.Oklahoma is the first Power Five team to win four consecutive outright conference titles since Florida in the SEC in the mid-1990s.The Sooners went ahead to stay on Austin Seibert’s third field goal, a 31-yarder with 12:37 left that was good after ricocheting off the top of the left upright to make it 30-27.Two plays after Oklahoma’s only turnover, when receiver CeeDee Lamb fumbled inside the 10 after a 54-yard catch-and-run with nine minutes left, the Sooners got points anyway. Cornerback Tre Brown sacked Ehlinger in the end zone for a safety.The 114th meeting between the Red River rivals was their first in a championship game — and the first time since 1903 they had played twice in the same season. Every game since 1929 had been played about 20 miles away at the State Fair of Texas, where the Longhorns beat Oklahoma 48-45 eight weeks ago.Oklahoma never trailed after Murray threw TDs on its last two drives before the break for a 20-14 lead, on Calcaterra’s 6-yard TD pass in the final minute when the Sooners were out of timeouts but went 80 yards in five plays.The Sooners were up 27-21 until Ehlinger threw a 5-yard TD to Lil’Jordan Humphrey with 2:44 left in the third quarter. But the extra point that would have put Texas ahead was partially blocked and clanged off the crossbar no good.THE TAKEAWAYTexas: Collin Johnson set a Big 12 championship game record with his 177 yards receiving on eight catches. He had a 27-yard TD catch in the third quarter on a drive when he also had catches of 25 and 21 runs.Oklahoma: The Sooners won their 12 overall Big 12 title. They are the only Big 12 team that has made it into the College Football Playoff, going in 2015 and again last season with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield. They haven’t made it to a CFP title game.UP NEXTTexas will go to its first Sugar Bowl since 1995 if Oklahoma gets into the College Football Playoff. If not, the Longhorns are likely headed to the Alamo Bowl.Oklahoma waits to find out if it gets into the College Football Playoff, which could mean playing in the same stadium in four weeks for the Cotton Bowl. If not, the Sooners go to the Sugar Bowl to play an SEC team.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Stephen Hawkins, The Associated Press
The pill is attached to a thin tube, meaning the balloon can be filled with water after it reaches the stomach.Experts said counselling was necessary to ensure that patients kept the weight off, after the empty balloon passes out through the body.Dr Roberta Ienca, from the University of Rome, said: “Because the Elipse Balloon does not require endoscopy, surgery or anaesthesia, this may make it suitable for a larger population of obese patients not responding to diet and lifestyle treatment.”The pill would not even need to be administered by a doctor, she said, suggesting nutritionists and dieticians could dole out the medication. The results triggered an “incredible” reaction from patients, who had struggled with their weight for years, she said. The ease of the technique – avoiding anaesthetics or surgery – meant it could be popular with swathes of failed dieters, they said. The technique could be suitable for those with a body mass index of 30 or moreCredit:PA Because the Elipse Balloon does not require endoscopy, surgery or anaesthesia, this may make it suitable for a larger population of obese patientsDr Roberta Ienca 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. The pill – dubbed it a “gastric band in a tablet” – is licensed for use, but not yet available on the NHS. It costs around £3,000 privately – around half the price of stomach stapling.Researchers from the University of Rome said the balloon technique could be used widely and bring “significant cost savings” to health services in the long run.The head of the NHS has recently warned that obesity is the greatest challenge facing the service, fuelling £10bn spending on diabetes.The research, presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Porto, found patients who were given the one off pill, lost an average of 36 pounds – over 14 per cent of their total body weight.They also saw significant improvements in their health including blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood sugar control. Millions of Britons could lose more than two stone by taking a pill which contains a balloon, a study suggests.The results – unveiled at the world’s largest obesity conference – showed it can be an effective alternative to weight loss surgery.Experts said the NHS should now considering funding the pills for millions of Britons, with more than one in four obese.After the pill is swallowed, the balloon swells up in the stomach when it is filled with water – restricting the amount of calories a person can eat.The study of 42 adults found they lost two stone and six pounds on average after four months. Professor Jason Halford, from the European Association for the Study of Obesity, said: “This is to help people manage their appetite. If they have the balloon but they are also modifying their behaviour and the balloon helps them do that, that would be excellent. In that context it could be a solution for people who don’t want to go for full bariatric surgery.”The researcher, from the University of Liverpool, said “millions” of people could benefit from the treatment, if NHS would agree to pay for it.Prof Halford said: “I think this is for people before they would get to the point where they need bariatric surgery. It would be an alternative to an anti-obesity drug, which would come between the BMI 30 plus when people have tried everything and drugs have not worked….for somebody in that position it might be a good intervention.” Dr Simon Cork, Research Fellow at the Department of Investigative Medicine, Imperial College London, said:“This is an interesting study with interesting outcomes for clinical practice.” “Currently gastric balloons have to be inserted under general anaesthetic or sedation. This not only limits the number of patients who can have them implanted, but also increases surgery time and has significant costs associated with it.”Tam Fry, chairman of the National Obesity Forum, said: “Balloons should take all the fear and angst out of a bariatric procedure. If you need treatment and are offered the balloon experience, go for it .”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram I first met Victoria Kyriakopoulos in May 2015; I had just arrived in Australia, yet another number in the long list that makes the ‘Greek brain drain’, the recent wave of migration. At the time, she had just begun to outline The Hellenic Initiative Australia (THI Australia), a solution for the crisis in Greece, which saw me leaving the country.In June that same year that the first official meeting of philhellene businesspeople in Melbourne took place, aiming to offer relief for Greece. Three years later, I meet Victoria for coffee and an account of this experience that has many small victories, strong bonds, and collaborations with a lot of prospect.If there is a key person in every story, in the THI Australia case, Victoria Kyriakopoulos is certainly one such person. As a project manager, she took on the task to turn the will of the THI board to help Greece into action, selecting and developing projects that made a difference. Of course, nothing happened by accident: her personal and professional trajectory had given her the chance to have a compact knowledge of Greece that turned out to be particularly useful.“When I started working, everything was just an idea,” she says. “I was in a transitional phase in my own life, I was on maternity leave, having worked many years in Australia in different media roles and I also had some good professional experience in Greece, where I had worked during the ‘golden years’ of the Olympic Games. My relationship to Greece is multifaceted and has been through a lot of transformations. It is not only a matter of background: it has also been my professional occupation, [from] when I started covering Greek news for Australian media. After that, I changed position and perspective, as I found myself working in Greece for media relating to the Greek diaspora. At the same time, I got to do travel features on Greece for Lonely Planet. So I started seeing Greece not only as a Greek from the diaspora, but also as a guide, a traveller and a journalist, both from within the country and from the outside. A common thread made its presence in all my activities and I started thinking how I can help promote the country I know and love to the world.”THE FIRST THI PROJECTThe first project of The Hellenic Initiative was a program to offer internship to young graduates of Greek universities to large Australian businesses. Planning, designing, organising and executing this project was a great challenge, says Victoria.“What we do as an organisation goes much further than a simple office work,” she stresses. “We need to combine a lot of things: the vision and willingness to help with good planning, with the right assessment of the candidate, to find the appropriate internship position for each candidate in a large Australian corporation, but also it is part of our job to pick up these kids from the airport, welcome them to an unknown country and look after them. Soon I am going to go and pick up the 17th participant from the airport.”I point out that this motherly attitude seems like a fundamentally Greek trait. “You do play the mother a bit, inevitably,” she laughs. “These are kids that the THI takes under its wing, our relationship is personal, we still remain in touch after the program. I see them as ‘my children’, I follow their path and whenever they have good news about their career and they get in touch to share, it is a great joy for me.”Victoria Kyriakopoulos.THE ‘BOROUME’ FARMERS’ MARKET PROGRAM“When THI Australia first started, we were all thinking that as it consists of philhellenes who are powerful entrepreneurs, our actions would focus on programs of economic growth in Greece. But in 2015, the humanitarian crisis caught our attention. It was impossible to disregard it and we were looking for a way to intervene.”But why did she end up forming a partnership with ‘Boroume’ this successful Greek NGO? It was probably due to her journalism skills, as Victoria found herself doing research, just as she did when she was a reporter.“I had been in touch with some organisations in Greece, trying to identify their needs and their answer was that they wanted dry food, like rice and legumes in small packages. Our research showed that it is pointless to send food from Australia to Greece, not to mention logistically challenging. We were also not happy with the idea [of sending] funds for them to buy the food.“The Hellenic Initiative has a different approach to helping those in need, compared to traditional philanthropy, and this is something that is agreed upon across the board; our aim is not to raise funds and make donations. We are looking for partnerships and collaborations and we want our funds to be used to create programs with specific goals that could bring the best and longest-lasting outcomes. There are a lot of organisations that feel their money was lost somewhere in the procedure, so we make sure to check who we work with and operate under a different business model.”‘Boroume’ was one of the first organisations approached by The Hellenic Initiative; Victoria was impressed. “They had developed a scheme to save food, leaving out middlemen and storage. I was very impressed by its founder Alex Theodoridis and his team; they are very energetic, they have studied and worked abroad, they have a very good work culture, they speak fluent English and are leaders in their field. We thought that if we adopted their program, our funds could produce the best outcome. Basically we pay for the program managers’ salaries, thus allowing the organisation to not be in the position where it is relying too much on volunteers, so that they can focus on planning out and executing their program.”ΤΗΙ first undertook a collaboration on saving food, and then decided to go forward with ‘Boroume at the Farmer’s Market’, so that it could claim a program of its own.“You know, there are these big programs, where you enter as one of the sponsors, and your donation is a drop in an ocean of funding. We could not afford to offer such great sums, but we wanted to create a program tailored to our budget, which could be effective and meaningful both for us and crisis-stricken Greece. What we managed to do with the $36,000 we gave to Boroume last year was unbelievable! The effectiveness of the organisation, the food saved that could otherwise go to waste, the meals that were produced, the social impact – we know that our money were put to good use and went where it should. So, this year we doubled our funding; and there’s also another great outcome; we’ve built a great relationship.”Victoria is right to feel proud of the program. Numbers talk by themselves. The ‘Boroume at the Farmer’s Market’ motto is “no food portion goes to waste”; the organisation collects unsold fruit and vegetables from a number of farmers’ markets around Athens and Thessaloniki and donates them to local charities which turn them into meal portions. Last year they saved 73.5 tons of fruit and vegetables from waste and produced thousands of meal portions for people in need around Greece.“I hope this year I get to go volunteer at our Farmers’ market in Athens or Thessaloniki,” she says. “I like the market, I love it; when I was living in Athens, I often used to go to farmers’ markets, they are a universe of their own. During the last few years, producers would give their surplus to people in need, but these were random acts. Now that they have been organised through our program, they feel prouder themselves for this.”But why is it important to The Hellenic Initiative to persuade those travelling in Greece to volunteer for a day at the farmers’ markets?“It may sound a bit strange to ask Australians, whether they come from a Greek background or not, who travel to Greece to volunteer for a day or a few hours, but the truth is that it can make a great difference,” Victoria explains.“You don’t have to speak fluent Greek or have any specific knowledge, what we need is available hands. The program runs all year long in many farmers’ markets and we have a number of regular volunteers, but during Greek summer, this number diminishes.“Last year, we sent some of our own volunteers on a trial basis; we did not want to turn this into some kind of crisis tourism, nor cause any problems at the Boroume workflow. But what they told us was that our volunteers were very helpful and saved the day. On top of that, it is a great experience; you meet people, you make friends, you’re part of a group. In our pilot program last year, we had 35 people participate, including families with small children, young people, politicians, media professionals, entrepreneurs. We have had people from all ages: one of our volunteers was 82 years old! We hope to be able to send even more this time around.”WHAT’S NEXT FOR THI AUSTRALIA?So now, what are the future goals for The Hellenic Initiative Australia?“Following the same business model, we continue to run programs that help Greece,” says Victoria.“One of them is our joint program with Emfasis, which started in January. We do not leave anything to chance. Everything is connected. Here’s how the Emfasis collaboration came to be: one of the prerequisites for the young people who come to Australia to take part in our internship program, is to have volunteer experience in Greece. So when I was processing the application of one of the candidates, I found out about this program of volunteer community service which seemed very interested, so I looked into it.”It makes sense that Emfasis needed a bit more research than other programs. Despite being active for more than five years, this organisation, which supports homeless people, remains relatively unknown, operating as a kind of ‘invisible’ force in the streets of Athens, going to those in need with mobile units. This is why Maria Karra, one of the founders of Emfasis, was surprised to be contacted by Nick Pappas, president of THI Australia.“Before we made our decision, one of the THI board members, Peter Abraham travelled to Greece and had a firsthand account on the way Emfasis works. He spent a whole night on the streets of Piraeus with a team of volunteers, he saw them in action, realised how meaningful and impactful their work is and was impressed. So we decided to move forward and started funding the organisation in January.“We donated $35,000 which again allows Emfasis to not only rely on volunteers but hire a permanent team which will be organised and be in a position to drive with a van around Athens during the day as well. We follow the same business model here; we set goals in cooperation with the organisation, we assess the outcome and we proceed to the next phase of funding. We want to make sure that we’re in the right track and that we build long-lasting relationships.”It looks like Victoria Kyriakopoulos and THI Australia are part of an effort made by the ‘other’ Greece to mend the social fabric, where it has been torn. What part of Greece does she see, through her daily work?“The Greeks that I come across in my work are those who have struggled to stay in the country, but also those who decided to go back and help, leaving behind some significant careers abroad. For example, Michael Printzos, who is our head of programs and THI representative in Greece, is an Oxford University graduate who deliberately returned to the country, knowing what he [was] leaving behind. But he is committed to our cause and deeply believes in what he does.“We are all part of a network and we believe that slowly, step by step, we can make a difference. All our partners have this mindset, they have small, yet significant goals. We have a very specific vision for Greece. We build partnerships, we create a chain and this effort is starting to bear fruit. This is why I feel good do be one of The Hellenic Initiative people.”For more information about THI Australia and its programs, visit https://au.thehellenicinitiative.org/If you are interested to volunteer in the ‘Boroume at the Farmers’ Market’ in Athens or Thessaloniki, go to https://au.thehellenicinitiative.org/what-we-do/1089-2/
Stay on target A new study suggests dogs were domesticated before migrating to the Americas.By analyzing DNA of ancient North American and Siberian pups, researchers were able to better understand the history of the continents’ first canine inhabitants.The oldest remains date back about 9,000 years—millenia after people began crossing a land bridge connecting present-day Siberia and Alaska; dogs would have moved with their human counterparts, spreading across North and South America.These animals—likely having originated in North Asia—persevered for thousands of years. Until contact with European colonists, at which point they all but vanished.“This suggests something catastrophic must have happened, and it’s likely associated with European colonization,” senior lead author Laurent Frantz, a lecturer at Queen Mary University and co-investigator at the University of Oxford.Unfortunately, there is not yet enough evidence to explain this sudden disappearance.Ancient dog burials like this one found at the Janey B. Goode site near Brooklyn, Ill., provided genetic material for a new study of dogs in the Americas (via Illinois State Archaeological Survey)This is the first comprehensive genomic study of its kind to analyze nuclear DNA (inherited from both parents) and mitochondrial DNA (passed down only from mothers).“Few modern dogs have any trace of these ancient lineages,” according to Kelsey Witt, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Merced, who led the mitochondrial DNA genome work as a graduate student at the University of Illinois.The team also discovered the genomic signature of a hereditary dog cancer, which could be one of the last “living” remnants of early canine genetic heritage.“This suggests that this tumor originated in or near the Americas,” Witt said.These findings, published by the journal Science, reinforce the idea that early man—and his best friend—faced many of the same challenges after European contact, U. of I. anthropology professor Ripan Malhi said.“It is known how Indigenous peoples of the Americas suffered from the genocidal practices of European colonists after contact,” Malhi, a co-author of the study, said in a statement. “What we found is that the dogs of Indigenous peoples experienced an even more devastating history and a near-total loss, possibly as a result of forced cultural changes and disease.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Driver Finds Dog With Throat Cut, Mouth Duct-Taped in OhioWatch: Dog Rescued After Collapsing From Heatstroke During Hike
Stay on target FaceApp Responds to (Mostly Unfounded) Privacy ConcernsInstagram Employs Machine Learning to Stop Bullying The B.C. RCMP are giving a press conference on the two people murdered on the Alaska Highway, and they have the cat ear filter on. pic.twitter.com/j8GvkvKA4u— Tyler Dawson (@tylerrdawson) July 19, 2019Police said they were aware of the “technical difficulties,” and have since uploaded a new, feline-free video of the press conference to their Facebook page. .@BCRCMP apologizing for the cat filter. Says it was not the result of an “outside party,” was an internal error and the mistake has been fixed. “Our effort to be available via a social media platform did have technological challenges which is a risk that can happen.” https://t.co/DFUgJ6Vz8F— Sonia Aslam (@SoniaSAslam) July 20, 2019Investigators are asking to speak with anyone traveling in the area of Liard Hot Springs and on the Alaska Highway 97 between 4 p.m. July 14 and 8 a.m. July 15—especially those with dashcam footage.Anyone with information relating to the blue van or the deaths of Deese and Fowler should contact the Northern Rockies RCMP at 250-774-2700.The same furry filter recently turned Pakistani politician Shaukat Yousafzai’s live-streamed press conference into an unintended farce.According to the BBC, Yousafzai was unaware of the digital distraction, but later said it was a “mistake” and should not be taken “so seriously.”More on Geek.com:Google Apologizes for ‘Hidden’ Nest Secure Microphone DilemmaFreeze! Police in Illinois ‘Arrest’ Elsa Due to Extremely Cold WeatherOops: Apple’s Squid Emoji is Upside Down It’s hard to take anyone seriously when they have digital cat ears and whiskers superimposed onto their face.A lesson Canadian police learned the hard way.The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in British Columbia have apologized after livestreaming a press conference detailing a double homicide—with an augmented reality “cat filter” turned on.Chynna Noelle Deese, 24, of North Carolina, and Lucas Robertson Fowler, 23, of Australia, were found Monday morning alongside Highway 97 in British Columbia.A blue 1986 Chevrolet van with Alberta license plates was also at the scene.The couple, as reported by CBS17, were on a road trip through Canada; after visiting national parks, they planned to end the journey in Alaska.It remains unclear whether the duo were specifically targeted or the victims of a random act of violence.“Early in the investigation, the deaths were deemed suspicious and investigators from the North District and BC RCMP Major Crimes Units were called to assist the investigation,” Sgt. Janelle Shoihet, of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said at a Friday press conference.Unfortunately, the somber announcement was marred by a pair of pink cartoon cat ears and animated whiskers on Shoihet’s otherwise earnest face.
No bond for alleged terrorist of Bahamian descent Recommended for you Related Items:florida, Johnson and Wales University, kayon cox Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Cruise Ship suspected of Norovirus due to dock in Grand Turk Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 May 2015 – More graduates of the country doing outstanding things, Kayon Cox of South Caicos who last week finished with a 4.0 GPA at Johnson and Wales University in Florida. She was one of the students receiving an academic award for her scholastic performance and is now elected to the National Honors Society of the prestigious institution as a result. We’ve posted her colorful photos online; Kayon, who is daughter of Marjorie Basden High Vice Principal, Rodney Cox and South Caicos District Commissioner Yvette Cox, tells us she was ‘reppin’ the TCI with a customized graduation cap sporting the nation’s flag and 649 country code, not to mention the super-sized Turks and Caicos flag, she proudly carried – like others from abroad – in tribute to their home countries. She even sent us a little video where the moderator announced that there was a graduate from Turks and Caicos. Congratulations again. Turks and Caicos to be affected by closed sea ports in Florida
Inter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic hailed the importance of their 1-0 win over Napoli on Wednesday night in the Serie AA injury-time winner from Lautaro Martinez gave Inter victory at the San Siro against 10-man Napoli.The result enabled Inter to extend their hold on a top-four spot with a seven-point advantage over fifth-place Sampdoria.And Handanovic, who made two key saves while the scoreline was goalless, relished the Nerazzurri’s late winner.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“It was vital to win today to in order to silence all the other discussions and we did. Then, you get more of a sense of enthusiasm when you win in the 90th minute,” Handanovic told InterTV.“Following the red card for Koulibaly, we had to take more risks in order to look to win the game.“But Saturday is now even more important. Let’s hope that San Siro remains a fortress, the Coppa Italia and Sassuolo games await us after the holidays. The crowd always gives us something more and they showed it today.”Inter, who are now five points behind Napoli in third, will next take a trip to Empoli before heading into the winter break.
Julian Daley has joined global travel service provider Hotelbeds Group as reward and mobility manager.In his new role, Daley will be working across all Hotelbeds Group’s service lines and businesses on a global scale, tackling salary reviews, bonuses, job evaluations and employee benefits.He will also assist on the design and implementation of functional projects and delivering operational excellence, and will be accountable for the effective ongoing operation of reward activities.Previously, Daley worked as reward and recognition manager at British Steel, reward manager at Arla Foods, reward manager at Carlsberg UK and compensation and benefits specialist, also at Carlsberg UK.
Alaska’s Mental Health Trust Land’s Office is in the process of determining the issue of a ground lease of Trust land to Usibelli Coal. The approximately 95-acre parcel is located adjacent to Usibelli’s Wishbone Hill prospect near Palmer.The stated purpose of the lease is to allow Usibelli to construct a haul road to it’s existing Wishbone Hill mine.The terms of the lease require Usibelli to pay over$13,000 a year for the duration of 25 years for the property.A Mental Health Trust spokesman could not be reached for comment over the MLK holiday.Comments regarding the decision are due at the Alaska Mental Health Trust Lands Offices in Anchorage by the close of business on Tuesday, January 19.