first_imgSometimes in life, it pays to take a step backwards in order to move forwards. The journey of Bordeaux defender Pablo is testimony to this as he achieved a lifelong dream on October 12 as he pulled on the icon colours of the Brazil national team for the first time.Only 18 months ago, he found himself sent on loan to Corinthians, having failed to live up to meet expectations after making a €6 million move from Ponte Preta a year-and-a-half previous. His first season was dogged by injury while he was totally frozen out in his second.  Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Pablo Brazil Saudi Arabia 12102018Little wonder the 27-year-old, who started the 2018-19 season by inauspiciously earning a red card after just 13 minutes of a 2-0 loss to Strasbourg, was so emotional about his surprise call up. “I’m going to cry when I pull on my jersey,” he said.“I was surprised when I got the call. I didn’t think I had a chance. My dad called me and said: ‘You’re in the national team!’ I said: ‘Is it a joke, Dad?’ It was true. I cried a lot and shouted with my wife. It was the best.”A friendly against Saudi Arabia provided the stage for the 27-year-old, picked ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s Thiago Silva by Tite, to achieve what once appeared an impossible dream. Flanked by PSG’s Marquinhos and Ligue 1 alumnus Fabinho, he played the duration of the fixture, which was won 2-0. Pablo admits that it has been a steep learning curve since moving to France, initially in August 2015, but he believes that it has all been worth it.“My arrival in Bordeaux was very complicated,” he told the media. “The football, the culture, how to adapt… I was young, I needed to have more experience.“When I came back after the loan, I was stronger. Now I love France.”Pablo, who won the Brazilian championship with Corinthians and was named the competition’s outstanding defender, took advantage of circumstances to make his mark upon his Ligue 1 return.Pablo Corinthians Bahia Brasileirao Serie A 22062017He found a very different Bordeaux when he came back. Jocelyn Gourvennec, the coach who overlooked him, had been sacked and replaced by Uruguayan Gus Poyet, who took command of a side in the midst of a defensive crisis. He needed a reliable player who was strong in the air, and Pablo fit the bill.He offers a strong blend of defensive attributes. Of course, his aerial strength may be the most obvious of these, but he covers ground impressively for a bulky player standing at over 6 foot 1. Now able to make the most of his strengths, the 27-year-old rapidly became a mainstay of a team that swept up the table and into Europe, earning a new contract that runs until 2021 in the process. Poyet may be gone, but his status in the team has been secured thanks to his robust defensive play. He is a different player than the one who first arrived in France, while the arrival of countryman Ricardo Gomes as de facto head coach will only further secure his importance.French Connection Pablo Bordeaux 17102018“Staying at Bordeaux this summer was a choice for my family by also a sporting one because Bordeaux is a big club and it gives me more visibility to play for the Selecao,” he said, his choice thoroughly vindicated. “Now I’m here, the most difficult thing will be to stay here. I don’t just want to join the squad once.”And Pablo is under no illusions that it will be difficult to hold down a place in the most storied national side in the world. He has personally pinpointed his use of the ball as a weakness that he needs to improve, but in terms of raw defensive abilities, there are few better. His perseverance, however, may be his greatest strength, showing remarkable character to overcome his early setback in France to make the most of the Ligue 1 stage and achieve a seemingly impossible dream.last_img read more

first_imgPortugal secured Nations League glory on Sunday as Goncalo Guedes’ second-half strike earned a 1-0 victory over Netherlands at the Estadio do Dragao.The host nation had been touted as favourites ahead of the inaugural Finals and they lived up to that billing in Porto, adding more major silverware to their European Championship triumph three years ago.Cristiano Ronaldo had netted a hat-trick in the 3-1 semi-final win over Switzerland but he was kept relatively quiet on this occasion by Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Instead it was left to Guedes to settle matters, exchanging passes with Bernardo Silva and smashing home from the edge of the box, although Jasper Cillessen may feel he could have done better.Saiam da frente do Guedes #PORxNED | 1-0 | #TodosPortugal #NationsLeague #UNL — Portugal (@selecaoportugal) June 9, 2019 Cillessen, winning his 50th cap, was the busier goalkeeper in the opening half-hour, although he was only called upon to make a trio of routine saves – twice from Bruno Fernandes long-range efforts either side of gathering Jose Fonte’s header.Fernandes remained a threat, curling narrowly over from the edge of the box as the hosts continued to look likeliest to score as the interval approached.Netherlands were sharper after the break and Rui Patricio got down smartly to thwart Georginio Wijnaldum, but on the hour Portugal had the goal their play deserved.Guedes found Silva, who returned the ball with a nicely disguised pass, and the Valencia man rifled into the bottom-right corner via the left hand of Cillessen.Patricio saved impressively from Memphis Depay’s header as Netherlands sought a swift response but the closest they came was Marten de Roon firing over from 20 yards as Portugal held on to lift another major international trophy. What does it mean? More success for Santos Portugal’s Euro 2016 success was built upon the foundation of a solid defensive base, but their Nations League semi-final win over Switzerland was a thoroughly entertaining affair and Fernando Santos’ side were a far superior attacking force against Netherlands.Ronaldo picks his battles Portugal’s talisman started off in a central role but, as the game wore on, he could be seen drifting out to the left with greater frequency. Perhaps frustrated by being so well shackled by De Ligt and Van Dijk, the Juventus star left a hole that Silva and Guedes surged into for the winner.Bernardo with the assist. Guedes with the finishA deserved lead? #NationsLeague — UEFA Nations League (@UEFAEURO) June 9, 2019 Oranje lacking penetration In Van Dijk and De Ligt, Netherlands have a centre-back pairing that is the envy of world football. But their starting front three of Ryan Babel, Steven Bergwijn and Depay were largely ineffective on this occasion. Ronald Koeman will be praying his forwards can match the standards set by his imperious backline.Key Opta Facts- Portugal have won two of the last four competitive international tournaments they have appeared in, with their previous triumph coming at Euro 2016.- Portugal are the first European nation to host and win a final of a major competition since France beat Brazil 3-0 in the final of the 1998 World Cup.- Netherlands have lost four of their last five finals in major international tournaments (three in the World Cup, once in the Nations League).- Netherlands remain winless against Portugal when playing them in Portugal, drawing two and losing four of their six such meetings.- Goncalo Guedes has been directly involved in five goals in his last eight appearances for Portugal (three goals and two assists).What’s next? Portugal return to Euro 2020 qualifying with a trip to Serbia in September, when Netherlands will face a crunch clash against rivals Germany. read morelast_img read more

first_imgNetherlands winger Steven Bergwijn has described Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk as “an absolute beast” and is loving playing alongside the powerful centre-back with the national team.Bergwijn enjoyed a sublime 2018-19 campaign with PSV and was among the most valuable players in the Eredivisie last term with 14 goals and 12 assists in 33 appearances.Only Dusan Tadic, Luuk de Jong, Hakim Ziyech and Abdenasser El Khayati were involved in more goals, and Bergwijn was rewarded for his fine performances with an international call-up in October 2018, making his senior debut in a 3-0 Nations League win over Germany. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The 21-year-old has since gone on to make seven appearances for Netherlands and was part of the squad that lost the final of the Nations League to Portugal.Teaming up with some of the world’s best has proven to be beneficial for Bergwijn’s development as he has attracted the interest of some of the continent’s elite clubs, with Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Inter and Tottenham all among the teams believed to be keeping tabs on him.Although Bergwijn was quick to stress he learns from all of his team-mates at international level, there is no denying that Van Dijk is his standout compatriot, being one of the best defenders in the world.”Van Dijk is an absolute beast,” Bergwijn told Goal and Voetbalzone.”Of course, it is good to be able to measure myself against him in training with the national team.”But not just Virgil, they all play for massive clubs. I learn from all of them really. They all have a lot of experience and almost everyone plays for a big club.”Van Dijk’s stellar 2018-19 campaign has led to calls for the Liverpool centre-back to become the first defender to win the Ballon d’Or since Fabio Cannavaro in 2006, although he faces stiff competition from club team-mates Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, as well as Barcelona ace Lionel Messi among others.Liverpool’s competitive season begins on August 4 with a Community Shield clash against champions Manchester City before hosting Norwich on August 9 to kick off the 2019-20 Premier League season. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

first_img The committee will have representatives from the Department of Education, the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, the Association of Nova Scotia Education Administrators, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, the Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations, the Council on African Canadian Education, the Youth Advisory Council, and the Council on Mi’kmaq Education. The committee will be chaired by Howard Windsor, the former appointed Halifax Regional School Board and a former deputy minister. “Chronic student absenteeism is a huge concern for teachers,” said NSTU president Alexis Allen. “We are pleased to work with our education partners to strengthen policies and practices in addressing this issue.” Ms. Streatch said while there is room for improvement, people should not forget that Nova Scotia’s schools are still safe places to learn and work. “Our provincial school code of conduct, school board policies and the programs we have in place provincially to promote respect and good behaviour are making a positive difference in schools,” she said. “But I also recognize that there is frustration from many parents, teachers and students who believe we can do more to improve the learning environment. “It is important that we continually examine the effectiveness of our strategies, and make improvements where we can.” The committee will proceed with an internal review and present its report to the education minister before the new school year. There will be an opportunity for public input during the process. Ms. Streatch said she is determined action will be taken in time for September. Chronic absenteeism and other issues affecting the learning environment in Nova Scotia schools will be the subject of a provincial review, Education Minister Judy Streatch announced today, May 19. The Minister’s Working Committee on Absenteeism and Classroom Climate will make recommendations to improve student attendance, increase engagement of students in their education and establish new and effective strategies to support a productive learning environment. “This review will result in improved class climate for all students,” said Ms. Streatch. “Our schools must, at all times, belong to the students who want to learn in a productive and respectful environment.” The committee’s terms of reference will include: Examining the challenges facing today’s classrooms and the effectiveness of policies and practices dealing with absenteeism and the active engagement of students in their learning; Identifying best practices and using them to foster good behaviour in schools and classrooms; Recommending how to best support an effective climate for teaching and learning; Examining the roles of school boards, school advisory councils and parents; Reviewing legislation, policies and guidelines related to student and parental responsibilities.last_img read more

first_imgSeniors will benefit from projects that will make it easier to stay independent and engaged in activities that promote health and wellness. Seniors Minister Leo Glavine announced today, May 1, provincial grants totalling about $430,000 through the Positive Aging Grant Program and the Age Friendly Communities Program, going to 62 not-for-profit organizations and municipalities. “Encouraging the health, literacy, physical activity, and social participation of seniors enriches our lives and helps build vibrant communities across our province,” said Mr. Glavine. “These grants are investments in our communities. They will help many older Nova Scotians live healthier lives and make our communities friendly to people of all ages and abilities.” The Cumberland Regional Library Board received a Positive Aging grant to start a volunteer delivery service, to make it easier to access library materials for those who are homebound or who have difficulty travelling. “Transportation can be an issue that prevents seniors from keeping their minds and bodies active, especially in rural areas,” said Frank Balcom, chair of the Cumberland Regional Library Board. “On behalf of the board, I appreciate the Positive Aging grant’s assistance in helping us reach out to our seniors to promote healthy minds and bodies.” The Seniors LINCS (Living Independently with Community Supports) Health Literacy Program received provincial funds in 2010 to pilot a program to connect patients with a seniors health advocate. Annapolis Valley Health and the Valley Community Learning Association worked together to help seniors better understand written health information, and get services and supports in the community. A Positive Aging grant for 2013-14 will allow the program to expand. Michelle Helliwell of Annapolis Valley Health has been working on the health literacy program from the beginning. “Late in life, when confronted with health-care issues, it is difficult for even those with excellent literacy skills to understand and follow new health-care recommendations or procedures designed to ease their symptoms,” said Ms. Helliwell. “This work helps seniors extend their independence and well-being.” For more information, including lists of grant recipients, visit and .last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday proposed to Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (KMRCL) to provide compensation of Rs 5 lakh for each family whose houses have been damaged or collapsed at Bowbazar due to tunneling work.KMRCL has already accepted the proposal by Banerjee to build the houses which have collapsed and repair those which have been damaged. Till the completion of work and handing the houses over to the owners, KMRCL will arrange their accommodation. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Chief Minister has also set up a core committee led by Chief Secretary Malay De, which would monitor the whole process. The Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, the Mayor, the Transport Secretary and Disaster Management Group (DMG) officials will comprise the committee. On Tuesday, Banerjee along with Mayor Firhad Hakim, MP Sudip Bandopadhyay and Home Secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay met with senior officials of KMRCL, including the managing director Manas Sarkar. During the meeting, Banerjee proposed to KMRCL to provide compensation of Rs 5 lakh to each of families who have been shifted from their residences. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayShe also informed that CCTV cameras have already been installed in the area so that no theft can take place. It has also been decided that after taking precautionary measures and checking, one member from each family will be allowed to retrieve their belongings from their damaged houses in presence of police and DMG personnel. She also suggested that the families can be temporarily rehabilitated in a building near Gem Cinema belonging to KMRCL, which is capable of housing the homeless residents. “This is not the time for blame game. All of us must come forward to help the families in distress. We have requested KMRCL to provide interim shelters to the families who have been evacuated. KMRCL has accepted our request and will arrange for the same. They will build and repair the houses which have been damaged,” said the Chief Minister. Apart from the houses, KMRCL will also build and hand over the shops which have been damaged and collapsed, to their owners. She further said: “Several residents have complained that they could not even retrieve a single document like Aadhaar card, ration card or Voter ID card. It has been decided that special camps will be held to reissue such documents to the affected people.” Apart from these decisions, Banerjee requested KMRCL authorities to pay Rs 5 lakh to the family that used to reside at 13A Durga Pithuri Lane, as one of the family members’ marriage has been fixed on January next year. She has also proposed to provide some amount of money as monthly compensation to those who became jobless due to the incident. The Chief Minster stated that an extensive survey of the area by experts must be done at the earliest. Following Banerjee’s request, Sarkar stated that KMRCL is ready to extend help from all sides. But deciding the amount of compensation is not possible for him as it will be decided in KMRCL’s board meeting. He assured that he will place the proposals before the board and will do everything he can.last_img read more

FRANKFURT — German automaker Volkswagen saw operating profit slip in the first quarter as the company set aside 1 billion euros for legal issues but reaffirmed its profit goals for the year and saw better profits at its core brand.The company said Thursday that operating profit fell to 3.9 billion euros ($4.4 billion) from 4.2 billion euros in the same quarter a year ago. Group sales revenue rose 3.1% to 60.0 billion euros.The Volkswagen brand, one of the company’s 12, saw operating profit rise 5 % to 921 million euros as cost control and a more profitable model mix compensated for lower volumes.Volkswagen still faces legal issues from its 2015 scandal over cars rigged to cheat on diesel emissions test, including a pending suit from investors.The Associated Press read more

“Remembering is a necessary rebuke to those who say the Holocaust never happened or has been exaggerated,” said Mr. Annan in a video message that was part of a two-hour ceremony observing the UN’s first International Day of Commemoration.The Secretary-General invoked the day’s theme – “remembrance and beyond” – and urged all to “pledge ourselves to even greater efforts to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity.”Although unable to personally attend the gathering because he is travelling in Europe, Mr. Annan and his wife, Nane, marked the Day in Zurich, Switzerland, where they met with Auschwitz survivors and a group of young members affiliated with the International Auschwitz Committee.Nane Annan is the niece of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from Nazi persecution during the Second World War.In comments to reporters after meeting with the Auschwitz survivors, Mr. Annan invoked his wife’s late uncle. “How come there were so few Wallenbergs, where were the others?” he asked. “We all have a responsibility in trying to ensure that we do protect society and each other.”Mr. Annan also emphasized that the Holocaust must not be denied or forgotten, and warned against complacency in the face of hate. “There are bigots today who would deny that the Holocaust occurred, that unique experience of Holocaust occurred, and that should be countered,” he said.“We see racism, humiliation of the other, and that is how it begins. You start with humiliation, you start with discrimination, you demean the other and before you know it, it has moved onto incredible levels,” he warned.About 2,000 people – Holocaust survivors, their family and friends, UN staff members and the public – gathered to in New York to hear the message from Mr. Annan as well as speeches by Under-Secretary-General Shashi Tharoor, the Acting President of the General Assembly, Brazilian Ambassador Ronald Mota Sardenberg, Israeli Ambassador Gillerman, and other dignitaries who shared the podium with survivors and activists.Many members of the audience were moved to tears as Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein emotionally recounted how former U.S. Army lieutenant Kurt Klein, a German Jew who fled Nazi Germany in 1938, liberated her in Volary, Czechoslovakia, and later became her husband. He died in 2002.“I weighed 68 pounds. I was in rags. I had white hair,” said Ms. Klein of her condition when Mr. Klein arrived at the former bicycle factory where she and other survivors had ended a 350-mile death march ordered by her captors. She was two days shy of her 21st birthday after a six-year ordeal that began when Germans invaded her southern Polish town in 1939. She lost every member of her family, except for one uncle who was living in Turkey.After starting the ceremony with two minutes of silence to honour the victims, Mr. Tharoor said it was appropriate that the liberation of Auschwitz be commemorated at the UN, which was built on the ashes of the Holocaust.“When they were confronted by the full horror of what had been done in the death camps of Europe, world leaders were inspired, indeed driven, to create a place where they could work together to change our world for the better,” Mr. Tharoor said.Mr. Sardenberg, who spoke on behalf of Assembly President Jan Eliasson, said it was crucial for the international community to remember the horrendous crimes that occurred in Nazi death camps in order to prevent new horrors from occurring in the years ahead.He recalled that in adoption its resolution designating the Day, the 191-member General Assembly rejected “any denial of the Holocaust as an historic event, either in full or part.”The General Assembly chose 27 January for the annual commemoration because it was that day, in 1945, that the Auschwitz concentration camp fell to Allied Forces.Israeli Ambassador Daniel Gillerman gave a vivid speech in which he urged the crowd to imagine “the shattering of skulls and the burning of flesh” as he recounted the horrors of the Nazi death camps.And in a touching display that brought the Holocaust tragedy to a personal level, individual photos of more than a dozen victims – from an infant to a 60-year-old man, were shown on a large screen as Mr. Tharoor read brief, gripping narratives of their lives.The event also included a performance by the Zamir Chorale of Boston and a lecture by Yehuda Bauer, an academic advisor to Yad Vashem and the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research.The meeting, which was web cast, culminated a weeklong series of events held at UN Headquarters that encompassed people of all ages and included film, candlelight vigils, photo exhibits and poetry readings. read more

The motives behind these illicit activities are various and the toll that they are taking is incredible – millions of birds are being killed each year – numbers that are totally unsustainable and which alongside other pressures such as habitat loss and climate change are leading to many once common species being at risk of extinction.The theme of this year’s World Day is “…and when the skies fall silent? Stop the Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade!”Ahead of the Day, the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) announced the creation of the Intergovernmental Task Force on Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds in the Mediterranean composed of Governments and the European Commission.UN organizations such as the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), international environmental treaties, INTERPOL, law enforcement and judiciary organizations, hunting communities and nongovernmental organizations will also be part of the coalition.World Migratory Bird Day is co-organized by CMS and the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), international treaties administered by UNEP.“I fully support the global campaign to raise awareness about the threats to migratory birds from habitat destruction, overexploitation, pollution and climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. “I call for greater international efforts to restore and preserve migratory birds and the network of sites they need to survive as an important part of the environment on which we all depend.”Perhaps the simplest way to appreciate how important birds’ life is to us all, to the planet, to our ecosystem, and to nature is to step outside for a moment, close your eyes and just listen, or look up the skiesUNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said: “During their long journeys, migratory birds run afoul of any number of natural obstacles, from predators to weather. They shouldn’t also have to duck the grasping claws of the illegal wildlife trade. Illegal taking and killing of birds threaten not only the survival of bird species, but ecosystems, communities and livelihoods as well. So World Migratory Bird Day is not strictly for the birds; it’s to remind us of the part they play for planet and people alike.”Bird hunting has been traditionally practiced in the Mediterranean for centuries, but the recent surge in illegal activities, such as poaching and trapping, is endangering many threatened species that are already subject to other pressures, such as climate change and habitat loss. World Migratory Bird Day. White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) Sergey Dereliev (UNEP/AEWA), migratory birds Jacques Trouvilliez, Executive Secretary of AEWA, said: “Migrating birds are facing increasing pressures along their journeys and habitat losses and degradation are the most difficult to tackle. But the birds are also exposed to illegal killing, taking and trade. We can no longer say that these practices are traditional as the equipment to capture birds has become more efficient. The nylon mist nets are now almost invisible to birds. As a result more birds are taken from declining populations. We must stop the illegal killing now, if we don’t want our skies to fall silent.”Each year, up to 6.2 million exhausted birds, migrating between their breeding and wintering grounds, are caught in illegally set nets stretching for hundreds of kilometres along the North African coastline. The less lucky ones suffer an agonizing death on lime stick traps – twigs covered with extremely sticky glue. It is estimated that up to 2 million Blackcaps die in such traps each year.The Intergovernmental Task Force will add new momentum to international efforts to tackle the illegal killing, taking and trade in birds by agreeing on new guidelines, recommendations and action plans to address the causes of poaching.The Task Force will work towards changing the hunting practices in the region to make them compliant with national and international laws. It will also aim to enhance the enforcement of these laws through training of local police and judiciary, information exchange, promoting deterrence and prevention policies to end the large-scale killings of migratory birds taking place today.The Task Force, which will hold its first meeting in Cairo from 12 to 15 July 2016, is expected to be replicated in other major flyways across the world. The socio-economic study on Hunting and Illegal Killing of Birds along the Mediterranean Coast of Egypt, which will be released by BirdLife International on World Migratory Bird Day, will give important input to this meeting.Tackling illegal killing and trade in wildlife, including birds, and mobilizing global action around the issue will also be the focus of the 2016 World Environment Day, which takes place on 5 June and is hosted by Angola, under the slogan ‘Go Wild for Life.’ A global UN campaign to garner support for stopping the trade in many species and their products will also be launched. read more

Ohio State junior forward Mason Jobst prepares for a face-off against Robert Morris on Oct. 27. The Buckeyes won 5-3. Credit: Nick Hudak | For the LanternNo. 17 Ohio State (6-3-3, 1-3-0-0 Big Ten) defeated Connecticut (3-8-2, 2-4-1 Hockey East) 5-4 in a high-scoring battle in the first game of the men’s hockey weekend series Friday, then tied 1-1 in a goaltender showdown in the second game Saturday. Freshman goalie Tommy Nappier made his first Ohio State start in the opening game of the series and made 35 saves in the game.Game 1The Buckeyes lit up the Huskies for five goals in Game 1. The Buckeyes got up to an early 3-0 lead thanks to two first-period goals by senior forward Matthew Weis. Weis opened up the scoring with a goal 40 seconds into the first period off assists from sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski and junior defenseman Sasha Larocque.UConn got two back later in the second period off goals by senior forward Jesse Schwartz and senior forward Spencer Naas to bring the score to 3-2 going into the third period.Junior forward Mason Jobst scored his sixth goal of the season to give the Buckeyes a two-goal lead early in the frame, scoring on the man advantage, something Ohio State has struggled with this season. The Buckeyes went a strong 2-for-4 on the power play in Game 1, with junior forward Dakota Joshua scoring in the second period while a man up.The Huskies attempted a comeback and were given a great opportunity on a major penalty by senior forward Christian Lampasso, but Ohio State killed off the five-minute power play. UConn cut the lead to 5-4 on a late goal by junior forward Max Kalter with an empty net, but Ohio State held on for the tight victory.Game 2After the nine goals in the first game, only two found their way past redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo and sophomore goalie Adam Huska in a 1-1 draw. Romeo made 29 saves, including six crucial saves in the overtime period to preserve the tie. Huska made 24 saves.Both teams had numerous opportunities, as Ohio State had five chances on the power play and UConn had four. But neither team found the back of the net while on the man advantage.Laczynski tallied his third point of the series on a goal halfway through the third period that opened the scoring for Ohio State. Senior defenseman Janik Moser earned an assist on the play.The Huskies countered late in the third period and scored the equalizer with about three minutes to go on a shot by Schwartz for his second of the series.The lone goals on both sides of the ice were the only two goals in the game and the game ended in a 1-1 draw. UConn led in shots for the second game in a row 30-25.The Buckeyes have a bye week next week then travel to Ann Arbor for a rival conference matchup against Michigan. Puck drop is set for 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 24 and 7:30 on Nov. 25. read more

first_imgAS IT IS currently structured, the Irish healthcare system ensures that people spend an inordinate amount of time not being treated for what ails them. The current structure incentivises inactivity, not efficiency. Patients are seen as a cost, and one that only has to be realised when a patient enters the hospital.This is why most of our healthcare spending is outside of hospitals. We spend an inordinate amount of money on patients who are waiting for expert treatment, while those who run the bureaucracy think that they are saving money by not treating the patients properly.Everyone accepts that there are grave failings in the Irish healthcare system; the only thing that divides us is how to solve them. Some would argue that we should move towards an NHS style service, others look for lessons in Berlin, and still others would find solutions in Havana.The influence of political ideologyWhat typically happens, is that people bring their political ideology to the table and then pick the health service which most closely matches it.Take for instance the former Minister for Health, Mary Harney. She was of a school of thought that believed that we should have a health care system populated by private for-profit institutions.Harney believed, as an article of faith, that private for-profit businesses are, in and of themselves, a good thing, and so she sought the solutions to our healthcare problems in private, for-profit, businesses.While there are major problems with the US healthcare system, the best managed institutions I have ever worked in were in New York. When I was working in the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, the only waiting the patients did was in the room outside my clinic door – similarly in Mount Sinai Hospital. Sloan-Kettering and Mount Sinai are private, entirely not-for-profit institutions, founded by wealthy philanthropists and financed by insurance revenues; they are meccas for cancer specialists, researchers and patients alike.The US model: medics leading medical institutionsAny insured cancer patient can access this hospital (ie 80 per cent of the American population). Care is single-tier. Politicians, millionaires, pop stars, actors and ordinary citizens were all seen in the same clinics, admitted to the same wards, operated on in the same theatres, and critically, all cared for by the same doctors. There was no co-located hospital for the wealthy.The main problem with US healthcare is the lack of universal healthcare insurance – we should not emulate that. But, in terms of working hospitals you will find the best doctors, the best treatments, and the best outcomes for patients in the US. The chairs of these institutions are doctors. These clinically excellent medics lead their medical institutions, supported by technically adept managers, whom they guide with medical brilliance. At an institutional level we must move towards the US model, what we should avoid is the US insurance model.Also problematic in the US system, is that for those who have insurance, doctors and hospitals are incentivised to carry out medical procedures which may not be necessary. With an unfettered free market approach, and a fee per item system, this is inevitable; as inevitable, as the incentivised inactivity in the Irish system.The German model: healthcare based on need – not wealthThere is a middle route between these two extremes which is a model based on the principle of social solidarity, where access to healthcare is based on need and not wealth. Looking at the international landscape, the model I think we can learn most from is the German model, if we are aiming for an egalitarian system which is also efficient and effective.In Germany, the typical worker contributes 9 per cent of their gross income to their health insurance. There are many ways of structuring this. Some huge employers have their own schemes, others buy commercial insurance from the market, and all those who are unemployed are insured by the state.This is progressive, those who earn more, pay more; despite the fact that people who earn more typically have fewer health problems than those who live more difficult lives.Every person has their own freely negotiable insurance credit. They can go to whatever institution they choose to go to, individual institutions decide what areas of care they offer, and the degree of care they offer within those clinical areas.Ireland: the least efficient healthcare sector in the worldThis approach is anathema to the bureaucrats which currently govern this country; they are not interested in patient outcomes, but in controlling admin budgets. They do not care if money can be better spent, they choose instead to manage the devils we know rather than risk devils we don’t know.Dr Don Thornhill of the National Competitiveness Council argues that we have the least efficient healthcare sector in the world. We spend a very average amount on healthcare. Had we the same demographics as other European States; we would have the most expensive healthcare system in the world. With 100,000 young Irish people emigrating every year, our country is aging much faster than anticipated, the inevitable funding crunch will arrive far sooner than we would like.We do not have the worst quality of healthcare in the developed world, we have instead the worst managed healthcare system in the developed world, run by technically deficient, medically illiterate bureaucrats.It is not even their fault that the healthcare system is so bad – how else could it be, given the dysfunctional nature of what we have asked them to do? We ask them to ration healthcare, they do as we ask of them.Professor John Crown is a Senator in Seanad Éireann. He trained in cancer medicine in New York in Mount Sinai Hospital and Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Centre and was appointed as a consultant in St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin in 1993.Read: HSE U-turn on funding for epilepsy sufferer ‘insulting’>Read: HSE rehired three staff the day after they retired>last_img read more

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING an incident in which an 18-year-old was held at gunpoint by two masked men.The teenager had arranged to meet an individual at Newtownstalaban near Drogheda with a view to selling his car. However, when he went to the location he was met by two masked men, one who was armed with a firearm.The man was taken at gunpoint to a disused farmhouse and held there for a number of hours. He was then taken to his own house where a number of family members were assaulted (no serious injuries) the house was searched and some property was taken.The masked men left the house in the owners car,which was later found burnt out a short time later.Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact Drogheda Garda Station on 041-9874200, the Garda Confidential Line 1-800-666-111 or any Garda Station.Read: These cars were bought with fake bank drafts and sold on to unsuspecting buyersRead: Warning after multiple cases of car sales scamlast_img read more

first_img‘IT’S NOT SOMETHING you see every day’ — as one onlooker noted.The circumstances of how a fight broke out today between a street performer dressed as Spiderman, and another man, not dressed as Spiderman, are unclear as yet.However, thankfully — it appears all involved came out of the encounter on Dublin’s South Anne Street relatively unscathed.It all starts quite violently indeed — the blue-tracksuited man appearing to connect with a few punches. ‘Spiderman’ then wrestles him to the ground, and the pair engage in a brief scuffle over the second man’s baseball hat.It all gets a bit weird after that. (Weirder still.)The ‘superhero’ apparently decides he doesn’t want to let the man past a certain point in the street (past the Gotham Café, appropriately enough).There’s a few more handbag-like encounters — after which a number of onlookers intervene, and the whole situation appears to calm down a little.The whole video can be viewed here. [Credit: RM Videos]Read Here’s everything we know so far about Star Wars filming in Co. Kerry Read Strangers donate money online for US man robbed during Liffey rescuelast_img read more

first_imgGameloft do some pretty cool games it has to be said, with their N.O.V.A franchise being classed as some of the best FPS for the iPhone and iPad.If you have never played the above game before, or were looking for a Gameloft title at a bargain price, then this piece of news will certainly get you rushing to the iTunes store (I know I did).AdChoices广告As Gameloft have announced – for a short-time only – over 30 of their best selling titles on the iPhone and iPad are slashed in price to just $0.99.Gameloft’s blog post below shows a selection of the games on sale, but I found it was easier to just type in Gameloft from within the iTunes search bar and look for games that way. I ended up finding that Splinter Cell Conviction was on sale, having played the demo I thought this was a must have.Read more at the Gameloft Bloglast_img read more

Benitezs message to Newcastle fans Dont be concerned

first_imgRafael Benitez feels that fans should not be “concerned” by Newcastle United’s EFL Cup second-round defeat to Nottingham ForestFollowing Daryl Murphy’s 2nd minute opener for the hosts, Newcastle spent almost the entire game on Wednesday night behind until Salomon Rondon equalised in injury time.But their renewed hopes proved to be short-lived after Forest weighed in with two late goals to win 3-1 and knock Newcastle out of the EFL Cup for the second successive season.Asked if fans should be worried, Benitez told Sky Sports: “No, don’t be concerned.“They knew at the beginning it would be a difficult start to the season so we must just keep working and carrying on.“I am disappointed. Everyone could see what happened. I didn’t like the beginning of the game – I think the team reacted well.“We didn’t have much control but we were close, maybe we are missing the final pass to create the more clear chance.“When we had the draw and we were there, everyone saw what happened.”Benitez added: “We are disappointed, we lost the game, and even more was the way we lost, we conceded an early goal, they were not creating clear chances, we didn’t have clear chances either.“We could see what happened at the end, the way you lose you have to be disappointed, it’s not the first time this year this has happened.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“The positive thing for me is you could see the reaction from the team and then we have to manage the situation better.”FULL TIME – Nottingham Forest 3 Newcastle United 1 #NUFC— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 29, 2018Striker Ayoze Perez was denied a penalty for a challenge by Forest goalkeeper Luke Steele.“The decisions weren’t in our favour and it was difficult to take,” continued Benitez.“A lot of players seem to do well in terms of effort, they were working hard, it was a question of managing the final minutes better.“After the penalty appeal, we had the feeling we deserved more.”At the same stage of the competition last year, Forest grabbed a 3-2 win over Newcastle at St James’ Park.last_img read more

first_imgBOSTON — Jeff Green scored 19 points, Jason Terry added 17 and the Boston Celtics cruised to a comfortable win without Rajon Rondo, topping the Portland Trail Blazers 96-78 on Friday night.The star point guard served the first game of his two-game suspension for his role in a scuffle Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets. Courtney Lee started in Rondo’s place and finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists.The Celtics never trailed. They carried a 56-33 advantage into the break and took their biggest lead on a 22-foot jumper by Kevin Garnett that made it 65-38 with 8:26 left in the third quarter.The Trail Blazers lost their fourth straight game and had just two scorers in double figures — LaMarcus Aldridge with 23 points and J.J. Hickson with 11.Aldridge provided more than half of the Trail Blazers’ points in the first half, scoring 17 while collecting five of their seven field goals. Hickson and Damian Lillard scored the others.last_img read more

Plane that crashed in Everglades removed from scene

first_imgWEST BROWARD, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews have disassembled and removed a wrecked plane that crashed in the Everglades.The small aircraft was taken away Tuesday after it crashed into the Everglades over the weekend. 7’s Skyforce HD flew over the scene as crews took the plane apart in West Broward.The plane made an emergency landing on Sunday after officials said it went down about 25 miles north of U.S. 41.Two people were on board, but no one was hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Language in the House version of the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill requiring DOD to trim its headquarters budgets and personnel by 20 percent over five years garnered a strong objection from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which claimed the provision was unnecessary.The bill stipulates that the streamlining initiative generate $10 billion in savings and calls for the department to prepare an accurate baseline accounting of defense headquarters budgets and personnel, and detailed information on planned reductions in management headquarters.The department, however, already is carrying out a plan to reduce headquarters personnel, according to OMB’s “Statement of Administration Policy” issued Tuesday for H.R. 1735. That effort should be implemented by FY 2019, but has projected savings of only $5.3 billion.OMB also said the proposed language is “overly restrictive” because it targets the national capital region and exempts DOD civilians whose salaries are funded through the defense working capital fund, which collects funding through user fees. “This could have a profound impact on personnel and cause arbitrary across-the-board cuts,” the agency said.The bill would preclude the department from slashing personnel through a superficial accounting exercise.“Any reduction in personnel should not be implemented as an across-the-board cut, but rather should be strategically designed to retain critical functions, capabilities, and skill sets — including but not limited to depots and the acquisition workforce — and eliminate unnecessary or redundant functions or skill sets that do not benefit or support mission requirements,” the legislation states.The Pentagon also cannot claim savings by moving employees or responsibilities to other sections within the agency, reported Federal Times.“Such reductions shall be strategically designed to retain critical functions, capabilities, and skill sets. Management, functions, programs, or offices shall be moved to the lowest appropriate organizational level,” according to the bill.The headquarters streamlining language was one of dozens of provisions the administration objected to that collectively triggered a veto threat from the White House.last_img read more

first_imgThe process of taking a games console and converting it to be a portable unit has been made popular by Ben Heck’s many projects, the most impressive of which include turning an Xbox 360 and a PS3 into a laptop.It’s not just the latest consoles that benefit from the portable treatment though, in fact it’s a lot cheaper to attempt this with an older machine due to how cheap they can be picked up for on eBay. Plus, if you mess up, your main gaming console still works to help you get over the loss before trying again.Usually we only get to see a few stages of a console re-build along with a detailed explanation of the problems and design decisions made. However, one modder posting on forum has taken a different approach. He simply states that old consoles shouldn’t be thrown away as “you can make a brand new one out of it.” That message is then followed by 75 pictures showing every stage of turning an N64 console into a handheld, portable unit. More than anything this gallery of images shows you just how much work is involved in carrying out a hardware project like this. The amount of wires that need to be connected up correctly, the thought that goes into repositioning the controller buttons, and the addition of a display and battery as well as moulding the case show this isn’t a project for those with little patience or time.The end result looks pretty impressive to me. I doubt it gets very good battery life, but the unit certainly looks easy to hold, which is important because it will be heavy. Carrying out this project has no doubt taught the modder a lot about the internals of the console along the way, so if it stops working, or he has other N64s that breakdown, the chances are he’ll now be able to fix them.View all 75 images at Fishki.netlast_img read more

Researchers propose new kind of MOF to clean coal burned in power

first_imgNanoporous structure of 1. Credit: Science Advances (2015). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500421 As the researchers note, most of the effort currently put into making coal a cleaner fuel source revolve around capturing the carbon dioxide that is released when coal is burned. They suggest a better alternative might be to separate out the carbon dioxide as part of the burning process, leaving clean hydrogen gas as the actual fuel used to heat water to turn turbines.The new MOF proposed by the team involves the use of nickel and isonicotinic acid as a sponge to pull the carbon from the coal. It would be part of a process that involves burning the coal with steam under cycles of high and low pressure. They claim their approach is twice as efficient as other sponge methods and that it is also simpler, faster to make and is not harmed by moisture, making it easy to store and transfer materials.The big catch with the process is what to do with the carbon dioxide that is separated out—capturing it, holding on to it, transporting it and ultimately storing it would represent a substantial cost outlay for any given utility, which at this point, would appear to be prohibitively high for plants that are attempting to keep electricity costs down in places where locals could not afford higher rates, such as is the case in parts of India, China and many third-world countries.In speaking with the press, one of the researchers, Ramanathan Vaidhyanathan, suggested that this might be an issue to be brought before an international forum such as the recent Paris Climate Change Conference. He notes that rather than storing the carbon dioxide, it might be used in industrial applications, such as oil extraction or for creating new compounds. More information: S. Nandi et al. A single-ligand ultra-microporous MOF for precombustion CO2 capture and hydrogen purification, Science Advances (2015). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500421AbstractMetal organic frameworks (MOFs) built from a single small ligand typically have high stability, are rigid, and have syntheses that are often simple and easily scalable. However, they are normally ultra-microporous and do not have large surface areas amenable to gas separation applications. We report an ultra-microporous (3.5 and 4.8 Å pores) Ni-(4-pyridylcarboxylate)2 with a cubic framework that exhibits exceptionally high CO2/H2 selectivities (285 for 20:80 and 230 for 40:60 mixtures at 10 bar, 40°C) and working capacities (3.95 mmol/g), making it suitable for hydrogen purification under typical precombustion CO2 capture conditions (1- to 10-bar pressure swing). It exhibits facile CO2 adsorption-desorption cycling and has CO2 self-diffusivities of ~3 × 10−9 m2/s, which is two orders higher than that of zeolite 13X and comparable to other top-performing MOFs for this application. Simulations reveal a high density of binding sites that allow for favorable CO2-CO2 interactions and large cooperative binding energies. Ultra-micropores generated by a small ligand ensures hydrolytic, hydrostatic stabilities, shelf life, and stability toward humid gas streams. © 2015 Journal information: Science Advances Citation: Researchers propose new kind of MOF to clean coal burned in power plants (2015, December 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further (—A small team of researchers with members from India, Canada, the U.S. and Germany has come up with a new kind of metal-organic framework (MOF) to keep carbon in coal from entering the atmosphere when it is burned in power plants—thus reducing pollution and problems with global warming. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes their new technique, and what hurdles need to be overcome for it to be used in commercial plants. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Britain indicates phase-out of coal power plantslast_img read more