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first_imgDoha, Oct 31 (AFP) Qatar Airways announced yet another football sponsorship deal on Wednesday by unveiling a four-and-a-half year agreement with CONMEBOL to become the South American football confederation’s “official global airline partner”.The sponsorship agreement will run until the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.”Qatar Airways is delighted to become the official global airline partner of CONMEBOL,” said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker. “This is another big sponsorship that we are doing in football.” Baker said the “milestone” deal would help bolster the brand of the airline and the country.Jose Manuel Astigarraga, CONMEBOL’s secretary general, called it a “super, fantastic agreement”.”(It will) build a brighter situation for all of football,” he said. “For us, it’s a really big honour to have Qatar as a sponsor.”Citing a confidentiality agreement, Astigarraga refused to disclose how much the deal was worth but said it was “very interesting”.It is the latest deal in a rapidly growing football sponsorship portfolio for Qatar Airways.The airline is also a shirt sponsor of Argentinian giants Boca Juniors, Italian side Roma and has a deal for sleeve sponsorship with Germany’s biggest team, Bayern Munich.Qatar Airways is also the “official airline” for world governing football body, FIFA.Qatar’s sporting and trade relationship with South America is also growing.Baker confirmed that Boca Juniors will play in Qatar early in 2019 — talks are ongoing for Argentinians to play in a potential tournament.Also next year, Qatar’s national side will play in the Copa America in Brazil.Wednesday’s announcement comes just weeks after Qatar’s leader Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani completed a trip to Ecuador, Peru, Argentina and Paraguay. (AFP) SCYSCYadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBayern München Not Muller’s fault – Matthaus blames Ancelotti for Bayern star’s slump Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 18:43 8/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ThomasMuller - cropped Bongarts Bayern München Werder Bremen v Bayern München Bundesliga The Germany international feels he is not ‘100 per cent in demand’ and started on the bench in the weekend win over Werder Bremen Bayern Munich great Lothar Matthaus has blamed Carlo Ancelotti for Thomas Muller’s ongoing malaise.Germany forward Muller was named on the bench for the Bundesliga champions’ 2-0 win over Werder Bremen on Saturday, coming on in the 73rd minute after Robert Lewandowski netted the first of a second-half brace.Bayern 13/2 to win the Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The 27-year-old told ARD after the match that his qualities “seem not to be 100 per cent in demand” under Ancelotti, who praised his cameo but explained a desire to control central areas while retaining the dual wing threat of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery lay behind Muller’s omission.Matthaus feels a more rigid team structure under Ancelotti is hindering Muller, who only scored five Bundesliga goals last term having hit 32 in all competitions under Pep Guardiola in 2015-16.”Thomas Muller is first choice for the national team but he’s having a hard time at Bayern,” Matthaus told Kicker.”He’s selected less often in the important games in Munich and I am sceptical that this will improve this year.”This has nothing to do with Muller. He needs a coach who wants him in his team, then Muller will not disappoint.”Muller isn’t a number seven, a number nine nor a number 10. He is everything and in between. But Carlo Ancelotti thinks and selects his team very strictly according to a player’s position.”Muller is part of Germany’s squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Czech Republic and Norway, while Bayern travel to Hoffenheim on their return to Bundesliga action on September 9.last_img read more

first_imgThe newly formed players-only Hall of Fame Board, made up of Pro Football Hall of Fame players, are threatening a boycott of induction ceremonies unless Hall of Fame members receive health insurance and an annual salary that includes a share of NFL revenues.ESPN obtained a copy of the memo sent to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker. ESPN shared the text to Twitter on Tuesday morning. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. ‘I shouldn’t be out there anymore’: why Vontae Davis retired at half-time NFL jerryrice (@JerryRice)pic.twitter.com/NrZyliGt8JSeptember 18, 2018 Share on Messenger Support The Guardian In the letter published by ESPN, players reference Major League Baseball’s lifetime health coverage afforded any player who serves a single day on a big-league roster, and point to the established $620m “Legacy Fund” as one of the NFL’s “cynical public relations ploys that fail to help those who desperately need it”. US sports Topics Share on LinkedIncenter_img Since you’re here… Read more Reuse this content Former Rams running back Eric Dickerson is the chairman of the board created to represent the pursuit of health care and a piece of the NFL’s massive revenue pie.The Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, has undergone an enormous construction project in recent years – Hall of Fame Village, aided by a giant sponsorship deal with Johnson Controls – that includes a retirement center for players, who would receive healthcare on the premises. The project also included a new stadium and will bring multiple football fields for youth participation initiatives.The letter claims the Hall of Fame Board also includes Marcus Allen, Mel Blount, Derrick Brooks, Jim Brown, Earl Campbell, Richard Dent, Carl Ellard, Marshall Faulk, Mike Haynes, Rickey Jackson, Ronnie Lott, Curtis Martin, Joe Namath, John Randle, Deion Sanders, Bruce Smith, Jackie Smith, Lawrence Taylor and Reggie White’s widow, Sarah White.However, it also listed retired quarterback Kurt Warner (St Louis Rams, New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals) and San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders great Jerry Rice, who denied he was in any way associated with the effort. Rice said he supports the message of lifetime health benefits.“I plan to support the Pro Football Hall of Fame and look forward to attending the 100th anniversary in 2020,” Rice said via Twitter. Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgExplore Europe’s summer playgrounds in Switzerland, Italy and Croatia and leave the planning to the experts New York, N.Y.– March 13, 2019 – Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold, the global leaders in premium and luxury escorted journeys are celebrating the launch of their 100% Definite Departures on all 2019 Europe and Britain summer journeys departing from April to October. Both award-winning sister brands will be offering over 100 unforgettable premium and luxury escorted journeys to the most popular and trending destinations. Guests will enjoy the continent’s grand procession of endless summer fun activities with authentic Insight Experiences and exclusive Luxury Gold VIP Experiences from al fresco feasts, wine tasting in verdant vineyards and unique access to some of the world’s greatest cultural sites. Traveling during summer season with both brands provides many benefits for travelers including stylish and luxury accommodations in the right locations that may otherwise be unavailable to independent travelers. Insight always ensures seamless, magical travel experiences and shows guests the insights, not just the sights. Guests traveling with Luxury Gold will truly experience a journey beyond the ordinary in exquisite style and comfort. “We look forward to sharing magical experiences with travelers this summer and are excited to offer peace of mind now that every summer European journey is a 100% Definite Departure.” said Ulla Hefel Böhler, CEO of Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold. “We are excited to offer our guests the ultimate summer holiday inspiration with our fascinating experiences such as discovering the views amidst Alpine peaks in Switzerland and exploring Bellinzona with a Local Expert, savoring Farm-to-Table delights and learning to make pasta in Italy, strolling around the marble streets of Dubrovnik or taking part in a unique falconry experience at Ashford Castle in Ireland.” Some of the most popular Insight Vacations Europe journeys and a Luxury Gold itinerary that guests can enjoy this summer are included below. For more information, please visit the Definite Departures page for Insight Vacations here and for Luxury Gold, here. Country Roads of Switzerland – 14 daysA journey specifically designed for those looking to discover spectacular Alpine panoramas and hidden retreats. To experience Switzerland the Insight way, connecting guests to local characters who really bring a destination to life, guests will meet Julia Guidotti as their Local Expert as they explore Bellinzona – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known as the capital of Italian Switzerland. Guests will step aboard the Glacier Express to experience one of the world’s greatest railway voyages. Travelers will also visit a family-run 17th century wine estate overlooking Lake Geneva, Domaine Bovy, as they sip a glass of Swiss sunshine al fresco and indulge in Farm-to-Table fare. Country Roads of Southern Italy & Sicily – 14 DaysThis 14-day journey begins in Rome, where guests can expect to see the spectacular famed sights like Trevi Fountain, the Vatican Museums, and the Pantheon with a Local Expert leading them through each site with lots of local flavor. In the town of Alberobello, guests will be treated to an incredible Insight Experience of meeting the owner of Trattoria Terra Madra, who will share his philosophy of using organic, seasonal produce, before sitting down to savur a four-course Farm-to-Table Highlight Dinner featuring orecchiette pasta made by Nonna herself. From there, it’s on to Capri to explore the charming alleyways, browse the boutiques, admire the artisan studios and enjoy the views over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Country Roads of Croatia – 14 daysPristine landscapes and idyllic islands will leave all travelers in awe on this journey exploring Croatia off the beaten track and experiencing traditional village life. Zagreb is discovered with a Local Expert and guests will ride the funicular en route to Gornki Grad, the medieval Upper Town. Onward to the world-famous caves of Postojna for a subterranean Insight Experience where guests will take a mini-train before walking through the illuminated stalactites and stalagmites. They will also explore Plitvice National Park by walking the zig-zagging timber footbridges of the forest reserve along the crystal blue waters. On this journey, guests will step onto a private boat for a cruise along the coast to the village of Ston, meet a local oyster farmer and discover how oysters are harvested before enjoying a delicious Farm-to-Table shellfish tasting. Ultimate Ireland – 12 daysOn this new Luxury Gold itinerary, guests begin their journey in vibrant Belfast, delving into Northern Ireland’s incredible history with a visit to the Titanic Belfast Museum. After exploring Dublin, they will also enjoy a Michelin-starred dinner at L’Ecrivain, renowned for its flavorful classic French cuisine. Travelers will end their journey with a luxurious two-night stay at the magnificent 5-star Ashford Castle which is part of Red Carnation’s Luxury Hotel Boutique Collection. They will be offered a choice between an elegant afternoon tea or a unique falconry experience at the oldest established Falconry School in Ireland.  About Insight VacationsAs a global leader in premium escorted travel, Insight Vacations® has been crafting magical journeys for almost 40 years that embody The Art of Traveling in Style™. Through meticulous planning, detailed preparation and boundless passion, Insight’s collection of award-winning itineraries showcases the most outstanding destinations in Europe and North America. Guided by a highly-skilled Travel Director, guests can look forward to traveling in smaller groups, savoring authentic dining and enjoying a range of immersive Insight Experiences. To find out more, visit insightvacations.com About Luxury GoldLuxury Gold sets an unmatched standard with its collection of award-winning journeys. Guided by a Traveling Concierge, Luxury Gold is a journey beyond the ordinary, where guests enjoy exclusive VIP Experiences, savor exceptional dining and relax in luxury hotels on every curated itinerary. As global leaders in luxury travel with expertise accumulated over nearly 100 years, Luxury Gold epitomizes extraordinary exploration to some of the world’s most spectacular destinations. To find out more, visit www.luxurygoldvacations.com. About The TreadRight FoundationCreated as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. Founded by Brett Tollman, Chief Executive, TTC, to date TreadRight has supported more than 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. As an official Diamond Sponsor of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, TTC is dedicated to bringing the industry together with a shared goal of benefiting local communities and the environment. To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at TreadRight.org.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – A decision by Canadian military investigators to shut down a probe into allegations that recruits were stripped and tortured during exercises decades ago will now come under independent scrutiny, the Military Police Complaints Commission of Canada announced Thursday.In a detailed written explanation, the chairwoman of the commission, Hilary McCormack, said the “public interest” investigation will determine whether the matter was properly handled and whether improper considerations influenced the decision to close the case.“It is in the public interest for the allegations in this complaint to be investigated in an open and transparent manner,” McCormack said. “The allegations in this complaint are serious and raise issues that can impact on confidence in the military police and its independence.”It was not immediately clear how much of the original torture allegations will be aired in the commission’s review.The complaint about the investigation was made in December 2016 by Jeffrey Beamish, a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces.Beamish had initially alleged he was “tortured” during exercises at the infantry battle school at CFB Wainwright, Alta., between October 1983 and March 1984. He alleged others among the 33 recruits were also tortured during a prisoner-of-war scenario in which they were stripped and placed in cells too small to sit down in.“The complaint alleges that over the following 24 to 48 hours, the naked recruits were sprayed through the jail door bars with cold water from a hose while the windows were left open, letting in the outside air,” McCormack said. “It is alleged that the temperature outside was between -15°C and -30°C. As the recruits did not have access to bathrooms, they had to urinate on the floor.”Beamish said the experience left him with major depressive disorder, PTSD, night terrors, paranoia and adjustment issues. He went to military police, and they turned the matter over to their investigative arm — the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service.In August 2016, the lead investigator called Beamish to advise him the investigation was closed, according to McCormack. Beamish maintains he was told among other things that the courts would not punish anyone for what occurred, and that “torture” wasn’t an offence under the Criminal Code at the time of the original events. Beamish also said he was given nothing in writing and that the investigator confirmed he had not actually reviewed the file.His complaint alleges “professional negligence, incompetence, and failing to investigate serious criminal allegations.”McCormack said a professional standards investigation decided in September his complaint was unsubstantiated. Among reasons given was the initial investigator’s experience and quality of his work, but it did fault his communication skills.Beamish then turned to the military police complaints commission. After reviewing the available materials, McCormack said she decided to exercise her discretion and call for a proper review. While expressing no view on the merits of the complaint, McCormack called it important to decide whether “improper considerations” influenced the decision to close the initial investigation.The gravity of what Beamish initially alleged is “indisputable,” she said.“They involve an allegation of torture, a very serious offence, and they are also alleged to have been the result of institutional conduct by a CAF Battle School chain of command and/or persons occupying positions of power or leadership in the CAF,” McCormack said.The possibility that military police were declining to investigate serious allegations against the military brass could give rise to a perception of a lack of independence and “discourage” other complainants from coming forward, she said.As a result, she said, it would be in the public interest for the commission to conduct its own investigation and would now start that process.last_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – Eric Racine, head of a school board east of Montreal, says it’s rarely obvious to educators which students will give up on school.So in a province that has some of the worst high school dropout rates in the country, his board has enlisted a computer algorithm to help pinpoint students at risk.Along with data specialists at accounting firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, the Val-des-Cerfs school board in Quebec’s Eastern Townships last year developed a computer calculation that has proven remarkably accurate.Racine says the new measure can find students in Grade 6 who are at significant risk of dropping out of school three years later — with 92 per cent accuracy.Many students quit school without teachers ever having considered them to be high-risk, he said.“A student would have a 75 per cent final grade one year, then 72 per cent the next year, followed by 69 per cent — they pass every year,” Racine said in an interview.“But the trajectory is downwards — and it’s these students who we realized were vulnerable.”In order to develop the profile of an at-risk student, the Val-des-Cerfs board and the accounting firm analysed more than 300 data points collected on 60,000 students since 2002.The data included academic results as well as statistics related to financial aid, absenteeism, disciplinary measures and frequent changes in home address.Looking at all students at the end of Grade 6, the model correctly identified 92 per cent of those who would drop out in Grade 9.At the end of the 2017-18 school year, the model identified about 90 students going into Grade 7 this fall considered in danger of dropping out. The factors placing each student at risk were sent to individual schools so they could develop strategies to help the children.The program cost the school board $20,000 to develop, Racine said. It runs on open-source software.Quebec’s Education Department has taken notice.Racine presented his initiative to administrators at the Education Department Tuesday. He said they were “very interested” in developing the program further to see if it can be used across the province.Representatives from Quebec’s Education Department did not immediately return a request for comment.Despite advances in education since the Quiet Revolution in the 1960s, Quebec still has the lowest high school graduation rates in the country.An April 2018 report by the Institut du Quebec — a research group formed by the Conference Board of Canada and HEC Montreal business school — found just 64 per cent of Quebec high school students graduate after five years. That is 13 percentage point below the national average and 20 points below the top performers — Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.The gap is more pronounced among boys. In Quebec, 57 per cent of boys graduate within five years, compared with 82 per cent in Ontario.Roch Chouinard, an education professor at Universite de Montreal, says graduation outcomes are not easily compared between provinces because of differences in their education systems.In Quebec, for instance, primary school is six years and high school is five years, while in Ontario primary school is eight years with four years of high school.“It’s a little like comparing apples and oranges,” he said.But Chouinard is interested in the Val-des-Cerfs model if it can help students at risk.“Students don’t wake up and decide to leave school,” he said. “It’s a process. The best prevention consists of closely following students. The (algorithm) is interesting because it can allow schools to identify kids early, and to act prompting to address issues.”last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER — The blob is back — but this time, it looks a little more like a wedge.Scientists are keeping a close eye on a thin blanket of warm water off the West Coast for about three months, saying it resembles a marine heat wave nicknamed “the blob” that disrupted marine life between 2014 and 2016.“If it is the same, then it’s very concerning for marine mammals that depend on fish, for seabirds that depend on fish, but also for ocean productivity,” said Andrew Trites, the director of the marine mammal research unit at the University of British Columbia.The heat wave — which resembles a wedge, stretching from the south of Vancouver Island to Baja, Calif., and offshore towards Hawaii — has raised temperatures about three to four degrees Celsius higher than the normal longterm average for those parts of the ocean, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).“You put on a sweater, you take off a coat,” Trites said. “But for a marine life it’s a big deal. In the ocean it’s a big deal.”NOAA research scientist Nate Mantua noted that this year’s wedge is at this point less severe than the blob of 2014 to 2016, because it’s only been around for a few months.Three to five years ago, the warm water penetrated to depths of 200 to 300 metres, while right now it’s mostly between 30 and 50 metres, he said.“It’s a blanket over the ocean and that means it could go away pretty quickly if the winds start blowing in a normal way,” Mantua said. “That usually happens at this time of the year as we transition into fall.”So far, the warm expanse has been held offshore by cold water welling from the ocean depths, he said.“A lot of marine life that we interact with and we see is concentrated closer to shore in the most productive waters of the northeast Pacific,” he said. “Because it’s offshore its mostly affecting those less productive waters.”  But in addition to being able to dissipate the wedge, winds also have the power to make the heat wave worse.“Winds have a direct impact on the way heat is exchanged,” he said.And Mantua said California may already be seeing some of the effects from the warmer waters: NOAA’s surveys have recently noted higher concentration of anchovies — and the big predators that feed on them — close to shore waters.There’s also been indications that some fish stocks have changed their distribution, he added.Hina Alam, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

TORONTO — Martha Stewart says a CBD line of products she is developing with Canopy Growth will likely hit the market in the middle of next year.The American food and lifestyle guru told a crowd at the Elevate Conference in Toronto today that she and Canopy are working on some “really good projects right now” such as for the home and food, and if all is approved they would be ready by mid-2020.In February, Stewart said she was teaming up with the Smiths Falls, Ont.-based licensed producer in an advisory role to develop a line of products containing cannabidiol or CBD.Canopy said at the time it would leverage Stewart’s knowledge of consumer products while exploring the use of CBD and other cannabinoids as they related to both humans and pets.CBD is the non-intoxicating compound found in cannabis and hemp, and while pot remains illegal at the federal level south the border, the U.S. legalized hemp cultivation at the end of last year.Stewart also said during the on-stage discussion alongside Canopy’s chief executive Mark Zekulin that she hoped that cannabis would be eventually be legalized in the U.S.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:WEED)The Canadian Press read more

Over 100 of the world’s poorest countries will now be able to access leading food and agriculture journals for little or no cost with the launch today of the second phase of a joint United Nations-private sector initiative to provide yet one more tool in the fight against poverty and under-development. The Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA) project responds to the needs of thousands of students, researchers and academics in poorer countries, who continue to face challenges in accessing up-to-date information which is vital to their work.AGORA was launched in 2003 by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 37 leading science publishers and other key partners including the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and Cornell University, providing access to 69 low-income countries. Under today’s expansion it will now include universities, colleges, research institutes and government ministries as well as non-governmental organizations in an additional 37 lower-middle-income countries.“We have seen from the first phase of this initiative that there is increasing demand for access to vital information by poorer countries,” FAO Library and Documentation Systems Division Director Anton Mangstl said. “In less than three years, AGORA has already helped bridge the knowledge gap by providing 850 institutions access to over 900 journals in the areas of agriculture and related subjects.” Under the second phase, 37 countries with a per capita GNP of between $1000 and $3000 will be eligible. Institutions wishing to register will have a three-month free trial period before they are asked to pay an annual subscription of $1000. FAO will invest all subscription income into local training initiatives to help increase awareness and usage of AGORA amongst librarians and scientists.“AGORA is making an important contribution to the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by providing essential information to improve the livelihoods of those who need it most,” FAO said, referring to referring to the targets of slashing a host of ills, such as extreme hunger and poverty, high infant and maternal mortality and lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015. read more

They are stories often told — of seniors who have fallen while completing seemingly simple tasks around the house.It’s not uncommon for those falls to be attributed to age without a second thought of why they actually occurred.As people age, anxiety and a fear of falling influences the way they move their bodies. If they stiffen up or have poor posture, it may increase their likelihood of falling during voluntary movements.This is the focus of research conducted by Angel Phanthanourak, a Master of Science in Applied Health Sciences student and NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Science, Action! competition candidate.“I became interested in the topic of anticipatory postural adjustments after I learned that adjustments we make to our posture to prevent a loss of balance become less efficient with aging,” Phanthanourak said.“The reductions in these protective adjustments may in part be a result of elevated anxiety and fear related to their balance — feelings prevalent in frail, older adults.”By observing her grandparents, Phanthanourak has witnessed firsthand how debilitating these elevated levels of anxiety and their consequences can be.The frailer her grandparents became the less willing they were to engage in social gatherings, she explained. They were nervous to complete everyday activities from a fear of falling.It is this avoidance of activities that has left her grandmother in a more fragile state than ever before and at risk of experiencing a fall.Inspired by her grandmother and the challenges she has encountered, Phanthanourak created a 60-second video on her research and submitted it to NSERC’s Science, Action! nationwide competition.Her entry, along with three others submitted by Brock students, made it into the Top 40 and is in the race to make the finals.The 25 videos with the most views on YouTube between Feb. 1 and Feb. 28 will proceed to the final round, where a panel of judges will select the winners.Phanthanourak has received scholarships throughout her academic career, which has allowed her to focus on learning and contributing to research, rather than concentrating only on her finances. “Winning the Science, Action! competition would further reduce the financial burdens associated with continuing graduate studies, allowing me to continue contributing to research in a productive manner,” she said.Throughout Phanthanourak’s undergraduate and graduate studies, Associate Professor Craig Tokuno has played an important role in developing her love of research.As her thesis supervisor, Tokuno has worked with Phanthanourak closely and recognizes the importance of her research on a larger scale. “Over the years, I have been extremely fortunate to have supervised many motivated and independent students, but Angel’s research abilities and enthusiasm toward research are unparalleled,” Tokuno said.The results of her research will “give us a better understanding of how and why an individual’s ability to maintain body stability changes or deteriorates with age,” he said.“Long term, the results of Angel’s studies may lead to new rehabilitation or balance training strategies for clinicians such as physical therapists, kinesiologists and neurologists.”To watch Phanthanourak’s video and support her in the NSERC’s Science, Action! competition, watch Fear of Falls below. The 15 competition finalists will be announced no later than April 5.Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of four stories profiling the four Brock University students in the running to win the NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Science, Action! competition. All four videos are available for viewing on a recent article published in The Brock News. read more

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Deebo Samuel caught two touchdown passes and recovered a bad snap on a punt in the end zone for another score as South Carolina beat Akron 28-3 on Saturday.The Gamecocks (7-5) were playing a low-stakes game on a rainy, cold December afternoon to make up for one cancelled by Hurricane Florence against the Zips (4-8), whose opener at Nebraska was cancelled by thunderstorms.It was a sloppy game. South Carolina had four turnovers — two of them red zone interceptions by Jake Bentley — and Akron had six fumbles, losing three of them. In 17 second-half drives, 10 ended in punts, four ended on downs, two ended in lost fumbles and the last one ended at the final gun.Bentley was 14 of 27 for 199 yards and three touchdowns. Mon Denson ran 17 times for 110 yards and Bryan Edwards caught five passes for 109 yards and a TD for South Carolina.Samuel put this game away on his own. His fumble recovery on a high snap on an Akron punt put the Gamecocks up 21-3 and his 5-yard TD catch with 1:33 to go in the second quarter put South Carolina ahead 28-3. Samuel has 16 TDs receiving, seven rushing, four on kick returns and one on a fumble recovery in his career. He also has thrown two passes in college — both for touchdowns.When the Gamecocks and Zips originally agreed to play this one Nov. 2, there was a good chance both teams would be playing for bowl eligibility. But South Carolina pulled off a Southeastern Conference win over Ole Miss and Football Championship Subdivision Chattanooga to get to six wins and Akron lost its last three to stay stuck at four victories.Kato Nelson was 19 for 39 for 178 yards. Kwad Smith caught six passes for 69 yards for the Zips. Nick Gasser’s 45-yard field goal gave Akron its only points.The Zips were going after their second Power Five win. Akron beat Big Ten West Division champion Northwestern 39-34 on Sept. 15.___THE TAKEAWAYAkron: For the Zips, the biggest one might be a nice $1.3 million check for filling this hole in South Carolina’s schedule. Akron has never beaten a team from the Southeastern Conference in six tries. The Zips failed to win at least five games for the first time since going 1-11 in Terry Bowden’s first season in 2012.South Carolina: The Gamecocks have been haunted by injuries this season — at least 15 players were out hurt Saturday — and couldn’t get through this one unscathed either. Offensive lineman Zach Bailey was carted off on the last play of the third quarter. The Gamecocks have now beaten three Bowdens — Bobby at Florida State, Tommy at Clemson and Terry now at Akron. Terry Bowden was 2-0 against South Carolina at Auburn.UP NEXT:Akron: The Zips season is over.South Carolina: The Gamecocks await their bowl destination on Sunday. The most likely spots are the Gator Bowl against a Big Ten team or the Belk Bowl against someone from the Atlantic Coast Conference.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Jeffrey Collins, The Associated Press read more

first_imgMirren has described her time with Neeson as “a wonderful relationship”Credit:The Picture Library Liam Neeson and Helen Mirren were together for four year in the 1980sCredit:Richard Young/REX/Shutterstock Neeson, 65, recalled: “Before I met her and we worked together, I had read somewhere that if she fancied a guy she would imitate his walk behind his back. And I turned around one day and she was doing that to me. 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. Neeson moved to Hollywood in 1987 and made his name, earning an Oscar nomination for his performance in the 1993 film Schindler’s List. At 65, he has reinvented himself as an action star.He married the actress Natasha Richardson in 1994 and they had two children. She died in a skiing accident in 2009.Dame Helen, 72, began a relationship with Taylor Hackford, a US director, a year after her split from Neeson. They married in 1997. Liam Neeson and Helen Mirrencenter_img Meeting up with an old flame can be awkward, particularly when the relationship ended in heartbreak.Not so for Dame Helen Mirren and Liam Neeson. The pair were reunited on a chat show sofa, more than 30 years after their split, and shared warm memories of their love affair – with Neeson confiding that he was “smitten” from their first encounter.Many film fans are unaware that the two actors were once a couple, who met in 1980 on the set of John Boorman’s Excalibur. Neeson was in his first major role, as Sir Gawain, and Dame Helen was playing Morgana.Appearing on BBC One’s The Graham Norton Show to promote their latest films – Dame Helen stars in a horror film, Winchester, and Neeson in action thriller The Commuter – the pair were asked about their dating history.“We didn’t date, we lived together for four years. We were a serious item for a while. Lucky me!” said Dame Helen. Neeson moved in to Dame Helen’s London flat but struggled to find work, as her career went from strength to strength.In a 1994 profile of Neeson, Dame Helen said: “It was difficult for him to be under my shadow. I was well known. I had the money.” Eventually, they decided it was time for Neeson “to come out from under my wing. He handled it with great elegance and grace. We loved each other. It was difficult to let go.” Helen Mirren and Liam Neeson “I remember being on the set and standing with Ciaran Hinds as Helen walked towards us dressed in her full Morgana le Fay costume, and we both went, ‘Oh f—.’ I was smitten. I think Ciaran was too, but I was very smitten.”Dame Helen laughed: “I never knew that. You’ve never told me that before – it’s amazing!”At the time, the actress was well known for her stage work and had made her film breakthrough in The Long Good Friday. Neeson, seven years her junior, was at the beginning of his career.He has said in the past that watching Dame Helen on set was “mesmeric. She was so sexy. I thought, gosh, that’s Helen Mirren! She was as beautiful up close as on stage. Just so human. I was in love with this extraordinary human being.” He told one interviewer: “Can you imagine riding horses in shiny suits of armour, having sword fights, and you’re falling in love with Helen Mirren? It doesn’t get any better than that.”last_img read more

first_imgAnglo American has achieved a top three ranking out of 90 leading European companies for its corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance for the third time in a row. Anglo’s success in the ‘Good Company Ranking’, in third place with an overall rating of 79%, positions it as the leading mining company in the rankings. 2009 is the third time that the rankings have been produced and Anglo is the only company to have appeared in the top three on each occasion.Cynthia Carroll, Chief Executive of Anglo American, commented, “I am delighted that we have again achieved a top three position in the ‘Good Company Ranking’ – a tribute to the excellent work that colleagues do throughout our global operations and reflecting Anglo American’s absolute commitment to safe working practices and to making a positive difference to people in the communities where we work.”The report highlights that “Anglo American sets itself apart with a superior CSR business case and the perfect strategic alignment of its social commitment. The clear human resources strategy displays impressive focus on the areas of health and safety and is ideally linked to the core business of the company. Anglo American integrates responsibility into its business processes, especially at points of critical interface with its surrounding community.”The biennial ‘Good Company Ranking’ is organised by one of Germany’s leading business magazines, Manager, and the Kirchhoff consultancy. The rankings offer an independent comparative assessment of companies’ responsibility with respect to their employees, the environment, society and the capital entrusted to them by shareholders. The report can be viewed at www.kirchhoff.de/en.htmllast_img read more

← Previous Story VIDEO: No winner in Slovenian derby Next Story → DREAMS COME TRUE: RK Vardar outplay SG Flensburg for F4 Masters Handball World Cup starts on Friday in Omis, Croatia. Exactly 21 teams in three categories (male +37 and +50 and female +25) from 10 countries will compete for the trophies on the first ambitious events in two brand-new hall in beautiful atmosphere of Adriatic coast.Teams are coming from Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Hungary, Serbia, Czech Republic and Austria.Happening will start on Friday at 16.00 hrs with opening ceremony and few matches.FACEBOOK LIVESTREAM OF ALL MATCHES ON OFFICIAL PAGE.MASTERS HANDBALL WORLD CUP 2017 – MALE, 37+GROUP A1. BOSNA SARAJEVO (BiH)2. TORNADO (Ukraine)3. OLD BOYS (Hungary)4. JAGODINA (Serbia)GROUP B1. TROGIR (Croatia)2. HRV. DRAGOVOLJAC (Croatia)3. VIENNA ALL-STARS (Austria)4.BRNO (Czech Republic)FRIDAY 28.04.16:00  HRV. DRAGOVOLJAC – VIENNA ALL-STARS16:30  BOSNA SARAJEVO – JAGODINA 117:30  TORNADO – OLD BOYSSATURDAY 29.04.14:00 TROGIR – BRNO14:30 JAGODINA – TORNADO14:30 OLD BOYS – BOSNA SARAJEVO16:30 VIENNA ALL-STARS – TROGIR17:00 BRNO – HRVATSKI DRAGOVOLJAC17:30 OLD BOYS – JAGODINA18:00 BOSNA SARAJEVO – TORNADOSUNDAY 30.04. 12:30 TROGIR – HRVATSKI DRAGOVOLJAC12:30 VIENNA ALL-STARS – BRNO15:00 SEMIFINAL 115:30 SEMIFINAL 217:00 3RD PLACE MATCH18:30  FINALMASTERS HANDBALL WORLD CUP 2017 – MALE, 50+GROUP A1. ROMA HANDBALL2. ODESSA 3. SPLITGROUP B1. ZLATNE GODINE2. BOSNA SARAJEVO3. OLDI POLSKAFRIDAY 28.04.19:30 ZLATNE GODINE – BOSNA SARAJEVOSATURDAY 29.04.14:00 ROMA HANDBALL – ODESSA16:00 OLDI POLSKA – ZLATNE GODINE17:00 ODESSA – SPLIT19:30 BOSNA SARAJEVO – OLDI POLSKA20:00 SPLIT – ROMA HANDBALLSUNDAY 30.04.13:00 5TH PLACE MATCH13:30 SEMIFINAL 114:00 SEMIFINAL 216:00 3RD PLACE MATCH17:30 FINALMASTERS HANDBALL WORLD CUP 2017 – WOMEN, 37+GROUP AODESSAZADARŽARK SPLITCRNA GORAGROUP BSINJŽVRK SPLITMETKOVIĆFRIDAY 28.04.17:00 SINJ – ŽVRK SPLIT 19:00  ODESSA – CRNA GORASATURDAY 29.04.15:00 ZADAR – ŽARK SPLIT15:30  ŽVRK SPLIT – METKOVIĆ18:30  CRNA GORA – ZADAR18:30  METKOVIĆ – SINJ19:00  ŽARK SPLIT – ODESSASUNDAY 30.04.12:00  ODESSA – ZADAR12:00  ŽARK SPLIT – CRNA GORA14:30  SEMIFINAL 114:30  SEMIFINAL 215:00  5TH PLACE MATCH16:30  3RD PLACE MATCH18:00 FINAL read more

first_img‘An incredibly tough conversation’: Schmidt on Toner omission The Ireland head coach has opted for Jean Kleyn in his 31-man squad for Japan. JOE SCHMIDT HAS offered little explanation for his shock omission of Devin Toner other than that Munster’s Jean Kleyn fitted into the balance the head coach sought in his 31-man World Cup squad.An ever-present in Schmidt’s second row, 33-year-old Toner didn’t make the final cut for Japan, with his place going to twice-capped Kleyn, who only made his Test debut at the start of last month.Toner has been an integral part of Ireland’s set-piece having played in 50 of Schmidt’s 67 games in charge and although the lineout has suffered in his absence in the recent past, Kleyn joins James Ryan, Iain Henderson and Tadhg Beirne on the plane. “I’ve coached Dev for 10 years,” Schmidt said. “And he’s not just a lineout champion for us, he’s such a good player and an absolutely quality person. That was an incredibly tough conversation yesterday.”On the selection of Kleyn, the head coach continued: “We probably don’t have a specialist tight-head second row. At the start, I talked about the balance that we’re looking for across that squad of 31. Jean Kleyn fitted that.“Tadhg Beirne gives you the versatility of both a second row and he can play in the back row. He’s teamed up really well with Jean Kleyn for Munster this year. And he also gives you the threat over the ball like a 6 or a 7 would.“You’ve got James Ryan who made an immediate impression coming into the side and Iain Henderson who’s promised so much and performed incredibly well for us at times. We’re going to very much need him to put his best foot forward.“So, it was a very tight decision around Dev.” Toner misses out. Source: James Crombie/INPHOThe other headline from Schmidt’s squad announcement — which was made six days ahead of schedule — was the selection of Luke McGrath ahead of Kieran Marmion as the second scrum-half behind Conor Murray.Marmion has been one of Schmidt’s most trusted performers and starred during the win over the All Blacks last November in Murray’s absence.“The two scrum-halves, that was an incredibly tough decision,” Schmidt added. https://the42.ie/4792279 By Ryan Bailey 50,176 Views Sep 2nd 2019, 1:41 PM Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO Monday 2 Sep 2019, 3:15 PM Joe Schmidt announced his World Cup squad today. Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO “You’re going to have a guy who is the quintessential team member. Kieran Marmion is a guy who you’d hold up as done some fantastic stuff for us. Obviously at scrum-half but he’s so versatile.“It’s that balance of past performance. Conor Murray has been a world-leading scrum-half and Luke McGrath has been incredibly good this season. It was a very tough decision to come to.” Schmidt added that both Keith Earls and Joey Carbery trained yesterday, with the former set to make his first appearance of pre-season against Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.  The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Joe Schmidt announced his World Cup squad today. 120 Comments Short URL Follow us: the42.ie Get the latest Rugby World Cup news and analysis, delivered straight to your inbox: Share3 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Former Impact Wrestling star and twotime X Division Champion DJZ signs with

first_img Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Seth Rollins WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next 9/13 Impact Highlights: oVe vs. Blanchard and Dreamer in Street Fight Main Event Now Playing Up Next PWInsider and F4WOnline.com have reported that former Impact Wrestling star DJZ has signed a deal with WWE and will be reporting to the NXT brand imminently.The deal was signed at the end of February.DJZ signed with Impact Wrestling in 2011 under the name Zema Ion. Ion would later adopt a DJ gimmick and change his name to DJZ.DJZ is a former two-time Impact X-Division Champion and a one-time Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champion with Andrew Everett. DJZ announced his departure from Impact Wrestling on December 31, 2018 and has been wrestling on the independent scene since.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Impact Wrestling announces move to AXS TV following Bound for Glory on October 20 Roman Reigns is in Remission Videos Articles Impact Results – 9/13/19 (Kiera Hogan vs. Tenille Dashwood, Street Fight Main Event) Kurt Anglecenter_img Now Playing Up Next Twitter Facebook Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Google+ Pinterest Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Cesarolast_img read more

Lichtsteiner happy that Juventus did their job

first_imgJuventus managed to beat Bologna 3-1 despite not performing at their peak – but Stephan Lichtsteiner insisted that it is not possible to always beat everyone 4-0 and the only important thing is the three points.Juventus were struggling with a weaker opponent but the Switzerland international claimed that it is not possible to win every single game without nerves and he is just happy that his team got the job done.The full-back spoke about this game and he also mentioned his future plans, according to juventus.com:Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“We did what we had to do tonight and we’re three points away from the title now. It’s been a very tiring season because Napoli are having a magnificent campaign. We have to focus on Wednesday now because we have another trophy to win.”“I’m used to it by now but it’s still a bit strange to hear the crowd booing at the end of the first half – this is a team that’s fighting for a seventh straight Scudetto, after all.”“This will be my last season at Juventus. There comes a time for everyone to seek pastures new. For now, though, I’m focused solely on achieving our end-of-season targets at Juventus.”last_img read more

Jonathan Leko signs a new and improved contract at The Hawthorns

first_imgJonathan Leko is celebrating a new Albion deal while having a renewed ambition to bag a first-team spot in the 2018-19 campaign. The Albion striker penned a deal which extends his stay with Albion until the summer of 2021 with improvement.The 19-year-old forward joined the Baggies at the age of 11. He also made his debut for the Club as a 16-year-old in a League Cup tie away at Norwich City in September 2015. From then, he went on to make his first Premier League appearance later that season in April, coming off the bench after 78 minutes during Albion’s goalless draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.The England youth international spent the first half of the 2017/18 campaign on loan at Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City, where he made 11 appearances but in Albion, Jonathan has made 16 appearances in total.Review: Belgium – JapanChadli leaves West Brom for Monaco Henry Ikenna Ugwu – August 31, 2018 Nacer Chadli has joined AS Monaco after West Bromwich Albion was relegated to the second division of the English league.The fee paid for his…He admitted the rush of games caught him by surprise and that has prepared him for next season.“There wasn’t as much rest as I would have liked – it was game after game in the Championship,” he told club’s website.“Now that I know that I’m looking forward to it because I just want to play. The more games the better.last_img read more

James denies feud with Kovac and analyzes Colombia

first_imgBayern’s James Rodriguez insisted that he doesn’t have any problems with manager Niko Kovac, he also hopes for a great Colombia manager.The whole situation between Colombia international James Rodriguez and Bayern manager Niko Kovac, has had its ups and downs throughout the season.Things for the German giants haven’t gone so well this season, there is a sensation that the whole squad needs a profound renovation and there are even rumors of new players making deals under the table to reinforce the squad next season.In James‘ case, he hasn’t really clicked with the current manager and is effectively waiting for the season to end so he can make a decision with his future.One of the options for him is Real Madrid, the club where he was rejected by Zinedine Zidane and the same place that could welcome him back with open arms.While next summer comes, all James needs to do is remain diplomatic when he is questioned about any problems he’s had in the club and he will be fine.During an event for Hublot watches in Bogota, AS Colombia asked him about his relationship with the manager and James responded in a very relaxed manner but also leaving some doubts about his future.“There is absolutely no problem with Kovac, Bayern is a club where the people are good on the inside, it’s a healthy group and I have no problems with him what so ever.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Right now, my immediate present is Bayern München and I have a contract with them until June.”“I’m actually very comfortable here, I’m calmed. When June arrives, we’ll see what happens.”“All I’m thinking about right now is Bayern, I am recovering well from my injury and I’m eager to start playing again next year,” he added.When pressed about which manager he would like to take over the Colombian National Team, James Rodriguez was short but clear about his desire.“Whoever comes has to do things right, we have a generation of players with many young talents who can accomplish very important things for the country,” he concluded.#CentralFOX | James Rodríguez: “Con Kovac no pasa nada. En el camerino del Bayern München no hay división” pic.twitter.com/QgbHssckDi— FOX Sports Colombia (@FOXSportsCo) December 20, 2018last_img read more

Defence Force thanks Tropical Shipping for use of equipment

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base (RBDF), Bahamas, October 13, 2016 –  Sometimes the hard work performed by committed nation builders goes unnoticed. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force however, wishes to pause and acknowledge the unwavering support that the CEO of Tropical Shipping, Mr. Mike Maura, who has provided support for our team since the recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin last year.  Mr. Maura says he believes that people are trying to help themselves and for him it was an easy task to commit too.The company assisted in the past, working with NEMA and in particular, loaning equipment and operating personnel to assist in loading the self-sustaining 17-piece containerized mobile base, onto the Lady Rosalind enroute for the devastated Crooked Island in 2015.Incidentally on National Heroes Day, they continue their support, this time going further.  Mr. Shervin Rolle, a native of Exuma and employee of Tropical Shipping, skillfully operated the forklift he endearingly refers to as the ‘BIG RED’ to hoist the 17 piece base onto HMBS Lawrence Major.   Additionally, Mr. Rolle will make the journey with the vessel and help them to set up the Base, in Mastic Point Andros, using the BIG RED, before his return to New Providence later in this week.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is committed to ensuring its mandates and extensive missions are carried out.  However, as succinctly said by Captain Tellis Bethel, Commander Defence Force (Acting), “these encouraging acts of goodwill carried out by concerned citizens of our country, in tandem with our own duties, make our job easier and help restore our country faster and more efficiently”. Captain Bethel extends deepest gratitude on behalf of the Minister of National Security and members of the Defence Force to the many private individuals, nongovernmental organizations and members of Corporate Bahamas who continue to cultivate the spirit of a united Bahamian people, moving this small nation forward, upward and onward through progress.” Related Items:  RBDF Photo one shows: The “BIG RED” forklift and its operator assisting with the loading on of the Defence Force’s mobile bases onto HMBS Lawrence Major on Monday afternoon. Those containers were taken to Morgan’s Bluff, Andros to assist the community in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.RBDF Photo two shows: Forklift operator, Shervin Rolle as he prepares to assist with the loading of the Defence Force’s mobile bases onto HMBS Lawrence Major on Monday afternoon. The forklift, which is owned by Tropical Shipping Company, was also taken to Morgan’s Bluff to assist with the offloading of containers. (RBDF Photos by Sub Lieutenant Desiree Corneille and Petty Officer Jonathan Rolle)last_img read more