Most free fitness apps are shams: Study

first_imgFree fitness apps are of little help, especially for beginners, as most fail to measure up to physical activity standards set by the American College of Sports Medicine, a new study has revealed.Of the 30 popular free workout apps available for iPhone and Android tested by University of Florida researchers, just one got a favourable review, Health.com reported.The researchers scored the apps based on aerobic activity, strength, resistance and flexibility.”We found that most apps are not as safe as they could be and are not providing users with the most effective workouts,” lead author Francois Modave said.The study also found that safety guidelines and warnings were absent or poorly represented on most of the apps, which can make beginner exercisers more prone to injury.Another problem the researchers came across were app paywalls.”If you charge, you at least have to make sure that on the free portion of the app the content is still evidence-based and built on true, expert information,” Modave says.So, should one stop accessing free fitness apps? Not necessarily, said the researchers.”My piece of advice would be try to find an app that contains a bit of everything to get started,” study co-author Heather Vincent, a member of the ACSM Consumer Information Committee, was quoted as saying.The study was published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.last_img read more

WWE Money in the Bank: Jinder Mahal beats Randy Orton to retain WWE championship

first_imgIndia’s Jinder Mahal defeated Randy Orton to retain his WWE championship at Smackdown’s exclusive pay-per-view Money in the Bank at St. Louis on Sunday.The self-proclaimed ‘Modern day Maharaja’ gave a ‘Khallas’ — a variation of the ‘Full Nelson Slam’ to finish off the 14-time champion and get the three count.Orton, who was distracted by the Singh Brothers went on a rampage outside the ring as he hit them off with RKO’s and made sure there’s no more distraction coming his way. But, when he returned to the ring, Mahal hit his finisher to retain his championship.WWE PhotoTalking about his victory at the Talking Smack — a post match show — he said that it was a great feeling.”It almost felt as good as the night I won the WWE championship”He was also quick to point out that Orton’s mistake itself cost him the match.”But as far as Randy (Orton), I just want to say that he is a 14-time WWE champion and he made a rookie mistake. I would expect better from him. He has someone in the ring like me…I’m a dangerous dangerous competitor and he turned his back on me and that’s exactly why he lost and why I’m the champion,” he said.The 30-year-old also said that his aim is to win the most number of titles in the history of the WWE.”When Randy Orton was WWE champion for the first time, I was in high school. I’m not even entering my prime and that’s a scary scary thought. I’m only getting better every week…every week I improve in the ring and I intend on being a long time champion.advertisement”I’m going to beat Randy Orton, John Cena and Ric Flair’s record because I’m the hardest working man in the entire WWE,” Mahal said.”If someone outworks me, I’d give him the WWE championship but until then the Maharaja will reign,” he added.”I am dangerous, dangerous competitor and @RandyOrton turned his back on me… that’s why I’m CHAMPION!” – @JinderMahal #TalkingSmack #MITB pic.twitter.com/IgcoyEpPtL- WWE (@WWE) June 19, 2017last_img read more

Sam NFL’s 1st Openly Gay Player

first_imgNEW YORK — Michael Sam waited and waited. Hours passed, rounds came and went, and eventually, there were only eight more picks left on the third and final day of the NFL draft.For just a moment, it looked as if his chance of being picked by a pro team and becoming the league’s first openly gay player might take a detour. Or at least be delayed.The call finally came in from the St. Louis Rams, the team right down the road from where Sam played his college ball at the University of Missouri.Sam was selected in the seventh and final round and admitted it was a frustrating wait. He said teams that passed on him chickened out and he should have been drafted sooner.“From last season alone, I should’ve been in the first three rounds. SEC Defensive Player of the Year, All-American,” Sam said. He stopped short of directly saying his stock dropped in the draft because he came out.“You know what, who knows? Who knows? Only the people who sit in the war room know,” he said. “They saw Michael Sam, day after day they scratched it off the board. That was their loss. But St. Louis kept me on that board. And you know what I feel like I’m a (Jadeveon) Clowney, a first draft pick. I’m proud of where I am now.”Sam came out as gay in media interviews earlier this year. His team and coaches knew his secret and kept it for his final college season. He went on to have the best year of his career: He was the co-defensive player of the year in the nation’s best college football conference and had 11.5 sacks.The pick came after several rounds of suspense. The first round of the day, No. 4 overall, came and went, no Sam. Then the fifth and sixth, and finally, the day was down to just a handful of picks.When Mike Kensil, the NFL’s Vice President of game operations, walked to the podium at Radio City Music Hall in the draft’s final minutes to announce the Rams’ second-to-last pick, the crowd got a sense something was up. Very few of the last day picks were announced at the podium. Twitter lit up with suggestions the Rams were about to make news.When Kensil said: “The St. Louis Rams select … Michael Sam…” the fans gave a hearty cheer, chanting “Yes! Yes! Yes!” and “Michael Sam!”Sam was in San Diego watching with friends and family at the home of his agent, Joe Barkett of Empire Athletes. ESPN and the NFL Network had cameras there and showed Sam’s reaction.Sam was on the phone bending over, with his boyfriend hugging him and rubbing his left bicep. When Sam got off the phone, the tears started. He gave his boyfriend a big kiss and a long hug as he cried and his eyes reddened. After, they shared cake — and another kiss.“Thank you to the St. Louis Rams and the whole city of St. Louis. I’m using every once of this to achieve greatness!!” Sam tweeted with a frenzied typo moments after he was picked, with a picture of himself wearing a Rams cap and a pink polo shirt.The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Sam was considered a mid-to-late round pick, far from a sure thing to be drafted. He played defensive end in college, but he’s short for that position in the NFL and slower than most outside linebackers, the position he’ll need to transition to at the professional level.He was taken with the 249th overall pick out of 256. Players from Marist, Maine and McGill University in Canada were selected before Sam.“In the world of diversity we live in now, I’m honored to be a part of this,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said during an interview on ESPN.The NFL had no comment on Sam being drafted.The impact of Sam’s selection goes far beyond football. At a time when gay marriage is gaining acceptance among Americans, Sam’s entry into the NFL is a huge step toward the integration of gay men into professional team sports. Pro sports have in many ways lagged behind the rest of society in acceptance.“Michael Sam wouldn’t have been drafted five years ago,” said former Viking punter Chris Kluwe, who has accused Minnesota of cutting him in part because of his vocal support for gay rights.In the last year, NBA veteran Jason Collins has come out publicly as gay, and is now playing for the Brooklyn Nets. Collins said before the Nets’ playoff game against the Heat that he was watching the draft and texted Sam after he was picked.“It’s a great day for Michael and his family and for the NFL,” Collins said.Publicly, most people in and related to the NFL have been supportive of Sam. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said Sam would be welcome in the league and judged solely on his ability to play. A few wondered whether teams would be reluctant to draft Sam because of all the media attention that would come with it.Fair or not, the NFL — coming off a season in which a bullying scandal involving players on the Miami Dolphins was one of the biggest stories in sports — was looking at a possible public relations hit if Sam was not drafted. He would likely have been signed as a free agent and given a chance to make a team in training camp, but to many it would have looked as if he was being rejected.Now that he’s there, it could be seen as an opportunity for the NFL to show that crass locker room culture is not as prevalent as it might have looked to those who followed the embarrassing Dolphins scandal. But all the reaction to Sam’s news wasn’t positive from the league.Miami safety Don Jones posted a one-word tweet, “Horrible” shortly after Sam was drafted. It was later taken down. The team’s General Manager said he was aware, and was disappointed.Wade Davis, a gay former NFL player who is now the executive director of the gay rights advocacy group You Can Play, said that Sam only needs to do his job to have an impact beyond the field.“Michael Sam doesn’t have to be a vocal advocate (for gay rights),” Davis said. “His visibility is his advocacy.”(RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Stefanos Tsitsipas Declared Most Improved Player of 2018 at ATP Awards

first_imgGreek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas was named Most Improved Player of 2018 at the ATP awards announced on Friday.It was the crowning achievement of 2018 for 20-year-old Tsitsipas, who has had an excellent year since he entered the ATP’s ranking in the top 100 in January and then climbed to number 15.During the year, Tsitsipas was a finalist in Barcelona and reached a masters final at the Rogers Cup in Toronto (in both he was defeated by Rafael Nadal). During the year he played and won Novak Djokovic and reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam (in Wimbledon). He won his first ATP final in Stockholm and became the first Greek tennis player to win a title in the ATP tour. Currently, Tsitsipas is in the semifinals of NextGen ATP Finals in Milan.It is worth mentioning that the winners of the ATP awards are selected by the players.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Lille sack Marcelo Bielsa

first_imgLigue 1 Lille sack Bielsa to end failed experiment Dom Farrell 01:50 12/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) MarceloBielsa - cropped Getty Images Ligue 1 Lille Following a period of suspension that began more than three weeks ago, the Ligue 1 club have finally parted company with the maverick Argentine coach Lille have called time on Marcelo Bielsa’s ill-fated spell in charge of the Ligue 1 club.The 62-year-old former Argentina, Chile and Athletic Bilbao coach, who is acclaimed by the likes of Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Jorge Sampaoli as a coaching visionary, was appointed by Lille amid great fanfare this May.Biesla was installed as head coach as Les Dogues underwent a huge squad overhaul, with former Barcelona vice-president Marc Ingla and ex-Monaco technical director Luis Campos brought on to the board by ambitious new owner Gerard Lopez. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But a 3-0 victory over Nantes on the opening weekend of the Ligue 1 season proved to be a false dawn as Lille took three points from nine subsequent winless matches.Back-to-back wins against Metz and Saint-Etienne followed, although Bielsa was suspended by the club two days on from a 3-0 loss at Amiens.A week later, the coach was summoned to a meeting with Lille officials for “an interview prior to a possible dismissal”.Bielsa’s lawyer confirmed his client did not attend that meeting and the club finally confirmed his departure via a brief statement on their Twitter page on Friday.Having come to the end of proceedings against Marcelo Bielsa, LOSC announces that it has terminated the contract with the coach. pic.twitter.com/2d3ursj0Ux— LOSC Lille EN (@LOSC_EN) December 15, 2017″Having come to an end of proceedings against Marcelo Bielsa, LOSC announces that it has terminated the contract with the coach,” the statement read.Following Bielsa’s initial suspension, Lille appointed a four-man “technical coaching unit” of Fernando Da Cruz, Joao Sacramento, Benoit Delaval and Franck Mantaux.They have won two and lost two of four Ligue 1 games in charge, remaining in the relegation zone, and were knocked out of the Coupe de la Ligue on penalties by Nice in midweek.last_img read more

10 months ago​AC Milan enquire about Fulham midfielder Johansen

first_img​AC Milan enquire about Fulham midfielder Johansenby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan are interested in signing Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen.The 27-year-old was a key member of the team that won promotion under Slavisa Jokanovic last season.But the Norway skipper has only managed to start 4 Premier League games this term.The likes of Jean Michael Seri and Calum Chambers are ahead of him in the pecking order.Per Sky in Italy, Milan are looking to sign him this winter on a cut price deal – or on a free in the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Cargotec-Carlyle China Joint Venture Over

first_imgzoom Finnish cargo-handling machinery maker Cargotec has become a sole owner of China Crane Investment Holdings Limited after buying the remainder of the investment company’s shares from CAG Marine Holding Limited, part of Carlyle.Cargotec and CAG Marine jointly owned China Crane Investment Holdings Limited (China Crane), which has owned 18.75% of the shares in Jiangsu Rainbow Heavy Industries (RHI) as at 18 March 2015.Cargotec’s aggregate ownership in RHI remains unchanged at 9.19% and following Carlyle’s exit Cargotec will own 100% of China Crane.Back in July 2011, Cargotec announced plans to establish a joint venture with RHI to strengthen its presence in China.In connection with the establishment of the joint venture Rainbow-Cargotec Industries (RCI), Cargotec strengthened its strategic partnership with RHI by purchasing RHI shares from Carlyle, who owned 100% of China Crane at that time.RCI manufactures port and offshore cranes for Cargotec’s Kalmar and MacGregor business areas.last_img read more

Attack on SHO shows liquor mafia spreading tentacles in Gurugram

first_imgGurugram: It was not expected but it happened when a bootlegger smashed one of the liquor bottles on the head of the SHO and injured three other police officials of Phase-3 police station. The main accused who attacked the law enforcement officials since then has not been caught by the police. The incident again highlighted how illegal liquor mafia is gaining a stronghold in Gurugram. From the beginning of the year, police officials have been going extremely tough on the liquor mafia in which more than 50 raids have been conducted. According to law enforcement officials, most of the gangsters have moved from drugs and real estate business to illegal liquor. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkAccording to law enforcement officials not only is the liquor business more profitable in the recent past but it is also far less risky compared to the other businesses. Among various sectors where Gurugram contributes greatly to Government exchequer is sale e of liquor and hard beverages. The business extends beyond the sales that are happening in the glitzy pubs and bars and also occur at the roadside liquor vending units. Recent prohibitions protests and increase in license charges are resulting, however, has prevented the opening of these units despite having a large demand. The urge hard liquor that is readily available and also reasonable is resulting in the opening of various wine shops that are not being registered by the excise department. In this month alone there have been four illegal shops that have been unearthed resulting in the seizure of more than 1000 crates of liquor. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsAccording to police officials, there is a sizeable number of liquor vending units that have not been approved by the public authorities functioning in the city. Constant raids are being carried out by the law enforcement officials to close these units. “It is important that most of the liquor vending units that are set up in the sector is registered with us as it will ensure the safety of the citizens and will also make sure that they are not selling spurious liquor,” said a senior official from the excise department. In the past, there have been complaints against liquor vending units of selling spurious liquor, not paying rents and allowances to the public authorities, setting up shop in the residential area and also in the state and national highways. Irrespective of a strict stance taken by the law enforcement, liquor business continues to grow in Gurugram. This growth is witnessed even after there was a decrease in fee licenses of around 2% for the new tenants. For long, Gurugram followed by Faridabad has been leading among 22 districts in terms of setting up new vendor units for selling alcoholic beverages.last_img read more

Sir Patrick Stewart Attends Duchess Of Cornwalls Reception For Survivors Of Domestic

first_imgHer Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception last week for survivors of domestic abuse, those working in the field, and charities aiming to raise awareness of the issue at Clarence House.The Duchess meets Sir Patrick Stewart at a reception she hosted at Clarence House for domestic abuse survivors and campaignersCredit/Copyright: www.princeofwales.gov.uk/The Duchess decided to hold this reception after a hearing stories of domestic abuse survivors during a visit to the charity, SafeLives back in February of this year. The Duchess also held a similar reception for survivors of rape and sexual abuse and has heard from them how helpful it was to share their experiences with policy makers.The Duchess was joined by Sir Patrick Stewart, a long-time campaigner for women and children affected by domestic abuse and by Louiza Patikas, whose role as Helen from BBC’s ‘The Archers’ is shining a light on the issue of domestic abuse.Source:www.princeofwales.gov.uklast_img read more

Alberta waited 5 hours before telling Lubicon chief of spill

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe First Nations people living downwind from Alberta’s worst oil spill in over 30 years say their children are falling ill from the spill’s emissions.And their chief says the Alberta government just doesn’t care.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto was there.last_img

UN development agency provides school aid to Burkina Faso AIDS orphans

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and its partners will this year provide school materials to 10,000 Burkina Faso children this year, many of whose parents died of AIDS. Under an education assistance project launched two years ago by the French embassy in Ouagadougou, $145,000 has been raised through the UNDP from donors, including Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and local staff of the German Development Service.The assistance is channelled through 72 community organizations in 25 provinces and is part of a wider initiative to build the capacity of such groups in technical and financial management and promote coordination of their activities, UNDP said. Only about one third of children in Burkina Faso, one of the world’s poorest countries, are enrolled in primary school, and nearly two thirds of the population live in severe poverty, surviving on less than $1 a day. Meanwhile, 270,000 children under 15 have lost either one or both parents to AIDS. UNDP Resident Representative Christian Lemaire described the project as a sign of the partners’ support for government priorities set out in the national strategic framework for AIDS control, which strongly emphasizes the need for care and support of orphans and other vulnerable children. read more

Security Council hears repeated calls for more time for UN inspections in

Mr. Khurshid M. KasuriPakistan’s Foreign Minister, Kurshid M. Kasuri, said that while the world community was justified in seeking to bring about Iraq’s compliance with relevant Council resolutions as soon as possible, it could not ignore other elements that arose in the context of security, such as ameliorating the suffering and ensuring the welfare of the Iraqi people; preserving the unity and territorial integrity of Iraq; and preserving the political and economic stability of the region. He welcomed the US’s initiative to work through the UN, and called Mr. Powell’s extensive presentation a significant step forward as the Council sought to secure full implementation of its resolutions regarding Iraq’s disarmament. The information provided enhanced the ability of the inspectors to identify areas of concerns and to pursue more specific lines of action. After United States Secretary of State Colin Powell presented to the Security Council US evidence of Iraq’s failure to destroy illicit weapons, several members of the Council voiced their strong support for the continuation of United Nations inspections and urged Baghdad to cooperate proactively in the process. “Why go to war if there still exists an unused space in resolution 1441?” Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin of France said, referring to the Council’s text adopted last November authorizing the resumption of UN inspections in Iraq after a nearly four-year hiatus. “Let us double or even triple the number of inspectors,” he added, stressing that no opportunity should be lost to strengthen the operational effectiveness of the inspections process. Mr. de Villepin noted, however, that there were still “grey areas” in Iraq’s cooperation with the inspections, such as the unresolved questions in the ballistic, chemical and biological areas. If that path failed and led into a dead-end, then “France rules out no option, including the use of force as a last resort, to ensure Iraqi compliance,” he said.Mr. de Villepin was among the 12 Foreign Ministers who took part in the open meeting, which was chaired by Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer of Germany, the Council’s President for the month of February. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and the chief UN weapons inspectors, Hans Blix of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), and Mohamed ElBaradei of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), also attended the session. Mr. Igor S. IvanovRussian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said the unanimous adoption of resolution 1441 and the deployment of international inspectors demonstrated the ability of the international community to act together in the interest of obtaining a common goal. Russia is convinced, he said, that maintaining the unity of the world community and of the Council are the best ways to achieve a political end to the situation of weapons of mass destruction. “That we all want an end to such weapons should not be doubted,” he underscored. With that in mind, the UN experts must immediately begin reviewing the information presented today. “Iraq must give the inspectors answers to the questions by Secretary Powell. The Council must do everything [it] can to support the inspections process,” he stressed. Mr. Francois-Xavier NgoubeyouFor his part, Francois-Xavier Ngoubeyou, Cameroon’s Minister of External Relations, wondered if in such “grave circumstances” the time had come for the Council to ask UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to go to Iraq to speak with President Saddam Hussein on urgent ways to resolve the present situation. The information presented today was certainly troubling, Mr. Ngoubeyou said, and it was now up to the Council to make the best use of it, in the spirit of the process provided by resolution 1441. The data just produced could facilitate the inspections, he stressed, suggesting that it would be wise to provide the inspectors with that information and give them more time to do their job. Cameroon recommended the continuation and implementation of forceful and robust action to compel Iraq to cooperate fully with the inspection teams. Mr. Luis Ernesto DerbezForeign Minister Luis Ernesto Derbez of Mexico said his country’s position had been unequivocally aimed at achieving the disarmament of Iraq in the most effective way possible and by peaceful means, while ensuring at all times that that goal was achieved at the lowest cost in terms of human suffering and economic instability, without undermining the urgent battle against international terrorism. Citing Mexico’s confidence in the inspections process, Mr. Derbez said he was in favour of intensifying and strengthening those inspections, as well as the assistance that Council members and the international community in general could provide to UNMOVIC and IAEA to successfully accomplish their delicate mission. Mr. Joschka FischerForeign Minister Fischer of Germany said it was now decisive that the inspectors were also provided with extensive material in order to be able to clarify the unresolved questions quickly and fully. He said that several States suspected that Saddam Hussein’s regime was withholding relevant information and concealing military capabilities. That strong suspicion must be dispelled beyond any doubt. At the same time, the dangers of military action were plain to see, he stressed, adding that a peaceful solution must continue to be sought and the instruments of inspection and control should be toughened. Mr. Fischer said that the French delegation had made some very interesting proposals on that matter, which deserved further consideration. Moreover, diplomatic efforts under way by States in the region to bring the Iraqi Government to fully implement the resolutions should be supported, he said. Iraq should disarm openly, peacefully and in cooperation with the inspectors, without any delay. Mr. Georges Rebelo ChikotiGeorges Rebelo Chikoti, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Angola, said the information presented today introduced new elements, further strengthening the importance of monitoring the situation within the framework of the Council. He strongly urged Iraq to do much more – especially given that its substantive cooperation was an obligation – saying the Council needed clear and unambiguous answers from Iraq to the outstanding questions raised by the inspectors. Strengthening the inspections and enlarging their scope would be an ideal way to enhance their efficiency. If the inspections enjoyed the full political support of the Council and the international community, and given adequate time, they could be a powerful tool in the common endeavour to disarm Iraq, avert war and reinforce international peace and security, he underscored. Mr. Mikhail WehbeAmbassador Mikhail Wehbe of Syria pointed out that it would be incorrect to believe that inspections in any part of the world could be free from obstacles and problems. Referring to last week’s briefing by the chief UN inspectors, he said it was important to ask if the difficulties encountered in Iraq were serious enough to warrant war. Noting that Iraq had expressed its readiness to cooperate with inspections and arrive at a peaceful solution, he said Iraq and the inspectors should work out a common denominator of cooperation in order to clarify the situation, as soon as possible. The continuation of the work of the inspectors would definitely lead to building confidence in the region. Syria was calling on the Council to continue to endorse the work of the inspectors and give them sufficient time to carry out their mandate under resolution 1441, he stressed. Mr. Tang JiaxuanTang Jiaxuan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of China, said the Council had basically maintained unity and cooperation on the Iraqi issue, which was critically important. “As long as there is still the slightest hope for political settlement, the utmost effort should be exerted to achieve it,” he said, noting that the inspections had been ongoing for some two months, and the chief inspectors themselves had suggested continuing inspections. That suggestion should be respected, Mr. Tang said, adding that he hoped the upcoming visit to Baghdad by the head of UNMOVIC and IAEA would yield positive results. He stressed that it was also the universal desire of the international community to see a political settlement to the issue within the UN framework, and to avoid any war. China, he said, was ready to join others in working in that direction. Ms. Soledad Alvear ValenzuelaResolution 1441 gave Iraq a last opportunity to fulfil its disarmament obligations, but the Iraqi regime was now bringing its people into greater suffering, Chile’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Soledad Alvear Valenzuela said, adding that attempts at partial compliance and efforts to deceive or obstruct the process were violations of the Council’s previous resolutions. “We are entering a crucial stage in a situation involving many fears concerning the region and the world,” she said, expressing concern about the consequences of ending the use of diplomatic channels. The day’s presentation demanded action and information from Iraq without any delay or hesitations, she said, stressing that the accusations levelled today required urgent and precise clarification. To that end, inspections should continue. The Foreign Minister also appealed to Iraq to consider its responsibilities to the Council and to the preservation of international peace. Mr. Mamady TraoréGuinea’s Ambassador to the UN, Mamady Traoré, said that while the promise of better cooperation was encouraging, Iraqi authorities must translate that promise into verifiable action. In his view, the possibility of the suspension or lifting of sanctions should encourage Iraq to fully cooperate with inspectors. The existence of grey areas on the one hand and progress made on the other indicated that inspections must go on, Ambassador Traoré stressed, adding that his country had always stressed peaceful settlement of the matter. There were still chances for a peaceful settlement, and those chances must be grasped. “Today, we are witnessing a crucial stage for maintenance of international peace and security,” he said. “We must work in unity to build a world of peace and cooperation.” read more

Brock community mourns former Math and Science Dean

Brock University is saddened to learn of the death of Martin Stewart Gibson, Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science.Gibson passed away peacefully at his residence on Tuesday, May 1 at the age of 89.A graduate of Oxford University, he taught Chemistry at Manchester University before immigrating to Canada where he taught at Brock until his retirement.  Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Ian Brindle remembers meeting Gibson in 1968 as a research technician when they were both living in Manchester. They moved to Canada the same year, only a few months apart. Gibson was Brindle’s MSc supervisor and the two worked together at Brock for a number of years.“He was a really, really good teacher. My kids got to know him and all three said that he reminded them of Mr. Rogers. He was a very gentle, soft-spoken guy,” Brindle said.“I benefited enormously from having him first as a mentor, and later a friend. He was well known in the University community. It was a great loss.”A year after moving to Canada, Gibson became Chair of the Department of Chemistry. Seven years later in 1976, he took on the role of Dean, Faculty of Mathematics and Science — a position he held until 1984.During his time as Dean, he served the Faculty in many ways, promoting research and emphasizing the importance of teaching and learning. After taking a chance on a then young Canadian institution, he encouraged others, including Brindle, to do the same. He inspired those around him and is warmly remembered.A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, May 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Royal Henley retirement community.  For more information, please see Gibson’s obituary. read more

Ohio State mens basketball faces judgement week against No 3 Michigan No

When Thad Matta was coaching at Xavier in 2004, the Musketeers had a three-game stretch against Mississippi State, Texas and Duke. Each of those teams was ranked in the top 11 of the Associated Press poll, with MSU (No. 4) and Duke (No. 5) placed in the top five. Those contests came in the NCAA Tournament, as Matta led Xavier to its first-ever appearance in the Elite Eight before losing a close one to the Blue Devils, 66-63. “It was crazy,” Matta said Monday, who left Xavier after that season to coach Ohio State. As treacherous a task as that was for Matta and his team, his current Buckeyes squad is staring down a two-game trek that might be even tougher than the one Xavier faced in 2004. OSU will play two top-three teams in a six-day span this week. And these upcoming bouts will come in the regular season, not in March when consecutive battles against elite programs are commonplace. OSU, ranked No. 10 in the most recent AP poll, is set to take on No. 3 Michigan in Ann Arbor Tuesday night. After squaring off against the Wolverines, the Buckeyes return home Sunday to play the No. 1 team in the country, Indiana. “It’s another week,” Matta said so sarcastically he cracked a smile before finishing the sentence. Matta’s players weren’t as light-hearted in talking about the venture ahead. “It’s why you come to Ohio State and play in a conference like the Big Ten, for weeks like this,” said junior guard Aaron Craft. The Buckeyes’ leading scorer, Deshaun Thomas, agreed, saying he “loves a challenge.” “I’m hyped,” the junior forward said, who leads the conference in scoring at 20 points per game. At 7-2 in the Big Ten, OSU is a game back of the Hoosiers, who are all alone in first place. The Buckeyes share a tie of second with Michigan and Michigan State. OSU is 1-1 against those teams this season, beating Michigan at home but losing to the Spartans on the road. Every team in the Big Ten plays 18 conference games, so no two-game stretch at the midway point is going to decide the league champion. But if OSU wants to stay alive and well in the race for a fourth consecutive regular season title, winning at least one game this week might be necessary. Thomas would love to win both. “It’s going to mean a lot for this team, especially if we get two wins against Michigan, they’re highly ranked. If we get a win against IU, we know we got to go down there and it’s going to be tough. It’s going to be big if we can get these two wins,” he said. This week also represents a turning point in the season for the Buckeyes. OSU (17-4) is exactly halfway through its conference schedule, and they’ll likely be tested much more in the second half of the year than they were in the first. During their first nine Big Ten games, the Buckeyes played five of the worst six teams in the league, and only three of the six best. OSU’s second half includes two games against No. 1 Indiana (20-2), trips to No. 3 Michigan (20-2) and unranked Wisconsin (15-7), and home games against No. 12 Michigan State (18-4) and No. 18 Minnesota (17-5). In his ninth year coaching in the Big Ten, Matta said the league is as competitive as he’s seen it. “I think that probably from top to bottom it’s as good – and we haven’t seen everybody yet – but seeing on tape, seeing scores, seeing the standings, I would probably agree (it’s as good as ever),” Matta said. For now, though, OSU is just focusing on the Wolverines. The Buckeyes gave Michigan its first loss on Jan. 13 with a 56-53 win, also preventing the Maize and Blue from ascending to a No. 1 national ranking. “To be honest, we haven’t even talked about Sunday’s game,” Matta said. “Obviously the mindset is on tomorrow night’s game, knowing that they have a great team.” Michigan, ranked No. 1 last week, dropped in the polls after losing at Indiana Saturday night. Add in the fact that OSU beat the Wolverines the first time around in Columbus, and Michigan will be ready Tuesday night, Craft said. “There is no way we can try to look past this game in any way,” Craft said. Getting out to a fast start in Ann Arbor will be crucial for the Buckeyes, Craft said. In Michigan’s two losses this season, they fell in a big hole early and couldn’t recover. OSU, 3-3 on the road this season, probably needs to at least stay even with the Wolverines (undefeated at home) early to have a chance for an upset. Doing that will require solid defense, something OSU has relied on all season. “Defensively I think we’re pretty sound,” Matta said. “We’re trying to get our guys to have a prideful mentality in terms of getting stops. We want to continue to get them to understand we have to have that for 40 minutes.” That won’t be easy against the Wolverines, who are led by a National Player of the Year candidate and Columbus native Trey Burke. The sophomore point guard has potentially the country’s best sidekick in junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr., who averages 15.6 points per game. Two freshmen, guard Nik Stauskas and forward Glenn Robinson III, also average double figures in points. OSU has played three teams this season currently ranked in the top 12 by the AP in No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Kansas and No. 12 MSU, not including Michigan. The Wolverines are likely the toughest team the Buckeyes have had to defend. “With the number of people they can put out there, the number of people that can score the ball, it’s really tough to play normal defense when you’re worried about the number of shooters they have,” Craft said. Defending Michigan’s shooters is just one of the many challenges OSU is facing in the week ahead. Matta said his team is as close to being ready for the daunting task as he’d like them to be. “We had two good practices. I’ve never had a team exactly where I wanted it. I do think we’re making strides. We just have to continue to find that consistency and every night we take the floor, we need our guys to play the best that we can,” the 45-year-old coach said. OSU and Michigan are scheduled to tipoff at 9 p.m. Tuesday night in the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. The Buckeyes then take on Indiana at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Schottenstein Center. read more

Geek deals 498 off quadcore Dell desktop and 24inch monitor

first_imgYour dollar will take you further with a desktop than a laptop (unpopular fact, but it’s almost always true). Nonetheless, it is still not enough to persuade many people to throw down their cash and get a large, heavy, dust-collecting tower. But what if a free 24-inch LED monitor happened to be include for a fraction of its price? That might be enough to drive the most dedicated laptop user over the edge.This deal on the Dell XPS 8300 desktop bundle might do the trick. For $949.99, you’ll net the quad-core Intel Core i7-powered desktop with pretty generous specs. The handsome white box includes 8GB RAM, a 1TB hard drive, discrete Radeon 6450 graphics, and 15 free months of McAfee SecurityCenter. Dell also includes a laser mouse and keyboard in this bundle, but it doesn’t stop there… it includes a 24-inch display as well.You’ll also receive the Dell U2412M 24-inch monitor in this package. Normally, this LED backlit display retails for $369 but when you purchase it as part of this bundle, it’s only $200. And even if a great deal on an LED IPS-panel monitor doesn’t appeal to you, there’s always the option to pare down your purchase and go with desktop. It’s a pretty good bargain, and an extra monitor is almost always handy somewhere down the line, but if you’re strapped for cash the option to reduce your spend is always there.All told, this deal saves you $498 on a very nice desktop setup. And you even get free shipping… so what are you waiting for?Visit this deal on LogicBuy.last_img read more

33 arrests on Lesvos following illegal erection of Holy Cross

first_imgGreek police arrested 33 people on the Aegean island of Lesbos on Saturday after the group tried to erect a huge metallic Holy Cross at Apelli, at the foot of the castle of Mytilene.The group raised the metallic cross on the same spot where another cross once stood but was destroyed by vandals in October 2018.The group carried a large Greek flag and worked overnight to carry the cross before they were taken into custody.The incident has divided the island.Following the arrests, an announcement was made by the group called, Movement of Free Citizens of Lesbos. They were critical of the radical left-wing Syriza government for its opposition to the raising of the cross. They state that the government’s ultimate goal is the destruction of every Greek and Christian element of Orthodox culture.Other groups, such as the NGO known as the “Movement for Coexistance and Communication in the Aegean” said that it was wrongful to use the Christian symbol as a “tool of aspiring crusaders”. They also argued that the ulterior motive of the placement of the cross was to prevent migrants from swimming in the area.  Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Vancouver lab offers at-home HIV testing kits for $25

first_imgMolecular Testing Labs in Vancouver and Kathy Ireland Worldwide have collaborated to offer affordable at-home HIV testing kits this week.The kits will be sold for $25 through Friday in support of World AIDS Day 2018, which was Saturday. More than 1.1 million people in the U.S. have HIV, and one out of seven people don’t know they have it. HIV attacks cells in the body’s immune system, the natural defense against illness. AIDS is a set of symptoms caused by advanced HIV infection.The kits can be delivered directly to your home in a discreet package. According to Molecular Lab’s website, the test is a “self-administered dry blood spot card with simple-to-follow instructions.” Dr. Charles Sailey, the medical director for the laboratory at Molecular, said these are the best at-home tests on the market, and can detect infection within five to seven days of exposure. Sailey added they’re close to 100 percent accurate.“We are able to do testing that is as accurate as testing they would get at a hospital or clinic,” Sailey said.There are instructions included with the test, and a provided envelope that can be used to mail the specimen back to the lab. The results can be viewed through a secure, HIPAA-compliant portal. Molecular can also help people find the proper physician if they have questions about their results.Sailey said he couldn’t know what the kit would cost after Friday, since Molecular generally offers HIV testing as part of larger panel testing, but he did say that they were under the cost to the laboratory.Sailey explained that at-home testing for sexually transmitted diseases and infections is “starting to take off,” but not to the level that genetic testing is. Sailey said that STD and STI testing has more scrutiny involved — for example, Molecular has two layers of accreditation.last_img read more

Cool unsettled Thursday on the way

first_imgAbout yesterday: That was something, huh?Snow and ice caused a handful of wrecks throughout Clark County, and BB to dime-sized hail was reported throughout Vancouver. Today comes with a possibility for more of the same. The National Weather Service predicts a 40 percent chance of showers with thunderstorms possible after 11 a.m. The high will top out at 52 degrees, below the seasonal norm. A northwest wind of between 5 and 9 miles per hour is expected. The temperature will drop to about 34 degrees tonight. Fog is likely to settle in after 11 p.m.last_img read more

Rain blamed for many crashes Friday evening

first_imgA three-vehicle collision in east Vancouver was one of many reported around the county during Friday evening’s rainy commute. The crash was reported at 3:41 p.m. at 1100 N.E. 192nd Ave., just north of the Humane Society for Southwest Washington.A car coming out of a driveway was struck by a southbound car, and another car also got hit, said Vancouver police Sgt. Mike Chylack. There were no major injuries, but the collision did clog traffic. Motorists turned around in the shelter’s parking lot.Crashes were reported Friday evening on state Highway 14, which clogged traffic in both directions. There was also a crash on Interstate 205 in Portland that caused southbound traffic to back up nearly to state Highway 500 in Vancouver; a separate collision occurred on the northbound side of I-205, slowing traffic that direction as well.last_img read more

47 believe pension freedoms have increased employee engagement

first_imgUnder half (47%) of employer respondents believe that pension freedoms have led to employees being more engaged with their workplace pension, according to research by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Aegon.Its survey of 189 employers also found that 59% of respondents feel that employees diverting money away from their pension due to other financial priorities is a principle barrier to employees’ engagement with their pension , compared to a further 59% who cite a lack of awareness among employees of the importance of retirement saving as the main barrier to employee engagement with pensions.The research also found:66% of respondents educate employees about the benefits of saving through a workplace pension in order to influence employee engagement with pensions. Other measures respondents believe can increase employee engagement with workplace pensions include wider financial education (58%), simpler language and less jargon in pensions communications (63%), using technology (54%) and individualising pensions communications (49%).24% of respondents feel that challenges around having insufficient resources to communicate to employees about pensions is a key barrier to employee engagement with pensions.92% of respondents contribute above the statutory auto-enrolment minimum levels.63% of respondents include pensions information as part of the employee induction process, 60% use guidance from an external provider and 54% signpost staff to publicly available pensions guidance.51% of respondents provide a digital pensions information portal for employees and 49% deliver in-house webinars or seminars.42% of respondents state that pension provision has had a positive impact on employee retention.12% of respondents are happy with their current levels of employee engagement and 55% think that stronger engagement would improve their ability to either retain, recruit or carry out succession planning.Neil Carberry (pictured), managing director at the CBI, said: “Businesses are contributing billions to their [employees’] pensions each and every year, playing their part in a quiet pensions revolution with auto-enrolment having a growing influence over workplace saving.“While many businesses rightly recognise the positive effect that their investment in pensions can have on recruiting and retaining staff, others need to open their eyes to grasp the opportunities in front of them. Engaging better with workforce on pensions is not a ‘nice-to-have’ but absolutely fundamental to the success of workplace pensions schemes and well-funded retirements for [employees].“Although many [organisations] do a great job, there’s an awful lot more that can be done to get staff engaged in their financial futures and to gain a better grasp of retirement planning. Many younger [employees], those on lower incomes and employees who have been at a business for a short period are not getting the support they need to get to grips with issues that will help determine a successful path to when they retire.“Businesses are up for the challenge, nine in ten [organisations] we talked to felt a responsibility to better engage employees with their pension schemes. Some businesses are already leading the way, over half have a strategy in place for securing greater pensions engagement.”Paul Bucksey, managing director at Aegon Workplace Investing, added: “Pensions are a big financial commitment for employers but this investment often goes underappreciated. A workplace pension is part of an employee pay package.“The challenge is for businesses to help their employees recognise this. Engagement is the key to changing behaviours and helping employees achieve long term financial security. When an employer gets behind their scheme and encourages the workforce to take action, engagement levels rise.“Some employers are already going the extra mile to support their workforce in getting their pensions on the right track. But what remains clear is that whether [they] choose to hold roadshows, workshops or webinars, offer online financial planning tools or workplace financial advice, [they] need to do it regularly, as part of a wider financial awareness strategy.“From recruitment to retirement, long-term planning and regular action will help employees reach a point where they can afford to retire. Ultimately, a workforce that can’t afford to retire presents employers with some new challenges around succession planning and managing an aging workforce. Better pension engagement from employees will help [employers] plan ahead to continue to grow and adapt [their] business.”last_img read more