According To ESPN’s FPI, All 10 SEC Teams Are Favored In Their Bowl Games

first_imgESPN's FPI for SEC teams in bowl games.espn fpi all sec teams favoredWe’re halfway through bowl season, but the SEC – which has 10 teams that qualified for the postseason – has yet to play a contest. That changes tonight when LSU takes on Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl. The Tigers, according to ESPN’s FPI, have a 70% chance to win.In fact, according to EPSN’s FPI, all 10 Southeastern Conference squads have a higher than 50% chance to win.Tuesday, the SEC Network tweeted out a graphic that shows the percentage chances for each SEC team. Surprisingly, both Florida (vs. Michigan) and Texas A&M (vs. Louisville) are favored despite issues at the quarterback position.The SEC is favored in ALL 10 of their bowl games according to ESPN’s FPI. pic.twitter.com/c4CN3QRgQy— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) December 28, 2015To be clear, ESPN’s FPI is not Las Vegas odds. And obviously, the SEC won’t go undefeated this bowl season. But it’s an interesting graphic, to say the least.last_img read more

Video: Miami Commit Dionte Mullins Makes Fantastic 1-Handed Touchdown Grab At All-American Game

first_imgA field level view of Hard Rock Stadium.MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 06: A general view of Hard Rock Stadium before the game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Florida State Seminoles at Hard Rock Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)The state of Florida showed up big at this afternoon’s Under Armour All-American Game. Florida State commits accounted for 21 of victorious Team Highlight’s 27 points. The other six came on a phenomenal one-handed catch by Dionte Mullins, a four-star wide receiver committed to his hometown Hurricanes.Miami commit @dionte_mullins8 makes an insane catch at the UA @AllAmericaGame https://t.co/nyEsN8szIN— Scout Recruiting (@scoutrecruiting) January 2, 2016Mullins committed to Al Golden back on July 4, 2014, and will take his official visit to The U on January 15. He’s definitely a guy that Mark Richt will want to hold on to.last_img read more

Gas plants accused decline to call evidence closing arguments Nov 22

first_imgTORONTO – Two former senior political aides charged with illegally destroying documents related to the Ontario government’s decision to cancel two gas plants will call no witnesses in their defence, their lawyers said Thursday.Instead, the lawyers for David Livingston and Laura Miller told Ontario court Judge Timothy Lipson that they had instead opted to move straight to making closing arguments.Their decision comes after Lipson last week rejected the lawyers’ request for a directed verdict — an acquittal without hearing defence evidence — on the basis the prosecution had failed to make out its case.In his written ruling, Lipson said he had heard some evidence put forward by the Crown on which a guilty verdict could ultimately rest, although he stressed he was not at that point weighing the validity of the evidence or making any suggestion as to what his verdict will ultimately be.Livingston and Miller, top aides to former Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty, have pleaded not guilty to illegal use of a computer and attempted mischief to data. The prosecution had previously asked for an acquittal on a third charge — breach of trust.The charges relate to the deletion of computer records apparently about the government’s decision to cancel two gas plants ahead of the 2011 provincial election at a cost of more than $1 billion to taxpayers.After saying they would “formally elect to call no evidence,” lawyers Brian Gover, who represents Livingston, and Scott Hutchison, who speaks for Miller, said they would use the one-day hearing — scheduled for Nov. 22 — to develop the arguments they made on their directed-verdict application.The lawyers estimated they would need about three hours to make their final pitch for a not guilty finding, while the prosecution, represented by federal lawyers Tom Lemon and Sarah Egan, said they would need about two hours for their final push for convictions.Lipson said he would have no problem giving them more time if needed.Police charged Livingston, McGuinty’s chief of staff, and his deputy Laura Miller in December 2015 amid accusations they had deliberately destroyed emails and other records to spare further embarrassment over the Liberals’ cancellation of the gas plants.Evidence before Lipson was that the duo, over strenuous objections from senior bureaucrats, hired Miller’s partner Peter Faist, an outside computer expert with no security clearance, to wipe clean 20 hard drives in the premier’s office in 2013 as they were about to leave their roles, but the defence pointed out it is unknown exactly what the deleted files comprised.Witnesses also testified about the political pressures related to the gas plants, and that a legislature committee and others had formally requested documents related to the gas plants decision — but the accused said they had none.Neither accused was present for Thursday’s brief hearing.last_img read more

NBA Stars Help Sick Kids At St Jude Childrens Research Hospital

first_imgRegardless the final scores of all NBA games played during Hoops for St. Jude Week March 7-13, the winners will be the kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.While visiting the kids of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, David Lee, St. Jude Hoops Ambassador and player for the Golden State Warriors, had a blast playing with patientsEvery matchup will help the hospital raise awareness and increase support to fight childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.The NBA Family will shine a light on the work and successes of St. Jude through online, social media and in-game promotions such as hosting and highlighting local patients in-arena. NBA coaches will also wear St. Jude lapel pins during games.St. Jude ambassadors – players and coaches who contribute to and regularly visit and encourage others to support the patients, their families and others at St. Jude – will also use their social media channels, personal appearances and interviews to help raise awareness of St. Jude and its mission to save the lives of children battling cancer and other deadly diseases. New ambassadors for this year’s Hoops for St. Jude campaign are players Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons), Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies), Mario Chalmers (Miami Heat), and coaches Monty Williams (New Orleans Pelicans), Rick Carlisle (Dallas Mavericks) and Mike Brown (Cleveland Cavaliers).“The investments our Hoops for St. Jude ambassadors are making by visiting our patients and maximizing opportunities to share the mission of St. Jude have been instrumental in helping us to advance our work of saving the lives of children,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We are fortunate to have the support of the NBA and various coaches and players, including Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol and Kevin Love, and David Lee, who wholeheartedly embrace our mission.”NBA support stretches beyond Hoops for St. Jude Week. Just this season, the hospital has hosted on-site visits by players, coaches and staff from the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz, New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers and others.The players’ support – both financial and celebrity – helps in other ways, too. It costs $1.9 million a day to operate the hospital, and 75 percent of funds come from public donations, so every dollar donated through Hoops for St. Jude and other campaigns goes to help ensure that no family receives a bill from St. Jude.Visits are very personal for players, too. In a recent visit, Pau Gasol met with patient Jorge and his father, who is from the same area in Spain as Pau.“I signed a basketball for him, and played some games, and it was great. But to learn about him and his family, and to be able to talk about it in our native language, well, that was really special,” said Gasol. In an earlier visit, he had the chance to play a game of one on one with patient Isaac.Another patient, Laci, captivated the Houston Rockets with her Rainbow Loom skills during a recent visit. By the time the team left, each player had received a handmade Rainbow Loom bracelet – all in fewer than 10 minutes.Fans can get involved with Hoops for St. Jude Week and help support the lifesaving work by following @StJude on Twitter, using the Hoops for St. Jude hashtag (#hoops4stjude), and visiting stjude.org/hoops to lend support or become a Partner in Hope.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Barack Obama Proclaims March As Red Cross Month

first_imgPresident Barack Obama has proclaimed March as Red Cross Month across the country, a tradition begun by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943.All US presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.“Over a century and a half ago, as gunfire echoed through America’s skies and division flared between North and South, a trailblazing woman, Clara Barton, braved bullets and cannon fire to deliver much-needed care, comfort, and supplies to wounded soldiers of the Civil War. Undaunted by expectations of women at the time, Clara Barton persevered, as she had her whole life, and strived to aid those who sacrificed to save our Union. Determined that humanitarianism could thrive in peace as well as in conflict, she carried her resolve overseas upon the war’s end and was introduced to a relief organization in Europe that inspired her to come home to the United States and establish the American Red Cross.”During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross is recognizing the country’s everyday heroes – those who reach out to help people in need. These are the people who: Help disaster victims get on the road to recovery. Give blood to help a hospital patient Brighten the day of an injured service member who is in a hospital far from home. Take lifesaving classes and step forward to assist someone having a heart attack or to save a drowning child.The Red Cross responds to a community disaster every eight minutes, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world. It must collect 14,000 units of blood everyday to fulfill the country’s needs. It trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills. And it supports the vaccination of children around the globe against measles and rubella.last_img read more

Vaccines 101

Queen’s University has launched an investigation into one of its instructors after students accused her of suggesting a connection between vaccines and autism during a lecture. This link was disproven years ago, but misinformation like it is still around.The World Health Organization has credited the measles vaccine with saving over 15 million lives since the year 2000. Measles isn’t treatable- and in one in 1000 cases causes potentially deadly swelling in the brain.For years it was virtually eliminated in developed countries, but according to infectious disease specialist, Dr. David Goldfarb, it’s been creeping back recently .“We’re starting to see cases including cases in people who haven’t traveled which means there’s been locally circulating measles virus.”“The woman diagnosed in Niagara wasn’t vaccinated. The number of people refusing vaccination began to rise after a small study connected the measles vaccine to autism. But that study was proven to be a fraud.”“The lead author on that publication has subsequently lost his license because of unethical practices.”The measles vaccine has been studied for decades and proven safe. Severe allergies to it are so rare- less than one in a million- that’s it’s impossible to pinpoint the vaccine as the cause of symptoms.It’s composed of a weakened form of the virus that triggers your body to build up immunity.“It causes your immune system to mount a response so that when it sees a real wild strain of the viruses, you’ll be able to protect yourself against it.”This protection is even more important as outbreaks begin in North America, and parents who grew up in a measles-free society face the reality that they and their children could be exposed. read more

Amazoncom meets tiny 2ndquarter profit expectations but revenue comes up short

Amazon.com meets tiny 2nd-quarter profit expectations but revenue comes up short SEATTLE – Online retailer Amazon.com Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings that matched Wall Street’s meagre expectations, but its revenue gains and outlook for the current quarter fell short of forecasts.Net income in the three months to June 30 came to just $7 million, or a penny per share, a drop of 96 per cent from $191 million, or 41 cents, a year ago.That matched expectations of analysts polled by FactSet, although Amazon said its profit was hurt by a $65 million loss related to its acquisition of Kiva Systems Inc., a warehouse technology company that Amazon agreed to buy in March for $775 million in cash.Revenue grew 29 per cent to $12.83 billion, short of the $12.90 billion expected by analysts.However, Amazon said that revenue was negatively impacted by currency movements to the tune of $272 million.After initially falling, shares rose $3.04, or 1.4 per cent, to $223.05 in extended trading following the release of results.Sales of digital goods like Kindle e-books, music and movies rose 13 per cent to $4.12 billion while sales of electronics and other items rose 38 per cent to $8.16 billion.The Seattle-based company said it expects third-quarter revenue to grow between 19 per cent and 31 per cent from a year ago. That amounts to sales of $12.9 billion to $14.3 billion. The midpoint is short of the $14.1 billion expected by analysts.It also forecast a third-quarter operating loss of $50 million to $350 million.Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak said the projected loss was due in part to investment in the company’s fulfilmentcentres ahead of the all-important holiday quarter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 26, 2012 5:14 pm MDT read more

Third successive record year for Rio Tinto

first_imgSolid global demand and high prices coupled with a strong operating performance in challenging conditions resulted in a third successive year of records earnings and cash flow, the chairman of Rio Tinto Paul Skinner told the annual meeting of shareholders in London today. “Our performance reflects the underlying quality of our asset portfolio which has proved robust at all points of the economic cycle,” he said. “In 2006, we achieved underlying earnings of more than $7 billion, which was 48% above 2005.“Cash flow increased by 35% to $11 billion. These results allowed us to increase and rebase the dividend by a sizeable 30%. Rio Tinto dividends have increased significantly since the dual listed merger in 1995. The aim of our progressive dividend policy is to increase the dollar value of ordinary dividends continuously over time, without cutting them in economic downturns.”Rio Tinto CEO Leigh Clifford said that the strong balance sheet allowed the company to invest heavily in growth and at the same time return capital to shareholders. “We are heading for a production capacity in Western Australia of 220 Mt/y (of iron ore) by early 2009. This is nearly double our capacity in 2003 and four times our production seven years ago. Due to continued strength in the world’s steel markets, particularly in China, we are now planning for a significant lift beyond 220 Mt. We have the resources to enable this and have teams evaluating the infrastructure requirements to achieve it.“We are very pleased with the recent progress in negotiations in Mongolia and the announcement that agreement in principle has been reached on an Investment Agreement for the development of the Oyu Tolgoi project. The agreement remains subject to approvals by the Mongolian Cabinet and Parliament, Ivanhoe and Rio Tinto, and the finalization of formal documentation. The investment in Mongolia represents a phased, risk managed entry into an outstanding resource that suits our strategy for world class deposits and is located close to the border with China, the world’s largest consumer of copper.“We are particularly encouraged by the exploration potential of Energy Resources of Australia’s uranium leases and the expansion possibilities of satellite deposits at Rossing Uranium in Namibia. Together with the potential of Kintyre in Western Australia and Sweetwater in the US, we expect to be in a position to significantly expand our uranium production capacity in the near future.”Considering the financial results, Clifford noted “2006 was another excellent year. We were able to make the most of higher prices with increased production volumes at many of our operations. With our strong balance sheet we are in a position to invest heavily in growth and at the same time return capital to shareholders.“We completed six projects, in iron ore, copper, industrial minerals and energy in 2006, approved a further four major projects, and concluded a number of transactions that will cement our future as a leading copper producer. All product groups except Energy and Diamonds increased their underlying earnings. The Copper group was our best performer accounting for approximately half of our underlying earnings. This was due to higher copper and gold prices – increases of 84% and 36% respectively – and a higher molybdenum production as an important by product.“In 2006, underlying earnings from the Energy group showed a three per cent decline. Higher coal prices were unable to offset the impact of higher demurrage and costs, following significant congestion at ports. Additionally, coking coal sales were lower. Our uranium earnings, although currently modest and also impacted by adverse weather this year, will benefit in coming years from the replacement of legacy supply contracts with new contracts that reflect today’s significantly higher price environment.“Industrial Minerals’ contribution increased by 30% to $243 million with the absence of 2005’s restructuring costs and favourable revenue and volume trends.“Rio Tinto Aluminium showed a sharp increase of 90% in its underlying earnings contribution. Earnings of $746 million resulted from an increase of 35% in the price of aluminium, somewhat offset by a weaker alumina price later in the year.“Finally, the Diamonds product group underlying earnings at $205 million were 27% lower than the previous year due to a downturn in the rough diamond market in the second half of 2006. This caused us to withhold a quantity of rough diamonds from sale during the year. Underground development continues at the Argyle Mine in Western Australia. We are beginning to see considerable cost pressures concerning materials and especially underground mining skills, as a consequence of the superheated regional economy. In Canada, construction of a second dike at the Diavik diamond mine is on schedule. Feasibility studies for underground mining are continuing.“These are buoyant times for the mining industry. We are struggling to meet demand that is fuelled by large developing economies going through a metals intensive phase of their development. Economic growth around the world, in Asia and particularly in China, has resulted in strong demand for metals and minerals. Although we see durability in this economic growth, ours is a cyclical business – even if the current cycle will be prolonged. When demand rises, supply responds. Currently, however, the supply side response is slower than in past cycles.“There is a shortage of new projects, in some respects a consequence of reduced exploration spend and new investment over the past decade. A scarcity of skilled engineers and tradesmen and increased lead times for new equipment also contribute to a slower response. This won’t change quickly. We are fortunate to operate or share in some of the largest and best mineral deposits in the world. In these strong markets, we are benefiting.“The large long life deposits we prefer also give us the optionality to increase production in line with demand – clearly an advantage in the current environment. “Consistent with our strategy was our acquisition in 2006 of interests in three large, long term copper projects: La Granja in Peru, Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia, and Pebble in Alaska. With the Resolution project in Arizona, this means Rio Tinto has a stake in four of the ten largest undeveloped copper deposits in the world. La Granja has started a pre-feasibility study. First production is at least seven years away. We have a 19.8% interest in the Pebble project in Alaska, a part of the US in which we have long operating experience and a record of responsible management. It is early days for the project, as it is expected to take about ten years to reach fruition.“While we analyse all prospects and remain alert to merger and acquisition opportunities, it is often true that the greatest value is extracted from long life projects in which we can participate from the exploration and evaluation stage. This approach has enabled us to grow steadily and our current portfolio is creating more opportunities to extend this into the future. The key factor in the implementation of our strategy is discipline: discipline in analysis and discipline in execution.“We have an encouraging array of exploration projects and once again have increased our exploration spending. In 2006, we spent $345 million, $81 million more than in 2005, reflecting increased activity and accelerated evaluation of high quality projects in the pipeline. We are doing sampling at the Bunder diamond discovery in India, and negotiations continue with the Government of Indonesia on the Sulawesi nickel project in Indonesia.“Rio Tinto has a long track record of operational excellence. This remains a priority especially in today’s buoyant market conditions. Our Group wide programme Improving performance together is permanently changing the way we run our individual operations, replicating best practice and performance across everything we do – project analysis, project development, mine planning, mining, processing and marketing. By creating a standard operating model with common systems, standards and metrics we intend to ensure that we capture the best ways of operating, and replicate them across the Group.”Turning to energy, Clifford noted the company’s “obligation to respond to climate change, contribute to the international debate and participate with others to reduce emissions. Our climate change programme is focused on identifying and addressing risks and taking advantage of opportunities.“Coal remains the most abundant low cost alternative for energy security. We believe that clean coal technology has a vital part to play in reducing carbon dioxide emissions, and we are actively participating in a number of initiatives in Australia and the US. As the second largest uranium producer in the world, with over five decades of experience in marketing and mining the mineral, we are contributing to the deliberations regarding increased nuclear power generation.“In 2006 we formed a new energy competency centre to concentrate on energy efficiency projects. We estimate that our improvement in energy efficiency reduced consumption and has saved over $110 million since 2003.last_img read more

Got what it takes to be a pillow astronaut

first_imgIF THE THOUGHT of spending 70 days in bed sounds like bliss to you, maybe you’d be interested in the latest NASA study.NASA is looking for so-called ‘pillow astronauts’ to take part in a new study where they will have to spend more than two months in bed.The Countermeasure and Functional Testing (CFT 70) will take place at their centre in Texas, and will look at head-down tilt bed rest. It’s being set up test the effectiveness of exercise on loss of muscle, bone, and cardiovascular function.Healthy astronautsNASA are working on finding ways to keep astronauts healthier and safer when they’re in space. Head-down bedrest, they say, is a good way to mimic a person travelling in space without gravity, so it means they can study people on earth to see what works and what doesn’t for astronauts.Participants won’t get to cosy up in a comfortable bed, however – they will be in a purpose-built bed, which is tilted down slight so their head is down and feet are up.They’ll have to stay that way for 24 hours a day for 70 days, without getting out of bed – except for a few limited times with specific tests.They’ll be tested on seven functional tests throughout the 70 days and the results will be measured.The exercise portion of the programme will involve exercise using special machines designed by NASA, and will include moderate intensity aerobic exercise.People who take part will spend 14 days after their 70 days lying in bed to get back to normal everyday activity.NASA are looking for participants now… if you’re curious, one ‘pillow astronaut’ has been blogging about her experiences on previous studies.Read: Frog photobombs NASA rocket lift-off>last_img read more

Does focusing on exam results have a negative impact on education

first_imgBY FOCUSING ON exam results, data and league tables we’re having a negative impact on global education, an education expert said today.At NUI Maynooth’s Education Forum, Professor Bob Lingard from the University of Queensland, Australia, said that policy makers must move away from evidence-based policy to evidence-informed policy.Exams and league tablesProf Lingard was addressing over 100 strategists, policy makers, researchers and practitioners in education who were in Maynooth to debate the theme of Transforming Curricula: Empowering Learners.He said: “The focus on achieving a narrow set of data, whether it is exam results, school league tables or third level rankings, is leading to a system which is increasingly detrimental to education.”The professor said that a vision for Irish education is required that is framed by what people see as a desirable future for the nation – socially, culturally and economically.Education data under evaluation should be expanded to include elements which will lead to a more rounded student and ultimately a better society. This data should inform policy development – but policy should not be solely based on data, which is the situation currently.He also argued that social inequality needs to be addressed by:Education policyRedistribution of funding to schools serving the poorest communitiesThrough broader public policy reforms.“In times of austerity we must focus our restricted budgets on socially disadvantaged schools and students,” said Prof Lingard.EntrepreneurshipAlso speaking at the forum was Dr Kerry Murphy Healey, President of Babson College, Massachusetts.Healey spoke about entrepreneurship, and how 20 years ago there was the belief that “you had to be born like [Steve Jobs] to be an entrepreneur, it can’t just happen because you go to school”.But Dr Healey said things have evolved significantly and now we focus on entrepreneurial thought and action.Life experience and learningProfessor Gary Granville, Professor of Education, National College of Art & Design said that education should be concerned with enhancing the life experience of the learner in the present moment.“Educators should be free to engage with the learner as a person in their own right, not as a work in progress,” he said.Prepared for work or not?Professor Emer Smyth, Research Professor and Head of Social Research Division at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) spoke about her study that said students are generally satisfied with the personal and social development they get in second level education.“However, they do not feel sufficiently prepared for the transition to third level or the labour market,” she said.They are moving from a context where students are treated as children, with little input into policy or procedures, to adult life where students are required to be completely independent, making financial and life decisions, with very little preparation for it.Professor Philip Nolan, President at NUI Maynooth said that curriculum is an increasingly problematic topic.It has become a cliché to suggest that learners need to develop the skills of analysis and critical thinking. But designing a curriculum that helps to develop those skills, and can engage the full spectrum of learners, is a much more difficult challenge.Read: Court tells department to give two children with Down syndrome maximum resource teaching hours>Read: Opinion: The CAO system can clearly be gamed, and it’s perpetuating disadvantage>last_img read more

Dissolving Clothing Tag Made From Soap Reduces Waste

first_imgPretty much every item of clothing you purchase comes with tiny paper tags, which in most cases end up in the garbage can. But what if that tag could be made into something a little more useful?A new design concept called the Melt Tag does just that, and is made with a combination of paper and soap. Since most clothing items recommend you wash them before wearing them, the Melt Tag simply makes this step easier. You throw the clothes in the wash, tag and all, and it simply melts away becoming soap.The Melt Tag recently won an award in the “green” category at the Red Dot design awards, so it’s still in the concept phase.Via GOODlast_img read more

Songs sung against the silence

first_imgAs part of the Antipodean Palette 2013, art exhibition, the Greek-Australian Cultural League will present an afternoon of bi-lingual poetic compositions in its plight to promote the written word. This program will feature select works from nine contemporary Greek Australian poets including: George Athanasiou, Monica Athanasiou, Salome Argyropoulos, Petr Malapanis, Dorothy Poulopoulos, Dean Kalimniou, Jenny Stamatelos, Dimitris Troaditis, and Paul Kiritsis. Songs Sung Against the Silence at 3:30 pm on Sunday 30 June at Steps Gallery, 62 Lygon Street, Carlton South. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Maurizio Sarri disappointed with side over match against Wolves

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is confused whether his team were ready or not to come victorious in their match against Wolves as they were beaten 2-1.The first half of the game had Ruben Loftus-Cheek give Chelsea it’s first goal which made the game appear like The Blues were on their way to victory but the host doubles up effort and struck back early in the second half. Raul Jimenez and Jota scored fantastic goals respectively that gave Wolves the victory.Reacting on the game which has brought his side ten points behind the leaders Manchester City in the title race, Sarri told BBC Sport as quoted in Team Talk:“Of course I am disappointed. We played very well in the first half. We could have killed the game.”Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“Suddenly we conceded a goal and we were the same team on the pitch. It’s very difficult for me to understand why. There was time for winning the match. I can’t understand the reaction.”“I don’t know [whether we should have had a penalty]. In the first 10 minutes of the second half we had five goal opportunities. I don’t want to discuss only one possible penalty.”“We played very well for 55 minutes and then suddenly we were another team.”“In Italy [with Napoli] I lost the championship with 91 points. So I know every match you have to gain points and points and points.”last_img read more

Reus You wont see me playing at Bayern Munich I promise

first_imgBorussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus reiterated his commitment to the club and assured everyone that they will never see him in a Bayern Munich jerseyBVB have an unfortunate history for selling their best players to rival clubs with star duo Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels leaving for Bayern in recent years, while Mario Gotze rejoined them in 2016 following a three-year spell at the Bundesliga champions.But Reus, who performances this season have earned him three Player of the Month awards this term, announced he will not be following in the footsteps of his former teammates.“You won’t see me playing at Bayern, I promise,” Reus told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.“Also I’m nearly 30 years old and they want to rejuvenate their squad.”In his new attacking midfield role, Reus has played a vital role in Dortmund’s stunning campaign this season with his 11 goals and five assists helping the club establish a six-point lead over Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga table.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.And the 29-year-old is well aware that BVB are in a great position to end Bayern’s six-season dominance in Germany and claim a first league title for themselves since 2012 in the process.“It’s in our hands, we have to take each game like the first of the season and then we’ll have a chance,” said Reus.The 29-year-old missed Dortmund’s 1-0 win at RB Leipzig over the weekend after sustaining a knock in training on Friday, but will likely return to action this week.Since rejoining his boyhood club from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012 in a €17.1m deal, Reus has managed a total of 110 goals and 69 assists in 228 appearances across all competitions for Dortmund.The Germany international has won the DFB-Pokal and two DFL-Supercups at Signal Iduna Park and reached the Champions League final in 2013, which Dortmund lost narrowly lost 2-1 to Bayern at Wembley.last_img read more

Oregon jobs drew 59K Clark County residents in 2011

first_imgA new Oregon Employment Department report on that state’s non-resident workforce notes that nearly 99,000 of its workers are residents of other states, with well over half of those workers flowing into the state from Clark County.Oregon’s non-resident workforce in 2011 — the most recent year for which numbers are available — included 59,102 jobs in Oregon held by workers who lived in Clark County, according to Nick Beleiciks, the Oregon employment economist who was one of the report’s authors. Washington overall contributed 80,910 of Oregon’s out-of-state workers, with second-place Idaho sending just 6,501 workers to Oregon in 2011, according to the report released Monday.The huge number of commuters from Clark County to Portland is “a reminder of how integrated the two economies are,” Beleiciks said.Employment-wise, as any commuter can attest, it’s largely a one-way street: just 14,482 jobs in Clark County in 2011 were held by Oregon residents, the economist said.The large commuter flow has obvious social, economic and tax implications on both sides of the Columbia. With regard to taxes, the personal income tax liability to Oregon by non-resident workers was $350 million in 2011, or 7 percent of the state’s total income tax liability, which is the state’s largest source of general fund revenue, the report said. Some $208 million of that total came from Washington residents.“In fact, Clark County would rank eighth among Oregon counties for Oregon personal tax liability (if it were in Oregon),” the report said.Statistically, however, the large influx of non-resident workers reflects poorly on Oregon. The state’s per capita personal income in 2013 was $40,233, which is about 90 percent of the national average of $44,543. Out-of-state workers generated $3.2 billion in earnings that are not reflected in Oregon’s per capita income number, since it counted as income in the states where the workers reside.last_img read more

Germany to welcome two giant pandas

first_imgTwo long-awaited giant pandas from China will arrive in Germany in two weeks time, with Berlin rolling out the red carpet for the furry ambassadors’ arrival.The two new residents, Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, will fly into Berlin on a special Lufthansa cargo plane on June 24, accompanied by two Chinese vets, Berlin zoo’s chief vet, and a tonne of bamboo.The pandas will be served “bamboo snacks” and water, and their transport box kept dry and odourless with absorbent mats during the 12 hour and 20 minute-long flight.Meng Meng means “dream” in Chinese while the zoo says Jiao Qing translates to “darling”, although the Chinese characters are a composite of “tender” and “festive”.Ahead of their arrival, Berlin zoo, the bears’ new home, has built a 1,000 metre square (10,700 square feet) enclosure, which includes a wooded climbing area.The zoo will also pay a million dollars a year (920,000 euros) for the 15-year contract to host the pair, with most of the funds going towards a breeding research programme in China and the protection of pandas in their natural habitat.Chancellor Angela Merkel previously announced that Germany was in talks with Beijing to bring a pair of the rare bears to Berlin during a visit to China in 2015Famed for its “panda diplomacy”, China has sent its unofficial national mascot to only around a dozen countries, to signal their healthy ties with Beijing.After a period of acclimatisation in their new Berlin home, Meng Meng and Jiao Qing are expected to presented to the public.As Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to travel to Germany to attend the G20 summit on July 7 and 8, German media has speculated that he and Merkel may jointly unveil the cuddly bears on July 5.China has previously gifted three pandas to Germany, but the last one, 34-year-old Bao Bao, died in Berlin in 2012 — he had been the oldest male panda in the world.Fewer than 2,000 giant pandas are estimated to remain in the wild, in three provinces in south-central China.last_img read more

EC decides not to defer polls

first_imgelection commissionThere is no scope of deferring the polls schedule and the 11th parliamentary election will be held on 30 December, election commission (EC) secretary Helaluddin Ahmed on Thursday said.“The EC has taken the decision not to defer the polls schedule after thoroughly analysing the demand of Oikya Front for deferring the election by three weeks. The demand is not logical and realistic,” he said at a press briefing at the media center of Nirbachan Bhaban in city’s Agargaon.Earlier, a meeting of the commission was held with chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda in the chair.Election commissioners Mahbub Talukder, Md Rafiqul Islam, Begum Kabita Khanam and retired brigadier general Shahdat Hossain and EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed were present in the meeting.The EC secretary said, “The meeting analised the demand of the Oikya Front. There are some laws and constitutional issues. We need time to resolve the issues such as by-elections, publishing gazette and oath taking ceremony of the newly elected lawmakers.”Besides, the Biswa Ijtema will be held in second and third weeks of January where thousands of devotees will participate and a good number of law enforcers will be deployed, Ahmed said, adding, “So that there is no scope of deferring the polls schedule.”About the foreign observers, the EC secretary said, “We always welcome the observers.”last_img read more

Bowser Taps Kenner for Planning and Economic Development

first_imgBrian Kenner presently is the city manager for Takoma Park, Md.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has selected a veteran District government employee and administrative leader of a nearby municipality to be the city’s next deputy mayor for planning and economic development.Brian Kenner, the Takoma Park, Md. city manager and a former chief operating officer for the Office of Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (PED), has been tapped by the mayor to lead his former agency. Bowser said Kenner will be her point person to implement her vision of the District’s economic development.“Making housing more affordable and creating more good-paying jobs are my priorities as mayor,” Bowser, who announced her choice on Jan. 8, said. “Brian will hit the ground running and lead my administration’s efforts on both of those fronts. Together, we will grow the economy and deliver a fresh start for all Washingtonians.”Kenner said that he was excited to be a part of Bowser’s team. “Economic development and job creation are driving forces of the District’s economy and I am thrilled to return to this vibrant and diverse city,” Kenner said. “My job on day one is to provide residents and businesses the top notch quality of services they deserve and expect from a world-class city.”PED is the chief agency charged with executing the mayor’s vision of economic development strategy. The agency focuses on business attraction and retention, neighborhood revitalization and job creation with government coordination.Victor Hoskins led PED during much of the previous administration and is credited for pushing projects such as The Shops at Dakota Crossing, CityCenterDC, the City Market at O Street, St. Elizabeths East, and the Skyland Town Center. Hoskins, now the economic development director for Arlington, Va., played a key role in the economic and population growth of such areas as NoMa, H Street., N.E., Petworth, and Historic Anacostia.Kenner worked for Hoskins in the Gray and Fenty administrations, and was the leader in Walter Reed Army Medical Center site project. During his professional career, Kenner has worked at Fannie Mae as a senior fund manager of the Community Investment Group; served as vice president of the Public Institutions Group at public-private entity Jones Lang LaSalle; been a manager of the Government Real Estate Advisory Services Consulting Practice at Ernest & Young and was selected as a presidential management fellow for the federal government.Kenner holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.In June 2013, Kenner left PED to become Takoma Park’s city manager. The position is the first in his career where he is in charge of a municipality on a daily basis. Kenner pushed initiatives in Takoma Park such as restricting the use of lawn pesticides and banning the use of polystyrene food containers. He also hired the city’s first sustainability manager and solicited proposals to redevelop a city-owned parcel in the Takoma junction section of the city.Takoma Park Mayor Bruce Williams praised Kenner’s tenure. “Brian has done a great job in Takoma Park,” Williams said. “He engaged with the community right away  and he improved many aspects of our operations. We’ll miss him, but we’re in a strong position to tackle the issues we face in the coming months and years.”Kenner will leave Takoma Park on Jan. 31. Andre Byers, a project manager for PED, is happy to see Kenner back at his former agency. “Brian has intimate knowledge of the culture of the agency,” Byers said. “He will be competent in dealing with the D.C. council and the community and understands pure economic development. He has the personal and financial skill sets to manage the agency.”Byers said that Bowser “could not have selected a better person.”“He will do a great job,” he said.Before assuming his duties, Kenner must be confirmed by the D.C. Council. A spokesman for D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said Kenner’s confirmation hearings had not been scheduled by AFRO deadline.last_img read more

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The LightSpeed VCT XTe advances clinical capability for cardiac imaging with: – A new method of choice for cardiac imaging, SnapShot Pulse, reduces radiation dose by up to 83 percent. – Exclusive ASIR Iterative Reconstruction technology that allows for up to 40 percent dose reduction for both retrospectively gated helical and prospectively gated axial exams. – Real time scan control improves scan reliability in the case of unexpected arrhythmias. Existing VCT customers can now take advantage of these new HD technologies by upgrading their systems with new applications and lowering dose to prepare their cardiac departments for tomorrow’s challenges.For more information: www.gehealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Videos | Computed Tomography (CT) | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: New Advances in CT Imaging Technology Cynthia McColl… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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