Nigeria Player Ratings vs. Algeria

first_imgGallery Nigeria Player Ratings vs. Algeria 20:47 11/11/17 Comments(0) 1/15 Nigeria Player Ratings vs. Algeria Super Eagles Getty Nigeria training Tolu Olasoji Full screen 1 of 15 Share Close How did each of the Super Eagles fare in Friday evening’s 1-1 day with the Desert Foxes? FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Gallery Algeria v Nigeria Nigeria Algeria WC Qualification Africa Opinionlast_img

Neville influenced by Ferguson – Ellis

first_imgUnited States coach Jill Ellis believes playing under Manchester United great Alex Ferguson has rubbed off on her England counterpart Phil Neville.The Lionesses are one step away from reaching their first Women’s World Cup final in France having advanced to a semi-final date with the U.S.  in Neville’s maiden major tournament in charge.Neville had never managed a senior male or female team prior to landing the England job in January 2018, but he is quickly earning admirers thanks to the Lionesses’ run. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Ellis is not surprised by the success Neville has enjoyed in the past, pointing to a decorated playing career where he won 10 major trophies at Manchester United with Ferguson in charge.”A lot of us are products of our environments and obviously he had a pretty good mentor there for a while,” Ellis said at a news conference to preview Tuesday’s last-four clash with England in Lyon.”I’m not surprised [by Neville’s success]. In terms of managing a team, I think the team has made strides, you can see they’re playing hard, bought into what he wants them to do, I think he’s done a really good job.”I haven’t seen Phil on the inside so I can’t speak to what he’s like in front of his team. My interactions have been purely professional, he conducts himself in a great way. I enjoyed our sideline conversations – he seems like a really genuine person.”As it relates to Sir Alex, I grew up a Man United fan so I can’t speak enough about him as a manager, [he] brought the best out of his players, was ruthless at times.”In that regard, having probably been around Sir Alex at an internal level… everybody affects us, everybody influences us, you take a little bit of that away.”Some things you like, some things you don’t. In our lives we’re all affected by people we come in contact with so I’m sure that’s had the same effect.”The semi-finals are coming. And we can’t wait. #Lionesses— Lionesses (@Lionesses) June 30, 2019Ellis can also list Ferguson as an inspiration, albeit her meeting with the Scot at an awards ceremony was far briefer.Born in England, Ellis grew up a fan of Premier League giants United and said it was natural a great like Ferguson would also influence her. “[He was] super gracious, charming, nice,” she added of the Scot. “It was a brief interaction but I’ve read his books and being a young Man United fan back in the day, I was all in!”I think for me I’ve had a lot of different influences in my life. I’m a sum of all the parts. I think I’m authentic in who I am but I definitely think you grow and you learn from watching and speaking to other people in terms of the experiences you have.”last_img read more

Denmark Open: PV Sindhu enters pre-quarters, Parupalli Kashyap crashes out in 1st round

first_img Next India Today Web Desk OdenseOctober 15, 2019UPDATED: October 15, 2019 16:09 IST PV Sindhu advanced to pre-quarters at Denmark Open. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu defeated Gregoria Tunjung 22-20, 21-18 in 1st round at Denmark OpenSindhu has not won a BWF World Tour title this seasonParupalli Kashyap lost 13-21, 12-21 to Thailand’s Sitthikom Thammasin in 1st roundWorld Champion PV Sindhu defeated Gregoria Tunjung of Indonesia in a close encounter to enter women’s singles pre-quarterfinals at the USD 775,000 Denmark Open on Tuesday.Sindhu, seeded 5th at the tournament, overcame her unseeded opponent 22-20, 21-18 in the opening round to keep herself alive in the bid to win her first BWF World Tour title this season.After deafeating Gregoria Tunjung, Sindhu now has a 6-0 head-to-head record against the world number 16.After claiming the World Championships crown in August this year, Sindhu had suffered surprise first and second round exits at the China Open and Korea Open last month, respectively.Earlier in the day, Parupalli Kashyap lost 13-21, 12-21 to Thailand’s Sitthikom Thammasin to bow out in the first round. Last month, Kashyap had reached the semi-final of the Korea Open but suffered a straight-game defeat to world No.1 and 2-time world champion Kento Momota.Another stiff test awaits struggling SainaWorld No 8 Saina Nehwal will be in action at the Denmark Open on Wednesday. The Indian has been going through a tough phase with fitness issues hindering her progress since claiming the Indonesia Masters in January.The London Olympic bronze medallist, who was diagnosed with agastroenteritis problem in March, made first-round exits at China and Korea and she aim to get deep into the draw.A finalist at the last edition, Saina, seeded 8th, is up against World No 12 from Japan Sayaka Takahashi, who had defeated the Indian the last time they meet at the Thailand Open in August.advertisementAlso Read | PV Sindhu looks to regain form at Denmark Open 2019Also Read | Korea Open: Indian challenge ends as Parupalli Kashyap loses semi-final vs Kento MomotaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Denmark Open: PV Sindhu enters pre-quarters, Parupalli Kashyap crashes out in 1st roundPV Sindhu defeated Gregoria Tunjung of Indonesia 22-20, 21-18 in the opening round to enter women’s singles pre-quarterfinals at the Denmark Open.advertisementlast_img read more

Coffee Farmers Looking to Boost Demand

first_imgStory Highlights “We would like to expand the coffee industry so that the pharmaceutical industry, the beauty and cosmetic sector and gastronomy will look to the hills of East Rural St. Andrew as the source of sustenance,” she said. Mrs. Holness was speaking at the press launch of the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on January 23. Member of Parliament for East Rural St. Andrew, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, says coffee farmers in the area are looking at various options to expand the industry. Member of Parliament for East Rural St. Andrew, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, says coffee farmers in the area are looking at various options to expand the industry.She noted that there is understanding among the farmers that “beans alone will not cut it and they have to explore various options for the product”.“We would like to expand the coffee industry so that the pharmaceutical industry, the beauty and cosmetic sector and gastronomy will look to the hills of East Rural St. Andrew as the source of sustenance,” she said.“We’re (also) expanding knowledge around the use of intellectual property safeguards, so that our associated brand and its value are not lost in the process,” she added.Mrs. Holness was speaking at the press launch of the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on January 23.The three-day event, from March 23 to 25, will be held at the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) training ground in Newcastle.Mrs. Holness noted that the farmers of East Rural St. Andrew, where a large amount of coffee is cultivated, are looking forward to the event.“The farmers are serious about the reputation of the Jamaican coffee, the taste of our coffee and the sustainability of our coffee for our people,” she added.Meanwhile, Chairman of the Jamaica Coffee Exporters Association (JCEA), Norman Grant, said his organisation views the festival as very timely and as a perfect fit for the expansion of the industry.He said statistics from the Coffee Industry Board (CIB) indicate that the local industry was estimated to value between US$50 million and US$60 million in 2017.He commended the Ministry of Tourism, as well as the Linkages Network, for “taking on this project so we can share this superb coffee story that began in (Jamaica) in 1728”.“It will be our task (JCEA) to pursue market development and diversification, product expansion and proliferation, as well as brand development and positioning, to proudly take the world’s best coffee, the Jamaica Blue Mountain… (globally),” he said.During the coffee festival launch, Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, presented Mrs. Holness with a 2017 Report on The Development of the Berry Industry in Jamaica.Mrs. Holness, in turn, presented the Tourism Minister with a box of strawberries from farmers in her constituency.The coffee festival is expected to bring together local and international coffee connoisseurs, coffee suppliers, foodies and other interested parties.The main target markets are local and regional, with emphasis on the Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados. At the international level, emphasis will be placed on the United States, United Kingdom, Europe and Canada.Among the festivals features are business development workshops for farmers and a culinary trail.Other stakeholders in the staging of the event include the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority. (RADA).last_img read more

Kew Media Buys Cardinal Producer Sienna Film

first_imgAcquisitive investment group Kew Media is buying film and TV production company Sienna Films.Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny’s Toronto-based Sienna makes “Cardinal,” which is on CTV in Canada, Hulu in the U.S., and BBC Four in the U.K. Its other TV credits include “Ransom” and “Combat Hospital.” On the film side, it has teed up Canada-Ireland co-production “Sweetness in the Belly,” an adaptation of the Camilla Gibb novel that goes into production next March.READ MORE Twitter Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Login/Register With: Advertisement CREDIT: COURTESY OF BBClast_img read more

MoroccoRussia Forum kicked off

Fez-  Mr. Moulay Hafid Alami, Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Digital Economy, is chairing the Moroccan ministerial delegation participating in the Morocco-Russia Forum on Tuesday.  This forum is organized by the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Trade in partnership with the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises under the theme “Morocco is a strategic partner for Russia.” The Forum, attended by 120 Moroccan businessmen, four Ministers, and the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises, aims at boosting economic ties between Morocco and Russia and promoting Moroccan business and investments opportunities. It also seeks to restore a trade balance between the two countries and pave the way for the promotion of Moroccan exports, mainly food industry products.  During the opening session on Tuesday, Mr. Moulay Hafid Alami highlighted the ongoing economic development and investment opportunities in Morocco and the prospects of bilateral cooperation and partnership with Russia to consolidate rapprochement between the two countries. A number of agreements are expected to be signed between the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises and the Russian Chamber of Commerce. The Forum will organize two workshops on sectors such as financial services, agriculture, fishing, minerals, tourism and logistics, and others. Morocco is Russia’s largest trading partner in Africa and the Arab world. According to the European Commission, in 2012 Russia was Morocco’s fifth largest trading partner, after the EU, the US, China, and Saudi Arabia. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

US resident in Saudi gets 5 years in jail for killing Sri

A US resident in Saudi Arabia, convicted of killing his Sri Lankan wife, has been sentenced to five years in jail, Arab News reported.He is said to have hidden her body for eight months in a tube inside a pipe designed to detect gas in the Al-Kharj desert. Laborers at one of the major oil companies found the decomposed body inside the pipe located in their work area. That area is supervised by a US agent, married to a Sri Lankan woman, who had disappeared. One of the workers said the supervisor asked him to burn or bury the body, but he refused and asked him to inform the police.Another laborer told investigators that he had been asked to weld the pipe and then throw it in a well.The convict acknowledged that the body was his wife’s, but denied accusations in the workers’ testimonies. The workers immediately reported the matter to the supervisor who was supposed to report it to the company’s officials. But he was late in reporting the body for two hours, something that prompted the police to investigate the matter. The body turned out to be his wife’s. The sons of the woman from a previous marriage rejected the verdict, demanding execution of the murderer.They said, based on the witnesses’ testimony and the evidence, it looks like a deliberate murder. (Colombo Gazette) read more

New Burundian transitional government defining moment in history Annan

“The installation of the transitional government is a significant step forward,” the Secretary-General said in a message marking the occasion. On Mr. Annan’s behalf, the message was delivered in the capital, Bujumbura, by Berhanu Dinka, who is the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the Great Lakes Region and Chairman of the Implementation Monitoring Committee.”All of us are hopeful that this will usher in a new era in which the country’s governance is informed by Africa’s traditional values of tolerance and solidarity, and based on a constitutional framework that will accommodate diversity, engender mutual trust, and guarantee durable peace with justice and security for all,” Mr. Annan said. “All communities in Burundi must make a conscious, sustained commitment to live at peace with each other.” The Secretary-General congratulated President Pierre Buyoya and Vice-President Domitien Ndayizeye, and all the other members of the transitional institutions, wishing them “every success in the challenging days ahead.” He also praised the Facilitator of the peace process, Madiba Nelson Mandela, the leaders of the region, and the Burundian parties, for their initiative and relentless efforts to make the day possible.Noting that the people of Burundi have suffered immensely, Mr. Annan said alleviating their plight and moving the country towards reconstruction and development must now be the priority. He also pledged the UN’s commitment to support the Government and people of Burundi in their ongoing quest for durable peace, recalling that just three days ago the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing efforts to support implementation of the Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement negotiated by Mr. Mandela and former Tanzanian President Julius K. Nyerere.”The momentum generated by this occasion also offers an opportunity to address the principal outstanding issue – the ceasefire,” Mr. Annan said, calling on the two armed groups to forsake violence and to join the peace process without further delay. read more

WestJet celebrates 20 years in the air

by Mike Tarasko Posted Feb 29, 2016 7:09 am MDT Courtesy: Wikipedia WestJet celebrates 20 years in the air It’s a big day for Calgary-based WestJet.The airline is celebrating its 20th birthday, and they’ll have a special guest on hand.Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau will be at the celebrations which will include a birthday ceremony, cake and speeches.The day will include 500 WestJet employees and a uniform fashion show as well. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

African leaders at UN discuss efforts to ensure vibrant private sector transparent

Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Raymond Tshibanda N’tungamulongo, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. UN Photo/Manuel Elias Prime Minister Patrice Emery Trovoada of Sao Tome and Principe addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak In his remarks, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Morocco, Salaheddine Mezouar, noted that his country will host the next Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 22) in Marrakech in November. Having already filed ratification instrument for the Paris Agreement, Morocco invited States to speed up their own procedures for the accord to enter into force as soon as possible. “The success of the implementation of the Paris Agreement is linked to the availability of financial resources,” Mr. Mezouar stressed, and the next Conference of Stated Parties will be “a key event in the framework of the accords implementation and in promoting solutions for sustainable development.” It will also be an entry point for developing countries to draw attention to their struggles to combat the threat of climate change. On other issues, he recalled that his country has adopted a clear stance on the fight against terrorism, in all its forms, as well as to disrupt its funding sources. He added that Morocco has established a close multidisciplinary strategy the United Nations, including in addressing the phenomenon of foreign fighters. Morocco has also helped other countries with the training of imams “in the principle of tolerance.” Also addressing the Assembly, Patrice Emery Trovoada, Prime Minister of Sao Tome and Principe said that rising tensions due to both ancient and fresh conflicts and mass population movements are largely being stoked by populism. Moreover, at a time when the treatment of refugees fleeing hunger or war or both faces the rise of populism and extremism, rich democracies seem to be providing “fake answers to real problems,” making them even more complex, stigmatizing and isolating our fellow human beings with simplistic slogans and increasing divisions between peoples, civilizations and cultures.” The United Nations, particularly the Security Council, must finally settle the conflicts that fuel terrorism, the disappearance of States and despair of the people. With this in mind, his country is awaiting the urgent adoption of a draft general convention on terrorism. Indeed, tackling war and terrorism required joint action to bring an end to conflicts, including in Syria, and the emergence of terrorist groups in the Sahel.Closer to home, he said that Sao Tome and Principe has been undertaking its responsibility to achieve sustainable development, but it is up to the developed countries at the same time to live up their commitments made through the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the Paris Agreement.”The universal impulse to change the world” will be possible mainly through financial mobilization. This windfall will be able to, among others, electrify the continent, irrigate fields, combat endemic disease and hunger, and to promote vocational training,” he explained.The United Nations is a vehicle for promoting broader development and ensuring respect for different cultures and forms of development, he said, adding at the same time that the UN must carry out reforms in order to meet the challenges of the day, especially in the Security Council. Among the African leaders taking the podium at the United Nations General Assembly today, Guinea’s President stressed that Africa needs deep structural transformations and a vibrant private sector to reduce vulnerability and build up the continent’s resilience.President Alpha Condé welcomed the theme of the current Assembly session, ‘The Sustainable Development Goals: A Universal Push to Transform our World,’ expressing hope that this annual debate by world leaders who gathered at UN Headquarters would “lead to the creation of necessary foundations” for such transformation.He said that Africa – the continent with the world’s youngest population and some of its most vulnerable countries – requires particular attention in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Public policies must integrate the needs of the most vulnerable, youth and women in particular, in order to enable them to realize their full potential, he said. Partnerships and financing are equally needed to accelerate growth.Sustainable access to energy is another challenge to Africa, he continued, pointing out that 700 million Africans lack access to electricity. A robust plan for the continent’s electrification is needed within the framework of the Paris Agreement on climate change. With that in mind, he called upon the international community, global financial institutions in particular, to work with the continent to help build a strong Africa. At the same time, he said, Guinea is proud of its contribution to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), notably its deployment of a battalion of 850 men to Kidal. Guinea has paid a heavy price with the loss of nine soldiers in less than one year, he said, emphasizing that much must be done to ensure Mali’s sovereignty and improve its capability to prevent future attacks.Turning to the Ebola outbreak, he cautioned that, while the victory in ending the outbreak was something for all to celebrate, the road ahead is long. The disease has undermined all economic activities in Guinea and made women and young people especially vulnerable. He expressed gratitude to all partners that have allowed Guinea, as well as Liberia and Sierra Leone, to re-engage quickly on the road to sustainable development. For his part, Raymond Tshibanda N’tungamulongo, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, said his country has decided to integrate the 2030 Agenda into its national development plans to ensure that its policies are coherent. It has put together a five-year plan for the period 2017-2021, during which priority would be given to improving human capital, requiring close cooperation between various development partners to guarantee strong economic growth and also, more importantly, to be inclusive. Specific attention would be given to the needs of young people and women, in terms of their education, training and job prospects. Further, the country has entered a crucial phase of decentralization to ensure that all provinces have their own local authorities and can carry out their own elections. This process will continue with the upcoming presidential polls. In spite of delays, those polls “will definitely be conducted” by the National Independent Electoral Commission as soon as technical conditions allow.He went on to tell the Assembly that ahead of the presidential elections, consultations were held two weeks ago among representatives of the presidential majority, civil society and the opposition. “The right to elect and be elected is a fundamental right for all Congolese people […] the challenge is to make sure that voting registry is reliable and inclusive.”Throughout the current political national dialogue and the process of resolving disputes towards holding the elections, “any recourse to violence should be strongly condemned and perpetrators punished.” read more

Nikolaj Markussen from Skjern to BjerringbroSilkeborg

← Previous Story Dmitri Torgovanov is new Russian head-coach! Next Story → 3rd DANAON Cup in Argolis – The “Land of Myth” calling handball Europe One of the Danish best shooters Nikolaj Markussen (27) signed two years contract with Bjerringbro-Silkeborg. Ambitious domestic squad attracted 211 cm tall left back who had huge international experience with BM Atletico Madrid and Qatari team El Jaish.Markussen was the biggest star in the first victory of his Skjern in EHF Cup Group against RK Vojvodina in Novi Sad 25:23.“Bjerringbro-Silkeborg is a great club with a really good coach and a strong squad. It’s a team that plays at a very high level, and they have also shown this season with their third place despite their many injuries. Can we get a season without injuries next year, I think it looks very exciting, “says Nikolaj Markussen about his future club.PHOTO: Bjerringbro-Silkeborg bjerringbro-silkeborgNikolaj Markussen read more

Prolife group condemns attack on office as grotesque and vile

first_imgEXCREMENT WAS SMEARED on the door, locks and shutters of the Youth Defence office in an attack they have described as “grotesque and vile”.The faeces was used to stick photos and news clippings of Savita Halappanavar to the outside of the building on Capel Street in Dublin.They say the incident, which happened late on Tuesday night, is now being investigated by the Gardaí.Clare Molloy of Youth Defence has blamed abortion campaigners for the office attack and said they are ‘truly disgusting’ and they have now reached a new low. “This behaviour is beneath contempt, and I am saddened that such naked aggression and hatred is being displayed by abortion campaigners.”(Image: Youth Defence)Niamh Uí Bhriain of Life Institute said: “It’s so enormously disrespectful and insulting to Savita’s memory. How they think this will further their cause is beyond anyone’s understanding.”However, Sarah Malone of the Abortion Rights Campaign said whoever did this had no affiliation to their group and there are better ways to get involved in the debate.“Savita died because of the laws in this country and that needs to be highlighted but not in this way,” Malone added.A garda spokesperson told they were investigating criminal damage at the office which happened at around 10.10pm on Tuesday night. They said they are currently going through CCTV footage for more information.Read: Pro Life opinion poll shows 3 in 4 are against abortion >last_img read more

Bernd Leno has joined Arsenal in €192 million deal

first_imgBayer Leverkusen has sold goalkeeper Bernd Leno to Arsenal for around €19 million, completing Unai Emery’s second major signing as manager.The 26-year-old German international Leno has arrived on a contract that should keep him at the Emirates until 2023, making him the long-term replacement for current number one Petr Cech, reports Four-Four-Two. Emery was delighted after unveiling his latest acquisition, saying: “We are very pleased that Bernd Leno will be joining us,”“Bernd is a goalkeeper of high quality and experience. We are all excited that Bernd has chosen Arsenal and look forward to start working with him in pre-season.” 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.Welcome to Arsenal, @Bernd_Leno – we’re delighted to have you here ?#HeyLeno— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) June 19, 2018Leno was a major part of the Leverkusen squad that achieved a 5th place finish in the Bundesliga last year and he has won 6 caps for his country to date – though unfortunately, he did not make Joachim Lowes final squad for the World Cup.After the purchase of Stephan Lichtsteiner last month, Emery has managed to further enhance his options defensively with the signing of Leno, as his new look Arsenal side begins to take shape.last_img read more

30 find work through Herrera Beutlers job fair

first_imgThirty of 1,700 job seekers were hired after attending a Vancouver job fair last month organized by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas.And although jobs went to just 1.8 percent of candidates, the congresswoman said she plans to hold more job fairs in the future, according to a written statement issued Tuesday. Interviews were granted to 217 job seekers, or 12.8 percent of the people who showed up and waited in line to file past the 70 prospective employers that participated. The event was held at the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay on Sept. 28. By contrast, New Seasons Market hired 6.9 percent, or 107, of the 1,600 applicants who attended a Sept. 23 event to staff the Portland-based organic grocer’s new Vancouver store, opening in November.Approximately 21,980 Clark County residents were unemployed and looking for work in August, the most recent figures issued by the Washington state Employment Security Department.Experts say the odds are slim of finding employment through a job fair, according to an Associated Press article published this month.Job fairs scored lowest in a survey of human resources executives asked about job-search methods in 2009. Many employers said few of the people who show up at job fairs have the specific skills they’re looking for.That wasn’t the case for at least one employer who participated in Herrera Beutler’s job fair, according to a written statement issued by Herrera Beutler’s office.last_img read more

Alaskan Appointed To Top Position At Interior Department

first_imgThe leased lands are not only close to the pipeline, but allow companies to tap into two new prospects, the Nanushuk and Torok formations. Alaska Bureau of Land Management associate state director Ted Murphy pointed out that it is important to note that the further west you travel in the NPR-A the less infrastructure there is to support development. All of the leases sold adjoin current leases. Balash, who served as served as chief of staff to Senator Dan Sullivan and Natural Resources Commissioner under Governor Sean Parnell, had previously fought for an Alaska-led plan to allow modern seismic studies in ANWR. T ConocoPhillips and Anadarko, jointly bid on a total of about 80,000 acres, building upon the new Willow oil discovery made within NPR-A, and announced a year ago. During Balash’s tenure, the state filed a claim requesting the transfer of 20,000 acres in ANWR from the federal government to the state of Alaska. The BLM rejected the claim, and now Balash could have the power to overturn such a decision. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The U.S. Senate confirmed Alaskan Joe Balash to a top position at the Interior Department on Thursday, serving as assistant secretary for land and minerals management under Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. While only seven of the 900 leases offered in the NPR-A were sold, causing strong discussion on the value of opening less accessible ANWR, it’s important to recognize that the short window between the announcement that the properties would be available and the actual lease offered minimal opportunity for planning and resource allocation for the bidders. During Balash’s Senate confirmation hearing, he pledged to work on speeding permits and allowing responsible drilling and mining, and improve recreational access to federal lands. Story as aired: read more

YouTube to ban supremacist and hoax videos in tougher hate speech policy

first_img Comments 13:29 YouTube also said Wednesday it would remove channels that “brush up” against its hate speech rules — but don’t necessarily break them — from its YouTube Partner Program, which lets creators run ads on their channel and use other monetization features. For other “borderline” content, YouTube said it would reduce the reach of the video and surround it by more authoritative content, like putting a video on the topic from a trusted news source in the “Watch next” panel.YouTube hasn’t banned Crowder’s channel, but later Wednesday said it would suspend its monetization. “We came to this decision because a pattern of egregious actions has harmed the broader community and is against our YouTube Partner Program policies,” the company tweeted. However, the company said in a follow-up tweet that Crowder would be able to monetize his channel again if he addressed certain issues, including removing a link from the video selling his T-shirts and merchandise. YouTube didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about what else would need to be fixed. The new hate speech policy also comes as platforms like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter face intense scrutiny for their ability to police the content on their platforms. Facebook in March announced it was banning white nationalist and separatist content. But it has also faced blowback for its decision to leave up a video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that had been doctored to make her appear drunk. (YouTube decided the video was inappropriate and removed it from its service.)YouTube also said it has partnered with lawmakers and other organizations to help combat the spread of extremism on its service. On Wednesday, one of those partners, the Anti-Defamation League, applauded the new policy by YouTube but called on the company to do more. “We were glad to share our expertise on this and look forward to continuing to provide input,” Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL’s CEO and national director, said in a statement. “While this is an important step forward, this move alone is insufficient and must be followed by many more changes from YouTube and other tech companies to adequately counter the scourge of online hate and extremism.” Now playing: Watch this: What Facebook and Google say they’re doing to combat… Google Alphabet Inc. Tags Tech Industry 21 YouTube is axing videos that push extremist views or deny events like the Holocaust. Getty YouTube on Wednesday said it’s removing videos that push extremist views like white supremacy or deny events like the Holocaust or Sandy Hook shooting. The new policy is an attempt to crack down on hate speech on the Google-owned video service. The new rules prohibit any video “alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.”YouTube didn’t specifically say which channels or videos it’s removing. The company has drawn criticism for how it enforces its policies and its decision-making process when it comes to leaving up videos that some deem hateful.The update follows a controversy Tuesday evening, when YouTube refused to take down the channel of a prominent conservative personality named Stephen Crowder for using homophobic slurs against journalist Carlos Maza, a writer and video host at Vox. Maza, who is gay, created a supercut of Crowder calling him a “lispy sprite” and “little queer.”YouTube said Crowder’s videos didn’t violate the site’s rules. “Our teams spent the last few days conducting an in-depth review of the videos flagged to us, and while we found language that was clearly hurtful, the videos as posted don’t violate our policies,” the company said in a series of tweets Tuesday night. “Opinions can be deeply offensive, but if they don’t violate our policies, they’ll remain on our site.” Share your voice (2/4) Our teams spent the last few days conducting an in-depth review of the videos flagged to us, and while we found language that was clearly hurtful, the videos as posted don’t violate our policies. We’ve included more info below to explain this decision:— TeamYouTube (@TeamYouTube) June 4, 2019 Originally published June 5, 9:54 a.m. PT.Update, 12:03 p.m. PT: Adds news that YouTube suspended monetization of Crowder’s channel; 1 p.m. PT and 2:06 p.m. PT: Adds YouTube’s followup statements about Crowder’s demonetization.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly June 20 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn. Listen now:Convicted Killer Joshua Wade Claims Responsibility for 3 Additional MurdersJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageThe Anchorage Police Department and FBI are investigating claims by convicted Anchorage killer Joshua Wade that he is responsible for three additional murders.Family of Wade’s Alleged New Victim Demands JusticeMatthew Smith, KNOM – NomeAs Wade promises details about additional murders he claims to have committed, the family of one of his alleged new victims says they’re feeling their loss once again … and they’re angry Wade won’t face new charges or a trial for the murders.House Ethics Panel Accused Don Young of Misusing Campaign Funds, Accepting Improper GiftsLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.The U.S. House Ethics Committee today issued a letter of reproval to Alaska Congressman Don Young for accepting multiple hunting trips as gifts in violation of the House Gift Rule. The committee says he should repay $59,000 for gifts and expenses related to 15 hunting trips between 2001 and 2013.State Rebuffs A Challenge to Its Gay Marriage BanThe Associated PressThe state denies its laws on marriage curb the constitutional rights of five same-sex couples suing over Alaska’s gay marriage ban.Fairbanks Area Sees Heavy Rainfall, FloodingDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe Fairbanks area has seen some impressive rainfall over the last few days. National Weather Service meteorologist John Lingass reports 2 to 3 inches around Fairbanks, and 3 to 4 inches over the hills northeast of town. The heavy rains are causing flooding along rivers.New Placer Mining Permits ProposedDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksInterior miners aren’t happy with changes proposed to federal permits for small scale placer operations that impact water resources, including wetlands. Dozens attended an Army Corps of Engineers public meeting in Fairbanks this week on the proposals.Fishers Flock to Anchorage’s Slam’n Salm’n DerbyJoaquin Palomino, APRN – AnchorageThis weekend hundreds of fishing enthusiasts will be crowding Ship Creek in Anchorage, trying to snag a monster king salmon. The fishing frenzy is part of the slamin salmon derby, a 10-day long competition and fundraiser.last_img read more

Bacterial infection to blame in Kachemak otter dieoff

first_imgTests results are back on dead sea otters from Kachemak Bay. About 82 percent of them had streptococcus syndrome, according to biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Download AudioA dead sea otter on the beach at the Homer Spit on December 22, 2015.Photo: Daysha Eaton/KBBI-Homer.Leslie Slater is a USFWS wildlife biologist at the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge in Homer.“So also in this stretch of beach, which has been under 200 yards or so that we’ve walked, we’ve come across now, looks like a yearling sea otter that’s died and a sub-adult male that’s died too,” said Slater.Along the black pebbled beach at the Homer Spit, we step closer to a frozen otter near the Lands End Hotel and condominiums.“So you can tell that it’s a sub-adult because of its size and the tooth wear is pretty minimal, it’s got very white teeth. And this one happened to freeze in shape so you can see that the skin is sort of draping against the rib cage and it looks to me like it probably did die of starvation. We’ll have to thaw it out and do a necropsy on it to see what really happened with this one,” said Slater.USFWS wildlife biologist Leslie Slater puts on latex gloves to handle the dead sea otter at the Homer Spit on Decmeber 22, 2015. Photo: Daysha Eaton/KBBI-Homer.Since summer, more than 300 otters have died around Kachemak Bay. Joel Garlich-Miller, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Marine Mammals Management office in Anchorage, says they’re still finding them.“Things have dropped off quite a bit but we’re still getting reports of three or four animals a week, primarily from Homer area beaches,” Garlich-Miller said.He added that test results recently confirmed that it was the streptococcus syndrome that killed the otters in most cases.“This is a syndrome caused by bacterial infection, streptococcal infection and it manifests itself in a variety of ways such as valvular endocarditis or septicemia or encephalitis. It looks like a pretty high percentage of the animals that we recovered this year, about 82 percent, appear to test positive for this syndrome,” said Garlich-Miller.Garlich-Miller says most of the otters appeared to have deteriorated rapidly and succumbed to encephalitis.The Fish and Wildlife Service has been tracking a streptococcus illness in Kachemak Bay area otters for some time. Otters with the illness usually appear sickly and emaciated. But many of the otters that have died since August appear healthier.Garlich-Miller says although strep syndrome appears to be the main cause of the deaths, there are hints that some could have had a virus as well. Garlich-Miller says biologists are now collecting more dead otters to test for viruses.Back at the beach, biologist Leslie Slater explains what you should do if you come across a dead otter.“It’s best to call the sightings into the marine mammal stranding hotline, whether they’re alive or dead, and then there is another group of folks in town who will come and evaluate the carcass to see if it will be forwarded on for further pathology studies,” said Slater.Biologists hope those studies will shed more light on whether viruses had anything to do with the huge number of sea otter deaths this year.Dead or dying sea otters and other marine mammals should be reported to the Alaska SeaLife Center’s Marine Mammal Stranding Network hotline at 888-774-SEAL (7325).last_img read more

ICC 2019 World Cup Lungi Ngidi ruled out of match against India

first_imgThe Proteas have been dubbed as ‘chokers’ for repeatedly failing to perform on the stage of major ICC tournaments. This time around, they were not looked upon as one of the favourites. The sudden retirement of AB de Villiers last year denied them the services of their most dynamic limited-overs player.However, the return to form of Hashim Amla in the practice match and the continuing success of Quinton de Kock gave the Proteas hope of producing a better effort this time than expected. Unfortunately for the Faf du Plessis-led team, while de Kock has failed to convert his good starts into big scores, Amla is yet to get an opportunity as he was forced to leave the field very early on in his innings.The bowlers have also disappointed by allowing both the teams they bowled to in the first two games to score over 300 runs. With Ngidi now also out of the third game of the tournament for Proteas, it’s an uphill task for them to stay in the hunt for the title. Ngidi won’t play against India due to injuryTwitter/ICCIf two losses in two matches are not bad enough, South Africa are now faced with another major problem. One of their key pacemen, Lungi Ngidi, has been declared unavailable for the team’s third match of the World Cup, against Indian on June 5.Ngidi suffered a hamstring problem during his team’s game match against Bangladesh at The Oval. This forced him to leave the field after having bowled just four overs in the game. South Africa were already plagued by injuries with Dale Steyn unable to play the first two matches and still not certain to take part in the fixture against India. On top of that, Hashim Amla suffered a blow to the head during the opening game of the tournament against England which caused him to retire hurt immediately and then sit out of the match against Bangladesh.Dangerous times for SAIf Steyn doesn’t recover and Amla too is unable to get back in the playing XI, South Africa’s campaign, already looking very unsteady, would be in danger of completely going off the rails.last_img read more

Nanoparticles pass through mucus membranes in lungs to deliver pulmonary drugs

first_img Play Movie of nanoparticles moving through mucus. Credit: Schneider et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1601556 The nanoparticles, the team notes, were created using biodegradable materials that prior research found safe for internal use. Testing in mice, they report, showed the particle carriers stayed in the lungs for several hours—they also proved to be more effective than conventional therapies at reducing asthma symptoms such as irritation. The researchers suggest that MPPs could offer a better treatment plan for lung patients by providing a therapy that maintains drug levels in the lungs for longer periods of time, reducing the need for repeated dosing, which itself can cause lung irritation. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen More information: Craig S. Schneider et al. Nanoparticles that do not adhere to mucus provide uniform and long-lasting drug delivery to airways following inhalation, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1601556AbstractMucoadhesive particles (MAP) have been widely explored for pulmonary drug delivery because of their perceived benefits in improving particle residence in the lungs. However, retention of particles adhesively trapped in airway mucus may be limited by physiologic mucus clearance mechanisms. In contrast, particles that avoid mucoadhesion and have diameters smaller than mucus mesh spacings rapidly penetrate mucus layers [mucus-penetrating particles (MPP)], which we hypothesized would provide prolonged lung retention compared to MAP. We compared in vivo behaviors of variously sized, polystyrene-based MAP and MPP in the lungs following inhalation. MAP, regardless of particle size, were aggregated and poorly distributed throughout the airways, leading to rapid clearance from the lungs. Conversely, MPP as large as 300 nm exhibited uniform distribution and markedly enhanced retention compared to size-matched MAP. On the basis of these findings, we formulated biodegradable MPP (b-MPP) with an average diameter of <300 nm and examined their behavior following inhalation relative to similarly sized biodegradable MAP (b-MAP). Although b-MPP diffused rapidly through human airway mucus ex vivo, b-MAP did not. Rapid b-MPP movements in mucus ex vivo correlated to a more uniform distribution within the airways and enhanced lung retention time as compared to b-MAP. Furthermore, inhalation of b-MPP loaded with dexamethasone sodium phosphate (DP) significantly reduced inflammation in a mouse model of acute lung inflammation compared to both carrier-free DP and DP-loaded MAP. These studies provide a careful head-to-head comparison of MAP versus MPP following inhalation and challenge a long-standing dogma that favored the use of MAP for pulmonary drug delivery. Play Movie of nanoparticles moving through mucus. Credit: Schneider et al. Sci. Adv. 2017;3:e1601556 Citation: Nanoparticles pass through mucus membranes in lungs to deliver pulmonary drugs (2017, April 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Science Advances Lung problems impact the lives of millions of people. Such conditions include asthma, in which bronchi spasm, making it difficult to breathe; cystic fibrosis, in which over-production of mucus leads to blocking of bronchi; and COPD, in which obstructions form in bronchial passages. Fortunately, these types of ailments are all treatable to some degree, though they cannot be cured. For that reason, scientists continue to look for ways to improve current therapies.Currently, lung ailments such as cystic fibrosis, COPD and asthma are treated with inhaled drugs such as corticosteroids that adhere to the walls of air passages. In some instances, they are carried by what are known as mucoadhesive particles, (MAPs), but, as the researchers note, thick mucus often builds up on such passageways, lessening the effectiveness of the delivery system. In this new effort, the researchers took a different approach—rather than trying to make medicines that adhere do their job better, they turned to nanoparticles that are small enough to make their way through mucus membranes to the lining of the lungs themselves, offering direct medication application to affected areas. Called mucus-penetrating particles (MPP), they remain in the lungs, releasing medication for an extended period of time. The making of mucus in common lung diseases PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2017 Explore further (—A team of researchers from multiple institutions in the U.S. has developed a new way to treat lung disease—using nanoparticles to transport chemicals through the thick mucus membranes that can coat pulmonary airways. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes how they used particles small enough to move through holes in the mesh that makes up mucus to deliver helpful drugs.last_img read more