8 days ago​Nketiah reveals Arsenal in constant contact during Leeds loan

first_img​Nketiah reveals Arsenal in constant contact during Leeds loanby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah says that he is constantly in contact with members of the club while on loan at Leeds United.The 20-year-old is struggling for game time at the Elland Road club in the Championship.And Nketiah says that he is still focusing on his long term future at Arsenal, which is highlighted by how they are keeping tabs on him during the loan spell.He told reporters: “I speak with Arsenal a lot, I’m in contact with quite a few people in the club, they’re always texting when I’ve done well or things I can do differently but I think it’s good to have that constant feedback from the club, to know you’re still connected with them.”I’m an Arsenal player on loan at Leeds, I feel like they have done really well to keep me involved and happy and I think they’ve been really happy with me so hopefully I can continue the form and go back and get a starting place and kick off from there.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Catalan separatists regain majority in regional election

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain – Catalonia’s secessionist parties won enough votes Thursday to regain a slim majority in the regional parliament and give new momentum to their political struggle for independence from Spain.It was hardly an emphatic victory, however, as the separatists lost support compared to the previous vote in 2015, and a pro-unity party for the first time became biggest single bloc in the Catalan parliament.The result left more questions than answers about what’s next for Catalonia, where a long-standing push for independence escalated to a full-on clash with the Spanish government two months ago.It was also a blow to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who as a result of the separatists’ defiance ousted the Catalan Cabinet and called the early election hoping to keep them out of power.Instead, the election’s outcome favoured fugitive former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who campaigned from Belgium where he is evading a Spanish judicial probe into the attempt to split from Spain. The investigation could lead to charges of rebellion and sedition that carry penalties of decades in prison.Puigdemont, who got the most votes of any separatist candidate, greeted the results with delight and called them a rebuke to Spain’s central government.“The Spanish state has been defeated,” Puigdemont said. “Mariano Rajoy has received a slap in the face from Catalonia.”In a televised appearance from Brussels, the 54 year-old former journalist didn’t make clear if he would try to return home, where an arrest warrant awaits him.The other main winner was Ines Arrimadas, the leading unionist candidate. Scoring 25 per cent of the votes, her pro-business Ciutadans (Citizens) party won 37 seats, which will be the biggest single bloc in the 135-seat regional assembly.“The pro-secession forces can never again claim they speak for all of Catalonia,” Arrimadas said, promising her party will continue to oppose the separatists. “We are going to keep fighting for a peaceful co-existence, common sense and for a Catalonia for all Catalans.”But pro-independence parties — Puigdemont’s Junts per Catalunya (Together for Catalonia), left-republican ERC and the anti-capitalist CUP — together won 70 seats, two above a majority but two less than in the previous parliament. The three groups fell short of winning a majority of votes, though, getting 48 per cent of the total.“The election has resolved very little,” said Andrew Dowling, a specialist in Catalan history at Cardiff University in Wales. “Independence has won but in a way similar to 2015 — majority of seats but not in votes.”Dowling said that with the independence vote not reaching over half of the ballots cast, the European Union was not likely to get involved although the bloc will be keen on seeing the Spanish government actively address Catalonia’s grievances.Rajoy has said that taking over control of the region again would be something he would consider if independence is sought by a new Catalan government. Spain’s constitution bars secession.Thursday’s election saw a record turnout of nearly 82 per cent of the 5.5 million eligible voters in Catalonia.The election was held under highly unusual circumstances, with several pro-independence leaders either jailed or in self-imposed exile for their roles in staging a banned independence referendum that was declared illegal by Spain’s highest court.Eight of the absent politicians were elected as lawmakers. Unless their status changes, they will have to renounce their seats and pass them on to other party members or else the pro-independence bloc could be down a crucial share of votes.Weeks of campaigning involved little debate about regional policy on issues such as public education, widening inequality and unemployment. At the heart of the battle instead was the recent independence push that led to Spain’s worst political crisis in decades.Tensions have been high in Catalonia since an Oct. 1 referendum backed independence, when Spanish police used rubber bullets and batons against voters who tried to block them from removing ballots from polling stations. Separatist regional lawmakers made a unilateral declaration of independence Oct. 27, prompting Spain’s national government to take the dramatic step of firing the regional government and dissolving the Catalan parliament. Courts later ordered the arrest of the former Catalan leaders.No incidents were reported during voting Thursday.A new Catalan attempt to secede would also be an unwelcome development for the European Union, which is already wrestling with legal complications from Britain’s planned exit from the bloc. Senior EU officials have backed Rajoy, and no EU country has offered support for the separatists.Catalonia’s independence ambitions also have scant support in the rest of Spain.The outcome of the political battle is crucial for the region, which accounts for 19 per cent of Spain’s gross domestic product. An economic slowdown has been the most immediate consequence of the Catalan independence push. Spain’s central bank last week cut its national growth forecasts for next year and 2019 to 2.4 per cent and 2.1 per cent, respectively, cutting a percentage point off its previous predictions and citing the conflict in Catalonia as the cause.___Associated Press writer Aritz Parra reported this story in Barcelona and AP writer Ciaran Giles reported from Madrid. AP writers Joseph Wilson and Karl Ritter in Barcelona, Lorne Cook in Brussels and Barry Hatton in Lisbon, Portugal, contributed to this report.last_img read more

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EU unveils ethics guidelines for Artificial Intelligence

first_imgBrussels: The European Union presented ethics guidelines Monday as it seeks to promote its own artificial intelligence sector, which has fallen behind developments in China and the United States. The European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, unveiled a framework aimed at boosting trust in AI by ensuring, for example, data about EU citizens are not used to harm them. “Ethical AI is a win-win proposition that can become a competitive advantage for Europe: being a leader of human-centric AI that people can trust,” Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe guidelines list seven key requirements for “trustworthy AI” established by independent experts consulted by the Commission. Among them is one ensuring that data about citizens will not be used to harm them or to discriminate against them. The measures also call for mechanisms to ensure accountability for AI systems and for AI algorithms to be secure and reliable enough to deal with errors or inconsistencies. The Commission now aims to launch a pilot phase in which industry, research and public authorities test the list of key requirements. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIt will also involve companies from other countries and international organisations. The Commission aims to improve cooperation with “like-minded partners” such as Japan, Canada or Singapore and continue working with the G7 and G20 groups of leading economies. The updated guidelines flow from the Commission’s AI strategy unveiled in April last year, which aimed to bring public and private investment in the sector to at least 20 billion euros annually over the next decade. Europe is trying to catch up with both the US and China. A study published last month showed that China is poised to overtake the United States in artificial intelligence with a surge in academic research on the key technology. A burgeoning sector, AI is already used to recognise people in photos, filter unwanted content from online platforms and enable cars to drive themselves.last_img read more

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Sophomore helps fuel sevenyear win streak for OSU tennis

The Ohio State men’s tennis team is defending a home winning streak of 93 consecutive matches. The No. 3 Buckeyes added the most recent two victories last weekend after sweeping both New Mexico and Tulsa 7-0 at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national qualifier. The Buckeyes are one of 16 teams set to compete in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.Ty Tucker, in his 11th year coaching the Buckeyes, is a five-time Big Ten Coach of the Year as well as the most recent recipient of the Wilson National Coach of the Year in 2009. Tucker’s 2010 team is comprised of 11 passionate players who come from as close as Dayton and as far as Japan. New Albany native Chase Buchanan has just what the Buckeyes need to maintain their competitive edge and keep the streak alive.“I definitely don’t want to be the one to lose it for us. It’s pretty special,” Buchanan said. “I think it says a lot about our coaching and motivation to not lose.”He picked up his racket more than 12 years ago, and he hasn’t put it down since. He got hooked on tennis and he got hooked on winning. Success came quickly for Buchanan. At just 13, he won the Les Petit, the premier world championship for players 14 and under. He is the youngest player in history to win the Vero Beach Futures Event, which he did at the age of 16.After competing in the U.S. Open Doubles Draw in 2008, he knew he was ready for the next level.Buchanan was born a Buckeye and Ohio State was the obvious choice when he joined OSU in spring 2008 as the No. 1 recruit in the nation. Buchanan has committed his life to tennis. He has now competed at all levels and finds more motivation playing on the team. “I’m trying to do everything I can, finding a good balance,” he said.In his first season, Buchanan went 11-4 in singles matches and 6-3 in doubles action. He helped the Buckeyes win the Big Ten Championships for the fourth consecutive year, winning three consecutive matches on the No. 6 singles court.  Following a whirlwind year for Buchanan, he received a wildcard spot in the 2009 U.S. Open singles draw. He fell 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 in the first round to No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, but gained invaluable competitive experience. “It’s a little more physical [in the pros], but besides that it’s a lot of mental stuff,” Buchanan said. This year Buchanan and counterpart Justin Kronauge feel the added pressure on the No. 1 doubles court.“We’ve got to win our spot every time. If we win our spot we are going to win the doubles point,” Buchanan said. Buchanan is doing his best to step up as a team leader this season and will continue to do so at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship Feb. 12-13 in Charlottesville, Va. read more

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Football Dwayne Haskins faces first major opponent in No 15 TCU

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws the ball downfield in the second quarter of the game against Rutgers on Sept. 8. Ohio State won 52-3. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins has been nothing short of spectacular in his first two starts for Ohio State.The redshirt sophomore quarterback combined for 546 yards and nine touchdowns with only one interception while completing 79.2 percent of his throws.These eye-raising statistics came against Oregon State and Rutgers, who held the third- and 55th-worst scoring defenses in the NCAA last season, respectively.Now, with TCU, the 16th-best scoring defense in 2017, on the horizon, Haskins and the Ohio State offense will be getting their first real test of the season. For Haskins, his first real test as a starter.Besides the final 20 minutes of the Michigan game last season, Haskins’ experience came at the end of games that were decided well before he ever touched the field.Haskins will be making his first collegiate start against a ranked opponent at a neutral site 18 miles from TCU’s campus. In doing so, he has an opportunity to build on his already impressive stats.In the press conference on Monday, acting head coach and offensive coordinator Ryan Day said he has seen promising decision-making in Haskins’ first two starts under center. “Whether it’s before or after the snap, he has to make decisions,” Day said. “He has the ability to make a check or in the pass game, he can change the protection and slide it one way or the other. He has a good handle on that.”Day said that despite the early season success Haskins has found, there are still plenty of mistakes to be corrected, especially with TCU coming up on the schedule.“I think that, you know, when the games get tighter, every play matters even more. And so the mistakes are still there,” Day said. “The interception in the red zone two games ago, or, you know, a play with false starting or sack on third down; those plays in a big game are going to show up even more.”To avoid these mistakes, Haskins will have to rely more on the rest of his offense than he has thus far, with sophomore and redshirt junior running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber having the big-game experience to help relieve some of the pressure.“I think the combination of a great offensive line and J.K. and Mike, you have to account for them,” Day said. “You saw Johnnie [Dixon], you see Terry [McLaurin] down the field, one-on-one situations with cornerbacks and then it’s just a matter of making the throw and catch. So it all starts with running the football, and if we can force that seventh guy in the box, that opens up stuff in the pass game.”With Haskins working almost strictly through the air, Day said big games from Dobbins and Weber allow for more chances to beat safeties on deep throws “whether it’s with [a run-pass option] or play-action pass,” something made more important in a matchup that’s expected to be closer than the previous two.It might have been Oregon State. It might have been Rutgers. But Haskins has lived up to the high expectations left behind by former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett.Breaking the Ohio State record for passing yards and touchdowns in a first start, then completing 87 percent of passes for four touchdowns in his second, Haskins has looked the part of a worthy successor to one of the Buckeyes’ most decorated quarterbacks.Now, coming into TCU, Haskins has an opportunity to prove his worth against an opponent that seems more fit for the challenge than any he has ever faced. read more

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Luis Enrique aims to continue the work of Lopetegui Hierro

first_imgIn his first official press conference as the new Spain boss, Luis Enrique outlined his aim to “continue the work” that both his predecessors Julen Lopetegui and Fernando Hierro accomplishedRFF president Luis Rubiales announced the appointment of Enrique over a week ago, in what he had described as a “unanimous” decision by the federation.It will mark the first time Enrique has been in football management since his departure from Barcelona in 2017.Having been previously been linked with the managerial vacancies at Arsenal and Chelsea, the 48-year-old surprisingly took up the challenge of taking charge of the Spanish national team following their disastrous World Cup campaign that had seen head coach Lopetegui fired on the eve of their first game and Hierro only being able to take the side past the group stages.“The aim is to continue the work of Lopetegui and Hierro,” said Enrique, according to Football-Espana.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“We have been analysing everything and we believe the foundations are in place to continue to carry on and re-find success for the team.“Both men worked extremely hard in their roles and we thank them for everything but football is a continuous cycle and winning trophies is not easy.“At Barcelona we had similar ideas of evolution, taking decisions based on ideas of winning more matches and more trophies.“I know what this job entails, and I am fortunate enough to have the trust of the president, whom I thank, and I hope I can impress in the role.“I am very excited for the big challenges that await.”last_img read more

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Digicel announces pending sale in Malaysia

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you TCI Govt meets with Digicel and Carnival Cruise Lines Related Items:colm delves, digicel, malaysia, myanmar Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Oct 2015 – From the region.. Big news from telecommunications giant Digicel, the company announced that if all goes well it will finalize the sale of a 75% stake in Digicel Asian Holdings Pte Ltd., the parent company of Digicel Myanmar Tower Company Ltd, to Edotco Group (Sdn Bhd) – a Malaysian based company.If Digicel receives the green light, the sale could be finalized by November 30, 2015.A statement from the TCI branch said, “The transaction values 100% of Digicel Myanmar Tower Company, on a cash and debt free basis, at USD$221 million.”Digicel Group CEO, Colm Delves, commented; “The sale represents a strong return on our investment in Digicel Myanmar Tower Company and I would like to thank all the staff at MTC for their significant efforts over the past two years in making the company such a success.” Digicel currently operates in 31 markers in the Caribbean and South Pacific regions.Digicel currently operates in 31 markers in the Caribbean and South Pacific regions. Digicel T&T Donates Supplies to Anguilla and British Virgin Islands Thousands without power in TCIlast_img read more

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is new Manchester United manager find out contract details

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer has been announced the permanent manager of Manchester Untied.LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty ImagesManchester United has just announced that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to be the permanent manager of the football club. The announcement was made on the club’s official website on March 28, merely days before United’s Premier League game against Watford. The Norwegian manager was appointed on a temporary basis after former manager Jose Mourinho was sacked in December. He has now been offered the full-time role at Old Trafford and been given a three-year contract. “From the first day I arrived, I felt at home at this special club,” said Solskjaer. “It was an honour to be a Manchester United player, and then to start my coaching career here. The last few months have been a fantastic experience and I want to thank all of the coaches, players and staff for the work we’ve done so far. This is the job that I always dreamed of doing and I’m beyond excited to have the chance to lead the club long-term and hopefully deliver the continued success that our amazing fans deserve.” Solskjaer will manage United till the end of the seasonMatthew Lewis/Getty ImagesSince taking over, Solskjaer has been a resounding success at the club winning 14 of his 19 games and losing only thrice. Under his management, United has amassed more points in the Premier League than any other club in the same duration. Solskjaer also oversaw an unprecedented European night against PSG at the Parc des Princes when United became the first team to win a Champions League tie after losing the first leg at home by two or more goals. Pleased with his performance since taking charge, Executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward said, “Since coming in as caretaker manager in December, the results Ole has delivered speak for themselves.””More than just performances and results, Ole brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and as a coach, coupled with a desire to give young players their chance and a deep understanding of the culture of the club. This all means that he is the right person to take Manchester United forward.” Old Trafford is a happy place once again.Gareth Copley/Getty Images”I want to thank Ole and the coaching team for everything they have done so far and congratulate him on this richly deserved appointment. The fans and everyone at the club are behind him as he looks to take us where we need to be and build the next stage of our history.”Solskjaer started his managerial career at United when he was in charge of the club’s reserve team for a spell of three years till 2010. Prior to that, he played for Sir Alex Ferguson’s team for 11 years since 1996. Solskjaer is a massive fan favourite at Old Trafford and also scored the stoppage-time winner at Camp Nou in the 1999 Champions League final which made United the first and only British club to win the treble.last_img read more

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Transport leaders seek an end to police harassment

first_imgThe leaders of Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Malik-Sramik Oikya League (BSPMSOL) speaks at the National Press Club on Tuesday, 23 July 2019. Photo: UNBThe leaders of Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Malik-Sramik Oikya League (BSPMSOL) on Tuesday urged the government to stop disorder, corruption and harassment by police on roads, reports UNB.They made the call while launching the BSPMSOL at the National Press Club.SM Shah Alam, convener of the organisation, said the BSPMSOL has been formed to prevent disorder, corruption and ensure security of owners and workers on roads.”Police sergeants harass them in the pretext of checking vehicle documents and driving licenses,” he said.BSPMSOL member secretary Ismail Hossain Bachhu demanded withdrawing “false cases” filed against transport owners and workers.He also demanded arranging rest houses for labours at every bus and truck terminal as well as mobile hospitals for labourers injured in road accidents.Welcoming the BSPMSOL, prime minister’s media adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury said he will assist the organisation.”I hope you all will play roles to stop extortion and disorder in the transport sector,” he said.Awami League adviser Mukul Bose also welcomed the organisation and asked its members to continue their activities against corruption in the sector.last_img read more

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Bangladesh wants USA Canada to send back 2 Bangabandhu killers

first_imgBangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. BSS file photoBangladesh expects the United States and Canada to make a “difference” by sending back self-confessed killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and help execute the court verdict establishing the rule of law in the country. “We’re still hopeful,” said foreign minister AK Abdul Momen on Friday explaining the legal complications regarding the matter. Of the six fugitive killers, Maj (retd) Noor Chowdhury is living in Canada while Maj (retd) Rashed Chowdhury in the USA. The other four fugitive killers are Col (dismissed) Khandaker Abdur Rashid, Lt Col (relieved) Shariful Haque Dalim, Capt Abdul Majed and Risaldar Moslehuddin Khan. During a discussion titled “15 August and Its Impact on Bangladesh” at Bangabandhu Memorial Trust auditorium, the foreign minister said the diplomatic efforts will continue to get the two killers back before the celebration of Bangabandhu’s birth centenary. Former Bangladesh Bank governor Mohammed Farashuddin, international affairs sub-committee chairman and former Ambassador Mohammad Zamir; and international affairs secretary Shammi Ahmed, among others, spoke at the programme. Farashuddin, who also served as the personal secretary to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from 1973 to 1975, presented a keynote paper. Abdur Rahman Rama, who was working at Bangabandhu’s house, narrated the witnessed account of that horrific night. They, along with the Foreign Minister and diplomats, paid tributes to Bangabandhu and his family members placing wreath on the portrait of Bangabandhu there. “I spoke to US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo and our Prime Minister (Sheikh Hasina) has sent a letter to President Donald Trump on the issue. We’re hoping to have a positive outcome,” he said adding that the USA has not made any decision yet. The foreign minister also met the US secretary of state in Bangkok recently. “We’re hoping that the USA will make a decision.” He said they shall be very pleased if the USA sends that killer, as they believe in the rule of law, before the birth centenary celebration of Bangabandhu. Regarding Noor Chowdhury, the foreign minister said Canada does not share information as they do not like death penalty. He said the government is still working on that and the court will give another verdict in November this year though Canada refuses to send back the killer. Momen mentioned that Canada does not send any of those killers to those countries where there is death penalty. And in the process possibly, the foreign minister said, Canada is becoming a hub of killers and murderers. “That’s very sad that a country like Canada has become a hub of so many killers and murders.” Momen said they are still hopeful and cited an exception that Canada showed by sending back one gentleman in an alternative place instead of Texas where there has been no death penalty. Once the person entered the place Texas had the privilege to take him back to their custody. “So, Canada can make a difference and can do the same,” said the Foreign Minister. On August 15, 1975, Bangabandhu along with most of his family members was assassinated brutally at road 32 in Dhanmondi. Eighteen members of his family including Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib, three sons — Captain Sheikh Kamal, Lieutenant Sheikh Jamal and 10-year-old Sheikh Russel, two daughters-in-law Sultana Kamal and Rosy Jamal, brother Sheikh Naser, peasant leader Abdur Rab Serniabat, youth leader Sheikh Fazlul Haq Moni and his wife Arzu Moni, Baby Serniabat, Sukanta Babu, Arif and Abdul Nayeem Khan Rintu, were, among others, killed on that fateful night. Military Secretary Brigadier General Jamil was also killed. Several members of a family in the capital’s Mohammadpur area were also killed by artillery shells fired by the killers on the same day. Five killers of Bangabandhu — Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda, AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed and Mohiuddin Ahmed — were hanged in January 2010. Another killer Aziz Pasha had met natural death in Zimbabwe in 2001. On November 19, 2009, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty of 12 convicted former army officers for the assassination of Bangabandhu and his family members. Speakers at the discussion said the gruesome assassination of Bangabandhu, along with his family members, had been carried out to plunge Bangladesh into a pit of darkness and stall its process of development from a war-ravaged country. That brutal and nefarious act was designed only to annihilate the ideals that drove hundreds of thousands of freedom loving people to sacrifice their lives to free the country, they said. About 30 diplomats from different countries, including US, UK, Russia, China, Japan, and Switzerland, attended the programme arranged in observance of the National Mourning Day.last_img read more

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Cardinals Send 15 to the Finals after Day 3 Preliminaries

first_imgIn platform diving, Molly Fears qualified third after five rounds of dives. Michaela Sliney scored points with a 10th place finish and freshman Anika Holland placed 22nd. Print Friendly Version The Cardinals send three in to the finals of the 400-IM. Sophie Cattermole put up a 4:12.09 and qualified sixth overall for the A-final. Maria Sumida clocked in at 4:16.70 in her heat and returns in the B-final. Carley Lowe turned in a 4:20.36 to make the C-Final.  Grace Oglesby put up the third fastest qualifying time in the 100 butterfly to make the A-Finals.  In the B-final for the Cards will be Alena Kraus, who put up a 53.44 and Nastja Govejsek, who went 53.37. Story Links The University of Louisville will send 15 Cardinals into the finals tonight after a fast day of preliminaries at the 2019 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships Friday night at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.center_img Kaylee Wheeler qualified fourth in the 100 breaststroke and will swim in the A-final with a time of 59.75.  Also in the A final will be Mariia Astashkina, who had a time of 59.85 and Morgan Friesen, who turned in a 59.98. Avery Braunecker made the C-final of the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:01.6  along with Lauren James, who boarded a 1:02.07. Alina Kendzior made the B-final of the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.43. Ashlyn Schoof went 54.38 and Lainey Visscher had a 54.84 in other performances. Mallory Comerford earned a second swim for the A-final of her signature event, the 200 freestyle. She stopped the clock at 1:44.38.  Joining her in the A-final will be Arina Openysheva, who put up a prelim time of 1:45.91. Diana Dunn posted a time of 1:47.65 to make the B-final.  Casey Fanz put up a time of 1:50.78 to round out the Cardinal field.last_img read more

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Hulu Is Getting NASA TV in Time for the Moon Landing Anniversary

first_imgHulu isn’t the only media company ready to space out on the Apollo 11 mission these days: The 50. anniversary of the moon landing has inspired a number of augmented and virtual reality projects, with apps from outlets like USA Today and Time recreating the historic event with cutting-edge technology. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Hulu’s live TV service is getting NASA TV just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. In addition to a live feed, which is available only to subscribers of Hulu’s live TV tier, Hulu is also gaining access to select NASA TV series on demand.The live TV deal was announced by NASA on Twitter this week, and first spotted by Engadget.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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CFPB Proposes First Rule

first_img Agents & Brokers Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Dodd-Frank Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2011-07-22 Ryan Schuette in Government, Origination, Secondary Market Signaling that it means business, the newly opened Consumer Financial Protection Bureau undertook its first major stab at the rule-making process by issuing a proposed rule that would shift alternate mortgage origination from the state to federal level nationwide. The rule applies to Regulation D under the Alternative Mortgage Transaction Party Act. If enacted, it would enact a Dodd-Frank provision by allowing state-licensed mortgage originators to make alternative loans even states with laws that prohibit such loans.,CFPB Proposes First Rule Signaling that it means business, the newly opened “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov (CFPB) undertook its first major stab at the rule-making process by issuing a “”proposed rule””:http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-22/pdf/2011-18676.pdf that would shift alternate mortgage origination from the state to federal level nationwide.[IMAGE]The rule applies to Regulation D under the Alternative Mortgage Transaction Party (AMPTA) Act. If enacted, it would enact a provision under the Dodd-Frank Act by allowing state-licensed mortgage originators to make alternative loans even states with laws that prohibit such loans.[COLUMN_BREAK]””Without this interim rule implementing the AMTPA amendments, state lenders would lose their ability ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô overnight ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô to rely on AMTPA to make alternative mortgages,”” the CFPB said in a “”Web post””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/preserving-a-level-playing-field-and-access-to-mortgages/. “”That could hurt not just state lenders that rely on AMTPA, some of which may be small rural banks. It could also hurt consumers by reducing their access to mortgages from those lenders. And, all of this harm would occur quite suddenly.””The rule follows the CFPB’s official launch, which occurred yesterday. By formally opening, the bureau assumes such rule-making authority, with 18 enumerated consumer financial laws, some 40 rules, and ongoing investigations en route from seven federal regulatory agencies.The rule prevents AMPTA’s suspension by closing a regulatory gap under Dodd-Frank and extending federal charts to state-licensed mortgage originators across the board.””The interim rule gives state lenders two choices: They can follow state law when they make alternative mortgages or they can follow some straightforward federal requirements that provide consumers basic protections,”” the CFPB added.According to the post, the CFPB will allow public commentary on the proposed rule until September 22.center_img July 22, 2011 466 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith dism

first_imgWork and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith dismissed an offer from the equality watchdog to help MPs and peers understand the true impact on disabled people and other groups of his new welfare bill.Letters between the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and Duncan Smith (pictured) were published this week on the commission’s website, following a freedom of information request.They show that Duncan Smith snubbed an offer from the commission to “work more closely” on the equality impact assessments his department had already published alongside his welfare reform and work bill.In her letter sent in September, Rebecca Hilsenrath, EHRC’s interim chief executive, had asked Duncan Smith “what your thoughts are on ensuring that the impact assessments are sufficient to address these issues and support the proper scrutiny of the bill”.In his response last month, Duncan Smith ignored her offer of assistance and told her that the impact assessments already use “the most robust analysis available to give a good assessment of both the rationale for and the impacts of the reforms” in the bill.In a briefing on its website, EHRC says it is concerned that parts of the welfare reform and work bill “could exacerbate, rather than reduce, existing inequalities”.It says it is concerned that the impact assessments and human rights memorandum which accompany the bill “do not fully assess the effect of the bill on equality and human rights”, which “may make it difficult for parliamentarians to properly consider the implications of the measures in the bill”.The watchdog also says the government should review welfare reform measures in the bill – including the proposed reduction of the benefit cap, the freeze on many benefit rates, and the WRAG cut – so it can assess how they comply with the government’s international human rights obligations, including the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.An EHRC spokesman said: “We continue to raise our concerns and make representations on this issue.“Our latest position is set-out in the briefing we provided to parliamentarians this week.“For example, at Commons report stage we urged MPs to support an amendment which would have prevented implementation of the bill until an assessment of the cumulative impact and impact on equality of reforms to tax credits and benefits announced in the 2015 summer budget is presented to both Houses of Parliament.“This makes clear that the commission is concerned that the impact assessments and human rights memorandum which accompany the bill do not fully assess the effect of the bill on equality and human rights.”The letters were published as the bill began its progress through the House of Lords, with one Tory peer saying she was appalled by the wording of the government’s impact assessment of its proposed cut of £29 a week for future claimants placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG) of employment and support allowance.The assessment says the cut would “remove the financial incentives that could otherwise discourage claimants from taking steps back to work”.Baroness Browning, who has a son with autism, told the welfare reform minister Lord Freud: “I am disgusted with those words.”Despite her comments, Lord Freud spoke in the debate of the “perverse incentives” of paying disabled people in the WRAG more than people on the mainstream jobseeker’s allowance.The disabled peers Lord [Colin] Low and Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson, along with their fellow crossbench peer Baroness Meacher, are heading a parliamentary review into how the proposed WRAG cut might affect disabled people.Lord Low dismissed the bill as “another round of ideologically-driven cuts to welfare”, and told fellow peers that the government’s target of cutting another £12 billion from benefits spending “cannot but have a devastating impact on poor people who depend on benefits”.Baroness Grey-Thompson suggested that the WRAG cut could move disabled people further from the workplace, by creating an incentive for them to be placed in the ESA support group, where there would be limited employment support available to them.She added: “I struggle to see how cutting support could incentivise disabled people into work, and I am looking forward to the DWP’s convincing arguments in this area.”In response to criticisms of the WRAG cut, Lord Freud quoted a 10-year-old report by the OECD which said that “financial incentives to work can be improved by either cutting welfare benefit levels, or introducing in-work benefits while leaving benefit levels unchanged”, although it was not clear whether this referred to disabled benefit claimants.He added: “This change, combined with the new funding [the government plans to spend an extra £100 million a year of the £640 million savings from the WRAG cut on improving employment support for disabled people] is about providing the right incentives and support to encourage more people to move closer to the labour 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Study suggests usefulness of more flexible dose of regorafenib to relieve sideeffects

first_imgThis study will change clinical practice with regard to the use of regorafenib in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer, because it demonstrates and supports something that many clinicians have already observed and were carrying out in regular clinical practice”. In his opinion, the trial shows that this reduction in regorafenib initial dose limits the drug toxicity while maintaining its efficacy. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 7 2019Medical oncologists administer anticancer drug regorafenib to try to improve overall survival in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer who have ceased to respond to standard therapy (known as refractory mCRC). However, some of the adverse events related to the use of this drug often limits its use in clinical practice. A study reported at the ESMO World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer 2019 suggests the usefulness of a more flexible dosing, which improves patients’ quality of life without jeopardizing efficacy.This international trial, led by the Spanish Cooperative Group for the Treatment of Digestive Tumours (TTD), included 299 patients from over a dozen hospitals in Spain, Italy and France. The average age of the participants was 64 and they had received an average of four treatment lines prior to inclusion in the trial with regorafenib between July 2016 and September 2017.”Regorafenib has been approved since 2013 for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) who have progressed to standard treatments,” said study author, Dr. Guillem Argiles, medical oncologist and clinical investigator, Gastrointestinal & Endocrine Tumors Group, Vall d’Hebron University Hospital and Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO), Barcelona, Spain.”Its adverse toxicity profile often limits its use in routine clinical practice. This clinical trial attempted to show the usefulness of different dose strategies in order to improve its tolerability and quality of life in patients who can benefit from the medicine in the context of advanced disease.”In the trial, patients were randomized 1:1:1: standard dose 160 mg/day for three weeks followed by a week off; reduced dose of 120 mg/day for three weeks followed by a week off (reduced dose group); or intermittent dose of 160 mg/day a week, followed by a week off (intermittent dose group). The patients in the latter two groups (reduced or intermittent dose) were escalated to the standard of care dose if, after a first treatment cycle, no limiting toxicities that prevented to continuing to stay in the trial occurred. “We reduced the dose in the first cycle and then escalated because it has been shown that the toxicity is higher in the first and second months of treatment”, explained Argiles.Related StoriesNovel vaccine against bee sting allergy successfully testedLung cancer screening using Google AI proves to be successfulGM fungus kills 99% of mosquitoes in Malaria-endemic region of AfricaThe investigators observed that flexible dosing showed numerical improvement on several parameters that improved tolerance, such as fatigue, hypertension or hand-foot syndrome (reaction due to redness, swelling and pain caused in the palms), although REARRANGE did not meet its primary endpoint of improving regorafenib global tolerability in the reduced and intermittent dose groups. The average treatment duration was 3.2 months in the standard group; 3.7 in the reduced dose group; and 3.8 in that with alternating weeks. Median progression-free survival was not different across groups (approximately 2 months).”Although statistical significance was not achieved, we did observe a numerical reduction in some side-effects that can be very troublesome for the patients”, explained Argiles. “These results, interpreted in the context of other trials, like the American study ReDOS (3), tell us that the more flexible doses of regorafenib are an effective alternative in order to improve quality of life in patients with metastatic refractory colorectal cancer”.Commenting on the results, Prof. Eric Van Cutsem, from the University Leuven, Belgium, said: Source:European Society for Medical Oncologylast_img read more

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Oldest US nuke plant near Jersey shore closing Sept 17

first_img Officials with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a briefing Monday on shutdown plans for Oyster Creek, which opened in 1969. They said Chicago-based Exelon plans to remove the remaining nuclear fuel rods from storage pools and put them into dry storage within 5½ years of the shutdown date.All told, it will cost $1.4 billion to shut down the plant; Exelon currently has $982.1 million of that set aside in a decommissioning account, NRC officials said.Although the plant will stop producing electricity just before summer ends, radioactive material could be on site until the late 2070s, if not later.”There is no national repository for spent fuel at this point,” said Neil Sheehan, a spokesman for the commission. “The only option for operators is to store the spent nuclear fuel on site.”The NRC is considering applications to erect a national nuclear waste depository either in Texas or New Mexico, but has not decided on either, Sheehan said.Ray Powell, an NRC decommissioning official, said Exelon already has moved nuclear fuel roads into 34 dry storage units called casks, steel containers encased in concrete that are designed to safely store the material while its radioactivity decreases over time. Another 40 casks will be filled with the remaining nuclear fuel roads once the plant shuts down, he said.Those casks will be guarded around the clock, and are designed to withstand natural disasters including floods and earthquakes.Oyster Creek went online Dec. 1, 1969, the same day as the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Generating Station near Oswego, New York. But Oyster Creek’s original license was granted first, technically making it the oldest of the nation’s commercial nuclear reactors that are still operating.The NRC said Chicago-based Exelon, which owns Oyster Creek, will put it into so-called “safe store” condition until 2075 as radiation levels dissipate. Dismantling of the plant itself should take place between 2075 and 2078, they added.But Suzanne D’Ambrosio, a spokeswoman for Exelon, said “the timeline could be much shorter.””The used fuel will be stored on site in robust metal canisters housed in a massive concrete housing,” she said. “The storage facility is highly secured and the casks are impervious to weather and risk of attack. The canisters emit very low, if any, measurable levels of radiation and they present no danger to the public.”The plant reached a deal with New Jersey regulators to shut down earlier than permitted in return for not having to build at least one costly cooling tower.As part of changes to the plant’s emergency response system, a 10-mile emergency zone surrounding the plant, where specific evacuation and response events would happen in the event of an emergency, may be eliminated once the fuel cools to the point where a melting accident is considered unlikely, NRC officials said.A public hearing on Exelon’s decommissioning plans is scheduled for July 17 in Lacey Township. America’s oldest nuclear power plant will shut down on Sept. 17, but the Oyster Creek plant near the New Jersey shore will stay right where it is for the next 60 years. Citation: Oldest US nuke plant, near Jersey shore, closing Sept. 17 (2018, July 2) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-oldest-nuke-jersey-shutter-september.html 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. Explore further Hurricane forces three US reactors shut © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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