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Sweet Distraction? North Korea’s feminine touch at Olympics

first_imgNorth Korean supporters sing ahead of the free skating pair, figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — To pour on the charm at the Pyeongchang Olympics, North Korea has turned to ball-gown clad singers, pompom-waving cheerleaders and two of its most influential women. And the media, the South Korean public and the Olympic audience worldwide seem to be thoroughly enjoying the spectacle.But should they be?ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Some went so far as to film cheerleaders’ rooms from outside their windows, the report said. TV Chosun, voyeuristically shooting through room windows, claimed an exclusive of the North Korean cheerleaders watching South Korean TV shows. The Yonhap News agency published photos of cheerleaders inside a women’s restroom washing their hands and waiting in line outside toilets.North Korea has sent women south to win hearts and minds before.The idea dates back to Kim Jong Il, the current leader’s father, who dispatched:— a 288-member cheering squad to South Korea for the Busan Asian Games in 2002;—306 women to Daegu for the 2003 Universiade;— a 125-member squad for the Incheon Asian Athletics Championships in 2005.Kim Jong Un’s wife is an alumnus of the cheering squads. She went to the Incheon event.The squads are usually made up of young women, often students or government workers from Pyongyang, selected for their looks, musical skills and family standing.At their first appearance at a competition, an ice hockey game featuring the joint North-South women’s team, they started off with a popular North Korean song called “Happy to Meet You.”That had been a matter of concern. Read Next View comments US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon PLAY LIST 01:13US says it will resume talks with North Korea soon00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:45Australian student detained in N. Korea ‘released, safe’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Pretty much every song performed in public in the North is political (as is everything else; that’s what totalitarianism means, after all), and even tunes that might sound like simple love songs are almost always devoted to Kim Jong Un or one of his predecessors.In a later game, one squad held up masks of a handsome young man, which some observers speculated was Kim Jong Un’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung. That would have clearly run afoul of organizers’ expectations. Officials quickly denied the rumors, though it remains unclear who the mystery man was intended to be.“Because the cheerleaders and the performance squads are Koreans like us, it’s natural to have a good feeling toward them,” said Shin In-kyun, president of the Korea Defense Network, a nonpartisan group of defense experts. “But we should not forget the intention of the brutal North Korean regime that’s hidden behind it.”“Right now, it seems we are distracted,” he said. “North Korea’s operation is working.” Wozniacki irate over opponent’s ‘unfair’ grunting in Qatar win Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The sister’s arrival generated a good deal of serious reporting, juxtaposed with the presence of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife. But she got a full dose of the tabloid treatment from the moment she arrived.There were some extremely unlikely comparisons to Ivanka Trump, who is expected to attend the Games’ closing ceremony. South Korea’s TV Chosun television network put together a separate report to analyze her fashion and appearance and pointed out her freckles and makeup. One analyst even speculated she might be pregnant.The reporting was “a personal insult and diplomatic mistake,” the Citizens’ Coalition for Democratic Media, a media watchdog, said in a report.It was hardly the exception.South Korean broadcasters focused on the legs of the North Korean cheerleaders to highlight their bodies, while they tended to show the heads and chests of North Korean men on the day of their arrival in the South, while images of the cheerleaders’ black ankle boots and bare calves were repeated frequently.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Despite the focus on campy weirdness and implications of salaciousness, the North’s feminine touch in Pyeongchang is a potent — and deliberately manipulative — political statement. Young and attractive women, intended to put a “soft” face on the North’s totalitarian regime, have long been one of the ruling Kim family’s favorite propaganda tools.North Korea, one of the most patriarchal of societies around, deployed two of its most powerful women to spearhead its Olympic diplomacy campaign.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCompletely overshadowing a 90-year-old statesman who was nominally in charge of the North’s delegation, Kim Jong Un sent his younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, who while still just 30 years old is head of the ruling party’s Propaganda and Agitation Department.He also shocked Seoul by sending Hyon Song Wol, who is better known as the lead singer of the domestic cadre-pleasing, miniskirt-wearing Moranbong Band. She is now also a senior ruling party member. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Mary Kom resigns as boxings national observer

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 1 (PTI) Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom has resigned as the national observer for Indian boxing after Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore made it clear that active sportspersons will not be considered for the position.”I resigned as national observer 10 days ago after having a word with Mr Rathore. I had been requested to take up the position, it was not something I had asked for,” Mary Kom, who claimed her fifth Asian Championships gold medal last month, told PTI today.”I had inquired about the rule on not having active athletes as observers with the then Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas when it was offered to me,” she explained, reacting to insinuation that her appointment smacked of conflict of interest given that she is still an active national camper.”But at that time, I was told that I should nonetheless accept the position. I did so on insistence of the Ministry and I dont want unnecessary controversies about something that I had not asked for.”The 35-year-old Olympic bronze-medallist was among 12 national observers appointed by the then Sports Minister Vijay Goel in March.The list also includes the likes of Olympic-gold- medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra, double Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar and former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Akhil Kumar among others.Of these, Sushil and Mary Kom are still active in their respective sports. Akhil, on the other hand, is no longer a part of the national camp after giving up amateur boxing.He has already rejected the conflict of interest charge, saying that he is neither a beneficiary of government schemes nor a part of the national camp.advertisement”I was never interested in this but accepted the position because I had been requested. I have my hands full with a lot of things. I am happy to let it go and have no complaints,” said Mary Kom.The decorated boxer is also a Rajya Sabha MP and is in contention for the Commonwealth and Asian Games next year. PTI PM ATK ATKlast_img read more

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Ronaldo: It should be the CR7 Champions League

first_imgReal Madrid Ronaldo: It should be called the CR7 Champions League Dejan Kalinic 07:50 5/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Champions League final 2017-18 Getty Images Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid v Liverpool Liverpool UEFA Champions League Having claimed the European crown for a fifth time and another Golden Boot, the Real Madrid superstar has suggested the competition be named after him Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has suggested renaming Europe’s premier club competition as the “CR7 Champions League”.Ronaldo became the first five-time winner of the Champions League after Madrid overcame Liverpool 3-1 in Saturday’s final in Kiev.The Portuguese forward had a quiet outing in the decider, as Gareth Bale came off the bench to net twice. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Ronaldo, who cast doubt over his future after the game, also suggested the Champions League be named after him, having netted 15 times in 2017-18 to be the top-scorer in the competition for the seventh time.”Who was the top-scorer once again?” he said.”The Champions League should change and be called the CR7 Champions League.”I have won five and I am the top goalscorer again, so I cannot be sad.”Madrid’s win over Liverpool saw them claim the Champions League for the third straight year and a record 13th time.The 2017-18 campaign also saw Ronaldo pull clear at the top of the all-time goalscoring charts in Europe’s premier club competition.His hints that he may be taking those talents elsewhere this summer have been taken with a pinch of salt by leading figures in Madrid, such as Florentino Perez and Zinedine Zidane, while Ronaldo has also sought to clarify what he said when he did.last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. HALIFAX COUNTY: Victoria Road, Dartmouth Inbound traffic on Victoria Road will be reduced to one lane on the rail road overpass just before the exit to Highway 111 and the MacKay Bridge. This will allow repairs to the joints of the overpass. The work is expected to be completed by Saturday, Nov. 25. During that time, the lane closure will be in place 24 hours a day. The two outbound lanes will remain open. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner No. 2 Bridge Varner No. 2 Bridge on Route 208 in New Germany, will be closed to all traffic until Friday, Dec. 1, for deck replacement and steel truss repairs. A detour is available via Zwicker Mill Road, Trunk 10, Lower Branch Road and School Street. CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Trunk 4 There will be lane closings on Trunk 4 between Victoria Junction and Gardiner Road to allow repaving. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Thursday, Nov. 30. This is a four-lane section, so one lane will always be open in each direction. Drivers should reduce speed and drive with extra caution in the construction zone. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 NEW WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Robie Street Robie Street, Truro, will be reduced to two lanes for paving and construction of curbs and sidewalks until Friday, Nov. 24. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: West Branch Road West Branch Road will be closed for culvert replacement until Saturday, Dec. 2. A detour will be available via Old Pictou Road, Gunn No. 4 Road and Black River Road. Local Area Office: 902-860-5614 Fax: 902-860-5616 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19 from Port Hastings rotary north for five kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Thursday, Nov. 30. Traffic control will consists of a pilot vehicle. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. -30- Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 in Heatherton will be reduced to one lane from Sunday, Nov. 12 until Thursday, Nov. 30 for concrete repairs. Traffic control will consists of traffic lights. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 902-860-5615 Fax: 902-860-5616 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Detours are available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 PICTOU COUNTY: Durham Bridge Durham Bridge, located on Green Hill Road and Route 376, will be closed for replacement until Saturday, Nov. 25. Motorists are advised to follow detour signs. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Scott’s Branch Bridge Scott’s Branch Bridge on Route 333 will have a lane narrowed to 3.3 metres until Friday, Dec. 8, for bridge repair, and deck and guardrail replacement. Traffic control consists of a lighting system. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane via a detour bridge until Thursday, Nov. 30. Traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals or traffic control persons. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Lawrencetown River Bridge Lawrencetown River Bridge on Highway 207, near Lawrencetown Beach, will be closed for replacement until Thursday, May 31, 2007. A one lane bridge will be installed with traffic lights until construction is complete. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 KINGS COUNTY: West Brooklyn Road West Brooklyn Road over Highway 101 will be closed until Saturday, March 31, 2007. This is to allow for the removal and replacement of the existing overpass. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Bridge Street Bridge Bridge Street Bridge on Bridge Street will be reduced to one lane for bridge and sidewalk repairs until Tuesday, Nov. 21. There is a heavy truck traffic detour at Trunk 1 to Route 201 in Kings County and Trunk 1 to Route 201 in Annapolis County. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Porteaus Bridge Porteaus Bridge on Route 246 will be closed today, Nov. 17, until about 4 p.m. for repairs. An alternate route is available on Kennedy Hill Road and Route 256. Detour signs are in place. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 236 Route 236, from the 102 overpass at Robie Street to Old Mill Road, will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Nov. 24, so workers can install culverts and pave. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-755-7146 Fax: 902-755-7049center_img Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568 Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-897-3749 Fax: 902-657-9254 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Ohio Cross Iron Bridge The Ohio Cross Iron Bridge on the Ohio West Road over the Ohio River is closed for replacement until Friday, Dec. 15. A detour is available on Ohio Cross Road. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Three Brooks Subdivision Three Brooks Drive and White Sands Court in Three Brooks subdivision will have intermittent one-lane closures for paving until Tuesday, Nov. 28. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons, signs, cones, and barrels. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some weekend work may be involved. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Area: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 INVERNESS COUNTY: Cabot Trail, Point Cross Bridge Traffic on the Point Cross Bridge on the Cabot Trail in Cheticamp is reduced to one lane until Wednesday, Nov. 22 to allow for bridge repairs. Traffic signals are in place at the bridge. Maximum load width on the bridge during repairs is 4.6 metres (15 feet). Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Big Gut Bridge, on Route 348 near Pictou Landing, is opened to motorists. A temporary bridge will accommodate one-lane traffic and will be controlled by traffic signals. The bridge has a width restriction of 4.2 m. Motorists should proceed with caution. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Chester The intersection of Trunk 3 and Duke Street in Chester will periodically be reduced to one lane for installation of sidewalks and curbs until Thursday, Nov. 30. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-521-0224 Fax: 902-543-5593 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Highway 103 at Exit 5 will be under construction for gravelling and paving until Friday, Dec. 22. Lanes will periodically be reduced to one lane. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Route 333, between Paddys Head and West Dover, will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Nov. 24, for paving. Traffic control consists of signs. Traffic will be stop and go. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-827-5388 Fax: 902-827-5190 KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Weight Restrictions The Old Baxters Mill Bridge near Baxters Harbour is open to one lane of traffic. Vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms are restricted from using the bridge. PICTOU COUNTY: Woodburn Road Woodburn Road, from Trunk 4 at Pine Tree to Route 289, Little Harbour Road, will be reduced one lane until Friday, Dec. 1, for patching and repaving.Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: St. Margaret’s Bay Village Ashford Close, Fox Hollow Drive, Ashbury Court, Fox Point Drive, Fox Ridge Court and Magnolia Court in St. Margaret’s Bay Village will have intermittent one-lane closures for paving until Tuesday, Nov. 28. Traffic control consists of traffic control persons, signs, cones, and barrels. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some weekend work may be involved. RICHMOND COUNTY: Black River Bridge Black River Bridge in Dundee will be reduced to one lane until Monday, Dec. 25, for repairs.Traffic control consists of traffic signals 24 hours per day. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 VICTORIA COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105 at Exit 9 will be closed for repairs to the overpass until Friday, Nov. 24. Detour on Exit 9 east and west. PICTOU COUNTY: Thorburn Road Overpass The Thorburn Road overpass at Exit 26 on Highway 104 will occasionally have a reduced speed limit because of shoulder work until Friday, Dec. 15. Drivers are asked to reduce speed and watch for construction equipment and personnel when passing through the area. The Department of Transportation and Public Works is requesting that motorists using Route 347 use an alternate route. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-7907 902-752-7908 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593last_img read more

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Stars Support Roald Dahl Charity

first_imgLast Tuesday night, Tim Minchin, Quentin Blake and Heston Blumenthal joined Samantha Cameron at Number 10 Downing Street to celebrate the work of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, helping to support seriously ill and disabled children around the UK.Tim Minchin, award-winning composer of smash hit West End production Matilda the Musical, said: “This marvellous charity believes that every child has the right to have the best life possible, however difficult and short that life might be.”He said, “The charity has a brilliant holistic approach, helping children with rare and severe disorders of the brain and blood, to have better health, a fuller life and a happier family.”Ongoing support and donations are crucial for the charity in its work, which was set up in 1991. The charity provides practical help by supporting families to assist with equipment purchases such as wheelchairs, supports grassroots projects, funds specialist paediatric neurological and haematological nurses, and provides grants for training and research.Special guests included the families helped by the charity such as Kharis and Edward. Kharis (13) and Edward (9) Botchway both have sickle cell and are patients of Phil Daly, a Roald Dahl haematology specialist children’s nurse at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington.Chief Executive, Richard Piper, said: “I’m delighted that we were able to host an event at Downing Street. Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity exists to fill gaps and those gaps are still enormous. For example we have received 16 enquiries in the last 12 months for our unique specialist nurses programme. But at the moment we only have the funds for one.”Visit roalddahlcharity.org to find out more.Source:RoaldDahlCharity.orglast_img read more

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Sri Lanka unanimously accepted as member of Chinaled conference

At a ceremony held in Beijing, the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to China, Dr. Karunasena Kodithuwakku signed the Declaration of Principles Guiding Relations among the CICA Members States and the Almaty Act, the two mandatory documents that a new Member State is required to sign to obtain full membership. Sri Lanka was unanimously accepted as a Member of the Conference on Interactions and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) by its 26 Member States, the Foreign Ministry said today.The current Chair of the CICA is China and the Secretariat of the Conference is located in Astana, Kazakhstan. The membership of the CICA would further enhance Sri Lanka’s bilateral, economic and trade cooperation as well as people to people contacts with other CICA Member States.The Member States of the CICA include Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Russia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Viet Nam. (Colombo Gazette) Established in 1992, the CICA is a multi-national forum for enhancing cooperation towards promoting peace, security and stability in Asia, which focuses on confidence building measures. Sri Lanka has been an Observer State of the CICA since 2012. read more

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Couple charged with fraud over 5000

Two Norfolk residents have been charged following a fraud investigation in Port Rowan.Family members alerted police after discovering inconsistencies with financial transactions involving a relative and a personal support worker.The transactions occurred between September, 2016, and August, 2018.Last weekend, Norfolk OPP arrested a female personal support worker, 36, and charged her with fraud over $5,000.The woman’s 40-year-old husband was also arrested and charged with fraud over $5,000.The pair will answer the charges in the Ontario Court of Justice in Simcoe March 19. read more

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Yellen signals that job market will need Feds continued lowrate policies for

Yellen signals that job market will need Fed’s continued low-rate policies ‘for some time’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Mar 31, 2014 7:57 am MDT Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks to community development professionals in Chicago at the National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference in Chicago, Monday, March, 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty) WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made clear Monday that she thinks the still-subpar U.S. job market will continue to need the help of low interest rates “for some time.”Yellen’s remarks signalled that even after the Fed phases out its monthly bond purchases later this year, it has no plans to raise a key short-term rate anytime soon. The bond purchases have been intended to keep long-term loan rates low.Her remarks sent a reassuring message to investors, many of whom had grown anxious that the Fed might raise short-term rates by mid-2015. Their concerns were stirred two weeks ago, when Yellen suggested that the Fed could start raising short-term rates six months after it halts its bond purchases, which most economists expect by year’s end.A short-term rate increase would elevate borrowing costs and could hurt stock prices.But on Monday, Yellen indicated that the Fed still thinks rates should remain low to stimulate borrowing, spending and economic growth.“I think this extraordinary commitment is still needed and will be for some time, and I believe that view is widely held by my fellow policymakers at the Fed,” Yellen said in her first major speech since taking over the Fed’s leadership in February.Stocks, which had been up before Yellen began speaking, rose further on her remarks. The Dow Jones industrial average closed up about 134 points. Low rates tend to lead some investors to shift money into stocks and thereby raise stock prices.Speaking to a national conference on community reinvestment in Chicago, Yellen described the U.S. job market as less than healthy despite steady improvement since the recession ended nearly five years ago. She said the difficulty many people are still having finding full-time work shows that low rates are still needed to encourage borrowing and spending.Economists said they viewed Yellen’s comments as a message that even though the Fed is trimming its bond purchases, it’s nowhere near moving to raise its benchmark short-term rate, which has been at a record low near zero since December 2008.“Chair Yellen pulled out just about every dovish tool in the box as she highlighted that the economy needs extraordinary support for some time,” said Bricklin Dwyer, an economist at BNP Paribas. Dwyer said he thinks the Fed’s first rate hike will come in early 2016.In an unusual touch for a speech by a Fed chief, Yellen described the personal stories of three people who had lost their jobs during the recession and struggled to find work.“They are a reminder that there are real people behind the statistics,” Yellen said. She noted the struggles of a medical claims processor, a printing plant worker and a construction worker who lost their jobs during the Great Recession.“The past six years have been difficult for many Americans, but the hardships faced by some have shattered lives and families,” she said. “Too many people know firsthand how devastating it is to lose a job at which you had succeeded and be unable to find another; to run through your savings and even lose your home.”Yellen said that while the unemployment rate has fallen from a peak of 10 per cent in October 2009 to 6.7 per cent in February, by many measures the job market remains weak. She said she and her Fed colleagues think an unemployment rate between 5.2 per cent and 5.6 per cent would be “consistent with maximum sustainable employment.”As she did at her first news conference two weeks ago, Yellen said she monitors measures beyond the unemployment rate in assessing the job market. These include the percentage of unemployed workers who have been out of work for more than six months and a gauge of people without jobs who have stopped looking for one or who have had to take a part-time job even though they would like full-time work.“The recovery still feels like a recession to many Americans, and it also looks that way in some economics statistics,” Yellen said. “In some ways, the job market is tougher now than in any recession.”Yellen’s remarks came at a national conference on community development sponsored by the Fed and other banking regulators and the Treasury Department. Afterward, she toured a manufacturing lab at Daley College to observe a program to train students for high-tech manufacturing jobs.Yellen presided over her first Fed interest-rate meeting on March 18 and 19. At that meeting, the Fed approved a third $10 billion cut in its monthly bond purchases to $55 billion. It’s used the bond purchases to try to keep long-term rates low.The Fed also dropped language from its statement that had said rates would likely remain low “well past” the time unemployment fell below 6.5 per cent. Instead, it said it would review “a wide range of information” before starting to raise rates. It said it planned to keep short-term rates low for a “considerable time” after it stops buying bonds.Asked at her news conference to define a “considerable time,” Yellen said it “probably means something on the order of six months.”That comment rattled investors, who feared it could mean the Fed would start raising rates in the first half of 2015, earlier than many had expected.Yellen’s comments on Monday about the Fed’s commitment to low rates could help convince investors that the first Fed rate increase will more likely come later. read more

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Gaza fuel crisis left unaddressed could result in humanitarian catastrophe – UN

Power supply is currently limited to six hours a day, more than three weeks after the only power plant in Gaza was shut down due to a critical fuel shortage. “The situation in Gaza is at a point of near catastrophe,” warned Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories. “The fuel shortage and power cuts have undermined an already precarious infrastructure, severely disrupting the provision of basic services, including health, water and sanitation,” he said in a news release. “The onset of winter is certain to make things even worse.” He noted that less than half of Gaza’s total power needs are being met and disruptions to specialized health services, such as kidney dialysis, operating theatres, blood banks, intensive care units and incubators are putting the lives of vulnerable patients in Gaza at risk. Mr. Falk highlighted the plight of patients in Gaza unable to seek affordable specialized medical treatment in Egypt as a result of Egypt’s closure of the Rafah crossing in recent weeks. “The Israeli authorities have been more forthcoming in issuing permits to Gazans in need of urgent specialized treatment, but the high cost of medical treatment in Israel places it beyond the reach of most Gazans,” he noted. For the past two weeks, some 3,000 residents, including children, living in or near the Gazan neighbourhood of Az Zeitoun have been wading through raw sewage on the streets after the largest sewage treatment facility in the area overflowed due to a power failure.Mr. Falk stressed that other sewage treatment stations may soon also run out of petrol to fuel generators and result in more sewage overflowing onto the streets of Gaza. Medical experts have warned of the serious risk of disease, and even an epidemic. “Up to 40 per cent of Gaza’s population receives water only once every three days,” he noted. “In this situation of dire necessity those who can afford to do so, are shockingly buying unsafe water from unregulated water vendors and distributors.” The expert believes that the main trigger for the latest crisis is Egypt’s ongoing crackdown on the vast network of tunnels and fuel tanks near the southern border of Gaza, which allowed Gaza to avoid some of the hardships associated with the Israeli blockade maintained since 2007. “We mustn’t forget that the underlying cause of a lack of adequate medical facilities and specialized care in Gaza is a consequence of Israel’s illegal blockade,” Mr. Falk said. He stressed that Israel has a special responsibility under international humanitarian law to take whatever measures are necessary to protect the civilian population of Gaza against this mounting threat to their well-being. “The failure to do so would be an aggravated instance of collective punishment, which is unconditionally prohibited by the Fourth Geneva Convention.” He also urged the authorities in Gaza to cooperate with the Palestinian Authority in a joint effort to ensure that desperately-needed fuel becomes available to Gazans as soon as possible. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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Mens basketball No 8 Ohio State loses 7462 to No 22 Michigan

Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop drives to the basket in the first half of Ohio State’s 74-62 loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentANN ARBOR, Mich. — Win out and No. 8 Ohio State had nothing to worry — it would be the Big Ten regular-season champion. After Thursday’s derailment at unranked Penn State, the two-loss Buckeyes had no breathing room in Sunday’s matchup at No. 22 Michigan.Now, the conference title at the end of an improbable regular season is no longer in their control.Senior forward Jae’Sean Tate scored 20 points and had a career-high 15 rebounds, but the offensive output wasn’t found from other players for the Buckeyes (22-7, 13-3 Big Ten) in their 74-62 loss to Michigan (22-7, 11-5 Big Ten). Michigan freshman Jordan Poole scored a surprising 15 points while Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led with 17 and Moritz Wagner added 12.“Losing up here to them, it hurts,” Tate said. “But at the end of the day, we still got two more Big Ten games to play and we just got to learn from it.”Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop scored 17 points, but struggled from the field, shooting 5-of-17. This is the second game in a row Bates-Diop had difficulty shooting, which has coincided with Ohio State’s issues from the field as well.The issues of ball movement and playing against a physical opponent resurfaced against Michigan in a game Ohio State seemingly had to have in order to win the conference title next week. Now the Buckeyes sit a game back of Michigan State and are reeling a bit coming into the end of the season.“I just think that we haven’t been the team that’s been more hungrier,” Tate said. “We could blame it on thinking that we had a two-game lead in the Big Ten, but I feel like teams have had us on our heels whereas in the past where we’ve won, we are the ones that have been the aggressors. We just got to get back to that.”The Buckeyes were on the track to do just that multiple times in the second half. When Michigan scored the first three points of the second half to take an eight-point lead, the Buckeyes went on a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to 36-34. The Wolverines then grew their lead to nine after back-to-back layups with 10:40 remaining. Ohio State shrunk that to four with a layup from Tate and Bates-Diop’s second 3 of the game.Trailing 55-52 with 7:53 on the clock after a Tate-made free throw, Poole connected on his fourth 3 of the game from the right corner.Ohio State then went nearly six minutes — from 8:30 to 2:53 remaining — without a bucket.Out of the final media timeout, Michigan began to pull away from their rivals. Abdur-Rahman drilled a 3 from the top of the key and Wagner came down the floor on the next possession to complete a 3-point play that put the Wolverines up 68-55 with 2:12 remaining.The Wolverines led since seven minutes remained in the first half, but the Buckeyes were within striking distance until the final minutes. Only when they had their chance, they could never get over the hump.Junior point guard C.J. Jackson scored his lone points on a 3 in the first half and finished with zero assists, following his one-assist performance at Penn State. Ohio State recorded just eight assists on 24 field goals and committed 14 turnovers.Moving forward, Holtmann said he might use Tate and Bates-Diop to alleviate some pressure from primary ballhanders Jackson and redshirt senior guard Andrew Dakich.“Obviously it was a concern coming into the season, not just our depth, but our ability to manage that,” Holtmann said. “We just have to challenge our guards to make better decisions in some of those situations. I’m confident they will. It’s not necessarily their strength, but I’m optimistic they will.”After both teams shot 41 percent in the first half, Michigan’s offense came to life with 56.5 percent shooting in the second frame, and  its defense held Ohio State to 41.9 percent.Up Next:Ohio State returns to Columbus for its final home game against Rutgers at 7 p.m. Tuesday. read more

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Body found off forest road near Cougar deputies investigating

first_imgDeputies are investigating after a body was found Thursday afternoon in northern Skamania County, about 6 miles west of Cougar near the Gifford Pinchot National Forest boundary.According to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded around 2:15 p.m. to a call about “suspicious circumstances” on National Forest Road 83, near the junction with National Forest Road 90. There, they found a dead person.Due to the setting sun, deputies secured the scene and arranged for additional help to investigate the next day, the sheriff’s office said Friday morning.“This investigative effort is in the very early stages, and as a result, there is no additional information that can be released or reported,” Skamania County Sheriff David Brown said in a news release.The sheriff’s office said investigative work will likely cause traffic delays on National Forest Road 83, impacting recreational traffic to Ape Cave and the Marble Mountain sno-park, which provides access to a Mount St. Helens climbing route.last_img read more

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Arrests down 50 percent at Ultra Music Festival

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Miami Police made 35 arrests during Ultra Music Festival last weekend in Bayfront Park, a 50 percent decrease compared to last year.Fifty-nine people were taken to hospitals.Officers said that overall, people were more mature and followed advice.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Alaska News Nightly Tuesday Jan 22 2019

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews Alaska State of the State speech a go after House agreementAssociated PressAlaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s State of the State speech is a go for Tuesday night.Republican Talerico falls one vote short of becoming House speakerAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe vote was the latest action in a stalemate that’s preventing Alaska’s House of Representatives from beginning work this session.Mother of slain Alaska teen appointed chair of parole boardAssociated PressGov. Mike Dunleavy has appointed the mother of a teenage boy who authorities say was killed by classmates as the chair of the Alaska Parole Board.Industry rep says he’s being replaced on Alaska marijuana boardAssociated PressOne of the industry representatives on the board that regulates Alaska’s legal marijuana industry says he’s being replaced.Popular well at Dillingham Catholic church closed due to PFAS contaminationAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamChemicals used in firefighting foam have leached into the popular well at Dillingham’s Holy Rosary Catholic Church. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation determined Thursday that the water is unsafe to drink.USPS scraps plan to make northern Alaska deliveries cheaperAssociated PressThe U.S. Postal Service has scrapped a pilot program that aimed to find cheaper ways to deliver goods and mail to northern Alaska communities.Unalaska council looks at potentially taxing online salesZoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaThe Unalaska city council is considering contributing funds to an Alaska Municipal League project that would help municipalities figure out how to collect sales tax on online purchases.Students remain frustrated while UAA works to resolve education accreditation debacleWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week, UAA officials are meeting with the state Department of Education to determine the next steps for UAA’s education department, leaving roughly 250 students affected by the loss of accreditation waiting for the university to address their concerns.Arctic Man to hold first event without skiers, snowboarders pulled by snow machineDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksPlanning is underway for the 2019 Arctic Man event which for the first time in its 33 year history will not include races involving skiers and snow boarders pulled by snow machines.Weather forces change in Yukon Quest format Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksLow snow cover in the Yukon Territory has forced changes in the format for the upcoming Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race.Tons of food headed for Yukon Quest trailLex Treinen, KUAC – FairbanksIt takes a lot of food to keep a dog team fed during a thousand mile race like the upcoming Yukon Quest. Just under two weeks from the start food and other supplies are headed for checkpoints along the trail between Whitehorse and Fairbanks.Sitka High design class marries tradition and technology in student paddle carving projectEnrique Perez de la Rosa, KCAW – SitkaIndigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska have carved wood paddles and other works of art using tools and methods developed over thousands of years. But that’s not to say this art form is incompatible with new technology. Students at Sitka High School are combining it with computer design software typically used by engineers.Wasilla woman reunited with cat that was missing for years Associated PressA Wasilla woman has been reunited with a cat that disappeared more than three years ago from its home at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.last_img read more

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Recap Accident involving at least six vehicles on M6

first_imgThere are long delays the M6 motorway due to an accident involving at least six vehicles this afternoon. The accident took place on the northbound carriageway from J16 (A500/Stoke-on-Trent/Crewe) to J17 (A534 Old Mill Road/Sandbach/Crewe). Inrix, the traffic data company, reported the vehicles involved included at least three cars and a van. Delays of almost six miles were reported at one point, but all lanes have now reopened and these are now clearing. A Highways England spokesman said:  “Recovery of vehicles complete and all lanes open M6 northbound between J16 (Crewe) and J17 (Sandbach/Congleton). Approx. 3.3 miles of congestion. Please have a safe onwards journey today. “ North West Motorway Police confirmed they are at the scene. The accident was first reported shortly before 3pm today (Thursday February 7). Read MoreCouple’s plan to convert stable into home to be rejected – for being too remote   Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us   @SOTLive   or message us on   our Facebook page  . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at   StokeonTrentLive  .15:503.3 miles of congestion but all lanes now openA Highways England spokesman said:Recovery of vehicles complete and all lanes open M6 northbound between J16 (Crewe) and J17 (Sandbach/Congleton). Approx. 3.3 miles of congestion. Please have a safe onwards journey today. “15:44Delays continueDelays continue.15:23What we know so farThere are long delays following a multi-vehicle accident on the M6 Northbound just north of junction 16Highways England report ‘at least six’ vehicles involved – with Inrix reporting three cars and a van are involvedThere are delays of around 40 minutes and one lane closed, according to Traffic EnglandRecovery is underway15:22Delays down to 40 minutes – Traffic England reportTraffic England are reporting delays on the M6 are down to 40 minutes.15:20Queues on A500Queueing traffic on A500 in both directions at M6 J16 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe).Likely due to people avoiding the M6 problems.15:17Almost six miles of queues now reportedA Highways England spokesman said:Recovery in progress following the multi vehicle collision. 1 lane remains closed M6 northbound between J16 (Crewe) and J17 (Sandbach/Congleton). Approximately 5.7 miles of slow moving traffic on approach to scene. “last_img read more

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first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Related Content News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | April 23, 2012 Elekta Announces First Patients Treated with New Multileaf Collimator St. James’s University Hospital Debuts Clinical Use of Elekta’s Agility News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD April 23, 2012 — Patients at St. James’s University Hospital in Leeds, United Kingdom, were the first to benefit from the use of Agility, the latest multileaf collimator (MLC) from Elekta. With twice the number of leaves typical of many standard MLCs, Agility precisely sculpts delivered radiation to the unique contours of the tumor while reducing the risk of exposure to surrounding healthy tissue.”This truly represents a radical improvement in the way we deliver radiotherapy, combining both speed and precision in tailoring the radiation beams to the exact shape of the patient’s tumor,” said Vivian Cosgrove, Ph.D., head of radiotherapy physics at St. James’s. “Agility enables a faster delivery of advanced radiotherapy treatments. Reduced treatment times will lead to a better experience for the patient and will improve access to the technology for the benefit of more of our patients.”The product of an extensive R&D effort by Elekta to transform cancer care, the leaves of Agility are also capable of traveling at twice the speed of other MLCs commonly used in radiotherapy. This unique capability supports an added capacity for precision beam shaping as well as shorter treatment times, increasing both patient comfort and the clinic’s delivery efficiency. Relying on a new design, Agility also has demonstrated extraordinarily low leaf transmission to reduce the patient’s non-therapeutic radiation exposure. Agility recently received CE Mark approval.”Agility’s versatility combined with the potential patient benefits have generated much enthusiasm and market demand,” says Olof Sanden, executive vice president, Europe and AFLAME, Elekta. “We look forward to many more cancer patients benefiting from this breakthrough technology.”For more information: www.elekta.com/agility FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more last_img read more

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Sri Lanka closes massive war refugee camp

first_img Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona But he said 346 people from 110 families who were among the last to leave the camp were relocated elsewhere while they await confirmation of whether they will be allowed to return to their former homes.“It is important that the displaced people should be able to make an informed and voluntary decision about their future including being part of the planning and management of their resettlement,” Nandy said.Manik Farm housed 225,000 ethnic Tamil civilians after government troops defeated Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009, ending a quarter-century civil war, and was considered the largest refugee camp in the world.Aid workers and foreign diplomats feared that Manik Farm would become an internment camp. International pressure resulted in residents being resettled in their former lands in stages. However, many resettled civilians have complained that they have not been adequately supported in rebuilding their homes.In announcing the camp’s closure Monday, the government said it has spent $360 million on the resettlement process.Many thousands of people displaced by the war continue to live with relatives and friends across north and eastern Sri Lanka, according to the U.N. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories Associated PressCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) – The United Nations welcomed the closure of a huge camp for war-displaced civilians in northern Sri Lanka, but expressed concern about hundreds of people who have been unable to return home because their land is occupied by the military.The U.N humanitarian coordinator in Sri Lanka, Sabinay Nandy, said in a statement Tuesday that the closure of Manik Farm is a “milestone event” toward ending displacement in Sri Lanka. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Lighting a candle for Aids awareness

first_imgMayor Madlala says that the people of Ladysmith and the country as a whole are now “showing reasonable progress” when it comes to infections and HIV/Aids related illnesses, and are taking care of themselves by using their ARVs.The purpose and significance of the candle-lighting ceremony was to raise public awareness of the HIV/Aids pandemic and its critical impact on those infected and / or affected.The mayor conveyed a message that the candle represented love and hope.He also highlighted the fact that people must continue to raise awareness to “abstain, be faithful and ‘condomise’.” Emnambithi/Ladysmith Mayor Vincent Madlala, along with HIV/Aids activist and counsellor Mr Sarjoo, commemorated ‘World Aids Day’ by lighting a candle in remembrance of and respect for those affected / infected by the pandemic. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Rearend collision in main roadRearend collision in main road

first_imgA rear-end collision took place in Murchison Street on Friday evening.Two vehicles traveling in the same direction crashed into each other as they approached the roadworks that are currently underway.Emergency personnel rushed to the scene and the injured were treated by Sharaj Ambulance Services. No serious injuries were sustained and it was not suspected that either of the drivers was under the influence of alcohol.The people in the car that was hit from behind are allegedly upset that no Breathalyser test was done, claiming that the driver of the vehicle that hit them is a traffic officer. They believe this is the reason no test was performed. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

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The votes are in DIII schools vote to keep pads out

first_imgFinally, engaging in football-specific activities without the benefit of protective equipment raises concerns about student-athlete safety. The legislative proposal strives to provide opportunities for comprehensive skill development in a framework designed to maximize student-athlete safety. An acclimatization period similar to the outline in the traditional fall season; defined practice days, activities and equipment; and limits on-field practices and places caps on the amount of live tackling-allowing coaches to teach and students to develop skills.The “Governance Structure Position” in the official notice opposed the proposal and gave the following reasoning:The NCAA Division III Presidents Council and Management Council oppose this proposal. The expansion as proposed would require greater athletic training staff attention to football, which would in turn require institutions to increase their athletic training staff or spread the staff across more sports to the detriment of other student-athletes.  Consequently, the Councils do not support this legislation as it will increase the demands on student-athletes, institutional athletic training staff, facilities and personnel in generalBefore the official vote took place, Prop 5 was one of the most hotly debates topics up for a vote.No surprise, Prop 5 has garnered the most debate/comments so far. #d3fb #NCAAConv #NCAAD3 #WhyD3 — Dave McHugh (@davemchugh) January 17, 2015 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix VOTE – Prop 5: Establishing a Nontraditional #d3fb season: DEFEATED Yes: 188 No: 202 Abstain: 86 #NCAAConv #NCAAD3 #WhyD3— Dave McHugh (@davemchugh) January 17, 2015The final tally was so close that the proposal was later brought up for reconsideration by a number of athletic directors and administrators. While the revote was even closer, the proposal was still defeated. So no padded spring practices allowed for 2015.Vote to reconsider Prop 5 – #d3fb non-trantional season. DEFEATED Yes: 196 No: 212 Abstain: 26 NO spring practices. #NCAAD3 #NCAAConv #WhyD3— Dave McHugh (@davemchugh) January 17, 2015 As it stands right now, Division III is the only collegiate division that does not allow players to wear pads during spring practices. Players take the field in the spring with a jersey and pair of shorts as practices trended more towards conditioning than anything resembling a practice in the fall.A recent vote aimed to change that immediately. In addition to the strain on the athletic training staff, there would be increased demands on equipment personnel and personnel to maintain facilities. Finally, this would result in football student-athletes spending more time on football outside their traditional segment, thereby discouraging engagement in other campus activities. center_img As safety concerns related to the sport of football have increased, so has the need for instruction and practice on proper blocking and tackling, the effectiveness of which is minimized without equipment. Further, with the limitations placed on preseason practices during the traditional segment, time for skill development and technique work is often marginalized in favor of scheme 13 installation and game preparation.  Over the weekend at the NCAA Convention, a number of proposals were voted on, including “Proposal 5” which called for the immediate of addition pads during spring ball (otherwise called the non-traditional season) for Division III programs.Note: if approved, #d3fb would be allowed 3 days full pads and helmets within 14 practices in a 5 week period. #NCAAD3 #NCAAConv #WhyD3— Dave McHugh (@davemchugh) January 17, 2015The rationale for the proposal, according to the official NCAA publication (which can be read here), stated the following:Football student-athletes are not currently provided similar opportunities to those afforded other student-athletes with fall or spring championships to develop their sport-specific skills during a nontraditional segment. The existing provision for strength and conditioning sessions and limited skill instruction does not allow for comprehensive skill development for all students involved in the sport of football.  Prop 5 | Playing & Practice – FB Non-Trad Segment now being debated. Welch talking about importance of teaching tackling #WhyD3 #NCAAConv — Kevin Beattie (@kgbeattie) January 17, 2015It was a little over a decade ago the D3 membership surprised us at the #NCAAConv by allowing conditioning practices for #d3fb. — D3football.com (@d3football) January 17, 2015When the final initial votes were tallied, you could apparently hear the crowd gasp.Audible gasp on closeness of @d3football vote. #NCAAConv — Chuck Yrigoyen-IIAC (@319chuck215) January 17, 2015 After talking with a number of Division III coaches over the past few days, the overwhelming sentiment is that the addition of even just a few padded practices would help tremendously from both a player safety and player development standpoint. It just seems like supporting a nontraditional season is in the best interest of the student-athletes.College baseball has a nontraditional season in the fall, as does softball, and while I realize that comparing baseball and football are apples and oranges, adding a few athletic trainers for 16 practices in the spring for football (only 3 of them padded) isn’t too much to ask when the same is already being done in the fall for baseball’s nontraditional season.I also feel compelled to ask; Why are schools that have chosen to not sponsor football allowed to vote? On the surface, that just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.As a former Division III athlete, the given rationale seems a bit ridiculous to me. However, I do think that they days of a nontraditional season for Division III football are on the horizon, it just won’t be this spring.last_img read more

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Wednesday morning ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper

first_imgWednesday morning, ESPN NFL Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. talked with Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf and explained why he thought door number one would be the best route to improving the Cardinals.“Arizona would be better served to go the route of the defensive player over the quarterback,” Kiper said. “There is no Andrew Luck in this draft. All these quarterbacks have red flags and holes somewhere in their game.”That’s just the draft guru’s personal opinion though. Speaking to many NFL officials across the league, Kiper is hearing that the Cardinals’ preference may be contrary to his advice.“I keep hearing Arizona [will choose] Gabbert [if he is there],” Kiper said. “I thought all along that if you had the two young kids, [quarterbacks John Skelton and Max Hall] both of who started games, that maybe you would pass on the two quarterbacks [Gabbert and Newton], neither of whom are elite.”Regardless, Kiper believes Gabbert and Newton will both be off the board by the time the Cardinals pick rolls around, which could be a blessing in disguise for Arizona if Kiper’s analysis of the top two quarterbacks holds true. For the Arizona Cardinals there has been much talk on who to draft with the fifth overall draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.Draft a defensive player or draft a quarterback. Option one: Draft one of the top defensive players available such as LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson or Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller to fill a hole in a developing defense.Option two: Draft either quarterback Blaine Gabbert or Cam Newton to throw in the mix with their current collection of young signal-callers. In his most recent mock draft from March 9, Kiper has the Panthers selecting Gabbert with the first overall draft pick and the Bengals nabbing Newton with the pick before the Cards.And Kiper’s projection of Gabbert to the Panthers is looking all the more certain after the Missouri quarterback’s impressive pro day on March 17. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more