As IPCC chair exits, focus moves to who comes next

first_imgThe resignation of Rajendra Pachauri, the chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has focused new attention on the question of who will become the next head of the global body. Pachauri stepped down today amid allegations of sexual harassment by a female colleague, The Guardian reports. Pachauri, who had led the IPCC since 2002, had announced plans to step down this fall, The Daily Climate notes, after the group’s annual meeting in October. A new IPCC chair will be elected at that meeting by the panel’s 195 member nations, which nominate candidates.Among the already declared candidates for the job are Swiss climate scientist Thomas Stocker of the University of Bern and Belgian researcher Jean-Pascal van Ypersele of the Catholic University of Louvain. Potential candidates, The Guardian reports, include Stanford University climate scientist Christopher Field, economist Hoesung Lee of the Korea University Graduate School of Energy and Environment in Seoul, energy economist Nebojsa Nakicenovic of the Vienna University of Technology, and economist Ottmar Edenhofer of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. Vice Chair Ismail El Gizouli will be acting IPCC chair until Pachauri’s replacement is elected.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Any new chair will take over IPCC as it considers whether to change its traditional operating style, which involves churning out massive reports written by hundreds of scientists every few years. Some have called for moving to a more nimble, less onerous process.last_img read more

Johnson hopes timing is right for another US Open title

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ “I sit down when I go down the stairs now,” Johnson said with a smile. “I slide down on my butt.”Stairs were the only thing that could stop him earlier this year. A winner of three straight tournaments — against the strongest fields of the year — Johnson slipped in his socks going downstairs to move his car in the rain on the eve of the Masters and bruised his back so badly that he had to withdraw the next day.He hasn’t won in four starts since then, and his game hasn’t looked as sharp as it once did. He concedes he lost some momentum.Even so, he is the betting favorite at the 117th U.S. Open on a course that would appear to suit his game perfectly, especially with more rain Wednesday afternoon and a forecast for occasional storms on Friday and Saturday. The greens are soft enough that Johnson is getting yardages to the hole, knowing his shots won’t bounce away too far.“I hope they play it all the way back on every hole,” he said. “Why not? It’s going to be soft. I hope it’s windy. I hope it’s long, but it doesn’t matter.”ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games USGA pledges no repeat of rules gaffe from last US Open LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage As much as he hates missing cuts, the Memorial two weeks ago was a good time for Johnson to have a weekend off. It allowed him to spend two days in Wisconsin getting to know the longest course in U.S. Open history, realizing that he would be a late arrival to Erin Hills because of some important family matters.River Jones Johnson, his second son, was born on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe finds out Thursday whether his game is in shape for Johnson to become the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion in 28 years, but his mood couldn’t be better. About the only thing to fear, outside of the thick fescue that frames the fairways at Erin Hills, is the house where he is staying.It has a double-spiral staircase. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire “You’ve got to be lucky, have it be the right time,” Strange said. “Dustin is more dominant than anybody who has ever done it back-to-back because of his length and the whole bit. But you still have to do it.”Johnson starts out Thursday morning with the last two U.S. Open champions, Martin Kaymer and Jordan Spieth. It’s a comfortable group, especially with Spieth, a close friend, his partner from the Presidents Cup and his regular pro partner in recent years at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Plus, he has the personality for the U.S. Open. It’s a mental test, and Johnson’s brain is not very cluttered. Paulina Gretzky gave birth to their second child on Monday in Los Angeles. He flew to Wisconsin on Tuesday and got in 18 holes. He played nine holes Wednesday.Asked how he handled the range of emotions for such a whirlwind week, Johnson shrugged.“You just do it,” he said. “I wish I had an explanation on how I do it, but I don’t. … But now I’ve got to play golf. This is why I’m here. I’m here to play golf. I’m here to compete.” Dustin Johnson hits a drive on the 12th hole during a practice round for the U.S. Open golf tournament Wednesday at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin. APERIN, Wisconsin — Dustin Johnson wrapped up his final day practice round for the U.S. Open just as the sky began to rumble and the horn sounded to stop play at Erin Hills.The timing couldn’t have been better for the world’s No. 1 player, as it has been the past two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Johnson isn’t one to feel much pressure — he doesn’t show much, anyway — even playing his first major as the No. 1 player in the world.If anything, the pressure is on the USGA in how they set up the golf course, and the meteorologist to give an accurate forecast of the wind. There are a few holes at Erin Hills where if the tees are all the way back and the wind shifts into the players, some won’t be able to reach the fairway or will face blind shots.“It’s nerve-wracking, honestly, more than most Open sites,” USGA executive director Mike Davis said.Johnson isn’t the only long hitter whom Erin Hills favors. Rory McIlroy, who crushed U.S. Open scoring records on a rain-softened course at Congressional in 2011, was delighted to feel the soft turf under his feet.Jason Day is starting to turn his game around, finally. Along with his power, Day is an expert with the short game, which should come in handy around the greens that feature shaved slopes instead of dense rough.Johnson, however, is such an intimidating figure that even Curtis Strange is a little nervous.Strange, who now works for Fox Sports as the on-course analyst, won the 1989 U.S. Open at Oak Hill to become the first player since Ben Hogan (1950-51) to win the U.S. Open in consecutive years. “Move over, Ben,” Strange famously said after his second title.“I’ve got to tell you, it’s tailor-made for Dustin Johnson,” Strange said after his first look at the course.The Masters (three times) and the PGA Championship in stroke play (twice, by Tiger Woods) have fewer back-to-back winners than the U.S. Open, but it’s the major that has gone the longest without a repeat winner.The closest call for Strange was in 2005 when defending champion Retief Goosen had a three-shot lead at Pinehurst No. 2. He shot 81 in the final round. Four-time champion Jack Nicklaus never went back-to-back. Neither did Woods.last_img read more

Germany deserved more, says coach Joachim Loew

first_imgGermany were the better team in their 2-0 loss to France in the Euro 2016 semi-finals on Thursday, coach Joachim Loew said as he cursed his team’s bad luck for costing them a place in the final. (Griezmann double helps France sink Germany to reach final)The world champions went into the game with three players ruled out by injuries and suspension and they lost key defender Jerome Boateng in the second half. (Full Euro 2016 Coverage)They dominated the first half, however, before an Antoine Griezmann penalty put the tournament hosts ahead on the stroke of halftime.”There weren’t too many things that went wrong,” Loew said.”We were the better team. We invested a lot and had good body language. We were powerful. It was unfortunate that we conceded the goal. It was bad luck,” he added.”We had our chances, but sadly we didn’t score. We didn’t have the luck needed today. (When we went out) in 2012 or 2010, the sides were better than us, but today that wasn’t the case,” he said.Loew felt the departure of the injured Boateng had been significant.”The side did everything I told them. There is nothing to blame them for,” he said.The penalty turned the game but Loew was reluctant to criticise Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli.”I don’t say anything about referees’ decisions. You have to accept them. I don’t know if it was a penalty. If you see how he approached the ball, it touched his hand, but it was bad luck,” he said.advertisement”There is nothing to blame him for, but the hand up there you can say it shouldn’t be there. There are movements and you can’t control them,” Loew added.After defensive errors allowed Griezmann to add a second in the 72nd minute, Germany surged forward in search of a way back into the game but it was not to be.”We tried everything in the second half. We put them under big pressure and we had chances towards the end. But this is football,” Loew said.Loew expects France to win their third European title when they face Portugal at the Stade de France on Sunday.”France succeeded in getting to the final and if you win 2-0 you deserve it. I think they will win against Portugal. I think they are a very good side and Portugal so far hasn’t shown that much,” he said.Loew said it was too soon to talk about his own future.”I can’t predict (what I will do). I’m still disappointed so I won’t think about that tonight. We didn’t discuss it beforehand, but maybe in two or three days we’ll talk about it and consider whether we need to discuss anything about this tournament,” he said.last_img read more

Liverpool season: Friendlies, transfers & PL fixtures

first_imgLiverpool players will surely be wondering what more they can do when they attempt to improve upon their last campaign in 2019-20.Jurgen Klopp’s job involves rallying his squad to go again after a season that saw them miss out on Premier League glory despite amassing a remarkable 97 points and that unenviable task gets under way in earnest in early July.The Reds won their sixth Champions League title, but their performance in the domestic cups left plenty to be desired and they will be eager to improve on those fronts this coming season having watched rivals Manchester City achieve an unprecedented treble. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! 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Ahead of the upcoming campaign, Goal takes a look at Liverpool’s pre-season friendly schedule, the club’s transfer activity and when their Premier League push begins again.Liverpool pre-season fixtures Date Match Time (UK / US ET) Venue Jul 11 Tranmere Rovers 0-6 Liverpool 7:30pm / 2:30pm Prenton Park, Birkenhead Jul 14 Bradford City 1-3 Liverpool 3pm / 10am Valley Park, Bradford Jul 19 Liverpool 2-3 Borussia Dortmund 1am / 8pm Notre Dame Stadium, Indiana Jul 21 Liverpool 1-2 Sevilla 11pm / 6pm Fenway Park, Boston Jul 24 Liverpool 2-2 Sporting 1am / 8pm Yankee Stadium, New York Jul 28 Liverpool 0-3 Napoli 5pm / 12pm Murrayfield, Edinburgh Jul 31 Liverpool 3-1 Lyon 6pm / 1pm Stade de Geneve, Geneva Aug 4 Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City* (5-4 pens.) 3pm / 10am Wembley Stadium, London *2019 Community Shield Liverpool kicked off their pre-season preparations with games in mid July against Tranmere Rovers and Bradford City before making their way across the Atlantic for a tour of the United States.Klopp’s former club Borussia Dortmund were the first Stateside opponent and that game took place in Notre Dame Stadium on July 19. Three days later it was La Liga opposition, with a clash against Sevilla in Boston on July 21.The Reds then made a trip to New York to play Sporting on July 24 before returning to the UK four days later for a game against Serie A giants Napoli at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield – the home of Scottish rugby.A clash against Ligue 1 giants Lyon takes place in Geneva on July 31 before Liverpool lock horns with familiar foes Manchester City at the beginning of August for in the Community Shield – the official curtain-raiser for the English club season.They had been scheduled to face Bundesliga side Schalke, but the game has been cancelled due to the earlier date on which the Reds open their league campaign.Liverpool 2019-20 transfer activity Jurgen Klopp LiverpoolHaving spent big money in recent years to bring in players such as Alisson and Virgil van Dijk, the summer of 2019 is set to be a relatively quiet transfer window for Liverpool.The squad that Klopp has built is a formidable one, which the 2018-19 campaign showed, and accordingly, the German coach is under no great pressure to strengthen too much.A forward, to take pressure off Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, is high on the agenda when it comes to areas in need of bolstering. The likes of Timo Werner and James Maddison have been linked.There will certainly be a number of first-team departures, however, with Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno leaving for free, while Nathaniel Clyne and Danny Ings will also be heading through the exit door.Transfer activity in Position Player Transferred from Fee Date DF Sepp van den Berg PEC Zwolle £1.3m Jul 1 FW Harvey Elliott Fulham Undisc. Jul 28 Transfer activity out Position Player Transferred to Fee Date DF Alberto Moreno Released Free Jun 30 FW Daniel Sturridge Released Free Jun 30 DF Conor Randall Released Free Jun 30 GK Adam Bogdan Released Free Jun 30 FW Danny Ings Southampton £20m Jul 1 FW Sheyi Ojo Rangers Loan Jul 1 MF Allan Fluminense Loan Jul 1 MF Marko Grujic Hertha Berlin Loan Jul 1 MF Rafael Camacho Sporting £5m Jul 1 GK Kamil Grabara Huddersfield Town Loan Jul 15 GK Simon Mignolet Brugge  £8m Aug 4 FW Harry Wilson Bournemouth Loan Aug 6 Liverpool 2019-20 Premier League fixtures Liverpool kicked off their 2019-20 Premier League campaign at Anfield on August 9 against newly promoted Norwich City.The Reds face Manchester United for the first time in the season on October 19, with a repeat of last season’s Champions League final in store against Tottenham the week after. Klopp’s side lock horns with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at Anfield on November 9.The first Merseyside derby of the season against Everton is set to take place at Anfield on December 4, with the Toffees hosting the return fixture next March.Liverpool 2019-20 squad numbers No. Pos Player 1 GK Alisson 2 DF Nathaniel Clyne 3 MF Fabinho 4 DF Virgil van Dijk 5 MF Georginio Wijnaldum 6 DF Dejan Lovren 7 MF James Milner 8 MF Naby Keita 9 FW Roberto Firmino 10 FW Sadio Mane 11 FW Mohamed Salah 12 DF Joe Gomez 13 GK Adrian 14 MF Jordan Henderson 15 MF Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 20 MF Adam Lallana 23 MF Xherdan Shaqiri 24 FW Rhian Brewster 26 DF Andrew Robertson 27 FW Divock Origi 32 DF Joel Matip 40 MF Ryan Kent 48 MF Curtis Jones 51 DF Ki-Jana Hoever 62 GK Caoimhin Keller 65 DF Yasser Larouci 66 DF Trent Alexander-Arnold 67 MF Harvey Elliott 72 DF Sepp van den Berg Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Province Invests in Equipment for Cape Breton Hospitals

first_imgThe province is improving quality and patient safety for people in Cape Breton with an almost $1-million investment in new equipment, Deputy Premier Frank Corbett announced today, July 16. “New technology and equipment are important in continuing to provide safe, quality health care services,” said Mr. Corbett, “This equipment will improve care and enhance safety for patients.” Investments at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital include $750,000 for a multi-purpose radiographic unit that will improve the quality and efficiency of diagnostic imaging. “This funding helps give our staff some of the best tools and technology available today so they can continue to deliver quality diagnostics and care to our patients,” said Jim Merkley, Cape Breton District Health Authority vice-president of operations and acting CEO. “Our staff is excited about being able to use state-of-the-art equipment and know that what they do has a direct benefit to patient care.” The district will also receive funding toward a $235,000 sterile processing department cart washer to enhance infection prevention and control. The equipment is used to wash and disinfect trays and pans used in surgical and ambulatory procedures. Under the cost-share formula for capital equipment, the Department of Health and Wellness will pay 75 per cent of the costs and the district will pay 25 per cent. The province’s investment is part of $15 million announced in December from its Jobs and Building 2012/13 Capital Plan. The money is earmarked for district health authorities and the IWK Health Centre to purchase or replace necessary equipment.last_img read more

Five Cease Trade Orders Issued Against Nova Scotia Companies

first_img Mentor Networks Inc. Premiere Developments Limited Stonehedge Investments Limited Highhead Mountain Development Limited Foxgrove Exploration Ltd. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has issued temporary cease trade orders against the following companies: The companies, all Nova Scotia reporting issuers, violated Nova Scotia securities laws by not filing continuous disclosure documents. The executive director of securities has ordered people and companies to stop trading securities. The companies have until Sept. 4, to file all documents to avoid a permanent cease trade order. To view the orders, visit the Enforcement Section under the What’s New page at . The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. -30-last_img read more

Three held in Trinamool leaders murder case in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Three persons have been arrested following the recovery of a Trinamool Congress leader’s body from West Bengal’s West Midnapore district but there was no political motive behind the murder, police said on Wednesday. The body of Ganesh Bhunia, 40, a Trinamool block leader from Narayangarh, was found on Monday in a roadside bush and bore injury marks. “Three persons namely Sujoy Maity, 32, Janmenjoy Maity, 30 and Laxmikanta Maity, 45 have been arrested for beating Ganesh Bhunia to death and they are being produced before the court on Wednesday,” an officer of Narayangarh police station said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers Refuting allegations of a political connection behind the murder, he said: “These people are related to the deceased and there was enmity between the families”. There was no political motive behind the murder, he added. Earlier, the Trinamool Congress had accused “BJP-backed miscreants” of involvement in the murder, while BJP leaders refuted the charges levelled against them and claimed that Bhunia was murdered due to infighting within the Trinamool leadership.last_img read more

Jaishankar stresses on promoting nationalism says India has vision and leadership unlike

first_imgAhmedabad: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday batted for promoting nationalism to deal with challenges like terrorism and said the country now has both vision and leadership, which were lacking in the past causing it to lag behind other nations. Addressing a gathering of BJP supporters here, the former foreign secretary praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his “vision of new India”, stressing things were changing under his leadership. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu Jaishankar, who on Friday won the Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat, was here to participate in the BJP’s nation-wide membership drive along with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and other party leaders. “If we look at India’s history, our internal disputes have been our weakness, from which others have benefited. We should promote nationalism and increase national security for challenges like terrorism. For that, we need leadership and persistency seen in the last few years that were lacking earlier,” he said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC As a career diplomat, Jaishankar said, he worried about India lagging behind countries like China, which he said was due to shortcomings in vision and conviction. “You know that I worked for 40 years in the service of the nation as India’s diplomat and foreign secretary. During this period, when I looked at the world, I found there are some countries which have progressed a lot in 20-30 years. “To tell you frankly, there are also countries which have moved ahead of us even when they were at our level 30 years back, like China,” he said, adding it was due to lack of vision and conviction. “Today, both have changed. There is a vision of new India that our prime minister has put before us. And there is also commitment due to the vision,” he said. Jaishankar said he was drawn towards the party due to the commitment shown by the government. He said that only those countries have progressed where people take it as their responsibility to take their nation forward. “And this is possible only when we all consider participating in issues and policies concerning public. Country will grow if this enthusiasm grows,” he said. “This new vision, new commitment, is what made a man like me to come into public life, to join this party,” he said. He said there was need to collaborate with other countries. “If we have to progress further, our collaboration with other countries, in terms of technology, investment, and support we can give to our people (living abroad), can make a lot of difference. If we work for this together, our country can reach another level,” he said.last_img read more

Stars Donate Chatters Following Orlando Mass Shooting

first_imgChatter, a new platform that is charity focused, will dedicate its significant resources and network to the victims in the horrific Orlando massacre.Chatter is a 5-minute video chat that allows fans to bid for the chance to talk to a celebrity. The proceeds go to their charity or cause of choice.“Tell me who you need. I’m in,” exclaims Hall of Fame NFL linebacker Ray Lewis.“We’re used to hearing Ray roar, but now he’s roaring for Orlando victims,” said Chatter co-founder Pasha King. “This crisis is something we have to rally around as a community and as a country. Chatter provides that platform to help.”Co-founder Teague Egan goes on to mention “We quickly discussed who would be the perfect icon for Chatter right now. Someone who people look to up for help, that is naturally philanthropic and that the community respects. At the top of the list was Ray Lewis, who happens to be a close friend.”Ray immediately agreed to not only donate his Chatters, but also to bring his friends in to help victims of Orlando. DJ Skee, a highly respected music host and owner of SkeeTV and Dash Radio has jumped in to help bring A-list artists to the Chatter platform.To contribute to the 50 dead and 53 injured, Ray and Skee, who are big supporters of the LGBTQ community, joined to aim at raising $500,000 over the next two weeks through Chatter.Co-founder Adam Geiger says, “It’s amazing how fast the community can rally around to help. Last year some individuals flew to Flint, but it wasn’t fast enough and it wasn’t enough, period. Now, they’re jumping on Chatter from anywhere in the world – and making a difference. For all the influencers posting about Orlando that don’t know about Chatter yet, you soon will.”For more on Chatter, download “Chatter – Video Chat with Stars” in the App Store / Google Play or visit is an official Pulse Victims Fund supporting Equality Florida, the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. Chatter for Charity is collecting contributions via the Chatter app and website to support the victims of the horrific shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub.Regarding distribution of funds, Chatter working with a team of attorneys and experts, including the National Center for Victims of Crime, which deployed funds in both Chattanooga and Aurora, to ensure funds are distributed correctly.last_img read more

Jennifer Hudson Honored At March Of Dimes Celebration Of Babies A Hollywood

first_imgLast week, March Of Dimes, the leading non-profit organization for pregnancy and baby health, raised $1.4 million at the sixth annual March of Dimes Celebration of Babies: A Hollywood Luncheon, which took at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.Nick Cannon, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Rowland attend the 2016 March of Dimes Celebration of Babies: A Hollywood Luncheon in LAThe 2016 honorees included Grammy Award-winning singer and Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group Jody Gerson and Mary Kerr, M.D. for their various contributions to the cause. Celebration of Babies is co-chaired by Jimmy Horowitz, President of Universal Pictures, and his wife Joi, along with producer Wyck Godfrey.March of Dimes Celebration of Babies brought together celebrities and prominent individuals in the entertainment community who care about the health of moms and babies. For the first time in eight years, the rate of premature birth in the U.S. has increased, driven by worsening rates among specific racial and ethnic groups as well as geographic areas, across the country. The preterm birth rate among Black women is 48% higher than all other women. In addition to the unfair toll on mothers and babies, preterm birth accounts for more than $26 billion annually in avoidable medical and societal costs in the United States. Prematurity affects 15,000,000 babies each year globally and nearly one million of them die before their first birthday. March of Dimes strives for a world where every baby has a fair chance, with a mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.Grammy and Academy-Award winner Jennifer Hudson received the 2016 March of Dimes Grace Kelly Award, which recognized her commitment to help families and give all babies the healthiest start in life. From humble beginnings, Hudson rocketed to worldwide acclaim with her acting and music recording career. Her memorable roles have garnered her numerous honors and awards over the years, including Academy, Grammy, Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG Awards. Hudson has also made a global impact through her extensive philanthropic work, championing children, women’s issues and poverty around the world.“I’m so grateful for this opportunity because it has taught me about premature birth,” said Hudson. “It’s so easy to overlook what others are going through…what better way to invest in the future than in babies.”Jody Gerson, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group, was honored by March of Dimes as the 2016 Inspiring Woman of the Year for her accomplishments as a leader in the entertainment industry and as a dedicated mother.Dr. Mary Kerr, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, was honored with the 2016 March of Dimes Prematurity Champion Award, for her dedication and special interest in caring for patients with high-risk pregnancies. She has been honored as one of the top Obstetrician and Gynecologists in America and is a faculty member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Los Angeles Obstetrics and Gynecology Society, the American Women’s Medical Society and the American Medical Association. Dr. Kerr is also a national honoree for United Cerebral Palsy for her work with embryonic stem cell collection and Special Needs Network LA, which provides needs for low-income families of children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.President of Universal Pictures Jimmy Horowitz and producer Wyck Godfrey served as Celebration of Babies event chairs, alongside their wives.Nick Cannon returned as master of ceremonies for the exclusive luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.Event co-chairs included: Shelli and Irving Azoff, Catherine and Marty Bowen, Kate and Paul Brooks, Sir Lucian Grainge and Lady Caroline Grainge, Paula Kaplan and Billy Goldberg, Lisa Kasteler, Chris Meledandri, Graehme Morphy, Ronald O. Perelman and Dr. Anna Chapman, Daniel Seah, Damien Smith, and Molly Sims and Scott Stuber.Host committee members included: Michele Anthony, Steve Barnett, Steve Berman, Lauren and Jason Blum, Liza Chasin and Matthew Velkes, Marc Cimino, Jeff Frasco, Alex and Brad Fuller, Risa Gertner, Jeff Harleston, LaTanya and Samuel L. Jackson, John Janick, John Josephson, Michelle Jubelirer, Alicia Keys, Ashley and David Kramer, David Lande, Avery Lipman, Monte Lipman, Richard Lovett, Elizabeth Matthews, Boyd Muir, Deborah Newmyer, Mike O’Neill, Gavin Polone, Terry Press, Anna Rawson and Ted Chervin, Kelly Rowland and Tim Witherspoon, Jackie and Adam Sandler, Erika Rose Santoro, Will Tanous, Talin and Scott Tenley, and Carrie and Bill Zotti.Past honorees include 2015 Grace Kelly Award recipient Jessica Alba; and 2015 Inspiring Woman of the Year Bela Bajaria, President of Universal Television. New in 2015 March of Dimes Prematurity Champion Award Michele Hakakha, M.D.; 2014 Grace Kelly Award recipient Elizabeth Banks; 2014 Inspiring Woman of the Year Elizabeth Gabler, President FOX 2000; 2013 Grace Kelly Award recipient Jennifer Lopez; 2013 Inspiring Woman of the Year, Nancy Dubuc, President and CEO, A+E Networks; 2012 Grace Kelly Award recipient Reese Witherspoon; 2012 Inspiring Woman of the Year Cyma Zarghami, President of Nickelodeon Group; 2011 Grace Kelly Award recipient Donna Langley, Chairman of Universal Pictures; and Stork Club Ambassador Molly Sims.Since the inaugural event in 2011, Celebration of Babies has helped raise awareness of March of Dimes and the preterm birth health crisis while raising over $7,000,000 to help give every baby a fighting chance.last_img read more

Allahabad Bank shines in cloudy Q4 skies

first_imgNew Delhi: Total income during the March quarter of 2018-19 grew to Rs 4,602.86 crore from Rs 4,259.37 crore in the year-ago period, the Allahabad Bank said in a regulatory filing. However, the bank Friday reported widening of net loss to Rs 3,834.07 crore during the fourth quarter of 2018-19 financial year due to mounting bad loans. The public sector lender’s net loss in the year-ago period stood at Rs 3,509.63 crore. For entire 2018-19 financial year, the bank’s net loss expanded to Rs 8,457.38 crore from Rs 4,574.22 crore in the previous year. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraTotal income during the last fiscal was down at Rs 18,806.38 crore as against Rs 19,487.51 crore a year ago. The bank’s gross non-performing assets (NPAs) shot up to 17.55 per cent of gross advances by March 2019 from 15.96 per cent by March 2018. Net NPAs, however, were down at 5.22 per cent from 8.04 per cent. In value terms, gross NPAs stood at Rs 28,704.78 crore by end of the last fiscal as against Rs 26,562.79 crore by 2017-18. Net bad loans were worth Rs 7,419.31 crore as compared to Rs 12,229.13 crore earlier. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe amount set aside for NPA provision was higher at Rs 5,278.88 crore during the latest quarter as compared to Rs 5,126 crore in the year-ago period. “During 2018-19, 322 fraud cases were reported involving a total amount of Rs 70.54 crore. Of these accounts, the bank has recovered a total amount of Rs 13.68 crore and has written back provision of Rs 8.53 crore during the quarter,” the lender said. On divergence in asset classification and provision for NPAs in compliance with the Risk Assessment Report (RAR) of RBI, Allahabad Bank said there was divergence of Rs 1,128.70 crore in gross NPAs and Rs 709.20 crore with regard to net NPAs. The divergence in provisioning was Rs 1,022.40 crore. Non performing loan provision coverage ratio of the bank is 79.85 per cent. The bank’s MD and CEO SS Mallikarjuna Rao expressed confidence that overall 2019-2020 would be good and the bank would record profit from June quarter onwards. “If you look at our performance, net NPA has been brought down to 5.22 percent. Similarly gross NPA quarter-on -quarter basis has come down marginally. The provision coverage ratio has gone up to 79.8 percent. On outstanding basis, there was a growth of around 2.5 percent in credit. However, our average credit growth was almost 10 percent, which is very impressive,” Rao said. He further added: “In this quarter, we are expecting Bhushan Power, Bhushan Energy, Alok Industries and Mandhana Industries — 4-5 accounts where we are expecting anything around Rs 2,200 crore to be realised before June 30. That should be a good reduction and we will also get a right back of around Rs 150 crore.”last_img read more

Funding shortage forces UN agency to cut rations for refugees in Tanzania

The World Food Programme (WFP) today urgently appealed to donors for $14 million to prevent additional cuts and continue feeding the refugees housed in 13 camps through the first half of next year. With inadequate supplies of both cereals and lentils, WFP had to reduce the daily ration of the most important staple, maize, by a quarter to 1.9 kilograms per person per week, down from 2.5 kilograms. Recently WFP was forced to cut the ration of lentils by a similar amount. WFP has appealed to donors for 39,000 tons of food in order to bridge a gap in food commodities in the first half of 2005. Food arriving from outside Tanzania could take up to six months to reach the refugees, but cash contributions would enable the agency to buy food within the country and in the region that could reach the camps within two to three months. “Donors have to act fast, otherwise food stocks will dry up completely by February,” warned Patrick Buckley, WFP Country Director for Tanzania. The WFP operation assists more than 400,000 refugees in addition to more than 8,000 Tanzanian school children, street children, orphans, hospital patients and others in the host communities surrounding the refugee camps. Though many Burundian refugees have returned home over the last two years, the number repatriating has recently slowed because of concerns about the security situation in Burundi. Meanwhile the continuing insecurity in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been preventing most Congolese refugees from returning home. read more

Grad SendOff aims to ready students for next chapter

When Brock’s graduates head out on their quest for professional success, the University aims to give them the strongest send-off possible.To help senior students prepare to enter the next chapter of their lives with confidence and connections, the Brock University Alumni Association is hosting its Class of 2018 Grad Send-Off on Tuesday, Feb. 6.Held from 1 to 3 p.m. in Ian Beddis Gymnasium, the annual event allows students to connect with employers and the Alumni Association, helping them to build their professional networks as they look towards graduation.“This is a great opportunity for students to learn about the services that are available to them as a future Brock graduate, network with employers and celebrate the Class of 2018,” says Shelley Huxley, Director of Alumni Relations.Hosted by the Alumni Association and Career Education, Grad Send-Off encourages senior students to explore available resources in place to help them find a career that suits their interest, experience and skills.The event will include an appetizer buffet, giveaways, LinkedIn headshots for graduating students as well as a career fair and on-site resume review clinic.“I am looking forward to be around everyone who is graduating,” says fourth-year student Michael Beal. “This is a chance to recognize what we have all been through and to celebrate an ending, but also explore a new beginning.”Graduating students bring a “level of excitement to the event as they prepare to start their new life after graduation,” says Ashley Haroutunian, Career Consultant, Career Education.The Brock University Alumni Association is an organization championed and governed by a volunteer group of Brock graduates. This group of volunteers represent the interests of all alumni and acts as advocates on their behalf, creates opportunities for alumni to stay engaged with the Brock community and recognizes the success of fellow Brock graduates.Third- and fourth-year students can register for Grad Send-Off online. read more

Mens hockey Ohio State delivers knockout punch to No 1 Penn State

Members of Ohio State’s men’s ice hockey team celebrate a goal by freshman forward Tanner Laczynski (9) in the third period of the Buckeye’s game against Bowling Green on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes won 6-1. Credit: Breanna Crye | For The LanternNo captain, no problem.The No. 11 Ohio State men’s hockey team (12-4-6, 3-2-1-1), without senior forward, captain and leading goal scorer Nick Schilkey, returned to conference play in a big way this weekend with a series sweep over top-ranked Penn State. OSU recording a shootout win after a 3-3 overtime draw on Friday and a 6-3 victory Saturday over the No. 1 Nittany Lions (16-3-2, 5-2-0-1).Game OneAfter trailing the Nittany Lions by a one-goal deficit three different times, the Scarlet and Gray clawed its way back to tie the home side 3-3, behind the sticks of senior defender Josh Healey and sophomore forward Mason Jobst.The extra period ended in a 3-3 draw, but freshman forward Sam McCormick slotted the puck past Penn State freshman goaltender Peyton Jones in the seventh round of the subsequent shootout, giving the Scarlet and Gray an extra point in the conference standings.Penn State jumped out to an early lead with 12:12 left in the first period with a goal from junior forward James Robinson, but Healey would level the score at one with under 10 minutes left in the second.The hosts entered the final frame with a 2-1 advantage, but just seven minutes into the period, Jobst would equalize for the Buckeyes. And after the Nittany Lions led 3-2 with 7:19 left, it was Jobst again with his second of the night and third in the last two games.Senior goaltender Christian Frey made 56 saves against the nation’s top offense.Game TwoOhio State ended the weekend with a 6-3 victory over the top-ranked Nittany Lions behind goals from six different Buckeyes, and 41 saves from Frey.The finale of this conference series began similarly as the first, as OSU found itself in a quick 1-0 hole just three minutes in after senior defenseman David Thompson opened the game’s scoring.Despite this, Ohio State would recover quickly, as sophomore forward John Wiitala and Jobst would net a goal each in the first period to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Jobst’s goal marks his 27th point of the season, and 15th in the last eight games.The Scarlet and Gray scoring, however, would not stop there.Just 18 seconds into the second period, sophomore forward Dakota Joshua went one-on-one with Jones and beat the netminder for his third of the season to add to the OSU lead.Nevertheless, after the Nittany Lions answered with two goals of their own from freshman defenseman Kris Myllari and sophomore forward Andrew Sturtz, we entered the final period of the series in a 3-3 deadlock.The Buckeyes would quickly put the game away in the third, as junior forwards Matthew Weis and Luke Stork scored with under two minutes into the period, and just over a minute apart, to give the Scarlet and Gray a 5-3 lead.Junior forward Christian Lampasso would add extra insurance with 2:50 left in the game, as the Amherst, New York, native netted his first goal of the season to make it 6-3.Frey came up big once again for the Buckeyes in this matchup, notching 41 saves in the game and 97 overall on the weekend.Up NextThe Buckeyes are back in action on Thursday night, as they welcome the Wisconsin Badgers to the Schottenstein Center. Game 2 will feature a neutral site, as these two Big Ten teams travel to Madison Square Garden for the finale of the season series.Puck drop for both Thursday and Saturday is set for 7 p.m. read more

Usain Bolt Escapes Injury in Minor Jamaican Car crash

Source: TMZ Kingston, Jamaica – Champion sprinter Usain Bolt — who has three Olympic gold medals to his name — was in a car crash early Sunday morning in  Jamaica, but escaped uninjured.A rep for Bolt says the crash took place in Kingston, Jamaica at 5:15 AM. Bolt was returning home from a Saturday night shin-dig with friends when the “fender bender” occurred.The rep said there were no injuries and Bolt is “fine and resting at home.” His teammate, Asafa Powell, was also on scene at the time of the crash, but was traveling in a different car.  Usain Bolt also crashed in 2009, driving barefoot, and lost a month of training after needing minor surgery to remove thorns embedded in his left foot.Bolt won three gold medals for Jamaica at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. He will go for gold again in London this summer. read more

Cornish Team wins three gold medals at international mining games

first_imgStudents from the Camborne School of Mines (CSM) are celebrating after winning three gold medals, two silver and a bronze, in this year’s prestigious international mining games competition which took place in Montana in the USA.Twenty students in three teams, from the mining school based at the University of Exeter’s Penryn campus, took part in the 38th International Intercollegiate Mining Games. Sponsorship from Lantoom Quarry enabled them to compete with teams from across the worlds in arduous mining events designed to put traditional mining skills to the test.The co-ed team came third overall in its division and secured gold in the ‘mucking’ and ‘track stand’ events and silver in ‘swede saw’. The Men’s A team secured top spot in the ‘mucking event’, which involves running a 1 t ore wagon down a 25 m track and filling it as quickly as possible – the third successive year the team have been crowned world ‘mucking’ champions. The team also came second in the ‘track stand’ event, which involves setting up and tearing down a section of rail track.The CSM teams, who also received support from the Camborne School of Mines Trust, were the only UK representatives taking part at the three-day event.Mining games Captain Liam Norwood said: “The games provide an excellent opportunity to meet fellow mining students from around the world and wave the CSM flag at an internationally renowned event. We compete in front of an industry related audience of over 1,000 in numbers.“Our team is extremely excited to host the 40th year of the Games in 2018. A huge thank you is in order to our sponsors, without them we would not be able to represent CSM and gain such valuable experience.”Richard Crocker, MD of Liskeard’s Lantoom Quarry, who sponsor the Cornish teams said: “Huge congratulations to the team. They’ve done Cornwall proud. It’s crucial for the industry that traditional mining skills are celebrated in this way. It’s great to see Cornish students showcase those skills to the world.”The international mining games competition started in 1978 as an act of commemoration to the 1972 Sunshine mine disaster that claimed the lives of 91 workers and stands as a reminder to all those who have lost their lives in mining. The primary aim of the competition is to keep the traditional mining techniques alive, many of which were developed in Cornwall.last_img read more

Irfan Smajlagic is new RK Lokomotiva coach

← Previous Story David Davis is new assistant coach in RK Vardar! Next Story → NEW VARDAR’S TARGET: Maqueda or Stepancic? handball transfersmichaela hrbkovark lokomotiva Legendary Croatian player Irfan Smajlagic will start his coaching career in women’s handball in work with Croatian RK Lokomotiva. Team from capital city of Zagreb want to win domestic Championship after many years of RK Podravka domination. “Lokosice” will be lead by experienced coach, who worked in men’s Croatian team as assistant of Lino Cervar and head-coach of Egypt at Olympic Games 2008 and WCh 2009.His biggest success in career is EHF CL TOP 16 with Bosna Sarajevo in 2011.New player in Lokomotiva is Michaela Hrbkova.

Mick McCarthy blanks questions about ONeill and Keane in really awkward press

first_imgYouTube:  Rec139, via Balls.ieMcCarthy, of course, fell out with Keane in Saipan while the Ireland squad prepared for the 2002 World Cup finals.Suits you, sir: The obligatory first picture of Martin O’Neill with an Ireland jersey is here FORMER IRELAND MANAGER Mick McCarthy today refused to join those of us still talking about the appointment of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane by the FAI.McCarthy was one of the names in the mix for the job but Association chiefs instead managed to secure a deal with the so-called ‘dream team’.Today, the Ipswich Town boss refused to answer questions about the arrival of O’Neill and his former skipper Keane.Asked how he thought O’Neill and Keane would get on, a smiling McCarthy stayed silent for some time before eventually answering: “I’m just a little bit confused about you actually.”When asked how he thought the new regime would get on in Dublin, he laughed.  Check out the footage:last_img read more

UCLA smartphone microscope can detect a single virus nanoparticles

first_imgSmartphone cameras have improved a lot in recent years. They even have passable macro modes for focusing on tiny thing. If you want to focus on really small stuff, you’re going to need some additional hardware. Aydogan Ozcan, a professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at UCLA has created a smartphone attachment weighing less than half a pound that can detect objects far smaller than the human eye can, including viruses and synthetic nanoparticles.It is extremely difficult to get clear images of the smallest of the small because the wavelength of light is too long. Doing that with an inexpensive mobile device is even harder. Equipment like the scanning electron microscope is massive and extremely expensive. The device developed by Ozcan is a fluorescent microscope, the body of which was 3D printed. The contraption uses a laser diode, which is directed at samples at a steep angle of roughly 75 degrees. This prevents the scattered light from interfering with the visual data.The prototype device basically straps on to the back of a phone and lines up with the camera module. This isn’t just a device you can whip out of your pocket and snap a picture of viruses, though. You have to load the sample on a special tray and keep the device stationary to acquire a good image. When done correctly, the mobile sensor can produce images very similar to a scanning electron microscope.Ozcan’s team used the mobile fluorescent microscope to capture images of the human cytomegalovirus (CMV), which is about 150-300nm in size. CMV is one of the larger viruses, but still tiny. Researchers were also able to detect 100nm nanoparticles marked with polystyrene beads.Ozcan believes this approach could bring advanced imaging technology to more places, even those without reliable electricity No one can yet estimate how much a production version of the device would cost, but it would probably be far less than a scanning electron microscope and just a little more portable too.last_img read more

No review of VPD use-of-force policies planned

first_imgDespite a spate of officer-involved shootings over the last month, Vancouver’s police chief says he’s confident the department’s policies are in line with statewide public safety standards and that his officers are following best practices.Since Feb. 5, the Vancouver Police Department has been involved in four officer-involved shootings — three of them fatal. The recent shootings appear to be the most in one year for the police agency over the last 25 years, a Columbian analysis found.“I think, for a department of our size, it is a little unusual to have so many back-to-back. I think it is outside the norm,” Vancouver Police Chief James McElvain said in a phone interview Wednesday. “What my experience has told me is, really the only consistency I see, is the behavior of the citizen involved has (caused) this incident to occur. It’s not usual for officers to need to use lethal force when people are cooperative.”A Columbian analysis of local law enforcement policies on use of force, specifically lethal force, found that the Vancouver Police Department’s policies largely mirror those of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the Camas and Battle Ground police departments.In a nutshell, all of the policies say deadly force is necessary when officers need to protect themselves or others from threat of death or serious injury. Deadly force is also permissible to prevent the escape of a fleeing violent felon when there’s probable cause to believe the felon has threatened serious harm or death, or if they are not apprehended poses the threat of harm to officers or others.last_img read more