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Brazil women’s soccer team coach Vadao sacked after World Cup loss

first_imgBrazil have parted ways with Vadao, the coach of their women’s football team, the country’s football confederation said on Monday.”After a year and 10 months, following his second stint with the CBF, the coach Oswaldo Alvarez, (aka) Vadao, is no longer in charge of the Brazilian women’s team,” the CBF said in a statement.Vadao, who previously coached the team for two years from 2014, was removed just four weeks after Brazil were knocked out the World Cup by France.His team had lost their previous nine games before the tournament but performed well enough to reach the last 16 where they were beaten 2-1 by the hosts after extra-time.Under Vadao’s tutelage, they reached the semi-finals of the 2016 Olympic tournament in Rio and won two Copas America and a Pan American Games title.”The CBF is working to define the name of a new coach for the women’s team in as short a time period as possible,” it added.Read more | Real Madrid is trying to sell Gareth Bale, I have not disrespected anybody: Zinedine ZidaneAlso see:last_img read more

Luan in no rush to join ‘world’s best’ Ronaldo at Real

first_imgTransfers Luan considers Ronaldo to be world’s best but is in no rush to join him at Real Madrid Alberto Piñero 20:51 12/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Luan Gremio Getty Transfers Real Madrid Real Madrid v Grêmio Grêmio FIFA Club World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo The Gremio forward is preparing to face the Blancos in the Club World Cup final, a side he rates highly and has been heavily linked with Gremio forward Luan is looking forward to facing Cristiano Ronaldo in the Club World Cup final but insists he is no rush to join him at Real Madrid.The 24-year-old Brazil international has emerged as one of the most sought-after talents in world football on the back of his displays for club and country.Luan starred for Gremio as they secured the 2017 Copa Libertadores crown and is now being heavily linked with a move to one of Europe’s top clubs – with La Liga rivals Real and Barcelona leading the chase. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Any transfer talk must wait for now, though, with there no desire on the part of a highly-rated frontman to leave his current surroundings.“I’m not in a hurry to move to Europe,” Luan told Goal.“The ideal moment is yet to come.”Luan’s focus at present is locked on a meeting with Real for the right to be considered the finest club side on the planet.A heavyweight encounter has been billed as a possible audition for the Samba star, as he seeks to further enhance his reputation in the eyes of the watching world.He will, however, be gracing the same field as some of the most decorated performers in the game.Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Al JaziraReal talisman Ronaldo will be the main attraction, with Luan admitting that he considers the Portuguese five-time Ballon d’Or winner to be the best in the business.Quizzed on comments from Gremio coach Renato in which the ex-Brazil international stated that he considers himself to have been better than Ronaldo, Luan protested: “I didn’t see Renato play!“Well, Cristiano is an amazing player, not only inside the pitch, but also off it. He’s a role model, an example.“He is the best in the world. I’m excited to play against him in the final.“It’s the game of my life. It’s going to be difficult, but we have a chance of beating Real Madrid.”While Luan is relishing the opportunity to lock horns with Ronaldo, he admits that it was the 32-year-old’s namesake and a Barcelona legend that he looked up to growing up.He added: “My idols were Ronaldo Nazario and Ronaldinho.”Both of those Brazilian icons graced the grandest of stages in Spain, with Real and Barca, and it could be that Luan follows in their illustrious footsteps at some stage in the near future.last_img read more

Report: Atalanta 3 Juventus 0

first_imgJuventus’ hopes of a fifth successive domestic double were extinguished after they were knocked out of the Coppa Italia by Atalanta in a 3-0 quarter-final defeat that marked their first domestic loss of the season and saw Massimiliano Allegri sent off.The Bianconeri went into Wednesday’s tie in Bergamo on the back of an extremely unconvincing performance in a 2-1 Serie A win over Lazio that sent them 11 points clear at the top.And they were underwhelming again at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia as they were undone by an Atalanta side that is the most prolific in Serie A, having scored 47 goals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Gian Piero Gasperini’s men dominated from the outset and Timothy Castagne’s 37th-minute strike and Duvan Zapata’s 19th goal of the season proved enough to set up a semi-final with Fiorentina, with the frustration that fuelled Allegri’s dismissal after the second goal increased late on when a defensive mix up allowed Zapata to double his tally as their dominance of the competition ended.Atalanta will have been buoyed by their stirring comeback against Roma on Sunday and Alejandro Gomez forced Wojciech Szczesny to turn behind with a fine effort from outside the box.The hosts saw Josip Ilicic forced off through injury while Juve were dealt a significant blow when Giorgio Chiellini motioned to the bench that he could not continue.It was his replacement, Joao Cancelo, one of the heroes of Juve’s fightback at Lazio at the weekend, who was at fault for the opener. Cancelo was dispossessed by Castagne, who then surged towards the edge of the box and bent an effort beyond Szczesny and into the bottom-right corner.And 125 seconds later Szczesny was beaten again in stunning fashion as the in-form Zapata turned and fired a fierce effort inside the Poland international’s near-post, with a furious Allegri sent from the dugout in the aftermath after an exchange with the fourth official.Juve improved after the interval and Daniele Rugani skimmed the woodwork with a header but they offered little thereafter and a terrible error by Mattia De Sciglio allowed Zapata to round Szczesny for his second as Allegri watched forlornly on from the stands.FT: Our Coppa Italia adventure comes to an end.#AtalantaJuve #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) January 30, 2019What does it mean? – Juve invincible no moreWhile a first domestic loss for Juve is unlikely to provide hope for those vainly pursuing them in the title race, their inability to find the net and their sloppy play at the back will provide plenty of encouragement to an Atletico Madrid team that is extremely talented at both ends of the pitch ahead of their Champions League last 16, first leg next month.Zapata reaches 20-goal markThough Zapata was aided by some questionable goalkeeping from Szczesny and some ponderous play from De Sciglio, the clinical manner in which he dispatched his double was indicative of a forward who has been one of the best in European football this season and now has 20 goals in all competitions.Cancelo’s Bergamo blunderPivotal to their revival in Rome, Cancelo’s performance could not have been more contrasting to the one he produced at the Stadio Olimpico. He dallied on the ball for the opener and did more to hinder Juve’s cause than help it on an evening he will want to quickly forget.What’s next?The visit of Parma is unlikely to provide a stumbling block for Juve in their seemingly inevitable march to the Scudetto. Seventh-placed Atalanta visit Cagliari as they push for the top four. read morelast_img read more

Two Holland America Line Ships Collide in Vancouver

first_imgzoomIllustration. Source: Flickr – under the CC BY 2.0 license; Image by: Kees Torn Two Holland America Line’s cruise ships collided at the Port of Vancouver’s Canada Place terminal on May 4.At approximately 6:50 a.m. local time, the 82,820 GT Oosterdam allided with the 86,273 GT Nieuw Amsterdam while docking stern to stern, Holland America Line confirmed in a statement.“There were no injuries reported and disembarkation on both ships proceeded as usual,” the cruise company said.Both vessels sustained minor damages. Damage to Oosterdam is minimal, while six aft stateroom verandahs on Nieuw Amsterdam required repairs, according to Holland America Line.The extent of the damages can be seen in the photos shared by Ken Carrusca on Twitter:Cruise ship Oosterdam hits the Nieuw Amsterdam docking at Canada Place in @PortVancouverDamage to both vessels @CKNW @GlobalBC @CTVVancouverSomebody isn’t having a good day.— Ken Carrusca (@KenCarrusca) May 4, 2019 “All required repairs are well above the waterline and the seaworthiness of both ships is not affected,” the cruise line explained on Saturday.Following the incident, Holland America Line informed all appropriate authorities.The 2010-built Nieuw Amsterdam departed on May 4 at 5:30 p.m. on an Alaska cruise, roundtrip Vancouver. The 2003-built Oosterdam sailed at 4:45 p.m. on an overnight cruise to Seattle and departed on a roundtrip Alaska cruise the following day.As informed by the company, there is no impact on these or future itineraries of the two cruise ships.last_img read more

Canada says visa requirements for Sri Lankan travellers the same

The High Commission of Canada encourages all travelers to verify visa and entry requirements and ensure that they have proper visas required for entry to Canada in advance of travel. Sri Lankan citizens contemplating travel to Canada are encouraged to check for accurate information on visa and entry requirements for Canada and for more information on how to apply. (Colombo Gazette) The High Commission of Canada to Sri Lanka and Embassy of Canada to Maldives says it is aware of recent erroneous media reporting on entry/visa requirements for Sri Lankan business and tourist travellers suggesting changes to Canada’s entry requirements for Sri Lankan travellers.The High Commission insisted that the claims are false. “Sri Lankan citizens require visas for travel to Canada. There have been no recent changes to visa requirements for Sri Lankan travellers. Any notification of changes would be announced by the Government of Canada via Government of Canada websites, social media (@CanHCSriLanka) and press releases,” The High Commission said. read more

On International Day UN experts urge greater protection for those fighting for

“Families of the disappeared and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are sometimes the only voices in their countries calling for truth, justice and reparation for the victims and highlighting the plight of the disappeared both nationally and internationally,” said the experts from the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances and the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. “Given their fundamental role, many of them are vulnerable to intimidation and face obstacles in their fight to prevent and tackle enforced disappearances,” they said in their joint statement marking the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. The Working Group was established by the UN Commission on Human Rights in 1980 to assist families in determining the fate and whereabouts of disappeared relatives. It seeks to establish a channel of communication between the families and the Governments concerned to ensure cases are investigated.The International Day was proclaimed by the General Assembly in December 2010, in a resolution which expressed its deep concern over the increase in enforced or involuntary disappearances in various regions of the world.The Working Group has listened to testimony from relatives working to discover what happened to their loved ones, who have told the experts about the risks of speaking out. “Shortly after submitting our cases to the Working Group, police officers started visiting our homes asking us why we had ‘sued’ the Government,” the relatives said. “We are calling on States to take or strengthen measures to protect relatives and civil society groups working on issues related to enforced disappearances and prevent and punish any act of intimidation, persecution or reprisal,” the experts said. A shortage of funds is also a constant challenge for NGOs fighting for justice and the Working Groups expressed concern for these “serious constraints” which can have devastating effects for organizations trying to provide support for victims’ families.“Today, we again pay tribute to relatives, civil society organizations and all those women and men who untiringly toil for the rights of the victims of enforced disappearance and to eradicate this heinous practice,” the members of the Working Group and the Committee said. “We call upon States and donors to renew their commitment to the fight against enforced disappearances, in particular by providing adequate support to these key individuals and groups who work so hard and so courageously.” read more

2014 A look back at some of the years major developments

Gaza: 50 days of war The abduction and killing of three Israeli teens, and the subsequent kidnapping and murder of a Palestinian teenager, sparked a war between Israelis and Palestinians for the third time in six years. By the time an Egypt-brokered ceasefire took hold at the end of August, nearly 2,200 Palestinians and 70 Israelis had died during the 50-day conflict. Here, smoke and flames rise from Gaza’s only electricity distribution plant after it was hit by Israeli missile strikes. UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan Read more: With Gaza on knife’s edge, Ban calls for restraint, urges parties to avert ‘full-blown war’ Ukraine: Fighting in the east In Ukraine, what was initially seen as an internal political crisis later escalated into full-blown conflict in the eastern part of the country. As of mid-December, hundreds of thousands of people had been displaced, with more than 4,700 killed and 10,322 wounded. Despite a ceasefire agreement, ongoing fighting continued to drive people from their homes, said the UN, which launched an aid effort for those in need. Above, fleeing fighting in the east, a Ukrainian family arrives in Kyiv by train in June 2014. UNHCR/I. Zimova Read more: During Ukraine visit, senior UN official pledges broad support for Government Gaza: Emergency appeal The conflict devastated Gaza’s economy, which had already been weakened by years of blockade, and exacerbated a scarcity of food, jobs, education and health care. In Geneva, the UN launched an emergency appeal for “lifeline” services to Palestinians affected by the conflict. Here, displaced Palestinians shelter at a UN school in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip after fleeing heavy Israeli bombardment in August. UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan Read more: UN agency requests $400 million ‘lifeline’ for Palestinian refugees Ukraine: Breakdown of law and order UN human rights monitors warned of a “breakdown in law and order” in Ukraine’s eastern regions, fuelled by an inflow of heavy weaponry and foreign fighters, which was having a “direct impact on all fundamental human rights, including the security, liberty and well-being, of individuals living there,” the UN reported. Pictured, a man drives past an apartment building near Slavyansk, heavily damaged in fighting in July. UNHCR/ Iva Zimova Read more: Amid ongoing hostilities, UN warns of ‘life-threatening’ conditions for Ukraine’s civilians Ebola: First-ever UN emergency health mission With health systems of affected countries unprepared for the Ebola onslaught, the UN worked closely with partners and health ministries to bolster the ability of affected countries to cope with the outbreak. The epidemic’s unprecedented scale prompted the UN to mobilize its first-ever system-wide emergency health mission – UNMEER. Shown, in Sierra Leone, an ambulance is dispatched to attend to a suspected Ebola case. UNMEER/Martine Perret Read more: Ebola response must include efforts to bolster health systems – UN Economic, Social Council chief . Central African Republic: Fractured by violence In the Central African Republic, people fled their homes in growing numbers amid continued inter-communal fighting. By December, the UN estimated that 440,000 people had been displaced inside the country while 190,000 others had sought asylum across borders. UN peacekeeping chief Hervé Ladsous warned of a potentially explosive situation as clashes continued between the mainly Muslim Séléka alliance and the anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian. Shown, in October, after two Muslims were killed, allegedly by Christians, the Muslim community demonstrates outside the headquarters of the UN Mission, MINUSCA, in the capital city of Bangui. UN Photo/Nektarios Markogiannis Read more: Central African Republic: Security Council appeals to rebels to lay down arms Afghanistan: Civilians bear the brunt of conflict In Afghanistan, civilians continued to bear the brunt of conflict as the Taliban and other insurgent groups attempted to gain control over territory. The UN reported that civilian casualties were up by nearly 20 per cent in 2014, compared with the previous year, with the number of civilians injured or killed expected to top 10,000 by the end of the year, for the first time since the UN mission in the country – UNAMA – began keeping records in 2008. Shown, fleeing violence, displaced Afghans approach the Pakistan-Afghan border. IRIN/Abdul Majeed Goraya Read more: ‘Suffering an enormous human cost’, civilian casualties up nearly 20 per cent in 2014 – UN Ebola: Disaster for West Africa A single case of the deadly Ebola virus in Guinea, late in 2013, led to a record-breaking epidemic in 2014, with the disease spreading to other countries in the West African region. By year’s end, the virus, for which there is no vaccine and no known cure, had sickened more than 18,000 people and killed 7,000, leaving in its wake a trail of broken lives and crippled economies. Pictured, an Ebola patient in Sierra Leone. UNDP Read more: Global Ebola Crisis Response – United Nations Spread of terrorism: Security Council calls for action As foreign terrorist fighters continued to flood conflict zones, shocking the world with unthinkable brutality, the UN Security Council called on Member States to work together and build the capacity to address such threats and to collaborate in suppressing the transit of violent extremists between countries. According to a UN assessment, the number of foreign terrorist fighters in the Syria and Iraq conflicts alone had grown to over 15,000 from more than 80 countries, while other fighters were reportedly seeking to join militant groups in Somalia, Yemen, and several countries in the Maghreb and Sahel regions. Pictured, in Mogadishu, suspected al-Shabaab militants wait to be taken for interrogation during a joint night operation by the Somali security services and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in May 2014. UN Photo/Tobin Jones Read more: At high-level debate, UN, Security Council renew pledge to counter foreign terrorist fighters South Sudan: Living in a “tinderbox” With a high level of mistrust between communities in South Sudan based on perceived support for either the Government or the opposition, people were on edge and violence was easily triggered. “The people of South Sudan are living in a tinderbox, with emotions high, an abundant flow of weapons and with both sides recruiting fighters, often forcefully and including children,” said UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. There were also reports of conflict-related sexual violence. Pictured, at its Malakal Compound in December 2014, the UN Mission destroys weapons confiscated over the year from displaced people entering the site or during subsequent searches. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine Read more: People of South Sudan living in ‘tinderbox’ after year of conflict, warns UN rights chief Central African Republic: Humanitarian workers at risk Central African Republic continued to face a humanitarian crisis of major proportions as living conditions in overcrowded sites for the internally displaced deteriorated. Providing humanitarian assistance across the country remained an enormous, and dangerous, task, in the face of an increasing trend of attacks against aid workers. Nevertheless, as of the end of the year, more than 100 UN agencies and NGOs were operating in the country – twice as many as had been in the country in 2013. Pictured, internally displaced women and children in the country. Photo: OCHA Read more: Central African Republic: As violence flares, UN warns of worsening humanitarian conditions Afghanistan: Electoral process saved from the brink Following presidential elections in April – and a subsequent run-off that sparked charges of fraud and a political impasse – Afghanistan pulled itself back from the brink as the two presidential candidates agreed to a deal that lead to the formation of a government of national unity. It was the first-ever transfer of power from one elected leader to another, and a milestone in Afghanistan’s historic democratic transition, the UN said. Above, in the presence of international and domestic observers, Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission audits the results of the country’s presidential election run-off. UNAMA/Fardin Waezi Read more: UN congratulates Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on inauguration Sustainable development: Charting an inclusive, ‘people-centred’ agenda From better healthcare to clean water and sanitation, from ending discrimination to protecting the planet, Secretary-General Ban called on Member States to be “innovative, inclusive, agile, determined and coordinated” in negotiating a new agenda in 2015 that is to succeed the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the UN-backed effort to reduce extreme poverty and hunger, promote education, especially for girls, fight disease and protect the environment, which ends next year. Pictured, at a school in Laos, in Southeast Asia, children are taught the importance of proper hand-washing, drinking safe water, and using clean utensils. World Bank/Bart Verweij Read more: Road to Dignity by 2030: UN chief launches blueprint towards sustainable development Syria: Push for critical aid The dismantling of Syria’s chemical weapons programme, by a joint mission of the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, was of little consolation to the millions of people affected by the war, Secretary-General Ban said at his year-end press conference. To bring life-saving aid to 12 million people inside Syria and to support countries in the region hosting millions of Syrian refugees, the UN and its partners appealed in December for $8.4 billion. Shown, a Syrian refugee mother waits in line with her child to collect aid. The photograph was taken in Arsal before the latest displacement in the Lebanese town. UNHCR/ M. Hofer Read more: UN launches appeal for life-saving aid to millions of Syrians, support to host communities ‹ › Video: United Nations – Year in Review 2014 (short version – long version)                             Photos: More photos from 2014 #PhotoHolder3 {display:none;} .carousel-caption {-ms-filter:”progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.Alpha(Opacity=50)”; background:none repeat scroll 0 0 rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.4); filter: alpha(opacity=70);} .carousel-caption a {font-weight:bold;color:#ffffff;} .carousel-caption p, .carousel-caption h4 {text-shadow: 1px 1px #000;} .carousel-caption p.pright {text-align:right;font-size:10px;font-style: italic} #sidebar {display:none;} div#story-content .span8 {width:100% !important} #myCarousel {width:90% !important} Middle East peace: Future uncertain The UN continues to support a negotiated political settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But, despite a desire for Middle East peace by many outside the region, the quest for a lasting solution was “more uncertain than ever” and the situation on the ground remained “explosive,” UN envoy Robert Serry warned the Security Council in December. UN Photo/Mark Garten Read more: Future of Israeli-Palestinian peace ‘more uncertain than ever,’ warns senior UN official South Sudan: A nation in jeopardy In South Sudan, political in-fighting in late 2013 between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, led to full-fledged conflict in 2014 that risked the future of the nation, the UN said. Inter-communal violence uprooted 1.9 million people and placed more than 7 million at risk of hunger and disease. It also taxed UN resources as 100,000 civilians sought shelter at UN compounds around the country. Shown, in March, flooding at the Tomping protection-of-civilians site made life miserable and unhealthy for the displaced. UN Photo/Isaac Billy Read more: One year later, ongoing South Sudan conflict ‘jeopardizes future of entire nation’ – UN chief Millions in need Millions of people were displaced from their homes, with over 100 million in need of relief assistance – the highest levels since the Second World War, the UN reported. “Never before has the United Nations been asked to reach so many people with emergency food assistance and other life-saving supplies,” said Secretary-General Ban at the opening of the General Assembly’s annual debate in September. Shown, displaced Iraqi girls queue for food at a community kitchen in Iraqi Kurdistan’s Dohuk governorate. UNHCR Read more: Opening General Assembly debate, Ban urges leadership to move from ‘turbulence’ to peace Climate change: Countries prepare to negotiate At a UN climate summit in Lima, Peru, Governments put in place the building blocks for climate action that will serve as the basis for negotiations when countries meet in Paris next year to hammer out a new universal climate treaty. Governments, businesses and civil society now agree they must curb the growth of emissions, said Secretary-General Ban as he spoke to journalists at the end of the year. Earlier, in March, the UN chief visited Greenland – where the melting of ice sheets is accelerating – to view first-hand the impacts of climate change. Above, he is shown touring the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ilulissat Icefjord in Greenland. UN Photo/Mark Garten Read more: COP20: Ban Ki-moon hails delegates for paving way to ‘meaningful’ climate agreement Syria: Disregard for rules of war As the war in Syria dragged on, civilians continued to be subjected to violence of nightmarish proportions. “We have run out of words to fully explain the brutality, violence and callous disregard for human life which is a hallmark of this crisis,” UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told the Security Council in December. A resolution adopted by the Council in February, calling on the warring parties to allow humanitarian access across conflict lines, and to protect civilians caught in the fighting, continued to be violated on all counts, she added. Above, Syrian Kurdish refugees cross into Turkey from Syria near the town of Kobani. UNHCR/I. Prickett Read more: ‘Even in war there are rules’ – UN official urges Security Council to enforce protections of Syrian civilians read more

NFL ICYMI Packers ARod say bye to McCarthy who next

There’s little argument that Aaron Rodgers’ talent is such that his Green Bay Packers probably should have won more than one Super Bowl by now.For quite some time, there have been those who blamed coach Mike McCarthy for the lack of titles more than credited him for steering the team to that title.Now the world will find out just what Rodgers and the Packers are capable of without McCarthy, who was fired after a 20-17 loss at home to the lowly Arizona Cardinals on Sunday that dropped Green Bay to 4-7-1, its worst start since 2006. It was an abrupt end for McCarthy — who did win a championship, after all — and rare upheaval for a model franchise that last changed coaches during a season 75 years ago.It’s likely other coaches who are in trouble around the league will get a chance to ride things out through Week 17, but Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis, Jacksonville’s Doug Marrone, the Jets’ Todd Bowles and Carolina’s Ron Rivera all should be wary. When Rivera was asked whether he’s concerned about his job security after a 24-17 defeat at Tampa Bay dropped the Panthers to 6-6, this was the reply: “I’m not going to address that question. Do not ask that question again, please.”Alrighty, then.Rodgers is a two-time NFL MVP, and he was the Super Bowl MVP when the Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the big game in 2011, all under McCarthy.Year after year more recently, though, Green Bay would reach the post-season only to wind up with so-close-but-so-far exits.“We’re just not executing well,” Rodgers said, “and it’s the same things over and over.”Not long after those words were spoken, team president Mark Murphy released a statement announcing that McCarthy was gone. Offensive co-ordinator Joe Philbin will fill in.This season is essentially over; the Packers are a half-game out of last place in the NFC North. Now they can start pondering their future — as can McCarthy.He likely will get another chance elsewhere. Presumably, Rodgers will be given some input on Green Bay’s choice of a new coach. He turned 35 on Sunday, and the opportunities to win a second Lombardi Trophy are fading.In case you missed it, here are other top topics after the NFL season’s 13th Sunday:HUNT NOT QUESTIONEDThe league’s handling of Kareem Hunt’s role in an assault of a woman at a hotel in February is under scrutiny after the reigning rushing champion said he was never interviewed by anyone conducting the NFL investigation of the matter. After the Ray Rice case, in which he punched his then-girlfriend (and now wife), the league hired additional staff to handle such inquiries — but all these months later, Hunt was still playing until TMZ Sports posted video from a hotel security camera. And he told ESPN on Sunday that the league hadn’t spoken to him about what happened. Hunt also acknowledged lying about it to the Kansas City Chiefs, who released him.BIG MAN TD TIMES TWO!It was a good day to be a big man in the NFL (as long as winning isn’t the most important thing, that is). Two, um, larger guys got into the end zone: Bears defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, listed at more than 330 pounds, plunged in from the 1 for a score that brought back memories of Chicago’s William “The Refrigerator” Perry; Lions offensive lineman Taylor Decker, who goes 6-foot-7 and about 310 pounds, caught an 11-yard TD pass. Hicks became the third NFL player since 1982 with a sack and rushing TD in the same game (“Fridge” was one of the others); Chicago also got halfback Tarik Cohen’s 1-yard, tying touchdown pass off a lateral on the final play of regulation, but ended up losing to the New York Giants 30-27 in OT. Decker’s moment of personal glory also did little for Detroit in what became a 30-16 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, who clinched the NFC West.THIRD TIME’S A CHARMWacky ending to the night game: There were three offsides calls in a row as Chargers kicker Michael Badgley got three tries to make a game-winning field goal — pushing his initial attempt from 39 yards wide left, then getting blocked from 34, before finally succeeding from 29 (so the last flag for a too-early jump was declined) in a 33-30 victory over the Steelers. The Chargers (9-3) erased a 16-point halftime hole; Keenan Allen caught 14 passes for 148 yards and a TD.___More AP NFL: and Fendrich, The Associated Press read more

Ohio State mens lacrosses Logan Schuss named ECAC Offensive Player of the

Ohio State senior attacker Logan Schuss was named the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference’s (ECAC) Offensive Player of the Week Tuesday. “It’s a nice honor, it goes to show all the hard work that’s being put into the offense,” Schuss said. “Guys are working hard to get me the ball and I’ve just got to do my job putting it in the net.” The senior captain scored a career-high 10 points in the season opener against Detroit, tallying seven goals and three assists, and followed it up with three points in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic against Jacksonville on Sunday. “It wasn’t my best performance,” Schuss said Tuesday about the Jacksonville game. “I think I rushed a couple of shots, they were doing some different things on defense against me matching up. I think I’m going to work on a new game plan going into next week and see if we can get the offense clicking.” Schuss, who was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year last season, was drafted No. 11 overall in the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft by the Ohio Machine in the offseason. Fellow captain and senior midfielder Dominique Alexander and senior midfielder Kevin Mack were also drafted by the Ohio Machine. Schuss looks to continue his hot streak against Marquette on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

LETTER There is need to reevaluate Guyanas social economic political wellbeing

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident reflects on 3 years in Office; says more could have been accomplishedDecember 13, 2014In “Politics”Our nation’s future depends on deeper social cohesion, says President Granger in special address to National AssemblyMay 12, 2016In “latest news”President Granger’s address to Parliament today (Full Text)January 14, 2016In “Internet” Dear Editor,Every end of year, many people take stock of their lives and make resolutions to do better in the New Year. What we also need to do is to take stock of the Guyanese nation over the last 50 years and see where we can do better.In this regard, I call for a re-evaluation of Guyana’s social, economic and political well-being over the last 50 years.Instead of just analysing the performance of a People’s National Congress Government vs a People’s Progressive Party Government, we need to evaluate the years in terms of every 10-year period.Our starting point could be the years 2010 to present until we encapsulate all the years since 1966. In this way we will be developing a narrative of our history without casting blame.Objectively analysing your performance can lead you to do better.Yours faithfully,Sean Ori read more

Column Third wheel syndrome – why are we made to feel embarrassed

BEYONCÉ MIGHT HAVE written a song for all the single ladies, but what good is that coming from someone who has been paired up for years? And I’m pretty sure our girl Beyoncé has never been considered a third wheel at any party.Yes, I’m referring to the dreaded third wheel syndrome – the affliction that doesn’t discriminate. Singletons all over Ireland will know exactly what I’m talking about.As a person who is relatively secure in their own skin, I have never seen myself as a tag along when it comes to spending time with my coupled-up friends, because why should I?I wasn’t aware that being single is something I should be embarrassed about, something I shouldn’t draw attention to and something that I could get mocked for.But recently I was referred to as a ‘spare sponge’ and a ‘gooseberry’ for having the audacity to go for a walk with a couple. Let me emphasize that these comments weren’t made to be nasty, but rather to poke fun at my lack of a significant other, but nonetheless it got me thinking…Do we have to conform about everything?Isn’t there enough societal pressure on young people already to become what is considered a well-rounded individual in terms of education and career, without the overbearing need to conform further and be in a relationship at any given time?Furthermore, the whole notion of finding your other half can be quite demoralising when you think about it – is a person incomplete or not whole if they don’t have a partner? Whatever happened to being independent?There is a common misconception that single = alone, which isn’t fair. A person should not be made feel guilty or paranoid about their relationship status and to hone in on it only serves to reinforce the notion that it’s a big deal.But then there is the drop of post through the letterbox and you spot that glossy, ivory-coloured envelope that can only mean one thing: wedding bells.It’s funny really how a piece of nondescript stationary can pack such an emotional punch when you’re single. Will you get a plus one or won’t you? Either way is just as stressful.Wouldn’t it be worse if you settled?If you do get a plus one, there’s the whole rigmarole of mentally running through the potential guest list to see if you have enough friends going to get away with flying solo – safety in numbers and all that jazz.Of course, rocking up sans guest runs the risk of the inevitable ‘who are you here with’ conversation and the awkward pause and sympathetic eyes that follow when you inform other guests you are not with anyone.If you don’t get a plus one, there will probably be a momentary sinking feeling and possibly a flash of anger, before you take a mental time-out and tell yourself to cop on.Think of this way, wouldn’t it be worse if you settled for the sake of it?Settling down and looking towards the future with someone is on my to-do list, but is it so bad that I’m in no great hurry? There hasn’t been anyone so far that has left a lasting impression, so it’s not like I’m shaking my fist at the universe thinking I’ve let “the one” get away.Call me old-fashioned or maybe idealistic, but I’m all about the butterfly effect – finding someone who can make your heart lurch and stomach flip in an instant. And for all the skeptics out there, say what you want but you know deep down that you want the same thing.My name is Aoife O’ Connor and I am currently romantically unattached, but what of it?Let’s not push the panic button just yet.Aoife O’Connor is a journalist from Kerry. You can view here LinkedIn page here or follow her on Twitter here. For more articles by Aoife for click here. read more

Flashback Zig and Zag do St Patricks Day

first_imgYouTube/Nick TarletonAnd who could forget Captain Shamrock, Captain Pillowcase’s Irish/American cousin?YouTube/Nick TarletonThanks to Ciara Brennan for the heads up. Happy St Patrick’s Day from all at!The 1o greatest Irish double acts of all time>Remember when Mary Robinson visited Zig and Zag? ONE OF THE best bits of The Den was always Ray D’arcy helplessly cracking up at the antics of Zig and Zag.And sure, things were no different on St. Patrick’s Day…last_img

Court bans Sunday shopping

first_imgGreece’s highest administrative court this week ordered a temporary ban on a controversial law allowing stores to open on Sundays, pending its ruling on several appeals against the legislation which is to be issued by the end of this year.Deeming that both shop owners and employees face the risk of “irreparable financial losses” and “moral damages”, the Council of State upheld in principle an appeal by store owners, workers and professional trade associations that had called for the suspension of a Development Ministry decision in July which allows the operation of stores on Sunday for a trial period of one year. The ruling later this year will determine whether the plaintiffs are vindicated or not.In the meantime the court noted that areas that rely heavily on tourism revenue can be exempted from the temporary ban. It said that stores with a surface area of up to 250 square metres – which effectively excludes department stores and shopping malls – could be allowed to continue to open on Sundays.Unions representing store owners and workers complain that the Sunday opening law favours chain stores and may force small, independent shops out of business. Store workers staged several strikes over the summer to protest the measure and demonstrators held rallies outside stores in Athens, Thessaloniki and other cities, heckling shoppers.Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Yet another slump for the Greek labor market

first_imgSalaried employment in Greece recorded its second-worst performance of the last 15 years in September, as according to the Labor Ministry’s Ergani database the market lost 13,003 jobs on top of the last few months’ negative balance between people hired and those let go.Last month was the third in a row where departures outnumbered hirings, coinciding with the period since the imposition of capital controls on June 28. Since July 1 there have been 30,102 more people made redundant than those starting new jobs, although in the first nine months of the year hirings outnumbered departures by 173,021 jobs.Full-time employment hirings declined from 42.25 percent in September 2014 to 38.15 percent last month, while part-time employment saw its share grow by 15.46 percentage points in one year and shift work added 7.71 percentage points.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Attirante ou répulsive Une zone du cerveau serait dédiée à lappréciation des

first_imgAttirante ou répulsive ? Une zone du cerveau serait dédiée à l’appréciation des odeursPubliant leurs travaux dans le Journal of Neurosciences, des chercheurs américains ont mis en évidence, chez la mouche drosophile, une région cérébrale dictant le comportement – attirance ou répulsion – de l’insecte face aux différentes odeurs de nourriture. Comprendre les mécanismes qui dictent notre attirance pour tel ou tel type de nourriture est une aire de recherche dont l’enjeu est lié à l’augmentation du phénomène d’obésité. Des spécialistes en neurosciences au Cold Spring Harbor laboratory (CSHL, dans l’état de New York) ont découvert, dans le cerveau de la mouche drosophile, un ensemble de cellules qui répondent spécifiquement aux odeurs de nourriture.Lorsqu’une de ces mouches est mise en présence d’une odeur donnée, l’intensité de l’activation de ces neurones, observée par les chercheurs, reflète “incroyablement bien” l’attirance plus ou moins marquée de l’insecte pour cette odeur (vers laquelle il se dirigera donc plus ou moins vite), ont constaté les scientifiques. Cette réponse neuronale est d’autant plus marquée que l’insecte est affamé.De plus, les chercheurs ont réussi à désactiver ces neurones – les mouches devenant alors indifférentes à leurs odeurs favorites – ou à les activer artificiellement – conduisant alors les mouches à s’approcher d’odeurs qu’elles fuyaient auparavant. “L’idée générale est qu’il y a des zones du cerveau qui pourraient être spécifiquement impliquées lorsqu’on se dit : cette odeur est vraiment attractive, allons-y !”, a expliqué Jennifer Beshel, auteur principal de l’étude.Des questions en suspens À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?”Les neurones d’autres régions du cerveau ne peuvent que dire ce qu’une chose est : de la pomme, du poisson…, sans lui attribuer une valeur particulière. [Mais] nous savons tous que nous nous comportons différemment face aux différents aliments – nous avons des préférences. Et nous savons aussi tous que nous nous comportons différemment face aux aliments quand nous avons faim”, a poursuivi le Dr Beshel.”Le Dr Zhong et moi voulions trouver la partie du cerveau qui pourrait être responsable de ces types de comportement : y a-t-il un endroit dans le cerveau qui traite les odeurs de nourriture en particulier ? ; comment fonctionne le changement d’activité le cerveau quand on a faim ? ; peut-on manipuler une telle zone du cerveau et induire un changement de comportement ?”, a encore ajouté la scientifique, qui a donc trouvé un début de réponse à ses questions chez un ‘cobaye’ classique en biologie : la drosophile.Le 12 octobre 2013 à 15:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ibrahimovic happy to see Modric end Duopoly

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic revealed he was delighted that Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric broke the duopoly held by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.The former Swedish international equally he was slightly surprised the Croatian received multiple individual honours in 2018.Modric was pivotal in Los Blancos third consecutive Champions League and also inspired Croatia’s run to the World Cup final.Those displays earned the former Spur’s man the Golden Ball at Russia 2018 and then the coveted Ballon d’Or that has been dominated by Messi and Ronaldo in the last decade.And former United striker Ibrahimovic, who came fourth in the 2013 Ballon d’Or back then with PSG was happy to see a different name in a different position win the award.“I think [Modric] is one of the most complete midfielders in the world,” Ibrahimovic revealed in a quote cited on FourFourTwo.“He has fantastic pace, he has a vision for the game that is amazing. The ball handling is amazing.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…’Now we know it was Perez who was competing with Messi’Zlatan Ibrahimovic jokes Real Madrid chief was crucial to Ballon d’Or success of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) December 8, 2018“I played against him at an early age, when he was a young player. Now he is an experienced player and I’m happy that he won the Ballon d’Or, the FIFA best player at the World Cup, all these things, because it’s not often that a player like that gets that credit.“Normally it’s a striker or somebody that has been ‘wow’. But this year, let’s say last year, was his year. I’m happy that he won.“Me and my mother being from Croatia, he’s Croatian, so I’m happy. It’s part of the blood.”last_img read more

Record heat brings out boats

first_imgThursday’s mini heat wave might have flirted with 90-degree weather in parts of Clark County, but the Columbia River remains a brisk 50 degrees.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit patrolled the river during May Day’s record-high temperatures that drew crowds of boaters to the water — many for the first time this season.“So, tell me about that first fall in the water: Did you gasp?” Deputy Kevin Gadaire asked a couple on a personal watercraft.When you jump into cold water, the shock forces you to gasp. And if you’re under the surface, your lungs will fill with water. That’s when danger sets in, as the air in your lungs keeps you buoyant. The couple was wearing life jackets when they fell off the craft, and said their heads remained above water when they gasped.Anyone wanting to swim in the waters off the Columbia River shoreline should get in slowly to acclimate the body, swim with a buddy and wear a life jacket, Gadaire recommends. He’s worried people aren’t aware of just how cold the water is and how quickly hypothermia can set in, even when the outside air temperatures are hot.A wave of high pressure resulted in warm weather along the West Coast up to British Columbia. Pearson Field in Vancouver measured 88 degrees, breaking the previous May 1 record of 84 degrees set in 1998, according to the National Weather Service in Portland. Surrounding cities, such as Salem and Astoria, also broke temperature records.last_img read more

NSE IPO Exchange files papers to raise Rs 10000 crore in mega

first_imgAfter months of speculation, the National Stock Exchange (NSE) on Wednesday filed draft papers for an initial public offering (IPO) to potentially raise approximately Rs 10,000 crore in what is expected to be one of the most high-profile IPOs in 2017.Existing shareholders are expected to offload as much as 20-25 percent shares to the public through the OFS route in the IPO. At this valuation, the exchange could be worth Rs 50,000 crore-Rs 55,000 crore.Also Read: NSE plans share listing on Indian, overseas exchanges in 2017This could be India’s biggest listing since 2010 when Coal India had raised $3.5 billion. In 2016, Indian companies raised more than $3.7 billion through IPOs, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters.On Wednesday, NSE filed the Draft Red Herring Prospectus (DRHP) with market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India. In August, the exchange hired Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and two other banks to manage its IPO. Additionally, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas was appointed the legal advisor for the public issue.Earlier this month, Chitra Ramkrishna, the former chief executive officer of NSE, stunned investors by stepping down from the position with immediate effect citing personal reasons. The exchange said in a note that the board of NSE accepted her resignation. Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) is currently the only listed exchange in India. In early September, the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) filed documents with the Sebi for its IPO. Shareholders of the BSE will be partially selling their stake via the OFS route for a sum in the range of Rs 1,200 crore to Rs 1,300 crore. The exchange is yet to get the go-ahead for the IPO.last_img read more

Amid Gentrification DCs Ward 1 Dems Elect New Officers

first_imgBrianne Nadeau represents Ward 1 on the D.C. Council. (AFRO File Photo)D.C.’s Ward 1 Democrats club is being revived, from a rather influential contender, to capitalize on the ward’s changing demographics and new leadership.On April 30, the Ward 1 Democrats held a convention and elected new officers for two-year terms at the Frank Reeves Center on U Street., N.W. The new chairman of the Ward 1 Democrats is Brian Footer, who replaces Tania Jackson, who served as the acting chairman of the organization when China Bok Terrell, the elected chairman in 2014, left the District last year to pursue a master’s of public administration at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She now lives in Baltimore.“In the next couple of months we are going to develop a strategic plan for the 2018 election,” Footer, who is White, told the AFRO, referring to the next election cycle in the District. “We will have a strong plan to register and increase voter turnout for that year but also for this year’s election.”Footer is an ally of D.C. Council member Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1). Footer will serve along with ] Rashida Brown as vice chairman, Hector Huezo as treasurer, Josh Brown as a corresponding secretary, and Tony Donaldson as the recording secretary.Ward political clubs in the District serve as branch’s of the Democratic Party and attempt to get residents involved in the political process and serve as a training ground for new leaders. Lenwood Johnson was the vice chairman of the Ward 1 Democrats from 1994-1996. Johnson told the AFRO that when he was an officer, the club was robust and influential in District politics. “We were active and very inclusive,” Johnson said. “When I was vice chair, we decided to have meetings around the city instead of in Adams Morgan and we also had social events such as the picnic at Malcolm X Park and during the Christmas season, we would have one of the bars offers us discount rates on drinks and light refreshments.“However, when there was a change in the council position in 1978, the club started to flounder.”Johnson is talking about when then Black incumbent D.C. Council member Frank Smith was defeated in the September 1978 Democratic primary by White HIV/AIDS activist Jim Graham. Graham served on the D.C. Council from 1979-2015, until he was beaten by Nadeau in 2014.Johnson said that when Graham became the ward council member, changes took place swiftly.“Jim had his people in the Ward 1 Democrats running things the way he wanted,” Johnson said. “Jim’s people were nice but they didn’t seem interested in political activity. To me, it seemed that they wanted to court favor with Jim.”Graham did not agree. “Lenwood Johnson is not correct,” he said. “We had outstanding chairs of the Ward 1 Democrats such as Calvin Woodland and we had many activities that benefitted the community. The Ward 1 Democrats was a strong organization and we got a lot of things done. The things Lenwood said are simply not correct.”There were other changes in Ward 1 also during that time. In 1990, Ward 1 was 60 percent Black with a Latino enclave in Mount Pleasant and White residents in Adams Morgan, according to census data. However, according to the 2000 census, the Black population had shrunk to 47 percent, a plurality of the ward and in 2010, the percentage further declined to 33 percent. During that 20-year period, predominantly Black neighborhoods such as Columbia Heights, Pleasant Plains, and LeDroit Park became majority White, with some Blacks leaving the ward because of escalating housing prices.“We are in a state of state-sponsored hyper-gentrification,” William Jordan, a Black resident, has lived in Ward 1 for decades, told the AFRO. “There are visible changes taking places such as neighborhoods changing but there is also something else. The ward is losing a sense of what a community is, what a neighborhood is.”Vicki Wright-Smith, a Black attorney and a former Ward 1 advisory neighborhood commissioner, said she didn’t vote in the club elections because it was a waste of time. “The Ward 1 Democrats has become very cliquish,” Wright-Smith told the AFRO. “The leaders of that organization know who they are going to elect in those positions so they get their people to the polls to vote them in. It doesn’t matter whether it is Jim Graham or Brianne Nadeau, they work to put their people into power.”Nadeau has heard the talk of favoritism and dismisses it for the bigger picture for the ward. “I am really excited and confident about the energy that the new leadership of the Ward 1 Democrats will bring to the ward,” she told the AFRO.last_img read more