Hope Solo accuses former FIFA president Sepp Blatter of sexual harassment at Ballon d’Or awards

first_imgHope Solo told a Portuguese newspaper that former FIFA President Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her at the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony in 2013.In an interview published Friday in the newspaper Expresso, Solo said Blatter grabbed her rear end shortly before the two appeared onstage at the annual soccer awards event.A representative for Solo confirmed Friday to The Associated Press that the report was accurate and said the former goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national team had no further comment on the matter.Blatter could not immediately be reached for comment by the AP, but the embattled former head of soccer’s governing body told the Guardian newspaper: “This allegation is ridiculous.”Solo has been dogged by a number of off-the-field controversies. Notably, a domestic violence case stemming from a 2014 altercation at a family member’s home in Washington state.Solo anchored the U.S. team in goal during its 2015 Women’s World Cup championship run, allowing just three goals in seven games with five shutouts during the tournament.For her career, Solo has made 202 total appearances with the national team, with 153 wins and an international-record 102 shutouts.Solo’s tenure with the national team ended following last year’s Olympics in Brazil, when the Americans were ousted by Sweden in the quarterfinals. Afterward, Solo called the Swedish team “cowards” for their defensive style of play.She was suspended from the team shortly thereafter and has not returned.Blatter was suspended from office and banned from soccer for six years following allegations of a widespread corruption scandal that came to light in 2015. Both U.S. and Swiss officials cooperated in the investigation, which is ongoing, and more than 40 people have been indicted.advertisementBlatter has also had a history of what many consider to be sexist behavior concerning the women’s game.U.S. forward Alex Morgan has said that Blatter failed to recognize her at the annual award event in 2012, even though she was one of three nominees for the women’s Player of the Year.Blatter also famously argued in 2004 that players could boost the popularity of the women’s game by wearing tighter shorts.last_img read more

Yanks Give Headley $52M Deal

first_imgNEW YORK — Chase Headley is staying with the Yankees, agreeing Dec. 15 to a $52 million, four-year contract that signals New York is not counting on Alex Rodriguez to play third base regularly.Coming off a season-long suspension for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract, Rodriguez is owed $61 million over the final three seasons of his $275 million, 10-year deal. The agreement with Headley is a sign New York plans to shift A-Rod to designated hitter, relegate him to a backup role or perhaps even seek trade offers.Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said last month that “if I signed or traded for a third baseman, that would be my third baseman.”Rodriguez has not played a full season since 2007 because of leg injuries, operations on both hips and the suspension. The three-time AL MVP turns 40 on July 27.He admitted in 2009 that he used performance-enhancing substances from 2001-03 while with Texas, but he repeatedly denied using PEDs while playing for the Yankees.Then given a grant of immunity by federal prosecutors, Rodriguez told investigators he did use banned substances between late 2010 and October 2012 supplied by Anthony Bosch, according to Drug Enforcement Administration documents provided by the government to defense lawyers. Bosch owned the Biogenesis of America clinic in Coral Gables, Florida.The 30-year-old Headley was fifth in NL MVP voting in 2012 after hitting .286 with 31 homers and 115 RBIs for San Diego. He also won the Gold Glove at third base.Headley slumped to a .250 average, 13 homers and 50 RBIs the following year and was batting .229 with seven homers and 32 RBIs when the Padres traded him to the Yankees on July 22 for rookie infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula. Headley had been playing with a herniated disk in his back and started to hit better after an epidural injection June 20.Headley batted .262 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 191 at-bats for New York. He arrived in the Yankee Stadium dugout in the second inning on the night of the trade following a flight from Chicago, and his 14th-inning single at the stroke of midnight gave the Yankees a 2-1 win over Texas.On Sept. 4, he following Mark Teixeira’s tying home run in the ninth off Koji Uehara with a winning drive deep into the right-field bleachers for a 5-4 victory over Boston.With Headley available to play third in A-Rod’s place, the Yankees would be able to use Martin Prado at second. New York acquired Didi Gregorius from Arizona this month, and he is expected to platoon at shortstop with Brendan Ryan.(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

AFC Asian Cup final: Japan captain Maya Yoshida eyes record-extending 5th title

first_imgMaya Yoshida believes winning a fifth Asian Cup on Friday would be a major step forward for Japanese football and a young team still finding its feet on the international stage, the Japan captain said on Thursday.The Southampton defender is the experienced heart of a youthful side that coach Hajime Moriyasu has put together since he took over in the wake of Japan’s round of 16 exit from last year’s World Cup.The success of the campaign in Russia combined with a victory over Qatar at Zayed Sports City would give the Samurai Blue a major profile boost back home, the 30-year-old Yoshida told reporters.”If we can get a result here it will get us more attention back home and it will affect the sports culture in Japan,” he said.”I really want to win this fifth title for Japan because we’re such a good group under a great coach and with great teammates and I want to spend more time with these teammates.”Now that the team is changing to a new generation, if we can get the title here it’s going to be a big step forward for Japan football.”Moriyasu said that, while wary of the threat Qatar pose, his team would look to play their own game, which, after an underwhelming start to the tournament, they showcased in an impressive 3-0 win over Iran in the semi-finals.”We are aware Qatar are a very strong team, that they have scored 16 goals and kept clean sheets all the way through, but no matter how they play we will stay the same,” he said.advertisement”We will analyse them and then we will express our best on the field. We are also a team that has reached the final, so I want the players to be confident because of that.”We have been developing as a team throughout each game and I want us to show that development on the field tomorrow.”Both semi-finals had moments which did not present the best face of Asian football with the Iran players lashing out at Japanese in frustration and the Qatar players pelted with missiles in their 4-0 victory over the hosts.Yoshida said he hoped the final would be free of such incidents.”We have hashtag Bringing Asia Together and that’s a really important benefit for all Asian countries, to represent Asian and display good football,” he said.”Tomorrow I expect both teams to play with 100 percent effort and with fair play and make a good game and show the whole world how we play. That would make another step, not only for Japan, but for Asian football.”Also Read | Qatar won’t be distracted from player eligibility row, says coachAlso Read | AFC to investigate sandal throwing incident at Asian Cup semi-finalAlso Watch:last_img read more

Former BC premier Gordon Campbell tells Calgary to go for 2026 Winter

first_imgCALGARY – Gordon Campbell , B.C.’s premier when Vancouver and Whistler hosted the 2010 Winter Games, says Calgary should throw its hat into the ring for 2026.“I really hope you do it and I hope you win it and I hope I’m there for it in 2026,” Campbell told Calgary’s chamber of commerce Monday.Campbell was B.C.’s premier from 2001 to 2011, from the bid phase to hosting the 2010 Games.“If you get the opportunity to host an Olympics, that generates all kinds of economic opportunities,” Campbell said.“Literally billions of dollars of investment that won’t come here if you don’t have the opportunity to host the Olympics. Billions.”The impetus to get the 2010 Games started with the B.C. government in the late 1990s. The province was the financial guarantor for those games.“I’m not here to tell you the Olympics will solve every problem that everyone has in this community,” Campbell said.“They will not. They will do an awful lot to lift the community up and see the solutions that are available to them and see what they can accomplish when they do work together.”Since the bid corporation Calgary 2026 released a draft host plan Sept. 11, campaigns for and against bidding for those games have escalated on social media accompanied by several newspaper editorials.Calgary 2026 estimated the cost of hosting the 2026 Winter Games at $5.2 billion and asked the city, province and federal governments to cover $3 billion of thatThe remainder would be paid for via games revenues.While the cost of the 2010 Games in Vancouver and Whistler was roughly $4 billion, the B.C. government’s spending on a rail line to the airport and a convention centre that were completed in time for the games brought the total to $7.7 billion.Calgary city council has reserved the right to pull the plug on a 2026 bid, but won’t likely do that before a Nov. 13 plebiscite asking Calgarians if they want the games again.“We’ve provided a tremendous amount of information including sharing the hosting plan, which is typically an internal document,” Calgary 2026 chief executive officer Mary Moran said. “We’ve provided them with a lot of information. The question should really be, do Calgarians have it in hand?“We have to continue to encourage Calgarians to get informed and that could be through our website, public forums, could be talking to elected officials. I would highly recommend everybody get more informed.”The International Olympic Committee executive committee meets Tuesday in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The IOC will officially invite cities to the 2026 candidature stage early next week during a general session.“We will know either the eighth or ninth of October if Calgary is moving forward with respect to the IOC making a decision on candidature cities,” Moran said.The IOC’s deadline to submit 2026 bids is January. The election of the successful host city will be held September, 2019.Against the wishes of Campbell and Vancouver organizing committee chief executive officer John Furlong, Vancouver also held a plebiscite Feb. 22, 2003 just weeks before the IOC voted for the 2010 host city.The “Yes” vote prevailed with 64 per cent in favour of the games to 36 per cent against. About 46 per cent of the city’s eligible voters cast their ballot.While the B.C. government was the initial ringleader of bidding for 2010, the province of Alberta is not out front on 2026.Calgary 2026 is currently negotiating with the province, the feds and the city of Calgary on how much money each level of government would contribute to hosting the games.The province has committed to providing its number 30 days prior to the plebiscite.“Those discussions are taking place right now as everybody knows,” Moran said. “We hope to have a split. We’re working on financial tools to ensure there’s some kind of guarantee.”Calgary’s chamber of commerce has yet to take a position on hosting the 2026 games.Campbell drew the loudest applause from the business community when he referenced the oil pipeline that Alberta wants to build through reluctant B.C.“Should there be a pipeline? Yeah, there should,” Campbell said.last_img read more

Jane Goodalls Movement To Stop Wildlife Trafficking

first_imgA well-known name in humanitarianism, environmentalism, conservation and advocacy through her Institute, Jane Goodall is now venturing into social media to create a movement to stop the trafficking of wildlife.Planning to meet with influential conservation leaders this year, Goodall wants to go armed with the support of the international community in the form of social media messages reinstating that the stopping of wildlife trafficking is a priority.The estimates she sites of the violations on protected species are startling: • 35,000 elephants a year are killed for ivory • poaching of rhinos went up 9,000% from 2007 to 2014 • 73 million sharks are killed each year for their fins • a 2014 survey shows only 3,200 wild tigers left in Asia • 3,000 great apes are illegally killed or stolen from the wild each yearGoodall sees platforms such as Facebook and Instagram as powerful tools. “By using them for good,” she says, “we can help connect and organize, adding further pressure and momentum to let our networks, policy makers, change-making groups and the rest of the world hear our collective message.”With its potential to reach millions around the world, Goodall hopes to inspire people to demand and effect change.“When you join us,” she says, “we can build a movement through social media to stop wildlife trafficking together. By acting together on social media, we can stand up for what we believe in, protecting our beautiful and endangered wildlife from being hunted for trophies and other ‘parts’ to be sold and auctioned off. Post it. Gram it. Stop wildlife trafficking in its tracks.”Click here to see Jane Goodall’s petition and to share on social media.Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

New Faces The Creators Shows Off Their Inaugural Class at Just for

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement This year, Just For Laughs introduced a new showcase to its stable of New Faces presentations – the Creators.It’s a way for the festival to embrace the changing face of comedy, where the term “comedian” now describes someone who makes silly Instagram videos or is a YouTube phenomenon as often as it’s used to describe a stand-up.The freshman class of Creators includes Brandon Rogers, Glenn Boozan, Good Cop Great Cop (Matt Porter & Charlie Hankin), Handsome Dancer (Matt Pavich & James Manzello), Juhahn Jones, Quinta Brunson and The Cooties (Ethan Edenburg, Jacob Jeffries, Eric Jackowitz and Raul Fernandez). Advertisement Each artist/group created a “best of” reel of their work, then sat down for a very brief Q&A that barely scratched the surface of the basics like “how did you start working together?” and “Why did you gravitate towards a digital platform?” Among the group, Glenn Bozan stood out both in terms of audience reaction to her sketches and her presence during the interview. She opened by riffing on a previous answer from Rogers, reacting to body-shaming comment trolls with, “You don’t like my body? OK, you don’t have to fuck it,” and warming the hearts of creators on any platform by saying she’s “always just done what I think is funny first and then you hope the clicks follow.”You can get a taste of Glenn from her web series with her actual Above Average office HR Manager, Is This Ok?Congratulations to all the New Faces Creators! Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

NDP leaning in to Jagmeet Singhs ethnicity targeting resources strategically

first_imgBut the NDP also spent $1.4 million more than it had in revenues last year.New Democrats are facing a number of uphill battles that have blunted the competitive edge they had the start of the 2015 election race, when the party began in a virtual three-way-tie with the Liberals and Conservatives — the first time ever the NDP was in true contention for government.After peaking early in that campaign, New Democrats suffered a devastating loss of dozens of seats across Canada, bottoming out notably in Quebec — the region of the country that helped the “Orange Wave” of 2011 deliver them to Official Opposition status.The party’s fortunes were further hampered after members unceremoniously ousted their leader, Thomas Mulcair, at the 2016 party convention in Alberta, but then left him in place as a lame duck for more than a year.A steady stream of recognized and well-respected NDP MPs have since left their seats or decided not to run again. In total, 11 sitting NDP MPs are not running in this race — the highest attrition rate of any party with official status in the last six elections. This, coupled with a turnover of trusted internal staff, hasn’t helped morale.But despite all of this, party executives insist they have every reason to enter the race with a spring in their steps.Members and volunteers have been bolstered by Singh, who won a seat in the House of Commons ahead of the election, offering Canadians a glimpse of a confident leader at work in Parliament, ready to go head-to-head with Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.Supporters are drawn to Singh’s youthful energy, his unabashed style of brightly coloured turbans and bespoke suits and his passion for riding his bicycle to political events, New Democrats say.“I think the opportunity in front of them is real,” says outgoing NDP MP Nathan Cullen, who, after 15 years in office, decided not to seek re-election.Voters upset with Trudeau’s record on issues like Indigenous reconciliation, climate change and health care represent an opening for New Democrats, he says. He also believes Scheer’s political troubles on ideological issues like abortion and same-sex marriage make him vulnerable.“I think Jagmeet represents something completely different in politics, and why not lean into that?”While the party is quick to sing the praises of their leader, Singh’s race and religion — he is a practising Sikh — have been an issue the party has had to stickhandle from the time he ran for the leadership.Howard says she believes Singh’s ethnicity is an asset.“I think lots of people are excited to be working on the campaign of the first-ever person of colour who is running to be prime minister of the of the country.”The party’s decision to run an ad in Quebec that explicitly opens a dialogue about his religion allows Singh to show voters how his multicultural identity is part of what sets him apart, Cullen says.Even the party’s challenges could actually be a strength for the NDP.“With expectations, I would argue, being low right now in terms of the party and his performance, this is a real opportunity,” Cullen says.“I think Mulcair suffered from too-high expectations, in the debates and the outcome, where even 44 seats looked like a failure. But I think with Jagmeet going into these debates and his performance on the campaign, he could far exceed expectations and maybe surprise people and have people surprise themselves.”—Follow @ReporterTeresa on TwitterTeresa Wright, The Canadian Press “We will be making some choices where we will be focusing our resources more.”Planes and buses will be used to tour NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh all around the country. Areas with key candidates or where the party believes it has the best opportunity to win seats will be the primary focus, however. Those include vote-rich areas with populations most likely to have become disenchanted with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on issues of affordability, housing, transit and pharmacare.Expect to see Singh spend much of his time in British Columbia and in Ontario, especially in areas around Toronto such as Brampton and the union heartland of Hamilton. The party hopes especially to appeal to factory workers and farmers upset over the impacts of trade disputes with the U.S. and China. “We are going to be spending the campaign talking to Canadians who are concerned with those issues and talking to them about what the NDP would bring — that we would be a government that would be on the side of people and not on the side of wealthy corporations,” Howard says.Organizers plan to deliver this message not just through traditional television ads, but by buying more digital advertising. The party will also try to speak directly to their audiences through direct social media content.Dedicated social-media staff will be on the leader’s tour to capture pictures and videos of Singh interacting with voters on the ground — something Singh has already been doing on his own with regular behind-the-scenes videos on platforms like Instagram. OTTAWA — As Liberals and Conservatives prepare to launch their well-funded election machines to fight for the highest political office in the land, federal New Democrats are taking a much less ambitious approach: try to outperform lowered expectations.The party will run a national campaign, with promising a full roster of 338 candidates. But with fewer resources than its two main political rivals, the plan is to be more targeted in areas where the NDP can get the best bang for its buck.“I think it just means being more focused, more strategic, more effective,” says Jennifer Howard, the party’s campaign director.center_img Being more creative with party resources during this race will be necessary, due to a dismal party balance sheet.The NDP finished 2018 with nearly $4.5 million in negative net assets, the third year in a row the party has filed an annual financial return with total assets that were less than overall liabilities.It is the worst balance sheet the party has had since 2001, which is the earliest year for which the reports are available online.Donations and contributions were up a little, with the NDP receiving about $5.2 million in 2018, compared to $5.1 million the year before — thanks in part to a return to the “Jagmeet-and-greets” that proved popular fundraisers during his leadership campaign.last_img read more

Superannuation cases DUTA angry over DUs inaction

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi University Teacher Association ( DUTA) expresses its dismay that despite repeated appeals, the DU administration has failed to intervenein the case of the age of superannuation of two Associate Professors of Physical Education in Vivekananada College and Shyam Lal College (Evening). “This constitutes a serious attack on the service conditions of Physical Education teachers and their livelihood. Both the teachers have contributed decades of service towards building Sports and Physical Education Departments in their respective college. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIt is a great shock to see that instead of recognising their work, they are being targeted,” DUTA said in a statement. The statement also said that in trying to superannuate these teachers at the age of 62 (instead of 65), the two Colleges are violating of the last DU notification from the University dated May 12, 2017 which clearly stated Physical Educations teachers are part of the teaching faculty on the basis of the EC Resolution of 1990. “It is clear that their service conditions are the same as teachers of other disciplines. The UGC Regulations 2018 lists Physical Education as a discipline and provides parity to faculty engaged in the Department with teachers of other science, humanities and social science Departments in terms of recruitment, promotions and retirement benefits,” said Rajib Ray, President, DUTA. “The DUTA finds it completely unacceptable that the University Ordinances (passed by the Academic Council but yet to be adopted by the EC) do not include it as a discipline,” said Vivek Choudhary, Secy, DUTA.last_img read more

Seeduwa Police Crimes unit OIC arrested for accepting a bribe

According to the Bribery Commission, the OIC had also accepted a bottle of wine as a bribe. The Crimes unit Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Seeduwa Police was arrested by the Bribery Commission over allegations he accepted a bribe.The OIC was arrested while in the process of accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000, the Bribery Commission said.

UN agency smartphone app now raising funds for Syrian refugee children in

ShareTheMeal, the award-winning smartphone app developed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), is switching its fundraising efforts to support Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. Launched last November, the app let users virtually “share” their meals with a Syrian refugee with a tap on their screens, sending a donation to provide a child with vital nutrition for a day.Moving forward, ShareTheMeal’s fundraising goal in Lebanon will support 1,400 refugee children aged three and four in Beirut for a full year. The children’s parents are to receive funds transferred to their regular WFP electronic food vouchers, allowing them to buy the foods they want in local shops which also supports host communities and the Lebanese economy.“With ShareTheMeal, you can easily help parents who have lost everything provide for their children,” said WFP Lebanon Country Director Dominik Heinrich, in a press release. “Nutritious home cooked meals are essential to children’s physical and mental development, and they help provide a sense of stability that is critical in children’s lives.”Through the app, smartphone users can join thousands of other people in support of a selected community or project goal and monitor its progress. Donations can range from $0.50, the global average for feeding a child for a day, to a monthly gift. Since its launch, almost half a million people have helped ShareTheMeal reach funding goals in Lesotho, Jordan and Syria. The goal changes once the app users have reached a particular target. Most recently, the app raised funds for women and children in the devastated Syrian city of Homs.On Tuesday, it was announced that ShareTheMeal will receive the prestigious Webby People’s Voice Award for Mobile Sites & Apps—Best Practice Category. ShareTheMeal was also named among the best apps by both the Google Play and Apple App stores and recently won the SXSW [South by Southwest] Interactive Innovation Award.With the Syrian conflict in its sixth year, the UN estimates that more than a million Syrians now live in Lebanon, including vulnerable children. According to WFP, many refugee families have exhausted their savings and are unable to earn an income, making them increasingly reliant on food assistance. read more

ExRadio 1 DJ Chris Denning admits child sex offences

first_imgDisgraced Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning has pleaded guilty to 21 historical child sex offences as part of a police investigation into  a youth disco.The prolific paedophile, 75, admitted abusing 11 children, some as young as eight, between 1969 and 1986.He pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court in London to 21 sexual offences, including indecent assault of men and boys and inciting boys under 16 and 14 to commit acts of gross indecency.He denied another three counts of indecent assault.The offences relate to an investigation by Surrey Police, named Operation Ravine, into alleged sexual offences connected to the Walton Hop Disco, a teenage disco which ran from 1958 until 2001.Denning, one of the founding presenters on the flagship station, appeared in the dock on Monday wearing a faded red T-shirt and tracksuit bottoms.He donned a pair of glasses and followed a written copy of the charges as they were read to him in full.He is due to be sentenced at the same court on October 6 by Judge Alistair McCreath.Denning, from London, has a string of previous convictions for abusing young boys.He is currently serving a 13-year jail sentence for a catalogue of sexual assaults against 24 victims, including one allegedly at Jimmy Savile’s house, from the 1960s to 1980s.Judge Peter Testar said: “Judge McCreath sentenced this defendant in November 2014. It must make sense, Judge McCreath having passed that sentence, for him to sentence this man for these offences because the question which must arise is the relationship between any sentence passed today and any sentence passed then.”The three charges he pleaded not guilty to were ordered to lie on the file.Prosecutor Jonathan Polnay said: “He has a very long record of offences against young boys. Given the very long indictment he has pleaded guilty to, we take the view that these counts would not make a difference to sentence.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Artificial human ovaries created for first time in major breakthrough for infertile

Women with damaged ovaries could have babies of their own The “artificial ovary” was then implanted into a mouse, where the follicles reached biofunctionality”, the first time this has ever been achieved.As well as becoming pregnant through natural intercourse rather than IVF, the method means that women who have been treated for cancer should also be able to avoid an early menopause.This is because cells around the eggs are responsible for the hormones that regulate the body’s reproductive cycle.The technique also allows the prospect of one day starting a family to child cancer sufferers who undergo fertility-harming treatment before they are old enough to produce eggs which can be preserved. IVF But the new technique, revealed today at the European Society of Reproduction and Embryology annual meeting in Barcelona, strips out the cells from the ovary tissue, allowing re-implantation with no malignant risk.Mr Stuart Lavery, a consultant gynaecologist and reproductive surgeon at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “It’s very exciting. Ovarian cancer and haematological cancers are thought to present the biggest risk of leaving malignant cells in frozen ovarian tissue.Dr Suanne Pors, who presented the new research, said artificial ovaries would also make ovary donation easier, as the “decullarisation” process would removes the risk of the tissue being rejected by a recipient’s immune system.The tissue engineering process is currently being worked on for applications in other parts of the body, including repair to damaged cardiac tissue.The technology has already formed the basis for successful skin grafts used in cosmetic surgery and burn care.Prof Adam Balen, former chair of the British Fertility Society, said: “This is an extremely important advance in the field of fertility preservation. IVF IVF Women with damaged ovaries could have babies of their own Professor Nicholas Macklon, from the University of Southampton, said artificial ovaries could become available to patients in clinical trials within three years.“It’s fair to say that this is early days for the work but it’s a very interesting proof of concept and I think it’s likely to develop into something that will be potentially useful,” he said.“I think it is worth saying that studies have been done which show that when you do transfer tissue, the incidence of cancer occuring is very low, but it is still one that concerns us enough to be very cautious about it.” IVF “The beauty of this is that many of the women who are having ovarian grafts can go and get pregnant naturally, and don’t need to go through IVF.”That is a huge advantage.”Researchers at the Rigshospitalet in Denmark removed sections of ovary from patients about to undergo cancer treatment and then cut them in half.From one half they collected and preserved follicles.On the other they stripped out the cells using a three-day chemical process, effectively leaving a neutral scaffold of tissue onto which the follicles were later grafted after the scaffold had been frozen in storage and then thawed. “The ability to successfully create a “new ovary” by removing any tissue that might potentially re-introduce the cancer and fashioning a scaffold on which to grow the egg-containing follicles​, allows the re-implantation of a “safe” ovary, with the potential to successfully restore fertility.” “Artificial” human ovaries have been created for the first time in a breakthrough that promises hope for infertile women.Scientists successfully grafted follicles, the precursors to eggs, onto a biological “scaffold” which then grew normally.The development, which could be available within three years, means women with malfunctioning ovaries can look forward to getting pregnant naturally.Currently their best option is to freeze their eggs before problems in the ovary start and then undergo potentially gruelling IVF.The technique will be of particular benefit to female cancer sufferers whose fertility is often destroyed by radio and chemotherapy, as well as patients with multiple sclerosis and certain blood disorders.Medics already know how to remove, cryo-preserve and then re-implant ovary tissue once harsh treatment is complete.However, the take-up rate is very low – there have been around 100 resulting births worldwide – because of the risk the procedure will re-introduce cancer into the body. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Campbellville resident accused of stealing motorcycle remanded

A Campbellville, Georgetown resident was on Friday morning remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court before Magistrate Leron Daly to answer to a robbery charge.Accused: Denzil AdamsDenzil Adams denied the allegation when it was read to him by the Magistrate.The court heard that on June 14, 2018, at Campbellville, Georgetown, the accused stole one Honda XR motorcycle valued at $435,000- property of Julius Brown.It was also disclosed that the motorcycle was found in Adams’ possession.The Prosecution objected to bail on the grounds that the accused is known to police and has had similar breaches with the law.Bail was refused and the accused in expected to return to court on July 13, 2018. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCampbellville man remanded for snatching woman’s gold chainsMarch 12, 2018In “Court”Campbellville man accused of possessing cocaine for trafficking remandedFebruary 1, 2018In “Court”Repeat offender charged with attempted murderFebruary 16, 2018In “Court” read more

Underground mine refuges with intrinsically safe cooling systems – which are essential

first_imgFollowing International Mining’s focus on underground mine refuges in the July issue comes news that MineARC® Systems has made its first major sales of its patented CoalSAFETM refuge model in the US to major mine operators in the southern state of Alabama. The CoalSAFE refuge features the patented MARC.isTM unit – which the company reports is “the world’s first intrinsically safe refuge cooling system.” A total of 38 CoalSAFE units have been ordered by major operators including Jim Walter Resources and Drummond Co, in deals totalling $6.6 million. Under MSHA’s revised 2009 ‘Final Rule’ (Refuge Alternatives in Underground Coal Mines), manufacturers must either provide artificial cooling in their refuges, or at the very least, clearly state the ambient mine temperature(s) at which a safe internal environment for occupants can be maintained (no higher than 95oF apparent temperature). MineArc explains that “rising above these levels, refuges can effectively become hazards in themselves – with temperatures rising to potentially fatal levels in just a matter of hours.”In Alabama, ambient mine temperatures are typically around 85°F. In these conditions, refuges without internal cooling are considered dangerous. MineARC says its CoalSAFE refuges have been independently tested to maintain internal temperature below 95°F apparent temperature at ambient temperatures of up to 85°F.last_img read more

Nissan Unveils Fuel Saving Pedal System

first_imgNissan is doing more to help the environment than just releasing the Leaf, as the auto maker has also recently unveiled a new type of pedal that actually helps drivers use less fuel. Developed in conjunction with Mikuni Corporation, a Japanese auto parts manufacturer, the pedal provides resistance, so the driver will be less inclined to push it all the way down.Aptly dubbed the ECO Pedal system, the technology was developed for the Nissan Fuga, a luxury car currently only available in Japan. And according to the auto manufacturer, the system is able to improve fuel efficiency by anywhere from five to 10 percent. Though it’s currently only being used for the Fuga, Nissan plans to expand the system to other vehicles in its line as well. Additionally, the technology can now be licensed by other companies as well, letting other car companies get in on the fuel saving action as well.AdChoices广告Via Autoblog Greenlast_img read more

LG Optimus 3D is the 3DS of Android phones

first_imgGlasses-free 3D hasn’t exactly hit the living room yet, but it’s almost ubiquitous in handheld devices right now… or at least, it will be soon, between LG‘s 3D Android phone, the Optimus 3D, and the forthcoming debut of the Nintendo 3DS.The Optimus runs Android 2.2 (user upgradeable to 2.3) and its resolution is a standard 800 x 480 affair, stretched across a 4.3-inch display. That may seem rather wimpy in the days of retina Displays, but since the Optimus is a 3D phone, and therefore needs to draw each scene once for each eye, limiting the resolution to the practical makes a degree of sense.AdChoices广告Besides Gingerbread support and 3D video capability thanks to LG’s new partnership with Google for YouTube 3D, the Optimus 3D has HDMI-out capability possible of pumping 3D content to an external display at 720p, or pumping 2D content at full high-definition 1080p.As for native 3D capability, the LG Optimus can generate its own 3D content thanks to a pair of cameras on the back which will capture the perspective of both eyes individually and then combine them in a process similar to the one that Nintendo is using with the 3DS: namely, to combine both images and send them to an individual eye through lens-based trickery. It’s like a lenticular illusion, without having to rock the image back and forth.Because of the fixed distance from a user’s eyes, smartphones make a great choice for hardware on which to deploy glasses-free 3D technology… but unless app makers and content providers release content for the LG Optimus, this looks like another also-ran Android handset, albeit one with a couple tricks up its sleeves.Read more at Wiredlast_img read more

Neymar confident he will be 100 for World Cup

first_imgWhile admitting that he has still not yet fully recovered from his foot injury, Neymar is remaining optimistic over his recovery and is certain that he will back at “100%” for Brazil’s opening gameThe Paris Saint-Germain forward has been struggling with the foot injury since a game against local rivals Marseille on February 25.After doing his rehabilitation in Brazil, Neymar returned to PSG for their final matches of the season but was unable to recover sufficiently to take part and gain some much needed minutes on the pitch.However, the 26-year-old is confident he will be fully recovered for Brazil’s World Cup opener against Switzerland on June 17.“Physically I am well, my foot is fine. I am adapting to a few things. I still feel some discomfort, but it is not something that will trouble me,” said Neymar, according to Independent.On how he is now, Neymar stated: “Not 100 percent yet. But that comes with time. It is normal that I have this fear of making complete movements. Let’s take it easy, there are still many days until the (World Cup) opener and I will be 100 percent then.”The Brazilian is hopeful that he will be able to take part in their first friendly against Croatia at Liverpool on Sunday.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I am ready to play, there is nothing that can stop me,” he said.“What I feel today is this fear because I am coming back now.”Neymar was forced out of Brazil’s previous World Cup with a vertebral fracture and had to watch as his teammates succumb to a humiliating 7-1 defeat to eventual champions Germany at their home ground.“I hope that dream is not interrupted once more and that it is consolidated with a title for us,” added Neymar.Despite PSG’s best attempts, speculation surrounding Neymar’s future remains strong.“My focus is Brazil, people are saying nonsense and that is not worth answering,” said Neymar, when asked.last_img read more

Murder up 29 says one report Bahamas records another killing

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 15, 2017 – Nassau – Eight months into 2017 and The Bahamas is moving at rocket pace in the area of the murder toll for the country.    It is put at 84 now that a stabbing victim has died from serious injuries after a fight around 2pm on Sunday.There is someone arrested in connection to the killing which happened in the Village Road area.    The man was rushed from the scene in serious condition but died later the same night.  It is said murder is up 29%. Related Items:last_img read more

Marcelo Isco rejected Real Madrid captains armband

first_imgReal Madrid defender Marcelo revealed that Isco turned down the opportunity to skipper the side in their disastrous 3-0 home defeat to CSKA MoscowIn the absence of Sergio Ramos on Wednesday night, Marcelo captained Real in his first appearance for the club since November 27.But the Brazilian’s return from injury proved to be a forgettable one with Real suffering a humiliating 3-0 defeat to CSKA at the Santiago Bernabeu.In the 74th minute of the game, Marcelo was substituted for Dani Carvajal and immediately offered the captain’s armband to Isco.However, the Spain international instead turned down the honour and insisted that Marcelo give the armband to Carvajal instead.“I tried to give the armband to Isco [when I came off for Dani Carvajal],” said Marcelo, according to AS.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“But he told me that I had to give it to Carvajal. I don’t know what the reason for that was.”Isco then later went to confront the discontent Real supporters at the Bernabeu after their biggest European home defeat.“I didn’t see Isco’s reaction,” added Marcelo.“But I don’t think it was against the fans. We’re here to give our all for this club. We’re really hurting, but all we can do is recover and focus on the weekend.”Isco made his second start in Real’s past three games on Wednesday after previously struggling to get back into the team.last_img read more

Inaccurate Data Hampers DODs Ability to Track Its Leased Facilities

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The inventory system DOD uses to report on its leased assets contains inaccurate and incomplete data, encumbering its ability to fully determine the number, size and costs of its leases for real property, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded in a recent report.“The total amount is not entirely known, but it’s likely to be substantial,” Brian Lepore, the agency’s director of defense capabilities and management issues, told Federal News Radio.The agency found that about 15 percent of the lease records in the Real Property Assets Database for fiscal 2011 and 10 percent of the records for FY 2013 were inaccurate. In some cases, DOD recorded the rent for a facility as being higher than the total combined cost of rent, utilities and parking.Most of these errors were in the lease records for the Army, which manages about 80 percent of the leased assets records in the database; however, the Army is aware of these issues and is taking steps to correct future data. GAO also found that the database did not include about 5 percent of the Army’s lease records for FY 2011 and FY 2013.“There is some concern about the reliability of the data,” Lepore said.Furthermore, GAO found that the database does not contain a data element for the square footage for leases in which there are multiple tenants occupying space in the same building, as is the case for some Washington Headquarters Service leases.At one facility, two DOD activities shared about 30,000 square feet of leased space, but the database listed each organization as occupying the entire space, doubling the amount of space listed in the records.Lepore said some people may see this as “nitpicky, but it’s really important for effective financial management to have a good handle on what you are paying to run your operation, and in the absence of that, it’s hard to make really good, effective decisions.”To improve the accuracy and completeness of the data in DOD’s Real Property Assets Database (RPAD), GAO recommended that the Army enforce DOD guidance which states that for multiple assets associated with a single lease, the military departments and the Washington Headquarters Service must provide a breakout of the annual rent plus other costs for each asset on the lease, to avoid overstating costs associated with such leases.The congressional watchdog agency also recommended DOD modify its Real Property Information Model to include a data element to capture the square footage for each lease of space in a single building and also make a corresponding change to its guidance to require that the square footage for each individual lease be reported when multiple leases exist for a single building, to avoid overstating the total square footage assigned to each lease in RPAD.last_img read more