Dozens of Labrador mining staffers show signs of lung disease report finds

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A new medical report has found that 35 people who worked at mining properties in Labrador have signs of silicosis, a lung disease that can develop from breathing in silica dust.The report by Horizon Occupational Health Solutions monitored the effects of exposure to silica dust at mining properties in Labrador West.The audit reviewed chest x-rays from retired and active employees, with 35 suspected to have the work-related lung disorder.The review says they have been notified of their results and encouraged to follow up with their family physicians.The Horizon report includes 11 recommendations to improve silica monitoring and protection for workers, which the province has accepted.They include identifying requirements for regular audits of medical surveillance files and reviewing the Silica Code of Practice from 2006 to make sure they meet national standards.last_img read more

Auditor calls for better pipeline regulations monitoring in Saskatchewan

REGINA — Saskatchewan’s provincial auditor says the government isn’t doing enough to effectively regulate oil and gas pipelines.Judy Ferguson says in her annual report that as of the end of March, the Ministry of the Economy did not have written policies and procedures to evaluate existing pipeline operations.“Effective pipeline regulation helps to prevent leaks, explosions and other hazards,” Ferguson said Tuesday.She also says the ministry hasn’t developed a risk-based assessment to monitor pipeline construction or the integrity and safety of existing lines.Ferguson notes that the government is inspecting pipelines that cross water in the wake of an oil spill on the shore of the North Saskatchewan River last July that jeopardized the drinking water of thousands of people.“Those inspections were done as a result of the spill for Husky and we think that’s appropriate that they did do that,” she said.“But they need a longer term approach to doing that as opposed to just an ad hoc look.”Husky Energy’s $2.2 billion offshore oil project a go in ‘motivated’ NewfoundlandA Husky Energy pipeline leak spilled 225,000 litres of heavy oil mixed with diluent onto the bank of the river near Maidstone.About 40 per cent reached the river, where the plume flowed hundreds of kilometres downstream and forced the cities of North Battleford, Prince Albert and Melfort to shut their intakes from the river and find other water sources for almost two months.There are about 2,200 licensed pipelines in Saskatchewan and approximately 80 operators. The companies are supposed to submit forms to show that they’re following operation standards.The government plans to use the information to help monitor pipelines.But Ferguson says the government is focusing on updating its licensing records and issuing amendments to pipeline licences, as opposed to using the information to monitor pipelines.“They haven’t turned their mind to even assessing the results that are in the compliance reports that they have received and to come up with a strategy as to how they’re going to make sure that the pipelines in fact are safe,” she said.Ferguson says the two largest operators — who account for about half of all pipelines in the province — have not completed all their forms.Doug MacKnight, the assistant deputy minister of the economy, says companies are working hard to complete the forms.“It’s just taking a lot longer than we had expected because of the complexity of the work,” said MacKnight.MacKnight says the government is making strides when it comes to pipeline inspections and regulations by auditing pipeline operators to make sure that they’re following safe standards.“So that’s actually looking at the way the companies operate to make sure that they are inspecting their lines regularly, they have good integrity management programs, they have good governance of their systems,” he said.“And that really is the trend all regulators are pursuing.”But Keith Stewart with Greenpeace Canada says he’s concerned that the government hasn’t acted faster given that the auditor made the recommendations five years ago.“This is people’s drinking water we’re talking about. It’s crucial for wildlife. And Saskatchewan basically has one of the weakest or at least more disorganized pipeline safety regimes in the country,” said Stewart.Stewart also noted that the auditor’s report says Saskatchewan doesn’t have targets or a mitigation plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.For that you actually have to get with the program and be part of the global climate solutionThe report says: “Without plans, policies and targets, Saskatchewan may not be able to fulfil its commitment to Canada to contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions.”Stewart says that doesn’t help Saskatchewan residents.“For that you actually have to get with the program and be part of the global climate solution,” he said.Saskatchewan Environment Minister Scott Moe says the province has signed onto the Vancouver Declaration, a national agreement to reduce Canada’s emissions by 30 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030.However, the auditor notes that the agreement does not hold Saskatchewan to the same target.Moe says the province is working on reducing emissions, but he wouldn’t talk about a specific target.“That’s work that’s going on right now with respect to what our targets will be here in the province of Saskatchewan,” he said. read more

UN agency to help Nicaraguan coffee growers hit by low world prices

Moving to aid small-scale Nicaraguan growers hit by the steep global drop in coffee prices, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced plans today to help feed those worst-affected while promoting longer-term crop diversification and the production of more competitive varieties. “Bearing in mind that coffee cultivation in Nicaragua accounts for almost a third of agricultural employment, the consequences of this crisis are devastating for a country where external debt is 10 times larger than the total value of export earnings,” said Loy Van Crowder, FAO’s representative to Nicaragua. The agency will help feed 3,000 of the worst-affected families – about 17,000 people – in the Central American country, where falling international prices have hurt an economy largely dependent on coffee by reducing income and employment. In order to prevent food shortages, the agency will distribute 110,000 kilogrammes of black bean seeds, 270,000 kilogrammes of fertilizer and 9,000 basic tools. It is hoped that by the end of the project each farmer will have planted just under a hectare of black beans for their own consumption and to sell locally, a method aiming to open the way towards much-needed agricultural diversification.The international crisis in global coffee prices has highlighted the need to diversify production to balance out the risks of growing solely one crop, FAO said. The agency plans to help the Nicaraguan authorities in drawing up an income-generating programme both to diversify agricultural outputs and to steer coffee production towards more competitive varieties. read more

Your Chances Of Being Gored By A Bull In Pamplona Are Getting

Spanish3747301.6 NATIONALITYTOTAL GORINGS SINCE 2005PERCENT OF GORINGS SINCE 2005PERCENT OF ATTENDANCE IN 2014GORINGS TO ATTENDANCE RATIO Latin Americans4551.0 Other/unidentified1013210.6 British68%4%1.9 I’m sure this data will do little to dissuade my fellow prospective runners from heading to Pamplona one of these years — if anything, it’ll probably be used to argue that the odds are in your favor. But you’ll take the risk knowing that there have been only three days in the past 35 years when no one suffered a major injury. Hey, it’s gotta happen to someone. North Americans1114240.6 French2350.5 Australians or Kiwis810110.9 Another year, another 10 gorings. The annual nine-day running of the bulls festival in Pamplona, Spain, drew to a close today, with the inevitable bloody results: None was gored today, but five were hospitalized with major injuries in the last of eight runs.The festival is one of the most jarring examples of just how imperfect a process natural selection is. The tradition began centuries ago as a way to transport bulls from their corrals to the bullfighting ring, and grew as more people decided it would be fun to run in front of the bulls and try not to die. Literally the only point of going is to survive extreme risk (and to slap a bull on the butt, apparently). And yet it seems just as popular on bucket lists now1Mine included. as it was when it shot to worldwide fame in 1926 with its depiction in Ernest Hemingway’s novel “The Sun Also Rises.” The danger is the appeal — but just how dangerous is it to run with the Pamplona bulls?Record keeping on deaths (there have been 15) goes back to 1922, and Navarra — the region of Spain where the festival takes place — has kept track of every major injury that has resulted from the run since 1980. Using their data, I decided to find out for myself what the odds will be of ending up in a Navarra hospital when I inevitably partake in this exercise in idiocy.Although the number of injuries has been volatile from year to year, it’s grown by about 5.1 percent on average each year since 1980.That’s what you might expect if attendance were growing, but it’s not. Pamplona’s City Hall has tracked exact annual headcounts since only 2011 (and hasn’t published numbers for 2015 yet), but the limited available data suggests that attendance is on the decline — 17,126 people participated last year, down from 20,500 in 2011.2Six bulls and six steers run every day, regardless of the number of human participants. (Organizers claim the steers are harmless.) Pamplona blames the decline of the past two years on timing, saying the weekend fell mid-festival rather than at the beginning (coinciding with the big event kickoff), as it did in 2012 and 2011.With injuries going up and attendance going down, each person who runs alongside the bulls has a higher risk of being injured every year. Based on 2014’s data, you’d have a 0.3 percent chance of being injured, which is the same chance of having an unproduced screenplay turned into a feature film.But that doesn’t mean you should go ahead and don that pañuelo just yet. The Associated Press has kept detailed reports on how many people were gored — and the countries they hail from — every day of the festival dating to 2005. I used Nexis to determine whether runners from any nationality stood out. Obviously, Spaniards were hit hardest in terms of the raw number of gorings — 37 of the total 78 over the 10-year period. But Brits take home the prize for most disproportionate number of participants gored. They account for about 8 percent of gorings, but just 4 percent of participants.3Breakdown of attendance by nationality is based on 2014 headcounts. read more

Cheshire Police found guilty of discrimination after rejecting white heterosexual man for

Mr Furlong, whose father is a serving detective inspector at Cheshire Police, claimed he was told after the interview stage “it was refreshing to meet someone as well prepared as yourself” and that he “could not… A police force has been found guilty of discrimination after it refused to give a potential recruit a job because he was a white heterosexual man.  The force rejected him while in the midst of a diversity drive after a report found in 2015 it was one of only four constabularies to have no black officers. Cheshire Police are believed to be the first organisation in the UK to be found guilty of using positive action to discriminate by deciding to shun 25-year-old Matthew Furlong in 2017.  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

Meet the app that wants to be the centre of your nightclub

first_imgWHEN YOU’RE ON a night out, how many apps do you use? Chances are a messaging app like WhatsApp or Viber to organise a plan and maybe a taxi app like Hailo to get in and out.Venoo is hoping to add itself to that list by offering a local messaging and payment service rolled into one app.At its most basic level, the Cork-based service teams up with venues to offer 15% discounts for drinks and food to those using the app and allows customers to order them without having to queue. By using a top-up service, similar to how pay-as-you-go phones work, it prevents you from overspending at a venue without realising it.For the director of Venoo, James O’Keeffe, providing a service that allowed users to use their phone to go cashless made sense since people were “more likely to leave without their keys to the house than their smartphone.” Source: Dog Day Media/VimeoThe other aspect of Venoo is it’s also a local messaging service. While there’s a public element to it, one of the main features the app is pushing is the dating element. By connecting to your Facebook profile, and only using your name, profile picture and age, you can check to see who else is in the venue and should you see someone you’re interested in, you can add them and send them a ‘wink’ to get the ball rolling.You can even buy them a drink through the app – in which case the top-up account feature prevents you from waking up with any nasty surprises the next morning – they have to accept such requests first before anything can happen and ultimately, the aim is to say hello in person. As O’Keeffe puts it:”People might chat on this but eventually, they’re going to have to walk up to them and say hi.”With all of these features in place, it’s probably no surprise that the makers treat security and safety as a major priority. When you’re topping up, Venoo doesn’t save your credit or debit card details when you top up or save your Facebook information beyond the info already provided.O’Keeffe mentions how it also using push notifications to help promote campaigns like drinking responsibly on the night and highlight taxi services as well.Towards the end of every night, we would have a notification going out telling people to plan their way home and taxi numbers built into it so people can ring and book one home. The main thing that we’re conscious of is the safety of our customers coming into [and leaving] a venue.The app also uses Stripe, the payments service created by Limerick brothers Patrick and John Collison, to ensure that all payments made from customer to bar is done securely.Currently, the app had a soft launch in Cork, and is testing out the app in Rearden’s Bar, Havana Browns and the Secret Garden, but it’s planning to expand to two more bars in Cork before its official launch next month. After that, the aim is to have five to seven major venues in Ireland using the app and maybe expand the service to the UK and US.For now, it’s just about improving the app and getting people here to use the app over the long-term.“Between the four of us [the team behind the app], we’re all trying to keep grounded and push it to as many venues as possible,” says O’Keeffe.Read: Irish companies sign €40 million worth of deals in Asia, creating 20 jobs here >Read: Do you comment and engage online? If you do you’re in a minority >last_img read more

Le Samsung Galaxy S2 décliné en blanc

first_imgLe Samsung Galaxy S2 décliné en blancFace au succès de son nouveau smartphone écoulé à près de 5 millions d’exemplaires, le constructeur sud-coréen a décidé d’offrir une nouvelle robe blanche au Samsung Galaxy S2.Samsung veut continuer à surfer sur le succès de son Galaxy S2, qui s’est déjà vendu à plus de 5 millions d’exemplaires. Pour séduire le public féminin, la marque propose donc son smartphone dans une très seyante robe blanche. Une nouvelle édition dont le but est bien entendu d’arriver aux objectifs de ventes fixés à 10 millions d’unités, car outre cette nouvelle coque, le smartphone sera identique à son homologue déjà disponible. Il faut dire que Samsung mise beaucoup sur sa branche télécom, qui a vu son opérationnel doublé en un an, rappelle Le Nouvel Obs. Du côté des branches TV, dalles et semi-conducteurs, les perspectives sont en effet moins engageantes. La téléphonie mobile devient donc le premier vecteur de croissance pour Samsung qui est d’ailleurs devenu le deuxième constructeur mondial devant le Finlandais Nokia. Reste à savoir maintenant si le fabricant sud-coréen parviendra à atteindre ses ambitieux objectifs de vente. Pour cela, il ne reste plus qu’à attendre la sortie du Galaxy S2 blanc qui devrait se faire dès septembre à un prix de 590 euros.Le 1 août 2011 à 12:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

GEEK PICK GEEKY VINYL SALE

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls center_img At Geek, we relish in our music for any activities, but especially when it comes to the music in video games, tv, movies, and cartoons. There’s nothing like a good soundtrack or score that warms you or makes the gameplay or watching experience ten times better than it is. ThinkGeek had a lot to choose from over in their sale of vinyl’s but here are Geek’s picks for the coolest of the cool in their terrific collection. The sale runs until Monday the 16th so act now!WESTWORLD: SEASON 1 – EXCLUSIVE MILK WHITE LP If you’re as big of a Westworld geek as we are, you’re blown away by the visuals, story, AND music of HBO’s Westworld. This LP contains some of the BEST songs composed by Ramin Djawadi from the first seasons, including Black Hole Sun, Paint It Back, House of the Rising Sun and, of course, Westworld’s Main Theme and Sweetwater. If you want to feel your music on an epic scale, buy this LP today!Currently 20% offCUPHEAD SOUNDTRACK VINYL 4LPCuphead’s soundtrack fully embodies that era of swinging jazz, big band, 30’s animation and so much more. The vinyl looks gorgeous and vintage, in lush dusty brown almost like it’s made straight from the era itself. Even though the game is an utterly frustrating and fantastic challenge, the soundtrack very much soothes the savage beast within us all from selling our souls to the devil to beat it. It has some of the best freeform jazz and instrumentals that will have your toes tapping and your hips swayin’.UPDATE: Sold Out at ThinkGeek but still at Amazon in the link below.STEVEN UNIVERSE VINYL 4LPSteven Universe. Is there anything else like it? Steven Universe is one of those shows that’s builds off music in a fantastic way to help develop character and get messages out in a fun, weird or sad way. This vinyl contains the complete Vol. 1 soundtrack for the Cartoon Network show. From Stronger Than You to Here Comes A Thought, these songs will leave you humming throughout the day. (Worth it.)Currently 33% offTHE DARK CRYSTAL DELUXE VINYL SOUNDTRACKFor all your Gelflings, Mystics and Skeksis out there, if you want a completely and utterly EPIC sounding soundtrack with a movie to match, please look no further than Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal. This movie terrified me as a kid, but the one thing I always remembered was the sound of it. (Later, gained an appreciation and purchased it on DVD. Overcoming fear is important guys.) Trevor Jones slays this score from start to finish, and I guarantee you’ll be shaken from the brilliance of it.Currently 33% offLOST IN SPACE: THE COMPLETE JOHN WILLIAMS COLLECTION BOX SET Do you like kooky, spooky space music from a 1960’s beloved series? Well, you’re in for a treat with the Lost In Space: John Williams Collection. Irwin Allen’s Lost in Space is a favorite of ours. John Williams brings the perfect sound with his sci-fi, blending elements of suspense, adventure, and horror to his compositions. William is the BIGGEST and coolest movie composer and that’s this website loves him for. He did make all those pretty scores in the Star Wars after all? *wink*Currently 50% offCheck out the rest of the collection over at ThinkGeek and let us know which ones you got!last_img read more

Thiago Silva Brazil are the favourites in all competitions

first_imgBrazil captain Thiago Silva has dismissed the importance of their favourite tag at the World Cup as they are always the team to beat anywayThe Selecao booked their place in the last eight of the tournament following a comfortable 2-0 win over Mexico on Monday with Belgium now awaiting them ahead of Friday’s clash.But Silva is not taking Belgium and their “golden generation” for granted and insists that Brazil have work to do if they are to overcome the Red Devils for a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup.“Belgium are very strong physically and technically,” said the 32-year-old, as stated on Goal.“Belgium deserve to play in the last 16.“I think that in all competitions Brazil is the favourite. But we know that’s not enough. We have to work hard and give our best every game if we want to win the title. We will continue to work and rest well because Friday’s game will be even more difficult.”Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…Neymar was once more on the wrong side of the headlines on Monday after being accused of going down too easily in their win against Mexico, despite the fact that the 26-year-old had scored the opening goal and later assisted Roberto Firmino for Brazil’s second of the game.But Silva believes that Neymar’s natural qualities instantly make him a target for the opposition.“This is normal because [Neymar] has many qualities,” he added.“The players who defend on him make fouls because it’s always hard to defend Neymar and take the ball without making fouls. But it was a tough game.”Brazil are targetting their sixth World Cup title this summer and their first since 2002.last_img read more

Southgate searching for new Gazza

first_imgEngland head coach Gareth Southgate insists the team are searching for a midfield player in the mold of former England great Paul Gascoigne.Southgate believes the country needs a game-changing midfielder of that calibre after watching Spain’s Thiago Alcantara completing dominate the midfield in their UEFA Nations League clash on Saturday.The former England U-21 boss admits he is yet to find his own creative solution to compete against the world’s top sides.“The only one in my lifetime is Paul Gascoigne and I’m not sure he was developed, I think he was a consequence of a unique talent,” Southgate, said of his former team-mate whose final England cap came in 1998, according to Sky Sports.“I think what is happening at junior level is that there is more emphasis on technical ability, there is more, right from five, six, seven-year-olds, there is more emphasis on being able to handle the ball and play.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We’re seeing that with some of our junior teams. But we can see there’s a period of time for those players to come through.“We can see there’s a few players around our squad that have the ability to do that, but Spain have had a production line for a long period of time.“Look at those who have gone and those that come into the team. Of that type of player, they’ve produced more than any other team in the world.”last_img read more

PDM Sworn into Office

first_img#MagneticMediaNews#PDMSwornIn PDM sworn into Office Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PDMSwornIn Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI,  December 21, 2016 –  The People’s Democratic Movement was officially sworn into Office on December 20th 2016. The party was successful in securing victory at the polls on December 15th winning 10 out of 15 electoral seats. Ministerial appointments are as follows:Hon. Sharlene Cartwright- Robinson– Premier and Minister of Finance, Trade and InvestmentHon. Sean R. Astwood– Deputy Premier and Minister of Immigration and Border Control and EmploymentHon. Vaden D. Williams– Minister of Home Affairs, Transportation and CommunicationHon. McMillin Goldray Ewing– Minister of Infrastructure, Housing and PlanningHon. Josephine Connolly-Minister of Education, Youth, Sports, Culture and Library ServicesHon. Edwin Astwood– Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human ServicesHon. Ralph Higgs- Minister of Tourism, Environment, Heritage and CultureThe party has agreed that there will be periodic rotation of Ministerial positions.The PDM has selected Hon. Karen Malcolm to serve as Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.Hon. Derek Taylor will work out of the Premier’s Office in Grand Turk.Hon. Douglas Parnell will work of out of the Premier’s Office in Providenciales and will spearhead negotiations on constitutional change, UK relations, business development and inward investment.Hon. Dwayne Taylor has been selected to become Speaker of the House of Assembly upon the opening of the House of Assembly.Mr. Maxovonno Thomas has been selected to become the PDM Government’s appointed member to the House of Assembly.center_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Fulford warns the Premier not to give more power to the British

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 14, 2017 – Providenciales – It is incumbent upon me to warn the government members of Parliament to abstain from voting yes to giving the Governor one of primary powers   that an elected government has, which is the power to appoint members to the various statutory boards in our country.   All over the world, appointment to Statutory Boards are not a bi-partisan act, is simply a government’s appointment of  its supporters who campaigned passionately about a certain ministry and how they can bring about improvements to that ministry.The Bill which is set to be debated before the House of Assembly  on the 1 year anniversary of the election of the new Government, will deliver a fatal  blow to the legacy of JAGS and what he as a person, his Party and his Government  stood for.   The Bill will give the Governor the power to do as he likes and act as he pleases without any reference to the Minister with the authority for  that particular statutory Board.   The Boards’ membership will immediately be reduced  which means staunch supporters of the present Government who have been recently appointed to these Boards will very likely see their appointments rescinded and may no longer be able to serve on a  board nor make a contribution to their country via their Board Appointment.What is most troubling to us the electorate, is this – to what end is this measure being taken? Why is it that the overseas Colonial powers  want this power and  authority removed from the hands of the elected officials and put in the Governor’s Hands?  Is it because the country is broke and cannot afford to pay the measly sums to Board members monthly?  No! because the Premier indicated we have 101 Million in surplus. Is it because the Board members are incompetent?  No, it is not, as many of these Board members have degrees, life or work experience in the industry related to the  Boards upon which they sit .Then what is it? From the pattern of the British’s’ behavior over the last 9 years, one can only conclude it is because they are of the view that the Board Members and the Country as whole cannot self-govern and this view though it pains me to say in this day and age may be directly due to certain historical, abhorrent racial ideologies. It is because the Board Members are Turks and Caicos Islanders.   It is because the British do not trust the Board members. It is because it is in line with the FCO policy of having a “greater British presence” in TCI.How is it, that this JAGS’ ideal based Government  can sit in silence and light the fire that will burn us all to ashes by abdicating and transferring its  power to the Governor? Is it because the Premier is drawing on her experience as a former “YES SIR”, Consultative Forum member and simply giving in to every whim of the British and has put the fear of God in her elected colleagues by firing Josephine?If the Premier is the “best man for the job” of championing the cause of her fellow Turks and Caicos Islanders who  voted for her resoundingly one year ago, then she should truly stand up and withdraw this bill from the house – after all the opposition only have a say but her government has the numbers to have their way!MARK A FULFORD Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Stephen Isaacs Sworn In as Acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 23, 2017 – Nassau – Mr. Stephen Isaacs was sworn in as Acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling at Government House on Friday, December 22, 2017.   Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis is also pictured as Mr. Isaacs received his Instrument of Appointment.(BIS Photos/Derek Smith) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

Gattuso calls for focus at AC Milan ahead of critical fixtures

first_imgAC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso has issued his players a warning as the battle for a top-four spot in the Serie A heats up.The Rossoneri are currently down in sixth-place in the standings and two points adrift of fourth-place AS Roma, who defeated Chievo Verona 3-0 on Friday night.Therefore, victory against Cagliari is a must on Sunday for Milan if they are to retake their spot in the top four of the table in a bid to return to Champions League football for the first time since 2014.Gattuso’s men have only claimed three wins in their last seven Serie A games following a run of tricky fixtures, which recently involved Napoli and Roma.But Milan’s next five opponents are all in the bottom half of the standings and could potentially offer them a chance to establish themselves in the top four.Although Gattuso is taking nothing for granted given Milan’s slip-ups in recent years.“It’s important to stay focused, knowing that for the past seven or eight years we have reached spring and not been in the running for a Champions League spot,” said Gattuso on the club website.“We need to be in a good position when we come to play our final games of the season, this is our objective.“The players have had the opportunity to rest a bit this week, often it’s better to rest than work. Playing before the others has helped us because when we’ve played teams that have less games than us we’ve tended to struggle.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“It’ll be a difficult match against Cagliari and the stakes are particularly high tomorrow, especially given other results (wins for Lazio and Roma on Thursday and Friday respectively).”In their last 10 league outings, Milan have only found the net eight times and conceded five.“We certainly need to improve technically and fill the penalty area more, and sometimes this can be put down to laziness,” added Gattuso.“However, in order to not concede goals, you have to work hard. It’s all a question of how you are mentally, and we’ve trained to play a certain kind of football.“A lot of desire is needed, and we need to make the difference by thinking about what we want to do.”The Milan and Cagliari will take place at the San Siro on Sunday with kick-off set for 8:30 PM (CET).Coach Gattuso previewed the game against Cagliari. Here are the best bits from the press conference 🎙Un minuto per riascoltare le parole del Mister alla vigilia di #MilanCagliari⏱ pic.twitter.com/eaJC1CSWwj— AC Milan (@acmilan) February 9, 2019last_img read more

Naked pizza thief breaks into Baltimore restaurant

first_imgBALTIMORE (WSVN) – An alleged thief at a Baltimore pizza restaurant was caught on camera, but there’s a catch: He was nude.According to surveillance video, the burglar lost his pants while gaining entry through the roof vent. “Yeah, seeing it — it was weird knowing that someone was, like, naked running around the store,” said an employee.His bottomless situation did not stop him from continuing to try and steal inside of the restaurant. However, the robber failed to escape with any money.“Everybody’s mouths just dropped, and we couldn’t help but laugh,” said another employee. “That’s not something that happens every day, and it was really funny to see that.”The man caused over $1,000 worth of damage.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

4 hospitalized after boat crash in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took four people to the hospital after, officials said, two boats collided in Fort Lauderdale, overnight Sunday.According to a witness, a boat didn’t have its headlights on when it crashed into the vessel head on, on the Intracoastal Waterway, near a sports bar on Northeast 32nd Avenue.“Several boats were involved, and there are several injuries, and they were extensive enough to be transported to the hospital,” said Tyson Matthews of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.One man fell off the vessel and hit his head. The injuries sustained by the others are unclear.“It’s really sad. Honestly, people should be more careful,” said witness Gabi Downey. “I’m not exactly sure why they didn’t have their headlights on.”The four victims were transported to Broward Health Medical Center. Their condition is currently unknown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Woman gets clawed by jaguar while trying to take selfie

first_img Random Culture Wellness Now playing: Watch this: The jaguar (not this one) was temporarily removed from the exhibit after the incident. Martin Sachse/ullstein bild via Getty Images A woman survived a close encounter with a jaguar after trying to take a selfie with it at a Phoenix-area zoo on Saturday.The big cat apparently got its claws around the woman’s hand after she crossed a concrete barrier at the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park and stepped near the cage to take the photo, a witness and authorities told CBS News.Another visitor to the zoo in Litchfield Park, Arizona, reportedly managed to divert the jaguar’s attention by jamming a water bottle into the cage, allowing the woman to pull her hand away. Cellphone video showed her writhing in pain on the ground in the aftermath.The woman later characterized the incident as a “crazy accident” rather than an attack, but didn’t admit to crossing the barrier, CBS noted. Her injuries were reportedly stitched up and she got out of the hospital Sunday, when she also apologized to the zoo owner. When ‘doing it for the gram’ ends tragically Comments 2:09center_img Tags Share your voice 3 The jaguar was removed from the exhibit as the zoo investigates what happened, and officials said it won’t be put down because it wasn’t to blame.The zoo didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment.It’s hardly the first time someone’s been attacked while trying to take a photo with an animal. A woman got too close to a Yellowstone National Park bison in 2015, and an Instagram model got bitten by a shark while swimming with it last year.last_img read more

Google Earths new Carmen Sandiego game will awaken your inner gumshoe

first_img Online Gaming Can you find Carmen Sandiego in Google Earth’s new game? Google Earth It’s been almost 30 years, but Carmen Sandiego isn’t done jet setting around the globe and teaching us about it. The international master thief, a positive role model of course, has taught us the capitals of countries, the locations of historic events, and other geographical facts. Sandiego was such a staple for ’90s kids that Google said it’s releasing a series of games in Google Earth. The first, The Crown Jewels Caper, is available now and pays homage to the original franchise. You can play on web browser, Android or iOS. Your assignment from ACME is to track the elusive Sandiego from London to her hideout. You’ll use the magnifying glass to interview witnesses in different cities and gather clues. When you think you’ve figured out the next step, click the airplane icon to fly to the next city.”[O]ur game is an homage to the original. It’s for all those gumshoes who grew up with the chase, and for the next generation feeling that geography itch for the first time,” Vanessa Schneider, program manager at Google Earth, said in a blog post Wednesday.In January, Netflix released a reboot of the show. Gina Rodriguez lends her voice to Sandiego. The show announced its second season in February.Originally published March 13.Update, March 18: Added more details Carmen Sandiego game. Post a comment Google Tags 0center_img Share your voice 1:20 Now playing: Watch this: This $150 smartwatch lets kids call and text their parentslast_img read more

Banks may resist RBI pressure to cut lending rate despite repo rate

first_imgEven though Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is putting pressure on banks to transfer the recent repo rate cut benefit to customers, banking circles believe the general liquidity crunch is making it difficult to ensure full transmission.RBI) governor Shaktikanta Das will be meeting bankers on Thursday in an attempt to ensure conversion of the recent rate cut into cheaper loans, media reports say.The RBI slashed repo rate, the rate at which the central bank lends money to banks, by 25 basis point, to 6.25 percent, earlier this month responding to the subdued inflation figures and the need to add liquidity to push growth in a slowing global economy.However, industry experts believe the current liquidity situation of the economy does not favour a viable reduction in the lending rate by banks. They point out the marked mismatch between credit growth and deposit growth. Credit growth has taken off to 9.3 percent, bank deposits have growth only by 6.1 percent, according to estimates. Tinkering with the interest rate on deposits will further affect the deposit growth and hamper banks’ ability to extend more credit widening the marginal cost of lending rate (MCLR).Aditya Puri, HDFC Bank CEO, has said that lending rates can’t come down unless deposit rates brought down. “Banks are finding it difficult on the funding side,” the Times of India quoted Puri as saying. “Transmission of RBI’s rate cuts will depend on the time frame in which deposit rates go down. As long as there is a scarcity of deposits, and banks raise deposit rates, they cannot bring down lending rates.”Media reported in the last quarter that many banks increased deposit rates fearing a liquidity crunch in the system, pushing up their MCLR. Lenders are finding it difficult to mobilize deposits because of the rise in cash in circulation and mutual fund investments, Puri said. Falling bank interest rate will drive more investors to public provident fund (PPF) and post office deposits where the rates remain high.Puri wants the RBI to bring down the statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) or cash reserve ratio (CRR) to bring down the cost of funds of banks without a reduction in deposit rates.The RBI governor had told a press conference with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in attendance that the “transmission of rates is very important, especially after the central bank announces a rate cut.””As already stated in our post-Monetary Policy Committee press conference, I am having an interaction with the CEOs and MDs of the banks, both public and private sector, which is now scheduled to be on February 21,” Das said. “We will discuss that issue with the banks and see what needs to be done.”The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been trying to infuse more liquidity into the economy to general more jobs in as it is facing the general election 2019 in a few months. Credit growth is a primary necessity to ensure that the system regains liquidity.last_img read more

India smashes Bangladesh anthemsinging record

first_imgHalf a million Indians have set a new world record by performing a mass rendition of their national anthem, as patriotic sentiment rises under a nationalist government.It smashes the previous record of roughly 254,500 set in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka in 2014.The “Jana Gana Mana” anthem was sung by 509,261 people in Gujarat, the home state of Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at the opening of a Hindu temple, said Guinness World Records.”The event attracted close to 1 million people according to the auditors, but only the above number could be accommodated in the record attempt area,” the world record-keeper said on its website.The feat was accomplished in late January but only validated recently by Guinness World Records.”We feel very proud to have achieved this record, which is nearly double that of the previous record,” Paresh Gajera, chairman of the organising committee overseeing the stunt in the western state, told AFP.The patriotic effort comes amid a fiery debate in India over exploitation of the anthem, and concerns about overt displays of nationalism under Modi’s right-wing administration.The Supreme Court ruled in November that cinemas must play the national anthem before screening movies and audiences should stand for it, drawing angry accusations of an assault on civil liberties.There have been reports of cinemagoers being assaulted for refusing to stand, while others were arrested for failing to obey the ruling.Some liberals say freedom of speech is being stifled by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, which came to power in 2014.last_img read more