After months of speculation, Leader of the Opposition in Gujarat Shankersinh Vaghela on Friday resigned from the Congress. Announcing the decision at a massive gathering to mark his 77th birthday, Mr. Vaghela said he had resigned as Leader of the Opposition and would resign as legislator after the Rajya Sabha elections.However, he ruled out joining the BJP, which he had split in the mid 1990s.Mr.Vaghela slammed the Congress leadership and culture while asking his supporters, including legislators, to decide their future.A veteran of Gujarat politics, Mr. Vaghela has been at odds with the Congress high command for “ignoring his suggestions” and not allowing him free rein to take on the BJP in the Assembly polls slated for later this year.“You don’t want to fight yourself, nor will you allow anyone to fight because you have taken supari from BJP,” Mr. Vaghela said, taking on the Congress leadership, without naming anybody. “It is my destiny that I became victim of political conspiracy, first in the BJP and now in the Congress. I have always fought against injustice,” he said, indicating that a few leaders in the Congress conspired to ensure his expulsion.“I had told Soniaji mein aapka bharosa nahi todunga (I will not betray your trust). I went to meet her, told her “Thanks a lot madam for everything. I may not remain with the party after sometime, but don’t worry I am not going anywhere.” I am not joining BJP,” he said.He said the party leadership did not even listen to the MLAs or try to resolve the issues they raised with the high command.“For three years, you have not been able to appoint a president for Ahmedabad city Congress. This is not how a political party can be run,” he said.
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Pakistan batsman Khalid Latif has been handed a five-year ban and fined one million rupees by the anti-corruption tribunal after finding him guilty of six breaches of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-corruption code.The detailed order of the tribunal released on Tuesday confirmed that the three-member bench found Latif guilty off all six charges, brought against him by the PCB in the spot-fixing case during the Pakistan Super League in Dubai in February.The tribunal, headed by a former judge of the Lahore High Court, has already banned Test opener Sharjeel Khan for five years with half of the sentence suspended on spot-fixing charges.PCB’s legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi said the detailed order on Latif showed that the tribunal found him guilty of meeting with a bookmaker, Yousuf on 8th and 9th of February and agreeing to spot-fixing in a match.”It is irrelevant whether Khalid played a match or not. The full order finds him guilty of breaching the code of conduct.”Latif has also been found guilty of trying to instigate teammates to spot-fix and convincing Sharjeel to meet with the bookmaker in Dubai.Latif and his lawyer now have 14 days to file an appeal against the ban and fine.Sharjeel has already appealed against his ban and the PCB has appointed a former judge of the Supreme court to hear his petition from Wednesday in Lahore.”Sharjeel has already filed his appeal while the PCB has also appealed with the independent adjudicator,” Rizvi said. He said the PCB had appealed since Sharjeel was found guilty on all six counts of violating the anti-corruption code, half of his ban should not be suspended and that he should also be fined.advertisementRizvi also said that the cases being heard against Pakistani batsmen Nasir Jamshed and Shahzaib Hasan would also be decided soon by the tribunal.Asked about a statement made by a senior official of the UK national crime agency before the tribunal about the possible involvement of few other Pakistani players in spot-fixing during the Bangladesh Premier League, Rizvi said since the tournament was a domestic event of the Bangladesh cricket board they would first have to take a decision on whether to open investigations into the allegations.”If they don’t open investigations in 180 days then the PCB can decide to hold its own inquiry,” he said. Rizvi said while the PCB was conducting a disciplinary hearing against the accused cricketers but the Federal Investigation Agency could also concurrently hold criminal proceedings against the players on corruption and fraud charges
Germany coach Joachim Low will miss the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Belarus and Estonia after he was injured in a “sporting accident”.The German Football Federation (DFB) confirmed Low’s treatment is proceeding well, but the 59-year-old has been advised by doctors to rest for the next month.Low will be replaced by his assistant Marcus Sorg and goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke for the trip to Borisov on June 8 and subsequent visit of Estonia three days later. 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? Nevertheless, Low plans to remain in contact with them and team manager Oliver Bierhoff around the fixtures.”I’m feeling well again, but I have to relax a bit over the next four weeks,” Low said in the DFB’s statement.”I’m in constant contact with my coaching team, and we’ll be in close contact with each other around the two matches.”Marcus Sorg, Andy Kopke and Oliver Bierhoff have a lot of experience and together we will bridge this short break. “Bundestrainer Joachim Löw wird bei den kommenden beiden EM-Qualifikationsspielen gegen Belarus und Estland durch seinen Assistenztrainer Marcus Sorg vertreten.Alle Infos https://t.co/2LgDS81354 pic.twitter.com/hB2lUokOyR— Die Mannschaft (@DFB_Team) May 31, 2019Bierhoff remains confident everything will run smoothly despite Low’s absence, and that all decisions will be discussed with him.He added: “The most important thing is that Jogi will be fit in a couple of days, and even though you know he would like to be at the training ground it is right for him to relax.”Marcus Sorg and Andy Kopke know the procedures and the team very well, they discuss everything closely with Jogi anyway.”Germany began their Group C campaign with a 3-2 win away to Netherlands in March, as they set out to eradicate the underwhelming 2018 World Cup campaign from their memories.Northern Ireland lead the pool heading into the next round of fixtures, having won both of their first two matches.
Manchester United midfielder Fred has boldly declared that both he and the Red Devils as a collective will be “better than last season” when the 2019-20 campaign gets underway.Improvement across the board is required at Old Trafford.Another testing spell in 2018-19 saw Jose Mourinho relieved of his managerial duties, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appointed in his place. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The Norwegian oversaw an impressive resurgence initially as caretaker boss, but results took a slide after he was rewarded with a permanent three-year contract in March.Too many players are considered to have disappointed as United stumbled their way to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League, with Fred among those to have flopped.The Brazil international is, however, adamant that, with further fresh faces having been brought on board over the summer, the Red Devils will be more competitive this time around.He told Inside United ahead of an opening clash against Chelsea on Sunday: “My first season was a bit difficult,” he said. “The first year is always a little bit difficult, a year of adaptation, and, moreover, we had a season that wasn’t too strong in terms of the Premier League.“But now I’m more used to the league and I’ve been working hard. I’ve talked to the manager and backroom staff, and this season is going to be better than last season. I’m sure it is going to be very successful.”Fred is determined to ensure that he repays the faith shown in him by Solskjaer.He figured prominently in United’s pre-season preparations, but only after being granted leave in order to get married.The 26-year-old added: “I’m really happy to have got married and, thanks to Manchester United, I was able to get my whole family together with my wife on the day.“That was a really important day for me, for all of us, and I’m very happy.“I had a chat with Mr Ole and he was cool for being so understanding. He was really attentive to my needs and I was allowed to come out of training to go on and get married.“I did end up joining the team a bit late [on tour], but I was already training beforehand, so I’m in shape.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) today, June 25, released its year-end results for the fiscal year ending March 31. For the 12 month period, the NSLC recorded net earnings of $219.4 million on sales of $579.4 million. This represents an increase in net income of $6.8 million (3.2 per cent) compared with last year. Net earnings for the fourth quarter was $41.7 million, which is 2.5 per cent higher than net earnings of $40.7 million for the same time period last year. Sales for the quarter were $123.8 million, an increase of 3.5 per cent over the last year’s sales of $119.6 million. A detailed news release on the financial results can be found by following the News Releases link on the NSLC website at www.myNSLC.com -30-
Nova Scotians are invited to respond to proposed regulations for the Adult Learning Act. The regulations will provide a guide to help administer the act, which was passed in the legislature in December 2010. Consultations are being held throughout the province with adult learning partners. “The consultation process is so important to the final result because we can learn from a variety of perspectives,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “All feedback received will be considered. What we’ll end up with is a set of regulations made richer because of all the voices involved.” The regulations are to provide consistency for operations among organizations that teach adult education, including how they qualify to get public funding, what records they must keep, and how they report what they do. They also state adult learner responsibilities and what must be included in the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning annual report to the minister of Labour and Advanced Education. The proposed regulations in both French and English, and with details on how to submit comments can be found on the Department of Labour and Advanced Education’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/lae. The deadline for feedback is Monday, Oct. 31. The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is an initiative of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education that supports Nova Scotians as they build on their skills, knowledge and credentials to succeed at home, in the community, and in the workforce.
Peter Price, Chairman of Reporters Without Borders (RSF USA), joined RSF President, Christophe Deloire, to welcome Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep to the Paris premiere of The Post.Meryl Streep, Peter Price, Stephen Spielberg, Christophe Deloire and Tom Hanks attend the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) premiere of The Post in ParisCredit/Copyright: L’Agence France-PresseThe film celebrates RSF’s global mission to protect press freedom through its correspondents in 130 countries. These prominent leaders in the film industry thanked RSF for its commitment to protecting against what they feels is a deeply critical challenge to press freedom now re-occurring today.Find out more here.
By Hajar JannadRabat – As the Baccalaureate exams are beginning for Moroccan students, there are rising questions about the trend of cheating. Officials recognize the necessity to inform the students about its dangers and are looking for a way to eradicate this phenomenon. A Moroccan association for the rights of students is working to abolish the practice of imprisoning students caught cheating on the exams. The association urged the review of the restraining laws imposed on students, stating that “albeit the importance and necessity of the adoption of legal arsenal to eradicate and treat the cheating phenomenon, it will not be greatly effective, unless it is accompanied with educational, societal and pedagogical treatment during the schooling years.”Calls were made for the parties and the educational organizations involved to guarantee student rights be ensured by a thorough review of programs, methodologies, and evaluative systems, using new, effective, and fair pedagogical approaches.The association has also requested parents to help prevent their children from any unethical practices and to not tolerate them. High school teachers are also in need of extra security due to the increase of violent outbreaks during the exams.
Rabat – A United Arab Emirates-backed attempted military coup in Tunisia has been thwarted thanks to Algerian, French, and German intelligence, according to French outlet Le Monde Afrique. The aim of the alleged UAE-sponsored intervention was to depose the democratically-elected Ennahda incumbent party via “a medical coup,” as happened when Tunisia’s General Ben Ali toppled President Habib Bourguiba on November 7, 1987.According to the same source, Tunisia’s former Minister of the Interior Lotfi Brahem was the main insider contact of the coup masterminds. His role was to act from the inside to ensure “a very successful plot against President Caid Essebsi,” Le Monde afrique reported. Earlier this month, Tunisia sacked its Lotfi Brahem after 79 migrants drowned in a shipwreck on the Tunisian coast between June 2 and 3. The government officially said that the interior ministry’s “errors in ensuring the security of national coasts” was the reason it sacked Minister Brahem.According to Le Monde afrique, however, the decision was motivated by “a late night meeting that former Interior Minister Lotfi Brahem recently held with the chief of UAE’s secret services” in late May.It is believed that the May meeting took place on Djerba island off the coast of Tunisia around May 29, and was the inception of a plan to remove the incumbent government and enact a “complete authority overhaul” in the country.The “authority overhaul” was set to first persuade President Beji Caid Essebsi to sack Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and appoint former Defense Minister Kamel Morjane as new prime minister. With Morjane as prime minister, the next step was to “re-edit the Bourguiba scenario” by using health reasons and declare current President Essebsi to be “medically unfit” to rule the country.Thanks to information provided by French, Algerian, and German intelligence, however, President Essebsi, informed of the UEA-backed plot, refused the proposal to appoint a new prime minister, leading eventually to the sacking of Lotfi Brahem.
10 May 2010A new biodiversity report released today by two United Nations environmental bodies concluded that unless radical and creative action is taken quickly to conserve the variety of life on Earth, natural systems that support lives and livelihoods are at risk of collapsing. “We need a new vision for biological diversity for a healthy planet and a sustainable future for humankind,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes in the forward of the report produced by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).“To tackle the root causes of biodiversity loss, we must give it higher priority in all areas of decision-making and in all economic sectors.”Based on scientific assessments, some 110 national reports and future scenarios for biodiversity, Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO-3) shows that world leaders failed to deliver on their commitment to reduce the global rate of biodiversity loss by this year.The five principal pressures directly driving biodiversity loss – habitat change, over-exploitation, pollution, invasive alien species and climate change – are either constant or increasing in intensity, according to the report. “Business as usual is no longer an option if we are to avoid irreversible damage to the life-support systems of our planet,” said Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, calling the report “a wake-up call for humanity.”The authors point out that for a fraction of the money summoned up instantly by the world’s governments in 2008-09 to avoid economic meltdown, they can avoid a much more serious and fundamental breakdown in the Earth’s life support systems. For example, destruction of the Amazon forest caused by climate change, deforestation and fires has consequences for global climate, regional rainfall and widespread species extinction. “Many economies remain blind to the huge value of the diversity of animals, plants and other life forms and their role in healthy and functioning ecosystems from forests and freshwaters to soils, oceans and even the atmosphere,” said Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP.The report will be part of the discussions at the General Assembly’s high-level debate in September in New York. Its conclusions will also likely be discussed at the Nagoya Biodiversity Summit in October, attended by the 193 parties to the CBD, which entered into force at the end of 1993 and addresses threats to biodiversity and ecosystems.
Apple shares drop below $500 for first time in 11 months on reports of iPhone sales letdown AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Jan 14, 2013 9:44 pm MDT SAN FRANCISCO – Apple’s stock slipped below $500 for the first time in 11 months on Monday as investors reacted to reports signalling the company’s latest iPhone is falling further behind a slew of sleek alternatives running Google’s Android software.The latest indication that Apple, the world’s most valuable company, is seeing sluggish demand for its iPhone 5 emerged in separate stories published Monday in the Japanese newspaper Nikkei and The Wall Street Journal. Both publications cited unnamed people familiar with the situation saying Apple has dramatically reduced its orders for the parts needed to build the newest iPhone because the device isn’t selling as well as the company hoped.The adjustment means Apple will buy about half as many display screens for the iPhone as management originally planned for the opening three months of the year, according to the newspapers.Apple Inc., which is based in Cupertino, Calif., declined to comment Monday. Spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said Apple executives would share their views on market conditions Jan. 23 when the company is scheduled to release its financial results for the final three months of 2011. The period covers the first full quarter that the iPhone 5 was on sale.Although Apple hailed the iPhone 5 as the best version yet of a product that has revolutionized the telecommunications and computing industry, the company’s stock has wilted since the device hit the market.After peaking at $705.07 on the day of the iPhone 5’s Sept. 21 release, Apple’s stock has plunged nearly 30 per cent. The shares fell $18.55, or 3.6 per cent, to close Monday’s regular trading at $501.75, dragging the company’s market value nearly $190 billion below where it stood in late September. The stock traded at $498.51 earlier in the day, its lowest price since February.The stock’s decline hasn’t been entirely caused by concerns about the iPhone 5’s sales performance. Industry analysts are also worried about the recent introduction of a smaller, less expensive iPad cutting into the company’s profits.But the biggest fears hover around the iPhone because it has become Apple’s most valuable product since the company’s late CEO, Steve Jobs, unveiled the first model in 2007. Apple has sold more than 271 million of the devices since then, and in the company’s last fiscal year ending in September, the iPhone generated $80 billion in sales to account for more than half of the company’s total revenue.But Apple’s upgrades of the iPhone in the past two years have disappointed gadget lovers who have been clamouring for Apple to do more to stay in front of device makers relying on the free Android software made by Google Inc. For instance, there were high hopes for a larger iPhone screen with the release of the 2011 model, but Apple waited until last September to take that leap. And when Apple moved to a larger display screen with the iPhone 5, it didn’t include a special chip to enable users to make mobile payments by tapping the handset on another device at the checkout stand. Such a mobile payment feature is available on some Android phones.Finally, Apple has insisted that wireless carriers subsidize so much of the iPhone’s cost in exchange for customers’ two-year commitments on data plans that the carriers make little or no money by selling the devices. That has prompted more wireless carriers to tout less expensive Android phones in their stores, undercutting the demand for iPhones, said Darren Hayes, who has been studying the shifting market conditions as chairman of the computing systems program at Pace University in New York.Through the third quarter of last year, Android devices represented 75 per cent of smartphone shipments worldwide according to the research firm International Data Corp. That was up from 58 per cent at the same point 2011. Meanwhile, Apple’s share of worldwide smartphone shipments has fallen from a peak of 23 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 15 per cent in the third quarter of last year.Samsung Electronics, in particular, has been benefiting from the growing popularity of its Android-powered phones, led by its Galaxy S line. The company said Monday that it sold more than 100 million Galaxy S phones in less than three years. It took the iPhone nearly four years to reach that milestone.“This is a real wake-up call for Apple,” Hayes said. “They need to be more flexible in how they do things.” Among other things, Hayes thinks Apple may have to reduce the financial burden on wireless carriers selling the iPhone and spend more money advertising the devices, especially with the recent wave of phones running on Microsoft Corp.’s Windows software. Apple’s efforts to sell more iPhones to companies also could be short-circuited if Research in Motion Ltd.’s upcoming release of a revamped BlackBerry proves to be a hit. The BlackBerry is due out Jan. 30.In an attempt to regain its competitive edge, Apple already is considering the release of a less expensive version of the iPhone made of cheaper parts to boost sales in less affluent countries, according to a report last week in The Wall Street Journal. The company so far hasn’t commented on that speculation, either. The least expensive iPhone 5 without a wireless contract sells for $649. With the subsidy included with a two-year wireless service contract, the iPhone 5 sells for as little as $199.Even as it loses ground to Android products, the iPhone remains a solid seller. Some analysts believe Apple sold more than 50 million iPhones in its last quarter ending in December, which would be far the most units that the company has ever shipped during any previous three-month period.What’s more, the iPhone 5 got off to a torrid start in China, where Apple expects to eventually sell more devices than it does in the U.S. Apple said it sold more than two million iPhone 5s in the three days after its debut in China last month.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 18, 2017, to testify before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on tax overhaul. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) House speaker promises tax overhaul this year despite chaos WASHINGTON – House Speaker Paul Ryan insisted on Thursday that Congress will overhaul the U.S. tax system this year despite the chaos consuming Washington and the political divisions in Congress.“I feel very confident we can meet this goal,” Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters.Ryan was bolstered by skittish business leaders who began an aggressive lobbying effort to ensure that their vision for a tax overhaul isn’t lost in the daily distractions of President Donald Trump’s administration.The conservative Koch brothers’ political network announced it is preparing to spend millions of dollars toward that end. The announcement came on the same day a handful of business executives told a congressional committee that the current tax system makes U.S. companies uncompetitive.“We no longer live in a world where the U.S. can set a corporate tax rate without considering what our international competition looks like,” John Stephen, AT&T’s chief financial officer, told the House Ways and Means Committee. “Countries are vigorously competing against each other to attract investment and jobs, but the U.S. has done little to retain its competitive advantage.”The Trump administration released a one-page tax proposal last month that included massive tax cuts for businesses, a bigger standard tax deduction for middle-income families, lower investment taxes for the wealthy, and an end to the federal estate tax for the very rich.Thirty-one years after the last overhaul, there is widespread agreement that the current tax system is too complicated and picks too many winners and losers, compelling companies to make business decisions based on tax implications instead of sound business reasons.But there are deep political and practical disagreements over how to fix it. Is it OK for a tax overhaul to add to the nation’s debt? Should corporations pay less? Should rich people pay more?“I do believe that there are very serious and legitimate concerns to any version of tax reform, and we’re going to have to accommodate those concerns as we move to a new tax system,” Ryan said.Billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch are undertaking a multimillion-dollar campaign through the summer to ensure their conservative tax plan is not forgotten, said James Davis, spokesman for the Kochs’ political network.The campaign will include digital ads and town hall meetings, along with phone banks and direct mail.“Now is the time. We’ve got to unite around these principles,” Davis said. “The White House hopefully will see this as a jolt to support them in driving this forward.”The Koch push reflects broader concerns from the nation’s business community that Trump’s promise of a tax overhaul may fall victim to his mounting political challenges. The stock market on Wednesday suffered its largest single-day loss of the Trump presidency. That was before the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to investigate allegations that Trump’s campaign collaborated with Russia to sway the 2016 election.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said 100 people at his department are working on an overhaul, and that the goal is to bring “meaningful relief” to the middle class and make American businesses competitive.Mnuchin testified before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee — his first appearance before that committee since being sworn in.He said the U.S. can achieve 3 per cent economic growth or more if the United States makes historic changes in taxes and regulations.Democratic lawmakers weren’t buying that economic growth would pay for Trump’s tax cuts.“I think all you’re doing is just adding to the deficit, which is incredibly irresponsible to the children of this country,” said Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.Mnuchin replied, “I can assure you we have no interest in doing that.”Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., pressed Mnuchin to commit that the Trump administration’s tax overhaul wouldn’t raise taxes on those Americans making less than $250,000.Mnuchin said that the administration’s goal is tax relief for the middle class.“I can assure that the president’s objective and my objective is that we create a middle-income tax cut and that we do not raise taxes on the middle income, if anything, the opposite, we are trying to create a middle-income tax cut,” Mnuchin said.___Associated Press writer Steve Peoples in New York contributed to this report. by Stephen OhlemacHer And Kevin Freking, The Associated Press Posted May 18, 2017 12:52 pm MDT Last Updated May 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 14Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 14 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. YEARTEAMQUARTERBACKWINSBACKUP QBTEAM PLAYOFF RECORD HOU76%HOU64%SF 26, HOU 16+13.9– 2016OaklandDerek Carr12Connor Cook0-1 CIN71CIN71CHI 33, CIN 7-1.2– DAL61DAL67DAL 30, NYG 10+1.9– DEN50NYJ55NYJ 0, DEN 23-7.9– TB50DET57DET 24, TB 21+4.2– Source: ELIAS Sports Bureau, Pro-Football-Reference.com BUF72BUF69IND 7, BUF 13-3.9– 2005ChicagoKyle Orton10Rex Grossman0-1 There’s some hope here for Foles and the Eagles in the form of Jeff Hostetler, who stepped in and led the 1990 Giants to a Super Bowl victory after New York lost starting quarterback Phil Simms to a fractured foot in Week 15. Granted, that New York team rested heavily on their defense to claw them to glory — and last time we checked, the Eagles don’t have Lawrence Taylor. The Giants gave up the fewest points in the league that year and succeeded by not asking Hostetler to do too much.With this in mind, Philly should probably channel any remaining optimism toward its defense, which ranks fifth in the league in points allowed this season. Since he took over the defensive playcalling in 2016, Jim Schwartz has quickly turned his unit into one of the top defenses in the NFL: The Eagles ranked 18th in defensive EPA the season before Schwartz took over and rank fourth in the league through 13 games this year. The D could be the team’s best hope of making a deep run in January.The 2017 season might be remembered as “the year of the injured quarterback,” and in Week 14, it was Philadelphia’s turn feel the bite. The Eagles will be fine with Wentz as their franchise quarterback of the future, but in the present, Philly fans can only hope their team mimics the 1990 Giants and their defense comes through for them.FiveThirtyEight vs. The ReadersWeek 14 in our NFL predictions game — in which we invite you to outsmart our Elo algorithm — saw the readers suffer three heavy defeats. The Chiefs rebounded from four straight losses to beat the Raiders, which gave the readers a net loss of 10.4 points. Miami shocked New England on Monday night and won at home 27-20 to give the readers a loss of 11.5 points. And on Thursday night, the readers incorrectly predicted that the Saints would beat the Falcons, handing them a net loss of 11.7 points. There was only one victory over our Elo algorithm in which the readers scored double-digit points: San Francisco beat Houston 26-16, and because the readers had less confidence in the Texans than Elo did, the readers netted 13.9 points.Make sure you get your Week 15 predictions in early, and thanks for playing! 2015CincinnatiAndy Dalton10A.J. McCarron0-1 LAR52PHI52PHI 43, LAR 35+2.1– TEN53TEN57TEN 7, ARI 12-6.0– 1990ChicagoJim Harbaugh10Mike Tomczak1-1 SEA53SEA55SEA 24, JAX 30-4.2– PIT71PIT70BAL 38, PIT 39-3.1– Will Nick Foles keep Philly flying?Quarterbacks that won at least 10 games in a season for their playoff-bound teams but didn’t make a playoff start, since 1970 MIN53MIN58MIN 24, CAR 31-8.1– LAC69LAC68WAS 13, LAC 30-2.5– 2012MinnesotaChristian Ponder10Joe Webb0-1 OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION 1999BuffaloDoug Flutie10Rob Johnson0-1 KC67KC57OAK 15, KC 26-10.4– When Carson Wentz entered the blue sideline tent of doom on Sunday, he took close to 60 years of unfulfilled football dreams in Philadelphia with him. At that moment, the 10-2 Eagles had just taken a lead on the road against one of the NFC’s best teams. Shortly thereafter, the second-year quarterback limped down the tunnel at L.A. Memorial Coliseum, forcing backup quarterback Nick Foles to take over for the remainder of the game. In just a few minutes, the Eagles’ unexpected dream season was seemingly cut down by hard luck — something that comes with the territory in Philadelphia.We now know that Wentz tore the ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season. It’s a huge blow to the Eagles’ Super Bowl hopes, and they’ll have to lean on someone other than Wentz and his MVP-caliber offense. The sophomore quarterback has been so good this season that the Eagles ranked third in the league in offensive expected points added — behind only the Patriots and Saints — and his 33 touchdown passes through 13 games are third-most in NFL history for quarterbacks in their first or second year, behind only future Hall of Famers Dan Marino and Kurt Warner.Fortunately for Doug Pederson’s men, the win over the Rams secured a playoff berth with three weeks to spare, and their remaining games against the Giants, Raiders and Cowboys should give Foles enough time to feel comfortable as the leader of a playoff team again. Foles is uniquely familiar with this position: In Week 5 of 2013, he was forced into action when starter Michael Vick suffered an injury. Foles became the unlikely savior that year, as he steered the Eagles to an 8-3 record for the remainder of the season and a wild-card berth. Along the way, he compiled an eye-popping passer rating of 119.2, the third best in NFL history, and a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 13.5, the second-best of all time.While there’s little doubt over whether Philly will bypass the wild-card round — one more regular-season win will secure a first-round bye for the Eagles — let’s not kid ourselves about their overall playoff chances: History is not on Philadelphia’s side. No one is expecting Foles to repeat his 2013 performance and keep the team’s run going. We’ve seen this scenario unfold before. In fact, a backup being thrown into the fire of playoff football is quickly becoming an annual NFL tradition. Last year, Connor Cook, a third-stringer, started his first game ever for the Raiders, who lost star Derek Carr (then backup Matt McGloin) as their dream season turned into a nightmare. And two seasons ago, Alabama-star-turned-professional-clipboard-holder A.J. McCarron started a wild-card game for Cincinnati in the wake of the Bengals losing Andy Dalton in Week 14.As expected, this usually doesn’t go well. Cook and McCarron both lost in the playoffs, posting passer ratings of 30 and 68.3, respectively. Neither has started a game since. In total, Wentz will be one of only eight quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era to win 10 or more games for a future playoff team and not appear in the postseason, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Among the backups for these teams, only two won at least one playoff game. GB77GB76GB 27, CLE 21-3.2– 2017PhiladelphiaCarson Wentz11Nick Foles? Check out our latest NFL predictions. 1990N.Y. 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The “off-the-shelf” therapy, which can be harvested for thousands of recipients from one healthy donor, will begin being administered to patients at London’s Royal Brompton Hospital in November. It is being pioneered by one of Britain’s pre-eminent surgeons, Professor Stephen Westaby, who last night described the approval as “bloody marvellous” for patients… Hundreds of thousands stand to benefit after regulators approved a major trial of the regenerative drug capable of shrinking fatal scar tissue which follows a heart attack. A breakthrough stem cell treatment that promises the first effective cure for heart disease will be offered to British patients this year, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.
EXPORTS WEAKENED SLIGHTLY at the start of this year compared to 2013, with the value of exports falling close to half a billion to €7.218 billion (6 per cent).This has resulted in A 9 per cent fall in Ireland’s trade surplus for that month according to CSO figures released today.Ireland also imported close to double the amount of ‘petroleum products and related materials’ than January 2013, increasing 42 per cent to €137 million.However, compared with January 2013, the value of exports in the same month this year increased 4 per cent to €7.031 billion.Chemical productsOther increases include exports of chemical products by 6 per cent, and organic chemicals by 15 per cent.Exports of food and live animals increased by 9 per cent, worth €59 million.Speaking during a trade mission to Italy, Minister Richard Bruton welcomed the announce, noting that it represents “strong export performance”, but stressed that “challenges remain”.“I believe that generating sustainable broad based export-led growth is essential to rebuilding our economy”Ireland’s top five destinations for exports in January this year were: Great Britain (€1,483m)USA (€425m)Germany (€388m)China (€292m)Japan (€243m)See the full statistics here.Read: Value of Irish food and drink exports nearly €10 billion in 2013 > USA (€1,635m)Great Britain (€897m)Belgium (€856m)Switzerland (€446m)Germany (€441m)Imports were mainly from:
Share1571 Tweet Email Delia and Gary By Gordon Deegan Short URL 49,180 Views THE GRIEF STRICKEN mothers of teenage sweethearts, Delia Keary (18) and Gary Kelly (18) had a long embrace at the end of Delia’s funeral mass today.At St Joseph’s Church in Ennis, Gary’s mother Kim was the first to sympathise with Rosie Gilboy on the death of her only child.Yesterday, Kim and her family buried Gary after his funeral mass in Ennis and the friends and families of the two gathered once again today for the funeral of Delia.The two died last Friday night on their way to Killarney after being involved in a road crash with a truck in Co Limerick.A number of messages from Delia’s friends were read out at the end of today’s funeral.“All her friends told of how much she loved and adored Gary and about how, when on nights out, she would message Gary from all her friends’ phones saying ‘I miss Gary’.Another friend said that Gary fell in love with Delia the moment he met the six foot stunner while another friend said that ‘Gary would mind her now, like he always did, so we shouldn’t worry’. 19 Comments Delia and Gary Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article One friend recalled how “Delia was so lucky to have a Mum like Rosie and she could talk to her about anything” while another said, “I think that everyone fell in love with Delia, her gorgeous smile, her crazy imagination and her deep blue eyes and the love that she naturally radiated”.Another friend said that Delia “will live on forever through us and our experiences together will always be remembered”.‘I’m with you and you’re with me’Fianna Fáil TD for Clare Timmy Dooley was in the congregation yesterday and heard how Delia and her friends took down one of his campaign posters and brought it back to a friend’s house where they posed for photos with the poster for the rest of the night.Celebrating the mass, Fr Jerry Carey said that the most of the congregation at mass today were at Gary’s mass yesterday. He said:In an instant last Friday, Gary and Delia were wedded as one in our memory forever. Delia had kindness and generosity that she seeped through her love of people and animals.Delia had attended the CBS and Rice College in Ennis from senior infants to Leaving Cert and the students from the school turned out in great numbers at the Church.At the end of the mass, friends from their Leaving Cert year last year sang a song in tribute to the one with the words, ‘Say my name like it’s the last time, Live today like it’s your last night. We want to cry but we know it’s alright, ‘Cause I’m with you and you’re with me’.Delia was later laid to rest at Kilawinna cemetery in the nearby village of Crusheen.Read: Appeal for Kilkenny woman missing since this morning> Mar 30th 2017, 9:48 PM Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 9:48 PM http://jrnl.ie/3315954 Grieving mothers of teen sweethearts embrace at funeral mass Car crash victim Delia Keary was laid to rest today, the day after her boyfriend Gary Kelly.
Sclérose en plaques : un médicament homologué par la Commission européenneLes autorités européennes viennent d’homologuer le Gilenya, un nouveau médicament du groupe pharmaceutique Novartis conçu pour lutter contre la sclérose en plaques.Lundi 21 mars, le groupe pharmaceutique Novartis a fait savoir par le biais d’un communiqué que la Commission européenne avait homologué son nouveau médicament, le Gilenya. Ce médicament, sous forme de cachets, permet de traiter la sclérose en plaques. Le Gilenya permet également d’intervenir dans des cas de rechute de la maladie. Déjà autorisé aux États-Unis, en Russie, en Australie et en Suisse, le Gilenya est en voie d’être distribué en Europe. La sclérose en plaques est une maladie neurologique qui touche actuellement 2.5 millions de personnes dans le monde. Elle se déclare suite à un endommagement de la gaine qui protège et entoure le système nerveux central. Ses principales manifestations physiques sont la paralysie et les troubles de l’équilibre Le 23 mars 2011 à 14:16 • Emmanuel Perrin
Des scientifiques ont identifié l’origine de l’imagination dans le cerveau humainDes scientifiques de l’université de Dartmouth ont réalisé des IRM sur des cerveaux de volontaires durant un exercice mental. Ils ont ainsi réussi à créer une carte cérébrale des régions impliquées lorsque ces sujets étaient en plein processus imaginatif visuel.C’est une question qui taraude scientifiques et philosophes depuis des siècles : qu’est-ce qui rend le cerveau humain différent de celui des animaux ? Comment expliquer le mécanisme de l’imagination ? Et comment expliquer que l’homme puisse créer des œuvres d’art, inventer des outils ou des théories scientifiques ? Selon des chercheurs de l’université de Dartmouth, la réponse se trouverait dans “l’espace de travail” du cerveau, un réseau de plusieurs régions connectées entre elles.Quand on demanda à Albert Einstein de décrire comment fonctionnait sa pensée scientifique, il répondit : “certains signes et des images plus ou moins claires qui peuvent être volontairement reproduits ou combinés”. On pourrait ainsi appliquer cette description au principe de l’imagination : utiliser des concepts connus, et les retravailler pour en faire quelque chose de nouveau. Partis de là, les scientifiques ont mené une nouvelle étude pour percer les secrets de l’imagination. Des analyses IRM Au cours de ces travaux publiés dans la revue PNAS, les chercheurs ont menédesexamens IRM sur les cerveaux de 16 patients. Pendant ce temps, ils ont demandé aux volontaires d’effectuer des exercices mentaux, consistants à analyser des images et à les recomposer mentalement, soit en les déstructurant, soit pour en assembler de nouvelles. L’IRM a ainsi permis de cartographier quelles zones du cerveau étaient activées par cet exercice.”Nos résultats nous rapprochent de la compréhension de l’organisation de notre cerveau, et comment il nous sépare des autres espèces, et nous fournit un terrain intellectuel aussi riche pour pouvoir penser librement et de façon créative” explique dans un communiqué Alex Shlegel, auteur de l’étude. “Comprendre ces différences nous donnera des indices sur l’origine de la créativité humaine et peut-être nous permettra de récréer ces schémas chez les machines”.Un réseau de régions connectéesLa théorie de “l’espace de travail mental” n’est pas nouvelle en neurosciences, mais elle est très difficile à prouver. L’équipe s’est donc intéressée au penchant visuel de l’imagination, qui requiert la création d’une image totalement nouvelle, et donc une activité cérébrale puissante. Leurs résultats ont permis de mettre en évidence de 11 régions impliquées dans ce processus. Parmi ces régions, figurent notamment le lobe occipital et le précuneus.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ? Le lobe occipital héberge la plus grande partie du cortex visuel et permet le traitement de l’information qui arrive par nos yeux. Mais en plus de cette fonction, celui-ci joue également un rôle dans la création d’images mentales, expliquent les chercheurs. Le précuneus est lui, une région qui sert entre autres à la représentation spatiale de l’environnement, et par exemple à “calculer” à l’avance nos mouvements. C’est une des régions les plus connectées de notre cerveau.Des études ont d’ailleurs démontré que le précuneus était plus gros chez l’humain que chez n’importe quel autre animal. Or, les IRM ont démontré que cette zone était également très impliquée lors des exercices mentaux. Cette découverte constitue ainsi une nouvelle avancée vers la compréhension du processus complexe et unique qu’est l’imagination. Mais il faudra encore poursuivre les recherches avant de pouvoir préciser le rôle joué par chacune de ces structures.Le 18 septembre 2013 à 15:29 • Emmanuel Perrin
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