Gritty Netherlands to meet USWNT in Women’s World Cup final

first_imgAfter Sweden’s pre-match press conference, head coach Peter Gerhardsson wandered around the Stade de Lyon’s carpet-like turf.“This will be impressive,” he said, ahead of their Women’s World Cup semi-final clash with the Netherlands. He was wrong. If the United States, through to their third successive final after beating England yesterday, were looking for something to learn from this game, it’s that they have little to fear on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Jackie Groenen’s arrowed strike would eventually see the Netherlands through in extra time, winning 1-0 after a gruelling 120 minutes of football, but now they face a long road to recovery before Sunday’s final – all with a day less to do so, too.Static going forward and lacking creativity in the middle, it was not a performance we have become accustomed to seeing from Sarina Wiegman’s side given the star quality throughout their front line, key in helping them surprise all by winning the 2017 Euros.It may have been a come down from the pure exhilaration of yesterday’s semi-final between England and the USA, but few would complain at voting this the worst game of the tournament.Vivianne Miedema, the Netherlands’ 22-year-old star who broke the country’s scoring record earlier this month, was as isolated as ever, with Lieke Martens, The Best FIFA Women’s Player of the Year in 2017, hauled off at half time.For Sweden, their creative spark, Kosovare Asllani, struggled before being stretchered off with a serious-looking injury, with the contrasting colours of orange and yellow behind opposite goals the most eye-catching aspect of a very cagey affair.But what Jill Ellis and her coaching team will know if that they will have to work much, much harder to break down the Netherlands in the final than they did England in the semi-final.Stina Blackstenius Stefanie Van der Gragt Sweden Netherlands Women's World Cup 2019While the Lionesses were shaky at the back, suspect to errors and messy in their marking, the Oranje were tight and compact, allowing Sweden little to no opportunity in breaking them down.Dominique Bloodworth and Stefanie van der Gragt were immense, with Desiree van Lunteren unbeatable down the right-hand side – the latter particularly pleasing for Wiegman given Christen Press’ display against England and Megan Rapinoe’s potential return for the final.When Sweden did break through, they found Sari van Veenendaal in their way. Her reflex save in the first half to deny Lina Hurtig was impressive enough, but a fingertip save to push Nilla Fischer’s strike onto the post was even better.There was no glitz and glamour here. No superstars grabbing headlines with their celebrations and certainly no game for the ages.But if the Netherlands – who had been unconvincing at the back this tournament up until this game – can be this tight defensively against Alex Morgan and co., there is no reason to write them off.After finishing third in their group at the 2015 World Cup, the Oranje suddenly have a chance to hold the titles of European champions and world champions at the same time – and against all the odds.Now that, would be impressive.last_img read more

Alleged victims sue man awarded millions after acquittal in sexassault case

first_imgVANCOUVER – A British Columbia man who spent 27 years wrongfully imprisoned for sexual assault is being sued by five alleged victims who say he doesn’t deserve the millions of dollars he was awarded as compensation.The five unnamed women filed a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court on Friday alleging that Ivan Henry broke into their homes in the 1980s and sexually assaulted them.He was convicted in 1983 on 10 counts of sexual assault but those convictions were overturned seven years ago.The civil lawsuit alleges that in most of the five cases Henry told the women he was looking for someone who had ripped him off, he asked about a boyfriend and then sexually assaulted them.“The conduct of the defendant was calculated to inflict emotional suffering and psychological damage upon the plaintiffs,” the document says.The allegations have not been proven in court and Henry has not filed a statement of defence with the court.Marilyn Sandford, Henry’s lawyer, said it is sad her client is being asked to defend himself again, adding the evidence has not changed and Henry is confident the court will side with him again.“The fact that Mr. Ivan Henry is innocent can’t be changed,” she said in an interview. “That’s the reality. We appreciate it may be difficult for some to accept.”Sandford said Henry wouldn’t be available for an interview.“He understands not everybody sees things the same way, particularly women who have been through such a traumatic incident and have believed for so many decades that he is the perpetrator,” Sandford said. “Those are difficult ideas to dislodge from them, and he understands that.”Henry’s conviction was overturned in the B.C. Court of Appeal in 2010 because of flaws the judge found in both the trial and the police investigation, including a lineup photo that showed plain-clothed officers holding Henry in a headlock.Henry, who is now in his 70s, sued and was awarded $8 million in damages from the provincial government in 2016. He was also awarded an undisclosed amount of compensation from the City of Vancouver and the federal government.Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson of the B.C. Supreme Court said in the settlement decision that Henry would likely have been acquitted during his 1983 trial had Crown prosecutors disclosed the evidence to him. He said the Crown’s decision to withhold information from Henry, who acted as his own lawyer, demonstrated a “shocking disregard” for his rights and “seriously infringed” on his right to a fair trial.The notice of civil claim filed by the five women seeks damages and asks that Henry be denied the money he was awarded for wrongful imprisonment.Scott Stanley, who represents the five women, said the civil lawsuit is intended to give his clients a voice.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

Chris Daughtry And Internet Dance Sensation Big Bang Balang Help Launch Operation

first_imgHundreds of Operation Smile student volunteers from around the world will come together at San Diego State University to launch the UNTIL WE HEAL campaign globally.UNTIL WE HEAL engages young people in advocating for the 5 billion people – two thirds of the world’s population – who do not have access to life-saving surgical care.Students are traveling from 29 countries including Africa, South America, the Middle East, Europe, the United States and Canada to attend the 25th annual Operation Smile International Student Leadership Conference to begin July 18th. Students will participate in training workshops for upcoming medical missions, host a “hackathon” on ways the global health community can address barriers to medical care in low- and middle-income countries, and conduct a walk to a local hospital to raise awareness for the distances patients must travel to receive medical care.The weeklong conference will culminate in a concert featuring Grammy-nominated musician, Chris Daughtry and internet dance sensation John Philip “Big Bang Balang” Bughaw, whose dance videos have received millions of views resulting in several appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. At age seven, Big Bang Balang became Operation Smile’s youngest ambassador after learning about the organization’s work. This year, Big Bang Balang found a young girl in his village in the Philippines, Aliyah, who was unable to afford surgery to repair her cleft lip and cleft palate. Big Bang Balang introduced her family to Operation Smile and this fall she will receive free life-saving surgery.At the concert on July 22nd, Big Bang Balang will debut a new song, Big Bang Bounce, as well as new dance. He will challenge students to recreate his dance moves, and share their own #BigBangBounce videos on social media. At the end of August, Big Bang Balang will select winning videos to be featured in his premier music video for the song, which will debut in September. He hopes the dance will help raise awareness for the UNTIL WE HEAL campaign and inspire others to get involved in addressing the lack of access to safe surgery, which is why so many children in low- and middle-income countries continue to suffer from treatable conditions like cleft.“I am happy I found Operation Smile, because now I can help people in my village like Aliyah,” said Big Bang Balang. “I want to keep helping people and make them smile.” On a similar note, Chris Daughtry, who is performing at the concert, said, “I am thrilled to be working with Operation Smile to be able to give every child the smile they deserve.”Travel to the U.S. for Big Bang Balang and his family to attend the Operation Smile event was made possible by a generous donation of the flights from Philippine Airlines.In addition to the concert, throughout the conference, students will also utilize Johnson & Johnson’s Donate a Photo mobile app to help fundraise for Operation Smile and highlight the inequity in surgical access. For every photo uploaded through the Donate a Photo app, Johnson & Johnson donates $1 to the organization to conduct free surgeries and medical training programs.At the same time, also in San Diego, Actor and Operation Smile Ambassador Zachary Levi will host his signature Comic-Con event, Nerd HQ. The fan favorite philanthropic panel series “Conversations for a Cause” will once again take place, with all proceeds benefitting Operation Smile.Elementary, middle and high school students have formed more than 900 Operation Smile student clubs in the United States, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Operation Smile student activities aim to empower youth globally through advocacy, education, leadership and service. Student volunteers also attend Operation Smile medical missions to educate local communities about basic first aid, dental hygiene and nutrition.“It is heartbreaking to know how many children around the world cannot receive access to safe surgical care and have to suffer in pain because of it,” said Kathy Magee, President and Co-Founder of Operation Smile. “Access to safe surgery is not a problem on many people’s minds and we are so proud of our student volunteers and young leaders, who are taking on the challenge to bring this issue to the forefront and be advocates for those in need.”To learn more, make a donation or find out how to get involved, visit www.UntilWeHeal.org.last_img read more

Latin American NGOs Accuse Polisario of Human Rights Abuses

Rabat – Latin American human rights NGOs and civil society associations denounced serious human rights abuses committed by the Polisario in Tindouf camps.Many Latin American NGOs and associations issued a statement, in which they condemned the “terror” imposed by Polisario in Tindouf camps where “Saharawi women, victims of inhuman treatment, are detained and deprived of the most basic freedoms.”These organizations and associations include the Global Africa Latina Foundation, Mexico’s Socpinda organization and the “urban civil association,” Oaxaca’s human rights organizations, Dominican Republic’s Committee for World Peace, Human and Municipal Rights, and the “Peru’s Foundation of Education and Enterprise,” according to the state-owned press Maghreb Arab News (MAP). The organizations accused Polisario of kidnapping and humiliating Sahrawi women in Tindouf camps. “Women kidnapped and held against their will in Tindouf camps by Polisario, are deprived of their rights as women and the opportunity to realize their dreams and ambitions and forced to submit to a cause without horizon.”Maloma Morales, a Spanish young Sahrawi woman was kidnapped in December 2015, after she had traveled with her adoptive family members to the camps to visit her biological mother. In August 2014, Mahyuba Mohamed Hamdidaf, another Spanish young Saharawi woman was kidnapped in Tindouf camps as soon as traveled to see her grandparents who were seriously ill.In June 20, the Members of the European Parliament condemned forced marriages, deprivation of liberty, ill-treatment, and torture imposed on women in Tindouf camps in Algeria.  The MEPs called on the Algerian and Spanish government to take action to end the situation.The organizations expressed their support for Morocco’s efforts to combat terrorism, drug and human trafficking crimes in the Sahara region borders.The NGOs further expressed their support for Morocco’s efforts and UN Security Council resolutions aimed at finding a mutually acceptable solution to the Western Sahara conflict.Earlier this month, Khat Achahid, a group of former Polisario members, wrote a letter to the AU about the Polisario Front’s violations of human rights and executions of Sahrawis. The group accused Polisario’s leader of human rights abuses in Tindouf camps, including arrests, torture, and executions when he served as Polisario’s Minister of Defense.The movement stated that 650 people went missing from Tindouf camps from 1975 to 1991, and they were subjected to various types of torture and executions without trials. read more

UNLV received secret 25M gift from Vegas mogul Kerkorian

LAS VEGAS — UNLV received a secret donation of $25 million from a Las Vegas casino builder and movie studio owner.The estate of Kirk Kerkorian anonymously donated the funds to the Nevada university’s medical school following his death in 2015, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday.Kerkorian built the original MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and owned the MGM movie studio. Forbes magazine estimated his fortune at about $16 billion in 2008.The secret donor’s name leaked after UNLV administrative assistants used the check to make a flyer touting the donation in 2017 and unredacted copies were widely distributed.Secret donations are put into a computer system with access to only a few staff, UNLV foundation Chief Financial Officer Tiffany Vickers said.“That was a highly confidential donation,” she said.A person who provided a copy of the check to the Review-Journal requested anonymity for fear of losing employment at the university.Anthony Mandekic, the Kerkorian estate executor, was upset to learn of the disclosure and said a letter with the donation specifically directed that the donor be anonymous. He declined to say whether the estate would demand that the money be returned.“People want to be anonymous for a reason,” Mandekic said. “It should be honoured. They’re giving a substantial amount of money.”___Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.comThe Associated Press read more

Canadas unemployment rate drops to lowest level in more than two years

by Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 10, 2017 6:44 am MDT Last Updated Mar 10, 2017 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada’s unemployment rate drops to lowest level in more than two years OTTAWA – Canada’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 per cent last month, its lowest level in more than two years, Statistics Canada said Friday, as the economy created more jobs than expected even with fewer people looking for work.The report was the latest in a line of stronger-than-expected data. Several economists hailed the numbers as further evidence that Canada’s economy is on the mend from the oil price shock of recent years, though at least one questioned the survey’s findings of a massive swing toward full-time employment at the expense of part-time jobs.The decline of 0.2 percentage points from the previous month brought the unemployment rate down to a number not seen since January 2015.The agency’s February employment survey indicated the national labour market added 15,300 jobs overall last month.Economists had projected a gain of just 2,500 jobs and expected the unemployment rate to stay at 6.8 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.“The underlying economy continues to gain steam,” BMO senior economist Benjamin Reitzes said in a note to clients. “One more piece of evidence that the Canadian economy has turned the corner.”The Statistics Canada report found most of the February job gains came from full-time work, offset by a decline in the number of people working part-time.It said an estimated 105,000 people found full-time employment last month while part-time positions dropped by nearly 90,000. That was in contrast to the January labour market survey, which showed a surge in part-time work.“I find this hard to believe in terms of the details,” said Derek Holt, head of markets economics at Scotiabank Economics. He noted that the increase in full-time jobs would mark the strongest gain in almost 11 years while the part-time drop would represent the biggest decline since Statistics Canada began its labour force survey in 1976.While the monthly employment numbers are typically volatile, Statistics Canada said that, in the 12 months to February, Canada saw a net gain of 288,000 jobs with most of the increase coming in the last six months of 2016.Friday’s jobs report has taken the likelihood of a Bank of Canada interest rate cut completely off the table, said Reitzes.But the central bank is also unlikely to raise rates anytime soon, said TD Economics senior economist Brian DePratto.“The Canadian economy is seeing a return to sustained healthy growth, which should absorb remaining slack and lead to eventual inflationary pressures,” DePratto said.“This process will take time, however, and the Bank of Canada will want to continue supporting it and will likely be reluctant to raise rates until well into next year.”The central bank, in holding the line on its 0.5 per cent trend-setting interest rate target earlier this month, cited “significant uncertainties” in Canada’s economy as it weighed whether to move that rate up or down.Job numbers south of the border also came in stronger in February. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that nonfarm payrolls increased by 235,000 from January while the U.S. national unemployment rate was 4.7 per cent, a decline of 0.1 per cent.Much of the increased job activity in Canada last month was seen in the West, with British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba all seeing gains. In contrast, fewer people were working in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador while employment was little changed in the other five provinces.Women in the 25-to-54 age bracket saw more work, marking the third monthly increase in that category. Men in the same age range saw employment holding steady in February after a notable increase the previous month.Employment among youth aged 15 to 24 was little changed both in February and on a year-over-year basis. But with fewer young people seeking jobs, their unemployment rate declined by 0.9 percentage points to 12.4 per cent.The report came as Statistics Canada encountered problems publishing the data on its website. As of 11 a.m. ET, more than 2 hours after the figures were released, its website was down. Agency officials were unable to say why the site had been down for most of the night but said they hoped the technical issued could be resolved quickly.Follow @tpedwell on Twitter. read more

Oil price slump removes the outrageous from Calgary Stampede party plans

by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 30, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 30, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil price slump removes the ‘outrageous’ from Calgary Stampede party plans CALGARY – Michael Werbisky fondly remembers getting the shaft at the posh Hyatt Regency Hotel during the Calgary Stampede about 10 years ago.The owner of Western Decor and Displays says he won a $50,000 contract to build an old-fashioned gold mine shaft in a hallway for a law firm’s Stampede party, along with a saloon set and other rustic decorations.“We had it all done up in black material and the posts were done in rough wood and knee braces and so on, old-fashioned lanterns, a wooden walkway, so that when people entered the party they were coming through the mine shaft,” he said.Over the years, Werbisky said his company has supplied horse-mounted cowboy greeters, hay rides and clowns to Stampede parties, but a side effect of the current economic weakness in Calgary is a dearth of imaginative ways to spend dwindling corporate entertainment budgets.“Nothing outrageous recently,” he said ruefully. “We’re certainly hoping for the outrageous to come back.”The Stampede, which kicks off with a parade on July 7, is a time when the Calgary-based oilpatch puts on its cowboy boots and hosts pancake breakfasts, beer-soaked barbecues and corporate boxes at the rodeo and chuckwagon races.The 10-day celebration is considered a barometer of the health of the energy industry and spending expectations are low this year with benchmark oil prices recently at or below US$45 per barrel.The financial mood has already hit the Stampede itself. At the chuckwagon canvas auction in March, bidders pledged $2.4 million to sponsor 36 racing teams, a notch above the $2.3 million pledged in 2015, but a far cry from the record $4 million in 2012 when oil fetched more than double the current prices.Stampede spokesman Larry Lalonde said about 3,500 temporary employees have been added to 1,500 permanent staff, about the same as in 2016. Ticket sales and corporate sponsorships are also matching last year’s pace.This year will see the return of investment firm Peters & Co.’s Firewater Friday party, one of the most prestigious invitation-only corporate parties that was cancelled last year. However FirstEnergy Capital’s FirstRowdy, which was also cancelled in 2016, isn’t making a comeback.Corporations that kept their events going last year say they will party again this year while keeping a close eye on costs.Oilpatch land agent Gregg Scott said his company’s invitation-only Scott Land Stomp will celebrate its 20th year at the Wildhorse Saloon with about 700 guests.“There is a bit more optimism this summer than last,” he said, adding he considered cancelling the 2016 event because so many companies, including his own, had been forced to cut jobs and wages to cope with low oil prices.The 30-year-old “Best Damn Stampede Party” is also set to go ahead in a gigantic tent at Cowboy’s Casino in downtown Calgary, says organizer Rob Laidlaw, despite failing to sell out last year for the first time in many years. Money raised from ticket sales are donated to charity.“Last summer was probably the absolute bottom of the cycle as far as people’s feelings and peoples’ jobs. The area was down and out,” said Laidlaw, an investment adviser.“What I’ve seen in almost the year since then was, with hills and valleys, certainly a comeback in people’s emotions.”The financial health of Calgary’s hotel sector has also gone from the best in Canada to near the bottom over the past three years, said Dave Kaiser, CEO of the Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association, with an average hotel room rate down 14 per cent and the occupancy rate off 23 per cent compared with early 2014.He said Stampede is expected to provide welcome relief for his members.At the Hyatt, all the rooms are expected to be occupied as usual for the entire Stampede, said sales and marketing manager Meredith MacLean, although she added catering jobs are down from last year and there are fewer group bookings this year.But Jason Oh, front office manager at Hotel Blackfoot, said the hotel about five kilometres south of the Stampede grounds was only 85 per cent booked with 10 days to parade day despite a room rate discount introduced this year. It had sold all of its rooms weeks ahead of Stampede in 2013 and 2014.“It’s filling up, but the pace is fairly slow compared to before the recession,” said Oh.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. read more

Mens basketball preview Ohio State versus Fairleigh Dickinson

OSu freshman center Micah Potter grabs a rebound against Navy on Nov. 11, 2016. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team will look to get back on track this Saturday as they take on Fairleigh Dickinson at the Schottenstein Center.The Buckeyes are coming off a tough fought match in which they fell to No. 6 Virginia, losing by a final score of 63-61, in a game in which they once held a 16-point lead.“Obviously we were disappointed that we lost and in the way that we lost,” said sophomore guard C.J. Jackson. “I feel like we are encouraged as a team and we know how much better that game made us and how much closer we got. We connected more than we have ever since I been here and it was good to see.”The biggest issue OSU faced in the game was turnovers. The Scarlet and Gray turned the ball over 20 times compared to the Cavaliers 10. There was also a big discrepancy when it came to fouls, with the Buckeyes committing 20 to Virginia’s 11.“With the turnovers we had the other night, we have to play smarter,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. “I don’t want guys to not take risks but they have to be more calculated. When you have 20 turnovers and you shoot 50 percent, I am trying to explain to these guys that it is problematic.”OSU will hope to correct these issues as they take on Fairleigh Dickinson.The Knights enter the game with a 2-4 record. They are currently riding a two-game losing streak, coming up short against both Saint Peter’s and Army.Fairleigh Dickinson is led by guard Darian Anderson. The junior out of Washington, DC is averaging 19.7 points per game on 54 percent shooting. Anderson also leads his team in steals, averaging 1.7 a game.The Knights also receive valuable play from their big man, forward Mike Holloway. The 6-foot-7 sophomore is averaging 14.7 points per game and six boards.“We are going to see a team that is going to try and push the basketball,” Matta said. “We are going to see a ton of ball screens. We are going to see handoffs. They are going to change up defenses and press a little bit. It will be a good gauge to see how we take care of the basketball.”Despite the loss in their last time out, the Buckeyes did have some positives that they hope will give them something to build off of moving forward.“It just shows how good we really are right now and how much better we could become,” said freshman center Micah Potter. “We were down a starter, we had some silly mistakes and just didn’t execute our offense. If we can get it to where we can execute the entire game and play Ohio State basketball the entire game we will be really good. We can compete with anyone in the country.” read more

Noel Gallagher snubbed Trainspotting soundtrack as he thought film was about railway

first_imgMacdonald also revealed that Lou Reed, whose song Perfect Day was used in the soundtrack, never liked the film.The producer has also worked with Oscar-winner Boyle on the Trainspotting sequel, T2, which is due to be released in cinemas in January 2017.He said the film was very different to its original as the characters had moved on from drug taking, but said he thought fans would enjoy the sequel. T2 was shot on various locations across Scotland during the summer and is currently being edited ahead of its release.It is loosely based on writer Irvine Welsh’s 2002 follow-up novel Porno and the author will feature in a cameo role. Noel Gallagher missed out on featuring on the soundtrack for Trainspotting because he thought the film was about railway enthusiasts, it has emerged.Director Danny Boyle was said to be desperate for Gallagher and his band Oasis to do a song for the 1996 movie starring Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Ewen Bremner.The soundtrack of the film became a huge hit and featured fellow Britpop bands Blur and Pulp as well as US music stars Iggy Pop and Lou Reed.However, the singer-songwriter turned down the chance to feature in the film about Edinburgh heroin addicts as he did not want to be associated with a film he thought was about train spotters. The story was revealed during a question and answer session with Trainspotting producer Andrew Macdonald and costume designer Rachel Fleming at a 20th anniversary screening of the film.Macdonald said: “Danny is from near Manchester and he was very keen to have Noel Gallagher do something but there was a reason why he didn’t do it.”He came to the launch party in Cannes, but I don’t know why he didn’t do a piece of music.”Fleming then said: “I met Noel at a thing the other week and he said to me: ‘I would have done something, but honestly I thought it was about train spotters. I didn’t know.’ That’s what he actually said.” Macdonald said: “It’s 20 years later and they have all moved on, they are at different places in their lives and some of them may even have children.”I think because of the integrity of it and Danny insisting it was the same actors, people will be okay with it.”It is working out to be its own thing. But the characters aren’t 20-years-old anymore and you’re not going to become 20-years-old by watching it.” I would have done something, but honestly I thought it was about train spotters. I didn’t knowwhat Noel Gallagher told costume designer Rachel Fleming 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

Ryanair passengers complain of being stranded across Europe during 24hour strikes

Ryanair pilots on strike at Dublin AirportCredit:Aoife Moore/ PA One of these was Lara Cohen, who had her holiday disrupted by the delays, and claims she was left on a hot, grounded plane for two hours without water.She told The Telegraph that she was supposed to be on a morning flight on Friday from Stansted to Nuremburg – but strikes meant this was changed to 7.30pm. This flight was then delayed, she claimed, with the gate not opening until 9. Another customer claimed she would miss work meetings and a doctor’s appointment due to a cancelled flight. She wrote: “Many thanks to @Ryanair for cancelling my flight home + ensuring all of the de-stressing I have done on this trip is cancelled out in an instant.”Emily Dutton, 27, told the BBC that she was going to have to miss her friend’s wedding in Gothenburg because of the strikes.She said she was due to fly from Stansted Airport for the “once in a lifetime” chance to see her close friend get married – but her flight was cancelled and she was told there were no available flights that day.Ms Dutton claimed: “”I spent about four hours [yesterday] calling them and trying to find my own travel options to see how to get to Sweden. Ryanair pilots strike at Dublin Airport in the fifth strike day against the airline amid a row over pay and conditions Ryanair passengers claimed they faced chaos during a 24-hour strike which left British travellers stranded across Europe.Many complained they had missed weddings or lost over a day of their holiday thanks to flights being cancelled, with waiting times of up to 10 hours in airports.Once they managed to get to their destinations, airports faced a backlog of passengers, some of whom claimed they had to wait hours to pick up their luggage and get through immigration and security.Staff in Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands are staging a 24-hour walkout over pay and conditions.The airline said 396 flights have been cancelled as a result, forcing passengers who planned to travel on Friday to rebook or take different routes. Ryanair planes have a capacity of 189, meaning more than 74,000 passengers could be affected. 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. Ms Cohen said: “We then sat on the HOTTEST plane for two hours – many of us escaped and stood on the stairs. They would not give us any water or let the majority of people off the plane. By 11/11.30ish they cancelled the flight completely.”Kristie Rigby claimed her close friends will not be able to make it to her wedding because of the delays. She tweeted: “No thanks to @Ryanair 3 of my most amazing friends won’t be making it to my Wedding in Gothenburg this Saturday.”Ms Rigby alleged their flight had been cancelled – and that they could not afford to re-book with another airline.Nico Ferreres tweeted a video of dozens of frustrated passengers lying on luggage carousels, waiting for their bags.He wrote: “Hi @Ryanair @RyanairFlights @Ryanair_ES @ryanair Can you explain all of us (people from 7 DIFFERENT FLIGHTS) why, after a + 2 HOUR DELAY, we have been waiting for ANOTHER 1h30 for our luggage? At 2am? Are you serious?” A Ryanair spokesperson commented; “This flight from London Stansted to Nuremburg (9 Aug) was initially delayed due to handling delays at Stansted which led to our crew going out of hours and the flight being cancelled. All affected customers were contacted by email and SMS text message and advised of their options of a full refund, free transfer on to the next available flight or alternative routing. Ryanair sincerely apologised to customers for this cancellation. One customer described the airline as a “headache”, complaining they had had difficulty getting a quick response after contacting the firm on their live chat. They tweeted: “Ryanair cancelled my flight in the last min because of pilots strike. They offer me to change my tickets online which it’s not possible because of their system crash. No one is on the phone and livechat. They even don’t do a refund. Ryanair is an headache.” “Weather disruptions at Stansted this week forced us to cancel a number of flights on Tues (7 Aug) and these weather cancellations coupled with ATC staff shortages and slot restrictions had a knock on effect on operations and resulted in some delays at check-in desks and baggage areas at Stansted. Ryanair sincerely apologise for these weather and ATC disruptions which are entirely beyond our control.”In relation to today’s strike action, all flights were cancelled in advance and all customers were contacted and notified of their options. Despite the regrettable and unjustified strike action taking place in 5 of our 37 markets on Friday (10 Aug), over 2,000 Ryanair flights (85% of our schedule) will operate as normal today carrying almost 400,000 customers across Europe. Ryanair took every step to minimise the disruption and we notified our customers as early as possible advising them of their free move, refund or reroute options. Over 90% of affected customers have already been re-accommodated (or refunded) on other flights. We again apologise to customers affected by this unnecessary disruption and we ask the striking unions to continue negotiations instead of calling anymore unjustified strikes.” read more

MKB Veszprem close to sign Carlos Ruesga

← Previous Story Vote for the VELUX EHF F4 “Dream Team” Next Story → Ferenc Ilyés to Pick Szeged – Muhamed Toromanovic new line-player? Carlos Ruesgahandball transfersMKB Veszprem Another Spanish player could move to Hungary. The invasion’s new member is Carlos Ruesga, the middle back of Reale Ademar Leon. He met MKB Veszprém in the last 16 of EHF VELUX Champions League and made an impression in Veszprém. From next year he could replace Gábor Császár, who goes to PSG. On the 9th of June will be organized a match in honour of MKB’s legend, the 42-year-old Carlos Reinaldo Perez. Veszprém will play against an All-star team (Árpád Sterbik, Filip Jicha, Iker Romero, Ivano Balic, Nikola Karabatic, Marko Vujin, Kiril Lazarov etc.). Ruesga is also invited, after the match is expected to be the club’s official statement and the signing.VIRAG FARKAS read more

Silk dress once owned by one of forts founding mothers to be

first_imgAfter some serious seamstressing by Eileen Trestain, the pretty silk dress is back home at the Barclays.The dress was worn by Maria Pambrun Barclay, one of the founding mothers of Fort Vancouver in the 1840s. Her purple-and-copper plaid dress was recently acquired by Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.“As you might imagine, it is not common to come across something that belonged to one of the women of Fort Vancouver,” museum curator Tessa Langford said.Trestain prepared it for display at the site’s McLoughlin House Unit in Oregon City, Ore.After working stitch by stitch on clothing of a woman born in 1826, you feel like you know her, said Trestain, manager of Fort Vancouver’s costume department.Langford said she has her own personal connection to Maria. (It was pronounced “mar-I-a,” she said.)“I used to do living-history interpreting and played her for many years,” Langford said. “I find her story fascinating: someone with a background of different ethnicities, a bridge between different cultures and languages and social standards.”Maria’s mother was part native; her father was a French-Canadian who had fought against the United States in the War of 1812; and her husband was Scottish.last_img read more

Spain were the better team – Southgate

first_imgEngland coach Gareth Southgate has reflected on their 2-1 loss to Spain at Wembley and conceded they came up against a “tough test”.England scored the opener with a Marcus Rashford strike, but Spain came from behind to win the game 2-1 thanks to goals from Saul and Rodrigo.“They pressed us and we didn’t keep the ball well enough,” Southgate told Sky Sports, via Team Talk.“I have to give the players credit. We could have folded and disappeared. In the last 25 minutes, we came into the game and could have got a draw.“We are under no illusion that Spain were the better team for long periods. We are still at the early stages of what we want to do.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“They pressed well. It took us a while to work out where that was coming from and solutions to it. We are still finding our feet in playing out. We can go back to an old style but we will never be a top team. Or we stick with it and accept it won’t always work.“The system in Spain has produced some of the best midfielders in the world. We are a different profile of players who can’t play like they do. But we can move the ball. When we are match fitter we will function better up the pitch. It takes time. We have come a long way.“Today was a tough test in terms of pressing and a team who are so good in possession. We have to keep reviewing and looking at what we do. But we want to stick to the plan and get better at it.”last_img read more

31 of longterm sickness claims are for cancer

first_imgJust under a third (31%) of long-term sickness claims paid relate to cancer, according to research by Unum.Its second annual claims statement, which provides information on all the income protection claims paid by Unum to people who became too ill to work between 1 August 2015 and 31 July 2016, also found that 25% of paid claims relating to cancer were for breast cancer, and 23% were for gastrointestinal cancer.The research also found:Blood and lymph system cancers account for 12% of paid cancer claims, the nervous system for 8%, and respiratory tract for 6%.35% of claims paid to men relating to cancer were for gastrointestinal cancer. Breast cancer accounted for 47% of cancer-related claims paid to women.19% of long-term sickness claims paid were for mental health conditions, with 9% relating to musculoskeletal problems, and 8% for cardiovascular issues.48% of those who made a claim earn less than £30,000 a year, and 67% earn less than £40,000 a year.51% of cancer claims and 44% of total claims are made by women.64% of those covered by group income protection are men.50% of all claims and 57% of cancer claims are made by employees over the age of 50.22% of employees making claims are under the age of 40.John Letizia (pictured), head of public affairs at Unum, said: “This data reminds us that anyone can become too ill to work and benefit from the financial security and support services of income protection.“But at a time when more and more older people and women are in work, it shows the unique value of income protection for the evolving UK workforce. Women are almost one and a half times more likely to claim than men and half of our claims come from those aged 50 and over. We urge the government to look at what can be done to encourage employers to protect more of their staff.“The statement also lays to rest the misconception that income protection is some kind of exclusive or executive benefit. Half of those making a claim earn under £30,000. Their employers recognise the business benefits of providing people with financial support when they’re ill and practical measures to help them return to work when they’re ready.”last_img read more

Calista announces record shareholder dividend

first_imgDownload AudioCalista Corporation recently announced their spring dividend for 2016 is a record $5.6 million.Shareholders will receive $4.23 per share, increased 11 percent from last year. People with 100 Calista shares will receive $423. The checks are expected to be mailed by April 15th.This is the 13th dividend distributed by Calista, all together $38.9 million have been distributed to Calista shareholders.The spring dividend is based on business operations. The fall dividend is from the Akilista Fund and is meant to be a perpetual source for dividends not dependent on operations.last_img

Gold silver outlook for 2017 is bleak says Angel Broking

first_imgA woman holds gold bangles at a jewellery shop in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata October 14, 2009 (representational image).Reuters fileGold and silver prices are likely to fall in calendar year (CY) 2017 as the two metals face a plethora of headwinds, both domestic and international. The forecast comes despite the 10 percent gain in gold prices and 16 percent in silver in CY2016. The first price-impacting news could come as early from Budget 2017 in the context of import duty on gold, Angel Broking said in a note. Currently, the import duty on the yellow metal is 10 percent.A resurgent American economy is also a strong factor that will impact gold prices in CY 2017.Read: Gold prices fall 11%, silver down 12% since PM Modi’s demonetisation decisionFifth tranche of gold bond scheme nets Rs 820 crore”In 2017, Gold prices in the international markets (CMP: $1184/oz) can possibly move down towards $1050/ounce mark while MCX gold prices can go lower towards Rs.26000/10 gms. (CMP: Rs.28055/10 gm),” the brokerage in its sectoral update.”The silver lining for gold could be a halt by miners if prices fall below the crucial threshold of $1,000 an ounce, giving some respite to the freefall. In the base scenario, comex gold prices (CMP: $1180 per ounce) in the international markets can go lower towards $1050 mark.However, the supply-side fundamentals reveal that, if prices again fall close to the $1000 mark, miners could take a backseat, thereby creating a supply-side constraint. If miners actually go ahead with this move, then gold prices could sustain, however a muted response from the miners could lead to further downside pressure in the gold prices,” Angel Broking said.”…for most producers the cost of production is in the range $1000- 1200, hence, it would be unprofitable venture for miners if prices go below $1100 or even $1000 mark,” it added.Angel BrokingIt may be recalled that gold imports by India remained subdued for most part of CY 2016 on account of various factors, including weak demand and restrictions on cash purchases beyond a certain limit. The future trend in India — the world’s second-largest consumer of gold — will depend on global factors, especially signals emanating from the US, besides from China and Japan.”The trend deciding factors for gold prices in 2017 would be dependent on how the investment and physical demand trajectory remains. Rate normalisation process in the US, the Easy Monetary Policy in the Euro Area and Japan, growth in China (Serious cause of concern), and OPEC dynamics of production cut and price stability (inflation hedge appeal for gold), speculative interest in gold by hedge funds and money managers will have its own role to play for gold,” the brokerage said.Silver trendsThe outlook for the metal is equally weak, given a hardening US dollar, though there is a catch. “…the U.S. and China have consistently ranked in the top three of all countries in terms of silver demand (collectively making up 40% of all global demand in 2015) so the countries’ monetary/fiscal policies along with U.S. and Chinese hedge fund activity tend to have a significant impact on silver prices if it turns out to be black swan event,” Angel Broking said.However, for Indians, silver is unlikely to be a safe investment bet in CY 2017.”The metal (16.5/oz) can fall towards $13.5 per ounce in the international markets while Rs 35,000 in the Indian markets (Rs 40,380/kg) seem to be the ideal levels for investor to enter in the commodity for target higher towards Rs 44,000 per kg in 2017.Silver imports by India have been rising consistently over the years, from 6,144 tonnes in 2013 to 7,164 tonnes in 2014 and 8,529 tonnes in CY 2015, the brokerage said.On Friday (January 13), gold gained Rs 200 to close at Rs 29,450 per 10 gm, while silver prices dropped Rs 300 to end at Rs 40,950 per kg.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Related Content Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more center_img IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Technology | October 20, 2011 Siemens Features Full-Field Digital Mammography During RSNA 2011 Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more The Mammomat Inspiration full-field digital mammography system offers digital screening and diagnostic mammography, stereotactic biopsy and upgrade capability to future technologies – all in one system. To match breast density and thickness, the Inspiration offers three anode/filter combinations: Mo/Mo, Mo/Rh and w/Rh. The Inspiration’s Opdose feature automatically selects the appropriate anode/filter combination and the lowest radiation dose for individual breast characteristics. Inspiration’s Opcomp function applies compression only as long as the patient’s breast is soft and pliable – stopping at the point of optimal compression. The Inspiration’s unique MoodLight LED light panel helps provide a warmer environment by illuminating soft pastel colors that can change dynamically or be set on one color. The material composition of the paddles also helps provide a smooth, warm feeling for patients.For more information: www.medical.siemens.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more last_img read more

10 reasons to check out the firstever Coca Cola Fest

first_imgUn Rojo Reggae BandUn Rojo Reggae Band, formed in Costa Rica in 2002, has released three different albums: “Jah is a Rasta” (2007), “En la Calle” (2012), and “Reborn” (2015). With lyrics focused on equality and unity, the band’s current lineup is composed by 11 different musicians. Santos&ZurdoSantos&Zurdo is a Costa Rican musical project that combines beats, blips, groove and the marvelous distinct sound of a sitar. Formed in 2003, the band they released their first album “Souvenir” in 2005, which won an ACAM award in 2006 for best electronic album. In 2013 they released their second album, “S&Z.” Ojo de BueyOjo de Buey is another Costa Rican band that experiments with reggae: formed in 2007, the band has created a sound that fuses various Latin genres. They have released two albums: “Sabor en un tiempo cruel” (2010) and “Repelente pal dolor” (2013). With “Sabor en un tiempo cruel”, Ojo de Buey won 2011’s ACAM award for best reggae album. GandhiGandhi is a renowned Costa Rican rock band formed in 1993. They released their debut album, “En el Jardín del Corazón” in 1997, followed by “Páginas Perdidas” (1999), “BIOS” (2002), “Ciclos” (2004), “Arigato No!” (2009), and “Universo Asimétrico” (2015). The National Stadium will fill with music on Aug. 27: t from 2:00 P.M. until 10:00 P.M., the first Coca-Cola Fest will offer a diverse musical lineup of both national and international artists. Besides the music, games and plenty of food will also be part of the festival, produced by the Flevent company. A bonus: Soccer players from Liga Deportiva Alajuelense, Club Sport Herediano, Club Sport Cartaginés and the Municipal Pérez Zeledón will be at the event signing autographs.Deciding whether to line up a ticket? Here is a glimpse of participating bands:Los Fabulosos CadillacsThe Argentinian band is the most hotly anticipated guest of the festival. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs began their musical journey in 1985 by exploring distinct genres such as ska, reggae, and rock. With more than 10 different albums, the band won a Grammy award in 1998 for the Best Latin Album, “Fabulosos Calavera.” For their show here in Costa Rica, the group will be playing songs from their newly released album “La Salvación de Solo y Juan” along with beloved earlier songs such as “El Matador” and “Mal Bicho.” Tickets to the Coca-Cola Fest are on sale online at www.specialticket.net. If you purchase your tickets at any AMPM and present 5 Coca Cola or Fanta caps that are marked with a special offer, you’ll get a 50% discount on the purchase of your ticket. For more information visit Coca-Cola Fest’s event page. Facebook Comments Related posts:Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts and culture in brief: the week ahead in Costa Rica Arts, culture and Mother’s Day: the week ahead in Costa Rica The Black side of the story: Afro-Costa Rican MC Huba Watsoncenter_img MentadosMentados is a Costa Rican band created in 1998 that merges punk, ska and reggae. Their musical journey began in 1999 when they recorded their first demo and then in 2003 recorded their first album, “Ir caminando.” The group broke up 2009, but reunited in 2015 and are in the process of recording their second album. CocofunkaCocofunka’s sound is characterized by the exploration and combination of different genres such as roots, funk, electronica, and rock. The Costa Rican group has released three different albums: “Elevarse” (2013), “Hacer Eco” (2012), and “Chúcaro” (2016). Don’t miss out on a dosage of Cocofunka’s Latin musical fusion. La MilixiaLa Milixia is a Costa Rican band that was created in 2006; they mix ska, punk, and reggae, along with a mission to create social consciousness. In 2011 they released their first album, “Ska, calle y memoria,” which won the ACAM award for best musical composition and authorship. In 2014 they released their second album, “Rabia y sentimiento.” PatternsPatterns is another Costa Rican band created in 2013 by Estefani Brolo, Luigi Jiménez, and Mario Miranda. Patterns seeks to create a “tropical disco” by experimenting the synth pop along with groove, and dance disco. They have released two albums, “Dangerous Intentions” (2013) and “Shout” (2015). EntrelíneasEntrelíneas merges energetic pop melodies with a rock twist. The Costa Rican band was created in 2007, and in 2011 they recorded their first EP. Despite its name, their single “Nadie sabe bailar” (“No one knows how to dance”) will leave you dancing.last_img read more

We will not lose our identity TSAX CEO on StellaJTG me

first_imgThere was no tip-toeing around the “800 pound gorilla in the room” at a Travelscene American Express (TSAX) conference, as TSAX Chief Executive Mike Thompson discussed the impact of the proposed Stella and Jetset Travelworld Group (JTG) merger.Mr Thompson told delegates at last weekend’s TSAX National Consultants Conference that the “fairly significant changes” resulting from the proposed merger between JTG and Stella would have little effect on the day to day operations of TSAX members.“From our point of view it will be all changes and no changes,” Mr Thompson said.“There will be, inevitably, some changes, but these will more likely be behind the scenes and not likely to impact you.“We will not be merged into another part of the business. We will not lose our identity.”A member of Stella, Travelscene American Express has built up a strong brand name and the merger would not take anything away from that Mr Thompson told e-Travel Blackboard.According to Mr Thompson, Peter Lacaze who is set to head the merged entity has a strong focus on the brand “so that we’re empowered and supported”.Although not directly involved in the merger proceedings, Mr Thompson feels “collectively comfortable” that the Stella/JTG merger will go ahead. Travelscene American Express CEO Mike Thompson at the NCC. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.Alast_img read more