Young Adults Help The Environment

first_img It is supported, in part, by Nova Scotia Environment and Labour. Other partners include the Conservation Corps of Newfoundland and Labrador and Taller Internacional de Servicious a non-profit environmental and community development organization in Costa Rica. For more information about the Nova Scotia Youth ConservationCorps see the website at . Four Nova Scotians are improving the environment here and inCosta Rica, one project at a time. The young adults are part of across-cultural exchange program of the Nova Scotia YouthConservation Corps. The Environmental Leadership Program exchange between AtlanticCanada and Costa Rica takes place each year. Participants aged 20to 24 years, from Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, work on communityenvironmental projects in Costa Rica from April to June. In Julyand August, the Costa Ricans join the Nova Scotians to work onprojects here. Currently the eight Atlantic Canadian participants are in CostaRica gearing up for their work. Once they have completed theirtraining and have become accustomed to the Costa Ricanenvironment and culture, they will begin working on projects likebuilding a community garden in Coope San Juan. This year, when the four Nova Scotian and four Costa Ricanproject workers return to Canada, they will work on fourcommunity projects, including the development of a nature trailon the Oxford Regional High School property to showcase wildlifehabitat and wetlands. Through the Environmental Leadership Program, these young workersdevelop a better sense of environmental issues and learn howdifferent communities can respond. They are trained to beambassadors for their country, learn important leadership skillsand are prepared for the cultural differences they willexperience abroad. The Environmental Leadership Program has been in place sincelast_img read more

Bharat earns Rs 42 crore on opening day

first_imgMumbai: Salman Khan’s Eid release Bharat has collected Rs 42 crore on day one at the box office. The actor, who is often called critics-proof thanks to his massive fan following, said it was the “biggest opening” of his career and thanked his fans. “What made me the happiest and proudest is that during a scene in my film when the national anthem is recited everyone stood up as a mark of respect. There could be no bigger respect for our country than this,” he tweeted. As the name suggest, Bharat is the story of a man who journey mirrors that of the country. “Bharat storms the box office. Proves yet again Salman Khan is the biggest crowd puller. Bharat opens much bigger than Salman and Ali Abbas Zafar’s Tiger Zinda Hai (Rs 34.10 crore) and Sultan (Rs 36.54 crore). Bharat (Rs 42.30 crore) India business,” trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted. The film also stars Katrina Kaif opposite Salman.last_img read more

Defence chief says military not talking to US about joining missile defence

first_imgOTTAWA – While the Canadian military is preparing to work with the U.S. on upgrading North America’s aging defences, Canada’s top general says there have been absolutely no talks about joining its ballistic-missile shield program.Chief of defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance’s comments come amid swirling questions over Canada’s potential involvement in ballistic-missile defence, particularly given rampant concerns about North Korea.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan appeared to leave the door open to participating in the controversial program in October, but the government has otherwise remained largely ambiguous when asked about missile defence.The opposition parties, meanwhile, are sharply divided, with the Conservatives saying Canada should start immediate talks with the U.S. while the NDP has strongly opposed any Canadian participation.Vance told The Canadian Press that Canadian military officials are preparing for what are expected to be in-depth talks with the U.S. about upgrading the North American Aerospace Defence Command, or Norad.Those discussions are expected to focus on what new and emerging threats the joint U.S.-Canadian system — currently used to spot potential enemy airplanes, missiles and ships — should be able to guard against.“What I am happy about is we’re going to take a holistic view of the military defence of the continent over the next 20 to 50 years,” Vance said in an interview Thursday.“What is occurring out there that could come here in a military way that could impact the safety and security of Canadians, and in the Norad context, of Americans as well?”Ballistic missiles will be one threat that is considered, he acknowledged, especially as countries like North Korea attempt to acquire and expand their missile and nuclear capabilities — but there will be many others like cyber threats.“Continental defence is not a simple binary ‘yes’ or ‘no’ about BMD, and it would be improper to boil it down to just that,” Vance said. “Continental defence is about a lot of things.”Vance could not say when those discussions would actually start.But when asked specifically whether there had been any talks between Canadian military officials and their American counterparts about joining the current U.S. ballistic-missile defence system, Vance was categorical.“None whatsoever. Absolutely not,” he said, before noting that the Liberal government’s recent defence policy explicitly said that Canada’s position of non-participation remained in effect.“Therefore, it would be highly inappropriate at this juncture for us to engage in a discussion about BMD.”Many Canadians were stunned in September when the deputy commander of Norad, Lt.-Gen. Pierre St-Amand, revealed that the current U.S. policy is not to intervene in the event of a ballistic-missile attack on Canada.The revelation came amid growing concern about North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic-missile capabilities, which the country has showcased numerous times with a variety of tests in recent months.U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis has said the latest test earlier this week showed North Korea is continuing to build missiles that can “threaten everywhere in the world.” But Vance said the rogue state still doesn’t have the ability to reach Canada with a missile, and that “we’re protected against the threats that exist now.”The U.S. actually invited Canada to join its continental missile-shield system more than a decade ago, but then-prime minister Paul Martin opted against it in 2005 following a divisive national debate.Canada has been on the sidelines ever since as the U.S. spent more than $100 billion building a series of land- and sea-based interceptors to stop the type of limited attack North Korea might launch.– Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

St Jude Childrens Research Hospital Mourns Robin Williams

first_imgSt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has issued the following statement following the death of Robin Williams.Robin Williams with St. Jude patient Darcy in 2013“Today the world lost an iconic man and entertainer, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital lost an incredible friend and supporter. We send our deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of Robin Williams.“Mr. Williams generously gave his time to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude and for our patients battling childhood cancer. His humor brought bright smiles and laughter to our patients and families and his generosity deeply touched the hearts of all who knew him. He and his family remain in our thoughts and prayers.”Robin was a regular supporter of St. Jude’s Thanks and Giving campaign, an unprecedented union of celebrities, media and 60 of the nation’s leading brands and companies that asks consumers to donate while they shop the holiday season and join St. Jude in finding cures and saving children.Read more about Robin’s charity work here.last_img read more

Morocco to Receive F16 Fighting Falcon Planes in 2021

Rabat  – Morocco will receive its first shipment of 12 F-16V fighting falcons in 2021.Morocco ordered the new fighter planes from the US military industry giant Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the newest and most advanced aircraft, F-16 Block 70, according to  Moroccan outlet Le360.According to Dutch military magazine, Scramble Magazine, the Moroccan government made plans to buy F-16 Block 70 fighting falcons to reinforce its air fleet in May. The warplanes will be added to Morocco’s current 23 Block fighter planes: 15 F-16C Block 52s and 8 F-16D Block 52s. Morocco will be the first country in Africa to own the F-16 fighting falcon, commonly called a viper, giving it air superiority on a continental scale.Lockheed-Martin recently exhibited the F-16V at the 2018 Marrakech Airshow.The F-16V (Viper) fighter was revealed at Singapore Airshow in February 2012.Morocco’s purchase of the fighting falcons was concluded in secrecy in late 2017, following a visit by a delegation of the Royal Armed Forces to Washington, D.C, with several industrial defense groups.It is reported that Morocco is planning to modernize all its F16s to be adapted to the newest viper standard.Morocco is a loyal consumer of American military equipment, as it constitutes 52 percent of Morocco’s total imports.Last year, Business Insider estimated the F-16Vs cost $80 million each, costing Morocco approximately $960 million for the order. Moreover, simply operating a fighter plane for one hour costs approximately $8,000.Algeria remains the largest importer of military equipment in Africa. It acquires most of its arms from Russia, spending $10 billion. read more

UN chief offers condolences to Korean families after navy boat sinking

28 March 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sent his condolences to the families of the victims killed in a sunken navy ship off the coast of the Republic of Korea, as the search continues for 46 people still missing. The Secretary-General “expresses his condolences at the time to the families of the victims, and to the Government and the people of the Republic of Korea,” according to a note on Saturday from his Spokesperson’s office. Mr. Ban, who is a national of the Republic of Korea, is aware that the incident is being investigated, the note continued. According to media reports, the ship went down in the Yellow Sea late on Friday with 104 crew members on board. read more

FDA issues new guidelines on salt pressuring food industry

FDA issues new guidelines on salt, pressuring food industry Low sodium versions of popular soups are seen in Washington, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty — a long-awaited federal effort to try to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing voluntary guidelines asking the food industry to lower sodium levels. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is pressuring the food industry to make foods from breads to sliced turkey less salty, proposing long-awaited sodium guidelines in an effort to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.The guidelines released Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration are voluntary, so food companies won’t be required to comply, and it could be a year or more before they are final. But the idea is to persuade companies and restaurants — many of which have already lowered sodium levels in their products — to take a more consistent approach.It’s the first time the government has recommended such limits. Sodium content already is included on existing food labels, but the government has not set specific sodium recommendations. The guidelines suggest limits for about 150 categories of foods, from cereals to pizzas and sandwiches. There are two-year and 10-year goals.Health officials from the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said overwhelming scientific evidence shows that blood pressure increases when sodium intake increases, increasing the chances of heart disease and stroke. FDA Commissioner Robert Califf said that many people may not be conscious of how much sodium they are eating until they get sick.“Our great hope is that this will initiate a very serious national dialogue,” he said.Americans eat about 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt daily, or 3,400 milligrams. That amount hasn’t gone down over the years, and it’s about a third more than the government recommends for good health. Most of that sodium is hidden inside common processed foods and restaurant meals, making it harder for consumers to control how much they eat.The guidelines are long-delayed. The Food and Drug Administration first said it would issue voluntary guidelines in 2010, after an Institute of Medicine report said companies had not made enough progress on reducing sodium and advised the government to establish maximum levels for different foods. The FDA decided to go with a voluntary route instead.The delays came as food companies balked at the idea of government guidelines, pointing to myriad efforts already underway to reduce sodium. The food industry has also pointed to a newer, 2013 IOM report that said there is no good evidence that eating sodium at very low levels — below the 2,300 milligrams a day that the government recommends — offers benefits.Some companies have worried that though the limits will be voluntary, the FDA is at heart a regulatory agency, and the guidelines are more warning than suggestion. But the wait means that Obama administration officials probably won’t be around to see if individual companies follow the guidelines. A new administration will be likely be tasked with making the proposed guidelines final, as they could take a year or more to complete.If companies do eventually comply with the guidelines, Americans won’t notice an immediate taste difference in higher-sodium foods like pizza, pasta, bread and soups. The idea is to encourage gradual change so consumers’ taste buds can adjust, and to give the companies time to develop lower-sodium foods.Many food companies and retailers already have pushed to reduce salt. Wal-Mart, ConAgra Foods, Nestle and Subway restaurants say they have achieved major sodium reductions in their products. Mars Food, a subsidiary of Mars Inc. that produces Uncle Ben’s rice among other products, said the guidance “will drive a broader dialogue within the food industry and help inform consumers about the role sodium plays in their diet and overall health.”The companies say that in some cases, just removing added salt or switching ingredients does the trick. Potassium chloride can also substitute for common salt (sodium chloride), though too much can cause a metallic taste. In addition to flavour, companies use sodium to increase shelf life, prevent the growth of bacteria, or improve texture and appearance. That can make it more difficult to remove from some products.Levels of sodium in food can vary widely. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sodium in a slice of white bread ranges from 80 milligrams to 230 milligrams. Three ounces of turkey deli meat can have 450 milligrams to 1,050 milligrams.The guidelines could face some backlash in Congress, where Republicans have fought the Obama administration over efforts to require calorie labels on menus and make school lunches healthier. When the administration attempted to create voluntary guidelines for advertising junk food for children, the industry fought the idea and Republicans in Congress backed the food companies up, prompting the administration to put them aside.Health groups have argued for mandatory standards, but say voluntary guidelines are a good first step. Michael Jacobson, the head of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, says the government should assess how the voluntary standards work, and set mandatory targets if they don’t.“It’s disappointing that the FDA is only proposing targets and not formal limits, but in this political climate with a Republican Congress and such massive industry opposition, we’re gratified that the administration is at least coming out with voluntary targets,” Jacobson said.____AP Food Industry Writer Candice Choi contributed to this report from New York. by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press Posted Jun 1, 2016 6:49 am MDT Last Updated Jun 1, 2016 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Agenda for Humanity five key actions the world needs

Core Responsibility 4: Working differently to end need Sudden natural disasters will take us by surprise, but many of the crises we respond to are predictable. Imagine working with at-risk communities and partners to help them prepare for crises so they are less vulnerable when crises strike. Imagine if we not only collected better data on crisis risk, but also acted on it early. By doing this, we could reduce risk and vulnerability at a global scale. Unless international humanitarian and human rights laws are respected and monitored, and unless violators are held to account each time they break them, civilians will continue to make up the vast majority of people killed in conflict and their hospitals, schools and homes will continue to be obliterated. In addition, civilians will continue to be trapped by fighting parties and aid workers will continue to be barred from accessing them and will be putting themselves in danger when they try to do so.  Retired mine worker Gennadiy was with his wife when she was killed by shelling in Ukraine. “We were outside, standing in the line for bread. My wife was behind me. It happened so fast and unexpectedly. I just heard two things passing by, like a whistle. I knew her voice so well. We were married for 29 years. Her name was Milatovana. God bless her soul. We thought we would celebrate our thirtieth anniversary this year, but now we never will.” Photo: OCHA/PAX/Dirk-Jan Visser Core Responsibility 1: Prevent and end conflict Unless political leaders show the will to prevent and end crises, little will change for the millions of children, women and men who are caught up in these crises. Leaders – including UN Security Council members – must put compassion and courage at the heart of their collective decision-making. They must analyse the risk of conflict and act early to nip conflicts in the bud. They must use all the leverage they have – political, economic and otherwise – to prevent conflicts and find solutions. And they need to put aside divisions to invest in peaceful and inclusive societies. Dr. Bishal Dhakal sprang into action within hours of the 25 April 2015 earthquake in Nepal, becoming the first Nepali doctor to reach Barpak village in Gorkha, the epicentre of the quake. Emergency response was in his blood. By the second day after the quake, he had recruited 10 volunteers; by the fifth day, he had 2,000.   Collecting money was not Dr. Dhakal’s forte, so he enlisted some business friends to do so. While he continued to provide aid and medical assistance to affected communities, his business friends helped raise $1.6 million worth of goods and services. “That is civilian volunteerism,” he explained. “It’s about how you connect the dots.” Photo courtesy Dr. Bishal Dhakal For millions of people in rural Viet Nam, the impacts of climate change are mounting and sometimes deadly. As weather patterns change, many of the country’s women in particular are paying a high price. Ranh Nguyen, a 35-year-old farmer, explained: “The weather becomes more extreme and erratic. Storms, heavy rains and floods destroy fields and houses and kill animals and people every year.”   Ranh and her neighbours joined the Women’s Union and work with UN Women to strengthen the role of women in disaster risk reduction and disaster-reduction management. “Last year … we prepared better for our families and our village before the storm came … Thanks to good preparation and detailed mapping that we developed in the meetings before each storm, nobody in the village was killed or injured severely in last year’s storm season. Crops, fowl and cattle were saved,” said Ranh. Photo: UN Women Inspired by his own experiences of war, and knowing that today’s challenges are global, borderless and beyond the capacity of any one country or organization to resolve, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will convene the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit on 23 and 24 May 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.The Summit – a culmination of three years of consultations with more than 23,000 people in 150 countries – will be an opportunity for leaders from governments, aid organizations, crisis-affected communities, the private sector and academia to come together and commit to take action to prevent and end suffering, reduce the impact of future crises and transform financing to save lives.Ahead of the Summit, the Secretary-General presented the Agenda for Humanity, which outlines five different areas requiring collective action that, taken as a whole, provides the key actions and strategic shifts the world needs. * Click on the icons to find out more. Abu Mohamed, a former engineer, showed UN staff around his house in Sana’a, Yemen. Everything had been destroyed. When asked what he needed most, he stated: “Safety. That’s the only thing we need. Safety and protection. All the rest is not as important.  “Imagine your child in front of you. He is hungry, but you are unable to feed him. He is frightened, but you are unable to protect him. The people of Yemen need help, desperately. They need the world to care and they need the international community to stop this conflict.” Photo: OCHA/Charlotte Cans Core Responsibility 2: Respect rules of war Core Responsibility 5: Invest in Humanity If we really want to act on our responsibility to vulnerable people, we need to invest in them politically and financially. This means increasing funding not only to response, but also to risk and preparedness, to protracted conflicts and to peacebuilding. It means boosting local response through more funding to national NGOs and to pooled funds. It means stopping blocks to crucial investments, such as remittances flows. And it means being more creative with funding, using loans, grants, bonds and insurance mechanisms; by working with investment banks, credit card companies and Islamic social finance mechanisms, as well as with donors. It requires donors to be more flexible in the way they finance crises, and aid agencies to be as efficient as possible and transparent about how they are spending their money. Core Responsibility 3: Leave no one behind Imagine being one of the most vulnerable people in the world. You’ve been forcibly displaced, or drought has killed your harvest for a fifth year running. You are stateless, or you are being targeted because of your race, religion or nationality. Now imagine the world says that none of these people will be left behind—that the world’s poorest will be targeted in development programmes, that world leaders will work to halve displacement, that women and girls will be empowered and protected, and that all children – whether in conflict zones or displaced – will be able to attend school. All of this could be a reality if leaders abide by these commitments. “The new solar-powered water pumps have changed our lives,” said Al Tayeb Idris, a teacher and member of the water management committee in Azerni, in Sudan’s West Darfur region. “Water now pumps daily. Before, the cost and unreliability of the motorized system meant that we were lucky if water was pumping just twice a week.”   This project was funded by the OCHA-managed Sudan fund. “The lack of water used to be a source of friction, often resulting in violence between the residents of Azerni and the seasonal nomadic population” said Abdul Malik, Azerni’s Omda (village chief). “Since we have been using the solar-powered water pumps, we have enough water to share with the nomads, leading to more harmonious relations.” Photo: OCHA Sudan read more

Green River Community Comes Together For Housing Open House

The Epicenter in Green River hosted a housing open house for the community on Wednesday. During the open house, staff from Epicenter was able to gather information about housing in the community as well as how to improve it.Epicenter, through grants and other funding, is able to assist in helping people in the community find housing, whether through renting or buying. Some grants that are offered through the Epicenter are the Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund, USDA Loans, funds from American Express and assistance from Enterprise Community Partners.The Enterprise Community Partners has selected the Epicenter in Green River for the Rose Fellowship. The Enterprise Rose Fellowship partners with emerging architectural designers and socially-engaged arts and cultural practitioners with local community development organizations to facilitate an inclusive approach to development that results in green, sustainable and affordable communities.Lindsey Briceno was selected as the Rosefellow for the community. She is a licensed architect and will be in Green River for the next two years.The Epicenter works hard for the community and it was shown when it recently was awarded the Emery County Non-Profit of the Year for 2019 from the Emery County Business Chamber. read more

Turtlesafe LEDs look to ease one of natures cruelest gauntlets

first_imgIt’s not easy being green. First you wake up in a sandy pit with about a hundred of your brothers and sisters and — purely out of instinct — you dig your way towards the air. When you reach the surface, you’re greeted with empty space in all directions, no parental guidance, and an immediate onslaught from all sides. Crabs scuttle in and tear through soft shells. Predatory birds swoop down and carry off a good fraction of your siblings as they scurry toward the safety of sea. It’s utter chaos, and in an average sea-turtle clutch of 100 eggs, perhaps five will live to become full-grown adult turtles.Hatching at night is a huge help, since many birds are asleep, and it provides a nice indication of direction: crawl toward the lightest horizon, and you’re probably headed for the sea. Looking around, though, you begin to notice that not all of the nest-mates are headed in the same direction. Some make straight for the water, but a good portion of the others are headed back the other way, back toward dry land and straight on into certain death.The Nemo Amber LEDTurtles have had a hard go of things since long before man-kind invented the light bulb, but the light bulb sure didn’t help. Along both coasts of North America, we see that the lights of human settlements can take the already meager 1-5% survival rate and collapse it to basically zero. To such simple little minds in such an inhospitable situation, even something as simple as a bright light can be disorienting and deadly. Turtles see man-made light and wander in circles until they die of exhaustion, dehydration, or predation.So there’s been an initiative to try to minimize the impact of human settlement on these embattled creatures. One Canadian company, Dasal Architecture, is marketing “turtle-safe” lights and fixtures already. They work by limiting the wavelengths of emitted light to the amber region, specifically clustered around 588nm, which seems to be a relative blind-spot for the sea creatures. Though amber lights have been growing in popularity for years, Dasal says that without a similarly specialized fixture to spill the light and minimize bright hotspots, these efforts might be vain.The new Aqua Amber LED and Nemo Amber LED have been endorsed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, as well as the Sea Turtle Conservatory. If they and any clones become standard (or even mandatory) along North American coasts, we might just be able to help these struggling species through their first, incredibly difficult hours.last_img read more

Actress Carey Mulligan joins London protest seeking end to Aleppo bombing

first_img Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA Images 10,231 Views Share184 Tweet Email Oct 22nd 2016, 5:42 PM 50 Comments Actress Carey Mulligan speaks outside the gates of Downing Street in central London during a protest to highlight the high numbers of children killed in bombings in Syria and to demand the Government intervene over Russian and Syrian bombing campaigns. Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Saturday 22 Oct 2016, 5:42 PM HUNDREDS OF LONDON protesters, including actress Carey Mulligan, have left teddy bears outside the prime minister Theresa May’s office as they demanded a larger British role in ending attacks on civilians in Syria’s Aleppo.Demonstrators backed by Amnesty International and other activist groups gathered today at the gates of Downing Street.They said the teddy bears represented thousands of children trapped in rebel-held areas of Aleppo targeted by Syrian government forces and their Russian allies.Mulligan, who gave a speech at the rally, said the British government must “take a really strong stance and come up with robust measures to deal with this.”Calls for action ranged from tougher sanctions on Russia to the enforcement of a no-fly zone.British officials have stressed the need for diplomatic pressure on Russia but have shown little appetite for military action.Yesterday, Britain deployed warships to monitor a Russian aircraft carrier group and other vessels, as they sailed through the North Sea and the English Channel reportedly en route to the coast of Syria.Almost 500 people have been killed in Aleppo since bombing raids by Russian and Syrian forces began in September of this year. Actress Carey Mulligan leaves a teddy bear outside the gates of Downing Street in central London during a protest to highlight the high numbers of children killed in bombings in Syria and to demand the Government intervene over Russian and Syrian bombing campaigns. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesMulligan, who has starred in films such as The Great Gatsby and Far from the Madding Crowd, is an ambassador for War Child, an organisation that seeks to help children in war-torn areas recover from the atrocities they have suffered.Upon her appointment to the role in 2014, the actress said:“It’s unbearable that the places that are being targeted are the very places that children should be safe. No child should be left to face war alone.”Read: Russia is sailing a fleet of warships through the English ChannelRead: Russia has stopped bombing Aleppo – but for how long? By Associated Press Actress Carey Mulligan joins London protest seeking end to Aleppo bombing Mulligan said the British government must “take a really strong stance and come up with robust measures to deal with this.” Short URL Actress Carey Mulligan speaks outside the gates of Downing Street in central London during a protest to highlight the high numbers of children killed in bombings in Syria and to demand the Government intervene over Russian and Syrian bombing campaigns. last_img read more

Pires thinks Arsenal will finish Top 4

first_imgThe former Gunners footballer is happy on how things are at his old club and thinks his team will be at the top at the end of the seasonEnglish Premier League club Arsenal is currently sitting in fourth place in the standings with 18 points.The Gunners have been able to win six matches, losing only two.And former Arsenal footballer Robert Pires believes this is the lowest the thing might finish in the 2018-2019 season.“For the moment I am very happy of course for the club because I am an ambassador for Arsenal but especially for Unai Emery because he’s a great manager,“ Pires told The Express.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“He done well with Sevilla, he won some titles, especially with Paris Saint-Germain last season.”“And of course you know you need to improve every day but Arsenal actually are on a very good run, especially in the Premier League,” he added.“Nine games, nine victories so I think they will finish in the top four, sure, 100 percent.”“Sooner or later they will be on the end of a big score – defensively they are all over the place,” he added.“The one thing that gets them out of trouble is that they’re always going to score goals. But defensively, they are just not good enough.”last_img read more

Omar Abdullah to meet Mamata today

first_imgKolkata: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah will meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna on Friday.The meeting of the National Conference leader with the Trinamool Congress supremo comes a few days ahead of the latter’s visit to Delhi on July 31.According to political experts, the meeting between the two senior anti-BJP leaders has turned crucial when Banerjee has given a clarion call to oust BJP from the Centre in the forthcoming general elections in 2019. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee has already held meetings with leaders of anti-BJP political parties and now the discussion with Abdullah is going to give an impetus to the fight against the party that is in power at the Centre.Moreover, Abdullah had earlier joined Banerjee in the march to Rashtrapati Bhavan, protesting against the Centre’s “anti-people” decision of demonetising high value notes. Leaders of Shiv Sena and Aam Aadmi Party had also joined the march that had started from the Parliament House premises. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that there was a meeting between Banerjee and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao at Nabanna on March 19. It was the beginning of the Federal Front and continued efforts were made to bring all anti-BJP political parties under one umbrella for a one-to-one fight in the 2019 general elections. A few days after the meeting of Banerjee and Rao, Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel met the Bengal Chief Minister at Nabanna. He had invited Banerjee to join a meeting called by NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, in which leaders of anti-BJP political parties were present. In the meeting, the strategy of national politics ahead of the general election in 2019 was discussed.last_img read more

eBay to Buy Online Payment Services Startup Braintree for 800 Million

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 2 min read September 26, 2013 Braintree, the company that helps startups like Airbnb, LivingSocial, GitHub and Uber process online credit card payments, has been acquired by eBay in a cash deal valued at $800 million. The internet auction company said it plans to combine the talent from its just-acquired merchant account services provider with its ubiquitous PayPal payment offerings to “accelerate PayPal’s global leadership in mobile payments.”In a statement, eBay said Braintree would continue to run as a separate service, within PayPal, under Bill Ready, Braintree’s chief executive. Ready’s new boss will be PayPal president David Marcus, and eBay said the Braintree team is “expected to stay in place.”Braintree processes $12 billion in payments annually, with more than one third of that coming from mobile. Before the deal, the company had reportedly also been in acquisition talks with mobile payments company Square.The Chicago-based Braintree also operates Venmo, a mobile app that leverages social media to let users pay each other directly. Venmo was acquired by Braintree last year for more than $26 million.”The alignment with PayPal means Braintree can continue to push the boundaries of innovation while expanding into new markets with increased speed and confidence,” Ready says.The deal is expected to close late this year.Related: PayPal Updates iPhone, Android Apps to Make Transactions Smoother and Faster How Success Happens Listen Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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first_img 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 PreviousNext Related Content Timing was everything when it came to South Sound Radiology’s decision to transition to digital mammography. The Olympia, Washington imaging center began considering a move to digital in 2005, but it was the need to replace their two screen-film machines in 2007 that finally compelled them to make a decision. “With any new technology, there is an initial curve where improvements are still being made. We felt that curve had passed with digital mammography, so in 2007 we made the investment,” says Larry Bennett, M.D., one of South Sound’s 15 board-certified radiologists. With the help of its partnership with Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, South Sound Radiology replaced its analog machines with two Hologic Selenia digital mammography systems. The center became the first in Washington State’s capitol city and the South Sound region to offer digital mammography. Until then, the nearest center offering the new technology was a trip on the freeway. “Before the switch we were getting calls from women asking when we would have digital mammography,” says Dr. Bennett. “Now we have patients saying how glad they are that they don’t have to travel long distances for a digital exam anymore.” The Digital Difference In addition to increasing women’s access to digital mammography, Dr. Bennett appreciates the level of care the new technology enables him to provide. “Digital mammography allows us to obtain the best image possible so that we can provide patients with the highest quality of care in the prevention and detection of breast cancer,” he told The Olympian, the community’s local newspaper. “The image quality is superior, the display is superior and it gives me the ability to manipulate the image. I’m getting better penetration, particularly through dense breasts, and I’m able to see more than I did with film, which I think will lower my callback rates by at least two percent,” he added. According to Imaging Manager Tammy Brower, digital mammography drastically increased South Sound Radiology’s workflow capacity. In the months since the transition to digital, the facility has reduced its exam times by half, from 20 minutes with screen-film to just 10 minutes with digital. Because technologists no longer have to deal with the many issues involved with processing film, digital streamlined the procedure by requiring fewer staff members and cut down on waiting time for the patients, decreasing the overall turnaround time for exams. “Digital just allows us to make better use of the facility in a shorter amount of time,” Brower says. The enhanced workflow also expanded the center’s capacity. During the usual December rush the center normally performs about 900 exams. In December 2007, they were easily able to accommodate a 30 percent volume increase and performed nearly 1,200 exams. The center’s use of digital also seems to attract more patients even during normally slow times of the year. In the beginning of 2008 , South Sound Radiology saw a 25 percent volume increase from the prior year, despite the fact that January and February are normally expected to be a slow time for the center. The increased capacity helped reduce their appointment backlog to virtually nothing, Dr. Bennett says. Patients seldom have to wait longer than a week to be seen for an appointment. In addition, women are appreciative of the reduced exam time. “The patients notice a difference at the end of the exam because they don’t have to wait around for films to be processed,” Brower said. “They’re very appreciative we can get them in and out so quickly.” Hologic All The Way When it came time to choosing a digital vendor, South Sound Radiology looked at several factors. In addition to the quality of the equipment, Dr. Bennett says they also looked at the company’s reputation. “I put a lot of emphasis on service,” he says. “And we’ve had a high degree of service with Hologic.” From a technologist’s point of view, Brower says Hologic’s equipment is straightforward and user-friendly. In addition, the company’s constant support – a combination of on-site and remote help – made for a very easy transition. This may explain why South Sound Radiology uses not only the Selenia systems for mammography, but also Hologic’s R2 computer-aided detection (CAD), MultiCare Platinum breast biopsy table, and Discovery bone densitometry system. Though the simultaneous technology upgrades made for “an interesting fall,” Brower says, offering state-of-the-art technology for a variety of breast health services is what sets their center apart. “We’re pretty much a Hologic site,” Brower says. “We love the equipment.” In addition to screening and diagnostic mammography, South Sound Radiology offers ultrasound, breast MRI and breast biopsy. In fact, it is the only facility within several counties that performs large core biopsies. “Women like coming here because they know they can get all services in one place,” says Brower. The transition to digital mammography benefited South Sound Radiology in many ways. For radiologists like Dr. Bennett, it increases diagnostic confidence by obtaining the best image possible. For technologists, it has enhanced the facility’s workflow and expanded its capacity to easily accommodate more patients. For women, shorter waiting times and quicker exams can significantly decrease the anxiety associated with getting a mammogram. But overall, Brower says, the investment was worth it simply because “offering this technology was the right thing to do for our patients.” FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 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 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 The enhanced workflow also expanded the centers capacity. During the usual December rush the center normally performs about 900 exams. 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 The enhanced workflow also expanded the centers capacity. During the usual December rush the center normally performs about 900 exams. 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 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 read more Selenia Systems for mammography. News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… 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. Case Study | January 04, 2010 The Best in Digital Mammography Comes to the South Puget Sound Region last_img read more

UN urges protection for elderly as world grays

first_imgThe report urges governments to summon the political will to protect the elderly and ensure they can age with good health and dignity. Discrimination toward and poverty among the aged are still far too prevalent in many countries, it says, even in the relatively wealthy industrialized nations.The problem is worse for women, whose access to jobs and health care is often limited throughout their lives, along with their rights to own and inherit property.“More must be done to expose, investigate and prevent discrimination, abuse and violence against older persons, especially women who are more vulnerable,” the report says, calling on countries to “ensure that aging is a time of opportunity for all.”“We need bold political leadership,” said Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the Population Fund. “Aging is manageable, but first it must be managed.”In some countries, such as Latvia and Cyprus, about half of those over 60 are living in poverty. And even in highly industrialized countries such as Japan the elderly struggle to get some services.Hisako Tsukida, a 77-year-old retired elementary school teacher in Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto, is living what sounds like a dream retirement life, taking tai chi and flower arrangement lessons and visiting a fitness center for spa treatments and muscle training. Associated PressTOKYO (AP) – The fast aging of Japanese society is evident as soon as one lands at Tokyo’s Narita airport and sees who is doing the cleaning. Young people tend to take such menial jobs in other countries, but here they are often held by workers obviously in the second half-century of their lives.Having the world’s highest percentage of older people is creating unique challenges for Japan, but a report released Monday by the U.N. Population Fund warns that they will not be unique for long. Japan is the only country with 30 percent of its population over 60, but by 2050 more than 60 other countries, from China to Canada to Albania, will be in the same boat. One in nine people _ 810 million _ are 60 or older, a figure projected to rise to one in five _ or more than 2 billion _ by 2050.Even Japan, the world’s third-largest economy, offers only meager social benefits, though government-subsidized services provide affordable household help and daycare in some areas.Neighbors and religious groups often help older people, and public facilities have been vastly improved from a few decades ago, with elevators and other handicapped access now the norm.The discovery earlier this year, though, that an aged couple and their son apparently had starved to death in their home in a Tokyo suburb highlighted Japan’s own growing problems with poverty and unemployment.Growing numbers of people suffering from dementia pose another challenge. About 35.6 million people around the world were afflicted with the disease in 2010, a number growing about 7.7 million a year and costing about $604 billion worldwide.Provisions must be made for the infirm to ensure their basic human rights, the U.N. report says.In many countries, including the United States, India, Brazil and Mexico, statistics show the elderly often pay more into pension systems over their lifetimes than they receive in return. Meanwhile, as retirement ages are raised and benefits cut due to ballooning deficits, the elderly are paying proportionately more in taxes. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day But her current leisure followed many years of caring for her ailing husband and then for her mother. Japan’s elderly often take on enormous burdens in caring for older relatives at home.Tsukida spent years trying to find a nursing home for her mother, now 100, and finally succeeded about six months ago after a rare vacancy opened up. But now she wonders about the time when she’ll have to go through the same struggle for herself.“I wonder if I could do this again when I’m even older and need to find myself a place to go,” she said.The U.N. report said that policy discussions of all kinds must include a consideration of problems facing the aging if mankind is to reap a “longevity benefit” from people’s longer life expectancies.Governments should build safety nets to ensure older people have income security and access to essential health and social services, it said. The report cited data from the International Labor Organization showing that only about a fifth of all workers get comprehensive social insurance.Aging is no longer solely an issue for rich countries. About two-thirds of people over 60 years old live in developing countries such as China, and by 2050 that figure is expected to rise to about 80 percent. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist The report blamed a bias toward youth in mass media, which stereotype aging as a time of decline, for lowering expectations about life for older people. It noted that older people often live highly productive, enjoyable lives if they have good health and reasonable levels of income.The report’s authors also argued against a prevalent belief that older workers should make way for younger job seekers, saying that way of thinking is based on the mistaken idea that there is a finite number of jobs and that workers are perfectly interchangeable.“More jobs for older people do not mean fewer jobs for younger people,” it says.___Associated Press Writer Mari Yamaguchi contributed to this report.___U.N. Population Fund: http://www.unfpa.orglast_img read more

HARP Refinance Volume Highest Since 2009 FHFA

first_imgHARP Refinance Volume Highest Since 2009: FHFA Agents & Brokers Euro European Union Fannie Mae FHFA First-Lien Mortgages Fixed-Rate Mortgage Freddie Mac HARP Housing Affordability Investors Lenders & Servicers Loan-to-Value Ratio Mortgage Rates Processing Refinance Service Providers Treasury Yields 2012-07-16 Ryan Schuette July 16, 2012 481 Views More underwater borrowers are choosing to refinance their mortgages under the Home Affordable Refinance Program than at any time since the government program launched in 2009, according to the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””: (FHFA).[IMAGE]The regulatory agency released a report Monday that found total refinance volume up by 20 percent in May.The reasons why? According to the FHFA, record-low interest rates for 30-year fixed-mortgages couple with recent modifications to HARP to create the conditions for an ongoing refinance boom.Recent modifications lifted fees and loan-to-value caps, fueling homeowner demand in a refinance environment with historically low interest rates.[COLUMN_BREAK]Freddie Mac “”reported””: last week that 30-year fixed-mortgages reached a new low of 3.56 percent on average, as a disappointing jobs report and trouble in Europe convinced more investors to stay with the safe haven of U.S. Treasury debt.””These numbers show HARP 2.0 is accomplishing the goals set forth-to provide relief to borrowers who might otherwise be unable to refinance due to house price declines,”” FHFA Acting Director Edward DeMarco said in a statement. “”Borrowers with Fannie Mae- or Freddie Mac-backed loans who are current on their underwater mortgages are taking advantage of the opportunity offered by HARP 2.0.”” The FHFA said that more than 78,000 successful refinances crossed the finish line during the first five months of this year, exceeding totals for last year.Nearly one-third of HARP volume stems from borrowers who refinance their mortgage loans with LTV thresholds of more than 105 percent.According to the agency, many underwater borrowers also choose to refinance their loans into shorter-term 15- and 20-year mortgages to create equity faster than with 30-year loans.In May, homeowners in states like Arizona and Nevada accounted for more than half of the total refinance volume under HARP.Those in other hard-hit states like California, Idaho, and Nevada accounted for roughly 40 percent to 50 percent of HARP refinance volume.center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

Fed Officials Say Labor Market Not Strong Enough for Rate Increase

first_imgFed Officials Say Labor Market Not Strong Enough for Rate Increase in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News July 29, 2015 549 Views Although Federal Reserve officials determined that economic activity is expanding moderately, the housing sector has shown additional improvement, and job gains have been solid with declining unemployment, the federal funds rate will remain the same at a target range of 0 to 1/4 percent, according to the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) July meeting.”To support continued progress toward maximum employment and price stability, the Committee today reaffirmed its view that the current 0 to 1/4 percent target range for the federal funds rate remains appropriate,” a FOMC statement said.No specific timeline of when the federal funds rate would be raised was provided at the meeting.The Committee also determined that labor market indicators found that underutilization of labor resources have diminished slightly, and growth in household spending has been moderate, while the housing sector showed some improvement. However, business fixed investment and net export remained soft. More importantly, inflation is still running below the Committee’s objective of 2 percent, reflecting earlier drops in energy prices and falling prices of non-energy imports. Looking ahead, the Committee still expects a moderate pace of GDP growth, with continuing job gains and lower energy prices supporting household spending.The Committee noted that it will assess both realized and expected progress in determining how long to maintain the near zero target range toward its maximum employment and 2 percent inflation objectives. The assessment will consider labor market conditions, inflation indicators, and financial and international developments.”The Committee anticipates that it will be appropriate to raise the target range for the federal funds rate when it has seen some further improvement in the labor market and is reasonably confident that inflation will move back to its 2 percent objective over the medium term,” the FOMC said.The FOMC also mentioned that it is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities in agency mortgage-backed securities and of rolling over maturing Treasury securities at auction. They believe this policy should help maintain accommodative financial condition by keeping the Committee’s holdings of longer-term securities at sizable levels.Janet Yellen, FOMC chair revealed at a mid-July House Financial Services Committee hearing that rates would be raised upon improving economic conditions at no particular time.“At our meeting that ended today, the Committee concluded that these conditions have not yet been achieved. It remains the case that the Committee will determine the timing of the initial increase in the federal funds rate on a meeting-by-meeting basis, depending on its assessment of incoming economic information and its implications for the economic outlook.”However, Yellen did allude to the rate increase possibly occurring before the end of the year in a Senate Banking Committee hearing also held in mid-July .”If the economy evolves as we expect, economic conditions likely would make it appropriate at some point this year to raise the federal funds rate target, thereby beginning to normalize the stance of monetary policy,” Yellen said. “Indeed, most participants in June projected that an increase in the federal funds target range would likely become appropriate before year-end. But let me emphasize again that these are projections based on the anticipated path of the economy, not statements of intent to raise the rates at any particular time.”The committee has three more meetings this year in September, October, and December to still raise rates.center_img Federal Funds Rate Federal Open Market Committee Federal Reserve 2015-07-29 Staff Writer Sharelast_img read more

On Gabberts role as QB Drew Stanton continues to

first_imgOn Gabbert’s role as QB Drew Stanton continues to heal:“Well, Drew’s going to be healthier. He’s still not as healthy as he was before. We’ll stick with Blaine and watch Drew get healthy and then make a decision as we go forward. But we’ll stick with the way it is right now.”On if the decision to stick with Gabbert will hold all week:“Yes.”On how he would assess the situation with the team’s receivers:“Yeah, I watch J.J. (Nelson), and he makes two of the toughest catches that you could possibly make and then drop an easy one. It’s all eye position. He’s looking out. Jaron Brown, who has been as steady as anyone we have, peeked up going over the middle, which probably was a field goal. He might have split them, but that was at least a field goal, that drop. John Brown was just – you’ve got to make a low catch. That was an easy catch. It’s hard to describe, because there’s so much talent in that room, and the way they went through OTAs (organized team activities) and all of camp, I really thought it was a strength of our team, and it’s now become our weakness.”On if he needs to find out what he has in Gabbert:“I think I know. I think I’ve known that all along. I don’t think I have to find out anything else. (Reporter: “Even in game situations?”) What I saw is exactly what I thought I’d see, and I just think it’ll get better the more he throws to Larry (Fitzgerald). He’s someone who’s never thrown to Larry and those starting guys. So, as he gets a little more timing with them, I think he’ll just get better.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling On the play of Jaguars DL Calais Campbell:“The little bit that I’ve seen of him, he’s playing really solid. He’s got his sacks, playing a lot of different positions, and he fits pretty well in that defense.”On S Budda Baker continuing to excel and what he has seen from the rookie:“Just great growth every week, and he’ll just get better. He misfit that run for the touchdown, and he’ll learn from it. He had an all-star game week if we win the game, he and Ricky Seals-(Jones).”On if he’s disappointed by the Cardinals pass rush:“Yeah, other than Chandler (Jones). Chandler got real close a few times, but somebody else has got to step up. Haason (Reddick) got real close again twice, and just not finishing it.”On who will step in for DL Josh Mauro:“That’s yet to be determined, to see who’s available. We’ve got a few bumps and bruises. So, we’ll see who’s available Wednesday.”On if DL Corey Peters is expected to miss another game this week of if he’ll be ready to play:“We hope. He’s getting a lot better. We hope he’s back this, but it’ll be close.”On if the special teams penalties were disturbing:“Yeah, for Justin (Bethel). Two of them, I’ve got to question them. The one on our snapper, that was … I don’t even know how the guy saw it. But Justin’s was bad – two weeks in a row.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact On how much it helped Gabbert to throw to TE Ricky Seals-Jones when both were on the scout team:“A bunch. He has a lot of chemistry with Ricky and Chad because that’s who he threw to every single day. So yeah, there’s a lot of chemistry there.”On if there’s been a trend when RB Adrian Peterson rushes for fewer than 100 yards and his decreased yards before contact:“Yeah, we’re not blocking anybody. The big thing is that 74 (left tackle D.J. Humphries) is not out there, and the guys who have stepped in aren’t stepping up. It’s as simple as that. We didn’t block very well. Again, we were turning guys loose downhill on him on miscommunications that just shouldn’t happen. We’re not that complicated in our running game that we should have linebackers running through free.”On the status of QB Carson Palmer and RB David Johnson:“No. Carson has no cast on. That’s a good sign. David’s in great condition, but I don’t know about his wrist, and T.J. (Logan), (the wrist is) not loosening up.”On if the current issues with the receivers are the same as last year’s:“It’s different. This group is too old now for that. They’ve been in too many battles to be dropping easy balls and not making plays.” 2 Comments   Share   Top Stories “That’s controlling the football, because they were running the ball so well on first down. A lot of that was misfits in our run game, in our defensive run fits. Some of those young linemen were trying to do a little too much, which is usually what happens. They try to make a play and get out of their gap, and we just didn’t fit a couple of those things well. The fourth down call, I take all that (expletive) back I said yesterday. That was a damn good call, and we busted an assignment at the point of attack. That was an easy pickup. Goody (offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin) had a hell of a play designed, we called it and we busted an assignment. They did not whoop us up there. We just turned them loose, the interior of our offensive line. So, I take everything I said back.”On what the interior offensive lineman did wrong on the fourth down call:“He blocked the wrong damn guy.”On if he considered a quarterback sneak on the fourth down attempt:“Yeah, but I’ve never seen Blaine (Gabbert) run one. A lot of quarterbacks can; a lot can’t. The same blocking on the quarterback sneak as the play we handed off, so I’d give it to Adrian (Peterson) right there.” On Texans RB D’Onta Foreman’s 34-yard touchdown run on the next play and the Cardinals responding to adversity:“Yeah, again, we have two busted assignments. A play they had run earlier in the game coming off the goal line, we had fixed it, corrected it, and we busted it again. It’s a jet sweep motion with a pulling guard, and we don’t fit the thing properly, and it’s a walk-in when it’s already been corrected. That’s frustrating.”On if he still feels the same way about the receivers:“Yeah. Injuries are going to have some part of that, but it wouldn’t have mattered. Chad Williams is going to get his shot. He’s been practicing really, really well, just like Ricky (Seals-Jones). Those guys have been practicing really well, and it’s time for them to get a look.”On QB Blaine Gabbert’s performance:“I thought Blaine was really hitting the ball. He saw the field extremely well. The ball was where it was supposed to be. Every throw wasn’t perfect. There was some pressure, but he stood in the face of it and delivered it. You get to the end of the game, throwing to a couple of guys that you haven’t ever thrown to before. They’re this far behind them, instead of that far in front of them just because of the lack of reps with that guy, but it was to the right guy. Those were probably on me, but he played really, really well.” TEMPE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media several times leading up to gameday.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice.Opening statement:“Injuries from the game: John Brown has got a turf toe, Josh Mauro has a high ankle sprain and that’s about it; a lot of bumps and bruises. We’ll see more on Wednesday. Those guys could miss some time. Really disappointed in the game, as far as running the ball and stopping the run. When you look at the game, that tells the story when they have 10 out of 16 third downs and six (yards) or less, and we have three or four, whatever it was, six or less, because they’re running the ball, and we’re not. You want to stay in manageable down and distances, whether penalties or whatever, we’ve got to play the game at better, manageable third downs, and defensively, we’ve got to get them in third-and-longs. They were 60 percent out of those, and that’s huge. (AP Photo)last_img read more

7 Juist Known locally as the magic land Juist

first_img7. JuistKnown locally as the ‘magic land’, Juist is one of the seven inhabited East Frisian Islands which stretch across the north coast of Germany. At the heart of the Wattenmeer National Park, it has an extensive white sandy beach, perfect for long walks across the UNESCO-protected tidal flats and paying a visit to the resident seals who’ve made the eastern tip of the island their home. Driving is also not allowed on Juist; the transport is provided largely by bicycles, or if you’re arriving via the tiny airport, you can take an elegant horse-drawn carriage into town.Nearest airport:Juist Airport (connecting flights from Norden on the mainland). Nearest international airport is Eelde Airport. 3. UsedomThe Pomeranian island of Usedom, shared between Germany and Poland, has a 45km-long coast with stunning sandy beaches trailing along small bays. It’s also known as the island of ‘Singing Sands’, thanks to the symphony of squeaking sounds sometimes produced when the grains of sand rub together! Popular spots are the seaside resorts Drei Kaiserbäder, Bernsteinbäder and the Ostseebäder. Zempin is the smallest seaside resort in Usedom, more boutique than bucket and spade, where you’ll always find a quiet spot. You can exert yourself with any number of activities from horse-riding to cycling here but when you need to relax again, make like the German emperors of old who used to weekend here from Berlin, and head to one of the island’s indulgent thermal spas. Osteetherme in Ahlbeck is more like a wellness complex, with a gym and sauna as well as several therapeutic pools, but some of the best spas on the island are located at hotels like Das Ahlbeck.Nearest airportHeringsdorf Airport. The nearest international airport is Berlin. 8. RügenGermany’s biggest island, Rügen, is actually an archipelago boasting around 60 km worth of beaches and several seaside resorts like popular Binz, with its leafy boulevards, pretty Prorer Wiek Bay and promenade, as well as some of the island’s best accommodation including beach hotels like Cliff Hotel Rugen. Some 20 minute north of Binz, don’t miss the sight of the waves crashing against the Königsstuhl chalk cliffs, especially poignant if you’re a fan of Caspar David Friedrich’s dramatic paintings of the area. Atop the cliffs are the ancient beech forests of Jasmund National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. The average 1800 hours of sun each year are a further bonus, making Rügen also the sunniest – and one of the hottest – places in Germany.Nearest airport:Heringsdorf Airport or Rostock-Laage Airport. RelatedWhere to go on holiday for early summer sun in 2019Looking for a summer holiday but don’t want to travel during peak season when prices go through the roof? Check out these short-haul destinations perfect for early summer and bag a cheap flight while the kids are still at school…Essential guide to 10 of the best Caribbean islandsConsidering a holiday to the paradise islands of the Caribbean? Planning a Caribbean cruise and trying to decide which beaches to hit? Whether you’re booking a family holiday, searching for a dream honeymoon or just wanting sand, sea and rum cocktails, here’s an essential guide to 10 of the best…10 great escapes to the sunBook your beach fix with 10 sun and sand ideas 9. RostockWith a good beach of fine sand, Warnemünde is the highlight of a trip to Rostock, situated where the River Warnow flows into the Baltic. Sat on the beach seats made for two or paddling in the shallows on a warm day, cruise ships docking in the distance, you could almost imagine yourself in the Caribbean rather than the Baltic. Graal-Müritz is another resort, near Rostock, which draws the crowds not only to its beach but to its glorious Rhododendron Festival, held every May in the town’s Rhododendron Park.Nearest airport:Rostock-Laage or Hamburg International. 5. AmrumThe island of Amrum is south of Sylt, with the Wadden Sea on its east side, and on its west, the Kniepsand, a 10km-wide sandbank. Amrum is known as the ‘Island of Freedom’ and on an early summer’s day you may well have a beach to yourself. It’s the very picture of a cute island resort, with the Frisian influence showing in the striped deckchairs, windmill, candycane-coloured lighthouse and floral inland villages, reminiscent of parts of the Netherlands. Amrun is small enough to do in a day from Sylt or Dagbüll (find out how to book a ferry crossing here) on the mainland, with various circular walking/cycling tours depending on how energetic you’re feeling, but the flurry of holiday cottages and homey guesthouses may tempt you to lose a week here. Nearest airport:Hamburg International or Billund in Denmark. 10. ChiemseeA beach doesn’t have to be by the sea. Germany has many lovely lakes, including Chiemsee, known as the ‘Bavarian Sea’. Main hub Prien am Chiemsee is a chocolate-box Bavarian town with enough mountain biking and hill-walking to keep active bunnies happy, while anyone looking for respite will find plenty in the numerous spa hotels and resorts. Cross the lake by boat to marvel at Schloss Herrenchiemsee, the area’s finest attraction, a castle built in admiration of Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles.Nearest airport:Munich Airport.Discover more lesser-known destinations in Germany with these tips and trip ideas:10 amazing destinations for a holiday in GermanyFrom cutting-edge art collections to fairytale castles, feast your eyes on these 10 must-visit German destinations and the top things to do when you get there.Best of Berlin: a local’s guideFrom beer gardens to abandoned airports and amusement parks, we reveal 10 of the best alternative things to see and do in Berlin.Alternative city breaks in CologneBeen there done Berlin? Leave the hipster beards and crowded brauhäuser behind and enjoy an alternative German getaway to Cologne.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 2. Bay of LübeckKnown more to historians than students of the sun, the old medieval trading post of Lübeck boasts more than one beautiful beach. There’s Timmendorfer, Scharbeutzer, Grömitzer (plus the dune beach at Dhame) and Pelzerhaken in the south, where you have the sun for the whole day. If you get bored of the beach, there are several lighthouses and the pier at Scharbeutz to explore, and you can break for an appropriately ocean-going lunch in the fishing village of Sierksdorf. Try the terrace restaurant at Hotel Hof Sierksdorf and sample seasonal grilled fish as well as the regional speciality, sauerfleisch, or sour, spiced pork.Nearest airport:Hamburg Lübeck Airport. 6. HiddenseeThe Baltic island of Hiddensee covers a mere 17 square kilometres. It is completely car-free, so you have to leave your vehicle behind at the harbour and continue on foot, horseback, by bike or the ‘Bimmelbahn’ toy train. The west coast of the island is one long sandy beach, backed by sand dunes, with the sections of shoreline at Vitte, Kloster and Neuendorf manned and cleaned regularly, which makes them popular. The gently-shelving beach next to Vitte is a family-favourite, but be aware that it also has a designated nudist area! Bird-watchers might want to ask about spotting rare species such as the Little Tern – there are local guided walks around the island from June to September. Nearest airport:Rostock-Laage. When to go?Germany’s warmer months coincide with UK summertime, but luckily the seasons are a little more predictable here, with July and August offering up the best temperatures. Expect breezy summer averages of 18°C on the North Sea and Baltic coasts, while Bavaria can hit 25°C in July. Locals take their beach holidays seriously, so to avoid the crowds during peak season, aim for May or June, when the temperatures are already starting to build nicely.1. SyltGermany’s northernmost island is fondly known as the ‘Queen of the North Sea’. While lovers of Lindisfarne or Heligoland may disagree, Sylt can claim the crown thanks to its beaches. There are nearly 40 km of postcard-perfect sandy beaches along its west coast, so you should easily be able to find a spot for yourself. Wide Wenningstedt is best for families with a handy, child-friendly hotel nearby at Hotel Villa Klasen while Samoa and Sansibar own bright white shores worthy of their tropical names. End a day on the beach by watching a lovely, burnished sunset from Rotes Kliff (red cliff) near the classy village of Kampen, before dipping into some of the bars and restaurants of the village’s ‘Whisky Mile’.Nearest airport:Westerland or Hamburg International. 4. St. Peter-OrdingSt. Peter-Ording in Schleswig-Holstein is known more for its healing sulphur springs than its beach, but a walk along this 12-km long stretch is sure to do wonders for body and mind. The tide recedes a long, long way so you have to walk a while to get to the water if it’s out but its expansive size means it rarely gets busy, despite being understandably popular amongst kite surfers. Dine on the boardwalk above the waves at Strandbar 54 Grad Nord – even on a blustery day, you can be snug and cosy inside with an unparalleled view and a ‘beach coffee’ (coffee with eggnog and whipped cream).Nearest airport:Westerland or Hamburg International.last_img read more