Issues continue to dog the testing of Ebola drugs and vaccines

first_imgAt a U.S. congressional hearing today that examined the country’s public health response to Ebola, an official from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it’s working to develop “a flexible and innovative protocol” to evaluate experimental treatments for the disease. The fact that no such common protocol already exists speaks to the complex practical and ethical issues that surround the use of untested drugs and vaccines in the midst of explosive spread of a virus that kills more than half the people it infects.Given the epidemic’s unprecedented scale, a panel of bioethicists and infectious disease specialists convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) in August unanimously decided that it was ethical to use unproven treatments and preventions against this deadly disease. The panel also said there was a “moral obligation” to gather and share scientifically relevant data about whether these products were safe and effective. But it did not suggest how this should happen, and as the FDA official’s testimony indicated, new views are still emerging while others are being refined.Over the past few months, subsequent WHO consultations and opinion pieces by prominent public health experts and ethicists have spelled out detailed visions of how to proceed with testing of experimental Ebola medicines. The issues, both practical and ethical, are starkly different for drugs and vaccines. Unproven drugs go to the sick, who are fighting for their lives and often have few options, whereas experimental vaccines are tested in healthy people—most will be first-line workers—in an effort to protect them from the deadly virus. “Ethical arguments are not the same for all levels of risk,” noted 17 prominent researchers and ethicists from 11 countries in an editorial about Ebola drug testing published online on 10 October in The Lancet.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The gold standard of clinical trial design for both drugs and vaccines is the randomized controlled trial (RCT), in which half the participants are randomly assigned to receive the experimental medicine, while the control group receives conventional care, sometimes including a placebo. Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which has treated more Ebola patients in West Africa than any other group, emphatically opposes RCTs in affected countries for either treatments or vaccines. MSF’s Annick Antierens, who oversees “investigational platforms” for experimental Ebola products, says “this cannot be defended ethically.”The Lancet editorial, led by Piero Olliaro of WHO and the United Kingdom’s University of Oxford, sided with MSF with regard to treatments. In making their case, the authors question the meaning of “equipoise,” a fundamental ethical principle behind RCTs that says investigators should not know whether an intervention is better than what’s offered to the control group. “Equipoise is a useful principle, but it can break down when conventional care offers little benefit and mortality is extremely high,” the authors write. “This is precisely the problem with Ebola: current conventional care does not much affect clinical outcomes and mortality is as high as 70%. When conventional care means such a high probability of death, it is problematic to insist on randomising patients to it when the intervention arm holds out at least the possibility of benefit.”The editorial rebuts an article published online on 11 September in The Journal of the American Medical Association by bioethicist Steven Joffe of the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and an earlier one by bioethicists Annette Rid of King’s College London and Penn’s Ezekiel Emanuel that ran online on 21 August in The Lancet. Those authors contend that “compassionate use” of experimental Ebola medicines outside of RCTs, as has happened in a few patients with the antibody cocktail called ZMapp and a drug made by Tekmira, risks compromising the ability to gather scientific evidence and, as Joffe writes, “will not necessarily prevent more deaths than would administration of the drug in a well-designed clinical trial.”Rid says Olliaro and co-authors wrongly assume that receiving an experimental treatment is necessarily better than receiving effective supportive care—which has not been available to many infected people in West Africa. She further contends that the editorial “underplays the possibility that experimental interventions can make people worse off” and “neglects the population-level concern that, even if the interventions don’t make individuals worse off, they may be ineffective and we would end up misallocating scarce resources.”The design of real-world studies to test whether Ebola vaccines work has similarly triggered impassioned discussions. Many researchers at a WHO consultation held 29 and 30 September came to the meeting thinking that traditional RCTs were off the table: Sentiment seemed to be leaning toward a strategy known as stepped-wedge that would give all participants the Ebola vaccine at different points in time and then look to see whether people who received it later were more vulnerable to infection. But at the meeting, Ripley Ballou from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), which has the Ebola vaccine furthest in development, won wide support for his argument that the fastest, most ethical way to assess whether the product works is with an RCT that uses an “active control”—such as a proven vaccine against an unrelated disease—rather than a dummy placebo shot.In the wake of that meeting, some have questioned whether an active control is more ethical than a placebo. Peter Smith, an epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine who attended that meeting as well as a 2013 WHO consultation on the use of placebos in vaccine trials, contends the issue is practical, not ethical: An active control may persuade more participants to join the study. “If it’s easier to do the trial if you use an active control rather than a placebo, then fine, do the trial that way,” Smith says. “But to believe one is more ethical than the other is not the issue.” He stresses that the main benefit of joining a vaccine trial, especially in resource-strained countries like these, is that people who do develop the disease “are generally looked after better than people not in trials.”Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at New York University in New York City who co-authored the latest Lancet editorial opposing RCTs for Ebola drugs, supports their use for Ebola vaccines. But he worries that an active control may cause problems. Immune responses triggered by the vaccine in the active control arm, he notes, “could complicate interpreting the results” in people who received the Ebola vaccine. It also raises ethical dilemmas if an active control arm uses a vaccine that the country cannot afford to use routinely.Bioethicist Nir Eyal of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, who also supports RCTs for Ebola vaccines, says it’s “an enormous privilege” to be offered a chance to participate in a trial that gives people a 50% chance of receiving a vaccination with some promise of success. “Of course nobody wants the placebo,” Eyal says. “But the point of medical trials is not to provide the intervention that’s medically best for the research subject. It’s to establish something that’s important—and this point is crucial—for a far larger population and to prevent human catastrophe.”Even MSF does not rule out other trial designs that offer the Ebola vaccine to all participants. Aside from the stepped-wedge scheme, researchers could stage less rigorous “observational” trials, which are typically used after vaccines come to market to see how well they work in entire populations. “After licensure, there are plenty of observational studies that give us very, very useful and meaningful results that we believe,” says epidemiologist Arthur Reingold of the University of California, Berkeley.In this scheme, vaccine is distributed without an organized study and investigators would look at Ebola rates in a cohort of vaccinated people—say, the health care workers at one hospital—or assess vaccination rates in people who develop Ebola. “The key issue when you start calculating vaccine effectiveness is whether people who get the vaccine and people who don’t get the vaccine are relatively comparable,” Reingold says.Yet another hot-button issue is who should be eligible to receive experimental drugs or treatments. Scarce treatments like ZMapp have preferentially gone to health care workers because, as the August WHO consultation emphasized, they put their lives at risk for others and they are needed to control the epidemic. Rid and Emanuel question whether this makes sense, noting that health care workers have special ties to the medical community and relatively higher levels of income. “Their priority might therefore be viewed as further privileging of the already well-off, especially by contrast with those who provide care without being trained as health professionals.”On the vaccine front, GSK may have up to 20,000 doses ready for efficacy tests in January, but that still means there likely will be far more interested participants than product. The latest WHO consultation says front-line workers should go first—not just doctors and nurses—a group that includes anyone who helps care for patients or even buries those who die.For practical reasons, meeting participant Michael Selgelid of Monash University, Clayton, in Australia says it makes the most sense to offer the vaccine to the “traditionally conceived” notion of a health care worker. “They are best able to give proper informed consent, and it’s crucial in this scenario that we have really good informed consent,” he says. At the end of the day, Selgelid says, regulators like FDA likely will heavily influence trial design as they are the ones who will ultimately decide whether these products can come to market. “Just how flexible the regulators are going to be is a question for them rather than me,” he says.*The Ebola Files: Given the current Ebola outbreak, unprecedented in terms of number of people killed and rapid geographic spread, Science and Science Translational Medicine have made a collection of research and news articles on the viral disease freely available to researchers and the general public.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal loses to Stefanos Tsitsipas in Madrid as clay slump continues

first_imgRafael Nadal of Spain reacts after missing a point against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during the Madrid Open tennis men’s semi-final match in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, May 11, 2019. Tsitsipas won the match. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)MADRID — For the third straight time this season, Rafael Nadal won’t be fighting for a title on his favorite surface.Nadal’s slump on clay continued on Saturday at the Madrid Open with a third consecutive semifinal elimination, adding to his worst start to the clay-court swing since 2015.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “I’ve won a lot over the years on this surface,” he said.” But this year it hasn’t been the case. I’ve been really close, but I haven’t been able to win.”Nadal, who was yet to lose a set in Madrid this year, had beaten Tsitsipas all three previous times they played, without losing a set, including in the semifinals of the Australian Open.The 20-year-old Tsitsipas converted on his fourth match point to close out the victory on the Magic Box center court.“I’m really happy that I managed to keep my nerves down and fight back. Probably one of the toughest victories I’ve had in my life,” Tsitsipas said. “Adding variety and being unpredictable was the key today.”The young Greek played aggressively from the start, breaking Nadal’s serve six times. He saved 11 of the 16 break opportunities he conceded.ADVERTISEMENT Cherry Rondina, Bernadeth Pons team up anew as PH hosts FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour “I think that to beat these players, Novak, or Rafa, you need to have this little luck, this momentum going for you, and that was not the case today,” Thiem said. “Some break points for me were a little bit unlucky and some of them I missed, which I usually don’t do.”BERTENS WINSLast year’s runner-up Bertens defeated Halep for her second title of the year, adding to her victory in St. Petersburg, Russia.“I am really proud of this week. I played some good tennis,” said Bertens, who next week will reach a career-high No. 4 ranking.The seventh-ranked Dutch became the first woman to win the Madrid title without dropping a set. She had victories over three Grand Slam champions in the Spanish capital — Jelena Ostapenko, Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova. Bertens lost to Kvitova in last year’s final.Halep, winner in Madrid in 2016 and 2017, lost the chance to take over the No. 1 ranking from Naomi Osaka. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “I really liked my fighting spirit,” he said. “I went on the court and I was mentally prepared for a fight.”Tsitsipas will be playing in his fourth final of the season and will have a chance to become the first player to win three titles this year, adding to his triumphs in Estoril and Marseille. He is the tour’s winningest player in 2019 with 27 wins.“I have to be mentally prepared for a tough match,” said Tsitsipas, who defeated Djokovic in Toronto last year. “He’s in a pretty good state of his tennis, so it won’t be easy.”DJOKOVIC ON TOPDjokovic can add to his Australian Open title on Sunday thanks to his confidence-boosting win over an in-form Thiem.“Dominic is one of the best tennis players in the world at this moment, especially on this surface, so this was a very big win for me,” Djokovic said.The fifth-seeded Thiem, who beat Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, had won two straight against Djokovic and was trying to make his third straight Madrid final following losses to Rafael Nadal in 2017 and Alexander Zverev in 2018. The Austrian was also attempting to become the first player to win three titles this season, adding to triumphs in Indian Wells and Barcelona.“I thought he was the favorite coming into this match because of his win in Barcelona and the way he played winning against Roger yesterday,” said Djokovic, who will be trying to add to his Madrid titles from 2011 and 2016.“I was still kind of trying to find my best game on clay,” Djokovic said. “These are exactly the matches that I need. I’m very, very pleased with this win.”Thiem played well in both sets but Djokovic prevailed in both tiebreakers. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES He lost to ninth-ranked Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who will try to win his third title of the year in a final against top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who defeated Dominic Thiem 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) and will have a chance to tie Nadal for the most titles in Master 1000 tournaments with 33.In the women’s final, Kiki Bertens beat two-time Madrid champion Simona Halep 6-4, 6-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “It wasn’t my best night,” Nadal said. “I knew what I had to do, it was clear to me, but I just wasn’t capable of doing it. I didn’t have a good feeling to do the things I wanted to do and that’s it. We don’t have to dwell too much on it.”The second-ranked Spaniard, still seeking his first title of the season, had also failed to make it to the final in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, tournaments he had won the last three consecutive seasons. He lost to Fabio Fognini in Monte Carlo and to Thiem in Barcelona. This is the first time since 2004 that Nadal had arrived in Madrid without a title.last_img read more

Head injury

first_imgHead injuries can range from a minor bump on the head to a devastating brain injury. Learning to recognize a serious head injury, and implementing basic first aid, can make the difference in saving someones life. Common causes of head injury include traffic accidents, falls, physical assault, and accidents at home, work, outdoors, or while playing sports.Review Date:1/1/2013Reviewed By:Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img

Speed king finally gets a score : Usain Bolt scores first pro goal

first_imgAdvertisementFriday evening witnesses Usain Bolt – The World’s fastest man , enter the footballing fray fittingly with two goals for Australian outfit Central Coast Mariners. This is his first appearance on the scoresheet in professional football. The Jamaican eight-time Olympic champion scored the Mariners’ third and fourth goals in a 4-0 win over Macarthur South West and celebrated with his trademark lightning bolt pose.Currently , Bolt is on an “indefinite training period” with Australian first division side Central Coast Mariners. His time to prove himself on the football pitch is running out , given his age of 32, but the 100m and 200m sprint world record holder displayed immense determination to achieve yet another one of his dreams.Here it is, @usainbolt, the footballer, scores his maiden Mariners goal. What a moment! Don’t think limits! ⚡️ #SWSvCCM #CCMFC 🎥@FOXFOOTBALL pic.twitter.com/X7zrqmrYCZ— Central Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) October 12, 2018Afterwards Bolt, 32, said “dreams become reality through hard work”.“My first start and scoring two goals, it’s a good feeling,” he added.“I’m happy I could come here and show the world I’m improving. I’m keen to be a Mariner, to play my best and get into the team.”Usain Bolt had trained in Norway with Stormgodset and in Germany with Borussia Dortmund prior to arriving in Australia and his “dream” of becoming a professional footballer could finally become a sweet reality.The Australian A-League season begins on 19 October and the Mariners are yet to confirm whether Bolt will be offered a contract.Advertisementlast_img read more

Favre admits young BVB stars struggled in Bruges

first_imgLucien Favre admitted his young players struggled to break down Club Brugge after Christian Pulisic’s late goal earned Borussia Dortmund a 1-0 win in their Champions League opener .Favre handed a place in his starting line-up to 18-year-old playmaker Jadon Sancho, but it was second-half substitute Pulisic, on his 20th birthday, who turned the game with his strike in the 85th minute.The result ensured Dortmund remain unbeaten in five games in all competitions this season, but Favre pulled no punches when discussing the challenges his players faced during a first half in which they were second best. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “It was difficult,” he told reporters. “They are Belgian champions and they worked hard.”In the end, they were tired, but it was difficult – it was very, very hard for us. We did not move enough in the first half, which is why we struggled to create chances.”We are satisfied that we have won our first away game. But we have had trouble and we have much to do.”It is a very good thing that we won, but we should not exaggerate expectations.”We have many young players, it takes time to play well.”Words can’t describe !! Dreamt about this day as a kid. Blessed to have made my Champions League Debut tonight with a win! Well done team! #JS7 pic.twitter.com/vsAMPZ8e8c — Jadon Sancho (@Sanchooo10) September 18, 2018 The late goal denied Brugge a share of the points in a tough Group A that includes Atletico Madrid and Monaco.Midfielder Arnaut Groeneveld remained defiant, however, saying: “The result is disappointing.”In the first half we played our own game, we had more ball possession. But we started with confidence in the second half as well and that makes the final result a bit harsh.”I think everyone can see now that if we play our own game we can do pretty well. I think we will just need to continue like this and the points will follow.”last_img read more

It was an MS Dhoni classic, hats off to him: Virat Kohli after Adelaide win

first_imgBrief Scores: India (299/4; Kohli 104, Dhoni 55 not out) beat Australia (298/9; Marsh 131, Maxwell 48, Bhuvneshwar 4 for 45) by 6 wickets. Full ScorecardVirat Kohli doffed his hat to MS Dhoni after the two men starred in a six-wicket win for India in the second ODI of the series at the Adelaide Oval. Chasing 299, India got home with four balls to spare thanks to Kohli’s 39th hundred and MS Dhoni’s half-century to draw level in the three-match series.Dhoni had endured a tough 2018 – in 20 ODIs, he managed only 275 runs without scoring a fifty. He started the New Year with his 68th half-century but his 96-ball 51 was too slow as India lost the first ODI of the series in Sydney on Saturday.Three days later, India were back on the field in Adelaide on a hot day. This time, they were chasing an even bigger target – 299. If it was Rohit Sharma’s hundred over the weekend that gave India hope, today Virat Kohli decided to lead from the front in a tense chase. There were contributions and quick runs from the others – Shikhar Dhawan made 32, Rohit Sharma made 43 while Ambati Rayudu fell for 24.But all eyes were really on MS Dhoni, who has been under the scanner since the end of 2017. He was a little slow to get off the blocks but soon enough, showed his intent. This time, Dhoni was geared up to take the attack to the opposition early on in his innings.A last over thriller in Adelaide. #TeamIndia clinch the 2nd ODI by 6 wickets courtesy winning touches from @imVkohli @msdhoni & @DineshKarthik. 1-1 #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/aMI0q5BhajadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) January 15, 2019Tother with Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni added 82 for the fourth wicket. It was this partnership that really laid the foundation for the assault later in the evening. Even after Kohli fell for 104, there was hope in the Indian camp.Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik put on 57 in a little over five overs to take India home and script the second highest successful run chase in Adelaide.Virat Kohli, named man-of-the-match for his hundred, said Dhoni kept him calm throughout their partnership.”Tonight was an MS classic. Only he knows what’s going through his mind. He calculates the game so well. He backs himself to hit those big hits. Hats off to him and Dinesh as well,” Kohli said after the match.”He came in and showed the right kind of intent. MS was as composed as ever. We try and help each other… Tonight was special for us.”Kohli said he was pleased with the way his team fought in a must-win match. At one stage, Australia looked like they were headed towards a score well in excess of 300 thanks to Shaun Marsh’s century and Glenn Maxwell’s cameo.”We wanted to try and restrict them in the end. To get them (Maxi and Marsh) in two balls was outstanding for us. Those breakthroughs were crucial. That meant we were not chasing 330.”Bhuvi was outstanding with the ball, he came back and brought us in the game towards the end. Vijay Shankar is in, so that’s gives us couple of options to play around with. Backing five bowlers and getting the job done is always a pleasing thing for a captain. The way Australians were batting, we really pulled things back.”You look for little moments to pump you up, I try and get into that zone. Every time we have a target on board, I try to stay as aware as possible in recognising when to strike. When it comes off it looks nice. I try and keep things simple. You have to take calculated risks. Hopefully, I can keep helping the team,” Kohli said.’INDIA MUST RESPECT TEST CRICKET'”I wouldn’t say goal but I would rather speak of a vision, which is for India to be a superpower in Test cricket or a very, very strong side in Test cricket in the years to come. I think if Indian cricket respects Test cricket, and Indian players respect Test cricket, then Test cricket will stay at the top because of the fan base that we have all over the world. If we focus too much on shorter formats – yes, they’re important – but if we solely focus and look at them as an escape or an excuse to not be in the kind of situations that Test cricket presents to you, then I think there’ll start being a mental problem with the cricketers coming up,” Kohli told BCCI.TV.advertisement”As long as you’re willing to wake up every morning for five days and do the hard yards and go do the dirty work – if you’re willing to bat for two hours and not score a run for the team – I think that is what people should prepare [for]. And that will require the team to lay out a certain things that needs to be done and for the next lot to keep following. So the next lot that comes in, they have to maintain that vision and then the people coming in will follow. I hope that continues and I will try my level best for as long as I can to keep that culture going.”Also Read | Virat Kohli scores 39th ODI hundred: Shane Warne leads tributes for the KingAlso Read | Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan 4th opening pair to go past 4000 runsAlso Read | Dhoni quick as a wink, Jadeja on fire in Adelaide heatAlso Read | Mohammed Siraj most expensive Indian bowler on ODI debutlast_img read more

Daniel Tosh Ripped Lane Kiffin, Again

first_imgA closeup of Lane Kiffin wearing all white alabama clothing.TUSCALOOSA, AL – APRIL 18: Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches action prior to the University of Alabama A Day spring game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on April 18, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Daniel Tosh trolls Lane Kiffin big time in the second edition of Kiffin’s Krimson Korner.Daniel Tosh doesn’t hold back, and over the past year or so the comedian has taken his shots at both Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban and offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.Back on Sept. 24 of last year, there were a fair share of rumors out there that Kiffin was going to be fired by Alabama. Tosh addressed the rumors circulating around the former Tennessee head coach and put his humorous spin on the whole situation.Now Tosh has come out with the second edition of his “Kiffin’s Krimson Korner” skit. Tosh, who looks a lot of like Kiffin actually, takes a few phone calls with the main focus on his now ex-wife Layla.Tosh even takes a shot at former USC head coach Steve Sarkisian, who now helps out with the offense at Alabama.Warning: some of the language used may be considered NSFW.It’s a funny skit, but you have to wonder if Alabama fans think that as well.last_img read more

Stewart Christie & Co is the Oldest Bespoke Tailor in Scotland

first_img A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Editor’s Note: Last November we had the pleasure of spending 10 captivating days in Scotland. Below is but one adventure of many from our stay. We hope the joy we experienced comes through in all our posts and missives from our adventure, which no doubt read better with a wee dram in hand.One of Scotland’s most venerable fashion companies, Stewart Christie & Co traces its origins back to 1720. The company today, which now operates a magnificent flagship store on Queen Street in Edinburgh, was formed in 1939 and was operated by the same family for four generations until it was purchased by Victoria Rae and Daniel Fearn 18 months ago. They now serve as creative director and managing director, respectively.We are best known for extremely well-finished, handmade, Scottish tailoring.The pair recently gave The Manual a look inside this historic and traditional institution, which offers some of the finest tailored-clothing options in Scotland.Your store is quite historic!There are archives dating back to 1790s, which are a mixture of military detailing and have socially historical importance; they are listed in the National Archive of Scotland and can be viewed by appointment. The firm had always been situated in and around the New Town of Edinburgh and we believe was initially located in the first purpose built tailor’s shop in the city on George Street. Later the shop moved to 86 George Street where it covered the entire property, over five floors. At this time SC & Co were the official Tailors to King George V.With the advent of ready-to-wear tailoring, the 1960s saw a sharp decline in handmade tailoring and, in the early 1970s, the company moved to its current location on Queen Street and is still serving generations of the same families with fine handmade Scottish tailoring. Today the company makes many specialist pieces for The Holyrood High Constables, the Church of Scotland, and retains close links with the Royal Company of Archers, the Queen’s own bodyguard in Scotland.Why did you purchase it?We purchased the company from the previous owner who had been running the company since his early twenties. The previous owner had been pressured by his father to join the firm and take the helm. His first love was farming and his whole working life he worked two jobs, one in the city and one in the country.He was an only child and had no children to hand the company onto. He had been wanting to sell for a few years, but hadn’t found anyone who he thought would be responsible for taking the company forward and respect the history and the heritage.It was decided that we had the necessary qualities to drive the sleeping leviathan into the modern age.What is the store best known for?We are best known for extremely well-finished, handmade, Scottish tailoring. With the combined skill of our tailors and our unique design input, we can technically create anything you could imagine, in tailoring, for both gentlemen and ladies.The company is known throughout Scotland for its timeless elegance or refined correctness when it comes to fit and styling. The one garment which never fails to impress is the Velvet House Doublet, which has a dramatic line and a very traditional Highland wear cut. But heavyweight worsteds and tweeds still are a wardrobe staple for a large proportion of our clientele, this combined with a gentle shoulder line and softly tailored cut define the elements which have continued to make Stewart Christie an established authority in tailoring for generations.What are your current bestselling items?There are a number of items which spring to mind. Firstly we seem to have developed a rather impressive following for our tie choices. In a time when the world seems to be getting more casual, we sell ties day in and day out, from textured woven silks to soft double-sided knitted wool ties.Our rainbow wall of trousers never fails to impress and entice those looking to complete their look and tone in something with their outfit. From Mulberry Moleskins to baby blue corduroy there is something for every taste.The completely British-made tweed three piece suit has become something of a staple favorite, made in limited numbers in a selection of specially chosen local cloths we try to have a constant flow of interesting combinations for every occasion.Double-Sided Knitted Wool TieWhat are your favorite pieces in the shop at the moment?For the men’s department, it would have to be the fitted Nehru collared Tweed Gillet. We cut the pattern in-house and achieved a cut which is as flattering as it is practical. With either a fleece or satin lining, it really covers function and style for those wanting to wear something different for their country pursuits.Who is the Stewart Christie customer?We stay true to who we are and try to slowly evolve with the times, creating timeless pieces which look as good today as they will in ten years.We have customers from each and every generation, but in truth, it comes down to an understanding and appreciation of quality and craftsmanship. Some people might think of the shop as old-fashioned, but some qualities never age – manners, and style are two things you can’t buy but are as important today as they have ever been. We are aware of current trends but we are not enslaved by them; there are subtle elements of style in all we create. We stay true to who we are and try to slowly evolve with the times, creating timeless pieces which look as good today as they will in ten years.What has been the best thing about having the shop thus far?From the beginning, we knew what was needed to bring the shop into the modern age and there were the humble beginnings of a brand, and now we have the challenge of bringing all the elements together into a coherent story. The business has a strong identity and we realized early on that there were just certain ideas which would not hold true to the ethos.We have tried to be sympathetic and make the shop look like what it is, the oldest bespoke tailors in Scotland. This meant stripping away the 1970s and bringing back elements of the 1870s.How does being Scottish affect your merchandise and approach to retailing?Nothing is ever wasted! The Scotts are known for their canny ability to find a use for everything. I think one of our strengths as a team is being able to see the potential in  cloth. Even the smallest amounts of cloth are given over to skilled makers who transform it into jointed bears or lined accessories. People think zero waste is a new thing, Stewart Christie has been practicing this for generations!We take pride in the fact the suit is made on the premises using skills handed down from one master tailor to the next.There is also the proud heritage of Tartan and Tweed, two solid and quintessentially Scottish cloths. We are currently backing plans to create a label of “Scottish Authenticity” for cloth and merchandise to help promote craft and trade in Scotland. To raise an awareness and ensure local skills and crafts are promoted and properly accredited; educating people about the balance between workmanship and quality of locally produced products.Please discuss your bespoke program.The term “bespoke” has been through many different interpretations over the past few decades in the world of tailoring. To us, it still means a garment made for an individual by an individual and is still the pinnacle of all custom tailoring. We take pride in the fact the suit is made on the premises using skills handed down from one master tailor to the next.The process always starts with the fabric, which has to fit its purpose first and foremost. After this, the lining and buttons are discussed along with the cut and style detailing. Following this, the cutter will be invited to take the necessary measures and record the client’s figuration.Several more stages follow and minor adjustments are carried out at each one until both the client and the master tailor are satisfied. After all, it is our reputation worn on the client’s back! So, it has to be right!The whole process currently takes around 12-14 weeks with the recent high demand from start to finish.It is a right of passage and an aspiration garment for a gentleman of every age. The only problem is when you have had something properly made for you everything else just seems second best.Photos by Laura Meek Editors’ Recommendations What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Knowlast_img read more

EU Delegation in Jamaica to Celebrate Europe Day on May 9

first_img The European Union (EU) Delegation in Jamaica will observe Europe Day on Thursday (May 9) to celebrate the achievements of the Union. The date marks the anniversary of the historical ‘Schuman Declaration’ on May 9, 1950, when then French foreign minister, Robert Schuman, delivered a speech in Paris, where he set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe. Story Highlights Head of the EU Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, said that the observance will provide an opportunity “to acknowledge the partnership between Jamaica and the EU and to reflect on how important this partnership is to us”. The European Union (EU) Delegation in Jamaica will observe Europe Day on Thursday (May 9) to celebrate the achievements of the Union.The date marks the anniversary of the historical ‘Schuman Declaration’ on May 9, 1950, when then French foreign minister, Robert Schuman, delivered a speech in Paris, where he set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe.Head of the EU Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, said that the observance will provide an opportunity “to acknowledge the partnership between Jamaica and the EU and to reflect on how important this partnership is to us”.The countries have enjoyed a solid relationship spanning more than 40 years, and over that time, the EU has provided in excess of €1 billion in financial and technical assistance to the island.The Ambassador, who was speaking on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Television programme, Get the Facts, said the EU, which is comprised of the governments and peoples of 28 countries, “is a “fantastic diversity of people, of various languages and culture”.She noted that many persons consider the EU as the most successful political and economic union.Ambassador Wasilewska said she has seen the difference the EU has made for the people of her native country, Poland, one of the 10 new member states that joined the union in 2004.Meanwhile, the Ambassador told JIS News that this year’s EU Film Festival will seek to engage students and young people.“Following the success of last year, we are keen to take the films to different locations,” she said, noting that showings will be held at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus; University of Technology; Campion College and The Mico University College.Ambassador Wasilewska told JIS News that the annual festival is an opportunity to bring European culture and films to the people of Jamaica.She noted that attendance for last year’s event was “fantastic”, even though the films were shown in foreign languages with English subtitles.“We had people who came to every single screening of the films, she said.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Morrison Road Sections of Morrison Road, between Birch Grove Road and the intersection of Trunk 22, are restricted to one lane until Saturday, Nov. 15. Signs, traffic control people, and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Motorists are advised to obey signs and personnel and drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-237-0068 Fax: 902-835-1860 CONTINUING WORK VICTORIA COUNTY: Route 223 Sections of Route 223, from west of Portage Road to Peter Maclean Road in the Estmere area, are restricted to one lane until Friday, Oct. 31 for repaving. There are signs and traffic control people on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, Monday to Saturday. Motorist are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. PICTOU COUNTY: Young Road Access to and from Highway 104 on Young Road in Pine Tree will be closed until further notice for the Highway 104 twinning project. The road remains open to local residents but will have no exit. INVERNESS COUNTY: Murray Truss Bridge Murray Truss Bridge on the Murray Hill Road is closed because of storm damage. The bridge will be assessed and the road remains closed until repairs are completed. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 PICTOU COUNTY: East River St. Marys West Side Road The Gunns Bridge on the East River St. Marys West Side Road will be closed until Friday, Oct. 24, to replace the bridge. Detour signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-835-1641 Fax: 902-835-1860 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16 will have alternating one-lane closures for upgrading, gravelling and repaving from Phillips Harbour going east for 2.8 kilometres to Half Island Cove until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday with some Sunday work. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 from Exit 31A at Addington Forks west for 4.0 four kilometres will have alternating one-lane closures for crack filling and sealing until Friday, Oct. 24. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Sections of Trunk 19 will be reduced to one lane for repaving from the intersection at Margaree Forks for eight kilometres south to the intersection with Route 395 at South West Margaree. Signs and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. until Friday, Oct. 24. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-543-6342 Local Area Office: 902-625-4056 Fax: 902-625-0763 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Main-a-Dieu Main-a-Dieu Road will have a one-lane closure starting two kilometres east of Trunk 22 for 4.7 kilometres towards Main-a-Dieu until Friday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-835-1641 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316 will have alternating one-lane closures for upgrading, gravelling and repaving from the intersection with Trunk 16 and Half Island Cove, west for 4.7 kilometres, until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday with some Sunday work. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 366 Route 366: The section of the road at Amherst Shore Park will be closed for installation of a new culvert until Monday, Oct. 20. A detour is posted. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Glenelg Church Road Glenelg Church Road from Route 347 at Aspen south to Route 348 at Glenelg will have intermittent one-lane closures for upgrading, and re-paving until Friday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday to Friday and some Saturdays. Local Area Office: (902)-798-2369 Fax: (902)-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 HANTS COUNTY: Bog Road Overpass Closed The overpass that carries Bog Road over Highway 101 is closed until Sunday, Nov. 30. It will be replaced as part of the Highway 101 twinning project. A marked detour route is available on Rand Street, Bishopville Road, and Old Post Road. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 Local Area Office: 902-749-6180 Fax: 902-742-6000 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road South River Lake Road, from the fire hall at Salmon River Lake east for 5.5 kilometres, will have alternating one-lane closures for upgrading, gravelling and repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and some Saturdays. Local Area Office: 902-679-6414 Fax: 902-679-6187 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe Bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 DIGBY COUNTY: Exit 25 Trunk 1 and Back Road at Exit 25 on Highway 101 will be closed for construction of a new interchange until Monday, Dec. 15. There will be a detour on Acacia Valley Road. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16 between Boylston Bridge and the Department of Natural Resources office will be reduced to one lane and traffic will be detoured around the work site to allow for slope repairs and repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people will be on site during the day and traffic signals will operate at night. Work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday possibly some Sundays. Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 NEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-752-4168 Fax: 902-755-7188 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Sections of Route 333 (Prospect Road) between Beechville and Prospect Bay will be reduced to one lane to construct a bicycle lane. All lanes will remain open during the morning and afternoon rush hours. Work is scheduled for completion by Friday, Oct. 31. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 A section of Route 366 at Amherst Shore Park will be closed for installation of a new culvert until Monday, Oct. 20. Detour signs are posted. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 HANTS COUNTY: Halfway River Bridge, Highway 101 Continuing work on the new bridge and approaches at Halfway River on Highway 101 will require intermittent lane closures on the existing on- and off-ramps at Exit 8 until Friday, Oct 24. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, Monday to Friday. Traffic control people and signs are on site. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Newcombe Bridge Newcombe Bridge, about 17.4 kilometres west from the Cumberland-Colchester county line on Trunk 2, will have one-lane closures to replace the rail and repair concrete until Friday, Oct. 24. Traffic control signals are in place. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-8294 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3, Gold River Bridge A one-lane bridge is open on Trunk 3 between Mahone Bay and Chester while the new Gold River Bridge is being built. Work is expected to continue until August 2009. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Shore Road West Shore Road West in Middleton will be reduced to one lane for road, culvert and guardrail upgrades until Friday, Oct. 31. Signs and traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-424-5328 Fax: 902-424-0568 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Northwest Arm Drive About one kilometre of St. Margarets Bay Road from Albert Walker Driver to Northwest Arm Drive will have one-lane closures for clearing, subgrading, gravelling and paving until Friday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 10 Trunk 10 will have alternating one-lane closures for ditching and culvert installation until Friday, Oct. 24. There is a pilot vehicle, flashing light unit, traffic cones and traffic control people on site. INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge will occasionally be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Friday, Oct. 31. A detour is available via a temporary bridge, marked with signs and directional lighting. Traffic control people will be on site. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 INVERNESS COUNTY: Upper South West Mabou Road The Upper South West Mabou Road, known locally as the Irish Road, is closed because of storm damage. The road, between Moran Road and the River Intervale Road, is expected to be closed for at least two weeks. KINGS COUNTY: Cambridge Bridge Cambridge Road will be closed for bridge repairs to Cambridge Bridge until Friday, Oct. 31. The detour is on Trunk 1, South Bishop Road, Loretta Avenue, Roland Avenue, Riston Avenue, and Cambridge Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19 from Little Judique going north for 5.2 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Cherryfield Bridge Cherryfield Bridge will be closed from Trunk 10 in Cherryfield to the North River Road for deck repairs from Monday, Oct. 20 until Wednesday, Oct. 22. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 111 Highway 111 east bound, from Exit 5 at MicMac Boulevard to Lake Banook will have one-lane closures due to work for the North Dartmouth Trunk Sewer project from Tuesday, Oct. 21 until Friday Oct. 31. Signs, cones and barrels are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Thompson Road Thompson Road, between Crowley Road and Pugwash River Road, will be closed for culvert replacement until further notice. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Ingramport Bridge Ingramport Bridge on Trunk 3 will be closed for repairs until Sunday, Nov. 30. A temporary bridge is in place south of the work zone. Drivers are advised to obey signs and reduce speed on the temporary bridge and in the work zone. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-8175 PICTOU COUNTY: MacCulloch Brook Bridge MacCulloch Brook Bridge, between Acadia Avenue, Stellarton and Drummond Road, Westville will be closed for upgrading until Friday, Oct. 24. Motorists are advised to follow posted detour or use alternate routes. Local Area Office; 902-755-7060 INVERNESS COUNTY: Portree Bridge The Portree Bridge on Hatchery Road will be closed until further notice. There is a detour on East Big Intervale and Hatchery Roads. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 KINGS COUNTY: Aylesford Road About 6.4 kilometres of Aylesford Road will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Detour Traffic on Route 215 in the Urbania area near Stewiacke will be detoured because of damage to a culvert. A two-kilometre detour is provided on Ox Bow Road (known locally as Old Loop Shore Road) until further notice. Signs and barricades are in place. VICTORIA COUNTY: Cabot Trail Repaving Sections of the Cabot Trail (Trunk 30), south from the Path End Bridge, are restricted to one lane until Friday, Oct. 31 for paving. There are signs and traffic control people on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, Monday to Saturday. Motorist are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 KINGS COUNTY: Ridge Road Construction Sections of Ridge Road, between White Rock Road and Greenfield Road, are restricted to one lane until Friday, Oct. 31, for repaving. Signs and traffic control people are on site. Motorists are advised to drive with caution in the area. Fax: 902-755-7061 KINGS COUNTY: North River Road North River Road, starting about 12 kilometres from English Mountain Road and going west for about 2.8 kilometres will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Keltic Drive Sections of Keltic Drive, between Seaview Drive and O’Neils Road, will be restricted to one lane until Saturday, Nov. 15. Signs, traffic control people, and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Motorists are advised to obey signs and personnel and drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Traffic on sections of Highway 105, west of Exit 3, is restricted to one lane for repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. 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Islamic Scholar Tariq Ramadan Arrested in Paris over Rape Accusations

Rabat – French police arrested Tariq Ramadan, a prominent Islamic scholar, on Wednesday after two women filed complaints against him last year, accusing him of rape.Ramadan was taken into police custody by the Paris police as “part of a preliminary inquiry” into the rape and assault allegations,confirmed RTL radio, as reported by the France Agence Presse.The Oxford professor denies the allegations, claiming that they are part of a”campaign of lies launched by [his] adversaries.” For years, many French writers, journalists, and theologians have been skeptical of his influence and have pointed out the flagrant disparities between Ramadan’s speeches in Europe and the Muslim World, accusing him of a double discourse. Elsewhere, however, Ramadan enjoys admiration from his many followers. His debates have been viewed millions of times on Youtube, very rarely appearing to lose arguments with his opponents. The professor, fluent in French, English, and Arabic, often preaches about a future “Euro-Islam,” building bridges between Islam and the West.He has been a member of various major cultural institutions, including the British Foreign Office and Oxford University where he has been teaching since 2009, and his books have received glowing reviews in international publications like the New York Times.But soon after the rape accusations surfaced, Oxford University issued a statement that “by mutual agreement and with immediate effect,” Ramadan would take a leave of absence from his position as Professor of Contemporary Islamic studies. Ramadan was accused of rape by author and former Salafi Henda Ayari, who accused him of raping her in 2012 on the sidelines of a congress of the Union of Islamic Organizations of France. Another woman stepped forward shortly thereafter and claimed she was raped by the Swiss scholar in a French hotel in 2009. read more

Zimbabwes cholera crisis worsens as number of dead infected climbs – UN

20 February 2009The mounting death toll from Zimbabwe’s devastating cholera epidemic has reached almost 3,800, with more than 80,000 people infected, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. Some 3,759 people have now died from cholera since the outbreak first hit the besieged southern African country in August last year, with all 10 of Zimbabwe’s provinces having been affected by the water-borne disease, which has spilled over to neighbouring countries.WHO noted that South Africa, which has a relatively strong health care system, has been able to limit the number of fatalities to below one per cent of people infected by the deadly disease, compared to four per cent in Zimbabwe last December and between one and two per cent in recent weeks.A high number of cholera cases have also been reported in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia, all countries where the disease is endemic. There are 365 cholera treatment centres operating in Zimbabwe and WHO has set up a Cholera Command and Control Centre in the capital, Harare, with its partner agencies to provide technical support in the areas of epidemiological and laboratory surveillance, case management, social mobilization, logistics, and infection control and water sanitation in treatment centres.WHO warned that containing the rate of infection remains a significant challenge given the country’s dilapidated water and sanitation infrastructure and a weak health system. Its priorities now include decentralizing the emergency response, particularly to areas with no active non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and strengthening social mobilization within communities to improve access to health services and earlier treatment. The agency will also focus on resource mobilization and greater involvement of partners in the field. read more

SecretaryGeneral to head to US capital this week

During his 4-5 June visit, he will meet with United States Vice-President Joseph Biden and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.While in the US capital, the Secretary-General will also participate in a dialogue on international affairs at the Brookings Institution, a research organization, on Thursday evening.His last visit to Washington came last month, when he addressed the class of 2009 at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, calling for a special brand of global leadership and a new multilateralism to deal with the complex challenges facing the world today.“Threats spill across borders. Just as the world’s people have become more interdependent, so have the issues. No nation can deal with them alone,” he said in his commencement address.During that visit, he also met with the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, as well as with some key members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committee. 2 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Washington, D.C. later this week, his spokesperson announced today. read more

UK opposition mulls whether to endorse Johnson election call

LONDON — Britain’s opposition parties are deciding whether to back Boris Johnson’s call for an election, or try to put more pressure on the embattled prime minister first.Jeremy Corbyn, who heads the main opposition Labour Party, is speaking to other party leaders Friday about a vote scheduled for next week.Johnson has lost one such vote but plans to try again Monday, saying an election is the only way to break the deadlock over Brexit.The opposition wants to be sure that Johnson can’t take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31 without a divorce agreement. Parliament is in the midst of passing a law that would compel the government to seek a Brexit postponement.Johnson said Thursday he would “rather be dead in a ditch” than delay Brexit.The Associated Press

Italy must do more to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation –

“Italy needs to rekindle its fight to end human trafficking, especially the unabated exploitation of the prostitution of foreign women and girls,” the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo said in Rome at the end of a nine-day official visit.“The anti-trafficking measures initiated by the Government require continuing monitoring and evaluation if significant progress is to be made and the vicious cycle broken.” Ms. Ezeilo noted that sexual exploitation, especially involving women from Nigeria and Eastern Europe, is the most prevalent and documented form of trafficking in Italy, and the Arab uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Syria, have further exacerbated the problem of migrant inflow, smuggling and trafficking in persons for labour and sexual exploitation. “The phenomenon of trafficking in persons in Italy is unfortunately growing in scale and traffickers are getting more daring in exploitation and abuse of their victims,” she said,She recounted the stories of two victims she spoke to. One was a 21 year old Nigerian girl who travelled by plane from Nigeria transiting through Turkey, Serbia, Hungary and Slovenia. Not only was she trafficked but was held in debt bondage as her father back in Edo state had put up his land as collateral for the payment of the 60,000 euros illegal contract to bring her to Europe. The young woman was moved from Turin to Milan and Paris to sell her body to repay her debt. She was rescued following a random identification check in Italy where she now benefits from assistance. The traffickers have continued to threaten her family in Nigeria since her disappearance from their radar.In the second case Ms. Ezeilo recalled the traumatized face of an Asian woman victim of trafficking for labour exploitation who was forced to work in a sweatshop sewing all day. She was a victim of violence by her so-called boyfriend who exploited her. She lost her sight and suffered severe injuries on her hand for which she underwent surgery and is now recuperating in a shelter. “Her determination to survive despite her traumatizing experience reminds us of a collective responsibility to bring succour to trafficked persons,” she said.Special rapporteurs are independent experts who report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, which appoints them. read more

South Sudan Concerned about thousands cut off by fighting Security Council urges

In a statement released this evening, the Council expressed alarm at the fighting that broke out on 24 June and has displaced an estimated 70,000 people. Of those, at least 12,000 people are sheltering near the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) base in Wau. The Council expressed its appreciation for UNMISS’s efforts, but stressed that the primary responsibility for protection of South Sudanese civilians remains with the Transitional Government of National Unity – the name given to the government headed by President Salva Kiir with his two deputies, Riek Machar and James Wani Igga. In the statement, the Council notes that the Transitional Government has formed an investigation committee to look into the situation in Wau, and to hold those responsible to account. “Attacks against civilians may constitute war crimes and those involved could be potentially subject to sanctions,” the Council members said, pointing to resolution 2206 (2015) on actions that threaten the peace, security or stability of South Sudan. The members of the Security Council also expressed deep concern over the ongoing violence throughout the country and called for all actions to restore peace. read more

Duchess of Sussex embraces acting roots to bring Christmas cheer to retired

The Duchess was all smiles as she met the retired actors Credit:Andrew Matthews/PA Wire  “She was so chatty with all of them. She made an effort to actually in every room to say hello to absolutely everyone.”It really made everyone’s day. It really brought smiles to their faces.” Mr Cooper said: “The timing of the visit is fantastic as it comes a few weeks after the Royal Variety performance which she attended with Prince Harry.”And it comes after her wedding, which all the residents here were watching. We had the television on, Union Jack bunting up and a party atmosphere – so it’s nice to have the bride here.”Among famous entertainers who have been cared for at the residential home are Sir Norman Wisdom, Dame Thora Hird and EastEnders actor Leslie Grantham.  Among the residents she met were Richard O’Sullivan, star of 1970s sitcoms Man About The House and Robin’s Nest, and Mona Hammond, who played Blossom Jackson  in the BBC soap opera EastEnders.In the dining room of the Edwardian house, with decor evoking a mix between a seaside hotel and an old theatre, the Duchess was introduced to the 83-year-old former EastEnders actress and was told that she won an OBE for championing black actors. Spot Meghan’s bauble #notaeuphemism pic.twitter.com/2gU1nE43Fr— Hannah Furness (@Hannah_Furness) December 18, 2018 Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph “She mentioned the video – that was the key to it – it made her say ‘I want to go and see that’.”It was the fact of being amongst entertainment people and actors. Holding court: Meghan Markle was a hit with the pensioners  Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Royal Variety style #DuchessofSussex pic.twitter.com/06yV6pod4Q— Hannah Furness (@Hannah_Furness) December 18, 2018 When the former West End star asked how she was feeling, the Duchess replied “Very good” before asking: “Do you have kids?””No I don’t, I had a career,” Ms Gordon replied, before Meghan told her: “Yes… that I understand.”Giles Cooper, Chairman of the Royal Variety Charity, said: “There’s a care home in LA that she [Meghan] used to visit and when she saw the video at the end of the Royal Variety Performance she said it reminded her of that.”In LA it brought feelings of being amongst your own.”She was very much at home with them and put a smile on their faces, but she was enjoying it as well. Meghan Markle was all smiles as she met the retired actors  Credit: Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph  Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph The Duchess of Sussex has returned to her acting roots as she visited a home for retired entertainers, mingling with older stars including Richard O’Sullivan for a morning of showbiz.The Duchess, who is due to give birth to her first child in the spring, admitted she was “feeling very pregnant” as she charmed residents by chatting about her pregnancy and her life.She brought Christmas cheer to the residents of Brinsworth House in Twickenham, south west London, which is funded by the £600,000-a-year proceeds of the Royal Variety Performance and 15p from every telephone vote in Britain’s Got Talent.The Duchess, 37, spoke fluent Spanish to one resident and told the actors how she had visited a similar home for artists in Los Angeles many times, remarking much it felt like they were all part of one big family. Credit:Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph “Oh my goodness. That’s amazing,” she said. Meghan holding court with the pensioners Credit: Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph When she moved across to talk to retired West End theatre actress Josephine Gordon, the talk quickly moved to the baby.“I’ve been reading about you in the papers,” Ms Gordon, 87, said.The Duchess look down and patted her bump. “I’m feeling very pregnant,” she said. The Duchess is a former actress who is best known for her role in the hit US legal drama series Suits, in which she played paralegal-turned-lawyer Rachel Zane.Sign up for our weekly Royals newsletter, Your Royal Appointment read more

The Best Funko Pops With Sweet Rides

first_imgStay on target Toy Tuesday: The Most Fatal ‘Mortal Kombat’ ToysToy Tuesday: The Best Funko Pops You’ve seen you could collect some of the more famous rides out there as well? We’re talking the Crystal Ship from Breaking Bad, and even Wonder Woman’s invisible jet! These transports are some of the coolest companion items you can get out there for your Funko Pops, so they’ve always got a way around. Check out some of the most awesome ones below!View as: One Page Slides1/101. Baby And DeanOne-half of our favorite demon hunting brother team and here he is with their king of the road!Currently $78.90 at Amazon. Buy It Here.2. The Invisible Jet and Wonder WomanWonder Woman’s invisible jet is awesome even if you can’t see it. Currently $28.65 at Amazon. Buy It Here.3. The Crystal Ship and JesseJesse and Walt needed a place to cook, and boy did they get it. Currently $34.95 at Amazon. Buy It Here.4. Ecto-1 and HoltzmannHoltzmann’s just cruising around in the Ecto-1. No big deal. Currently $20.39 at Amazon. Buy It Here.5. Hogwarts Express and RonChoo-choo! All aboard the Hogwarts Express! Yer a wizard now!Currently $22.47 at Amazon. Buy It Here.6. Lola and ColsonDirector Colson rides again! And this time it’s in style. Currently $48.98 at Amazon. Buy It Here.7. Turtle Van and MichelangeloCruise around in style eating pizza in the Turtles’ Van. Currently $41.90 at Amazon. Buy It Here.8. Deadpool’s Chimichanga TruckWho called for delicious chimichangas? Deadpool’s got ’em!Currently $22.71 at Amazon. Buy It Here.9. 1970 Charger and DomThis car is also part of the family. Currently $59.95 at Amazon. Buy It Here.10. Jake-Car and FinnThat’s right, Jake turned himself into a car. Move along. Currently $20.74 at Amazon. Buy It Here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more