Japanese fans clean stadium even after heartbreaking World Cup 2018 exit

first_imgFootball fans from Japan have set a great example in the FIFA World Cup 2018 by staying back after the matches to clean up the garbage inside the stadiums.And the ritual continued on Monday even as their national team crashed out of the tournament after a heartbreaking 3-2 loss against Belgium in the round of 16 at Rostov-On-Don.Japan was carrying the hopes of millions of people being the only Asian team in the round of 16 but their rampaging run ended in vain as Belgium became the first team to come from two goals down to win a World Cup knockout round match since Germany’s 3-2 triumph over England in the 1970 edition.World Cup 2018: A nation in tears after Japan’s heartbreaking exitBut even after the loss the Blue Samurai fans were seen cleaning up after themselves, picking up litter under the seats in their section of the Rostov Arena stadium.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE Visiting Japanese tourists have done this throughout World Cup 2018 in Russia (AP Photo) A fan of Japan collects trash after the round of 16 match between Belgium and Japan at the Rostov Arena on Monday (AP Photo)The 61st-ranked Japanese were given little chance of making an impact at the tournament, but their gritty group stage display and last-16 match versus Belgium won over the fans.But as the players won accolades for their performance on the field, the Japanese fans earned respect and praise from all around the world with their kind gesture off the field.advertisementWorld Cup 2018: ‘Japan played like warriors’ – Blue Samurais win heartsThe visiting Japanese tourists have done this throughout the tournament in Russia and have now set a great example for the fans of other teams that are remaining in the tournament.World Cup 2018: Belgium’s counterattack stunned Japan, admits coachLast week, videos were posted on social media showed Japanese fans cleaning up after themselves in the wake of their win over Colombia in their group fixture. Senegal fans were also filmed being similarly hygienic following their win over Poland.World Cup 2018: Belgium overcome brave Japan to reach quarter-finals”Also we like to try and support our team by waving the blue big dustbin bags, so I think like we make the most of the dustbin bags as well,” said Japanese fan Wataru Morita outside the stadium. “So we are looking forward to showing our culture to the world through this competition as well.”World Cup 2018: Brazil, Belgium in quarter-finals, Japan go down fightingCleanliness is something which the Japanese are very particular about even back home as it is engrained in their culture. Japan fans clean up after themselves after the match against Senegal (Reuters Photo)”Cleaning the school is a part of the school day and an aspect of the education that students receive,” explains Scott North, a professor of sociology at Osaka University. “Cleaning up contributes to keeping the environment liveable in the densely populated cities and is also an expression of care and regard for one’s neighbours.”I think the Japanese are proudly conscious of their reputation as a clean culture, and they probably expect other places to be somewhat less so,” he added.Sadly the Japanese fans won’t be seen cleaning up the stadium after the matches any more after their team’s exit but hopefully the spectators and fans from other countries can carry on this tradition in the matches to come.last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal chief Mertesacker: Ozil needs to fight back

first_imgArsenal chief Mertesacker: Ozil needs to fight backby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal chief Per Mertesacker feels Mesut Ozil still has much to offer manager Unai Emery.Ozil has missed all of the last three games in the Premier League and does not appear to be in Emery’s first-team plans.But Mertesacker expects his fellow German to stay and fight for his place in the team.”Mesut is a player with magical abilities,” he said.“Last time (for the 1-0 won at home to Huddersfield on December 8) he was injured.“Now I’m curious how he fights back. He can still be very valuable to Arsenal.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

An Overgrown Gabion House Shelters Stunning Mountain Views in India

first_img This Desert Oasis Is a Stylish Update on Classic Adobe Homes Next 1 of 8 Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat The word gabion may not sound very sexy, and well, gabions don’t look sexy either, but the simple structures, once used by da Vinci himself, are making a big comeback in architecture.Put simply, gabions are wire baskets are filled with any variety of materials from rocks, to concrete debris, to sand, even seashells. Popping up everywhere as retaining walls, foundation structures, and decorative privacy walls, these cages are sturdy, easy to assemble, and eco-friendly, making them a popular choice in areas with limited resources.For Gabion House in Lonavala, India, Spasm Design created an eight foot-wide wall that runs the entire 170-foot length of the home. The gabion is filled with large rocks, and the openness of the structure allowed for vegetation to overtake the wall. The result is the look of ancient ruins rather than a purpose-built structure. But it’s what’s on the other side of the gabion that’s so special.A gap in the wall leads to the true star of the show: a stunning home sitting on the edge of Lake Pawna with jaw-dropping views of the mountain peaks beyond. Walking through the opening in the gabion, there is an open-air entry lounge complete with swinging daybed suspended from the ceiling above.The home is divided into two buildings on either side of the entry. The entertaining side features an outdoor dining area, large kitchen, and open-air living room. The other building includes three bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. Thanks to the privacy provided by the gabion, each bathroom is able to have its own outdoor shower. High ceilings provide plenty of natural light and cross breezes, keeping the sparsely furnished rooms comfortable during humid nights.Along with the home, the property features a 10 foot-wide veranda that runs the length of the home. The veranda is protected by the home’s unique Y-shaped roof. This isn’t just an artistic touch. The high precipitation levels in this region required an innovative way to collect and divert rain water away from the building. This allows the open air rooms to stay dry and cool during storms. Beyond the veranda, there is an infinity plunge pool, perfect for taking a relaxing dip and soaking in the gorgeous scenery. Editors’ Recommendations center_img Previous Thailand’s WARchitect Design Studio is Elevating Home Design How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautnerlast_img read more

Paramedics Recognized on Fifth Annual Medic Monday

first_imgToday, Sept. 25, is the fifth annual Medic Monday in Nova Scotia. It is a day to celebrate the 1,150 dedicated paramedics who provide highly skilled care to Nova Scotians every day. “The role of the paramedic has expanded over the years and they continue to broaden their skill set to treat people and save lives in our communities,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “We’re lucky to have such high-quality professionals caring for our family members, friends and loved ones.” Paramedics respond to emergencies, provide in-home support for palliative care patients and provide care to seniors in nursing homes through the Extended Care Paramedic Program. They also work in collaborative emergency centres, emergency departments and the Emergency Health Services Medical Communications Centre. “I am proud to be among such a professional group of paramedics,” said paramedic Rhonda Helpard. “They not only are committed to providing excellent patient care, but dedicated to their communities, as well, volunteering more than 1,600 hours each year.” The province recognizes the last Monday in September as a day to honour paramedics. For information on becoming a paramedic, visit http://novascotia.ca/dhw/ehs/becoming-a-paramedic.asp.last_img read more

Indian women lose 04 to South Korea in third match of hockey

first_imgJincheon (Korea): The series already in its pocket, Indian women’s hockey team lost 0-4 to hosts South Korea in the inconsequential third and final match of the rubber, here Friday. India had earlier registered back-to-back identical 2-1 wins over Korea in the first two games to pocket the series. India’s defence was put under huge pressure right from the start as the hosts made successful forays into the striking circle. The hosts created as many as five penalty corners in the match and converted one in the 29th minute. Jang Heesan opened the scoring for Korea followed by back-to-back goals in the 41st minute from Kim Hyunji and Kang Jina. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunThe three goals dented India’s morale and any chances of a comeback into the match. Lee Yuri’s goal in the 53rd minute further sealed the match in favour of the hosts. “The learning process is always with ups and downs and today was one such experience where we had to deal with setbacks early on and could not recover. But this does not mean we won’t learn from this experience,” said India’s chief coach Sjoerd Marijne. “South Korea is a good team and today they were much better than us. But I am happy with our performances in the first two matches. And now we know what we must improve upon to be fully prepared for the FIH Women’s Series Finals Hiroshima 2019,” he added.last_img read more

Nova Scotia election roundup

first_imgHALIFAX – (NSElxn-NDP)Nova Scotia’s New Democrats say if they form government they’ll reinstate a film tax credit axed by the Liberal government two years ago.Leader Gary Burrill says one of his government’s early moves would be to re-establish a $23-million yearly film tax credit, with an additional $10 million in the first year.He says this would stabilize an industry that was “decimated” by the Liberals in the 2015 budget.Premier Stephen McNeil’s Liberals replaced the tax credit with an incentive fund, with this fiscal year’s budget set at $16.9 million.(The Canadian Press)—(NSElxn-Liberals-Mental-Health)The Liberals have put a figure on how much they’d commit to spend on improving mental health over the next four years in Nova Scotia.Premier Stephen McNeil says his government would target $34 million over four years to improve access to mental health services.He says that would be enough for 35 new mental health clinicians to be hired as part of the plan to work in collaborative health centres.They will be added to the 51 mental health clinicians to be hired through the expansion of the SchoolsPlus program announced in the proposed budget last month. (The Canadian Press)—(NSElxn-Tories)The Tories are pledging $729 million over seven years to twin four dangerous sections of 100 series highways in Nova Scotia.The work would be carried out on stretches of Highways 101, 103 and the 104.Work would also be done on a four-lane connector through Burnside in Halifax.Another $30 million would go to improve safety features on other sections of highways not being twinned.(The Canadian Press)—(NSElxn-NDP-Platform)NDP Leader Gary Burrill says his party’s platform will be released in about a week.Burrill reiterated Friday that he is willing to run a deficit to pump funding into areas such as health care and education.He wouldn’t offer up any possible deficit figures, but said funding for programs and departments will be “commensurate with the level of the problem.”Burrill says New Democrats feel dramatic investments are required.(The Canadian Press)—(N.S. Election Roundup by The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Eq GuineaTunisia match referee suspended for six month for poor performance

Rabat – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has decided to suspend Mauritian referee, Rajindraparsad Seechurn, for six months for  “poor refereeing” folloowing his decision to award hosts equatorial Guinea a controversial penalty in their 2015 Afcon quarter final clash against Tunisia.The CAF Referees Committee said in a statement that the referee Rajindraparsad Seechurn failed to maintain calm and ensure proper control of the players during the match between Equatorial Guinea and Tunisia plazed on 31 Januarz in Bata.The Referess Committee has also decided to end the mission of Rajindraparsad Seechurn as a referee for the Afcon 2015, to suspend him for a period of six months for poor performance and to delist him from the CAF A Elist Referees panel. Seechurn awarded hosts Equatorial Guinea a controversial penalty into stoppage time, which helped them equalise and revive their hopes of qualifying to the next round. The Guineans managed to score another goal in extra time to progress to the semi-finals.The Tunisian Football Federation was fined US$ 50,000 for ‘aggressive and unacceptable behavior’ of its players and officials  during the aforementioned game.The Equatorial Guinean Football Federation was also fined US$ 5000 for ‘the lack of security arrangeements’ after some Equatoguinean fans invaded the pitch. read more

UN officials speak out against Yemeni air raids resulting in civilian deaths

18 September 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations human rights chief today voiced their deep concern about recent air strikes in northern Yemen – part of military operations against rebels based in the region – that have resulted in civilian casualties. Dozens of internally displaced persons (IDPs) were reportedly killed in the 16 September air attack on a camp housing some of the 150,000 people uprooted by the latest round of fighting between the Government and Al Houthi rebels that began on 12 August. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban urged all sides to the conflict to immediately cease all fighting and to urgently allow humanitarian access to the afflicted areas.Navi Pillay, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, called on the Yemeni Government to launch an investigation into Wednesday’s incident, and noted that it was the second deadly air strike resulting in civilian deaths in the space of three days.“This is a deeply disturbing development in a conflict that was already troubling in terms of its impact on civilians,” she stated, reminding the Government and armed forces of their obligation to protect civilians caught up in fighting and to uphold international humanitarian and human rights law. “The Government should launch a full-fledged investigation into what went wrong, and take immediate measures to try to ensure we do not see a further avoidable tragedy of this nature.” Meanwhile, the UN refugee agency today described the humanitarian situation of the civilians caught up in the conflict as “alarming,” adding that Sa’ada city remains virtually isolated from the rest of the world and inaccessible for UN relief workers. “Most of the displaced are stranded and dangerously exposed to the fighting as they are unable to reach safer areas,” Melissa Fleming, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva. The agency said it is ready to launch a cross-border operation from Saudi Arabia to access and assist the IDPs scattered north of Sa’ada city, pending security clearances from both Governments.“We are also calling on Saudi authorities to offer safe shelter and assistance to displaced Yemenis who may seek refuge across the border as they flee the fierce fighting in northern Yemen,” said Ms. Fleming. She added that the magnitude of displacement in Yemen is beyond available local resources of host communities as most of the IDPs remain with their relatives, friends or neighbours adding strain on their meagre resources, and urged support from the international community. A $23.7 million humanitarian appeal for Yemen launched earlier this month by the UN has not received any funding to date, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). read more

TSX closes in the red amid falling gold and oil prices shortened

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market pulled back Monday as it looked for direction amid a shortened trading week ahead of the Christmas break.The S&P/TSX composite index dipped 35.88 points to 14,432.38, pressured by lower gold and oil stocks as both commodities fell.The Canadian dollar dropped 0.22 of a cent to 85.93 cents US.Buying sentiment in both Toronto and New York got a big lift last week after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would be “patient” in deciding when to hike interest rates.That sentiment carried over on Wall Street on Monday as the Dow Jones industrials gained 154.64 points to 17,959.44, while the S&P 500 index added 7.89 points to 2,078.54 — both record closes. The Nasdaq advanced 16.04 points to 4,721.42.Traders are facing a much shorter trading week, with both Toronto and New York closing at 1 p.m. Wednesday for Christmas on Thursday. New York reopens on Friday but the TSX remains shut for Boxing Day.The shortened week will likely result in “incredibly light” trading volumes, said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis, Mo.“In and of itself, that suggests there is a potential for big market swings or increased market volatility if, indeed, big news breaks,” said Fehr.“At the same time, barring any sort of any meaningful news or surprises coming from overseas markets, I wouldn’t expect… a tremendous amount of market drivers this week. We’re largely going to see investors move to the sidelines.”Major economic data expected this week includes the release of gross domestic product figures on Tuesday by both the United States and Canada.Consensus estimates suggest that Canadian GDP slowed in October, advancing only 0.1 per cent month over month compared with September’s growth of 0.4 per cent.Fehr said the Canadian figures should continue to show a trend of modest growth going into 2015, but still lagging the U.S.Meanwhile, traders digested comments from Saudi Arabia, which said it has no plans to cut crude production in the face of a global supply glut.Oil price hit US$107 a barrel in June but have since plunged nearly 50 per cent as demand has waned and production increased. Crude prices seemed stabilize last week, suggesting they may have found a floor around the US$55-a-barrel level.On Monday, the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell $1.87 to US$55.26. Fehr said the decline in oil prices didn’t necessarily mean it will be all bad news for the Toronto market, which is heavily weighted in oil and other resources.“I think… we’re seeing a break from just the performance of the stock index relative to commodities. That suggests investors are finding value in this market,” he said.“That’s a very telling signal that investors are starting to become a little more opportunistic in this environment even despite the fact that oil prices could remain under pressure.”Meanwhile, the gold sector led TSX decliners, down 5.42 per cent as February bullion lost $16.20 to US$1,179.80 an ounce. March copper dipped a penny to close at US$2.88 a pound.Russia is entering ‘full-fledged economic crisis,’ warns former finance minister Alexei Kudrin6 issues that will affect your fund investments in 2015 read more

Yemen war The battle rages on children suffer most

In the worst affected areas, only one-in-three students can continue their education and there are less than a quarter of all teachers in school.“Most education personnel in Yemen have not received a salary in more than two years, and many have been forced to flee the violence or to find other opportunities to make ends meets,” he added.The conflict has escalated over the last three years, following a Saudi-led military intervention against a Houthi rebel insurgency, at the request of the Yemeni Government.Meanwhile, after visiting Aden, the seat of the Yemeni Government, and the capital Sana’a – which is held by the Houthis – Andrew Gilmour, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, urged the warring parties to do “absolutely everything humanly possible” to prevent renewed fighting in Hudaydah.Most education personnel in Yemen have not received a salary in more than two years – UNICEF Representative in YemenIn all his meetings, Mr. Gilmour underlined the international community’s demand to end the practice of recruiting children to take part in the fighting.He underlined that it is unacceptable for any party to the conflict to deliberately create humanitarian suffering as a tactic of war and urged that delivery restrictions on emergency food and medical supplies be immediately removed.Mr. Gilmour stressed the importance of accountability for international crimes and reiterated the need to restore law and order throughout the entire country.In Aden, after meeting with Mothers of the Detainees who recounted harrowing and tragic tales of missing husbands, sons and brothers, he requested the government there, and the de facto authorities in Sana’a, to end unlawful detention and release all names of those in custody. He also called for improved detention conditions throughout the country.Owing to the stigma attached to conflict-related sexual violence and the victims’ fear of retribution, Mr. Gilmour expressed his belief that it was significantly under-reported. He urged all sides to make it “crystal clear to absolutely everyone that any instances of rape and other forms of sexual violence would be rigorously investigated, and all perpetrators held accountable and punished.”On behalf of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Gilmour lauded Yemeni rights defenders who “despite enormous threats to their security and lives, continue to show extraordinary courage and compassion in order to investigate violations and campaign for improved rights.”Ten days before the Universal Declaration of Human Rights marked 70 years, he sadly pointed out that “virtually every article in that noble document is being flagrantly and brutally disregarded.” read more

Isiah Thomas Returning To The Knicks

It is amazing to some that Isiah Thomas is welcomed back in New York City, much/less back to the New York Knicks.The Hall of Fame player with the Detroit Pistons was a wreck as president of the Knicks. And yet, his relationship with Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan is so strong that the New York Daily News reported that Dolan has given Thomas an opportunity to return to the team in a management capacity.According to the newspaper, Thomas and Dolan have had numerous discussions about a position in the organization, but Thomas has been reluctant to accept the job offer.“Isiah is very close with Jim Dolan but he’s told me that he’s not ready to jump back into the NBA just yet,” the News reported from a source who was with Thomas on Friday at the Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Springfield, Mass. “There’s this perception out there that Isiah is desperate to get back, but that’s false. I think it will eventually happen but just not now.”Friday, Thomas who presented inductee Chet Walker at the Hall, was spotted in a Manhattan hotel having breakfast with Dolan, which according to the source is not uncommon.“They’re friends. They talk all the time,” the source added.Two years ago, Dolan wanted to rehire Thomas as a consultant, but the NBA vetoed the move because Thomas was coaching Florida International University at the time. Once the league nixed the hiring, Dolan famously said that he could continue to solicit Thomas’ views on basketball-related matters.It is clear that Thomas is serving as an unofficial adviser, considering that his two former college teammates and longtime friends, Mike Woodson and Glen Grunwald, are the Knicks’ head coach and general manager, respectively.But there is animosity between Thomas and other top MSG executives in the aftermath of the highly publicized MSG sexual harassment trial in 2007.Thomas, who was fired by FIU last spring, is said to be content working on earning a master’s degree in education from UC-Berkeley and reconnecting with his Chicago roots.Recently, he recently participated in a “Stop the Violence” march in Chicago, where he told gang members, “This is genocide. You have to stop the killing.”Thomas, along with Bulls center Joakim Noah and former Knick Quentin Richardson, is scheduled to attend a basketball tournament on Sept. 22 to promote peace in Chicago.Last month, Thomas returned to the West Side of Chicago to honor his late mother at a ceremony in which Homan St. was changed to Mary Thomas Way.Thomas is not a candidate to replace Scott O’Neil, who was removed from his position as Garden president on Wednesday.Instead, Thomas will remain as the unpaid — but very visible — friend and adviser to Dolan, the Garden’s most powerful man. And no doubt one day they’ll officially be co-workers again. read more

Sleep deprivation feeds hunger around four extra slices of toast a day

first_imgSleep habits of those at the topAs Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher famously slept for just four hours a night during the week, though she took regular daytime naps.When asked how many hours sleep people need, Napoleon Bonaparte is said to have replied: “Six for a man, seven for a woman, eight for a fool.”US President Barack Obama is understood to only sleep for six hours a night.Business magnate Donald Trump boasts just three to four hours sleep nightly.Sir Winston Churchill managed on just four hours sleep a night during the Second World War – but insisted on a two hour nap in the afternoon.Scientist Albert Einstein reportedly slept for 10 hours a night, plus daytime naps.Bill Gates, former chief executive of Microsoft, says he needs seven hours of sleep to “stay sharp”. Those who were awake longer did not tend to expend more energy – suggesting the extra hours were spent lying on the sofa, or eating snacks.Overall, they had a net energy gain of 385 calories per day,Researchers also found there was a small shift in what sleep deprived people ate – they had proportionately higher fat and lower protein intakes.Study senior author Doctor Gerda Pot, of King’s College London and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, said: “The main cause of obesity is an imbalance between calorie intake and expenditure and this study adds to accumulating evidence that sleep deprivation could contribute to this imbalance. Bread  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Margaret Thatcher regularly had just four hours’ sleep a night The new research, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, combined the results of 11 studies with a total of 172 participants.The analysis included studies that compared a partial sleep restriction intervention with an unrestricted sleep control and measured the participants’ energy intake over the next 24 hours.The amount of sleep restriction varied between the studies. Those short of sleep had between three and half and five and a half hours a night, while control subjects spent between seven and 12 hours in bed. Man wakes up to his alarm clock ‘There may be some truth in the saying ‘early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy and wise’Dr Gerda Pot, King’s College London “So there may be some truth in the saying ‘early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy and wise’.”This study found that partial sleep deprivation resulted in a large net increased energy intake of 385 kcal per day.”If long-term sleep deprivation continues to result in an increased calorie intake of this magnitude, it may contribute to weight gain.”Dr Pot added: “Reduced sleep is one of the most common and potentially modifiable health risks in today’s society in which chronic sleep loss is becoming more common.”More research is needed to investigate the importance of long-term, partial sleep deprivation as a risk factor for obesity and whether sleep extension could play a role in obesity prevention.”They called for further research over longer periods in real life, as most of the studies were short and carried out in the lab.Sleep deprivation has been shown to have major impacts on health. Just one week with less that six hours’ sleep each night leads to 711 changes in how genes function.Lack of sleep impacts performance, attention, long-term memory and encourages drug and alcohol use.It also leads to exhaustion, anxiety, frustration, anger, impulsive behaviour, weight gain, risk-taking, high blood pressure, lower immunity, stress and a raft of mental health conditions.Neuroscientists say teens are biologically predisposed to go to sleep at around midnight and not feel fully awake and engaged until around 10am.• 25 tips and tricks to help you get better sleep • How to get to sleep: eight surprising tricks and tips Previous studies have suggested that work and school starting times should fit with the natural body clockCredit:Getty The study suggests that those who are short of sleep are likely to eat an average of 385 calories a day extra the next day – equivalent to around four slices of bread  Margaret Thatcher and George Bush A poor night’s sleep is likely to make you fatter, research suggests. Those who get less than seven hours’ sleep a night were found to consume the equivalent of an extra four slices of toast a day.The systematic review by King’s College London found that those who were sleep-deprived consumed an average of 385 calories per day more than those who slept for longer.Researchers said that that disruption to the body clock appears to affect the hormone ghrelin which controls hunger and the hormone leptin, which dictates feelings of fullness.Other studies have also found that sleep deprivation resulted in greater activation of areas in the brain associated with reward when people were exposed to food.last_img read more

Popes hospital offers to take care of Charlie Gard

first_img“If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the UK and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so,” he wrote.A White House spokeswoman said: “Although the President himself has not spoken to the family – he does not want to pressure them in any way – members of the administration have spoken to the family in calls facilitated by the British government.“The President is just trying to be helpful if at all possible.”  Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie Gard  Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie GardCredit: PA The Pope’s Roman hospital has offered to take Charlie Gard into its care in order to prevent Great Ormond Street from turning his life support off.Pope Francis tweeted: “To defend human life, above all when it is wounded by illness, is a duty of love that God entrusts to all”.Now, Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesu, known as the ‘Pope’s Hospital’ and sits close to the Vatican’s walls, has offered to give the 10-month-old sanctuary.  Mariella Enoc, the president of the hospital, said in a statement: “I have asked the health director to check with Great Ormond Street Hospital if there are sanitary conditions for an eventual transfer of Charlie to our hospital. We know that the case is desperate”.This comes after US President Donald Trump made an eleventh-hour intervention and offered to help.The small child has been at the centre of a lengthy legal battle as his parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, fought for him to be allowed to undergo a therapy trial in the US. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mariella Enoc: “Siamo vicini ai genitori nella preghiera e, se questo è il loro desiderio, disponibili ad accogliere #Charlie presso di noi” pic.twitter.com/6YzqBRNAC3— Bambino Gesù (@bambinogesu) July 3, 2017 It is understood that a doctor and a hospital have been lined up to help if an agreement is reached.Theresa May’s official spokesman said that the Prime Minister’s thoughts were with Charlie and his family but declined to comment on Mr Trump’s tweet.Her official spokesman said: “This is a very sensitive case. I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to talk about it here at this point other than to say our thoughts are with him and his family.” Having lost the fight, the couple were spending their last hours with him before his life-support is turned off when Mr Trump waded into the legal struggle via Twitter to state that he would be “delighted” to help the terminally ill baby.last_img read more

Search continues for three members of Coast Guard helicopter crew

first_img Image: Facebook The search operation is being coordinated by the Coast Guard’s Malin Head control centre.Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, expressed “deep concern” at the news.As the search for the Dublin based helicopter R116 is currently underway I would like to express my sincere support and sympathies for all those involved, particularly those family members who are awaiting news of their loved ones. This is an extremely difficult time for all concerned.Read: Coast Guard rescues severely injured Russian fisherman 140 miles out at sea in heavy winds> Mar 14th 2017, 6:51 AM By Michelle Hennessy 162,100 Views 113 Comments Updated 2.39pmA MAJOR SEA search is underway off the coast of Co Mayo for three missing crew members of Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116.Its pilot, Captain Dara Fitzpatrick, was pronounced dead this afternoon. She was pulled from the water in critical condition at first light this morning.A search is continuing six miles west of Blacksod for the remaining crew.At a briefing at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport this morning, Coast Guard Director Eugene Clonan told reporters the Dublin-based crew had been tasked to assist the Sligo-based helicopter R118 in a medical evacuation from a UK registered fishing vessel.One of the members of the crew on board the shipping vessel, some 150 miles west of Eagle Island in Mayo, had been injured and required on shore medical attention.Clonan said it is standard procedure during a long-range rescue to have two helicopters at the scene – one to do the pick-up and the other, referred to as the ‘chase helicopter’ to provide “top cover” – essentially acting as a backup in case something goes wrong.Rescue 116 was on its way from Dublin to Blacksod to refuel before joining the Sligo-based helicopter at the fishing vessel’s location. The last message from the crew said they would be arriving shortly at Blacksod.Contact was lost just before 1am this morning. Clonan said there was concern when the helicopter disappeared from the tracking screen.“We did a communications search and promptly then declared a mayday.”‘It’s a very dark day’A major search was launched and one person was taken from the water shortly before daybreak.“It’s a very dark day for the Coast Guard and search and rescue service. At this particular time our thoughts and prayers are with the families from the helicopter that was lost off the Mayo coast,” Clonan said.He said there is a “wide debris field” at the scene and search and rescue workers are continuing to search the area.  Helicopters from Sligo and Shannon are on scene along with the Air Corps Casa. Ballyglass and Achill lifeboats are on scene along with five local fishing vessels and the Naval Service’s LÉ Rósín. Source: Marine TrafficTony McNamara, lifeboat operations manager in Achill told TheJournal.ie their boat was on scene at 2.15am.“Conditions are reasonable. It was a moonlit night last night so it wasn’t so bad. It’s daylight now, which makes it easier for them.”McNamara said “quite a bit of debris” could be seen in the water at the scene early this morning.Flight recordersJurgen Whyte, Chief Aeronautical Officer at the Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) said investigators will be searching for the two flight recorders in the wreckage.One recorder contains all communications information and voice recordings. The second provides details of engine power, speed and heights.He said recovering this data should provide “some sort of lead as to what way the investigation should progress”. Share Tweet Email6 Image: Facebook center_img Search continues #Rescue116 pic.twitter.com/F76A6ot6fT— Fergus Sweeney (@FergusMaSuibhne) March 14, 2017 Search continues for three members of Coast Guard helicopter crew Contact with the helicopter, which has four crew members on board, was lost at 1am this morning. Tuesday 14 Mar 2017, 6:51 AM Source: Fergus Sweeney/Twitter http://jrnl.ie/3286066 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Nautilus earnings out of shape in 2017

first_imgNautilus Inc. finished 2017 a little out of shape, according to the latest filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.The Vancouver-based maker of home fitness equipment saw operating income decrease from $53.4 million to $36.3 million, a 32 percent drop, from 2016 to 2017.After taxes, which treated Nautilus and many corporations favorably after a recent overhaul from the federal government, the Bowflex maker’s net income dropped from $34.1 million to $27.6 million.In a conference call with investors this week, Nautilus CEO Bruce Cazenave said the year-end balance sheet looked “significantly below what we expected to achieve when we entered the year.”From a revenue standpoint, the company seemed to stand pat. Sales via retailers and direct-to-consumer sales were level with the year before. Products in its Bowflex line — the Max Trainer and the High Velocity Trainer — showed strong, while the TreadClimber series struggled.last_img read more

Hugo Lloris Messi can decide the fate of the match with

first_imgFrance captain Hugo Lloris received a commemorative jersey by FFF President Noël Le Graët to mark his 100th cap earned as a result of the play against Peru on Thursday.He believes that even win with their win so far, Argentina’s Lionel Messi can “decide the fate of the match” during the World Cup last-16 match against France.“We are preparing to play in a last-16 game against Argentina, so we have to be at our top level,” he told reporters ahead of Saturday’s match via Sportskeeda.“We’ve studied their group games, which gives us an indication, but we know players like Messi can step up his own level and decide the fate of the match, as he does with Argentina and Barcelona.“We need collective answers, to give it our all individually and collectively. We need to be outstanding to go ahead.”Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…He added: “Argentina have a lot to prove. They’ve had difficult times and still qualified. I’m sure they feel like going much further in the competition.“They’ve won the World Cup in the past so it will be a big, difficult match and we’ll have to step up our level.”Lloris declined drawing similarities and differences between Messi and France winger Kylian Mbappe.“Messi is unique, you can’t compare anyone to him,” said Lloris.“Kylian has huge quality and potential, he’s fast, explosive and needs space. I think [against Argentina] he’ll have more space than the first three matches and as we go on in the competition the level will step up and will have less room for mistakes.”last_img read more

Brexit voters urge MPs to hurry up

first_imgA protester holds British union flags before a pro-Brexit demonstration march in central London, Britain on 12 January 2019. Photo: Reuters”It just needs to be sorted,” said 23-year-old Adam Green, a frustrated Leave voter in Brexit-backing Sunderland, where patience with parliamentary delays over Britain’s departure is wearing thin.The former shipbuilding city in northeast England, where the Nissan carmaker plant is now the lifeblood, played a starring role in Britain’s seismic decision to leave the European Union.The city’s 61 per cent vote in favour of leaving in the 2016 referendum signalled early on where the nation was heading on the night of 23 June 2016 and celebrations at the count were beamed worldwide.Now, as MPs prepare for Tuesday’s decision on whether or not to back the divorce deal struck between London and Brussels, voters in Sunderland are urging them to get on with it and get Britain out.The years of wrangling since the referendum over how, or even if, Britain leaves have certainly dampened the high spirits of that 2016 June night.”It’s become an absolute joke,” said Green, who is unemployed for medical reasons, as he stood outside the Bridges main shopping centre.”It’s disrespecting my vote completely. Myself and my whole family voted for us to come out,” he said.”The MPs need to get their heads down and get us out.”I just want it over and done with because I’m sick of hearing about Brexit,” he added.The University of Sunderland campus was built in the 1990s on the site of former shipyards that once dominated the banks of the River Wear in this working-class city of 275,000 people.Sunderland was a coal trading port, had its own collieries, was a glassmaking centre and boasted a major brewery.The heavy industry has largely evaporated, though the docks are still going and ships’ horns echo amongst the cranes.’Anti-elite feeling’Besides its current carmaking prowess, Sunderland’s pride now rests on its football team.Despite two straight relegations to the third-tier League One, the Black Cats still draw huge crowds to games at their 49,000-seater Stadium of Light, built on the site of a disused coal mine.On match days, the stadium roar drifts throughout Sunderland’s streets.”Sunderland is a city where people feel quite rooted, with a strong sense of community,” said Peter Hayes, the university’s senior lecturer in politics.”That perhaps makes them feel a little bit less cosmopolitan,” he told AFP.”There’s a kind of anti-elite feeling in Sunderland,” he said, explaining the Leave vote — which went against Japanese automaker Nissan’s preference.”If we leave the EU on bad terms, there are very serious economic problems that Sunderland is going to face,” he added, saying that if Nissan shifted production to Europe, it would be a “disaster”.Britain’s largest car factory employs more than 7,000 workers and builds 500,000 vehicles per year, including the Juke, Qashqai and electric Leaf models. Some 55 per cent are exported tariff-free to the EU.Stephen O’Brien, a city councillor for the pro-EU opposition Liberal Democrats, said a no-deal Brexit’s effect on the city’s manufacturing would be “more devastating than losing the pits and the boat industry”.’Out on a limb’Strolling along Roker Beach, a sweeping bay where kayakers brave the chilly North Sea, 67-year-old Brian Halse said: “It’s just a shambles. I did vote for Brexit. I would like us to go out. I think we’re better off by ourselves.”I like (prime minister) Theresa May but nobody’s backing her the way they should. We should all stick together and go out the best way we can.”Ronnie Quinn, 60, picking litter on the riverbank by the Wearmouth Bridge, said MPs were “acting like children” instead of upholding the referendum result.”I voted to leave — and we won. The country’s made a choice and they should all be working together to shift Britain out,” he said.”I would prefer no deal. The country did all right before the EU.”But Liz Sulaiman, 74, out walking her dog on the seafront, said she was more worried about the effects of a potential no-deal Brexit on her grandchildren.”Sunderland’s already not doing so well so I don’t think it’s going to do any better,” the housewife said.”You’re going to lose a lot of jobs. We don’t need that in the northeast. It’s all happening in the south; they don’t seem to care about us. We’re just out on a limb and if we lose Nissan, we lose an awful lot.”last_img read more

New Details From Search Of Archdiocese HISD Wants Input On Superintendent Search

first_imgHISD asks for more input on superintendent searchLaura Isensee/Houston Public MediaThe Houston school board voted unanimously to officially reinstate the interim superintendent, Grenita Lathan, at a special meeting in October.It’s been about eight months since the Houston Independent School District had a permanent superintendent, but before the next one’s hired, the school board will gather more community input.The HISD board decided at a meeting Wednesday to conduct in-person forums and an online survey in January so that parents, teachers, students and others can weigh in on the next leader for the state’s largest school district. Share Houston doc sentenced in Medicare scamA Houston doctor has been sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $4 million for his role in a Medicare scam. The doctor, Faiz Ahmed, was found guilty in 2017. He and eight others were accused of a conspiracy to bill Medicare and Medicaid for diagnostic tests that were ultimately unnecessary.Prosecutors say, as a result, Medicare and Medicaid paid out about $9 million on false claims. The Department of Justice says the eight others have pled guilty and were sentenced. Friday, November 30, 2018More details released from search of Archdiocese of Galveston-HoustonDavis Land/Houston Public MediaAuthorities Wednesday executed a search warrant at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, located in downtown Houston, in connection with the investigation of Father Manuel La Rosa-Lopez.Detectives searched the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Wednesday, and a newly released search warrant shows they were looking for the journal of Father Manuel La Rosa-Lopez along with counseling and therapy records, and information on additional possible victims.The warrant details an accusation against La Rosa-Lopez dating back to the early 1990s. Investigators want results of a psychological exam done on the priest before he entered seminary in 1993. At a press briefing Wednesday, Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon said this may not be the last search in the investigation. Investigators seek those responsible for San Marcos fireFederal investigators indicate a deadly apartment complex fire in San Marcos last July, was likely caused by one person or more.Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives plan to announce a reward Friday morning leading to the arrest of those responsible.Five people died in the fire on July 10, 2018. Most of the victims were current or former Texas State University students. Their families are suing over what caused the fire that also displaced hundreds of other residents.last_img read more

Celebrate Swiss National Day and friendship day

first_imgCelebrate the bounty of Swiss flavours with your family and friends, as The Imperial commemorate ‘Swiss National Day’. Revel in a hand-crafted lunch buffet curated by the chefs at 1911 Restaurant for a splendid afternoon or enjoy an exquisite dinner at Nostalgia, 1911 Brasserie. The menu features a generous assortment of salads, soups, signature mains, live carving and desserts with the dishes like ‘Rotkraustsalt – Red cabbage salad’; ‘Nusslisalat- Swiss green salad with creamy dressing’, ‘Swiss apple tart’, ‘Swiss meringues with dark chocolate mousse’, along with many more indulgent offerings. WHERE: 1911 Restaurant (Lunch); Nostalgia, 1911 Brasserie (Dinner) When: August 1 Timings:12:30pm – 2:45pm (Lunch buffet) 6:30pm – 11:45pm (Dinner) Price: INR 3000 per person + taxes Apart from that, the hotel also invites you to celebrate ‘Friendship Day’, at 1911 Restaurant on August 4, 2019. Timings: 12:30pm – 2:45pm Price: INR 3700 per person + taxeslast_img read more

Forget Necklaces and Rings This Gold Goes Inside Your Head

first_img Don’t call it a fashion statement.Engineers are working on a way to combine tiny, tiny pieces of gold, called nanoparticles, with an elastic polymer to create a stretchable, conductive material. Yes, it’s shiny and playfully stretchy, but the intention is to improve your health.The idea — in language even non-geeks can comprehend — is that most metal compounds lose their ability to conduct electricity when stretched out. But when gold particles are mixed with elastic polymers, it “self-organizes” into chains, making the material conducive when expanded or contracted, according to a report in Wired.The gold-polyurethane material could someday be used in the form of implantable electrodes in the brain for treating movement disorders or in the heart to help regulate cardiac activity.”It looks like elastic gold,” Nicholas Kotov, a chemical engineer at the University of Michigan, told Wired. “But we can stretch it just like a rubber band.”Gold has had other uses in technology for years but the application seems pretty cool. A material that’s stretchy and has the ability to transport electrons no matter its state can conceivably have a number of applications throughout medicine and beyond — as long as the materials won’t be rejected and can mold to the various surfaces and movements of the body.Just don’t try to pawn off your gold-infused electrodes or pacemakers for a quick buck. We don’t think Les Gold from Hardcore Pawn would be impressed. Register Now » July 25, 2013 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min readlast_img read more