Drake breaks record for most American Music Awards nominations in a single

first_imgNominees for the title of new artist of the year are Alessia Cara, The Chainsmokers, DNCE, Shawn Mendes and Zayn.The awards show will air live Nov. 20 from Los Angeles on ABC.By Mark KennedyAssociated Press Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Drake earned a record-breaking 13 American Music Awards nominations on Monday, shattering Michael Jackson’s mark of 11 nominations in a single year from 1984.Rihanna got seven nominations and Adele and Justin Bieber tied with five each. Beyoncé and The Chainsmokers each received four nominations. Bryson Tiller, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood, Fetty Wap and The Weeknd earned three nominations each.Nominees for artist of the year are Adele, Beyoncé, Bieber, Drake, Selena Gomez, Adriana Grande, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd. Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Future of Mohawk internet casinos threatened by new Quebec government bill

first_imgdrochette@aptn.ca Danielle RochetteAPTN National News The Mohawk council of Kahnawake is raising serious concerns about a new law making its way through the Quebec legislature.Bill-74 is aimed at preventing Quebec residents from being able to choose from different online gaming sites. The intention is to make Lotto Quebec an online monopoly.But as Danielle Rochette reports, the Mohawks say that’s an infringement of their sovereignty and their territorial rights that extend into cyberspace.last_img

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Trump more cautious than his top advisers on Iran

first_imgWashington: President Donald Trump says he hopes the US is not on a path to war with Iran amid fears that his two most hawkish advisers could be angling for such a conflict with the Islamic Republic. Asked Thursday if the US was going to war with Iran, the president replied, “I hope not” a day after he repeated a desire for dialogue, tweeting, “I’m sure that Iran will want to talk soon.” The tone contrasted with a series of moves by the US and Iran that have sharply escalated tensions in the Middle East in recent days. For the past year, national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been the public face of the administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran. The friction has rattled lawmakers who are demanding more information on the White House’s claims of rising Iranian aggression. Top leaders in Congress received a classified briefing on Iran Thursday, but many other lawmakers from both parties have criticized the White House for not keeping them informed. Iran poses a particular challenge for Trump. While he talks tough against foreign adversaries to the delight of his supporters, a military confrontation with Iran could make him appear to be backtracking on a campaign pledge to keep America out of foreign entanglements. Lawmakers and allies, however, worry that any erratic or miscalculated response from Trump could send the US careening into conflict. Trump pulled the US out of the Iran nuclear deal last year and reinstated sanctions on Tehran that are crippling its economy. Tensions rose dramatically May 5, when Bolton announced that the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group would be rushed from the Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf ahead of schedule in response to “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings,” without going into details. Since then, four oil tankers, including two belonging to Saudi Arabia, were targeted in an apparent act of sabotage off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, according to officials in the region, and a Saudi pipeline was attacked by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels from Yemen. The US also ordered non-essential staff out of Iraq and has dispatched additional military assets to the region. The Senate will receive a classified briefing on Iran on Tuesday, according to Jim Risch of Idaho, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. The House has requested a classified briefing as well. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said briefings are necessary because informing leaders “is no substitute for the full membership of the Congress.” She said a failure to inform lawmakers is “part of a pattern” for the Trump administration “that is not right,” because the power to declare war resides with Congress. “I hope that the president’s advisers recognize that they have no authorization to go forward in any way” against Iran, Pelosi said. Trump has dismissed suggestions that any of his advisers, particularly Bolton, are pushing him into a conflict. “John has strong views on things, but that’s OK. I actually temper John, which is pretty amazing isn’t it?” Trump said recently when asked if he was satisfied with Bolton’s advice. “I have different sides. I mean, I have John Bolton, and I have other people that are a little more dovish than him. And ultimately I make the decision.” Mark Dubowitz, an advocate of a hardline policy toward Iran and chief executive of the Federation for Defense of Democracies, said, “Trump is smart to let these advisers play the roles they play and it really does help him lay the table for negotiation, but ultimately, it comes back to his ability to oversee a negotiation and do so wisely and judiciously, and that’s an open question.” Tensions started to spiral last year when Trump pulled out of a deal the US and other world powers signed with Iran during the Obama administration. The deal lifted economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbing of its nuclear programme. Trump agreed with critics of the deal that it didn’t address Tehran’s work on ballistic missiles or its support of militant groups around the region. His administration reinstated sanctions that had been lifted under the deal the Europeans and other signatories are still in it and has piled on more. Trita Parsi, an adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University who advised the Obama administration on Iran, thinks the Iranians are trying to exploit Trump and Bolton’s divergence on foreign policy issues. He cited a recent tweet from Hessamoddin Ashena, an adviser to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, directed squarely at Trump and Bolton, who is easily recognized in public by his white, bushy mustache. “You wanted a better deal with Iran. Looks like you are going to get a war instead. That’s what happens when you listen to the mustache,” the Iranian adviser said.last_img read more

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UNESCO honours young scientists for biodiversity conservation

Budding scientists from around the world whose interests range from environmental conservation in Argentina to land use and carbon storage in Ghana have been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for their work on biodiversity.Ten people have been selected as winners of UNESCO’s 2010 Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Young Scientist Awards, according to a statement released today by the Paris-based agency. Each laureate will receive a cash price of up to $5,000 to start his or her career by researching ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity.This year’s award recipients include HaiQian Li of China, who was recognized for work on sustainable economic development by comparing the Lake Heilongjiang Xingkai biosphere reserve near the Russian border with the Miyun water resource reserve in Beijing. Another winner, Salama El Fatehi of Morocco, has been evaluating the genetic resources of Vesce vicia ervilia or “bitter vetch,” a threatened ancient grain legume species that grows in the Mediterranean Intercontinental biosphere reserve in Morocco and Spain.All the work is carried out in biosphere reserves, sites recognized under UNESCO’s MAB Programme for taking innovative approaches to conservation, ecological sciences and sustainable development. There are currently 564 such sites in more than 100 countries.In addition, Fabio Kalesnik of Argentina has received the Michel Batisse grant, awarded for biosphere reserve management case studies for his work in the Delta del Paraná Biosphere reserve, which covers the delta of the Paraná River running through Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.Two scientists – Philista Malaki of Kenya and Sri Astutik of Indonesia – will share special awards funded by the Austrian MAB Committee for their work on socio-economics of the mangrove-dominated wetlands in the Malindi-Watamu biosphere reserve and carbon stock linked to plant diversity in the volcanic Mount Gede Pangrango National Park in West Java respectively.Austria is presenting these awards as part of the International Year of Biodiversity, designated by the General Assembly to promote the protection of the planet’s species and habitats. Biodiversity will also comprise a special thematic session at the annual high-level debate this September in New York. 4 June 2010Budding scientists from around the world whose interests range from environmental conservation in Argentina to land use and carbon storage in Ghana have been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for their work on biodiversity. read more

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Former Amaya CEO and others plead not guilty to securities charges

MONTREAL — The former head of online gaming company Amaya, two associates and three companies have pleaded not guilty to several securities-related charges following an investigation into allegations of insider trading, Quebec’s securities regulator said Monday.David Baazov, 35, was charged in March with five offences, including aiding with trades while in possession of privileged information, influencing or attempting to influence the market price of the securities of Amaya and communicating privileged information.He was charged following an investigation by the Autorite des marches financiers that resulted in 23 charges against three people — Baazov, Yoel Altman and Benjamin Ahdoot — and three companies: Diocles Capital Inc., Sababa Consulting Inc. and 2374879 Ontario Inc.Amaya Inc shares climb after CEO takes ‘indefinite’ leave of absence amid insider-trading allegationsAmaya CEO was ‘main source’ of insider info that helped him, friends pocket nearly $1.5M, documents allegeHow Amaya CEO David Baazov went from high school dropout to running the world’s biggest online poker roomThe accused all formally pleaded in writing in the last couple of weeks, said AMF spokesman Sylvain Theberge.He said the case will soon be forwarded to Quebec court for the selection of a judge and setting trial dates.Baazov, who took an indefinite paid leave of absence as CEO and chairman of Amaya after he was charged, has from the outset said the allegations were false.Ahdoot and Altman are facing four and six charges respectively, including for trading while in possession of privileged information and influencing or attempting to influence the market price of Amaya securities.Diocles Capital is facing five charges of trading while in possession of privileged information and influencing or attempting to influence the market price of Amaya securities. Sababa Consulting Inc. and 2374879 Ontario Inc. are facing a total of three charges for trading while in possession of privileged information.The charges stem from the alleged use of privileged information when trading company shares between December 2013 and the June 2014 announcement of a US$4.9-billion deal to acquire the Oldford Group. That deal included the acquisition of gambling website PokerStars.The penalty for insider trading is $5,000 to $5 million per charge plus up to five years in prison, said Theberge. read more

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Summons reissued on President PM in Tissa case

As a result the Colombo High Court issued fresh summons on the President and Prime Minister. The case is to be heard again in July.Attanayake was accused by the President and Prime Minister of forging their signatures in documents he displayed at the last Presidential election campaign. (Colombo Gazette) Summons were re-issued on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today in the case against former UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake.The President and Prime Minister were scheduled to appear in court today but court was informed that the President and Prime Minister were unavailable today.

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UN official welcomes release of Russian relief worker abducted in Chechnya

In a statement, Kenzo Oshima thanked the Russian authorities for their efforts in securing the release of Nina Davydovich, the head of Druzhba, after more than five months. At the same time, he expressed “extreme concern” about the fate of Arjan Erkel, a volunteer for Médecins Sans Frontières who was abducted in Dagestan last August. Mr. Oshima joined the medical relief agency in calling for Mr. Erkel’s immediate release.Mr. Oshima also underscored the solidarity of the UN humanitarian community with the hundreds of civilians who have been abducted in Chechnya in recent years, and called on those responsible to ensure their victims.

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LeBrons Greatest Challenge The NBA Finals Arent Kind To Underdogs

Let’s play FiveThirtyEight Family Feud. Twenty seconds on the clock.Name an animal that begins with the letter ‘F’.Fox!Name a famous Super Bowl upset.J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets.Name a famous NBA Finals upset.I mean… umm, uh.Uhhhhhhrrrrrrrmm.That isn’t an easy question. Didn’t Bill Russell’s Celtics once lose in the finals? (They did, exactly once, in 1958 to the St. Louis Hawks.) Wasn’t it kind of an upset when Dwyane Wade and Shaq led the 52-30 Miami Heat to a title in 2006? (It was, though not by much.) The NBA doesn’t lend itself to upsets. When each team has around 100 possessions per game, small differences tend to add up. And the differences really compound over a seven-game series. This has been particularly true in the NBA Finals. Whether by chance or because of the conditions under which finals games are played, underdogs have had an especially low success rate.The 2015 NBA Finals, which begin Thursday night in Oakland, look like a compelling matchup. Our Elo ratings provisionally rate the Golden State Warriors as the third-best NBA team of all time based on their performance to date. (There’s no big secret here. A 79-18 record — that counts the playoffs — is pretty amazing against this season’s Western Conference competition.) But the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Elo rating has been rising and is at its high point for the season, 1712. Only three finals matchups started with a higher combined Elo rating, and all three involved Michael Jordan’s Bulls.Maybe LeBron James really is good enough to overcome a middling supporting cast. But his odds aren’t great. The Cavaliers would be only about a 3-point underdog on a neutral court, according to Elo. Over a seven-game series, however — and with the Warriors having home-court advantage in a potential Game 7 — that adds up to just a 25 percent chance of the Cavs winning the series.1I get to that 25 percent figure — meaning the Warriors have a 75 percent chance of becoming NBA champs — by solving for all possible permutations in the seven-game series. Based on Elo ratings, the Warriors have about a 3-in-4 chance of winning each game played at home in Oakland, while the teams are about even-money in games played in Cleveland. I also account for the fact that the teams’ Elo ratings will change over the course of the series, which improves the underdog’s (Cleveland’s) chances slightly. Without recalculating Elo ratings at the end of each game, Golden State’s chances would be 79 percent instead of 75 percent. (That matches the odds according to another statistical system we’ve been using to handicap the NBA.) And that may be optimistic if history is any guide.Elo’s a really simple formula, so there’s a lot it doesn’t account for. You can make a case — we could argue about this for a long time — that past NBA Finals experience matters and could help James. Any lingering effects from the injuries sustained by Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson could matter a great deal to the Warriors, of course. Then again, Cleveland’s also pretty beat up,2Is Kevin Love’s injury the ultimate case of the Ewing Theory? and James’s superpowers were nowhere near enough against the San Antonio Spurs last year.The other thing is that underdogs have historically been bad bets in the NBA Finals. Here’s every NBA Finals matchup in history, with each team’s Elo rating going into the series and the probability Elo would have assigned to each team winning the series beforehand.It’s not just your lack of imagination: It really is hard to find monumental upsets in the NBA Finals. By Elo’s reckoning, the biggest one came in 1974, when the Boston Celtics beat the Milwaukee Bucks in seven games. That’s mostly because the Celtics looked worn down during the stretch run, finishing the regular season 27-20 in their final 47 games and deflating their Elo rating. (Plus, the Bucks were no fluke, with both Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson on the roster.)Overall, however, of the 39 series in which Elo would have given one team at least a 2-in-3 chance of winning, the favorite in fact won 35 times, or almost 90 percent of the time.Why such a high success rate? It could be a statistical fluke; we aren’t looking at all that large a sample. But this phenomenon isn’t unique to the NBA: It also holds for the NFL playoffs, we’ve found. Elo ratings treat regular-season games and playoff games the same. But in both the NBA and NFL, favorites tend to be more dominant in the playoffs, especially late in the playoffs, than they are in the regular season.The reason may be that some of the “noise” that affects teams in the regular season is absent in the playoffs. No team is coming off a back-to-back, for instance. Teams are going all-out to win, instead of potentially testing out new strategies or resting starters. And at least in theory — although there a lot of NBA fans who would dispute this when refs like Joey Crawford are often involved — the games are adjudicated by the best officials. When you remove some of the quirky circumstances that can cost teams games — bad refs, funky schedules — the best teams tend to prevail more often.That’s bad news for James, but it will add all the more to his legacy if the Cavs pull the upset off. read more

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Football Ohio State defeats USC 247 to win the Cotton Bowl

Ohio State redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber stiff-arms a defender during the first half of the Cotton Bowl against USC on Dec. 29. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDALLAS — After the Cotton Bowl, Ohio State’s roster will experience much turnover. But during the final game of the season, it was turnovers that kept the Buckeyes in the game.Ohio State jumped out to a quick lead, scoring the first points less than three minutes into the game, and extended it to 24-0 with 5:27 remaining in the first half. It capitalized on two costly fumbles and an interception that senior safety Damon Webb returned for a touchdown.The Trojans bounced back, scoring a touchdown near the end of the first half, but did not score again, and the Buckeyes won 24-7 on Friday. Webb, one of 19 Ohio State seniors playing their final games, recovered wideout Deonta Burnett’s fumble that redshirt sophomore cornerback Kendall Sheffield forced. Then, he had a pick-six just 18 seconds into the second quarter on the first play of a USC drive.USC quarterback Sam Darnold, a potential top-five NFL draft pick, also fumbled when redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis stripped him and junior linebacker Jerome Baker recovered the loose ball. On the second play of Ohio State’s following drive, redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett raced for a 28-yard touchdown to give his team a 24-0 lead with 5:27 left in the second quarter. Barrett made more plays on the ground than in the air Friday. He rushed for a 1-yard touchdown, which set the program record for most touchdowns in a single season, for the first points of the game. Barrett ended the game, the final of his career, completing 11-of-17 passes for 114 yards. He led the team with 16 rushes for 66 yards. He did not have much support from his running backs, who struggled to find holes in the Trojans’ defense. Redshirt sophomore Mike Weber and freshman J.K. Dobbins combined for 18 carries for 57 yards. Despite the shaky performance on the ground, the Buckeyes ran the ball heavily. They had 37 rushes for 165 yards, compared to 11 pass attempts for 114 yards.The Trojans had even less success running the ball, combining for 36 carries for 57 yards. Running back Ronald Jones, who entered the game averaging 6.1 yards per carry, had 19 rushes for 64 yards, an average of 3.4 yards per carry. Darnold went 26-for-44 for 356 yards with one interception. He made eye-popping throws at times despite his receivers being draped by defenders, but also turned the ball over three times. The Buckeye defense constantly affected Darnold and pressured the quarterback. Ohio State had eight sacks and 14 tackles for loss. That pressure continued for the entire game. In the fourth quarter, senior defensive end Jalyn Holmes sacked Darnold, forcing a fumble, which redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Robert Landers recovered.Redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard led the team with 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss.The Buckeyes were missing junior cornerback Denzel Ward, who made a last-minute decision to skip the game in order to prepare for the NFL draft. read more

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Judith Kerr I have a do not resuscitate notice in the hall

first_imgJudith Kerr speaks at the Hay Festival in 2013 Credit:Clara Molden Judith Kerr at home with her cat, Catinka People over the age of 75 should keep a “do not resuscitate” note to hand in order to spare their families the misery and expense of their demise, Judith Kerr has said.Kerr, the bestselling children’s author, said it would be “very sensible” for anyone of a certain age to discuss the matter with their doctor.She disclosed she keeps her own “little piece of pink paper” in her hallway, signed by a medic, joking she had considered getting a necklace or tattoo to make things perfectly clear.Kerr, the author of The Tiger Who Came Tea and the Mog series, has previously been clear about her support for assisted suicide, after the death of her own father.Alfred Kerr, a famous German writer, fled the Nazis in 1936 with his family, and committed suicide in 1948 by taking pills procured by his wife after suffered a debilitating stroke. Judith Kerr at home with her cat, CatinkaCredit:Andrew Crowley One of Kerr's best-loved books As well as her picture books, she is also known for her semi-autobiographical When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, detailing the adventures of her and her brother when they became refugees from wartime Germany.She has been so prolific, she said, because of her time as a mother at home, admitting: “A lot of it [childcare] is incredibly boring.“Children — it’s this weird thing. On the one hand, they are more interesting than anything else. And on the other hand, they are unbelievably boring. Such a funny mixture.”Speaking of her father, she has previously told the Telegraph: “I am 100 per cent for assisted suicide. Kerr told the Sunday Times magazine she now keeps “little piece of pink paper signed by the doctor, saying ‘Do not resuscitate’.”“Once you are over 75, I think, this is something that has to be done,” she said. “You have to discuss this with your doctor.“Very sensible, I think. The idea is that you have a stroke, or whatever it is, and the medics are going to come, and you want to let them know how you feel about this.”Having had a good life, to go through this misery, and at great expense to everybody else — expense not only in money but in emotion.“Imagine seeing your mother there, not themselves anymore.” “I don’t know anyone who hasn’t got a small stash of sleeping pills, just in case.“The way things are now, somebody might take those pills in a panic because they’d think: if I don’t do it now, I may not be able to.“Condemning people to live perhaps for years with Alzheimer’s is a most terrifying thought. Or totally to lose one’s independence and have to be cared for in a home; probably using up all your children’s inheritance for something that you don’t want and that you hate.“If it were possible to end one’s life legally, I think all of us old ladies would enjoy what remains of our lives so much more.”Her latest book, Mister Cleghorn’s Seal, is out now.  Judith Kerr speaks at the Hay Festival in 2013 center_img When asked where she kept her note, the author added: “I’ve put it in the hall, but I thought of nailing it up on the door.“I’m sure you could get a necklace or something.“If you make it too obvious, then everybody comes to the house and says: ‘What’s this?’“On the other hand, you would like the medics to see it. It is very unsatisfactory. I think a tattoo would be the only thing”Now 93, Kerr remains one of Britain’s best-loved children’s authors, still regularly writing and appearing on the book festival circuit. Judith Kerr with the original Mog Her new novel Judith Kerr with the original Mog Her new novel One of Kerr’s best-loved books Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Amazon criticised for selling films promoting conspiracy theories on Prime

David Icke in Croatia back in 2011Credit:Antonio Bat/EPA Amazon’s television service is showing films by prominent conspiracy theorists claiming that governments are controlled by human-reptilian hybrids and that global elites secretly plan to exterminate most of the world’s population.The digital giant is spending billions on big budget dramas and sports rights to colonise the living room with Amazon Prime Video.But as concern over online misinformation mounts The Sunday Telegraph can reveal it is also propagating the bizarre fantasies of Alex Jones and David Icke.Mr Jones is a leading figure in the so-called US alt-right, known for his paranoid anti-government rants online.He is being sued by the parents of children murdered in the Sandy Hook school shooting after claiming the massacre of 20 six and seven-year-olds by a mentally ill young man was staged as a “false flag” to help impose gun control.In one of half a dozen feature-length films on Amazon Prime Video Mr Jones claims that the Obama administration was backed by a New World Order to “attempt to con the American people into accepting global slavery”.Mr Jones has been described by the Anti-Defamation league, a US Jewish group, has highlighted his rants against jews and the “Jewish mafia. He denies anti-semitism.Mr Icke, a former BBC sport presenter, remains best known for claiming he was the son of God in a Terry Wogan interview in 1991. 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. David Icke in Croatia back in 2011 He has since carved out a career as a conspiracy theorist, claiming that the world is controlled by ruling families, including the Royal Family, who have interbred with an alien reptilian race.In a film on Amazon Prime Video, available as part of the service’s £7.99 per month subscription, Mr Icke claims all political leaders report to the reptilian race.Amazon’s dissemination of conspiracy theories as part of a service challenging traditional television is likely to stoke debate over regulation.The BBC and Channel 4 are demanding rule to ensure their programmes – which are produced under strict rules of accuracy – are guaranteed prominence as a shift to on-demand viewing via apps instead of channel menus accelerates.On-demand-only programming is currently subject to much more relaxed regulation, although the Government has signalled a crackdown is in the works. Amazon did not respond to requests for comment. read more

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JURY – HANDBALL PERSON 2013

handball juryhandball person 2013jurz MEMBERS OF HANDBALL PERSON 2013 – JURY:Kiril Lazarov (F.C Barcelona – Macedonia, WCh and EURO TOP scorer record holder)Laszlo Nagy (MVM MKB Veszprem – Hungary, HP World Best Player 2011)Konstantin Igropulo (Fuchse Berlin – Russia)Fabiana Diniz (Hypo – Brazil, World Champion 2013)Zarko Sesum (Rhein Neckar Lowen – Serbia)Kasper Hvidt (KK Copenhagen – Former Danish NT goalkeeper)Marcin Lijewski (Wisla Plock – former Polish NT player)Jovanka Radicevic (ZRK Vardar – Montenegro)Jose Hombrados (Former Spanish NT goalkeeper)Isabelle Gullden (Viborg HK – Sweden)Dragan Adzic (ZRK Buducnost – Montenegro head-coach, Handball Person 2012)Antonio Carlos Ortega (MVM MKB Veszprem head-coach)Partekur Johannesson (Austria NT head-coach)Dagur Sigurdsson (Fuchse Berlin head-coach – HP World Best Coach 2011)Andrej Golic (Former French NT player – World Champion 2001)Petar Metlicic (Former Croatian NT captain – Olympic winner 2004)Andrei Xepkin (Former F.C Barcelona line-player – 6th time EHF CL winner – record holder)Dragan Skrbic (Former Yugoslav NT line-player – IHF World Best Player 2001)Bjorn Pazen (Handball-Woche, IHF and EHF journalist)Tom O Braggain (EHF TV commentator)Nadege Coulet (French Handball Federation – press officer)Zika Bogdanovic (Balkan-Handball.com & Handball-Planet.com editor)Yuki Hattori (Japan– handball journalist) ← Previous Story NOMINATIONS – HANDBALL PERSON 2013 Next Story → WHO IS THE HANDBALL PERSON 2013? read more

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Transparency in medical negligence cases could save the health system millions

first_imgMEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CASES are costing the Health Service Executive millions of euro, which can be avoided, a major conference was told yesterday.The conference entitled ‘Patients’ Rights, Access to Justice and the Case for Candour’ organised by two advocacy organisations, Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) and the Medical Injuries Alliance (MIA), heard that the current adversarial approach to medical accidents and complaints prolongs pain for families, as they are forced to battle with the system for compensation on behalf of their loved ones.Honesty and transparency One of the key speakers, Dr Timothy McDonald, Professor of Anaesthesiology and Paediatrics at University of Illinois and Chief Safety and Risk Officer for Health Affairs for the University of Illinois, Chicago said that the defense in every case drives up cost, stating that Ireland could benefit from the introduction of a system grounded in “honesty and transparency” from both a cost and patient safety perspective.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Dr McDonald said that the traditional “deny and defend” method used by hospitals when accused of medical negligence is not helping the patient or the hospitals, stating that more money is lost this way.Negligence He said that hospitals going on the defensive when accused of negligence is common practice here, but said this can cost millions of euro, stating that a more honest and transparent procedure would have a better outcome for the patient and the finances of the hospitals.Dr McDonald said: He added that if Irish hospitals decide to move ahead and implement a more transparent system when it comes to medical negligence cases, there could be “huge efficiencies made and there is an opportunity to save a lot of money”.He said in the traditional manner, in a case where the patient is seeking $2 million, it will cost in the region of $4.5 million to get that patient the same settlement, which he said is simply money down the drain.He said there is a number of “bright spots” in Ireland where certain hospitals are moving towards transparency, but he said there is a long way to go before it is nationwide.CompensationDr McDonald said that the type of system that he is suggesting results in safer practices and fewer compensation cases.In a time when the Irish health service is in serious financial trouble, any savings that can be achieved was welcomed at the conference, said Dr McDonald.“We were in a similar situation when the board of the hospital I work in gave me permission to implement the changes and since we adopted the transparent approach we have saved tens of millions of dollars,” he said.Not only does it save money, but professionals learn from a more honest approach, he said.“You can’t fix what you don’t know about,” he said, stating that going underground about negligence in the workplace doesn’t improve learning.Read: More than €45m paid out to patients injured in HSE hospitals>Read: New system may see end of lump sum court awards> Having a deny and defend procedure in place is contrary to learning and improving – we need to recognise that the patient is not the enemy here. A candid approach leads to better learning for our nurses, doctors and surgeons and a quicker resolution can be achieved, one that is a lot more fair for the patient and will ensure that money does not get drained from the health service’s finances and buried into the legal system.last_img read more

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Heres how Senegal were knocked out of the World Cup on yellow

first_img SENEGAL HAVE BEEN knocked out of the World Cup by the smallest of margins.A 1-0 defeat to Colombia on Thursday afternoon saw them finish third in Group H.But the result might have been enough to see them into the knockout stages, were it not for their disciplinary record.Senegal finished on four points after beating Poland 2-1 and drawing 2-2 with Japan, while also finishing on the same goal difference as Akira Nishino’s side.Senegal scored four goals and conceded four in their three group games (the exact same as Japan) but exit the competition after racking up two more bookings than their Group H counterparts.Jan Bednarek’s strike at the Vogograd Arena saw Japan fall 1-0 to Poland on Thursday, but despite the defeat they progress to the last sixteen — where they will face either England or Belgium.Progression to the knockout stages is determined firstly by points total, then goal difference, then head-to-head — with the final determining factor being the disciplinary record of both teams.Senegal’s group stage exit is the first time in World Cup history a team has been knocked out of the tournament on account of Fifa’s Fair Play points.Group H came down to the finest of margins. #JPN go through ahead of #SEN, with the Lions of Teranga eliminated on Fair Play points. pic.twitter.com/YCDk0hSWmL— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 28, 2018 Follow us: the42.ie Jun 28th 2018, 5:13 PM Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 5:13 PM 32,881 Views http://the42.ie/4097606 44 Comments Short URL Senegal defender Salif Sane dejected at the final whistle on Thursday. Image: Dean Mouhtaropoulos ‘Do they expect us to win 10-0?’ – Pogba bemused by whistles from France fansWayne Rooney completes move to MLS side DC United Senegal defender Salif Sane dejected at the final whistle on Thursday. Image: Dean Mouhtaropoulos The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Aaron Gallagher Share17 Tweet Email1 Here’s how Senegal were knocked out of the World Cup on yellow cards It is the first time in World Cup history a team has been knocked out based on Fifa’s Fair Play points.last_img read more

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Agapi radiothon raises 135000

first_imgLast week, Agapi Care Inc. held their annual fundraising radiothon, raising a total of $135,000. Deputy manager Mr Andreas Haralampidis and executive director Vicky Papadopoulos announced that the money will go towards Agapi Care’s new development in Clayton. Of the total sum, $73,000 has been donated from a will, while $5000 was offered to the charity from the Bank of Cyprus by Mr John Alexopoulos. Agapi Care is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to support children with disabilities and their families to allow them to live a fulfilling life in the community. Currently the organisation provides a variety of services to people with disabilities in their care facilities in Preston and Oakleigh. Those wishing to contribute to the charity can do so via check or money order to 12 Shower St, Preston, Victoria 3072. For more information call 03 9416 9768. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Governor visits Salt Cay

first_img Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Recommended for you TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticNewsMediacenter_img Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Related Items:#Governorvisitssaltcay, #MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 3, 2017 – His Excellency the Governor, accompanied by Mrs Corinna Freeman, visited Salt Cay on 28 December. The Governor was received by the District Commissioner, Mrs Almaida Wilson, and took part in a meeting with the local community.   He heard of concerns felt regarding the state of the airport runway, the degradation of the sea walls as well as the local wish to see a tarmac road.   He also heard arguments for Salt Cay being made a UNESCO World Heritage Site and undertook to make inquiries as to this possibility. The Governor subsequently toured the Island and visited the airfield and the sea protections and hosted a lunch for the District Commissioner, the Police Officer and the local nurse. He offered seasonal greetings to those whose home is in Salt Cay as well as to holiday visitors.last_img read more

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Geeks what to watch Warcraft Voltron and more

first_imgHopefully you don’t have too much going on this Friday, June 10th because all of the best entertainment seems to be hitting that very day. A pair of sequels, one a  horror the other a magic-adventure, will hit the theaters that day along with a big budget fantasy based on a beloved video game. As if that wasn’t enough, every episode of an updated Anime classic will appear on Netflix for your binging pleasure.The Conjuring 2Putting it mildly, James Wan’s The Conjuring scared the crap out of audiences when it debuted in 2013. So, movie-goers have high expectations for the follow-up, The Conjuring 2, which debuts this weekend. In addition to the super creepy trailer which has a lot of good buzz, the sequel boasts a returning director and main cast members Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as real life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. How will they do heading to England and tangoing with another evil spirit? We’ll have to watch and see!Now You See Me 2In an interesting twist, Now You See Me 2‘s predecessor also came out in 2013 about a month away from The Conjuring and now the two follow-ups will battle for box office bucks this weekend. In this case, Jon M. Chu slides into the director’s chair to take over for Louis Leterrier in this project that reunites the audience with most of the Four Horsemen — Lizzy Caplan replaces Isla Fisher — to tell another mind-twisting tale of the world’s greatest illusionists.Daniel Radcliffe joins the fun this time around as well in one of the greatest meta castings of all time! Chu’s last film Jem and the Holograms underwhelmed, but this one looks like a slick bit of craziness in line with the Step Up movies and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.WarcraftThe world of video games is still looking for its breakout film that will show the world how rich this medium is when it comes to stories and source material. The Angry Birds Movie has done very well worldwide so far, but a lot of people will be watching to see how Doug Jones’ Warcraft performs this week.The reviews have not been super positive, but that doesn’t mean the orc-filled epic can’t tap into World of Warcraft‘s huge fandom or the people out there yearning for more fantasy epics now that there’s no more Hobbit films to look forward to.Voltron: Legendary DefenderNetflix and DreamWorks Animation will drop the first 13 episodes of Voltron: Legendary Defender on Friday as well. The new series features voice talent like Steven Yeun, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Tyler Labine, Rhys Darby, and Cree Summer. The new take on the classic series about people piloting big lions who combine to form a giant robot comes from Lauren Montgomery and Joaquim Dos Santos who both worked on the fantastic Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.last_img read more

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Svelte 3 releases with reactivity through language instead of an API

first_imgYesterday, the Svelte community announced the stable release of Svelte 3. In this version, the team has worked towards moving reactivity into the language. Developers will now be able to write components in Svelte with significantly less boilerplate. Svelte is a component framework, similar to JavaScript frameworks such as React and Vue, but comes with an important difference. In the case of traditional frameworks, the major part of the work happens in the browser. On the other hand, Svelte shifts this work into a compile step that happens at the time when your app is built. Instead of relying on techniques like virtual DOM diffing, with this framework, you can write code that surgically updates the DOM when the app state changes. Rich Harris, the Svelte developer, says Svelte aims to be more like spreadsheets. “Spreadsheets are pretty cool and we should be more like them…Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the tools we use to build the web becomes as accessible as spreadsheets are? And, that is one of the Svelte’s overriding goals to make web development accessible…” What’s new in Svelte 3? With the introduction of hooks to React, many other frameworks also started to experiment with their own implementation of hooks. However, Svelte realized that ‘hooks’ was not the “direction they wanted to go in.” Explaining the reason behind not implementing hooks, Harris said, “Hooks have some intriguing properties, but they also involve some unnatural code and create unnecessary work for the garbage collector. For a framework that’s used in as well as animation-heavy interactives, that’s no good.” Because of these reasons, the team has reached the conclusion that Svelte does not require any API and has chosen to go with no API at all. “We can just use the language,” shared Harris. Not only just components, but the team has also given a completely new look and feel to Svelte in this release. They have also updated the logo, website, and also updated their tagline from ‘The magical disappearing UI framework’ to ‘Cybernetically enhanced web apps’. To know more detail, check out the official announcement by Svelte. Read Next Applying Modern CSS to Create React App Projects [Tutorial] React Native development tools: Expo, React Native CLI, CocoaPods [Tutorial] React Native 0.59 is now out with React Hooks, updated JavaScriptCore, and more!last_img read more

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Latin Americas first pope heads to restive Brazil

first_img“Our leaders must be more in touch with the pope and invest more in the country,” said Adilson de Sena, 60, who rents beach chairs on Copacabana. Pointing to the stage, he said: “The pope is simple, humble. I think he’s going to think this was too much for him.”Edina Maria Perreira Lima, a 49-year-old retired cook, embodies some of Brazil’s woes: She needs to treat a stomach ailment but can’t afford health insurance – and thieves snatched her purse last week.“The government is putting a facade for the world to see the best of Brazil. But behind this facade, people are dying in hospitals,” she said on the beach next to the pope’s stage.While Perreira is happy the pope is bringing a message of peace, she is among Brazil’s growing Evangelical population because “it speaks more about God and Catholics speak more about saints.”Stemming the flow of Catholics toward Protestantism or secularism is one the pope’s challenges since he succeeded Benedict XVI in March. He has since championed a youthful, vibrant church.More than 90 percent of Brazilians identified as Catholic in 1970, according to the census. A poll by Datafolha Institute showed Sunday 57 percent now call themselves Catholic, while 28 percent say they are Evangelicals.Francis is scheduled to take a break Tuesday and travel Wednesday to the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, a pilgrimage site located halfway between Sao Paulo and Rio. Facebook Comments Young pilgrims gather at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sunday, on the eve of Pope Francis’ arrival for the week-long Catholic World Youth Day. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Bringing his message of a “poor Church for the poor,” Pope Francis heads to Brazil Monday to find a country facing a shrinking Catholic flock and anger over government waste.Pilgrims from around the world began to gather in Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day, arriving by bus from neighboring nations or landing by plane from across the ocean to greet the first pope from Latin America.While men in swim trunks and women in tiny bikinis dived in the waves, workers climbed scaffolding on Copacabana beach on Sunday to finish the ornate stage that the pope will use to greet throngs of young people on Thursday.Nuns checked in at hotels while other pilgrims walked on the beach, flaunting the colors of their countries as if it was already the 2014 World Cup. More than one million people are expected for the festivities.“We have a Jesuit pope who is eternally simple, humble, who is revolutionizing the Catholic Church,” said Antonio Prada, a 27-year-old Venezuelan clad in a T-shirt in his country’s yellow, blue and red colors.“His message is that we should be like Christ, that he’s the example to follow,” Prada said as he walked along Copacabana’s swirling, black and white promenade.Speaking from the Vatican on Sunday, Pope Francis said: “Everybody who is going to Rio wants to hear Jesus. And they want to ask him: ‘Jesus, what must I do with my life, what is my path?’”The Argentine pope’s message of a simpler church, closer to the people, may strike a nerve in this emerging power. Brazil has become richer in time but struggles with corruption and lagging public services that brought some one million protesters to the streets last month.Despite the past protests, which were sometimes marred by violence, the pope is ditching his armored “Popemobile” for an open-top jeep to have direct contact with the people. Authorities are deploying 30,000 troops and police in the crime-riddled city.During his week-long visit, Francis will see the faces of Brazil’s success and struggles, starting with a meeting Monday with President Dilma Rousseff and followed by a visit to one of Rio’s sprawling favelas, or slums, on Thursday.While Francis meets Rousseff in the Rio state governor’s palace, atheists and the Anonymous protest group plan to demonstrate outside against the $53 million spent from public coffers for the pope’s visit.center_img No related posts.last_img read more

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Tourism entrepreneurs to present President Solís with a plan to further develop

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica rises in global ranking of travel, tourism competitiveness Upbeat outlook for Costa Rica tourism, as visitors, revenue up in 2014 Limón sees 60 percent jump in cruise ships Beach, mountain hotels report 88 percent occupancy for the holidays Some 200 representatives of tourism chambers and associations, entrepreneurs and professionals are meeting this week at the 18th National Tourism Congress to discuss key issues to improve Costa Rica’s status as a popular tourist destination.The two-day event, organized by the National Chamber of Tourism (CANATUR), aims to outline a roadmap with guidelines to improve the sector’s competitiveness, said the chamber’s executive director, Tatiana Cascante.The conclusions and recommendations will be sent to President Luis Guillermo Solís and officials of the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT).Cascante said that participants will discuss proposals in six priority areas: linking tourism products, product differentiation, human resource training, positioning of Costa Rica in the international market, environmental protection and strengthening of the Tourism Ministry.She noted that although the six areas are key for the sector’s development, during the congress they will focus on positioning Costa Rica in international markets, due mostly to the increasing development of other regional countries, mostly Panama.CANATUR President Pablo Heriberto Abarca said that the congress’ conclusions “easily could become the basis for the government’s official policy for the tourism sector.”The tourism industry, according to the Central Bank of Costa Rica, last year generated some $2.2 billion, representing a bigger figure, for example, than income from traditional export products such as bananas and coffee. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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