Woman gang-raped by six men in Noida park

first_imgA 21-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped by six men on Wednesday night in Noida, the police said on Friday. Four accused have been nabbed, they said.According to police sources, the victim hails from Kasganj.“She lives with her mother and four sisters and was seeking a job. She came in contact with a man, who asked her to meet him in a park in Noida’s Sector 63 at 7 p.m. for a job opportunity,” said Superintendent of Police (City), Noida, Vineet Jaiswal told The Hindu.When the victim reached the park, the man, a peon in an export company, tried to molest her. “Soon a group of five men, who were already present there, noticed the duo. First, they chased away the man and then raped the woman,” said Mr. Jaiswal. The woman managed to reach Phase 3 police station and lodged a complaint. “An FIR was registered under Sections 354, 376 and 511 of the Indian Penal Code and she was admitted to a government hospital. The medical report confirmed gangrape,” said Mr. Jaiswal.“A reward of ₹25,000 each has been declared on the absconding accused,” said an officer.Mr. Jaiswal said the accused were in the age group of 20-25. “They don’t have any criminal record. Three of them work as contract labourers in a vegetable farm. The accused have confessed to have committed the crime,” said the officer.Focus on patrollingMr. Jaiswal said: “We are looking into how patrolling could be improved in the area,” he said.He said the woman has been counselled and her family has been informed about legal assistance.“She has given her statement to the police and on Saturday her statement would be recorded in front of a Magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC.” He added her name has been forwarded for assistance under the Compensation Scheme for Women Survivors of Sexual Assault/other Crimes-2018.last_img read more

Doubles still our best shot, says India’s Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj

first_imgFour days after claiming the Indians had yielded advantage against Spain by playing their Davis Cup tie matches in evening, captain Anand Amritraj on Tuesday said he has changed his mind.”We don’t have Rohan Bopanna now, which puts more load on Saketh Myneni as he might play the first two days. So in hindsight, playing in evening helps us too.”After doubles specialist Bopanna pulled out due to injury, Myneni might be looked at as the doubles partner for Leander Paes, depending on how his first day singles rubber goes. Ramkumar Ramanathan is the other singles player in the team while debutant Sumit Nagal is the back up doubles option for India.Myneni and Ramanathan both suffered severe cramps in the last tie in Chandigarh vs South Korea.Back after a gruelling first round loss in the US open, where he won three straight matches to qualify for the main draw, Myneni hoped his body will be better for the wear. “It will be a battle for me, my mind is willing, have to see how my body holds up. US Open was tough in similar conditions playing five setters.”Amritraj added that though the matches will be in the evening, he is still much worried about the fitness aspect given conditions continue to be humid and opposition is grinding. (Spain not taking India lightly in Davis Cup tie: Rafael Nadal)Against a formidable Spanish full strength side, with 14-time grand slam champion Rafael Nadal and former top-five player David Ferrer, doubles is the only hope for India.advertisement”Doubles is still our best shot. We are in with a chance, close to 50-50,” said Amritraj.Paes is one doubles win away from having the most wins in Davis Cup but he might have to wait. He hoped his new partner, whoever that is, will stand up to the task. “Important to win the doubles rubber. Saketh has a big game while Sumit is playing his first tie. It will be a challenge for him to come from juniors to this level of tennis,” Paes said.Sumit had won the Wimbledon Juniors doubles title in 2015.While the Spanish team talked enough about the humidity to suggest it is a factor for them, given their world-class experience, the entire afternoon-evening talk might have been overplayed. As captain Conchita Martinez said: “These players play around the world in similar conditions. We have had enough time to get used to the climate and court.”The most promising note of all, if any, for the Indian team came from the big man Nadal himself as he reminded everyone not everything goes to plan in Davis Cups. (Leander Paes wants to learn from Rafael Nadal)”Special things happen is Davis Cup. There have been times we were favourites but lost, so we will treat India with respect,” Nadal said.Echoed Ferrer, “It will be my first time against whoever is the young guy I play from India but we won’t take anything for granted.”Now if only there will be some magic over the weekend.last_img read more

Ex-Michigan State Gymnastics Coach Charged in Nassar Case

first_imgLANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former head coach of Michigan State’s gymnastics team was charged Thursday with lying to an investigator when she denied that witnesses told her years ago about being sexually assaulted by ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar.A charging document does not specify how many witnesses allegedly reported Nassar to Kathie Ann Klages, or when they did so. But former gymnast Larissa Boyce has said she told Klages of Nassar’s abuse in 1997, when Boyce was 16 — 19 years before he was first criminally charged with sexual abuse.Klages, who resigned in 2017 after she was suspended for defending the now-imprisoned Nassar, is now the third person other than Nassar to face criminal charges related to his serial molestation of young female athletes under the guise of treatment. Numerous other people have lost their jobs or been sued.If convicted of lying to a peace officer, the 63-year-old Klages could face up to four years in prison.Boyce, who declined comment Thursday, had been training with the Spartan youth gymnastics team in 1997. She has said Klages dissuaded her from taking the issue further, even after another teen gymnast relayed similar allegations.The warrant released Thursday alleges that in June, after being informed by special agent David Dwyre that he was conducting a criminal investigation, Klages knowingly and willfully made false and misleading statements to him. She faces two counts of lying to a peace officer, one a felony and the other a high court misdemeanor.It was unclear whether Klages had a criminal defense attorney. A message seeking comment Thursday was left with lawyers defending her against lawsuits. She lives in Mason, Michigan, just outside Lansing. Her arraignment had not been scheduled.Michigan State spokeswoman Emily Guerrant declined to comment on the charges, saying Klages is no longer an employee.“MSU is committed to implementing changes for the fall semester that enhance prevention and education programming and establish new safety measures as well as increase resources and support for survivors of sexual assault,” she said.The charges were announced by special independent counsel Bill Forsyth, who was appointed by state Attorney General Bill Schuette to investigate Michigan State’s handling of Nassar. He said witnesses have said they reported Nassar’s sexual abuse to Klages dating back more than 20 years ago.Hundreds of girls and women have said Nassar molested them when he was a physician, including while he worked at Michigan State and Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains U.S. Olympians. Nassar, 55, last year pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting nine victims and possessing child pornography, and his sentences equate to life in prison.Lindsey Lemke was a gymnast at Michigan State and previously has said Klages in 2016 discouraged her from speaking about how she was abused by Nassar after The Indianapolis Star exposed abuse by Nassar. She said in a statement Thursday that the charges “validate my truth and represent a huge step forward in my healing process. It is my hope that she will be held accountable for failing to protect me and other young athletes under her care.”Other officials subsequently charged amid investigations into Nassar include the former dean of the university’s osteopathic medicine school, William Strampel, who had oversight of Nassar. He is accused of neglecting his duty to enforce examining-room restrictions imposed on Nassar after a patient accused him in 2014 of sexual contact.Strampel — who retired this summer while the school tried to revoke his tenure — also has been charged with sexually harassing three women, including two current medical students, who alleged bawdy talk about sex and nude photos, and a groping incident.In Texas, a grand jury indicted former sports medicine trainer Debra Van Horn on one count of second-degree sexual assault of a child. The local prosecutor said she was charged as “acting as a party” with Nassar but he did not elaborate. Van Horn had worked at USA Gymnastics for 30 years.Investigators have said Nassar’s crimes were mostly committed in Michigan at a campus clinic, area gyms and his Lansing-area home. Accusers also said he molested them at a gymnastics-training ranch in Texas, where Nassar also faces charges, and at national and international competitions.Michigan State softball, volleyball, and track and field athletes have said they told an assistant coach and trainers about Nassar’s inappropriate behavior. The university in May reached a $500 million settlement with 332 women and girls who said they were assaulted by Nassar.Separately, a Michigan sheriff is investigating unspecified complaints against former U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team coach John Geddert, who owned and operated Twistars, a Lansing-area gym where Nassar offered treatments.During Nassar’s sentencings, some victims complained that Geddert was physically abusive and indifferent to injuries, and forced them to see Nassar. He has insisted that he had “zero knowledge” of Nassar’s crimes.By DAVID EGGERT , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Khawaja survives scare after being hit by Russell bouncer

first_imgAustralia opener Usman Khawaja was cleared of serious injury after taking a nasty blow to the head and being forced to retire hurt from a World Cup warmup against West Indies in Southampton on Wednesday.Khawaja underwent scans on his jaw after being struck by an Andre Russell bouncer in the second over of Australia’s innings and escorted from the Rose Bowl’s Nursery Ground. Australia went on to win the match by seven wickets.”It was very scary,” Australia batsman Shaun Marsh, who scored 55 not out batting at number five, told reporters.”It copped him on the side of the cheekbone, I think. The main thing is he is okay and can bounce back pretty quickly.”Obviously (he was) a bit shaken, as you are when you get hit on the head, but Uzzy’s a tough cookie and he’ll be ready to go.”Marsh and returning former captain Steve Smith put on 109 for the third wicket as Australia chased down West Indies’ tally of 229 inside 39 overs.Smith hit seven fours and two sixes in his 76 and Marsh said it was good to see him and former vice captain David Warner, who scored 12, back in the groove after the end of their one-year bans for the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.”(Smith) has just come back and just done what he’s usually does and scored runs,” Marsh added.”It’s just fantastic to have them both back in the team. They are both really valuable players for us.”With Smith and Warner back, Marsh is not certain of a place in the side for the World Cup opener against Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1 but he thought his versatility might work in his favour.advertisement”I think I’m nice and flexible,” Marsh said. “I’ve batted from one to six over my career so I’ll just enjoy the last two warmup matches and we’ll see.”The defending champions’ next warmup is against World Cup hosts England, who top the world rankings, at the main Rose Bowl ground on Saturday.”I think it’s going to be a great challenge and we’ll see where we’re at,” Marsh concluded.Also Read | Made sure I trained well after IPL: Vijay Shankar before departing for World Cup 2019Also Read | Ajinkya Rahane becomes 3rd Indian batsman to hit hundred on County debutAlso Seelast_img read more

Lukaku trains with Anderlecht amid Man Utd exit reports

first_imgManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku spent Monday training with Anderlecht as reports regarding his future and a potential Old Trafford exit continue.United’s squad were reportedly given Monday off following Saturday’s pre-season win against AC Milan .However, with Lukaku not featuring for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in Cardiff – or in any of their six pre-season games – the frontman has returned to his homeland in an effort to boost his fitness. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Lukaku is understood to be on his way out of Old Trafford having dropping behind Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in the pecking order for a starting berth as United’s central striker.The 26-year-old has been linked with a move to Inter all summer, but recently their Serie A rivals Juventus have been widely touted as a more likely destination for Lukaku.Pictures of the former Everton man training with another side will do nothing to help the rumours of his imminent departure, although it is believed that Lukaku was training with Anderlecht’s youth team having been arranged as a one-time favour by former international team-mate – and the Belgian club’s new head coach – Vincent Kompany.With United back in training on Tuesday it is believed Lukaku will return to their Carrington base as Solskjaer begins to plan for Sunday’s Premier League opener against Chelsea.A man training with Anderlecht while he’s waiting for a move. One of those unexpected twists and turns. #mufc @hlnsport — Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 (@HLNinEngeland) 5 August 2019 Last season’s clash with the Blues – in April – was, in fact, the attacker’s last game for the club.Having not featured all summer for the Red Devils, Lukaku seems unlikely to play against another of his former employers at Old Trafford this weekend.Lukaku moved to United in 2017 for an estimated £75 million ($91m/€81m) and has scored 42 goals in 96 appearances for the club.However, with his form faltering in the second half of last season, and Solskjaer’s desire to have a more dynamic frontline, it appears unlikely that Lukaku will again pull on the red shirt.One man who will, however, is Harry Maguire, who it was announced on Monday has joined the club from Leicester City .The England international cost United £80 million ($97m/€87m), making him the most expensive defender of all time.last_img read more

One Dead, Three Injured in Oil Platform Blast off New Orleans

first_imgzoom One worker died and three more were injured in an explosion on Fieldwood Energy’s Echo Platform located in the Gulf of Mexico some 12 miles off New Orleans just before 3 p.m. local time Thursday, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) reports.Fieldwood Energy said that the three injured workers were treated at an onshore medical facility. The Echo Platform was not in production at the time of the incident. The facility damage was limited to the explosion area and there was no pollution reported.BSEE is coordinating with the U.S. Coast Guard during the response, and will investigate the incident.Press Releaselast_img

Coroner speaks about mixup of Humboldt Broncos crash victims release of name

first_imgA coroner involved in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash says it wasn’t until an injured player woke up in hospital and said he wasn’t who everyone thought he was that officials realized there had been a big mistake in identifying the dead.Since the crash, Parker Tobin’s loved ones from Alberta had been at the bedside of the player they thought was Parker, an 18-year-old goalie. He had serious facial injuries, but they believed he was their boy.It turned out it was actually teammate Xavier Labelle in the bed, a player already listed as among the many dead and being remembered at a public vigil that night.“Xavier woke up and said, ‘I’m not Parker Tobin,’” Wayne Nogier, a community coroner in Melfort, Sask., recalled this week.It was a mix-up that compounded an already unthinkable tragedy.Nogier, a former paramedic who also sits on the board of the Saskatchewan Hockey Association and has worked as a referee, was the first of two coroners to arrive at the crash site north of Tisdale, Sask., on April 6. He is listed as the coroner on the case file.The junior hockey team had been on its way to a Friday night playoff game when its bus and a truck collided at a rural intersection.Fourteen bodies from the wreckage were taken to a Saskatoon funeral home that acted as the morgue over that weekend, said Nogier. Fifteen injured people were taken to hospital and two died in the days that followed.Photos and information from the team, including the players’ heights and weights, were initially used by staff from the coroner’s office and funeral home to match the bodies with names, said Nogier.It was a difficult task.The players had all dyed their hair blond and were growing playoff beards. Most didn’t have their wallets on them.An assistant coach helped identify the bodies before the families were brought in, said Nogier. All were able to confirm the matches, except in Labelle’s case.“The family looked and they’re saying, ‘Oh geez. You know. Maybe. Probably. Umm, I don’t know. Nobody else is unaccounted for. Maybe.’”Nogier said Labelle, an 18-year-old defenceman from Saskatoon, had previously worn braces, so a request was made for his dental records. His orthodontist was planning to head to his office that Sunday night to pull Labelle’s films.But before he could send them to the coroner’s office, the player who was actually Labelle woke up.By then, his name was listed among the dead on a news release that had been sent out Sunday afternoon from the coroner’s office and the RCMP. His name was also read aloud at the vigil in Humboldt.Nogier said he doesn’t know who made the decision to release the name — only that he didn’t sign off on it.When the mix-up was discovered, the Labelle and Tobin families switched places. Nogier said Tobin’s family was asked for an identification and was certain it was the 18-year-old goalie.They were understanding about the mistake, he said.“They’re devastated and beyond words as to what’s occurring, yet happy for the Labelle family that things have turned out in their case,” Nogier said.“These teams are very close and these kids are all families to all of these parents.”Labelle’s family released a photo earlier this month of him at physiotherapy and said they hold no ill will about the error.Grant Bastedo, a representative of the Broncos and some of the players’ families, including the Labelles, said people did their best during an incredibly sad time.“It was a mistake that was made. Don’t know who made it — it doesn’t matter. It’s water under the bridge,” he said.Drew Wilby, a spokesman with Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice, which oversees the coroner’s office, apologized at the time the mistake was made public. He said the coroner’s office was doing an internal review of what happened to see if improvements could be made.RCMP did not respond to a request for comment.Saskatoon’s former police chief, Clive Weighill, had been tasked before the crash with reviewing the coroner’s system in Saskatchewan. He told The Canadian Press in an email that while he isn’t examining specific cases, Humboldt will be considered as part of his overall findings.His review is to be done by July.Nogier said he knew many of the Broncos and their families and hopes the misidentification will provide an opportunity to further examine the coroner’s system.He said he doesn’t believe changes, such as switching to a medical examiner who relies on forensic pathologists, would have made a difference in the Broncos case.And, despite the error, the families were well served by first responders, police and coroner’s staff, Nogier said.People may wonder how such a mistake could happen, he said, but it’s easy considering there were numerous casualties and many hurdles.“If there’s an opportunity to be better, we should jump all over that, ” Nogier said.“If there isn’t, we should be comfortable in the fact that everything that was done did get done and was done appropriately.”last_img read more

Mastermind Toys expanding across Canada despite challenges of retail sector

first_imgTORONTO – Mastermind Toys is shrugging off the challenges that have beset the retail sector with plans to open more stores this year.The Canadian retailer said it’s opening its 56th store in Orleans, Ont. Tuesday and plans to have locations open later this year in Sudbury, Ont., Langford, B.C., Fredericton, and Toronto.The new stores are in addition to the seven Mastermind has already opened this year, while since 2011 the retailer has opened 50 new toy stores as it expands out of Toronto to now have stores in seven provinces.The latest expansion news comes a day after Toys “R” Us filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States, saying it intends to follow suit in Canada as online competition takes an increasing toll on in-person retailers.The toy giant said its roughly 1,600 global stores will continue to operate normally, with the vast majority profitable, but it has struggled with the burden of $5 billion in long-term debt.Brick and mortar retailers continue to face pressure from online competition and changing consumer taste, helping lead to high profile restructurings including Sears Canada’s bankruptcy protection this past June.last_img read more

Ethiopia UNICEF reports Japanese donation to fight possible malaria epidemic

With a sharp increase in malaria cases and deaths across Ethiopia raising fears of a major epidemic in the June to October malaria transmission season, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today reported a $5 million donation from Japan to help prevent the spread of the disease and wipe out polio. On top of the Japanese donation, the single largest to UNICEF for disease prevention programmes in Ethiopia, Britain, Canada, and the United States have made recent contributions to the 2005 Humanitarian Appeal but the agency still requires an additional $36 million for emergency child survival interventions.As well as helping to confront the challenge of a possible malaria epidemic later this year, the Japanese contribution will also be a vital boost to Ethiopia’s race to contain the spread of the paralyzing polio virus.The country was on the verge of eradicating the potentially paralysing disease when a viral strain originating in Nigeria was identified near the border with Sudan in December 2004. Fourteen additional cases have been identified since then.The strain came from northern Nigerian states where concern among public figures over vaccine safety, including rumours that it was contaminated by the HIV virus or could sterilize young girls, prompted suspension of immunization campaigns. They were resumed last year, but not before the disease spread to more than a dozen previously polio-free countries. read more

UK automotive production – August 2010

Total77,882812,6875,88579,98583,767892,672115,8041,569,966 Car output grew 37.3% in August and was up 41.3% over the year-to-date.Commercial vehicle output rose 22.1% in August and 41.4% in first eight months.Engine production was up 15.4% for the month and 27.7% for the year-to-date.“UK vehicle and engine production continues to lead a strong manufacturing recovery,” said SMMT chief executive, Paul Everitt. “The UK is an important part of the global automotive industry, exporting cars, commercial vehicles and engines to markets around the world. There are still significant challenges ahead and government must do all it can to encourage continued international investment in UK based R&D, skills, plant and machinery.”DOWNLOAD REPORT % change51.8%31.6%13.5%32.7%48.8%31.7%-0.8%22.1% Home20,877227,7792,30124,82723,178252,58642,173439,737 % change37.3%41.3%22.1%41.4%36.1%41.3%15.4%27.7% % of total73.2%72.0%60.9%69.0%72.3%71.7%63.6%72.0% Export57,005584,9083,58455,17860,589640,08673,6311,130,229 % change8.9%74.2%38.3%65.6%11.2%73.3%61.1%44.5% Source:CarsCommercial VehiclesTotal VehiclesTotal Engines SMMT LtdAug-10YTD 2010Aug-10YTD 2010Aug-10YTD 2010Aug-10YTD 2010 % of total26.8%28.0%39.1%31.0%27.7%28.3%36.4%28.0% Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Register now for SMMTs next Open Forum

SMMT will host its next Open Forum event on Wednesday 18 September 2013 at Worcester Warriors Rugby Club’s, Sixways Stadium.With a focus on government’s Automotive Sector Strategy, which is due to be published in July, SMMT’s Open Forum will explore the exact ramifications for UK-based suppliers as well as a whole host of other issues impacting on the supply chain.Bringing together around 400 delegates for a day of presentations, knowledge sharing and discussion, the event offers excellent networking opportunities with leading senior figures from the automotive industry. Specific topics and speakers will be announced in due course.Delegate numbers are strictly limited, and SMMT encourages early registration. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. For more details on how to book and costs, visit: or contact is also offering companies an exclusive opportunity to exhibit at September’s Open Forum event. To find out more about purchasing exhibition space, contact Mairi Lucas on or 020 7344 1647. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

By 2015 the netbook will be extinct

first_imgWhen netbooks first appeared in 2007 the iPad was still 3 years away, Android had only just been unveiled, and consumers were queuing up to check out this new “smartphone” called the iPhone. Netbooks offered a great alternative to laptops at the time. They were significantly cheaper, quite portable, and usable if all you wanted to do was write documents and surf the web while forgiving the tiny, low resolution display.They proved very popular, accounted for tens of millions of sales every year, and even started taking market share away from the more expensive and feature rich laptops. As a first PC, they were perfect for kids and some manufacturers even targeted the younger generations and schools with rugged models.The run of the netbook as a form factor is coming to an end, though. Ever since the iPad and Android tablets have been available netbook sales have been falling to the point where we now have a predicted extinction date.Market research firm iSuppli has compiled the figures and believes that come 2015 the netbook will be extinct as a product. The evidence suggesting that is based on sales, which sat at 32.14 million in 2010, but dropped to 14.13 million for 2012. The prediction for 2013? Just 3.97 million, and there’s no signs that will do anything other than fall sharply again next year.A 72 percent drop in sales this year certainly doesn’t bode well, but at the same time is a good reflection of how the market has changed. Portable computing is now done on large screen smartphones, tablets, and Ultrabooks, which are much more portable laptops with larger displays and prices that are falling.The netbook served a purpose as a transition device, and one that will likely be fondly remembered by millions of users, but its time is up and we have all moved on.last_img read more

Young Greek of the week Peter Matthew Karakoussis

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Name: Peter Matthew Karakoussis, 20 , Bachelor of Science – University of Melbourne.Your greatest achievements and how you reached them? Studying at the University of Melbourne, successfully returning to soccer from an ACL reconstruction, becoming the president of the Melbourne University Greek Association, and captaining my soccer team. This was all done with hard work and commitment.Goals for the future? To become a successful physiotherapist, and help out my friends and family who have supported me throughout my schooling.Best moments of your life? The 98/99 South Melbourne Hellas ‘back to back’ championships and finishing year 12.One word that describes you the best: Passionate.Persons you most admire and why? My parents. They have always supported me and given me the confidence to undertake any challenges and opportunities that have come my way. They lead by example and have accomplished so many feats throughout their lives. They have moulded me into the person I am today.Most embarrassing moment? Going to Kinisi for a Christmas party and backing into one of the yellow parking posts with a car load full of friends and family watching. It was only a month after getting my P’s.If I could say anything to the Greek community… To unite and resurrect Lonsdale Street as the central hub of the Greek community.Favourite place to go or hang out at? Tsubu @ Melbourne Uni, always a good place to hang out in my spare time.Song that I can’t get out of my head at the moment? Matia Vourkomena by Dimitris Papamihail.Favourite Greek food? Fasolakia me salsa.I can’t live without… My family.If I was Kevin Rudd for a day I would… Go back to Scores strip club in New York City, and relive my memories.last_img read more

Neuer speaks ahead of Liverpool match

first_imgThe Bayern Munich goalkeeper talked how his team knows the rivals, ahead of their Champions League match.Bayern Munich will visit Anfield Road tomorrow to play against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.And for Bayern’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, this is a very exciting match that he cannot wait to play on.“I’m looking forward to playing there. We heard a lot about the fans and atmosphere in the stadium,” he was quoted by The Liverpool Echo.“It will be two great games. For us, it’s very important to play Champions League.”“It’s a knockout game so it will be two finals. Everyone who watches a lot of football knows it’s a special atmosphere,” he commented.“Does it matter? Of course. I like it when fans are cheering a lot, close to the goal.”“But if you want to speak to your colleagues on the pitch it’s not that easy when it’s loud, they can’t hear you. You have to speak in a different way,” he explained.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Bayern was struggling in the German Bundesliga for most of the first part of the season, but now they are just two points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, Jurgen Klopp’s former team.“I think we know Klopp and we know his style. He knows Bayern Munich as well.”“No one is in a better position. We know him, he knows us,” he recalled.“I like his style. I’ve seen him at Rome, and I’ve seen him in the Brazil team, he’s doing a great job,” Neuer added about Liverpool’s goalkeeper Alisson Becker.Suited and booted. Boss tha’ 👔#packmas #UCL #LFCFCB— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) February 18, 2019last_img read more

Port of Vancouver hires firms to lobby state federal lawmakers

first_imgIf the Port of Vancouver fails to win favorable state and federal legislation or funding this year, it won’t be for lack of trying.The port’s Board of Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved two separate contracts totaling $185,000 to hire lobbyists to make the port’s priorities known to lawmakers at the state and federal levels.The port will pay Olympia-based firm R.L. Wickman Inc. $55,000 this year to influence legislation at the state level. The Washington Legislature convened its 60-day session on Monday.The other contract hands Gordon Thomas Honeywell Government Affairs, with offices in Tacoma, Seattle and Washington, D.C., $130,000 to lobby federal lawmakers.Both firms have previously represented the port. The port’s policy, adopted in 2010, exempts government relations lobbying contracts from competitive bidding due to “the uniqueness of these services.”This year, the two firms are expected to continue to advance the port’s initiatives, including its drive to win more money to build out its signature venture: the $275 million West Vancouver Freight Access project.last_img read more

Time Cover ThinlyVeiled Twitter Ad

first_imgWe’ve been covering the debate over ads on magazine covers (“The Great Cover Ad Debate”) at FOLIO: a lot lately. So far, we’ve limited the debate to magazines—fairly openly and brazenly—putting ads on their covers.But what about magazines whose covers—while editorial by nature—look like an ad?Take Time’s June 15 issue. The cover touts a somewhat generic mobile phone (it looks like an iPhone) with a Twitter update by the issue’s cover story author, Steven Johnson, reading: “I’ve written this week’s TIME cover story about how Twitter is changing the way we live—and showing us the future of innovation. Buy a copy!” Is this low-cost design an effective way to promote the issue’s cover story on Twitter? An odd effort to make their cover look like a Twitter ad? Or something else?Leave your comments below.last_img read more

Tapatalk wants to help your Google communities live on

first_img1:15 Now playing: Watch this: Comment Google+ communities can migrate to Tapatalk for free. Tapatalk Tapatalk’s forum app is offering a new home for soon to be platform-less Google+ communities. The company announced Wednesday that moderators and owners of communities can migrate their data to Tapatalk for free.Moderators or owners of Google+ communities can fill out a form to request a migration to Tapatalk, the company said in a release Wednesday. Users will see a preview of what their community will look like in Tapatalk Groups. Tapatalk can move all the content after being given moderator access and doesn’t need any of your backup files. After the migration, community members can log in to Tapatalk with Google Sign In. “We believe in the value of online communities and are committed to ensuring members of Google+ communities can continue to engage on the topics they are passionate about,” Winter Wong, CEO of Tapatalk, said in the press release. “We’re proud to enable this transition and support these communities with end-to-end migration services and a host of new added benefits that are proven to help online forums thrive.”Google announced the decision to shutter its social network Google+ last October after a massive data breach. Google said that between 2015 and March 2018, up to 500,000 users’ personal data was exposed. The company planned to sunset the network in August 2019.Two months later the company moved up the shutdown date to April 2019 after a bug affected more than 50 million users.  Here’s how to use Google’s Password Checkup tool 1 Tags Software Share your voicelast_img read more

Savar wall collapse kills mother son

first_imgA woman and her son were killed and her brother was injured as a wall of a water tank collapsed on them in Narsinghapur Banglabazar area of Savar’s Ashulia early Monday.The deceased were garment worker Selima Begum and her son Siyam Hossain, from Kamaliapara area under Saghata thana in Gaibandha district. They used to live in the rented house of Nur Mohammad Palwan in the area.Police and fire service officials said that the wall of the water tank collapsed on them around 5:00am, leaving Selima and her 10-year old boy dead on the spot and her brother Tutul injured.The injured was admitted to Orthopedic hospital.last_img

Election official among 7 shot dead in Rangamati

first_imgThe injured undergo treatment at a hospital after the gun attack in Baghaichhari on Monday, 18 Mar, 2019. Photo: UNBSeven people, including an assistant presiding officer, were killed and 13 others were injured in a gun attack on a vehicle of a motorcade carrying election officials and law enforcers in Baghaichhari upazila of Rangamati on Monday.According to UNB, the deceased were M Amir Ali, 37, assistant presiding officer of a polling centre at Kanglak under Sajek and a teacher of Kachalong Girls’ School, Ansar VDP members Jahanara Begum, 40, wife of Tafsil Ahmed of Kachalong Bazar, Mihir Kanti Dutta, 40, son of Sadhu Basak of Karoshtali, Bilkis Akther, 50, daughter of Nur Ali of Paillagona, M Al Amin, 25, son of Selim of Sarikkha in the upazila, Toyeb Ali and assistant of a bus driver Mantu Chakma, 25.However, the professional identity of Toyeb could not be confirmed.Superintendent of police M Alamgir Kabir said the election officials and law enforcers were returning to the upazila headquarters in four vehicles after counting votes at the polling centre in the 2nd phase upazila parishad election.Terrorists opened fire on the last vehicle of the convoy from a hill at Noymile of the upazila around 6:30pm.The attack left the six dead on the spot and the others injured.On information, members of Bangladesh Army and Border Guard Bangladesh rushed in, rescued the victims with the help of locals and took them to the upazila health complex.The injured include presiding officer of the centre Abdul Hannan, five policemen and three Ansar VDP men.Of them, six were airlifted to the Combined Military Hospital in Chattogram where one of them was declared brought dead.Amid a tense situation, security was beefed up there.Members of United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF, Proshid Khisa) might have carried out the attack.They said Barorishi Chakma, nominated by JSS (Santu Larma), contested the upazila parishad election from Baghaichhari against Sudarshan Chakma of JSS (reformists).Barorishi, however, boycotted the election halfway through, they said, adding that after the announcement of the polls boycott, various posts were made on Facebook threatening to launch an attack.Meanwhile, the election commission condemned the attack on the election officials, saying it will stand by the families of the deceased and the injured.The commission also directed for ensuring proper treatment of the injured, said a press release.last_img read more

Hospital chaplains stick to the heart of the job amid health care

first_img Amanda Abrams,Load Comments,Newly released letters shine light on McCarrick allegations Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 News • Photos of the Week Catholicism By: Amanda Abrams Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts After centuries of persecution, ‘lost’ Brazilian Jews struggle to regain t … Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 News Amanda Abrams By: Amanda Abrams Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Hospitalized with a serious illness, a 55-year-old lawyer found himself taking stock.He’d gone to Ivy League schools, supported a beautiful family, ran a prosperous business, bought a second home on the coast. But what had he contributed? What had been the point of it all?Lying alone in the stillness of the wee hours, he remembered that what he’d really wanted to do was become a teacher.“So what do you do with that, when you realize a life has been spent in a way that wasn’t the best?” asked Jim Rawlings, who retired recently as head of Duke University Hospital’s pastoral services staff.“Most people live in such denial that anything can happen to them. It’s one of the times they confront their mortality. And there’s anxiety often,” says Rawlings, who spent more than 30 years as a hospital chaplain.A common perception of clergy who work in hospitals is that they are there to perform last rites for the terminally ill, or prompt 11th-hour conversions. But chaplaincy has little do to with religion per se. “We try to hear their story,” says Rawlings. “To be able to tell your story is a way to become known and thus become less lonely, and connect with the spirit inside of us.”While a large hospital will try to provide chaplains who match religious patients’ specific faiths — and possibly a humanist chaplain to cover those who are nonreligious — a chaplain of any faith should be able to minister to any patient.“We don’t proselytize, and we’re not looking to change people’s belief systems,” says Amy Strano, director of spiritual care at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.“We sit with people in the heartbreak of life. It’s about being with them and letting them grieve and share what’s on their hearts,” she explains. “We sometimes talk about the chaplain as a spiritual care specialist” — and that’s relevant whether “spiritual” refers to God, or to secular ideas of connection or significance.As our medical system grows more fast-paced, impersonal and complex, the hospital or health care chaplain’s role has been growing. Many patients need help deciphering the best next steps. Practitioners, burned out by the same system, often benefit from working with chaplains.A hospital chaplain prays with a nurse in a scene from “Your Health: A Sacred Matter.” Photo courtesy of Auteur ProductionsThe profession, which began in its modern form in the early 1900s, has swelled since the 1990s. Today there are more than 10,000 health care chaplains in the United States, most with master’s degrees, rigorous hands-on training and board certification. Almost two-thirds of the country’s hospitals make chaplains available.With American society becoming increasingly disconnected and less religious, chaplains’ role has become particularly important. “A lot of people (in the U.S.) don’t have community. We don’t live in neighborhoods our whole lives where people know us; we don’t have those places of worship where we’re known. Nobody brings a casserole” when sickness descends, says Strano. As a result, “when there’s a crisis, there isn’t that community to turn to; there isn’t someone who’s there as that counselor.” And there haven’t necessarily been those discussions about the point of life or what might happen after death.Despite their growing numbers, chaplains have less time to spend with patients. Thirty years ago, hospital stays were longer and chaplains could visit with nearly everyone who came through. These days, they’re encouraged to focus largely on the sickest patients.The biggest change, however, is the shift seen across all health care professions, from volume-based to value-based care. In the past 10 to 15 years, medical professionals have stopped simply billing for services rendered; they have to show that those services led to positive outcomes.Chaplains, too, are increasingly being rated by a wide range of measures: better outcomes, lower costs and higher patient satisfaction.Ultimately, “those who don’t demonstrate value will not be funded,” says George Handzo, director of health services research and quality at the Healthcare Chaplaincy Network, one of the field’s big organizations. Hospital chaplains’ services aren’t covered by insurance. So while they’re very cheap by health care standards, a penny-pinching hospital administrator might very well zero them out if she doesn’t understand what they contribute.The Rev. George Handzo. Video screenshotThe problem is, hard data illustrating the results of chaplains’ visits is difficult to come by. “We’ve never been focused on outcomes,” explains Handzo. “We’ve been largely anti-outcomes. ‘We don’t have an agenda,’ you’ll hear chaplains say.” Chaplains have prided themselves on meeting patients where they are, rather than pushing for anything specific.Handzo recalls a visit to a hospital administrator a few years ago who wanted to talk about chaplains’ contributions. “So I went in with all my numbers about cost per visit over thousands of visits,” remembers Handzo. “And she said something like, ‘Oh George, these numbers are really impressive, but tell me: What difference has this made to my patients?’ And I had no idea how to demonstrate that.”Discussions with chaplains may very well result in families declining complicated and expensive interventions for loved ones near the end of life. A sick person who feels at peace might heal more quickly. And patients and their families who get help in talking about their concerns will likely feel more satisfied with their overall hospital experience. These are all critical indicators in today’s health care environment.But there’s been very little monitoring of those results. Chaplains themselves have simply taken it on faith that their efforts benefit patients.Which isn’t to say there’s no data out there. A 2013 study by Harvard researchers illustrated that patients whose spiritual needs have been met have chosen less aggressive care. A 2015 Mount Sinai paper showed that chaplain visits boost patient satisfaction.George Fitchett, a professor at Rush University, is one of the only chaplains with a Ph.D. who is conducting research on chaplains’ effectiveness.“Our health care colleagues have no training to help them understand who we are and what we do,” says Fitchett. “In an environment where the lingua franca is research, we need to be able to demonstrate what we contribute.”That begins, he says, with careful charting and evaluations by chaplains.Trace Haythorn. Photo by Tavits PhotographySome chaplains are pushing back on the move toward data-driven standardization. “It feels like it cuts to the very core of the practice,” says Trace Haythorn, executive director of ACPE, the main organization for accrediting spiritual care education programs. Chaplains worry that maintaining a compassionate, nonjudgmental presence will be clinicalized into a set of prescribed behaviors.Another, more welcome change is that chaplains, as they are integrated into care teams, find themselves spending more time supporting the hospital staff, helping nurses and doctors who struggle with stress and burnout.As practitioners see how chaplains work, too, some are becoming interested in employing chaplains’ techniques. “Doctors are saying, ‘I want to listen deeply to the patient, too,’” says Christina Puchalski, director of George Washington University’s Institute for Spirituality and Health in Washington, D.C., and a longtime leader in uniting chaplains and practitioners. “Clinicians and nurses are beginning to recognize the importance of things not so deeply measured.”As their work gains in credibility with other health care professionals, chaplaincy may follow the path of palliative care. A decade ago, the notion of managing the symptoms of patients with serious illnesses was considered fringy. Since then, the field has grown hugely, and these days it’s frequently covered by insurance.Some observers believe that the day chaplaincy is covered by insurance isn’t far off. Blue Shield of California already pays for some chaplains in its home-based palliative care programs, and Torrie Fields, the senior manager for advanced illness and palliative care at the company, envisions that coverage continuing to grow.“I see a very clear movement towards chaplains being involved in improving patient outcomes,” particularly in cases of life-threatening illness, says Fields. She imagines chaplains eventually serving as the leaders of multidisciplinary medical teams, all covered by insurance.“I think they’re able to see the big picture,” says Fields, who herself experienced chaplains’ transformative power when she was ill with cancer.Fields doesn’t necessarily think research needs to meet the gold standard of randomized, controlled trials in order to demonstrate chaplains’ value. “Maybe there’s been too much of an emphasis on measuring them, fitting them into a box,” says Fields. “If we put chaplains through that level of rigor, they’ll be limited in doing what actually brings support.”Meanwhile, health care chaplains and their fans are excited to see the field gradually growing into adulthood after a long period of adolescence. Society, they say, needs it.“So much of our public discourse is oppositional, rather than listening deeply for the core of who you are as a person,” says Haythorn. “The very best chaplains help people go to those deep places where very little in this culture is allowed to go safely. The biggest and most important questions in life are often asked in moments like that.”This story was changed to correct the description of ACPE. It is the main organization for accrediting spiritual care education programs, not only for chaplains. By: Amanda Abrams Tagschaplaincy doctors Duke University health care health insurance homepage featured hospital chaplains illness nurses Top Story,You may also like Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more