Sarr still groping for form despite posting another double-double

first_imgProtesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “Honestly, I feel myself at 60 percent and in practice I’m not myself yet,” said Sarr, who had 15 points and 16 rebounds.“I’m not okay yet, but I feel that by the next games or in the second round I’m probably going to be in shape.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSarr suffered a groin injury before the season started and sat out Adamson’s opener as a precaution.And since his return, the 6-foot-8 big man has averaged 14 points and 12.5 rebounds. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPapi Sarr has already logged four games in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament and helped Adamson University get to the fourth spot with a 3-2 record.The center, however, admitted he’s still not at peak form despite his string of double-doubles with the third leading the Falcons’ 79-60 rout of University of the East on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Dillinger sparks, completes Bolts’ Game 1 comeback Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Sarr has also recorded three straight triple-doubles for Adamson.“I’ve been trying to get back after my injury but I’m thankful coach Franz [Pumaren] gave me the time and I’m trying to get back,” said Sarr. “I’m lucky I had a double-double and that actually helped the team win.” MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more


first_img– Very saddened: WTA boss -============================= Sharapova, 28, burst onto the international scene as she giggled and grunted her way to the Wimbledon crown in 2004. She won the US Open in 2006, the Australian Open in 2008 and the French Open in 2012 and 2014.Her ferocity on the court, business acumen and glamorous looks have all combined to make her a marketing juggernaut and the overseer of such successful ventures as her Sugarpova line of candy.She has 35 WTA singles titles, more than USD 36 million in career earnings and is currently ranked seventh in the world.”I am very saddened to hear this news about Maria,” WTA chief executive Steve Simon said in a statement.”Maria is a leader and I have always known her to be a woman of great integrity. Nevertheless, as Maria acknowledged, it is every players responsibility to know what they put in their body and to know if it is permissible.”Sharapova said she originally began taking Meldonium for a variety of symptoms, including a tendency to become ill often, an irregular EKG heart test and a family history of diabetes.Meldonium is used to treat heart trouble, including angina and heart failure.In adding it to the banned list, the World Anti-Doping Agency said there was evidence it has been used by athletes with the intention of enhancing performance.Several sports figures have tested positive for it this year, including Russian ice dancer Ekaterina Bobrova, whose positive test was revealed earlier yesterday. MORE AFP SSC SSClast_img read more


first_imgSpeaking on the new role, Vivek said, “Trianz has madeSpeaking on the new role, Vivek said, “Trianz has made significant growth in the recent times, and I am pleased to be part of their leadership team. In this exciting role, I will be spearheading new Cloud initiatives across the target markets and focus on achieving the intended strategic goals.”Vivek holds an MBA from Nagpur University. He is an avid follower of cricket, football, Olympics and sports in general. He enjoys travelling and meeting people from diverse cultures across the globe. He has also been a regular Speaker at premier industry-wide conferences on technology trends like Open Source, Cloud Computing, etc.About Trianz Trianz is a dynamic and fast growing firm that helps leaders in client organizations formulate and execute operational strategies to achieve business results from a senior management perspective.With a focus on Business Digitization, Analytics, Cloud Enterprise, Mobility and Cloud Infrastructure, we bring the best of consulting and technology experiences, execution models and IP to deliver consistent success to clients. With offices in Silicon Valley, Washington DC Metro, New York, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, and the UAE, Trianz serves a wide range of clients from Fortune 1000 to emerging companies in high tech, insurance, financial services, retail, life sciences, public sector and logistics industries. Over the past decade, Trianz has developed a reputation for excellence in execution [ ], enabling global organizations to achieve results envisioned by their senior management. Trianz measures success completely in client terms – the impact created through business execution. Media Contact Prashant Bhavaraju [ ]Director, Marketing +1-408-387-5800 Photo: Source: Trianz PRNewswire GSVadvertisementlast_img read more

AFI names teams for Asian Indoors & Asian Games test event

first_img(Eds: Updating after recasting into and adding details)New Delhi, Jan 12 (PTI) Sprinter Dutee Chand will be part of the 13-strong Indian team for the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships, while reigning Asian champion distance runner G Lakshmanan has been selected in the 36-member contingent for the Asian Games test event competition.The 21-year-old Dutee Chand, who won a bronze each in the 100m and the 4x100m events at the Asian Championship last year, will carry Indias hopes in the eighth edition of the tournament to be held in Tehran, Iran from February 1 to 3.Dutee Chand was banned by the Athletics Federation of India in 2014 under the Hyperandrogenism policy but she fought her back in 2015 after challenging the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne.Lakhsmanan, who won double gold in 5,000m and 10,000m at the Asian Athletic Championships, will lead Indian challenge in the Asian Games test event slated from February 11 to 14 in Jakarta, Indonesia.The team also comprises Davinder Singh Kang, who became the first Indian to qualify for the final round in javelin throw in World Championship last year.Shot putter Om Prakash Singh, who competed at the 2012 London Olympics, has been picked for the Asian Indoor championship but his selection to the Asian Games test event will depend on his performance in Iran.Jakarta will host the 18th Asian Games later this year from August 18 to September 2.The teams were selected under the chairmanship of G S Randhawa, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) selection committee chairman.advertisementAfter the meeting at AFI headquarter here on Wednesday, CK Valson, Secretary AFI said, “The athletes were selected on the basis of their performances in the International and National Championships including National Junior Championships held in 2017 and confirming their present fitness levels.”The team is short as we have excluded certain events due to inexperience of our athletes on a 200m track.”Meanwhile, Indian cross country athletes will participate in the 14th Asian Cross Country Championships to be held at Guiyang, China on March 15.The team will be selected based on performance at the 52nd National Cross Country Championships to be held on Sunday in Goa.Team for 8th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships (Tehran, Iran):Men: Muhammed Sadath & Elakkya Dasan (60m), Samsheer SE & Shree Shankar (long jump), Arpinder Singh & Kamal Raj (triple jump), Tajinder Singh Toor & Om Prakash Singh (shot put);Women: Dutee Chand (60m), Sanjeevini Jadhav (3000m), Nayana James & Neena Varakil (long jump), Sheena NV (triple jump).Team for Asian Games test event competition (Jakarta, Indonesia):Men: Muhammed Sadath, Elakkaya Dasan, Vidya Sagar, Anuroop John, Satnaam Singh, CH Sudhakar (4x100m relay), Kunhu Muhammed, Jithu Baby, Jeevan KS, Sumit Kumar (4x400m relay), Santosh Kumar T, Jabir MP (400m, 4x400m relay), Jinson Johnson (800m), Ajay Kumar Saroj (1500m), G Lakshmanan (5000m), Davinder Singh Kang & Sahil Silwal (Javelin Throw), Tajinder Singh Toor & Om Prakash Singh (shot put, subject to the performance at Asian Indoors), Samsheer SE & Shree Shankar (long jump), Arpinder Singh & Kamal Raj (triple jump).Women: Jisna Mathew & Soniya Baishiya (400m & 4x400m relay), Debashree Majumdar, Sarita Gaikwad, Nitya Shree (4x400m relay), Hima Das (200m, 4x400m relay), Chitra PU (1500m), Suriya L & Sanjivani Jadhav (5000m), Sarita P Singh (hammer throw), Nayana James & Neena Varakil (long jump), Sheena NV (triple jump). PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

Advantech: co-creation strategy to support IIoT deployment in Europe

first_imgAdvantech European new growth strategy targets revenues of €350m by 2025; the company will accelerate deployment as it celebrates its 25th year in Europe. A new model of co-creating with various domain fields’ partners will also help deliver the Industrial IoT ecosystem, culminating with an IoT Co-Creation Summit scheduled for November 2018.Advantech revealed its European growth strategy as it enters its next phase of IoT development. The company is targeting revenues of €350m across Europe by 2025. Advantech is accelerating the deployment of branch locations throughout the region, to better leverage its 25 years of local industry experience. A new co-creation model is also being adopted by the company to construct the IIoT ecosystem and strengthen the influence of vertical domains. This will culminate with an IoT Co-Creation Summit scheduled for November 1-2, 2018 in Suzhou (China), where a new vision for the next phase of IoT development will be mapped out along with industry partners.Various Advantech product divisions from headquarters are now fully connected with European frontline business teams, and the compound annual growth rate from 2014 to 2017 has reached 25%. Over the next three years Advantech will seek to 1) elevate operation levels in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands; 2) establish branch offices in emerging European locations for conducting business and providing technical support; and 3) focus on key industries, such as machine and factory automation, medical, transportation and automotive, as well as expanding deployment in Germany, the UK and the Netherlands.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous VadaTech: NVMe HBA AMC modules with dual/quad M.2 SSD’sNext PICMG announces agreement with DMTF to collaborate on Industrial IoTlast_img read more

Three Things We Learned In The Oklahoma State-Kansas Game

first_imgSometimes you don’t learn much in blowout wins. Maybe that was the case on Saturday as OSU housed Kansas 44-20 in Lawrence, but I do think there are a few things we figured out. Also Kyle Boone was at the game and has some solid insights.Let’s take a look.Kyle Porter1. Jalen McCleskey is a go-to optionIn the past it has seemed a little like No. 1 was simply a peripheral cog in the OSU offensive machine. An amazing one, no doubt, but not a bell cow. We learned on Saturday that when The President is taken away, the Veep can hold his own. McCleskey had six catches for 129 yards and looked every bit the part of a No. 1 guy.If Washington returns and Ateman gets a redshirt, next year could be ludicrous.2. It will be a miracle if Mason makes it to DecemberOSU has now allowed 23 sacks in seven games so far this season. Mason Rudolph insisted after the game that none of them were clean blows, but we are now on pace for OSU to allow more sacks in the year Mike Gundy said Daxx Garman should have “filed a lawsuit against us after the game for assault…on ourselves” (2014).The Pokes allowed 40 that year and are tracking for even more this go around. #Pray4Mason3. This is a volatile teamI have sort of been accepting this over the last 3-4 weeks. You might get a rout against Texas. You might get a really close game against Iowa State. Part of that is because there is Big 12 parity (Gundy was right about lesser teams being able to beat better ones), but part of it is because OSU is not a juggernaut.If we thought that against CMU and Iowa State then it was confirmed against KU. That’s fine, of course, I don’t know that I totally expected it to be, but it certainly resets expectations on a week-in and week-out basis.Kyle Boone1. Pass blocking becoming a glaring weaknessKyle hit on this above on OSU’s inability to protect Mason Rudolph, which has emerged as one of the biggest issues over the last few weeks. In part, it can be attributed to Mason’s tendency to hang onto the ball for too long, but it’s also a big issue for the offensive line. The O-line has been flying under the radar from criticism, thanks to the heroic efforts of Justice Hill. Keeping Mason healthy and upright versus the alternate could be the difference between going 5-0/4-1 to end the season versus 0-5/1-4.2. OSU has multiple Piesman Trophy candidatesVincent Taylor has proven that he not only blocks field goals in his sleep, but that he is more than adepth in the pitch option game in the open field. DeQuinton Osborne recorded a #BigManInt that nearly went back for six. And Mote Maile, a grunt in the middle of the defensive line, secretly helped OSU on offense this weekend against Kansas — twice in goal-line situations, lining up at fullback to block. If that package sticks around (it was Kansas, after all), perhaps we could see a scenario a la James Castleman 2014 with Mote getting offensive reps. I’m all for it!3. Cowboy defense relying on defensive turnoversAfter a slow start in Lawrence Saturday, it was the defense that helped create a spark to fuel a 24-point victory over the Jayhawks. Boasting a 17-13 lead, the defense came out with a vengeance in the second half and used turnovers to set themselves up nicely on offense.“We talked about it at halftime. ‘Guys, we ain’t got any turnovers yet. The only way for us to get separation on these guys is to set up our offense,’” Glenn Spencer said at halftime.Oklahoma State forced one fumble and 2 interceptions — both INT’s getting OSU back into their own territory with substantial returns.Oklahoma State scored 17 points on KU’s turnovers, which was nearly the difference in the game.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Pep refutes Mou’s ‘tactical fouls’ claim

first_imgManchester City ‘Never, never, never, never’ – Guardiola refutes Mourinho’s ‘tactical fouls’ claim Sam Lee 06:32 12/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola Getty Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero José Mourinho Manchester United Videos The Man City boss insists his side avoid counter-attacks by being well organised, not by committing cynical fouls, as was suggested by the Portuguese Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists he does not ask his players to commit what Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho calls “tactical fouls”.Mourinho suggested in the build-up to last weekend’s Manchester derby that City often make cynical challenges when caught out of position to stop their opposition’s counter-attacks.”They attack with a lot of players and when they lose the ball, they are many times unbalanced in numbers,” he said. “They have lots of people surrounding the ball area and they have a very strong – and this is a great quality – transition in the next few seconds after they lose the ball and many times, they need what is called a tactical foul. Then it is up to the referee to analyse and to make a decision, but I cannot speak about that.” Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Football Association have asked Mourinho to explain those comments, leading to the possibility of disciplinary action for the United boss.But when asked about the accusation ahead of City’s game with Tottenham on Saturday, Guardiola said he “never, never, never, never” asks his players to commit fouls, and suggests it is not something that is common in football.Guardiola says City are not “saints”, but says he has “never, never, never, never” told his players to make tactical fouls— Sam Lee (@Sammy_Goal) December 15, 2017″I don’t know how many fouls we make on the pitch,” he told reporters at a press conference. “I don’t know. But I think when you have 70 per cent possession we are not that team. It can happen. When we have the ball, we kick each other.”I think that doesn’t happen in football. I don’t know statistically but I don’t think so. I never, never, never, never sent a message to my players. You can ask the players, these players and the old players, if my message on the pitch was to make fouls. I don’t use this kind of message.”Guardiola did acknowledge that his team are not “saints”, but he says their organisation and positioning is responsible for limiting break-aways.”To be ready, to be close,” he said when asked how his players prevent themselves from being caught out. “To be close to their run. Of course, we make fouls. Of course we do that. We are not saints. Of course we do fouls. It’s because of the way the game is. Sometimes, when dribbling, you make a foul and get a yellow card. That’s football. [But] when you have a high average of keeping the ball… that is what we try to do.”last_img read more

Courtois counters talk of revolt against Conte

first_imgChelsea Courtois counters talk of Chelsea player revolt against Conte Chris Burton 01:04 2/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Thibaut Courtois Antonio Conte Chelsea Getty Chelsea Antonio Conte Premier League The Blues boss finds himself under ever-increasing pressure, but his first-choice goalkeeper insists there is no unrest within the dressing room Thibaut Courtois has countered talk of a player revolt at Chelsea against under-fire boss Antonio Conte by claiming “we believe in him”.The Italian coach finds himself teetering on the brink at Stamford Bridge following back-to-back defeats against Bournemouth and Watford.A 23-year low has been hit on the back of two crushing setbacks, with the reigning Premier League champions looking a shadow of the side which swept aside all before them in 2016-17. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Conte has cut a frustrated figure throughout a faltering defence of that crown, with suggestions that he has lost the dressing room and support of owner Roman Abramovich.Courtois has, however, suggested that the Chelsea squad remain fully supportive of their boss, telling the club’s official website: “We had some good games, a lot of draws and two losses and we have to find our form from before the new year again, and hopefully it will get better.“We believe in him [Conte] and we believe in our team.“We have two bad results and we just try to get back, regroup and just continue.“We showed that we wanted to fight even with 10 men [in a 4-1 defeat to Watford] and that shows we have character, but when you lose twice like that it is not good and there are questions raised, but we go back to training with the manager, and training well and turn this situation around.“Obviously we are disappointed with the two results we have had in the last week, obviously it is not good but we have to regroup in training, have heads high and continue the hard work and just continue what we were doing.“We have now two bad losses but we are a team with the manager, and everyone is positive about that, and we will try to do our best to win next week.”Chelsea are next in action on February 12 against West Brom.It remains to be seen whether Conte will still be at the helm for that fixture, but one potential successor has ruled out a move to Stamford Bridge this season.Goal revealed earlier on Tuesday that former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has no intention of returning to coaching midway through a campaign, with any offers put to him set to be considered in the summer.last_img read more

Mkhitaryan, Wilshere start against Ostersunds

first_imgArsenal v Östersunds FK Arsenal team news: Mkhitaryan, Wilshere start against Ostersunds Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 03:00 2/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Henrikh Mkhitaryan Getty Images Arsenal v Östersunds FK UEFA Europa League Östersunds FK Arsenal With progression nearly assured, Arsene Wenger has named a team made up of both regular starters and reserves Arsene Wenger has named a side mixed with starters and reserves against Ostersunds in the Europa League round-of-32 second leg at Emirates Stadium on Thursday. Jack Wilshere and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are among the Gunners regulars who will get a start against the Swedish side. The Gunners won the first leg 3-0 in Sweden last week, and will be heavy favourites to advance to the round of 16.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Several of Arsenal’s biggest stars have been rested with one eye on Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City, including Mesut Ozil, who has battled illness this week.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is cup-tied, while Alexandre Lacazette is out with a knee injury. Aaron Ramsey has resumed training but isn’t fit enough to feature yet. Arsenal XI: Ospina; Bellerin, Chambers, Holding, Kolasinac; Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Wilshere, Mkhitaryan; Iwobi, WelbeckSubs: Macey, Mustafi, Monreal, Xhaka, Willock, Nelson, Nketiahlast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino hints he needs to sell before buying

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino hints he needs to sell before buyingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has hinted he needs to sell before buying in January.Pochettino concedes his squad is currently overloaded.He explained, “We have a full squad. “I think we have 28 in the squad. I think it’s impossible to sign players if we have no space. We don’t have enough spaces at the moment, so it makes no sense to talk about signing players.” last_img

Silversea’s Whale Watching Voyages Yield Over 1,000 Sightings for Guests

first_img(Monaco — June 26, 2019) Operated in partnership with marine conservation charity ORCA, Silversea’s latest whale watching voyages yielded a total of 1,076 marine mammal sightings for the cruise lines guests, including sightings of blue whales, killer whales, humpback whales, sperm whales, minke whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, and much more. ORCA’s expert conservationists travelled aboard Silversea’s Silver Muse to share their insight with guests on voyages from Tokyo to Seward and from Seward to Vancouver, concluding on June 6, 2019.  Rising with the sun, from 4:30am each morning, dozens of Silversea’s guests gathered out on deck and in the Observation Lounge throughout the voyage to witness the abundance of marine life from the ship, with more than 150 guests participating at times. Throughout both voyages, virtually all guests attended lectures, workshops and/or engaged in whale watching activities to learn more about the marine life and conservation of these remarkable regions. Marine-related shore experiences then enriched the offering, enabling guests to delve deeper into the topic. The data collected by ORCA and Silversea’s guests will contribute towards conservation efforts and each guest will receive an ORCA Ambassador certificate to mark the achievement. Some of the highlights of the two voyages included sightings of four blue whales, the largest animal on the planet; over 420 Pacific white-sided dolphins in just a two-hour window; three orcas while approaching the Hubbard Glacier; humpback whales in large numbers throughout Alaska; northern sea otters, eating crabs and sea cucumbers; and an abundance of birds, including Bald Eagles, Tufted Puffins, Rhinoceros Auklets, and three different species of albatross, among others. While the number of sightings suggested that the two whale watching voyages were hugely successful, it was the strength of guests’ feedback that affirmed the success of the experiences. “The feedback from all guests was extremely positive,” says Anna Bunney, the Education Coordinator at ORCA, who travelled aboard Silver Muse – along with ORCA’s Shenaz Khimji – for both voyages. “I do believe that we added a whole different dimension to guests’ experiences of these remarkable regions. Many exclaimed that they benefitted from our presence on board and the knowledge we had given them enhanced their experiences ashore, as they already had lots of knowledge about the wildlife. From the amount of wildlife sighted to the guests’ engagement throughout, the voyages were hugely successful. It was an honour to share such incredible wildlife experiences with such enthusiastic travellers on Silver Muse.” Part of an industry-leading offering that comprises calls in over 900 destinations, Silversea’s voyages to the Russian Far East and Alaska were ideal for the whale watching project. These two regions were pre-selected as ideal destinations for whale watching voyages, due to the abundance and diversity of marine life that inhabits these regions’ waters.  “The beauty was that we were able to survey a wide variety of different habitats, meaning the species diversity was huge,” continues Bunney. “Alaska is one of the best places to view whales in the world – when you encounter many whales on their migration (such as humpback whales), and the food in this area is extremely abundant. Our partnership with Silversea gives us unique access to some of the richest habitats on the planet. By visiting these areas we can monitor the different species that call these remote corners of the world home, studying their population size and identifying trends or changes that could impact on our ability to protect them. This crucial insight is key in helping governments around the world to create effective marine conservation policies, so that we can create safer spaces for whales and dolphins around the globe.” Silversea’s voyages to remote destinations – from pole-to-pole and almost everywhere in between – are entirely unique: aboard Silversea’s intimate ships, guests can travel deeper into each destination in superlative comfort, enjoying an intimate onboard atmosphere and numerous luxuries, such as the personalised service of a butler; complimentary drinks throughout the ship, as well as an in-suite bar stocked with guests’ preferred beverages; and fine cuisine that is inspired by the sailed region, among other all-inclusive luxuries. “We are delighted that our partnership with ORCA is enriching the cruise experience for our guests,” says Barbara Muckermann, Silversea’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Our guests enjoy travelling deeper into a destination. The insight from ORCA’s representatives enabled our guests to develop in-depth knowledge about marine life, before witnessing the ocean’s most incredible animals first-hand.” About Silversea Silversea Cruises, in which Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio serves as Executive Chairman, is recognised as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, Silver Discoverer, and Silver Cloud, Silversea’s itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both Polar Regions and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between. Silversea is also looking forward to the launch of five new ultra-luxury ships: Silver Moon, Silver Dawn, Silver Origin, and two Evolution-class ships. Browse Silversea’s new blog Discover and subscribe to receive the latest content directly into your inboxlast_img read more

New analysis finds link between vaping and cannabis use in teens young

first_imgMONTREAL — Teens and young adults who use electronic cigarettes are significantly more likely to use cannabis as well, according to a new study co-authored by a Canadian researcher.Pediatrician Nicholas Chadi’s analysis of previous research, published in JAMA Pediatrics, found that the likelihood of marijuana use was three to four times higher among youth who vaped.One of the key findings showed the risk for younger adolescents aged 12 to 17 was higher than for young adults aged 18 to 24 years.“It’s an important discovery for us,” said Chadi, who is now based at Montreal’s Ste-Justine Hospital but conducted the research during a previous posting in Boston.“The risk is higher for both sub-groups, but it’s almost twice as high for the younger ones.”The study, titled “Association between electronic cigarette use and marijuana use among adolescents and young adults,” analyzed 21 previous academic papers encompassing some 130,000 participants. Chadi worked on the project while he was a pediatric addiction fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.The results of the study are in line with current medical knowledge that shows young brains are less developed and more susceptible to substance use and addiction, Chadi said in an interview.Both nicotine and cannabis affect the neural pathways associated with pleasure and reward. Chadi said both substances could make the brain more sensitive to other psychoactive subtances and addictive behaviours during adulthood.“The younger we are, the more the brain is susceptible to becoming addicted to substances, therefore the risk of consuming nicotine or vaping is even higher for younger teenagers,” he said.He said the analysis doesn’t go so far as to conclude that vaping leads directly to cannabis use, but it contributes to a growing body of work that appears to suggest a link.“We can’t prove a link of causality,” he said. But with a large number of studies pointing in the same direction, “we have a good reason to think that exposure to vaping is part of the cause of initiation to marijuana.”The strongest link was found in younger subjects who combined vaping with tobacco or alcohol consumption. It’s not impossible that these youth are simply more susceptible to substance consumption, Chadi said, although the studies tried to limit certain factors, such as addiction or mental illness.A previous analysis published in 2012 found a link between tobacco use in youth and current or future marijuana use.“Currently, the rates of vaping is exploding among youth, both in Canada and the United States, it’s something happening around the planet,” Chadi said. “The perception of risk concerning electronic cigarettes isn’t there.”Studies like this show that the nicotine used in e-cigarettes is just as dangerous, if not more, than the nicotine in traditional cigarettes when it comes to young teens, he said.“It’s very important from a public health point of view, because it reinforces the message that e-cigarettes are not at all a tool to promote teen health, and on the contrary, it can increase the problems of dependence and addiction among those youth,” he said.Vaping is often falsely perceived as a banal and risk-free activity. However, other studies have shown that vaping as a teen increases the risk of smoking traditional cigarettes, Chadi said.“We now realize that the vast majority of teens who vape probably have never touched a traditional cigarette or other drugs,” he said. “These devices are so addictive and well-made for youth that the youth fall into the trap; they develop a dependence and go find other sources of nicotine and other drugs.”Both nicotine and cannabis create dependence, but the association between them makes it even harder for youth to give up one or the other.“We enter a type of spiral where the perception of risk is very low, it tastes like candy or jujubes, and we realize a few years later that we can’t stop,” Chadi said.“A dependence on electronic cigarettes isn’t funny. It can really take over their school activities or their hobbies, because they have to vape every half-hour or hour, and it becomes very incapacitating.”Jean-Benoit Legault, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Elly Mayday SASKATCHEWAN-BORN MODEL ASHLEY LUTHER, BETTER KNOWN AS ELLY MAYDAY, DEAD AT 30Ashley Luther, the Saskatchewan-born woman who gained fame as Elly Mayday — a fierce model who embraced her curves — died Friday in Vancouver. She was 30.Luther, who grew up on a farm near Aylesbury, Sask., had been dealing with ovarian cancer and related health complications for five years.Luther was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer called low grade serous carcinoma at 25. READ MOREELLY MAYDAY, BODY-POSITIVE MODEL AND ADVOCATE, DIES FROM OVARIAN CANCER AT 30“One Hell Ova Woman” reads an embroidery Elly Mayday was gifted last summer.In an Instagram post, the body-positive model said: “This is one of my favorite gifts I’ve received. This little tag line came to me one day and I liked the way it felt. I wanted to create a hashtag that said a bit more than “warrior” or survivor, to be honest I’ve never identified with either words.“#One Hell Ova Woman” is the woman who doesn’t back down. The one who faces obstacles with grace and strength. The “Ova” spelling is a nod towards my girls fighting this disease. (I wish there was another word rather than fighting) but it’s not just about cancer. It’s just about her. You.” READ MORE Login/Register With: Facebook CANADIAN MODEL AND ACTIVIST DIES AT 30 FROM OVARIAN CANCERSaskatchewan-born model and body positivity activist has died at 30 from ovarian cancer on Friday.Ashley Luther, professionally known as Elly Mayday, moved to British Columbia to pursue her modelling career where she would often work with local Forever Yours Lingerie.Luther documented her five-year struggle with ovarian cancer and her struggle as a plus-size model. READ MOREcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Scandalplagued EPA Administrator Pruitt resigns

first_imgWASHINGTON – Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday amid ethics investigations of outsized security spending, first-class flights and a sweetheart condo lease.With Pruitt’s departure, President Donald Trump loses an administrator many conservatives regarded as one of the more effective members of his Cabinet. But Pruitt had also been dogged for months by scandals that spawned more than a dozen federal and congressional investigations.White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and other officials pushed Pruitt to tender his resignation Thursday amid the mounting scandals, according to a senior administration official not authorized to discuss the situation publicly. Talking to reporters on Air Force One, Trump continued to praise his scandal-plagued EPA chief, saying there was “no final straw” and he had not asked for Pruitt’s resignation.“Scott is a terrific guy,” Trump said. “He came to me and said I have such great confidence in the administration I don’t want to be a distraction. … He’ll go and do great things and have a wonderful life, I hope.”In his resignation letter to Trump, obtained by The Associated Press, Pruitt expressed no regrets.“It is extremely difficult for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring,” Pruitt wrote. “However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.”Pruitt, a Republican, had appeared Wednesday at a White House picnic for Independence Day, wearing a red-checked shirt and loafers with gold trim. Trump gave him and other officials a brief shout-out, offering no sign of any immediate change in his job.EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, will take the helm as acting administrator starting Monday.“I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda,” Trump tweeted Thursday.Pruitt’s resignation came days after two of his closest advisers spoke to House oversight committee investigators and revealed new, embarrassing details in ethics scandals involving Pruitt.Samantha Dravis, who recently resigned as Pruitt’s policy chief, told investigators last week that Pruitt had made clear to her before and after he became EPA administrator that he would like the attorney general’s job, held then and now by Jeff Sessions.Pruitt “had hinted at that (sic) some sort of conversation had taken place between he and the president,” Dravis told congressional investigators, according to a transcript obtained Thursday by the AP. “That was the position he was originally interested in.”A former Oklahoma attorney general close to the oil and gas industry, Pruitt had filed more than a dozen lawsuits against the agency he was picked to lead. Arriving in Washington, he worked relentlessly to dismantle Obama-era environmental regulations that aimed to reduce toxic pollution and planet-warming carbon emissions.During his one-year tenure, Pruitt crisscrossed the country at taxpayer expense to speak with industry groups and hobnob with GOP donors, but he showed little interest in listening to advocates he derided as “the environmental left.” Those groups quickly applauded his departure.“Despite his brief tenure, Pruitt was the worst EPA chief in history,” said Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity. “His corruption was his downfall, but his pro-polluter policies will have our kids breathing dirtier air long after his many scandals are forgotten.”Like Trump, Pruitt voiced skepticism about mainstream climate science and was a fierce critic of the Paris climate agreement. The president cheered his EPA chief’s moves to boost fossil fuel production and roll back regulations opposed by corporate interests.But despite boasts of slashing red tape and promoting job creation, Pruitt had a mixed record of producing real-world results. Many of the EPA regulations Pruitt scraped or delayed had not yet taken effect, and the tens of thousands of lost coal mining jobs the president pledged to bring back never materialized.Pruitt was forced out following a series of revelations involving pricey trips with first-class airline seats and unusual security spending, including a $43,000 soundproof booth for making private phone calls. He also demanded 24-hour-a-day protection from armed officers, resulting in a swollen 20-member security detail that blew through overtime budgets and racked up expenses of more than $3 million.Pruitt routinely ordered his EPA staff to do personal chores for him, including picking up his dry cleaning and trying to obtain a used Trump hotel mattress for his apartment. He had also enlisted his staff to contact conservative groups and companies to find a lucrative job for his unemployed wife, including emails seeking a Chick-fil-A franchise from a senior executive at the fast-food chain.Pruitt’s job had been in jeopardy since the end of March, when ABC News first reported that he leased a Capitol Hill condo last year for just $50 a night. It was co-owned by the wife of a veteran fossil fuels lobbyist whose firm had sought regulatory rollbacks from EPA.Both Pruitt and the lobbyist, Steven Hart, denied he had conducted any recent business with EPA. But Hart was later forced to admit he had met with Pruitt at EPA headquarters last summer after his firm, Williams & Jensen, revealed he had lobbied the agency on a required federal disclosure form.Pruitt also publicly denied any knowledge of massive raises awarded to two close aides he had brought with him to EPA from Oklahoma. Documents later showed Pruitt’s chief of staff had signed off on the pay hikes, indicating he had the administrator’s consent.The slew of damaging revelations, many of which came to light through media reports and public records lawsuits filed by environmental groups, triggered more than a dozen investigations related to Pruitt’s conduct by EPA’s Office of Inspector General, the House Oversight Committee and other federal watchdogs.It was not immediately clear how Pruitt’s resignation might affect those ongoing probes. No longer a federal employee, Pruitt can’t be compelled to speak or otherwise co-operate with the inspector general’s investigation. As a private citizen, he could still be subpoenaed to testify before Congress, but Republican-led committees have thus far shown little appetite in forcing him to do so.Jennifer Kaplan, a spokeswoman for EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins, said Thursday that the office was “assessing and evaluating” its ongoing audits and investigations in the wake of Pruitt’s departure.Sen. John Barrasso, the Republican chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and until Thursday a strong defender of Pruitt, said Trump made the right decision to accept the resignation.“It has become increasingly challenging for the EPA to carry out its mission with the administrator under investigation,” said Barrasso, who is from Wyoming.Pruitt is the latest Trump Cabinet official to lose his job over ethics issues. Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was fired in March amid questionable travel charges and a growing rebellion in his agency about the privatization of medical care. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price was fired last year after it was disclosed he took costly charter flights instead of commercial planes.“Mr. Pruitt’s brazen abuse of his position for his own personal gain has been absolutely astounding, rivaled only by the silence of far too many in Congress and in the White House who allowed Mr. Pruitt’s unethical, and, at times, possibly illegal behaviour to go unchecked,” said Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, long a vocal critic of Pruitt’s.___Follow Associated Press investigative reporter Michael Biesecker at read more

Casablanca Among Worlds Major Growing Financial Centres Business Insider

Rabat – Morocco’s economic hub Casablanca is among the 10 cities that are rapidly becoming major financial centres, according to Business Insider on Friday. The American news website ranked Casablanca, Morocco’s largest city, among the cities in the developing world that “are giving international investors access to some of the world’s fast-growing financial markets.”According to the same source, “Casablanca has moved up by 20 places in the ranks since it entered the index in 2014, and it improved by more than any hub in the Middle East and North Africa.” The 2015 Global Financial Cities Index ranked Casablanca in the 42nd position as one of the best performing financial centers in the world, up by 9 points from last year’s 51st position.“Riyadh and Casablanca showed the biggest gains in this competitive region,” says the GFCI report, a ranking of competitiveness published by the Z/Yen Group.Some of the fastest-growing cities are in East Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, according to Business Insider. The ten cities are: Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Istanbul (Turkey), Johannesburg (South Africa), Seoul (South Korea), Casablanca (Morocco), Panama, Doha (Qatar), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Bangkok (Thailand), and Almaty (Kazakhstan).© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Morocco to Expand English Language in Moroccan Schools

By Soumaya El FilaliRabat – Minister of Education and Vocational Training in Morocco, Rachid Belmokhtar, declared in a speech on Monday during the tenth session of the Assembly for “Azziman Council,” that the Ministry has taken serious procedures to expand and improve the use of the English language among students in the Moroccan Kingdom.During the speech, Belmokhtar revealed that, in response and accordance with the reform project called for by King Mohammed VI, the Ministry of Education has adopted new approaches and methods to expand the teaching of the English language in Morocco. The aim of this initiative is to improve the level of pupils in the country’s newly adopted second foreign language of English.Belmokhtar continued saying, “We’ve tried to encourage the creation of English clubs in all high-schools to encourage students to be able to speak it,” adding that this step has achieved great success, as reflected in the students’ performance in the language.The Minister also proudly pointed out the “good” level of English exhibited by students who participated during COP22 in Marrakech.The critical success of the expansion and improvement of the use of the English language in the country is indisputable as Morocco has recently ranked first in the MENA region for English proficiency, even managing to outrank countries that list English as their official second language.The growth of the English language cannot be attributed to the Ministry’s initiatives alone, as Moroccans themselves have shown great interest in learning what is now considered most influential language in the world, knowing that it can open doors to new experiences and better job opportunities. read more

Sri Lankan man deported from Japan files lawsuit

The man entered Japan in July 2005 and he subsequently submitted an application to be recognized as a refugee with the Nagoya Regional Immigration Bureau. After the application was rejected, the man filed an appeal. However, he received a notice on Dec. 17, 2014, informing him the appeal had also been turned down.The man had been consulting lawyers about filing another lawsuit to overturn the rejection of the refugee application as the law allows one to be filed within six months of an appeal being denied.However, immigration officials refused the man’s request to contact his lawyers and promptly deported him after the notice was issued to him. A Sri Lankan man deported from Japan has accused immigration officials of lying and denying him a chance to contest the rejection of his refugee application in court, The Asahi Shimbun reported today.The man in his 30s filed a lawsuit at Nagoya District Court on August 2. He is seeking 3.3 million yen ($32,000) in compensation from the central Government. The man’s Japanese wife also attended the news conference.“I want him to return to Japan,” said the woman in her 30s. “That is the strongest emotion I now have.” At a news conference in Japan, one of the lawyers said: “Immigration officials deported him after giving him a false explanation that he would be able to take judicial action even after he was deported.” According to his lawyers, the man was a supporter of an opposition party in his native Sri Lanka and had received threats from people connected with the ruling party that left him fearing for his life, especially after an acquaintance was shot. An official with the Justice Ministry’s immigration bureau said, “We cannot comment because we have not seen the lawsuit.” (Colombo Gazette) read more

A huge milestone for River Cafe

by Cindy White Posted Jan 11, 2016 12:50 pm MDT A huge milestone for River Cafe AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email They’ve made it through freezing summer days with sideways rain, and the flood of 2013.Now a Calgary dining institution is marking a major milestone.Founder Sal Howell told 660 NEWS, this year is River Cafe’s 25th anniversary.“In 1991 we took over what was an existing concession space in Prince’s Island Park,” said Howell. They operated the open air eatery for four more years, before getting the city’s approval to rebuild it to what you see today.One of the biggest challenges was when flood waters rushed in two and a half years ago. “We were able to rebuild,” said Howell. “And we did that very quickly. We had a tremendous amount of help, so much love and support from everyone around us.” So they’re saying thank you Calgary. “We are looking to create 25 points in the year to celebrate.” River Cafe is also being recognized for leading the charge on sustainability in the restaurant sector, winning the 2015 Earth Day Hometown Hero Small Business award. read more

Syria UNICEF helps open schools for children UNArab League official holds meetings

Addressing a media briefing in Geneva, a UNICEF spokesperson, Marixie Mercado, reported that according to Syrian Government estimates some 2,072 schools – out of 22,000 across the country – have been damaged or destroyed, and over 600 are occupied by displaced persons. She also noted that UNICEF had completed repairs in 64 schools in Deraa, Rural Damascus and Lattakia, while another 100 schools would be rehabilitated within the coming days and weeks. The Syrian Government was also moving internally displaced persons (IDPs) out of some schools and into alternative sites, such as unused public buildings, in order to prepare for the school year which is set to commence on 16 September, Ms. Mercado said, adding that it was “extremely important” that children returned to school as a way of providing stability and respite from the conflict. More than 18,000 people, mostly civilians, have died since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 18 months ago. Amidst reports of an escalation in violence in recent weeks in many towns and villages, as well as the country’s two biggest cities, Damascus and Aleppo, UN agencies now estimate that some 2.5 million Syrians are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Syria’s neighbouring countries have also been affected by the crisis, as hundreds of thousands of refugees have spilled over the borders and into refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. Pointing to the situation in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp, where half of the estimated 28,000 refugees are children, Ms. Mercado said that UNICEF was busy registering those of school age while working to build an educational facility that could accommodate up to 5,000 pupils. In the interim, she continued, students were being taught in temporary learning spaces, including tents, as the school year in Jordan had already begun last week. In Lebanon, schools will accept an estimated 32,000 Syrian refugee children in the country’s public school system when classes begin on 24 September, though absorption capacity remains a concern. UNICEF will be providing those children with education kits, remedial education, recreational and psychosocial activities. At the same time, the UN agency was undertaking the construction of 10 temporary schools in the country’s Al Qaim refugee camp where 1,250 children are already being sheltered. Against that backdrop, a spokesperson for the new Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States on the Syrian crisis, Lakhdar Brahimi, confirmed today that the UN-Arab League official met separately in the Syrian capital of Damascus with the Ambassador of Russia and the Charge d’Affaires of China, while Mr. Brahimi met with the Iranian Ambassador on Thursday. The spokesperson further noted that Mr. Brahimi was scheduled to meet with Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday morning. read more

UNbacked website aims to aid greenminded governments

“The Green Growth Knowledge Platform provides a much needed tool to bridge knowledge gaps, exchange information and deliver policy guidance to accelerate and support the transition towards green economic development,” said Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).“A transformation towards a green economy is not just about the environment. It must be a priority across all facets of the post-2015 development agenda in order to deliver growth and prosperity and improved livelihoods,” he added, stressing the need for “a holistic and far-sighted approach.”The website features a searchable e-library with over 600 technical and policy resources, as well as dashboards with data and policies for 193 countries.It is part of the Geneva-based Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) founded in 2012 by UNEP, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Bank and the Global Green Growth Institute.Based on the idea that green growth knowledge and suitable policies could be shared and applied by different countries, the platform collects and processes theoretical knowledge and practical experience and makes it available to interested countries interested in implementing green economic policies.As of this month, the GGKP confirms agreements with 29 knowledge partners, including international organizations, research institutes and think tanks. It will work with these partners to promote collaboration and coordinated research on a number of priority themes, including green growth indicators and measurement, trade and competitiveness and green technology and innovation, according to the news release.UNEP will host the GGKP’s next Annual Conference this September in its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. read more